Pickerington Lakeview Jr. High
May 10, 2016
Last Week's Intruder Drill
Each year, every Pickerington School is required by law to perform a series of drills designed to ensure our students and staff are prepared in the event of emergencies. Those tests include six fire drills, three tornado drills, and three lockdown drills.
We develop plans for these drills in cooperation with local law enforcement, fire departments, and Homeland Security. Such drills are part of every building’s emergency plan.
At the junior high school and high school levels, many of these drills are unannounced, which provides a more realistic opportunity to test our preparedness.
Each year, we train staff and students on what to do in these situations. Last Thursday, we conducted an unannounced “intruder drill” in our building. The specific time of the drill
was unannounced to students, but we did advise teachers earlier in the week that we would be performing such a lockdown exercise at some point.
During this drill, one of our local Sheriff’s Department officers walked through the hall, yelling, "There is an intruder in the building. Intruder! Intruder!" After someone notified the office, I got on the intercom and followed the intruder, using our cameras and announcing to the staff and students where the "intruder" was at in the building. This is part of the training we had provided students and staff earlier in this year. Announcing where an intruder is in the building allows classroom teachers to decide if they can get their students safely out of the building or if they are safer barricading the door and staying inside.
During this time, about half of our classrooms evacuated the building. After approximately ten minutes, the drill was over.
When the drill was completed, it became apparent that some students had taken the drill to be “real” rather than just an exercise. Some parents received concerned texts from students. That was unfortunate and certainly not our intent; I apologize to those students and parents who may have been anxious that this was an actual drill.
After each exercise like this, we assess our response to see where we can improve for the future. While we want to ensure we train our students and staff to respond in case there is an actual emergency, we certainly do not want to create undue concern that there is an actual threat when this is just a drill!
For that reason, Pickerington Schools is making a change to its procedure during future drills. All buildings will send an email message through our One-Call parent notification system about five minutes before future drills occur. We will not use our phone call notifications for this, as it is our experience that such non-emergency phone calls can create undue panic for parents.
We will be holding one additional drill this school year, and will provide parents with one of these emails. (To ensure you receive these emails, be sure to check your communication preferences for our One-Call Now system by going to http://www.pickerington.k12.oh.us/parent-portal/ and clicking on “Access My Call Now.”)
As always, the safety and security of your children is our primary focus. My door is always open and I am happy to discuss any further concerns or questions that you might have.
Congratulation to Lakeview's POP Award Winner, Mrs. Geiger
8th Grade Visit to High School
- Welcome from administration and counselors
- Review of expectations
- Ice Breaker activity
- Walking the building
- Visiting core classes
- Visiting elective classes
- Athletic meeting
If you do not want your child to participate in this visit, please send an email to Mrs. Warrent at Amy_Warren@plsd.us.
Teen Book Fest
NJHS Induction Ceremony
dress code. Boys must be wearing suit or dress pants and a tie or bow tie. Girls must have straps on their dresses, dresses and skirts no shorter than fingertips, and midriffs covered. When you arrive be prepared to show your student ID. Every ID will be checked. If you do not bring your ID you will be waiting in a very long line to get in while we look up your name.
The final staff appreciation luncheon for the school year is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17. Please use this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f48a9a82fa1fa7-may2016 to sign up if you would like to help out by donating something for the Mexican Fiesta! We are still in need of quite a bit of help!
End of the Year Awards
Lunch accounts must have cash or available balance in order to purchase lunch at this point in the year. No negative balance allowed.
Girls High School Soccer
Cheerleading Information for 2016-17
Tryouts for football, basketball, and competition cheer teams:
July 26--Instructional clinic 6:30-8:00 pm and make-up parent meeting
July 27--Instructional clinic 6:30-8:00 pm
July 28--Instructional clinic 6:30-8:00 pm
July 29--Instructional clinic 6:30-8:00 pm
Final Team Selection Saturday, July 30th 8:00 am-11:00 am
School Fees Need Paid
Lost and Found Overflowing
Summer Food Service Program
Pickerington Schools will once again participate in the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program through the district’s Summer Food Program.
Lunch will be provided at Tussing Elementary from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday in June.
A complete menu for the month and information about special events will be announced soon.
The meals are sponsored by the USDA at no charge for all children between ages 0 and 18. All meals must be eaten on site.
Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. There is no discrimination in the course of the meal service.
Fall Sports Meeting
The fall sports offered are: football, girls golf, boys golf, cross country (boys and girls), girls tennis, girls volleyball, and cheerleading..