Goochland County Public Schools is thrilled to have been chosen to receive an Engaging Creative Thinkers grant from Partners in the Arts (PIA), an affiliate of the University of Richmond. Goochland was one of only two divisions from the region selected for the full funding level ($5,000) and received the highest rating of all of the applications that fit PIA’s “Emerging” category.  

The grant application and corresponding student learning project was developed by Ms. Happy Krickovic, Ms. Amanda Tolson, Ms. Michele Hope, and Mr. Glenn Hecker from Goochland Middle School in partnership with Ms. Patti Rosner, a Goochland resident and accomplished artist.  The team’s grant proposal establishes a multi-year, learner-directed project for seventh- and eighth-grade students, one that strengthens civics, English and science skills through research, application, and the arts in the exploration of Thomas Jefferson’s early life in Goochland County.

In addition to the project funding awarded by Partners in the Arts, Goochland Middle School team members will have the opportunity to attend the Joan Oates Institute this summer at no cost to the school division ($650/participant).  The 5-day institute prepares individuals and teams of PreK-12 teachers of all subject areas to develop lesson and unit plans for integrating the arts into their classrooms; the PIA Engaging Creative Thinkers awards support the implementation of these integrated instructional project.

Team Goochland,

I wanted to reach out personally to share some news with you. My family and I have had a very difficult decision to make. This morning I asked the School Board to accept my resignation, effective this June. I have accepted the superintendency in Chesterfield County. The Board and I would like to share this press release that provides a few details related to the move, and you will certainly see this news in the media over the coming days.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with you and am extremely proud of what we have done together. I will always treasure the relationships and accomplishments that have been a part of this special time in my career. I can honestly say the last three years have been the best of my life thus far and I will miss everyone greatly.

I look forward to spending the Spring with you and continuing our great work together!  Please let me know if you have any questions!

Governor Terry McAuliffe visited students and teachers at Randolph Elementary School yesterday and spent some time reading the Dr. Seuss classic, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, with several classes. In addition to the rich interactions through the story and questions afterwards, students were thrilled to watch the Governor depart in his helicopter, which landed on the softball field behind the school!

Click on the photo below to access pictures of the event.

Governor Terry McAuliffe reads to students at RES.

Governor Terry McAuliffe reads to students at RES.

I want to send a very special congratulations to Mr. Sykes and the GMS and GHS band students and parents for the work that they did this past weekend. We hosted a very large event here called state band assessment. Over the course of Friday and Saturday 30 bands graced the stage and halls of GHS. There were about 1400 students, plus parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, etc. The students worked tirelessly to make this huge event a huge success. They guided groups, worked concessions, set and reset the stage, assisted judges, worked the sight reading room, monitored the halls, welcomed visitors, supervised the case rooms, went on scuff mark duty, cleaned and helped avert any crisis that may have come up. On top of it all, they performed beautifully with grace and professionalism!

Every judge, director and many parents from visiting schools commented on what wonderful students we have here in our band program!

“Words can’t describe how proud, blessed and humbled I am to be able to call myself their teacher,” remarked Band Director, Jay Sykes. “I just can’t say it enough.”

As far as our stage performance goes…. The 8th grade band received an “excellent” rating. The High school band began their performance at 10:10 on Friday evening and also received an “excellent” rating. Both groups received a 1 (superior) in the area of “sight reading”. The seventh grade band performed at 9:00 Saturday morning and received straight superiors (1) across the board!
“These students really remind me why I teach,” continued Mr. Sykes. “Seeing them work together, pat each other on the back, help each other without reservation and then congratulate other groups really inspires me to be the best that I can be.”
Please congratulate them on being who they are and representing Goochland County with dignity and pride!

Members of the Goochland High School MCJROTC recently concluded an exceptional round of competition in the eighth season of CyberPatriot – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.

Organized by Coach Major Petruzziello, and led by Team Captain Michael Sainsbury, the team of students from Goochland High School MCJROTC excelled in the CyberPatriot VIII qualifying rounds, demonstrating teamwork, critical thinking skills, and technical knowledge key to a successful career in cybersecurity. The team’s performance earned it a spot in the Category Round held February 19-21, during which it outscored other teams to win the All Service Division’s Category Gold 2nd Place Tier Award.

“This is the very first year we have competed in the CyberPatriot competition and SSgt Strong and I are extremely proud of our cadets for earning this honor. Congratulations to the members of our Varsity “Gold” team, Michael “Sam” Sainsbury, Brandon Myrick, William Glaveskas and Henry Carscadden. Great job cadets!”

Established by the Air Force Association, the CyberPatriot National Youth Cyber Education Program was created to excite, educate, and motivate students toward careers in cyber security and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.

CyberPatriot’s core program – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition – challenges teams of two to six students across the United States, Canada, and from DoDD schools abroad, to find and resolve cybersecurity vulnerabilities in simulated environments. Top teams from the preliminary online rounds win an all-expenses-paid trip to Baltimore, Maryland for the live National Finals Competition, where students compete for national recognition and scholarships.

The CyberPatriot field is divided into three divisions – the Open Division for public, private, and home school teams, the All Service Division for JROTC, Civil Air Patrol, and Naval Sea Cadet Corps teams, and the Middle School Division. Based on the results of two preliminary rounds, CyberPatriot VIII high school teams were categorized within their divisions as Platinum, Gold, or Silver Tier teams, with Platinum Tier teams representing the highest scoring teams.

In all, 3,379 teams registered to compete in CyberPatriot VIII.


Top teams in the Open and All Service Divisions’ Platinum Tier and the top three Middle School Division teams nationally will advance to the CyberPatriot VIII Finals Competition Baltimore, MD, April 10-14.

More information is available at or from the CyberPatriot staff at

GCPS, in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the School Nutrition Association (SNA), recognizes March 7-11, 2016, as National School Breakfast Week (NSBW).  Please join us in honoring “Wake up to School Breakfast,” this year’s theme for the celebration!


School breakfast is an important component of the school day that can help students be ready to learn.  Studies have shown that students who participate in the School Breakfast Program have improved overall diet quality, including greater consumption of grains, fruits, and milk; improved academic performance; and improved attendance.  Increasing the number of students who eat a nutritious meal as part of the School Breakfast Program is an important step in improving the health of Virginia’s students, as well as their academic achievement.

GCPS School Nutrition Supervisor, Lisa Landrum, has partnered with the first lady, No Kid Hungry, Virginia Hunger Solutions, Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, Southeastern United Dairy Industry Associates, and others to promote school breakfast and provide resources and support to school divisions.  The Governor will issue a proclamation for School Breakfast Week. No Kid Hungry has developed a toolkit for NSBW 2016 which is provided as Attachment A to this memo.  Virginia Hunger Solutions will be releasing their 2016 Virginia School Breakfast Report during NSBW to share school breakfast program best practices and recognize top performing schools and school divisions in Virginia.  A Discover School Breakfast Tool Kit with additional resources is also available on the USDA Web site at: