Award Year: 2021

Criss Elementary School

2800 22nd Street
Parkersburg, WV, 26101-3800

(304) 420-9522

Mrs. Heather Lynne Grant, Principal at time of Nomination

Wood County Schools

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Developing Lifelong Learners and Problem Solvers.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 89%
  • Hispanic: 2%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Two or more races: 5%
Jumping for joy over learning.

Jumping for joy over learning.

Criss Elementary opened in 1955 and is a school with time-traditions and strong community support. Many of our students' parents and grandparents attended Criss themselves and have very fond memories of the school.

First, we owe our success to the high standards we set in all areas from academics to parent involvement. Our highly qualified staff strives to provide a robust curriculum which uses innovative approaches to intervention, student groupings, and a positive school climate. During the day, our students are immersed in rigorous research-based lessons. The school is departmentalized in all core curriculum areas for grades one through five. The teachers utilize best practices to ensure the students are mastering the West Virginia College and Career Readiness Standards.
Further, when the school day ends, our students do not stop learning. We offer many extracurricular activities which include basketball, track, and chess as well as opportunities to participate in musicals, band, and choir.

Additionally, Criss Elementary has strong connections to our local community. Our state-recognized, award-winning PTA sponsors many events for students which range from the annual Back to School Bash to educational programs such as the hands-on Center of Science and Industry and Columbus Zoo. Our local business partners provide not only monetary assistance, but also provide volunteers to judge science fairs and help with other events throughout the school year. To be a Criss Cougar is to be a member of a tight-knit family where everyone does his or her part to ensure the well-being and success of every child.