Sycamore Community Schools

May 2023 District Newsletter

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All of the information included in this newsletter is important, but feel free to scroll to these fun topics:

  • The Greatest: We are proud to announce the districtwide and building winners of our Teacher of the Year Award. 💚💛
  • So Long, Farewell: 25 staff members are retiring, including three incredible administrators after decades of service. How you can help us celebrate! 👋
  • I Came In Like a Wrecking Ball: Demolition begins soon on the old junior high. When you can get a sneak peek inside the new building. 🚧
  • Talking 'Bout My Generation: The incredible discussion between students and families about cultural and generational gaps. 🔊
  • We Are The Champions: From robotics to marketing, Sycamore receives recognition at the INTERNATIONAL level! 🏆

Celebrate Excellence Educator of the Year

Help us say "magnum officium" to Sycamore Latin teacher Sean Minion! Sycamore Schools is proud to announce that Mr. Minion is overall district 2023 Celebrate Excellence Educator of the Year!

Mr. Minion splits his time between Sycamore Junior High and Sycamore High School, teaching all of our Latin courses. Click here to see some of the wonderful things his students had to say. Mr. Minion will be honored at the Hamilton County Education Foundation's Celebrate Excellence ceremony at the Sharonville Convention Center on May 5. Bene facis, Mr. Minion, for all you do for our students!

Teachers Of The Year

We had so many amazing nominations for Celebrate Excellence, that we decided to select an educator from each building to recognize as Teachers of The Year! Please help us congratulate the following:
  • Ally Marth, Sycamore High School Math (pictured)
  • Kelly Abbas-Lee, Sycamore Junior High Math
  • Angela Ryan, E.H. Greene Intermediate Math and ELA
  • Bethany Mulkie, Blue Ash Elementary 1st Grade
  • Jane Hillenbrand, Maple Dale Elementary Kindergarten
  • Julie Simpson, Montgomery Elementary 1st Grade
  • Sarah Goddard, Symmes Elementary Kindergarten
We will celebrate each of these amazing educators on Facebook and Instagram during #TeacherAppreciationWeek beginning May 8.

Classified Staff Members of the Year

Is your bus driver the best? Does your custodian crush it? Does your school's administrative assistant always greet you with a smile? Is there an educational assistant who is amazing with your student? Help us recognize some of our hardest working, most dedicated staff members: our classified staff! We are seeking nominations for the following:
  • Child Nutrition Services Staff Member of the Year
  • Transportation Services Staff Member of the Year
  • Maintenance & Custodial Staff Member of the Year
  • Educational Assistant of the Year
  • Administrative Assistant/Associate of the Year
Nominate someone now:

New SHS Assistant Principal Named

A former Sycamore High School coach and teacher is joining the high school administration.

The Sycamore Board of Education has approved the hiring of Andrew Ovington as assistant principal at the high school. Ovington previously taught in the district for eight years before becoming the assistant principal at Liberty Junior School in Lakota Schools. Learn more about Ovington's return to SHS.

Longtime Administrators Retiring

Retirement Celebration on May 17 at 6:00 pm at SHS

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Master Facility Projects

Sycamore Junior High

Preparing For Demolition in June

As part of the phased demolition plan, preparation for razing the old Sycamore Junior High School is already underway. Crews have begun removing materials from inside the detached gymnasiums behind the academic wings. Teardown of the gymnasiums will begin this month. The remainder of the building is scheduled to be torn down beginning June 4. This phase of demolition is a critical path as we work to welcome students for classes in August.

The district along with SHP and Monarch Construction have done our due diligence to ensure the safety of our students and staff during this process, including testing for hazardous materials and carefully securing the area.

Once full demolition begins in June, crews will be keeping the structure and debris wet during demolition in order to prevent the spread of dust and prevent fire from breaking out.

The district previously communicated that demolition would begin on the detached gyms May 1. We wanted to clarify that this work begins with a lot of interior mitigation work of nonhazardous materials before walls and the roof are torn down.

Sycamore Junior High: Final Flight

Thank you to the 400+ people who stopped by on April 29 to say goodbye to the old building! We had a number of alumni and retired staff walk the halls for the last time, including three generation families, the Class of 1960, and the PE teacher who retired in 1958, who said she got to be in the "new gym" her last year. It was apparent that the junior high (and high school prior to 1975) was a special place from the number of fond memories shared. Thank you, old building!

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Work continues on renovations to the gymnasium and locker rooms as well as the Seger Family Natatorium. Crews began drilling for the support piers last month in preparation for pool construction this summer.

