I am excited to welcome the start of what promises to be a beautiful fall here in Goochland. In my visits to schools in the past two weeks, it is clear that the energy of the start to the school year only grows as our teachers and students continue to amaze me with their engaged instruction centered around deeper learning. Just this week I toured all 5 regions of Virginia at Randolph Elementary in their 4th grade “Virginia Day”, a tradition that includes student-created work on iPads, hands on learning, and a lot of fun for students and staff alike.
NBC12 reporter Candice Smith spoke to our Goochland Middle students this week as well. Ms. Smith will be back next week on September 30 bright and early at Goochland High School broadcasting live at 6:00 a.m. to showcase that Goochland spirit. Tune in to NBC channel 12 to see our school, students, teachers, band, and athletics in this community highlight. Friday’s broadcast will be a great end to homecoming week at Goochland High School. Our students and staff will show their spirit all week leading up to Friday night’s game against Prince Edward at 7:00 p.m. I hope to see you there.
Partners in the Arts’ (PIA) Engaging Creative Thinkers Awards “support interdisciplinary projects that integrate creativity in the classroom while serving as models of partnership among schools, school divisions, artists, arts organizations, and community professionals.“ Last spring a team of teachers at Goochland Middle School, led by Ms. Happy Krickovic and Ms. Amanda Tolson, came together to design an amazing learning opportunity for students and develop an associated PIA proposal. In the days leading up to the close of the school year, Ms. Krickovic and Ms. Tolson received word that their team’s proposal was accepted and would be fully funded by Partners in the Arts ($5,000). The official in-person award was made last week, and implementation plans for the team’s project are underway. Ms. Krickovic and Ms. Tolson’s proposal focuses on a cross-curricular (history, English & visual arts), project-based learning experience for students — one focused on Thomas Jefferson and his impact on both local and American history.
Goochland Public Schools is excited to be the recipient of a 100 thousand dollar School Security Equipment Grant from the Virginia Department of Education. This grant will fund improvements to the phone and intercom systems at all three of our elementary schools. We are excited to implement these improvements toward improving safety in our schools.
This week, our school division, in partnership with the Goochland Education Foundation launched the announcement of our first-ever Strategic Innovation Grants. These grants are designed to encourage innovative instructional design in our classrooms by providing funding for ideas that will support engaging learning experiences for our students. Our goal is to encourage research and development on cutting edge instructional practices that will provide our students with the skills and abilities that are needed for success in an ever-changing global market. I am thankful for the generous support of the Foundation and for the School Board for their approval of this exciting work.
Continue to stay up to date with our division’s events by liking our Facebook page and following us on Twitter (@glndschools) and Instagram (@goochlandschools). Stay current with all of the great things happening in our schools at our division leadership blog at http://leadership.goochlandschools.org. We are looking forward to seeing you at these events in the near future. Have a great weekend!
Jeremy Raley, Superintendent