The Navigator Newsletter

Sycamore Junior High's Parent Communication

February 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:

  • February 15: President's Day, No school

Mark Your Calendar:

  • March 15-19: Spring Break

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.

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Report Cards

Report Cards in PDF format are now available in your student's My eBackpack. Instructions on accessing My EBackpack can be found HERE (these instructions are specific to scheduling, but accessing report cards is similar).

Your counselors are:

Second Quarter Honor Roll

Congratulations to our Junior High students who made the Honor Roll! Way to go and keep up the good work!

CCP (College Credit Plus) Information

If you are interested in CCP, please watch the video below for more information on the CCP options available to all students in grades 7-12.

(Link to this video:


Presentation Slides

  • Here is the slide presentation from the video above without the voiceover.

CCP Open Forum

There will be a follow up Q & A sessions for students and families that have watched the video above. The information for that session is below.

Next Steps

Information for Rising 9th Graders

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Right Now

We have several resources available to help students learn about the opportunities available to them! We encourage students and families to browse the resources listed below to learn about all our classes. Students are encouraged to take the next few weeks to discuss class recommendations and options with their families to help make informed decisions. Current 8th grade teachers will be talking with students about their academic options and recommendations over the next couple weeks.

Coming Up Next

The high school counselors are preparing recorded videos with this information that will be specific to each grade level. We plan to email those to students and families during the first week of February. It will be important for all students to view this grade-level presentation.

Families will receive a mailing in early February with step-by-step instructions for online scheduling. This will be sent prior to the online scheduling window.

After students enter their course selections online, counselors will meet with students one-on-one to review those requests and answer all questions. We will help to make sure all requests match graduation requirements and meet students interest and goals. This will be done both in-person and virtually so that each students can meet with their counselor to discuss and review their selections.

High School Scheduling Resources

9th Grade Course Selector - listing of courses available by grade level.

Academic Fair - slides for each class - this includes class descriptions, a list of last year's summer work, and some include videos and media of student work.

Course Planner - This has everything you could ever want to know about courses and scheduling at SHS. includes information on graduation requirements, honors diploma, class descriptions, and a LOT more.

Everything is posted on the high school scheduling website at

Your Class of 2025 Team:

  • Mrs. Adrienne Sanders will be the grade-level administrator.
  • Mrs. Rose Mitchell will be the counselor for students with last names A-K.
  • Mr. Mark Millett will be the counselor for students with last names L-Z.
Additional information will continue to be shared in upcoming Newsletters.

Rising 8th Grade Scheduling News!

The Junior High 8th Grade Course Planner is now available online! You can find it on the website by going to: Junior High → Counseling → Course Planner & Scheduling or by clicking here.

February 12th: Teachers will let students know course recommendations for their core classes and global language. These recommendations will be uploaded and viewable by students when logging in during the online scheduling window.

February 18th: Students will be mailed Online Scheduling Instructions along with an electives course selector that includes students’ usernames and passwords.

February 22nd - Feb 28: Online Scheduling. Students will have one week to enter courses they would like to take next year into the online scheduling portal. Core courses (Language Arts, History, Math, Science) and Global Languages, if applicable, will be pre-loaded. Students will then select their music and any electives, schedule permitting.

During online scheduling week, students can contact their counselor with any questions or if they need assistance with the online scheduling portal.

Mr. Brenner A-G

Mrs. Suter L-Z

Mrs. Morris Virtual Students

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Class T-Shirts

Did your child miss the class t-shirt sale? There are a limited number of extras you can purchase for $10. Please email Stephanie Dunne at to order one for your child today! The following sizes are available on a first come, first serve basis:

Green Class of 2025 T-shirt (for 8th graders):

Youth Small

Youth Medium

Youth XL

Adult Small

Adult Medium

Adult XL

Gold Class of 2026 T-shirt (for 7th graders):

Youth XL

Youth L

Adult Small

Adult Large

Groups/Activities Pictures for the Yearbook

Thursday, Feb. 18th

F2F Students

  • If you participate in a group or activity, please check this picture day schedule to see what time your group will be photographed in the New Gym. Masks are required.
  • Picture Schedule for the Yearbook

Virtual Students

  • Club sponsors will be asked to take a screenshot of virtual participants.


Eat Out and Help the JHPTO

There is another opportunity to support the Sycamore Junior High PTO while you enjoy delicious food. Show this flier BW3s on Glendale Milford Rd on Wednesday 2/17. 10% of the proceeds will come back to the PTO.
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Student Announcements

2-12-2021 SJHS NC Ann Episode 16, Season 20-21 (4:13)

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:

  • February 15: President's Day, No school

Mark Your Calendar:

  • March 15-19: Spring Break

Future Testing Dates

  • 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

  • February 15: President's Day, No school

Mark Your Calendar:

  • March 15-19: Spring Break

Future Testing Dates:

  • Spring MAP for F2F - May 12 & 13


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.

After School Pickup: Patience as We Re-Adjust

Due to the return of some of our virtual students to the F2F classroom and the increase of students being picked up after the end of winter athletics, we have seen a surge in car traffic at dismissal time. The administration is aware of the issue and is working on solutions.

PLEASE be patient as we re-adjust.

We believe that, in addition to the increase in student numbers, the backups onto Cooper Road are compounded by the early arrival of parents into the pickup line. The number of cars sitting stationary for an extended period causes extreme backups until the students are released at 2:57 p.m.

PLEASE help us - if you are picking up your child, do NOT arrive on campus prior to 2:45 p.m. Please, also understand that 3 lanes of car traffic may be necessary to get cars off of Cooper Road and onto the property. Again, grace and patience are important!

There will be an extra administrative and police presence at pickup to facilitate dismissal. Until we are able to manage this issue together, please prepare for extra time. Thank you for your cooperation.