A Successful First Week of School!

It is hard to believe that we have successfully completed our first week of school!  Even though classes have only been in session for five days, our students are actively involved in many different engaging lessons in their classrooms. It did not take us long to get back into the swing of things! Classroom routines were established early and students are becoming more and more familiar with their new schedules, procedures, and expectations.

As I visit classrooms across the division, I continue to be impressed by the work that is taking place! In addition to my visits, I’ve seen many posts on social media from our staff that show how our talented teachers strive every day to provide our students with an exceptional academic experience! Take a look at some of the pictures from our first week:

The second day of school at Byrd Elementary Students at Goochland Elementary School having a snowball fight Students at Randolph Elementary School in the library Students at Goochland Middle School painting Students at Goochland High School in math class

Our school division continues to excel in many ways!

Our proud tradition of excellence was affirmed by the recent release of assessment results by the Virginia Department of Education. Goochland County Public Schools Standards of Learning (SOL) performance exceeds the SOL performance of students across the state in every subject area! As a school division, our approach to academics is much more than performance on a singular measure.  Our focus will continue to be on student growth using an instructional approach that provides students with opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of their content in ways that provide connections to authentic experiences in the world outside of school. 

This week, we received notification that we earned a PERFECT score on the Virginia Department of Education Annual Special Education Performance Report! We met expectations on ALL 40 indicators! This is just another example of the excellence of our school division!  Many thanks to Jennifer Waggener, our Executive Director for Exceptional Education, our special education teachers, our regular education teachers, our instructional assistants, and our administrative team for making this possible! In Goochland, we truly maximize the potential of EVERY learner! 

I have enjoyed greeting our parents and students in the morning at all of our campuses.  It’s great to see everyone again! As you see me at events and activities this year, please stop by to say hello.  I’d love to hear about how the school year is going! 

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: http://leadership.goochlandschools.org.  We have had a great first week of school!  I’m looking forward to week two!

Jeremy Raley, Superintendent


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