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CommunityConcerns™: What’s Next WVBOE For The County’s Smarter Balance Test Results?

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Each year student achievement testing occurs in the State’s schools and preliminary results for 2016 are available for Gilmer County.

The scores were for Normantown, Sand Fork, and Gilmer Elementary grade schools, and the Gilmer County High School.

Testing occurred for English and language arts (ELA), math, and science.

This is a breakdown of results with percentages of students who tested proficient and those who did not as indicated within parentheses: Proficient%(Not Proficient%).


Normantown Elementary

ELA Scores:

  • 3rd grade 75(25)
  • 4th grade 75(25)
  • 5th grade 85(15)
  • 6th grade 80(20)


Math Scores

  • 3rd grade 42(58)
  • 4th grade 69(31)
  • 5th grade 54(46)
  • 6th grade 73(27)


Science Scores:

  • 4th grade 63(37)
  • 6th grade 67(33)


Glenville Elementary

ELA Scores:

  • 3rd grade 39(61)
  • 4th grade 52(48)
  • 5th grade 48(52)
  • 6th grade 65(35)


Math Scores

  • 3rd grade 39(61)
  • 4th grade 27(73)
  • 5th grade 19(81)
  • 6th grade 42(58)


Science Scores:

  • 4rd grade 24(76)
  • 6th grade 61(39)


Sandfork Elementary

ELA Scores:

  • 3rd grade 53(47)
  • 4th grade 20(80)
  • 5th grade 14(86)
  • 6th grade 80(20)


Math Scores:

  • 3rd grade 41(59)
  • 4th grade 20(80)
  • 5th grade 7(93)
  • 6th grade 40(60)


Science Scores:

  • 4th grade 13(87)
  • 6th grade 50(50)


Gilmer County High School

ELA Scores:

  • 7th grade 51(49)
  • 8th grade 45(55)
  • 9th grade 36(64)
  • 10th grade 48(52)
  • 11th grade 35(65)


Math Scores:

  • 7th grade 33(67)
  • 8th grade 37(63)
  • 9th grade 24(76)
  • 10th grade 23(77)
  • 11th grade 21(79)


Science Scores:

  • 10th grade 29(71)


What will the WVBOE do with the test results considering that they represent cumulative effects from complicated factors impacting the County? Some of those factors, as suggested by K-12 educators, are Listed below for consideration.

  1. Students receive inadequate mentoring at home which is critical for enhanced performance at school.

  2. Too much standardized testing to cause students to be under-motivated to do their best plus the lack of incentives to encourage their maximum performance.

  3. Students come from homes without computers to diminish their skills at taking computerized tests at school.

  4. Failure for school systems to be administered with reliance on plans written by professional school system planners with proven expertise in improving student achievement.

  5. Administrators in county school systems who lack skills and aptitudes for using quantitative assessment data for use in obtaining continual student achievement improvements.

  6. The failure to hold school system administrators accountable for student achievement.

  7. Under involvement of school boards in continual monitoring of achievement results and setting standards to be a serious governance failure.

  8. Blaming low student achievement primarily on local cultural traits to deflect public attention away from need to deal with a school system’s deficiencies.

  9. Test results are withheld from citizens and the embargoes impede community awareness and demands for improved student achievement.

  10. Frequent changes of testing programs to prevent access to meaningful trend data for administrative decision-making designed to continually improve student achievement.


It is too soon to know how the 2016 Smarter Balance results will affect the WVBOE’s assignment of a letter grade to our two schools with use of its A-F system. The letter grades are scheduled for release in November. If updates become available for scores in this CommunityConcerns™, Mr. Gabriel Devono is requested to respond.

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This is the Troy way of thinking. What goes into the high school is better than what comes out.

More evidence of the WV Board’s incompetence. It has been in control more than 5 years to be 100% responsible for what is not working.

Before the State’s takeover Gilmer County was doing OK and after it happened it has been downhill all the way.

Let teachers, parents, and people we elected for the County’s school board work together to end blight the State sent here.

While we are at it we need to hire a superintendent to look out for the County’s children instead of the WV Board.

By Troy  on  08.29.2016

Thank you Mr. Ramezan for your community service in getting Gilmer’s test scores out to the public.

Anytime government hides information from its citizens, bureaucrats in charge are scared and they want cover ups.

We cannot forget the statement at a board meeting that people here cannot understand information and besides they don’ care.

We fully understand implications of the test scores.

Our children are not going out into the world to be able to compete as well as they should.

For the sake of our children we need to get the WVBOE off our backs.

By It Points To the WVBOE And The WVDOE  on  08.29.2016

For any score less than 60 for the high school, it got an F based on the A-F scale used in schools.

The cry is already going out that wait a minute we are doing s well as anyone.

Parents know about the “everyone is doing it” excuse and we demand better for our children.

It is clear that the WVBOE got Fs for what it did to us.

By Glenville Parent  on  08.29.2016

REGIONAL COUNTY SUMMARY

Proficient Reading Language Arts:

Clay 51%
Ritchie 47%
Braxton 47%
Gilmer 46%
Wirt 43%
Roane 43%
Calhoun 36%

Proficient Math

Wirt 36%
Clay 30%
Gilmer 30%
Braxton 28%
Ritchie 27%
Roane 22%
Calhoun 21%

Proficient Science

Clay 44%
Braxton 39%
Gilmer 39%
Wirt 35%
Roane 35%
Calhoun 34%
Ritchie 30%

By Hang In There Kids  on  08.29.2016

Grades like this from the high school shows how deep seated the WVBE failure really is?

By more remediation needed for GCHS students  on  08.29.2016

5 years of state control, the HS looks to be a big problem?

The new grade system going into place.
These HS grades, would they equate to the state taking over the high school?

By grade system  on  08.29.2016

The difference with Gilmer County and other counties in the region is that the WVBOE, that is supposed to be the State’s premiere A-Z expert on K-12 education, has controlled our County for over 5 years.

You would expect that with all the expertise down there our scores would have gone through the roof. Didn’t happen did it?

Gilmer County’s teachers will be scapegoats for the failed WVBOE leadership and parents will be blamed too.

By Get Ready For Scapegoating  on  08.29.2016

Here is something for Gilmer County to consider because the WVBOE’s intervention does not nullify WV State Law—18-5-14.

A)Request the superintendent to provide your board with all recent test results for it to review.

B)Invite parents to attend a public meeting to provide advice on corrective actions to take to improve student achievements.

C) Your board can go directly to a LCIS and faculty senates while bypassing administrators to obtain advice on how to correct low test scores.

D)Should it be learned that the superintendent failed to provide requested achievement information require the individual to attend your next meeting to discuss issues and to make recommendations for correcting achievement problems.

If any of the board’s actions are blocked by the State it is understood that the interference would violate the Statute.

Ask Mr. Minigh to check out the Statute for his interpretation of what you can do while intervened or better yet get Bowles and Rice to provide legal advice.

Remember that if a State law is violated and nothing is done about it, for legal purposes nothing happened.

By Follow The Law GCBOE  on  08.29.2016

The WVDOE’s and WVBOE’s Achilles heel is the willful withholding of information particularly student test scores.

By WVDOE Information Censorship  on  08.30.2016

The Bowles and Rice option would be a good one in a county where a school board had say over using its money.

When intervention occurs the WVBOE takes complete control of all money to spend it as it wants and there is no accountability to the local level for where it goes.

Boards do not have the right to use county money in intervened counties for legal services from Bowles and Rice or other law firms.

Martirano knows it. the WVBOE knows it, and the WV Legislature does too. Abuse of power at the very least. Corruption would be more like it.

By WVBOE Took Freedom Taken Away  on  08.30.2016

The test scores are revealing. It is obvious that Normantown was a WV school that worked.

What is GD doing to profit from the Normantown phenomenon by applying lessons learned to the GCHS and the GCES? He should come forth with his plan.

There is a saying that if you keep doing the same things over and over again how can you expect different results? We do not want that trap to happen any more.

Normantown’s kids were not from a different culture, the overall economic conditions were similar to the rest of the County, and
the kids were schooled in trailers.

