The Diley Digest

April 21, 2023

April Calendar


April 24: Math 5th Grade testing (part 1)

April 25: Math 5th Grade testing (part 2)


Mat 17: PTSO Meeting 7pm

May 24: Last Day of School

Principal's Message

Diley Parents,

Every year as we get closer to the end of the school year we see an increase in student behavior. I tend to think this is because everyone gets excited about the summer. Please help us in reminding your child/student to be kind and respectful to others. There are still lessons to be taught and content to learn. Please reinforce at home that they need to stay engaged and they should not get out their cell phones. During the school day, cell phones should be turned off and put away. This would include during lunch and recess. The classroom should not be disrupted by behavior that is inappropriate and students need to focus on staying engaged and working. I know this is hard at times, especially since the weather is getting nicer, but our hope is that everyone finishes the school year on a good note.

I would also like to give families a heads-up about the behaviors on social media. We are starting to see more negative comments in group chats either through texting or other forums like SNAPCHAT. This behavior is typically happening outside of school hours, however, it can and has led to drama/disruptions within the school. I have been making announcements about this the past couple of days reminding students to be careful about what they are doing and saying online.

Lastly, this is the last week of Ohio State Testing. Fifth-grade students will be taking Part 1 and Part 2 on Monday and Tuesday of next week. Testing will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. Please avoid scheduling morning appointments during the testing days. Students will be taking the assessments on their Chromebooks; therefore, it is imperative that their Chromebooks are fully charged on the morning of testing. Students will also need to bring their earbuds or a headset (wireless earbuds will not be permitted). We are encouraging students to leave their cell phones, Apple watches, and other devices at home during testing. If not, they will be collected each morning by their teachers and returned after testing each day.

I appreciate all of our Diley families and I can not thank you enough for all of the support!

State testing is almost over!!! Below you will find testing dates for 5th grade as well as some helpful tips to help prepare your child for the test!

Testing Dates:

April 24. 5th grade Math (part 1)

April 25. 5th grade Math (part 2)

April 26-28 Makeups

Testing Reminders:

  • A good night of sleep the night before testing

  • Healthy well-rounded breakfast on the morning of testing

  • Fully charge Chromebook

  • Bring earbuds or a headset (no wireless/Bluetooth devices)

Eric M. Koch

Head Principal
Diley Middle School

Twitter: @DMS_Proud

Dress Code Reminders

As the weather heats up we need to send out a few reminders on dress code policies.

1- No midriff shirts are allowed

2- Shorts and Skirts must be fingertip length

3- Leggings cannot be see-through

4- Hats are not allowed

4- No sagging shorts/ pants

5- No spaghetti straps

CommUNITY Fair Participation/Volunteers

Pickerington Local Schools is celebrating its 6th annual CommUNITY Fair! The fair is scheduled for April 29th, 2023 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at Toll Gate Middle School. Our goal is to highlight and celebrate the diversity and community in Pickerington! We need volunteers who are willing to share about their countries and cultures. To sign up to volunteer, please complete this form:

If you have questions prior to your submission, please contact Dr. Michael Jackson at We appreciate your willingness to share your culture and talents with our community!

Fill up our yellow bin!

Doing some spring cleaning? Be sure to drop off your items in the yellow bin located in our school parking lot. We can take clothes, shoes, and linens. The school with most collected wins $1000!
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The Counselors Corner

Welcome to the Counselor’s Corner! Every month, the middle school counselors will share a bulletin board with the following information: hot topic, theme, and family resources.

Click here to see April's Bulletin Board:

Click here to see the Family Resources Board:

Family Resources

Check out the amazing information supplied by our school counselor on our family resource board! You can find everything from student planners to food assistance to information on dealing with stress and anxiety. Check it out here:

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 1st-5th! The PTSO has a couple options for you to show your appreciate for the awesome staff at Diley. We will be providing lunch as well as have a school supply buffet for teachers to choose what supplies they need for their classroom! Thank you for your help in making this week special for our staff!

2022-23 Volunteers: Educator appreciation week (

CommUNITY Fair

You are invited to the 6th Annual Pickerington CommUNITY Fair: Expanding Our Global Reach. Pickerington families come from over 70 countries and speak more than 50 languages. The CommUNITY Fair celebrates the many different cultures and traditions from around the world. We will feature: student projects, presentations, performances and much more.

Come and learn about your neighbors. Come and enjoy the fun!

EL Listening Campaign

Pickerington School’s English Learner department will be hosting a listening campaign for English Learner families on Saturday, April 29th from 9:00 am to 9:45 am, before the start of the CommUnity Fair at Toll Gate Middle School 12089 Tollgate Rd, Pickerington, OH 43147. Please come and share your thoughts and feedback about your child’s school experience. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the CommUnity Fair!

Girls PHSC Golf Team Information & Golf Club

We are looking for strong females interested in joining our Golf Club (5th & 6th Graders) and joining our golf team for 7th and 8th and the High School Team. Please fill out the form so that we have the contact information and we can add you to the GroupMe. You will need to download the app and we will communicate this way. It works like texting.

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A note from the nurse

The School Nurses are on Facebook and Twitter! Please follow them for important health tips and news about school health opportunities! On Twitter @PLSDNurses and on Facebook

Immunization Requirements for Students Entering Grade 7

Per the Ohio Department of Health, all students entering grade 7 must show proof of vaccination against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap vaccine) and meningococcal disease (MCV4 vaccine).

You may take the following document with you to your doctor to use as documentation of these vaccinations, or you may submit an immunization report with the dates of

both vaccinations. Please return this documentation as soon as possible to your child’s school nurse. If this is not provided during the grade 6 school year, you will need to send this information to the junior high that your child will attend prior to the beginning of the next school year. The middle school nurses will forward all immunization documentation received to the junior high nurses at the end of this year.

Keep informed!

There are a number of ways you can stay up to date on all things Diley.

Follow Diley on Twitter:

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Follow our PTSO on Facebook:

Is social media not your thing? You can find all sorts of information on the Pickerington School District's website located at:

Diley Middle School

Principal: Eric Koch

Assistant Principal: Ashleigh Jackson

Secretary: Heather Ferns

Office Assistant: Stacy Gallion

Counselor: Gina Neilson

Nurse: Rhonda Carmel

Health Assistant: Robin May