Goochland High School Graduates

 

College Preparation Workshop

  • For Students in Grades 6 thru 12 & their Parents Presented by CAPUP/Project Discovery-Powhatan & Goochland
  • Saturday, March 4, 2017
  • Second Union Baptist Church, 2843 Hadensville-Fife Road, Goochland, VA
  • 8:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Topics

  • The Advantages of Attending Community College (JSRCC) and the College’s Transfer Agreement with the Four (4) YearUniversities – Dr. C. Booker, EdS, JSRCC’s Recruitment Coordinator
  • Show Me the Money & More About Financial Aid – Ms. T. Robinson, M.Ed., State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)
  • College Admission Basics – Mr. K. Jenkins, Director, The College Place – Richmond
  • College Life … “What I Wish I Knew Then That I Know Now “ – Panel of College Students
To RSVP and For More Information Contact: Deloris Shelton at 804.690.8786 orDShelton@capup.org

Goochland County Public Schools and our school community’s Special Education Advisory Committee will welcome Matthew Shapiro to Goochland on Monday evening, February 27.  Mr. Shapiro is a nationally recognized speaker and was recently recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 recipient.  As a person with a disability, “Mr. Shapiro has spent most of his life motivated to inspire and teach others how to better understand the disability community.”

Mr. Shapiro will open the evening with a “Ted Talk”-style presentation focused on his journey through K-12 schooling, through higher education, and into the professional world of work.  Additionally, there will be plenty of time for direct Q&A with members of the audience.

We hope you can join us for this great event!

Monday, February 27

6:00PM

Goochland High School Library

The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is one of several community advisory committees to the Goochland County School Board and GCPS division leadership team.  Mr. Michael Saxon currently serves as chair of the SEAC.

Friday, March 31

5-8PM

Goochland High School

5:00 – 5:30 PM – GHS Dance Troupe and Jazz Band, GHS Cafeteria  
5:30 – 6:15 PM –  Byrd, Goochland and Randolph All County Chorus, GHS Auditorium
6:15 – 6:45 PM  – GHS Jazz Band, GHS Cafeteria
6:45 – 7:15 PM – GMS Band, GHS Auditorium
7:30 – 7:45 PM –  Drama Preview of How To Succeed in Business without Really Trying, GHS Auditorium

With our three day President’s Day weekend upon us and only a little over three months of school remaining in the 2016-2017 school year, this is a great time to reflect on the recent progress and accomplishments of our students and staff.

This past Tuesday’s School Board meeting featured several recognitions of the great work of our division.  Our students continue to amaze me!  At Goochland Middle School, Caroline Webb was recognized for earning the  Prudential Spirit of Community Award and Ashley Thompson was designated the Be Strong representative for bullying prevention for Virginia.  Also making an appearance from GMS were the Tiger Trackers robotics team, who competed at the state Lego Robotics competition and have incorporated environmental awareness and cross-curricular connections into their collaboration this year.  Mr. Frago’s students from his Modern Smarts after school club even brought in the “augmented reality sandbox” to give our School Board an up close, hands-on experience with this incredible example of deeper learning, collaboration, and student-led work.

School Board Members view the A R Sandbox

Also recognized at the February School Board meeting were two of our outstanding staff members, Goochland Middle School teacher Anne Moore, whose partnership with VCU in environmental education was cited in the VCU annual report, and Goochland High School teacher and head football coach Joe Fowler, who was recognized for his work in the classroom with the W!SE Blue Star distinction for success on the financial literacy assessment and for his work on the field, which earned him the Division 1A, 2A, and Private School Coach of the Year.  Thank you Mrs. Moore and Mr. Fowler for your dedication to our students!  

February is a month of important recognitions in schools nationwide.  We recognized our school counselors earlier this month for National School Counselor’s Week for their tireless work with all of our students.  Our school counselors connect with every child, every year and cover everything from scheduling and course requests to crisis situations to college applications and much more.  We also recognized our School Board and Diane Bennett, our School Board Clerk, as part of the Virginia School Board Association School Board and Board Clerk Appreciation activities.  The five members of our School Board are deeply committed to ensuring that GCPS continues to distinguish itself as an innovative and responsible division.  Their thoughtful support of our work in teaching and learning confirms that.  Thank you Goochland County School Board!

February is also Career and Technical Education month.  The highlight of our CTE recognition took place last Saturday at our annual Conundrum Day, where students and teachers from across the district spent their weekend morning working to solve complex problems with limited resources with teamwork.  Students at Goochland High School will be celebrating National FFA Week next week and will be visited by the leadership of the Virginia FFA.

With spring sports tryouts just around the corner we want to celebrate the accomplishments of our winter teams who had another banner season.  GHS swim sent several individuals and teams to the state finals this week in Christiansburg.  Both boys and girls basketball teams had a successful year and Bryan Herrera was our first wrestler to advance to the state finals.  In a GHS sports moment more important than results, senior basketball player Jack Twombly, with the support of Coach A.J. Nash and his teammates, raised over $3,100 for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in honor of his mother, Joan, who passed away last November.  Jack’s work makes us all proud here in Goochland!

In fine arts, I had a chance to attend the sold out production of Willy Wonka at Goochland Middle School and was beyond impressed with the skills of our cast and crew and the professional, first-rate job of GHS student director Tevin Davis.  Congratulations to all of our student athletes and performers for a great winter.

Please take a look at my latest blog entries at http://leadership.goochlandschools.org/ for details about our 2017-2018 operating budget and 2017-2018 school calendar.  You can also find details about the many events taking place this month to celebrate Black History Month in all of our schools.  Don’t forget that Monday, February 20 is a student holiday and professional day with parent conferences beginning at 4 p.m.  Students should not report to school.