The answer to what Normantown achieved was because of superior leadership, school teachers and others on the staff working together to attain results, and strong community involvement with parents at the forefront.

Simple, but true. Without superior readership the testing outcomes would have been vastly different.

By Normantown Model To Follow  on  08.31.2016

We hear that GD said in the past that he did not want test scores for individual schools to be released to the public.

His excuse was that he did not want it to appear that our schools were competing with each other.

Mr. Devono competition, accountability, and survival of the fittest are what real world life is about.

Could it be that the prime reasons for WV being at the bottom for K-12 education is that the system is not driven by accountability for non performing administrators?

By Rosedale Private Sector Worker  on  08.31.2016

Whoops wrong key stroke.  Last sentence should be leadership not readership.

Come to think about it, readership is critical too because citizens need access to information to know what is going on.

The Internet and social media are doing that exceptionally well to out perform traditional hard copy outlets.

We appreciate the GFP and Mr. David Ramezan in keeping us informed about our schools.

Information access equates to citizen power which is sometime the State fears.

By Normantown Model To Follow  on  08.31.2016

Don’t worry. There will be a correction of the GCHS’s F scores because of “typos” or some other spectacular morphing so the school will end up getting an A or B overall letter grade in November.

The reason is that the WVBOE is grading itself so what else would you expect with intervention and dictatorial control from Charleston?

By WVBOE Grading Itself  on  08.31.2016

Your Normantown is the class example of competent administrators.
WVBOE is the class example of incompetent administrators.

WV schools at 46th.

By Kanawha Reader  on  08.31.2016

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Gilmer County Pre-School Registration

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GILMER COUNTY SCHOOLS BUS SCHEDULES 2016-2017

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GILMER COUNTY SCHOOLS
BUS SCHEDULES
2016-2017

Run times are approximate and subject to change.
All Students need to be at designated bus stop
at least 10 minutes prior to scheduled pick up.

GLENVILLE AREA

#65 Darrel Ramsey
MORNING EVENING
7:05 County Line 3:27 Gilmer Elementary
7:20 Robert’s Service Center 3:37 GCHS
7:35 River Street 3:42 Mineral Road
7:45 Sycamore Road 3:47 Sycamore Road
7:50 Mineral Road 3:57 River Street
7:55 GCHS 4:12 Roberts Service Station
8:05 Gilmer Elementary 4:27 County Line
#69 John Isenhart
MORNING EVENING
7:15 Trace Fork 3:27 Gilmer Elementary
7:25 Tanner School 3:33 Watch Me Grow Daycare
7:37 Mouth of Third Run 3:35 Main Street (Elem. Only)
7:50 GCHS 3:39 GCHS
7:55 Main Street (Elem. Only) 3:55 Mouth of Third Run
7:58 Watch Me Grow Daycare 4:07 Tanner School
8:05 Gilmer Elementary 4:17 Trace Fork
#63 Woody McCullough
MORNING EVENING
6:45 Mouth of Cub Fork 3:27 GCHS
7:04 Turn at Sherwoods 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:15 Head of Steer Run (Jim Moss) 3:44 Camden Flats
7:25 Mouth of Steer Run 3:54 Mouth of Cedar Creek
7:27 Normantown 4:04 Normantown
7:37 Mouth of Cedar Creek 4:06 Mouth of Steer Run
7:42 Camden Flats 4:16 Head of Steer Run (Jim Moss)
7:54 Gilmer Elementary 4:27 Turn at Sherwoods
8:04 GCHS 4:46 Mouth of Cub Fork

