Mrs. Davis second grade class found a big surprise this past fall when they first entered their new classroom. Instead of chairs, they had large yellow bouncing balls at each of their desks. In looking for something new to enhance classroom experience, Mrs. Davis began researching various ideas and discovered the use of stability balls. She then presented the information to Southern Ohio Medical Center and received a grant to purchase the balls for her classroom.
Studies have shown the balls give students a way to burn energy that can interfere with learning. The constant movements and balance required in sitting on the balls allow students to stay alert and focus on the task at hand. Directing kinesthetic energy and the need for movement in a positive way, the repeated process of bouncing opens neurological pathways permitting a better flow of information to the brain. In her research, Mrs. Davis found studies that have demonstrated up to a 20% improvement in test scores.
Mrs. Davis has received many positive comments from students and parents alike about the change. Students that found school boring, now come home excited and are ready to return each day eager to be in the classroom learning new and wonderful things. At this time two additional second grade classrooms have replaced traditional seating with stability balls. Kudos to Mrs. Davis in bringing a bounce to learning!
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Administered by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Forestry, the 'Trees to Textbooks' program share's yearly timber revenues with various townships and school districts. Ohio's forestry division manages nearly 200,000 acres of state forest, including Shawnee State Forest and Brush Creek State Forest. Timber revenues are shared with those townships and school districts that have state forest lands within their respective boundaries. Since the program began, the ODNR has distributed 12.6 million dollars to school districts statewide.
Representatives from the ODNR presented Washington-Nile LSD a check for $150,031.13 on January 26th as part of the Trees to Textbooks program. Those present from the ODNR were, Director Jim Zehringer, Deputy Director Bob Boyles, and Shawnee State Forester Greg Smith. Scioto County Commissioners Mike Crabtree, Bryan Davis, and Doug Coleman were also present. Representing Washington-Nile LSD were board members Cathy Coleman, Julie Essman, and Jane Kouns, along with Superintendent Jeff Stricklett and Elementary Principal Bill Platzer. Smokey Bear made an appearance and led the elementary students in the ABC's of fire safety. Elementary students, Sophia Phillips, Gavin Hart, Ford Swords, Boston Mayberry, Olivia Kirkpatrick, and Lita McGraw accepted the check on behalf of the school district.
ODNR, Distirct, and County members present check. Ford Swords with Smokey Bear.
In November Superintendent Jeff Stricklett received the “Exemplary Leadership Award” from the Buckeye Association of School Administrators. BASA is a private, non-profit organization supporting school administrators in Ohio. The association acts as advocates for education, seeking to inspire it’s members, developing exemplary school system leaders.
Congratulations Mr. Stricklett!
Mr. Kirk Hamilton, Executive Director of BASA presents Mr. Stricklett the Exemplary Leadership Award.
On November 7, the "Sensational Senators" Marching Band competed at the Ohio Music Education Association state competition in New Brunswick, Ohio, receiving an "Excellent" rating.
"Our show for this marching season was entitled "The Final Bell", music from the Rocky movies. Selections included "Gonna Fly Now", "Vigil", "Training Montage", and "Eye of the Tiger". The band performed at five regional OMEA band competitions which included our hosted competition at Portsmouth West HS, Teays Valley HS, Valley HS, Dawson-Bryant HS, and Ironton HS. The band worked very hard this season and pushed themselves each week to become better than the previous week. They received a "Superior" rating at the Ironton HS band competition which qualified them to perform at the OMEA State Finals."
"There is a lot of planning and preparation that goes into designing a competitive marching band show. Plans for next season are already being made so that we may have an even higher level of success."
"The Portsmouth West "Sensational Senators" Marching Band would like to thank everyone for their continued support of the program."
Ryan Ervin, Director of Bands
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On November 11th the West baseball team visited cemeteries throughout Washington and Nile Townships, placing flags on the graves of the brave men and women who have served our country. Mr. Chris Rapp and the team do this each Veterans Day, honoring and remembering the sacrifices made by both soldier and family. A big salute to Mr. Rapp and our awesome team for their dedication and service to our veterans, school, and community!
LT Maynard honors his grandfather.
The fourth grade class formally retired the old flags collected by the baseball team on Veterans Day. In accordance with proper disposal of the American Flag, the students carefully cut the individual stripes of all the flags. The stripes and stars were then placed in a box for burial. A procession from the building to the far corner of the elementary field, reverently carried the flags. Mr. Rapp and Mr. Larry Rice, a veteran, both spoke about the meaning of the flag,it's importance to our country and the people. Several students participated, sharing what the flag meant to them and read a poem. Addison Guilliams, 9th grade, played taps for the ceremony as students said the Pledge in final respect to the retired flags. It was a moving ceremony for all present.
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Early Access to Success in Education (EASE), is a parent-child program that brings together parents, teachers, and students in developing good practices for success in reading. Involving families is a major focus of the Project EASE program. The activities are designed to share ideas for boosting literacy development at home. Mrs. Andrea Kegley, Kindergarten teachers, and Key Club students invite students and families to the elementary five times a year to participate in the enjoyable evening. Key Club members provide a Kiddie Care for younger children and pizza and drinks are served to all.
Parents, Students, and Teachers at the September 20, 2016 Project Ease "Cracking the Code"