Sycamore Community Schools

February 2020

Sycamore In 60: Designing Our Future

Sycamore in 60: Design Our Future
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Sycamore Welcomes New Board Members

Sycamore Community Schools has welcomed three Board of Education members:

Paul Balent (appointed by Board to fill Diane Adamec's vacated seat)

Melissa Weiss (re-elected in November)

Brad Comerford (first term)

Learn more about the changes to the Board.

Black History Month

Sycamore Community Schools is commemorating the lives and contributions of African Americans during the month of February. All K-4 students are learning about the "Rocket Girls", a group of African American female mathematicians who were instrumental in serving at NASA in the 1960s. Their story was made into a popular movie, Hidden Figures. The study will also enhance our opportunity to link all second-grade students in the district with the astronauts on the International Space Station

Additionally, we will be offering special activities in each building including field trips to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, (dates will vary) and a study of the underground railroad. Students in the lower grades will study prominent and influential figures in African American history.

E.H. Greene students are reading Bound for the North Star andThrough My Eyes- Ruby Bridges. Students will also learn about the Tuskegee Airmen from a teacher whose grandfather served in the World War II African-American pilot group.

Sycamore Junior High also recently welcomed Emmy-nominated artist Kathy Wade who performed "Rhythms...Common Bonds" which celebrated the music, dance and poetry of Africa.

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Young Aviators To Chat with Astronauts In Space

Sycamore students are getting an opportunity that is out of this world, literally!

Second graders from across the district will get to speak with astronauts aboard the International Space Station in February. Learn more about why Maple Dale Elementary is one of nine North American sites to be selected for this unique opportunity.

Sycamore High School Students Launch "Our Voices"

A group of Sycamore High School students has released a new newsletter to raise mental health awareness.

The first issue of "Our Voices" was created by teens, for teens and includes poetry, interviews, and photography. Junior Alaina Delsignore and sophomore Deeya Prakash presented the idea of a student-led mental health magazine during 1N5's Youth Mental Health Innovation Challenge last summer. Learn more about how their passion helped them gain financial support for the project.

Help Us Prevent the Spread of Illness

Sycamore Community School is closely monitoring the spread of illness as we reach the peak of cold and flu season to ensure the safety and health of students and staff.

At this time, the district is not seeing a significant increase in student absences due to illness. However, the district is taking precautionary measures. Our maintenance staff is making extra efforts to disinfect classrooms and common areas in each of our seven buildings.

We recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing flu or cold symptoms.

On February 4, we sent an email home to families with more recommendations on how to help prevent the spread of illness. We also encourage families to check out the Student Health Handbook for more information.

What You Need To Know About the Coronavirus

Sycamore Community Schools is also closely monitoring the spread of 2019-nCoV, also known as the coronavirus. The district has sought advice from the Hamilton County Public Health and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). We are told ODH is working to put out guidance for K-12 schools regarding the coronavirus in the coming days.

According to the CDC, no community spread of 2019-nCoV has been identified in the United States at this time. However, the CDC is recommending anyone returning to the United States who has been to parts of mainland China outside of Wuhan, Hubei Province in the previous two weeks to monitor their health in self-quarantine for 14 days. The CDC says if no symptoms appear during the 14-day period, there is no risk. For more information on 2019-nCoV, please click here.

Is It Anxiety or Inattention? Understanding ADHD and Anxiety

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Sycamore Wellness Festival Ft. Sycamore Ninja Warrior

Sycamore Wellness Festival Featuring Sycamore Ninja Warrior

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Sycamore Goes Farm to Table

Farm-to-table teaches kids to eat local, taste new foods
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Always An Aviator: "Gas Tank" Gary

Before becoming the No. 23 ranked heavyweight in the country, Ohio State wrestler Gary Traub got started at on the mat at Sycamore. Now he's surged onto the scene in Columbus, earning himself the nickname "Gas Tank Gary" for his knack of pulling out late wins. Read more about "Gas Tank Gary"'s journey.
Plenty Left in the Gas Tank

"This Is Our Fight" Night Raises Nearly $13,000

A big congratulations to Lady Aves Basketball for their 72-67 quadruple-overtime win over Mason during the "This Is Our Fight" Night. Perhaps bigger than the epic battle on the court was the amount of money the game raised for CancerFree Kids. The teams donated $12,925 in memory of Liz Lothrop, who played for Mason and who's father, Randy Lothrop, teaches at Sycamore High School. Click here to see the WLWT story.

Sycamore Student Council Makes SPCA Donation

The Sycamore High School Student Council has once again teamed up with the Cincinnati SPCA! Through various fundraising events this year, they were able to donate $1,500 to the SPCA during their annual Telethon on Star 64.
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Fashion for the Cure

Friday, March 6th, 7pm

Sycamore High School

Join us for the 14th Annual Fashion for the Cure benefitting the Dragonfly Foundation. Tickets are $15 in advance and can be purchased here: They go up to $20 at the door.

Our high school fashion design students create pieces for local Dragonfly children who model the clothing during the show. Last year the event raised $48,000 and was recognized by the Dragonfly Foundation as its 2019 Impact Award-winning event.

Sycamore Band and Orchestras Pancake Day

Join us for songs and syrup on February 29 at Sycamore High School! SBOB will be serving a pancake breakfast and our Grades 5-12 band and orchestras will be performing throughout the day:

  • 8:00 am- 5th Grade Band
  • 8:30 am- 5th Grade Orchestra
  • 9:00 am- Band I
  • 9:30 am- 7th Grade Orchestra
  • 10:00 am- 6th Grade Band
  • 10:30 am- 6th Grade Orchestra
  • 11:00 am- 7th Grade Band
  • 11:30 am- 8th Grade Orchestra
  • 12:00 pm- Big Band
  • 12:30 pm- Advanced Strings
  • 1:00 pm- Band III
  • 1:30 pm- HS Orchestra
  • 2:00 pm- Band II
  • 2:30- 8th Grade Band
  • 3:00- Jazz Ensemble

The Art Expo will also be open from 8:00 am -5:00 pm as well as on Sunday, March 1 from 10:00 am- 5:00 pm.

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No School

There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, February 17 for Presidents' Day.

Greene Carnival Silent Auction

Attn: Sycamore School Families: Greene Carnival Silent Auction is live & online until February 8th @ 2:30pm. Tons of items are up for bid - there's something for everyone, including a generous donation of 25 pieces of wall art from Modern Crowd. Check it out at or scan the QR code.
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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