The Navigator Newsletter

Sycamore Junior High's Parent Communication

February 19, 2021

School Goals

Ensure safety of self and students

Provide engaging, standards-based digitized curriculum both F2F and Virtually

Remain prepared to adapt

INFORMATION FOR ALL FAMILIES

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Coming Up

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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Information for Rising 9th Graders

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HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULING UPDATE

RIGHT NOW: Online scheduling begins next week! This is the week-long window of time when students will enter their elective course requests online. A hard copy of these instructions were mailed home earlier this month. An electronic copy is included on the SHS scheduling website www.sycamoreschools.org/SHSscheduling. Scheduling-specific usernames and passwords will be emailed to students today.



UP NEXT: After courses are entered online, counselors will meet with students one-on-one to review those requests and answer all questions. We will meet with current 8th graders through their history classes during the week of March 1. This will be done both in-person and virtually so that every students can meet with their counselor to discuss and review their selections.



Counselors for the Class of 2025

Mrs. Rose Mitchell (A-K)

Phone: 686-1770 ext. 3054

mitchellr@sycamoreschools.org


Mr. Mark Millett (L-Z)

Phone: 686-1770 ext. 3014

millettm@sycamoreschools.org


PE WAIVER INFORMATION

Information about the new high school PE waiver option was mailed home in February and can be found on our scheduling website www.sycamoreschools.org/SHSscheduling. This includes the letter, frequently asked questions, and intent form.


The video below provides more information.

PE Waiver Informational Video

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 brennerb@sycamoreschools.org

Mrs. Suter L-Z suterk@sycamoreschools.org

Mrs. Morris Virtual Students morrisra@sycamoreschools.org

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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 dunnes@sycamoreschools.org 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

Student Announcements

Due to the snow days this week, Student Announcements were delayed. We will be back next week!

News Crew Links

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

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

speelmanm@sycamoreschools.org

2020/2021 Immunization Requirements

Please turn in your required immunization paperwork to nurse Amy Bonham ASAP at jhimmunization@sycamoreschools.org.


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 bonhama@sycamoreschools.org or call 686-1763.

AROUND SYCAMORE: DISTRICT-WIDE NEWS AND EVENTS

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HANDY LINKS

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THIS SECTION APPLIES TO VIRTUAL CLASSROOM STUDENTS ONLY

COMING UP

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 bernoskym@sycamoreschools.org

Counselor Rachel Morris morrisra@sycamoreschools.org

Tech Help

Remember - If your child has tech issues in the virtual classroom, please call 686-1793 or email helpdesk@sycamoreschools.org. Please leave a message if you do not get an answer and they will respond ASAP!
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THIS SECTION PERTAINS ONLY TO FACE 2 FACE CLASSROOM STUDENTS

Coming Up

Mark Your Calendar:

  • March 15-19: Spring Break


Future Testing Dates:

  • AIR: April 14, 15, 21, 22, 29
  • Spring MAP for F2F - May 12 & 13

AIR Testing at the JH

When will students take the AIR assessments?

Sycamore Junior High will administer the AIR assessments on April 14, 15, 21, 22 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!!

Reunification

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

Thank you for your cooperation this week on pickup. We hope it has improved with the increased administrative and police presence during that time. We will continue to be aware of the issue.



If you missed last week's message, please read below:


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.