Please congratulate these excellent students on their achievements at the Spring Regional Conference!  Our 1st and 2nd Place Award Winners are eligible to compete at the State level.
  • Accounting I – 3rd Place – Colten Johnson
  • Banking and Financial Systems – 3rd Place – Tanner Hawk and Lydia Smith
  • Business Calculations – 2nd Place – Jeramy Phillippe
  • Health Care Administration – 1st Place – Victoria Allen
  • Introduction to Business – 1st Place – John Donaldson
  • Marketing – 1st Place – Kelsey Rosenbaum


The Goochland Family YMCA “Learn to Swim” is a community outreach program that enables teaches swim lessons and water safety to second graders enrolled in our schools at no charge. Last year alone, they taught 207 second grade students at Goochland, Randolph and Byrd Elementary Schools over the course of many weeks.

The YMCA is gearing up for our Learn to Swim program that is scheduled to begin at the end of March.  The YMCA will have swim instructors in the pool however it is always such a big help to have volunteers in the water with the kids to assist the instructors with the lessons.  We are looking for volunteers – especially high school students or staff members, but parents and community members may volunteer as well.  If you are interested, please contact Jay Shively at the YMCA – 556-9887.

Drowning is the 2nd leading cause of accidental death in children and together, the YMCA is helping to provide life saving skills to our Goochland community children.

As an encouragement and to help increase access for high school students to participate in the dual enrollment program offered by J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, starting in Fall 2013 the college will offer classes at a cost of $85 per credit hour which is at a lower rate than the $126.60 regular dual enrollment tuition cost.  This tuition change alone will save the student/parent $125.00 for each 3-credit course.

We have another exciting announcement.  As required by the General Assembly in 2012, all community colleges are working with local school divisions to create an option for high school students to complete a 1-year General Studies Certificate and/or a 2-year Associates Degree while in high school.

We held an excellent meeting with J. Sergeant Reynolds last week to discuss ways that Goochland students can experience this opportunity.  We are planning to work with JSRCC and our GHS leadership and counselors in the upcoming weeks to finalize details.  Our plan must be signed by April 15, so we will release more details in the near future.  More to come!!!

The school board is taking on a huge initiative to update our school board policies.  Based on an assessment of suggested policies by the Virginia School Board Association, we have as many as 250 policies that could be updated to current recommendations.  Please be on the lookout for extra special sessions of the school board to review these policies as it is our hope to review each policy for a potential update before the next school year begins.

As always, our school board meeting agenda page shows the policies that will be or have already been discussed.  Our board is looking at each policy on two readings to ensure that there is plenty of opportunity for public input prior to adoption.  New policies will only be adopted on second and final reading at our monthly business meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.

Dr. Suess’ birthday was March 2 and all around the country his birthday has become associated with National Read Across America Day.  Since this was on a Saturday this year, most schools celebrated Dr. Suess Day on Friday, March 1.  I was invited by the staff at BES to read to this amazing group of the 3rd grade students.  We had a blast learning about the “Lorax” and a Dr. Suess book on job aspirations (“Maybe you should fly a jet!  Maybe you should be a vet!”)

Congratulations to Lisa Brown, one of our ERTs (Enrichment Resource Teachers) on being selected to speak and present at the annual Children’s Engineering Convention sponsored by the Virginia Children’s Engineering Council!  She did an excellent job and we are proud of her selection.

As you may be aware, CE (Children’s Engineering) is “taking-off” in Goochland and we have many teachers that are heavily invested in this innovative teaching model (too many to name everyone!).  Here is a blog by a teacher at RES categorized by STEM and CE posts.

We have established a web page to help everyone track our progress with capital improvement projects and/or new building projects if they occur in the future.  Please click here to learn more.

The school board is requested to submit a plan to the county annually.  Once submitted, the plan then is coordinated with the county capital improvement plan for funding.  The GCPS facilities committee will be meeting on a monthly basis to submit a more detailed plan with timelines to the county by December 2012.  Please keep an eye on this website for more information!