Open House



2020 - 2021

meal delivery

Meal Delivery Occurs Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

• Pick up meals in the school bus loop where the student is currently enrolled.
• Meals will be provided in multi-day meal packs. Five (5) breakfasts and five (5) lunches will be included.
• Pull into the school’s bus loop in a single file line NO EARLIER than 9:15 a.m. to avoid buses. Vehicles will not be permitted in bus loops while buses are unloading students.
• Be prepared to provide the first and last names of the student that needs meals.
• Open your trunk or back hatch so meals can safely be loaded. Do not exit your vehicle for any reason.
• Free meals for students will continue through December 31, 2020. Please continue to fill out free/reduced forms online to ensure a smooth transition in January. See below for information regarding these forms.
• If a student has special dietary needs, please provide one (1) weeks’ notice for the accommodation. Please contact the Child Nutrition Department at (304) 728-9201 or email The designated proxy pick-up adult must be aware of any special dietary requirements and alert school staff of the dietary concerns before accepting food.
• If school is closed on Tuesday, food distribution will move to the next school day.
• If all students in a school switch to remote learning, please visit for updates and possible changes regarding the distribution of multi-day meal packs for Jefferson Virtual Academy students.

NOTE: Parents/Guardians who want to apply for free/reduced meals, please go to and submit the online form. If you need a paper form, please call Child Nutrition at 304-728-9230. Families will be notified if they qualify for free or reduced meals. 

Principal Astorino

Greetings Parents, Guardians, and Families of Ranson Elementary,

My name is Lance Astorino and I am incredibly excited to join the extraordinary staff of Ranson Elementary as your new Principal. I look forward to continuing the strong partnership already in place that provides our students with a rigorous, structured, and engaging educational experience. In addition to being very passionate about education for all students no matter their ability or achievement level, I also have high expectations for myself, students, and staff to assure the best education for your student.  

I strongly believe that parents are the first teacher in every students’ life. It is because of that belief that we will continue to foster a strong home-school community partnership. In addition to a strong community partnership, together we will work to not only guarantee that all our students are challenged academically, but also have access to social and emotional supports, as necessary so that both student and families feel supported, appreciated, and cared for.  

Before joining Ranson Elementary, I was an Assistant Principal at Driswood Elementary School for 3 years. Before coming to Jefferson County, I was a Lead Teacher/Content Specialist in Washington County at a Title I school for 3 years. Additionally, I have 8 years teaching experience in both Berkeley County and Frederick County, Virginia. My academic background includes an Administrative/Supervision Certificate from WVU, Master of Education from WVU, and a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Other than leading great educators, I enjoy spending time with my family.  My wife, a teacher in Berkeley County, and our 2 daughters (ages 10 and 8) keep me busy.  We are either on the soccer field, in the gym for a volleyball game, or on the pool deck cheering on our girls on the weekends.  

During these uncertain times, one thing will remain constant and that is the high-quality education that your student will receive daily, no matter virtually or in person. Additionally, together we will work to achieve that every student finds their way to feel connected, challenged by new learning, and are surrounded by champions to push them to achieve their goals.  

Thank you for this opportunity to serve as only your fourth principal in the history of Ranson. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns, as well as celebrations or ideas you would like to share.  
Mr. Lance Astorino
Principal, Ranson Elementary


Dear Families,

I hope you and your family had the opportunity to relax a little this summer, while making lasting memories. As we approach the start of the 2020 – 2021 school year, we are faced with many thoughts that bring anxiety, fear, or unsettledness to our daily lives. Please know that YOU are not alone and that “we are all in this together.” One of the many things I have learned so far about the Ranson community is that Ranson Elementary is a catalyst and cornerstone for the community and that WE are in this TOGETHER. WE are here to not only educate your student, but to support and assist each student and family as our own. 

We are a school that is centered around the individual child. A school that takes the time get to know each of our students and assure their academic and social needs are being achieved. We are a school that has some of the most dedicated, talented, resourceful teachers around who truly care about our students. Together, we can achieve greatness. 

Spring 2020, and continuing through today, has challenged each of us to find and accept our “new normal” way of life. Over the coming days, information will be posted on our school website to inform you of Ranson Elementary’s re-entry plan. Through this correspondence, you will find guidance on arrival and dismissal procedures, health and safety protocols, visitor information, and information regarding what the instructional day will look like for students attending school virtually, or in-person. Together, we will work to achieve solidarity and that each one of us are supported and cared for. 

I want to take a moment to thank our custodial staff, academic coaches, Title I Facilitator, parent involvement associate, and many other staff members who put in extra hours to assure Ranson Elementary is ready to open our doors to students in the coming weeks.

In closing, please join me in acknowledging one of the most devoted educational experts in the field. Someone who works tirelessly each day to build a strong home-school connection, a wealth of community support, and works hard to assure that quality individualized education is being received daily by the students of Ranson Elementary. Let us together say “Congratulations” and wish Mrs. Corbett well as she transitions into retirement from the world of education after 39 years in the field. Mrs. Corbett’s devotion, love, and passion for her school, community, and students will always be honored and appreciated. Thank you, Mrs. Corbett, for all that you do!
Mr. Lance Astorino
Principal, Ranson Elementary

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