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!



2nd Grade - Leotie Carman                                            3rd Grade - Benjamin Sparks

Pictured with Elementary Assistant Principal, Mrs. Linda Shaw & W-N Board President, Mr. Craig Hazelbaker.

November, not pictured: 1st Grade - Ryder McCormick; 4th Grade - Lauren Gambill

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Seated l-r: Max Rapp, Eileen Rapp, Kenneth Rapp, Earl Jeffers. Standing: Eric Nichols, Lisa Rapp-Hafer, Madison Rapp, Chris Rapp, Becki Rapp, Bill Platzer, Melanie Jeffers Ogg, Bill Ogg. 

It was a special Veteran's Day ceremony for two local World War II veterans. A representative from Ohio Governor Kasich's office presented Mr. Kenneth Rapp and Mr. Earl Jeffers with a State of Ohio Resolution recognizing their service and sacrifice in WWII and enjoining all in thanking them for their service.  

Mr. Rapp served as a combat medic with the 7th Army during The Battle of the Bulge and later the 3rd Army under General George Patton. As the war came to an end, Mr. Rapp was present when the Allied forces liberated the prisoners that were held at the Dachau Concentration Camp. The experience at Dachau left a lasting impression that he carries with him always.

Mr. Jeffers served in the Army's 188th Glider Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division (July 1945 became the 188th Parachute IR) in the Pacific Theatre, including the Philippine Islands, New Guinea, and Japan. He received the Bronze Star for Bravery and was part of the Los Banos POW Camp Liberation in the Philippines. 

LTC Eric G. Nichols, PW Special Education Director, served with the 25th Infantry Division in Afghanistan in 2004-2005. While serving in Afghanistan, he was the Officer in  Charge (OIC) of an Engineer Mobile Training Team (MTT) stationed at Camp Phoenix, the Kabul Military Training Center, Camp Blackhorse and the Afghan National Army Advanced Training Center, Camp Pol'Charki. His Engineer MTT was responsible for establishing the first, post-Taliban Engineer School within the Afghan National Army. Mr. Nichols has served for 29 years and still serves as an Adjunct Professor for the Command and General Staff Officer's Course at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

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                   DATE: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH

                           TIME: 5:30 - 7:00 PM

Come and share a fun evening with your child, teachers, and family this Thursday. Pizza will be served at 5:30, followed by a lot of great things to do and learn. 

Click the link below, find out more about Math & Literacy Night.

Portsmouth West Math & Literacy Night

The Morning Mile is a before school walking/running program designed to let students begin each day in an active, healthy and fun way. Mrs. Kim Keaton, elementary PE teacher, is the first teacher in Ohio to initiate the program. 

The program will run the entire school year, Mon-Fri mornings, 8:00 am to 8:30 am. Mrs. Keaton and parent volunteers staff the program as students attempt to complete as many laps as they are comfortable with each morning. Laps are totaled and students are rewarded as they accumulate miles. The program provides many benefits for all the participants including: fighting childhood obesity; expending youthful energy, reducing in-class fidgets and increasing focus; provides the opportunity to meet other PWE students; builds confidence and a sense of achievement. 

 Students walking/running the 1/4 mile track on the elementary play field. Laps are taken in the gym during inclement weather.

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