This year, during the week of November 13, schools and school divisions across the country will be celebrating American Education Week.  This week gives us an opportunity to pause and reflect on what makes us proud to serve our community as members of the Goochland County School Board.  Our school division is recognized for excellence on many fronts: student performance, school safety, engaging instruction, financial management, balanced assessment, technology integration, community partnerships, and a commitment to innovation.  The achievements of our division are grounded in our strategic plan and would not be possible without the contributions of our dedicated employees and supportive community.

American Education Week marks a great opportunity to celebrate our schools, our students, and our team members.  It is also the perfect time to extend a special invitation to our families and community members to join us in our schools and see firsthand what makes our division so strong.

We are steadfastly focused on the quality of every student’s school experience.  We believe it should be engaging, relevant, and personalized.  On any given day in our schools, our talented and dedicated employees are providing students with exceptional academic experiences that are focused on providing them with the content knowledge and skills that will enable them to achieve future success.  We have teachers who give countless hours before school, after school, and on Saturdays to provide students with additional instruction to ensure their success.  We have a fine arts program that rivals those of divisions twice our size.  We have STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) programs recognized by the state of Virginia as models of school, community, and business collaboration.  

In Goochland, we have teachers who have organized their classrooms around Scrum, an innovative approach used in the business world to facilitate collaboration and engage participants toward the completion of a task.  We have team members who’ve partnered with state and national experts to develop student assessments that move past traditional multiple choice test items to important skills like communication, critical thinking, and creativity.  We have team members and community partners who’ve come together to provide our students with real world learning opportunities like internships, work site apprenticeships, and experiential learning at places like the Goochland Courthouse Green and Second Union Rosenwald School Museum.

We also have a talented and dedicated support staff of team members whose work is often behind-the-scenes, but without their attention to detail and focus on excellence would not allow our school division to shine.  It is the contributions of all of our Team that has allowed us to perform at this high level.  During this week of national attention on education we want to thank everyone who gives of themselves to make Goochland County Public Schools a school division of excellence.

Beth Hardy, Chair, District 4 John Wright, Vice Chair, District 5 Mike Payne, District 1 Kevin Hazzard, District 2 John Lumpkins, District 3

 

Now that the leaves have fallen from the trees and there is a chill in the air, we are definitely in the midst of autumn.  With Thanksgiving right around the corner, many of us are thinking about the arrangements that we need to make for travel, meals, and visiting guests.  Thanksgiving is definitely a time for us to pause and give thanks for our many blessings.  It is a time for us to share our gratitude with others and reflect on life’s simple pleasures.

This week during American Education Week, I want to pause to give thanks for you.  In the words of former President John F. Kennedy, “We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”  For over a year, it has been a true pleasure having the opportunity to serve alongside you as we strive to accomplish our school division’s mission.  I have witnessed on many occasions the amazing opportunities and experiences that you provide our students inside and outside of the classroom.  You have spent countless hours at night and on weekends, giving of your time, talents, and financial resources to ensure that all of our students have access to the resources that they need in order to be successful.

I am proud of your optimism and your devotion to maximize the potential of every single one of our learners!  You believe in our students, share resources, and collaborate to ensure each student’s success!  Our instructional staff are leaders and masters at your craft and demonstrate great skill in the art of providing students with engaging experiences that are relevant and geared toward preparing them to be global citizens.  At the same time, our support team faithfully provides the resources and environment that allows innovation and excellence to happen in our classrooms.

Earlier this month, I attended a professional development activity with instructional staff from other school divisions.  As I listened to conversations among these colleagues, it reinforced for me the exceptional work that we are doing in Goochland to prepare our students for future success.  This experience only strengthened my unwavering belief that the Goochland County Public Schools has the best teachers, administrators, and support staff in the Commonwealth!  I am so very lucky to serve our students and our community with you!

Helen Walton, wife of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton has said,  “It’s not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells the kind of life you have lived.”  As educators, you have made a far reaching impact on the lives of our students that will last a lifetime.  Thank you for everything that you do to make a positive difference in the lives of our children!

The ending of daylight savings time marked the transition from one competitive season to another.  As our students begin to make preparations for tryouts and the extra-curricular events that will take place this winter, we want to celebrate the many successes and accomplishments of our students and our staff from the Fall.

