As we prepare for the excitement and anticipation of another excellent school year, I know that the recent tragedies in both El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio are on your mind.  These unfortunate events prompt questions from all of us-parents, teachers, students, and everyone in our Goochland Family. Over the course of the past 18 months, we have worked aggressively to implement new security measures, train, plan, and hire new personnel to enhance  safety and security across the division. We have taken measures at every level to ensure that our students are safe and that we are able to respond in the event of an incident that threatens our safety, whether from natural causes due to weather, threats made electronically, or an incident of violence inside our schools or on our campuses.  Please be assured that the safety and well-being of our students and our staff is, and will continue to be, a priority for school division.

I wanted to provide you with an update on the work that we have been doing this summer to make continued improvements in safety, building security, and crisis planning.  


Last year, with the support of the Goochland Sheriff’s Office, we had two full time School Resource Officers at the secondary complex.  Additionally, other deputies from the Sheriff’s Office made periodic, random visits to our elementary schools. This level of staffing and support from the Sheriff’s Office will continue again this year.  Our School Security Officer, Mr. Shawn Schwartz, will be on the secondary campus to assist in supervision, crisis planning, and overall school security efforts. This year, in an effort to provide additional socio-emotional support to our students and our families, we have created a new position.  Ms. Allison Mears will serve as our division’s Licensed Mental Health Counselor. In addition to providing direct support to students, she will serve as a resource for administrators and teachers who are seeking strategies to meet the needs of students.

Infrastructure and Capital Improvements

Last year, we made significant improvements to our facilities, including the installation of equipment that monitors door access, the installation of door position controls, re-keying all exterior locks, and installing cameras at all elementary schools.  Enhancements were also made to our communication system at Goochland Middle School. In an effort to improve communication in the event of a crisis, new phones have been installed in every classroom across the division. These devices will now allow every teacher to communicate quickly with building administrators or emergency dispatchers.  The installation of these devices will also provide additional features that our administrators can use if needed in an emergency.

Being Proactive

This summer, our administrative team attended a two day training with the Department of Homeland Security.  The focus of this training was on proactive planning, response during an event, and subsequent recovery. Our two school resource officers and staff from Goochland County Fire-Rescue and Emergency Services also participated in this training.

Our collaborative efforts to plan and train with our local first responders was not just isolated to this two day training.  At the end of June, we worked in partnership with both the Sheriff’s Office, Fire-Rescue & Emergency Services, and the Virginia EMS Training Group to conduct exercises that simulated an active shooting event in our high school.  Lessons learned from this experience will most certainly improve our proactive planning and response.

Active shooter training at Goochland High School

Perhaps the most important part of safety is one that does not come in the form of training, technology, or devices.  A critical part of our safety and security planning is the relationships that our staff have with our students and their families.  For every tragedy that has taken place in America’s schools, hundreds more have surely been prevented because of staff members who are committed to knowing students and showing they care.  Having a culture of support in our division, a culture in which our students and families know that they can reach out to us with any concern, is one of our most effective measures to ensure safety.  Please discuss with your child the importance of telling an adult if they ever feel threatened, witness threatening behavior, or have any concern about safety for themselves or others. We are always available to respond.  Please also know that we welcome reports from parents and community members as well. Call our school counselors or principals at any time if you have any concerns. 

If you are not comfortable sharing this information with us, please know that you can provide us with an ANONYMOUS report.  Again this year, we will continue to utilize our ANONYMOUS reporting system that will allow students, parents, citizens, and staff to report threats, bullying, or other safety concerns.  Reports can be received via text message, web site, e-mail, or phone.

Additionally, we will continue training this year for our staff, our students, and our parents regarding our threat assessment process.  The website for the threat assessment program for parents/guardians is Enter the parent code to begin:  pncwub  


When school starts on August 19, there will be a lot more traffic on the roads compared to what we have experienced during summer break.  In addition to our school buses, cars, and vans, there will be inexperienced student drivers driving to school for the first time. As you plan for your morning and afternoon commute, please be mindful of this additional traffic as well as our students who will be standing and waiting for their bus at their bus stops.  

This year,  we will begin to enforce the ordinance that was adopted by the Goochland County Board of Supervisors in June of this past year that permits our school division to levy a $250 fine when a motorist passes a bus while it is stopped and its red lights are flashing.  We have installed cameras on the exterior and on the front windshield of buses on seven different routes to help us to enforce the laws that prevent passing our buses.  The sole intent of this initiative is to keep our students safe. Please pay careful attention to our buses when you are on the road.

