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


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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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    Thomas Built Buses welcomes students back to school with a Back to School Photo Contest.  Please click here each day starting October 1 and "Like" CW Shipley's entry to help us win a $2,000 donation to the school, which will be used for playground equipment.  NOTE:  Thomas Built Buses extended the time to submit photos and pushed back the voting timeline.  Thanks to everyone who has tried to vote for us.  Please start voting on Oct. 1.
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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 to CW Shipley student, James Battulga, who placed 3rd in a regional wrestling competition in Pennsylvania this summer! 


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     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. 

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    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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  • 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.

    The 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.

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     We welcome some new faces to our staff this year:

     Amanda Duck:  5th Grade, coming to us from Wildwood Middle School and Driswood Elementary School.
    Cynthia Butcher:  3rd Grade, coming to us from T.A. Lowery Elementary School.
    Jessica Bond:  2nd Grade, coming to us from Leesburg, Virginia.
    We hope you enjoy your first year in the Shipley family and look forward to getting to know you.
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    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:
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