SAND FORK AREA

Glen Greathouse
MORNING EVENING
7:00 Turkey Fork Turnaround 3:27 GCHS
7:12 Tolar Fork Turnaround 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:20 Dusk Camp Turnaround 3:47 Duck Run Turnaround
7:34 Low Gap 3:57 Edna Street
7:40 Edna Street 4:03 Low Gap
7:50 Duck Run Turnaround 4:11 Turkey Fork Turnaround
8:00 Gilmer Elementary 4:23 Tolar Fork Turnaround
8:10 GCHS 4:30 Dusk Camp Turnaround
#66 Susie Kirkpatrick
MORNING EVENING
7:05 Gilmer Straight 3:27 GCHS
7:11 Copen Turnaround 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:20 Stout’s Mills 3:47 Lynch Run Turnaround
7:26 Sliding Turnaround 4:00 Route 5
7:32 Route 5 4:06 Sliding Turnaround
7:45 Lynch Run Turnaround 4:12 Stout’s Mills
7:55 Gilmer Elementary 4:21 Copen Turnaround
8:05 GCHS 4:27 Gilmer Straight
#68 Tim White
MORNING EVENING
7:10 Right Fork Ellis 3:27 GCHS
7:24 Ellis 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:34 Hub Cab Corner 3:42 VanHorn Drive
7:39 Hacker Run 3:58 Hacker Run
7:55 VanHorn Drive 4:03 Hub Cap Corner
8:00 Gilmer Elementary 4:13 Ellis
8:10 GCHS 4:27 Right Fork Ellis
#62 Randy Hitt
MORNING EVENING
7:00 Rocky Fork 3:27 GCHS
7:21 Indian Fork 3:30 Main Street (H.S. Only)
7:24 Upper Sand Fork (Bridge) 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:30 Mouth of Ellis 4:03 Mouth of Ellis
7:57 Gilmer Elementary 4:10 Upper Sand Fork (Bridge)
8:04 Main Street (H.S.Only) 4:13 Indian Fork
8:07 GCHS 4:34 Rocky Fork

NORMANTOWN AREA

#74 Colin Hartshorn
MORNING EVENING
7:10 Head of Tanner Ck. Rd. 3:27 GCHS
7:18 Mouth of Tanner Ck. Rd. 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:30 Stumptown 3:57 Normantown
7:35 Lockney 4:02 Lockney
7:40 Normantown 4:07 Stumptown
8:00 Gilmer Elementary 4:19 Mouth of Tanner Ck. Rd.
8:10 GCHS 4:27 Head of Tanner Ck. Rd.
#61 Dean Baringer
MORNING EVENING
6:55 Cedarville Store 3:27 GCHS
7:06 Leather Bark 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:18 Little Bull Run (Turnaround) 3:47 Mouth of Cedar Creek
7:28 Cedar Creek State Park 3:57 Head of Spruce
7:35 Head of Spruce Run 4:04 Cedar Creek State Park
7:45 Mouth of Cedar Creek 4:14 Little Bull (Keysucker’s Turnaround)
7:55 Gilmer Elementary 4:26 Leather Bark
8:05 GCHS 4:37 Cedarville Store
#63 Woody McCullough
MORNING EVENING
6:45 Mouth of Cub Fork 3:27 GCHS
7:04 Turn at Sherwoods 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:15 Head of Steer Run (Jim Moss) 3:44 Camden Flats
7:25 Mouth of Steer Run 3:54 Mouth of Cedar Creek
7:27 Normantown 4:04 Normantown
7:37 Mouth of Cedar Creek 4:06 Mouth of Steer Run
7:42 Camden Flats 4:16 Turn at Head of Steer Run (Jim Moss)
7:54 Gilmer Elementary 4:27 Turn at Sherwoods
8:04 GCHS 4:46 Mouth of Cub Fork
#70 Mike Hill
MORNING EVENING
7:11 Mouth of Flat Run 3:27 Gilmer Elementary
7:16 Mouth of Cross Cut 3:37 GCHS
7:26 Mouth of Popular Lick 3:40 Brooklyn
7:33 Steer Run Church 3:46 Mouth of Cedar Creek
7:35 Normantown 3:52 Mouth of Grass Run
7:41 Mouth of Grass Run 3:57 Normantown
7:48 Mouth of Cedar Creek 3:59 Steer Run Church
7:54 Brooklyn 4:06 Mouth of Popular Lick
7:57 GCHS 4:16 Mouth of Cross Cut
8:07 Gilmer Elementary 4:21 Mouth of Flat Run
#60 Stanley Cottrill
MORNING EVENING
7:00 Rosedale 3:27 GCHS
7:14 Shock 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:20 Aunt Minnie’s Farm 4:01 Mouth of Grass Run
7:25 Intersection Rt. 33 4:12 Intersection Rt. 33
7:36 Mouth of Grass Run 4:17 Aunt Minnie’s Farm
8:00 Gilmer Elementary 4:23 Shock
8:10 GCHS 4:37 Rosedale

