TGMS Weekly Update

March 22, 2021

Reminder from PLSD

Dear Pickerington families,

Don't forget that Friday, March 19, will be a virtual learning day for all students due to staff vaccinations. Please be sure your student continues to log into their attendance for all virtual days and completes their assignments.

PLSD will continue on the Hybrid Learning plan through the end of March. Students will return to full in-person learning when they return from Spring Break, April 5.

PTO meeting Tuesday, March23

The next PTO meeting will be Tuesday, March 23.. Please be sure to join us. The google meet code is: Thank you.

Upcoming State Testing Dates

Reminder to all parents -

Ohio’s State Assessment testing is coming soon - please try to avoid appointments on the following dates:

4th GRADE:

April 12 and 13 - ELA

April 22 and 23 - Math

5th GRADE:

April 8 and 9 - ELA

April 20 and 21 - Math

A26 and 27 - Science

6th GRADE:

April 12 and 13 - ELA

April 22 and 23 - Math

The Ohio Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education have determined that all states and school districts will implement the end-of-year tests for spring 2021.

Schools Districts are required to give certain end-of-year assessments to students in grades 3-8 and end-of-course assessments for high school courses.

Students will take these assessments in the buildings, there is no virtual option allowed for these Ohio’s State Assessments. The assessments will be given during the normal hours of school. Students with accommodations per their IEP, 504 or EL plan will be provided their accommodations as stated in their plan.

Nominate a TGMS Staff Shining Star

Do you know a Toll Gate Middle School staff member who has gone over and above - someone who truly made a difference for your child, our school, or our community? Click on the link below to recognize a TGMS staff member as a Shining Star.

TGMS Staff Shining Star

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.