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.

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

Alex Bloomfield

Leichia Davis

Ed Hileman

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

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!

First grade teacher, Madison Rapp, was among the top 100 RESA scores in the state of Ohio in June of 2017. RESA, the Ohio Resident Educator Summative Assessment, is part of the four year Resident Educator Program and is taken in the 3rd year of the program. Assisting beginning teachers with mentoring and professional development as a start to their education careers, assisting educators to more effective practices and excellence in learning.

“After completing the Resident Educator Program for 3 years, I was anxious to receive my RESA scores. I worked on the RESA with my students from October to February. After putting in so many long hours working the RESA, I was just hoping to receive passing scores. When I was notified about scoring in the top 100, I was surprised. I felt proud that all of the hard work I put into the past three years had paid off, and relieved to be finished with the Resident Educator Program,” Ms. Rapp said.

Congratulations Miss Rapp!


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.

Volunteers of American Greater Ohio

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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