January 18, 2019 - Volume 39 Issue 2


The West Virginia Department of Education announced Junior Elementary School in Barbour County as the West Virginia Sustainable Schools Award (WVSS) for their green and healthy biking program for their students and families. The announcement was made Wednesday. In addition to being recognized as a Sustainable School, Junior Elementary School will receive a $5,000 grant to embark on healthy initiatives and are nominated for the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Award (ED-GRS).

“We are so proud of the students, teachers and administration at Junior Elementary School for embracing this green initiative,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Paine. “The recognition as a Sustainable Schools is well deserved, and I hope that the school community will continue to work together to expand their healthy programs.”

Junior Elementary School students, families, staff and school community will use the money from the grant to start a “green healthy biking” program. The school plans to purchase sets of bicycles for use by grades 2-3-4 and tricycles for grades PK-K-1, along with a set of 25 safety helmets. Arrangements have been made with a county business, Sports’N’Spokes, to provide safety training sessions for the children. The bikes will be used during recesses, physical education classes and 15-minute brain breaks during academic classes.

The WVSS award program is a recognition program for schools that exemplify a commitment to sustainable practices in the facilities and integrate those practices into the curriculum and community. The program recognizes schools where staff, students, officials and communities have worked together to produce energy efficient, sustainable and healthy school environments and to ensure the sustainability and environmental literacy of graduates. The ED-GRS is an outreach initiative that helps to promote innovative school sustainability practices and resources and multi-agency, multi-sector collaborations at a variety of levels (federal, state, school).

Each year, all public and private schools in West Virginia are invited to apply for this state and national recognition. Visit https://wvde.us/middle-secondary-learning/science/wv-sustainable-schools/ for more details.

Editor’s Note: Information provided by West Virginia Department of Education Office of Communications, Kristin Anderson Executive Director / kristin.anderson@k12.wv.us (304) 558-2699 ext. 53465

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia Governor Jim Justice joined West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Dr. Steven Paine, the West Virginia Board of Education and representatives from Toyota Motor Manufacturing of West Virginia, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Horace Mann Insurance Solutions, WesBanco and the West Virginia Lottery to present the 2019 West Virginia Teacher of the Year, Jada Reeves, with awards totaling more than $15,000 and the use of a new car from Toyota.

The award was presented Thursday.

“Teachers are the backbone of our communities, they help shape the lives of our children, and we owe them a debt of gratitude,” said Governor Justice. “Jada Reeves is the absolute example of a talented, caring educator. Her devotion to her students is evident in everything she does, and I extend my sincere congratulations to Jada for earning the honor of West Virginia Teacher of the Year.”

Ms. Reeves is 5th grade teacher at Bradley Elementary in Mt. Hope, WV. She received an undergraduate degree from Concord University and a Master’s Degree as a Reading Specialist from Marshall University. She is currently pursing certification in administration, and serves on her school’s LSIC, Instructional Practices Inventory Team, Leadership, and Wellness Committees. She conducts trainings for Raleigh County’s Innovative Team and serves on the Levy Planning Committee.

“I am extremely honored and humbled to represent West Virginia as the 2019 Teacher of the Year,” said Reeves. “I could not possibly think of another profession that would be as inspiring as an educator. I adore my students and am passionate about teaching. Knowing I will step into my classroom each morning and tackle the day together with my students is always an encouraging thought. It is my hope during the next year to inspire other educators across West Virginia and the nation to awaken their passion for teaching. I am thankful that I was selected to represent our great state and I am prepared for this exciting adventure ahead of me!”

A National Board Certified teacher, Jada serves as an online facilitator and the lead coordinator for the Southern West Virginia National Board Certification Cohort through the West Virginia Department of Education. She is actively involved on the planning committee for the West Virginia division of Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teachers and Teaching. Ms. Reeves is a blogger for the National Board for Professional Teaching’s blog, The Standard. In addition, she was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the Education Alliance.

Toyota donated a new car to Reeves for use as she travels across the Mountain State to fulfill her duties as Teacher of the Year.

“Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia is thrilled to continue our partnership of the West Virginia Teacher of the Year program, as it recognizes deserving educators who daily offer encouragement and display commitment to their students. We hold education as our highest priority, and we regard the teaching profession with our utmost respect. On behalf of all our team members at Toyota, congratulations, Jada Reeves!”

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia also honored Ms. Reeves, presenting her with a $5,000 check.

“Highmark West Virginia is honored to recognize our state’s Teacher of the Year for the 18th consecutive year,” said Jim Fawcett, Highmark West Virginia president. “We know that Jada Reeves will serve as a role model for her students and peers throughout West Virginia, inspiring others by demonstrating how the highest standards of her profession can be achieved in the classroom.”

Horace Mann Insurance Solutions presented Jada with a check for $5,000.

“As a company dedicated to helping educators plan for a better tomorrow, we see how dedicated they are to their students’ futures. They are innovative and place their students’ best interests at the center of everything they do,” said Horace Mann President and CEO Marita Zuraitis. “We are proud to highlight the accomplishments of educators throughout the nation, and today, to recognize Jada Reeves, the 2019 West Virginia Teacher of the Year.”

