Prairie Norton Elementary School

105 Norton Road | Columbus, Ohio 43228

Phone: (614) 801-8450 | Fax: (614) 851-0298 | Attendance: (614) 801-8451

Mike Gosztyla, Principal

To access SWCSD's Back-to-School website, please CLICK HERE.

Urgent Updates for Parents

PNES Parent Update Update 9.11.20

Link to Spanish Version - Link to Somali Version


We had an excellent start to our in-person learning. I was very proud of how well our students wore their masks, stayed safe distances and appreciated being back to school in-person. It was obvious that parents had prepared kids for how school would be this year. The hard work that our staff did to prepare for students' safety and learning really paid off as well. Occurrences of calls home for illness were very low during our first week, which is great news.

As we have shifted into Blended learning so I’d like to review the 3 modes of learning we are using right now.

  1. In-Person - 2 days per week Blue or Green schedule, fast paced whole and small group learning, with the teachers at school.

  2. Remote - 1 day per week, usually Wednesday, some live teacher time and some independent work

  3. At-Home - 2 days per week, usually no live teacher for kids at home since the teacher is teaching live at school, all independent work assigned by the teacher.

  4. Attendance is being taken daily during in-person leaning. Attendance for remote and at-home learning. Attendance will be based on evidence such as iReady work, joining live opportunities, and completion of assigned work. This type of attendance can be done daily or caught up every few days depending on what was assigned that week.

For next week I have some suggestions and clarifications:

  1. Students who had multiple masks were more comfortable, often choosing to switch to dryer fresher masks mid day.

  2. Students may bring water bottles or recycled clean beverage bottles (Gatorade bottles work well) to minimize using fountains.

  3. Cloth masks used this week should be washed to sanitize and made fresh for next week.

  4. Chromebooks should be brought to school charged. We do not have enough charge cables and outlets in classrooms.

  5. Our PNES website has the latest information, links to your teacher’s weekly agenda and teacher’s contact information.

We look forward to carrying on successfully this month and I’ll keep updating families often.

Mike Gosztyla

Principal PNES


Update 9.4.20 - PNES Parent Letter About Your Child's First Day Back

Dear Parents,

Our first days of the Blended Blue/Green Schedule are finally here. Students will be at school 2 days per week for in person learning then 3 days a week for at home learning. For the week of 9/8 the Blue group comes Tuesday 9/8 and Wednesday 9/9; then the Green group comes Thursday 9/10 and Friday 9/11 ( no school Monday 9/7). Most weeks it’s a Mon/Tues or Thurs/Fri in-person schedule, with all kids learning remotely on Wednesdays. See the link below to view the calendar with the Blue/Green days marked.

Protective masks are mandatory, and we recommend students have more than one for comfort and backup. We recommend water bottles if students want to bypass fountains, but fountains are still available in classrooms. Students in grades 1-4 are encouraged to bring their charged Chromebooks. Students in Kindergarten may keep their Chromebooks at home for now.

Buses are running next week and that is our recommended way to school for most students. Walkers and car riders will enter at the Kindergarten doors, with staff present to help. We are sorry that parents will NOT be able to escort students to class on day 1 this year, but we have staff ready at all entry zones to help students to their rooms. Parents who need help may come to the office, all visitors to the office must wear masks and follow social distancing.

We are prepared to have a safe and caring learning environment for our students. We can't wait to meet students in person, and restart in-person learning.

Link to Spanish and Somali Translation, LINK to Blue/Green Calendar

LINK to SWCSD Back to School Page, LINK to PNES website

Mike Gosztyla - Principal PNES


Update 8.27.20 - Click Here for Teacher Contact Information


Infinite Campus and Parent Portal

Infinite Campus (IC) is the District’s Internet-based student information system. Important features of IC are the Parent Portal and NEW Mobile App. Through the IC tools parents are able to access their child’s information, such as class schedules, attendance, academic reports, transportation information, coursework, and put funds in their child’s food service account online. Parents can also designate how and where they wish to receive emergency communications, attendance calls, general announcement messages, and e-mail messages from teachers, the school, and the school district.

New accounts need an activation key. The district will be mailing those out mid August, so save that letter if you need to create a new account.

To create an IC account, please go to:

If you already have an IC account, please update your emergency contact information at:


Infinite Campus (IC) es el sistema de información estudiantil basado en Internet del distrito. Las características importantes de IC son el Portal para padres y la NUEVA aplicación móvil. A través de las herramientas de IC, los padres pueden acceder a la información de sus hijos, como horarios de clases, asistencia, informes académicos, información de transporte, cursos y poner fondos en línea en la cuenta de servicio de alimentos de sus hijos. Los padres también pueden designar cómo y dónde desean recibir comunicaciones de emergencia, llamadas de asistencia, mensajes de anuncios generales y mensajes de correo electrónico de los maestros, la escuela y el distrito escolar.

Las cuentas nuevas necesitan una clave de activación. El distrito los enviará por correo a mediados de agosto, así que guarde esa carta si necesita crear una nueva cuenta.

Para crear una cuenta de IC, vaya a:

Si ya tiene una cuenta IC, actualice su información de contacto de emergencia en: