The Navigator Newsletter

Sycamore Junior High's Parent Communication

May 28, 2021

School Goals

Ensure safety of self and students

Provide engaging, standards-based digitized curriculum both F2F and Virtually

Remain prepared to adapt


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Coming Up

This Week:

  • May 31: Memorial Day, No School

  • June 2: 8th Grade Day

  • June 3: Last day of classes

Mark Your Calendars:

  • June 14 - July 9: Summer School

  • August 23: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm Schedule Pickup/Pictures

  • August 24: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Schedule Pickup/Pictures

  • August 30: Transition Day - 7th Grade ONLY

  • August 31: Transition Day - 8th Grade ONLY

  • September 1: All Students

Speak Up/Save Lives

By calling or testing the statewide hotline

- 844-SAFEROH -

- 844-723-3764 -

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

8th Grade Day: June 2nd


F2F students will leave the building by bus at 9:45 AM and return around 2:00 PM.


Lunch, snacks, and plenty of water will be available to students thanks to our generous PTO.


If you need to access your 8th-grade student during this time, please coordinate with Ms. Lally prior to that day via email at or via phone 686-1760. Students will NOT have their cel phones on.


Required -

  • Face covering

  • Towel and swimwear if they wish to swim (Suggested: students wear their swimwear under their clothing to school that morning. We are only permitted to use the tennis court bathrooms)

  • Sunscreen

Optional -

  • Hat

  • Sporting equipment

  • Cards

  • Small bag or backpack to carry their belongings

  • A sack lunch/snacks

It is our recommendation that students do not bring valuables to school on this day. We will not be able to respond to stolen or lost valuables, including cell phones. Additionally, students are not permitted to use their cell phones at this event.


In order to have the privilege of attending this event, students must be in good academic and behavioral standing.

  • Maintain passing grades in your classes. Students with multiple failures for the 4th quarter will not be permitted to attend.

  • Follow direction from adults. Students that are chronically noncompliant will not be permitted to attend.

  • Demonstrate respect for others. A student that is rude or disrespectful towards others or property will not be permitted to attend.

  • Be a leader. Model excellence. Students that continue to violate the code of conduct or demonstrate behaviors that are not outstanding examples of what an SJH student exemplifies will not be permitted to attend..

Please remind your student of these expectations.

This will be a fantastic day of celebration for our students. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Lavercombe at or 686-1760.

Dress Code

As you and your junior high student shop for clothes over the summer, please refer to our dress code. Thank you!!


Thank you!!!

Big thanks to all of this year's PTO volunteers! As difficult as our situation was, your efforts had a huge impact on the students of the Junior High. A special thanks goes out to our retiring executive board members: Kim Hueil, Lori Drasnin, Gloria Lin, Jason Dimaculangan.

Students at the Junior High got together to make this Thank You VIdeo! Watch below!

Student Announcements

5-28-2021 SJHS NC Ann Final Episode 30, Season 20 21 (19:41)

News Crew Links

Sycamore Junior High Summer Reading

Help prevent summer reading loss by reading a great book! Studies have shown that reading proficiency levels can decrease over the summer. To help lessen the loss of reading skills, students at Sycamore Junior High are encouraged to keep reading all summer. All of the language arts classes at the junior high have summer reading expectations. Assignments and instructions are located in Google Classrooms that students access using their Sycamore student accounts*. See below for the Google Classroom codes. All summer reading assignments are due on the first day of school.

*New to Sycamore and do not have an account? Look for the asterisk at the bottom of each course description.

Honors Language Arts 7

Students enrolling in Honors Language Arts 7 for the 2021-2022 school year need to use the Google Classroom code fjnujob to access the summer reading assignment and instructions. Students must use their Sycamore provided student account* to join the Google Classroom.

*New to Sycamore and do not have an account? Click here to download a PDF of the summer reading assignment instructions.

Honors Language Arts 8

Students enrolling in Honors Language Arts 8 for the 2021-2022 school year need to use the Google Classroom code i637diw to access the summer reading assignment and instructions. Students must use their Sycamore provided student account* to join the Google Classroom.

*New to Sycamore and do not have an account? Click here to download a PDF of the summer reading assignment instructions.

Language Arts 7 and 8

Students enrolling in Language Arts 7/8 for the 2021-2022 school year need to use the Google Classroom code h7zzngf to access the recommended summer reading. Students must use their Sycamore provided student account* to join the Google Classroom.

*New to Sycamore and do not have an account? The junior high language arts department recommends that you read at least one book this summer. You can choose any book that appeals to your individual interests. We encourage you to choose a book that interests and challenges you. There is no written assignment. Your language arts teacher will ask you about your book at the beginning of the year to learn more about your preferences as a reader.

Sara Sheldt

Language Arts and Reading Teacher

Language Arts Department Supervisor

Sycamore Junior High School

Yearbook Pickup


Yearbooks for F2F students who ordered them will be distributed June 2nd prior to 8th grade day.


Yearbook pick up is scheduled for Friday, June 4th from 9-12. If this is not ideal for your family's schedule, please see the email sent to your child's school account listing alternative pick up dates. Please fill out the Google form attached to that email to choose another option. Options are listed below:

  • Send Yearbook home with a designated face-to-face student (List student name/grade)
  • Pick up DURING school hours May 24- June 3 (8am-3:30pm)
  • Pick up June 4th from 9-12 in the Main Lobby (DEFAULT choice if form is not completed)

Feel free to email me if you have any questions .

Thank you!

Mrs. Melissa Speelman

2021-2022 Supply Lists/Backpacks

As you start shopping for supplies for next year, please refer to our GENERAL SUPPLY LIST and TEACHER-SPECIFIC SUPPLY LIST. Ohio's Tax-Free weekend will be August 7-9, 2021.

Next year, junior high students will be allowed to carry backpacks. Because our hallways are small and space is restricted, we ask that you send your child with a modest-sized backpack. To help in this effort, our teachers have worked to limit the supplies that the students will need for each class.

Students will be able to access lockers three times a day to retrieve items for morning and afternoon classes:

    • Before school

    • In the middle of the school day - 7th grade between 3rd and 4th bells and 8th grade between 4th and 5th bells

    • After school


Summer Learning Enrichment Courses - deadline extended!

Summer Learning registration has been extended. Register today, don't delay.

Please see the Summer Learning course catalog for additional information


Aves Cross Country Camp

GRADES: Incoming 4th - 8th graders.

Please see Aves Cross Country Camp info sheet for more information.

Questions? Please email Rick Shomo at

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OGB Super Summer Kick Off!!

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Questions? Here are your Building Contacts

Remember: If you have questions, our team is here! Please reach out to our Administrator or Counselor for Virtual Classroom Students.

Assistant Principal Molly Bernosky

Counselor Rachel Morris

Tech Help

Remember - If your child has tech issues in the virtual classroom, please call 686-1793 or email Please leave a message if you do not get an answer and they will respond ASAP!
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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.