*NEW THIS YEAR*

Online Payment for GCPS School Fees and Activities

Interested in avoiding the lines during Back to School night on August 17th? Would you prefer to pay for field trips online instead of worrying about checks or cash? This new service provides parents the opportunity to make secure online payments. There are no processing fees for using this convenient service.

  • Visit your school’s website through goochlandschools.org and find the “Online School Payments” link under the ”Parents” tab.
  • Click on “Sign In” and put in the New User information.
  • To get started, set up your student(s) profile(s). The Student ID number will be provided in the school welcome back letter, or you can access it through Powerschool or from the lunch account system you may already use.
  • Items to purchase will be listed under your students’ school location. Please select the name of the fee on the right and add it to the cart. Click on “Continue Shopping” on the left to go back to the fee list page. Parents will be able to pay for multiple students at the same school in a single transaction. If you have students at different schools you will need to initiate separate transactions for each school location.
  • When all the needed items are in your cart, click on “Check Out”. If prompted, assign the fees to the appropriate student(s).
  • Follow the remaining steps to enter your billing information and to submit payment. The system accepts Mastercard or Visa. Electronic checks will not be accepted online, but cash and check payments will be accepted at your child’s school. The school will then have record of your payment.
  • In the future, you will be able to pay for field trips, and other class activities as they are scheduled. These items will show up in the Online Payment System that you can continue to access through the school website. Teachers will remind you that online payments can be made. Make sure you save your username and password. You will still be able to send cash and check. Receipts will also be generated from this new system.

The system eliminates the need to send checks to school or worry about lost or forgotten money, and ensures that your child’s fees and activities are paid. We encourage you to take the time to set up your account so that school payments will be safe and fast in the future.

Throughout the summer, our work to gather data in preparation for the development of our division’s long term facility master plan has continued.  This work will accelerate in the coming weeks as we prepare for a recommendation to the School Board at their October 10 meeting.  I hope that you are able to make it to the following meetings to view the work of the committee and to better understand the issues that will be impacting our final decisions.  Upcoming meetings are as follows:

  • August 23: Steering Committee Meeting at 6:00 p.m. in Classroom 143 at Goochland High School
  • September 5: Community Meeting to seek feedback on options at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria at Goochland Elementary School
  • September 14: Steering Committee Meeting at 6:00 p.m. in Classroom 143 at Goochland High School
  • September 26: Steering Committee Meeting at 6:00 p.m. in Classroom 143 at Goochland High School
  • October 10: School Board Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Room 250 of the County Administration Building
All of these meetings are open to the public.  Please click here to follow the work of the committee and the data analysis that has been conducted to date.

It is hard to believe that we have been out of school for seven weeks!  Summer is flying by!  In only a month we will begin the 2017-2018 school year, and we are working feverishly to make preparations for the start of another successful year at all of our facilities and here at central office.

We made significant improvements to the experiences and opportunities that we provided to our students who are attended classes this summer.  Our elementary school students benefitted from a project based approach that supported core content with engaging activities-including the use of robots!  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”.

Elementary summer school students use Ozobots

Students in the middle school “made their mark” this summer with inter-disciplinary, project-based activities focused on creative writing and math to provide them with a head start in preparation for the beginning of next year.  This year’s class published their first ever edition of the student newspaper that incorporated all of the concepts learned this summer!

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!

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, freshly waxed floors at Goochland Elementary School

Team Goochland continues to shine as leaders in innovation in the Commonwealth and on a national stage.  Earlier this summer, Anne Moore, our gifted resource teacher at both GHS and GMS, was one of 10 math and science teacher leaders from across the country  who served as a STEM Teacher Ambassador with that National Science Teachers Association and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.  Ms. Moore served as an advocate for policies and practices to support STEM education across the nation.

This past week, Dr. Steve Geyer, Assistant Superintendent, shared our innovative approach to supporting our teachers with flexibility in licensure requirements to School Board members and Superintendents from across the Commonwealth at the Virginia School Boards Association Conference on Education.  Several of our talented teammates have taken the initiative to plan a full day immersive experience exploring Scrum as a framework for scaffolding project-based learning and teamwork in an academic setting.  We will be hosting educators from around the region on August 3 at this exciting event.

   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 8 at 5:30 p.m.
  • 9th Grade Orientation:  August 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • 6th Grade Orientation (Eagle Evolution):  August 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • 6th Grade Parent Night:  August 14 at 6:00 p.m.
  • Kindergarten Orientation:  August 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Back to School Night for ALL Schools:  August 17 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Steering Committee for Long Term Facility Master Plan:  August 23 at 6:00 p.m. – Goochland High School, C143

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

Happy summer!

