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

Mrs. Geiger, school counselor, recently received the Pride of Pickerington Award for Lakeview Jr. High. Sarah was nominated because "Sarah is one of the hardest working staff members. Sarah is passionate about her students... but more importantly, the students love and respect her. Sarah works all hours of the day to make sure she does the best job possible. She is a counselor. However, she is much more than her job title. She is a true friend to coworkers and a role model to her students. Kids LOVE and TRUST her. She is constantly coming up with new ways to make Lakeview better. She is always willing to start a program and to keep the program going. Sarah gives hope to students who have lost hope in a way that I have never seen before. She truly loves kids and kids love her."
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8th Grade Visit to High School

On Friday, May 20, eighth-grade students will be walking over to Pickerington High School North. Students that have a 4th-period lunch will have their visit in the afternoon and students with a 5th-period lunch will have their visit in the morning. The agenda for the day will involve the following:

  • 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

This year's Teen Book Fest will be held at North on June 11. We are tremendously excited about this year's author lineup, and our keynote speaker is graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, whose work appeals to all ages, but especially middle grade and teen readers. Please see below for more information.
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NJHS Induction Ceremony

The induction ceremony is this Wednesday, May 11 at 7:30 pm. Please note the time change. It will be in Lakeview's gym.

May Dance

May dance is this weekend. If you plan on coming please remember that you must follow

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.

PTO Updates

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

The 7th grade recognition is on Wednesday, May 18, and the 8th-grade recognition is Thursday, May 19. Both will begin at 8:30 am and will last about an hour. Those students receiving awards, received their invitations last week.

Creative Writing and Drama Summer Opportunity

If you are interested in registering for the Creative Writing and Drama course, please register at this site: http://inkwellworkshop.weebly.com/

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Lunch Accounts

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

Any girls interested in playing HS soccer at North next year...there is an informational meeting for athletes only after school at Pickerington North in Room 413 on Friday, May 13.

Cheerleading Information for 2016-17

There will be a mandatory Pre-Tryout meeting for cheerleaders and parents on Monday, May 16 at 7:00pm in the lecture hall of PHSN. Please use the main entrance. All aspects of the cheer program will be explained at this meeting, so it's important to attend.

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

All school fees must be paid before receiving the final grade card. School fees do not go away, and will continue to follow the student into the next school year.

Lost and Found Overflowing

Please remind your student to check the lost and found. It is overflowing and all items will be donated at the end of the school year.

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

Any student interested in playing a fall sport must attend a mandatory pre-season athletic meeting on Tuesday, May 24 at 6:00 pm in the gym at Lakeview Jr. High. The meeting will cover OHSAA and PLSD eligibility rules and regulations. It will also give you an opportunity to meet your head coach and receive information on summer workouts, tryout dates, and schedules. We look forward to seeing you on the 24th.

The fall sports offered are: football, girls golf, boys golf, cross country (boys and girls), girls tennis, girls volleyball, and cheerleading..

Last Day of School

We will be dismissing early at 12:30 PM on the last day of school, May 24