A Message from Superintendent Miller

Dear Families and Students,

Today, Governor Jim Justice stated the school closure would extend until April 21, 2020. This gives us a date to plan for reopening and consider options for continued learning for our students. We know this virus is on the move in West Virginia, and we will begin to put plans together to meet this opening date, understanding it may change again.

Learning has taken many twists and turns over the last two weeks and I look for it to do so once again. I do want to stress that we have met with principals discussing the volume and expectations of work that some students have received to complete for this week. While it is important to support continued learning, we must understand parents are not teachers and consider what is sent home to complete should not require a large amount of support. In the coming weeks, plans will offer opportunities to sustain skills already learned in different formats. There will be time to introduce new skills once we return. Schools will be reaching out to our students to assist and help them understand how the work will be used for completion and grading.

I want to thank you for your continued support of our system. The outpouring of thanks for the delivery of meals and connections to those who prepared them has been tremendous. Taylor County is a very caring and close community and it shows as we continue to support one another through this changing time. Connect with each other however that may be, reach out to those in need, and take care of your families. We look forward to a return soon allowing us to finish strong and united.

Christy Miller


A Message from Mrs. Shumaker

Hello Bearcats,

During these challenging times, we are learning and adjusting as we go. I understand there is a lot of concern and stress about completing work. This includes both digital and printed packets. We at GHS are going to change directions a little. Your mental and physical health are our number one concern. That said, we also want to give you the opportunity to continue learning and enriching your skills. Starting now, any digital work assigned will be for you to maintain and improve your current skills. Any work you complete and submit will earn you credit for completing it. If you are unable to complete something, it will not be counted against you. You will simply be exempt from it. We encourage you to select assignments you are able to complete with the technology you have available. Starting  tomorrow, you will be able to access school internet from  outside any school in the county. This will allow you the added option to drive to the school and connect to send or receive work. I will send more info on that when it is ready.  As a county, we will not be sending anymore packet work, this is to protect your health and prevent spreading the virus. For any student currently failing a class, work with your teacher to create a plan to improve your grade to passing. If you do not have digital access and are seeking a way to improve a grade in a specific class, contact that teacher or call GHS and leave a message with an administrator. We will forward your message to the teacher.  Remember, as students, you and your families are the only ones determining what you do with this time off. We are giving you the content to help you to maintain and sharpen your skills, as well as improve your grades. I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities provided in whatever form you can. I hope you all stay healthy.  Call us or email if you have questions. I miss you and look forwarding to your return.

Take Care,
Mrs. Shumaker

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Our Mission

Grafton High School educates and prepares students for success in future endeavors.

Our Beliefs

  • we should focus on things we can control;
  • Students will maximize their potential and achieve individualized success through high expectations and maximum effort by all stakeholders: faculty, staff, students, parents and community;
  • quality instruction and high levels of engagement yield high achievement and reduce classroom disruption;
  • we are accountable for guiding students to become productive members of society by utilizing a holistic approach to education.

Lori Shumaker, Principal, Grafton High School

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