This Is How We Lakeview

April Edition: Volume 4

20 school days left!

I am not sure how we only have 20 school days left, the end of the year is flying by. Be on the lookout for some end of year activities such as awards ceremonies in future editions as those are coming up fast.

Reminder that all 8th grade students will be doing their final Ohio State Assessment on Tuesday and Wednesday for Science. During this time the 7th graders will be doing their last round of iReady Diagnostics for the school year. Just an FYI, parent drop off will have more cars on Tuesday due to the VLA students coming in for testing.

Rachael Hanagan


PAW time Updates

This week in PAW Time students are continuing to explore the R-Factor, E + R = O. Students examined R5, Making a Difference. Check out this quick video on R5 here in order to review the R-Factor with your student and help them practice with this decision making framework.

National Junior Honors Society Project

Dear Parents, National Junior Honors Society is doing a drive for nurses who helped during the COVID-19 pandemic. The drive will last approximately 2-3 weeks. Some items students should bring in include mini Gatorade bottles, bagged snacks (chips, goldfish, candy, gum, etc), post-it notes, fun pencils, activity books (word searches, crossword puzzles, etc), or any other miscellaneous item you think a nurse would enjoy. Give back to our nurses and show them that you care!

There are boxes located in the cafeteria to place donations.

Updated Quarantine Information

With the guidance from Franklin County Public Health, PLSD is providing an option for individuals that are quarantined from school and extracurricular activities.

When the school has identified a student as 100% quarantine and not able to attend school or extracurricular activities, we will now honor the option if the parent chooses to have their child tested on day 5 or later, tests negative (PCR or antigen COVID-19 test) they may return to school and extra curricular activities on day 8 (7 day quarantine).

If a student is quarantined due to an exposure in the community the parent will need to provide documentation to verify the date(s) of the exposure and the negative test results.

I have attached a copy of the letter that will be sent to the students when they are required to quarantine from a school exposure. The green highlighted areas are the changes that have been made.

Cell Phones need to be off and away during the school day

We have seen an increased number of students with cell phones out, especially in the hallways and the cafeteria. Per board policy, students at the junior high level may use a personal communication device (cell phones) ONLY before and after school. Any other time, the device is to be powered off completely and stored out of sight. Typically, we have students put devices in their lockers but since we do not have lockers this year, we are asking them to keep them powered off and in their backpacks. We have made announcements all this week about cell phones and have warned students that they will receive a lunch detention if we see them moving forward.

I have attached the Board Policy on Personal Communication Devices below for your reference.

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 (

Last dates for Ohio's State Assessments are April 27-28th

The remaining Ohio State Test is for all students taking Science 8 or Integrated Science. The dates for this are April 27-28th. With 8th grade VLA students coming in on April 27th.

A few tips for Ohio State Tests:

1. Make sure your student's Chromebook is charged

2. Have your student get a good night's sleep

3. Reminder your student that all personal devices (cell phones, Apple watches, etc) will need to be powered off during testing

4. Make sure your student eats a good breakfast (or grabs breakfast when they get to school)

5. Please avoid scheduling any outside appointments on these dates

District Announces VLA plans for 2021-2022 School Year

PLSD has finalized our plans for the Virtual Learning Academy for the 2021-2022 school year.

All of the information can be found on the new PLSD Virtual Learning Academy website:

Major Points of Interest:

  1. Official Registration for the VLA will be from April 26th - May 9, 2021. Registration will happen in the Parent Portal of Infinite Campus.

  2. Issue #1 of The Virtual Direction (the VLA newsletter) is now available.

  3. Courses offered are available on the site.

  4. If you have any questions about the PLSD VLA please email

Thank you for your interest in the Pickerington Schools Virtual Learning Academy.

Reminder why masks are important

We are seeing a lot of students who are wearing their masks improperly. We do have masks in the office with the metal nose piece if your student is finding that their masks do not stay up or fit properly. We have not seen COVID spread in the schools because we are maintaining social distancing, hand washing frequently, and have been masked...we would like to keep it this way for the rest of the school year. We appreciate your help and hope that you talk this over with your student.
Mask Up, PLSD!

The Community Corner

Recent Updates

  • This week, students took part in our April Change Chat about some ideas they have had to improve the school for all students moving forward. We had great discussions with the students and are excited to share the students’ ideas with the Leadership Team to begin that work.

  • The organizational meeting for the Lakeview Leadership Team will be this coming Friday (April 30th) during students’ E/I period. Students on the Leadership Team should have received an email from Mr. Baptist earlier this week.

  • 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!

With testing and getting adjusted to all our hybrid students transitioning back to school full time, we decided to use google forms so students could answer evolv questions in a survey format. This allowed for a lot more responses (290!). You may notice that some of these questions are repeated from the other updates, but that is because we wanted to give all students an opportunity to provide their input since we were able to reach more students with the survey. We are so proud of all the voices that have been shared!

Please see the Parent Shareout below to see what our students are saying.

Updates from the Family Feedback Form

One comment we received from a family this past week celebrated their daughter’s teachers. We think they are pretty great, too! This year has been trying on all of us, but we are so proud of how our students, families, and staff have persevered to finish the year strong.

Student Spotlight

Author Sophia R. Klein

Ohioana is excited to welcome author Sophia R. Klein as part of the Ohioana Book Festival this year. Sophia is our youngest-ever festival author, at just fourteen years old. She was motivated to write and illustrate her book, Turtle Tide, by her love of marine life. Her fascination with the sea began at the age of seven when she watched the Dolphin Tale films and learned the inspirational stories of the dolphins, Winter and Hope. She has since journeyed each summer to Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Florida to attend camps to learn about marine life and aspires to make working on the preservation of marine life part of her future.

Here is the interview that Sophia did as part of the Ohioana Book Festival:

Gymnast Sophia Banky

Sophia Banky is a VLA student (grade 7) this year. For as different as this year has been for her, she has excelled academically and athletically! Sophia is a competitive gymnast for Buckeye Gymnastics in Westerville. This is her first year at level 9 (out of 10) and she was State Champion on floor in March, placed 3rd on floor and vault at Regionals last weekend and has qualified, and will be competing, at the Junior Olympic Eastern Nationals on May 7th in Georgia. She has accomplished all of this while maintaining straight A's academically, too! We are extremely proud of her accomplishments!

Good luck at the Junior Olympic Eastern Nationals, Sophia!

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.