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Sycamore Junior High's Parent Communication

May 14, 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

Mark Your Calendar:

  • May 26: PTO Meeting, noon

  • May 31: Memorial Day, No School

  • June 2: 8th Grade Day

  • June 3: Last day of classes

  • Summer School: June 14 - July 9

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.

8th Grade Day: June 2nd

Dear parents of 8th-grade students,

Our 8th-grade day activity will take place on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at the Blue Ash Rec Center.

F2F students will travel by bus and enjoy activities with staff and their classmates. We will leave the building around 9:45 AM and return around 2:00 PM.

Virtual students who wish to attend MUST respond ASAP by completing THIS FORM. If you do not respond, we will assume your child does not wish to participate.

If you need to access your 8th-grade student during this time, please coordinate with Ms. Lally prior to that day via email at or via phone 686-1760.

Students should bring:

  • Face covering

  • Towel and swimwear if they wish to swim

Suggested: students wear their swimwear under their clothing to school that morning. We are only permitted to use the tennis court bathrooms.
  • Sunscreen

Students are permitted to bring:

  • Hat

  • Sporting equipment

  • Cards

  • Small bag or backpack to carry their belongings

  • A sack lunch/snacks

Lunch, snacks, and plenty of water will be available to students thanks to our generous PTO.

It is our recommendation that students do not bring valuables to school on this day. We will not be able to respond to stolen or lost valuables, including cell phones. Additionally, students are not permitted to use their cell phones at this event.

In order to have the privilege of attending this event, students must be in good academic and behavioral standing.

  • Maintain passing grades in your classes. Students with multiple failures for the 4th quarter will not be permitted to attend.

  • Follow direction from adults. Students that are chronically noncompliant will not be permitted to attend.

  • Demonstrate respect for others. A student that is rude or disrespectful towards others or property will not be permitted to attend.

  • Be a leader. Model excellence. Students that continue to violate the code of conduct or demonstrate behaviors that are not outstanding examples of what an SJH student exemplifies will not be permitted to attend..

Please remind your student of these expectations.

Students with current class failures will not be permitted to attend. These students will be addressed individually by Mr. Lavercombe on Tuesday, May 25th. They will be able to remain at school to complete coursework in an attempt to raise those failing grades.

This will be a fantastic day of celebration for our students. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Lavercombe at or 686-1760.

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SHS Counselor Update for Rising 8th Graders

Parents of 8th graders:

There is time to review next year's course selections. The classes that students selected and reviewed with their counselor can now be found in Blackboard in the eBackpack. Please review this list and reach out to the high school counselor by May 15 if any changes need to be made.

Mrs. Rose Mitchell (A-K)

Mr. Mark Millett (L-Z)


Aves Day at the Races - THANK YOU, SPONSORS

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Student Announcements

05-14-2021 SJHS NC Ann Episode 28, Season 20-21 (6:08)

News Crew Links


Summer Learning Enrichment Courses

Please see the Summer Learning course catalog for additional information

Advanced Mathematics and Problem Solving (Virtual)

This summer program is designed to challenge and enrich students entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Honors and Accelerated math classes. We will explore the power topics through problem solving, group work and math competitions. The students will explore number theory, probability, logic problems, mental math, all while having fun with higher order critical thinking.

Advanced Writing Workshop (Virtual)

This course is an introduction to the art of creative writing and publishing. Class participants will read, write, and revise pieces in a number of genres including personal essays, short stories, poetry, plays, journaling, etc. The central focus of the class will be on various processes for creating, using texts as inspiration and models, and learning from feedback to guide our writing.

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.


OGB Super Summer Kick Off!!

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Sycamore Band & Orchestra Boosters Craft Show May 15

The Arts and Crafts show is a fundraiser for the Sycamore Band and Orchestra Boosters. We need your help to make this fundraiser successful.

Check out the signup genius, and join us for a shift.

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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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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.