Portsmouth West Elementary Preschool will begin accepting applications on April 3, 2018 for the 2018-19 school year. Applications will be available beginning April 3. Please visit the preschool page (www.westsenators.org/preschool) or the elementary office for an application.
State Librarian Beverly Cain visited students at Portsmouth West Middle School on Tuesday, March 6. Formerly the Director at Portsmouth Public Library, Cain and her intern, Jennifer Wiezbiski, presented information on literacy, fake news, and how students can best utilize libraries. Sheree Barnett, PWMS librarian facilitated the presentation to provide yet another enrichment activity for her students. This school year Barnett has also hosted the Newport Aquarium for students who obtained their Accelerated Reader points. She hopes to bring in COSI to reward students for their current Reading Challenge, and her annual Career Day is scheduled for May 17. "I just want to provide as many opportunities as possible for our students," stated Barnett. She will also be attending a leadership academy for Ohio librarians in March.
Portsmouth West High School Mock Trial Team is state-bound after its Regional Competition performance on Friday, Feb. 16. Senior Jordan Willis won the Outstanding Witness award for her performance in both the plaintiff and defense trials. Senior Noah Lovins received the Outstanding Attorney award. Upon qualifying for state, PWHS is ranked among the top 35 teams in the state out of the 347 teams that competed at districts.
On Thursday and Friday, March 8-9, the team will compete at the state competition held at the Franklin County Courthouse. Saturday, March 10, the final championship round will be held at the Ohio Statehouse. The team who wins the state championship will then represent Ohio at the National High School Mock Trial Championship held in Reno, Nevada, May 10-13.
On Wednesday, January 24, 2018 the Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools recognized Outstanding teachers across our region. Linda Tieman, our high school vocal music director at Portsmouth West High School was recognized. The following individuals were in attendance for the recognition, left to right Dr. Renee Middleton Dean of the Patton College of Education, Jeff Stricklett Superintendent of Schools Washington-Nile Local School District, Linda Tieman Vocal Music Director Portsmouth West High School, and Paolo DeMaria Superintendent of Public Instruction the Ohio Department of Education. Mrs. Tieman was also honored to have former student, Jon Runions also being honored as an outstanding teacher. The Washington-Nile Local School District congratulates Mrs. Tieman for the well-deserved recognition.
PWHS Mock Trial team won first place at the 2018 District Competition, a feat the school has not achieved since 2005, scoring more points than all other 11 teams that competed. The team, coached by Ms. Moorhead, is composed of two sides. Making up the Prosecution is senior Eli Cole and sophomore Whitney Campbell as attorneys and senior Jordan Willis and freshman Evan Green as witnesses. The Defense includes seniors Noah Lovins and Dalton Pertuset as attorneys and Jordan Willis and freshman Anna Lovins as witnesses. Senior Candice Orris returned for a second year to play the part of Bailiff/Timekeeper. Eli Cole and Noah Lovins won Best Attorney awards for the second year in a row at a district competition. Jordan Willis won two Best Witness awards this year--one for each side she played--giving her a total of five Best Witness awards collected at a district competition throughout her four years of Mock Trial experience.
January is Board Appreciation Month. The Washington-Nile Local School District would like to thank our school board for their service. Board members spend many hours working to help make our district a better place for students, parents, and staff. Thank you for your service and time given towards our district. The following individuals make up the Washington-Nile Board of Education:
Tom Berry- Vice President
Jane Kouns- President
Superintendent Jeff Stricklett & V.P. Tom Berry Superintendent Jeff Stricklett & Alex Bloomfield
Superintendent Jeff Stricklett & Leichia Davis Superintendent Jeff Stricklett & Ed Hileman
Superintendent Jeff Stricklett & President Jane Kouns
Portsmouth West Elementary is proud to announce our preschool program has been awarded the highest rating in Ohio's Step Up to Quality System. The 5-Star rating means Portsmouth West children are in a program that had demonstrated the highest level of quality. There are more staff members per child, staff have high educational qualifications, staff receive more than 20 hours of specialized training every two years, teachers develop lessons that support each child's growth, and families and community are valued. Staff include: Alisha Adkins, Amy Berry, Erica Hall, Angela Opperman, and Alison Sayre.
Mrs. Adkin's class gets a visit from Mickey and Minnie!