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C.W. Shipley Elementary
652 Shipley School Road
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
304-725-4395
 
Heather Boucher, Principal

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    MANCHIN CONGRATULATES WEST VIRGINIA’S 2014 NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON HONOR SCHOOLS
     
    C. W. Shipley Elementary School in Harpers Ferry and Woodsdale Elementary School in Wheeling have been recognized nationally for high levels of achievement among students at all levels
     
    Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin congratulated C.W. Shipley Elementary School in Harpers Ferry and Woodsdale Elementary School in Wheeling for being recognized as West Virginia’s National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2014 based on overall academic excellence and progress in closing achievement gaps among students.
     
    “The students, teachers and families at C.W. Shipley and Woodsdale Elementary Schools have demonstrated their commitment to making sure that all students are achieving academic excellence at the highest level, and therefore have earned this esteemed Blue Ribbon honor,” Senator Manchin said. “At every school across West Virginia, it is crucial that we create an educational environment where our kids are engaged, challenged and given the opportunity to be the best they can possibly be. These two schools have proven to exceed these expectations, and I am proud of their successful efforts to give our young students the necessary support so that they can truly excel and shine. I thank the communities at C.W. Shipley and Woodsdale Elementary for their leadership and dedication to excellence, and I congratulate then on receiving this award.”
     
    At the invitation of U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan, two representatives from each of the 337 schools selected nationwide are invited to Washington, D.C. for the Recognition Ceremony on November 10th and 11th.  At the ceremony, each school will receive a National Blue Ribbon Schools plaque and a flag.
     
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    The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students either achieve very high learning standards and/or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. Every year, the U. S. Department of Education selects and celebrates the chosen schools. More than 7,500 schools across the country have been presented with this award.
     
    Click HERE to view the US Department of Education announcement of the 2014 Blue Ribbon Schools.
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  • BACK TO SCHOOL PHOTO CONTEST
     
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    Thomas Built Buses welcomes students back to school with a Back to School Photo Contest.  Please click here each day from  October 1- 15 and "Like" CW Shipley's entry to help us win a $2,000 donation to the school, which will be used for playground equipment.  
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  • ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE
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    CW Shipley rose to the occasion in accepting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Friday, September 5.  Eight staff members, including Principal Heather Boucher, Teachers Carolyn Miller, Daniel (Clay) Anders, Crystal Breeden, and Seth Gilbertson, Cooks Mary Penwell and Carrie Showen, and Office Aide Pam Fravel were doused with icy water by sixteen students, whose names were drawn for the occasion: Addison Breeden, Lillian Orlando, Hope Klein, Jake Kable, Angel Molina, Seger Morris, Richard Bussard, Sam Breeden, Matthew Murray, Camryn Lam, Aidan Harris, Brayden Adams, Eliza Allen-Lee, Moses Talley, Danielle Palley, and Hunter Ours.
     
    CW Shipley students and staff donated $268 for ALS Research.  For each dollar students donated, students' names were added to a drawing to see who would have the pleasure of pouring ice-cold water on C.W. Shipley staff. 
     
    Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which is also called Lou Gehrig's disease, affects the nervous system and ability to control muscle functions.  At this time, there is no cure for this debilitating disease.  Hopefully, the attention the Ice Bucket Challenge has given to the disease and the increase in funding to find a cure will help doctors and researchers discover new effective treatments and eventually a cure.
     
    The students and staff at CW Shipley send the word to Jefferson County as a whole that the icy water is momentary, but the hope for a cure is worth it.
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  • C.W. SHIPLEY TRAIL DEDICATION
     
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    CW Shipley Students enjoy the new trail.
     
     
     
     
     
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    Mark Kable, of Kable Construction, receives thanks and applause for constructing the trail.
     
    C.W. Shipley Elementary staff and students were excited to dedicate the new C.W. Shipley Trail.  The prospect of building a trail was worked on by the C.W. Shipley Running Club, the C.W. Shipley Wellness Committee, Boy Scouts, Dr. Mark Cucuzzella of Freedom's Run, Ralph Dinges and Will Lewis of Jefferson County Schools, and Principal Heather Boucher.  These individuals and committees helped in writing grants, trail specifications, obtaining bids, and overseeing the trail construction. 
     
    In the Fall of 2012, Heather Boucher contacted Dr. Cucuzzella, Crystal Breeden (head of the CW Shipley Running Club), Boy Scouts, and other parents and teachers to propose working toward a trail for the school.  Grants were obtained from Eastern Area Health Education Center/Freedom's Run, WV Schools on the Move, and Action for Healthy Kids, and the Board of Education also helped fund the trail. In June of 2013, when funding was secured for the project, formal planning of the trail began, and the trail was completed by Kable Construction this past summer.
     
    The goals for the trail system at CW Shipley are to increase the health and wellness of the staff and students and to create a safe, fun outdoor fitness and educational area at CW Shipley.
     
     
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    Smarter Balanced Practice Tests Available for Students, Parents, and Jefferson County Community

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    West Virginia has a leadership role in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. This state-led group works collaboratively to develop next-generation assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards that accurately measure student progress toward college and career readiness.

    The Common Core State Standards were adopted by West Virginia in 2011 as the West Virginia's Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for mathematics and English language arts. West Virginia educators incorporated the common core standards into West Virginia's Next Generation standards making the way teachers teach more focused and flexible while making the way students learn more engaging and personalized.  These standards will be fully implemented in grades 3-12 for the 2014-15 academic year.

    Smarter Balanced Practice Tests

    The Smarter Balanced Practice Tests offer an exciting opportunity for students, parents, and the Jefferson County community to explore West Virginia’s new standardized assessments for English Language Arts and Mathematics.  Simply follow this link.  Log in as a guest and select a grade to begin discovering firsthand the tools and types of questions that are used to help assess students’ mastery of West Virginia’s Next Generations Content Standards and Objectives.  For further information, please go to the Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests website.

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  • CONGRATULATIONS, JAMES!

     Congratulations to CW Shipley student, James Battulga, who placed 3rd in a regional wrestling competition in Pennsylvania this summer! 

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    SHEPHERD UNIVERSITY DAY OF SERVICE 
     
    We were glad to be able to host three Shepherd students and a professor for Shepherd University's annual Day of Service.  These volunteers helped in many ways, including labeling books, pumping up balls and replenishing recess supplies, ironing and tacking up material on bulletin boards, and weeding the front garden.  We appreciate everything these students help us with.
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  • FIFTH GRADER DRIVES OVER THE COMPETITION!
     
    Katelyn Moler, a rising 5th grader at CW Shipley has been stealing the show as she rolls over cars in her Monster Truck.  For more information, click on the links below:
     
    http://www.local21news.com/sports/features/local-sports/stories/girl-11-monster-jams-at-carlisle-nationals-1267.shtml
     
      For more, check out the GoPro video:
     
      http://local21news.com/sports/features/jason-bristol/stories/gopro-video-girl-11-drives-pandora-monster-truck-107.shtml
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  • MEET THE TEACHER NIGHT

    C.W. Shipley's Meet the Teacher Night will be held on August 28 from 6:00-8:00.  Parents will be able to visit their children's classrooms from 6:00 - 7:30 followed by a meeting in the gym to introduce teachers and our parent/teacher organization. 
     
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  • SEA MOVIE NIGHT
     
    SEA Movie Night for the 2014-15 school year will be Saturdays, Sept. 20, Dec. 13, and April 18 from 6:30-8 pm.  Mark your calendars to come out and enjoy the movies, Chick-Fil-A sandwiches, popcorn, etc. 
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