The Diley Digest

January 20, 2023

January Calendar


January 24: Spelling Bee 6pm

January 28: College and Career Symposium @ Lakeview Jr. High


February 1: Level Up Parent Meetings

-Session 1 5:45 - 6:30

-Session 2 6:45 - 7:30

February 6: No School

February 7: Virtual Learning Day

February 23: Junior High Counselors to meet with 6th graders to talk about registering for 7th grade classes

Principal's Message

Hello Diley families!

All classes have completed their Reading and Math i-Ready diagnostic assessments. There are still some absent students who will need to make up their tests, but the majority of students are finished. In addition, students will be receiving their diagnostic data to share with you at home. Please be on the lookout for that later in the week. Classes have already started to analyze their data by having data chats. Students will base their goals on what they need to grow in. Please make sure to celebrate the successes with them at home and encourage them to keep going!!!

This week also starts the "Are you Ready For i-Ready Challenge"! We will report the school's progress weekly until the challenge is over. Students will be assigned new i-Ready lessons to begin based on their understanding of the content in their assessments. The building has a goal of completing 9,250 lessons within our 10-week calendar. This is a realistic goal and very doable. :)

This week teams will continue to focus on lessons about Respect, Emotional Regulation, and a Sense of Belonging. This week's lesson is “Respect Agreements

Looking for more information about iReady? Please click on the iReady family support document below:


Spanish Version

Nepali Version

Additional Resources:


Want to learn more about i-Ready? Interested in hearing about Diley's Level Up plan this year?

You are in luck! Diley’s administration will be holding two Level Up sessions on Wednesday, February 1st at Diley Middle School. All families are welcome to attend one session this evening. Please see the times below:

Session one: 5:45 - 6:30 PM

Session two: 6:45 - 7:30 PM

We will open the doors at 5:30 PM. Please enter through the doors of the cafeteria. The meeting will take place in the auxiliary gym. If you are attending the first session we are going to ask that you leave after the session concludes so we can prepare for the next session.

All parents and guardians are invited. The meeting will inform our families of the following:

  1. Diley’s Level-Up Plan (Academic and Behavioral)

  2. How to read your student’s iReady data

  3. iReady and how it correlates to the Ohio State Test

  4. Aspects of Behavior we will be focusing on.

We hope to see you there!


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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 January'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:

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.

Souper Bowl 23

Our building will be competing in our own version of the Super Bowl. All homerooms will be participating in the Souper Bowl as we will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items (I.E. - SOUP CANS).

Every 10 items brought in will earn that homeroom 1 raffle ticket. The homeroom with the winning raffle ticket will win a pizza party.

Announcements will begin next week. Donations will first start to be collected on Monday, January 23rd. The last day for donations will be Friday, February 10th, just before the Super Bowl.

Winners will be announced the following week!

All donations will go to our Local Pickerington Food Pantry

College and Career Symposium

Registration is now open for PLSD's College and Career Symposium, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023, at Lakeview Junior High School. The event is free for all PLSD students and families. Running from 9am-noon, the College and Career Symposium will feature:

  • Recent Pickerington high school graduates

  • Rick Szabrak, Director of Economic and Workforce Development for Fairfield County

  • Dr. Jarrod Tudor, OU-L Dean of Campus and Community Relations

  • College & university information booths

You can register online at or scan the QR code on the Symposium flyer attached to this email.

Questions? Contact your school counselor.

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Have you paid your school fees???

PLSD school fees are now due. Fees for consumable materials, workbooks and fines are viewable in your student's Infinite Campus account. You may pay your student's fees through the Parent Portal.

Please be advised that PLSD will only be accepting personal checks as payment for fees through April 28, 2023, for graduating seniors this year. Beyond April 28, 2023, payment may be made by card, electronic check via the Parent Portal, or cash as needed. Thank you.

