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



    A new year always brings forms for parents to fill out.  Jefferson County Schools has provided those forms online.  One great thing about the online forms is that they will use information (e.g., names, addresses) to self-populate the forms, which cuts down on the time required to fill them out.  The typed forms also help the office be able to read what is written on the forms.  We accept the forms either from the computer or filled out by hand, but do need you to fill them out and return them as soon as possible.  Please contact us if any information on the forms changes.

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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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  • School Bus Safety

    With 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.

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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:
      For more, check out the GoPro video:
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    Kindergarten parents /guardians or an approved caregiver MUST be at the bus stop when your child is returned from school.  If an adult is not present, the child will be taken back to the school office or to the school garage.

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