Pewamo-Westphalia Middle-High School

Pirate Nation! Welcome to another school year at Pewamo-Westphalia Middle-High School. I am beyond blessed to serve as the principal of this phenomenal school and vow to do my personal best to maintain excellence within our 'Triple A' - Academics, Arts, and Athletics.

As you'll read in our Student-Parent Handbook, our goal is to prepare students today for the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow by helping them develop the skills necessary to become responsible members of a changing society and challenging them through a quality curriculum delivered by a caring educational community. Within this goal, we will create a caring community of purposeful learning that supports and celebrates the individuality of each child - and will furthermore strive to ensure that our children are safe, healthy, engaged, challenged, and supported.

We sincerely look forward to working with you - students, parents, alumni, and community alike - to make this a very successful school year. Please know that we can only maintain our tradition of excellence - our Champion's Culture - if we pursue our personal best each day and work together as teammates.

As we are here to serve you, please do not hesitate to reach out should you have comments, concerns, suggestions, or praise - / (517) 587-5100. #Onward #WeArePW


Ryan Portenga, Principal


Triple "A" Points of Pride


In 2020, Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools was ranked among the top 15 best high schools in the State of Michigan by U.S. News and World Report and 685th in the nation. In 2018-2019, we led Clinton County with the highest 11th grade M-STEP scores in science and social studies, we had the highest average SAT score (1084.8) in the county, and we ranked in the top 65 highest SAT scores in the state of Michigan (65th).


Our industrial arts program competes at MITES (Michigan Industrial and Technology Educational Society), submitting woodworking projects completed each year. Our marching and concert bands consistently earn accolades at competitions and festivals, and our art students have won numerous awards through the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition, including an American Visions nomination, Gold and Silver Key awards, and Honorable Mentions.

Athletics - Recent State Championships

Volleyball (2022), Boys' Basketball (2019), Boys' Cross Country (2016), Football (2021, 2019, 2017, 2016), Girls' Basketball (2019), Girls' Track (2021, 2019, 2015, 2013, 2010), Competitive Cheer (2019, 2010, 2008), and Boys' Track (2008). Numerous State Runners-Up, Regional, District and League (CMAC) Titles in Football, Boys' & Girls' Track, Boys' & Girls' Cross Country, Boys' & Girls' Basketball, Volleyball, Baseball, and Softball

2022-2023 Middle-High School Vision Targets

1. We will encourage our students to advance in the areas of character, work ethic, attitude, commitment, and ownership.
2. We will provide clear and concise instruction to all of our students, and support our parents as partners in education.
3. We will foster inclusion through empathy, equity, problem solving, and relationship building for all students, parents, and staff.
4. We will challenge our students to hold themselves accountable in both honesty and integrity, while also being kind and empathetic to others.

Upcoming Events

March 21, 2024

End of the third quarter

March 22 - April 1, 2024

Spring Break - No school - staff and students

April 10, 2024

Half day of school for students
PSAT grades 8-10
SAT grade 11

April 11, 2024

Workkeys exam grade 11

April 23, 2024

Awards Night - PWMHS Auditorium

May 4, 2024

Prom - Shadow Ridge Golf Course 6-11pm

May 7-17, 2024

AP exams/final exams for seniors on various days

May 15, 2024

PWMHS Spring Band Concert - MS Gym

May 16, 2024

Senior Walk to the Elementary

May 17, 2024

CTE last day
Senior Chromebook/charger collection

May 20, 2024

Senior trip to Cedar Point

May 21, 2024

Graduation rehearsal, Class photo, and Barbecue
Graduation ceremony - Pirate Stadium - Seniors report at 6:15pm

May 27, 2024

Memorial Day - no school for staff and students

May 30, 2024

Film Festival - Auditorium 7pm

May 31 - June 5, 2024

Final exams grades 6-11
First hour: 5/31
Second/third hours: 6/3
Fourth/fifth hours: 6/4
Sixth/seventh hours: 6/5

June 5, 2024

Last day of school - have a safe and wonderful summer break!

Looking ahead to summer 2024...

July 1-7, 2024

Summer shutdown number 1

August 5-11, 2024

Summer shutdown number 2

Our Staff

Ryan Portenga
MHS Principal
Troy Forton
MHS Assistant Principal/Athletic Director
Stacey Johnston

Instructional Technology Specialist
Lisa Bartlett

MHS Counselor
Larry Farmer
MHS Counselor
Kali Feldpausch
MHS Secretary
Katy Gilliland

MHS Secretary

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