The Navigator Newsletter

Sycamore Junior High's Parent Communication

March 12, 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:

  • March 15-19: Spring Break, No School

Mark Your Calendar:

  • April 2: Spring Vacation Day, No School
  • April 7: General PTO Meeting
  • 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.

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

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Information for Rising 9th Graders

Contact your child's counselor with any questions.

Counselors for the Class of 2025

Mrs. Rose Mitchell (A-K)

Phone: 686-1770 ext. 3054

Mr. Mark Millett (L-Z)

Phone: 686-1770 ext. 3014

Rising 8th Grade Scheduling News!

Scheduling Update:

The counselors are continuing to help update student course selections for their 8th-grade year. Student Course Verification sheets will be distributed after Spring Break.

Students can contact their counselor with any questions.

Mr. Brenner A-G

Mrs. Suter L-Z

Mrs. Morris Virtual Students


Aves Day at the Races

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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:

Student Announcements

03-12-2021 SJHS NC Ann Episode 20, Season 20-21 (4:33)

News Crew Links


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:

  • March 15-19: Spring Break

Mark Your Calendar:

  • April 2: Spring Vacation Day, No school
  • 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

AIR Testing Update

When is AIR testing?

April 14 & 15: ELA

April 21 & 22: MATH

April 29: Science 8th grade

When should my student arrive?

Virtual students taking the AIR test should arrive at SJH between 8:00 and 8:30.

Testing will begin at 8:45 and last until 10:45 (ELA/MATH) or 11:25 (Science)

*students with accommodations may require extra time

When should I plan to pick up my child?

Students should be picked up between 10:50 and 11:30 and be home and ready for their virtual classes as soon as possible. We will be following an adjusted Testing Bell Schedule and will share that with you after spring break.

What about HealthyAves safety?

We will be following COVID-related safety protocols, including mask requirements, recommended spacing, and sanitization procedures.

What if my child is in Algebra 1 or Geometry?

We are waiting on further direction from the State of Ohio regarding current legislation in the House about the AIR testing for these subjects and the impact on graduation requirements. We will let you know as soon as possible how that affects our students.

How will you know if my child is testing at the JH and plan for that?

We will, unfortunately, have to send out another survey to gather additional information once we have clarity from the State of Ohio. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

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:

  • March 15-19: Spring Break, No school

Mark Your Calendar:

  • April 2: Spring Vacation Day, No school
  • 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.