Team Goochland has achieved a tremendous amount of success this season!  This success is a direct result of all of the sacrifices, dedication, and hard work that made these accomplishments possible!  It is exciting to see that all of this success was not isolated to one team or one school.  All of our teams had an amazing Fall season!

The Goochland High School Band participated in several competitions this Fall and even hosted one event at GHS.  In every one of these competitions, our Marching Bulldogs excelled as they were recognized for their talent at each event!

Goochland High School Band

Our GHS Cheerleaders had also had a very successful Fall as they qualified to compete in the AA cheerleading state finals this past weekend.  Your hard work and dedication has paid off!  Congratulations on a great Fall!

Goochland High School Cheerleaders at the state AA competition.

Senior golfer Meghan Wright represented Goochland High School at the state golf tournament.  Meghan is the first golfer in recent memory to represent the Bulldogs at this event.

Senior golfer Meghan Wright

Another success from this past Fall was our high school production of Little Shop of Horrors!  Many, many hours of set design, practice, and choreography  resulted in an exceptional event earlier in October!  Our parents and community came out in strength to support our thespians.

Goochland High School performs Little Shop of Horrors

For the first time in school history, Goochland High School has two District Skills USA officers.  Taylor Guy and Derek Powers will be representing us in these leadership positions for this Career and Technical Education student organization.  Students in our heavy equipment operators class demonstrated their skill at the State Fair this fall and were also recognized for their talents at the Richmond Area Municipal Contractor’s Assocation annual banquet in October.

We still have several of our teams who are still actively competing at the state level.  Our varsity football team finished their regular season with a perfect 10-0 record and will be playing in the first round of the regional playoffs this Friday at 7 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium.

Undefeated Goochland High School football team

Our Bulldogs varsity volleyball team finished the regular season without losing a set!  Four Bulldogs made the James River first team with one making the second team.  Alexis Wiggins was named James River District Player of the Year and Coach Erixson was named District Coach of the Year.  Our Bulldogs have two wins in regional play and will host the regional finals Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m. versus Poquoson.  Let’s pack the gym and support our lady Bulldogs!

Goochland High School volleyball team

Our boys and girls cross country teams have also had a very successful Fall season!  Both of our teams made it to the state meet for the first time ever.  They will be competing in the state meet this weekend.  Good luck Bulldogs!

Goochland high school cross country teams

This past weekend, our elementary and middle school robotics teams competed in the regional First Lego League competition.  Our students fared well as the team from Randolph Elementary finished second and our team from Byrd Elementary finished first!  Both of these teams will represent us at James Madison University at the state level competition.

Randolph Elementary Lego Robotics Team

 

Byrd Elementary Lego Robotics Team

In addition to these accolades, our employees have received notoriety as well.  Beth Ferguson, 4th grade teacher at Randolph Elementary has received the honor of serving our community this year as the Goochland Christmas Mother.  Jim Frago, science and social studies teacher at Goochland Middle School, was recently recognized for his instructional innovation in a nationally-recognized publication, Education Week.  Melissa Black, athletic trainer at Goochland High School was recognized by NBC 12 for demonstrating Excellence in Education.  Earlier this Fall, Debbie White, our Director of Finance was awarded the Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations (SFO) certification by the Association for School Business Officials International.  She is only one of seven professionals in the Commonwealth of Virginia to earn this credential.

Beth Ferguson, Goochland Christmas Mother

Stay tuned for an announcement that will be made publicly early next week that has affirmed our position as a leader in technology integration with our one to one digital initiative!

We continue to be a leader in the Commonwealth both inside and outside of the classroom.  I’m continually impressed by the level of engagement and instruction that is taking place inside our schools every day!  We have talented and hard-working students who are supported by dedicated teachers, coaches, families, volunteers, and community!  Our accolades would not be possible without the contributions of everyone on Team Goochland!   There is no doubt that the Goochland County Public Schools is a school division of excellence!

 

 

Can you believe that our first nine weeks grading period ends today and that we are now a quarter of the way through this school year!  Time flies when we are having fun, and this is certainly true this year as our division has had an exciting first quarter.

Our division continues to excel in every dimension of our work with students every day.  During the last two weeks our school division celebrated the contributions and accomplishments of our food service team as we served locally sourced meals to students for Farm to School Week and recognized our dedicated employees during National School Lunch Week.  These teammates work hard each and every day to provide our students with nutritious and healthy meals that provide the fuel for our students to succeed in their academic endeavors!

