This Is How We Lakeview

March Edition: Volume 3

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.

Just a heads up that this coming week, only cohort A students will be receiving virtual meal day bags. This is also the last week for all students to get meals sent home as they will transition back to full time after Spring Break. Reminder that both breakfast and lunch are free to ALL STUDENTS for the remainder of the school year.

Rachael Hanagan


Procedures that are not changing when we return from break

We know that starting April 5th, things are going to be different for our students. Here are some things that are not going to change once all our hybrid students are all back in the building.

  1. No lockers - this keeps students moving in the hallways and prevents students from congregating
  2. Limited number of tables in the cafeteria - this is to spread tables out as far as possible
  3. Breakfast will be grab and go - students can eat in PAW time
  4. Keeping one-way hallways and stairwells - this prevents large numbers of students in any given space and helps with social distancing
  5. Staggered bells - to limit the number of students in the hallway during transitions
  6. Masks and social distancing - students are still required to wear masks over their mouth and nose and to maintain social distancing in the hallways
  7. Sanitizing - desks/tables will still be cleaned between class periods

Thank you for following the 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 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. This went much smoother this week which will help 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.

Mobile Dentist-Rescheduled for May 7th!

Good news! You have more time to sign your student up to see the Dentist at school. The Ohio Dental Outreach will now be at our school on May 7th. A form went home with your student in February or you can fill it out online at If you have any questions please email the school nurse (

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

Below is the list of tests and dates for course offered at the junior high level.

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State Tests for VLA students

If your student is currently in the Virtual Learning Academy here are the building specific details for coming in to take the state tests. Below is the video that Mr. Smith created on the plan for the junior high VLA students, as well as the written plan and the slide deck from the video.
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2021 VLA OST Plan

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

  • This past Tuesday and Thursday, students had the opportunity to attend the March Change Chat, which focused on goal setting and how students can begin to discuss their ideas to improve the school in tangible ways.

  • This coming week, students will be notified if they were selected to be a part of the Lakeview Leadership Team. Organizational meetings for the LLT will begin in April as we work toward building this group of student leaders for next year.

  • Has your student done something awesome or noteworthy? Do you want to celebrate them and their accomplishment? In future Community Corners, we hope to highlight more of our students through the Student Spotlight feature. We have updated the Family Feedback Form to include an area where you can share the details that you want to highlight about your student. Check it out!

Updates from the Family Feedback Form

One concern was brought up regarding the anxieties of state testing and how close testing is to the full return to school on April 5th. We totally get it! We also have our own anxieties every year related to organizing the testing and making sure everything runs smoothly. While we can’t control the fact that testing is happening, we can control how we react to testing. We will continue to answer students’ questions about testing and help to alleviate concerns as best we can. One thing we will always prioritize with our students is that they try their best. This year, especially, it’s important to focus on and prioritize the learning and successes of our students in the classrooms, rather than state test scores.

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.

Pickerington Schools is on the May 4 Ballot

The reality is, our district is rapidly growing and we are running out of space to continue providing our current level of educational, co-curricular and extracurricular opportunities to our students.

If passed, the bond issue will fund the current phase of the District’s Facility Plan which would: build a new junior high school building; renovate Ridgeview Jr. High into a K-6 facility and Heritage Elementary into a Welcome Center and Preschool; upgrade safety vestibules; and, add learning spaces and capacity to common areas and activity spaces throughout the district.

If passed on May 4, the bond issue will also fund future phases of the Facility Plan at no additional cost to taxpayers by bringing $53 million in matching funds from the state! Future projects would include renovations to: Tussing Elementary School, Diley Middle School, Harmon Middle School and Lakeview Jr. High School.

Completing the first two phases of Pickerington School’s Master Facility Plan will allow the District to meet the enrollment growth needs facing our district now and be prepared to continue providing safe and engaging learning opportunities to our students into the future.

If the bond issue fails, the district will need to divert money from the daily operating budget in order to pursue temporary options to accommodate enrollment growth. The growth we are experiencing and our facility needs will become even more urgent as classrooms and buildings become more crowded. In addition, there is no guarantee that the state can make available matching funds through OFCC in future years. Learn more about the May 4 bond issue here.

Information about voting is available at: The voter registration deadline is April 5 and early voting begins April 6.