The Goochland County Office of Children’s Services, in partnership with Goochland Cares, the Goochland-Powhatan Community Services Board, our school division, and other community agencies, has created a Community Care app that includes easy to access information on services to support mental health, substance abuse, and parenting support. Download the Community Care app on your Apple or Android phone today.

Community Care App

A few weeks ago, I wrote about our school division’s ongoing commitment to provide our students and staff with a safe and secure work and learning environment.  Last month’s school shootings in Parkland, Florida continue to generate a great deal of conversation and questions regarding our school division’s future planning.  In response to this tragic event, there are many student-led movements that deserve our attention. One of these events, the National School Walkout to End Gun Violence, is scheduled to take place on March 14 at 10:00 a.m. for 17 minutes when our students will be in Eagle Block and Bulldog Block.

As we are making plans for this and the possibility for other upcoming student-led events, our focus is on the safety and well-being of our staff and students.  We encourage students to be lifelong learners as well as active and positive contributors to our community. We respect the rights of students to engage in an expression of student voice as long as it is done respectfully, does not interfere with the rights of others, does not disrupt our learning environment, and does not jeopardize the safety of our students or our staff.  Allowing public expression by students, within these parameters, is aligned with our core values of Excellence, Courage, and Honor as we support an environment in which individuals seek to have a purposeful positive impact, advocating for themselves and others at all times.  

Planning for this event has involved students, staff, the Goochland Sheriff’s Office, and the Goochland County Fire-Rescue and Emergency Services.  On March 14, middle school or high school students who voluntarily choose to walk out will exit through designated doors and will re-enter the building in an orderly fashion.  It is important to note that teachers and administrators will neither encourage nor discourage participation in this student led event, nor will our staff participate, other than to provide supervision.  Staff will have a presence both inside and outside to ensure student safety, while security will be provided by the Sheriff’s Office.

Goochland County Public Schools is committed to meeting exceptional standards of growth, achievement, professionalism, character, and personal responsibility.  Our objective on March 14 and everyday is to support these values in a safe environment.

Our administrative team is happy to answer questions that you may have regarding our planned approach to this national event.  Please contact me at 556-5601, Ms. Rucker or Mr. Collier at the school if you would like to discuss this further.

We enjoy a  special and critical  partnership with all of our families, and I am committed to leading our division in a manner where parents, teachers and all school personnel work effectively together everyday to ensure a safe and positive school experience for our students.

Students at Goochland Middle School and Goochland High School have developed questions that will be asked to Astronaut Scott Tingle on the International Space Station.  As a National STEM Ambassador, Anne Moore, has been to building connections with  NASA’s Education team.  Students in Goochland Middle School’s Modern Smarts Club have created some videos and lesson ideas for the International Space Station STEMonstrations.  We are optimistic that the work done by our Modern Smarts students will be selected for future use by NASA.


Ms. Moore has also collaborated with Scott Black, NASA Ed, who is in charge of a Skype session with Astronaut Scott Tingle who is currently aboard the International Space Station.  Students in the Modern Smarts Club and students from Mrs. Alfords classes at Goochland High School submitted questions they would like to have read to the astronaut.  Seventeen questions written by nine of our scholars  will be shared with Astronaut Tingle next Friday during a live session at the National Science Teachers Association National Convention in Atlanta. 


Ms. Moore will be at the convention to ask one question, but other teachers in attendance will step up to ask each of the 17 questions selected from our GHS and GMS students!  When their questions are read, the student’s name and school will be credited. Goochland’s names will be referenced 17 times not his international stage!  NASA staff were most impressed with the quality of the questions sent to him by Ms. Moore and our students.


Please join me in congratulating the GHS students in Ms. Alford’s classes: Demond Morris, Breanna Johnson (2 questions selected), James DeLoach, and Jackson Raines.  GMS students represented are Leah Kelley, Blake Gilman, Skylar Hunnewell, Wyatt Davis, and Kaysen Mills.  Kaysen will have three of her questions read.

Tune in to watch this from the, on NASA TV, or online at: at 9:40 a.m. on Friday March 16. I’m so proud of our talented students and staff!

The Goochland County Public Schools Teen Mental Health Committee is hosting a Wellness Night next Thursday (March 15, 2018) at Goochland High School. This will be a family friendly event with snacks and child care for children age 5 and above will be available. Sessions will be interactive and focus on tips for living a healthier life, emphasizing both physical and mental wellness. Topics include nutrition, yoga, mindfulness, and healthy use of technology.

Wellness Night at Goochland High School on March 15, 2018

Parenting the Love and Logic Way® Classes Begin April 12

Goochland County offers the Parenting the Love and Logic Way® education program, an interactive series of two-hour sessions. These workshops help parents to provide a nurturing environment which encourages children to make healthy choices. It is based on a win-win approach to parenting that teaches young people how to be responsible, and parents how to establish healthy parameters for their children.
  WHEN: April 12, 19, 26 May 3,10 5:00 pm – 7 pm WHERE: Goochland County Administration Building; Room 270 1800 Sandy Hook Rd.  Goochland, VA 23063 COST: FREE– Space is limited Please contact the Goochland County Office of Children’s Services at 556-5875 or to register.