Dr. Raley serves lunch to students at Goochland Elementary School

 

This week, we celebrated the service of our transportation team during National School Bus Safety Week.  Our dedicated transporters ensure that our students are delivered to and from school safely every day with extreme care and caution.  In addition to the exceptional work of our drivers, I want to recognize the work of our transportation department leadership who assisted the Goochland County Fire and Rescue Department during an accident on Interstate 64 this week.  Students from a private school were travelling back from a field trip when one of their drivers experienced a medical emergency, resulting in the bus running off the road.  Our transportation personnel responded to the scene and transported the students who were delivered back to their school safely.  I am very proud of their response and their support of these students during a very stressful time.

Goochland Public Schools mechanic works on school bus in bus garage.

 

Students in our classrooms continue to be provided with exceptional academic experiences, and I continue to be proud of our hard working students and our dedicated instructional staff!  Each time I am in one of our schools, I am impressed with how our teachers make learning fun while providing students with deep and engaging learning opportunities.  Our scholars who participate in extracurricular activities continue to shine in and out of the classroom!  Our athletic teams are in the midst of successful fall sports seasons, and the students and staff who participated in our fall production at the high school were fantastic!  Little Shop of Horrors was amazing!

 

Goochland High School performs Little Shop of Horrors

 

On Tuesday October 10, the steering committee charged with working to develop our school division’s long term facility master plan presented their recommendation to the Goochland County School Board for consideration.  This recommendation was the result of many hours of data analysis, dialogue, and discussion by these volunteers.  I want to thank them again for their engagement and dedication to the process.  On November 28 at 3:30 p.m. the School Board and the Board of Supervisors will conduct a joint work session to discuss this topic further.  This is a public meeting and everyone is welcomed to attend.

This weekend, we celebrate Homecoming at Goochland High School with a football game tonight at 7 p.m. against Randolph Henry and the homecoming dance tomorrow night at 7.  Next week, our high school will be hosting a viewing of the film Chasing the Dragon, and will be having a discussion regarding the dangers of prescription opiods and heroin.  This event starts at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday October 25 and is open to the public.  In early November, students have the opportunity to attend a college preparation seminar sponsored by Partnership for the Future to learn more about the college admission process, financial aid, and budgeting.  This event is free and is open to all high school students.

Please keep in mind that schools will be closed on Monday October 23 for parent conferences and Tuesday October 24 for a professional work day for our staff.  There will be a lot going on in the coming weeks as we will be developing the next three years of our instructional calendars as well as making preparations for next year’s budget.  Stay in touch with all of the excellence taking place in our division by liking our facebook page and following us on twitter (@glndschools) and instagram (@goochlandschools).  Additionally, you can stay up to date with all of the great things happening in our schools through our division leadership blog: http://leadership.goochlandschools.org and on our division website.  

Have a great Fall weekend!

 

It is so hard to believe that we are now finishing our sixth week in school!  Summer was very reluctant to let go, but the cooler temperatures this morning lead me to believe that Fall is finally here.  The great start to our school year has now become a routine of great things happening every day in our division, both in our classrooms in all of our schools during the day and at our extracurricular activities outside of normal school hours.  Every time that I visit a school campus, I see our students engaged in multiple authentic learning opportunities and our dedicated staff working to provide students with an exceptional and individualized experience.  All of this great work is supported by our parents, citizens, and volunteers who have dedicated their time and energy to make an investment in our community’s future.  Team Goochland continues to shine in many ways!

Public safety and culinary arts students learn CPR

 

Fifth grade students read to preschool students

 

Students working in Spanish at Goochland High School

Our student athletes continue to excel on the field, on the court, and on the cross country trail.  The Bulldogs and Eagles have had a very strong start to the fall sports season.  Congratulations to our student athletes and thank you to our parents, coaches, and community who support our programs.  Remember to check in with our athletics on Twitter at @GoochlandSports and @gmsathletics for updates, and come out and enjoy this beautiful weather while supporting our teams!

 

Goochland High School girls cross country team

 

Goochland High School band practice

The drama department at Goochland High School has been working hard this fall to prepare for its performance of Little Shop Of Horrors.  Mark your calendar and plan on supporting our thespians for three performances (Friday October 13 at 7 p.m., Saturday October 14 at 7 p.m., and Sunday October 15 at 2:30 p.m.).  Adult tickets can be purchased online in advance.

