Sycamore Community Schools

June 2019

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On May 15, 2019, the Sycamore Board of Education unanimously voted to place a $127.5 million bond issue on the November 5, 2019 ballot to renovate and replace some of our aged facilities. If approved, this will result in an increase of $84 annually per $100,000 of home market value.


Our process began three years ago with extensive facility assessments, community engagement sessions, educational visioning, and concept testing with the community. The Board of Education received extensive feedback from staff, families, students, and the community that guided our decision-making.


We will continue to provide you with additional information on the bond issue and the complete districtwide facilities plan. Please visit the Master Facility section on our website, www.sycamoreschools.org. You can also email questions or comments to mfp@sycamoreschools.org

High School Science Wing Renovations

Phase II of the Sycamore High School Science Wing renovation is underway. Last summer, VSWC Architects renovated the second-floor science classrooms. This year, the first-floor classrooms are being redone to include more space for collaboration and flexible learning. The classrooms will be larger, have new technology, and mobile furniture. The project is expected to be completed by the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

Spotlight on Symmes Ambassadors

A group of parent volunteers is working to make sure all families feel welcome! Symmes Ambassadors helps new families transition to Symmes Elementary, especially those with a language barrier. Throughout the entire school year, the volunteer group offers help and opportunities for families to connect with other families at school.


"Our goal is really to minimize barriers, by integrating new families faster and more efficiently, and helping foster peace of mind," said Jackie Ogden, Symmes Ambassadors parent.


The group has translated important forms into multiple languages and created resource guides and frequently asked questions about everything from transportation to fundraising and what a typical school day is like. Symmes Ambassadors held a Help Night to assist new families with filling out forms. They also have hosted MAP Testing, homework websites, and special education information sessions, as well as family gathers and potlucks.


For more information on Symmes Ambassadors, click here.

Sycamore Bridges

Sycamore Community Schools has launched a new effort to connects people who need help with those who can pitch in.


The district has connected with Neighborhood Bridges to start Sycamore Bridges, which will bridge the gap between students and families in need and local advocates and donors.


“Our community has a history of being incredibly generous,” said Karen Naber, Assistant Superintendent. “Sycamore Bridges will be a fantastic way to spread kindness, linking those in need with those who want to help.”


Counselors, teachers, administrators, and clergy who learn about needs can post them on the Sycamore Bridges website. Requests can be for anything from financial assistance to clothing, food, and furniture needs. Those who want to help can sign up to fill the needs. It's all anonymous and helping is as simple as clicking a button.


Donors can drop off items at the Blue Ash Fire Station 13 on Kenwood Road or the Montgomery Fire Station on Montgomery Road.


“We want to remove barriers so kids can come to school every day ready to learn,” said Lori Drasnin, Sycamore Bridges Director.


Anyone can sign up to be a donor. Click here to learn more information. Be sure to follow Sycamore Bridges on Facebook and Twitter. See the video below for a quick explanation of how you can spread kindness.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNBXbv_I8Ws

Sycamore Share Program

Sycamore Schools is proud to partner with Operation Give Back to reduce food waste in our schools and help students and families who are experiencing economic fatigue.


Students Grades K-12 can donate unopened food items during lunch time by placing them on the Sycamore Share Cart. Since October, our Sycamore Share program has donated over 8,000 items to Operation Give Back, including 3,600 cartons of milk.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Oy0UtccsTQ&feature=youtu.be

Mental Health Summer Services

Sycamore Community Schools is proud to partner with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to provide access to mental health services for students in grades K-12 during the summer months.


Limited services will be available for families who are interested in receiving care through the summer. While many of our school-based therapists are off during the summer, Nicole Snyder, E.H. Greene School therapist, will be available to see students through a modified schedule. The summer schedule will be prioritized for students who are currently participating in our school-based therapy program. New students may be accepted depending on need and availability.


We recognize that needs can arise at any time for a child. Nicole will be available to assist in evaluating possible options for support or treatment through the summer, as well as answer questions about connecting to care in the fall in each of our school buildings. Families can reach Nicole at (513) 686-1750 extension 2050 or snydern@sycamoreschools.org.


Our partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital continues to grow as we increase access to care for our students and families. In the Fall, we will have a fully staffed school-based team, serving all seven of our schools.


As always, should you have any questions, concerns, or needs, you can reach out to Lisa Zelvy, Pupil Services Supervisor, at (513) 686-1700 or zelvyl@sycamoreschools.org.

Mental Health Survey

Sycamore Community Schools continues to engage with students, families, and staff about the growing social and emotional needs of our students and staff.


