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Sycamore Junior High's Parent Communication

March 26, 2021

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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Coming Up

This Week:

  • April 2: Spring Vacation Day, No School

Mark Your Calendar:

  • April 7: General PTO Meeting, noon
  • April 9: End of 3rd Quarter
  • AIR Testing: April 14 & 15 - ELA; April 21 & 22 - MATH; April 29 - 8th Gr Science

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.

ADAPT For Life Parent Survey

Dear Families,

Recently we shared information with you regarding an exciting grant awarded to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Sycamore Community Schools as a part of Governor Dewine’s K-12 Prevention Education Initiative. We have started the engagement process with the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s Adapt for Life team, we are in need of your feedback to assist our student, staff, and family planning. Completing this anonymous 5 question survey will inform our process and assist us in developing strong programming for our future.

In April, we anticipate hosting virtual parent information sessions about the Adapt for Life program and our grant partnership. We look forward to sharing more with you in the coming weeks and months.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Lisa Zelvy, Pupil Services Supervisor, at

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For Rising 8th Grade Students:

Verification Sheets will be available in your child's my eBackpack in Parent Portal on Friday March 26th by approximately 4pm. This is a list of courses that we have planned for each student. If you need to make any changes or have questions, please contact your child's school counselor.

Mr. Brenner - Face 2 Face, A-K

Mrs. Suter - Face 2 Face, L-Z

Mrs. Morris - All Virtual Students

All Course Adjustment Request Forms (CAR) are due no later than April 9th. CAR forms can be found on our website at CAR forms are required when a student is requesting to enroll in an Honors level course that he/she was not originally recommended.

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Sycamore Junior High PTO General Meeting April 7, 2021

Here's your opportunity to hear updates regarding news around Sycamore Junior High.

Hear from the principal, Dr. Traci Rea. And we welcome our guest speaker Lisa Zelvy from the District Office who will talk about areas of mental health and the Adapt For Life program.

Topic: Sycamore Junior High PTO General Meeting - Guest Speaker Lisa Zelvy
Time: Apr 7, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Aves Day at the Races


The biggest and only fundraiser for the Jr. High PTO is right around the corner - May 1. Registration for the race is open now.

Sign-Up and support the Jr. High PTO and the Sycamore Athletic Boosters. The money we raise will come right back to impact our students at the Jr. High. It is the funding that supports PTO Programs such as Eighth Grade Day, Staff Appreciation, and more. It helps fund clubs, extracurricular activities, and sports. Did you know that it is because the sizable donation from the Sycamore Athletic Boosters that the Jr. High is able to support two teams, green and gold, for sports like basketball and volleyball? Besides we all need something fun to do and to put on our calendar this spring!

  • Derby Dash - Virtual 2K/5K Run. Registrants will receive a race t-shirt and are entered into a raffle to win one of four gift cards to Kenwood Towne Centre! Register by April 21 to receive your shirt before May 1.
  • Virtual Silent Auction - Opening April 9 - Check out and bid on exciting baskets and donations from area businesses, Jr. High clubs and sports teams, and HS Sports Teams.
  • Derby Party Kits - Going on sale April 6, purchase an adult themed party kit for $125 loaded with treats and donations from area businesses to host your own Derby Party.

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Student Announcements

03-26-2021 SJHS NC Ann Episode 21, Season 20-21 (5:25)

News Crew Links


Intramural Golf

Looking for something fun to do this April? How about intramural golf? This club is for beginning students who would like to learn basic golf skills, gain knowledge and confidence, and get some practice to be able to play this awesome lifetime activity. Sessions begin on Monday, April 5. Get all the details and sign up now through April 2, with this google classroom code:


If you have any questions, see or email Ms. Meyer at:

2021-2022 Calendar Updates

It's never too early to plan for the start of the 2021-2022 school year. The district has published its school calendar, accessible HERE or on the district website under "Calendar".

Our Athletic Director and coaches would also like to share with parents the fall sports practice and tryout schedule. (Note: Cheer starts in May.) If you have questions about Athletics at SJH, please contact Jim DeJoy, Athletic Director at

Time is running out! Get your 2021 SJHS Yearbook TODAY

Time is running out! Get your 2021 SJHS Yearbook TODAY

2020-21 will be a year like no other, the SJHS Yearbook Club is committed to documenting it for YOU! Order your yearbook today before it is too late. The cost is $35 per copy.

Click HERE to order your 2021 Yearbook

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

Questions? Contact Melissa Speelman

2020/2021 Immunization Requirements

Please turn in your required immunization paperwork to nurse Amy Bonham ASAP at

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 or call 686-1763.


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This Week:

  • April 2: Spring Vacation Day, No school

Mark Your Calendar:

  • April 7: General PTO Meeting
  • April 9: End of 3rd Quarter

Future Testing Dates

  • AIR: April 14, 15, 21, 22, 29
  • Spring MAP - Virtual Dates are TBD

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

Counselor Rachel Morris

Tech Help

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

This Week:

  • April 2: Spring Vacation Day, No school

Mark Your Calendar:

  • April 7: General PTO Meeting
  • April 9: End of 3rd Quarter

Future Testing Dates:

  • AIR: April 14, 15, 21, 22, 29
  • Spring MAP for F2F - May 12 & 13

AIR Testing at the JH

When will students take the AIR assessments?

Sycamore Junior High will administer the AIR assessments on April 14, 15, 21, 22 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!!


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.