There has been a lot of focus in recent weeks on instructional calendars, weather delays & closings, our proposed budget, and the active flu season. With so much happening around us, it is important that we take time to recognize the awesomeness of our students and staff!
At our upcoming School Board meeting on Tuesday, we will be recognizing many of the accomplishments of our school division. Our students and staff continue to amaze me! The Lego Robotics teams from Byrd Elementary School and Randolph Elementary School will be recognized for their participation in the state competition in the fall. The School Board will be recognizing Victoria Harris from Goochland Elementary School, this year’s GCPS spelling bee champion. To round out our student recognitions, J.J. Lopez, our School Board’s student representative, will celebrate the accomplishments of our volleyball, football, and cross country student-athletes who earned all-state honors in the fall.
On Tuesday, we will also recognize several of our staff who have authored articles that have been published in national publications. Dr. Beth Fowler and Dr. Stacey Rainbolt authored an article in Educational Administration Quarterly regarding restorative discipline practices, while Bea Leiderman’s article on collaboration on group projects was published in EdSurge. Debbie White, our Director of Finance, also has an article featured in a national publication. Her article on school division budgeting can be found in School Business Affairs. Also recognized at the February School Board meeting will be Joe Fowler, who earned the Division 1A, 2A, and Private School Football Coach of the Year, and Shelliotte Lawson from Randolph Elementary, who completed a rigorous process to become a National Board Certified Teacher. Finally we will recognize Joe Beasley and Amanda Steeley, who will serve as role models for the Virginia Department of Education for their work in using inclusive practices in their classroom at Goochland Elementary School. Wow! What an impressive group!
February is a month of important recognitions in schools nationwide. We recognized our school counselors this week 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. This month, we also recognize 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 in late January 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 and teamwork. At the high school’s curriculum fair last night, students had the opportunity to learn more about our new Academy for Architecture and Construction. The Goochland County Public Schools continue to lead the way in preparing students to be career ready!
With spring sports tryouts coming up in a few weeks we want to celebrate the accomplishments of our winter teams who are having another banner season. The Goochland High School and Goochland Middle School boys and girls basketball teams have had a great year! Our boys basketball team at GHS has locked down the #1 seed in the James River district tournament, which will begin this weekend. Our GHS girls team is the #2 seed in heir tournament. Goochland will be the host site for the Region A tournament that will begin on Friday, February 16. Our JV girls and boys have also had another banner year, with both finishing in the top 2 of the district. Our swim team will travel next weekend to Swim RVA for the 2A state swim meet, and our wrestling team ended their season after a strong second place finish in the James River District tournament.
In fine arts, I had a chance to attend the sold out production of Honk Jr. 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 directors Jack Paone and Heather Carter. 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 2018-2019 operating budget. 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 19 is now a make up school day.
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!