This Is How We Lakeview

January Edition: Volume 4

Goodbye January, hello February

Well, that month went by quickly. Just a reminder that the second trimester ends February 19th, so students have 3 weeks left to get assignments completed before grades are due. Let's finish out this trimester strong!

This week we are finishing up our winter diagnostic for iReady Math and Reading and the ALEKS comprehensive knowledge check. We are seeing some good growth from the students and teachers are starting to have data chats with the students about their progress. Ask your student how much growth they have made in their learning already. We are proud of everyone for all the progress they are making in iReady and ALEKS.

Even though we have just begun the second part of the school year we are already in the planning stages for course scheduling for next year. Our current hybrid model poses some challenges to holding our normal face to face meetings, but we are working on video presentation tools to assist in the scheduling process. Please look for additional information over the next few weeks. Stay tuned.

Rachael Hanagan


Congratulations to our January Students of the Month!

Each month, a small group of students are nominated by Lakeview’s staff to represent our building as the Students of the Month. These students don’t just uphold our Lakeview Values (Respect Yourself, Respect Others, Respect School, Respect Learning), they go above and beyond as role models and leaders within the school community. We would like to take a moment to congratulate the following Student of the Month winners for January:

  • Cristian Hernandez-Vazquez

  • Lydia Smathers

  • Riley Hillerich

  • Konnor Koch

  • Alexander Johnson

  • Julia Hudak

  • Tyler Clark

  • Salance Blakely

  • Grace Galloway

  • Kennedy Edgerton

  • Brynlee Bruner (December)

  • Jaymeson Mann (December)

Thank you for being excellent leaders and role models for others. We appreciate your hard work!

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Congratulations to Lakeview's Pride of Pickerington Winners!

Please help us congratulate our building level Pride of Pickerington Award Winners for standing out in a crowd of their peers. The effort and passion that they put into their day makes a difference in the lives of our students and staff.

Joe Whitcraft - 7th grade Social Studies Teacher

Mr. Whitcraft constantly strives to create innovative, interactive, and student-centered lesson plans. He has worked especially hard this year to create digital plans that allow students to stay engaged and work collaboratively.

Susan Raber - Building Secretary

Susan has contributed enormously to creating a positive and welcoming school climate for all students at Lakeview. She consistently goes above and beyond to build relationships with students, staff, and families in addition to keeping the building running at a high level at all times. Susan has contributed to streamlining numerous processes to improve the way we provide services to students including our new student intake, student of the month celebrations, and other PBIS initiatives so that students are able to focus on their successes and continue to achieve at a high level.


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Today is the last day to order personalized Yearbooks!

Yearbooks are still on sale starting at $35. January 30th is the last day that you can order a personalized yearbook. So make sure to order one today! To order just go to and type in Pickerington Lakeview Jr High.

Yearbook is looking for photos!

Since the number of spectators at school events are limited, the yearbook staff needs your help with photos. Please upload any photos of Lakeview Jr High students that you take at any Lakeview events this school year. This could be sporting events, concerts, meetings, etc. Access code is panthers.

Link for purchasing yearbooks and for uploading photos:

Global Scholars Application for 21-22

What is the Global Scholars Program?

The course series provides hands-on experiences, simulations, and practical examples and strategies for global studies and cultural competence. Students will gain a deeper understanding of and define intercultural competence, explore the "other" and the value of varied perspectives throughout their school communities, gain insights into cultural nuances and effective interaction with local-global cultures, and develop a skills toolkit to leverage the global landscape of their classrooms and school communities to enrich all students' experiences. For more information, check out the flyer and video below.

Community Partners: Columbus Council on World Affairs

PYAA Softball and JBL registration is now open!

PYAA registration for softball and baseball is open now until March 26th. More information can be found in the flyer below or at

Voluntary Track Practice for Distance Runners

All boys and girls cross country runners interested in track, voluntary practices will be Tuesday, Thursdays, and Fridays from 3:15 - 4:15. These started this week. For more information, contact Mr. Starkey (

This is currently for distance runners only, look for more information on track in the middle of February.

Free Golf Clinics

Turnberry Golf Course is offering a fun 2 hour golf clinic providing juniors ages 6-18 an introduction to the game of golf. No experience preferred. Clubs can be provided if necessary and it’s FREE. If you are interested, please see or email Coach Schill ( for details.

More information is provided in the flyers below.

The Community Corner

Recent Updates

  • In February, PAW Time classes will work through a choice board that highlights and celebrates Black History Month as well as teaches our students about Implicit Bias. Students will utilize these videos that aired on WOSU that explain what Implicit Bias is and how we can adjust and adapt to overcome the individual Bias that we all have.
Implicit Bias: Peanut Butter, Jelly and Racism; Implicit Bias: Make Friends to Tackle Bias
  • With Monday’s remote learning day due to weather, we have pushed back our Change Chats and are combining them with the chats that were already scheduled for February. On Tuesday, February 9, and Friday, February 12th, students will learn about and discuss goal-setting and leadership.
  • This past Wednesday, Dr. Colette Dollarhide from The Ohio State University spoke with the staff about implicit bias and privilege, as part of our ongoing efforts to ensure that all of our students and families feel welcomed and valued in our building.
  • As was mentioned in the last Community Corner update, after the Change Chats about goal-setting and leadership, students will have an opportunity to learn more about our vision for the Lakeview Leadership Team and how they can apply.

Updates from the Family Feedback Form

  • We received one piece of feedback that celebrated several of the great teachers we have in our building, and we will make sure that feedback gets back to them so they know they are appreciated by our families.
  • Another piece of feedback we received asked us to remember to keep political messages out of our announcements. We completely understand the need for schools to remain non-partisan, and we encourage our families that if you have concerns about announcements or messaging, please let us know what your specific concerns are so we can look into them.

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.

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Sign up for Meals on Virtual Days

Breakfast and lunch are free for ALL students on their virtual days!

The deadline to sign up for the week is Monday by 10am. If you would like to receive breakfast and lunch for the days your student is virtual, please click on the correct link to sign up. Remember that you need to sign up for this every week.

Virtual Learning Academy link -

Cohort A link

Cohort B link