I know, as a parent and as an educator, that no list of processes, cameras, or devices is ever enough to make us 100 percent confident that we will always be able to avoid the threat of school violence.  It would be unwise to ever assume that our safety is 100% guaranteed. We must always work to adapt and to prepare for the worst, no matter how great our division is. Please continue to keep the families that have been affected by the events  in El Paso and Dayton in your thoughts and prayers. Take the time to talk to your child about it as you feel is best for your family. Thank you, as always, for what you do to support our students and our amazing school division.

Jeremy Raley, Superintendent


For Immediate Release: July 30, 2019 Contacts: Office of the Governor: Alena Yarmosky, | Virginia Department of Education: Charles Pyle,, (804) 371-2420

Governor Northam Awards High School Innovation Planning Grants

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam today announced the award of high school innovation grants to thirteen school divisions to develop or implement programs that promote Virginia’s 5 C’s: critical thinking, creative thinking, collaboration, communication, and citizenship while preparing students for careers and postsecondary education. The grants are for the 2019-2020 school year. Eight school divisions received initial planning grants, while five divisions were awarded funding to support implementation this fall of previously planned innovative programs.

“Modernizing instructional approaches in our schools helps to improve educational outcomes and adapt to the needs of a 21st-century economy,” said Governor Northam. “These grants will allow our teachers to design innovative programs that pair classroom learning with the professional skills and experiences required for success after high school, regardless of whether Virginia students are college bound or plan to enter the workforce.”

Buchanan County, Fauquier County, Franklin County, and Goochland County will each receive $50,000 first-year innovation planning grants. Charles City County, Halifax County, Henrico County, and Mecklenburg County will share a fifth $50,000 grant. The proposed innovative high school programs are as follows:

  • Buchanan County — Buchanan County will develop a high school curriculum incorporating blended, multidisciplinary courses and career-exploration opportunities, including job shadowing and internships. Project-oriented instruction at all county high schools and the Buchanan County Career, Technology & Higher Learning Center will fuse the arts, social sciences, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), writing and research, and community service.
  • Design Virginia High School Innovation Network (Halifax, Henrico, Mecklenburg, and Charles City counties) — Network divisions will focus on college, career, and community readiness to prepare students for post-secondary experiences. Innovations include integrating instruction in multiple content areas with practical application and providing internships and apprenticeships for students in the following high schools: Halifax County High in Halifax County; Bluestone High and Park View High in Mecklenburg County; Charles City High in Charles City County; and Highland Springs High and J.R. Tucker High in Henrico County.
  • Goochland County — Goochland County will develop a project-based, interdisciplinary program at Goochland High to give students an individualized approach to learning through career and technical education academies focusing on health and public safety, communications, agricultural and natural resources, STEM, business and marketing, and manufacturing and construction. Planned innovations include competency-based assessment of student progress, virtualization of student learning, and senior capstone projects.
  • Fauquier County — Fauquier County will provide teachers at Liberty High with autonomy to present interdisciplinary instruction affording students opportunities to apply content knowledge through authentic, real-world projects. Students will take part in a school wide service-learning project and forge strong community and higher education partnerships connecting juniors and seniors with mentors to ensure engagement.
  • Franklin County — Franklin County will create personalized competency-based learning environments at Franklin County High to allow for accelerated completion of state graduation requirements through virtual classes, integrated instruction, and flexible scheduling. The planned innovations include a health science career pathway as a model for future additional career pathways.

“I congratulate these divisions for their vision in designing innovative programs to prepare students for successful transitions from high school to college or the workforce,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane. “I also want to thank the businesses in these communities for their willingness to partner with schools and open their doors to students. This type of collaboration will ensure that our students will have readily accessible opportunities to align their skills and personal interests by exploring career paths and work-based learning experiences that prepare them for a successful future beyond high school.”

Fairfax County, Louisa County, Manassas Park, Radford, and Rockbridge County were each awarded $50,000 high school program implementation grants as follows:

  • Fairfax County — Justice High will implement a curriculum to meet the instructional needs of English learners with little formal education while providing these students with opportunities for mentoring, career exploration, and internships. The instructional program focuses on literacy, numeracy, and workforce readiness.
  • Louisa County — Louisa County High’s Make a Difference Project will create three pathways for students to enter the teaching profession. Participants will have opportunities to work directly with students (ages 3-5) in the Little Lions Learning Lab, which is housed on the high school campus. Participating Louisa High students will also have the opportunity to complete college credit courses and earn child development credentials.
  • Manassas Park — Manassas Park High will expand and streamline several existing programs to improve outcomes for English learners and students with little formal education. Through its Creative Opportunities at Manassas Park to Achieve Student Success program, students who otherwise might not graduate or acquire English and other foundational skills necessary for success after high school will have customized pathways for achieving their educational and employment goals.
  • Radford — Radford High will continue its three-year transformation from a traditional secondary school into an integrated program that combines core academics with STEM, career and technical education, and training in cybersecurity. The program emphasizes inquiry-based learning and real-world experiences to engage students and promote 21st-century skills, such as collaboration and creativity.
  • Rockbridge County — Rockbridge County High will implement the Solutions STEM Academy offering students career paths in 21st-century agriculture, energy and power, and environmental technology. The academy will feature flexible scheduling and emphasize problem solving, cross-curricular and project-based learning, and teamwork.

“Virginia is leading the way in transforming the high school experience,” said Secretary of Education Atif Qarni. “These grants will help students receive relevant instruction and experiences that expose them to in-demand field and equip them to succeed after graduation,”

The 2018 General Assembly authorized up to $500,000 in competitive grants in 2019 for school divisions to plan high school program innovations approved by the Virginia Department of Education, or to implement previously approved plans. The legislature defined the essential elements of high school program innovation as including the following: student centered learning, with progress based on proficiency; “real-world” connections aligned with local workforce needs and emphasizing transitions to college or career or both; and varying models for educator supports and staffing.

It is hard to believe that we have been out of school for seven weeks!  Summer is flying by! In just over three weeks, we will begin the 2019-2020 school year, and we are working feverishly to make preparations for the start of another successful year.

GCPS Continues to Lead the Way

Team Goochland continues to shine as leaders in the Commonwealth and on a national level.  Earlier this summer, Dr. Andy Armstrong, our Executive Director for Business Operations, gave a presentation at the Virginia is for Learners Education Equity Summer Institute regarding his research associated with equity and the Advanced Placement (AP) high school exam.  At the Virginia School Boards Association’s Conference on Education this week, Dr. Steve Geyer, Assistant Superintendent, and I shared our division’s work to assess student learning through a balanced approach that focuses on growth over achievement and utilizes authentic performance measures in addition to traditional assessments to gauge student learning  Dr. Armstrong also shared his research at this conference. Additionally, Dr. John Hendron, our division’s Director of Innovation and Strategy, spent several days honing his skills as an Apple Distinguished Educator at an event held last week in Maryland.

Summer Programming

Learning does not stop during the summer.  Through a variety of programs this year, we have worked to keep students engaged in their academic experience. In addition to STEM Camp, we added another enrichment experience for our students:  Fine Arts Camp. Elementary students had the opportunity to experience the arts in a variety of ways, including the performing arts, visual arts, and musical arts.

Mr. Burch teachers students at the GCPS Summer Fine Arts Camp

Our elementary summer school students experienced a project based approach that supported core content with engaging activities.  This allowed students to learn by being actively involved in their academic experience-a far cry from what most of us think about when we hear the words “summer school”.

Reading to Gus at summer school

Students in the middle school applied what they learned during a community service day to give back to the community that has provided so much support to us.  A re-imagined program at the high school, including a blended approach of teacher directed and virtual instruction, resulted in tremendous success rates. I am proud of our students who have put forth tremendous effort this summer!  Thank you, also, to our dedicated staff for seeking strategies to provide our students with a deeper and richer academic experience this summer!

Students helping out at Goochland Cares


Sunshine Food Bus

Our Sunshine Food Bus continues to serve healthy lunches to students and adults throughout our community.  In addition to receiving a meal, students are given a book of their own. I had the pleasure of riding along with our dedicated food service team this past week.  I got to see many of our students and also had the chance to meet many of our citizens. There is a perception that the meals are provided only to students who may qualify for free or reduced price meals during the year.  This is FALSEANY child up to the age of 18 can receive a FREE meal AND a book from the food bus.  The price of an adult meal is only $3 – a great healthy option for parents, grandparents, and caregivers!  We will be running until August 2. Check out the schedule and stop by!

Waiting in line for the Sunshine Food Bus

Facility Improvements

This summer, our athletic department, in collaboration with our facilities and maintenance team, have been working on making improvements to the playing surfaces and playing conditions for our student athletes. At Goochland High School, the football and soccer field has been re-crowned (to assist with drainage) and a new irrigation system has been installed.  New bermuda grass sprigs have been planted. Although the picture shows a brown field, it is now nice and green!  

Rennovation at the Goochland High School football field

A bermuda playing surface has also been installed on the softball field, with the installation of drainage to follow.  The old track surface has been removed and repairs are currently being made to the asphalt. The new track surface will be installed and ready for the track season in the Spring.  From a safety perspective, preparations are being made at Byrd Elementary School to install a generator that will power the entire school should in the event that there is a power failure.  

There is a lot of work that takes place as we close one school year and open another.  Our custodians and maintenance staff are beautifying our halls and campuses, while our administrative staff makes final staffing, scheduling, and programmatic decisions.  Thank you to all of our talented employees for the work that you do to ensure that everything will be ready for our teachers and students in August.

Shiny hallways at Goochland Middle School



As you start to think about the first day of school, please take a moment to confirm your child’s bus route.  Routes for this coming year will be posted in PowerSchool by noon on Thursday, August 8.   PowerSchool allows parents to update their contact information for school and division communications, view attendance and grade information, and view bus information.  Visit PowerSchool 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, but only to all rising Preschool, Kindergarten, 6th, and 9th grade families on August 8th.  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 8 to access bus number and stop information.

Transportation information for both rising 6th grade orientation at GMS and rising 9th grade orientation at GHS will be communicated to those families in the weeks ahead.  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 August 2:  Transportation Alternative Stop Request.

As a part of our division’s ongoing safety initiatives, we will begin to enforce the ordinance that was adopted by the Goochland County Board of Supervisors in June of this past year that permits our school division to levy a fine when a motorist passes a bus while it is stopped and its red lights are flashing.  We have installed cameras on the exterior and on the front windshield of buses on selected routes will help us to enforce the laws that prevent passing our buses.  The sole intent of this initiative is to keep our students safe. I appreciate your attention to our buses while on the road.

Policy Changes

This summer, the Goochland County School Board adopted two different policies that I want to bring to your attention.  During the 2019 General Assembly session, House Bill 2384 and Senate Bill 1295 were passed, requiring all School Boards in the Commonwealth to develop and implement a policy that prohibits the use and distribution of tobacco products and nicotine products on school property and at an off-site school sponsored activities where students are present.  This law and associated School Board Policy (GBEC/JFCH) approved by our Board in June applies to everyone, everywhere on campus, at all times, including school events after regular school hours. I wanted to provide you with advanced notice in case you need to plan accordingly for attending upcoming events this Fall.

In an effort to improve student attendance, the School Board also approved a revision to Policy JED.  This revision to our attendance policy provides the option for a school administrator to implement an attendance improvement plan following a student’s 10th absence, even if the absences have been marked as excused.  Following the 10th absence the school may require families to provide a note from a professional outlining the reasons for the student’s absence from school.  

Mark Your Calendars

Mark your calendars for the many different events that will be taking place as we prepare for the start of school:

  • School Board Meeting:  August 13 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Rising 6th Grade Parent Night:  August 12 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • 9th Grade Orientation:  August 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • 6th Grade Orientation (Eagle Evolution):  August 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Preschool and Kindergarten Orientation:  August 15 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Back to School Night for ALL Schools:  August 15 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • First Day of School”  August 19

I am excited about the start of another year!  Please keep up with all that is happening in our division by following us on Facebook, Twitter (@glndschools) and Instagram (@goochlandschools).  Enjoy the rest of your summer! 

Jeremy Raley, Superintendent


As Teacher Appreciation Week draws to a close, I wanted to take one more opportunity to thank our amazing teachers for their tireless dedication and commitment to the students of the Goochland County Public Schools.  Thank you for ALL that you do!

On Tuesday May 7, our school division honored several employees during our annual Celebration of Excellence.  At this event, we recognized the teachers of the year for each of our five schools, our team of the year, employee of the year, and volunteer of the year.  We also announced our 2019 Teacher of the Year, Ms. Cindy Shelton-Eide from Goochland High School.

Teachers of the Year

  • Cheryl Johnston, Byrd Elementary
  • Sara DeLong, Goochland Elementary
  • Stacey Wilson, Randolph Elementary
  • Glenn Hecker, Goochland Middle
  • Cindy Shelton-Eide, Goochland High

Division Teacher of the Year

  • Cindy Shelton-Eide, Goochland High

Employee of the Year

  • Connie Brice, Custodian, Byrd Elementary

Team of the Year

  • Anne Keo and Christina Whitfield, Instructional Coaches

Rookie of the Year

  • Anne Desmarais, Teacher, Goochland High

Volunteer of the Year

  • Susan Doczi, Goochland High


  • Cheri Wolff, Byrd Elementary
  • Beverly Cooley, Goochland High
  • Edith Flaig, Goochland High

Take a few moments to view some highlights of this event.

