The Special Education Department at Washington-Nile LSD had a very busy 2016-17 school year with implementing the new required ODE policies and procedures. Some of these new requirements include: the Essential IEP, The Essential ETR and a greater emphasis on our junior and senior high school student's transitions to adulthood and independence. Nonetheless, our teachers, intervention specialists, and paraprofessionals (aides) and support staff have met these challenges with absolute success. The Special Education Department at West strives to be one of the best programs in Scioto County and throughout the region, we take our jobs and our student's lives very seriously. As we reflect back on the 2016-17 school year, we invite you to join with us in celebrating our success.


Eric G. Nichols, Director of Special and Gifted Education Services


West students participated in the Special Olympics Track & Field Day at Portsmouth High along with the Scioto County Special Olympics on May 16th. Students that attended were Nathaniel McGinnis, Kyle Cunningham, Nathan Jenkins and Ryan Slusher. Senior volunteer was Makayla Baker. Staff included Melissa Hall, Tracy Rawlins and Eddie Davis. Nathaniel and Kyle ran the 50 yard dash and Ryan and Nathan ran the 100 meter dash. They all received participation medals. Ms. Hall is also the Special Olympics coordinator for Southern Ohio Special Olympics.


Students in Mrs. Riber’s MD classroom opened “The Mocha House” at the elementary. Ms. Gilley’s students participated also, each Friday serving coffee, hot  chocolate, donuts, fruit cups and other items to staff and students. Students took full ownership of the café; taking orders, managing the cash register, making orders/food, and delivering to teachers. Proceeds supported their Mother’s Day activities, a field trip to Shawnee State Forest and a staff wellness breakfast.

Many of the students made great strides this year, achieving many “firsts” in their academic, social and personal lives. A student said his first words in a classroom  in front of five adults and learned two new American Sign Language signs. One student can now write his own story using a word bank. Several have learned to use self-regulation tools , calming techniques and timers to help control stress, defiance, and tantrums.

Counting by 5’s to $7.00, learning enough sight words to read a book for the first time ever,  moving throughout the building alone, wanting to help their peers, and making true friends for the first time were also part of this very successful year for elementary MD students.


  Braydyn Frost makes change at 'The Mocha House'


      Mrs. Riber's class proudly display all the goodies available at

                             'The Mocha House'


Special and Gifted Education