The Navigator Newsletter

Sycamore Junior High's Parent Communication

May 20, 2022


  • Mission: Create a culture of academic excellence through inclusive and innovative learning opportunities for the whole child.
  • Vision: Empower all learners to reach their full potential in a globally competitive world.
  • Values: Academic Excellence, Diversity & Inclusion, Community, Character, and Collaboration

Speak Up/Save Lives

By calling or testing the statewide hotline

- 844-SAFEROH -

- 844-723-3764 -

you can report anything that is suspicious or endangering you, your friends or school.



  • May 30: Memorial Day - No School
  • June 2: 8th Grade Day
  • June 3: Last Day for Students

Sign up to help at 8th grade day!

Please use this link to volunteer on June 2nd at Blue Ash Rec Center.

Yearbook Distribution

Yearbooks will be distributed to all students on Thursday, June 2nd (Eighth Grade Day). If you pre-ordered a yearbook your student will receive it during first bell on June 2nd. There are some extra yearbooks available for purchase. Extra yearbooks are $40 (cash or check written to Sycamore Jr. High). Extra yearbooks can be purchased from Mrs. Speelman in room 246 until June 3rd. Please direct any questions to Melissa Speelman. (

Moving out of the District??

As we plan for the next school year, it is important we have a count of pupils attending school at Sycamore Junior High School. If you know that your child will be moving out of Sycamore Community School District or will be attending a private or parochial school next fall. The State of Ohio requires a parent/guardian to fill-out and sign a Student Withdrawal form and return to the Sycamore Junior High School by May 20, 2022. After this form is complete please email to This is important for transferring school records. For this form, please click on the following link:

Sycamore Community Schools Withdrawal Form

Fun-a-thon a Big Hit! Thank you!

Last week’s Fun-a-thon was a big hit all the way around. Kids celebrated the end of AIR and MAP testing with a tasty Kona Ice. Students had a blast in the sunshine dunking teachers, playing games, and forming the largest line dance in SJH history. All this while raising nearly $10,000 for clubs, athletics, and arts programs. Look here for some pictures of the event!

Thank you!

PTO Leadership Opportunity 2022-2023

Are you looking to get involved next year in the PTO? We are currently looking for a chair or two for our Flight Fest. Flight Fest is a community run/walk 5K and 10K event and is our biggest fundraiser of the year for the PTO. The date is set for October 22nd. Please reach out to for more information.


8th Grade group photo

8th graders will take a panoramic picture on June 2. See below for ordering information.
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Summer School

Summer School registration is open via Parent Portal.

Consult the Grade 7-8 Catalog for more information

Questions may be directed to Chris Gutermuth, 7-8 Summer School Director @

Fall Sports at SJH

Making summer plans? Have a child who wants to participate in fall sports at the Junior High?

Check out the Fall Sports Start Dates

Gifted Summer Enrichment Opportunities

8th Grade Day

Dear Parent:

8th Grade Day on June 2, 2022 is quickly approaching for our outgoing 8th grade students. This day is filled with fun at the Blue Ash Recreation Center. On April 14th, Mr. Lavercombe met virtually through announcements with students to discuss the expectations of 8th Grade Day. This included how students earn the privilege of attending 8th Grade Day. Students were given the following expectations to meet in order to attend:

  • Maintain passing grades in your classes. Students who have multiple failures for 4th quarter will not be permitted to attend.

  • Attend school. Students with excessive absences/tardies to school 4th quarter will not be permitted to attend.

  • Follow directions from adults. Students who are chronically noncompliant will not be permitted to attend.

  • Demonstrate respect towards others. Students who are rude or disrespectful towards others or property will not be permitted to attend.

  • Be a leader. Model excellence. Students who continue to violate the code of conduct or demonstrate behaviors that are not outstanding examples of what a SJH student is all about will not be permitted to attend.

  • Students should be in good standing with the media center, having returned all books and paid overdue fines.

We will inform any student who is not on track to earn 8th Grade Day of their status. Parents will also be contacted if a student is in danger of not being permitted to attend. If a final decision is made that a student is not permitted to attend, the administration will communicate that decision to both the student and parent. Please note, if a student has multiple class failures as of Friday, May 27th, they will be required to remain at the Junior High School for 8th Grade Day and work to improve their grades.

All students have been informed that if he/she receives another discipline referral in the area(s) called out above, then this may result in his/her missing the privilege of attending 8th Grade Day on Thursday, June 2nd.

Thank you for your attention in this matter,

Clay Lavercombe

Assistant Principal

Traci Rea


Message from Technology Department

To Parents and Students,

If you are not returning to Sycamore Community School District for the 2022-23 school year, you are to return the school issued Chromebook and charger before you leave school in May 2022. Please return the Chromebook and charger to the school library/media center and give it to the librarian or technician. If you leave the district during the summer, please return the Chromebook and charger to the District Office: 5959 Hagewa Drive.

If the Chromebook and charger is not returned, you will be charged $250 and the device will be permanently disabled for use on the last day of school. If the charger is not returned with the Chromebook, you will be charged $25. The fees can be paid in your Parent Portal account - Online Fees.

For Graduating Seniors:

You are to return the device on or before May 13, 2022 to the High School Media Center. If not, you will be charged $250 for the device and charger. If you do not have the charger, you will be charged $25.

For Students Not Returning for the 2022-23 School Year:

You are to return the device on or before June 3, 2022 to the building media center/library. If not, you will be charged $250 for the device and charger. If you do not have the charger, you will be charged $25.

For Returning 8th Graders:

You will keep your current device until Freshman Orientation Day. You will bring your Chromebook and charger to Freshman Orientation Day and receive a new Chromebook. Failure to bring your Chromebook and charger will result in a fee of $250.

If you have any questions, please send an email to

Thank you,

-Bill Fritz

Director of Technology



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Tri Health Summer Camps

University of Cincinnati DAAP Summer Camp

For more information, please see the UC DAAP Camps homepage.