• 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

STRUGGLING WITH STRESS. Seniors with the illness often claim to be under extreme stress. It is important to take time to relax in order to keep yourself healthy, both mentally and physically.

Senioritis—the Sinister Sickness

Andrew Price, Staff Writer January 10, 2022

   Senioritis (sēnyəˈrīdəs) is a condition that affects many high school seniors. Those that contract the illness complain of a lack of motivation and an overall lack of desire to gain knowledge....

Graphic via Canva/Serene Tarabishi

You Love ‘Em Right?

Anna Wegener, Staff Writer November 24, 2021

   Are you mentally prepared for another hours-long family Thanksgiving dinner? If not, here are five tips to help you not just survive, but to thrive: Plan out deflection tactics ahead of time    Immediately...

October 19th was National Internet Day. As students in a pandemic, we have learned to adjust to our world being moved online. But is the internet really that important to us?

National Internet Day

Gurnoor Makkad, Staff Writer November 8, 2021

   When was the last time you searched something up online? It probably was not that long ago, especially when most of our world currently revolves around our access to the internet.    As some...

A FRESH START. November marks the start of an entirely new quarter—one filled with opportunities, second chances, and fresh beginnings. For some in the building, these past couple of months have been spent just scratching the surface of their high school experiences. For seniors, they are nearing the end.  Regardless of where you are in your four years at SHS, the start of a new quarter is a perfect time to rethink your study habits and learning style. Keep reading for five tips to be as successful as possible for the remainder of 2021 and prepare to ace your midterms when the time comes.

A Fresh Start

Ria Parikh, Deputy Photo Editor and Opinion Chief November 3, 2021

   November marks the start of an entirely new quarter—one filled with opportunities, second chances, and fresh beginnings. For some in the building, these past couple of months have been spent just...

Make a Difference Day is on Oct. 23. Making a difference, whether it is a change for yourself or a change for a community, is essential for growth as a person. What kind of a difference are you making?

Make a Difference Day

Maanasa Yarlagadda, Staff Writer October 23, 2021

I might be taking journalism as an elective this year, but that does not mean I can craft intricate pieces of writing. As a member of the team, I am expected to be on top of the news and know what is currently...

A GRADUAL CHANGE. A recent Gallup survey revealed that 1 in 6 Gen Z Americans identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community, with about half of all LGBTQ+ Americans identifying as bisexual. The number of people within Gen Z identifying as part of the LGBTQ+ community compared to previous generations shows a significant deviation from the past, with around 15 percent of Gen Z being LGBTQ+ and other generations not even hitting double digits.

A Gradual Change

Rachel Wang, Staff Writer March 4, 2021

   A recent Gallup survey revealed that 1 in 6 Generation Z Americans identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community, with about half of LGBTQ+ Americans identifying as bisexual.     As the generations...

To Gaby Pereda,12, the front door of her household provides a sturdy barrier between the two divisive aspects of her identity. On one side, Spanish is spoken to preserve her Venezuelan roots, yet on the other, the Spanish language rolls off her tongue as she steps into an English-speaking community.  In her most recent article, Pereda elaborates on some of the hardships Latinx parents have faced when it comes to deciding whether or not to teach their children Spanish. In addition, she reflects on why she believes she would not be the person she is today without her ability to speak Spanish and English fluently.

Why I Am So Grateful to be Bilingual

Gaby Pereda, Copy Editor January 21, 2021

The front door of my family’s house provides a sturdy barrier between the two divisive aspects of our identity. On one side, Spanish is spoken to preserve our Venezuelan roots, yet on the other, the...

WHAT’S NEXT? Only a few days after the riots on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021, the United States Congress is growing increasingly more concerned about what their future will look like, with many different untravelled roads ahead. The question of whether to blame President Donald Trump for inciting the attacks and leading the country down the long road of a possible impeachment or removal looms ahead as the country holds its breath for Inauguration day on January 20, 2021. Whether to reprimand or punish the president or let him be. Whether to pursue another impeachment or just give him a slap on the wrist. All questions our Congress will soon face as the motions for different governmental actions begin and the clock ticks closer to the beginning of a new administration in a few short days. Read the full story at the link in our bio.

What Happens Next?

Serene Tarabishi, Copy Editor January 12, 2021

   It has been six days since the storming of the Capitol rocked the nation on January 6, 2021.     And it’s been a rough couple of days, to say the least.     Only a few days after...

STAY FOCUSED. Is sitting in your house all day making you tired, yet you still have to go to class soon? The truth is, motivation can be hard when we arent able to interact with our friends and move around from class to class each day. The build up on work may be hard, but we have got to push through the week.

No motivation for virtual school: now what?

Lindsay Ruskin, Design Editor December 2, 2020

     I have no motivation this morning and I really just don’t want to join any calls today. This might be the mindset of lots of students while doing virtual schools. Never leaving their rooms and...

MISSING OUT. At present, many university students are spending little time on campus as some facilities remain closed or require limited occupancy. Many have opted, or are required, to attend virtual classes from home, and others remain in the confines of their dorm rooms.

Virtual Learning in College from the Perspectives of SHS Alumni

Allie Fehr, Staff Writer December 2, 2020

  This year, virtual learning has been put in place for not only high schools, but universities around the nation. From self-paced, asynchronous modules to flipped class structures, college students...

QUARANTINED. Two weeks ago I was taken out of class and told that I had been in close contact with someone who recently tested positive for the coronavirus. Thus began two weeks of experiencing  high school from behind a screen, and they were not at all what I was expecting.

What It’s Like to be Quarantined

Danielle Hershenson, Staff Writer November 13, 2020

   Two Mondays ago I was taken out of my fourth bell class and told that I had been in close contact with someone who recently tested positive for the coronavirus. This meant that for the next two weeks...

CAFETERIA CROWDS. In the SHS lunch room, you’re probably not going to find designated tables for the jocks, goody goodies, and the popular kids like in many teen movies. Instead, the lines are blurred as students have mainly become more accepting of other students’ differences. This acceptance of others is “what makes for a good atmosphere at school,” said Andrew Sulfsted, 12.

Soft Cliques

Allie Fehr, Staff Writer November 4, 2020

  The jocks. The nerds. The band kids. The goth kids. The stoners. The theatre kids. The loners.   Those are just some of the many stereotypical cliques portrayed in teen movies. But at Sycamore...

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