Governor Terry McAuliffe visited students and teachers at Randolph Elementary School yesterday and spent some time reading the Dr. Seuss classic, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, with several classes. In addition to the rich interactions through the story and questions afterwards, students were thrilled to watch the Governor depart in his helicopter, which landed on the softball field behind the school!

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Governor Terry McAuliffe reads to students at RES.

Governor Terry McAuliffe reads to students at RES.

The 2016 GCPS annual Conundrum Day event was held Saturday, February 6th in the GHS/GMS secondary complex. Sponsored by Khakis and organized with leadership from the GCPS STEM Advisory Committee, the event was centered around the division’s One District, One Book initiative in which all members of the school community were invited to read The World According to Humphrey together. Humphrey, a Hamster and the book’s main character, needed a home and the Conundrum Day attendees were just the ones to design and build it for him!

Over 44 community and staff members volunteered to mentor the 201 registered students. Their challenge was to design a habitat for Humphrey that contained a door that locked, an exercise wheel and had several rooms for Humphrey to explore. Once completed, students used a battery powered hamster to check their design. If their design did not pass the test, they had to go back and redesign the habitat, rebuild it and then retest!

Adeeb Hamsey, chairman of the STEM advisory committee and Dr. Jody Turner from VCU, also a member of the STEM advisory committee were both integral in the success of the event. Due to the generosity of Khakis, the event was absolutely free to students.
Students used recyclable materials to build their habitats.
A special thanks to Bruce Watson and Lisa Brown, along with many other key stakeholders for creating another thrilling learning opportunity for our students!

The Goochland Education Foundation (GEF) recently distributed over $10,000 worth of Food Lion gift cards to Goochland families in need to make sure the children had food over the holidays. After receiving a $5,000 grant from the Richmond Christmas Mother Fund via The Community Foundation, a private donor matched the funds for the 2nd year in a row!  Our donors enabled the gifts to be distributed to 188 student families who participate in the Goochland County Public Schools “Brown Bag Program”.

Each family received two $30 Food Lion Cards, which were distributed through the school principals directly to the families before Goochland schools closed for the Winter Break.

“We appreciate so much the Goochland Education Foundation who applied for the grant, Food Lion, and the private donors who made these gifts possible,” remarked superintendent James Lane. “This kind of extraordinary generosity and collaborative work is what makes our community so special.  We have a significant number of students that leave our schools and don’t have enough food on weekends or the holidays.  This support helps so much.”

The Career and Technical Education Department is seeking community input about current and possible future CTE courses at Goochland Middle School and Goochland High School.  The survey will be available from now until November 20th, 2015.  The survey consists of approximately 10 questions and should take less than 15 minutes to complete.

Click here to access this survey.

The information will help the CTE department with program evaluation and help identify future needs within CTE.  Please note that no identifiable information will be gathered or used. The survey is completely anonymous.


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.”


The GCPS school community was honored to join the school board in highlighting the fair and balanced communication of matters related to the schools and education in the commonwealth that are so characteristic of Sandie Warwick’s work as a local blogger. Board chairman, John Lumpkins, presented Mrs. Warwick with the VA School Board Association’s annual Media Honor Roll Award during its regularly scheduled September 8 business meeting.

GCPS school board chair, John Lumpkins, honors Goochland blogger, Sandie Warwick, with the 2015 VSBA Media Honor Roll recognition.


Mrs. Warwick has maintained her blog, Goochland On My Mind, since 2008. Please join us in thanking her for faithfully reporting the activities – both the triumphs and the challenges – of the local schools and government.

Congratulations Mrs. Warwick!