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


    As part of the WV Safe and Supportive Schools Initiative, students in Grades 3-5 who had parental permission took part in the WV School Climate Student Survey last fall.  
    Parents were also invited to take part in the WV School Climate Parent Survey at that time.   However, since less than 10 parents responded, we are asked to readminister the survey for parents.  Please consider taking time to complete this survey.  It can be found at   

    Access the Survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/pascswv14s


    Enter this code to start the survey: P037206

    The survey link will be available through May16.


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

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  • April 21 will be an instructional day for students with a 2 hour late arrival to allow for the required Faculty Senate meeting. 
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    Congratulations Students, Teachers, and Parents! C. W. Shipley Elementary School has been nominated by West Virginia to join the esteemed community of National Blue Ribbon Schools.  We were one of 3 outstanding schools nominated from West Virginia for the National Blue Ribbon Schools award this year!  Schools are nominated for Exemplary High Performance or Exemplary Closing of the Achievement Gap.

    National Blue Ribbon Schools are public and private elementary, middle, and high schools that are producing outstanding results for all students. They have demonstrated consistent excellence, and made progress in closing gaps in student achievement. The National Blue Ribbon Schools recognition program is part of a larger U. S. Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about effective school leadership and promising instructional practices. 

     Since its inception in 1982, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has recognized more than 7,000 Great American Schools. Each year, representatives of newly recognized schools gather for a ceremony in Washington, DC where their achievement is officially honored by the U.S. Department of Education.  National Blue Ribbon Schools are announced each Fall.
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  • C.W. Shipley and Ranson Elementary “High Progress Reward” Schools


    Two Jefferson County Schools have been named “Reward Schools” by the West Virginia Department of Education:  C.W. Shipley Elementary School and Ranson Elementary School


    C.W. Shipley Elementary was one of the 28 schools in West Virginia identified as High Performing Reward schools, and both Ranson Elementary School and C.W. Shipley Elementary School were identified as High Progress Reward Schools.  These two schools were the only schools in the Eastern Panhandle to achieve this distinction.


    A Reward School is a school with outstanding student achievement or growth over the past three years.  The High Performing Schools are the highest in the State in terms of school-wide proficiency, subgroup proficiency, and graduation rates.


    The Highest Progress Reward Schools have high levels of student growth as shown on the state's WESTEST II test.


    These schools are the schools commended by the State for their high academic performance and/or growth in Reading/Language Arts and Math.  The top 10% of schools are used as the pool for selecting the “High Performing Rewards’ Schools.”


    Principal of C.W. Shipley Elementary School, Heather Boucher, says, “We would like to recognize our students, teachers, and parents for all their hard work, thank them for their dedication and encourage them to continue to strive for excellence. We know it is only because of everyone working together that C.W. Shipley Elementary is so honored by these awards.”


    Debra Corbett, Principal of Ranson Elementary School, says “Ranson Elementary School is honored to be recognized as a West Virginia High Progress School.  Our staff and students work hard to strive and maintain high academic standards and progress among all groups and subgroups. Ranson’s Strategic Plan is the key roadmap to our success guiding all our stakeholders to reach schoolwide goals while focusing on our core beliefs.”


    Superintendent of Schools, Susan K. Wall, says the school system is very proud of both schools and of their achievements.
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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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  • LOYALTY CARD Rewards
    SUPPORT C.w. shipley elementary school AS YOU SHOP!!

    If you have a loyalty card and have not registered it, please consider doing so.  It is free and definitely helps the school.
    FOOD LION’S MVP Program:

    Log on to: https://www.foodlionmvprewards.com/  to register online, or

    Dial 1-877-614-6877 to register your card over the phone

    Shipley’s ID # for the Food Lion MVP Program is:  218523

    GIANT’S Bonus Card Program:

    Log on to:  www.giantfood.com/aplus to register online, or

    Dial 1-877-275-2758 to register your card over the phone

    Shipley’s ID# for the Giant’s Bonus Card Program is:  03841

    MARTIN’S Bonus Card Program:

    Log on to:  www.martinsfoods.com/aplus to register online, or

    Dial 1-888-448-4642 to register your card over the phone

    Shipley’s ID# for the Martins Bonus Card Program is:  00262

    TARGET’S RED CARD Program:

    Log on to:  www.target.com /redcard/benefits-target-rewards to register online,  or

    Dial 1-888-755-5856

    Shipley’s ID for Target’s Red Card Program is:  107294

    After you register your card, each time you use your store rewards cards at these stores, you will earn cash for C.W. Shipley, which will be used for educational needs.

    Thank you for taking the time to register your card to benefit the students at C.W. Shipley. 



    Heather E. Boucher

    P.S. Don’t forget to save and send in Boxtops for Education, which can be found on many General Mills products.  Each Boxtop is 10¢, that helps fund the Elizabeth Seibert Scholarship, which is given to graduating seniors, who attended Shipley at least 4 years.

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    I've been asked by several parents how they can help their children at home.  Two of the best ways to help children at any age are:
    1.  Read to your child(ren) and have them read to you.
    2.  Help your child practice math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division).  This can be done with flash cards or computer games.  There are links for free computer games on this website.  Children need to know their facts automatically to do their best in math.
    Thank you for sharing your children with us each day and for supporting us at home.  Working together, we can help your child(ren) achieve their dreams.
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    If you drop off you child(ren) in the morning or pick them up in the afternoon, please remember that the front bus loop is reserved for buses from 8:30-9:00 a.m. and from 3:15-4:00 p.m.  This is for students' safety and is posted on the sign at the entrance to the bus loop.  Also, please remember to slow down and keep a watchful eye for pedestrians and other cars.  Thank you.
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