Sycamore Community Schools

January 2022 District Newsletter

New Board Members Sworn In

On January 5, Blue Ash Mayor Marc Sirkin presided over the swearing in of our newly-elected Sycamore Board of Education members Mrs. Sara Bitter and Dr. Lynne Stieger and re-elected member Mr. Paul Balent at the organizational meeting held at Maple Dale Elementary. Mrs. Melissa Weiss and Mr. Brad Comerford are returning members to the Board of Education.


At the meeting, the Board established regular meetings dates for 2022 and named a president and vice-president for the year. Mr. Balent will serve as the president and Mr. Comerford will serve as the vice president for 2022. Meeting dates, agendas, and minutes are posted on the district website. Regular monthly meetings are livestreamed and recordings posted on the district's YouTube page.


We appreciate the time and dedication of these community members to our district and look forward to working together in the upcoming year!

Kindergarten Registration Opens January 17

We are excited to welcome the Sycamore Class of 2035!


Kindergarten registration for the 2022-23 school year will begin on January 17, 2022. Registrations will not be accepted prior to that date. Children must be 5 years old by September 30, 2022 in order to attend kindergarten.


Sycamore offers half-day kindergarten in AM and PM sessions. A tuition-based full-day option is also available at each of our elementary schools. Because of the demand, families who are interested in full-day kindergarten are entered into a lottery. You must have a completed registration as well as submission of the deposit and agreement by February 18, 2022, to be considered for the lottery. Lottery results are emailed the week of February 28, 2022.


To learn more about our kindergarten program and registration, please click here.

Preschool Applications Being Accepted Through February 11

Applications are now being accepted for Sycamore Community Schools' preschool program. We serve children ages 3 to 5 with a wide range of abilities. Classes are inclusive and comprised of children who are developing typically and children identified with special needs.


Applications for the 2022-23 school year will be taken from January 3-February 11, 2022. The lottery for typically developing students is held in late February.


To learn more and apply, go to: https://www.sycamoreschools.org/Domain/807

Treasurer's Update on Property Taxes

At the Sycamore Board of Education organizational meeting, District Treasurer Beth Weber gave an update on 2022 tax rates and district property valuation. For the vast majority of residents, property tax values stayed the same this year since no county-wide appraisal was conducted.


Sycamore Community Schools has $2.1 billion of taxable real estate value districtwide. Total property valuation decreased by $10 million or approximately 0.5% this past year. Residential values increased $16.5 million due to new construction while commercial/industrial values decreased $25.5 million largely due to the negative impact of COVID on businesses, primarily offices and hotels.


“We are fortunate in Sycamore to have a diverse tax base with residents and businesses contributing to the education of our students” said district Treasurer Beth Weber. "We appreciate the support of our taxpayers and will continue to be good stewards of their tax dollars."


Mrs. Weber shared a chart showing Hamilton County and neighboring school district 2022 residential tax rates. Sycamore has one of the lowest tax rates compared to similar districts in the area. In fact, Sycamore has the fifth lowest tax rate in the area, ranking 21 out of 25 similar school districts in Hamilton County and Warren County districts (Kings and Mason).


To learn more, click here.

Building Our Future

Our construction crews continue to make great progress at Sycamore Junior High and E.H. Greene Intermediate Schools. It is exciting to see walls go up and classroom and learning spaces taking shape! To learn more about the Master Facility Plan, click here.

E.H. Greene Site

Sycamore Junior High Site

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Through grant funding, Sycamore has partnered with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to launch a mental wellness program in our schools called Adapt for Life. To provide more information about the Adapt for Life program, the district is offering a Virtual Parent Information Night on February 8, 2022 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.


We are asking parents to register in advance and indicate the grade level of your child in order to better customize the information session to the audience. Please also submit questions or topics you would like our speakers to cover during the session. A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants. Click here to register.


For more information about the program, tools for students and families, please visit the Adapt for Life website at https://www.adaptforlife.org. Questions? Please reach out to Lisa Zelvy, Pupil Services Supervisor, at zelvyl@sycamoreschools.org.

Healthy Aves Reminders

Masking Requirement

Due to an increase in COVID cases, and the evidence of in-school spread at the junior high and high school, Sycamore Community School District will require masks for staff and students in all school buildings PK-12. The mask mandate starts on Monday, January 10, 2022, and runs through Friday, January 21, 2022. Learn more...


New CDC Guidelines Implementation Delayed

The district is delaying the implementation of the new CDC guidance which shortens the timeframe of quarantine and isolation from 10 days to 5 days. We are waiting until the beginning of the 3rd quarter to allow time to evaluate our COVID data and determine how to most effectively manage this shift.


Daily Symptom Check

Please help reduce the spread of illness in our schools and assess your children daily using the COVID-19 Daily Parent/Guardian Checklist.


Booster Doses

Hamilton County Department of Health has received the approvals to provide booster doses for ages 12-17. Boosters will only be given to those who got their 2nd dose at least 5 months ago. Remember to bring a copy of your vaccination card! Find a site here: http://HCPH.org/COVID19

Calendar Reminders

January 13: End of 2nd Quarter

January 14: No School - Teacher Records Day

January 17: No School- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 18 & 19: No School - Staff Collaboration Days (teachers will provide relevant learning activities and assignments)

January 19: Board of Education Meeting at Maple Dale Elementary - 7 p.m.

January 21: K-8 Report Cards distributed


Click here for a complete calendar of district events.

The colorful background for this month's newsletter is the beautiful artwork of Blue Ash second grader Dylan Eagan.