Award Year: 2017

Slanesville Elementary School

6550 Bloomery Pike
Slanesville, WV, 25444-3223

(304) 496-7069

Mrs. Susan Braithwaite, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Hampshire County School District

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All Slanesville Elementary students will make continuous progress toward mastering the essential curriculum and achieving at their highest potential.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 92%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Two or more races: 6%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 60%
Erin Sponaugle 2014 Teacher of the Year speaking to Slanesville Elementary Students

Erin Sponaugle 2014 Teacher of the Year speaking to Slanesville Elementary Students

Slanesville Elementary inspires its students to give the very best performance they can on a daily basis. We believe that if we set high expectations that we will be successful. Our teachers set goals each year and consistently select that their classroom will average one year of academic growth in mathematics and language arts/reading content. Consistently our teachers and our students meet these goals.

Slanesville Elementary has a history of academic achievement. In 1991 President Bush landed on our recess area in Marine One and gave the National Teacher of the Year award to our Title I Teacher, Rae Ellen McKee. During his presentation to Mrs. Mckee, President Bush made the following comments about Slanesville Elementary. He said, "There are plenty of schools bigger than Slanesville's, plenty of towns with more people. But in this small school, great things happen. Every day, these children, your children, take another wonderful step forward, toward their future. And that's a testament to this teacher and to this school. And above all, it's a testament to the strength of this community and its values. Our children learn from all of us, not just from the teachers. And what happens at home and in the neighborhood matters just as much as what takes place in the classroom." This statement by President Bush although short in sentences is a wonderful description of our community and school. In 2016 Slanesville Elementary was awarded by the West Virginia Department of Education as a West Virginia School of Excellence.