TROY AREA

#71 Kelvin Sprouse
MORNING EVENING
6:55 Head of Big Run 3:27 GCHS
7:04 End of Coning’s Straight 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:22 Mouth of Hemlock Road 3:45 Dowell (Transfer w/#72)
7:29 Leading Creek Elementary 4:03 Leading Creek Elementary
7:47 Dowell (Transfer w #72) 4:10 Mouth of Hemlock
7:55 Gilmer Elementary 4:28 End of Coning’s Straight
8:05 GCHS 4:37 Head of Big Run
#73 Sam Perrin
MORNING EVENING
6:55 Ellis Run (Newberne) 3:27 GCHS
7:05 Jesse’s Run 3:37 Gilmer Elementary
7:14 Newberne 4:00 Leading Creek Elementary
7:37 Leading Creek Elementary 4:23 Newberne
8:00 Gilmer Elementary 4:32 Jesse’s Run
8:10 GCHS 4:42 Ellis Run (Newberne)
#72 Todd Stewart
MORNING EVENING
6:57 Upper Horn Creek 3:29 Leading Creek Elementary
7:02 Cox’s Mills 3:42 Baldwin Church
7:12 Auburn 3:47 Dowell (Transfer w/ #71)
7:23 Lower Horn Creek 4:11 Lower Horn Creek
7:47 Dowell (Transfer w/ # 71) 4:22 Auburn
7:52 Baldwin Church 4:32 Cox’s Mills
8:05 Leading Creek Elementary 4:37 Upper Horn Creek

Gilmer County Residents Graduated from GSC

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GLENVILLE, WV—Sixteen students from Gilmer County were awarded degrees during the Glenville State College Commencement Ceremony held on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

  • Hope L. Bossert of Glenville graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science with a minor in Criminal Justice.

  • Andrew B. Butcher of Glenville received an Associate in Science degree in Land Surveying Technology.

  • Elisabeth A. Coombs of Cedarville graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with minors in Health Promotion and Psychology.

  • David A. Finley of Glenville received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science with a minor in English.

  • Robert A. Hensley of Glenville received a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in Math (5-adult).

  • Jeremy D. Jenkins of Glenville received an Associate in Science degree in Criminal Justice.

  • Camden L. Kinder of Glenville received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Accounting.

  • Ian L. Morris of Glenville received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Management.

  • Emily E. Ramezan of Sand Fork graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with minors in Nonprofit Leadership, Health Promotion, and Chemistry.

  • Annetta L. Snyder of Stouts Mills graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in English (5-adult).

  • Taylor C. Somerville of Linn received a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree.

  • Valeri M. Sprouse of Glenville graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in Accounting and Management with a minor in Nonprofit Leadership.

  • Abigal L. Stalnaker of Glenville received a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in Early Education (PreK-K) and Elementary Education (K-6).

  • Mistie R. Stracher of Tanner received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Behavioral Science in Psychology/Sociology with a minor in Mathematics.

  • Curtis R. Sutphin of Glenville graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Education degree in Music (PreK-adult) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a concentration in Vocal Music.

  • Tyler N. Wilson of Glenville received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science with a minor in Military Science.

Founded in 1872, Glenville State College is a public liberal arts college located in Glenville, West Virginia. The college offers a variety of four-year degree programs and several NCAA Division II athletic teams.

Carolyn Sue Meadows Sturm Selected as the 2016 Normantown High School Alumnus of the Year

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The Normantown High School Alumni Association meeting for perhaps its last time in the gymnasium of the school Saturday May 28, 2016, awarded Carolyn Sue Meadows Sturm the 2016 Alumnus of the Year Award. Dr. Gary Smith, Chair of the Alumnus of the year Committee presented the award and related that Carolyn received it because of her dedication to the preservation of Normantown High School’s rich history.

