Sycamore Community Schools

January 2020

Sycamore Receives 2019 Momentum Award

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Ohio’s Board of Education gave Sycamore Schools the Momentum Award for the third year in a row. The 2019 Momentum Award recognizing districts that received A's on every Value-Added measure included on Ohio’s school and district report cards. Five schools were also recognized for their academic achievements. Click here to learn more.
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Sycamore Community Schools and SHP Leading Design have begun Phase IV of our Master Facility Process. Administrators and architects are actively setting project goals and objectives as well as establish overall project parameters.

Predesign Phase (Program Validation & Facility Assessment)

In December, SHP met with building leaders to review the complete program of requirements including the number and square footage requirements for classrooms, fine arts spaces, cafeteria, gymnasiums, office, and technology needs. The district also held its first Community Design Team meeting since the November 5 election with a select group of stakeholders.

Schematic Design Phase

In January, SHP plans to meet with staff at Symmes Elementary, E.H. Greene Intermediate, Sycamore Junior High, and Sycamore High School to gather information about needs. SHP will also gather information from Maintenance, Child Nutrition, Special Education, and Technology staff. These design teams along with the Community Design Team will work closely with SHP to develop the new building designs.

Save the Date: Facility Design Forum

Thursday, Feb. 27th, 6:30pm

Sycamore Junior High School

Join us on February 27 for our first Facility Design Forum. This event is open to the public. Look for more information in our February newsletter.


Can't make it on Feburary 27? We will livestream the Facility Design Forum on YouTube.

Sycamore Bridges Helps 90+ Residents

Sycamore Bridges has helped more than 90 Sycamore residents with a 100% fill rate for needs since launching in May 2019. Your generosity has donated more than $22,000 in goods and financial contributions in just seven months! Check out this recent story on WCPO:
How Sycamore Bridges is connecting students and families in need with neighbors who can help

Jr. High T-Shirt Project Raises Money For Local Charity

A group of Sycamore Junior High School students just raised $500 through the T-Shirt Project for a local charity that helps those struggling with opioid addiction. Learn more about the annual project-based learning competition.

Symmes Ambassadors Making Headlines

Symmes Ambassadors was recently recognized in Educational Leadership Magazine for welcoming ESOL students and their families. Click here to read the story.


The successful program at Symmes Elementary is now expanding to our other six schools. Click here to learn more about Sycamore Ambassadors and how you can get involved.

Happy Holidays Around the World From Sycamore Schools

Preparing for Winter Weather

Sycamore Schools are prepared for our first snow day of the year. 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.


The district put out a test call in early December. If you did not receive a call or text, please check your primary phone number and email entered 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.


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.


It is anyone's guess when we will have our first snow day of the 2019-2020 school year. Make your prediction below for a chance to win some sweet Sycamore swag!

Longtime Board Member Resigns After 14 Years

It is with regret that Sycamore Community Schools announces the resignation of longtime Board of Education member Diane Adamec. Adamec has graciously served on the Sycamore Community Schools Board since 2005. Learn more about her dedication to our district.


The Board of Education began seeking applicants to fill Adamec's unexpired term in December. The window of applicants closed on December 30, 2019. An appointment will be made at the Board of Education meeting on January 8 at 7:00 p.m. Learn more about the process.

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School-Based Therapy

Sycamore Community Schools is proud to provide access to private mental health services for students. The extensive process to identify and select on-site therapists for each of our seven schools is now complete:



Sycamore's partnership with Cincinnati Children's Hospital does not require any financial support from the district. Students and families needing services can cover therapy visits through private insurance, Medicaid, or private pay options. For more information, contact your building's therapist above or Lisa Zelvy at zelvyl@sycamoreschools.org or (513) 686-1700.

Save the Date: ADHD & Anxiety

Tuesday, March 3rd, 6-7:30pm

5200 Aldine Drive

Cincinnati, OH

Join speakers from Cincinnati Children's Hospital to discuss ADHD and anxiety. Look for more information!

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
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Apply Now For the Dan Henke SAFA Scholarship

The Dan Henke SAFA Scholarship is a $1,000 award presented to one Sycamore senior each year. Dan Henke is a leader in our alumni association and served as a teacher, coach and administrator at Sycamore High School for many years. In the true spirit of the Sycamore Alumni and Friends Association (SAFA), the student receiving this award exemplifies the 'Spirit of Sycamore.' He/she is one who demonstrates strong academic performance, pride in extracurricular involvement, passionate community service and volunteerism, and enthusiastic school spirit. They represent what it means to be an Aviator, both as a leader to the students and staff within the walls of Sycamore and to the community as a whole. Once selected, this student will assume the responsibility of speaking at our Distinguished Alumni luncheon the day before graduation, and also maintaining contact with SAFA after graduation for alumni activities.


Applicants should submit:

1) A resume or bio of involvement, activities and achievements

2) A one-page cover letter of why they feel they deserve this award

*Only current seniors at Sycamore High School are eligible


Please send completed documents electronically to: Mr. Corattiyil, Dean of Students, CorattiyilA@SycamoreSchools.org by end of day on Sunday, February 9th, 2020.

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High School Academic Fair

Thursday, Jan. 16th, 5:30-7:30pm

7400 Cornell Road

Montgomery, OH

All 8th-grade families and students are welcome to attend.

2020 Sycamore Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet

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Saturday, Jan. 25th, 5:30pm

9440 Montgomery Road

Cincinnati, OH

Social Hour begins at 5:30 pm

Banquet and reception kicks off at 7:00 pm


For tickets:

All general attendees and guests click here to purchase.

2004 Baseball Team and Coaches click here to purchase.

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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We hope you have enjoyed your Winter Break. A reminder: classes will resume on January 6, 2020.


Don't worry, another break is just around the corner! There is NO SCHOOL on January 20 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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