Sycamore Community Schools

December 2019

Thank you, Sycamore Family!

Thank You For Your Support of Issue 18!

On behalf of the Sycamore Community Schools Board of Education, students, and staff, I want to thank the community for their overwhelming support for Issue 18. Passage of this bond issue will allow the district to deliver the educational environments that our students deserve.


Our vision for the future includes learning environments that are adaptive and easily support a broad spectrum of learning styles and innovative practices. These projects will impact every grade level and every corner of our district not only for our current students, but future Aviators who haven’t been born yet, teachers we have not met, and a community we cannot entirely envision.


The district is humbled and inspired by the strong turnout for this school election. We are grateful to have a community that is so highly engaged in the work of the district. Your voice has been heard and the district is excited to move forward as a unified community.


Three years ago, we started a journey to engage our students, staff, families, and community in our Master Facility Plan process. While we have come so far already, there is still much work to be done, including designing and constructing our facilities and keeping our financial commitment to our community.


On November 20, the Board of Education passed a resolution to inform the Hamilton County Auditor to not collect more than 2.4 mills for this bond issue. This resolution also starts the process to issue bonds and ensure that the district takes advantage of 40-year-low interest rates. Please be assured that we will continue to do everything possible to guarantee that your hard-earned tax dollars will be spent in the most cost-effective manner possible.


Our design process is already underway and will continue to involve students, staff, and members of our vibrant community. Similarly to the previous three-year commitment of open engagement, the district will provide opportunities for those who want to be involved in the near future. In the meantime, we encourage you to check for updates on our website: goav.es/masterfacilityplanning.


We take seriously our responsibility, as a strong school district, to keep our communities strong. Thank you again to our community for coming together in this display of support and commitment to students for generations to come.


Immensely Grateful,


Frank A. Forsthoefel

Superintendent

Let's Get To Work!

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Sycamore Seniors Named Coca-Cola Scholarship Semifinalists

Two Sycamore seniors have been named 20202 Coca Cola Scholar semifinalists! Ariane Clerc and Erin McDonough are among nearly 1,900 students from across the country to advance to the final selection round and a shot at a $20,0000 scholarship. Over 95,000 students applied for the opportunity. Congratulations and good luck!

Sycamore Elementary Schools Named Among Best Schools

Sycamore Community Schools is proud to have all four of our elementary schools named in the Cincinnati Business Courier's Top 25 Top 11 Greater Cincinnati Best Public Elementary Schools:

#2: Maple Dale Elementary

#3: Symmes Elementary

#4: Montgomery Elementary

#11: Blue Ash Elementary

Check out the list now.

Sycamore Students Named Lovis Hero Award Winners

Congratulations to Alyssia Penilla and Maggie Neumann! Both students received the 2020 Lovis Foundation Hero Award. The Lovis Hero Award honors high school students who have overcome incredible obstacles to make a difference in their community. Watch their videos below:
Alyssia Penilla Hero Award 2019
Maggie Neumann Hero Award 2019

Sycamore Teacher Returns from Nat Geo Expedition

A Sycamore High School Biology teacher just returned from the trip of a lifetime! Last month, Beth Quinones went on an expedition to the Galápagos Islands on board the Lindblad Expedition ship National Geographic Endeavour II to explore the landscapes, culture, and wildlife unique to the region. Hear more about how she's bringing her incredible experience back to the classroom and see photos of her trip by clicking here.

Snow Day Test Call

This is a reminder that Sycamore Community Schools will be testing our mass notification system tonight (12/2) at 5:30 p.m. to ensure families receive phone calls and text messages in the case of a school cancellation or delay.


If meteorologists warn winter weather is on the way, a team of administrators will drive the local roads overnight to determine whether or not it is safe for our school buses, students, and staff to travel to school. Calls will be made no earlier than 5:00 a.m. and no later than 10:00 p.m.

