Sycamore Community Schools
April 1, 2021 Update
Sycamore School Board Approves New Superintendent
The Sycamore Board of Education has approved Chad Lewis as the new superintendent of schools. Mr. Lewis will replace retiring Frank Forsthoefel who has served the school district as superintendent for the past six years.
Lewis has 21 years of experience in education. He has dedicated the last nine years of his career to serving the students, families, and staff at Sycamore Community Schools. Lewis became Assistant Superintendent in 2020, overseeing business and student operations for the district. Through his time at Sycamore, Mr. Lewis has developed a diverse background in student-focused leadership, personnel management, business and finance, and staff development. Click here to learn more.
The Superintendent Search Process
We want to thank our families, staff, and community members for their continued engagement during our superintendent search process. We have received numerous comments regarding the important characteristics of the next superintendent and the values our community holds dear. Your feedback and candor are greatly appreciated and were considered as we selected the next individual to lead our district.
Our extensive search and interview process began in December. The Board hired superintendent search firm K-12 Business Consulting in January (K-12) to extend our search efforts to nationwide recruitment of the highly-qualified candidates from diverse cultural, gender, geographic backgrounds. Click here to learn more about the process.
Reminder: No School Friday, April 2 for Spring Vacation Day
COVID-19 Weekly Dashboard
Healthy Aves Reminder
We are so pleased that over 81% of our staff has been vaccinated and many of our students over 16 have begun to receive the vaccine. Please keep on with that good fight as the vaccine is not an automatic switch-off for the pandemic. Instead, it’s now one more tool in our kit of resources to fight the pandemic. It is still vital we continue to follow our Healthy Aves protocols including mask-wearing, handwashing, and social distancing until this battle is won! Thank you so much for doing your part!
5 reasons to still wear a face mask after you’ve been vaccinated:
You are not considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your last dose of the vaccine.
Vaccines are approximately 95% effective. 5% of individuals may not respond to the vaccine.
It is still too early to know who the asymptomatic spreaders would be. Experts are concerned that vaccinated people can still become infected without symptoms and then spread it to others who have not been vaccinated yet.
We still need to protect those with compromised immune systems and those who can’t be vaccinated.
There are still limited doses of the vaccine. There are more than 330 million people in the U.S. Experts say that 50 to 80% of the population will need to be vaccinated to reach herd immunity, which could take us until the end of 2021.
Summer Learning Opportunities
In an effort to provide continuity of support to our learners and their families, we will be offering intervention and enrichment learning opportunities in our K-8 summer school program. All intervention classes will be held in person, while some enrichment classes will be virtual. High school students will have the opportunity to take selected courses for original credit or may work toward credit recovery. All in-person classes will be held at the Junior High due to renovations at the high school campus. Some courses may be held virtually.
Summer Learning Catalogs will be available on Tuesday, April 6. Registration will open on Monday, April 14. Click here to learn more information.
Planning For Next School Year
Aves Theatre Presents "R&J The Musical" April 8-10 at 8:00 p.m. at an outdoor theatre venue behind Blue Ash Elementary School. This new take on the classic Romeo and Juliet was adapted by Sycamore High School Theater Director John Whampham. Patrons are invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the show from designated socially distanced areas on the grass. Click here to learn more.
One of our fellow Aviator family members, Parker Denny, Class of 2021, had a significant health scare recently and is currently battling Medulloblastoma.
Sycamore High School Student Council is working to support our friend and his family members in as many ways as possible. For the next two weeks, Student Council leaders will offer various ways in which the Sycamore Family can show their support for Parker. They are currently collecting encouraging letters and cards. If you would like to participate, please send your cards to: Parker Denny c/o Rose Mitchell Sycamore High School 7400 Cornell Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45242
Please also consider showing your support on Friday, April 9 by wearing your favorite jersey to support Parker. P.S. If you have an Ohio State jersey, it's his favorite team! Post your photos with the hashtag #ParkerDennyStrong
Sycamore Triennial Assessment of Local Wellness Policy
Every 3 years, school districts are required to assess their local wellness policy. The Sycamore Wellness Committee is looking for anyone who might be interested in being a part of this process - community members or any district employee is welcome! The assessment process will start this month and go until we have finalized any updates to our current local wellness policy, and all meetings will be held in a virtual setting. Contact Kelsey Warren - firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be a part of this process or would like more information.
Our district’s current wellness policy can be found HERE.