For its 1:1 iPad program at Byrd Elementary, Goochland Elementary, Randolph Elementary, and Goochland Middle Schools, Goochland County Public Schools is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program for 2015–2017 for its implementation of deeper learning with iPad Mini and iPad Air.

Apple representatives presented the award during last night’s school board meeting. Pictured here, left to right: John Hendron (Dir. Strategy & innovation), Meg Wilson (Apple executive), Lauren Langley (Apple executive), Quentin Ballard (GHS Asst. Principal), Tom DeWeerd (Dir. Technology), James Hopkins (BES Principal), Jennifer Rucker (GMS Principal), Tina McCay (GES Principal)

Goochland’s Farm to School program continues to thrive! Here, a partnership between Chef Stephanie Charnes’ culinary arts students at Goochland Tech and nutrition staff at the secondary complex brings gourmet fall treats using locally-grown foods to students!

Begun in 2009 when nutrition supervisor, Lisa Landrum, had a vision for bringing more locally-grown produce and foods into school cafeterias, Farm to School has expanded. Once each week locally-grown foods comprise the entire menu in every school cafeteria. Local farmers come to teach students about the processes they use to develop healthier, organic foods as they’re served in the school cafeterias.

 

I am extremely proud of our 46 cadets from Goochland High School’s new MCJROTC program, who traveled to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), Parris Island, SC during the week of March 13th.  The cadets got a first-hand view of how they “make Marines” at Parris Island.  While some cadets will never serve in any of our Armed Forces, the ROTC program is intended to provide the students with the most realistic experience possible.

The cadets stayed in a military barracks, ate in a military “chow hall” and carried out some of the challenging activities that Marine Corps recruits are required to master.  Some of those activities included navigating an obstacle course, visiting the gas chamber, challenging the confidence course and leadership reaction course.  Cadets also received some personal attention from a Marine Corps Drill Instructor who taught them about drill, perseverance, teamwork, motivation and pushing through adversity.

The response from the Cadets was overwhelming positive and it was an experience they will never forget.

The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) has released its 19th annual VSBA Showcases for Success directory, highlighting successful K-12 programs in Virginia’s public schools. Featured programs fit within one of two categories –Virtual/Blended Learning and Career & Technical Education.

Goochland has been specifically recognized for three programs, the 1:1 mobile device initiative, Goochland Middle School STEM partnership with VCU, and JASON Learning project. Full descriptions of the programs are available here.

“In addition to highlighting some of the best practices taking place in Virginia’s schools, the Showcases for Success directory can serve as a starting point to develop similar programs in other school divisions,” said Gina G. Patterson, VSBA executive director.

“We are extremely proud of our inclusion in the ‘showcases’ document,” remarked Bruce Watson, Director of Career and Technical Education. “Goochland’s approach to implementing these initiatives will be an excellent model for other divisions hoping to develop similar programs.”

For more information about the VSBA Showcases for Success, contact Gina Patterson, VSBA executive director, at gina@vsba.org or434-295-8722.

SPARCLERS “FROZEN FOLLIES” – PreK (4+) through Rising Kindergarten | Rising 1st-4th Graders

Length: One Week Dates: July 20 to July 24 Hours: PreK-K 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Rising 1st-4th and Rising 5th-8th 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cost: $170* | $230 Location: Randolph Elementary School (Goochland County) * Extended care available for SPARCLERS Jr. (1:00-3:00 p.m.) for $60. Journey with us through the world of performing arts in just one week! SPARC’s youngest campers will learn the building blocks of performance—singing, acting, and dancing—as they work together to create a final show for family and friends on Friday. Every day of SPARCLERS will be filled with imagination, friends, and lots of fun! Frozen Follies is all about having a really cool summer! Campers will have fun exploring some of their favorite cold weather characters through storytelling, song, and dance—from penguins, to snowmen, reindeer, ice castles, and more! Join us as we explore an Icy Summer Wonderland filled with fun surprises!

Registration Options – Register now for a summer of fun at SPARC!

SPARC PERFORMING ARTS CAMP – Rising 5th – 8th Graders

Length: One Week Dates: July 27 to July 31 Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cost: $230 Location: Randolph Elementary School (Goochland County) This one-week camp focuses on acting, singing, and dance. Students will learn age-appropriate games, exercises and performance material that will be showcased for friends and family on the last day of camp.

Registration Options – Register now for a summer of fun at SPARC!