Thank you so much to all of the teachers, administrators, school board members, parents, and students that took their day (President’s Day was a vacation day for students and teachers) to share our STEM learning experiences with the General Assembly and the Governor!  Here are a few pictures from the event.

The Governor took time to meet our Kindergarten and Fourth Grade Students:

Mrs. Rowan and her students show off their projects!

Secretary of Education, Laura Fornash watches along as our students present:

The product of inspiration:

Yes?  No?  Well, it is alive and well in Goochland as an innovation in our Career and Technical Education program at GHS.  3D printing is going to be a huge growth opportunity for the job market  in the future.

If you have never seen 3D printing, this is cool!  Here is a quicktime movie as an example. (I will try to load YouTube later): IMG_0430



Jasmine Coles, a Junior at Goochland High School, was named the student liaison to the School Board by a unanimous vote of the board on February 12.  The Goochland Gazette did an excellent article on her selection and you can access it by clicking HERE.

We are all so proud of Jasmine and are looking forward to her advice from a student perspective as we make decisions with the board.

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.