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.
School Bus Safety
schools across the state opening, it is time to review
bus safety rules and practices, especially since such a large
percentage of students in the state are transported to and from school
by school buses. Although school bus transportation is still the safest
way to get children to school every day, increased
awareness by students can reduce the chances of an accident that could
cause injury or death. It is important for children to know and be able to recognize their bus number, to stay seated facing forward as they travel, and to talk quietly to their seatmate.
On any given school day in West Virginia; approximately
500 motorists illegally pass stopped school buses, putting the lives of
school children at risk. One good rule to remember is that if the 4 yellow lights on top are flashing, do NOT pass a school bus.
ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE
Mr. Tim Turner, one of C.W. Shipley's honored custodians, took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! He extends the challenge to the Board of Education. Many individuals across the nation who take the ice bucket challenge also donate in support of ALS research.
September is Attendance Awareness Month
Improving student attendance is an essential, cost-effective but often overlooked strategy for ensuring our students are on-track to learn and succeed. Nationwide, at many as one out of 10 students is chronically absent, meaning they miss 10 percent or more of school days, or nearly a month of instruction in a year. Chronic absence is a leading, early warning indicator of academic trouble and later dropout.
good news is that chronic absence is a problem we can solve. While there are some attendance barriers--such as health, poor transportation
and unstable housing--that often require longer-term strategies, parents and students that understand that going to school every day and avoiding absences whenever
possible is critical to realizing their hopes and dreams.
Too often, we don’t realize how quickly absences add up. Missing just
two days every month can cause a child to fall behind. With this in mind, please do your best to instill a love for learning and the responsibility for on-time, regular attendance (with homework complete). This will help give your child a good foundation for their future.
We welcome some new faces to our staff this year:
8:00 AM Interims Issued
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Movie Night
9:05 AM - 11:35 AM 5th Grade Field Trip to School House Ridge, Bolivar Heights
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM SEA Meeting