The Navigator Newsletter
Sycamore Junior High's Parent Communication
February 5, 2021
INFORMATION FOR ALL FAMILIES
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.
Second Semester Schedules for Grades 7/8
Your counselors are:
- Ben Brenner F2F Last Names A - K firstname.lastname@example.org
CCP (College Credit Plus) Information
If you are interested in CCP, please watch the video below for more information on the CCP options available to all students in grades 7-12.
(Link to this video: https://youtu.be/XmlXvJ-n7rk)
ADDITIONAL CCP ITEMS & RESOURCES
- Here is the slide presentation from the video above without the voiceover.
CCP Open Forum
There will be a follow up Q & A sessions for students and families that have watched the video above. The information for that session is below.
- Google Meet invite for Q & A Session on 2/18 at 6:30 pm
- Submit your questions for Q & A Session by 2/16 at 6pm
Information for Rising 9th Graders
HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULING UPDATE
We have several resources available to help students learn about the opportunities available to them! We encourage students and families to browse the resources listed below to learn about all our classes. Students are encouraged to take the next few weeks to discuss class recommendations and options with their families to help make informed decisions. Current 8th grade teachers will be talking with students about their academic options and recommendations over the next couple weeks.
Coming Up Next
The high school counselors are preparing recorded videos with this information that will be specific to each grade level. We plan to email those to students and families during the first week of February. It will be important for all students to view this grade-level presentation.
Families will receive a mailing in early February with step-by-step instructions for online scheduling. This will be sent prior to the online scheduling window.
After students enter their course selections online, counselors will meet with students one-on-one to review those requests and answer all questions. We will help to make sure all requests match graduation requirements and meet students interest and goals. This will be done both in-person and virtually so that each students can meet with their counselor to discuss and review their selections.
High School Scheduling Resources
9th Grade Course Selector - listing of courses available by grade level.
Academic Fair - slides for each class - this includes class descriptions, a list of last year's summer work, and some include videos and media of student work.
Course Planner - This has everything you could ever want to know about courses and scheduling at SHS. includes information on graduation requirements, honors diploma, class descriptions, and a LOT more.
Everything is posted on the high school scheduling website at www.sycamoreschools.org/SHSscheduling.
Your Class of 2025 Team:
- Mrs. Adrienne Sanders will be the grade-level administrator.
- Mrs. Rose Mitchell will be the counselor for students with last names A-K.
- Mr. Mark Millett will be the counselor for students with last names L-Z.
Scheduling for 7th Graders (Rising 8th Graders)
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 email@example.com 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):
Gold Class of 2026 T-shirt (for 7th graders):
Groups/Activities Pictures for the Yearbook
Thursday, Feb. 18th
- If you participate in a group or activity, please check this picture day schedule to see what time your group will be photographed in the New Gym. Masks are required.
- Picture Schedule for the Yearbook
- Club sponsors will be asked to take a screenshot of virtual participants.
Eat Out and Help the JHPTO
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Memories from the Building
In a short while, pre-construction activities will begin as part of the building of our new Junior High School. Our building has a long and wonderful history and holds many special memories for our community. Before demolition begins, the administration would like to understand what items may have significance or have been donated and need to be saved or returned to the donors.
If you know of any items that we should be made aware, please fill out this google form by February 12.
Order your 2021 Yearbook now.
2020-21 will be a year like no other, the SJHS Yearbook Club is committed to documenting it for YOU! Order your yearbook today for your best price! The cost is $35/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 for publication? Click HERE! We want to represent ALL students in this year's historic yearbook.
Questions? Contact Melissa Speelman
If you have any photos from athletic events or any other school-related event the Yearbook Club would love to include them in the 2021 yearbook. Please send photo submissions to Melissa Speelman at firstname.lastname@example.org .
2020/2021 Immunization Requirements
Please turn in your required immunization paperwork to nurse Amy Bonham ASAP at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 686-1763.
In Our Sycamore Community
THIS SECTION APPLIES TO VIRTUAL CLASSROOM STUDENTS ONLY
- February 9 and 10: MAP testing for F2F students (see below for information)
Mark Your Calendar:
- February 15: President's Day, No school
Future Testing Dates
- Spring MAP - Virtual Dates are TBD
February 9 & 10: What Should My Virtual Student Do During F2F MAP Testing ?
Virtual students tested last week while F2F students engaged in PBIS Refreshers, Bullying presentations, and career activities or SHS Freshman Camp.
Your student will receive emails from Mr. Brenner (career activities) and from Mr. Lavercombe (PBIS and Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying lessons) to do at their own pace on the mornings of MAP testing (8:02 am - 10:02 am)
February 9 - Your student will receive an email from Mr. Lavercombe with instructions on completing PBIS and Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying lessons at their own pace between 8:02 am and 10:02 am
February 10 - Your student will receive an email from Mr. Tilton at the High School with Freshman Camp activities in which to participate between 8:02 am - 10:02 am on Tuesday
Students should be ready to learn and report virtually to 1st bell at 10:02 and follow the
What if I Missed Virtual Student Item Pick Up for 2nd Semester
If you missed virtual student item pick up, you may retrieve items for the below classes, from the main lobby between 7:30am-3:30pm. Please wear a mask when entering the building. Pick up items will be marked by class and teacher on tables. Any items still in the lobby by Friday, February 12th will be removed and returned to the teacher.
Students need to pick up items ONLY if they are taking any of the following classes for 2nd semester:
- Art 7
- Design, Modeling & Architecture
- Food, Fashion, & Family.
- Treble Tones- NEW! This class was not included in last week's newsletter.
Your child may need to pick up a math book for the below classes IF they do not have it yet. Please check if your child has the below book before attempting to pick up a book.
- Math 7 (Abbas-Lee)- Envision Workbook 7th grade Volume 2
- Math 7 Accelerated (Harper)- Envision Workbook- 8th grade Volume 2
- Math 7 Honors (Abbas-Lee)- Envision Workbooks (2)- 8th grade Volume 1 and 2
- Math 8 (Farkas, Harper)- Envision Workbook- 8th grade Volume 2
THIS SECTION PERTAINS ONLY TO FACE 2 FACE CLASSROOM STUDENTS
- February 9 & 10: Winter MAP for F2F students
Mark Your Calendar:
- February 15: President's Day, No school
Future Testing Dates:
- Winter MAP for F2F - February 9th & 10th
- Spring MAP for F2F - May 12 & 13
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.