Team Goochland,

We have released our annual school report!  This document is a publication that outlines all of the success in GCPS and all our schools over the past year along with data to support our trajectory of excellence.  We sent one home with every student in our community; however, you can also find the entire report online HERE.

Please join us in celebrating Read Aloud to a Child Week.

Reading aloud is one of the most effective techniques that parents can use to positively impact their children’s success in school and life. Some of the benefits of reading aloud are increased vocabulary, language comprehension, listening skills, creativity, and imagination.

This year’s theme is Friendship.

The kindergarten team’s Mother Goose Performances at Randolph Elementary School have become one of my very favorite demonstrations of student learning.

The spoken language, “sing-song” rhythm of nursery rhymes are perfect for early readers to begin to master what’s referred to by educators and literacy researchers as “concept of word.” Concept of word is the match between the spoken word and the printed word; it represents a continuum of knowledge and helps form a critical bridge for children between key literacy skills.

Perhaps more importantly, the children get to flex their creative muscles. And the audience enjoys every minute.

Goochland’s Farm to School program continues to thrive! Here, a partnership between Chef Stephanie Charnes’ culinary arts students at Goochland Tech and nutrition staff at the secondary complex brings gourmet fall treats using locally-grown foods to students!

Begun in 2009 when nutrition supervisor, Lisa Landrum, had a vision for bringing more locally-grown produce and foods into school cafeterias, Farm to School has expanded. Once each week locally-grown foods comprise the entire menu in every school cafeteria. Local farmers come to teach students about the processes they use to develop healthier, organic foods as they’re served in the school cafeterias.


Hello GCPS Families,

We are writing to make you aware of a situation that occurred today.  Through various outlets including social media, many students and families have become concerned that there have been threats of violence at Goochland High School tomorrow. We wanted to be sure our information was verified and  accurate before releasing an official statement to our community.

We are aware of these threats and have been working diligently with law enforcement to determine an appropriate response.  Additionally, as we have been made aware of students that are involved in this incident we have asked our law enforcement partners to contact or visit families of the rumored student(s) this evening if they have not already been in touch with the families.  Whereas our investigation has not led us to believe there are any credible threats, we are handling each students’ situation per our student code of conduct and our law enforcement partners are also considering consequences.

We are treating this situation with utmost seriousness and attention. As an added measure, the Sheriff has agreed to have a deputy on site immediately.  Additionally, we will have the entire shift at the GMS/GHS complex tomorrow along with another unit at GES.

The safety of our students and staff is our absolute top priority. Our law enforcement partners and the GCPS administration believe there is no credible threat at this time; however to ensure the security of the school we will have additional law enforcement presence throughout the day.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  Thanks!

On Friday, October 23, 2015, the University of Richmond Law Review will host its annual Allen Chair Symposium: School Inequality: Challenges and Solutions.

The Symposium will bring together the nation’s leading education policy scholars to identify the critical inequality issues affecting public schools, and offer ways to address them.

The event begins at 9:00AM on Friday, October 23, 2015 and will take place in the Moot Court Auditorium of the University of Richmond, School of Law. Boxed lunches will be provided, as well as hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine at the reception. There is no cost to attend, but guests must register as there is limited space available.

Register for the Symposium by clicking: here.


Randolph Elementary kicked off the school year with the theme of “Recognizing Every Strength.” Not only did students acknowledge their academic strengths, they also found other ways to show they were strong — as leaders, athletes, good citizens and great friends. One initiative resulted in a fundraising competition with Kent Horner from HCA Virginia Sports Medicine.

For two weeks, students from RES competed against Horner, a local Physical Therapy Assistant, through a fundraising battle. RES 4th graders raised just over $1,150 for Wounded Warrior Project.  Students wanted to honor recent veterans because, “They fought for us, now we can fight for them.”  Horner collected $2000 for IamRVA, a new nonprofit focused on bike safety.  IamRVA funds will benefit area kids who have suffered a traumatic brain injury from biking accidents.

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The culminating event was an athletic challenge between RES students and Horner.  Volunteers from HCA Sports Medicine and IamRVA met with about 55 students after school on September 23rd.  Horner’s team brought out a variety of fitness equipment and set up several events.  The afternoon included planking and wall sit competitions, a kickball challenge, tire and telephone pole flips, obstacle courses, and a kettle bell toss.  The highlight was an all-time classic:  Tug of War.  The students defeated Horner, the volunteers, and the teachers…twice!

The students were declared victorious in the athletic portion of the competition, while Horner took the fundraising.  With a tie resulting, it seems there is no choice but to schedule a rematch for spring!

If you are interested in supporting either cause or would like more information please contact: Jennifer Gates (


Goochland High School’s Advance College Academy (ACA) is a program partnership with J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College that provides students with the opportunity to earn an Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree alongside their Virginia high school diploma.

We will host an ACA informational evening for families on Wednesday, October 21 at 6:30PM in library media center at Goochland High School.

GCPS’s Advance College Academy is coordinated by Ms. Raye Rector, Coordinator of Gifted and Federal Programs, in cooperation with the leadership team at Goochland High School and J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College.