The Navigator Newsletter

Sycamore Junior High's Parent Communication

November 6, 2020

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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F2F Parents: Remember to Scroll down to see F2F content

This Section Applies to Virtual Classroom Learners

COMING UP

THIS WEEK:

  • November 6: End of Quarter 1


Mark your calendar

  • November 9: No School (Teacher Records Day)
  • November 11: PTO Meeting @ Noon (via Zoom)
  • November 13: Report Cards Posted in eBackpack (see instructions below)
  • November 20: Parent-Teacher Conferences 8am-3pm; No School for Students

  • November 23: Parent-Teacher Evening Conferences 4:30-7:30


Future Testing Dates

  • Winter MAP - Virtual Dates are TBD
  • Spring MAP - Virtual Dates are TBD

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.

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 bernoskym@sycamoreschools.org


Counselor Rachel Morris morrisra@sycamoreschools.org

Parent-Teacher Conference Info: Coming 11/10

Watch you email for a message on Tuesday, November 10th at 8:00am with information about how to sign up for VIRTUAL Parent-Teacher Conferences. The scheduler will open at that time.

Parent Access to Report Cards

First Quarter Report cards will be available on November 13th in eBackpack


Last year, we launched a new feature within Parent Portal called the “eBackpack”. The eBackpack provides you access to documents posted for your student(s), classes, or the school(s). As part of the launch, we are using it to post student report cards as an electronic .pdf file. Each student has their own eBackpack with documents that are specific to them.


Please click HERE to access step-by-step instructions. If you have questions, please follow the included instructions to email the helpdesk.

Virtual Attendance

Dear parents of virtual classroom students,


Based on feedback from teachers and parents, we are instituting a change in attendance procedures for virtual classes starting TUESDAY, November 10th.


Just before class, teachers will share a google form/survey with the class. EVERY student will need to access that google form to self-report attendance within a few minutes of the start of class. Teachers will briefly remind students to self-report their attendance.


Please note, if a student does not access the document to report his/her presence in class, he/she will be marked absent for the bell. This new attendance process will time stamp each response which also will allow us to accurately report tardies when applicable. As with students in our Face to Face classrooms, our expectation of every student in our virtual classrooms is to be on time to class and fully present and engaged throughout the entire bell. Thank you in advance for partnering with us to reinforce this expectation.


We hope this eliminates the extra time required for our teachers to take manual attendance and allows our virtual students to engage in classroom instruction in an equitable fashion as it relates to instructional time.


As always, if you know your student will be absent, please call the VIrtual Attendance Line at 686-1707.

PTO NEWS

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PTO General Meeting Nov 11

Sycamore Junior High PTO General Meeting


Presenters:

Nurse Julie Ferron - COVID-19 district-related policies & issues


Officer Bob Otte - the role of the SRO (School Resource Officer)


Time: Nov 11, 2020 12:00 PM


Join Zoom Meeting

https://financialguide.zoom.us/j/95591733289?pwd=TSsvU0RpTFZzZVVmaXUwM1J1OGpnZz09


Meeting ID: 955 9173 3289

Passcode: 360540

PTO FUNDRAISER at City BBQ

Sycamore Junior High PTO is having a fundraiser at City Barbeque Blue Ash on Tuesday, 11/17/2020! Order online or head on over to show your support and enjoy some BBQ—we’ll get 20% of sales from everyone who uses our fundraiser code (FUND A)when they order at (https://order.citybbq.com/menu/blue-ash) or in the City BBQ app!
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Flight Fest

Although our annual Aviator Flight Fest fundraiser was cancelled this October, the committee is being creative with ways to generate income. Remember the money raised goes to support the extra-curricular clubs & activities (including sports) offered at SJH.


Flight Fest is grounded but we are collaborating with the Sycamore Athletic Boosters for a combined event in Spring including a Silent Auction. Thank you to all SJH Fall sports teams that have donated baskets already!

7th grade Girls Gold Volleyball

Girls Soccer

Boys Soccer

Girls Golf

Girls Tennis

Cross Country


Stay tuned for details about Spring event!!!

Calling all BOYS!

The Sycamore Junior High Boy choir will hold open membership rehearsals Thursday, November 12 and Thursday, November 19 for the 2020-2021 school year. After November 19, membership for the year will be closed.

  • All rehearsals begin PROMPTLY at 7:15 a.m. and end at 7:45 a.m. The group meets in Room 105 at the JH.

  • Boys attending Boy Choir are to be dropped off at the rear entrance to the building (by the black gate) – NOT the front entrance!

  • Boys attending virtually should log onto Google Meet and use the code sjhbc (all lower case)

  • Information regarding Boy Choir attire, concert season, member data base etc. will be distributed after membership is established.