For families, Sycamore Community Schools will use the primary phone number and email entered in Final Forms to contact you. Please log on to Final Forms to verify that your primary contact information is correct.


If you need to change your primary phone number or address, please update that information in Final Forms. Then, contact the front office at your child’s school to ensure your new contact information is manually updated in our system.


For staff, the district will use the phone number provided to payroll and your @sycamoreschools.org email address to contact you in case of a school cancellation or delay. Contact Haley Rust, Payroll Supervisor at rusth@sycamoreschools.org if you need to make a change to your primary phone number.


Families and staff do not need to opt in to receive emergency calls or emails. If you would like to opt-out of future calls or emails, contact helpdesk@sycamoreschools.org. Please be aware that opting out will result in you no longer receiving any calls or emails from the district (ie. school closings, crisis/emergency notifications, newsletters, regular district, and school communications)


We will also communicate delays and closings to you through local media, social media, text messages, and our website. Download the Sycamore Community Schools mobile app today to be the first to know about closures and delays via our push notifications. You can also follow @TopAviator and @AviatorOps on Twitter for updates live on the roads.

Spotlight on School Safety & Security

Sycamore Community Schools uses ALICE Training to ensure students and staff stay safe if someone looking to do harm enters the school. Please watch the video below to see our hands-on training:
Sycamore Community Schools ALICE Training

Sycamore Efforts to Combat Vaping Featured on WLWT

Sycamore High School was recently featured in a two-part series on WLWT for our efforts to combat the dangerous and deadly trend of vaping and Juuling. Check out the full story and watch the video below:
Teens continue to vape, despite dangers, experts say
The Sycamore Safe and Secure Schools Committee met in November with Bruce Barcelo, Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) to discuss the growing dangers of vaping and Juuling. If you're interested in learning more about this growing trend, visit http://parentsagainstvaping.org

Self-Care During the Holidays

This time of year self-care is extremely important. As we head to the end of 2019, we hope you will take care of yourself and those around you. Here are some helpful tools and resources for supporting self-care year round!
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Winter Break

There is NO SCHOOL December 20-January 3 for Winter Break.

Sycamore Aviator Holiday Luncheon

Wednesday, Dec. 18th, 11:30am

7400 Cornell Road

Montgomery, OH

Join current staff, retired teachers, and fellow alum at a complimentary luncheon to welcome you home for the holidays. Please RSVP at SAFA's Facebook page.
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SHS Bookstore Job Opportunity

The Sycamore HS PTO is looking for an individual to serve as the store manager and merchandise buyer for the Aves Hangar Bookstore and Spirit Shop, located on the school’s campus, anticipated to begin in January 2020. This is a new position and will replace the role currently held by volunteer managers.


Retail experience and knowledge of sales and marketing principles are necessary. This is a contract position, with an average expected work-load of 20 hours/week. The schedule is somewhat flexible. Incentive opportunities are also available.


For more information on responsibilities, time commitment, requirements, etc, please visit: https://www.sycamoreschools.org/Page/3365

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Follow Us!

Be sure to follow Sycamore Schools on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube!


You can also follow our schools and services on Twitter:

Sycamore High School @TheRealMrMader

Sycamore Junior High @SycamoreJrHigh

E.H. Greene Intermediate @EHGreeneSchool

Blue Ash Elementary @BlueAshElem

Maple Dale Elementary @MapleDaleElem

Montgomery Elementary @Montgomery_Elem

Symmes Elementary @SymmesElem

Sycamore Culturally Responsive Practices @WeRSycamore

Child Nutrition Services @SycamoreCNS

Human Resources @SycamoreHR

Operations & Student Services @AviatorOps

Special Education @AVESAbilities

Superintendent @TopAviator

Assistant Superintendent @AviatorCoPilot

Curriculum and Instruction @AviatorLearning

Aviation Station @SycamoreSTEAM

Aviator Athletics @AvesAthletics

Mental Health Services @speakupAVES