The Write Side

PWHS News Update - October 7, 2016

PWHS Digital Media Class wants to provide more current news to YOU!

You are viewing Portsmouth West High School's newest way to communicate information to its students, parents, staff, and community! Created by the high school Digital Media class, this digital format will be more readily available to our readers and viewers. Previously, the PWHS newspaper, The Write Side, was only published four times a school year; however, this digital format allows more timely distribution of our school news and pertinent information.

To begin, we hope to provide The Write Side newsletter digitally every two to three weeks, but more often if possible. If you would like to submit information or events to be included in the newsletter, leave a comment below or contact Mrs. Kristie Copley or Mrs. Julie Wilkinson.

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September students of the month

By Jennifer Moorhead

Students from left to right are: Freshman Gevin Huff, Sophomore Payton Hart, Junior Mariah Stegall, and Senior Lindsey Howard

Portsmouth West High School proudly announces its Students of the Month for September. Those nominated were, from left, freshmen Gevin Huff, son of Kevin and Christy Huff; sophomore Payton Hart, granddaughter of Scott and Melissa Schmidt and daughter of Stacy Hart; junior Mariah Stegall, daughter of Scott and Samantha Stegall; and senior Lindsey Howard, daughter of Scott and Keri Howard. The Student of the Month program was implemented to celebrate individual achievement by creating a culture of learning that values academic success, while also elevating awareness of student contributions to the community. Nominees are selected based on the following criteria: academic performance, behavior, character, effort, social relationships, attendance, and student involvement in extra-curricular activities both in and out of the school setting.

Pictures by By Brandon Moore and Emily Hatfield

Tackle for a Cure

By Madison Shepherd

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this year PWHS will be hosting the annual “Tackle for a Cure” event. The students will be buying/selling pink chains that will eventually be wrapped around the football stadium, the chains are 25 cents a piece or 5 for $1.

Mrs.Tieman is now selling “Tackle for a Cure” t-shirts, modeled here by Brandon Moore, for $15. Also, PWHS will be hosting a pep rally October 7, featuring a guest speaker. The game and homecoming later that night is "Pink Out" themed .

Kayleigh Coleman Makes School History

By Madison Williams

Tuesday, September 28, Kayleigh Coleman became the first volleyball player in PWHS school history to have 1,000 career assists. A player is awarded an assist whenever that player sets the ball to a teammate who attacks the ball for a kill. The kill results in the team scoring one point. Kayleigh has been a varsity setter since her Freshman year, allowing her to accumulate an abundance of assists. Congratulations Kayleigh!

Homecoming Week Attendants and Activities

By MaKayla Cooper

Review the flyer posted directly above to announce this year’s homecoming spirit week details. Everyone should try to participate and show your school spirit.

Don’t forget to come support your Fall homecoming attendants at the home football game vs. the Valley Indians on October 7, the game will start at 7pm. The annual Homecoming dance will follow the game at the high school. Admission will be $5 and the dance will be held in the PWHS cafeteria. The dance will end approximately at 11:30pm.

2016-2017 Fall Homecoming Attendants

9th Grade Attendant: Abbi Pack

10th Grade Attendant: Molly Taylor

11th Grade Attendant: Abbie Powell

SCCTC Attendant: Daisy Holsinger

12th Grade Attendant: Kaitlyn Bell

Queen: Gracie Evans


By Madison Cochran

The Senators’ football team won 34-8 Friday, September 16, against Wellston. The players and coaches dedicated the game to Senior Wesley Robinson and his recently deceased father, Bryan. Our deepest condolences are with the Robinson family.

Cleveland Cavaliers Choir Trip

By Jacob Maple

The Portsmouth West High School choir is performing November 25 at the Cleveland Cavaliers stadium during the game. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. Any student of Mrs. Tieman had the opportunity to take part in this trip. The Cleveland Cavaliers will be playing the Dallas Mavericks. We expect our PWHS students put on a great show for the players and fans in Cleveland!

Boys soccer team play at Mapfre Stadium

By Dalton Myers

The Portsmouth West boys soccer team played at Mapfre Stadium, which hosts the Columbus Crew Professional Soccer team. The Senators put up a good challenge against the Waverly Tigers and led the game initially. Senators ended the game with a 2-1 loss, but all of the players had a great time getting to play on a professional soccer field.

Picture credits to: Columbus Crew SC

Guess Who?

By Madison Cochran


Boy: He plays basketball and football, and has two older brothers of the PWHS Alumni.

Girl: She’s a cheerleader, she is the freshman homecoming attendant, and she plays volleyball.


Boy: He plays soccer, has shaggy blonde hair, and just moved from Northwest.

