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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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