The Navigator Newsletter

Sycamore Junior High's Parent Communication

November 11 - 15, 2019

Building Goals

* Provide rigorous learning opportunities

* Respect diversity

* Personalize learning

SJH Reunification Site: Blue Ash Rec Center

COMING UP at the JH!

Nov 13: PTO Meeting @ 10:30 am

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.

Thank You For Your Support of Issue 18!

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

Follow us on Facebook!

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Save the Date

Save the Date - Monday, November 25, 2019 - for delicious BBQ! Sycamore Junior High PTO is teaming up with City BBQ in Blue Ash for a fundraiser! Present this coupon when you order anytime on Monday, November 25th and the Sycamore Junior High PTO will receive 25% of earnings.

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Donate to OGB Holiday Store

Sycamore Junior High Student Council & Operation Give Back are teaming up to give back to our community!

We are on a mission to provide resources for those in need this holiday season. We need your help!! From November 13-December 6, we are collecting apparel or gift cards.

For guidance, please see the attached "Shopping Guide".

Donations of NEW clothing or NEW/LIKE NEW coats can be dropped off in the bin in the front lobby. Gift card donations can be dropped off in the box in Officer Martin’s office. See a student council member (or Mrs. DiOrio or Miss Wein) if you have any questions. ‘Tis the season for giving!

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Sandwich Project Volunteers Needed

The Sycamore Junior High Sandwich Project is in need of volunteers to help organize and setup sandwich making on Thursdays throughout the school year. The commitment is just an hour or so on Thursdays from 10:50- 11:50.

This is the 21st year of the project. Weekly, students make 250 sandwiches in which they are picked up and delivered to St Francis Seraph located on Vine St in Over the Rhine. The sandwiches are then served to the hungry of Cincinnati that evening. It's a great experience for our kids as they demonstrate compassion, humility, and empathy to the less fortunate.

If you are interested in helping please sign up via the SignUp Genius. Thank you!

Adapting for Life Course

As previously mentioned, Sycamore Community Schools, in partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, will offer Adapting for Life, an evidence-based course designed for students. The purpose of this program is to educate young people on the importance of mental health and wellness, through instruction on healthier behaviors and adapting coping strategies, so they may lead healthier lives.

8th-grade students will participate in this 4-day course through their assigned history class. The first round of our 8th graders will participate in this program, next week, beginning on Nov. 4-8. The remaining 8th graders will receive the program in January. The schedule of when the 8th grade history classes will be exposed to the program is included below.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Adapting for Life, please reach out to Lisa Zelvy, Pupil Services Supervisor, at or Kristin Suter, SJHS School Counselor, at

Nov. 4-7: Mr. Harris, Mr. Rodriguez, Mrs. Darbyshire

Jan. 21-24: Mrs. Reedy, Mr. Reis

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In Case You Missed It

Midwest Academic Talent Search

Sycamore Junior High participates in the Midwest Academic Talent Search sponsored by the Center for Talent Development (CTD) at Northwestern University. CTD uses the ACT and SAT tests to give families information on students' abilities beyond information generated by regular standardized tests. Sycamore students who qualify for accelerated/gifted courses may consider MATS. For more information please see this letter from Mr. Brenner and Mrs. Ely.

Lost & Found

Lost & Found is in the cafeteria and is cleared out periodically. Click here to see the current items.

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.

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Community Camps and Event Flyers

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