As we finish our fourth week of school, we want to make sure that we maintain our focus on building positive relationships with our students and our families.  The Metropolitan Education Research Consortium (MERC) conducted a series of interviews with teachers and students about the importance of relationships in public education.  Goochland High School teacher Liz Kuhns and recent graduate, Samantha Martin, were recently interviewed in a special series from Abstract called Connections Across Education.

 

 

 

 

When making decisions regarding whether we should close schools due to weather, the safety or our students and our staff is always our highest priority.  All week, our administrative team has been working in collaboration with local and state emergency management officials to track Hurricane Florence and her ever-changing forecast.  Some of our neighboring school divisions decided earlier this week that their schools would be closed tomorrow. I have decided to wait until now to make a decision due to the many unknowns that have been associated with this storm.  Based on current and forecasted conditions, we are planning on opening our schools on time tomorrow (Friday, September 14) and operating on a regular schedule.  As there are many unknowns with a storm of this magnitude, we will continue to monitor the ever-changing conditions associated with Hurricane Florence.  If there is a need to make a change to our operating schedule due to unforeseen changes in weather, road conditions, or power outages, we will notify you as soon as possible so that you can make accommodations in your family’s daily schedule.

Jeremy Raley, Superintendent

 

As a part of our ongoing and proactive school safety initiatives, students at Goochland Middle School and Goochland High School will be discussing the importance of reporting possible threats to school safety.  Training will be provided as a part of our collaboration with the University of Virginia and the Virginia Youth Violence Project.The intent of these discussions is to emphasize the importance of sharing ANY information that a student feels is threatening and to explain the processes that we have at each school to assess threats once we receive them.  This is an important message for us to share about the prevention of violence and our collective responsibility to keep our schools safe.

Parents have the opportunity to also participate in this training online.  The training lasts approximately 25 minutes.  As a part of the training, you will be asked questions to measure what you know about school safety and what you have learned from the training.  Be assured that all of your responses are anonymous and that no one will know how you answered the questions.

The website for the parent program is www.schoolthreatassessment.com.  Enter the parent code to begin:  pncwub  

FREE Preschool Developmental Screenings for children birth to 5 years are available for county residents

Thursday, September 20th from 3:00-6:00 PM

Friday, September 21st from 9:00-2:00 PM

Goochland County Public Schools and Goochland-Powhatan Community Services Parent Infant Education Program partner every year to offer developmental screenings for Goochland County residents.  On these dates, families can bring their children to our facility to find out more about their children’s development and school readiness.  Our screening staff includes preschool teachers with specialized developmental training; speech-language pathologists for screening speech-language skills and hearing; and other specialists who assist with different aspects of the screenings.  Vision and hearing screenings are available on the Child Check dates, but not available for appointments on later dates.

If families are unable to attend these dates, they are encouraged to schedule an appointment for another date.

Although we prefer parents to contact us, referrals for screenings can be made by anyone with some knowledge of the child (family members, preschool teachers, doctors, etc.).  Call 804-556-5321 if you have any questions about screenings, appointments, or our program.

 

For more information, contact:

Wendy Travis

Preschool Coordinator

(804) 556-5321, ext. 3209

We continue to work with our partners at Goochland County, including the County Administrator, Fire, Rescue & Emergency Services, Social Services, and the Sheriff’s Office, to monitor Hurricane Florence and prepare our division for what could potentially be a significant impact to our community.

As with all inclement weather scenarios, please familiarize yourself with our protocols for school schedule changes due to inclement weather at http://goochlandschools.org/for-parents/inclement-weather/.  On this page, available via the “Parents” link at www.goochlandschools.org, you can find our social media and mainstream media links we will utilize to communicate any changes to our schedule, including early dismissal, late starts, and school closings.

We join Goochland County in encouraging all Goochland families to sign up for Code Red, the Goochland County community notification system, at https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/1380BACA5A57

A tropical event like Hurricane Florence requires complex planning for our school division and our community.  The possibility of power outages, road closures, water quality issues, and property damage to our school facilities will make communication and coordination essential to ensure that we are able to resume operations as soon as possible in the event of closing.  We are taking all necessary precautions in our facilities and in our transportation department to plan for the worst, and we will continue to make student safety our priority in all of our decisions.

Please stay tuned to our Twitter feed at @glndschools and Facebook at @goochlandcountyschools for the first notifications of any changes.  Make sure your contact information is updated on PowerSchool to receive SchoolMessenger email and phone notifications. Stay tuned to local TV and radio outlets.  

We will update our community as conditions change.  Thank you for your support, and please stay safe!

