Now that our new school year is in full swing, it is time for us to make preparations for the approval of our division’s future instructional calendars. Since August, I have been working in collaboration with members of our administrative team to discuss potential drafts. Yesterday, I shared these drafts with my Superintendent’s Leadership Team, consisting of parents and teachers from each of our five schools. Like past and current calendars, the focus of these future draft calendars is on our instructional goal to maximize each student’s academic potential through engaging experiences and deeper learning.
Although there are some very minor differences in each version, each calendar follows a similar structure to that of our current calendar. Highlights of each of the three calendars include:
- First day of school two weeks prior to Labor Day
- Periodic breaks throughout the year for teacher professional days aligned with interim reports and the end of the nine weeks grading period
- One designated fall parent conference day
- No school on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving
- Full two weeks of winter break
- Spring break during the first full week of April to align with neighboring school divisions
- Early dismissal on the last day before winter break and the last day of school
- 180 instructional days for students
- Designated make up days if needed
Please take a moment to review the drafts for the next three school years.
Keep in mind that these calendars truly are drafts. Please feel free to send me a message, give me a call, or stop me when you see me opening cars in the morning or at our many different school events. I welcome your thoughts and comments. It is my goal to provide the School Board with my recommendation for their consideration at their meeting on November 12, 2019. No action will be taken until the Board’s regularly scheduled meeting on December 10, 2019.
Are you tired of worrying about when your child’s bus will arrive or whether or not your child has missed the bus? Last year, we used Ubicabus. Their name has now changed to Viafy. With the Viafy Parent App, you can now see exactly where your child’s bus is and receive alerts about when it will arrive.
What is it?
- A mobile app that tracks your student’s bus in real-time using active GPS
- A way to receive route information and expected times of your child’s bus arrival
- An app that can provide optional push notifications to alert you when the bus is nearby
Can someone have access to my child’s route information?
- You will only have access to route information within 3 miles of your home
- You will only be able to see your child’s bus route
How to Use:
- Call our transportation office at 804-556-5361 to request your login information
- Check your email for login credentials and details from Viafy
- Download the Viafy -Parent app on your mobile device
- Log in & Enjoy!
Please note that you cannot sign up on your own. To ensure the security of student data, you can only access Viafy by invitation only.
Contact Mrs. Rosa Holman, Supervisor of Transportation at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-556-5361 with questions.
Tonight, is the first home varsity football game of the 2019 season. Our football team and our marching band will have the pleasure of performing for the first time in their new band uniforms on our newly renovated field. Cheerleaders will be encouraging our Bulldogs while standing on a new track surface. Tonight is going to be a special night in so many ways!
There is something special about a Friday night home football game under the lights! Home football games in small communities like ours provide the opportunity for us to see friends and neighbors that we have not seen in a while, catch up with classmates, and to put our unified support behind our Bulldogs who have been working all summer to showcase their talents.
Thank you to the coaches, parents, volunteers, custodians, administrators, and maintenance staff who have dedicated countless hours to get ready for our Bulldog’s home debut tonight. Thank you to our School Board and Board of Supervisors who have funded and supported these needed renovations to Bulldog Stadium! Thank you to the Goochland High School Band and Athletic Boosters for the abundant support of time and additional financial resources to provide what our students need to be successful. The support that our school division receives through our community’s investment of time, talent, and resources is why we are continually recognized as one of the premier school divisions in the Commonwealth!
I am hoping for a large crowd tonight! It’s going to be a picture perfect Fall evening perfect for football! Go Bulldogs!
Our learning walks are the next step in our seven-year commitment to the instructional rounds methodology: a model borrowed from the medical profession aimed at better connecting division leadership to the important work taking place in our classrooms every day. The backdrop for our original efforts in 2012 was Elizabeth City’s book entitled Instructional Rounds in Education.
While our “rounds” approach to date has been designed primarily for division administrators, we are evolving our model to one focused on teachers visiting other teachers. It seems so common sense, but the reality is the education profession is not naturally conducive to peer-to-peer learning during the vast majority of the instructional year. Simply, teachers are busy doing great work with students and have little to no time to see their peers in action. Our learning walks will provide the structure and support necessary to make it possible.
Each set of “walks” will be followed immediately by a team reflection, which will be facilitated by our instructional coaches. It’s during this portion of the school visit that team members will have the opportunity to process their own learning, articulate observations and interactions, and learn from one another. From start to finish, our learning walks will be non-evaluative—their singular objective being to improve teaching and learning in Goochland by providing our teachers with the opportunity to learn from other teachers at work.
This year’s learning walks will take place per the following:
Wednesday, September 25, 8:30-10:30AM
Host Sites: Byrd Elementary School & Randolph Elementary School
Wednesday, October 23, 8:30-10:30AM
Host Sites: Goochland Elementary School & Goochland Middle School
Wednesday, February 26, 8:30-10:30AM
Host Sites: Randolph Elementary School & Goochland High School
John Budesky, Goochland County Administrator, recently announced the county’s 10 Steps to Broadband Internet Initiatives. One of these initiatives includes the creation of a dedicated webpage to serve as a broadband internet resource with updates on the county’s progress, contact information for providers, and an interactive form to report broadband and cellular issues.
Our school division is collaborating with the county on this initiative. In addition to the access that is provided free of charge for Kajeet hotspot devices through a grant funded by the Goochland Education Foundation, qualifying families who reside within Comcast service area may be able to access low cost internet services. For more information about this potential opportunity, click here:
Internet Essentials from Comcast
Please share this opportunity with students, neighbors, friends, and families who you feel may be interested.
As our division begins the planning process to build a new Goochland Elementary School in the coming years, I wanted to extend an invitation to you to attend a community meeting regarding our school division’s request for a conditional use permit, as required by Goochland County, for the construction of a the new Goochland Elementary School to be situated on the property located at the corner of Bulldog Way and Steeplechase Parkway near the intersection of Bulldog Way and Sandy Hook Road.
Plans are to begin construction in the summer of 2022 and to open the new school for the beginning of the 2024-2025 school year. Road improvements are proposed to accompany the construction of the school to facilitate additional traffic. The community meeting to discuss our school division’s request to build the new Goochland Elementary School on this site will be held on Tuesday September 24 at 6:30 p.m in the cafeteria at Goochland Elementary School. This meeting is open to the public. School division and other county staff will be available to answer any questions attendees may have. At this meeting, we will have copies of the plan and visuals for all to review.
Proposed site concept for New GES
Potential Campus Improvements
Potential Parking Lot GMS and GHS
The focus of the meeting on September 24 will be on our request for a Condition Use Permit. This is the first of many steps that we will take as we prepare to open our new school in five years. As a part of the ongoing planning process, our future work will involve us partnering with our community to engage in a transparent process to conduct school boundary adjustments in order to reduce overcrowding at other elementary schools. No timeline for this process has been established at this time. When this process is formalized, we will be sure to provide notice to our community using multiple methods as we will be eager to engage as many parents, citizens, and interested parties in the process as possible.
I hope that you are able to join us as we begin this exciting journey!