Congratulations to our Forensics team for an excellent season thus far!  You may remember that our team and teacher are sponsored through the Critical Thinking Funds and anonymous donations provided to the Goochland Education Foundation.  Without your support this amazing program for our students would not be possible.  The students will showcase their talents this Wednesday (see below).

Here is a note from Mr. Burch, our Forensics Team Teacher and Coach:

Please congratulate members of the Forensics Team for their stellar performance at districts last week.

Russell Gambino and Adrian Miller won 1st place for their performance in humorous duo. They will advance to regionals as members of the James River District team.

The following students also placed in their event:

  • Chad Johnson (4th in Prose)

  • Lilly Johnson (3rd in Original Oratory) who will also advance to regionals on the JRD Team!

  • Hannah Wagner (4th in Impromptu)

  • Noelle Ware (5th in Impromptu)

  • Chase Ray (5th in Original Oratory)

Overall, Goochland placed third in the competition. Not too bad for a first year team!

If you are interested in seeing these students perform, next Wednesday, February 13, at 7 PM in the GHS auditorium, the Speech and Debate students will be putting on a forensics showcase for the community.

Thank you for your time!

One of my favorite things about Goochland so far is the phenomenal opportunities that our students have to engage with our community to learn and think in a different way.  Conundrum day was held on Saturday, February 9, as an initiative of the GCPS STEM committee.  All elementary students in Goochland were invited to participate in a children’s engineering project/task based on the children’s story “The Three Little Pigs.”  Students were asked to build a house strong enough to withstand the “Big Bad Wolf’s” wind power (such as high powered fans).

The project brought together over 100 elementary students along with numerous teachers, community members, parents, school board members, school division administrators, college professors, and other staff.  I have never seen a better example of community and parent engagement.  I was also impressed by the eagerness of our students to learn and think in a different way ON A SATURDAY!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated and volunteered their time and I hope we can do this on a regular basis!

Dr. Gretz posted on his blog about the event as well, but included a video that captures the spirit of the event with a young lady (a recent success story  from our spelling bee) who explains that the event was “Amazingly Amazing.”

Here are a few pictures of the event:

You can see the excitement!

Our school board members showing their expertise:

At their budget meeting on February 5, the school board adopted their FY 14 budget.  Please visit our budget page to see the final budget document.

The school board will present their adopted budget to the Board of Supervisors on Monday, February 11, at 7pm in the County Administration Building.

You can jump to specific sections of the budget by clicking here:

Goochland High School’s Media Center needs your support! We were notified that we are a finalist for a huge school library prize from Follett.  Following the link will take you to a video that Ms. Deb Cross and Ms. Bea Cantor from Goochland High School produced to highlight the important place the school media center has in supporting learning at their school. By voting for our video, you will inch us closer to the $60,000 grand prize for the best 21st Century library by Follett, a company that provides library services to schools.

Vote for our GHS Video today. Winning means more opportunities for innovation in the GHS Library and Media Center.The link to vote is here:
Please pass this link on to everyone you know!!!

Below is a letter that we released this week announcing the creation of the Goochland School Safety Task Force to be led by Dr. Gretz and a new initiative to practice lockdown drills more regularly.  Please find a .pdf of these documents here.

Governor McDonnell’s task force on school safety also released their initial report to the General Assembly, please find their recommendations here.

The Goochland School Board will vote to adopt our FY14 budget on February 5 (tomorrow) at GHS in Studio B at 6:30 p.m.  This budget adoption will be our last meeting in the high school and all future school board meetings will be in the county administration building.

Click here to view the agenda for tomorrow night’s meeting and to see a draft of the budget documents we have proposed.

Also, on February 11, the School Board will present their adopted budget to the Board of Supervisors at 7:00 p.m. in the County Administration Building.  We will also be celebrating our district and state champion sports teams from the Fall.

To all in the Bulldog Community,

On behalf of the GHS Athletic Boosters, it is with great pride that we are reaching out to the Community to continue the celebration of winning the State Title in Football. These young men and their Coaches worked very hard and are very deserving. This also gives our community a great sense of pride in our school and the football program.

We would like to reward the Team with State Championship Rings. Unfortunately, the Boosters cannot absorb the total cost of the rings. We are reaching out to the Community in an effort to try to fill that void. We are soliciting donations from individuals, businesses, and County Officials. These donations are tax deductible.

We are also planning various functions in an effort to generate funding. We are looking at a possible Concert, Spirit nights with local businesses and a possible dinner and silent auction.

Your consideration in this matter would be greatly appreciated. Checks may be made out to GHS Athletic Boosters. We would like to be able to hold a ceremony in April if possible to give out the rings and honor our team, school, and community. Go Bulldogs!!!


Tony Moore, President

GHS Athletic Boosters

Tax I.D. # 54-6001316

P.O. Box 984, Goochland, Va. 23063

Community members, I am always amazed by the dedication of our faculty and staff, but the story of one of our football coaches has moved me greatly.  The Richmond Times-Dispatch did a feature on Coach Harwood and I hope you take the time to read it.  Coach, we thank you for everything you did to inspire our champions and we hope you get well soon!!!

Congratulations to Kathryn Talley, GMS 8th Grader, who prevailed as the winner of our 2013 Goochland County Spelling Bee!  Her final winning word was “predicate.”

Bella Grace Finck, RES 4th grader, came in second and Rachel Ferguson, RES 5th grader, came in third.  All participating students should be extremely proud of their efforts!!

A special thank you goes out to Sally Hodges, our County Spelling Bee Coordinator, and all of our faculty and staff that volunteered their time to make the event successful!

Here are a few more pictures from the event: