This Is How We Lakeview

March Edition: Volume 2

Spring is on the way!

Just a reminder that student schedules need to be completed in Infinite Campus by the end of the day today, March 12th. After this, students will lose access to make changes to their course requests. We only have a handful of students who have not completed their requests. A huge thank you to all the families for working with your students to get this done; we appreciate you!

For all students participating in Spring sports, remember that you can only attend study tables and have locker room access the days that you are in-person; the days that you are virtual, you need to arrive dressed and ready for practice as you are not permitted to enter the building.

Cohort B will be VIRTUAL on Friday, March 19th due to the second round of staff vaccinations. Teachers' availability on this day may be altered due to their appointment times.

Rachael Hanagan


How families can help with the transition to 5 days a week

We know that starting April 5th, things are going to be different for our students. Here are some things that families can do to help with the transition back to students being in school 5 days.

  1. Get students back into a routine. Make sure Chromebooks are charged and all their belongings are ready to go the night before.
  2. Bedtimes. A lot of students have expressed that they are up late into the night. Start working on getting them back on a schedule (we are the earliest start time in the district and some of our busses pick up students at 6:30 am).
  3. Remind them to power off their devices. Our phones and internet have become vital ways of connecting with family and friends during this time but turning them off about an hour before bed and not having them in the bedroom as a distraction will help students get a good nights sleep and help with the routine.

New Parking Lot Procedures

Due to traffic flow, we are going to slightly alter where students can enter the building in the mornings for parent drop-off. We used to have a separate 7th and 8th grade entrance but starting next week students can enter the doors closest to where they are exiting the vehicle. We are seeing too many people stop and let their student off at a specific entrance and this is causing the line to slow down. Students should exit the vehicle anywhere along the curb. This will allow 10-12 cars to drop off at the same time and allow for a better traffic flow. I know that it was backed up this week and it will only get worse when we return all 5 days in April. Please watch for Mrs. Hanagan and Mrs. Cruse to direct you to keep pulling forward. We appreciate your help in making the drop-off as quick as possible.

PAW time updates

PAW Time in March will include two lessons on R-Factor and also review procedures for all students returning in April. Using the equation E + R = O as a framework for making decisions and responding to events helps students develop a skill set for responding in order to get the best available outcome in all circumstances. Here are some of the R-Factor resources that we are using to help support your students.

R3: Step Up

R4: Adjust and Adapt

Vote Now for the 2021 Columbus Parent/ThisWeek Teachers of the Year

This school year has been a tough one for teachers and parents alike. Help us support some of these hardworking Central Ohio educators by voting in the 2021 Teachers of the Year awards, presented by Columbus Parent and ThisWeek Community News.

The program, in its eighth year, honors outstanding educators at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. Fifteen finalists were selected and one winner will be named in each category.

Our very own Jake Duffy, Intervention Specialist, has been nominated. Please take the time to vote. Click here to vote!

To view the finalists and vote for the various nominees, please follow this link. Readers can vote for one teacher in each category. Voting ends March 24.

The results will be announced in the Summer issue of Columbus Parent and in ThisWeek Community News.

The Dentist is coming to school!

Pickerington Local School District has partnered with Ohio Dental Outreach to offer you in-school dental care. Ohio Dental Outreach will be at our school on Monday, March 22nd and Thursday, March 25th. A form will be going home with you student or you can fill it out online at If you have any questions please email the school nurse (

2021-22 VLA Outline & Timeline Released

During the March 1 PLSD Board of Education meeting, Brian Seymour, Director of Instructional Technology, presented the District’s basic outline of what the Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) may look like for the 2021-22 school year. The outline includes a timeline for implementation of tasks, which include examining the effectiveness of 2020-21 VLA and identifying areas where improvements may be made. The final details and instructional plan will be released in April, at which time families will be offered the opportunity to enroll in the VLA for the 2021-22 school year.

As part of this process, PLSD is holding a VLA Educator Summit in March to get detailed feedback from teachers on what instructional models and strategies were positively impactful. And, over the summer, after VLA staff are selected, educators will train for the launch of the improved VLA in August. You may view the slide deck and timeline presented during the meeting at the links below:

VLA Overview 2021-22 Slide Deck (pdf)

PLSD VLA Timeline (pdf)

You may also watch the entire presentation on PLSD Communications’ YouTube channel. The presentation begins at 04:46.

Ohio's State Assessments Information

The Ohio Department of Education and U.S. Department of Education have determined that all states and school districts will implement the end-of-year tests for spring 2021. Please visit our website at for Pickerington Schools - PLSD testing dates and information specific to the students in the PLSD Virtual Learning Academy. #plsdproud

We will be sending out building specific information on this soon!

If your student is currently in the VLA, please fill out this form for transportation during testing

Panorama Surveys for students' Social Emotional Learning are coming in April

We would like your child’s feedback via a 20-30 minute online survey that s/he will be completing at school or home. The survey will provide us with social and emotional learning (SEL) information. SEL is the process through which children and adults apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. These are the skill sets that promote success in life.

We are asking that all of our students in grades 3-12 participate in the surveys, as their feedback will provide important insights into their school experiences for direction in planning to meet their needs. If a student does not feel they have enough information to answer a question, they will be able to skip the item altogether.

Please see the attached Panorama SEL Survey Letters for more information. If parents/guardians choose to opt-out, the letter (or an email) should be returned by April 2.

Thank you for your continued support of students' social-emotional learning!

The Community Corner

Recent Updates

    Today is the final day for 7th graders to apply to be on the Lakeview Leadership Team. If your student is interested, please have them complete the application by the end of the day. Students can access the LLT application through their team’s Google Classroom page.

    Updates from the Family Feedback Form

    Thank you to the family who shared their concern about the distribution of meal bags. It’s great to hear that students are looking out for their peers and wanting to make sure everyone is comfortable. This year, while we are on the hybrid schedule, the meal program is open to all students and families. Also, please remember that school lunch is free for all students through the end of the school year.

    The Lakeview Family Feedback Form

    This form will be linked in each Community Corner update, allowing families to offer feedback to the counseling and administrative team regarding social justice, mental health, academic support, friendships/relationships, etc. Counselors and administrators will review the feedback on a weekly basis and send out any updates to concerns/questions in the next Community Corner update.

    Grandparents and Kinship CareGivers there are resources available

    OhioKAN is a new statewide program designed to help kinship and adoptive famillies navigate and connect with all available resources locally and statewide. If you are interested in more information, please contact our school counselors, (7th grade) or (8th grade) or visit the website
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    Ask PLSD

    Continuing the Ask PLSD video series, you asked, “What do we get if the bond issue passes? What happens if it fails?” Click the link below to view Superintendent Chris Briggs' answer to these important questions. If you have questions you'd like PLSD staff to answer, you can submit them any time to, and you just may see your question featured in a future video! #plsdproud
    What Do We Get if the Bond Issue Passes?

    Sign up for Meals on Virtual Days

    Breakfast and lunch are free for ALL students on their virtual days!

    The deadline to sign up for the week is Monday by 10am. If you would like to receive breakfast and lunch for the days your student is virtual, please click on the correct link to sign up. Remember that you need to sign up for this every week.

    Virtual Learning Academy link -

    Cohort A link

    Cohort B link