The Navigator Newsletter

Sycamore Junior High's Parent Communication

October 14 - 18, 2019

Building Goals

* Provide rigorous learning opportunities

* Respect diversity

* Personalize learning

COMING UP at the JH!

October 14: No school for students

October 14: Flight Fest Fun at Main Event (see below)

October 19: Flight Fest

October 22: Fall Sports Awards, 7pm

October 24 and 25: Parent-Teacher conferences

Accessing your child's grades and Course Information


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:

  • Grades
  • Syllabus and other course information
  • Class announcements
  • Daily homework assignments
  • Long-term assignments
  • Teacher contact information


The first quarter grading period ended on Friday, October 11. Parents are encouraged to access grades through Parent Portal.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Dear Parents,

Sycamore Junior High will soon be holding Parent/Teacher Conferences. We will be using an internet-based appointment booking system from Pick-A-Time to coordinate conference times. This scheduler will only be open from October 11th at 3pm to midnight on October 22nd. Please log in and schedule your conferences during this time.

While we would like the opportunity to have every parent meet with every teacher, it is not possible during these conference times. We ask that you limit conference appointments to those teachers with whom there is a need for a face-to-face meeting. Conferences are 10 minutes in length. If you know you need to have a longer discussion, please contact the teacher directly to schedule a meeting outside these dates.

Detailed directions on how to sign up and use the Pick-A-Time scheduler are included in the attachment below, and can be found on the Pick-A-Time website. However, if you are unable to access this scheduler or experience a problem, please call the front office and ask to speak to Mrs. Augustin, or email your question to

If you would like to change your conference schedule prior to October 23rd, you can login at any time and change to another available time slot. If it is after this date, please contact Mrs. Augustin to reschedule.

If you are unable to attend a conference with a teacher during the conference times please contact the teacher directly to arrange another meeting. If you feel the need to have a conference with multiple teachers present, please contact your child’s counselor to arrange the meeting.

Thank you for all you have done so far this year. We look forward to meeting with you to continue to make this school year great.


Traci L. Rea, Ph. D.


P.T.O. Corner


Join the PTO! Being a member of the PTO doesn’t mean you have to volunteer and attend meetings, although everyone is welcome to do either/both! Joining the PTO shows your financial support for our programs that recognize students and teachers in our building. PTO membership is $10 ($11 online) and can be done online. Visit for more information!


All information about the PTO can be found by clicking on this link:

Questions? Please email

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The latest news about flight fest

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Just one more week till Flight Fest! Please visit our website at to Register for the Race, Sign Up to Volunteer or learn more about Family Sponsorships.


This Monday, while the kids are off school, have them join us at Main Event from 11 am to 3 pm! 20% of the proceeds will support Flight Fest. There is bowling, arcade games and so much more!


Please consider supporting Flight Fest as a volunteer. To learn more or sign up, please visit the following webpage!


Parents! Please encourage your child and their friends to create a team for the 2019 SJH Scavenger Hunt! The team will come together to complete missions between September 27th and October 17th. Winners will be announced at the SJH Pep Rally on October 18th! Visit or review your Flight Plan for more information.


Only one more week before the auction closes! Go online and see what great items there are to bid on! The online auction closes on October 19th at 10am. The link to view the auction is below.

AUCTION OPEN FOR VIEWING! Come to the JH to check out the Silent Auction on Friday 10/18 before the HS Football game from 5-7:30.

Please contact Michelle Ciotola at to learn about business and family sponsorships, volunteer opportunities, or any questions regarding Aviator Flight Fest.

Don't forget to shop at Altar'd State at the Kenwood Towne Centre on Mondays where 10% of sales goes to SJH.

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Flight fest Scavenger Hunt


Review the Flight Plan that arrived this week, build your team and load the app for the SJH Scavenger Hunt! All the fun starts on September 27th and will close the week of Flight Fest. Winners will be announced at the Pep Rally on Friday, October 18th!

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SJH Student/Family Directory

The PTO Junior High Student Directory for the 2019-20 school year has now been uploaded to Directory Spot! If you have used Directory Spot in the past, your username and password will continue to work. If you are a new user, please go to, enter your email address as your username and select "Reset Password" to create a password. You may also download the Directory Spot app to your smartphone and use your login information to access the Directory on your phone.

All Sycamore Junior High Families will have access to Directory Spot for the next two weeks, through October 15. During this time, you will have the ability to add, modify, or delete your information in Directory Spot, so please review your record and make any necessary changes to the entry for your family. You will need to login to the Directory Spot website (not the mobile app) to make changes to your listing.

As of October 15, only families that have joined the Sycamore Junior High PTO will be able access to the Directory. If you have not joined the PTO, please be sure to do so for continued access! Your PTO membership also supports many important programs for our students, and is just $10 (or $11 to join and pay online).

Please email if you have any questions about the Student Directory!

Thank you,

Wendy Andersen

Directory Chair, Sycamore Junior High PTO

ORDER YOUR yearbook

The 2020 SJHS Yearbook is on sale NOW!

Order today for your best price! The cost is $30/copy. This price will increase to $35 on October 18, 2019.

Please visit this link to order your 2020 SJHS yearbook . . . . Check this off of your to-do list today!

*Yearbooks will be delivered to students May 20, 2020- make a note on your calendar if you purchase early so you don't accidentally purchase twice.

Questions? Contact Melissa Speelman

Ski Club

Interested in joining Sycamore Junior High’s Ski Club? For new members there will be a parent meeting on Monday, October 21st from 7:00-8:00 pm in the Choir Room. Returning members may pick up their packet from Ms. Meyer or Mrs. Swensen starting October 22nd. Ski Club travels to Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Ski Club is open to any 7th and 8th grade student with any ability level on skis or snowboards.

Ski Club will start Thursday, January 9th, 2020 and finish with it’s last trip Thursday, January 30th, 2020. If there is a cancellation, the makeup date will be February 6th and may continue the following week in order to complete our 4 trips. Buses leave the junior high at 3:30 P.M. and return at 8:50 P.M. Students must pay for a discounted ski pass, equipment if needed, and bus transportation fee. The Ski Club paperwork turn-in dates are November 4th and 5th during Flex bell in the gym. Lessons for beginners are mandatory while helmet use is REQUIRED for everyone!

SPONSOR: Lisa Meyer and Heather Swensen

Lost & Found

Lost & Found is in the cafeteria and is cleared out periodically. Click here to see the current items.

From our Counselors

Great Oaks will be offering regional career exploration workshops again this fall at each of the four Great Oaks Career Campuses between now and Thanksgiving.

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in case you missed it

AIR Testing at the JH

When will students take the AIR assessments?

Sycamore Junior High will administer the AIR assessments on April 15, 16, 22, 23 and 29.

How can you help?

Please mark these dates on your calendars and make every effort not to schedule your child for appointments or vacation days. Thank you for your cooperation!!

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.

Reunification Plan

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.

Around Sycamore

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In the community

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community camps and event flyers

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