One of Portsmouth West Elementary's 4th grade teachers, Jennifer Morgan, is now also a local author with the publishing of her new book Bridge Lane.  The book follows a fourth-grade student named Anna as she endures the many adversities of being homeless, but receives compassion from a new friend.

Please join author Jennifer Morgan as well as her co-author Jessica Lincecum and illustrator Charlie Haskins for the launch of their new book.  For more information about the book, you can visit

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018
5:30pm — 7:00pm @ Market Street Cafe


Congratulations to Jennifer Morgan on her success from everyone at Portsmouth West Elementary!

Ohio State testing for Elementary 3rd and 4th grade students will begin on Tuesday, April 17th. 

With state testing just around the corner, these tips can help parents in preparing their student(s) for test day.

*Note test date on calendar *Avoid pressuring your child & provide encouragement
*Check homework daily *Confirm child receives predetermined accommodations (IEP)
*Make attendance a priority *Assure your child arrives fully awake and ready to start the day
*Set a reasonable bedtime *Provide a high protein-low sugar breakfast

April 17th: Grades 3 and 4, English Language Arts, Part I

April 18th: Grades 3 and 4, English Language Arts, Part I (Make-Up Testing)


April 19th: Grades 3 and 4, English Language Arts, Part II

April 20th: Grades 3 and 4, English Language Arts, Part II (Make-Up Testing)


May 1st: Grades 3 and 4, Math, Part I

May 2nd: Grades 3 and 4, Math, Part I (Make-Up Testing)


May 3rd: Grades 3 and 4, Math, Part II

May 4th: Grades 3 and 4, Math, Part II (Make-Up Testing)


New elementary librarian, Mrs. Kim Osman, has added color, excitement, and lots of enthusiasm this year for students and staff alike when visiting the library. An elementary teacher for the past 23 years, Mrs. Osman recently completed her Library Certification and was very excited to bring new services and implement many new changes at PWE.

One of the most obvious changes she brought is the vibrant blue and orange colors that brightens the library wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling. New bean bag chairs scattered about the room allow students to find that perfect place to settle in and read a good book on their own or with a partner during paired reading sessions.

With a focus on information literacy, Mrs. Osman is teaching students how to use the digital card catalog to find books from all genres, covering many topics. Students are also learning how to evaluate information gathered from their library and online searches. They are asked to determine the reliability of the source, whether the information is good, bad, or unproven, and how the information applies to the task at hand.

Book literacy skills are reinforced during class library periods as students learn to identify the various features of books including items like genre, recognizing the author, use of the glossary, table of content and index.  Each month a new author is chosen and students spend time reading, discussing, and writing about the author’s writing style and content. 

Mrs. Osman coordinates library lessons with grade level classroom lessons each month. This enhances overall student progress in mastering concepts and skills. Keyboarding is another important skill practiced. Using, students are able to improve typing skills in order to better meet today’s testing requirements and everyday use of technology in all aspects of life. Kindergarten students are very excited when visiting the library. This semester will be the first time they get to checkout books, hooray for Kindergarten!

PWE students and staff  are very happy to welcome Mrs. Osman as our new librarian and are looking forward to all the great things to come!

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Fourteen 4th grade students participated in the annual Spelling Bee this past Friday. Austin Holsinger spelled his way to Bee Champion and will represent West Elementary at the County Spelling Bee. Gabe McNeil was 1st runner-up and Aedin Strickland was 2nd runner-up. Congratulations to all our 4th grade spellers! Good Luck Austin in the County Bee!!! We're all r-o-o-t-i-n-g for you!

Seated l-r: Sidney Kammer, Naomi Luster, 1st Runner-up Gabe McNeil, Bee Champion Austin Holsinger, Maycee Ford, Kate Entler.

Standing l-r: Aiden Strickland, Jeremy Gravely, Zachary Holsinger, Colten Lamblin, Logan Ralstin, Elijah Kasper, Ethan York, Bo Wroten.

1st Runner-up Gabe McNeil and Bee Champ Austin Holsinger

Click on the grade level below to download 2017 Blizzard Bags.

  Kindergarten 2017-18 Blizzard Bags

   1st Grade 2017-18 Blizzard Bags    

  2nd Grade 2017-18 Blizzard Bags

 3rd Grade 2017-18 Blizzard Bags

    4th Grade 2017-18 Blizzard Bags


Blizzard Bags can be downloaded and printed at home. Students will also receive printed bags when they return to school.

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 the Resident Educator Program,” Ms. Rapp said.

Congratulations Ms. Rapp!


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