The Navigator Newsletter

Sycamore Junior High Family Communication

January 20 , 2023

Who Dey!!

Junior High Families,

It has been a great week this week! Starting the 3rd quarter, Lunar New Year, Freshman Camp, Bengals Bus during Flex, and the T-Shirt Project--it is ALL happening!

Now that we are in the 2nd semester, we must recognize how far we have come. In five short months, our students have worked hard, engaged in the community, been flexible to changes due to construction, matured, and have continued to be the great student body that you help cultivate from home.

It is truly a team effort, from our students and staff to the custodians, lunch staff, secretaries, bus drivers, and more! This school has a special family feel because of the energy everyone brings to Cooper Road EVERY day.

Bring that same energy to the Bengals game Sunday and MAP testing next week!

Enjoy the weekend...and WHO DEY!

-Mrs. Schunk, Mr. Meyer, Mr. Cole

Events Coming Up

  • January 27: 2nd Quarter Report Cards Posted Online

  • January 24 & 25: MAP Testing

  • February 10: 3rd quarter Interim

  • February 8th & 16th: Teacher Requested Parent Teacher Conferences

MAP Testing!

On Tuesday and Wednesday (1/24-1/25), the students will undertake the second round of MAP testing for Reading and Math. This will occur again in May.

Students will go to their 1st bell classes on both days, but some students will test in alternative locations.

Here is how you can help!

  • They will need their school issued Chromebook fully charged and updated. If they are in Flex Bell Friday or Monday, the update should happen at that time.

  • Encourage them to do their best!

  • Let them know that this is just one moment in time and that the score will only be used to help them be as successful as possible.

The schedule will be different on Monday and Tuesday→CLICK HERE to preview it!

Teacher Requested Parent Teacher Conferences

We have a second round of Parent/Teacher Conferences in February, but the teacher schedules this round. The teachers will individually reach out to the families of students they feel that a meeting would help with student achievement. A link will not be sent out for families to schedule a meeting; however, if a family has specific questions or concerns, they are always encouraged to reach out to the teacher at any point in the school year.

College and Career Planning with SchooLinks

SchooLinks is a modern, college and career readiness platform to prepare students for what comes after graduation. SchooLinks helps students discover their interests and strengths, explore colleges and careers, and create a personal graduation plan that best reflects their post-secondary goals. SchooLinks at Sycamore Junior High School is accessible in 7th and 8th grades by students and their parents. Students will continue their SchoolLinks exploration throughout their high school years, so all activities/progress will follow them from the Junior High.

All of the SchooLinks features are designed with students in mind to help them become career, college, and life ready. SchooLinks features are incredibly user-friendly, and content can be easily comprehended by students.

**8th-grade students began using SchooLinks during the month of December and will continue through the end of the year. 7th-grade students will be introduced to SchooLinks in March.

More information on SchooLinks can be found on our website.

Student Login: Students will login to SchooLinks via Google using their Sycamore Google account.
Guardian/Parents Login: This will be available through an invitation from their child. Instructions for adding a guardian can be found here.

SHS Scheduling Update

As we move along with the schedule planning timeline, we want to make sure students and families are aware of the resources available! The following items have been created to help make sense of our courses and options for rising 9th graders.

  • Course Guide - includes all courses, descriptions, and prerequisites.
  • List of 9th Grade Courses - this is a simplified list of the classes available in the 9th grade.
  • Video Orientation - includes all the information we would like students to consider while planning their classes for next year. Students will review this same information through SchooLinks.
Current teachers will be talking with students about the specific courses they recommend in early February. So we suggest taking the next couple weeks to continue learning about our offerings.

High School Counselors - at the high school, we have grade level team that will work with a class for all four years. For the class of 2027, the counseling team is listed below.

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Wellness Program Guidelines

Did you know that the Sycamore District has Student and Staff Wellness Program Guidelines that must be reviewed and updated every three years? Check out the latest updates here!

If anyone is interested in learning more about the District Wellness Committee, please contact

Sycamore Bridges

Sycamore Bridges and Operation Give Back, thank you for your overwhelming response to fill the 2022 OGB Holiday Store. With your help, we donated over $13,000 worth of toys for our neighbors and friends. We are so grateful for your generosity! If you would like to be notified when new opportunities for kindness arise in the future, visit our website and enter your email address, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter.
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Support OGB

Sycamore Bridges is excited to partner with Operation Give Back to help fill their annual Holiday Store for the third year in a row! Sycamore Bridges and OGB recognize the added financial struggle for many of our neighborhood families around the holidays. OGB is gearing up to provide assistance to over 900 children and their families this holiday season. We created a gigantic Amazon Registry to make sure every child receives something they requested. This list will be updated frequently, so please check back often! Just select the "Sycamore Bridges" shipping address when checking out and your gift will be sent directly to us. (If you would like a tax receipt for your purchase, please send an email to Receipts will not be emailed unless requested.) Thank you for your continued support in making sure all of our neighbors have a memorable holiday season. Amazon Registry

Sign up to support SJH PTO

Hassle Free Fundraising

Don’t forget, if you are purchasing gift cards this Holiday Season you can help the Junior High PTO. Just purchase your gift cards through RaiseRight, it’s that simple! Click here to get started.
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Do you have photos you would like to submit to the Yearbook Club?

Click HERE and find the “Submit Photos Here” button (you must be logged into a Sycamore account to upload)! We want to represent ALL students in this year's historic yearbook.

Daily Student Video Announcements

Check out this link to view our student created video announcements. Mrs. Jarvis does a fantastic job leading these students to take ownership of their learning while also providing a service to our school community!
Nurse Spot

To schedule an appointment with the School Nurse: New or Refill Medication. Please call 513-686-1760 to arrange to meet with the nurse. Non-Emergency walk-in drop-offs may not be able to be accommodated.

Speak Up/Save Lives

By calling or testing the statewide hotline



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