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Elementary 3rd and 4th grade students will be taking Ohio State Assessments beginning April 8th and continuing through May 3rd. All 3rd and 4th grade students across the state are required to take these assessments.


April 8th through April 12th > 3rd and 4th Grade Language Arts and Reading

April 15th through April 18th > 4th Grade Math

April 29th through May 3rd > 3rd Grade Math


   Make attendance a priority leading up to and during testing dates.

   Check your child's homework daily.

   Mark testing dates on a calendar.

   Set a reasonable bedtime before testing day.

   Provide a high protein, low sugar breakfast on test days.

   Assure that your child arrives on time. Students should be in their classrooms no later than 8:50 am on testing day.

   Assure your child arrives fully awake and ready to start the day.

   Confirm your child receives any predetermined accommodations (IEP).

  Encourage your child to do their best and avoid applying pressure.

 Should you have any questions, or concerns, please feel free to give Sandy Riggs a call at the elementary at 858-1116.

Thank you for helping PWES and your child be successful in fulfilling the Ohio State Testing requirements. 


3rd grade student Olivia Hannah took 1st place among approximately 1,500 other 3rd grade students throughout Ohio in the Ohio River Sweep Poster Contest this month. Olivia received $50 for her winning submission. 

The contest is open to students K-12 who live or attend school in a county along the Ohio River or students whose county participates in the River Sweep, which included counties along the Allegheny, Beaver, Monongahela, and Kentucky Rivers that participate in the River Sweep.

Congratulations Olivia! PWES is proud to have you represent our school and district!

          Mrs. Morgan's 4th grade classes help load the food to take to local veterans

Students in Mrs. Morgan's 4th grade classes collected a total of 3,342 cans of food during their 'Operation Food Drive' campaign to feed local veterans.  The food drive starts in early October and the food is delivered to the veterans close to Veterans Day. Mrs. Banks' 1st grade class collected the most cans with a total of 809 food items and received a class pizza party.  Mrs. Morgan and her class would like to thank everyone that collected and donated to the food drive. A special thank you to Chris and Jerry Powers, grandparents of PWES 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Deanna Roberts, for their large donation.


                          Mrs. Banks' Class Wearing Their New Hats

Students in Mrs. Banks' 1st grade class were very happy to get their newly knitted hats to keep them warm on cold winter days. Every hat was hand knitted by Mrs. Jerry Powers, grandmother of Mrs. Deanna Roberts PWES 3rd grade teacher. All of the students in Mrs. Roberts' and Mrs. Banks' classes enjoyed receiving their new hats and send out a big THANK YOU to Mrs. Powers for her time and hard work, but most of all for the kindness and love she put into each and every stitch!


                 Mrs. Jarrels reads to Mrs. Banks' Class

Mrs. Banks' 1st grade class have been enjoying 'Guest Readers' coming into their classroom to share a story with them. Throughout the school year they have invited older students, teachers, parents, grandparents, and community members to come read a book, share a snack, and enjoy discussing the book of the day. Connecting students with readers as role models is a win-win for everyone!

Mrs. Banks and her students would like to invite you to come join them as a Guest Reader. Between 10 am - 11 am or 2 pm - 3 pm is the best times, however, they are willing rearrange their schedule to suit anytime you may be available to come for a good read. Give Mrs. Banks a call and set a time for you to come inspire, encourage, and enlighten PWES students in the joy of reading!

Jenny Richards, Naturalist with Shawnee State Forest, recently visited with Mrs. Raines' fourth grade students and brought several other visitors with her, a tortoise and lizard! Students enjoyed the opportunity to learn about the small forest creatures and also had the chance to hold them. PWES looks forward to her next visit and the opportunity to learn more about our forest and the creatures that dwell within! Thank Jenny Richards for your time and knowledge!


Click 'Read More' for more photos of Jenny's visit

PWES is very proud to announce that 1st grade teacher Mrs. Kristina Bradford was recently chosen as one of Scioto County's 'Best Teacher' in the Portsmouth Daily Times 'Best Of' voting.

Mrs. Bradford has been teaching for 17 years, the last 4 years at Portsmouth West Elementary.  She said, "I am thankful to have joined our Washington-Nile family 4 years ago. I currently teach first grade and enjoy every moment. I look forward to the excitement they bring to learning and the hugs they want to share. The learning experiences that we share in the our classroom are what this is all about. Watching my kids learn and grow is priceless. They are the reasons for the teaching opportunities I've been given to earn this award and for them I am thankful!"

Thank you Mrs. Bradford for all you do for your students and PWES! 

#WeAreWest!!   #WeLoveMrsBradford!!!



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