Need a place to dispose of your Christmas tree? The Goochland Middle School PTA Christmas Tree Recycling Event will take care of getting rid of your tree for you. All you have to do is show up!

January 4, 2014, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Goochland Middle School

Cost: $5

Need some mulch? They have you covered.

Bring your shovel and buckets and you can take all the mulch you need FOR FREE!

Need to sign up for the PTA? Members will be available to help you sign up and/or take your donations. Hope to see you all there!

Need more information? Contact GMS principal, Jenn Smith.


Our K-12 music program is exceptional – amazing work year round. This time of year always brings with it a succession of opportunities to showcase our students, their talents, and the hard work of our professional educators who make it all possible:

December 18, 2013

GHS senior, Katie Zohab, wanted to do something special for the residents of Envoy at the Meadows, in Gum Spring, VA.

So she did.

Having spent considerable time volunteering with the residents and finishing up an internship at Goochland Elementary, she recruited some other high school students and the elementary students with whom she had been working and organized a holiday party.

But she didn’t stop there. She sent personal invitations to the school board, board of supervisors and school division leaders. The result?

Students, parents, local officials gathered to celebrate the holidays, interact – and even carol – with the residents.

When I first had the idea for the Adopt a Grandparent project, I thought it was just going to be a few friends and me going to the nursing home, and bringing select residents a few Christmas presents. However, as word got out, the project grew and I could not be happier. Seeing so many people from the Goochland community – even the 4th graders from GES-coming together to support the elderly folks was something truly amazing. I am definitely proud to call Goochland home. - Katie Zohab



We are so thankful to Krystal Demas, GES teacher, who helped Katie facilitate the event and brought her students to participate. We also extend appreciation to Mike Newman, GHS principal, Erin Yearout-Patton, GHS teacher, John D. Wright, school board chair, and Manuel Alvarez of the county board of supervisors for their support and participation at the event.

And especially, we thank Katie for her living testament to the core values that characterize our new strategic plan.

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Many thanks to Betty Thurston and the Transportation Department staff for hosting a beautiful reception at the new Oilville facility this morning to ring in the holidays.

Transportation and Maintenance Staff at the 2013 Holiday Gathering

John Hendron and Dr. James Lane admire the transportation poster commemorating the opening of the new facility.

Mrs. Thurston offers holiday cheer to an employee.

Please take a moment to complete this brief survey giving the GCPS Calendar Committee your feedback regarding the development of next year’s school calendar.

The committee will assemble after the holidays to begin drafting the calendar in hopes of adoption by the school board by February.

Our generous partner, the Goochland Education Foundation, donated a $400 Visa gift card to be raffled among GCPS employees who gave at least $5 per month to the 2013 United Way Campaign. Below, our superintendent draws the name and announces our winner!

As a secondary English teacher, I always taught Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol … brilliant, compelling, seasonal, and timeless. His works are among the classics for a reason.

As an elementary school principal, I always made time to share a holiday story with every class in my building. Always.

I often tell people that there’s no better place to work during the month of December than in an elementary school. Schools, when filled with students and teachers, are places of high energy every day – but that positive energy seems to intensify during those weeks leading up to winter break.

So, while I do my best to get into some of our elementary classrooms to share a holiday story in person, it’s nearly impossible to make my way through 60+ classrooms in three weeks.

Two years ago I found an alternative. I created this virtual read aloud of Chris Van Allsburg’s The Polar Express – and many students still tell me today that they liked “having [me] read to [their] class on the projector.”

And so now it’s a tradition. This year I created a similar experience for students with Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

Dickens, Van Allsburg, Seuss … all classic writers.

Have a safe and happy holiday.

Those attending the December 10 meeting of the Goochland County School Board were treated to a performance by Goochland Middle School’s newest musical group, “Out of the Blue.” Led by teacher, Ms. Erin Brooks, this talented group of singers is an example of the many club opportunities the school is providing to students to further engage and inspire students to set high standards for themselves and one another.

For more information about clubs at GMS contact principal, Ms. Jenn Smith.

Governor McDonnell has proclaimed the week of December 9-13 as School and Campus Safety Week in the Commonwealth.  The proclamation emphasizes the critical importance of maintaining safe environments for learning in schools and on campuses. The Governor has also set December 13th as a Day of Mourning for those students and teachers who lost their lives in the tragic event at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December.  He has called for a moment of silence and reflection at 9:30 a.m. on that day.

We will observe the moment of silence in all schools and departments at the specified time. We invite our families and communities to join us in the period of reflection.