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Dear Portsmouth West Senators:
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! I am honored to have been selected as your Superintendent of Washington-Nile Local School District. We will continue to provide an exceptional experience for students. Our district has an outstanding dedicated faculty, a superior student body, and a supportive school community that values educational excellence. Our top priority is to ensure that every child is ultimately College Prepared and Workforce and Career Ready We take great pride in our achievements and are passionate about the opportunities provided to all students. I am excited to lead this district and look forward to building strong relationships with our staff, students, families, and community members.
This has been an extremely busy summer for our district. We are making many necessary improvements to our facilities (It is hard to believe that the elementary and high school buildings are 20 years old). We are completing the installation of a new heating/air system in each building, we now have solar panels providing energy for our schools. We certainly look forward to financial savings was well as having environmentally friendly buildings. Additionally, ground has been broken for a new athletic building that will provide our student-athletes a place to practice and train. We have many additions to our curriculum to better challenge our students and prepare them for the future. Positive Intervention and Behavior Support initiatives will help motivate students and teach them how to make positive decisions in their lives. Most importantly, we have made several revisions to our safety procedures and upgrades to our equipment.
Thank you for your continued support of our students and faculty. At Washington-Nile Local School District we truly believe that each child is special and we are committed to the success of every child, every day.
Anthony Bazler, Superintendent
Washington-Nile Local School District
Portsmouth West Elementary Preschool will begin accepting applications on April 3, 2018 for the 2018-19 school year. Applications will be available beginning April 3. Please visit the preschool page (www.westsenators.org/preschool) or the elementary office for an application.
State Librarian Beverly Cain visited students at Portsmouth West Middle School on Tuesday, March 6. Formerly the Director at Portsmouth Public Library, Cain and her intern, Jennifer Wiezbiski, presented information on literacy, fake news, and how students can best utilize libraries. Sheree Barnett, PWMS librarian facilitated the presentation to provide yet another enrichment activity for her students. This school year Barnett has also hosted the Newport Aquarium for students who obtained their Accelerated Reader points. She hopes to bring in COSI to reward students for their current Reading Challenge, and her annual Career Day is scheduled for May 17. "I just want to provide as many opportunities as possible for our students," stated Barnett. She will also be attending a leadership academy for Ohio librarians in March.
Portsmouth West High School Mock Trial Team is state-bound after its Regional Competition performance on Friday, Feb. 16. Senior Jordan Willis won the Outstanding Witness award for her performance in both the plaintiff and defense trials. Senior Noah Lovins received the Outstanding Attorney award. Upon qualifying for state, PWHS is ranked among the top 35 teams in the state out of the 347 teams that competed at districts.
On Thursday and Friday, March 8-9, the team will compete at the state competition held at the Franklin County Courthouse. Saturday, March 10, the final championship round will be held at the Ohio Statehouse. The team who wins the state championship will then represent Ohio at the National High School Mock Trial Championship held in Reno, Nevada, May 10-13.
On Wednesday, January 24, 2018 the Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools recognized Outstanding teachers across our region. Linda Tieman, our high school vocal music director at Portsmouth West High School was recognized. The following individuals were in attendance for the recognition, left to right Dr. Renee Middleton Dean of the Patton College of Education, Jeff Stricklett Superintendent of Schools Washington-Nile Local School District, Linda Tieman Vocal Music Director Portsmouth West High School, and Paolo DeMaria Superintendent of Public Instruction the Ohio Department of Education. Mrs. Tieman was also honored to have former student, Jon Runions also being honored as an outstanding teacher. The Washington-Nile Local School District congratulates Mrs. Tieman for the well-deserved recognition.
PWHS Mock Trial team won first place at the 2018 District Competition, a feat the school has not achieved since 2005, scoring more points than all other 11 teams that competed. The team, coached by Ms. Moorhead, is composed of two sides. Making up the Prosecution is senior Eli Cole and sophomore Whitney Campbell as attorneys and senior Jordan Willis and freshman Evan Green as witnesses. The Defense includes seniors Noah Lovins and Dalton Pertuset as attorneys and Jordan Willis and freshman Anna Lovins as witnesses. Senior Candice Orris returned for a second year to play the part of Bailiff/Timekeeper. Eli Cole and Noah Lovins won Best Attorney awards for the second year in a row at a district competition. Jordan Willis won two Best Witness awards this year--one for each side she played--giving her a total of five Best Witness awards collected at a district competition throughout her four years of Mock Trial experience.