TGMS Update

March 2, 2020

PLSD Plan for Progress

Our teachers and classrooms are adapting to meet the changing needs of our students as we enter a new decade. Read more about the shifts in education and in our district on Superintendent Dr. Chris Briggs’ latest Plan for Progress Promise blog post at https://www.pickerington.k12.oh.us/plan-for-progress-promise/

Red Cross Blood Drive

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive March 12, 2020 from 2 - 7:00 pm, at Toll Gate Middle School.

There are two easy ways to schedule your appointment.

1. Go to redcrosssblood.org and use sponsor code: Tollgate

2. Visit the App StoreSM or Google PlayTM store, or text BLOODAPP to 90999.

Additional information is included in the attached flyer.

Thank you for your support!

Coronavirus Information

Fight Flu First to Prevent Coronavirus

February 29, 2020

Dear Parents,

As more information is released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) about the Coronavirus and its potential impact on our school community, we want you to be aware that we are staying up-to-date on the latest information and we’re reviewing all of our public safety plans. Prevention of the spread of disease in our school community is an initiative we work on daily in all of our Pickerington Schools. We need the help of our students, families and staff to continue in this effort.

We know an outbreak in our region could impact schools, so we are preparing for many what-if scenarios to minimize disruption while keeping students and staff safe. In the meantime, our school nurses are educated on the signs and symptoms of the coronavirus—many of which are similar to the flu. We encourage you to visit the CDC website to learn more about prevention and treatment.

Just as with other illnesses, we are asking you to do your part to help prevent the spread of disease. The CDC recommends these everyday preventive steps:

· Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

· Stay home when you are sick. This is worth repeating…PLEASE stay home when you’re sick.

· Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

· Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

· Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

We are committed to the health and safety of our community and we will continue to closely monitor the situation and provide updates as necessary.

Spelling Bee Regional

A huge congratulations to Brooklynn Dickenson, 5th grade and Evan Sagle, 6th grade. Both have qualified to move on in the National Spelling Bee competition!! They will compete at Ohio University's Scripps College of Communications Region II Spelling Bee on March 21. Congratulations and good luck!!

Camp Y2Y

Camp Y2Y will host a Leadership Experience for students in grades 6 - 8, March 14-15. For more information please see the attached flyer.

March Reminders


March 5 K-12 PM Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 6 End of 3rd grading period

March 10 K-12 PM Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 11 2-hr Late start - Professional Development

March 12 6th graders field trip to Heartland Outdoor School

March 18 PTO meeting - 7:00 pm

March 23 - 27 Spring Break