The board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 6th has been cancelled. The next regularly scheduled board meeting is Wednesday, February 27th.
National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from Feb. 4–8, 2019, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.
The special week honoring school counselors provides recognition for school counselors who "implement comprehensive school counseling programs, a vital part of the educational process for all students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century," according to Mr. Bazler, Superintendent
In a proclamation, Mr. Bazler cited school counselors for being actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; for working in a partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today's world; for focusing on positive ways to enhance students' social/personal, educational and career development; and working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves. Professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master's degree in guidance and counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.
"School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing students’ academic concerns, career awareness in post- secondary options and social/emotional skills," said Kwok-Sze Wong, Ed.D., ASCA executive director. "Comprehensive school counseling programs help to increase student achievement and provide a much-needed resource for students, parents, teachers and administrators. School counselors are integral to student success."
A special thank you goes out to our school counselors: Mr. Conrad, Mrs. Riggs and Mr. Weaver.
The 2017-2018 Senator Baseball Team Coach Rapp
Mr. Chris Rapp was named to the 2019 class of Southeastern Ohio Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame by his fellow coaches.
Coach Rapp started as the Junior Varsity Coach for Chris Gibson in 1992. The next year he became the head coach. Chris coached from 1993-2004 and returned in 2009, coaching up to present day. In this span, his team has achieved 334 wins. Coach Rapp has guided his Senators to 9 Sectional Titles, 3 District Championships, 3 District Runner-up, 2 Regional Semi-Finals, 1 Regional Runner-up, 1 Conference Championship, and 4 Conference Runners up. In this time period, eight of Rapp's teams have been ranked in the state poll.
In order to be nominated by a fellow coach, coaches must receive 150 points from categories such as, wins, Sectional, District, Regional, and State tournament appearances and being named District Coach of the Year.
Chris says, "It is an honor to be inducted into the Hall of Fame but it wouldn't be possible without the fine players I have coached and great assistant coaches that have worked by his side. This honor is just as much theirs as mine. I have been so fortunate to be able to coach at Portsmouth West."
Chris will be inducted on June 3rd at the Veteran's Stadium before the Southeastern District All Star Game.
Congratulations Coach Rapp!!
Roger Tackett with his wife Martha - 2018 Alumni Hall of Fame
Mr. Roger Tackett, a 1964 graduate of West High School, was inducted into the West Alumni Hall of Fame this past August. Mr. Tackett enlisted in the Marine Corp in 1966, forgoing his college enrollment to fight for his country in Vietnam. He was critically wounded in action in 1967 which left him paralyzed from the waist down. In 1968, he received the Purple Heart for Military Service as a result of his valor in combat and the wounds he received.
He graduated from Wright State University in 1973, with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. Mr. Tackett ran for public office and was elected to serve as the Clark County Commissioner for six consecutive terms serving a total of 28 years. He oversaw the construction of the Clark County Administration Building and the Springfield Government Center during his tenure as County Commissioner. Mr. Tackett also served as Chairman of the Governor's office of Veteran's Affairs, and served on the Advisory Committee. During this time he helped elevate the Department of Veteran's Affairs to a cabinet level position and advocated a pay bonus for Iraq Veterans.
Mr. Tackett was twice named Ohio's Outstanding Disabled American Veteran and was also recognized or held office in the following:
Congratulations Mr. Roger Tackett in being inducted into Portsmouth West Alumni Hall of Fame and thank you for all the sacrifices you made for our country, our community, our veterans, and our families.
Dr. John Walker - 2018 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee
Dr. John Walker is the 2018 Washington-Nile Alumni Hall of Fame recipient. He graduated from Washington High School as Valedictorian in 1955. Dr. Walker then graduated from McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, receiving honors with a B.A. in zoology. After graduating from McMicken, Dr. Walker attended the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine where he received his physicians doctorate.
He had a private practice in urology from 1968-1999. During this time he served as Chief of Staff at Mercy Hospital in 1973-1974, and served on the hospital's Board of Trustees from 1975 until it's merger with Scioto Memorial Hospital. He was also president of the Scioto County Medical Society in 1991. Certified by the American Board of Urology in 1972, he is also a member of the American College of Surgeons continuing with a senior membership to present day.
In the community, Dr. Walker has been a member of the Portsmouth Rotary Club since 1968. He served as team physician for Portsmouth West from 1968-1982 and then at Portsmouth High from 1983-1999. He was awarded the Ohio Outstanding Team Physician Award in 1995 by the Ohio State Medical Association and the Ohio High School Athletic Association. Dr. Walker was honored with star on the Portsmouth flood wall in 2000, and received the Outstanding Physician Award in 2005.
Congratulations Dr. Walker in all of your outstanding achievements and awards and in being a 2018 Washington-Nile Hall of Fame recipient!