The Navigator Newsletter

Sycamore Junior High's Parent Communication

December 17-21

Building Goals

*Ensure Safety of Students and Staff

*Cultivate a Positive Climate

*Implement Formative Instructional Practices

Coming Up at the JH

This week:

December 20: Last day of 2nd quarter

December 21 - January 6: Winter Break - No School

Mark your calendars:

January 7: Welcome back to school! First day of 2nd semester

From our Nurse


If your child has outgrown sweatpants or other comfortable clothing that you would like to donate, please consider sending them to the school. Extra clothes come in handy when students fall in a puddle at recess or spill food/drink on themselves at lunch. Please bring them to the main office marked as "donation". Thank you and Happy Holidays!


** Remember your children should remain at home until they are fever/vomiting/diarrhea free for a full 24 hours without fever-reducing medication before coming back to school.

Hamilton County Public Health Department keeps schools updated on current illnesses happening throughout the county. The Health Department is currently seeing cases of hand, foot and mouth disease and pertussis throughout the county. Flu season is also right around the corner so it is important to be aware of signs and symptoms to protect your child and others. As always, Sycamore Community Schools likes to keep families aware of precautions to take to keep our students and families healthy this time of year.

  • Frequent handwashing for at least 20 seconds

  • Covering the mouth and nose with the inner elbow when sneezing and coughing

  • Staying home from school or work when ill until you are fever/vomiting/diarrhea free for 24 hours without fever reducing medication.

  • Avoiding close contact with sick people

  • The health departments strongly recommends up-to-date Tdap vaccination and Flu shots - which are still available

The following are resource links for each illnesses mentioned. Please take the time to review signs and symptoms and consult your School Nurse or physician if you have any questions.


Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease=

Influenza (Flu)=

Yearbook ordering

Time is running out to save $5 on the SJHS yearbook!

Order today for your best price! The cost is $30/copy. This price will increase to $35 on December 22, 2018! Please visit this link to order your 2019 SJHS yearbook . . . . Check this off of you to-do list today!

Questions? Contact Melissa Speelman



Nine Sycamore FIRST LEGO League Teams have advanced to the district competition and/or won awards at the 2018 regional competition. Two of those teams included students from Sycamore Junior High.

Learn more about Sycamore Robotics:

Other Sycamore schools results:

Greene: Six of those teams included students from E.H. Greene.

Blue Ash: One of those teams included students from Blue Ash Elementary.

Montgomery: Two of those teams included students from Montgomery Elementary.

Maple Dale: Three of those teams included students from Maple Dale Elementary.

Symmes: One of those teams included students from Symmes Elementary.

From our child nutrition department


In case you missed it

Safer Schools Ohio


A multi-agency effort created to assist schools in continuously improving the safety of our students. By calling or texting the statewide anonymous hotline parents, students or community members can report anything that is suspicious or endangering you, your friends or your school.

Immunizations for 7th graders

If you have not turned in your child's proof of immunizations from a doctor's office, please do so ASAP. The cutoff date was September 5th.


Around Sycamore

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In the Community

The week in sports

Monday: Dec 17

Girls Green BB @ Loveland 4:30

Girls Gold BB Practice 3:15-5

Boys Green BB 7th @ Loveland 5:45

Boys Green BB 8th Practice 3:15-5

Boys Gold BB @ Colerain 4:30, 5:45

Wrestling Practice 3:15-5:30

Dive Practice 7:30-8:30 High School

Tuesday: Dec 18

Cheer Practice 3:30-5

Girls Green BB No Practice

Girls Gold BB @ Middletown 4:30, 5:45

Boys Basketball 8th Practice 3:15-5

Boys Basketball 7th Practice 5-7

Wrestling Home 4:00 Maderia, Delhi

Swim Team Practice 7-8:30 High School

Wednesday: Dec 19

Cheer Game (H) 5:45 Creekside

Girls Basketball 7th Practice 5-7

Girls Basketball 8th Practice 3:15-5

Boys Green BB 7th Practice 3:15-4

Boys Green BB 8th @ Nagel 7:00

Boys Gold BB Home 4:30, 5:45 Creekside

Wrestling Practice 3:15-5:30

Dive Practice 7:30-8:30 High School

Thursday: Dec 20

Girls Basketball 7th Practice 5-7

Girls Basketball 8th Practice 3:15-5

Boys Green BB @ Little Miami 4:30, 5:45

Boys Gold BB Home 4:30, 5:30 Princeton

Wrestling Practice 3:15-5:30

Swim Home 5:00 Kings, CHCA

Friday: Dec 21

Girls Basketball Practice 10-12

Boys Basketball 7th Practice 11-1

Saturday: Dec 22

Girls Basketball Practice 8:30-10

Boys Basketball 8th Practice 10-12