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Sycamore Junior High's Parent Communication

April 29 - May 3

Building Goals

*Ensure Safety of Students and Staff

*Cultivate a Positive Climate

*Implement Formative Instructional Practices

Coming Up at the JH

May 8: Orchestra Concert

May 9: Spring Sports Awards

May 10: PTO Volunteer APpreciation Luncheon



The Sandwich Project

The Junior High is always in need of additional volunteers to assist with our character education project called "The Sandwich Project." We've been making 250 sandwiches a week for St. Francis Seraph Ministries in OTR since 1997!

3-4 volunteers are needed weekly on Thursdays to set-up and assist. Mr. Stern and Mr. Dejoy will be there when the students arrive. Your assistance would be needed from 10:50-11:45. The commitment is under an hour! If you are available and interested for any Thursday during the remainder of the year, please contact: Christy Banke at Thank you.

Small commitment. Big impact.

Cultural Diversity Days

Date: Tuesday, 5/7, 11:30-1:30

Activity: Asian booth (Games, Language/Music, or Art)

Number of Volunteers: 3 or more*

Date: Wednesday, 5/8 11:30-1:30

Activity: Europe booth (Games, Language/Music, or Art) (except for Spain)

Volunteers: 3 or more*

Date: Thursday, 5/9, 11:30-1:30

Activity: Latin/South America / Spanish speaking booths

(Games, Language/Music, or Art)

Number of Volunteers: 3 or more*

*Parents do not have to be from the focus region of the day. Parents may volunteer for multiple days (thank you). Please know that the SJH staff has suggestions for activities, but feel free to come up with your own if it is a cultural that is well known to you and you would have something to share with the students. Be advised that no food will be allowed to be distributed for allergy concerns.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Mika Wolfford at and/or Mr. Daniel Rodriguez at Signup Genius to be coming soon!

Winton Hills academy field day: help needed

Sycamore Junior High will be hosting the 19th annual Field Day for Winton Hills Academy (WHA), our Sister School, on Thursday May 23rd. The event is held on Winton Hills Academy grounds, and our own SJH students run the games and interact with the WHA students. We need adult volunteers to supervise games and transport equipment. Field Day set-up starts at 8:00am, and tear-down begins at noon, but volunteers can participate for a portion of the day. If you are interested in helping, please contact Gina Daly at

Winton Hills Academy is a Cincinnati Public School located in the largest low-income housing neighborhood of Cincinnati. The school is a welcoming and safe environment for 400+ students grades pre-K thru 6th. Sycamore Junior High has partnered with WHA as a Sister School since 1999.

Lost and Found

If your child has lost an item at school (sweatshirt, coat, lunchbox, etc) please encourage him or her to check the lost & found. Items can be found in the back of the cafeteria and are donated, recycled or disposed of every two to three weeks. If you have any questions, please contact the office.

For photos of items recently in L&F click HERE.

8th Grade Day expectations

Dear parents of 8th-grade students,

Our 8th-grade day activity will take place on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at the Blue Ash Recreation Center. Students will travel by bus and enjoy activities with staff and their classmates. We will leave the building around 9:45 AM and return around 2:00 PM. If you need to access your 8th-grade student during this time, please coordinate with Mrs. Knue prior to that day via email at or via phone 686-1760.

When the students arrive back to school, the 8th-grade panoramic picture will be taken in the stadium. Ordering information will be sent out at the beginning of May.

Students should bring:

  • Towel and swimwear if they wish to swim

Suggested: students wear their swimwear under their clothing to school that morning

  • Sunscreen

Students are permitted to bring:

  • Hat

  • Sporting equipment

  • Cards

  • Small bag or backpack to carry their belongings

  • A sack lunch/snacks

Lunch, snacks, and plenty of water will be available to students thanks to our generous PTO.

Students will not be permitted to return to their lockers when we arrive back at school. Therefore, it is our recommendation that students do not bring valuables to school on this day. We will not be able to respond to stolen or lost valuables, including cell phones. Additionally, students are not permitted to use their phones at this event.

In order to have the privilege of attending this event, students must be in good academic and behavioral standing. At the 8th-grade class meeting, these expectations were reviewed.

  • Maintain passing grades in your classes. Students with multiple failures for the 4th quarter will not be permitted to attend.

  • Attend school. Students with excessive absences/tardies to school 4th quarter will not be permitted to attend.

  • Follow direction from adults. Students that are chronically noncompliant will not be permitted to attend.

  • Demonstrate respect for others. A student that is rude or disrespectful towards others or property will not be permitted to attend.

  • Be a leader. Model excellence. Students that continue to violate the code of conduct or demonstrate behaviors that are not outstanding examples of what an SJH student exemplifies will not be permitted to attend.

  • Students should be in good standing with the media center, having returned all books and paid overdue fines.

Please remind your student of these expectations.

Students with current class failures will not be permitted to attend. These students will be addressed individually by Mr. Winkle on Tuesday, May 21st. They will be able to remain at school to complete coursework in an attempt to raise those failing grades.

This will be a fantastic day of celebration for our students. If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Mr. Winkle at or 686-1760.


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

Aves hangar Bookstore Volunteers needed for 2019-2020 School Year

The Aves Hangar Bookstore and Spirit Shop is looking for volunteers to fill open shifts for the 2019-2020 school year. The bookstore is open twice a day: before school 6:50 am -7:20 am and during lunch 11:30 am-12:40 pm. Both morning and lunchtime shifts are currently available. Volunteers must commit to working every other week and come in for training this spring. If you are interested in learning more please email us at with the word "volunteer" in the title.

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Summer School

Summer School registration is open! For more information on Summer School options, please see the catalog 7/8 Summer School Catalog or vist

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In The Community

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