Community members, I am always amazed by the dedication of our faculty and staff, but the story of one of our football coaches has moved me greatly.  The Richmond Times-Dispatch did a feature on Coach Harwood and I hope you take the time to read it.  Coach, we thank you for everything you did to inspire our champions and we hope you get well soon!!!

Congratulations to Kathryn Talley, GMS 8th Grader, who prevailed as the winner of our 2013 Goochland County Spelling Bee!  Her final winning word was “predicate.”

Bella Grace Finck, RES 4th grader, came in second and Rachel Ferguson, RES 5th grader, came in third.  All participating students should be extremely proud of their efforts!!

A special thank you goes out to Sally Hodges, our County Spelling Bee Coordinator, and all of our faculty and staff that volunteered their time to make the event successful!

Here are a few more pictures from the event:

Hello all – the School Board will vote to approve my proposed budget on February 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Goochland High School.  Please note this will be our final meeting at GHS and all future meetings will be at the County Administration Building.

We announced this on our website and at our last meeting, amongst other locations, but the January 29 workshop was cancelled, thus the February 5 meeting will be the final opportunity to give your input before we adopt the budget.

Please make sure to check out our Budget Update Website, we have posted our budget line-items along with an executive summary of the proposal.  If you have any questions, please let me know any time!

It has been an exciting time in Goochland celebrating our state championship football team.   In fact, the Board of Supervisors and our School Board will be jointly recognizing the team at the February 11 meeting in the County Administration Building (details to follow later).  Our athletic boosters are working diligently to raise funds to provide official state championship rings for every player.  In the next few days I will post specific details on how you can help, but in the meantime, if you are interested in donating, please contact any member of the athletic boosters and/or give me a call.

Click here to read an announcement by Mrs. Hawk about our first ever Conundrum Day on February 9 from 8:30am to 11am.  This Children’s Engineering Challenge event is sponsored by our STEM Committee and had over 100 students show interest by the deadline!  Please come check it out and support our students.

As I have conducted my “listening tour” throughout the community, I am constantly being asked by grandparents and community members about ways that they can get involved in our schools either through volunteering or charitable gifts.

For this reason, Dr. Gretz, Mr. Hendron, and I have been working together to create a brochure for potential volunteers/donors.  We hope this document will be a great resource for our parents and non-parent community members on ways to support our schools.  One of my favorite parts of the new document is the research that we have collected on the benefits of great public schools on economic development.

Click HERE to view the new Volunteering web page.  We are in the process of printing our brochure, but in the meantime, you can access it directly on our website by clicking HERE.

Congressman Eric Cantor contacted us last week and asked if we wanted to send any of our students to the inauguration.  We immediately contacted our 12th Grade Government Teacher, Mrs. Yearout-Patton (Mrs. EYP), to help select students.  Four of our students were given two tickets each to attend the event.  We hope to follow-up next week with more details and with pictures live from the event.  We would like to thank Congressman Cantor for giving our students the opportunity to hear President Obama speak!

Check out this amazing blog post from John Hendron on Trimble SketchUp for use in the classroom.  This program is an excellent introduction to 3D Drawing and Design (and the soon-to-be 3D printing)!  John will be presenting on SketchUp as part of his leadership and partnership in VSTE (the Virginia Society for Technology in Education).