Please join me in recognizing Local Government Education Week in Goochland this spring!

In 2012 the General Assembly adopted a Resolution proclaiming the first week of April as Local Government Education week in honor of  the formation of the Council-Manager form of government in the City of Staunton,VA.   VLGMA (Virginia Local Government Manager Association) Civic Engagement Committee developed a plan to spread the word of the Local Government Education Week in order  to acknowledge good works, educate on all local government services provided at the local level including education and to increase awareness of student of career opportunities in local government.

I’m confident this will help us strengthen interest in local government management/public service as a viable career for our students.

 

Mr. Bruce Watson, Director of Career & Technical Education, was honored yesterday at the annual Virginia Children’s Engineering Convention with the annual Meritorious Service Award. Mr. Watson was recognized for his efforts in making STEM principles (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) a foundational piece to teaching and learning in Goochland.

The Virginia Children’s Engineering Council‘s award stated: FOR EXEMPLARY LEADERSHIP, PROFESSIONALISM, AND IMPLEMENTATION OF CHILDREN’S ENGINEERING AS A METHOD OF INSTRUCTION TO FOSTER CRITICAL THINKING AND PROBLEM SOLVING ABILITIES THAT CONTRIBUTE TO CHILDREN’S ATTAINMENT OF STEM LITERACY IN GRADES K-12.

Congratulations, Mr. Watson – well deserved!

You only need to see a few of these video clips to get a glimpse of what a tremendous success our 2014 Conundrum Day was this year. Parents, advisory members, teachers, staff and students came together to create a remarkable experience for students in which they stretched their engineering, analytical, critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills.

Take a look!

Dear Friend,

I am writing to personally invite you to attend our Annual Goochland Education Foundation Gala on March 15 at 6 pm in the Richmond Country Club (on Patterson Ave. in Eastern Goochland).  As Superintendent of Goochland County Public Schools, I wanted to send you a special note to help underscore the importance of supporting our foundation.  In Goochland, we are embarking on a new strategic plan involving many innovative approaches to personalizing the learning experience for every child.

How Do I Purchase Tickets?

Tickets are $75 each and $125 per couple ($40 for GCPS teachers and staff).  Please click here if you would like to purchase tickets to attend the Annual Gala.  The theme is a “casino night” and having attended the event last year, I can attest to the fact that it is an excellent time!  We are anticipating awesome opportunities through our silent auction as well!

What If I Cannot Attend?

Please don’t worry if you cannot attend!  There are always opportunities to be on our team.  Please click here if you cannot attend the Gala, but would like to pledge to give to the foundation.  Remember, in-kind donations (such as those for our silent auction) and volunteering opportunities are also ways to become a part of the vision.  If you would rather send your donation directly without using the pledge card, then visit the GEF site for information such as our mailing address and/or to use a credit card through PayPal.  We appreciate donations of any size, no donation is too small or too big, so please consider us in your plan for annual giving!

Where Does My Donation Go?

The Education Foundation is our partner for supporting and sustaining our excellent programs while helping to create new opportunities in our schools.  In total, the Foundation has provided over $100,000 in funding to support our initiatives and has been responsible for the creation of our debate team, leading to improved critical thinking in our schools.  The Foundation also supports the climate and morale of our school division through sponsoring our annual convocation, teacher of the year programs and G21 recognitions.  Lastly, the Foundation provides scholarships for students as they move towards post-secondary life.

By supporting our Gala this year, you will be furthering our efforts to maximize the potential of the next generation of our students by allowing us to further bring new programming to our students and teachers.  Your generation of donors will bring more technology, innovative programs, and will help inspire our professionals.

Our foundation has no paid employees!  Virtually all of your donation goes directly to programs for students and teachers!

Can My Business Sponsor The Gala Or Specific Programs?

We also want to engage our business partners in the Foundation.  If you or your business want to participate beyond attending the event, we have opportunities for you as well!  Please share this link with any business you know!

Please click here if you would like to have your business sponsor the gala and would like us to follow-up with you.

What If I Can’t Find A Babysitter?

