Fall is in the Air!

Our new school year is now in full swing and there is a lot of activity in and around our school campuses! Each time that I visit a school, I continue to be impressed by what I see in our classrooms. There is no doubt that our teachers are working hard to purposefully plan engaging lessons that provide our students with a deep and enriching academic experiences. I am very proud of our students and our instructional staff for the effort that they put forth every day!

The weather is changing and Fall is right around the corner. The start of Fall also signals the start of the GHS FFA mum sale. Mums will be available for purchase this Saturday (9/9) at the GHS greenhouse from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Please come out and support our program with the purchase of a mum for $5. They look great!

Mums on sale to benefit the GHS FFA

This week, I had the pleasure of joining my fellow Rotarians from Goochland to distribute dictionaries to all of our fourth grade students. After we passed out the dictionaries, I challenged the students to see who could be the fastest to find a particular word. We talked about the definition, the part of speech, and guide words. I always enjoy spending time with our awesome students! Thanks to the Goochland Rotary for investing their time, labor, and resources to make an investment in the future of our community, our students!

Students at Goochland Elementary School received their dictionaries from the Goochland Rotary


Ken Brown from the Goochland Rotary passes out dictionaries to students at Randolph Elementary School


Ken Brown from the Goochland Rotary Club passes out dictionaries to students at Byrd Elementary School

The pace of our work to develop our division’s long-term facility master plan increased this week as we held a county-wide community dialogue meeting at Goochland Elementary School on Tuesday evening. Our consultants from Cooperative Strategies presented some background information to attendees and also presented four different options for consideration as we work to develop our long-term roadmap for the use of our facilities in the future. We are still early in this development process. Please remember that you have the opportunity to share your thoughts though our online survey. This survey will be open until 7:00 a.m. on Monday September 11. Your comments, feedback, and perspective are most welcome and needed.

Citizens work to provide feedback on options for our division's long term facility master plan

The transparent work of our steering committee and our School Board in the development of this plan will continue in multiple settings in the coming weeks. Please feel free to join us at any of these upcoming public meetings:

  • Steering Committee Meeting – September 14, Classroom 143 @ GHS, 6:00 p.m.
  • Steering Committee Meeting – September 26, Classroom 143 @ GHS, 6:00 p.m.
  • Presentation of Recommendation at School Board Meeting – October 10, Goochland County Administration Building, Room 250, 6:30 p.m.
  • Town Hall – District 1, October 16, 7:00 p.m., Fire Station 6
  • Town Hall – Districts 4 and 5, October 17, 7:00 p.m., Hermitage Country Club
  • Town Hall – Districts 2 and 3, October 30, 7:00 p.m. at the Co. 5 Firehouse
  • School Board Meeting – November 14, Goochland County Administration Building, Room 250, 6:30 p.m.

Keep abreast of the work of the committee, view presentations, and reports at our project website.

Our middle school and high school athletic teams are off to a great start! Our Bulldogs and Eagles are demonstrating the skill in multiple ways on the field, on the court, and on the cross country course. We have had a lot of early success that is the result of a lot of hard work and determination! I’m proud of our student athletes and our coaches who had dedicated so much time and effort to their athletic endeavors. Athletic events and schedules can be found on Coach Gordon’s website and by following Goochland Athletics and GMS Eagles Athletics on twitter.

Have a great weekend!






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