Back to School at Central for 2019

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 Pickerington High School Central!


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 2019.

Letter from the Principal


Dear Tiger Students and Parents/Guardians:

Another school year is coming soon!  The staff at PHSC is dedicated to creating a positive and productive high school experience for all of you.  We strive to provide each student a rigorous curriculum, a variety of extra-curricular and co-curricular opportunities and high expectations.  We know that our Tigers will be prepared for college and career.

As we look towards the 2019-2020 school year, we want to welcome the Class of 2023.  We look forward to spending the next 4 years with these Tigers.

To get the most out of the high school experience, we encourage you to get involved.  Find something you enjoy and be a part of it!  We have a lot to offer students and parents/guardians whether you want to be involved athletically, musically, artistically, or academically.

Our Tigers Welcome Days will be Tuesday, August 6th for Seniors and Juniors and Wednesday, August 7th for Sophomores and Freshman.  We will be collecting Emergency Medical Forms, providing school IDs, collecting outstanding fees, and distributing class schedules. It is very important to attend these days because it helps to prepare everyone for the school year with minimal disruption.

Please take a look at all the information included.  We are making some positive changes to create the best learning environment possible.  Enjoy your summer!

We will be verifying that Emergency Medical forms have been completed online. Students will not be able to pick up schedules until completion of this form has been confirmed.

In addition to all the information on this page, please review everything included in this newsletter. It includes some of the key policies and other information pertaining to your children.

Be Awesome,

Stacy Tennenbaum


Key Contact Numbers

PHS Central Phone Numbers

  • Athletic Office: 614-548-1825
  • Athletic Fax: 614-548-1830
  • Attendance Office: 614-548-1801
  • Guidance Office: 614-548-1815
  • Guidance Fax: 614-548-1820
  • Main Office: 614-548-1800
  • Main Office Fax: 614-548-1810
  • Music/Band Office: 614-548-1860
  • Theatre Office: 614-548-1958
Upcoming Events

Tiger Welcome Days

We will have two days of welcome back activities. The schedule will be as follows:

We will hold schedules for students who do not have their 7th and 12th grade required vaccinations and/or owe past fees. The incoming 7th and 12 graders must have the required vaccinations before we will allow them a copy of their schedule.

Please refer to the “Information From Your School Nurse” section and scroll to the “Immunizations” section.

August 6th

8:30 – 11:00 AM: Seniors only

12:00 – 2:30 PM: Juniors

August 7th

8:30 – 11:00 AM: Sophomores

1:00 pm -6:00 pm : Freshmen Orientation

When students come in to pick up their schedule, there will be various stations set up in the 100’s hallway. The first station will be the Health Station. Students will verify completion of the Emergency Medical Form at this station. Note: No student will be allowed to continue in the process at this point until completion has been verified.

All academic fees must be paid in order for a student to receive their schedule.

Students will then move to the School Picture station and then  Schedule Pick Up station, where they will get their schedule. Student schedules will not be available on Infinite Campus until they are finalized. Students may request a locker from Mrs. Lukacsko. Students may also apply for a parking pass and request schedule changes during Welcome Days.

Please make every effort to attend our Tiger Welcome Days which have been planned to prepare students for teaching and learning to take place on the first day of school. Siblings in different grade levels may come together for the convenience of the family.


Meet and Greet (Aug. 13th, 5-7 p.m.)

Put this date on your calendar!  

The evening will begin at 5:00 PM with the opportunity to follow your child’s schedule.  During the evening, an activity fair will be going on in the commons to see all the great opportunities at Central.

This is a great opportunity for parents/guardians and students to meet his/her teacher prior to the first day of school.

Additional Dates


6 – 10: Band/Athletic Participation Fee Collection, 8:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

12: Board of Education Mtg. 6 PM, District Office

14: Uninterrupted Teacher Work Day

15 – Back to School; Classes begin at 7:55 A.M.

16 – Picture Day

27: Board of Education  Meeting

30: No School – Professional Development Day


2No School (Labor Day)

11: 2-hour late start (Professional Development Day)

27: Picture retake/makeup, all lunch periods


School Pictures

Picture Day takes place during Welcome Days. Picture retake/makeup day is September 27 during all lunch periods.

Students will be required to carry their school IDs at all times during the school day.

Follow the school dress code policy for attire.   HR Imaging will be mailing picture order forms during the Summer. Checks are to be made payable to HR Imaging.   Picture packages will be printed only for students paying on portrait day. Checks are to be made payable to HR Imaging. No post-dated checks accepted.

Please look for the following flyer in your home mail box.



