Dear Parent/Guardian:

Portsmouth West High School enjoyed a very successful 2013-2014 school year. Based on our OGT scores, graduation rate and attendance rate, we anticipate being rated Effective by the Ohio Department of Education. Congratulations to the students, parents, and faculty of Portsmouth West High School.

Open house will be on August 15th from 6:00pm until 7:00pm. A community pep rally and introduction of the fall athletic teams and band will be held at the stadium immediately following the open house.

The first day of school for students is August 19th. The high school will have a new daily schedule for the 2014/15 school year. School will begin at 8:15am and student dismissal will be at 2:53pm. You will be notified by the transportation department of new bus schedules.

Each year the staff reviews the student handbook policies and makes recommendations to the Washington/Nile Board of Education for changes or additions. There are some changes in policies for the 2014/15 school year, please review the student handbook with your son/daughter.

As a reminder the handbook policies include the following:

1. Section XV- B “…A student that is absent more than sixteen (16) days in a one (1) credit course will not receive credit for that course. The student will be given the grade that is earned in the course with no credit associated with that grade.”

Note: Parent Notes will be calculated into the sixteen days toward credit denial. Additionally, some examples of unacceptable excuses are family vacations, hunting trips, driver’s license exam, hair appointments, senior pictures, babysitting, and working at home.

Student finals will be scheduled during the last week of school, please schedule vacations accordingly.

2. Cell phones are a significant problem on school campuses across the country. Ringing cell phones are disruptive during class time. Camera phones and text messaging are used to cheat on quizzes and tests. Phones are stolen, loaned to other students, may be lost or broken and have exacerbated crises situations. The use of cell phones at school is detrimental to the academic climate because it takes valuable time away from instruction and creates disciplinary problems.
Portsmouth West High School policy states:

Section IV – E27 “…Cellular telephones must be placed in the student locker upon arrival at school. Use or any disruption resulting from the cellular telephone will result in confiscation of the phone and assignment to Wednesday School. The cellular telephone will be surrendered only to a parent or guardian. Subsequent infractions will result in more severe disciplinary actions…”

We realize that asking a parent to pick up a student’s phone may be inconvenient. We recommend you discuss this
policy with your son/daughter in order to avoid this problem. We also ask you keep in mind that the use of cell phones is not only disruptive to the classroom, they are an inconvenience to teachers and staff that must
interrupt instruction to correct the problem.

Additionally, due to the enormous time spent on stolen/lost cell phones, the school will not investigate stolen/lost cell phones. The security of the cell phone is the sole responsibility of the student. The school will not pay for lost, stolen or broken cell phones.

3. As you are shopping for “back to school clothes” please consider the following provisions in the dress code:
Section IV –E12 “Garments that leave the midriff or torso bare such as half-shirts, tube tops, halters,
muscle shirts, and mesh or see through shirts, etc. are not permitted. Tops and bottoms must overlap at all times, including when arms are raised”.

Holes, rips, and tears are not permitted in clothing.

Necklines must be conservative.

**Leggings, tights, jeggings or leotards are not to be worn as outer garments

Your son/daughter will receive the student handbook during the first week of school. It will also be posted on the school web site. Please take time to review the handbook. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact my office.
Best regards,

Anthony Bazler, Principal
Portsmouth West High School