GCPS has partnerships with several postsecondary institutions, in part to bring dual enrollment opportunities to our students. Please access our 2014-15 Dual Enrollment Description and Fee Schedule HERE.

Questions regarding our dual enrollment programming may directed to our Goochland High School guidance department (804-556-5322) and/or to Dr. Stephen Geyer, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction (804-556-5601).

Semper Fidelis is Latin for “always faithful” or “always loyal.” It is also the motto of the United States Marine Corps, signifying loyalty and dedication to the mission, to the Corps, and to the United States of America.

The opening of the 2014-15 school year marked the opening of Goochland High School’s Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (MCJROTC) program. The application and approval for this program has been more than a year in the making and has included a visit from the colonel in charge of the East Coast MCJROTC programs, Colonel James Lenard, as well as final approval from Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus.

We are pleased to welcome Major Michael Petruzziello and Staff Sergeant Dan Strong to Goochland High School and to the GCPS team. We are proud to have these fine Marines lead our program and join the Goochland community.

(left to right) Major Michael Petruzziello and Staff Sergeant Daniel Strong

The instructional program introduces students to the MCJROTC curriculum, which includes leadership, teamwork, discipline, history, communication techniques, study habits, management skills, first aid, drug abuse prevention, map reading, physical fitness, workplace readiness skills, military customs and courtesies, proper uniform wear, and U.S. citizenry rights and responsibilities.

Our MCJROTC program is open to all students in grades 9-12 and begins this year as a one-year course that will grow over the next four years into a four-year comprehensive sequence. MCJROTC is an annual elective course and there is no commitment or obligation for a cadet to join the military upon graduation.

A heartfelt thank you to our School Board and our Board of Supervisors for making the Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program a reality for our students and our community.

As for the level of interest from our students . . .

In order for the program to sustain and be considered successful, the expectation from the Marine Corps is that we have approximately 80 students enrolled by the program’s third year (2016-17). The current enrollment for the 2014-15 school year is 115.

During the opening week of school, SSgt Strong summarized one of the program’s foundational beliefs when he told his students, “To lead your peers will be the most challenging thing you will ever do. Using the MCJROTC model, you will have the opportunity to master the art to motivate and inspire others to accomplish things they never thought they could do.”

On his transition to Goochland, Major Petruzziello commented, “The community and school leadership, as well as the faculty, staff and students at Goochland High School, have all been extremely supportive and welcoming to SSgt Strong and I. We couldn’t be happier to be here.”

GCPS will hold a dedication ceremony for the MCJROTC program on Wednesday, October 1 at 2:00PM in the GHS stadium. Weather permitting, this event will be open to the public.

From Mrs. McCay:

Dear Parents,

We know both our teachers and our students are excited this year about our upcoming 1:1 deployment. As previously announced, we were planning to have our deployment night take place on Thursday evening, August 28.

Because we must have an Apple ID set up for each student before we proceed with deployment, we will not be handing out iPads on Thursday. We are reserving this time for families who need help creating the Apple IDs for their children. We know that just under 20% of our families have yet to set up an Apple ID.

We will be at the school beginning at 5:30 and until 7:30 PM to help families who have not yet set up their Apple IDs.

If you have already successfully set up the Apple ID and have received a confirmation email from Apple—you do not need to attend on Thursday evening.

This Thursday, parents can come with or without your children to set up Apple IDs with school division staff. You can also use this time to pay the iPad insurance fee if you choose to participate in our program.

We are sorry for having to change our plans at the last minute and hope you understand. We will soon advertise an alternative date for just deploying the iPads and providing parent and student orientation.

To summarize – if you have not yet set up an Apple ID for your child or need assistance, please join us this Thursday. You can come anytime between 5:30 and 7:30 for assistance.

iPads will not be handed out yet at this time. Thank you for your patience and support.

Updates about our program will be posted to our Goochland homepage – glnd.k12.va.us

We will continue our commitment to our professionals interested in pursuing graduate coursework in Gifted Education. Through our partnership with the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education we will, once again, offer courses this academic year at the significantly reduced rate of $800 per course.

Please visit Curry’s site for more information regarding (1) single course selection, (2) state endorsement, and/or (3) degree attainment in Gifted education.


Due to a glitch in the GCPS student information system file, some of our student accounts became inactive in the MyPaymentsPlus online payment system and parents were unable to utilize their children’s meal accounts.

This problem has been fixed.   We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused to our students and parents. We do encourage parents to take advantage of the online payment system and are confident there will be no further difficulties with that process.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Gretz or Mrs. Landrum if you have any questions.

Since introducing our new system on online student registration, we’ve had a few questions:

Do I have to register my child online now?

No. The new online system is an option for you now, but it is not required. You can use the traditional paper forms if you like. We do encourage folks to consider the online process as it can be a huge time saver.

Why did I have to do both the paper forms and the online process? It seems redundant to me.

