Ron Clark is known for motivating everyone to learn, so much so that he travels the world sharing his approach with others. Thursday morning he came to Goochland and helped us hit the ground sprinting into the approaching 2015-16 school year.

Internationally renowned educator and author Ron Clark spent the morning with us on Thursday, a magical day indeed.

GCPS Community and Parents,

As the excitement about beginning a new school year builds, we look forward to the many “back to school” events that are scheduled in our schools. Please mark your calendars for these important activities we hope you can attend:

All Schools:

  • Kindergarten Orientation, 1:00-2:30PM, August 20
  • Business Night, 3:00-7:00PM, August 20
  • First Day of School, August 24

GHS:

  • Business Night, 3:00-7:00PM, August 20
  • Back to School Night/Open House, September 17
  • Freshman/9th Grade Orientation, 9:00AM, August 18

GMS:

  • Business Night, 3:00-7:00PM, August 20
  • Back to School Night/Open House, September 17
  • Eagle Evolution Parent Night, 6:00PM, August 17
  • Eagle Evolution 6th Grade Student Orientation, 9:00AM, August 18

RES

  • Business Night, 3:00-7:00PM, August 20
  • Back to School Night/Open House, September 10

GES

  • Business Night, 3:00-7:00PM, August 20
  • Back to School Night/Open House, September 10 (Tentative)

BES

  • Business Night, 3:00-7:00PM, August 20
  • Back to School Night/Open House, September 15

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.  This last calendar that we linked is the one you most likely print and stick to a magnet on your fridge!

Supply Lists

All supply lists for students are located in this blog post.

Transportation Questions

We are extremely proud of our transportation department and the service we provide to families. Thanks to the school board and board of supervisors, we were able to purchase two new buses last year and have a plan to regularly replace outdated vehicles to maintain maximum safety for our students.

Bus route information will be mailed to the homes of all students NEW to GCPS, including families of rising Kindergarten students. In addition, all rising 6th graders and those whose route may have changed received information regarding transportation. Families with any questions about transportation are encouraged to contact 556-5367.

Cafeteria Information

We are proud of our award-winning School Nutrition Program. Each week our school cafeterias feature locally grown produce through the Farm to School Program. Student meals can be prepaid at your child’s school or using www.MyPaymentsPlus.com. Students use their student ID numbers to access the online payment system. These numbers are given out during business night at each school on August 20. For information related to cafeteria services, including the Free and Reduced Meal Program, please contact 556-5604.

Fees

Each year the board updates the community on potential fees and how to qualify for a waiver.  Please visit school board policy JN for more information – linked HERE.  If your child takes dual enrollment, ACA, or college level courses, additional fees to the colleges for these programs can be found HERE.

Goochland Middle School teacher, Anne Moore, was recently named by the President one of 108 mathematics and science teachers to receive the prestigiousPresidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. This year’s awardees represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools. The educators will receive their awards at a Washington, DC, event later this summer.

“It is an incredible honor to be chosen from a field of distinguished educators to receive the Presidential Award. My journey was possible with the support of family, students, and colleagues,” remarked Mrs. Moore. “The award offers me the opportunity to meet with our country’s policymakers, as well as consulting with other professionals who strive for excellence in science and technology education. Knowing that an award of this caliber can be life changing, I look forward to exploring the opportunities that lie ahead.”
GMS Teacher Anne Moore
The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level. Each year the award alternates between teachers teaching kindergarten through 6th grade and those teaching 7th through 12th grades. The awardees named today teach 7th through 12th grade. “We are incredibly grateful for Mrs. Moore’s amazing contributions to education in Goochland and globally,” said Goochland superintendent James Lane. “We are so fortunate to have her in Goochland and appreciate so much the passion she brings to her work with our students every day.” Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also are invited to Washington, DC, for an awards ceremony, as well educational and celebratory events, and visits with members of the Administration. “These teachers are shaping America’s success through their passion for math and science,” President Obama said. “Their leadership and commitment empower our children to think critically and creatively about science, technology, engineering, and math. The work these teachers are doing in our classrooms today will help ensure that America stays on the cutting edge tomorrow.” Anne Moore has been an educator for 17 years, teaching sixth, seventh, and eighth grade STEM and Technology at Goochland Middle School for the past two years. Previously, Anne taught science at Robious Middle School, with five years of experience in the Center Based Gifted Program. Through the implementation of rigorous and relevant project-based learning activities, colleagues describe Anne’s classroom as “serious fun.” Anne’s passion for environmental issues has been a driving force for the development of the Prothonotary Warbler Interactive Study in conjunction with Virginia Commonwealth University and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. By tapping into local and state experts and resources, her students are exposed to critical environmental issues. They work to discover solutions based on practical application processes and fieldwork. Anne’s previous awards include the Thomas Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Natural Science Education; Air Force Association Teacher of the Year – Richmond Region; and Outstanding Gifted Teacher, Chesterfield County and the State of Virginia. Receiving over $15,000 in grants, her favorite has been the Fund for Teachers grant, which allowed her to travel to New Zealand to study environmental sustainability.

More than 160 elementary and middle school students completed design challenges, built racetracks, created bubble gum, developed “vegetable cars,” and spent a day exploring the Science Museum of Virginia.

Interests were sparked. Discoveries were made. Relationships were strengthened. Talents were revealed. Accomplishments were celebrated.

It’s safe to say everyone’s already talking about STEM Camp 2016.

(The camp was the product of the Goochland school-community’s STEM Advisory Committee – and way too many smart, talented, dedicated, caring people to list.) We thank each and every contributor.