On November 19, 2014, President Obama invited “over 100 exemplary superintendents to the White House. Selected superintendents were be recognized for their leadership in helping transition their districts to digital learning. The Convening provided opportunities for leaders to share lessons learned with each other and with ED to help disseminate promising approaches across the nation.”  The “Future Ready” Superintendents were there to sign a pledge to bring 99% of classrooms online (a goal Goochland has already met) as part of the “ConnectEd Initiative.”

I was honored to represent Goochland and share my thoughts on how the Federal Government can better support our schools through their current funding sources, such as Title I, Title II, Special Education, etc.  Specifically, my hope in attending the forum was to advocate for more flexibility in the way we utilize our dollars, to reduce the amount of Federally required testing (17 of the 29 SOL Tests are mandated by the Federal Government), and to learn stories from successful school divisions in transitioning our students to a personalized learning environment supported by technology initiatives.

In meeting over 100 amazing superintendents and learning their school division’s stories, we have great ideas about how to further our expansion of 1:1 technology to all of our students and how to “re-imagine” the classroom to a personalized system of education as outlined in our strategic plan.

Six superintendents were selected to attend from Virginia (the five pictured below are Pam Moran from Albemarle, Rosa Atkins from Charlottesville, James Lane from Goochland, Pat Murphy from Arlington, and Amy Griffin from Cumberland – not pictured is Lorraine Lange from Roanoke).

Here is President Obama speaking, I was able to grab a picture from the second row.

Afterwards, they gave us an opportunity to take pictures in the East Wing press conference room.

This is the Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.

Security at the event was extremely tight; however, here are a couple service members assigned to the White House.  The gentleman at the piano was entertaining the dignitaries as they entered the White House.

We plan to share more details in a video for students in the near future!  Again, I’m humbled and proud to represent Goochland as an exemplary school division.

Goochland High School teachers Mrs. Sarah Voyack and Mr. Joe Fowler have been recognized by the W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Program as 2014 Gold Star Teachers. This honor is the result of Mrs. Voyack’s and Mr. Fowler’s students achieving a 90+% pass rate on the W!SE Financial Literacy Certification Test.

In a statement W!SE officials expressed their appreciation to Mrs. Voyack, Mr. Fowler, and other exceptional teachers across the Commonwealth: “We at W!SE are both grateful for and impressed at the accomplishments of Virginia’s educators as they relate to teaching personal finance.”

Congratulations, Mrs. Voyack and Mr. Fowler – and congratulations to our students for their outstanding achievement!

Congratulations to our team of sixteen teachers who completed TEDU 494 last night, a VCU course personalized for Goochland County Public Schools.

(l to r) Tiffany Adams, BES; Beth Ferguson, RES; Suzanne Taylor, RES; Erin Yearout-Patton, GHS

(l to r) Corey Jacobson, GMS; Jennifer Gates, RES; Joe Beasley, GES; Jennifer Cosby, GES

(l to r) John Dacey, GHS; Molly Abbott, RES; Katie Hadd, RES; Kim Norman, GES

(l to r) Susan Duty, GHS; Kim Austin, RES; Alison Gooding, RES; Mary Kay Dinger, RES

Final class meeting – November 17, 2014

Congratulations to the Byrd Robotics Team on their tremendous success last weekend!
The T.E.A.M. – Technology Eagles Achieve at Math – won the Research Award on November 8 at the regional competition held at Deep Run High School! They also were one of 4 teams chosen at the tournament to receive the Champion Award.
The students will be competing at the State Tournament at James Madison University in December!

As we wrap up the Virginia Department of Education’s School Psychology Awareness Week, we wanted to recognize our talented school psychologist team – and say thank you.

Virginia’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Steven Staples, states, “School psychologists work with students, teachers, administrators, and families to support the academic achievement, positive behavior, social-emotional wellness, and resiliency of all students, especially those who struggle with barriers to learning.

(from left) Mrs. Jennifer Waggener, Dr. Emily Bryant, and Mrs. Meredith Wilkinson

The term dual enrollment refers to high school students (typically juniors and seniors) taking college courses with the goal of earning both college and high school credit for the same course. Goochland County Public Schools is pleased to offer a broad range of dual enrollment opportunities. Goochland High School’s program is already one of the most expansive in the state for high schools with less than 1,000 students – and it’s growing, offering coursework from Reynolds Community College, Longwood University, James Madison University, and the University of Virginia.

Last night we welcomed more than one hundred families to our Dual Enrollment Information Night at GHS. Following a brief welcome and overview of the evening’s program, officials from James Madison University, Longwood University, and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College led “breakout sessions” in 30-minute periods over the course of 2 hours. The program offered overviews of the division’s current dual enrollment offerings (as well as those planned for 2015-16).

Our dual enrollment description and fee schedule for the current school year may be accessed here.

We look forward to hosting a similar informational evening for our families annually.

Dr. Miles McCrimmon (upper right), J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, discusses Goochland’s Advance College Academy program with interested families at last night’s Dual Enrollment Information Meeting.

I would like to invite you to the Richmond Symphony Performance at Goochland High School on December 14 at 4pm.  We would like to thank the Rotary Club of Goochland for their support of our students and our community in bringing Richmond Symphony experiences to our families.

Through a donation to the Goochland Education Foundation, the Rotary Club of Goochland will be fully covering the costs for all of our 4th and 5th grade students to attend the Richmond Symphony’s Discovery Series Concert.  Additionally, the Rotarians also provided funding for a brass quintet from the Richmond Symphony to come to GHS/GMS and teach a master class with our students.  Lastly, the Goochland Education Foundation will be one of the primary organizations receiving funding from the proceeds of the concert.  The funds from the GEF go directly to our students!

Now it is our turn to support the Rotary Club of Goochland Each Winter, they bring the full Richmond Symphony to Goochland to perform a holiday concert for our community.  Again, the concert is Sunday, December 14, at 4pm.  Tickets are $20 for adults, and $15 for children.  You can purchase tickets online through the Goochland Rotary Website or purchase them from the GCPS Central Office by contacting me (Dr. Lane) directly by phone or email and I will send them to you ASAP.

Ticket link:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/894292

It should be an amazing concert, and again, we thank the Rotarians so much for their support of our schools!

In case you need one more reason to come and support the concert…  The Rotary Club of Goochland just announced that they will be giving the school division a limited pool of tickets to offer to music students that cannot afford to attend.  Wow!!