Sycamore Community Schools

March 2023 District Newsletter

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All of the information included in this newsletter is important, but feel free to scroll to these fun topics:

1. Farewell, Old Girl! 👋

Save the date for the last time you'll be able to walk the halls of the old Sycamore Junior High.

2. Field Of Dreams

Join us for an update of our Always An Aviator projects, including our vision for the baseball and softball fields

3. Feeling Lucky 🍀

We have students competing at the state level in everything from dance to robotics!

The exciting new addition to our Fine Arts Weekend and details on Pancake Day.

5. Nominate Now 🏆

After a long hiatus, Celebrate Excellence is back! Help us select our Educator of the Year

6. A Taste of Summer.. 🌞

The weather has us thinking ahead towards the opportunities for students this summer.

Master Facility Projects

Sycamore Jr High Nearing Completion

Progress continues at the new Sycamore Junior High School. We are excited to open our doors to students in August 2023!

SAVE THE DATE! We will be formally saying goodbye to the old junior high building during a community event on April 29. Look for more information in next month's newsletter.

Always An Aviator Capital Campaign

Always An Aviator Project Update

Monday, March 27th, 6:30-8:30pm

7400 Cornell Road

Montgomery, OH

We will share an update on these projects on March 27. The meeting will be held virtually and in-person at Sycamore High School in Room 1809:

  • 🏈6:30 - 7:00pm Sycamore Stadium Phase II
  • ⚾7:15-8:00pm Baseball/Softball
  • 🏊‍♂️8:00-8:30 General Questions / Fundraising Efforts

Zoom Meeting Info:

Meeting ID: 913 7721 2232 Passcode: 750042 One tap mobile +13017158592,,91377212232# US (Washington DC) +13052241968,,91377212232# US

Dan Henke Baseball & Softball Projects

A lot of exciting things are happening with our #AlwaysAnAviator campaign projects! Check out these brand new renderings of our baseball and softball fields! We are currently fundraising for these two projects. Our goal is to raise $5.2 million.

The project will be completed in phases:

  • Phase I: field and site work, fencing, backstop wall & netting, dugout renovations $4.2 milllion
  • Phase II: bleacher seating, press box, concessions, walks & plazas $651,000
  • Phase III: field lighting $358,000

Current and future baseball and softball families are invited to a community meeting on March 9 at 6:30-7:30 pm at Sycamore High School (Rm. 1809) to learn more about the phased plans and the work that has already been completed. Donate today!

The Seger Family Natatorium

Construction will begin this month on the $10.4 million Seger Family Natatorium. Completion of the 8-lane, all deep pool is anticipated in early 2024. Fundraising efforts continue to fill the gap that the Board has committed to move the project forward. As a reminder, on top of giving a generous $7 million donation, the Seger family has committed to matching funds up to $250,000. Click here to make your donation today!

Class of 2013 Leading #BestClassEver Challenge

The Class of 2013 has stepped up to the #BestClassEver challenge with $1,037 donations (as of 2/28/23). Can they reach our goal first? Or will another Class rise to the challenge?

We are challenging each graduating class to raise $2,500 for the Always An Aviator Capital Campaign by March 15, 2023. The class who meets the goal first will be formally crowned Sycamore’s “Best Class Ever” and will receive special recognition during Homecoming 2023. For more information, click here.

Sycamore Swimming Makes Splash At State

The Aves Boys Swimming team competed at the OSHAAA State Tournament. Bryce Menchhoffer won State Runner-Up in the 500 Freestyle. The 400 Freestyle Relay of Owen Courtney, Jack Carmody, Collin Preissler and Menchhofer finished 16th. Menchhoffer placed 6th in the 200 Freestyle.

Good luck, Mathletes!

Congratulations to our eighth graders who have advanced to the State Mathcounts Competition on March 11:

  • Matteo Meli
  • Jason Zhou
  • Josie Sadler
  • Abinav Dinesh
  • Kiran Makkad
  • Andrew Zhong
  • Sunav Adhikari

These Sycamore Junior High Math Club students qualified at during the Cincinnati Chapter competition at UC in February. Congrats and good luck!

Good luck, Overture Finalists!

