The Navigator Newsletter

Sycamore Junior High's Parent Communication

October 15-20, 2018

Building Goals

*Ensure Safety of Students and Staff

*Cultivate a Positive Climate

*Implement Formative Instructional Practices

COMING UP at the JH!

This Week:

October 15: No School (Teacher Records Day)

October 18: Fall Sports Awards 7pm

October 20: Flight Fest

Mark your Calendars

October 25 & 26: Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences (see separate email)

October 26: No School (Conference Day)

October 26: Make A Difference Day

did you know?

Safer Schools Ohio

Safer Schools Ohio is a multi-agency effort created to assist schools in continuously improving the safety of our students. By calling or texting the statewide anonymous hotline-

844-SAFEROH - parents, students or community members can report anything that is suspicious or endangering you, your friends or your school.


For more information about the Junior High PTO please visit


Click HERE for an easy way to join and pay your membership fee.


The PTO publishes a student directory each year. Once again, the directory will be online and accessible using Directory Spot. If you are interested in having access to Directory Spot, you will need to join the PTO. If your information needs to be corrected, please note that you will need to do so from a computer (it cannot be corrected from a tablet or phone). Questions? Please email Karen Ronningen at

VOLUNTEER For more information click HERE.


Remember: Kroger donates to non-profits through the Kroger Plus Card-Community Rewards program. Go to>Community Rewards to direct the rewards that you earn to Sycamore Junior High School PTO (#IM593).

Also: Pipkins Market in Blue Ash gives us back 3% of total sales based on cash register receipts we submit. You can turn in your receipts (the itemized one, not the credit card one) at the front desk at the JH and we’ll take care of it from there.



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Flight fest is one week away



Join us for a wonderful community event ! Starting with a race promoting health & wellness and a Festival immediately afterwards. An entertaining social event for Sycamore students and families to enjoy with food, games, prizes, a raffle, and a Silent Auction! Proceeds from Flight Fest fund all the clubs and activities for students here at SJH. All students and families need to be a part of this fun school event!

How can you support your school and get involved?

We would like all students and families to be a part of this fun school event on Saturday, October 20th! Thank you for your support!



Volunteers make Flight Fest a Success! From help with parking, the race, concessions to games. Sign up HERE to be part of this amazing day!



Raffle tickets (just $10 each) are a great way to support the Flight Fest school fundraiser, while also giving you a chance to put some extra money in your pocket. First prize is $500, 2nd is $300, and 3rd is $100!

BUY CASH RAFFLE TICKETS UNTIL 12:15PM AT FLIGHT FEST or purchase in advance until October 19:

  • Online at .
  • Print Cash Raffle Tickets Form- Print and fill out the Cash Raffle Tickets Form below and return with your payment to the SJH office by Friday, October 19, 2018.

JUST ANNOUNCED! Buy Raffle Tickets at Lunch for a Chance To Win a Daily Prize!

Students can win a daily prize when they buy cash raffle tickets for $10 each at school during lunch this week! Each day we will draw names from students that purchased raffle tickets during lunchtime. The daily winner will be awarded a prize by the end of the school day.


Pre-purchase Food/Game Tickets in School Cafeteria October 16-19!

SAVE MONEY! Pre-Sale Game/Food Tickets are 15 tickets for $5, prices increase to 15 for $10 the day of Flight Fest. Your student can purchase Game/Food and Raffle Tickets with cash or check at school during all LUNCH PERIODS the week before Flight Fest (October 16-19).



The Winner of the Flight Fest Teacher Contest will wear a costume during all 3 lunch bells for students viewing pleasure! Winning teacher will also be awarded a gift card for being a good sport!

Teachers in the Lead:

1st Place - Mr. Tanaka

2nd Place - Tied Mr. Shomo & Mrs. Ely

3rd Place – Mr. James

There are 2 Ways Students Can Vote In Teacher Contest:

  • Register for Race Online at
  • Buy Food & Game Tickets. Students who pick up or buy pre-purchased tickets the week before Flight Fest can vote in the teacher contest.