Great news!  The foundation will provide babysitting services for children 0-12 in a partnership with YoungLife members.  We will post final details as we get closer to the event, but please let any member of the foundation know if you are interested.

Our Foundation is relatively young, but has become an essential part of our school division.

Sarah and I look forward to seeing you at the Gala!!!!

Several GCPS teacher teams have been selected to present their work at upcoming state and national conferences. Professional presentations are chosen from among the best and brightest educators – and those selected are so because their work demonstrates relevance, expertise, and high interest.

We are incredibly proud of the following GCPS team members:

Kelly Burton & Glenda Hawk; Betsy Alvis, Sara DeLong & Libby Routson; Lisa Brown & Tina McCay; Virginia Children’s Engineering Council: Children’s Engineering Convention – Richmond, Virginia; February 20-21, 2014

Lisa Brown and Tina McCay will present information on Goochland Elementary School’s highly successful “Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead Day” and provide insight to interested participants in developing a similar experience for students in their own schools.

Glenda Hawk, Center for Gifted Education, College of William & Mary: 19th Annual Curriculum Network Conference – Williamsburg, Virginia; March 13-14, 2014

Glenda Hawk’s presentation entitled “Get a G.R.I.P. on Differentiation by Utilizing Interest-Based Projects” will be modeled on GCPS’s highly regarded Gifted Research and Interest-based Projects, which allow students to self-select yearlong action research projects that pair them with an “expert mentor.” Participants will be guided through an interactive model incorporating 21st Century skills: problem solving, creativity, managing time and resources, effective communication, self-direction, real world impact, and technology.

Jennifer Gates & Amie Potter, International Reading Association: 59th Annual Conference – New Orleans, Louisiana; May 9-12, 2014

Amie Potter and Jen Gates will travel to the annual International Reading Association conference in New Orleans to present at the Technology Institute. Their presentation titled “The Digital Shift” will look at ways to explore an academic environment in which creating, sharing, and exchanging information via Social Media can enhance the literacy experience within classrooms. Following the main session, Mrs. Potter and Mrs. Gates will present twice more in smaller, breakout settings where they will gear their topics of discussion towards the needs of the audience.

Please join me in congratulating the varsity girls basketball team! They won the James River District Girls Basketball Tournament Championship at Prince Edward Middle School yesterday, beating the #2 Amelia team 65-64 in a ail-biting double overtime victory!.

We anticipate hosting a quarter final game in the Quad Rivers Conference 34 BB Tournament on Tuesday, February 18 at 7:00.  Cost for the game on Tuesday is $6.00.

We would love to have you come support the Lady Bulldogs!

GRASP (Great Aspirations Scholarship Program) has been at work helping students in Goochland realize their higher education dreams for years. One former Goochland student, Kendra Waddy, had the opportunity to share her experience with GRASP on channel 12 news here:

GRASP is a non-profit, charitable, college-access organization that assists students and families in obtaining funding for post-secondary education. GRASP will help students and their families, regardless of their financial resources and at no charge to them, develop an educational plan by:

  • Assisting them with the financial aid process;
  • Awarding and administering scholarships;
  • Inspiring them to believe that post-secondary education is attainable; and
  • Supporting them during the completion of their post-secondary education.

Several Goochland High School and Goochland Middle School students will have the opportunity to participate in the Richmond Symphony’s Musical Ambassadors Program this spring. On behalf of the Goochland Education Foundation and a generous donation from the Rotary Club of Goochland, our secondary music department will host the Richmond Symphony’s Brass Quintet on-site in the community auditorium this spring.

The Musical Ambassadors Program is designed to provide an interactive experience for young musicians in an effort to develop instrumental technical skills and overall music appreciation.

Mr. Jay Sykes, GMS Band Director, commented: I am so thankful to the GEF and the Rotary Club for making this awesome event possible for our talented students. I think that it is so important for the kids to hear world class musicians performing right here on the stage that they perform on. The kids are in store for a great treat. I hope that the performance will inspire them to think about the real possibility to continue with music as a career. It was a performance much like this years ago that helped me to decide to be a professional musician as well as a band director. We are looking forward to this!