Diley Middle School's 2020 Back to School Info

From supply lists to student handbooks, from school menus to easy ways to update your family's information online, this page is your one-stop shop with all the information you'll need to get your kids ready for school at Diley Middle School!

Welcome

Information From The District

If you have not yet filled in your back-to-school forms and reviewed the important back-to-school information from the district, please visit the Pickerington Schools Back-To-School page for 2020.

Letter from the Principal

Hello, my name is Eric Koch. I am very excited to announce that I will be the next Principal at Diley Middle School. I have worked in the district since 1999. That seems like an eternity ago! I am married and have three children. My kids attend Pickerington Schools and my wife works at Fairfield Elementary School. We are not only students and employees, but also community members like you. 🙂

Over the years, I have worked in the following positions within the district:

• 8th Grade Science Teacher

• Assistant Principal Pickerington High School Central

• Lead Assistant Principal Pickerington High School Central

• Head Principal Ridgeview STEM Junior High School

• 8th, 9th, and JV level boys basketball coach at Ridgeview and Central

• Athletic Supervisor for the Junior High level

It amazes me how time flies by so fast. I am pretty sure the summer has also flown by for everyone this year. We all could not wait to get out of our houses (with caution) and enjoy the warmer weather. I think everyone was needing a little break from the Spring. PLSD and DMS have been working very hard and staying busy to help prepare for the upcoming school year. The custodians at Diley have done an amazing job of getting the building ready for students to return. We all want students to return to school safely! Please understand that things may change as we get more information and guidance from Governor DeWine and the Health Department. Enclosed is everything that we know to date. Again, this could change (which seems to be our new normal….constant change) so please keep this in mind.

Hopefully you were able to watch the board meetings on Monday and Thursday night. As you are aware by now, we will be starting the school year in a hybrid model. The hybrid model is a status level yellow for the district. The PLSD color coding scheme is for the district only and does not reflect the county or the State of Ohio.

The hybrid model means that your student will attend school with a cohort of students (which will be roughly half the amount of students that we normally would have). Cohorts will be the same for families so if you have a student in another building they will attend classes on the same day. Cohorts will attend either Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday, with Wednesday being a virtual day for all students. As a district and building, we are working on how to get schedules/cohorts to families so please be patient with us. More details about how the school day will look will be forthcoming as soon as they are made available. As indicated in this plan, please note that masks will be required for students who are riding the bus and in the school buildings. Please start to discuss and practice this with your student at home so they become more comfortable with wearing a mask. This is also a great time to stress the importance of wearing a mask for everyone’s safety.

Last night the board had a special meeting to review the updated “Flexible Learning Plan”. The updated “Flexible Learning 2.0” plan was approved by our Board of Education during this meeting. To view the detailed plan, visit https://www.pickerington.k12.oh.us/flexible-learning-2-0-plan-qa/ or you can find it by clicking the blue “Back-To-School Plan & Forms” button at the top of our homepage (pickerington.k12.oh.us). It will likely answer a lot of your questions! You may also submit any additional questions to plsd_communications@plsd.us. One of the biggest changes was in the start date to this school year. The change was recommended by our calendar committee and was approved last night by the board. The new start date for the 2020-21 school year will be on Monday August 24th, 2020. More information about preschool, kindergarten, and cohort (A and B) start times to come. Updates to the 2020-21 school calendar will be published as soon as possible.

I know this is a lot of information. Trust me when I say I understand. It is a lot for all of us right now. Please be patient with everyone, we are trying our very best to make this a successful process in a very challenging circumstance. As soon as we get information we will share it with you.

As the Governor urged Wednesday night, let’s all do our part to help make sure we have school and sports in the fall. Please stay safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

Eric Koch

 

Upcoming Events

August 19- Chromebook pickup for 5th graders

August 31- 1st day of school for ALL Diley students

Welcome New Staff

Principal:  Eric Koch

School Psychologist: Alexa Irwin

6th grade ELA teacher:  Cameron Snyder

6th grade Intervention Specialist:  Janelle Miller

6th grade Intervention Specialist:  Kelsey Willoughby

ESL Teacher:  Janelle Henderson

 

 

 

Daily Schedule (Start/Stop Times)

Standard day

Start time: 8:40 a.m.

