It has been an exciting time in Goochland celebrating our state championship football team.   In fact, the Board of Supervisors and our School Board will be jointly recognizing the team at the February 11 meeting in the County Administration Building (details to follow later).  Our athletic boosters are working diligently to raise funds to provide official state championship rings for every player.  In the next few days I will post specific details on how you can help, but in the meantime, if you are interested in donating, please contact any member of the athletic boosters and/or give me a call.

Click here to read an announcement by Mrs. Hawk about our first ever Conundrum Day on February 9 from 8:30am to 11am.  This Children’s Engineering Challenge event is sponsored by our STEM Committee and had over 100 students show interest by the deadline!  Please come check it out and support our students.

As I have conducted my “listening tour” throughout the community, I am constantly being asked by grandparents and community members about ways that they can get involved in our schools either through volunteering or charitable gifts.

For this reason, Dr. Gretz, Mr. Hendron, and I have been working together to create a brochure for potential volunteers/donors.  We hope this document will be a great resource for our parents and non-parent community members on ways to support our schools.  One of my favorite parts of the new document is the research that we have collected on the benefits of great public schools on economic development.

Click HERE to view the new Volunteering web page.  We are in the process of printing our brochure, but in the meantime, you can access it directly on our website by clicking HERE.

Congressman Eric Cantor contacted us last week and asked if we wanted to send any of our students to the inauguration.  We immediately contacted our 12th Grade Government Teacher, Mrs. Yearout-Patton (Mrs. EYP), to help select students.  Four of our students were given two tickets each to attend the event.  We hope to follow-up next week with more details and with pictures live from the event.  We would like to thank Congressman Cantor for giving our students the opportunity to hear President Obama speak!

Check out this amazing blog post from John Hendron on Trimble SketchUp for use in the classroom.  This program is an excellent introduction to 3D Drawing and Design (and the soon-to-be 3D printing)!  John will be presenting on SketchUp as part of his leadership and partnership in VSTE (the Virginia Society for Technology in Education).

 

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Mark Fernandes (our convocation speaker this year) is returning to Goochland on January 30 to meet with faculty and staff serving in leadership roles to continue our conversation on Values Based Leadership.  Even though we have asked some of our teacher leaders to attend, we want to open this session to anyone that would like to join us as well.  As a team member that started after convocation, I have been inspired by Mark’s work outside of Goochland and hope that this session will ignite our discussions as we formulate a team to draft an updated strategic plan for GCPS beginning in February. We hope to see you there!

The school board held their first budget workshop since the presentation of the Superintendent’s proposed budget.  At the workshop, the board members took the time to discuss the budget line by line with each of the principals and directors in the school division.  This detailed analysis is the first time that Goochland board members have discussed the budget at this level of detail.  Additionally, principals and directors shared with board members that they appreciated the collaborative approach we have taken to develop the budget.  We have tried to make sure that all stakeholder voices are heard in developing a fiscal plan for the next school year.  Please come out to our public hearing on January 22, our last workshop on January 29, or on February 5 when we adopt the FY14 GCPS Budget!

Mr. Lumpkins worked with our high school and middle school principal to gain insight into our Secondary programs.

Mrs. Hardy worked with Dr. Geyer and our Elementary principals:

Mr. Wright discusses our Administrative budget (with a view of all 5 break-out sessions):

One more reminder… the public hearing on the budget will be Tuesday, January 22 in our new location in the County Administration Building at our new time of 6:30 p.m.  See you then!

We held our “annual meeting” as part of the regular school board meeting this week.  We are excited announce school board leadership for 2013 – Mr. Wright (District 5) was elected chairman and Mr. Payne (District 1) was elected vice-chairman.  The school board also agreed to hold all future school board meetings at 6:30pm instead of 7pm. (with a closed meeting at 6pm if there is a need to discuss personnel, discipline, or legal matters). Additionally, we will begin holding school board meetings at the County Administration Building beginning January 22 (with the exception of February 5).  A full schedule of our board meetings is posted here.  Lastly, the board set some tentative “themes” for workshop meetings and those topics are posted here.

One of our new additions to the board meetings is called “Reflections.”  During this time, we will highlight a program from each school every month.  Dr. Geyer wrote about our latest reflection and how it stole the show!