GMS Teacher to Attend Back-to-School Climate Education Event at the White House

Goochland Middle School’s Anne Moore has been invited to join a diverse group of key education leaders for a climate education event that will also be live-streamed.
On Thursday, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is hosting a special Back-to-School Climate Education Event from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM. We are so proud to have our very own Ms. Moore at the table, included in teh discussion and impacting education on a national level! For this event, OSTP will welcome approximately 200 participants – including exceptional high school students, educators, and key leaders in the education community from government, academia, philanthropies, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. Presentations will demonstrate new and innovative ways to increase climate-learning opportunities for students and to equip educators with science-based information and resources. The program will consist of an interactive climate “assembly,” fireside chats with senior officials, demonstrations of new free online educational resources, and a panel featuring outstanding student leaders. From 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM EDT on Thursday, August 20, you’re invited to tune in to the livestream of the Back-to-School Climate Education Event.

Transportation FAQs

In past years we have had several questions raised during the first week of school regarding transportation. Here are a few pieces of information pulled from the most Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Returning students will not receive a “new” transportation schedule unless their bus assignment has changed. If you do not receive notice of a change, your child will ride the same bus this year as last year.
  2. Transportation schedules have been mailed out to all students that are new to the school system, all rising kindergarteners, rising 6th graders, students with bus route changes and students who have moved.
  3. Guidance counselors continue to submit new student information and we are assigning students to buses as they come in. At this point we are contacting parents of newly registered students by phone to arrange transportation.
  4. We will be tweaking the bus times during the first 10 days of school to maximize efficiency and minimize student wait and ride time. Parents will be notified if a child’s schedule will need to be changed for any reason.
  5. Some parents may choose to transport their child this year but until we hear from the parents that bus transportation is not needed, the student’s name will remain on the bus rosters.
  6. Parents or designee must accompany students in grades K-3 as they wait at the Bus Stop and be there to receive them each afternoon.  For safety reasons, parents of students in grades K-3 are asked to be at his/her child’s bus stop 5 minutes prior to their scheduled pick up and discharge times.
  7. As in past years, Bus Passes will not be issued for the first 2 weeks of school to allow drivers to become familiar with their new routes and students.

If we can be of further help, please let us know. Everyone is excited to get the students back in school including the bus drivers. We are looking forward to a great school year! If you have any questions, please call our transportation department at 556-5361. Thank you for your continued support!

Information About the School Nutrition Program

Healthy meals are an important part of how we create an educational environment in which every learner’s potential can be maximized. Please take a look at the information below and contact your child’s principal if you have any questions or concerns about how lunch or breakfast will be served, how to pay your child’s meal fees, or how to apply for free or reduced meals.

Meal Payment 

We really encourage you to prepay meals. This will speed up service and provide your child more time to enjoy lunch.  Pre-payment may be made for the week, month or year. Students may pre-pay in the cafeteria by cash or check.

You always have the option to pay or check balances online at or use our telephone system @ 1-866-572-6091.

Balances left on your child’s account at the end of the school year will carry over to the next school year. Refunds are only issued if a child will be leaving Goochland County Public Schools.


Our menus are designed to average fewer than 30% calories from fat and 10% calories from saturated fat each week. Lunch menus will always provide one-third of the daily-recommended levels for protein, calcium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C and calories. Breakfast will contain one-fourth of these daily recommendations. The daily menus will consist of a minimum of two main entrees, cold plates and salads, choice of two fruits and two vegetables and three selections of milk. All bread items served are whole grain.

Monthly menus will be posted on our county web site at

 A La Carte Items

The purpose of a la carte sales is to enhance, not replace a balanced meal.  We encourage you to talk with your child about how many and which of these items you prefer him or her to choose. All a la carte items contain no more than 35% calories from total fat as served, and no more than 35% by weight sugar content per serving. In addition, these products are prohibited from having caffeine or being carbonated. 

Lost or Forgotten Lunch Money

Sometimes our students lose or forget their lunch money. We strongly recommend prepayment to help avoid this, but we understand it’s going to happen. Students who lose or forget their breakfast or lunch money will always be served a meal. The principal will send you a notice requesting that the students’ account be reconciled. Once a student’s account has reached a deficit of $10.00, the student will be provided an alternative meal of a ham or turkey sandwich, fruit, vegetable and milk. 

Parents, you are invited and encouraged to eat lunch with your children any time during the school year.   We simply ask that you schedule these opportunities with your child’s principal. Adult lunches are $3.75.

Applications for Free and Reduced Meals

These applications are provided to every student at the beginning of each school year. Applications are also available at all school sites or from the Food Service Office (804-556-5604).  Only one application is needed for all students in a household, but you will need to complete a new application each year. If you receive a Letter of Direct Certification, you do not need to fill out a free and reduced application. 

