Instructional Rounds – Year 3

The division leadership team has been engaged in the third year of instructional rounds this semester. The “rounds” model is one borrowed from the medical field in order to better connect division administrators to the most important work that takes place every day in our division: teaching and learning in the classroom.

Here are some moments captured from this month’s instructional rounds:

GMS Students Partner with Capital One

The Coding Event at Capital One last week was extraordinary. With a vision for providing students across the nation with opportunities to experience hands-on, authentic instruction in computer coding (What is coding? Find the answer here), Capital One partners with a handful of school divisions who are serious about pursuing the relationship.

Goochland Middle School was fortunate to be one of two selected in the region!

Karen Harden jumped at the chance to cultivate this experience for her students. Using a curriculum written by Capital One professionals, she co-taught coding lessons once a week throughout the first semester.

The culminating project was an “app” that each student developed using their own coding language.

The Coding Event at Capital One gave students the opportunity to showcase their apps. Vice President of Technology, Ross Creasy, gave a compelling keynote talk during the extraordinary reception.

Students had no idea that at the end of the event Capital One would give each one of them their own laptop!

We are hopeful the partnership will continue and we are so thankful for the opportunity Mrs. Harden and Capital One offered to our students!


Holiday Party this Friday!

Finally some fun and a much needed Holiday Break!! Come and join us this Friday the 19th for our Holiday Break Celebration!



Dear Parents/Guardians:


We will be having a pizza party with crafts this Friday the 19th from 11:35am-1pm for our Holiday Break Celebration!  Students will not need to bring a lunch on Friday unless they would not like to have pizza.  Parents are more than welcome to attend this celebration.  If your child would like to have pizza please bring $3 to Mr. Beasley by Thursday the 18th.  If you are a parent that would love to bring in drinks or a holiday treat for the class, please email Mr. Beasley.


Questions or concerns please feel free to email me at


Mr. Beasley

4th Grade

Mid-Term Exams

Exams are here!
  • Tuesday Dec 16th – Exams for Day 1 Blocks 1 and 3
  • Wednesday, Dec 17th – Exams for Day 2 Blocks 1 and 3
  • Thursday, Dec 18th – Exams for Day 1 Blocks 2 and 4
  • Friday, Dec 19th – Exams for Day 2 Blocks 2 and 4

Goochland School Leaders Complete Business Officials Certification Program

Three leaders with the Goochland County Public Schools recently completed a two year training and education program targeting the professional learning of school business and finance professionals.  James Lane, Superintendent, Debbie White, Finance Director, and Pete Gretz, Assistant Superintendent, were members of the first training cohort, a partnership between the Virginia Association of School Business Officials (VASBO) and the University of Virginia.

School Board Chair, Michael Payne, pictured with superintendent, James Lane, finance director Debbie White, and assistant superintendent of Operations, Peter Gretz.

The program covered topics in accounting principles, financial planning and auditing, purchasing and management systems, school law and general leadership. Practitioners from across the commonwealth gathered to learn from experts and university educators and to build a strong collaborative framework of support.

One of the fundamental goals of our strategic plan is to maximize the efficiency and safety of our operations. We are in an even better position to deliver exemplary support to the operational systems that undergird our mission of maximizing the potential of every learner.

Math and Social Studies for the week…

Math for the week…

We will continue to work on telling time to the nearest hour and half hour

Homework:  Math practice sheet-Telling time to the nearest hour and half hour due by Friday


Social Studies for the week…

This week we will be continuing to work on parts of a map and using a map.

We are also discussing holidays around the world.

Word study for this week…

Word Study for the week


Red/Yellow Group -  This week your child will be spelling and sorting words in the ug ut and un word families.  The words are run cut mug jug tug sun hut rug nut bun shut bug.  Please be certain that your child can spell the words and sort under the correct header. Trick words: into, your, said, were, are


Orange Group – This week your child will be spelling and sorting words with the an in and un word families.  The words are:  can, pin, sun, run, fan, tan, man, bun, fun, fin, ran, van, pan, win plan, chin, grin, than, skin, thin  Please be certain that your child can spell and sort the words under the correct header.


