February PAS NEWS Updates


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"With the same habits, you’ll end up with the same results. But with better habits, anything is possible." -Atomic Habits
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Pickerington Alternative Strong: Keep Making us Proud Class of 2023 and Beyond

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Upcoming Events

PLSD Families, Please be advised that our planned Honoring the Dream MLK, Jr. celebration has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 21st at Violet Baptist Church from 6-8pm. The doors will open at 5:30pm. If you are unable to attend in person, please visit us on our website under District News for further directions to view the Livestream.

Junior FREE ACT testing Wednesday, March 8 @ 7:45 am - 12pm: busing will be running as normal for pick up & drop off. More Information to come on later dates.

Community Rave to Save @ (Community Event)

Pickerington High School North

*Help raise money for Nationwide

Children’s Hospital Oncology Unit

Saturday February 18, 2023

3:30-6:30 pm

(donation to enter)

Caricature Artists

Inflatable Obstacle Course

Laser Tag

Photo Booth

Leaps & Bounds

360 Video Booth

Columbus Zoo visit

from 4:30-5:30pm.

Raffles for:

American Girl Doll

Lego Set

Movie basket

Sports team items

Family Game basket

Amazon basket

Pet basket

Starbucks basket

Bath & Body basket

& MANY more!

We are excited to share with you the information about the Career Expo coming up in March. The date is March 30th. Please see the attached flyer. Please see Below

Pickerington Community Calendar (Click Link to View)

Stay tuned to the newest updates and information on our District Website:

Home School News Links North/Central (Stay Connected)

Central News Link


Mental Health Awareness

Need help locating a therapist, counselor or psychiatrist? Fairfield County’s Mental Health Navigator will do the work for you.

Mental Health Navigator

Mental Health and Mindfulness Tips

Mental wellness pertains to the social, emotional, physical, and spiritual aspects of your life and how they all come together for an overall state of well-being. Similar to physical health, mental wellness takes effort. Here are some activities to help you attend to your mental wellness.

  • Mindfulness is the ability to be consciously aware in the present moment. When you are mindful it allows you to regulate your emotions and be present in the moment. There are several apps to help with this. (See one below)
  • Be kind to yourself. Self-compassion is about being kind to yourself. Self-compassion can increase motivation, boost happiness, and foster resilience.
  • Practice gratitude. This has been shown to reduce stress and maintain resilience. Practice writing down three to five things you are grateful for in a journal daily or weekly.
  • Move your body. Taking care of your body boosts your well-being pretty quickly. Whether it's walking for ten minutes or working out or an hour, adding this into your daily or weekly routine will help improve your mental well-being.
  • Find time to do things you enjoy. If you used to love cooking, but got in the rut of not making meals, find some new recipes to try. Ifyou have been wanting to take a pottery class, book a class.
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Language Assistance Programs

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 सूचना:

Pickerington Schools ले सीमित अङ्ग्रेजी प्रवीणता (LEP) भएका व्यक्तिहरूसँग डिस्ट्रिक्टभर उपलब्ध सबै सेवा, क्रियाकलाप र कार्यक्रमहरूमा अर्थपूर्ण पहुँच र सहभागी हुन पाउने समान अवसर छ भनी सुनिश्चित गर्नका लागि उचित कदमहरू चाल्ने छ। LEP भएका विद्यार्थी र परिवारहरूसँग अर्थपूर्ण सञ्चार सुनिश्चित गर्ने र सबै विद्यार्थीहरूको शिक्षासँग सम्बन्धित जानकारी सञ्चार गर्ने PLSD को नीति हो। यो नीतिको अनुपालन गर्न आवश्यक पर्ने सबै सेवाहरू यस प्रकारको सहायता आवश्यक भएका विद्यार्थी र उहाँहरूका परिवारहरूलाई निःशुल्क रूपमा उपलब्ध गराइने छ। सहायताको लागि, कृपया 614-833-2110 मा कल गर्नुहोस्

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 614-833-2110.

Letter From Dr. Briggs Regarding Calamity Days

Dear PLSD family,

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 https://oh50010917.schoolwires.net/Page/98.

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!

Dr. Chris Briggs, Superintendent

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Reminders and Tips

Below is how you can sign up for the text alerts, & this is important to do so because of how information is sent out, parents can sign up too!

Remind101: - Please enter code for your graduating class. We will also send information and updates through the remind 101 system.

Text to: 81010

Seniors = @pas23

Juniors= @pas24


APEX Course Tips

*If you score below 60% on any quizzes, you will need to retake those before taking the test.

(Please speak with your content teacher on specific Coursework Details)

Grades are calculated as 80% tests and 20% quizzes and study guides. Therefore, if you do not pass your tests, you will not pass the class. Please keep in mind that the grade you see on APEX may not always be accurate. Students should reach out to content teacher for updated grades.


In order to see what assignments your student has completed, go to the home screen in APEX and click on the percent grade next to the course name. This will show you a list of all assignments, and the date completed. The assignments that say custom are teacher created materials. You should ask your student to show you daily/weekly.

Graduation Plans

Each student HAS a graduation plan that is created when they are enrolled at PAS. These plans are shared with students and are shared with parents/guardians. Please contact our school counselor Michelle Hurd for graduation plan details. (michelle_hurd@plsd.us)

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  • Provide a reusable water bottle for your student- We do not provide cups.
  • Reach out to our school counselor, Michelle Hurd, for any resources and support
  • Ensure that your contact information and emergency contacts are up-to-date in Infinite Campus
  • Make sure that all devices (chromebooks) are fully charged and ready for the work day
  • Please have students bring headphones as needed. (some can be provided)

Quick Information for our Enrollments

If your student is experiencing password issues or other technology problems, please have them visit the district website "Technology Troubleshooting Password Help" page https://www.pickerington.k12.oh.us/news/quickly-reset-your-students-password/

Apex Student Introduction


Student Progress

PAS Staff will generate academic reports sent home weekly throughout the school year. Academic reports are designed to give students and parents information on their performance. This includes: academic performance, effort, ability to work independently, attendance, and classroom observation.

How to access Apex

To access the course, you will log into your student classlink account, which will allow you to access APEX. Once you are in APEX, you will see the Apex logo on the home screen.

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