Can you believe that we are now three quarters of the way through this school year?  With just nine weeks of school left before summer vacation, the last quarter of the year will fly by!  As we transition into the final phase of our year, I wanted to take moment to highlight some of the work that we are doing to maximize the potential of our students as we prepare them to be career ready in an ever-changing global economy.

Last week, we hosted over 57 leaders from business, industry, and high education at our fifth Business and Education Roundtable event.  This event is designed to engage in collaborative dialogue to determine what skills and talents our students will need now and in the future to be prepared for the ever-change job market.  The highlight of the event was the viewing of a video that highlights the many programs that we offer at Goochland High School including our career and technical education offerings, Advance College Academy (ACA), and Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School.  

The students who were featured in the video mingled with our guest during this event as perspectives on career readiness were shared.  I was so impressed with our scholars! The business leaders were, too, as one of our students walked away from the event with three job offers!  Take a moment to read a summary of this event as featured in Goochland on My Mind.

Dr. Hendron, our Director of Innovation and Strategy, and I recently took our 360 degree camera to Goochland Tech to highlight the breadth of programs that we offer in our career and technical education program.  We had the opportunity to interview Mr. Bruce Watson, our Director of Career and Technical Education, and even had the chance to watch our students in our Heavy Equipment Operator program in action on the dig site.  Check it out!  As you watch the video, be sure to use your mouse or your fingers to pan around and see all around.

Our desire to engage students in authentic learning experiences continues next week as every senior at Goochland High School will participate in mock interviews.  Students will have first hand experience with the process of conducting a job interview with a focus on sharing their academic experience through a digital portfolio, professional dress, and communication skills during the interview process.  Students will be provided feedback that they can use in future settings. I am very excited about providing our students with this meaningful experience!

Team Goochland is successful because of the many contributions of our staff, our families, and our community!  Thanks you for everything that you do to support our students in their academic journey! Continue to stay up to date with our division’s events by liking our Facebook page and following us on Twitter (@glndschools) and Instagram (@goochlandschools).  I’m looking forward to seeing you at the many events that will be taking place this Spring!

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Kindergarten registration for the 2019-20 school year will take place Thursday, April 11.

Families may register at any of our three elementary schools between the hours of 8AM and 7PM.  If completing registration on this date (or time) is not possible for your family, please give the school a call and arrange an alternate date/time as close to April 11 as possible.

Byrd Elementary School – (804) 556-5380

Goochland Elementary School – (804) 556-5321

Randolph Elementary School – (804) 556-5385

Please find further details for our kindergarten registration process here: English version; Spanish version.

GCPS participates in a unified regional effort to host registration on the same date; this year that date is Thursday, April 11.  Smart Beginnings of Greater Richmond (SBGR) has led the way in bringing together 15 school divisions in the metro Richmond area in an effort to streamline the process as well as the advertising in advance of the event.  SBGR has also put together some excellent resources for families that can be accessed here via their website.

We look forward to welcoming your family to the GCPS family!

 

This morning, our Goochland High School agriculture program and our GCPS food service team was highlighted on Real VA for their collaboration on a farm to school initiative. Take a few moments to check out the excellent work that is taking place to provide fresh, quality produce to our students!  Thanks to Danny Allen, our Agriculture Teacher at GHS and Lisa Landrum, our Supervisor of School Nutrition Services for the excellent leadership in making this happen!  This is just another example of the awesomeness of the Goochland County Public Schools!

For the seventh consecutive year, we would like to recognize and thank our STEM Advisory Committee for making Conundrum Day happen for our students.  This year’s event promises to be the best yet!

Students will participate in a morning full of exciting hands-on experiences focused on problem solving, critical thinking, and engineering.

Grades K-2 & 3-5, Exploring Extreme Weather

Teams will explore extreme weather conditions and participate in a design challenge that provides an eye opening perspective on factors that contribute to unforgettable weather.        

Grades 6-8, An Adventurous Escape

Teams will rely on critical thinking and teamwork to make their way out of escape challenges that will push them to think waaaaaaay outside the box.

Registration is available through this form or via our schools’ websites.

7th Annual Conundrum Day

Saturday, March 9

9:00-11:30AM

Goochland Middle School

– FREE –

School Bus Transportation Available on Abbreviated Routes

Preregistration is Required

Laura Grace Snow was a member of the GHS Class of 2019.  She battled Juvenile Batten Disease from 3rdGrade until her death in February of 2018. Despite losing her sight during Elementary School, life was never dark for Laura Grace.  During all of those years she maintained a positive outlook on life that was infectious to everyone with whom she came in contact.

