The Navigator Newsletter

Sycamore Junior High's Parent Communication

March 4, 2022

Speak Up/Save Lives

By calling or testing the statewide hotline

- 844-SAFEROH -

- 844-723-3764 -

you can report anything that is suspicious or endangering you, your friends or school.

Coming Up


  • March 9: PTO-sponsored NAMI Mental Health Presentation (virtual) 7:30 pm
  • March 11: Sycamore HS Transition Day for 8th Graders


  • March 14-18: Spring Break
  • March 31: End of 3rd Quarter
  • April 15: Spring Vacation Day, No School
  • April 25: Professional Development Day - No School for Students

AIR Testing

State AIR testing will be on April 11, 12, 19, 20, and 27. Please make every effort to not schedule appointments for your children prior to noon on these days. Thank you!

Lost & Found

Is your child missing something? Please remind him/her to check the tables in the cafeteria. On March 10, these items will be removed/donated. Thank you!!

Personal Care Drive for OGB - One Week Left

Student Council Needs YOUR help!!

Student Council is sponsoring a personal care items drive for Operation Giveback from Monday, February 28 through Friday, March 11. During this time, students may bring items including:

  • Toilet paper
  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Formula
  • Deodorant
  • Tissue

7th vs. 8th Grade!!

The grade level that brings in the most items will force their assistant principal and corresponding teacher to learn a TikTok dance. The dance will be filmed and shown on the SJH announcements.

Big picture

TWO WEEKS left to purchase your 2022 SJHS Yearbook!

Time is running out to order your 2022 SJHS Yearbook. The SJHS Yearbook Club is committed to documenting this school year for YOU! The cost is $35/copy. Click HERE to order your 2022 Yearbook.

Do you have photos you would like to submit to the Yearbook Club? Click HERE and find the “Submit Photos Here” button (must use a school gmail account to access the shared folder). We want to represent ALL students in this year's historic yearbook.

Questions? Contact Mrs. Melissa Speelman


Rising 8th Grader News

Hello 7th grade families,

Last week students completed their online scheduling to finish selecting music and/or electives for their 8th grade year. Course Verification Sheets are now viewable through My eBackpack. Please take a moment to review your child's courses, and if there are any questions, please contact your school counselor listed on the Course Verification Sheet. Course Verification Sheets are just a list of planned courses for next year - schedules are built at a later time.

Schedules are built on a 7 bell system. Students who still have an open space in their schedule will have that filled with a study hall. If you would prefer an elective choice and did not select one, please notify your school counselor which elective choice you would like instead of the study hall.

Thank you!

The JH Counseling Team

Rising 9th Grader Scheduling News

Academic Fair and Transition to HS Activity

8th Grade Families,

The 8th-grade transition day will take place on Friday, March 11th in person. On that date, 8th-graders will be bussed from the JH to the HS for much of the day and then return to the JH prior to dismissal. If the situation at that time continues to warrant more social distancing and precautionary measures, we will hold this event virtually as well. If so, you will be notified in advance.

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding as we seek to balance the student experience with overall health. For additional questions, please contact SHS Dean of Students, Ashwin Corattiyil, at


Presentation: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Learn the signs and symptoms of mental illness and suicide in adolescents and the resources available for recovery during "Ending the Silence for Parents and Caregivers" presented by the Southwest Ohio affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI SWOH) and sponsored by the Junior High PTO.

Wednesday, March 9 at 7:30 PM on Google Meet (Video call link: Or dial: ‪(US) +1 316-778-9927‬ PIN: ‪612 971 522‬#)

Ending the Silence is an engaging presentation about mental health for middle and high school students, parents, and school staff. In presentations, a lead presenter shares an informative presentation and a young adult with a mental health condition shares their journey of recovery.

The presentation gives an opportunity for audience members to ask questions and learn more about an often-misunderstood topic. The message of empathy and hope encourages people to actively care for themselves and for their peers, whether by reaching out for help, encouraging a friend or family member to seek help, or by reducing stigma. The goal of NAMI ETS is to create a generation of individuals who are well-positioned to end the silence and stigma surrounding mental illness.

Topics include:

  • Signs and symptoms of mental illness and suicide
  • Statistics on how mental illness affects youth
  • Personal perspectives on the experience of living with mental illness
  • Recovery and coping strategies and resources available
  • Ways to seek help for themselves, a child or for a friend
  • Ways to help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness
  • How to work with school staff to get help for your child
  • How to advocate for your child with insurance, healthcare providers

Sycamore JH Ambassadors

Sycamore Junior High Ambassadors is a group of volunteer parents of Junior High students just like you! We are available all year round to welcome and assist all families new to our community transition to the Junior High. We offer help to all families on various aspects of school life including enrollment forms, computer systems management, and getting connected with the school community.

Need Help?
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¿Necesita ayuda?
Нужна помощь?
Yordam kerakmi?
도움이 필요하세요?

Click here to be connected with Sycamore JH Ambassadors:
Click here if you want to help other families:


Winter MAP Scores

Winter MAP scores are now available in your student's eBackpack. Access them from Parent Portal and click on the "My EBackpack tab". See detailed instructions in the links above.

From our Nurse

Parents/Guardians please check with your children each morning to make sure they feel well.

You will find the Covid-19 Daily Parent/Guardian Checklist linked here and on our website. Translations of this document may be found HERE.

Please visit the District's Healthy Aves page for more detailed information.

IMPORTANT: Reporting COVID-19 Cases

PLEASE call the COVID-19 Attendance Line (513) 686-1707.

In addition, families and staff can report COVID-19 related absences online. Please visit and simply fill out the Google Form for your student or yourself. You can also find an icon to the form inside the Sycamore Community Schools Mobile App. Submissions will be monitored daily.


Sycamore Baseball & Softball

Co-Ed Flag Football

TriHealth Pavilion 2022 Camp Information