Sycamore Community Schools

January 2023 District Newsletter

Table of Contents

All of the information included in this newsletter is important, but you can use this source to scroll to the sections you are most interested in learning about:

1.Master Facility Update

ICYMI: We took folks live inside our newly finished spaces. And a sneak peek inside the new junior high.🚧

2. Always An Aviator

How much money was raised during our #30DaysofGiving campaign and a first look at the designs for the Seger Family Natatorium 🏊‍♂️

3. Who Dey!

How many touchdowns will the Bengals score during the playoffs? Make your pledge today! 🐯

4. Strategic Plan

We need your help! The survey coming soon to a inbox near you. 📩

5. Dates to Remember

The two opportunities coming up that are as hot as a Taylor Swift ticket. 📆

6. Awesome Aviators

This month's Awesome Aviators.

Sycamore Junior High

Finishing touches are happening in the academic spaces inside the new Sycamore Junior High. Construction crews continue to work on the brick veneer on the exterior of the building. The new school is still on schedule to be completed for the beginning of the 2023-24 school year.

Due to construction on the junior high property, the Transportation Department was temporarily relocated this school year. The new Transportation Department property off Grooms Road is taking shape. We look forward to full completion in July 2023.

Sycamore High School

Crews continue to make progress on the new administrative offices and entrance. Interior athletic renovations, including the gymnasium and locker room, will begin in the spring.

ICYMI: Master Facility Lunch & Learn

In case you missed it, Sycamore Schools provided a live look at the amazing building updates and new facilities during our Master Facility Lunch & Learn on Dec. 8. You can replay this exciting and interactive video now by clicking here.

Always An Aviator Capital Campaign


A huge THANK YOU to our generous donors who helped us raise $71,000 during our #30DaysofGiving Campaign.

You can see a full list of our Gold ($1,000+), Varsity ($5.000+), All American ($10,000+), Champion ($25,000+), and Hall of Fame Donors ($50,000+)

We are still short of our goal to raise an additional $4 million for our remaining

Always An Aviator projects, including the Seger Family Natatorum, the Dan Henke Baseball and Softball Fields, and Phase II of Sycamore Stadium. Donate today! Donations up to $5,000 can be made through the Sycamore Athletic Boosters via Paypal. You can select which project you are interested in supporting. Please use this form for donations over $5,000. Someone will reach out to you within one business day for more information.

Seger Family Natatorium

The Board of Education voted to begin construction of the Seger Family Natatorium at Sycamore High School during their Jan. 4 meeting. The $10.4 million facility will include an 8-lane, all deep pool with seating capacity for over 400 spectators. Construction will begin in the spring and a grand opening scheduled for early 2024. Fundraising efforts continue to fill the gap that the Board has committed to move the project forward. Click here to make your donation today!
Sycamore Seger Family Natatorium Flythrough

How Many Touchdowns Will The Bengals Score In the Playoffs?

Sycamore Schools is challenging Bengals fans to make a pledge for every touchdown the Cincinnati Bengals scores during the 2022-23 playoff run. For reference, the Bengals have 3.13 touchdowns per game and a total of 47 touchdowns this season. They scored 7 touchdowns during the 2021-22 playoff run.

How it works:

1. Pledge any amount per touchdown scored through the playoffs.

2 Cheer on the Bengals to victory while positively impacting the Aviator student-athlete experience.

3. Your payment amount will be finalized at the conclusion of the Bengals playoff run. Pledge Amount x Touchdowns Scored = Gift Amount (ex. $50 per touchdown X 7 touchdowns = $350) We will contact you via email at the end of the season with a Paypal link to make your pledged donation.

All gifts to this initiative will go to the Always An Aviator Capital Campaign general fund, supporting our student-athletes by creating better venues and facilities.

Click here to fill out your pledge form. Pledges over $250 per touchdown will be eligible to receive two Sycamore Aviator Football season passes for home games next Fall.

2023 School Board Appointments

The Sycamore Board of Education has approved the following positions for its members for 2023:

  • Paul Balent, Board President, Master Facility Plan Executive Core Team, Business Advisory Council
  • Brad Comerford, Board Vice President, Audit Committee Representative, Always An Aviator Advisory Committee
  • Lynne Stieger, Sycamore Advisory Comission (SAC) Representative
  • Sara Bitter, Policy Revision Representative, Legislative Liaison
  • Melissa Weiss, Student Achievement Liaison, Legislative Liaison

Climate and Culture Survey Coming

Positive school climates are essential for creating the environment, resources, and relationships necessary for children to thrive. Measuring school climate data enables schools to create safe, supportive, and accepting learning environments. As part of our Strategic Plan, Sycamore Community Schools has partnered with the Impact Group to conduct a climate and culture survey for the district.

We value the opinions of our students, staff, and families. Please look for links to these surveys in the next two weeks through email. The surveys will not collect personal information and will be anonymous. They will remain open for 14 days once posted. To learn more about our Strategic Plan, click here.

Wellness Program

Sycamore Schools recently updated our Student and Staff Wellness Program Guidelines. Click here to see the latest information. If you are interested in learning more about the District Wellness Committee, please contact Kelsey Warren, CNS Director, at

Dates To Remember

  • Jan. 13: NO SCHOOL Student Personal Learning Day/Teacher Records Day
  • Jan. 16: NO SCHOOL Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Jan. 18 7:00 pm: Board of Education Meeting at Sycamore High School (Room 1809)

There are a number of fun events happening at your child's school this month. Check the district calendar for more information.

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Aves Theatre Presents "Metamorphoses"

Called by Time the "theatre event of the year", Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses brings Ovid's tales to stunning visual life. Set in and around a large pool of water on stage, Metamorphoses juxtaposes the ancient and the contemporary in both language and image to reflect the variety and persistence of narrative in the face of inevitable change.

Performance Dates:

  • Jan. 27, 7:00pm
  • Jan. 28, 5:30pm and 8:00pm
  • Feb. 3, 7:00 pm
  • Feb. 4, 5:30pm and 8:00pm

Our production of Metamorphoses will be presented in an intimate performance space on the auditorium stage that will seat approximately 100 people per performance. Please purchase your tickets as soon as possible. The performance runtime will be 90 minutes with no intermission. Seats will not be pre-assigned, they will be filled in order of arrival. Order tickets here.

Important Dates for Incoming Freshmen

Mark your calendars for some exciting events for our potential incoming freshmen:

  • January 12, 5:30-6:30 pm High School Academic Fair (Sycamore High School Commons) Learn about all of your class opportunities!
  • January 19, All day 8th Grade Day (Sycamore High School) Get to know your high school! Led by SHS Students.

Lovis Foundation Hero Awards

Two Sycamore students were recognized by the 2022 Lovis Foundation Hero Awards, which honor students who go above and beyond to create a positive culture in their schools and communities.

Sycamore's Spencer Kohl was awarded for making a positive impact through mentoring. Sophomore Jocelyn Tanner was awarded the overcomer award for practicing kindness.

Distinguished Alumni

We are excited to announce this year's recipient of the Sycamore Distinguished Alumni award in the coming months. While the recipient has already been selected for 2023, we are always looking for potential nominees. If you know an alumni who has made a significant contribution and should be recognized, please fill out this form.

December Awesome Aviators

Nominate an Awesome Aviator for January

Help us celebrate and recognize our staff who have done something special!

Each month this school year, the district will select a nominee to be recognized as an Awesome Aviator. All you have to do is fill out this form to submit a nomination. We will surprise the Awesome Aviator each month and share the good news on social media and in the district newsletter.