Good luck to our Sycamore High School students who will be competing in the final round of the Cincinnati Arts Association Overture Awards later this month:

  • Yoshie Vinton, Creative Writing
  • Alexandria Yetter, Dance
  • Morgan Robbins, Theater
  • Sabine Huhn, Vocal Music

Good luck, Juniper Robotics!

The Juniper Robotics team is off to the Ohio State Championship this month! The team has already accomplished a lot to be proud of this year:

  • Inspire Award winners, the highest honors during state qualifying competition
  • #10 ranked team in Ohio
  • 3 out of the top 10 scoring records in Ohio

Good luck, DECA!

65 Sycamore DECA students have advanced to the state competition in March. If they win there, it's on to Orlando for Internationals!

Fashion For The Cure Raises $70,000

Sycamore High School students raised over $70,000 for The Dragonfly Foundation during this year's Fashion For The Cure.

Our fashion design students created incredible pieces to display on the runway. But it was the Dragonfly models who really stole the show in t-shirts they designed to wear on the catwalk. We are proud of the hearts of our Aviators!

Auditor of the State Award

Sycamore Community Schools is proud to receive the Auditor of the State Award with Distinction for the 7th time! The Auditor’s Office presents the Auditor of State Award with Distinction to local governments and school districts upon the completion of a financial audit. Thank you to Beth Weber, Amy Moore, Angie Spyrou, Patty New, and Sam Poetter for their incredible work.

Mark Your Calendars

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Adaptive Art On Display During Fine Arts Weekend

We have a very special opening night event on March 3. Our wonderful Adapative Art students will have a special section of the show and they will be selling earrings, magnets, keycahins, and pins that they created. The sale will be happening only on Friday night. We hope you will join us!

You can also purchase artwork from our Adaptive Art students by checking out their Student Art Collections.

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Dates To Remember

  • March 1: Board of Education Meeting, District Office, 7:30am
  • March 15: Board of Education Meeting, Sycamore High School 7:00pm
  • March 17: NO SCHOOL Teachers Records Day, Student Personal Learning Day
  • March 20-24: NO SCHOOL Spring Break

There are a number of fun events happening at your child's school this month. Check the district calendar for more information.

NEW INFO: Cooper Road Bridge Closure Begins March 1

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will completely close the Cooper Road bridge in both directions over I-71 beginning March 1. The project is expected to take approximately two months to complete, pending weather conditions. We anticipate the project, combined with ongoing construction at the new Sycamore Junior High, will cause a significant impact on traffic.

For more information on the impact to arrival/dismissal at Sycamore Junior High, click here.

Nominate Now: Celebrate Excellence Educator of the Year

After a long hiatus, Hamilton County's Celebrate Excellence Educator of the Year Award is back!

One educator from Sycamore Community Schools will be selected and honored for his or her contributions through the Celebrate Excellence initiative. The district’s honoree will be honored within the district and by school, business, and civic leaders throughout the city at a breakfast on May 5, 2023.

Click here to fill out the nomination form by March 13:

February Awesome Aviators

Aves Alumni Invents Concussion Protection Equipment

Dr. Dave Smith, Class of 1978, is making headlines this month for the invention of the Q-Collar. The new piece of equipment seen on players around the NFL has been proven to help protect the brain of high ontact sports players. Check out this article about the Q-Collar. He will be holding a Q&A session about his new book "When Heads Come Together- Discovering Nature's Secrets to Prventing Traumatic Brain Injury" at COHatch in Mason on March 2 at 6:00 pm.

Summer School Registration

Registration for Sycamore Summer School 2023 will begin on April 10. We will be offering enrichment and credit recovery for students:

  • Grades K-4: June 5-30 at Maple Dale Elementary
  • Grades 5-8: June 5-30 at E.H. Greene Intermediate
  • Grades 9-12: June 5-July 14 at E.H. Greene Intermediate

Look for more information on how to register in our April newsletter.

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Join Sycamore Advisory Commission

Want to help the district come up with new ways to enhance and improve our school community? Join the Sycamore Advisory Commission (SAC)! SAC is a diverse group of local volunteers who support the Board and District by conducting research on new initiatives. Membership is made up of PTO members, staff, local civic and government leaders, students and families.

We are currently seeking individuals who are passionate about sustaining and improving our schools to fill our at-large positions. If you are interested, please reach out to Mike Gearin, Communications Officer, at