Sycamore Junior High participates in the Midwest Academic Talent Search sponsored by the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University. CTD uses both the ACT and SAT tests to give families information on student’s abilities and educational achievement, beyond information generated by regular standardized and state testing. Results are reported relative to both the total test population (including high school students) and relative to MATS students only. Sycamore students who are enrolled in Honors/Accelerated courses may consider MATS testing.

*Each year Sycamore Junior High offers a MATS exclusive testing session for the ACT. This year the testing date will be held on Saturday, February 9th 2019. Information for registering online, including the required Testing Center ID for enrolling, can be found on the letter just below.

Sign up for Make a difference day

In collaboration with The City of Montgomery, we invite you to join us in Making a Difference in our Community. On Friday, October 26 (no school for students this day) we will make our way into the community and rake leaves for those who are elderly, disabled, or unable to leave their homes. We pride ourselves in helping every family that needs our help, so please sign up to join us and bring your family and friends. Everyone is welcome to join us. Please sign up no later than October 19 so we are sure to have enough buses and breakfast.

Our agenda for the day:

8:00am Meet at SJH cafeteria (entrance back by the stadium)

8:15am group picture

8:30am buses leave for job sites

1:00pm anticipated latest arrival for buses to return to SJH

Students may leave directly from the job site or ride the bus back to school. Students are encouraged to bring their own phones to call for a ride as our end time is dependent on the workload. An adult will be at each location with a cell phone for students that do not have one. If you have any questions please contact Jim Dejoy at

Parents and Students sign up here

Thank you for helping us to MAKE A DIFFERENCE!


In case you missed it


Many of our clubs have already started! Check announcements for information about meeting times. For general information, download the pdf below, click HERE or access this brochure from our JH website under the "Activities" Tab.


Sycamore Junior High is excited about our new support system, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). With PBIS, the goal is to encourage good behavior and a culture which is safe, supportive and welcoming for all students. Helping students develop these skills ensures that we are developing successful, engaged citizens that are able to contribute productively in the world after high school. At Sycamore, we will focus on the following expectations to help students develop and practice appropriate educational behaviors:

  • Be Respectful

  • Be Responsible

  • Be Safe

  • Be a Problem Solver

PBIS is a proactive approach to establishing the support needed for all students in school to achieve social, emotional, and academic success. Key focus areas of PBIS include prevention, positive behavior supports, using data to better determine the individual needs of students, team meetings to support students with complex emotional and behavioral needs, and community-based supports for families, youth and schools.

Immunizations for 7th graders

Thank you to all 7th grade families who have turned in immunization records. As we work to process those records received, please continue to be patient before you follow up. If there is a problem, you will be contacted via email by Amy Bonham. 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.


Dear Sycamore Families,

Sycamore Community Schools takes the safety and security of our staff and students very seriously. As part of an Ohio Revised Code requirement, the District is required to inform students and parents/guardians before the first day of school each year of our emergency parental notification protocols.

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

In the event of an evacuation, families should report to this location to pick up their student(s). A Reunification Information Document will be used in an event of an emergency where a reunification process is required. This document will be made available at the Blue Ash Rec Center to assist us in releasing your child to you.

In an emergency, we will disseminate information through our mass notification system, which includes phone calls, emails, mobile app alerts, as well as the district website and social media. Additionally, we will continue to provide updates through the above avenues as needed.

We are asking parents to verify their emergency contact information is up to date in Final Forms in order to be contacted in case of emergency. If you make any changes to your contact information in Final Forms, please confirm that the changes have been received by your child’s school by calling the front office.


Around Sycamore

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City BBQ will donate 25% of any sales on 10/19, 10/20 and 10/21 (Flight Fest Weekend) with the attached flyer. Feel free to share with friends and family!

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