The Diley Digest

August 25th, 2023

August/ September Calendar

August 21: Mum Sale Kickoff

September 4: No School Labor Day

September 5: Mum order forms due

September 25: Mum delivery


Please visit the following link to find out more about important school information.

Fan Expectations for Home Football Games

Good morning,

PLSD families, please note the updated football game expectations for students and adults. An adult must accompany all K-8 students to enter the game; once inside the game, the K-8 students must be supervised by the accompanying adult.

Junior high football players wearing their football jerseys and cheerleaders wearing their cheer shirts will be admitted without adult accompaniment; all other K-8 students must be accompanied and supervised by an adult to enter the game.

Any action that could cause mental or physical harm is deemed inappropriate behavior and may be subject to immediate exclusion from the game and all-season games. Let's continue to work together to support a safe environment for all attendees.

Thank you.

Alesia Gillison, Ed.D.

Chief Academic Officer - Assistant Superintendent

90 N. East Street, Pickerington, OH 43147 / 614-920-6190

Principal's Message

Happy Friday Diley families!!!

It was wonderful meeting so many Diley students and families during Open House. Thank you for taking the time to meet your teachers and tour the building. If you were not able to stay for the administration presentation, please take some time to review the slideshow below that was shared during Open House.

23-24 Open House

The first two weeks of school has been a big success! I am really enjoying both grade levels. Our students overall have done a wonderful job of being kind to one another and showing Diley Pride! Let’s keep this momentum going so we can create a strong sense of belonging for everyone! I am really looking forward to what our students can do and how they will grow this school year!

Speaking of growth, our students will be taking the i-Ready Diagnostic Assessment in Math next week. They just finished Reading and everyone did a good job trying their best. Here at Diley, we are trying to build a culture of growth. Our goal is for families and students to view the test as an opportunity to find out information about their student’s understanding with the standards they have been taught over the course of their schooling. I-Ready does not assign a grade, however, it does provide teachers, students, and families valuable information on where a student is at in their learning and skill set. Just like in life, you get out of iReady what you put into it. Our first diagnostic provides teachers a baseline so they can see how they can help our students grow this year. We will take two additional diagnostic assessments later in the year (winter and spring). We will be able to monitor our student growth from one diagnostic to the other.

It is really important for our students to try their best on the test. We want to get the most accurate information we can so we can help our students grow. Students do not have to worry about a grade. They will get answers wrong and that is okay as long as they are trying their best! Once students, parents, and teachers receive the data from the assessments we can celebrate the strengths and make goals on how to improve identified areas. Please click on the video link below to view more information about the diagnostic assessment.

Once all testing is complete, a report (as indicated in the video) will be sent home with your child for you and you student to review. If you have any questions about the report please contact your teacher and or visit

Additional resources to visit and review:

PBIS Challenge: First Quarterly Incentive!!!

For each grading period, DMS plans to hold a quarterly theme and challenge. This quarter our theme is: “The Time is Now” and “100% Accountable”. This goes along with our 7 mindsets curriculum. Students will be asked to explain what accountable and driven mean to them. They will be challenged to think about how that can relate to school and life. During the first quarter, students will be able to earn the grade level extra recess with a DJ by meeting the following criteria:

  1. No more than two missing assignments in each class

  2. Having no more than one assigned ISS consequence

  3. And no OSS consequences

We will have multiple chances to earn incentives throughout the year. Please continue to help us by working as a team and stressing positive behavior and actions at school! We believe we have the best students and school and we are trying to motivate our students to achieve more and be the best version of themselves. Keep encouraging our kids to keep trying and pushing through adversity and difficult times (I.E. - school work, conflicts, etc..). The more we can guide them to keep trying the more we will shift to a growth mindset and achieve more. Let’s Go Tigers!

Congrats to our Amazon gift cards winners from the back to school drawing!

Make sure to pay for chromebook insurance as soon as possible. Damage is not covered until payment has been made.

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Important information from our Food Service Team

Meal Prices

Breakfast - $1.80

Lunch - Elementary and Middle School - $3.25

Lunch – Junior High and High School - $3.50 regular lunch / $3.75 for a premium lunch which is indicated on the menu

Ala Carte items are offered at various prices


Food service payments can be made at beginning August 1, 2023.

My Payments Plus Parent Helpline 1-877-237-0946

We also accept cash and checks made payable to “PLSD Food Service” in the kitchen. No change will be given and funds will be deposited into the student’s meal account.

Free and Reduced Meals

PLSD participates in the USDA National School Lunch Program. Parents/guardians can apply for free and reduced meals by completing an application which can be found on the PLSD website. Online applications will be available after August 1, 2023. Applications for free and reduced meals must be completed each school year.

Notification of eligibility determination is emailed from our point of sale system (Solana), or mailed to the parent/guardian stating if the application was approved for free, reduced, or denied.

Free – Student may receive one breakfast and one lunch daily at no cost

Reduced - breakfast is .30 and lunch is .40

Denied – application does not meet USDA eligibility requirements and meals are full pay

If you have any questions, you can reach the food service office at 614-833-3645

Looking for a job where you can work when your kids are in school and be home when they’re home? Give us a call! This institution is an equal-opportunity provider

A note from the nurse

In the event your child needs to take prescription medication while at school, please be sure to have the Request for administration of prescription medication by school personnel (pdf) form or completed by the child’s physician and parents. Forms are available in the school office and on the website.

Nonprescription medication such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and cough drops may be administered to students if the parent/guardian sends in the medication (in original container) along with written permission for the medication to be given. Dosages cannot exceed the manufacturer’s recommendations for age and weight. (i.e., We cannot administer medication to children under 12 if the label says: “Do not administer to children under 12, except under the direction of a physician.” We need to have a note from the doctor in order to give a dose of medication that is different than the dose stated on the bottle.) All medications, prescription and non-prescription, must be sent in the original container.

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

PTO is looking for a few volunteers!

DIley PTO is looking for volunteers for the 23-24 school year! Please email if you would like to help out next year!

Be on the lookout for a back-to-school celebration invitation in the next newsletter.


Our ever popular Mum flower sale began this week. Please try to sell as many as you can so we can provide incentives and fun events for our students and staff!

Dress Code Reminders

A few reminders on dress code policies before the school year

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

The Counselor 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 August's Bulletin 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:
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Diley Middle School - PBIS information

This aspect of the newsletter will provide parents and guardians with the building's PBIS initiatives and expectations. PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. Throughout the school year, PBIS messages and information will be shared here.

AUGUST PBIS Information - What is PBIS?

PLSD Bilingual Family Liaison Information

Contact information to our PLSD liaisons. See below:
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How can we show Diley Pride? (Expectations)

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23-24 PLSD School Year Calendar

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Keep informed!

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

Follow Diley on Twitter:

Follow Principal Koch on Twitter:

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: Amanda Stemm

Secretary: Heather Ferns

Office Assistant: Stacy Gallion

Counselor: Gina Neilson

Nurse: Rhonda Carmel

Health Assistant: Robin May