The Navigator Newsletter

Sycamore Junior High's Parent Communication

October 28-November 1, 2019

Building Goals

* Provide rigorous learning opportunities

* Respect diversity

* Personalize learning

COMING UP at the JH!

Nov 13: PTO Meeting @ 10:30 am

HELP needed for Vision Screening

Date: October 29th, 2019

Time: 7:40-3:00 (very important)

Where: meet at the office of Amy Bonham, School Nurse

The Jr. High will be holding Vision Screenings on Tues, October 29th from 7:40am-3:00pm.

The school nurse needs several volunteers to help with the screening process. Two volunteers will be trained by the nurse and will need to commit to the entire day. The other volunteers will help get students from classes and assist the nurse with other duties. Thank you for your help!

Questions? Please contact Amy at

flight fest


Thank you to all our Flight Fest committee members who dedicated their time and efforts to make this event possible. Your time, talent, support, and kindness are invaluable!

Thank you to the Sycamore families, students, teachers, and staff who volunteered to help with Flight Fest and support this event.

Thank you to the businesses that donated to our Silent Auction and to the Sycamore Junior High teams and clubs for their wonderful Silent Auction basket donations

Thank you to the Montgomery and Blue Ash police for keeping our race participants safe.

Thank you to our wonderful SJH custodians who are instrumental in making Flight Fest happen.

Thank you to our business sponsors who helped make this race possible.

Top Gun $3000

Fleet Feet

Flight Captain $1500

Sammy’s Craft Burgers

First Watch

Aviator & Scavenger Hunt Sponsors-$900

Hoppin Vines

Northeast Orthodontic Specialists


Lewis Animal Hospital

Cassinelli, Shanker, & Baker Orthodontics

Beckham Square Family Dental

Shapiro, & Baker Periodontics

Morgan Stanley

Montgomery Pediatric Dentistry

SHP Architecture, Interiors, Engineering

Scavenger Hunt Sponsors-$300

Kung Fu Tea

Chik Fil A Kenwood

Rhinos Frozen Yogurt & Soft Serve

Earthwise Pet Supply

Jaguar Landrover

March First

Fundraising Business Partners

Main Event West Chester

Altar’d State Kenwood

Walker Bros. Ice Cream

Businesses/Organizations/Individuals that donated service and/or items to Flight Fest

Pipkin’s Market

WKRQ 102 Radio Station

Sycamore Athletic Boosters

Mike Morris

Wendy Anderson

Montgomery Community Church

ARES Sportswear

Business Donations


Dewey’s Pizza

The Silver Spring House

Good Pie Y’All

Thank you to our Family Sponsors who generously give to this school fundraiser.


Paige Levine and Family


Gray Family

Miller Family


Boni Family

Melissa and Brian Weiss

The Royal Group

Drasnin Family

Dippold Family

Thiel Family

Diana Girnita

Dattilo Family

Pitt Family

Amber Allred

Carolyn Carmody

Stephen Boord

The Chamberlain Family

Cooper Parzynski

Sue Pressman

The Goose Chasers

Paul Balent

The Daly Family


Kevin O’Connell

Lucas Family

Gabriel Garcis

Judi Pollack

Kelly Greve

The Weber Family

Emily Lemmons

Karen Feledy

Kate Walker

Lynn Schuetz


Karthik Krishnan

Janet Ross

Julie Giesenschlag

Michele Wallace

Maria Hardy

Sharon Crall

Ploscowe Family

Family Donations


Andy Zilch

Shannon Gantzer

Tina Hsu

Daniel Orozco

James Peters

Andy Zilch

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P.T.O. Corner


Join the PTO! Being a member of the PTO doesn’t mean you have to volunteer and attend meetings, although everyone is welcome to do either/both! Joining the PTO shows your financial support for our programs that recognize students and teachers in our building. PTO membership is $10 ($11 online) and can be done online. Visit for more information!


All information about the PTO can be found by clicking on this link:

Questions? Please email

Follow us on Facebook!

Hassle-Free Fundraising for the PTO

Box Tops

Box Tops for Education (BTFE) Deadline Approaching! Don’t forget to clip Box Tops on

participating products to earn easy money for the Sycamore Junior High School PTO. Check out

the full list here! Some boxtops expire on Nov 1, 2019, so please hand in your clips by

Wednesday, Oct 30! You can also download the app and scan receipts for extra earnings!

