I thoroughly enjoyed attending Mr. Newman’s Commitment to Graduation assembly at Goochland High School last Thursday. Students were given an opportunity to interact with speakers, both outside and GHS staff, and to engage in important discussions about their future, what it takes to persevere during high school and the ultimate goal of securing a Goochland High School diploma.

As always, Mr. Newman’s words were sincere and profound and the environment was one of respect and nurture.

GHS staff, thanks again for taking such great care of our future graduating classes and ensuring our students reach their goals.

Two GCPS students are broadening their horizons and breaking new ground with entrepreneurial learning!

Brandon Myrick is starting his sophomore year at Goochland High School. His sister Rachel is starting eighth grade at Goochland Middle School. The two have developed Do-Da Innovations, a company that sells ketchup and mustard specifically marketed for children.

You may remember Brandon from his recent selection as State Merit Winner in the 14th annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.

We are proud of these two stellar students and the work they are doing to explore innovative business marketing. You can read more about their business here.

GCPS community,

As the excitement about beginning a new school year builds, we have received numerous calls regarding school-specific “back to school” events. Please mark your calendars for these important activities we hope you can attend:

Back to School Nights:

  • Byrd Elementary – September 17 at 5:30 PM
  • Randolph Elementary – September 10 at 6:30 PM
  • Goochland Elementary – September 19 at 6:15 PM
  • Goochland Middle – September 23 from 4:00-7:00 PM
  • Goochland High – September 26 from 4:00-7:00 PM

Other upcoming events:

  • 9th Grade Orientation at GHS on August 8, beginning at 9:00 AM
  • “Business Day” on August 14 from 3:00 – 7:00 PM at ALL SCHOOLS – All parents should consider coming to school to handle any final registration issues, potentially obtain student schedules, sign forms, and pay fees.
  • Kindergarten Orientation on August 15 at 9:00 AM
  • Eagle Evolution (6th Grade Orientation) at GMS on August 8
  • Community Day at BES on August 24 (time TBA)

Please contact your child’s principal for specifics or information about any of these and other events.  Principals will also be sending home a letter to all families later this week with even more information.

As the year progresses, each school will update an individual calendar. Division-wide events will also be updated and all calendars can be accessed here, by navigating the scroll bar on the right side of the page (you will be able to select an individual school’s calendar or view multiple calendars).  Additionally, the 180-day school calendar as approved by the school board (i.e. includes dates for Winter and Spring Breaks, etc.) is here.

Fees – the fees recently approved by the school board are included in policy JN and will be updated in the school board’s policy manual.  In the meantime, the approved fees are posted here. Activity fees are only required in grades K-12 (Pre-School students do not pay activity fees).

Elementary School Fees

Fees are waived for students who qualify for free and reduced lunch (voluntary fees may not be waived)

 

  Activity and Consumable Material Fees Voluntary Student Activities

K-5

Student Activity Fee

$10.00

5

Recorders & Workbook

$5.00

Chorus Shirts

$15.00

Middle School Fees

Fees are waived for students who qualify for free and reduced lunch (voluntary fees may not be waived)

 

  Activity and Consumable Material Fees Voluntary Student Activities

6-8

Student Activity Fee

$10.00

6-8

Band

$8.00

6-8

Gym Uniform

$15.00

  

High School Fees

Fees are waived for students who qualify for free and reduced lunch (voluntary fees may not be waived)

 

 

Activity and Consumable Material Fees

Class Dues

Voluntary Student Activities

Post-graduate classes

9-12

Student Activity Fee

$10.00

11

Class fee

$25.00

12

Class fee

$10.00

12

All Night Graduation Fee

$10.00

9-12

Art/Graphic Art Activity Fee

$10.00

9-12

Adventure Games Activity Fee

$40.00

9-12

Marching Band Fee

$100.00

9-12

Color Guard Fee

$75.00

9-12

Parking pass (1/2 price for second semester)

$75.00

9-12

Yearbook

 $45 (before 9/1) $50 (after 9/1)

9-12

AP Tests

$89.00

9-12

JSRCC dual enrollment courses

Tuition determined by and paid directly to JSRCC. Reimbursement of 50% tuition for “C” or better, maximum 2 classes/year

9-12

JSRCC College Connection Courses

Tuition determined by and paid directly to JSRCC. Reimbursement of 50% tuition for “C” or better, maximum 4 classes/year

9-12

JSRCC Career Technical Courses

Tuition determined by JSRCC and paid by GHS. Non-reimbursable tuition cost to students is $250 per semester. 

9-12

Gym Uniform

$15.00

School Breakfast and Lunch

K-5

Student Breakfast

$1.15

K-5

Student Breakfast – Reduced

$0.30

K-5

Student Lunch

$2.40

K-5

Student Lunch- Reduced

$0.40

6-12

Student Breakfast

$1.25

6-12

Student Breakfast – Reduced

$0.30

6-12

Student Lunch

$2.50

6-12

Student Lunch- Reduced

$0.40

I look forward to seeing you at these great events as we start the year off with a tremendous burst of community support!

We are very proud of 2013 Goochland High School graduate, Grayson Royal, who has been asked to manage the McAuliffe Campaign for Governor of Virginia in the Goochland regional area of the state. While at GHS, Grayson was an exemplary student of civics and history, with a special tendency toward the study of politics and government.

Grayson leads volunteers and other campaign staff through the various aspects of campaign development and communication. His leadership and organizational skills, largely fostered under the direction of former government teacher and GCPS Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Yearout-Patton, are already being put to use.

Grayson is a shining example of a young leader working to impact the world around him. We’re proud of him and his GCPS teachers who helped him maximize his potential and discover his passion.

I offer my sincere thanks and admiration for Mr. Newman, Mrs. Scott, Dr. Covington, Mrs. Hartley, Mrs. Watson, Mrs. Fowler and the many other high school staff members who contributed to a glowing ceremony to honor our graduating seniors. The event was outstanding, a stellar tribute to the exemplary work our seniors have done throughout their academic and co-curricular careers.

I was especially impressed by the broad display of community support and representation from industry, higher education, and countless community groups who have so generously given their time and resources to help so many seniors make the transition to their next phase so much more smooth.

I look forward to great things from the GHS graduating class of 2013 and I feel privileged to have begun my leadership in Goochland during your senior year!

Three Goochland High School students have been recognized for their submissions to the Virginia Association for Pupil Transportation’s 2013 Poster Contest. The contest invites students from all over the Commonwealth to submit proposals to promote student transportation and school bus safety. Winners are announced by category, Kindergarten-grade 2, grades 3-5, grades 6-8, and high school. Other student winners were from Fairfax and Surry, but all three high school categorical winners were GCPS students:

1st place: Carson Sylvester (10th grade)

2nd place: Aniya Hope (9th grade)

3rd place: Justin Alley (11th grade)

My sincere congratulations go to these three exemplary students, their parents and the GHS art department. We are proud to have our wonderful county and school division so well-represented and we look forward to learning more about your work at the upcoming State Conference in June.

Special thanks to Betty Thurston, Transportation Supervisor, for organizing our participation in the contest.