Green Group – This week your child will be spelling and sorting words with short a e i o u with blends – sk, ft, st, lt, lf.  The words are:  ask, gift, best, fast, desk, lost, must, past, just, cost, lift, melt, raft, self, fist, milk, soft, mask, tusk, nest, list, left, dust, half  Please be certain that your child can spell and sort the words under the correct header.


Each student will need to write a sentence for each of their word wall words or trick words.

Assessments on Friday

Reading groups for the week:

Language Arts for the week…



Lions:  We will be continuing to read Ants. There will be an assessment on Thursday.  Review vocabulary words:  make they walk


Tigers We will be continuing to read Where Do Frogs Come?. There will be an assessment on Thursday. Review vocabulary words: eat from gone grows or two


Bears:  We will be continuing to read  The Fox and the Stork. There will be an assessment on Thursday. Review vocabulary words: door kind made who would


Cheetahs:  We will be continuing to read Fishing Bears. There will be an assessment on Thursday. Review vocabulary words:  during ready both


Word Wall Words for this week:


too, very, also, some, come


Please work with your child to be able to read these words.  On Friday I will assess your child on his or her ability to read these words and spell them.



Read your story to an adult each night.  Complete the sheet on story due by Friday. 

Thank you for your patience and upcoming events…

Good Evening,
I hope this email finds everyone well.  I truly appreciate everyone’s patience as I work through dealing with the death of my dad.  It hasn’t been an easy two weeks but I hope that things will begin to get back to normal.  I plan on sending home papers on Thursday of this week.
I hope to stay flu free.  Two of my family members currently have it but I hope that my flu shot will keep it away from me.
Tomorrow night is the big holiday program that RES will be performing at the Goochland High School Auditorium.   Please have your child dress nicely.  We will be performing a jazz inspired song.  Your child should be at the high school by 6:15 tomorrow evening.  The performance will start at 6:30.  We ask that your child remains with our class throughout the performance.  There will be a sign out sheet that must be signed when you are picking up your child.
Don’t forget to send in items if you signed up to send in things to make our gingerbread houses on Thursday.  We will also have our winter party that day at 2:30.  On Friday we will have a 1:10 dismissal for all students.  Please let your child know if he or she will have a different dismissal than usual.
 Thanks again for the support and cards that so many of you have sent in to me.  I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday season.

Week of December 15, 2014

As we make our way through the final school days of 2014, our schedule is still full!  Students will be taking their Semester 1 benchmark this week.  They will also be presenting their fraction game projects.

Blocks 1 and 3 will test on Tuesday, December 16.  They will present their games on Wednesday, December 17.

Block 2 will test on Thursday, December 18.  They will present their games on Friday, December 19.


Alternative Snow Bus Routes 2014-15

We have revised the alternative “snow bus routes” that could potentially be used in periods of inclement weather. You can click on either route sheet below to enlarge:


“Will these alternate routes be used every time there is snow on the roads?”

No. Use of these routes is dependent upon main artery roads being safe for travel. We will coordinate our alternate system with VDOT so that they are aware of which roads need attention in order for these routes to be implemented.

“Does this mean we will never close school again for snow?”

No. It is absolutely possible that we will need to close schools again for inclement weather, even with these alternative routes in place. Main artery roads need to be safe for travel before we implement these routes. It should also be noted that these alternative routes are disruptive for many parents’ schedules. They enable us to open schools but they still require that people make personal arrangements that often pose an inconvenience.

These routes will only be used when (a) the main roads that feed the routes are safe for buses and (b) our only alternative would be to close the schools.

“Will there be approximate pick up/drop off times posted?”

Parents are now asked to meet the buses five minutes before the pick-up/drop-off time. When and if we implement these routes, we ask parents arrive at the stops ten minutes early.

“What about children who don’t have transportation to get to the alternate stops?”

The alternate bus routes do provide an opportunity to open schools during extended periods of inclement weather, provided the main arteries of travel that “feed” the alternate stops are clear and safe. The alternate routes, however, are not always convenient for families and they do not fully mitigate the disruption that comes with schedule changes related to unsafe road conditions.

