The Navigator Newsletter

Sycamore Junior High's Parent Communication

December 22-January 6

Building Goals

*Ensure Safety of Students and Staff

*Cultivate a Positive Climate

*Implement Formative Instructional Practices

Coming Up at the JH

This week:

December 21 - January 6: Winter Break - No School

Mark your calendars:

January 7: Welcome back to school! First day of 2nd semester

From the Administration and Staff

Thank you to all our Junior High students and their families for an outstanding first semester! We appreciate all you do at home, parents and guardians, to support your children. We hope you enjoy a wonderful winter break, filled with family, friends, and fellowship.

Happy Holidays and Peace and Joy in the New Year!

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Save the Date!!

Freshman Camp for rising 9th graders


In case you missed it

Safer Schools Ohio


A multi-agency effort created to assist schools in continuously improving the safety of our students. By calling or texting the statewide anonymous hotline parents, students or community members can report anything that is suspicious or endangering you, your friends or your school.

Immunizations for 7th graders

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.

From our Nurse


If your child has outgrown sweatpants or other comfortable clothing that you would like to donate, please consider sending them to the school. Extra clothes come in handy when students fall in a puddle at recess or spill food/drink on themselves at lunch. Please bring them to the main office marked as "donation". Thank you and Happy Holidays!


** Remember your children should remain at home until they are fever/vomiting/diarrhea free for a full 24 hours without fever-reducing medication before coming back to school.

Hamilton County Public Health Department keeps schools updated on current illnesses happening throughout the county. The Health Department is currently seeing cases of hand, foot and mouth disease and pertussis throughout the county. Flu season is also right around the corner so it is important to be aware of signs and symptoms to protect your child and others. As always, Sycamore Community Schools likes to keep families aware of precautions to take to keep our students and families healthy this time of year.

  • Frequent handwashing for at least 20 seconds

  • Covering the mouth and nose with the inner elbow when sneezing and coughing

  • Staying home from school or work when ill until you are fever/vomiting/diarrhea free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.

  • Avoiding close contact with sick people

  • The health departments strongly recommends up-to-date Tdap vaccination and Flu shots - which are still available

The following are resource links for each illnesses mentioned. Please take the time to review signs and symptoms and consult your School Nurse or physician if you have any questions.


Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease=

Influenza (Flu)=

Yearbook ordering

Time is running out to save $5 on the SJHS yearbook!

Order today for your best price! The cost is $30/copy. This price will increase to $35 on December 22, 2018! Please visit this link to order your 2019 SJHS yearbook . . . . Check this off of you to-do list today!

Questions? Contact Melissa Speelman


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Know! Beyond the Holiday Blues

‘Tis the season to be jolly; It’s the most wonderful time of the year; It’s the happiest season of all. That’s what we hear. But what if your teen isn’t feeling jolly, wonderful, or even the slightest bit happy? He or she may be experiencing the holiday blues. Unfortunately, just like moms, dads, and other adults, young people are not immune from feeling sad, lonely, anxious, and depressed during the holiday season.


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