Come One, Come All, to the Fall Festival this Sunday at Portsmouth West High School and share a good time with family and friends!

All proceeds from the festival benefit PWHS students.

PWES Holiday Raffle Baskets will be available to view and you can buy your tickets for a chance to win one of these awesome baskets! Basket proceeds benefit PWES, providing extracurricular activities such as field trips and special guest programs.


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!


Mrs. Morgan's 4th grade classes and students in K-5th grade are partnering with Scioto County RSVP and COMPASS Community Health for the annual food drive to benefit local military veterans. Non-perishable food items may be dropped-off at the elementary, middle, or high school buildings until November 7th. Items will be delivered on November 11th. 

Support our local military veterans!

I want to welcome everyone back for the 2017-2018 school year. I look forward to working with our school community. It takes all of us working together to reach our goals during the year.

 House Bill (HB) 410: New Attendance Law

 Each parent or guardian will be receiving a letter to HB410. If you have any questions, please contact your building principal.

 In December 2016, the General Assembly passed HB 410 changing the student attendance laws and redefining excessive absence and truancy beginning in the 2017-2018 school year. The WNLSD is amending and adopting policies that are required by this change in law.

 The definition of a “habitual truant” student is as follows:

  • Absent 30 or more consecutive hours without a legitimate excuse;

  • Absent 42 or more hours in one school month without a legitimate excuse;

  • Absent 72 or more hours in one school year without legitimate excuse.

 Students that are deemed “habitually truant” under any of these circumstances will be reported to the attendance officer. The attendance officer is required to contact the parent regarding a time and a date for an Absence Intervention Team (AIT) meeting which the parent is required to attend. The AIT will develop an absence intervention plan that will be monitored and evaluated. If the student and parent fail to meet the requirements of the plan, the attendance officer will file a complaint in juvenile court.

 The definition of an “excessive absence” student is as follows:

  • Absent 38 or more hours in one school month with or without a legitimate excuse

  • Absent 65 or more hours in one school year with or without a legitimate excuse

 The parents of students that are deemed “excessive absent” in either of these circumstances will be notified by the school attendance officer. There is no further action required of the parent unless the student’s absences continue.

 The District will continue to update your regarding changes to our student attendance policies. Specific building level details will be given to you in written form as an addendum to the school handbook. The most important point to remember is regular school attendance is very crucial to your child’s education. Consistent, all-day-every-day attendance from the beginning bell to the ending bell should be your child’s practice in order to maximize their achievement.  


 Jeff Stricklett


During the summer Washington-Nile LSD applied through the Office of Child Nutrition and Ohio Department of Education for our students to receive free breakfast and free lunches for the 2017-2018 school year.  We just received great news, we were approved.  

All district elementary and middle school students will receive free breakfast and free lunches for the 2017-2018 school year. 

This does not include ala carte items.


WestMart is accepting donations for the following items: West shirts, school supplies, and non-perishable food items for the pantry. Parents are invited to come shop for their PW students by appointment. Please call 858-1111 to schedule a time and a staff member will be happy to assist you.

Clothing, shoes, school supplies, toiletries and non-perishable food items are available for free to district students.


Students enrolling in Washington-Nile LSD for the 2017-18 school year that have Type 1 Diabetes must provide new doctor's orders to the school prior to attending the school year. Students must also provide all supplies required before they will be able to attend classes. This includes: glucometer, meter strips, insulin, glucophage, syringes/needle tips, insulin pump supplies if applicable, alcohol swabs, low supplies-glucose tablets, juices, starburst, skittles, fruit snacks, or any other item the parent chooses to send. The "kit" must stay in the nurses office. This is a state law requirement for the safety of your child. See your child's doctor for the new order to provide the school. Both the doctor's order and the "diabetes kit" must be turned into the school nurse before the student will be permitted to attend classes in the 2017-18 school year.