Parking Passes 2019-2020

All past fees (athletic and academic) must be paid in order to apply for a parking pass. Students who purchase parking passes will be assigned a space by number. Additionally, no parking passes will be issued unless proper license, insurance, and registration are presented at the time of purchase.

Seniors will be able to purchase parking passes first on August 6th and August 7th during Welcome Days.

Juniors will be able to purchase parking passes starting on August 8th and 9th.

Sophomores will be able to purchase parking passes starting on August 12th and 13th.

Any student can purchase a parking pass at any time after August 15th during the school year.

Passes can be purchased in the Main office with Mrs. Lukacsko.

Our Counselors

Contact our counselors at 614.548.1815 or via email:

From our PTO: Welcome and Volunteer Opportunities

Welcome to the Pickerington High School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) page. We would like to welcome all of you and your families to Pickerington High School Central.

If this is your first year at PHSC, it is important to explain the purpose of our PTO and what it does for our students and staff.

Everyone is automatically a member of the Pickerington Central PTO. Parents and guardians of students attending Pickerington Central and Central Staff are members and are encouraged to participate in its activities. Our organization is independent, and we do not belong to any state or national affiliation.

Our goal as a PTO is to provide Pickerington High School Central with funds needed for resources, programs and services that will enrich the education of our students. We hold an annual fundraiser per year that helps us with this. This is our Antique and Craft show in early November. This is our only fundraiser. We host the show at PHSC and partner with Pickerington High School North on this large-scale event. This event cannot be a success without the help of our wonderful volunteers and the donations that we receive from our Central families.

A couple of the things we do as a PTO are to organize and host a wonderful After Prom for our students and hold the annual Antique and Craft show, which has fabulous food, crafts, antiques and more!

We rely on volunteers, and that does not involve a huge time commitment. After Prom happens once a year, Antique and Craft show once a year, and we host staff appreciation events a few times a year.

We would love to have you join us! Becoming an active member is easy. We host meetings at Pickerington High School Central. This is a great way to meet other parents, hear about what’s going on at school, and share ideas to make Central even more awesome!

Please check out the online PTO volunteer/membership form (PDF) | PTO volunteer/membership form (RTF) and tell us what volunteer opportunities you are interested in participating in. Once again, welcome, and we look forward to hearing from you soon. Go Tigers!


Tammy Wilson

Pickerington High School Central PTO President


2018-2019 PHSC PTO Officers and Chairs

President: Tammy Wilson

Vice President: Melanie Shawver

Membership: Amy Stang

Treasurer: Tammy Powers

Secretary: Laura Beach

After Prom:Amy Stang

Antique and Craft Show: Tammy Wilson

Staff Appreciation: Trisha Castellon



Athletic/Band Participation Fees

Fee collection for fall athletes and band members will take place at PHS Central beginning Monday, August 5th through Friday, August 9th, 2019 from 8:00 A.M. until 3 P.M. Reminder: If you have any outstanding school fees owed, it will also be due at this time. Payments can be made by cash, check, money order, or credit card.

Schedule Changes

The master schedule of course offerings (teaching assignments) is arranged each year to accommodate student course requests. Following are the criteria for correcting/changing schedules.

1) to balance classes between semesters;

2) to accommodate a senior who may need to make a change to meet graduation requirements;

3) to adjust for courses completed, with a passing grade, in summer school or through correspondence;

4) to drop a study hall and add a class;

5) to accommodate an original request that was not honored due to a scheduling conflict;

6) to change the teacher – only if the student has had the teacher previously for the same course and he/she failed that course;

7) to adjust for special/alternative programming (CCP, Marketing, LEP/ESL)

8) to change an inappropriate course level as dictated by the prerequisite.

Please note: Schedule changes will not be made to change teachers, change lunch periods, and/or drop a class that was chosen during registration. In addition, all students are required to take a minimum number of 6 classes per semester. All students are required to have lunch both semesters.

The last day to request schedule corrections for first semester is August 30, 2019. All changes require the completion of a Schedule Change Request Form, including parent and student signatures. This form can be obtained in the Counseling Office, or downloaded from the Counseling Department website. No appointments will be made to correct/change a schedule. To serve everyone in a fair manner, all requests are processed in the order they are received.

A Few Key Policies

Building access: Students are not permitted to be in the building without supervision. Students will not be permitted to be dropped off until 7:15 a.m. Students will be expected to leave the building at dismissal time of 2:55 p.m. unless involved in extracurricular activity and under direct supervision of the coach or activity supervisor.

Harassment and Intimidation: Harassment or intimidation is a violation of the student discipline code. This includes slurs, profanity, written information, denigrating remarks or actions, obscene gestures, and display of insignia, signs, buttons or apparel. Please see a guidance counselor or administrator if your student is experiencing any form of harassment or intimidation.

