Ours is a staff that takes instruction seriously. Accordingly, we know that we have to be able to laugh with our students, allowing the organic humor of life to find its way into our classrooms.

I had the opportunity to visit Ms. Hall’s Spider Maze last week at BES. What an amazing obstacle course she set up, taking such great care to appeal to every student who would come through the gym doors that day. I’m only sorry I hadn’t been there earlier to capture some video of Dr. Geyer actually running the course with the students!

I’m thankful for our caring teachers and staff, who take fun seriously.

The RES staff…

 

I want to again express my personal congratulations as well as gratitude on behalf of the entire school community to Coach Fowler. Being selected as best high school coach in the state by USA Today High School Sports is an extreme honor. Having been so close to the regional victory is incredible as well, earning over 311,000 votes from the Metro Richmond community!

But as Coach Bryan Gordon stated so well in this article, it’s so much more than just coaching football. Coach Fowler, a recognized instructional leader, has touched the lives of countless students over the span of his career. His influence and example continue to lead young people to a life of dignity and character.

We are fortunate to have Coach Fowler in our midst. And I am personally very honored to consider him a colleague.

Congratulations, Coach Fowler!

On behalf of the GCPS Minority Student Achievement Advisory Committee, I’m delighted to announce an event on October 21 in the JSRCC Goochland Campus Community room at 7pm.  Faculty and staff members from the division will be invited to hear Dr. Tonya Moon from UVa, who will be presenting a detailed report on the research regarding how schools can improve academic achievement for African-American students.

We view this as a pivotal conversation and one we hope will inspire fresh perspectives and ideas to further help our schools address achievement gaps that exist within student populations.

 

RES Art teacher, Cindy Edmonds, and RES librarian, Sue Vaughan, took a Partners in the Arts Class this summer.  The organization thought the unit they created was fabulous and awarded them a $2,000 grant to implement it here in GCPS!

Please congratulate these exceptional teachers and ambassadors of our great community when you see them.

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!

I had the tremendous pleasure this morning of joining our leadership team in welcoming 23 new teachers to Goochland County. We began in the new Community Room of JSRCC. After we all introduced ourselves, we engaged in an interactive discussion about our newly defined core values.

New GCPS teachers discuss the division’s core values during New Teacher Academy at JSRCC.

New Teacher Academy continues through the week, providing folks new to our division with an opportunity to meet colleagues, establish a great relationship with a veteran mentor, and develop their role with the organization. Wednesday the group meets at the Science Museum to do continue the orientation and enjoy some creativity.

I’m thrilled to partner with these new colleagues to look forward to a year of maximizing the potential of every learner.

New teachers, welcome to Goochland!

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.

RES fourth grade teacher, Sarah Rowan, has published an inspirational story that I hope all of you will experience. She writes about the Math & Measurement Fair which prepares students for future educational and career endeavors.

See the article now at ideastations.com

I offer special thanks to our Science Museum partner, Chuck English, and Ms. Rowan for pursuing excellence and creativity on behalf of our community and children!

Monday’s teacher-lead unConference at Goochland High School was an inspiration to me. I always enjoy our time with Mark Fernandes, and this was no exception. The first hour was a deeper dive into the behaviors associated with greater alignment with the core values and mission of the division. It was a great give-and-take in which teachers shared the stories of the year that illustrated how they had taken the opening convocation message of Getting on Your Dance Floor back in August and put it to work in their lives and the lives of their students.

What was most powerful to me was the presence of teachers who devoted themselves to this important conversation – of their own volition. There was no requirement to attend. It was an open invitation, extended by a colleague (RES teacher, Sarah Rowan) who believed her fellow teachers had wisdom and knowledge to share that would improve our collective work together.

She was right. And it’s teachers like these who are willing to take a risk and sacrifice their time in the interest of reaching for something higher that make such a tremendous difference in Goochland.

I’m thankful to our partner, Mark, for helping us extend our journey toward greater alignment and I’m thankful to members of my leadership team who participated as well. We are all in this together and I’m excited about what the future holds for our great division.

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!