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Embracing Diversity

Tussing Elementary is located at the northwest border of Pickerington School's boundary lines. The school serves approximately 550 students ranging from kindergarten through fourth grade. Additionally, Tussing Elementary houses one of the needs pre-school program. Tussing proudly provides a diverse environment by serving students from 24 different countries.

Tussing Office and Clinic Staff

Matt Dansby
Matt Dansby
Principal
614.834.2600
Anna Meyer
Anna Meyer
Assistant Principal
614.834.2600
Annette Crowell
Annette Crowell
School Counselor, Tussing Elementary
614.834.2600
Dana Day
Dana Day
Building Secretary
614.834.2600
Susan Henry
Susan Henry
Office Assistant
614.834.2600
Jill Milam
Jill Milam
School Nurse
614.834.2600
Jade White
Jade White
Health Care Assistant
Tussing Elementary and Violet Elementary

The Tussing Way

Expected Behaviors in Common Areas

“Bee Responsible”

“Bee Respectful”

“Bee Safe”

“Bee a Bucket Filler”

Tussing Way Matrix (PDF) | Tussing Way Matrix (RTF)

The Tussing Way Explained

Tussing Elementary PBIS
It takes a village to raise a child.

The Tussing Way
“Bee” Responsible
“Bee” Respectful
“Bee” Safe
“Bee” a Bucket Filler

We cannot make students do anything. We must motivate them to want to impact behaviors.

Teaching Expectations
Expectations are consistent throughout the building.
Staff takes the time to teach appropriate behaviors.
Booster lessons are taught throughout the year.
Students star in expectations videos.

Positive Motivation
Students are praised for positive behavior:
– 4:1 Positive / Negative
Students set behavior goals
Multiple incentives are in place for making good choices:
– Bucket Filler Slips
– Monthly VIP
– Behavior Contracts
– Positive Office Referral

Focused
Expectations are clear
Expectations are consistent across the building
Four expectations so that they can be easily followed and remembered
SWIS data informs decisions

Programs – Making Connections
Bucket Filler Club
VIP Rallies
Ladies Luncheon
Knitting Club
Engagement Nights
Young Gents
Beekeeper Club
Student Contracts

School/Home Connection
Promote Consistency Between Home and School:
– Speaking the Same Language
High Expectations for the Whole Child:
– Academics and Behaviors

Teaching and Parenting
Model for your children what you want them to one day model for their children:
– Voice Level
– Positive
– Focus
– Communication
– Have a Game Plan
– Give Specific Feedback tied to Effort – “Growth Mindset”

Important Information

Phone Numbers

Elementary Main Office: 614.834.2600

Elementary Attendance Line: 614.834.2601

Preschool Attendance Line: 614.834.2621

Food Services: 614.833.3645

Petermann Transportation: 614.837.8525

Parent Help Line: 1-877-237-0946

Place money on your “MYPaymentsPlus” account:
Go online or Call 1-866-771-7341

Treasurer’s Office (school fees): 614.833.2112

School Hours

Elementary Daily Schedule 

AM Kindergarten  9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

PM Kindergarten  1:05 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Grades 1-4  9:15 a.m. – 4:05 p.m.

 

Preschool Daily Schedule

AM Preschool  8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

PM Preschool 11:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Elementary Delayed Start

AM Kindergarten  11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

PM Kindergarten  2:00 p.m. – 4:05 p.m.

Grades 1-4  11:15 a.m. – 4:05 p.m.

 

Preschool Delayed Start

AM Preschool  10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

PM Preschool 12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Arrival Procedures

In the morning, the doors at Tussing Elementary open at 8:55 a.m.  At that time, students may be dropped off and have the opportunity to purchase breakfast in the cafeteria.  Parents or guardians are welcome to walk their student to class.  Students are expected to wait in the hallways quietly until teachers open their classroom doors at 9:00 a.m.   Teachers will take attendance promptly at 9:15 a.m when the tardy bell rings.

In the afternoon, kindergarten students may arrive at 1:00 p.m.  The kindergarten teachers greet the students at the main doors at 1:00 p.m. and will take attendance promptly at 1:05 p.m.

Please note, supervision is not provided until 8:55 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

If students are tardy, after 9:15 a.m. or 1:05 p.m, please sign them in at the office.

Dismissal Procedures

We ask that parents who are picking up their children park their cars in the front parking lot. Parents may come into the building for Parent Pick-up beginning at 3:55 p.m. Anyone arriving before 3:55 p.m. will need to wait outside of the building until the doors unlock.

It is our goal to provide a system that ensures a safe and efficient dismissal for children. The following guidelines are used at Tussing Elementary for students who are picked-up on a regular basis.

Parent Pick-up Guidelines

Each child will receive two (2) permanent pick-up cards.

Use one card for routine pick-up to allow for release (i.e. babysitter, parent, grandparent, etc.)

The second card can be given to anyone else who may pick-up your child or keep in a safe place in case you misplace the first.

A teacher will be at the gym/cafeteria door to take the card and hand it to the student for release.

Please take the card from your student upon dismissal and keep it in a safe place.

As always, please continue to have a photo i.d. ready in case it is needed to ensure information is on child’s release form.

If you do not have the card with you, you will be asked for your ID to be checked against the student’s release information.

If your name does not appear on the student’s release information, the office will need to make a phone call to the child’s parent/guardian.

Dismissal Changes

While we know that consistency is important in a child’s life, it may become necessary to change your child’s dismissal plans.

If you must change the way your child is to be dismissed, we ask that you comply with the following procedures:

  1. Send a note in advance to your child’s teacher. They will then inform the office. (Notes must be received by 2:45 p.m.)
  1. Please allow enough time for you to come into the building to sign your child out. Students will be called from class to meet you in the office.
  1. We ask that you do not call the office with alternative plans for your child. This causes interruptions to the classroom instruction and with over 650 students and 5 different grade level schedules, it takes an inordinate amount of time out of the school day. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

We ask that parents who are picking up their children park their cars in the front parking lot. Parents may come into the building for Parent Pick-up beginning at 3:55 p.m. You will need to have a photo i.d. or your child’s permanent pick-up card

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 elementary school level. For reference, one of the maps superimposes the junior high/high school attendance boundaries over the elementary 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.

Elementary school boundaries

Elementary school boundaries (showing high school attendance boundaries)

 

Volunteer At Our School

Individuals interested in volunteering in our schools must complete a volunteer application and submit it to a building’s principal.