TGMS Weekly Updates

September 11, 2020

Tech Help for Parents

Help is here for parents and students who are experiencing Technology issues.

Click on the short tutorial below for help to:

1. Update parent information on Infinite Campus

2. Infinite Campus passwords

3. Chrome and Google passwords

4. Ask Tech - Our technology department is launching as a way for parents/students that are having technology issues at home to get technical assistance.

More Tech Help for Parents

This powerpoint provides information on:

How to update IC to allow for more primary contacts to receive messages through Talking Points.

iReady Testing

Hello Parents,

The 2020–2021 school year will be different in many ways. One such way is that we’ll be asking our Hybrid students to take the initial i-Ready Diagnostic at school and our VLA students at home. In grades 5-8, the VLA teacher will proctor the assessment through Google Meet. It is not a decision we’ve taken lightly, but after careful consideration, we have decided it is the best way to get information about our students— information that will be critical to help inform our instruction and serve our students well. To do this successfully, all of us need to make this a priority to ensure we get reliable data from our students.

Why are we taking the iReady Diagnostic test?

The purpose of the Diagnostic is not to give your student a score or grade, but instead to determine how best to support your student’s learning. iReady is an adaptive assessment that adjusts each question based on your child’s answer to the previous question. Some questions will be difficult, some easy, while others will be just right. The questioning is designed for teachers to find out what your child knows right now and what skills they will need.

Note: i-Ready will not be used for gifted identification purposes.

When are we taking the iReady Diagnostic test?

Over the next three weeks, we have designed a plan to administer the Reading and Math tests. The schedule and guidance for families will be shared next week for both the hybrid and VLA students.

Testing Dates for TGMS:

9/10 & 9/11 Reading Diagnostic Cohort B

9/14 & 9/15 Reading Diagnostic Cohort A

9/17 & 9/18 Math Diagnostic Cohort B

9/21 & 9/22 Math Diagnostic Cohort A

TGMS School Picture Dates

Smile! TGMS School picture day will be Sept. 22 and Sept. 25.
Parents you can easily preorder your child's school picture packet online using the link below:

Picture Day is coming up on 09/22/2020!

parents can order online at using order code 52373JA.

Counselors Corner

Please click on the link below for information from the School Counseling Department! September is all about Start with Hello and our Hot Topic of the Month is "Friendship".

School Counseling

Additional information can be found in your child's "Classroom Guidance Google Classroom". Teachers have the codes posted in their information.

Special Notice from our Food Service Department


We all know that kids learn and concentrate better on a full tummy. All PLSD’S meals, breakfast (1) and lunch (1) are FREE!

Also, you will have the option to sign up for FREE meals. There are 3-day bagged meals and 5-day bagged meals for the virtual students. (Please go to our website to sign up for these bagged meals or use the links below.) This will last through December 31, or until federal funding runs out.

It is no longer necessary to complete the Breakfast Form each day.

Bagged Meals

Pre bagged meals will be available for those students who would like to order them. Click the following links below to order the pre-bagged meals. Meals will need to be ordered weekly.

The first is the Virtual Learning Academy link -

The second is the Cohort A link-

The third is the Cohort B link -


Officer Frost from the Pickerington Police Department will be offering students the opportunity to attend a virtual D.A.R.E. program first semester. This program will be offered on Wednesdays from 12:00-12:45 PM for 10 weeks. The program will run from September 30th through December 9th. At the conclusion of the program, you will receive a certificate of completion. If you would like to participate in this important program, please fill out this form no later than Friday September 25. Once you are registered, you will receive an invite to join the D.A.R.E. Google Classroom and the code for the Google Meet sessions. Please direct questions to

DARE 2020-2021

TGMS PTO Fat Baby's Popcorn Saturday, Sept. 19

Support the TGMS PTO by purchasing from Fat Baby’s Popcorn on

Saturday September 19


Pick your fill of Gourmet Popcorn and not even have to

leave your house. Delivery is available in the 43147 area

code for an extra $5.


1211 Hill Road North

Pickerington, OH 43147

(614) 762-3557