 

Little Shop of Horrors at Goochland High School

Next week, we will be hosting an informational meeting for parents and students who are interested in attending the Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School and the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School.  Students and parents in grades 4 through 8 are encouraged to attend to learn more about these opportunities.  This meeting will take place on October 5th in the Goochland High School auditorium beginning at 6:30 p.m.

There’s a lot going on in our food service department!  During the week of October 2, we will be celebrating Farm to School Week with menus that include locally sourced products and a sampling of various locally grown items prepared in collaboration with our culinary arts program.  The following week of October 9 is National School Lunch Week-thank you to our dedicated food service professionals for prepare warm and healthy meals that provide needed nourishment to our student’s growing minds and bodies!

Did you know that you can get our school lunch menus sent directly to your google calendar?  There’s no need to worry any more about what’s for lunch.  Click here to view the daily lunch menu.  Then click the + Google Calendar button to add it to your own personal google calendar.

This past Tuesday, our long term facility master plan steering committee held its last meeting to finalize its recommendation that will be shared with the Goochland County School Board. This recommendation will be presented on October 10 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 250 of the County Administration Building and is open to the public.  This recommendation represents great ongoing dialogue that has taken place not only at this meeting, but throughout this process that started in June.  Thank you to our committee members and citizens who have been involved in this process.  A copy of the presentation that was shared with the committee this past Tuesday can be found on our project website.  

In addition to the October School Board meeting, we will be hosting three different Town Hall meetings in collaboration with our partners on the Goochland County Board of Supervisors.  This schedule is as follows:  

  • District 1, Monday, October 16, 7:00 p.m. at the Fire Station 6, 4810 Three Chopt Road, Louisa
  • Districts 4 and 5, Tuesday, October 17, 7:00 p.m. at Hermitage, 1248 Hermitage Road, Manakin-Sabot
  • Districts 2 and 3, Monday, October 30, 7:00 p.m. at the Co. 5 Firehouse, 2710 Fairground Road, Goochland

Hope to see you at our many upcoming events in the next few weeks!  Keep in touch with all of the excellence taking place in our division by liking our facebook page and following us on twitter (@glndschools) and instagram (@goochlandschools).  Have a great weekend!

Want to learn more about your child’s development?

FREE developmental screenings for children ages birth to 5 years old (Goochland County Residents ONLY)

Thursday, September 21st from 3:00-6:00 PM and Friday, September 22nd from 9:00-3:00 PM (No appointments necessary)

WHERE:    Preschool on the upper level of the “Goochland Tech” building next to Goochland Elementary School at 3140 River Road West

The entrance is located behind the building near the fenced blacktop and playground.

 

Find out how your child is doing in these areas of growth:

✓ Hearing and Vision

✓ Speech/Language Skills

✓ Motor and Self-Help Skills

✓ Concepts and Thinking Skills

✓ Personal-Social Skills

 

For more information or to schedule an appointment for another date, call:

 Jeanine Vassar at 657-2010 (birth-2.5 yrs.)

Goochland-Powhatan Community Services’ Parent Infant Education Program

or

Wendy Travis at 556-5321, ext. 3209 (2-5 yrs.)

Goochland County Public Schools Preschool

Our new school year is now in full swing and there is a lot of activity in and around our school campuses! Each time that I visit a school, I continue to be impressed by what I see in our classrooms. There is no doubt that our teachers are working hard to purposefully plan engaging lessons that provide our students with a deep and enriching academic experiences. I am very proud of our students and our instructional staff for the effort that they put forth every day!

The weather is changing and Fall is right around the corner. The start of Fall also signals the start of the GHS FFA mum sale. Mums will be available for purchase this Saturday (9/9) at the GHS greenhouse from 9:00 a.m. until noon. Please come out and support our program with the purchase of a mum for $5. They look great!

Mums on sale to benefit the GHS FFA

This week, I had the pleasure of joining my fellow Rotarians from Goochland to distribute dictionaries to all of our fourth grade students. After we passed out the dictionaries, I challenged the students to see who could be the fastest to find a particular word. We talked about the definition, the part of speech, and guide words. I always enjoy spending time with our awesome students! Thanks to the Goochland Rotary for investing their time, labor, and resources to make an investment in the future of our community, our students!

