Ready for the Fourth Quarter!

We are now in the last nine weeks of an extremely successful school year!  It’s amazing how fast this year has gone!  As we make plans to conclude this year on a high note, we are already working behind the scenes to prepare for the start of school in the fall.

Our students and staff continue to be very busy and are experiencing ongoing success.  We recently learned that Mr. Joe Beasley, teacher at Goochland Elementary School, was named Virginia’s PBS Digital Innovator.  Mr. Beasley is one of 52 teachers from across the nation who has been recognized for his innovation in the classroom.  Thank you, Mr. Beasley, for your professionalism and for providing our students with deep and enriching learning experiences!  We also want to recognize each of our school’s teacher of the year.  The professionals have been recognized by their peers for the exceptional work in the classroom.

This year, we are also seeking nominations for our division’s Employee of the Year and Team of the Year.  All staff, parents, and citizens can submit nominations by clicking the highlighted links.  The winners will be recognized at an awards reception on May 2 at 6:00 p.m. at Goochland High School.

Our student-athletes who are participating in our spring sports are experiencing a great deal of success on the diamonds, soccer fields, track, and courts.  This past weekend, two of our students at Goochland High School participating in the state forensics competition and our robotics students continue to shine!  We had a great crowd at our talent show last Friday!  Thank you to all of our students, staff, volunteers, and citizens who make these experiences possible for our students!

 Goochland High School Forensics Students   

I’ve recently had the opportunity to spend a lot of time talking to our students with the goal of gaining insight regarding their school experience.  I have spent time talking with students in small group sessions hearing their voice on the issues that have an impact on their school experience and also spent time serving lunch to students at Byrd Elementary.  On Friday March 17, I also spent the day shadowing one of our amazing scholars at Goochland High School.  I gained a perspective regarding a day in the life of our students that will certainly make an impact in our ongoing work as we all strive to prepare our students to be career ready in an ever changing and competitive marketplace.  I continue to be impressed by our students and all of our dedicated staff who are working to make a positive difference for our community’s youth.

Dr. Raley and students at Randolph Elementary Dr. Raley serves lunch to students at Byrd Elementary Dr. Raley spends the day with a student at Goochland High School

There are a lot of events that will be taking place in the coming weeks.  I hope that you are able to join us and support our students and staff.

  • March 31:  Goochland County Fine Arts Festival – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. – GHS
  • April 4:  Board of Supervisors Public Hearing – 7 p.m.
  • April 10 -14:  No School for Students – Spring Break
  • April 18:  Board of Supervisors Adopt County Budget – 3 p.m.
  • April 18:  School Board Meeting – 6:30 p.m. – Goochland High School
  • April 20:  Preschool/Kindergarten Registration
  • April 28, 29, 30 – Goochland High School Spring Musical
  • May 2:  Celebration of Excellence Award Reception – GHS – 6:00 p.m.
  • May 6:  Goochland Education Foundation Gala – Hermitage Country Club

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  

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