Save The Date: Master Facility Virtual Lunch & Learn

Thursday, May 4th, 12pm

This is an online event.

Join us for another update from inside our remaining Master Facility projects! We will give you a an inside look at the new Sycamore Junior High, a first glimpse of the new home of our Transportation Department, and a look at progress at Sycamore High School.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 982 7121 2474

Passcode: avesmfp


Join our #5DaysofHealthyAves challenge for students and families! During the week of May 1, we are challenging students and their families to engage in healthy activities outside of school. This guide features activities and resources for your family to enjoy during our challenge week and in the future. We hope you enjoy!

In Case You Missed It

On May 2, Sycamore Schools hosted in an incredible panel discussion. "Listen To Understand" brought students and families together to address cultural and generational gaps. We appreciate the vulnerability and openness of our student and parent panel. In case you missed it, a recording of the session is below:
Listen to Understand: Syamore Schools Panel Discussion

Sycamore Awarded Ohio K-12 School Safety Grant

Sycamore Community Schools has been awarded an Ohio K-12 School Safety Grant. The state is awarding the district over $606,000 for safety and security upgrades at our schools. Learn more about the district's plans for improvement.

Robotics Team Places #14 at World Championships

Juniper Robotics repped Sycamore at the FIRST World Championships in Houston.

The Sycamore High School team advanced into the "Elite 8" from a bracket of 192 teams. Juniper was ranked #1 in the World at scoring the most points in the last 30 seconds of a match. They ranked #14 in the World in points scored per match.

DECA Students Advance to International Finals

Congratulations to six DECA students who advanced to the Finals at the DECA International competition in Orlando. A total of 24 Sycamore High School students qualified for the international competition.

Student Artwork To Be Displayed in D.C.

Congratulations to Sycamore junior Tanvi Mayya! Her photograph won the Ohio Congressional Art Competition. Her artwork will be displayed in Rep. Greg Landsman's office in Washington, D.C. for a year.

Mayya's photo was also awarded for the second year in a row in the Montgomery Photo Contest as the Student's People's Choice Award.

Order Now! T-Shirt Project

A group of Sycamore Junior High students are selling t-shirts they designed to raise funds for Helping Hands of Cincinnati.

The T-Shirt Project is back after a several years hiatus. Students created shirt designs and came up with a business model for marketing and selling them to raise money for the charity of their choice. A panel of judges from the University of Cincinnati's Center for Economics chose this cool design to take to production.

Helping Hands of Cincinnati assists families battling cancer with their medical bills. Help support a great cause and show your Sycamore Spirit. Check out this student-created website and order today.

"We The People" State Competition

Sycamore Junior High students had an incredibly unique experience at the Ohio Supreme Court during the "We The People" Middle School State Competition. They were the only school in Ohio to travel to Columbus this year to compete in mock Congressional Hearings on constitutional issues.

Sycamore Junior High took home a Superior ranking for demonstrating their knowledge of constitutional principles within six defined topical units. They also received an Excellent ranking in the category, "What shaped the founders' thinking about governement?"

Summer School Registration

Register now for Sycamore Summer School 2023! We will be offering enrichment and credit recovery for students. Click on the grade level to view the associated Summer School Course Catalog:

Summer school fees are automatically waived for students on free/reduced lunch.Registration can be done via Parent Portal. Don't qualify for free/reduced lunch? We may still be able to assist. Please contact our Summer School Directors for more information:

Locked Out of Parent Portal?

We have had a number of families reach out for assistance with "locked" Parent Portal accounts. This is happening when families try to navigate to Parent Portal by Google searching "Sycamore Schools Parent Portal". The first URL that appears on Google is listed incorrectly and is taking families to a login page for editing of our website instead of Parent Portal. We have reached out to Google and asked them to correct the link. In the meantime, you can access Parent Portal by clicking here. You can also find a Parent Portal icon on the top of the district homepage.

Dates To Remember

  • May 3: Board of Education Meeting, District Office, 7:30am
  • May 17: Sycamore Schools Retirement Recognition, Sycamore High School 6:00pm
  • May 17: Board of Education Meeting, Sycamore High School 7:00pm
  • May 21: Class of 2023 Commencement, Cintas Center 3:00pm
  • May 26: Last Day of School

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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Event and Activity Flyers Now Listed On Website

After receiving feedback from families, all district-approved flyers will now be listed on Sycamore Schools' website instead of in our weekly newsletters. This will help condense our newsletters to important school information. If you are still interested in viewing community flyers about events and activities for students, please click here.

April Awesome Aviators