The Navigator Newsletter

Sycamore Junior High Family Communication

September 30, 2022

Spirit Week Fun!

We've got Spirit! How about you!!?

We had so much fun this week. Thank you to all the students who participated in spirit week. Tonight's homecoming game is going to be great. We're excited to see you all there. We are half way through the first quarter! Teachers are working on updating grades and we are in the process of identifying students who may need further interventions and enrichment. Teachers will be contacting families in the coming weeks to schedule conferences before a general link for all interested families is sent out on 10/10. More information is below regarding conferences.

As for construction, this week we saw the front awning go up and the auditorium begin to get the front facing wall installed. The windows are almost fully in and painting has begun in the main areas. We're excited to see further progress.

Thank you again for all the communication and parent support we've received this week. We love connecting with you through various means and look forward to more connection during October....OMGoodness, how is it October!!??? I guess time flies when we're having fun!

-Mrs. Schunk, Mr. Meyer, Mr. Cole

Events Coming Up

  • October 4: Picture Retake Day

  • October 20: Parent Teacher Conferences Virtual Only

  • October 21: Glow-A-Thon

  • October 20-22: Junior High Fall Play @ High School

  • October 27: Parent Teacher Conferences In-Person & Virtual

  • October 31: Halloween Dress Up - No Masks, Facepaint, or Large Props

Family Conference Night Information

Family & Teacher Conferences will be held on both 10/20 & 10/27. On 10/20 all conferences will be held virtually through Google Meet. On 10/27 families have the option of in-person or virtual conferences. The conference sign-up link, through Pick-A-Time, will be widely available on 10/10. However, teachers may reach out earlier to schedule a conference with specific families. Please watch the video below for more information.
Fall Conferences 2022

Interim Reports - Parent Portal

We are half way through the First Quarter, meaning it is officially Interim reporting. At the Junior High grades are readily available through the Parent Portal. (If you need help with that, let us know!) Other ways to measure your child's growth and find potential gaps, could be through the below data points. If you have ANY concerns, questions, or need further support we encourage you to sign up for a family conference on 10/20 or 10/27. Information will be sent out on 10/10.

  • Map Testing--This week students took Reading and Math MAP tests which gave them scores in comparison to our school and the state. These are general reading and math scores and can be used to predict achievement on future assessments and give us information on how to help students who are struggling and push students who are a little further along.
  • Grades--Interim grades are due next week and this is a snapshot of how they are adjusting to the workload and pace of the junior high. Are they completing assignments, working well in groups, doing their best on projects, and studying for tests? While this is only halfway through the quarter, low grades could be an indicator that support is needed.
  • Involvement--Most research studies, including this one, suggests that there is a correlation between joining a club, sports, activity or music and achievement. It also makes school more fun because students are connected with other students and more adults to make them feel a part of the community.

PTO Fundraiser -- Glow-A-Thon!

We are ramping up our only fundraiser for the year to help the PTO and our students have amazing experiences through club, events, sports and more! Our goal is to raise $30,000!

Students have already earned:

  • Blacklights
  • Glow in the Dark Cornhole
  • Glow in the Dark Photobooth
  • Glow in the Dark Volleyball

Up Next:


$15,000--Duct Tape Mr. Meyer and Mr. Cole to the Wall!!

$20,000--Field Day/Pep Rally

Click here for these instructions (it takes 5-10 minutes to do the whole thing!)

Hassle Free Fundraising

Restaurant Night

The PTO is looking for an individual(s) that would like to help with our Hassle Free Fundraising. In the past, we have done restaurant nights around our community. You contact the restaurant and find a date that works. Then you advertise in the Smore and on social media. After the event, you follow up with the restaurant to have a check with the percentage agreed upon sent to the school. If you would like to learn more or have other hassle free fundraising ideas, please feel free to reach out to Kathy Mercurio at

Pipkins Receipts

Don’t forget to send in your Pipkins’s receipts! Pipkins donates a percentage of your spending to the school as long as the receipt is submitted. Just drop your receipts in the box at the main entrance; it’s as simple as that!

Kroger Community Rewards

Another easy way to donate to SJH is to change your Kroger Community Rewards over to Sycamore JH High. Use this link to enroll or change your rewards to Sycamore Junior High.

Daily Student Video Announcements

Check out this link to view our student created video announcements. Mrs. Jarvis does a fantastic job leading these students to take ownership of their learning while also providing a service to our school community!

The 2023 SJHS Yearbook is on sale NOW!

Purchase TODAY for the lowest price of the year!

The SJHS Yearbook Club is committed to documenting this school year for YOU! Order your yearbook today for your LOWEST price! The cost is $32/copy. This price will increase to $35 on October 31, 2022.

Click HERE to order your 2023 Yearbook.

Interested in joining the Yearbook Club? Membership is still open! Click HERE and look for the “Join Yearbook” button!

Do you have photos you would like to submit to the Yearbook Club? Click HERE and find the “Submit Photos Here” button! We want to represent ALL students in this year's historic yearbook.

*Please note the confirmation email comes from: Last year we had some duplicate orders because it was difficult for people to locate their confirmation.

Questions? Contact Mrs. Melissa Speelman

Meet our English Language Arts Teachers!!


-14 Bachelors Degrees

-12 Masters Degrees

- 15 Professional Licenses

-190 Years of Experience

-20 Districts Taught

-2 Different Countries Taught

-Grades Taught Kindergarten - 12

-30 Sports/Club Sponsored


  • Concert Going

  • Outdoor Recreation

    • Fishing

  • Spike Ball

  • Reading

  • Running

  • Supernatural VR

  • Finance

  • Traveling

  • Gardening

  • Biking

  • Water Color

  • Shopping/Styling

  • Festival Going

Parent Access to Canvas LMS

At the start of next school year (2023-24), Sycamore Schools will be transitioning to a new Learning Management System called Canvas. Canvas is a widely used Learning Management System in K-12 schools and beyond. This year, staff members will begin transitioning to this new LMS. Parents will have access to a parent account in Canvas that can be linked to their student(s). To create an account, please follow the steps below:

  1. Generate a pairing code from your student’s Sycamore Canvas course (instructions).

  2. Visit the parent login page and create an account in the top right corner (this will require the pairing code from step 1.

  3. Once submitted, the parent account will be connected to the student account for current and future courses.

Please note that this school year will be a transition year, meaning the use and adoption of Canvas will be varied from teacher to teacher, with full implementation expected at the start of the 23-24 school year.

National School Lunch Week

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) serves nearly 30 million children every school day. President John F. Kennedy created National School Lunch Week (NSLW) in 1962 to promote the importance of healthy school lunches in a child’s life and the impact it has inside and outside of the classroom. #NSLW22 will be celebrated October 10-14, 2022.

The theme this year is Peace, Love, and School Lunch! We will be celebrating in our cafeterias starting on Monday, October 10th. Keep an eye out for a few fun things going on this week! Monday - Come through our lunch lines to see our “Celebrity Chefs.” We will also have a selfie station set up and music going in the cafeteria. Stay Groovy!

Sycamore Stadium Football Reminders

"I want to take this time to remind parents of elementary and junior high students of two important policies for Sycamore Stadium during football games to help with fan safety and security.

1) Elementary and Junior High age students should be accompanied by a parent for admission to football games whenever possible. Some local schools have made this a firm policy, so we would like to encourage this as well.

2) No outside footballs/basketballs etc..are allowed inside the stadium. These items will be taken away by our gate people when they are brought in and by any administrator who sees them as well.

We are proud of our new stadium and want to keep all attendees safe and secure and able to enjoy the game.

Mark Harden

Athletic Director

Sycamore High School

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