Dismissal time: 3:30 p.m.

Days with 2-hour delay

Start time: 10:40 a.m.

Dismissal time: 3:30 p.m.

2020/2021 School Fees

5th Grade

Digital Learning Fee $5.00

Science Supplies $6.00

Literacy Consumable $10.00

Total:  $21.00

Optional:  Technology Protection Plan

6th Grade

Digital Learning Fee $5.00

Science Supplies $6.00

Springboard Book $17.00

Total:  $28.00

Optional:  Technology Protection Plan

Pick Up/ Drop Off Procedures
  • Parent drop off is in the front of the building at Door B (by the cafeteria).  There will be a staff member in front of the building to greet your child beginning at 8:20 am.  We do not open the building doors until 8:20 am so please do not arrive before then.
  • Please make sure your child is prepared to exit out of the vehicle in a timely fashion to prevent a delay in the drop-off line.
  • Parents, please remain in the drop-off/ pick-up line at all times and do not have students cross over into or from the parking lot. We value the safety of all our students.
  • Bus riders will enter the school in the back of the building.
  • Walkers and bike riders will follow the walking path and enter through Door B (by the cafeteria).

Reminder: We do not have supervision for your child prior to 8:20 am.  Please do not arrive prior to that time.  Thank you.

Breakfast and Lunch Information

For those that choose to purchase breakfast or lunch at our school, we are continuing to use the My Payments Plus Program.  Remember this gives you 24-hour access to student purchases and account balances. Did you know that you can receive an email that lets you know when your child’s balance reaches a certain dollar amount? How nice is that?!!

Login to the My Payments Plus website

Breakfast:  $1.50

Lunch:  $2.75

Emergency medical forms now online and easier than ever!

We listened when you, our building staff and administrators told us you would prefer one login. We are delighted to share this convenient, easy upgrade with you, as we begin preparing for the 2020-21 school year.

We’re making it easier for PLSD parents to fill out back-to-school forms online with the launch of a new “one-stop shop” with a single login!

Now, all student-related forms — except for sports/extracurricular activities forms — will be located inside your Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Previously, you’ve added information in two locations but now, all information will be entered directly into the Parent Portal.

Once you log in, you will see that most of your student’s information has been populated into the Parent Portal account to help expedite your annual forms update process. However, some areas will require you to enter some new information, including medical information updates. PLSD staff will notify parents who do not have a Parent Portal account already set up.

Click HERE to access the new forms.

2020/2021 Middle School Handbook

Please take a moment to review our school handbook with your child before the start of the school.  You can view it HERE

 

 

From our PTO: Welcome and Volunteer Opportunities

We have some great ideas for the coming year and can’t wait to meet you. Please feel free to email us at: dileymiddleschoolptso2020@gmail.com

Also, make sure you follow us on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2085717574996931

 

School Year 2020-2021

President: Ashley Crawford
Vice President:  Amy LaRe
Secretary:  Tami Finan
Treasurer:  Heather Edwards

Chromebooks and The Technology Protection Plan

All students at Diley Middle School will have their own Chromebook to use. They will take these to and from school daily. We HIGHLY recommend that you take advantage of our Technology Protection Plan. The fee is $40.00 and will automatically be added to your child’s infinite campus account. If do not pay the fee by the due date, the fee will be removed and you will have no coverage if your chromebook breaks. Please read the information below to see if this is a good program for your student.
Coverage and Benefit

This annual agreement covers the Chromebook or iPad (“device”) loaned to the student against any accidental damage and/or repair costs. This agreement costs $40 per device per school year for a total of $400 worth of repairs, replacement and/or labor costs. Any costs above and beyond $400 will the responsibility of the parents/guardians/student. The charger is NOT covered and is the sole responsibility of the student/parent. Coverage is 24 hours per day. Damage(s) due to intentional, reckless, willful, wanton and/or malicious conduct is not covered. Lost devices will not be covered by the technology protection plan. Stolen devices will be covered by the technology protection plan as long as the parent/guardian submits to PLSD a filed police report for the stolen device. The Technology Protection Plan will cover damage and repairs for loaner devices, but will count towards the total allowed for the TPP.

