The Diley Digest

September 15, 2023

September Calendar

Start with Hello SPIRIT WEEK 9/18/23-9/22/23 (see flyer below)

September 20: Smoke Out BBQ PTSO Fundraising event

September 21: Smoke Out BBQ PTSO Fundraising event

September 21: Picture Day

September 25: Mum delivery

Principal's Message

If you have not seen the State Report Card they were released this week. Diley scored very well!!!! This is a contribution of all the hard work from our students, teachers, and community. Our report card looks very good. As a staff, we will continue to work diligently to improve. We would like to thank you for all of your support in making Diley a special place. We are on the rise and creating positive vibes. :)

In other news, be on the lookout for i-Ready family reports. The report indicates where your child is at in their reading and math skills. If you have any questions please contact your student's teachers.

You can also visit i-Ready Central for more information.

We are still rocking and rolling. The kids are doing really well. Please stress at home Diley P.R.I.D.E. and what that looks like in school. P - Positivity; R - Responsible, I - Innovative, D - Driven, and E - Engaged. So far the majority of our students are doing a great job in showing Diley pride and being good role models for others. Help us reinforce this very positive message and culture at Diley! To go along with Diley Pride we also have our 7 mindset themes. We will have a quarterly incentive for our first themes.

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!

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School Fees

The 23/24 school year fees have been posted in infinite campus to your child's account. We ask that payment is made by 11/17/23. This year the fees consist of:

5th Grade:

Science supplies: 6.00

Science Weekly Consumable: 9.00

Literacy Consumable: 10.00

Intro Math Consumable: 10.00

Social Studies Weekly Consumable: 10.00

Digital Learning: 5.00

Total: 50.00

6th Grade:

Science supplies: 6.00

Science Weekly Consumable: 10.00

Literacy Consumable: 5.00

Intro Math Consumable: 10.00

Social Studies Weekly Consumable: 10.00

Digital Learning: 10.00

Total: 51.00

If you have not paid for the Tech Protection Plan yet please do so if you want the chromebook covered by insurance. The cost for this service is $40.00.

PTSO News- We need you!

We need volunteers to help with the delivery of the mums on Monday September 25th. Please click the link to sign up:

We are also looking for volunteers to help us feed the teachers during conference night on October 3rd. Please click this link if you are able to donate an item.

Have you sent in your PTSO Membership form? If not please fill out the attached and send it back to the school as soon as you can.

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 September'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:

Panorama SEL Survey

We will once again be giving our students the Pamorama SEL survey in the coming weeks. If you wish to opt out of the survey please do so by September 22nd. More information can be found in the following letters.

Panorama SEL Fall Survey Nepali 2023

Panorama SEL Otoño Survey Spanish 2023

Panorama SEL Fall Survey English 2023

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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
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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?

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District Message

Pickerington Schools is working with law enforcement to investigate the origins of a video that has been circulating on social media which allegedly shows a minor performing an illicit sexual act involving another minor. This video has been shared among some students in our district and we're told in several area school districts as well. As police continue to work on this investigation, we will share more details with you as available and appropriate.

To our parents - we ask that you please talk to your kids about the potential consequences of viewing and sharing this video or other similar illicit material. For an excellent guide for having conversations with your kid(s) about social media risks, visit

To our students - please keep in mind that disseminating this video, or any other videos, pictures or media of any kind showing child pornography is illegal, and if convicted, you could face up to 20 years in federal prison, and/or be labeled a sex offender! Remember, that one mistake on social media could haunt you for the rest of your life, so always be careful what you view and especially what you share.

If this video or a similar one is shared with you, delete it and contact police, the social media platform, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's CyberTipline.

Thank you to all of the students and parents who reached out to district staff to make us aware of this disturbing video. You are champions for helping us protect students and you make us extremely proud!

PLSD Bilingual Family Liaison Information

Contact information to our PLSD liaisons. See below:
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Notice of Language Assistance Plan

Notice of Language Assistance Plan

In English:

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.

(In Nepali)

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

En Español:
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.

En Francais:

Le district scolaire de Pickerington prendra des mesures raisonnables pour s'assurer que les personnes ayant une compétence limitée en anglais (LEP) ont un accès adapté et une chance égale de participer à tous les services, activités et programmes disponibles dans le district. La politique du PLSD est d'assurer une communication efficace avec les étudiants et les familles LEP et de communiquer les informations relatives à l'éducation de tous les élèves. Tous les services nécessaires pour se conformer à cette politique seront fournis gratuitement aux élèves et à leurs familles qui en nécessitent. Pour toute assistance, veuillez composer le 614-833-2110.

23-24 PLSD School Year Calendar

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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