The online process can replace the paper forms. There is not a need to do both. Because this is new it may have been confusing. If parents completed both processes we apologize for that miscommunication.

If I do it online this year, do I have to do it again next year?

Once a student’s information is entered, the process becomes even easier in the future. In future years, you can simply log in and confirm that the information is correct or make any necessary changes. You will not have to re-enter the same information.

How do I get started?

You can access the detailed instructions in English or Spanish.

If you have already created a PowerSchool login, you can log into the parent portal, click on the InfoSnap link and update and confirm your information.

If you do not have a PowerSchool login, you will obtain an access ID and password from your child’s school. Then, once you’ve created your account, you will use your PowerSchool login to access InfoSnap – the online registration process.

The following entry was contributed by Dr. John Hendron, GCPS’ Director of Innovation and Strategy:

Summary: Goochland County Public Schools has adopted a new learning management system called Schoology that will be implemented over the course of this year. Our primary focus with Schoology at the onset is to support our 1:1 computing initiative. In the coming weeks, we will begin professional development with teachers. Teachers have the option to use the legacy WordPress blogs for parent communication or the new Schoology system. As always, parents can find links to all blogs—no matter where they are—on our teacher pages at each school website.

What is a learning management system?

Just like PowerSchool manages our record keeping with grades and attendance, Schoology manages learning activities and interactions in a virtual space. We have previously used Edmodo and Moodle to provide this type of support in the past. However, with the advent of mobile devices, and our emphasis on deeper learning connected to our 1:1 program, we’re interested in using a more sophisticated system with our teachers and students. It will take us some time to get everyone trained and everyone on board, but our first priority is to integrate the system with PowerSchool and to support our 1:1 teachers. Then, we’ll begin using the system with other teachers who have an interested in “blending learning” with online resources and support.

Schoology offers a number of great features:

  • a dedicated account for your child, with sign-on to the system using their Goochland-provided Google account,
  • the ability to access a course calendar that records assignments, due dates, and assessments,
  • a standards tracker for teachers to see how students are progressing with both the Virginia SOL and additional standards we may reference such as twenty-first century skills,
  • a communications platform for students to privately message teachers for help,
  • an assignment engine that includes support for teacher rubrics and feedback with comments, voice, and video feedback,
  • integration with Google Apps for Education so students can seamlessly turn in work from their Google Drive,
  • integration with PowerSchool so that courses are pre-created and populated for teachers,
  • curriculum resource sharing for teachers — so that putting together new lessons can be easily done using a shared catalog of lesson ideas, assignments, quizzes, and more.

We believe integrating Schoology into our school division, primarily for grades 3-12, will be a multi-year process. Nevertheless, we’re starting this year and wanted to tell you how this new system work.

How Does Schoology support our 1:1 program?

Among all the learning management systems available, Schoology had the best support with a mobile app for iOS and Android. This will become the space where class discussions are held, students can collaborate easily, and where assignments can be submitted and checked. Schoology is a secure environment, but it’s also social and provides a platform for developing digital citizenship and empathy as students work on projects in teams.

The free app can also be used by students on their personal devices, including Android and iOS phones.

Schoology Updates and Schoology Blogs

Like Facebook, Schoology provides support for microblogging, with short updates. Updates can be sent by teachers to one or more classes simultaneously. These updates might be words of encouragement, a reminder about an upcoming quiz, or a question for students to respond to (via comments). In addition, every teacher can have a Schoology blog. The blogs are independent of a course.

For all of our new teachers this year, we trained them on setting up a Schoology blog. This week we are updating our teacher lists on school websites to direct you to these public blogs. In the coming weeks, we will also be adding these links into PowerSchool as a secondary reference point. Either way, you will be just one click away from a teacher blog.

Veteran teachers can elect to start a new Schoology blog, or to maintain their previous WordPress blog. Again, these links will be provided on the teacher lists on each school’s website.

After we become better established with the new system, we will open up parental access in Schoology. This feature will require parents to sign in. The benefit for parents is that they can see more detail within courses that is not public, such as access to their student’s assignments, teacher feedback, and access to course updates. We will be very clear across the division with all stakeholders when this feature is ready and how to proceed.

Enhancing our Capabilities

We are excited about what this new platform will bring to learning in your child’s classroom. We want all parents to know our interest in adopting a new platform is not only to more deeply engage students in their learning, but also to provide efficiency for our students and teachers was carefully considered. Schoology is only going to deepen the level of transparency and communication between our classrooms and our students homes across Goochland.

As always, parents can request hard copies of content that is shared in teacher blogs to be sent home with students on a regular schedule.

In the meantime, if you would like to learn more about Schoology‘s capabilities as a learning management system, you can read more on the Schoology website.

If you have questions, please direct them to Dr. John Hendron, Director of Innovation & Strategy (e-mail, 556-5623).