Effective Date and Expiration

Coverage is effective from the date this technology protection plan is purchased through Infinite Campus. Subject to immediate termination for the failure to timely pay the premium, the coverage shall end on the date that the device is required to be returned to the school, whether or not that device is returned to the school by that date. This is an annual plan.

Premium & How to Purchase the Technology Protection Plan

The premium cost is $40 for the 2019-20 school year, for this optional coverage, and the premium will not be prorated. This premium will be added to your child’s account at the start of the school year. Payment is due by September 13, 2019 for the plan to be in effect. Coverage will be removed for those students whose parents/guardians do not pay this premium by September 13, 2019. Payment may be made via the Infinite Campus Parent Portal, or at your child’s school.

The Technology Protection Plan is non-refundable. Administration, in its sole discretion, will determine if damages were due to intentional, reckless, willful, wanton and/or malicious conduct (please see PLSD Technology website for more specific information). This is an annual plan, previously purchased PLSD Technology Protection Plans will not cover the new school year. The Technology Protection Plan is not subject to waiver for free and reduced students as it is totally an optional fee; students/parents are not required to have this coverage.

Reminder this is an annual plan and does not extend from one school year to the next.

Student Enrolling After the Start of the School Year: Purchasing the TPP

If you are new to the District after September 13, 2019, log in your Infinite Campus Parent Portal and under the fees section, there is an optional purchase, Technology Protection Plan. Purchase and pay for the plan for it to be active. Reminder this is an annual plan and does not extend from one school year to the next.

If the Technology Protection Plan is not Purchased
All damages and replacement parts will be charged at the current market rate with a labor fine of $15-$50 determined by the repair. Damage fine without the Technology Protection Plan will range between $15 – $300. If the cost of the damage exceeds $300, then a new device will be issued at the cost of $300. All damage, replacement parts and labor costs will be applied through the parent portal in Infinite Campus. Additionally, when a student is provided a loaner device all of the regulations apply for proper care of loaner devices, any damage to the loaner device will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian/student.

If Your Device is Damaged (if you have the Technology Protection Plan or Not)
Take your device to the Media Center and inform the Media Center Specialist/Aide what the issue is with the device. A loaner device will be supplied during the time in which your issued device is being repaired. Loaner devices are only available to students that have submitted a damaged device to the Media Center.

6th Grade School Supply List

+6th grade supply list

 

 

6th grade School Supply List

1 pack of glue sticks

1 pack of lined note cards

1 pack of 24 pencils

1 box of 24 colored pencils

1 composition notebook

1 small pencil sharpener

4 hi-liters in multiple colors

1 earbuds.  Inexpensive and not bluetooth

1 pair of scissors

2 packs of college ruled paper

2 packs of dividers for binders-try to get ones with pockets

2 3 ring bingers with pockets that are 2 inches wide

1 book bag

Individual tissue packs

1 ruler

1 pack of multi colored dry eraser markers

1 large pencil pouch

1 face mask

1 non-glass water for our water filling stations

 

5th Grade School Supply List

List of supplies for 5th grade students

 

 

5th Grade School Supply List

1 pack of glue sticks

1 pack of lined note cards

1 pack of 24 pencils

1 box of 24 colored pencils

1 composition notebook

1 small pencil sharpener

4 hi-liters in multiple colors

1 earbuds.  Inexpensive and not bluetooth

1 pair of scissors

2 packs of loose leaf paper

2 packs of dividers for binders-try to get ones with pockets

2 3 ring bingers with pockets that are 2 inches wide

1 book bag

Individual tissue packs

1 ruler

1 pack of multi colored dry eraser markers

1 large pencil pouch

1 face mask

1 non-glass water for our water filling stations

The Diley Digest

The Diley Digest is our electronic newsletter that will be sent out weekly with important information regarding PLSD and Diley specifically.  Please make sure your email address is correct in infinite campus so you can receive our newsletters.