Applications may be returned to your school’s cafeteria manager. This information is kept in strict confidence within the division. If you have any questions about who has access to your application, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Food Allergies

We cannot stress enough the importance of your communicating with us about your child’s food allergies. Please be sure to notify your school office as well as the cafeteria manager at your school site of any FOOD ALLERGIES your child has.  Any allergies or special needs requiring substitutions to the regular school meal will require a physician’s statement.

Student Conduct in the Cafeteria

We intend for your child’s breakfast or lunch time to be enjoyable. It’s time that can be spent socializing with peers and interacting with adults, both integral to the education process. In order to provide the very best experience for all students during meals, we ask that students practice good table manners and converse in a normal speaking voice. Your child’s school may have other, more specific cafeteria rules in place (such as where to sit, how to return trays and discard trash). Generally speaking, we just ask that everyone be respectful and enjoy the food and the time!

Wellness Concerns for Students Preparing for the School Year

We are happy to share a link to this Student Health & Wellness Guide, developed by the communications team at Though it has been created with college students in mind, the information is appropriate for our older students as well.

Physical health and nutrition have a direct, profound impact on students’ school experience.

As we seek together to maximize the potential of all learners, let’s keep students’ health at the forefront!

School Performance Report Card Survey

The Virginia Department of Education is asking parents and other members of the public to complete a 16-item online survey on improving annual School Performance Report Cards for schools, school divisions and the commonwealth.

The survey takes 15-20 minutes to complete. Responses are anonymous.

The survey may be accessed at and will remain active untilFriday, August 14, 2015.


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.


After an exhaustive search the Goochland County Public School division has named Mrs. Jennifer Waggener as Director of Exceptional Education. Mrs. Waggener replaces Debbie Beasley, who is retiring after a 40 year career in education, 27 of which were spent in Goochland.

“We are sad to see Debbie retire officially this year,” superintendent James Lane commented. “We are ecstatic about Mrs. Waggener’s leadership and believe she is the perfect choice!”

Mrs. Waggener has been with the division for 10 years and has worked in every school. She was initially hired as a school psychologist and has most recently been a supervisor of special education.

“I’m deeply honored to take on this new role,” explained Mrs. Waggener. “I’m especially excited to continue supporting and advocating for our students in this new capacity as part of team Goochland!”

Mrs. Waggener and her husband, Chris, live in Chesterfield with their two-year-old twin children, Wilson and Caroline. She begins her new position officially in July.

Middle School Band Scores Big at Busch Gardens

The GMS band had a great day at Busch Gardens last week!

The 8th grade band received third place with the rating of “Excellent”. The 6th grade band received second place with the rating of “Superior”. The 7th grade band received first place with the rating of superior! The 7th grade band also went on to receive grand champion for instrumental music for the day!

Emily Roberts, the oboe player from the beginning band, received the outstanding musician award. Garrett Kemmerly  received an outstanding musician award for his tuba playing. Dawn Ellis, a percussionist from the 7th grade group, also received an outstanding musician award. The 8th grade flute section received an award for the outstanding section of the day. Margaret Black from the 8th grade group received the outstanding soloist award for the day!

Way to go Mr. Sykes and Goochland Middle School band kids!

Parenting Classes Begin May 13

Becoming a Love and Logic Parent®

Parenting Classes Begin May 13

As parents you have only a few years to prepare your children for a world that requires responsibility and maturity for survival. That thought alone can send shivers down your parental spine!

Goochland County offers the Becoming a Love and Logic Parent® education program, an interactive series of 4 two-hour sessions.  These workshops help parents to provide a nurturing environment which encourages children to make healthy choices.  It is based on a win-win approach to parenting that teaches young people how to be responsible, and parents how to establish healthy controls.

WHEN:      May 13, 20, 27 and June 3, 4:30pm – 6:30 pm


Goochland County Administration Building
1800 Sandy Hook Rd.
Goochland, VA 23063

COST:  FREE  (Space is limited)

Childcare will NOT be offered. 

Please contact the Goochland Office on Youth at 556-5875 to register.   

Memorial Day Celebration May 25

Click here to view the program/agenda for the 2015 Memorial Day Ceremony to be conducted 10-11am, Monday, May 25th at Goochland Court House.
Music is being provided by the Henrico Concert Band and their participation fostered including a Children’s Parade on the Green to kick off the program.
The Goochland High School Marine Corps JROTC unit will not only provide the Color Guard, but also several Cadets to assist in organizing the Children’s Parade at 9:40am. Major Petruzziello and SSgt Strong also plan to have a platoon of Cadets involved in the opening of the Ceremony. The Purple Heart Fire Truck will also be on sight for all to behold and enjoy complements of Post 215 member Herb Delbridge.

