• No School - Winter Break - Dec.22 - Jan.2
  • No School-Thanksgiving Break - Nov. 24-Nov. 28
  • HS/JHS Orchestra Concert - Dec.15 at 7 pm
  • End of 2nd Quarter - Jan. 13
  • HS Choir Concert- Nov. 30 at 7pm
  • HS Band Concert - Dec. 14 at 7pm
  • No School - Thanksgiving Break - Nov. 24-28
The student voice of Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, Ohio

The Leaf

The student voice of Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, Ohio

The Leaf

The student voice of Sycamore High School in Cincinnati, Ohio

The Leaf

Graduation time has the power to stir up a wide range of emotions, and this year was certainly no exception for our seniors right here at SHS. During this transitional and emotional time, seniors may be thinking about their next chapter in life, whether it may be the military, developing a trade, taking a gap year, or heading off to college to continue their educational journey. Others may reflect upon the people who helped them arrive at where they are today. In addition, seniors may ruminate over the support from family and friends over the years; the good times and the bad. But nothing makes them think more about their younger years than the annual Senior Walk.

Walk This Way

Carly Thiel, Staff Writer May 26, 2021

   Graduation time has the power to stir up a wide range of emotions, and this year was certainly no exception for our seniors right here at SHS. But what, exactly, might be bouncing around in their...

RAINBOW FOR EQUALITY. Anyone who has done much research about the LGBTQ+ community has most likely heard of the Westboro Baptist Church, described by the Washington Post as “cult-like” and “homophobic. They are known for protesting soldiers’ funerals, being anti-semitic, and promoting the death penalty for LGBTQ+ Americans. However, just across the street from the church is a house that has been dubbed the “Equality House.” The house is painted rainbow and is a resource center for Planting Peace, a global organization that promotes peace and equality. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons.

Pride Pad

Cassidy Tyler, Business Manager May 11, 2021

 Anyone who has done much research about the LGBTQ+ community has most likely heard of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. Described by the Washington Post as “cult-like” and “homophobic,”...

 FASHION FOR THE CURE. On Thursday, April 22, Fashion For the Cure committee members, models, and designers gathered at the Dragonfly Foundation’s headquarters. They had a photo shoot in order to showcase the work of the student designers and celebrated surpassing this year’s fundraising goal, donating over $26,000 to the Dragonfly Foundation. Despite not being able to have a fashion show due to the pandemic, the FFTC committee found creative ways to raise money for the organization. “It’s definitely far from what I expected for my final year with Fashion For the Cure but I am so grateful I still had the opportunity to work with some of the most kind, inspiring, and creative girls to support the kids at Dragonfly,” said Grace Zhang, 12, co-chair of the FFTC committee.
Photo via Grace Zhang

Fashionably Fundraising

Allison McElroy, Trends Editor April 29, 2021

In a typical year, Fashion for the Cure (FFTC) brings to mind a fancy fashion show, with student models strutting down the runway. Unfortunately, the pandemic took away this exciting event this year. But...

GUILTY. On April 20, 2021, the nation watched with bated breath as the jury’s verdict in the case of State v. Derek Chauvin was read out to a silent courtroom. Learn more about the charges brought against him and the aftermath of the trial at the link below.

“We the Jury Find the Defendant Guilty”

Serene Tarabishi, Media Director April 23, 2021

   On April 20, 2021, the nation watched with bated breath as the jury’s verdict in the case of State of Minnesota v. Derek Michael Chauvin was read out to a silent courtroom.       Crowds...

Summer Job Opportunities

Grace Zhang, Media Director April 13, 2021

*Applications are hyperlinked Climbing Wall Monitor at Blue Ash Recreation Center  Concession Staff at the Blue Ash Sports Center (11540 Grooms Road) and the Blue Ash Pool Golf Cart Attendant...

MASKED EMOTIONS. William Shakespeare once said that “the eyes are the window to the soul”, something that has only become more clear in the past year as masks have left our eyes as our main facial features. Centuries after Shakespeares time, modern studies have indeed shown that the eyes do reveal more than what is perceived through speech alone. So how have eyes becoming our most visible feature affected our nonverbal communication? 
Above, Claire Dippold, 9. Photo via Cassidy Tyler

Masked Emotions

Cassidy Tyler, Staff Writer March 29, 2021

William Shakespeare once said that “the eyes are the window to the soul”, something that has only become more clear in the past year as masks have left our eyes as our main facial features. Centuries...

FOSTERING. According to The Humane Society, about 70% of cats that enter shelters are euthanized—put to death humanely. Tragically, this is because shelters have become so full that they do not have space or resources to properly care for all of the animals that need help. 
   Obviously, you can always help shelters by donating or volunteering but not many people know that you can actually foster animals at home. Fostering means that you and your family take care of an animal—usually, a cat or dog—for as little time as a week or until that pet is able to be adopted. My personal specialty is cats and kittens but there are also countless resources to help you foster puppies or dogs as well.

Is Fostering For You?

Danielle Hershenson, Staff Writer March 24, 2021

According to The Humane Society, about 70% of cats that enter shelters are euthanized—put to death humanely. Tragically, this is because shelters have become so full that they do not have space or resources...

After the Atlanta-area shootings, Junior Sophie Leong posted a drawing she made featuring Asians she looks up to (above) to help spread awareness on hate crimes and encourage people to share their stories.

Aftermath of Atlanta-area shootings

Claire Berlier, Feature Editor March 23, 2021

   Tuesday, March 16, a man named Robert Aaron Long, 21, suspected of killing eight people in Atlanta-area spas, was arrested. Six of those killed were Asian women, four of them being South Korean. The...

VACCINATIONS. Almost all SHS staff members have been fully vaccinated, and as we are taking steps toward a healthier school experience, we can’t help but celebrate this victory after a year of so much uncertainty. Read below for more!

“Get in, get your shot, and go”

Deeya Prakash and Maya Bierhoff March 13, 2021

   Is normal finally returning? Recently, teachers at SHS have been taking the COVID-19 vaccine, and hesitant, yet optimistic, thoughts of normalcy have been flitting across our minds. Different teachers...

Best of Spring Spirit Week

Katie Mott, A&E Editor March 13, 2021

   Spirit week is always an exciting time of year for SHS, with students and staff alike putting together their best outfits to show off their school spirit. This past week was no exception, so to highlight...

BREAK TIME. A typical spring break consists of traveling, spending time with friends and family, or even just relaxing by yourself. Its a nice vacation from reality. However, with the pandemic still hanging over us, this year is going to look a whole lot different than past years. Some people may be traveling in a safe and cautious manner while others think it may be best to stay home for the week off.

Break Time

Anna Ralston, Staff Writer March 11, 2021

  We are back at it again with “A year like no other..." article—this time we are talking about spring break! A typical spring break consists of traveling, spending time with friends and family, or...

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