District administrators have initiated the process of developing a comprehensive strategic plan to identify the mental health needs of our students, families, and staff. We have engaged with 1N5, a local nonprofit organization is committed to stopping the stigma and starting the conversation by increasing awareness and education about mental health.


Thank you for participating in our anonymous survey. The results will help guide our need assessment.

Congratulations to Our Retirees!

We say "Bon Voyage" to 32 wonderful staff members who have collectively served nearly 940 years in Sycamore Schools. Congrats on your retirement and good luck! #SycamoreFamily
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Summer School

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Summer School Dates

Camp Invention: June 3-7 9:00 am-3:30 pm


Grades K-8: June 10-July 3 8:15 am - 12:15 pm

Grades 9-12: June 3-July 19 8:00 am - 12:00 pm



Grades 9-12 Credit Recovery: June 3 to completion (last day July 19)

Grades 9-12 Semester Classes (Original Credit): June 3-25

Grades 9-12 Blended Health: June 10-July 2 (Monday and Wednesday)

Grades 9-12 Online Health: June 3-4 required attendance (deadline for completion July 17)

Grades 9-12 Original Credit (APEX): June 3 to completion

Grades 9-12 Traditional Geometry: June 3-July 19


ESOL Classes for all Grades: June 3-July 3

Greene 101: August-6-7 (Orange and Yellow Teams) 8:00 am-12:00 pm

August 8-9 (Red and Green Teams) 8:00 am-12:00 pm

JH Launch: August-6-7 or August 8-9 8:00 am-12:00 pm

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Aviation Station Summer Outreach

The Aviation Station will be back out in the community on July 22-25 and July 29-31 from 3:00-5:00 pm. Look for upcoming information about our stop locations on Sycamore's Facebook and Twitter pages.


Look for the Aviation Station in the Blue Ash Memorial Day Parade and the Montgomery Fourth of July parade!

Aviator Athletic Camps

Register today for one of our excellent Summer Aviator Camps and Clinics!


Girls Soccer Camp: June 3-6 6:00-8:00 pm Grades 3-7

Coed Tennis Camps: June 3-5 5:30-6:30 pm Grades 1-5, 6:30-8:00 pm Grades 6-8

Cross Country Camp: June 3-June 13 or July 1-11, 9:00-10:15 am Grades 4-8

Boys Basketball Camp: June 4-6 9:00-11:45 am Grades K-8

Boys Football Camp: June 4-6 12:00-3:00 pm Grades K-8

Girls Volleyball Camp: June 11-13 9:00 am-12:00 pm Grades 4-7

Girls Basketball Camp: June 11-13 12:00-3:00 pm Grades K-7

Chess Camp: June 17-20 8:30-11:30 am Grades K-8

Boys Soccer Camp: June 17-20 5:00-7:00 pm Grades 4-7

Basketball Shooting Camp: June 17-19 9:00 am-12:00 pm Grades 4-9

Boys Wrestling Camp: June 25-28 3:00-5:30 pm Grades 6-11

Girls Lacrosse Camp: July 17-19 5:00-6:30 pm Grades K-5, 5:00-7:00 pm Grades 6-9


For more information, click here.

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Aves Summer Theatre

Aves Summer Theatre presents "Mama Mia!" July 5-6 and July 12-13. Tickets will be available mid-June at www.avestheatre.org

Priority Registration

Do you have a new neighbor or a friend who is moving to Sycamore Schools this summer? Help us spread the word: Priority Registration for the 2019-20202 school year is happening now!
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School Calendars

Sycamore Community Schools will mail out a printed calendar for the 2019-2020 school year this summer. Event dates for the 2019-2020 school year will be available online in June. Click here to see important dates, like the first day of school.

Follow Us!

Be sure to follow Sycamore Schools on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube!


You can also follow our schools and services on Twitter:

Sycamore High School @TheRealMrMader

Sycamore Junior High @SycamoreJrHigh

E.H. Greene Intermediate @EHGreeneSchool

Blue Ash Elementary @BlueAshElem

Maple Dale Elementary @MapleDaleElem

Montgomery Elementary @Montgomery_Elem

Symmes Elementary @SymmesElem

Sycamore Diversity @WeRSycamore

Child Nutrition Services @SycamoreCNS

Human Resources @SycamoreHR

Operations & Student Services @AviatorOps

Special Education @AVESAbilities

Superintendent @TopAviator

Assistant Superintendent @AviatorCoPilot

Curriculum and Instruction @AviatorLearning

Aviation Station @SycamoreSTEAM

Aviator Athletics @AvesAthletics