The Navigator Newsletter

Sycamore Junior High's Parent Communication

September 24-29, 2018

Building Goals

*Ensure Safety of Students and Staff

*Cultivate a Positive Climate

*Implement Formative Instructional Practices

COMING UP at the JH!

Coming up this week

September 28: No School (Professional Development Day)

Mark your Calendars

October 10: PTO Meeting

Did you know?


As part of an ongoing effort to help parents as they assist students in managing academic work, we wanted to remind you that parents have access to BlackBoard through Parent Portal. There you can view for each of your child's courses the syllabus and other course information, class announcements, daily homework assignments, long-term assignments, and teacher contact information.


Announcements are available for viewing every afternoon! Go to the JH Website and page down to the bottom where you will see a section titled "announcements". Click here to access the page now!


Many of our clubs have already started! Check announcements for information about meeting times. For general information, download the pdf below, click HERE or access this brochure from our JH website under the "Activities" Tab.


For more information about the Junior High PTO please visit

Join the PTO ! Click HERE for an easy way to join and pay your membership fee.

Get involved through our Volunteer Opportunities. For more information click HERE.


The Junior High still collects Box Tops and Pipkins receipts to help fund PTO events and club activities at the school. Please send these in with your child or drop them off in the boxes located in the lobby by the office, next to sports equipment drop off.

We have a box top turn in deadline coming up soon and want to have a good fall $ amount to start of the year Thank you!. For more information contact Ann Uhlman or Kim Fidanza


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General FF Information

DID YOU KNOW proceeds from Flight Fest fund all the clubs and activities her at SJH?

Mark your calendars for the 8th Annual Sycamore Junior High Aviator Flight Fest 5k/10k Race & Festival on Saturday, October 20, 2018! Please visit our website at to Register for the Race and get more Flight Fest 2018 information. Information on food, game, and raffle ticket sales was distributed to students this past week.

SILENT AUCTION (formerly Bid-n-Buy)

The auction is live for bidding on items. Bidding will close on 10/20/18. Go to to see and bid on Flight Fest Silent Auction items. Keep checking back as we add new items. Here's sample of great new packages just added:

  • Shopping Party with friends at Athleta Kenwood Store, includes a $100 Gift Certificate just for you.
  • Breakfast for two at Original Pancake house then spend the rest of the day Skiing at Perfect North Slopes
  • Sycamore All-Sports Family 2019-2020 Season Pass for up to 6 family members.


Follow us on twitter @avesflightfest to get race updates and information on new items added to Silent Auction. Please contact Michelle Ciotola at to learn about business and family sponsorships, volunteer opportunities, or any questions regarding Aviator Flight Fest.



The Secret is Out! Winner of the Flight Fest Teacher Contest will get to wear a Sumo Wrestler Costume during all 3 lunch bells for students viewing pleasure! Winning teacher will also be awarded a gift card for being a good sport! You can still vote by registering for race or by purchasing tickets prior to event. Cast your vote for a teacher when you pick up paid tickets the week of the race!

Teachers in the lead:

1st Place - Mr. Tanaka

2nd Place - Mr. James

3rd Place - Mrs. Ely


Bring your paid receipt showing you registered for the Flight Fest 2018 race to Kenwood Athleta on 9/29/18 to receive 20% discount off one item!


Many volunteers are needed to make Flight Fest a success! From help with parking, the race, concessions to games, WE NEED YOU!

Sign up HERE to be part of this amazing day!

Flight Fest Raffle Tickets and Game Tickets

Hurry and Pre-Order your Flight Fest Game/Food Tickets for a significant discount! Ticket Price Pre-Sale is 15 tickets for $5. On the Day Of Flight Fest, the price increases to 15 for $10. Use the Pre-Sale Order Form below to purchase your pre-sale tickets. You can also purchase pre-sale tickets online at Deadline for pre-sale tickets 10/12/18.

Support Flight Fest and Have a Chance to Win up to $500! Cash raffle tickets are $10 each. 3 winners (1st - $500, 2nd - $300, 3rd - $100). Drawing held at Flight Fest at 12:45pm. You don't need to be present to win. This is an EASY way to support Flight Fest and the Junior High, even if you can't be there - it's like a hassle-free donation but with a chance to win money! Fill out the Cash Raffle Tickets Form below and return with payment to the office. You can also purchase raffle tickets online at Raffle tickets can be purchased and/or returned up to 12:15pm the day of Flight Fest

Become a Flight fest sponsor

Show your family's support for SJH by sponsoring the event. There are many levels of financial support! See the Sponsorship Form below.

Sycamore Quality Profile

Sycamore Schools is proud to present the seventh edition of our Quality Profile, which provides a comprehensive look at the high-quality education and services offered during the 2017-2018 school year. Click here to view it online.

In case you missed it

A message from child nutrition

The roll off date for Free and Reduced benefits from the 2017-2018 school year is Septemeber 26th. On Sept. 27th if you have not reapplied for the Free and Reduced Price Meal Program for the 2018-2019 school year your benefits will revert to full pay. The district will not cover any negative funds accrued after this cut off date, so it is imperative the form is turned in before Sept 26th. Please contact the Child Nutrition Department with any questions - (513) 686-1796.

Click here to apply online.


Kelsey Gash RD, LD

Child Nutrition & Wellness Director

Sycamore Community Schools

(513) 686-1796


Sycamore Junior High is excited about our new support system, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). With PBIS, the goal is to encourage good behavior and a culture which is safe, supportive and welcoming for all students. Helping students develop these skills ensures that we are developing successful, engaged citizens that are able to contribute productively in the world after high school. At Sycamore, we will focus on the following expectations to help students develop and practice appropriate educational behaviors:

  • Be Respectful

  • Be Responsible

  • Be Safe

  • Be a Problem Solver

PBIS is a proactive approach to establishing the support needed for all students in school to achieve social, emotional, and academic success. Key focus areas of PBIS include prevention, positive behavior supports, using data to better determine the individual needs of students, team meetings to support students with complex emotional and behavioral needs, and community-based supports for families, youth and schools.

Immunizations for 7th graders

Thank you to all 7th grade families who have turned in immunization records. As we work to process those records received, please continue to be patient before you follow up. If there is a problem, you will be contacted via email by Amy Bonham. If you have not turned in your child's proof of immunizations from a doctor's office, please do so ASAP. The cutoff date was September 5th.


August 13, 2018

Dear Sycamore Families,

Sycamore Community Schools takes the safety and security of our staff and students very seriously. As part of an Ohio Revised Code requirement, the District is required to inform students and parents/guardians before the first day of school each year of our emergency parental notification protocols.

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

In the event of an evacuation, families should report to this location to pick up their student(s). A Reunification Information Document will be used in an event of an emergency where a reunification process is required. This document will be made available at the Blue Ash Rec Center to assist us in releasing your child to you.

In an emergency, we will disseminate information through our mass notification system, which includes phone calls, emails, mobile app alerts, as well as the district website and social media. Additionally, we will continue to provide updates through the above avenues as needed.

We are asking parents to verify their emergency contact information is up to date in Final Forms in order to be contacted in case of emergency. If you make any changes to your contact information in Final Forms, please confirm that the changes have been received by your child’s school by calling the front office.

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Sycamore High School Hosts Variety Show Saturday, October 6th @ 7p in the HS Auditorium. Tickets: $10 available pre-sale at starting September 21st / $12 at the door.

Acts feature groups and soloists who are members of the student body including vocal and instrumental groups, cool human tricks, gymnastics, a performance by all choral ensembles and more! Proceeds benefit the Sycamore Vocal Boosters.

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