Students at Goochland Elementary School received their dictionaries from the Goochland Rotary

 

Ken Brown from the Goochland Rotary passes out dictionaries to students at Randolph Elementary School

 

Ken Brown from the Goochland Rotary Club passes out dictionaries to students at Byrd Elementary School

The pace of our work to develop our division’s long-term facility master plan increased this week as we held a county-wide community dialogue meeting at Goochland Elementary School on Tuesday evening. Our consultants from Cooperative Strategies presented some background information to attendees and also presented four different options for consideration as we work to develop our long-term roadmap for the use of our facilities in the future. We are still early in this development process. Please remember that you have the opportunity to share your thoughts though our online survey. This survey will be open until 7:00 a.m. on Monday September 11. Your comments, feedback, and perspective are most welcome and needed.

Citizens work to provide feedback on options for our division's long term facility master plan

The transparent work of our steering committee and our School Board in the development of this plan will continue in multiple settings in the coming weeks. Please feel free to join us at any of these upcoming public meetings:

  • Steering Committee Meeting – September 14, Classroom 143 @ GHS, 6:00 p.m.
  • Steering Committee Meeting – September 26, Classroom 143 @ GHS, 6:00 p.m.
  • Presentation of Recommendation at School Board Meeting – October 10, Goochland County Administration Building, Room 250, 6:30 p.m.
  • Town Hall – District 1, October 16, 7:00 p.m., Fire Station 6
  • Town Hall – Districts 4 and 5, October 17, 7:00 p.m., Hermitage Country Club
  • Town Hall – Districts 2 and 3, October 30, 7:00 p.m. at the Co. 5 Firehouse
  • School Board Meeting – November 14, Goochland County Administration Building, Room 250, 6:30 p.m.

Keep abreast of the work of the committee, view presentations, and reports at our project website.

Our middle school and high school athletic teams are off to a great start! Our Bulldogs and Eagles are demonstrating the skill in multiple ways on the field, on the court, and on the cross country course. We have had a lot of early success that is the result of a lot of hard work and determination! I’m proud of our student athletes and our coaches who had dedicated so much time and effort to their athletic endeavors. Athletic events and schedules can be found on Coach Gordon’s website and by following Goochland Athletics and GMS Eagles Athletics on twitter.

Have a great weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

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:

Students at Randolph Elementary School view the solar eclipse on the first day of school

Students designing and collaborating at Goochland Elementary School

Students at Byrd Elementary School working in the library

Students hard at work in Mr. Frago's classroom at Goochland Middle School

Students in Ms. Exum's classroom at Goochland High School

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 performance exceeds the performance of students across the state on every measure!  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 student with opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of their content in ways provide connections to authentic experiences in the world outside of school.

As we work to prepare our students to be world ready, it is important that we provide them with the digital tools that they will need to be successful as global learners.  This year, we are deploying MacBook Air devices to every student at Goochland High School.  This distribution began yesterday and will near completion today.  By the end of this week our students at the secondary complex will have had the opportunity to receive their own device, with middle school students receiving their own ipad.  Next week, we will begin the distribution of devices to students in our elementary schools.  

Passing out MacBook Air devices at Goochland High School

This year, we will also be providing students in first and second grade with their own ipad, to be kept at school.  It is our goal to have these devices in classrooms by the end of the first semester.  By the end of the first semester, we will have expanded our 1:1 initiative beyond grades 3-8 so that students in grades 1-12 will have access to their device.  I am proud of the work our technology team and for the support of our community that has allowed the implementation of this 1:1 program to be successful.  It is one of many things that makes our division stand out above the rest!

We are committed to continual growth and improvement in every department in our organization.  In that spirit, we continue to work with individual families to fine tune our bus routes and make adjustments in an effort to increase student safety and reduce ride times where possible.  This past week, pick-up and drop-off times have been adjusted on many routes in order to reduce the amount of time that students are riding to and from school.  We will continue to evaluate our routes and make adjustments where we can in the future.  I am thankful for your patience and your feedback as we have all worked together through this transition.  

This week, the steering committee, consisting of representatives from many community stakeholder groups from our community spent three hours pouring over enrollment and facility data to evaluate potential options for our division’s long term facility master plan.  This committee has agreed to forward four different options to be reviewed by our community at the next meeting to be held on Tuesday September 5 at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria at Goochland Middle School.  An additional community meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday September 6 in the multi-purpose room at Byrd Elementary School for families who are not able to make the event on September 5.  A website has been developed that includes all of the information that has been shared with the steering committee to date.  Please remember that these meetings are open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

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!

