Today Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School hosted it’s annual student luncheon for school and community leaders. We had the opportunity to tour the school, observe programs, and hear directly from students.

Applications for eighth grade students interested in applying to Maggie Walker are available from the guidance department at Goochland Middle School.

(left to right) Ken Peterson, Chairman. Goochland County Board of Supervisors; Ryan Neighbors, Senior, Maggie Walker; Manuel Alvarez, Jr., District 2 Representative, Goochland County Board of Supervisors; Glenda Hawk, Gifted Resource Teacher, BES; Caitlyn Swecker, Senior, Maggie Walker; Lisa Brown, Gifted Resource Teacher, GES; Raye Rector, Coordinator of Gifted and Federal Programs, GCPS; Stephen Geyer, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, GCPS; Jamie-Ellen Spessard, Gifted Resource Teacher, RES; James Lane, Superintendent; Kevin Hazzard, District 2 Representative, Goochland County School Board

Dr. Lane and others talk with Maggie Walker students from Goochland.

When I went to RES last week to read to the Kindergarten classes, I had the opportunity to step into the courtyard to see the great work happening there. High school students had spent the day reading with students and helping them realize a grand vision in the outdoor learning space.

Sing created by the students for display in the courtyard.

The ideas at work were exemplary, of course. More impressive to me was the sense of ownership our high schoolers took in mentoring and leading their younger colleagues. We are fortunate to have such great young men and women among us.

Dr. Lane hosted his first Student Advisory meeting on Wednesday, October 23. Over lunch, a representative group of middle and high school students had the opportunity to reflect on their school experience and provide Dr. Lane and I valuable insight into division strengths and weaknesses from their perspectives.

Discussion starters ranged from, “Do you believe your school experience is preparing you for life after high school?” to “What engages you in school and makes learning fun?” The ninety-minute conversation was thoughtful and constructive – and our student participants were awesome representatives for their peers, school, and entire community.

Wednesday’s Student Advisory meeting was particularly timely, as the division moves through some of the latter stages of our 18-month strategic planning process.

Superintendent’s Student Advisory – October 23, 2013

All of our 4th and 5th grade students had the opportunity to see the Richmond Symphony perform at the Carpenter Theatre on Thursday, October 24. We would like to thank the Rotary Club of Goochland for making this incredible experience possible.

A fifth grade student at Randolph Elementary School described the concert as, “…the most amazing music I’ve ever heard – and I got to see it live!

Thursday’s trip is another example of how the Foundation’s continued partnership and support enhance the lives of our students, families, and professionals every day.

Fourth and fifth grade students at the Carpenter Theatre: Thursday, October 24

Monday, October 14 was a productive day of planning, collaborating, and learning …

Ms. Hall, Mr. Livingston, Ms. Singh, and Mr. Tomlin (foreground) discuss number sense instructional strategies at the PK-5 mathematics workshop Monday afternoon, led by Ms. Chewning and Ms. Keo

Mr. Neufer and Mr. Rohrer move M&Ms from point A to point B in Monday morning’s session with instructors from the MathScience Innovation Center; statistics and instructional strategies were the focus areas of the morning

Ms. Melton and Ms. Norris race the clock during cup stacking (MathScience workshop)

Ms. Aldridge and Ms. Stokes shake some ping-pong balls loose (MathScience workshop)

I even got the opportunity to participate

Don’t forgot about the GCPS Spirit Night program offered at the White Hawk Music Cafe. Through the generous support of Terry and the staff at the White Hawk, we are promoting the excellent work of the school parent groups.

The next event is October 28th and will benefit Randolph Elementary School.

I want to again express my personal congratulations as well as gratitude on behalf of the entire school community to Coach Fowler. Being selected as best high school coach in the state by USA Today High School Sports is an extreme honor. Having been so close to the regional victory is incredible as well, earning over 311,000 votes from the Metro Richmond community!

But as Coach Bryan Gordon stated so well in this article, it’s so much more than just coaching football. Coach Fowler, a recognized instructional leader, has touched the lives of countless students over the span of his career. His influence and example continue to lead young people to a life of dignity and character.

We are fortunate to have Coach Fowler in our midst. And I am personally very honored to consider him a colleague.

Congratulations, Coach Fowler!

As part of Goochland’s 2014 County Fall Festival, the Civil War 150 History Mobile will arrive at the Goochland Sports Complex (old high school) on Friday, October 25. We’re thrilled to partner with our Parks and Recreation Department to allow some of our upper elementary and middle school students to interact with the exhibit during the school day on Friday.

The entire team sends a huge ‘thank you’ to Mrs. Beth Ferguson, 4th grade teacher at RES, for sparking the partnership with History Mobile and Parks and Rec that helped make this opportunity possible.

The Civil War 150 History Mobile is an interactive “museum on wheels” housed in a 53’ expandable tractor-trailer. The four-year tour launched on July 21, 2011, in conjunction with the 150th anniversary commemoration of the First Battle of Manassas. The History Mobile will visits museums, parks, fairs, schools, and other sites throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.

The History Mobile draws together stories from all over Virginia and uses state-of-the-art technology and immersive exhibit spaces to present individual stories of the Civil War from the perspectives of those who experienced it—young and old, enslaved and free, soldiers and civilians.

I am excited to announce the official WeatherBug Dedication at Byrd Elementary School will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 6th at 10:00 AM in the Multi-Purpose Room. Channel 12 meteorologist, Andrew Freiden, will be the featured guest speaker

I’m thankful to BES teacher, Glenda Hawk, GCPS CTE Director, Bruce Watson, and community member, Richard Carchman, for unwavering support and diligence in bringing this project to fruition!