On Friday, October 23, 2015, the University of Richmond Law Review will host its annual Allen Chair Symposium: School Inequality: Challenges and Solutions.

The Symposium will bring together the nation’s leading education policy scholars to identify the critical inequality issues affecting public schools, and offer ways to address them.

The event begins at 9:00AM on Friday, October 23, 2015 and will take place in the Moot Court Auditorium of the University of Richmond, School of Law. Boxed lunches will be provided, as well as hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine at the reception. There is no cost to attend, but guests must register as there is limited space available.

Register for the Symposium by clicking: here.


The Goochland Rotary Club donates a tremendous amount of time and resources to our school division. Members contribute instructional materials and work directly with our students as mentors and tutors, volunteering personal time and energy to help us achieve our mission of maximizing the potential of every learner.

I encourage you to come hear the VCU Singers & Chamber Musicians tomorrow evening at 7PM, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Richmond. The proceeds will benefit our students directly and you’re sure to enjoy a wonderful night of beautiful music.

You may remember the inspiring collaboration that began last year between RES 4th grade students and GHS seniors. The two groups partnered to build a beautiful courtyard at RES, do some student mentoring and tutoring, and begin work on the GHS courtyard as well.

That partnership has continued to flourish. This month Mrs. Gates and Mrs. Yearout-Patton will be visiting the Executive Mansion in Richmond with their seniors and 4th graders. The teachers have worked through Delegate Peter Farrell who has been most impressed with the professionalism of the teachers and students.

We look forward to sharing pictures and news from the students’ tour later this month!



GCPS families,

We will again be administering the Gallup Student Poll measuring Hope, Engagement and Well-being.

The poll is absolutely anonymous and will be administered during school hours. Over 600,000 students from over 2,000 schools, nationwide, will participate in the survey. The data we receive will not identify any specific students, but will give us a picture of how our students are perceiving their experience with us generally.

View the Student Survey Questions Here.

If you would like to opt your child out of the survey, please contact me directly in writing, either by email or letter, no later than Monday, October 6, 2014.

The GCPS CTE Department Director, Bruce Watson, and local company partner, Luck Companies, were inducted into the Virginia Career and Technical Education Hall of Fame. The division received a program award for its Orthopedic Evaluations and Modalities for Student Athletic Trainers program.

Luck was recognized for the invaluable partnership and participation on the CTE Advisory Board, having helped to foster the unprecedented growth and expansion seen in the program offerings over the past two years.

Melissa Black and Jodi Chewning joined the superintendent and Mr. Watson along with other members of the advisory committee. The division’s emphasis on integrating STEM education into daily instruction has also placed GCPS as a leader in statewide STEM initiatives.

We were delighted to recognize GCPS CTE teacher, Anne Moore, on her recent distinction as Air Force Association Teacher of the Year. During the school board’s regularly scheduled June meeting, representatives spoke on behalf of Anne’s selection and presented her with the award.

We are so fortunate to work with exemplary teachers such as Anne, who bring inspiration and excellence to their work every day!

Keith Shaffer, VP Aerospace Education, Air Force Association (far right) presented Anne with the Teacher of the Year recognition.


Someone is killed in a distracted driver accident every 11 minutes.

Goochland High School will be hosting a “Distracted Driving Campaign” next week, May 12-16. GHS teacher and coach, Wes Farkas, and his students developed the slogan “Don’t Be Next!” All students and staff who drive will have the opportunity to sign a pledge to safe and undistracted driving. Please encourage your student to sign the pledge!

Next Friday, May 16, the entire 10th grade class will be wearing either a pink or black T-shirt to give the school a representation of the number of people that are killed during an 8 hour time period (an average school day), due to distracted driving. Drivers are not only distracted by cell phone use and texting, but also eating, music, drinking or other various things that take our attention on the driving task.

T-shirt designed by GHS 10 grade students and teacher, Wes Farkas.
















The Pink Shirts represent individuals that are alive due to NOT being distracted, and students wearing black shirts will represent those who are killed. Studies estimate that someone is killed in a distracted driving accident every 11 minutes. There will be 43 GHS students wearing black T-shirts. They will not be allowed to talk or use their cell phone for the entire school day.

Please wear pink in support of this effort next Friday, May 16, and sign the pledge to driving without distractions.

May 7, 2014, is National School Nurse Day. Join us in celebrating National School Nurse Day as a way to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting.

Today’s children face more chronic health illnesses (e.g., asthma, diabetes, food allergies, etc.) than ever before. The knowledge, assessment skills, and judgment of licensed professional school nurses help ensure the provision of quality health care to children. School nurses take on a variety of roles every day. For many children, the school nurse is the only health professional they may have access to, except in emergencies. This becomes even more important as the prevalence of chronic social, emotional, and other health problems increase.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), asthma is the leading chronic illness among children and adolescents in the United States. On average, in a classroom of 30 children, about three are likely to have asthma. Further, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Today, approximately one in every 400 children and adolescents has type 1 or type 2 diabetes. According to a study released in 2013 by the CDC, food allergies among children increased approximately 50 percent between 1997 and 2011. The CDC reports that food allergies are a growing food safety and public health concern that affect an estimated 4-6 percent of children in the United States. School nurses help develop, implement, and monitor Individualized Healthcare Plans for these students.

We appreciate our school nurses, who contribute to our local communities by helping students stay healthy, in school, and ready to learn.

I’m excited to share that the Goochland Education Foundation (GEF) has become a Rassawek affiliate this year for the Rassawek Spring Jubilee. This event will be held during the weekend of June 7 and June 8 in Columbia, VA (western Goochland) at the Rassawek Vineyards.

GEF will receive 25% of the ticket sales purchased

IN ADVANCE through this link

It is important to be aware that only tickets purchased through this specific link and in advance will benefit GEF. If you are interested in attending this wonderful event, please consider obtaining your tickets using the link above in advance.

The Rassawek  Spring Jubilee is a unique, family-friendly celebration of the art of Virginia crafts: art, music & food. The two day festival is a regional event to showcase the talents and treasures located in and around Goochland and surrounding counties.