Our club won the Gold Key award for our growth at convention.

Photo courtesy of Trista Ball

The Portsmouth West High School Choir traveled to Toronto, Canada to [...]

Students of the Month for March 2017 are Audrey Stratton, Senior, Marissa McGraw, Junior, Kasey Johnson, Sophomore, and Tyler Ingles, Freshman. Congratulations and keep up the hard work!

One of the chief goals of the Washington-Nile School District is to develop the talents of each student to the fullest extent possible. West offers a variety of subjects and we encourage students to challenge themselves and make the most of the possibilities offered at Portsmouth West High School. 

The information provided in this REGISTRATION GUIDE  has been prepared to assist students in choosing their course of study in high school. It is provided so that they may study it carefully and make choices that will have a lasting effect upon their lives. Parents are also encouraged to consult with their child(ren), the guidance counselors and other members of the school staff about this process.


The Portsmouth West Key Club is selling puzzle pieces for $1 during your child’s lunch the week of March 27.


Your child will be able to put their name on a puzzle piece that will be displayed in the cafeteria.

All proceeds go toward supporting students with Autism in our district.

Thank you for your support!


Article and Photos by Kristie Copley


Young adult author Mindy McGinnis spoke to middle and high school students at Portsmouth West Monday, March 20. McGinnis started the day speaking to each grade level at the middle school, while she finished the day presenting at the high school. McGinnis’ message to students included discussion of her own forms of inspiration for writing and how her initial attempts at writing were not failed attempts but practice that made her a stronger writer.  An Ohio native, McGinnis also discussed growing up in a small town, something to which all students were able to relate.  Senior Destiny Layne stated, “She [McGinnis] made it easier to picture people like us being authors.”


No stranger to awards and praise, McGinnis’ debut novel, Not a Drop to Drink, has been optioned for film by Fickle Fish Films, while A Madness So Discreet won the 2016 Edgar Award for Best Young Adult novel. Her most recently published novel, The Female of the Species, was given a Starred Review by School Library Journal in addition to the novel’s other honors such as The Kirkus Prize 2016 Nominee for Young Readers, SLJ’s Best Books of 2016 for Young Adults, and Goodreads Choice Awards 2016 for Young Adult Fiction.


Mindy McGinnis answers questions from middle school students 

Author Mindy McGinnis discusses her concept for one of her novels. 

Mindy McGinnis poses with Portsmouth West Middle School Students 

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Lauren Alaina

In Concert

Portsmouth West High School

May 20, 2017

Click here for link to purchase your tickets. 

$20.00 for general admission.


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