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.

In just over 12 hours, our students will be on their way to the first day of another school year.  Students and families alike will be experiencing a range of emotions as many will be excited to see their friends again and gain new experiences, while others will be anxious about new schedules, routines, and other unknowns associated with another academic year.  It is an opportunity for a new beginning and the possibilities that another year can provide.

This summer, our school division received recognition that has solidified our position as a leader in the Commonwealth.  Niche.com has rated our division as the 10th best school division in Virginia, 6th safest in the Commonwealth, and the #1 School Division in the Richmond Area!  The Virginia Department of Education also recognized our work, awarding us the Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award for our student achievement in 2016-2017.  GCPS is one of only 15 divisions in the Commonwealth to receive this accolade!

These successes are the direct result of the contributions of our talented and dedicated employees, impressive students, engaged parents, and citizens who have made an investment of time and resources in Goochland’s future.  I am grateful for the outpouring of support that our community provides our school division. Team Goochland’s past and future success is the result of a community that values and understands the importance of education and the benefits that it can provide.

As you have visited our school campuses this past week for orientation activities, you have noticed that there have been some safety and cosmetic improvements at our facilities.  We have worked hard this summer to make some significant changes that will have an immediate impact including the installation of hardware and equipment to increase security, and significant landscaping at all facilities.  Floors have been waxed and shined. Hallways and classrooms have been painted.  Our custodians and maintenance team deserve a great deal of credit for all that they have done to provide a safe, clean, and welcoming environment for our students and staff.

I am also excited that we were able to eliminate the instructional fees that families have been charged in the past.  This reduction in instructional fees accompanied a reduction in the insurance fees for student ipads and laptops. We will continue to work to reduce the financial obligations placed on families for other fees that have been traditionally charged as we prepare our future budgets.  There have also been improvements in our transportation operations as we have installed active GPS on all of our vehicles that are transporting students. New buses will be on the road tomorrow with lights on the front and rear bumpers to alert motorists that buse have come to a stop.  

From an instructional standpoint, we will stay the course on our mission to maximize the potential of every learner.  Our team will continually seek opportunities to build on the strength of existing relationships that we have and seek opportunities to nurture those relationships that can be even stronger.  Our employees are focused on building positive relationships with our students, our colleagues, our students’ parents, their caregivers, and our community. There has never been a better time to reinforce the human side of our work and its foundational support of everything else we do, from coaching, mentoring, teaching, leading, and supporting our students.

It is an honor and privilege to serve as Superintendent of this awesome school division!  I believe that transparent, open, and two-way communication is critical to our school division’s ongoing success.  During the past two years, I have had the pleasure of meeting with and talking to many families, but there are still many of you whom I have not met.  I look forward to getting to know you, listening to your ideas, and discussing how we can work together to make an investment in our students’ future. As always, please feel free to give me a call, send me an e-mail, or stop me in the hallway when you see me.  Together, we form a partnership that will have a positive impact on the experiences that we provide for our students. The Goochland County Public Schools will continue to shine as we all work together in the best interest of all of our students!

 

Jeremy Raley, Superintendent

jraley@glnd.k12.va.us

804-556-5601

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This video introduced our 2018 Convocation Exercises, focused on “Relationships Matter.” With Dr. Geyer missing from the stage, Dr. Raley embarks on a misguided adventure to ensure convocation goes smoothly. Starring Jeremy Raley, Stephen Geyer, John Hendron, and Krystle Demas. Special thanks to Brent Rose, Goochland High School, for videography and editing. Produced and written by a team led by John Hendron. Special thanks go to our friends at Goochland Fire and Rescue and the Goochland County Sheriff’s Office.

 

The Goochland County Public School division was recently recognized by Niche.com among the top in several categories at both the regional and state level in their 2018 rankings, published last month at https://www.niche.com/k12/d/goochland-county-public-schools-va/   These ratings are based on a rigorous analysis of statistics as well as student and parent reviews for schools across the Commonwealth.  

Goochland’s distinctions in the 2018 rankings include:

  • #1 school division out of 17 in the Richmond region
  • #1 safest school division out of 17 in the Richmond region
  • #10 best school division in Virginia out of 132
  • #6 safest school division in Virginia out of 132

When determining a rating, Niche ranks various factors and weights different performance measures. The greatest weight is placed on an academic measure and is 50% of the rating. Culture & diversity, health & safety,  student & parent surveys, and teacher quality are each weighted at 10%. Resources & facilities are 5% of the overall assessment, while clubs, activities and sports are weighted at 2.5% each.

“Goochland County Public Schools is a proud and successful school division due to the efforts of our outstanding staff in all dimensions of our organization-teachers, leaders, staff,  students, parents, and the community that supports them,” said Dr. Jeremy Raley, Superintendent. “We are excited for this recognition and even more excited to continue to find ways to make the Goochland experience even better”

The recognition by Niche.com arrives after several recent GCPS recognitions, including the Virginia Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award and the recent recognition of Mr. Jay Brockman as the Virginia middle school CTE teacher of the year.

As we prepare for the start of school next week, I am happy to announce the reduction or elimination of a number of school fees!  The School Board, during the budget process last winter, voted unanimously to make these changes in an effort to reduce the financial burden on our families.  School division funds will now be used to provide the materials and resources that were previously purchased through the collection of these student fees.

As a result, the $10 student activity fee previously charged at the beginning of the year has been eliminated for all students. The iPad insurance for 3rd through 8th graders has dropped from $30 to $20 for the school year. Likewise, the Macbook laptop insurance for high school students has been reduced from $50 to $30. Middle school band students are no longer required to pay an $8 fee and all high school Art and CTE students will no longer pay a fee to take these classes.

Dance, band, and choral classes have been given additional funding to replace some costumes, music, and instruments. Most optional and extra-curricular activity costs, such as club dues, gym uniforms, and team gear will remain the same as last year.  A comprehensive list of all approved fees can be found online or by calling each school’s office.  Please know that our online school payment process is now open.  Avoid the rush at Back to School Night by making payments online.  Remember that there is no cost to use this online system.

Enjoy your last week of vacation!  I look forward to seeing you on Back to School Night, this Thursday, from 4 to 8pm!