Check out the GHS Guitar Club!

The Guitar Club met again this week for another unbelievable session. Guitarists took turns sharing tunes they had worked on, teaching techniques and discussing different instruments.

All styles and ability levels were up front and the music was incredible. From 80′s hard rock two-finger tapping techniques to irish jigs on the mandolin – exemplary talent was all over the place.

What an honor to get to spend a little time learning from these guys!

The Goochland County School Board will hold a special workshop on May 1, 2013 at 4:45 PM. The workshop will be held at the Goochland Annex Building and will be used for a strategic planning session as part of the continuing effort to develop the division’s comprehensive strategic plan.

Volunteer mentors gathered for a celebration of their work with students today over lunch at Byrd Elementary School. Mrs. Albert coordinates the program which pairs mentors with both male and female students. One gentlemen, now retired, offered that “this is the most rewarding work I have ever done.”

Volunteer mentors interact with students over lunch at BES

BES mentor luncheon

Principal, James Hopkins, chats with volunteer mentors

 

 

Third graders gathered at GES today to celebrate Arbor Day. Representatives from Dominion Power, Fire & Rescue, and other community members volunteered with small groups of students, teaching them about fire safety, proper cultivation of trees, and much more.

Third grader, James, tell you all about it here:

The program, organized by Debbi Parker and Deanna Nichols, provided students with an engaging experience outdoors, working collaboratively with the Goochland community and their peers from other schools.

 

 

Congratulations to the following teachers on being selected as the 2014 Teacher of the Year for their respective schools!  This is a tremendous honor – all have demonstrated a unique level of excellence through hard work, commitment to their students & school communities, and extraordinary investments they continue to make into the lives of children and their families in Goochland County.
Erin Yearout Patton (Goochland High School)
Henry Jones (Goochland Middle School)
Krystle Demas (Goochland Elementary School)
Megan Donovan (Byrd Elementary School)
Gretchen Curreri (Randolph Elementary School)
A division selection committee is reviewing the materials each teacher has submitted. One teacher will be chosen as the division Teacher of the Year, and will represent our division in the state selection program.
We will recognize each of our school-based Teachers of the Year at the school board meeting on May 14thThe division Teacher of the Year will be announced at that meeting as well.   The division Teacher of the Year will also be submitted to participate in the state Teacher of the Year process.
Congratulations to all five our excellent teachers and thank you for your incredible commitment to our school division.

 

I just wanted to extend a public thank you to Mrs. Yearout-Patton (Teacher of the Year at GHS) for allowing me to teach a few of her Government classes last week.  I was able to teach the students about the Local Composite Index, our School Board Budget process, and our Federal Grant programs.

More importantly, I think it is important for all school leaders to spend time in classes and remember that we are all here for the students.  Thanks again!

This week I had the pleasure of serving as a moderator at the annual elementary school Reading Olympics event.

Dr. Geyer posted about the event and winners HERE, but here are a few more pictures from one of my favorite days in Goochland so far.  The event was not about the winners (at least from my perspective, but congratulations to the AR Stars from RES), but was about a love of reading and the amazing teamwork that we show in Goochland.

The let me play the Olympic Fanfare at the Opening Ceremonies!

Yep, this looks like student engagement to me!

As a judge, I am still amazed at the level of detail the students knew about the books!