Welcome To Toll Gate Middle School

Toll Gate Middle School
12089 Toll Gate Road
Pickerington, OH 43147

Important Contacts

Kara Jackson
Kara Jackson
Principal
614.834.6400
Kelli Saksa
Kelli Saksa
School Counselor
614-834-6400
Richard Cooper
Richard Cooper
Assistant Principal
614.834.6400
Colleen Cepanec
Colleen Cepanec
Building secretary
614.834.6400
Kelly Kevelder
Kelly Kevelder
Office Assistant
614-834-6400

Important Phone Numbers

Main Line:  614.834.6400

FAX: 614.834.6410

Petermann Transportation: 614.837.8525

Food Service: 614.833.3645

Treasurer’s Office: 614.833.2112

Place money on your “MYPaymentsPlus” account: Go online or call 1-866-771-7341; Parent help line: 1-877-237-0946

 

Info At Your Fingertips

School Hours

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.

Arrival / Dismissal

Students should not arrive before 8:30 a.m. Classrooms are open to the students at 8:30 a.m., and school begins at 8:40 a.m.. Our Middle School dismissal time is 3:30 a.m.

If you need to pick up your child at the end of the day, please do not use the bus parking lot. Instead, park in the front lot, and students will be dismissed from the Main Entrance by the flagpole. Our Middle School dismissal time is 3:30 p.m.

Reporting An Absence

If a student is going to be absent or late from school, the parents or guardians must call the office 614.834.6400 by 8:30 a.m. to report such absence. Senate Bill 321, “The Missing Child Act,” requires schools to verify a child’s absence and report any problems to the proper authorities.

Holiday and Vacation Absences

Please have your child pick up a preplanned absence form from the office when you know they will be out for these occasions.

Leaving During School Hours

When picking up your child for an appointment, you must first report to the office to sign them out. Parents should not go directly to the classrooms. Any parent or visitor in the building must sign in at the office first and pick up a Visitor’s Pass. These procedures are in place for the safety of all of our students.

Students are required to be in school the entire day, but may be excused for the following reasons:
1. Personal illness of student
2. Illness in the student’s family
3. Death in the family
4. Quarantine for contagious disease
5. Religious reasons

Students who leave school early for reasons not permitted by state law may or may not be excused. Please attempt to make all appointments (doctor/dentist) before or after school hours. Students who are chronically tardy or leaving school early will be monitored and subject to the compulsory education laws of the state. Any student absence that occurs outside of those defined as excused absences will be treated as unexcused.

The following are examples of unexcused absences: sporting events, shopping, hair appointments, missing the bus, overslept, dance or piano lessons, etc.

Change of Address / Updating Student Information

All requests for changes of address on school records must be submitted to the Welcome Center for processing. Residential address changes cannot be processed by a child’s school office staff or by Petermann Transportation.

Any changes to a student’s home address must be requested on the district’s change of student information form. This form includes a standard authorization, to be signed by the parent, allowing for the release of residential and utility information to Pickerington Schools upon request, if necessary.

This release also includes an explanation, per Ohio Revised Code, as to how it is determined where your child is to receive his/her tuition-free, public school education. By signing this release, you are also verifying that you have been informed of your legal responsibility to withdraw a child from school if you ever move outside school district boundaries. It also informs you of your tuition obligations if you fail to withdraw.

If you do not have the capability to print the form, contact the Welcome Center at 614.920.6180. We will be happy to mail, email or fax the form to you for completion. You also may pick up or return the form directly to the Welcome Center, rather than turning it in at your school office for intra-office transfer to us. This expedites the address change process.

After a change of student information form is received at our Welcome Center, the request will be checked to verify that:

  • the request has been signed and dated by the parent of the student;
  • acceptable proof of the change in residence is attached to the request;
  • an open enrollment request has been completed, if applicable. This is necessary if a change of residence, made during the school year, causes a change in the student’s attendance area but the parent wishes to have the student finish the current school year at his/her current building. Such a request is only considered for the student’s continued attendance through the end of the current school year. Note that buses do not cross school boundary lines to accommodate open enrollment students. Parents are responsible for transportation.

If the move has caused a change in the building the student is to attend, the involved school buildings are notified and the electronic and physical transfer of records takes place. Arrangements for the official start date in the new school can be made between you and the office staff of your child’s new school.

Bus transportation after change of address

The Welcome Center will notify Petermann Transportation of your change of home address. If bus service is available in your new area for your child, we begin the steps needed to arrange a new bus stop location “from and to” your new residence. Petermann staff establish all bus stops and notify drivers as quickly as possible. Your school building office staff will obtain all bus stop information from Petermann Transportation.

If a new bus stop must be established at any point in the route where the driver does not currently make a stop, this process may take two to three days. If necessary, your child’s school office can issue a bus pass if your child must ride the bus before the change can be finalized by Petermann Transportation.

This change in address change procedure applies only to changes in the actual physical address where a parent and the student reside. A temporary change of bus stop location at a place other than the student’s home (for situations such as babysitting arrangements) may be accepted in the school office of the building where your child attends.

A form requesting a new bus stop location can be downloaded from Petermann Transportation. The Welcome Center does not handle these changes. The forms should be submitted to your child’s school office or faxed them directly to Petermann Transportation.

Attendance Boundary Maps

 

The following maps provide a general outline of school building boundaries at the middle school levels. For reference, one of the maps superimposes the junior high/high school attendance boundaries over the middle school boundaries. For a complete set of attendance maps, visit the district website.

Note that these maps should not be used when purchasing a home in Pickerington Schools, particularly near the shown boundaries. To confirm the attendance area of any property in the district, call our Welcome Center at 614.920.6180.

Middle school boundaries

Middle school boundaries (showing high school attendance boundaries)

 

Volunteer in our school

Individuals interested in volunteering in our schools must fill out an application and submit it to a building principal.