Laura Grace had a profound love for music and never missed an opportunity to perform at school talent shows.  Her favorite artist was Taylor Swift and she could sing along to almost every song. During Middle School Laura Grace and her family got the opportunity to meet another of her favorite singers, Carrie Underwood, thru the Make a Wish Foundation.

Goochland High School Senior, Savannah Slater, has been friends with Laura Grace since they were toddlers playing at Hidden Rock Park while their older brothers played baseball. Savannah has used her Senior Project to create a Scholarship in memory of Laura Grace.  She has worked with the Guidance Department, Laura Grace’s Family, and GRASP Representatives to develop a scholarship designed to open their fellow students eyes to the needs of individuals with disabilities.

Savannah has chosen to generate funds for this scholarship by creating the Laura Grace Snow Memorial Music Festival.  The Festival will include stage performances by fellow students, community choirs, and local musicians.  Commemorative T-Shirts will be available for purchase at the Festival as well as raffle tickets for some creative gift baskets donated by community members. Dinner may be purchased from the All-Night-Graduation Committee at the indoor Concession Stand.

Please join us for The Laura Grace Snow Memorial Music Festival on Saturday, March 2nd in the Goochland High School Auditorium beginning at 6pm.  Doors will open at 5pm for dinner and to purchase raffle tickets. Come out and enjoy the show.

Please join us for an opportunity to have a conversation about ideas and opportunities to strengthen inclusive, caring, and safe learning environments in our schools.  This event is a partnership between the Goochland County Public Schools, our Minority Student Achievement Advisory Committee, and the Goochland Minister’s Conference of Goochland and Vicinity.  All are welcome!

 

Community Conversation with Goochland Baptist Ministers and Minority Student Achievement Advisory Committee

 

 

This year, the excellence of the Goochland County Public Schools has been recognized by many agencies, including the Virginia Department of Education, the Government Finance Officers Association, and Niche.com!  We have received multiple recognitions for our academic success, our security initiatives, our strong financial practices, and for meeting the needs of students with disabilities.  We are the home of strong extra-curricular programs and can tout many professional accomplishments by our employees.  Our school division is seen as a leader both inside and outside of the Commonwealth of Virginia in many ways!

These successes are the result of a supportive community, talented students, and dedicated employees who strive daily to inspire and prepare our students to make a positive impact.  This past fall, our school division’s leadership team began the process of developing an overall compensation plan that would continue to position our school division at the top of our competitive market and recognize the many contributions of our talented teammates.  After many months of discussion, this compensation plan was approved by the Goochland County School Board at its meeting on Tuesday February 12.

The highlight of the approved plan is the goal set by the Board to become the leader in overall compensation among competitive regional divisions.  This bold move affirms our school board’s commitment to recognizing the contributions of our employees through a competitive overall compensation plan that includes salary, benefits, and a collegial, collaborative work environment.  The policy also provides clarity to employees on salary placement, movement on the salary scale, salary adjustments, and stipends.

I applaud the Board for their bold leadership and for their commitment to a compensation plan that will allow our division to recruit and hire new teammates, while also retaining our current highly talented employees.  Click here to view the approved Compensation Plan.

 

It is time to recognize our finest here in Goochland County Public Schools.  In addition to the 2019 Teacher of the Year recognition, which is being coordinated by leadership in each our schools, we will again recognize our GCPS Employee of the Year, Team of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Rookie of the Year.  
 
Please take a moment and visit the links below to make your nominations by March 22.  We will recognize our teachers, employees, team, volunteer, and rookie of the year along with our retirees at our Celebration of Excellence this spring.

Parenting the Love and Logic Way®Classes Begin April 11 As parents, you have only a few years to prepare your children for a world that requires responsibility and maturity for survival. That thought alone can send shivers down your parental spine! Goochland County offers the Parenting the Love and Logic Way® education program, an interactive series of four two-hour sessions. The workshop help parents to provide a nurturing environment which encourages children to make healthy choices. It is based on a win-win approach to parenting that teaches young people how to be responsible, and parents how to establish healthy controls. WHEN: April 11, 18, 25 & May 2 5:00 pm – 7 pm WHERE: Goochland County Administration Building; Room 270 1800 Sandy Hook Rd. Goochland, VA 23063 COST: FREE- Space is limited Please contact the Goochland County Office of Children’s Services at 556-5875 or mjones@goochlandva.us to register.