Late openings, early dismissals, and school cancellations disrupt the patterns of many families’ routines. Parents are often forced to make childcare arrangements, sometimes at the last minute. Often parents find it necessary to miss work so they can be home with their children.

The alternative bus routes address some of those issues, but not all. Anything other than door-to-door transportation service will necessitate parents arranging for children to be brought to the common stop identified in the alternate route system. If it’s raining or excessively cold, some may find taking their children to the alternate stop problematic.

Alternate routes are typically only implemented when the division is in danger of missing an inordinate number of days. They enable us to open schools and continue instruction; they do not solve many of the convenience issues parents face during weather-related schedule changes.

“Does this mean children will be dropped off at the alternate stops in the afternoon and parents will need to be there to pick them up?”

Yes. Parents will need to arrange to meet the bus at the alternate stop ten minutes earlier than their regular drop-off time. Though this will cause disruption to many parents’ schedules, I can assure you will only implement these routes when the alternative would be an entire day of absence. Unfortunately there is no other method of establishing an alternate route that avoids unsafe, uncleared secondary roads except to implement stops that are not door-to-door.

“What if I determine that the conditions are not safe for me to transport my child to the alternate bus stop. Will my child’s absence be excused?”

Yes. On days when our schools are open using the alternate snow routes, we will excuse absences for students whose parents are unable to transport to and from the alternate bus route. Students who drive whose parents deem the conditions unsafe for driving will also be excused on days when the alternative routes are implemented.


Week 18: Week before Holiday Break!

Upcoming events:

World Faire- Wednesday

Half Day- Friday

Hw for the week:

Science: Weather Systems

M-Front Sheet

T- Study for Weather Quiz




Language Arts

Fluency Test Thursday

No new words for word study

Keep on reading for 20 min everyday!

Ceramics 2 / 3 Blog Requirements

Blogging Requirements – for ALL Ceramics 2 and 3 students during MP2: 100 pt. project grade



This is the minimum requirement for WordPress blogging for MP2 (please feel free to do MUCH more than this!!! This is YOUR blog!)




**Please take advantage of the LMC for extra time with a computer if you need it!

**Please feel free to blog from home or with the WordPress app on your phone!



BLOG SET-UP (25 points)

  • Create WordPress blog on using your Goochland gmail account. Remember your username and password for future logins…
  • Pick a theme and create a look for your blog that you like.
  •  Make sure your have an “about” page where you describe yourself as an artist.
  • Send Mrs Shelton-Eide the URL to your blog (email URL to:

POSTS: (25 points each):

  • Create at least 1 process post: Take and post photos of a project that you are in the middle of. Show your process and describe where you are with your progress. Explain to the viewer what your ideas are, what you are struggling with, and what you are working toward.
  • Create at least 1 final product post: Take and post photos of a project that you are finished with. Take great care with how the work is presented, keeping in mind that your work is only as good as the photos you take of it! In the post, reflect a bit on your piece, explaining what you were trying to achieve, what you feel is successful, and what could be improved.
  • At the end of MP2, write a 200+ word reflection on MP2: Write a reflection about your Ceramics year so far. Explain what your challenges have been and how you plan to go forward into the 2nd half of the school year. Describe what you’ve made (insert photos if you like) and reflect upon your progress (successes and failures).


*I will grade your blog at the end of MP2! J HAVE FUN!!!!!!

Week of Dec. 15 – 19

Exam Week Schedule starts Tuesday. This means early dismissal at 1:15 Tues. – Fri. We will have 2 classes each day, the schedule is listed below.

We will have a final test over Biomes on the scheduled day. Students can study their notes and previous quizzes for this.

Tues. 12/16 Day 1 Block 1 and Day 1 Block 3

Wed. 12/17 Day 2 Block 1 and Day 2 Block 3

Thurs. 12/18 Day 1 Block 2 and Day 1 Block 4

Fri. 12/19 Day 2 Block 2 and Day 2 Block 4

The first block of each day will run from 8:10am to 10:20am and the second block of the day will be from 10:25am to 1:15pm with lunch during this block.