Girl: She is in Beta Club having straight A’s, she is a member of the softball team and Chamber, and she is involved in the school plays.


Boy: He plays basketball and tennis, he is a member of Beta Club, and he has a twin who plays football.

Girl: She is in Beta Club, Key Club, and a member of the softball team.


Boy: He is very tall, he plays football and runs track,

Girl: She is a great singer, she is in Chamber, she is very involved with the school plays, and her mom is the secretary at PWHS.


Boy: He loves to hunt and fish, his wife is a teacher at Portsmouth, and his son is in Junior High here at West.

Girl: She has traveled to Mexico many times including studying abroad. She has grandchildren in the high school.

Scroll to the bottom to find the answers

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The Block @ the Rock

By Levi Gleim

This year students of PWHS decided to make the student cheer section more exciting by giving it the name “The Block @ The Rock" and organized different themes for each game. Don't miss out on this opportunity to show your school spirit and join “The Block @ the Rock." For more information visit the school website or go to their Instagram page or twitter page @BlockAtTheRock for weekly updates.

Photos by: Photo Joe Online (Joe Shupert)

Worship at West

By Abby Riley

After recent home games, PWHS students have been holding "Worship at West," which features local talents including our PWHS advanced choir. This event is immediately after home games in the cafeteria, and they provide free ice cream if you attend.

WestMart - Opening Soon!

Portsmouth West Schools is excited to announce the upcoming opening of our new one-stop-shop for all PW students grades Pre-K thru 12! WestMart’s mission is to provide PW students the opportunity to visit WestMart where they will be able to choose from a variety of items including: clothing, nonperishable foods, school supplies, coats, shoes, toiletries, and prom attire & accessories. ALL FREE OF CHARGE!

WestMart will be located at the elementary building in room 2302 in the 5th grade hallway. This will allow students from the middle and high schools the chance to shop in privacy.

How Can You Help? DONATE!

WestMart is accepting donations for the following items and asks your help in building the initial inventory available to the students.

What Can You Donate? Any of the following items would be greatly appreciated!

  • New, nearly new, or gently used clothing items, shoes, coats, sport clothing (cleats, football pants, basketball shoes etc.)
  • Toiletries
  • Nonperishable food items
  • School supplies
  • Prom dresses & accessories

All inventories donated will be recorded as they come in and sent out with the students.

What are WestMart’s First Projects? A COAT DRIVE!

We ask that staff provide names and sizes of students that may need a coat to help get us started. Also, if you have coats to donate to help get started.

Student Senator Spirit Day Shirts: Donate your gently used West Senator shirts and help outfit all PW students for Friday Spirit Day!

Future anticipated projects include:

  • Holiday food baskets
  • Shoe Drive
  • Prom attire & accessories.
  • WestMart Community Partners

WestMart has currently partnered with Maurices in participating in a coat drive and a food drive. Do you know or work with a community business, charity, or organization that might like to partner with WestMart? Reach out to them and ask if they would like to be a part of this awesome service to PW students.

Where To Drop-Off Donation Items:

Donations can be dropped off at the Central Office Monday-Friday from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm.

Other Useful Items You Might Donate to Help Get WestMart Open

Hangers, bags for students to carry items home, clothing racks, tables, shelving, shoe racks or bags, collapsible boxes for food items.

Want More Information About WestMart? Contact:

Mindy Platzer—Central Office, Ext. 3007

Lisa Hafer—Central Office, Ext. 3000

Christy Irwin-Central Office, Ext. 3008

Danette Colley—Elementary, Ext. 2304

Upcoming events and FYI

  • The UCAN Walk-A-Thon will be October 21 from 12:15 - 2:45. The fee to participate is $15 - this includes a T-Shirt. Please sign up in the guidance office. You must sign up by October 12 to receive a T-Shirt!

  • UCAN college night is October 11 at the SOMC Friends Center – 5:30 until 8:00. Students should plan to attend. You will be able to meet with many college representatives along with financial service representatives. For just attending, your name will be entered to receive one of eight $500 scholarships!

  • A dance will follow the homecoming game Friday, October 7. If you plan to bring a guest from another school, he/she must have a permission form signed by their Principal. Permission forms are in the office and are due on Thursday. Admission to the dance is $5.00.

Guess Who? Answers


Boy: Nick Davis

Girl: Abbi Pack


Boy: Jacob Maple

Girl: Ivy Ferguson


Boy: Blaine Weaver

Girl: Sammy Tatman


Boy: Jacob McCoy

Girl: Caitlin Russell


Boy: Mr. Estep

Girl: Señora Bloomer

PWHS Digital Media Class

This newsletter is developed by students in PWHS Digital Media and teachers, Mrs. Copley and Mrs. Wilkinson.