The Navigator Newsletter

Sycamore Junior High's Parent Communication

January 29, 2021

School Goals

Ensure safety of self and students

Provide engaging, standards-based digitized curriculum both F2F and Virtually

Remain prepared to adapt


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Coming Up

This Week:

  • February 1: Start of Semester 2

Mark Your Calendar:

  • February 15: President's Day, No school (note date correction)

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.

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Second Semester Schedules for Grades 7/8

Second semester schedules in PDF format are now available in your student's My eBackpack. Instructions on accessing My EBackpack can be found HERE. Staff and teachers will be available to assist students on Monday, February 1st. If you have questions about your child's schedule, please contact their counselor on February 1st.

Your counselors are:

CCP (College Credit Plus) Information

If you are interested in CCP, please watch the video below for more information on the CCP options available to all students in grades 7-12.

(Link to this video:


Presentation Slides

  • Here is the slide presentation from the video above without the voiceover.

CCP Open Forum

There will be a follow up Q & A sessions for students and families that have watched the video above. The information for that session is below.

Next Steps

Information for Rising 9th Graders

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Right Now

We have several resources available to help students learn about the opportunities available to them! We encourage students and families to browse the resources listed below to learn about all our classes. Students are encouraged to take the next few weeks to discuss class recommendations and options with their families to help make informed decisions. Current 8th grade teachers will be talking with students about their academic options and recommendations over the next couple weeks.

Coming Up Next

The high school counselors are preparing recorded videos with this information that will be specific to each grade level. We plan to email those to students and families during the first week of February. It will be important for all students to view this grade-level presentation.

Families will receive a mailing in early February with step-by-step instructions for online scheduling. This will be sent prior to the online scheduling window.

After students enter their course selections online, counselors will meet with students one-on-one to review those requests and answer all questions. We will help to make sure all requests match graduation requirements and meet students interest and goals. This will be done both in-person and virtually so that each students can meet with their counselor to discuss and review their selections.

High School Scheduling Resources

9th Grade Course Selector - listing of courses available by grade level.

Academic Fair - slides for each class - this includes class descriptions, a list of last year's summer work, and some include videos and media of student work.

Course Planner - This has everything you could ever want to know about courses and scheduling at SHS. includes information on graduation requirements, honors diploma, class descriptions, and a LOT more.

Everything is posted on the high school scheduling website at

Your Class of 2025 Team:

  • Mrs. Adrienne Sanders will be the grade-level administrator.
  • Mrs. Rose Mitchell will be the counselor for students with last names A-K.
  • Mr. Mark Millett will be the counselor for students with last names L-Z.
Additional information will continue to be shared in upcoming Newsletters.

Scheduling for 7th Graders (Rising 8th Graders)

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Memories from the Building


In a short while, pre-construction activities will begin as part of the building of our new Junior High School. Our building has a long and wonderful history and holds many special memories for our community. Before demolition begins, the administration would like to understand what items may have significance or have been donated and need to be saved or returned to the donors.

If you know of any items that we should be made aware, please fill out this google form by February 12.


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Flight Fest

Hello Sycamore Parents:
We are excited to announce the partnership of

SYCAMORE ATHLETIC BOOSTERS with JUNIOR HIGH FLIGHT FEST for a combined Spring 2021 Fundraising Event-
AVES Day at the Races on Saturday, May 1, 2021!

In an effort to bring ALL of our Sycamore Schools Community “together”, here is a sneak peek at what is in the works:

  • Ongoing Online Silent Auction featuring Junior High and High School Team Baskets plus local businesses

  • An All Aves Virtual Derby Dash Run/Walk on Event Day

  • Party Packs highlighting ‘The Best of Cincinnati’ from Local Restaurants and Businesses for Hosting Individual Gatherings on Evening of Derby

Yes! We all need something to look forward to, so save the date & stay tuned for more details!

Eat Out and Help the JHPTO

There is another opportunity to support the Sycamore Junior High PTO while you enjoy delicious food. Show this flier BW3s on Glendale Milford Rd on Wednesday 2/17. 10% of the proceeds will come back to the PTO.
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Student Announcements

1-28-2020 SJHS NC Ann Episode 14, Season 20 21 (6:11)

News Crew Links



Order your 2021 Yearbook now.