From the Superintendent regarding possible Snow Days

As the weather in Ohio continues to get colder, I would like to share how the district will handle calamity days if in-person classes need to be canceled due to inclement weather. Calamity days this winter will be good old-fashioned snow days. Students will not be expected to learn virtually.

We strive to make the decision to delay or close by 5:30 a.m. or earlier so that we can notify radio and TV stations, post to the district website, and send electronic notices to emergency announcement subscribers.

Unusual weather conditions may force us to make the decision after this time. For that reason, parents and students are advised to stay tuned to major television and radio stations, as well as our website and e-communications notices, for updates.

Once a decision is made to delay or cancel, the information will be shared with parents and the media as quickly as possible. You can read more about calamity day procedures on our website at

Please check the Infinite Campus portal to ensure that your contact information is accurate so that you will receive closing/delay notifications in a timely manner, and that you will receive the messages via your preferred method(s) of delivery (text, phone call, email, etc.).

Thank you! The first official day of winter is Dec. 21st!

Notice of Language Assistance

In English:

Pickerington Schools will take reasonable steps to ensure that persons with Limited English

Proficiency (LEP) have meaningful access and an equal opportunity to participate in all

services, activities, and programs available throughout the district. It is the policy of PLSD to

ensure meaningful communication with LEP students and families and to communicate

information related to the education of all students. All services needed to comply with this

policy will be provided for students and their families in need of such assistance free of charge.

For assistance, please call 614-833-2110.


भाषा सहायतासम्बन्धी सचू ना:

Pickerington Schools लेसीमि त अङ्ग्रेजी प्रवीणता (LEP) भएका व्यक्ति हरूसँग डि स्ट्रि क्टभर उपलब्ध सबै

सेवा, क्रि याकलाप र कार्यक्रर्य महरूमा अर्थपर्थ र्णू र्णपहुँच र सहभागी हुन पाउनेसमान अवसर छ भनी सनिुनिश्चि त गर्नकर्न ा

लागि उचि त कदमहरू चाल्नेछ। LEP भएका वि द्यार्थी र परि वारहरूसँग अर्थपर्थ र्णू र्णसञ्चार सनिुनिश्चि त गर्ने र सबै

वि द्यार्थी हरूको शि क्षासँग सम्बन्धि त जानकारी सञ्चार गर्ने PLSD को नीति हो। यो नीति को अनपु ालन गर्न

आवश्यक पर्ने सबैसेवाहरू यस प्रकारको सहायता आवश्यक भएका वि द्यार्थी र उहाँहरूका परि वारहरूलाई नि ःशल्ुक

रूपमा उपलब्ध गराइनेछ। सहायताको लागि , कृपया 614-833-2110 मा कल गर्नुहर्नुोस ्

En Español:

Las escuelas de Pickerington tomarán medidas razonables para garantizar que las personas

con dominio limitado del inglés (LEP) tengan un acceso fácil y la misma oportunidad de

participar en todos los servicios, actividades y programas disponibles en todo el distrito. La

política de PLSD es asegurar una comunicación significativa con los estudiantes LEP, sus

familias y comunicar información relacionada con la educación de todos los estudiantes. Todos

los servicios necesarios para cumplir con esta política se proporcionarán a los estudiantes y

sus familias que necesiten dicha asistencia de forma gratuita. Para obtener ayuda, llame al


En Francais:

Le district scolaire de Pickerington prendra des mesures raisonnables pour s'assurer que les

personnes ayant une compétence limitée en anglais (LEP) ont un accès adapté et une chance

égale de participer à tous les services, activités et programmes disponibles dans le district. La

politique du PLSD est d'assurer une communication efficace avec les étudiants et les familles

LEP et de communiquer les informations relatives à l'éducation de tous les élèves. Tous les

services nécessaires pour se conformer à cette politique seront fournis gratuitement aux élèves

et à leurs familles qui en nécessitent. Pour toute assistance, veuillez composer le


Keep informed!

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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