Governor Ralph Northam and the state Board of Education announced yesterday that 349 schools and 16 school divisions earned 2018 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement. The VIP program recognizes schools and divisions that exceed state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the Governor and the Board of Education. Goochland County Public Schools was recognized as one of the 15 divisions earning the 2018 Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award for its 2016-2017 student achievement.
“The teachers, principals and support staff in these schools share a commitment to academic excellence and meeting the needs of every learner,” said Governor Northam. “I congratulate our educators, school administrators, and the students of these great schools for achieving the Commonwealth’s highest award for schoolwide excellence.”
Goochland County Public Schools, in addition to meeting Virginia SOL accreditation benchmarks with fully accredited status for all schools for over ten consecutive years, has made instructional innovation, engaging curriculum, recruitment and retention of quality personnel, and significant capital planning to support quality instruction areas of focus under the leadership of the current School Board and Superintendent, Dr. Jeremy Raley.
“Our results are strong, we have a lot to be proud of,” said Dr. Steve Geyer, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction. “I often get asked by colleagues across the state what makes our instructional program so successful. My response is always the same, ‘It’s our people.’”
Geyer added, “We have great kids and families – and we have the most dedicated, talented, caring educators anywhere. It’s their hard work every single day that’s at the center of our division’s success.”
The Goochland County Public Schools mission is to maximize the potential of every learner. Read more about the 2018 Virginia Department of Education VIP Awards at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/news/news_releases/2018/06-jun27-gov.shtml
Although the 2017-2018 school year has barely ended, we are already preparing for the 2018-2019 school year that will begin in less than 11 weeks on August 20! One of the most important areas of focus for our division in summer preparation is transportation. We want to ensure that our families and students are given ample advanced information about transportation processes so that the first day of school is as smooth as possible.
Please note the following:
- 2018-2019 bus routes will be posted on PowerSchool by noon on Monday, August 6. PowerSchool allows parents to update their contact information for school and division communications, view attendance and grade information, and view bus information. Visit https://powerschool.glnd.k12.va.us to log in. If you don’t remember your login or password, click on the forgot login or forgot password links. If you have not created an account, contact your child’s school office for the access id and password to create it.
- In addition to PowerSchool, hard copy letters of bus routes and stop information will be mailed only to all rising Preschool, Kindergarten, 6th, and 9th grade families on August 6th. These families can expect these letters to arrive a few days later via US mail. All other families will need to access PowerSchool or contact their child’s school after August 6 to access bus number and stop information.
- Summer school students will receive letters in the U.S mail with information on summer school hub bus stops prior to the beginning of summer school on June 25.
- Families who wish to request an alternate bus stop for their child because they will be picked up at or getting off of a stop that is not their home address (grandparent, baby sitter, etc.) must apply using this link no later than July 27th: Transportation Alternative Stop Request
We will continue to update our families as we prepare for another great year in GCPS, including updates about our many improvements in transportation safety. Active GPS installation is scheduled to begin this summer to follow last summer’s installation of cameras on all buses. Extended stop arm devices are being used on several buses, and our radio upgrade is now complete in cooperation with Goochland County Emergency Services. In addition to our safety upgrades, we continue to evaluate bus routes to maintain efficiency while reducing ride times as much as possible.
We know that transparent and ongoing two way communication is key to ensuring that you and your family have a positive experience. Even with technology, the best and most reliable form of communication is to contact the Department of Transportation directly via telephone with any questions at 804-556-5361.
The GCPS leadership team held their June retreat last Friday. It was a day full of reflection, professional learning, and planning. The group also took some time at the end of the day for some team building; teams of 4-5 worked together to build five bicycles which were donated to Goochland Cares to benefit families in our community.