  • Masks are required for Face 2 Face students!

  • DONUTS are the unofficial mascot for our group!


If you like to perform, if you like to sing, if you like to be a part of something that is a “winning team” think about joining us on Thursday November 12 and/or 19 at 7:15 a.m. in Room 105. Any SJH young man is eligible to join – no audition necessary! Gentlemen must come to one of these open membership rehearsals to solidify membership in the group.


Any questions, see Mr. Callahan or Mrs. Stein in Room 105 or feel free to email:

callahanj@sycamoreschools.org or steind@sycamoreschools.org

Student Announcements

11-06-2020_E6 (12:33 min.) w/ Important Club Information

News Crew Links

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Clubs & Activities are BACK!

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The 2021 SJHS Yearbook is on sale NOW!

2020-21 will be a year like no other, the SJHS Yearbook Club is committed to documenting it for YOU! Order your yearbook today for your best price! The cost is $30/copy. This price will increase to $35 on November 25th.


Click HERE to order your 2021 Yearbook


Interested in joining Yearbook Club? Click HERE!


Are you a F2F or virtual student who has photos of JH students you would like to submit? Click HERE! We want to represent ALL students in this year's historic yearbook.


Questions? Contact Melissa Speelman

speelmanm@sycamoreschools.org


Important: Yearbook Information

Did your child miss the school picture days September 3/4 and Oct 6?

Does he/she want to be included in the YEARBOOK?


Please email a photo (headshot with neutral background preferred) to Melissa Speelman speelmanm@sycamoreschools.org right away! She would like to have the photos by October 31.


If you have any photos from athletic events or any other school-related event the Yearbook Club would love to include them in the 2021 yearbook. Please send photo submissions to Melissa Speelman at speelmanm@sycmoreschools.org .

Tech Help

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

2020/2021 Immunization Requirements

Please turn in your required immunization paperwork to nurse Amy Bonham ASAP at jhimmunization@sycamoreschools.org.


In Ohio, the following vaccines are required by law:

7th-grade students must show proof that they have received (1) dose of Tdap, and (1) dose of MCV4 . This requirement must be met NO LATER THAN THE 14th day of attendance at school for the 2020-21 school year.

If you have questions, please email Amy at bonhama@sycamoreschools.org or call 686-1763.

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THIS SECTION PERTAINS TO FACE 2 FACE CLASSROOM STUDENTS

Coming Up

THIS WEEK:

  • November 6: End of Quarter 1


Mark your calendar

  • November 9: No School (Teacher Records Day)
  • November 11: PTO Meeting @ Noon (via Zoom)
  • November 13: Report Cards Posted in eBackpack (see instructions below))
  • November 20: Parent-Teacher Conferences 8am-3pm; No School for Students

  • November 23: Parent-Teacher Evening Conferences 4:30-7:30


Future Testing Dates:

  • Winter MAP for F2F - January 12 & 13
  • Spring MAP for F2F - May 12 & 13

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.

Reunification

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.

Parent-Teacher Conferences: INFO COMING 11/10

Watch you email for a message on Tuesday, November 10th at 8:00am with information about how to sign up for VIRTUAL Parent-Teacher Conferences. The scheduler will open at that time.

Parent Access to Report Cards

First Quarter Report cards will be available on November 13th in eBackpack


Last year, we launched a new feature within Parent Portal called the “eBackpack”. The eBackpack provides you access to documents posted for your student(s), classes, or the school(s). As part of the launch, we are using it to post student report cards as an electronic .pdf file. Each student has their own eBackpack with documents that are specific to them.


Please click HERE to access step-by-step instructions. If you have questions, please follow the included instructions to email the helpdesk.

IMPORTANT!!! Dismissal / Pick Up

In an effort to better maintain social distancing and the safety of the students waiting for parents at dismissal, we are asking for a slight change in procedure.


Please WAIT to text your child ONLY when you turn into the driveway of the school. It is this text that cues your student to leave class and proceed to the pickup area. Texting too early creates a logjam of children on the sidewalk which compromises our social distancing protocols. It also has created a safety hazard when too many students seek out parents and cross multiple traffic lanes in an attempt to get into cars.


Please HELP US KEEP YOUR CHILD SAFE! Text them only when you have actually arrived at the property. Thank you for your cooperation!

No Idling please!

PLEASE remember to turn off your automobile engines

when you arrive to pickup your child.

Thank you for keeping the air around our building fresh and clean!!

COVID-Related Safety Review

District staff conducted a safety walk-through of our building last week. We are pleased to report that Junior High teachers. staff and students passed with flying colors!


Thank you to all!!

Calling all BOYS!

