The Navigator Newsletter

Sycamore Junior High's Parent Communication

October 8-12, 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 10: PTO Meeting 10:30am

October 12: End of 1st Quarter

October 12: Homecoming Parade, Tailgate & Game

Mark your Calendars

October 18: Fall Sports Awards 7pm

October 20: Flight Fest

October 25 & 26: Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences (a separate email will go out on 10/12)

October 26: Make A Difference Day

Did you know?



The City of Montgomery has partnered with Sycamore Community Schools for the last 2 years by securing a School Resource Officer for Sycamore Junior High. Officer James Martin is entering his 3rd school year and 14th year as a police officer for the Montgomery Police Department. Officer Martin is assigned to the Junior High all day to support students and staff and has a variety of responsibilities. Officer Martin conducts safety trainings, ensures the building is secure at all times, and regularly counsels students on how to handle difficult situations. In addition, he assist students with locker jams, teaches classes and assist with lost property items. Officer Martin also participates in several Sycamore Schools committees. Please encourage your children to reach out to Officer Martin if the need arises.



Our guest speaker Julie Foster, a psychiatric social worker from Children’s Hospital will talk about helping your teen deal with depression. Julie currently works in outpatient therapy with teens that transition from inpatient psychiatric settings back to school. She has had many years guiding parents through this difficult issue. She will be at our next PTO meeting October 10 at 10:30. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information about the Junior High PTO please visit


We are still accepting PTO membership forms. Being a member of the PTO doesn’t mean you have to volunteer and attend meetings (anyone is welcome to volunteer and come to the meetings!). Joining the PTO shows your financial support for our programs that recognize students and teachers in our building. PTO membership is $10 ($11 if paid with a credit card) and can be done online. 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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General FF Information

DID YOU KNOW proceeds from Flight Fest fund all the clubs and activities here at SJH?

The 8th Annual Sycamore Junior High Aviator Flight Fest 5k/10k Race & Festival is Saturday, October 20, 2018! Let's see you at the starting line! After the race, join the Festival Fun with games, inflatables, food, silent auction, entertainment, raffle and much more! Flight Fest is a family-friendly event!


Pickup Your Registration Packet at:

Fleet Feet on Thursday, Oct 18 from 4-8pm

The Crossings Of Blue Ash, 9525 Kenwood Rd., Cincinnati, Oh 45242

SILENT AUCTION (formerly Bid-n-Buy)

Auction Is Live, Bid Now! Go to to see and bid on Flight Fest Silent Auction items. Keep checking back as we add new items. Bidding closes 10/20/18. Some Fantastic Auction Items:

Special Reserved Seating & Parking for SJH Choir & Band Concerts

Ultimate Family Fun Package with free & discount family passes for a Trampoline Park, the Newport Aquarium, & several Movie Theaters

FC Cincinnati 2019 Tickets, Signed Soccer Ball & Swag

Follow us on twitter @avesflightfest to get race updates and information about new items added to Silent Auction.

Please contact Michelle Ciotola at to learn about business and family sponsorship's, volunteer opportunities, or any questions regarding Aviator Flight Fest.

Have You Heard!

Everlasting Monsoon is performing the 2018 Flight Fest song at Race! Students will hear the new song during announcements!


  • Check It Out! The Winner of the Flight Fest Teacher Contest will wear a special 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 - Mr. Shomo

    3rd Place - Mrs. Ely

    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.


HELP! We need YOU!!!

Volunteers make Flight Fest a success! Help with parking, the race, concessions or games!

Sign up HERE to be part of this amazing day!

Flight Fest Raffle Tickets and Game Tickets


Avoid the Lines! Pre-Order your Flight Fest Game/Food Tickets by October 12!

Pre-Sale Game/Food Tickets are your BEST VALUE at 15 tickets for $5. Ticket prices increase to 15 for $10 the day of Flight Fest. Use the Pre-Sale Order Form below to purchase your pre-sale tickets. You can also purchase pre-sale tickets online at Deadline for pre-sale Game/Food Tickets is October 12.

Support Flight Fest and Have a Chance to Win up to $500!

Prizes: 1st - $500, 2nd - $300, 3rd - $100.

Cash raffle tickets are $10 each. 3 winners will be drawn at 12:45pm during Flight Fest. Raffle tickets can be purchased until 12:15pm the day of Flight Fest. Winner need not be present. If you can't make it to Flight Fest, this is the EASIEST way to support SJH – think of it as a hassle-free donation with a chance to win money!

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3 Easy Ways For You To Purchase Your Game/Food & Cash Raffle Tickets In Advance…
  1. Online - You can place orders for both tickets Online at . Deadline to buy Game/Food tickets online is October 12. and Cash Raffle tickets only online is October 19.

  2. Print Ticket Order Form - You can print and fill out the 2018 Ticket Order Form below and return it with payment to the Ticket Box in the SJH office by Friday, October 12 for Game/Food tickets or by Friday, October 19 for Raffle tickets only.

  3. At School - Your student can purchase Game/Food and Raffle Tickets with cash or check at School during all LUNCH PERIODS the week before Flight Fest, Tuesday-Friday (October 16-19).

Sell Cash Raffle Tickets to Your Family, Neighbors, and Friends!

Print and fill out the Cash Raffle Tickets Form below and return with your payment to the SJH office by Friday, October 19, 2018 or buy at Flight Fest by 12:15pm.

NOTE: No matter how you order your Cash Raffle Tickets, be sure to include each ticket holder's Name and Phone Number to be entered into the drawing.

Become a Flight fest sponsor

Show your family's support for SJH by sponsoring the event. There are many levels of financial support! See the Sponsorship Form below.


Sycamore Junior High Aviator Flight Fest 5k/10k Race & Festival is sponsored by the Sycamore Junior High PTO.


Join the Chess Club!

  • FREE!
  • Meetings are weekly, after school. All are welcome!
  • Open to beginners and experienced players alike.
  • Play chess with friends and hang out!
  • Contact Justin Dean at for more information

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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Homecoming October 12

Get ready for AVIATOR Homecoming!

PARADE: 4:45 pm The parade kicks off at 4:45 pm in downtown Montgomery from the parking lot near Shelly Drive & Ted Gregory Lane and proceeds down Zig Zag to Cooper and ends at the stadium.

TAILGATE: 5:15 pm Stay for the tailgate immediately following the parade in the north end zone of the stadium. Food is provided by City Barbeque and tickets can be purchased for $4 each at the entry.

GAME: 7:00 pm Tickets can be purchased at the stadium the night of the game or during the week at the Athletic Office at SHS. Student tickets may be purchased at the JH on Friday at lunch.

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Sycamore High School Hosts Variety Show Saturday, October 6th @ 7p in the HS Auditorium. Tickets: $10 available pre-sale at starting September 21st / $12 at the door.

Acts feature groups and soloists who are members of the student body including vocal and instrumental groups, cool human tricks, gymnastics, a performance by all choral ensembles and more! Proceeds benefit the Sycamore Vocal Boosters.

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