Using a play written by GCPS graduate, Ashley Miles, drama teacher Neil Burch led GMS students through a powerful performance of “Recognizing Rosenwald.” Calvin Hopkins and Ruby Murrell treated attendees to a historical account of Second Union Rosenwald and GMS principal, Jennifer Rucker made closing remarks. As part of the closing, Mrs. Rucker interviewed the cast about the significance of the play to their own learning and the comments students made were especially profound.

Neil Burch, Calvin Hopkins, Kevin Harris, Stuart Taylor, Demond Morris, Bella Grace Finck, Ashley Miles, Ruby Murrell, Jenn Rucker

Neil Burch, Calvin Hopkins, Kevin Harris, Stuart Taylor, Demond Morris, Bella Grace Finck, Ashley Miles, Ruby Murrell, Jenn Rucker

Congratulations to all the Goochland High School swim team members who participated in the 2A State swim meet yesterday.

With only two entries in the 2016 2A State Swim Meet, the Lady Bulldogs finished 22nd in the state swim meet Sunday at Christiansburg Aquatic Center:

Meredith Hickey finished 11 in the Women 100 Yard Freestyle

In the Women’s 200 Yard Medley Relay: Julia Parrish, Campbell Ferguson, Meredith Hickey & Victoria Spooner finished 16th.

With only two entries for the boys, the Bulldogs finished 16th!

Garrett Kemmerly placed 12th in the 100 Yard Breaststroke

In the Men’s 200 Yard Freestyle Relay: Jordan Jones, Matthew McCauley, David Tremain & Garrett Kemmerly finished 8th!

During the last weekend of January Neil Burch took 30 high school students to the Virginia Thespian Conference at Radford University. This conference was comprised of several one-act plays, workshops from theatre professionals, and main stage productions.

Goochland students performed The Diary of Anne Frank as one of the main stage productions!


Congratulations to our Marine Corps Junior ROTC Drill Team and Color Guard.  They competed in a day-long drill competition this past Saturday at Hermitage High School, against eight other MCJROTC programs.

Participating in their first full drill competition, our cadets competed and behaved as young ladies and gentleman – representing our school and community with  pride and dignity.  Please join us in congratulating:  Tiffani Burdick, Brandon Dwinger, Jasmine Forsythe, Brandon Fortune, Andrew Garcia, Hunter Glaveskes, William Glaveskes, Thomas Jackson, Brendon Luna, Avery McKay, Chantal Miles, Brandon Myrick, Ronnie Packard,Jake Payne, Joshua Rivercomb, Madison Reynolds, Maiya Smith, andPeter Trevor.


Please join us in celebrating Dr. Stephen Geyer, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, who is the recipient of James Madison University’s 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award! This award recognizes an alumni of the university who has made exceptional contributions to his or her particular field of profession. Dr. Geyer continues to have a profound impact on the advancement of quality instruction in Goochland and throughout the state.


Dr. Stephen Geyer, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award James Madison University.

Dr. Stephen Geyer, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award James Madison University.


Dr. Geyer has been with Goochland County Public Schools since 2011. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from JMU in 1996 and went on to earn an M.Ed. and Ed.D. in Administration and Supervision from UVA. Dr. Geyer’s responsibilities center around preK-12 instructional programming for the division. Dr. Geyer also serves as an adjunct instructor for the Curry School of Education in their education leadership program. Prior to joining the team in Goochland, he was an elementary school principal in Northern Virginia for more than a decade where he established an instructional literacy framework recognized by the McGuffey Reading Center as one of the most comprehensive and effectively designed approaches in the state. In 2013 he was recognized by the Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development as Virginia’s Curriculum Leader of the Year.



The 2016 GCPS annual Conundrum Day event was held Saturday, February 6th in the GHS/GMS secondary complex. Sponsored by Khakis and organized with leadership from the GCPS STEM Advisory Committee, the event was centered around the division’s One District, One Book initiative in which all members of the school community were invited to read The World According to Humphrey together. Humphrey, a Hamster and the book’s main character, needed a home and the Conundrum Day attendees were just the ones to design and build it for him!

Over 44 community and staff members volunteered to mentor the 201 registered students. Their challenge was to design a habitat for Humphrey that contained a door that locked, an exercise wheel and had several rooms for Humphrey to explore. Once completed, students used a battery powered hamster to check their design. If their design did not pass the test, they had to go back and redesign the habitat, rebuild it and then retest!

Adeeb Hamsey, chairman of the STEM advisory committee and Dr. Jody Turner from VCU, also a member of the STEM advisory committee were both integral in the success of the event. Due to the generosity of Khakis, the event was absolutely free to students.
Students used recyclable materials to build their habitats.
A special thanks to Bruce Watson and Lisa Brown, along with many other key stakeholders for creating another thrilling learning opportunity for our students!

Amazing things happen in our schools every hour – from the headline-grabbing teaching “event” to the small, thoughtful exchange between a teacher and student that sets learning in motion.  Last week I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time in our schools and grabbed a few moments along the way.

Math Maniacs at Byrd Elementary SchoolTeams celebrated recent student accomplishments related to automaticity with multiplication facts.

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CBS 6’s Bill Fitzgerald visited Cindy Matejka’s English classes at Goochland Middle SchoolStudents learned about the power of effective communication from an accomplished newscaster.


Goochland Elementary School’s Student Leadership DayStudents hosted parents and community members for a morning immersed in Sean Covey’s work around inspiring leadership and greatness in youth, the foundation of GES’ school culture.

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