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!
This past fall PWMS was honored to received the State Of Ohio Department of Education Momentum Award. The award recognizes schools for exceeding expectations in student growth for the year. Schools must earn straight A's on all value-added measures on the report card. The school or district must have at least two Value-added subgroups of students, which includes gifted, lowest 20% in achievement, and students with disabilities.
Congratulations Portsmouth West Middle School administration, staff, and students on a job well done!
Our Key Club will be collecting donations for Homeless Veteran’s living in the Columbus area. All items collected from January 15th – February 28th will be given to Volunteers of America (Greater Ohio). This is a non-profit organization that not only supplies homeless Veteran’s with these supplies but then helps prepare them for interviews and find jobs. This video inspired us to reach out and help those who have fought for our country.
Boxes to place donations can be found in the office at each of the three buildings.
Thank you for your support!
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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Thanks to Rhett Estep, Gary Jenkins, and Bryson Hall the PW soccer field flagpole now has beautiful flowers around it. Great job boys and many thanks!
Chris Rapp, Eden Cline, Randy Arnett, Alyson Cline, Wife Glenna Arnett, Daughter and Son-in-Law Amanda & Ben Hurte
Mr. Randy Arnett is the 2017, Washington-Nile Alumni Hall of Fame recipient. A reception and awards banquet was held this past August where he was honored by family, friends, and alumni for his outstanding and lifelong commitment to both school and community.
Randy attended PWHS from 1969-1973, participating in football, basketball, and baseball, receiving many honors for his athletic achievements. He was a varsity basketball starter all four years; All SOC honors for three years; Scioto County League All-Star for three years. In his senior year, the SOC Championship, team captain and led the team in free throw percentage and assists. He was also the first player in school history to score 1,000 points with a total of 1,044.
Photo courtesy of Joe Shupert. For more images of the River Days Parade click here.