The Navigator Newsletter

Sycamore Junior High's Parent Communication

January 13, 2022

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.

Coming Up


Don't forget - there is no school Friday through Wednesday of next week. See you back on Cooper Road on Thursday, January 20!

  • January 14: No School - Teacher Records Day
  • January 17: No School - Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
  • January 18 - 19: No School - Teacher Collaboration Days: home learning days for students
  • January 20 & 21: MAP Testing (see testing bell schedule)
  • January 21: Report Cards distributed (check my eBackpack)


  • February 21: No School - President's Day

IMPORTANT: Reporting COVID-19 Cases

PLEASE call the COVID-19 Attendance Line (513) 686-1707.

In addition, families and staff can report COVID-19 related absences online. Please visit and simply fill out the Google Form for your student or yourself. You can also find an icon to the form inside the Sycamore Community Schools Mobile App. Submissions will be monitored daily.

From our Nurse

Parents/Guardians please check with your children each morning to make sure they feel well.

You will find the Covid-19 Daily Parent/Guardian Checklist linked here and on our website. Translations of this document may be found HERE.

Please visit the District's Healthy Aves page for more detailed information.

Second Semester is HERE!

The second semester begins next week.


Your child should have received a hard copy of his/her schedule on Thursday. If your child was absent, he/she can access the schedule in Blackboard.


Please check with your child to make sure he/she has all the necessary supplies for class. Check out our general supply list and teacher-specific supply list.


Report cards will be available in My eBackpack on January 21. Please refer to these instructions on accessing your child's eBackpack

Counseling Corner

Important Note Regarding 2nd Quarter Final Grades

Due to COVID-related absences, students may have outstanding work and semester exams to finish. Those students will receive an “I” or “Incomplete” on their report card. Please have your child communicate with their respective teachers to get their work completed. All exams and remaining coursework must be finalized no later than Friday, Feb 18, 2022in order to update the “Incomplete” status.

College Credit Plus (CCP)

Annual CCP Update (Run by Sycamore High School)

This information has been updated for the 2022-23 school year.


There will be a Virtual Q & A session for CCP and the 2022-23 CCP on Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 6:30 pm.

    • Access the Google Meet link here.
    • If you would like to ask questions ahead of time to be answered during this session, please do so here.

College Credit Plus is Ohio’s dual enrollment program that provides students in grades 7-12 the opportunity to earn college and high school credits at the same time by taking courses from Ohio colleges or universities. The purpose of this program is to enhance students’ career readiness and postsecondary success, while providing a wide variety of options to college-ready students, at no or limited costs to students and families. Taking a college course from a public college or university through College Credit Plus is free to the family as Sycamore covers the cost of tuition and books. Students are required to notify Sycamore High School if they plan to participate in College Credit Plus. The process begins with the student completing a mandatory Intent to Participate form

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SHS Academic Fair

As you know, the SHS Academic Fair has been rescheduled for February 3. This is an event geared to rising 9th grade families and we encourage everyone to attend. High school teachers will be present to discuss their courses and answer any questions families and students may have.

Check Out Our Classes

Current teachers will share their class recommendations in February. However, students and families do not need to wait until February to start looking at courses! Take a look at our Course Planning Guide! This guide includes class descriptions, graduation requirements, and much more. A comprehensive list of classes just available to rising 9th graders can be viewed here.

Class of 2026 Counseling Team

At the high school, we assign counselors alphabetically by graduating class. Your student will work with the same school counselor for all four years. Your student's counselor will meet with them during the first week in March to discuss class choices and answer any questions that may remain.

The class of 2026 counseling team is:

Mrs. Brenda Fisher (A-F)

Mrs. Bonnie Stephenson (L-Z)

PTO News


Do you have great ideas for fun activities for 7th and 8th graders? We have found a chair and co-chair for our first-ever Spring a Thon fundraiser. We are now seeking individuals that would like to help the chair organize this event. By volunteering, you get to have your voice heard on this first-ever event and help mold this for future students. If you are interested in helping out either from home or the day of, please fill out the form below and our chair will reach out to you with more information. Thanks for considering helping with this exciting new event.

8th Grade Day: June 2, 2022

It’s hard to believe our 8th graders will soon be moving on to High School!!!

8th Grade Day...A fun "out of school" day for all 8th graders, co-sponsored by PTO and JH Administration typically held at the Blue Ash Recreation Center. Day includes pool access, outdoor activities, DJ and lunch. Volunteers are broken up into two shifts (morning and afternoon) mostly to chaperone and help out with snacks and parting gifts. If you are interested in helping out day-of or co-chair planning for this Sycamore Jr. High tradition please contact


Yearbook - Ordering and Photo Submittal

The SJHS Yearbook Club is committed to documenting this school year for YOU! Order your yearbook today! The cost is $35/copy.

Click HERE to order your 2022 Yearbook.

Do you have photos you would like to submit to the Yearbook Club? Click HERE and find the “Submit Photos Here” button ! We want to represent ALL students in this year's historic yearbook.

Questions? Contact Mrs. Melissa Speelman


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