As we begin to close in on the end of our school division’s first nine weeks of school, I continue to be impressed with the innovative and engaging instruction that is taking place in our schools every day. As I walk through classrooms, I see students who are eager to learn and teachers who are working hard to facilitate instructional opportunities where students can have deep and enriching learning experiences with their content. The teaching and learning that is taking place in our school division is amazing!
October will be a busy month with many different activities taking place. Our School Board will have its regular monthly meeting on on Tuesday October 11 beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the County Government Center. Additionally, our School Board and Board of Supervisors will be conducting Town Hall meetings beginning next week. All of these meetings are public and you are welcome to attend.
- District 4/District 5 – Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Hermitage Country Club, 1248 Hermitage Road, Manakin-Sabot, VA
- District 2/District 3 – Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Goochland Library, 3075 River Road West, Goochland, VA
- District 1 – Monday, October 24, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Byrd Elementary School 2704 Hadensville-Fife Road, Goochland, VA
We will also hold a teacher professional development day on Monday, October 17. This will be a student holiday and there will be no school for students.
This month, our school division will also be focusing on proactive measures to promote awareness of school bullying and will be working in collaboration with parents, students, and our community to recognize the programs and initiatives that we are currently implementing to provide our students with a safe learning environment. Many of these activities can be found on our school websites and Twitter feeds. One of our highlights is the work that is being done at Goochland Middle School by our Bully Prevention Team. This group of students serve as ambassadors to work with their peers to reduce the prevalence of bullying. GMS kicked off their bully prevention activities on October 6 with messages from students, Ms. Rucker, and Mr. Collier. Students were challenged to be a H.E.R.O (Help Everyone Respect Others) and to have the Courage to let a responsible adult know if there are situations where bullying is taking place.
We had a fantastic homecoming at Goochland High School last week. Homecoming activities on Friday featured a live broadcast by Candice Smith at NBC 12. Check out this highlight video! Congratulations, also, to Debbie White, our Director of Finance, for earning National Recognition for her work in preparing our school division’s budget. Ms. White was recognized for the fourth year in a row by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for her expertise.
Please 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 Have a great weekend!
Jeremy Raley, Superintendent