I am excited to welcome the start of what promises to be a beautiful fall here in Goochland.  In my visits to schools in the past two weeks, it is clear that the energy of the start to the school year only grows as our teachers and students continue to amaze me with their engaged instruction centered around deeper learning. Just this week I toured all 5 regions of Virginia at Randolph Elementary in their 4th grade “Virginia Day”, a tradition that includes student-created work on iPads, hands on learning, and a lot of fun for students and staff alike.

NBC12 reporter Candice Smith spoke to our Goochland Middle students this week as well.  Ms. Smith will be back next week on September 30 bright and early at Goochland High School broadcasting live at 6:00 a.m. to showcase that Goochland spirit.  Tune in to NBC channel 12 to see our school, students, teachers, band, and athletics in this community highlight.  Friday’s broadcast will be a great end to homecoming week at Goochland High School.  Our students and staff will show their spirit all week leading up to Friday night’s game against Prince Edward at 7:00 p.m.  I hope to see you there.

Partners in the Arts’ (PIA) Engaging Creative Thinkers Awards support interdisciplinary projects that integrate creativity in the classroom while serving as models of partnership among schools, school divisions, artists, arts organizations, and community professionals.“  Last spring a team of teachers at Goochland Middle School, led by Ms. Happy Krickovic and Ms. Amanda Tolson, came together to design an amazing learning opportunity for students and develop an associated PIA proposal.  In the days leading up to the close of the school year, Ms. Krickovic and Ms. Tolson received word that their team’s proposal was accepted and would be fully funded by Partners in the Arts ($5,000). The official in-person award was made last week, and implementation plans for the team’s project are underway.  Ms. Krickovic and Ms. Tolson’s proposal focuses on a cross-curricular (history, English & visual arts), project-based learning experience for students — one focused on Thomas Jefferson and his impact on both local and American history.

Goochland Public Schools is excited to be the recipient of a 100 thousand dollar School Security Equipment Grant from the Virginia Department of Education.  This grant will fund improvements to the phone and intercom systems at all three of our elementary schools.  We are excited to implement these improvements toward improving safety in our schools.  

This week, our school division, in partnership with the Goochland Education Foundation launched the announcement of our first-ever Strategic Innovation Grants.  These grants are designed to encourage innovative instructional design in our classrooms by providing funding for ideas that will support engaging learning experiences for our students.  Our goal is to encourage research and development on cutting edge instructional practices that will provide our students with the skills and abilities that are needed for success in an ever-changing global market.  I am thankful for the generous support of the Foundation and for the School Board for their approval of this exciting work.

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).  Stay current with all of the great things happening in our schools at our division leadership blog at http://leadership.goochlandschools.org.  We are looking forward to seeing you at these events in the near future. Have a great weekend!

Jeremy Raley, Superintendent

 

This past summer, the Goochland County Public Schools was invited to attend the Second Annual White House Summit on Next Generation High Schools.  As only 1 of only 22 school divisions from across the nation in attendance, it is clear that Goochland County School is recognized as a leader in providing students with innovative, authentic, and engaging learning experiences geared toward providing our students with the skills and abilities needed to be successful in an ever-changing global economy.  I was proud to represent our school division, our community, and the Commonwealth at this event!

It was a honor be be among talented professionals who are working tirelessly to find ways to meet the ever changing needs of high school students across the country.  During the day’s events, there were interwoven themes that align with our school division’s core value of optimism and the non-negotiable belief that everyone can learn.  I am excited about the possibilities that we will be able to create together for our community’s students as we all work together to maximize the potential of every learner in our division.

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Dear GCPS Families:

It is hard to believe that we are now finished with our third week of school and that our first grading period is one third complete.  Classes are in full swing as schedules have been fine tuned and routines have been established.  The construction work that is taking place at both Randolph Elementary and Goochland Elementary continues to progress.  As I walk through our schools, I see students actively engaged in their learning and teachers who are working to facilitate the learning process by providing opportunities to explore content in depth to support a rich academic experience.  There is no doubt that the start of our new school year has been a success!

In addition to the positive start to our school year in classrooms across the division, Goochland County Public Schools has experienced success in many different extra-curricular and co-curricular activities.  Our Goochland High School junior varsity and varsity football teams have started their season 2-0 with wins over Essex and Fork Union.  Middle school and high school volleyball teams have shined on the court, with varsity volleyball going into the weekend undefeated in district play. Our Cross Country teams are combined 11-1, with the girls at 6-0.  On another note, our high school FFA chapter sold out of mums at their annual sale before the doors even opened!  We are most thankful for the support that you provide to our students through these multiple programs.

This past summer, Dr. Geyer, our Assistant Superintendent for instruction, and I were invited to attend the second annual White House Next Generation High School Summit.  We will be representing Goochland County Public Schools at this summit on Monday, September 12 and we will take part in a national conversation on transforming high schools to better serve all students.  As we meet with colleagues from across the nation, we will share the practices that we are implementing in Goochland and will work with our colleagues to seek new opportunities to provide our students with a more meaningful and enriching high school experience.

There are many events taking place in our schools in the coming weeks!  The Goochland County School Board will have its regularly scheduled monthly meeting on Tuesday September 13.  Back to school open houses will also take place in the coming weeks.  Visit your school’s website or find information at our calendar by following this link.  Don’t forget that students who participated in this summer’s Read-to-Win program will be recognized at Field Days of the Past on Sunday, September 18. Please contact your child’s Library Media Specialist if you need more information.  This community event is celebrating 25 years this month!

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).  Stay current with all of the great things happening in our schools at our division leadership blog at http://leadership.goochlandschools.org.  We are looking forward to seeing you at these events in the near future. Have a great weekend!

