Samantha Haynes, a GHS freshman and robotics team member, and Logan Monk, a GHS Senior and the student robotics leader, are in Chicago this week attending Rockwell’s 2015 Automation Fair, the largest engineering conference of this type in North America in which over 25,000 engineers will attend from all over the globe. What an incredible opportunity!

GHS robotics team members Logan Monk and Samantha Haynes meet the president of Rockwell international in Chicago.

The History in our Hallways event at Goochland High School last week was a tremendous success. What started as an idea in superintendent James Lane’s vision for decorating school hallways has blossomed to become a thriving partnership between the Goochland Historical Society and the school division, involving students and community members in an inspiration project.

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During the reception, the photographic displays were unveiled as community members toured the high school, treasuring the memories depicted. Members of Mr. Bouwens digital productions class stood by the photos and gave living captions, including unique pieces of history surrounding the shots. Chef Charnes and the Goochland Tech culinary arts students provided refreshments, served throughout the school.


“This is only the beginning,” remarked Dr. Lane. “We intend to expand this project to involve more and more photographs and community members. The possibilities are really limitless.”


Five GMS Eagles were accepted into the 2015 B.L.A.S.T. (Building Leaders for Advanced Science & Technology) Program, held on site at VT and UVa this summer:

  • Hailey Hall
  • Angela Thurston
  • Margaret Black
  • Berkley Winston
  • James Hardy
BLAST, a partnership between the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC), the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and the Commonwealth of Virginia, provides a residential opportunity to current 8th and 9th grade students. Faculty members lead hands-on activities and demonstrations that seek to motivate and inspire students for STEM studies and careers.

We want to congratulate our Robotics Program and the coaches & sponsors who are so faithfully pursuing the GCPS vision, inspiring the next generation to make a positive impact. This account from coach, Anne Moore, certainly offers evidence of that!

“Yesterday, the four GMS and three GCPS elementary robotics teams traveled to Deep Run HS to compete in the regional VA FIRST robotics competition.  This was a great day for teamwork, creativity, problem solving, and FUN!  We could not be more proud of the manner in which our 36 students represented GCPS!

The stands were filled with team members’ family and friends and the noise level was deafening while the teams worked relentlessly to improve their mission scores. Behind the scenes, teams continued to fine tune their presentations and skits.

We are happy to report that the one GCPS team, Project Prevention, that competed in the Level 2 Division won the Core Values Award.  This award is presented to the team that best represents and embodies the core values of Gracious Professionalism, Teamwork, and Respect!  To us, this is the most important award as these students have developed skills that will continue to mold them into future leaders, as well as their understanding the importance of the saying “There is no I in TEAM!”.”

GMS Team Project Prevention won the Core Values Award!

Perrone Robotics, a company located in Charlottesville, VA that develops infrastructure software, hosted the Byrd Elementary Robotics Team on October 9th. Students learned from experts in the field how technology can be used to support the design and creation of robotics and automation vehicles.

“It was a great experience!” exclaimed BES teacher, Glenda Hawk. “The students represented the school and division so well, asking thoughtful questions and displaying gracious professionalism.”

With special emphasis on safety in designing autonomous vehicles, the Byrd Team was able to ask questions and share their own solution for their First lego League challenge. They met “Tommy II,” a robotic car and even attempted to outbeat the laser of the security system developed by Perrone!

“The Goochland STEM program represents such a well focused program,” said Richard Carchman, member of Goochland’s STEM Advisory Committee. “How rewarding to see this robotics team of elementary children joyfully stretching their minds.”

The story made the front page of Charlottesville’s Daily Progress.

Charlottesville paper, The Daily Progress, features BES students on the front page this weekend.

Goochland High School teacher and former GCPS Teacher of the Year, Erin Yearout-Patton, has been selected to be a presenter at the annual conference of the National Council of the Social Studies, held in Boston this November. Social studies educators from around the world will gatherto explore the civic mission of schools in the 21st century. The 94th NCSS Annual Conference will showcase powerful practices and initiatives aimed at preparing all students for college, career, and civic life.

We can think of no better educator and citizen to be a part of this wonderful event than Mrs. Yearout-Patton, bringing her expertise and the special qualities of GCPS to educators from across the globe.

This past Friday, Saturday and Sunday the Goochland Middle School Technology Student Association (TSA) team competed at the state conference.  Over 2,000 students participated in the event and it was a great experience for our team.  Four students attended the conference and as a team entered the Junior Solar Sprint event.  Students designed and constructed a solar-powered model car using a specific motor and solar panel.  The students put in countless hours after school designing and problem solving. They used unique industry software to draw their design and used the Maker Bot 3D printer to make their design a reality.

Out of 20 total entries, the team of sixth graders ranked 5th: Hunter Clark, James DeLouche, Austin Payne and Conner Speight .

TSA is a extremely competitive event and even placing top ten at the state conference is a huge milestone that can often take several years for a chapter to accomplish.  We offer our sincere congratulations to these students and their teacher, Mr. Bouwens, on this amazing success!

The second annual Insights Conference, “Bridging the Data Divide,” will be held on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Conference Center. Our superintendent, James Lane, will serve as a panelist!

The conference will open at 8:00 AM with registration, networking, and a demonstration of the Virginia Longitudinal Data System (VLDS). Sessions will run from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM with a break for lunch. The latest agenda is available here:

Goochland Superintendent, James Lane, will serve as a panelist at the Center for Innovation Technology’s Insights Conference June 24 at the Richmond Hilton Hotel & Conference Center

Speakers will include Aneesh Chopra, Virginia’s former Secretary of Technology, who also was appointed by President Obama as the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer, and Karen Jackson, the newly appointed Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth. Registration for participants and speakers is now open.

Early bird registration of $75 is available until May 15, 2014 and a block of rooms is available. Registration and additional information can be found here: We hope to see you on June 24, 2014!

Last week, ten seventh and and eighth grade GMS students attended a VDOT-sponsored event accompanied with instructors, Amy Spoonhower and Anne Moore.  Dozens of women in fields that ranged from engineering to paleontology presented, mentored, and worked with the girls to solve transportation dilemmas.  Using aerial photographs, students determined where stop lights, cameras, and signage should be placed within a determined budget.  Students also constructed bridges within challenging deadlines.

Students experienced a tour of Richmond to see the locations of current and future VDOT projects.