I hope this message finds you and your family well, cool, and enjoying the pace of summer in our county.  In our school division we are taking the time to refresh, relax, reflect, and prepare for the 2017-2018 school year that will begin for our students in only 8 weeks!  

In the meantime, I have been amazed at the energy and enthusiasm our teachers and staff have brought to our summer professional development and STEM camp this June.  We kicked off the summer with our Strategic Innovation Symposium on June 6 and 7, which featured the recipients of our 2016-2017 Strategic Innovation Grants, funded by the Goochland Education Foundation.  Over 70 teachers, leaders, and community members, (including our County Administrator and representatives from our Board of Supervisors and School Board) spent the day at Goochland High School and Goochland Middle School to learn from one another.  Our teachers were already planning to integrate the engaging concepts shared at the Strategic Innovation Symposium into their plans for the upcoming school year before the dust had even settled on 2016-2017.  For many teachers, the first week of vacation is a time of exhaustion, but for our special GCPS teachers, it was a time to celebrate and plant the seeds for continued deeper learning in 2017-2018.

Team from Goochland High School presents their strategic innovation grant.

An inter-disciplinary team from GHS presents at the Strategic Innovation Symposium

Last week, with the generous support of Luck Stone, CapitalOne, the Goochland Rotary, Goochland Chamber of Commerce, and Dominion Resources, we conducted our 6th annual GCPS Stem Camp at Goochland Middle School.  STEM camp once again provided students with unique, hands-on, inquiry based opportunities to collaborate, explore, design, build, and test the products they constructed.  Those products included 3D modeled quadcopters, underwater craft, robotics projects, and marine vessels!  Our dedicated teaching staff, supported by community volunteers from our STEM Advisory Committee and Carmax, made our 2017 STEM camp another great example of what makes Goochland a division of distinction in the Commonwealth:  innovative, hands-on, project based learning that comes together as a result of the time and efforts of school, community, and business partners.  Thank you to everyone who participated in STEM camp!  We hope to see you again in 2018.

 

High School student at STEM Camp builds a drone. Middle School Student builds an underwater sea perch at STEM Camp High School STEM camp students at Luck Stone Students learning how to fly a drone at Luck Stone

Scenes from STEM Camp 2017

This week, we also started GCPS summer school at Goochland Elementary, Goochland Middle, and Goochland High School.  Mr. Joe Beasley, 2016 GCPS Teacher of the Year and GES 5th grade teacher, is in San Antonio, Texas as part of his recent recognition as a PBS Digital Innovator.  Additionally, a team of teachers led by Dr. Steve Geyer participated in a VDOE Performance Assessment Workshop with regional and state partners last week.  Goochland County Public Schools continues to shine as a leader with the success of our instructional program!

Teachers working to develop performance based assessments at Goochland Middle School

If you are driving near our facilities, you will see some work taking place.  At Byrd Elementary a full replacement of rooftop HVAC units is now in progress and is scheduled to be completed by mid-August.  Next week, we will be making extensive roof repairs to all of our elementary schools.  Our maintenance and custodial staff has been busy at work refinishing floors and deep cleaning our facilities.  The finishing touches are also being put on a newly finished and painted GHS gym floor and auditorium stage floor.  

 

 

Goochland High School gym floor is being re-finished

 

You can keep up with all that is happening in our division by following us on Facebook, Twitter (@glndschools) and Instagram (@goochlandschools).  Please continue to enjoy your summer and I will keep everyone updated on summer events and dates to remember for August.  Thank you for your support!

 

Jeremy Raley, Superintendent

At their April 18, 2017 meeting, the Goochland County School Board approved the award of a contract to Cooperative Strategies, LLC for a Long-Term Demographic and Educational Facilities Planning Study. This study will allow our school division to conduct a thorough analysis of anticipated student enrollment as well as an assessment of our school capacities. This assessment will allow our school division to create a long term, fiscally-responsible plan for the best use of our current facilities and will also provide the information needed to best plan for any future construction that may be needed. The development of this long-term plan for our community has implications for many different stakeholders. As such, this study will involve a community steering committee with public presentations at both School Board and Board of Supervisors meetings.

For the past several months, we have had conversations with representatives from Goochland County administration to plan for the future needs of our community and to make well-planned and fiscally-responsible decisions regarding capital projects.  At their meeting on May 2, 2017, the Goochland County Board of Supervisors appropriated the funds necessary for us to complete this important study, allowing us to be poised to provide our students with the facilities that will support our instructional objectives well into the future.   

We are very thankful for the Supervisor’s support of this project!  In order to begin this process, our school division has formed a steering committee of community stakeholders to assist in the transparent and collaborative development of a this comprehensive facilities master plan.  The Steering Committee will be charged with ensuring that equity and fairness is maintained throughout the planning process. The committee may also review and confirm decisions at critical junctures, and assist in resolving conflicting recommendations prior to submittal of a facility master plan for approval.  Experts from Cooperative Strategies, an educational facilities planning firm, will facilitate the process.