Telephoning your child at school during the school day should only be in case of an emergency. Please contact the main office at 614-548-1800 if you need to leave a message for your child. Students are not permitted to use Wireless Communication Devices during class periods or during other instructional time unless noted by a staff member. PHSC is not responsible for theft, loss, damage, or vandalism to WCDs brought onto school property or the unauthorized use of such devices.

Parking information

  • All student parking is by permit only. Vehicles must be registered with the school and display a hangtag on its rear view window. All drivers must be licensed, and their vehicles covered by insurance. Diane Lukacsko is the contact person for parking permits.
  • The school is not responsible for loss or damage to a vehicle or its contents.
  • Parents assume all responsibility for student drivers on the way to and from school.
  • All vehicles must be operated in a safe, sane, and legal manner.
  • We do not have an “open lunch” which means students are not permitted to go out for lunch.
  • Going to the parking lot during the school day is by permission. Car passes can be requested at the greeter’s station in the main lobby.
Attendance information

Attendance is a very important aspect of a student’s school life. The Ohio General Assembly determines the laws which public schools and parents are required to follow regarding attendance. Regular attendance for the number of days prescribed by state law is essential if students are to receive the maximum benefits from the programs afforded them.

Attendance Reminders — Attendance Office


  • Absences: Please call as early as 6:45 A.M. to report a student’s absence. Excused absences from school are determined only by state law, not by Pickerington personnel. The six specific state mandated reasons for excused absences are found in the “Attendance” section of the Student Handbook. School sanctions occur only when Ohio law does not cover an absence.
  • Calamity pass: A student is allowed one late arrival without penalty each semester for use in a calamity situation.   Calamity passes require a telephone call to the attendance office on the same day, or the parent/guardian must submit a note the next day to verify the reason.
  • Warning and NME status: PHSC personnel will warn students when attendance becomes a concern. Generally, students who accumulate ten days or more of absence from class or school will be sent a warning letter by mail. Further absences can result in notification and placement on the Needs Medical Excuse (NME) status. NME status will begin with fifteen days of absence for a year-long class and as early as ten days for a semester class.
  • Tardiness: Examples of unacceptable tardiness, as dictated by state law and local policy, include: needed at home, overslept, alarm clock problems, car trouble, taking family members to the airport, errands, beauty appointment, missed bus, and a ride did not show up or was late.
  • Early Dismissals: Please send written notes with your student the morning of an early dismissal. Have your student come to the attendance office early in the day to make arrangements for the dismissal.
  • Skip days: There are no “skip days!” Parents should check the school calendar for vacation days throughout the school year.
  • Entering and leaving: Students are not to enter or leave the building during school hours without first reporting to the attendance office. Because of liability issues, this rule is strictly enforced and there are consequences if it is violated.
PHSC Athletic Department

PHSC Athletic Department

(614) 548-1825    

(614) 548-1830-Fax

You can gain access to the Athletic Office by way of the main entrance to PHSC. Take the hallway to the right once you enter the building. Look for the sign Athletics/Guidance over the entrance.

  • Bo Hanson – Athletic Administrator
  • Eric Music – Assistant Athletic Administrator
  • MaryJo Carlisle – Athletic Secretary

For more information regarding athletics, pre-sale tickets, and the Athletic Boosters, visit the PHSC Athletics website.

Join the Athletic Boosters: To join the Boosters, go to the PHSC Athletics website and download the 2018-2019 Membership Form; print and complete the form, and submit to the boosters along with a check made payable to PABC Tiger Athletic Boosters. Mail your enrollment materials to:   Pickerington Tigers Athletic Boosters, 300 Opportunity Way, Pickerington, Ohio 43147

Important Back To School Information

School Supply Lists (including Calculators)

At the high school, this information will be given to students within the first week of classes, as supplies vary by class and teacher.

All high school mathematics classes require a graphing calculator.  We prefer and recommend the Texas Instruments 84 Plus.  It is widely used in colleges and universities and permissible on standardized tests (ACT, SAT). Students are expected to bring their own calculator on a daily basis to math class.  All students must provide their own.

If you do purchase a TI calculator, please give the TI Technology Rewards Program points off the package to your math teacher. The department can use the points to obtain additional classroom supplies through Texas Instrument.

The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Daily Schedule (Start/Stop Times)

Standard day

Start time: 7:55 a.m.

Dismissal time: 2:55 p.m.

Days with 2-hour delay

Start time: 9:55 a.m.

Dismissal time: 2:55 p.m.