 

 

The start of another school year is just a few hours away!  As summer draws to a close, we turn to the excitement and anticipation that a fresh start brings.  A new school year provides us with the opportunity to experience new routines, meet different friends, and gain new experiences.  Although it’s definitely a time of rejuvenation and optimism, I expect that there are some who are anxious about new class schedules and some of the unknowns associated with another academic year.  There are definitely many different emotions for us all as we get ready for Monday morning.   

Team Goochland looks forward to engaging our students in meaningful, personalized, authentic, fun, and exciting learning opportunities this year!  We look forward to greeting our students, getting to know them, and we are optimistic about working to provide every child with an exceptional academic experience!  Everyone on our team is committed to continuing our division’s proud tradition of excellence and maximizing the potential of EVERY learner.  

We are excited about the changes that our students will experience as they enter our classrooms this year.  This summer, our teachers have been actively involved in multiple professional development activities, all geared toward providing our students with deeper learning opportunities that will ultimately prepare them to be world-ready.  Some classrooms have been outfitted with new furniture that will allow for flexibility in the classroom arrangement that will result in a more comfortable learning space for students.  Every school bus on our regular routes has been outfitted with four cameras with the goal of increasing student safety.  There have been cosmetic enhancements at many facilities and renovations of the HVAC system at Byrd Elementary is now complete.  Our custodial and maintenance teams have done an exceptional job preparing our facilities: classrooms are clean, walls are refreshed, and floors sparkle!  Thank you to these talented professionals for a job well done!

For the past ten weeks, many of our school buses have been absent from our roadways.  As we prepare for the first day of school, there will be an increase in traffic in and around our school campuses.  Please remember to watch out for students standing at bus stops, our school buses and their lights and signs, and pedestrians on our school campuses.    

As a public school division, we welcome ALL students into our schools every day regardless of their background.  It is one of the many reasons why I am very proud to be a public educator!  As public school educators, we provide EVERY student with the academic and skill based experiences that they need to be career ready.  As we do this work, we provide students with experiences that allow them to have a deeper understanding about the importance of history, civic responsibility, diversity, tolerance, and sense of community.  Our talented and dedicated educators stand ready to continue to model these ideals in our daily work with students.  

Our core values are a reflection of what we, as citizens of Goochland County, value and are central to the work that we do every day as educators to inspire our students to make a positive impact in our world.  The opening of another year allows us to focus on these principles yet again.  Personal responsibility and character are at the heart of our belief in and commitment to EXCELLENCE.  We value COURAGE and will establish an environment that allows individuals to have a purposeful impact, advocating for themselves and others at all times.  Our division has an unwavering commitment to HONOR, personal integrity, supporting what is right, and actively working to change what is not.  OPTIMISM affirms our value and respect of the background of every student and is characterized by a positive view of others and a belief that EVERYONE can achieve academic success.

Be assured that your children, their safety, and their well-being are our top priority and we are committed to working together, at our very best each day, to ensure their experience with us is exceptional.  Ongoing, transparent, two-way communication is critical to our school division’s continued success.  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.  I look forward to our continued work together with you!  We’re going to have a great year!

 

Jeremy Raley, Superintendent

 

The coming weeks will be quite busy as we start another school year and settle into our new daily routines.  After we start school on Monday, the process to develop our school division’s long term facility master plan will shift from data collection to making preparations for making a recommendation to the Goochland County School Board for consideration.  Everyone is encouraged to participate in this public process.

On Wednesday, August 23, the steering committee consisting of community representatives, will meet with our consultants from Cooperative Strategies to develop options that will be presented to the community as a whole for future consideration.  This meeting will take place at 6:00 p.m. in Classroom 143 at Goochland High School.  The public is welcome to attend, hear the presentation from our consultants, and observe the work of the committee.  All are welcome.

Please also mark your calendars for other upcoming, public meetings that will take place in the coming weeks:

  • Community Dialogue to provide input on options being considered:  September 5, 6:00 p.m., Goochland Elementary School Cafeteria
  • Steering Committee Meeting:  September 14, 6:00 p.m., Classroom 143, Goochland High School
  • Steering Committee Meeting:  September 26, 6:00 p.m., Classroom 143, Goochland High School
  • School Board Meeting:  October 10, 6:30 p.m., Room 250, County Administration Building

All of these meetings are open to the public.  Cooperative Strategies has created a project website that includes the schedule and associated resources for the work that will be taking place.  This information can be accessed by clicking here.