There will be several Steering Committee meetings, with the first meeting being held on June 7th at 6:00 p.m. in Classroom 143 at Goochland High School.  This meeting is open to the public and all are invited to attend.  At this initial meeting, steering committee members will review data and information and will be engaged in work that is facilitated by our the team from Cooperative Strategies.  This in attendance who are not on the steering committee will be able to see and hear the presentations and the work of the committee, but will not be able to participate.  There will be several opportunities for participation from the public as a whole in future settings including a  Community Dialogue that will focus on receiving input on facility options that are created as a part of this Steering Committee process.  

I’ll be sure to let you know more about this project as it evolves in the coming months.

Jeremy Raley, Superintendent

As we begin to close another successful year and prepare for the upcoming summer break, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank our amazing employees for the the countless hours of dedicated service that they provide to our students and our community.  Teacher Appreciation Week allows us to pause for a moment and say “thank you” for all of the time, effort, and energy that they put forth to ensure that our students are provided with an exceptional experience every day.  Their sacrifice to their own families and personal time on behalf of our students is noticed and appreciated!  They are truly inspiring our next generation!

Although this week is recognized by the National Education Association (NEA) and national PTA as Teacher Appreciation Week, our school division is successful due to the contributions of each and every one of our employees.  The impact that our school division makes in the lives of students and their families does not happen in isolation.  Collectively, each of us plays a significant role in ensuring that students are provided with first class experiences that will enable them to make a positive impact in our community now and in the future.

We have had a great year together!  During my rookie year as Superintendent, I have had the pleasure of seeing them in action.  During my time riding school buses, serving meals, shadowing and talking to students, and visiting classrooms, I have witnessed the positive relationships they are building with students, their desire to innovate, and the optimism that they share when supporting and encouraging ALL of our students.

It is truly a pleasure to have the opportunity to serve our community with them as we continually strive to maximize the potential of every one of our scholars.  Together, we have had a very rewarding and successful school year.  The next few weeks will be crazy as we work toward closing the year.  It’s natural that as we work to complete final reports, grades, and other activities, stress levels naturally rise.  During this frenzy, I ask our awesome team to please take a moment to pause and reflect on the positive impact that they are making on your students.  I ask that they do not ever underestimate the difference that they are making in in the lives of our children.  Never forget why we do what we do!

Thank you for making Goochland great!

We are excited to welcome May to Goochland County!  It is a great time to be outside in our beautiful community.  Come out and see our baseball, softball, soccer, tennis, and track teams in action at both the middle and high schools as they compete for another season of district and regional championships.

In our division, this is a time to celebrate and reflect on our accomplishments for the 2016-2017 school year as we count down to only four weeks left in the school year.  Our first “Celebration of Excellence” held on Tuesday was a great success.  We recognized the best of our employees who do the work every day to make GCPS a division of distinction in the Commonwealth.  Check out our Facebook page for details and pictures from the evening, including our Teacher of the Year Mrs. Jennifer Gates and each school nominee, our Employee of the Year Ms. Nikki Harris, our Team of the Year from the Preschool Program, and our five retirees who have served over 125 years in GCPS.

We will continue to celebrate our successes in the weeks ahead.  Our biggest celebration, of course, will take place at the Goochland High School Class of 2017 Commencement at the John Paul Jones Arena on the campus of the University of Virginia on Sunday, June 4 at 3:00.  Seniors, let’s finish your GHS experience strong as we prepare to send you off into your next chapter in only 4 weeks!

Be on the lookout for communication from your child’s school about upcoming events such as field days, concerts, and end of the year ceremonies.  SOL testing is taking place in all schools this month, and AP testing has begun at the high school.  Please be sure your child gets plenty of rest and a good meal before coming in for testing each day.

Congratulations to Mrs. Anne Moore, CTE teacher at Goochland Middle School.  Mrs. Moore was selected as a winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2016, and has just been selected as one of only 10 PAEMST winners nationwide to be selected as a National STEM Ambassador!  Read about it here: http://www.nsta.org/about/clpa/ambassador.aspx  Thank you Mrs. Moore for representing GCPS!

Our Goochland County School Board will meet this Tuesday, May 9, beginning with a policy workshop at 5:30 and open meeting at 6:30.

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.  I look forward to seeing you at GCPS events in the near future!

Spring break has arrived!  After months of hard work since winter break with very few surprise snow days, I know everyone is excited to recharge this week before we return on Tuesday, April 18 for our final 7 weeks of the school year.  Spring brings a unique energy to our schools as we celebrate successes, compete on our fields, and bring closure to the months of engagement we experience each day in GCPS.

