Energy efficiency is quickly becoming a key player in Virginia’s growing economy. The field has been shown to generate more than $300M in economic activity, supports 9,400 jobs, according to a report released today by the nonprofit trade association Virginia Energy Efficiency Council (VAEEC).

Based on a census conducted last fall to which 300 firms responded, the report underscores energy efficiency’s critical role in meeting energy demand, greenhouse gas emissions reductions, cost savings, job creation and other state and national goals.

This is an important area for us to consider as we continue to enhance our career and workforce development opportunities for students.

GCPS Reading Specialist, Margaret Dickerson, and ITRT, Zoe Parrish, presented a session entitled, Learning Mashup, for the Virginia Reading Conference. The session was designed to show how to use technology tools to integrate reading instruction with service learning projects to develop develop better readers, mindful citizens, and 21st century skills.

See the Learning Mashup Website Here!

The partnership between Parrish and Dickerson is an evidence of the strong connection between instructional delivery and the use of technology tools. Their presentation displayed the division’s emphasis on leadership and character development, inseparable from our commitment to maximizing every learner’s potential.

Zoe Parrish (left) and Margaret Dickerson (right) at the VA Reading Conference.


We are thrilled to announce that Amie Potter has been appointed Interim Assistant Principal of Goochland Middle School, a position that will be temporarily vacant when Mrs. East takes her maternity leave. “I am confident that Amie will be an invaluable asset to GMS and will do an exemplary job in this role!” stated GMS principal, Jenn Smith.

Amie joined the GCPS team in 2009 and currently serves as the coordinator of GIST (Goochland Instructional Support Team) at Randolph and Goochland Elementary schools, where she collaborates with teachers to develop instructional strategies and interventions to support student learning. Prior to her work with GIST, she taught Kindergarten and First grades at Randolph Elementary School. She has served as the elementary summer school principal and has contributed to a variety of school-based and division-wide initiatives, including the division’s balanced assessment committee, coordination of the division’s teacher mentorship program, as well as having served as the division’s teacher leader for first grade.

To ensure a smooth transition, we anticipate Amie to begin shadowing Mrs. East within the next couple of weeks.

Please join me in welcoming Mrs. Potter!

Randolph Elementary School will host its second annual Diversity Day next Friday, March 21. Students will “travel” across Europe and Asia in five rotations. Each third grade classroom hosts a different country that would have been teh subject of student study in teh previous two years.

Students will experience the cultures, both ancient and modern, unique to each country through an exploration of the food, music, clothing and traditions.

Saturday, March 8, 2014, students from Goochland High School competed in the Digital Video Production Contest during the Technology Student Association event held at Glen Allen High School.  Three GCPS teams (pictured below) competed against 8 other teams from various schools.  Goochland High School excelled with 2nd, 3rd and 4th place finishers in the event, second only to one of the teams from the Maggie L. Walker Governor School.

The video theme for the competition was “Documentary.” GCPS students created interesting, dynamic videos about their chosen topics.  The students’ video’s will be featured at GHS this week on News 2.

Be sure to congratulate the following students and their sponsor, Mr. Bouwens, on their success:

2nd place finisher with their documentary, Cheer Isn’t a Sport?! : Lauren Nuckols, Katie Gentry, Lillie Rosson, Brittany Bailey and Jontey Mosley

3rd place finisher with their documentary, The Phone Factor: Hunter and William Glaveskas, Felicia Hallworth, Josh Hayward and Jazmyn Rhodes

4th place finisher with their documentary, Travis Duley: A Career in the Clouds:  Jeremy Phillips, Jenna Meadows, Lucy Cary, Preston Loveland and Hannah Duley

Please stop by the Goochland County Public Library during the month of March. Select works by GCPS students, Kindergarten through Seniors, will be on display!

Youth Art Month (YAM) is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art and art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. Established in 1961, YAM provides a forum for acknowledging skills that are not possible in other subjects. The Council for Art Education (CFAE), a sponsor of Youth Art Month, adopted the national theme, “Start With Art, Learn for Life.” Art Education develops self-esteem, appreciation of the work of others, self- expression, cooperation with others, and critical thinking skills.

All of these skills are vital to the success of our future leaders – our children!


Enjoy these shots of Goochland Bulldogs working on a Habitat for Humanity house. Under the direction of teacher, Mr. Greenway, the students are experiencing materials and construction trade education first-hand while having a positive impact on the community:

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Please join us in celebrating GMS teacher, Grace Creasey’s appointment to the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Commission on Civics Education.  Among other things, the Commission is charged with:

  1. Making recommendations to the Board of Education regarding revisions to SOLs for civics and government.
  2. Submitting an annual report to the General Assembly and the Governor regarding the work of the Commission.
  3. Identifying civics education projects around the Commonwealth and provide technical assistance where needed.
  4. Building a network of civics education professionals and strengthen partnerships to assist in the sharing of information.
  5. Developing and coordinating outreach programs to help schools across the Commonwealth in improving their civics education programs.
  6. Developing all civics education resources provided to DOE – lesson plans, resources, bulletin board ideas, events calendar, best practices, etc.

Each year the Commission is also responsible for a day-long professional development conference for Virginia civics and government teachers.  The conference always takes a particular focus on one SOL topic (i.e. the judicial branch) and members of the professional community are brought in to speak to teachers about the SOLs in action which helps to breathe life into our teaching practices.

Grace will be working with 4 members of the House of Delegates, 2 members of the Virginia Senate, 3 citizen members, 1 representative of the Commonwealth’s We the People Project (based at James Madison’s Montpelier) and ONLY 3 other current or retired Civics/Government teachers.

“I cannot wait to begin work on the Commission as this is such a unique opportunity,” Grace shared. “I am so proud and honored to be able to represent Goochland County Public Schools by serving the Commonwealth in this capacity.”

We extend our heartfelt congratulations and admiration for Mrs. Creasey’s work with the Commission and representation of our great county and school division.

Congratulations to Mrs. Erin Yearout-Patton on being selected by Education First to receive a professional development scholarship.  The scholarship is sponsored through the association of the Virginia School-University Partnership and Education First to provide opportunities for global travel so VSUP members can learn about education in other countries and partner with foreign schools.  This educational endeavor is offered to only fifty individuals across nation.

This summer Mrs. EYP will join other teachers on an Education First Professional Development Tour to Peru.  Traveling with fellow educators from all over the United States, she will have the opportunity to participate in service-learning and educational activities.  She will visit local schools while also seeing Peru’s major cultural and historical sites.

“Mrs. EYP shared that she felt honored to be selected and to have the opportunity to represent her district and school as a participant in this partnership,” explained her principal, Mike Newman.

Congratulations Mrs. EYP!

Please join us in recognizing professional school counselors during the week of February 3-7, 2014, as we celebrate National School Counseling Week.  The week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

School counselors work with all students to remove barriers to learning by addressing academic concerns, personal/social skills and career awareness for postsecondary options.  The GCPS school counseling programs help to increase student achievement and are a vital part of the educational process for all students in Goochland.

We express our sincere appreciation and admiration for the work or counselors do in the lives of our students and families.