It is so hard to believe that is just two short weeks, this school year will be 75% completed. Spring has sprung! All of our spring extra-curricular and co-curricular activities are in full swing. Scrimmages have taken place and the regular season contests will begin next week. Good luck to all of our students who are participating in a multitude of activities this Spring!
Recently, we have had students compete in district and regional competitions in robotics, with the Technology Student Association (TSA), and Destination Imagination. Destination Imagination teams from Randolph Elementary, Byrd Elementary, and Goochland Middle School have earned the opportunity to compete at the state level! Our Goochland High School robotics team, Junkyard Dogs, placed in the top 12 this past weekend and are currently ranked 21st out of 129 teams in the district. I am very proud of the variety of well-rounded opportunities that we are able to provide to our students. Congratulations to our students who have demonstrated the initiative and drive to go the extra mile to compete and demonstrate their knowledge and skill in these competitive environments.
I am also grateful to the time, effort, and energy that our faculty sponsors and parents have dedicated to supporting our students. There have been many after-school practices and weekends that have been dedicated to ensuring that our students are provided these experiences. Thank you for making this investment in our scholars!
Mark your calendars for some special events taking place this March. This Tuesday, March 14, we are hosting our annual Career Fair at Goochland High School, and this year is bigger than ever. We currently have over 70 representatives from a variety of industries and businesses from across the region and state scheduled to engage with our students on Tuesday. We are very grateful to our corporate and business partners who provide their time and resources to add a special layer of engagement to our learning. This year we are also inviting community members to attend our Career Fair. Just come by Goochland High between 8:30 a.m. and noon on Tuesday.
Earlier this week, 31 of our talented students enrolled in the Advanced College Academy at Goochland High School were recognized at a pinning ceremony at J Sargeant Reynolds Community College. These students have successfully completed their first semester of college classes at Reynolds. In June 2018, they will be the first ever class of seniors from Goochland High School who will receive their Associate’s degree prior to graduating from high school. I am proud of these students for their leadership, their resilience, and for blazing the trail that will allow other students in our school division to have this opportunity in the future! Thank you to our staff and to family members who have supported our scholars through this process!
This month, I will join eleven other central office administrators who have signed up to take the Shadow a Student Challenge. We will be spending a day with students in our schools to gain a greater understanding of a day in the life of our students. Many of us will board the bus with our student in the morning and will end our day with a bus ride home. It is critical that we, as leaders, understand and gain insight into the experiences that our students are having in our schools so that we can continually working toward providing them with opportunities that will allow them to maximize their potential. I will shadowing a student at Goochland High School next week. I can’t wait!
We are now in the midst of our recruiting talented teachers to fill the vacancies that we will have for next year. It is our goal and our desire to attract the best candidates that we can find to work alongside the talent that we already have in our classrooms. We will be hosting a job fair at Randolph Elementary School on Saturday March 25 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Please share this opportunity with your friends, colleagues, and family. Visit our job fair website to sign up. It’s definitely worth the drive to have the opportunity to work in an innovative and successful division in a community that supports and values public education!
We continue to march through our budget approval process. This month, there will be many opportunities for you to participate in this process as the Goochland County Board of Supervisors prepares to make final decisions in the coming weeks. I hope that you are able to join us at these upcoming public events:
- March 21 – District 2 & 3 Town Hall Meeting – Central High School – 2748 Dogtown Road – 7 p.m.
- March 23 – District 4 & 5 Town Hall Meeting – Hermitage Country Club – 7 p.m.
- March 30 – District 1 Town Hall – New Fire Station on Hadensville Fife Road – 7 p.m.
- April 4 – Board of Supervisors Public Hearing – Goochland Administration Building, Room 250 – 7 p.m.
- April 18 – Board of Supervisors Adoption of County Budget – Goochland Administration Building, Room 250, 3 p.m.
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. I look forward to seeing you at GCPS events in the near future.