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


    Please remind students of the importance of washing hands to stop the spread of illnesses.  Click on the link below for information regarding the Enterovirus specifically.
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    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.
    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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    CW Shipley students enjoyed a visit from Friendship Fire Company on Friday, October 10 in conjunction with their scheduled fire drill.  The firefighters and EMT members talked to the students about fire safety.  This was especially timely since October is Fire Safety/Prevention Month.
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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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    CW Shipley Students enjoy the new trail.
    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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    As part of their requirements to earn a Silver Award, Girl Scout Troop 40145 has a battery recycling program at C.W. Shipley Elementary School.  All types of dry-cell batteries are accepted including but not limited to  AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt, and button sizes.  In addition, cell phones, pagers, PDAs, ipods, and ink jet cartidges are accepted in the same containers.  To participate, please send in these items to your child's teacher in baggies or drop them off at the office.
    The Ox Paperboard Company (formerly Halltown Paper)  in Halltown is also supporting our recycling efforts.  If anyone (or their company) wants to help Shipley by recycling their paper/cardboard at Ox Paperboard, please stop by the Ox Paperboard office prior to unloading and ask them how to have the paper weight credited to Shipley's account.
    We think it important to promote reducing, reusing, and recycling.
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    Please make sure to pay attention to all the signs and watch out for each other. 
    The bus loop is closed to cars from 8:30-9:00 and from 3:20-4:00.
    The car loop is one way going counterclockwise.
    Please do not stop in the middle of the drive to watch children walk into school as it brings traffic to a standstill.
    Please make sure that children are beside you and not running through the parking lot at dismissal.
    Thank you for helping keep everybody safe.
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    This is a reminder of safety and security procedures at CW Shipley.  Please help us make sure that all children have a safe and secure environment to learn in every day.

    ·        Everyone entering the building (including parents bringing students inside the school or signing children out at the end of the day) must provide photo identification.

    ·        Front doors open at 8:30.  Please do not bring students to school prior to that time.

    ·        Doors open for parent pick-up at 3:35.  Please do not come early.

    ·        All visitors must report directly to the front office, provide identification, sign in, and receive a visitor’s badge.

    ·        Visitors/Parents are not allowed to go to classrooms after the 9:00 a.m. tardy bell rings.

    ·        If you ask somebody not on your child’s emergency form to pick them up, send a note to school including your contact information and expect to be called by school personnel to verify the authenticity of your note.

    ·        When entering the building, please do not hold the door open for visitors that have not pressed the call button.  Each visitor must press the call button and wait to be admitted after speaking with the receptionist.

    ·        The AlphaBest Before/After Care Program has a wireless doorbell to ring if you are checking students in or out of that program.

    ·        All after school programs (sports, scouts, etc.) will have a representative at the front doors to allow entrance.

    We would like to assure you that everyone at C.W. Shipley has the safety and welfare of your children as our priority.

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    Are you looking for something fun and educational for your child(ren) to do?  Check out the new educational links on C.W. Shipley's web page.  There are links to help your child learn math facts, practice reading, learn to type, and make word searches to just have fun.  If you have a website you would recommend, please let us know. 
    Practicing math facts and reading at home are two great ways to help your child excel!
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