2020-21 will be a year like no other, the SJHS Yearbook Club is committed to documenting it for YOU! Order your yearbook today for your best price! The cost is $35/copy.

Click HERE to order your 2021 Yearbook

Are you a F2F or virtual student who has photos of JH students you would like to submit for publication? Click HERE! We want to represent ALL students in this year's historic yearbook.

Questions? Contact Melissa Speelman

If you have any photos from athletic events or any other school-related event the Yearbook Club would love to include them in the 2021 yearbook. Please send photo submissions to Melissa Speelman at .

2020/2021 Immunization Requirements

Please turn in your required immunization paperwork to nurse Amy Bonham ASAP at

In Ohio, the following vaccines are required by law:

7th-grade students must show proof that they have received (1) dose of Tdap, and (1) dose of MCV4 . This requirement must be met NO LATER THAN THE 14th day of attendance at school for the 2020-21 school year.

If you have questions, please email Amy at or call 686-1763.

In Our Sycamore Community

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This Week:

  • February 1 and 2: Winter MAP for Virtual Students - Instructions were emailed and are included below

Mark Your Calendar:

  • February 15: President's Day, No school (Note date correction)

Future Testing Dates

  • Spring MAP - Virtual Dates are TBD

Questions? Here are your Building Contacts

Remember: If you have questions, our team is here! Please reach out to our Administrator or Counselor for Virtual Classroom Students.

Assistant Principal Molly Bernosky

Counselor Rachel Morris

Winter MAP Testing for Virtual Students: February 1 and 2

Virtual learners will be taking the Reading and Math assessments in the virtual classroom setting on February 1st and 2nd.

Instructions have been emailed to both students and parents and are repeated below.

Virtual MAP Testing - Winter 2021

Bell Schedule

If you have questions please contact Clay Lavercombe,

Virtual Students- Logging into 2nd Semester Classes

Virtual Classroom students will follow the same process to log in to their second semester classes as they did for 1st semester. Students should log into Blackboard, click on their class, and then click on the Google Meet link.

By Monday, any new 2nd semester classes will be visible in Blackboard. If your child needs assistance, please contact the Helpdesk at 686-1793 or

What if I Missed the Virtual Student Item Pick Up for 2nd Semester??

Items will be available next week in the front lobby. Office hours are 7:30 am - 4:00 pm.

For: Students who are currently learning in the virtual instructional model and will remain in the virtual instructional model for 2nd semester. Students need ONLY to pick up items if they are taking any of the following classes for 2nd semester:

  • Art 7
  • Design, Modeling & Architecture
  • Food, Fashion, & Family
  • Treble Tones- NEW! This class was not included in last week's newsletter.

Your child may need to pick up a math book for the below classes IF they do not have it yet. Please check if your child has the below book before attempting to pick up a book.

  • Math 7 (Abbas-Lee)- Envision Workbook 7th grade Volume 2
  • Math 7 Accelerated (Harper)- Envision Workbook- 8th grade Volume 2
  • Math 7 Honors (Abbas-Lee)- Envision Workbooks (2)- 8th grade Volume 1 and 2
  • Math 8 (Farkas, Harper)- Envision Workbook- 8th grade Volume 2

Tech Help

Remember - If your child has tech issues in the virtual classroom, please call 686-1793 or email Please leave a message if you do not get an answer and they will respond ASAP!
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Coming Up

This Week

  • February 1: Start of Semester 2

Mark Your Calendar:

  • February 9 & 10: Winter MAP for F2F students
  • February 15: President's Day, No school (note date correction)

Future Testing Dates:

  • Winter MAP for F2F - February 9th & 10th
  • Spring MAP for F2F - May 12 & 13


In the event of an emergency where an evacuation of the school building is necessary, students will be transported to safety at Sycamore Community Schools’ reunification site:

Blue Ash Recreation Center 4433 Cooper Rd. Blue Ash, OH 45242

Detailed information can be found on the district website under Reunification Plans.

For more information on safety & security at Sycamore Schools, visit the district Safety & Security web page.