I am pleased to announce that Goochland Public Schools was recognized last week at a Richmond Technology Council reception as a finalist for the “innovation in utilization-public sector” award for our recent initiative to purchase and install the state of the art Informacast system in our elementary schools.  GCPS was chosen from among many nominees in various categories as a finalist, and was one of only 2 public school entities recognized.  Please vote for GCPS on Twitter for the @rvatech People’s Choice Award-use the hashtag #geekprom!  Thank you to Peter Martin and our outstanding operational technology staff for their work in laying the foundation for innovation in our schools.

Our students, our staff, our families, and our community continue to distinguish our district in and out of the classroom.  Remember to follow our Twitter (@glndschools), Instagram (goochlandschools), and Facebook (@GoochlandCountySchools) for up to date news and information about the great things happening in GCPS.

I am looking forward to an exciting and successful finish of this 2017-2018 school year and to even greater things to come in GCPS in the months ahead.  I hope you and your family have a safe and relaxing spring break!

Thank A Teacher Banner sponsored by Virginia Tourism and Virginia PTA

 

Every day, our school division’s dedicated and talented employees work diligently to prepare our students to make a positive impact and to prepare them for success in an ever-competitive job and college admissions market.  The effort of our amazing team has been recognized by many as we are recognized leaders in the experiences that we are providing for our students.

The Virginia Lottery is teaming up with Virginia Tourism Corporation and the Virginia PTA in support of National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 8 – 12, 2017. The goal? To thank as many Virginia teachers as possible during a week which celebrates those who help shape the future of our children. There may not be enough words to truly express gratitude for all they do, but we challenge you to try!

Please take a moment to celebrate our school division’s talented employees by sending them a note about the impact that they are making by clicking here.

We are now in the last nine weeks of an extremely successful school year!  It’s amazing how fast this year has gone!  As we make plans to conclude this year on a high note, we are already working behind the scenes to prepare for the start of school in the fall.

Our students and staff continue to be very busy and are experiencing ongoing success.  We recently learned that Mr. Joe Beasley, teacher at Goochland Elementary School, was named Virginia’s PBS Digital Innovator.  Mr. Beasley is one of 52 teachers from across the nation who has been recognized for his innovation in the classroom.  Thank you, Mr. Beasley, for your professionalism and for providing our students with deep and enriching learning experiences!  We also want to recognize each of our school’s teacher of the year.  The professionals have been recognized by their peers for the exceptional work in the classroom.

This year, we are also seeking nominations for our division’s Employee of the Year and Team of the Year.  All staff, parents, and citizens can submit nominations by clicking the highlighted links.  The winners will be recognized at an awards reception on May 2 at 6:00 p.m. at Goochland High School.

Our student-athletes who are participating in our spring sports are experiencing a great deal of success on the diamonds, soccer fields, track, and courts.  This past weekend, two of our students at Goochland High School participating in the state forensics competition and our robotics students continue to shine!  We had a great crowd at our talent show last Friday!  Thank you to all of our students, staff, volunteers, and citizens who make these experiences possible for our students!

 Goochland High School Forensics Students   

I’ve recently had the opportunity to spend a lot of time talking to our students with the goal of gaining insight regarding their school experience.  I have spent time talking with students in small group sessions hearing their voice on the issues that have an impact on their school experience and also spent time serving lunch to students at Byrd Elementary.  On Friday March 17, I also spent the day shadowing one of our amazing scholars at Goochland High School.  I gained a perspective regarding a day in the life of our students that will certainly make an impact in our ongoing work as we all strive to prepare our students to be career ready in an ever changing and competitive marketplace.  I continue to be impressed by our students and all of our dedicated staff who are working to make a positive difference for our community’s youth.

Dr. Raley and students at Randolph Elementary Dr. Raley serves lunch to students at Byrd Elementary Dr. Raley spends the day with a student at Goochland High School

There are a lot of events that will be taking place in the coming weeks.  I hope that you are able to join us and support our students and staff.

  • March 31:  Goochland County Fine Arts Festival – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. – GHS
  • April 4:  Board of Supervisors Public Hearing – 7 p.m.
  • April 10 -14:  No School for Students – Spring Break
  • April 18:  Board of Supervisors Adopt County Budget – 3 p.m.
  • April 18:  School Board Meeting – 6:30 p.m. – Goochland High School
  • April 20:  Preschool/Kindergarten Registration
  • April 28, 29, 30 – Goochland High School Spring Musical
  • May 2:  Celebration of Excellence Award Reception – GHS – 6:00 p.m.
  • May 6:  Goochland Education Foundation Gala – Hermitage Country Club

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.