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.
January is Board Appreciation Month. The Washington-Nile Local School District would like to thank our school board for their service. Board members spend many hours working to help make our district a better place for students, parents, and staff. Thank you for your service and time given towards our district. The following individuals make up the Washington-Nile Board of Education:
Tom Berry- Vice President
Jane Kouns- President
Superintendent Jeff Stricklett & V.P. Tom Berry Superintendent Jeff Stricklett & Alex Bloomfield
Superintendent Jeff Stricklett & Leichia Davis Superintendent Jeff Stricklett & Ed Hileman
Superintendent Jeff Stricklett & President Jane Kouns
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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