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The Virginia Department of Education continues its rollout of computer adaptive testing (CAT) with new SOL assessments in middle school math this spring.  The CAT format allows for some level of customization for the test taker, along with a quantifiable reduction in the number of test items per assessment.

Learn more about the Department’s efforts in their 4/27/2016 press release.

Between preparing healthy meals for America’s students, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies and offering service with a smile, school nutrition professionals are true heroes! GCOS nutritions staff go well above and beyond to ensure students are exposed to fresh, locally-developed food. Ms. Landrum brings in local farmers to both feature local meats and produce as well as educate students about the process used to get the food from farm to table.
May 6th is School Lunch Hero Day. Please join us in expressing our gratitude and admiration for these wonderful members of our team!
GCPS school nutrition staff picking fresh, locally-grown berries to be served in the cafeterias.

GCPS school nutrition staff picking fresh, locally-grown berries to be served in the cafeterias.

Having been nominated by the Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services, our school division was honored to receive a 2016 Governor’s Volunteerism and Community Service Award. The recognition ceremony was held April 18th at the Governor’s Mansion. GCPS was represented by School Board Chair, Bruce Watson, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Steve Geyer, Director of Career & Technical Education, Bruce Watson, and GHS senior, Mark Weaver.

Sally Graham, executive director of the Free Clinic initiated the nomination with her team.

The Governor with GHS student Mark Weaver.

The Governor with GHS student Mark Weaver.

GCPS team with the Governor.

GCPS team with the Governor.

Goochland Elementary School (GES) is one of two VA schools selected to pilot an energy education program aimed at helping Virginians embrace energy efficiency, hopefully at earlier ages.

See the Richmond Times Dispatch Article here.

Virginia Energy Sense has worked with third graders at GES and celebrated the students’ completion o the program in a ceremony last week help in conjunction with Earth Day. Superintendent James Lane and School Board Chairman Kevin Hazzard gave remarks and students were presented with completion certificates.


GMS teacher Anne Moore had TWO winning teams in the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Design Build Competition – First and Third Places!  In previous years, this was completed by 8th graders.  This year, Ms. Moore’s 6th grade STEM class participated and worked diligently to learn all the skills necessary to complete the challenge.

Well done Ms. Moore and students!


Please plan to attend the GCPS Fine Arts Festival, Friday April 15 from 4:308:00PM in the GHS cafeteria! Enjoy art displays as well as musical, theatre, and dance performances from fine arts students in all of our schools.
This inspiring event will include:
  • Visual art displays from art students county-wide
  • Preview of “The Music Man”
  • GHS Jazz Band performance
  • Dance performances including “Rockin’ Robin” by the GHS Dance Company
  • Empty Bowls – $10 gets you a handmade bowl created by a GHS ceramics student and homemade soup; all money goes toward fighting hunger in partnership with the Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services food pantry
  • National Art Honor Society activity booths and art sale – purchase an affordable, original work of art created by our most talented GHS art students
  • Project Panama Art display and installation – the G21 project for GCPS Fine Arts teachers exploring the art of Panama and the migratory path of the prothonotary warbler, a bird that migrates from the James River in Goochland to Panama each year.
Please come and celebrate the enrichment of our students’ lives through the Fine Arts!