As we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, I want to take this time to thank every member of Team Goochland for the work that they do for the students whom they serve each and every day!  In the fast-paced, hectic world in which we live, we often do not stop and reflect on the critically important work that we are doing.

As educators, we all are provided with the opportunity to impact the lives of the students who enter our classrooms, board our buses, eat in our cafeterias, feel safe in our facilities, and benefit from the many different services we offer.  The experiences and lessons that that our team provides our children in your multiple roles serve as the foundation for the future success of our county, state, nation, and world. Their tireless efforts allow us to fulfill our division’s mission to maximize the potential of every learner.

Our school division continues to be seen as a model for excellence across the Commonwealth, and Goochland County Public Schools shines bright because of the contributions of every one of our employees!  When I’m visiting classrooms, talking with students, or scrolling through Twitter, I continue to be amazed by the experiences and opportunities that they are providing to our students on a daily basis! They are truly exceptional!

For the past three weeks, I have had the pleasure of meeting with many of our seniors as they are finishing their high school career and preparing for graduation.  During my sessions with seniors, I ask them to tell me about something that sticks out as a positive memory during their time with our school division. They’ve told me how our teachers have inspired them, have believed in them, have supported them, have coached them, and have helped them to accomplish things that they never believed that they would have been able to accomplish.  The work that our team is doing is having a significant positive difference in the hearts and minds of our students.

During this Teacher Appreciation Week, I invite you to take a moment to share your appreciation for our teachers, our instructional support personnel, and our operations team for their efforts.  Please take a moment to send an email, write a thank you card, or just simply thank one of our employees in person for all that they do to make Goochland County Public Schools great!

Today, the Goochland County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved its 2019-2020 budget, a budget that provides our school division with the personnel, facilities, and resources that will move our school division forward on our journey to maximize the potential of every learner.  The initiatives outlined in this proposed budget align with our strategic plan and are aimed at maintaining our position as a leader in the Commonwealth.

Thank you to all of our school division staff and our School Board who have dedicated many hours to the development and finalization of this year’s budget process.  I also want to sincerely thank the Goochland County Board of Supervisors for their ongoing support, investment, and recognition of the importance of preparing our students for making a positive impact in our ever changing world.

A summary of the highlights of this approved budget follows:

Goal 1:  Prepared for Life through Deeper Learning

  • 1 English teacher at Goochland High School
  • 1 math teacher at Goochland Middle School
  • 1 division-wide mental health counselor
  • Increasing one school counselor contract at Goochland High School from 11 months to 12 months
  • Maintaining administrative intern and assistant athletic director stipends at Goochland High School, Dean of Students stipend at Goochland Middle School, adding a division-wide lead school nurse stipend and senior project advisor stipend at GHS
  • Additional funding for dual enrollment, Advance College Academy, and Maggie Walker tuition
  • Increase funding for instructional materials and supplies at each school
  • Additional funding for Career and Technical Education and Robotics
  • Funding to support students taking online, virtual courses
  • Assistance to provide equitable field trip experiences for all preschool through fifth grade students
  • Summer enrichment camp experiences for students
  • Funding for additional classroom software
  • Initiatives to support students in alternative education settings

Goal 2:  Improved School Climate – Attract and retain quality teachers and staff

This approved budget also included the funding that aligns with the goal of our approved compensation plan (Policy GA-R) to establish the Goochland County Public Schools as the leader in overall compensation among competitive regional school divisions.  This approved funding recognizes the significant contributions that all members of Team Goochland to contribute to the excellence of GCPS!  Through this budget, we we able to complete the third step in a three- year process to revise the salary scales for all job classifications.  Additionally, this budget includes a 3% salary increase for all employees.  In addition to salary improvements, many employees (depending on what plan is chosen) will experience a decrease in out of pocket costs for health insurance.  The final health insurance premiums, approved by our School Board can be found here.

Goal 3 – Safe Schools with Effective Management

  • Increasing staffing in the central office Finance Department
  • Funding for software needed for division-wide operations
  • Additional funding for utilities and the maintenance of facilities

Capital Improvement Plan

The Board of Supervisors also appropriated $1,450,000 for Capital Improvement Projects in 2019-2020.  A half million dollars of this appropriation is a set-aside for future construction of a 650 seat Goochland Elementary School and preschool center planned for construction beginning in 2022.  Funding for the purchase of new school buses and the capital needs of other school facilities was included in the Board’s approval of their 5 year capital planning document.