She served as past Chair of the Preservation Committee and helped in securing a safe and protected location at the Gilmer County Recreation Center for the individual Class Pictures and the many trophies and awards earned by Normantown High School. She, along with several other Alumni members moved these important artifacts to the White House at the Center. She and the committee placed the NHS 1945 State Basketball Championship trophy in the Gilmer County High School main trophy case. The Trophy was later relocated to a NHS Alumni owned trophy case along with other valuable and sentimental memorabilia to the Cafeteria of GCHS.

She co-authored the reproduction of Coach Eugene Williams’ Scrapbook in which he kept an abundance of news paper articles and other printed materials telling first hand the story of the Normantown High School 1945 great basketball championship run and accomplishments at a time when there was no separate classification of schools but instead all schools, large and small, competed for the championship. It is a historic event for the School, Gilmer County, and West Virginia that will never happen again.

Carolyn and husband, Richard Sturm, are Lewis County residents and have been most all their adult life. They reared three children and have four grand children and three great grand sons. She has been very active in and a strong supporter of schools, sports and the Lewis County High School Athletic Association. She has provided food many of the sports teams before their games making sure that they had a nutritious meal before their activity. She has also been active in many community activities.

Carolyn was born at home at Normantown to the parents of Landis and Winnie Moore Meadows. She went to the Normantown School all 12 years graduating in 1954. She was a Cheer Leader many of her high school years and an excellent student. Her father was a Bus Driver for the school and her mother one of the excellent cooks who also provided meals for the athletic teams before events. She is one of the few survivors who attended all games played by the Normantown 1945 State Basketball Champs. Her mother, an avid fan, took Carolyn and her sister to every game.

Carolyn has been an excellent supporter of the Normantown Alumni Association and the Class of 1954 organizing special reunions for the 40th, 50th, and 60th year reunions and producing a 1954 Yearbook.

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Public Notice: Vaccination of Dogs and Cats - June 10-11, 2016

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NOTICE TO PUBLIC

VACCINATION OF DOGS & CATS

Gilmer County Assessor, Gary L. Wolfe, would like to announce that William R Moodispaw, DVM, will be at the following named places on the dates listed below, to vaccinate dogs and cats AS REQUIRED BY WV CODE §19-20A-1.

All dogs and cats, which have reached SIX MONTHS OF AGE AND HAVE NOT BEEN VACCINATED WITHIN THE PAST 24 MONTHS, are required to be vaccinated before June 01, 2016.

The fee for rabies vaccination will be $8.00 according to WV Code §19-20A-1.

Due to Dr. Moodispaw’s schedule, he will only be at the following locations on the dates and times listed below:


FRIDAY June 10th

08:30 – 09:00 am Mouth of Jesse’s Run
09:15 – 10:00 a.m. Tanner
10:20 – 11:00 a.m. Heiney’s
11:45 – 12:30 p.m. Dawson’s Farm
12:45 – 01:30 p.m. Normantown
02:00 – 03:00 p.m. Cedarville


SATURDAY June 11th

08:00 – 09:00 a.m. Court House
09:15 – 10:00 a.m. Camden Flats
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Sand Fork
11:30 – 12:05 p.m. Mouth of Ellis
12:30 – 01:00 p.m. Somerville Store
01:30 – 02:15 p.m. Troy School

Gilmer County Schools May/Summer 2016 Newsletter: Normantown Elementary

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Normantown Elementary has had an exciting last month of school with various activities.

The entire school kicked off State Testing with a pep assembly featuring the staff and students in “We Will Rock the Test.”

The students have been working very hard completing the tests and one lucky boy and girl received a bicycle on May 20, for having perfect attendance during testing.

 

Thanks to the PTO, the school traveled to the Columbus Zoo on Friday April 22, sporting their new NES T-Shirts. 

PK and Kindergarten had an exciting day at the WV Game Farm and and PK had a fun day celebrating the end of the school year. 

6th grade attended the WV Soil Conservation Day at Cedar Creek State Park and even though it was a rainy day they had fun and enjoyed seeing their future classmates from GES and SFES.

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Ronald McDonald stopped by the school and got the kids involved in “One Minute to Move It!”

He stressed the importance of staying active and demonstrated many ways they could do that.

