This week we recognize our school nutrition professionals!

Between preparing healthy meals for America’s students, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies and offering service with a smile, school nutrition professionals are true Heroes!

School Nutrition Employee Week provides the perfect opportunity to recognize the hardworking professionals in our school cafeterias. We have designated this week to remind everyone—directors, managers, parents, students, and school staff —that school nutrition employees are superheroes that deserve some recognition.

The National Association of Women In Construction (NAWC) sponsor an annual Building Design Program. This year, “KKYT Builders” in Ms. Anne Moore’s Technology Foundations class placed second in the region for the their garden shed design and scale model. Congratulations to team members Katelin Martin, Yohali Gonzalez, Karna Jardsinski, and Tiera Harris for their outstanding project.

(l to r) Katelin Martin, Yohali Gonzalez, Karna Jardsinski, and Tiera Harris

The NAWC’s Building Design Program is targeted towards middle school students with participation averaging between 600-800 students per year for the Richmond Chapter. Competing students had to establish a company that was contracted to design and build a 120-180 square foot shed on a site provided. The students then designed a shed to meet the typical needs of such a building, including the features within general construction guidelines, meeting their client’s needs as well as staying below the cost constraint of $18,0000. The team also had to submit floor plans, elevations, quantity take-offs, project costs, site layout, career reports, projects reports, and a scale model for judging.

Congratulations to Team KKYT of GMS and to Ms. Moore!

Congratulations to GHS senior and student school board representative, Matt Austin, who was named Mr. Goochland High School. The competition was held at the school last week. Quincy Carter and Hunter Bailey were 2nd and 3rd runners up, respectively.

Mrs. Black and the GHS Dance Company, along with master of ceremonies, Parker Crompton, made the evening a quality production!

The MathScience Innovation Center will host a series of opportunities for rising 4th-9th graders this summer called Camp Innovation. The camp’s topics range from LEGO engineering to digital microscopy to crystals and gems.

Please find more detailed information and Camp Innovation registration HERE.

Regional school division employees gathered last night at the University of Richmond for a professional development workshop focused on wellness, fitness, and nutrition. Renowned speaker Murray Banks provided the evening’s keynote presentation, but it may have been the 60+ upper elementary students from Byrd Elementary and Goochland Elementary, under the direction of Ms. Kimberly Watts, GCPS music teacher, who stole the show.

University of Richmond – April 29, 2014

Goochland was the “regional host division” for last night’s event, and Ms. Watt’s choral students provided the opening entertainment. They sang, they danced, and they impacted the evening to the point that Mr. Banks asked the students and their families to stay for the opening of his presentation: Mr. Banks adjusted his plans to include praise for Ms. Watts and memory-making moments for our students. One interaction between Mr. Banks and two fourth graders was captured on video.

By the way, our students received a standing ovation from the audience.

Thanks to everyone involved for representing our schools and our community so well.