I am pleased to announce that Governor Terence R. McAuliffe has signed a Certificate of Recognition declaring January 25-31, 2015, as Virginia Principals Appreciation Week. I hope that you and others throughout your community will join me in acknowledging the tireless efforts of our school principals in Goochland!
GCPS Principals: Tina McCay, Dan Gardner, James Hopkins, Jenn Rucker, Mike Newman
The role of the principal as the instructional leader of the school is critically important to ensure students are provided the opportunity to learn. Our principals work diligently to help students and teachers excel, and their leadership and hard work are essential to the success of our schools. They deserve all the recognition and praise we can give them.
Please take a moment this week to express your appreciation this week to your child’s principal!
Hello Team Goochland!
The school board held their public hearing on the FY16 budget last evening and will adopt their budget following public comment on February 10. If you are interested in learning more about our budget plans for next year, we have created a budget page to archive all major documents HERE. This link is the best source for budget updates that may occur over the next few months.
To make them easier to find, the current versions of our budget documents (as of 1/28) are located below. We hope to have the full “budget book” posted to the school board agenda page by February 6, but the detailed budget reports are accessible on the January 27 school board agenda listed in the last bullet below.
FY 2016 Budget Documents
Please let us know if you have any questions or suggestions!!
Families, please check out this presentation that Dr. Hendron shared at our community advisory meeting. I think this presentation highlights all the possibilities that will be coming in the future on the parent access side of the portal. I hope you think this is as exciting as we do. Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Hendron with any questions!
Capital One is hosting its annual Future Leaders Forum for Young Women on Saturday, March 21.
You may access the corresponding registration information here. (Registration ends February 27th.)
Our partners at James Madison University and across the region have asked us the help spread the word about this great event!
Contact Sarah Miller: firstname.lastname@example.org
Goochland Middle School‘s annual Curriculum Fair will be held on Tuesday, February 3 from 6:00-8:00PM.
Dr. Lane, do you support or oppose common core standards?
I do not feel that the common core standards are necessary in Virginia at this time. Our strategic plan in GCPS calls for personalized learning for our students. In my opinion, any movement to standardize curriculum as broadly as national standards (especially national assessments such as those aligned to the common core) takes away from our flexibility to meet each child’s individual needs. Most decisions about students are best made in the classroom by teachers.
I believe our Virginia standards strike a better balance between making personalized decisions in the classroom and allowing us to still monitor the achievement of our students. With the work being done in the SOL Innovation Committee, I hope we can build an even more authentic assessment system focused on growth, and I don’t believe the common core is a part of any recommendations I have seen for innovating the SOL’s.
Generally, I believe that superintendents should remain apolitical on topics where the debate is merely political, i.e. there is not actual movement to adopt the strategy/policy/law/standards. I have never heard our current or former Governor mention any interest in adopting the common core standards and I’ve never heard of any member of the General Assembly propose serious legislation to move towards adoption. That being said, should legislation come forward moving us toward the common core standards, I would work with the local school board to produce a position statement and would defend Goochland’s stance on common core. Again, due to the fact that it is not actually being considered, we have felt no need to address the issue.
The GHS Scholastic Bowl Team claimed its first ever Conference Tournament Championship after earning their first ever District Championship title.
Coach Barry Smith reports the students were exemplary, exhibiting sportsmanship and excellence in every way.
Hats of to the students and sponsors for an outstanding season! The varsity team compiled a 16-3 record while the JV team was undefeated!
The Varsity Team, led by Team Captain Erin Maguire: Michelle Daschner, Cameron Ford, Hannah Herrman, Keith Jandzinski, Julia Barr, Brandon Myrick, and Henry Carscadden.
The JV Team: Tyler McNeer, Carter Palen, Erin Wachter, Max Spivey, Joshua Hobbs, and Jacob Clarke.