All attendees with thoroughly enjoy and appreciate the Guest of Honor Major Phil True USAFR Retired and veteran of the Battle for Iwo Jima (B-29 Navigator landing his crippled bomber before all hostilities ended) and a 40+ year CIA career. 

Both the Marine Corps League’s Honor Guard and Marine Veterans of the Korean War in battle dress (and displays) will close the ceremony as the Henrico Concert Band’s two Marine Buglers play a Heart Rending TAPS with echo! The Goochland Historical Society will also have open the Museum which has several treats of great interest.

The music begins at 9:40am as the Henrico Concert Band will entertain as the crowd arrives.


The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) is pleased to announce that for the second consecutive year, Goochland County Public Schools has received the prestigious Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget. This national Award represents the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting.

“The school board remains committed to fiscal transparency,” remarked superintendent James Lane. “A clear, accessible process of budget development and accounting throughout the year is tantamount to the goals of our strategic plan.”

For her primary responsibility and diligence in development and presentation of the school budget, Deborah White, Finance Director, also received a Certificate of Recognition. “Mrs. White continues to lead the budget development process with excellence,” said Lane. “We can confidently assure our community that the school division is handling funds with utmost responsibility and efficiency.”

Left to right: Kevin Hazzard, John Wright, James Lane, Debbie. White, Michael Payne, John Lumpkins, Beth Hardy.

GCPS satisfied 14 nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation designed to assess how well an entity’s budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide, and communications tool. During the last budget cycle, the school board placed special emphasis on transparency by putting a greater focus on past actual expenditures, community engagement in the process, and sharing all documents with the public.  The school board held a public hearing and a town-hall style workshop to get feedback in the development of the budget.

“Our board’s leadership continues to be characterized by transparency and fiscal responsibility,” said board chair John Lumpkins. “We applaud Mrs. White and the school administration for this recognition and for the exemplary work it represents.”

The Goochland County Public School Board is considered to have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America.

The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit professional association serving over 17,800 government finance professionals throughout North America. The GFOA’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.

Chloe Lyda Accepted to Brown University Residential Program

Our sincere congratulations to Chloe Lyda, GHS 9th grade Bulldog, who has been accepted into a summer residential program at Brown University. Chloe was not only accepted into the highly competitive program but was awarded a Dean’s Scholarship as well.

Within a curriculum reflective of that used by the university for its regular college students, residential students experience a variety of courses in the context of life on a university campus. First and foremost an academic program, Brown’s pre-college experience will also expose Chloe to the rigors and independence of life on a college campus.

Congratulations Chloe!

School Nurse Day May 6

National School Nurse Day is May 6, 2015.  We are honored to join the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) by celebrating National School Nurse Day as a way to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting.

Today’s children face more chronic health illnesses (e.g., asthma, diabetes, food allergies) than ever before.  The knowledge, assessment skills, and judgment of licensed professional school nurses help ensure the provision of quality health care to children.  School nurses take on a variety of roles every day.  For many children, the school nurse is the only health professional they may have access to on a regular basis.  This becomes even more important as the prevalence of chronic social, emotional, and other health problems increase.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), asthma is the leading chronic illness among children and adolescents in the United States.  On average, in a classroom of 30 children, three are likely to have asthma.  Further, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.

Today, approximately one in every 400 children and adolescents has type 1 or type 2 diabetes.  According to a study released in 2013 by the CDC, food allergies among children increased approximately 50 percent between 1997 and 2011.  The CDC reports that food allergies are a growing food safety and public health concern that affect an estimated four to six percent of children in the United States.

School nurses develop, implement, and monitor Individualized Healthcare Plans for these students. Please join us in celebrating these amazing professionals!

Student Summer Job Fair


You are invited to participate in the Capital Region Workforce Partnership’s first annual InspireYouth@Work Summer Opportunities Fair.  This unique, regional job fair is a free opportunity for government, businesses and not-for-profit organizations to publicize their summer job, volunteer and leadership development openings suitable for youth ages 14 – 21. Some of the attending organizations include Lowe’s, Chick-fil-A, Richmond Kickers, Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Henrico Parks & Rec, DTLR, American Red Cross, Shamin Hotels, and many more.

Please plan to attend! Registration is online at, and you can  contact Felicia Ainsa at804-226-1941 x 235 or with any questions.