This approved operational budget and capital improvement plan provides the resources to support our journey toward continued excellence as we ensure that we are providing ALL of our students with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities that are so crucial for students to become successful members of a modern global community.  


Can you believe that we are now three quarters of the way through this school year?  With just nine weeks of school left before summer vacation, the last quarter of the year will fly by!  As we transition into the final phase of our year, I wanted to take moment to highlight some of the work that we are doing to maximize the potential of our students as we prepare them to be career ready in an ever-changing global economy.

Last week, we hosted over 57 leaders from business, industry, and high education at our fifth Business and Education Roundtable event.  This event is designed to engage in collaborative dialogue to determine what skills and talents our students will need now and in the future to be prepared for the ever-change job market.  The highlight of the event was the viewing of a video that highlights the many programs that we offer at Goochland High School including our career and technical education offerings, Advance College Academy (ACA), and Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School.  

The students who were featured in the video mingled with our guest during this event as perspectives on career readiness were shared.  I was so impressed with our scholars! The business leaders were, too, as one of our students walked away from the event with three job offers!  Take a moment to read a summary of this event as featured in Goochland on My Mind.

Dr. Hendron, our Director of Innovation and Strategy, and I recently took our 360 degree camera to Goochland Tech to highlight the breadth of programs that we offer in our career and technical education program.  We had the opportunity to interview Mr. Bruce Watson, our Director of Career and Technical Education, and even had the chance to watch our students in our Heavy Equipment Operator program in action on the dig site.  Check it out!  As you watch the video, be sure to use your mouse or your fingers to pan around and see all around.

Our desire to engage students in authentic learning experiences continues next week as every senior at Goochland High School will participate in mock interviews.  Students will have first hand experience with the process of conducting a job interview with a focus on sharing their academic experience through a digital portfolio, professional dress, and communication skills during the interview process.  Students will be provided feedback that they can use in future settings. I am very excited about providing our students with this meaningful experience!

Team Goochland is successful because of the many contributions of our staff, our families, and our community!  Thanks you for everything that you do to support our students in their academic journey! Continue to stay up to date with our division’s events by liking our Facebook page and following us on Twitter (@glndschools) and Instagram (@goochlandschools).  I’m looking forward to seeing you at the many events that will be taking place this Spring!

This morning, our Goochland High School agriculture program and our GCPS food service team was highlighted on Real VA for their collaboration on a farm to school initiative. Take a few moments to check out the excellent work that is taking place to provide fresh, quality produce to our students!  Thanks to Danny Allen, our Agriculture Teacher at GHS and Lisa Landrum, our Supervisor of School Nutrition Services for the excellent leadership in making this happen!  This is just another example of the awesomeness of the Goochland County Public Schools!

Laura Grace Snow was a member of the GHS Class of 2019.  She battled Juvenile Batten Disease from 3rdGrade until her death in February of 2018. Despite losing her sight during Elementary School, life was never dark for Laura Grace.  During all of those years she maintained a positive outlook on life that was infectious to everyone with whom she came in contact.

Laura Grace had a profound love for music and never missed an opportunity to perform at school talent shows.  Her favorite artist was Taylor Swift and she could sing along to almost every song. During Middle School Laura Grace and her family got the opportunity to meet another of her favorite singers, Carrie Underwood, thru the Make a Wish Foundation.

Goochland High School Senior, Savannah Slater, has been friends with Laura Grace since they were toddlers playing at Hidden Rock Park while their older brothers played baseball. Savannah has used her Senior Project to create a Scholarship in memory of Laura Grace.  She has worked with the Guidance Department, Laura Grace’s Family, and GRASP Representatives to develop a scholarship designed to open their fellow students eyes to the needs of individuals with disabilities.

Savannah has chosen to generate funds for this scholarship by creating the Laura Grace Snow Memorial Music Festival.  The Festival will include stage performances by fellow students, community choirs, and local musicians.  Commemorative T-Shirts will be available for purchase at the Festival as well as raffle tickets for some creative gift baskets donated by community members. Dinner may be purchased from the All-Night-Graduation Committee at the indoor Concession Stand.

Please join us for The Laura Grace Snow Memorial Music Festival on Saturday, March 2nd in the Goochland High School Auditorium beginning at 6pm.  Doors will open at 5pm for dinner and to purchase raffle tickets. Come out and enjoy the show.