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Save the Date

Save the Date - Monday, November 25, 2019 - for delicious BBQ! Sycamore Junior High PTO is teaming up with City BBQ in Blue Ash for a fundraiser! Present this coupon when you order anytime on Monday, November 25th and the Sycamore Junior High PTO will receive 25% of earnings.

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School board candidate forum

The PTO's from each school hosted the School Board Candidates Forum on October 15. If you missed it, you may watch the recording in its entirety.

ORDER YOUR yearbook

Last chance for discounted 2020 SJHS Yearbook!

Order today for your best price! The cost is $30/copy. This price will increase to $35 after October 18, 2019. FRIDAY is your last chance to order at the $30 price!

Please visit this link to order your 2020 SJHS yearbook . . . . Check this off of your to-do list today!

*Yearbooks will be delivered to students May 20, 2020- make a note on your calendar if you purchase early so you don't accidentally purchase twice.

Questions? Contact Melissa Speelman

Midwest Academic Talent Search

Sycamore Junior High participates in the Midwest Academic Talent Search sponsored by the Center for Talent Development (CTD) at Northwestern University. CTD uses the ACT and SAT tests to give families information on students' abilities beyond information generated by regular standardized tests. Sycamore students who qualify for accelerated/gifted courses may consider MATS. For more information please see this letter from Mr. Brenner and Mrs. Ely.

Lost & Found

Lost & Found is in the cafeteria and is cleared out periodically. Click here to see the current items.

Sandwich Project Volunteers needed

The Sycamore Junior High Sandwich Project is in need of volunteers to help organize and setup sandwich making on Thursdays throughout the school year. The commitment is just an hour or so on Thursdays from 10:50- 11:50.

This is the 21st year of the project. Weekly, students make 250 sandwiches in which they are picked up and delivered to St Francis Seraph located on Vine St in Over the Rhine. The sandwiches are then served to the hungry of Cincinnati that evening. It's a great experience for our kids as they demonstrate compassion, humility, and empathy to the less fortunate.

If you are interested in helping please sign up via the SignUp Genius. Thank you!

From our Counselors

Great Oaks will be offering regional career exploration workshops again this fall at each of the four Great Oaks Career Campuses between now and Thanksgiving.

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Mental Health Program: Adapting for Life

Sycamore Community Schools continues to seek opportunities to educate our students about mental health and wellness. In partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, will offer Adapting for Life, an evidence based course designed for students. The purpose of this program is to educate young people on the importance of mental health and wellness as well as suicide awareness and prevention. Students will also receive instruction on healthier behaviors and adapting coping strategies, so they may lead healthier lives.

8th grade students will participate in this 4 day course through their assigned history class. This evidence based course, provided in over 80 schools in our local community, is taught by the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Adapting for Life team members over the course of 4 days. As this is a popular program, scheduling for such a large group presented some challenges. As a result, some of our students will access the program in November, while the remaining classes will participate in the program in January.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Adapting for Life, or any of our district mental health programming, please reach out to Lisa Zelvy, Pupil Services Supervisor, at or (513) 686-1700.

in case you missed it

Report Cards

1st quarter report cards went home with students on Thursday, 10/17/19. Ask your student about it. Questions? Please email Mrs. Manning at

Accessing your child's grades and Course Information


As part of an ongoing effort to help parents as they assist students in managing academic work, we wanted to remind you that parents have access to BlackBoard through Parent Portal. There you can view for each of your child's courses:

  • Grades
  • Syllabus and other course information
  • Class announcements
  • Daily homework assignments
  • Long-term assignments
  • Teacher contact information

AIR Testing at the JH

When will students take the AIR assessments?

Sycamore Junior High will administer the AIR assessments on April 15, 16, 22, 23 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!!

Immunizations for 7th graders

Thank you to all 7th grade families who have turned in immunization records. As we work to process those records received, please continue to be patient before you follow up. If there is a problem, you will be contacted via email by Amy Bonham. If you have not turned in your child's proof of immunizations from a doctor's office, please do so ASAP.

Reunification Plan

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.

Around Sycamore

community camps and event flyers