First Day of School is Just a Few Hours Away!

The start of another school year is just a few hours away!  As summer draws to a close, we turn to the excitement and anticipation that a fresh start brings.  A new school year provides us with the opportunity to experience new routines, meet different friends, and gain new experiences.  Although it’s definitely a time of rejuvenation and optimism, I expect that there are some who are anxious about new class schedules and some of the unknowns associated with another academic year.  There are definitely many different emotions for us all as we get ready for Monday morning.   

Team Goochland looks forward to engaging our students in meaningful, personalized, authentic, fun, and exciting learning opportunities this year!  We look forward to greeting our students, getting to know them, and we are optimistic about working to provide every child with an exceptional academic experience!  Everyone on our team is committed to continuing our division’s proud tradition of excellence and maximizing the potential of EVERY learner.  

We are excited about the changes that our students will experience as they enter our classrooms this year.  This summer, our teachers have been actively involved in multiple professional development activities, all geared toward providing our students with deeper learning opportunities that will ultimately prepare them to be world-ready.  Some classrooms have been outfitted with new furniture that will allow for flexibility in the classroom arrangement that will result in a more comfortable learning space for students.  Every school bus on our regular routes has been outfitted with four cameras with the goal of increasing student safety.  There have been cosmetic enhancements at many facilities and renovations of the HVAC system at Byrd Elementary is now complete.  Our custodial and maintenance teams have done an exceptional job preparing our facilities: classrooms are clean, walls are refreshed, and floors sparkle!  Thank you to these talented professionals for a job well done!

For the past ten weeks, many of our school buses have been absent from our roadways.  As we prepare for the first day of school, there will be an increase in traffic in and around our school campuses.  Please remember to watch out for students standing at bus stops, our school buses and their lights and signs, and pedestrians on our school campuses.    

As a public school division, we welcome ALL students into our schools every day regardless of their background.  It is one of the many reasons why I am very proud to be a public educator!  As public school educators, we provide EVERY student with the academic and skill based experiences that they need to be career ready.  As we do this work, we provide students with experiences that allow them to have a deeper understanding about the importance of history, civic responsibility, diversity, tolerance, and sense of community.  Our talented and dedicated educators stand ready to continue to model these ideals in our daily work with students.  

Our core values are a reflection of what we, as citizens of Goochland County, value and are central to the work that we do every day as educators to inspire our students to make a positive impact in our world.  The opening of another year allows us to focus on these principles yet again.  Personal responsibility and character are at the heart of our belief in and commitment to EXCELLENCE.  We value COURAGE and will establish an environment that allows individuals to have a purposeful impact, advocating for themselves and others at all times.  Our division has an unwavering commitment to HONOR, personal integrity, supporting what is right, and actively working to change what is not.  OPTIMISM affirms our value and respect of the background of every student and is characterized by a positive view of others and a belief that EVERYONE can achieve academic success.

Be assured that your children, their safety, and their well-being are our top priority and we are committed to working together, at our very best each day, to ensure their experience with us is exceptional.  Ongoing, transparent, two-way communication is critical to our school division’s continued success.  If you do not already do so, please like our Facebook page and follow us on twitter (@glndschools) and instagram (@goochlandschools).  Additionally, please stay up to date with all of the great things happening in our schools through our division leadership blog:  I look forward to our continued work together with you!  We’re going to have a great year!


Jeremy Raley, Superintendent


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