The Diley Digest

September 1, 2023

September Calendar

September 4: No School Labor Day

September 5: Mum order forms due

Start with Hello Spirit Week 9/18/23-9/22/23 (see flyer below)

September 21: Picture Day

September 25: Mum delivery


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

Principal's Message

Another good week of school! Now that we are in the full swing of things help us remind our students to make good choices. We are really stressing 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!


Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

Diley Middle School will have the opportunity to provide some therapeutic work to our students and staff this year through the use of a therapy dog. The dog that will be coming into our building has been certified by a therapy dog licensing agency and has completed extensive training to provide support and service to individuals in a variety of settings, including schools.

Therapy Dog research reveals many positive effects as listed below:

  • Encouraging communication from students reluctant to speak in other situations

  • Facilitating practice of social skills and encouraging a safe environment for sharing

  • Helping people cope with grief and loss, illness, or disappointment in their life by creating a calming effect and helping reduce anxiety or stress responses

  • Raising endorphin levels in the body through stimulating these senses

  • Lowering blood pressure

The therapy dog will mainly be utilized through the counseling office in individual and/or small group settings with selective participants but there will be times that he/she will be available to visit a classroom for arranged academic and social learning support. While we want to offer opportunities for all the benefits that the therapy dogs can provide we also want to protect and uphold our policy toward the health and safety concerns of all of our students. We realize that some students have allergies or other concerns that we need to take into consideration while continuing to provide a safe environment for all. If your child has a medical or emotional issue that would prevent him/her from being near the therapy dog, please contact Heather Ferns at 614-830-2900.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child working with the therapy dogs, or any questions about the program in general, please feel free to contact Jenny Nihiser (


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!

Currently Mr. Duncan's class is leading the way for the 6th grade and Mrs. Gillen is leading the 5th grade. Keep on selling so your team can win extra recess and popsicles!!!

PTO is looking for a few volunteers!

DIley PTO is looking for volunteers for the 23-24 school year! Please email (please copy and paste the link) if you would like to help out next year!

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

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?

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

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