Jeremy Raley, Superintendent

 

The start of another school year is just a few hours away!  It is a time of rejuvenation, optimism, and excitement as we will all learn new faces, experience new joys, and tackle new challenges.  All around our community, there is an air of anticipation and excitement for the opportunities and experiences that lie ahead for our students, staff, and parents.  I expect that there are certainly some who are apprehensive about new routines, schedules, friends, and teachers.  There are a multitude of emotions that are swirling amongst us all.

As a school division, we couldn’t be more optimistic about our future!  As a team of professionals working in the best interest of our students, the Goochland County Public Schools has demonstrated that we are leaders in providing students engaging, meaningful, and personalized instructional opportunities.  We are an innovative school division that is committed to maximizing the potential of every learner and, together, we will continue our proud tradition of excellence.

There will be some noticeable changes across our division this year.  In addition to new new leadership at the division level and in our high school, we welcome 35 new teachers to Team Goochland.  A lot of work was done at both Goochland Elementary and Randolph Elementary as we continue to make improvements to our facilities and prepare for an increase in student enrollment.  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 three months, 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.

Your children 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 working together with you to maximize the potential of all of our division’s students!  Let’s have a great year!

Jeremy Raley, Superintendent

 

Today, our community welcomes 35 teachers to Team Goochland.  You bring a breadth and depth of experiences to our team that will allow our division to continue to shine as a leader in providing students engaging, meaningful, and personalized instructional opportunities.  You are joining a progressive and innovative school division that is committed to maximizing the potential of every learner.  Our division has purposefully chosen you through a rigorous selection process to help Goochland County Public Schools continue its proud tradition of providing students with authentic, deeper learning experiences.  We are excited about the skills and talents that you will share with our students and your colleagues.

The Goochland County Public Schools have received a multitude of state-wide, national, and international recognitions.  Included in our many accomplishments, Goochland Middle School has received acclaim as a National Middle School to Watch and Byrd Elementary School recently received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the state Board of Education.  Our school division has received acclaim as an Apple Distinguished Program.  Additionally, our professionals continually share their expertise with colleagues at state and national workshops and conferences.  Two of our amazing teachers have been recognized on an international stage for their collaboration with technology.  Our students have been recognized for their success in athletic, academic, and other co-curricular activities.  We are proud of our division’s accomplishments and are welcome you to be a part of our continued success.

Welcome to a school division that values Excellence and is committed to meeting high standards for growth, professionalism, character, and personal responsibility.  Our Team values instructional opportunities that allow students to demonstrate Creativity through the use of imagination, intellectual curiosity, and human ingenuity.  We are an organization that values Courage by creating an environment of advocacy and Honor through an unwavering commitment to the truth, personal integrity, and doing what is right.  In our school division, we also share the core value of Optimism and believe that every student can and will achieve success.

In the three and a half weeks that I have been Superintendent, I have found that these values are deeply ingrained and at the core of who we are and what we do.  We are all beginning our journey as new recruits on Team Goochland.  I am thankful that you have chosen to be a part of our successful team.  I look forward to meeting you and working together to serve our families and our community to make a positive difference in the lives of our students!  Best wishes for a successful year!  

 

Dear Goochland Community,

Goochland County Public Schools is a proud and successful school division that has proven itself as a recognized leader in public education by providing students with innovative, engaging, and authentic learning experiences that will allow them to experience a depth of understanding of our instructional content.  

These successes come as a direct result of the countless hours that ALL of our employees have dedicated to our school division.  Each day, our teachers, administrators, instructional assistants, and other instructional staff work together to provide academic opportunities where students are actively engaged in their learning. Transportation employees are the first face that our children see after they leave their homes and ensure the safe transportation of our children to and from school.  Our custodial and maintenance employees provide a safe, clean, and comfortable place to work and learn.  Food service employees provide the nourishment our students need in order to be ready to learn, while our school nurses meet the varied medical needs of a diverse student body.  Counselors provide the support and direction that students need to forge a path toward college and career readiness.  School and division level administrative and support staff provide leadership and take care of many important jobs so that teachers can focus on the business of teaching.

Goochland County Public Schools is focused on inspiring and preparing our students to make a positive impact in an ever changing, competitive global economy.  Our core values of excellence, creativity, courage, honor, and optimism demonstrate our commitment to maximizing the potential of every Goochland County Public School student.  I am excited about joining Team Goochland and am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to serve our community’s students, staff, and citizens.

Our school division is preparing our students for jobs that do not currently exist and to solve problems that have not yet been identified.  Preparing our students for success in emerging jobs and careers in the future economy is a daunting task.  To enable our students to achieve the critical skills they will need in order to be globally competent, world-ready learners, our instructional staff are working this summer preparing innovative learning experiences that will empower students to collaborate with their peers, think critically about content, be creative, and communicate with others in a variety of ways.  As a school division, it is critical that we provide our students with learning experiences that will allow them to be competitive with not only their peers in surrounding school divisions, but also with students around the globe.   

It is an honor and privilege to assume the responsibilities of Superintendent and I believe that transparent, open, and two-way communication is critical to our school division’s ongoing success.  I intend to actively engage our students, staff, citizens, community leaders, and business partners in our work as we journey on a path of continuous and ongoing improvement.  During my first week in Goochland, I have had the pleasure of meeting with and talking to many different employees and citizens.  I look forward to getting to know you, listening to your ideas, and discussing how we can working together to make an investment in our students’ future.  Our community’s school division will continue to shine as we all work together in the best interest of our students!

Jeremy Raley