In recent years, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has significantly expanded its view of school success to include measures beyond state tests.  This broadened scope doesn’t overlook traditional achievement measures, rather it includes elements of student success such as engagement, critical thinking, and citizenship.  This expanded view is best captured in what’s been deemed “The Profile of a Virginia Graduate.”

The VDOE has described their Profile as “the knowledge, skills, and attributes that students must attain in order to be successful in college and/or the workforce and to be life ready in an economy and a world characterized by rapid change.  Moreover, the Board has determined that a life-ready Virginia graduate must:

  • Achieve and apply appropriate academic and technical knowledge (content knowledge);
  • Demonstrate productive workplace skills, qualities, and behaviors (workplace skills);
  • Build connections and value interactions with others as a responsible and responsive citizen (community engagement and civic responsibility); and
  • Align knowledge, skills and personal interests with career opportunities (career exploration).”                                                                                             – www.doe.virginia.gov

Beginning this year, school divisions are required to implement The Profile of a Virginia Graduate.  Provisions are afforded to allow divisions to simply adopt the Department’s Profile or to work within their local school-community to develop their own.  It’s probably no surprise, we decided on the latter.

We undertook an extensive and inclusive process in the creation of our Profile of a Goochland Graduate.

The early stages of this work began in January 2017 with informal discussions among teachers and administrators focused on the critical skills and characteristics necessary for Goochland High School graduates to achieve success after high school.  In September 2017, a task force was convened comprised of educators from all five schools; this team’s charge was to develop a framework that would serve to facilitate future discussions with a much broader stakeholder group. These discussions included parents, community members, business and industry partners, representatives from higher education, military officials, recent graduates, and current students.  

The most substantive work took place from December 2017 through April 2018 when we engaged all of the aforementioned stakeholder groups through venues like our Business & Education Roundtable, our CTE Advisory Committee, our Gifted Advisory Committee, our Special Education Advisory Committee, our Minority Student Achievement Advisory Committee, our STEM Advisory Committee, and various student organizations.  We received an incredible amount of input, and with each discussion our Profile evolved.

Each stakeholder group provided a unique perspective related to the attributes, skills, and competencies they value most in our graduates.  For some it was the ability to problem solve and think creatively. For others it was the ability to communicate effectively. For many it was simply hard work.  And for others still it was personal responsibility.

Over time our localized Profile began to take shape.  We reviewed all of the data we collected throughout the process and identified clear priorities, areas that overlapped, and others that complemented one another.  At this point, the task force reconvened and took the myriad of feedback we received to begin crafting working definitions for each of the six Profile features that emerged.

Finally, in May 2018, our Profile work went before our School Board for their review and feedback.  The following month, the Board approved the Profile of a Goochland Graduate.

Our Profile represents eighteen months of hard work and eighteen months of collaboration with our community.  More importantly, it provides a clear vision for our graduates and a roadmap for the kind of PK-12 school experience our students need to be prepared for lifelong success.

We have had a fantastic start to our new year! It’s hard to believe that we have already been in school for ten days! Today, I visited Randolph Elementary and used our 360 degree camera to provide a glimpse into a day in the life of our students and staff. When watching this video, use your mouse (or your fingers on your phone) to pan around to see different views within the classroom.

I am proud of our students and staff for all of the work that they do to provide our students with an exceptional academic experience!  Thanks to our students, staff, families, and supportive community for a very smooth opening to this school year!

Wishing you a restful and relaxing Labor Day Holiday!

 

As one of many steps we are taking to keep safety a top priority and to help safeguard our school community, we have implemented the SafeSchools alert system as an additional layer of communication to voice concerns about safety in our division.

The SafeSchools alert system provides several ways for our community to submit safety concerns to our leadership.  The SafeSchools alert system can be used anytime, but we continue to encourage our students and community to speak to an adult at your school to voice any concerns.  Remember to call 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency or life-threatening danger.

Visit the website at glnd-va.safeschoolsalert.com to access links to submit safety concerns.  You can also submit a concern through the following formats:

  1. Phone:          804.424.5027
  2. Text:              Text your tip to 804.424.5027
  3. Email:            1730@alert1.us
  4. Web:               http://1730.alert1.us

You and your child can easily report tips on bullying, harassment, drugs, vandalism or any safety issue you’re concerned about through SafeSchools Alert. Every tip SafeSchools Alert receives about our district is immediately logged in the system and our administration is notified so that they can investigate and take appropriate action. And, tips may also be submitted anonymously if you prefer.

Together, using SafeSchools Alert, we can make our district a safer place to work and learn! Thanks in advance for your support.