Sycamore Community Schools

November 2019

Sycamore Families,

We are just days away from a crucial decision for our district. On November 5, voters will decide on a $127.5 million bond issue to renovate and replace our oldest and obsolete facilities. If approved, this will result in an increase of $7 monthly per $100,000 of home market value.

Through our three-year Master Facility Plan process we identified the need for replacement and renovation of the district’s aged and obsolete buildings to support the educational and instructional needs of current and future generations of students. In addition to the need, other factors make this a cost-effective time to implement the plan.

Financial market data show that the cost to issue bonds is the lowest in nearly 40 years and construction industry data show that the cost of the plan will continue to increase. Delaying implementation of the plan will not only impact learning but will significantly increase the cost as construction costs continue to escalate and interest rates inevitably rise.

Our vision for the future includes learning environments that are agile and adaptive, and that easily support a broad spectrum of learning styles and innovative instructional practices so that Sycamore remains a destination district for families.

WATCH: Board of Education President On Need Now

Why Now? Sycamore Board of Education President on Master Facility Plan

Why Does The County Auditor's Website and The Ballot Say 4.0 Mills?

Under State law, the Hamilton County Auditor must calculate the new millage under a specific formula for voter consideration, ie. the projected average millage rate over the 30-year term of the issue. If approved, the district will work with the County Auditor to align the collection of property taxes with the “wrap around” debt structure, keeping the additional cost at no more than 2.4 mills.

The district works with the county auditor annually to calculate the tax rate needed for current bond issues. For example, the district currently collects 1.4 mills on the 1998 issue that was originally approved for 2.39 mills.

Need More Information?

We encourage you to learn more our Master Facility Plan by visiting our website and clicking through each Phase of our three-year process. Learn more about the financial decision behind the request. Watch our last Community Conversation and spread the word to your family, friends, and neighbors. We also welcome questions and comments to

WATCH: Board of Education Candidates Forum

Sycamore Board of Education Candidates Forum 10-15-2019

Election Day is November 5

Join your friends and neighbors in voting Election Day is November 5. Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. You can find your polling location by clicking here.

Don't let life keep you from casting your ballot! If you think you may be too busy on Election Day, you have options now to make your vote count:

1. Request an absentee ballot. If you return your ballot by mail, it must be received by the Board of Elections by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.

2. Early in-person voting. You can cast your ballot by visiting the Hamilton County Board of Elections at 4700 Smith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45212. Click here for early voting hours.

Longtime Sycamore Volunteer Honored

A longtime Sycamore volunteer has been recognized for her dedication to Sycamore Community Schools Fine Arts programming.

Mary Overman was honored at the Southwest Ohio Art Education Association awards ceremony at Mount St. Joseph University on October 16. Learn more about the woman behind Sycamore Schools' monthly Art Exhibits.

Rotary Teacher of the Year

The Rotary Club of Northeast Ohio recognized Sycamore High School teacher Brad Williams as the 2019 Educator of the Year. Mr. Williams teaches engineering and serves as the district STEAM Coordinator. Learn more about his efforts including the tiny home project and constructing an electric car that raced at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Aviation Station On Display At State Conference

Sycamore Schools is proud to announce the Aviation Station will be participating in the OSBA Student Achievement Fair on November 11. We are excited to share our innovative mobile STEAM classroom with educators from across the state of Ohio!

What is PBL?

Sycamore Schools has embraced the innovative educational philosophy across all grade levels and subject areas. Project-based learning (PBL) encourages a return to “learning by doing” rather than focusing on book-learning.

Check out this article about PBL happening at Blue Ash Elementary. Then learn more about why innovative teaching and learning is important by watching the TEDTalk below with renowned Innovation Educator Tony Wagner:

Play, passion, purpose: Tony Wagner at TEDxNYED

Spotlight On Safety: Sycamore's Reunification Plan

Sycamore Community Schools Reunification Plan
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Pizza with the Principal

Tuesday, Nov. 19th, 6-7pm

7400 Cornell Road

Montgomery, OH

Considering your high school decision? Ask your questions and eat a slice (or three!) of pizza with Mr. Mader. Please RSVP to


Back by popular demand, #SycamoreStrong magnets are here! Toss your old faded magnet and stop by District Office to pick up up a shiny new one for free.
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Aves Theatre presents "Tuck Everlasting"

Aves Theater presents "Tuck Everlasting" November 8-9 and November 15-16 at 7:30 p.m.

Join us for the production based on the poignant children's book! The young heroine must decide if eternal life is a blessing or a curse when she discovers a spring on her family's property whose waters grant immortality.

Tickets available at

Strike Up the Band For Hunger

Friday, Nov. 8th, 6:30-7pm

7400 Cornell Road

Montgomery, OH

Join us for Strike Up The Band for Hunger at Sycamore High School on November 8. The performance will include a breakdown of the band's championship production and a full run of the show.

Admission to the performance will be two nonperishable food items. After our performance, donations will be delivered to Operation Give Back's food pantry.
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Happy Thanksgiving

There is no school on November 27-29 for Thanksgiving Break. Enjoy the time off with your family and friends!


Help support Sycamore High School Student Council in their efforts to collect towels and blankets for the SPCA:
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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