The Sycamore Junior High Boy choir will hold open membership rehearsals Thursday, November 12 and Thursday, November 19 for the 2020-2021 school year. After November 19, membership for the year will be closed.

  • All rehearsals begin PROMPTLY at 7:15 a.m. and end at 7:45 a.m. The group meets in Room 105 at the JH.

  • Boys attending Boy Choir are to be dropped off at the rear entrance to the building (by the black gate) – NOT the front entrance!

  • Boys attending virtually should log onto Google Meet and use the code sjhbc (all lower case)

  • Information regarding Boy Choir attire, concert season, member data base etc. will be distributed after membership is established.

  • Masks are required for Face 2 Face students!

  • DONUTS are the unofficial mascot for our group!


If you like to perform, if you like to sing, if you like to be a part of something that is a “winning team” think about joining us on Thursday November 12 and/or 19 at 7:15 a.m. in Room 105. Any SJH young man is eligible to join – no audition necessary! Gentlemen must come to one of these open membership rehearsals to solidify membership in the group.


Any questions, see Mr. Callahan or Mrs. Stein in Room 105 or feel free to email:

callahanj@sycamoreschools.org or steind@sycamoreschools.org

Student Announcements

11-06-2020_E6 (12:33 min.) w/ Important Club Information

News Crew Links

PTO NEWS

Big picture

General Meeting Nov. 11

Sycamore Junior High PTO General Meeting


Presenters:

Nurse Julie Ferron - COVID-19 district-related policies & issues


Officer Bob Otte - the role of the SRO (School Resource Officer)


Time: Nov 11, 2020 12:00 PM


Join Zoom Meeting

https://financialguide.zoom.us/j/95591733289?pwd=TSsvU0RpTFZzZVVmaXUwM1J1OGpnZz09


Meeting ID: 955 9173 3289

Passcode: 360540

PTO Fundraiser @ City BBQ

Sycamore Junior High PTO is having a fundraiser at City Barbeque Blue Ash on Tuesday, 11/17/2020! Order online or head on over to show your support and enjoy some BBQ—we’ll get 20% of sales from everyone who uses our fundraiser code (FUND A) when they order at (https://order.citybbq.com/menu/blue-ash) or in the City BBQ app!
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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Flight Fest

Although our annual Aviator Flight Fest fundraiser was cancelled this October, the committee is being creative with ways to generate income. Remember the money raised goes to support extra-curricular clubs & activities (including sports) offered at SJH.


Flight Fest is grounded but we are collaborating with the Sycamore Athletic Boosters for a combined event in Spring including a Silent Auction. Thank you to all SJH Fall sports teams that have donated baskets already!

7th grade Girls Gold Volleyball

Girls Soccer

Boys Soccer

Girls Golf

Girls Tennis

Cross Country


Stay tuned for details about Spring event!!!

Clubs & Activities are BACK!

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Important: yearbook Information

Did your child miss the school picture days September 14 and Oct 6?

Does he/she want to be included in the YEARBOOK?


Please email a photo (headshot with neutral background preferred) to Melissa Speelman speelmanm@sycamoreschools.org right away! She would like to have the photos by October 31.



If you have any photos from athletic events or any other school-related event the Yearbook Club would love to include them in the 2021 yearbook. Please send photo submissions to Melissa Speelman at speelmanm@sycmoreschools.org .

The 2021 SJHS Yearbook is on sale NOW!

2020-21 will be a year like no other, the SJHS Yearbook Club is committed to documenting it for YOU! Order your yearbook today for your best price! The cost is $30/copy. This price will increase to $35 on November 25th.


Click HERE to order your 2021 Yearbook


Interested in joining Yearbook Club? Click HERE!


Are you a F2F or virtual student who has photos of JH students you would like to submit? Click HERE! We want to represent ALL students in this year's historic yearbook.


Questions? Contact Melissa Speelman

speelmanm@sycamoreschools.org


Inclement Weather

As the weather turns colder, please encourage your child to bring a jacket to school. Students will go out to recess if the temperature is 30 degrees or above. Jackets may be carried in backpacks and/or hung on their chairs in class. Due to the pandemic, there are no lockers or coat rooms. Thank you.

2020/2021 IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS

Please turn in your required immunization paperwork to nurse Amy Bonham ASAP at jhimmunization@sycamoreschools.org.


In Ohio, the following vaccines are required by law:

7th-grade students must show proof that they have received (1) dose of Tdap, and (1) dose of MCV4 . This requirement must be met NO LATER THAN THE 14th day of attendance at school for the 2020-21 school year.


If you have questions, please email Amy at bonhama@sycamoreschools.org or call 686-1763.

In Our Sycamore Community

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