Please stop by the Goochland County Public Library during the month of March. Select works by GCPS students, Kindergarten through Seniors, will be on display!

Youth Art Month (YAM) is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art and art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. Established in 1961, YAM provides a forum for acknowledging skills that are not possible in other subjects. The Council for Art Education (CFAE), a sponsor of Youth Art Month, adopted the national theme, “Start With Art, Learn for Life.” Art Education develops self-esteem, appreciation of the work of others, self- expression, cooperation with others, and critical thinking skills.

All of these skills are vital to the success of our future leaders – our children!


On Wednesday Goochland Middle School students and staff gathered to recognize Black History Month. The event included an opening message from Ms. Jennifer Smith, Principal, followed by an impressive performance by the Goochland High School Dance Ensemble. Mr. Jay Sykes, GMS Band Director, took the stage next to narrate an overview of some of history’s most accomplished musical figures including Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, and Louis Armstrong.

Mr. Sykes turned the stage over to Chloe Lyda, GMS eighth grader, who masterfully recited a poem by Frederick Douglas. Chloe was followed by Kindrick Braxton, Dominique Tompkins, and Sallie Woodson – all GMS students – who shared the accomplishments of Martin Luther King, Jr., Jackie Robinson, and Maggie Walker.

The event closed with a keynote address by Mr. Sekou Shabaka, President, Goochland NAACP, who delivered a timeless message of hope, success, and the inherent good found in the human spirit.

Mr. Sekou Shabaka, President, Goochland NAACP, addresses the entire Goochland Middle School student body at Wednesday’s featured event celebrating Black History Month 2014.

Several teams received intensive training last week related to NWEA’s Measures of Academic Progress assessment. The intention of the day-long workshop was to create expert teams in the area of data use and reporting for each school faculty.

The training was extremely successful and helps our division take the next step forward with individual student growth monitoring and our Balanced Assessment Project.

These teams can be found below:

Sandie Ellis (above) and Beth Guthrie, two of NWEA/MAP’s national lead trainers, worked with school teams all day on Monday to develop a deep understanding of the student progress data and reporting features associated with the MAP growth assessments.

Enjoy these shots of Goochland Bulldogs working on a Habitat for Humanity house. Under the direction of teacher, Mr. Greenway, the students are experiencing materials and construction trade education first-hand while having a positive impact on the community:

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Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School invites all area 6th and 7th grade students to their annual Governor’s School Science Day. The event will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School in Richmond City. Sponsored and organized by the school’s Science National Honor Society (SNHS), this event offers students the opportunity to learn about multiple fields of science through fun hands-on activities and exposure to advanced laboratory techniques.

Detailed information regarding Governor’s School Science Day can be accessed here – and registration here.

Please join us in congratulating these exemplary scholar athletes who have recently been recognized as standouts in district basketball competitions:

  • Jessica Liddle, James River District All District Team Girls Basketball
  • Josh Hayden, James River District All District 1st Team , Quad Rivers Conference Team Boys Basketball and District Player of the Year!
  • CeeJay Johnson, James River District All District 2nd Team Boys Basketball
  • B.J. Snead, James River District Honorable Mention Boys Basketball





The VHSL Group 2A & 3A State Swimming and Diving Championship was held this past Friday, February 21 at the Christiansburg Aquatics Center. Goochland was well represented this year as Justin Edwards swam his way to two first place finishes! Justin won the 200 yard Individual Medley by 0.58 seconds and the 100 yard Breastroke by 5.04 seconds.

GHS had another swimmer, Mary Wright, qualify to attend the State Championship. Though she was unable to attend we are extremely proud of her accomplishments.

Last year both swimmers set High School Regional swim records. This year, GHS was unable to attend the 2A Regional meet due to the most recent snow storm in Goochland.

“I’ve traveled to the state meet with Justin over the past three years and have seen him work hard to improve his times,” explained GHS swimming coach Elizabeth Kilberg. “I was proud of how fast he swam and how well he competed on Friday evening. Justin has been a true leader for the GHS swim team and we will be sad to see him go as his graduates this spring.”

GHS State Swimming Champion Justin Edwards

Justin will attend Virginia Tech in the Fall of 2014 and will be a member of the Swimming & Diving Team.

Congratulations Coach Kilberg and the GHS swimmers!

Please take note of this wonderful opportunity for women in our community to mentor and walk beside our younger female students as they pursue their educational endeavors and life experiences. RES principal, Sandra Crowder, and counselor, Jess Zorger, extend a warm invitation for female students to bring a female family member or otherwise influential woman in their lives to join them for this event.

Please contact Mrs. Zorger immediately if you’re interested!