It is hard to believe that we now have one quarter of the school year behind us! This past Monday, our teachers engaged in some rejuvenating professional development to prepare for the second nine weeks, which promises to be as exciting as our first quarter.
One of my favorite activities of the past two weeks has been taking time to speak to groups of students at all of our schools. I am impressed with the quality and depth of the honest feedback our students provide, from our middle school students at GMS to our second graders at Byrd who told me their school is “5 star” when I met with them this past Wednesday. It is a pleasure to interact with our students, but it is also very practical. I take the feedback I receive from our students and incorporate it into the work we do as a leadership team at the district and building level. I look forward to continuing these conversations with students at the high school and Randolph Elementary in the days ahead. Preparing our next generation to make a positive impact starts with listening to student voice.
I also enjoyed working alongside our talented food service employees today as I had the opportunity to serve lunch to our students at Randolph Elementary School. I am continually impressed by the variety and the healthy offering provided by our food service employees. It was a privilege to have the opportunity to spend time with these dedicated employees!
Goochland Middle School students were featured at yesterday’s Virginia School Boards Associate “Hot Topic” conference, where they showcased their digital documentation skills for school board representatives and administrators from across the region and state. You can see a video of their work here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2RoczxiFfSkZVJ2RXc5NkttaU0/view
In other student events, our GHS drama department, led by Mr. Burch, placed first at the James River district theatre festival this week. Our 8th graders will attend the Mission Tomorrow event, sponsored by Chamber RVA, and join nearly 12,000 other students in the region to explore the largest interactive career exploration event the state has seen at the Richmond International Raceway next weekend. Fall sports teams continue to excel on and off the field. Our sportsmanship was highlighted in USA Today after the frightening on-field collision that sent three Buckingham football players to the hospital, bringing both teams together to support their fellow players and ending the game. I am happy to report that everyone was released from the hospital the following day. Our athletes are more than players, they are true role models on and off the field.
We are preparing to welcome members of our community to see the great work happening in our schools during American Education Week the week of November 14! I will have more details available on my next message about all of the activities taking place. Check our district website, Twitter, and Facebook to stay updated on this as well as all of our happenings here in Goochland.
Did you know that our school division has an ibook? This book, Deeper Learning by Design, details the implementation of our 1:1 technology program and our approach to use technology as a tool to enhance student’s deeper learning experiences. Our ibook can be downloaded for FREE by clicking here.
Our School Board and Board of Supervisors will conclude their Town Hall meetings next week on Monday, October 24 with District 1 at Byrd Elementary starting at 7:00 p.m. All of these meetings are public and you are welcome to attend.
Again, please 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 Have a great weekend!
Jeremy Raley, Superintendent