About Tom DeWeerd

Director of Technology and School Administration

Virtual Summer School Program – 2 Courses Offered Online

Health and PE 9 – Mrs. Anne McGee, Teacher

We are excited to announce that Goochland County Public Schools is piloting a virtual summer school program for the summer of 2015 offering courses in Economics/Personal Finance and Health and Physical Education 9. The requirements for these two courses normally offered during the year can be met by participating in this summer school opportunity in Edgenuity, our online curriculum provider.

Students will be accepted into our new summer courses on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a tuition fee for these courses unlike the summer school credit recovery courses. This program will appeal to students who are academically motivated and may have an interest in freeing up their school year schedule for additional electives.

GCPS staff will regularly monitor each student’s progress in Edgenuity and inform parents and appropriate staff if standards are not being met.

If you and your child have an interest in the program, please contact your student’s school counselor. Some basic requirements and an application for this program are attached.

 

Thanks Dr. Covington

Dr. Matt Covington has resigned his position as assistant principal of Goochland High School and will be the northeast regional Manager of Client Services for Edgenuity, an educational curriculum company partnering with school divisions across the nation.
Dr. Covington has been in his current role with the Goochland County Public Schools since 2008. Prior to coming to Goochland he was an assistant principal in Prince George County and an adjunct professor at the University of Mary Washington. “I have loved working with Goochland students over the past seven years,” Covington remarked. “To those students, I implore you to continue learning and challenging yourselves!” In his new role Dr. Covington will oversee regionally focused teams and be responsible for the delivery and management of the company’s programs, training, professional development and usage data. “Dr. Covington has been an integral part of this school and division,” said Goochland High School principal, Mike Newman. “He will be missed but we wish him the very best as he moves into this new level of his career.”

Goochland Educators Hall of Fame Induction

The Goochland Educators Hall of Fame ‘s Annual Induction Ceremony - this Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. in the Goochland High School Auditorium.

The 2014 inductees are Debra Beasley and Aretha Bowles

 The public is cordially invited to attend this event.

Virtual School Now Available Here in Goochland

We continue to be excited that Goochland County Public Schools (GCPS) is piloting an online, virtual school program for the 2014-2015 school year.  We know  a few of our homeschool parents have expressed an interest in online courses provided by GCPS recently due to rising costs from some of the current providers of online homeschool curriculum.  GCPS is utilizing an online education program, Edgenuity, to provide an appropriate education for 6th through 12th grade virtual school students.  Students can complete all core academics, foreign language, health & physical education, as well as elective courses online while at school or at home. Upon completion of diploma requirements including verified SOL credits, students can even be awarded a GCPS high school diploma.

Even as we begin the month of October, students may still be accepted into our new pilot program.  We are accepting students on a first-come, first-served basis this year only. We are starting with ten full-time and five part-time students. Those accepted into our virtual school are required to maintain grades of A’s or B’s each quarter and to report to the middle school or high school only for SOL testing as part of these courses. Students must enroll at least part-time through GMS or GHS and pass all SOL exams with a score of 500 or above to remain in the virtual school program.

GCPS staff will regularly monitor each student’s progress in Edgenuity and inform parents and appropriate staff if standards are not met each quarter.  If standards are not maintained, the child must return to a home school or public school setting.

If you and your child(ren) have an interest in the program, please contact Mr. Tom DeWeerd at 804-556-5627 for more information.

Goochland Education Foundation (GEF) Scholarships

GOOCHLAND EDUCATION FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP - There are three $500 awards being offered but all use the same Online form: CTE/Trade, Academic and Arts/Humanities. Application available Online DEADLINE - May 5, 2014

GOOCHLAND TEACHER OF THE YEAR (TOY) SCHOLARSHIP - There is a $900 scholarship being awarded by the Goochland Teachers of the Year (TOY) this year. This is for a studetn interested in pursuing a career in education. This  application is also Online. DEADLINE - May 5, 2014

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Regarding Social Media

A Goochland Schools Hosted Roundtable for Awareness

  •  How aware are you about the impact social media has on your child? 
  • How aware are you about how to use these tools safely? 
  • Are you interested in knowing more about how your son or daughter is using their cell phone?
When:  April 10, 2014 at 6:30 p.m
Where: Community Room, Reynolds Community College, Goochland Campus. We’ll cover this and more in a roundtable event with guests that includes GCPS teachers, principals, the Goochland Sheriff’s Office, and GCPS students. This event is free with light refreshments served.  

Rural Substance Abuse Awareness Coalition

GMS completed a poster contest for the Rural Substance Abuse Awareness Coalition (RSAAC) of Goochland and Powhatan…..  and we have a winner! Rilie Bass -6th grader.
Attached is a photo of her and her poster. The poster will remain in the main hallway until the end of the school year. We had a total of 76 entries! We have chosen a few posters to display in our hallways.

Parents — Worried About Social Media?

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Regarding Social Media:
A GCPS Hosted Roundtable for Awareness

—–  Join us on Thursday evening, Feburary 13, 2014 at 6:30 PM at the Community Room at Reynolds Community College, Goochland Campus.

How aware are you about the impact social media has on your child? How aware are you about how to use these tools safely? Are you interested in knowing more about how your son or daughter is using their cell phone? We’ll cover this and more in a roundtable event with guests that includes GCPS teachers, principals, the Goochland County Sheriff’s Department, and GCPS students. This event in free.

We would like to know how many might be attending, so please RSVP – tdeweerd@glsnd.k12.va.us