Five GMS Eagles were accepted into the 2015 B.L.A.S.T. (Building Leaders for Advanced Science & Technology) Program, held on site at VT and UVa this summer:

  • Hailey Hall
  • Angela Thurston
  • Margaret Black
  • Berkley Winston
  • James Hardy
BLAST, a partnership between the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC), the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech and the Commonwealth of Virginia, provides a residential opportunity to current 8th and 9th grade students. Faculty members lead hands-on activities and demonstrations that seek to motivate and inspire students for STEM studies and careers.

GHS Student Completes Monument 10K in Top 100

GHS Senior, Cary Pillow, finished the Monument Avenue 10k in the TOP 100 men category.  The paper reported 26,413 people finishing the race.

“Cary is a leader on the GHS Cross County team and finished in the #88 spot in the 10k,” remarked GHS principal, Mike Newman. “We are very proud of him!”

GHS Dancers Receive Gold Ratings

Please join us in congratulating the GHS Dance Company class! The team earned two High Gold ratings in its competition last week. Sophomore dance student, Katheryn Parrish, earned a High Gold performing a Tap Solo!

Great work Dance Company and Mrs. Black!

Goochland County Schools Featured in the 19th Annual VSBA “Showcases for Success” Directory

The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) has released its 19th annual VSBA Showcases for Success directory, highlighting successful K-12 programs in Virginia’s public schools. Featured programs fit within one of two categories –Virtual/Blended Learning and Career & Technical Education.

Goochland has been specifically recognized for three programs, the 1:1 mobile device initiative, Goochland Middle School STEM partnership with VCU, and JASON Learning project. Full descriptions of the programs are available here.

“In addition to highlighting some of the best practices taking place in Virginia’s schools, the Showcases for Success directory can serve as a starting point to develop similar programs in other school divisions,” said Gina G. Patterson, VSBA executive director.

“We are extremely proud of our inclusion in the ‘showcases’ document,” remarked Bruce Watson, Director of Career and Technical Education. “Goochland’s approach to implementing these initiatives will be an excellent model for other divisions hoping to develop similar programs.”

For more information about the VSBA Showcases for Success, contact Gina Patterson, VSBA executive director, at or434-295-8722.

BES Student Honored in Essay Contest

BES’ Alyson Foskey was awarded 3rd place overall in the Richmond District PTA Citizenship Essay Contest.  The topic of the essay was, “I can positively influence my peers by…”  Her family was invited to a reception held last week Atlee High School, where she received a very nice certificate!

We understand Alyson’s teachers are encouraging her to share her exemplary essay at the 5th grade graduation ceremony!

Well done, Allyson!


In recognition of the innovation and success of its Values Based Leadership (VBL) initiative, Goochland County Public Schools (GCPS) has been named a District of Distinction by District Administration. Goochland County was among 62 districts across the nation that were honored in the March 2015 round of Districts of Distinction, the magazine’s national recognition program for K12 school districts.

“We are pleased to honor Goochland County as a District of Distinction,” says JD Solomon, editorial director at District Administration magazine. “Like all our honorees, Goochland County Public Schools serves as a model for school leaders across the country.”

GCPS began its journey into values based leadership in 2012 in partnership with Luck Companies.

“A big congratulations from all of us here at Luck Companies for yet another round of recognition of your commitment, hard work and leadership,” remarked Mark Fernandes, Luck Companies Chief Leadership Officer. “We look forward to our continued work together in support of your mission to ensure all students are provided to opportunity to realize their full potential.”

“The next step in that process for us is to develop the leadership potential in our students, through the development of a leadership curriculum that includes the identification of each student’s own values,” Hendron adds. “We are indebted to the Luck Companies of Goochland, Virginia, for sharing their decade-long experience with values-based leadership.”

GCPS introduced the VBL model to its leadership team and launched a six-year strategic planning initiative that is still underway. Currently, the district is designing a leadership curriculum for students. The district’s ECCHO awards recognize the “excellence, creativity, courage, honor and optimism” in staff and students working to better their schools.


Goochland County Public Schools will host a Job Recruitment Fair at Randolph Elementary School Saturday, April 18th from 9AM to 1PM. On-sight interviews will be conducted for candidates interested in positions in the following areas:

  • Teaching
  • Food Service
  • Maintenance/Custodial Services
  • Bus Drivers
  • Substitute Teaching
  • Administration/Leadership

This event is open to the public and we are especially interested in meeting those who live in Goochland that would be interested in employment with the school division.

Please click here to pre-register and secure your interview today!

For more information, contact Lisa Hobbs at (804) 556-5630.

Parent Conferences March 23

GCPS staff & families,

This is a reminder that the student holiday originally scheduled for March 23rd will now be a regular instructional day, in accordance with the 2014-15 school calendar. Parent-teacher conferences will still be held on March 23rd at each school from 4:30 to 7:00PM. This is a great opportunity to dialog with your child’s teachers about his or her progress in school.