The Washington-Nile Local Schools are having a Designer Purse Bingo event to raise money for the UCAN Legacy Scholarship Fund. An opportunity for men, women and children to have exciting fun while also contributing to furthering the education of our youth.
The Purse Bingo will be held at Portsmouth West High School cafetorium on Thursday, May 4, at 6:00 p.m. to participate and have a wonderful time. Along with Bingo there will be door prizes, raffle drawings, vendors and concessions.
Purchase your ticket prior to the event for $20.00 ($25.00 at the door). Your ticket gives you 15 Bingo Cards and one entry into the main raffle drawing. Extra Bingo Cards are also available for purchase. Please contact the High School to purchase your ticket today!
Ohio Senator Joseph W. Uecker recently visited PWE preschool classrooms. Pictured with Senator Uecker are Mike Scarpino and George Goddard with COAD and Mr. Platzer ES principal.
Washington-Nile Local School District's Early Childhood Center (Preschool Program) is a 5 STAR Quality Rated Program. The Early Childhood Center provides a strong foundation for young children preparing to enter kindergarten. Children explore, though developmentally appropriate play - with Ohio's new Birth-Kindergarten Entry Early Learning and Development Standards as the focal point for each child's growth and development. Head Preschool teachers (Amy Berry and Alisha Adkins) are highly qualified professional with bachelor's degrees in the field of early childhood education. These teachers work in close collaboration with our Head Start Teachers.
Preschool children must be 4 years of age by September 30, must not be eligible for kindergarten, meet all eligibility guidelines, and must be potty trained. Washington-Nile Schools provides transportation to/from children's home to PWES on the elementary bus routes/times. Preschool is scheduled for Monday-Thursday each week.
Parents interested in preschool for their child(ren) are encouraged to contact or stop by Portsmouth West Elementary School (858-1116) or visit the PW Preschool Webpage.
View/download the Early Childhood Education Eligibility Screening Tool for guidelines and interest form.
On March 17, Emily Taylor signed her letter of intent to play soccer for Shawnee State University. This honor was accomplished after 15 years of playing soccer. She is the first female player from PWHS to play soccer at a collegiate level.
With her father’s encouragement, Taylor began playing at age three with the local little league team. Some years he was proud to be her team's coach. While on the field, Taylor has worked hard. Mostly, she has played striker, but she can be a very versatile player. Girls varsity soccer coach Gibbs would appreciate her team spirit and willingness to be a leader. She is also a dedicated student taking both AP and Dual Enrollment courses at SSU and is a member of Beta Club and Honors Club.
“She’s an excellent student and is committed to both her academics and athletics,” said her Dual Enrollment Computer Applications teacher, Mrs. Wilkinson. “She always gives 100% and we are excited about her future.”
The Portsmouth West Key Club is selling puzzle pieces for $1 during your child’s lunch the week of March 27.
Your child will be able to put their name on a puzzle piece that will be displayed in the cafeteria.
All proceeds go toward supporting students with Autism in our district.
Thank you for your support!
Article and Photos by Kristie Copley
Young adult author Mindy McGinnis spoke to middle and high school students at Portsmouth West Monday, March 20. McGinnis started the day speaking to each grade level at the middle school, while she finished the day presenting at the high school. McGinnis’ message to students included discussion of her own forms of inspiration for writing and how her initial attempts at writing were not failed attempts but practice that made her a stronger writer. An Ohio native, McGinnis also discussed growing up in a small town, something to which all students were able to relate. Senior Destiny Layne stated, “She [McGinnis] made it easier to picture people like us being authors.”
No stranger to awards and praise, McGinnis’ debut novel, Not a Drop to Drink, has been optioned for film by Fickle Fish Films, while A Madness So Discreet won the 2016 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult novel. Her most recently published novel, The Female of the Species, was given a Starred Review by School Library Journal in addition to the novel’s other honors such as The Kirkus Prize 2016 Nominee for Young Readers, SLJ’s Best Books of 2016 for Young Adults, and Goodreads Choice Awards 2016 for Young Adult Fiction.
March 18, the Portsmouth West Lady Senators hosted a tournament to help raise money for Melanoma Awareness and in honor of a former West Softball player and graduate, Angie Arnett. The players and coaches wore the #16 (Angie’s high school number) in her honor.
Portsmouth West Lady Senators adopted the platform this year to raise awareness for Melanoma, and we hope to continue this charitable tournament every year.
There were 10 total teams that participated in round robin scrimmages throughout the day. The teams were from the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC), Southern Ohio Conference (SOC), and other teams from around Ohio. The scrimmages were held at the Portsmouth West Little league fields at Dr. Singleton’s Park. It was a great community event that was held in conjunction with Andy Arnett, and the Portsmouth West Little League Association.