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 GCPS events in the near future. Have a great weekend!

Jeremy Raley, Superintendent

 

There has been a lot taking place over the past several weeks as we have been working to develop our proposed budget for next year.  Much of this work concluded with action taken by the School Board at their meeting last night.  I wanted to provide you with a summary of their action.

Budget

I am excited to inform you that last night our School Board approved the 2017-2018 Operating Budget for Goochland County Public Schools.  This operating budget is a culmination of months of collaboration and dialogue among staff, community members, and our School Board.  I am excited for what it will allow us to do to continue the great work of our division as we continually work to inspire our next generation to make a positive impact and maximize the potential of every learner.  

This proposed budget will be presented to the Goochland County Board of Supervisors at their next meeting on February 21.  It reinforces our commitment to quality instruction and efficient operations within our division.  Among the highlights are raises for all employees, including a revised teacher salary scale, that will place Goochland County at or above the median salary at all pay levels for teachers in the central Virginia region.  These raises are not offset by an increase in health care costs, as we were able to maintain our competitive benefits without any premium increase for this year. We are very happy to take care of our great teachers and staff in this manner.

Our budget also provides funding to add several instructional positions, including additional support in mathematics, added computer science classes, and an instructional technology coach, who will serve students and teachers in modeling deeper, engaged learning as we move into our first year of our one to one laptop initiative at the high school.  Our budget will also add preschool instructors and a gifted resource teacher at the secondary complex to meet the needs of our middle and high students.  

We are able to accomplish these and several other goals in our balanced 2017-2018 operating budget with thoughtful work in evaluating current programming, abandoning practices that have outlived their usefulness, and gathering feedback from all stakeholders.  Links to an executive summary of the approved budget and additional detail can be found on the School Board’s February 14 meeting agenda.

School Board Streaming Update

Recently, school divisions across the nation have been cited by the U.S. Department of Education and the Office for Civil Rights for a failure to provide adequate accessibility to individuals with disabilities on school and school division websites.  Our staff, led by Dr. John Hendron, has worked to make our website a model in accessibility so that all of our viewers can easily access the information we make available.  We have been working with the Office for Civil Rights for feedback as we continue to monitor our online presence and ensure accessibility.

Unfortunately, the requirements for accessibility to bring our current live streaming application of our Goochland County School Board meetings into compliance are cost and labor prohibitive.  The ongoing, annual cost of streaming and archiving video that is accessible using closed captioning was over $10,000.  Viewership statistics also indicate that the live stream has dwindled in usage in the past few years.  The Board has decided that these funds can be better used in support of our instructional initiatives.  Our School Board and staff have discussed several alternatives to the current streaming service that will accomplish the goals of maintaining transparency while still meeting the accessibility requirements of the Office for Civil Rights.

We will continue to make all of our meeting agendas available at our website, which includes links to all available presentations and documents.  Meetings are, of course, open to the public.  Citizens and staff are welcome to attend.  In lieu of our live streaming, which ended with yesterday evening’s live stream, we will post detailed minutes of each School Board meeting online once they are approved by the Board.  We regret to have to end the live stream but the usage data clearly indicated that the cost could not be justified, and we are confident that our meetings will continue to operate in the same spirit of transparency that has defined the work of our School Board for the past five years.  

Calendar

Our School Board approved the 2017-2018 GCPS School Calendar at yesterday evening’s meeting.  Our calendar has been developed and reviewed by instructional staff, parents, and division staff in cooperation with the School Board, and I am excited that our calendar will provide our staff with the much-needed time to collaborate, plan, and grow through more frequent staff development and planning time.  The approved calendar is reflective of our division’s leadership as an innovative school division as we capitalize upon our instructional time for learning by reducing the frequency of assessments delivered to students.  In December and June, there are no designated days for midterm and final exams. The days at the end of the semester and the end of the year are full days, not early dismissals. Instructional staff will continue to have the autonomy and flexibility to assess students and their knowledge during these times and throughout the school year.  Additionally, the approved calendar will maintain many of the traditional timelines for starting school, holiday breaks, and the last day of school that have been a part of past calendars.  The approved 2017-2018 calendar can be found here.  Highlights are below:

  • August 7 – New Teachers Report
  • August 14 – All Teacher Report
  • August 21 – First Day of School
  • October 23 – Parent Conferences
  • November 22 to 24 – Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 20 to January 1 – Winter Break
  • April 2 to April 6 – Spring Break
  • June 5 – Last day of School

Thank you for everything that you do to support and make a difference in our community’s future, our students.  I am thankful and grateful for your investment of time, effort, and energy!

On Monday, February 6, we welcomed educators and policymakers from across Virginia for a day-long work session focused on state assessment and accountability.  Most Virginians are very aware of the state’s SOL tests (Standards of Learning), which began in the 1990s and have been a part of the Commonwealth’s school accountability system ever since.

These summative, high-stakes tests remain a centerpiece of statewide assessment in Virginia, though educational leaders are working hard to bring greater balance to our state’s overall assessment profile.  With the implementation of our division’s Balanced Assessment Project a few years back, Goochland has been highly engaged in this work and remains a leader in Virginia when it comes to establishing an assessment framework that tells a complete picture of student learning.

Members of the statewide work group included one representative from each of the eight superintendents’ regions, officers from the Virginia Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (VASCD), the Executive Director of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS), and Dr. Steven Constantino, Chief Academic Officer at the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).

Dr. Steven Constantino, VDOE’s Chief Academic Officer, addresses the statewide work group (left); Dr. Jeremy Raley, Goochland Superintendent, welcomes the team to Goochland (right)