All the students and staff enjoyed the outdoor assembly with lots of moving going on.

 

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Congratulations is in order for Normantown Elementary.

They ranked second overall in the state for 5th Grade Reasoning Mind.

Categories such as class accuracy in study modes, review modes, test prep modes, time spent online, as well as how often reports were being pulled were used for these rankings.

Mrs. Stewart’s class has excelled with using the program.

The class has consistently had 100% of students meeting accuracy goals.

They go beyond the bare minimum required and always exceed what is expected.

The room is always focused, self-motivated, and a collaborative learning environment.

Hats off to them and the year of hard work they have done!

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Allison Wood and Dalton Persinger were the winners of a new bicycle for having perfect attendance during State Summative Testing

Gilmer County Clerk: Notice to Creditors and Beneficiaries

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CLERK OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION OF GILMER COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA
NOTICE TO CREDITORS AND BENEFICIARIES

The administration of the estates(s) of the following deceased is pending before the Clerk of the County Commission of Gilmer County, 10 Howard Street, Glenville WV 26351.

The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representative’s attorney are set forth below.

Notice is hereby given that the estate(s) of the following has been opened for probate.  Any interested person objecting to the validity of the will, the qualifications of the personal representative or the venue or jurisdiction of the court, shall file notice of an objection with the County Commission within ninety days after the date of the first publication or within 30 days of service of notice, whichever is later.  If an objection is not timely filed, the objection is forever barred.

All persons having claims against the estate(s) of the said following deceased, whether due or not, are notified to exhibit their claims, with the voucher thereof, legally verified, to the undersigned, at the County Clerk’s Office on or before July 18, 2016  otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of said estate(s).  All beneficiaries of said estate(s) may appear on or before said day to examine said claims and otherwise protect their interests.

Claims against the estate must be filed in accordance with West Virginia Code 44-1-14a.

 

DECENDENT NAME PER.REP/NAME REPER.REP/ADDRESS
Janice E. Yeakley William Baird Ohlinger 15058 US Hwy 33W
Normantown, WV 25267
John J. McCullough Angela Dawn Carder 92033 Right Ellis Road
Linn, WV 26384


Clerk of Gilmer County Commission
Jean Butcher
10 Howard Street
Glenville, WV 26351

The date of the first publication of this Notice is : May 19, 2016

G-ICYMI™: 50 Years Ago, Team From Tiny Normantown High Set Still-Standing International Record

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Big accomplishments can come from small high schools, as Homer Hickam and his Rocket Boys from Big Creek High School in War, McDowell County, proved in winning the National Science Fair in 1960.

As alumni from Normantown High School, a like-sized, also-defunct school in Gilmer County at the other end of the state from War, gather for the Class of 1966’s 50th reunion on Saturday, some will likely remember hearing their parents talk about the school’s David versus Goliath championship season of 1945. The one when their 150-person student body produced a basketball team that captured the all-class state championship with a 50-49 win over Logan.

But in 1966, the tiny West Virginia high school produced a team that took top honors at an international competition in an event a bit slower-paced and lower-profile than basketball. In the process of doing so, the Normantown High team racked up a score that remains unbeaten today.

The event was the International Land and Range Judging Contest, held near Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. There, contestants determine soil types and their water absorbing properties, estimate slope and erosion potentials, and determine what crops, mechanical treatments and fertilizer applications are most appropriate for farming the land.

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Normantown High School FFA members Kenneth Lee Greenlief (from left), Kelley Sponaugle, Brock Stewart and
Wesley Dobbins flank their coach and vo-ag teacher Everett “Casey” Mason after winning
the International Land and Range Judging contest in Oklahoma in 1966, posting a score that remains unbeaten today.


Contestants also pick out the best home site on the property being judged, identify rangeland plants,and determine how to best manage the rangeland for wildlife or livestock.

“Looking back, it seems like a very short time ago that we were taking this trip to Oklahoma City,” said Kelley Sponaugle, one of four members of Normantown High’s championship Future Farmers of America land judging team. “The one vivid memory is of the five of us (including FFA adviser and vo-ag teacher Everett “Casey” Mason) and our luggage packed in a Ford Falcon for two days each way.