Representatives from WesBanco presented Ms. Reeves with a check for $5,000 to support her classroom and her duties as Teacher of the Year.

“For nearly 150 years, WesBanco has been a strong supporter of our local communities, and the role our educators play in their success,” said WesBanco President and Chief Executive Officer Todd F. Clossin. “WesBanco is dedicated to talent development, retention, and recognition within our communities, and very proud to be a sponsor of the West Virginia Teacher of the Year program, which promotes teaching and recognizes those educators who bring honor to their profession. On behalf of myself, and all the employees of WesBanco, I would like to convey our deepest appreciation to Ms. Reeves for her dedication to and excellence in student engagement and learning. Teachers like Ms. Reeves are the catalyst that will ensure the future success of our communities and our children. Congratulations on an honor that is well deserved!”

The West Virginia Lottery sponsored the Teacher of the Year Program, providing a $300 grant to each of the county Teacher of the Year winner to use in their classrooms.

“The West Virginia Lottery is a proud supporter of the West Virginia Teacher of the Year Program,” West Virginia Lottery Director John Myers said. “The impact our teachers make in the classroom is incredible and our partnership allows us to recognize every County Teacher of the Year for their excellence.”

Coca-Cola, SMART Industries and Blenko Glass Company are also sponsors of the West Virginia Teacher of the Year Program.

In addition to her statewide duties, Jada will be considered for the National Teacher of the Year Award. The national winner will be announced in April.

Find out more about the Teacher of the Year Program, including information about the 2019 winner by visiting https://wvde.us/wv-teacher-of-the-year-application/.

Photos from today’s event can be found by visiting: https://www.flickr.com/photos/govjustice/albums/72157688607951903

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE), meeting Wednesday, for its monthly routine business meeting. During the meeting, five policies were discussed and placed on a 30-day public comment period. A brief description of each policy can be found below.

Policy 2322, West Virginia System of Support and Accountability: The policy is recommended for repeal and replacement to better align with current research related to effective schools. It will also provide a clarified definition of the support and accountability system for schools and counties. The policy will also define school and county recognition programs for academic success and school quality.

Policy 4373, Expected Behavior in Safe and Supportive Schools: Policy 4373 is placed on public comment to gather feedback for the following proposed changes: behavior and consequences charts are moved to an Appendix to reinforce flexibility to schools when applying the four different levels of consequences and interventions depending on the severity of inappropriate student behaviors. The updated policy includes new requirements such as the reduction in time required by mandated reporters to report suspected abuse, and sexual abuse prevention education requirements for public school employees and students as required by West Virginia House Bill 4402. In addition, the policy will provide clarification for guns in vehicles on school property as outlined in W. Va. Code §61-7-11a.

Policy 5100, Approval of Educational Personnel Preparation Programs: Policy 5100 outlines the preparation of educators eligible for licensure to work in West Virginia public schools. The policy guides the institutions of higher education (IHEs) in the creation and revision of preparation programs and national accreditation. The revisions reflect the most updated assessments available and incorporate the following: adding and clarifying language regarding accreditation definitions, partnerships, program content requirements, and pilot program proposals.

Policy 5202, Minimum Requirements for the Licensure of Professional/ Paraprofessional Personnel and Advanced Salary Classification: This policy outlines the minimum requirements for the various licenses approved by the WVBE, and issued by the State Superintendent of Schools to educators, paraprofessionals and other school personnel who wish to work in West Virginia’s public schools. The policy also outlines the requirements for educators who wish to qualify for an advanced salary classification. In the revised version going out for public comment, important terminology is defined, governing principles are identified, and the criteria for issuance of each license and salary classification are established.

Policy 6200, Handbook on Planning School Facilities: Policy 6200 has been revised to expand and clarify the flexibility provided to counties in designing school facilities. The primary changes emphasize that the Handbook on Planning School Facilities is not intended to be so prescriptive that it preempts the judgement of curriculum specialists and design professionals. Proposed changes also clarify that economies of scale and program utilization shall not be the single determining factors in evaluating existing buildings or funding new building projects.

The Board voted to approve Policy 2420, Adult Education Programs, which incorporates Policy 2420 (Adult Vocational Technical Programs and Funding Source) into Policy 2520.13 better aligns the Advance Career Education programs of study, formally known as Adult CTE programs, to the national accreditation requirements. The policy will be effective 30 days from the date of filing.

The Board also voted to approve two additional policies. Policy 2520.13, West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Programs of Study/Standards for Career Technical Education, which was amended to include the repeal of Policy 2530.02 and Policy 4310; and Policy 2520.14, West Virginia College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Technology and Computer Science, amended to separate and clarify standards for technology and computer science. Both policies will go into effect July 1, 2019.

To review and comment on WVBE policies, visit: http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/

Editor’s Note: Information provided by West Virginia Department of Education Office of Communications, Kristin Anderson Executive Director / kristin.anderson@k12.wv.us (304) 558-2699 ext. 53465