The Navigator Newsletter

Sycamore Junior High's Parent Communication

January 27-31

Building Goals

* Provide rigorous learning opportunities

* Respect diversity

* Personalize learning

SJH Reunification Site: Blue Ash Rec Center

COMING UP at the JH!

This Week:

January 29: Teacher Course Recommendation Day (Scheduling)

Mark Your Calendars:

February 12: Aviator Bash 3:15pm - 5:00pm (details to follow)

February 19: Variety Show 7pm

Grade Level Meetings

The Administrative Team will be meeting with each grade level to talk about the outstanding job they have done so far this year. We will be reinforcing our Sycamore JH expectations of being respectful, being safe, being responsible, and being a problem solver. We will also be addressing the importance of making smart choices with cell phones and social media. Please help reinforce these expectations with your child at home! Thank you!

Scheduling Information From the Counselors

Dear 7th Grade Parents/Guardians,

Scheduling for the 2020-2021 school year is upon us! For current 7th grade students we incorporate an online scheduling component in which the students will be entering their course requests into an online portal. Below is a general outline of what to expect.

● Teacher Recommendation Day will be on Wednesday, January 29 where all teachers will speak with students about the course(s) recommended for them for next year.

● After Teacher Recommendation Day, a packet will be mailed home. This packet will include the students’ course selectors, which will show the teacher recommendations. Online scheduling directions will also be included in the mailer.

● Students will need to enter their course requests into the online scheduling portal by Wednesday, February 12. In order to log in to the portal, students will need to use the username and password provided on the bottom of the course selector.

● During the week of February 3, the counseling team will be available during Flex Time bell to assist students and answer any questions related to the online scheduling process.

● On Friday, February 21, verification sheets will be sent home with all students so that course requests can be reviewed.

We look forward to working with you and your student as they plan for next year!

Best regards,

Administrative & Counseling Team

Now Hiring!!

Interested in being part of an amazing school district as a substitute Educational Assistant? This is a great opportunity to help support the needs of our students and buildings. The hourly rate of pay is $12/hr. Applicants must have a satisfactory FBI/BCI background check. Physical ability and appropriate interaction with students, school staff, and administrators are required for this position. Please click here to complete an online application to begin the process.

Lost & Found

Lost & Found is OVERFLOWING!!! If your child is missing items, please have him or her check the tables in the cafeteria. Items will be removed by our PTO volunteer on January 31.

Click here to see the current items.

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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PTO Hassle Free Fundraising

You have raised over $1400 with Hassle Free Fundraising!

Whether you clipped, scanned, downloaded or chowed down, our Sycamore Junior High Community raised over $1400 in the first semester with Kroger Community Rewards, Box Tops, Pipkins and our City BBQ Fundraiser. A huge THANK YOU from the PTO.

Haven’t participated yet? It isn’t too late, read on for ways to support your PTO with ‘hassle-free’ fundraising:

  • Kroger donates a percentage of your purchase to our school if you designate “Sycamore Junior High” as your recipient in the Kroger Community Rewards program. Logon to, sign into your Kroger account and choose Sycamore Junior High as your community rewards organization.

  • Box Tops for Education (BTFE) – Collect Box Tops on all eligible products and turn your clipped box tops into collection box outside of the School Office. NEW this year, BTFE will phase in electronic box tops. With the electronic box tops, just download the app, shop, then scan your receipt into the app– it’s that simple!

  • Pipkin’s Fruit and Vegetable Market donates a percentage of every purchase back to the school! Just return your receipts to the box marked “Pipkins” outside of the School Office


The annual AVES BASH is Wednesday, February 12th after school. Student pick up will be at 5pm from either side of the building. There will be games, raffle prizes, music, and more! Food & drinks will be available to purchase for $1. Small bills are appreciated. In order for this event to be a success we need your help! Please be on the lookout for a Sign Up Genius link with volunteer opportunities. We hope to see you there!

- The Aves Bash Committee

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In Case You Missed It

Safer Schools Ohio


Safer Schools Ohio is 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.

Order Your Yearbook

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

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.

Around Sycamore

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Fashion for the Cure

Come support one of the biggest fundraisers for The Dragonfly Foundation. This event is put on by a talented team at Sycamore High School and features fashion designed and modeled by SHS students.
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Community Camps and Event Flyers