“At that time it was my longest trip from Cedarville. I was amazed at the size of our country and the vast size of the cornfields of the Midwest.”

Mason, who coached the land judging team, “was a wonderful teacher,” recalled teammate Wesley Dobbins. “Through pure and simple hard, honest work, which he demanded, he was very successful in bringing the Normantown High School FFA chapter much recognition.”

“Being his student is without a doubt the greatest educational experience in my life,” Sponaugle said. “He truly believed success could be found through hard work and doing it right. Because of his encouragement, we believed we could win.”

Sponaugle said Mason assembled a support team that included Soil Conservation Service staffers Junior Kennedy and Woodrow Beverage, who helped provide the Normantown FFA team with enhanced soil and conservation knowledge, and George Sharpe, a soils specialist with the WVU Extension Service, who made several trips to Gilmer County to help train the students and met the team in Oklahoma City to help its members get acquainted with the local terrain.

Dobbins, Sponaugle and teammates Kenneth Greenlief and Brock Stewart won the state land judging competition in the spring of 1965 to qualify for the trip to Oklahoma City the following spring.

“We were four country boys who had never been far from home,” Dobbins said. “As we traveled, we kept seeing on the breakfast menu ‘hash browns.’ None of the four of us knew what they were. One morning, we decided to take a chance and order them. To our surprise, we got fried potatoes!”

“We arrived in Oklahoma City a couple days early,” Sponaugle recalled. “Mr. Mason had arranged for us to practice at a local ranch and at the Oklahoma State University farms. We spent from daylight to dark looking at various soils in the area and going over study materials. Mr. Mason was a strong believer in work, so that’s what we did.

“But we did go to a movie, Marilyn Monroe in ‘Some Like it Hot.’ That was my first trip to an indoor movie theater. The movie would probably be rated G or PG by today’s standards, but we thought it was really hot and sexy.”

The contest took place in a short grass prairie outside of Oklahoma City.

“The area had several large ravine-type gullies, and the soils there developed in windblown materials and were very erosive,” Sponaugle recalled. “After the contest, the judges reviewed the fields with us. I remember telling Mr. Mason and Dr. Sharpe that I thought I had made a perfect score on all four fields. They both thought I was crazy, since nobody had come close to that in the 15-year history of the contest.”

Teammate Brock Stewart also believed he had aced the contest, according to Sponaugle.

“At the banquet that night, I was so nervous I couldn’t eat,” he said. “The anticipation was intense.”

The combined individual scores of the top three team members determined the team winners. The awards announcement began by naming the 10 highest-scoring individual land judges, starting with the 10th place finalist.

“By the time they got down to No. 3, none of us had been called and I thought we had blown it,” Sponaugle recounted. “Then they announced Kenny Lee Greenlief from Normantown, West Virginia, at No. 3, with a score of 237 points, and finally, tied for individual high score, Brock Stewart and Kelley Sponaugle from Normantown with 240 points,” both perfect scores, for the first time in contest history.

While other West Virginia FFA teams have since won the event — most recently, Tyler County High in 2011 and 2013 — the Normantown team was the first to score more than 700 points in the history of the contest, and the team score of 717 points out of a possible 720 remains the highest score in contest history.

Sponaugle went on to compete on WVU’s soil judging team and pursued a career in soil science, recently retiring as assistant state conservationist for the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Greenlief, who earned a master’s degree in education administration at WVU and went on to become executive vice president and treasurer of Waco Oil & Gas, died in 2006.

Dobbins is a retired Braxton County elementary school principal and Stewart pursued a career in the natural gas business.

The team’s victory at Oklahoma City 50 years ago “is a great example of a high school in West Virginia with fewer than 200 students doing something outstanding,” said Dennis Bennett of Craigsville, president of Normantown High School Alumni Association.

Normantown High graduated its last class of seniors in 1968 and was converted into Normantown Elementary School, which in turn will be closed at the end of the current school year due to consolidation.

A 50th reunion celebration for the high school’s Class of 1966 took place last Saturday at the school.

~~  Rick Steelhammer - Gazette-Mail ~~

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