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


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    Ethan Fisher and board vice president, Mark Osbourn honor Ethan’s Certificate of Excellence for advancing as a semifinalist to the National Geographic State Bee.
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  • Shipley Wrestlers! 
    Three C.W. Shipley students placed at the Mason-Dixon Wrestling Tournament, which was held on March 1 in Hedgesville.  James Battulga (second grade) placed first in his category, Garrett Fauble (third grade) placed third in his category, and Tristan Rucker (second grade) placed sixth in his category.  Congratulations James, Garrett, and Tristan!
    The order of students in the photo: Garrett Fauble, James Battugla, Tristan Rucker. 
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    Grace Esterly (Grade 4) won the county Young Writers Contest for her essay, "A Day at the Farm."  Her essay will advance to the state Young Writers Competition, which is held in Charleston in May.  Grace will receive a plaque to commemorate her achievement.  Congratulations, Grace!
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    As part of the WV Safe and Supportive Schools Initiative, students in Grades 3-5 are invited to take part in the WV School Climate Student Survey.  The survey will be administered online in a school-based computer lab and will take about 20 to 30 minutes to complete. 

    You may request to see a copy of the survey at the school office, or view it using this link:  http://wvde.state.wv.us/healthyschools/wvscs/documents/WVSCSElem2013.pdf.  A green permission form will be sent home with students in Grades 3-5 on Wednesday, March 11.  Please return the form to your child’s school by Friday, March 20.
    To access the student survey click HERE.
    Password to Access the Student Survey is: S037206
    Parents are invited to take part in the WV School Climate Parent Survey.  To fill out the parent survey, click HERE.
    Your login code is:  P037206  
    The survey link will be available through May 15.

    If you have any questions, please contact the WV Department of Education, Office of Research at 304-558-2546.

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    The artwork of Eliza Allen Lee (First Grade), Elizabeth Temple (Fifth Grade), and Wyatt Thompson (Second Grade) was entered and displayed in the Jefferson County Art Show.  Elizabeth's and Wyatt's artwork was selected to be sent to the WV State Art Show, and Elizabeth's artwork won Third Place in the WV State Art Show!  Now, the art from the WV State Art Show goes on to Arts Alive to be judged again. 
    Eliza Lee, Helena Radford, Emerson Tracy, and Annika Collins have their artwork shown at the Jefferson County Schools Student Art Exhibit at the Firehall Gallery at 108 N. George Street, Charles Town, WV from March 15-30.  A reception for the artists will be held March 22 from 1-4, compliments of the Jefferson Arts Council.   Congratulations to all our artists!
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     Ethan Fisher, a Fifth Grader at C.W. Shipley Elementary School, has been named a National Geographic Bee State Bee Semifinalist by the National Geographic Society.  Ethan won the C.W. Shipley National Geographic Bee and had one of the top 100 scores in the state.  He will be competing in the 2015 WV National Geographic State Bee in Athens, WV on March 27.
    The National Geographic Bee is in its 27th year.     The National Geographic Society invites to top 100 scoring students in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents, and the US Territories to compete in the state Bees.  Each state champion will receive $100, the "National Geographic Atlas of the World," a medal, and a trip to Washington, D.C.  The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and a lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society.
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    Three C.W. Shipley students placed at the Mason-Dixon Wrestling Tournament, which was held on March 1 in Hedgesville.  James Battulga (second grade) placed first in his category, Garrett Fauble (third grade) placed third in his category, and Tristan Rucker (second grade) placed sixth in his category.  Congratulations James, Garrett, and Tristan!
    James has also earned a number of trophies and awards for his wrestling prowess:  Third Place (Harrisburg, PA on July 19, 2014), Second Place (Newville, PA on November 1, 2014), Second Place (Winchester, VA on November 22, 2014), Second Place (Gettysburg, PA on December 14, 2014), First Place (Martinsburg High School on January 4, 2015), First Place (Hagerstown High School on January 18, 2015), Third Place at the Mid-Winter Classics (James, MD on January 31, 2015), Second Place (Washington High School on February 1, 2015), First Place (Warren County High School on February 8, 2015) and First Place at the Mason Dixon Championship (Hedgesville, WV on March 1, 2015.  That counts up to 4 First Place Awards, 5 Second Place Awards, and 2 Third Place Awards.
    This is Garrett's first year wrestling. He won the first tournament he was in - the Willie Walters Novice Tournament in Winchester, VA in Dec 2014. He won 2nd in the 2014 Wreck the Halls Tournament at Musselman High in Dec 2014. He placed 3rd at the Mason Dixon Championship last month in Hedgesville, and last weekend he finished 7th at the WV Jr States in Parkersburg, WV. 
    Tristan has had a stellar year, capped off with his 6th place finish in a field of 26.
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    Please note the following calendar adjustments:
    • March 11, 12, and 13 are regular school days.  The doors at CWS will open at 8:30.  Students go to their classes at 8:45.  The tardy bell rings at 9:00.  Students are dismissed at 3:40.
    • March 27 -- end of the 3rd nine weeks grading period.
    • April 2 -- report cards will be sent home.
    • April 2 -- 2 hour early dismissal.  Students will be released at 1:40.
    • April 3-10 -- Spring Break
    • May 2 -- Father-Daughter Dance
    • June 12 -- Last day for students

    ** If there are any future changes with the calendar, we will notify you as soon as possible.

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    Smarter Balanced Practice Tests Available for Students, Parents, and Jefferson County Community

    Smarter Balance Practice Test
    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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    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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