Congratulations to Mary Wright, GHS Junior, for her recent recognition at the 7th District Congressional Art Competition. Mary is pictured with Eric Cantor, U.S. Representative for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. Her self portrait, also pictured below, was rendered with India ink on a collaged background.

Mary Wright, GHS Junior in Mrs. Julie Johnson’s Art II class, with Congressman, Eric Cantor

Liz Kuhns-Boyle is the winner of the EducationWorld Teacher Appreciation Contest, intended to honor and reward the exceptional people who not only are committed to teaching, but who also couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

Educators from across the nation explained to the editors why they wouldn’t trade teaching for any other job. Read Liz’s inspiring story and recognition here.

This past Friday, Saturday and Sunday the Goochland Middle School Technology Student Association (TSA) team competed at the state conference.  Over 2,000 students participated in the event and it was a great experience for our team.  Four students attended the conference and as a team entered the Junior Solar Sprint event.  Students designed and constructed a solar-powered model car using a specific motor and solar panel.  The students put in countless hours after school designing and problem solving. They used unique industry software to draw their design and used the Maker Bot 3D printer to make their design a reality.

Out of 20 total entries, the team of sixth graders ranked 5th: Hunter Clark, James DeLouche, Austin Payne and Conner Speight .

TSA is a extremely competitive event and even placing top ten at the state conference is a huge milestone that can often take several years for a chapter to accomplish.  We offer our sincere congratulations to these students and their teacher, Mr. Bouwens, on this amazing success!

Congratulation to Jay Sykes and the Band for a wonderful concert last week! Some of the band alumni came out and played a very moving tribute to GHS & Maggie Walker student, Katie Anderson.

The first Katie Anderson Beginning Band award was given to Taylor Teague and Coleman Boatwright. This award went to the students that have consistently displayed Excellence, Creativity, Courage, Honor and Optimism. Alexis Wiggins and David Tremain received the Outstanding Eighth Grade Band member award.

The Goochland Observance of Memorial Day will be held at the Goochland Court HouseMonday, May 26th at 10 AM (inclement weather site is GHS Auditorium).

This year’s speaker is Captain William G. Haneke, USA (Ret.). Captain Haneke graduated from the United States Military Academy (USMC) in 1966. He is both Ranger and Airborne qualified. He served on several infantry assignments in the United States and in Germany before attending the Army Special Warfare School at Ft. Bragg. He trained as an Advisor in preparation for a tour with Advisory Team 37 in Hoa Da District, Binh Thuan Province, South Vietnam in 1968. He was awarded three Bronze Star medals, a Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry for his service in Vietnam.

Traumatic injuries received in Viet Nam led to extensive treatment and rehabilitation and retirement from the armed services. He then earned a Master’s Degree in healthcare and business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. His civilian career focused on managing organizations in all sectors of the healthcare field. He is a true patient advocate.

Bill is a member of the Blinded Veterans of America, the Disabled American Veterans, and Vietnam Veterans of America. He is the Co-Founder of The Families of the Wounded Fund, Inc., which provides assistance to family members and caregivers of combat wounded or injured military patients receiving treatment at McGuire VA Medical Center.

Haneke was presented with the prestigious award of the National Veteran of the Year by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Haneke is currently serving on the Veterans Service Board of Virginia.

Musical celebration will be provided by The Heartstrings Chorus, a team of 73 ladies whose mission is to bring joy through music and song to the many senior citizens in retirement and nursing homes across the Richmond metropolitan area.

The GHS Dance Department and Showcase Dance Studio (GCPR) under the direction of Susan Doczi will be performing a joint Spring Recital on Tuesday May 13th at 6:30 pm. Please make plans to come enjoy the show and support the students enrolled in these programs.

Admission is free, but donations of any value are greatly appreciated. Donations go to help fund the purchasing of dance shoes and costumes used by the students.

Superintendents across Virginia received the following letter last week, which details a free math resource for families:

Dear VA Superintendents:

With only a few weeks to go before the end of the school year, I wanted to make sure you were aware of a free summer math program available to you for your students.

Research shows students lose two-to-three months of grade-level math equivalency during the summer break. A number of school districts across the country have already expressed interest in this new online initiative, which is based on collaboration between AASA and TenMarks, an Amazon company. The program provides your families with a way to reverse summer learning loss—and is personalized for the needs of every student.

PERSONALIZED PROGRAM Starting with a diagnostic assessment of the students’ grade and skill levels, the program automatically creates an individualized summer curriculum, designed to review concepts that a student must refresh from the year past, while being introduced to concepts for the year ahead. As students work through math concepts, they use embedded hints and video lessons to refresh what they know and learn what they don’t. Best of all, the program adapts with targeted interventions when it recognizes a need.

DEPTH AND RIGOR OF NEW STANDARDS As school districts are making the transition to new curriculum standards, we’re excited about students benefitting from this new online initiative. We feel the TenMarks program, designed for the depth and rigor of the new standards, will help students build their math skills over the summer break at their own pace and time.

I encourage you to log onto to review information, register and immediately access materials to inform families about the program. The program previously cost $39.95 per student but is now available at no cost.


Daniel A. Domenech, Executive Director, AASA, The School Superintendents Association 1615 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314

Someone is killed in a distracted driver accident every 11 minutes.

Goochland High School will be hosting a “Distracted Driving Campaign” next week, May 12-16. GHS teacher and coach, Wes Farkas, and his students developed the slogan “Don’t Be Next!” All students and staff who drive will have the opportunity to sign a pledge to safe and undistracted driving. Please encourage your student to sign the pledge!

Next Friday, May 16, the entire 10th grade class will be wearing either a pink or black T-shirt to give the school a representation of the number of people that are killed during an 8 hour time period (an average school day), due to distracted driving. Drivers are not only distracted by cell phone use and texting, but also eating, music, drinking or other various things that take our attention on the driving task.

T-shirt designed by GHS 10 grade students and teacher, Wes Farkas.
















The Pink Shirts represent individuals that are alive due to NOT being distracted, and students wearing black shirts will represent those who are killed. Studies estimate that someone is killed in a distracted driving accident every 11 minutes. There will be 43 GHS students wearing black T-shirts. They will not be allowed to talk or use their cell phone for the entire school day.

Please wear pink in support of this effort next Friday, May 16, and sign the pledge to driving without distractions.

The second annual Insights Conference, “Bridging the Data Divide,” will be held on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Conference Center. Our superintendent, James Lane, will serve as a panelist!

The conference will open at 8:00 AM with registration, networking, and a demonstration of the Virginia Longitudinal Data System (VLDS). Sessions will run from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM with a break for lunch. The latest agenda is available here:

Goochland Superintendent, James Lane, will serve as a panelist at the Center for Innovation Technology’s Insights Conference June 24 at the Richmond Hilton Hotel & Conference Center

Speakers will include Aneesh Chopra, Virginia’s former Secretary of Technology, who also was appointed by President Obama as the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer, and Karen Jackson, the newly appointed Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth. Registration for participants and speakers is now open.

Early bird registration of $75 is available until May 15, 2014 and a block of rooms is available. Registration and additional information can be found here: We hope to see you on June 24, 2014!