GES Distributed 10K in Food Lion Cards to Needy Goochland Families

The Goochland Education Foundation (GEF) recently distributed over $10,000 worth of Food Lion gift cards to Goochland families in need to make sure the children had food over the holidays. After receiving a $5,000 grant from the Richmond Christmas Mother Fund via The Community Foundation, a private donor matched the funds for the 2nd year in a row!  Our donors enabled the gifts to be distributed to 188 student families who participate in the Goochland County Public Schools “Brown Bag Program”.

Each family received two $30 Food Lion Cards, which were distributed through the school principals directly to the families before Goochland schools closed for the Winter Break.

“We appreciate so much the Goochland Education Foundation who applied for the grant, Food Lion, and the private donors who made these gifts possible,” remarked superintendent James Lane. “This kind of extraordinary generosity and collaborative work is what makes our community so special.  We have a significant number of students that leave our schools and don’t have enough food on weekends or the holidays.  This support helps so much.”

What Programs Should GCPS Career & Tech Offer Next?

The Career and Technical Education Department is seeking community input about current and possible future CTE courses at Goochland Middle School and Goochland High School.  The survey will be available from now until November 20th, 2015.  The survey consists of approximately 10 questions and should take less than 15 minutes to complete.

Click here to access this survey.

The information will help the CTE department with program evaluation and help identify future needs within CTE.  Please note that no identifiable information will be gathered or used. The survey is completely anonymous.

 

GCPS and Historical Society Celebrate Start of Incredible Partnership

The History in our Hallways event at Goochland High School last week was a tremendous success. What started as an idea in superintendent James Lane’s vision for decorating school hallways has blossomed to become a thriving partnership between the Goochland Historical Society and the school division, involving students and community members in an inspiration project.

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During the reception, the photographic displays were unveiled as community members toured the high school, treasuring the memories depicted. Members of Mr. Bouwens digital productions class stood by the photos and gave living captions, including unique pieces of history surrounding the shots. Chef Charnes and the Goochland Tech culinary arts students provided refreshments, served throughout the school.

 

“This is only the beginning,” remarked Dr. Lane. “We intend to expand this project to involve more and more photographs and community members. The possibilities are really limitless.”

 

Sandie Warwick Presented with VSBA Media Award

The GCPS school community was honored to join the school board in highlighting the fair and balanced communication of matters related to the schools and education in the commonwealth that are so characteristic of Sandie Warwick’s work as a local blogger. Board chairman, John Lumpkins, presented Mrs. Warwick with the VA School Board Association’s annual Media Honor Roll Award during its regularly scheduled September 8 business meeting.

GCPS school board chair, John Lumpkins, honors Goochland blogger, Sandie Warwick, with the 2015 VSBA Media Honor Roll recognition.

 

Mrs. Warwick has maintained her blog, Goochland On My Mind, since 2008. Please join us in thanking her for faithfully reporting the activities – both the triumphs and the challenges – of the local schools and government.

Congratulations Mrs. Warwick!

Join Us for the Town Hall Meetings

The Town Hall meetings are a wonderful way to learn about the exciting things happening in the schools and county departments. You have the opportunity to interact with members of both the school and county governing boards, superintendent, county administrator, and a host of other department leaders within both organizations.\

Goochland Education Foundation Amazing Raise Needs You

Goochland Education Foundation (GEF) is in the game this year and we need YOU on our Amazing Raise Early Bird team!

The Amazing Raise is our region’s 36-hour online giving challenge that inspires and empowers our community to support Central Virginia nonprofit organizations in an amazing way, regardless of where you call home. And, we need you to help show the region our #GoochlandPride by supporting GEF with a $50 tax-deductible donation during the Early Bird Challenge on Wednesday, September 16th, at 6am. The first 15 organizations to have 50 donors giving $50 will win a $2,500 prize which would be an awesome victory for providing programs and scholarships to our GCPS students.

Let us know if you plan to be an Early Bird team player by visiting WeGotSpirit.org. We’ll keep you posted on event details, share GEF prize announcements, and send a few email reminders as we get closer to the big day.

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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/schoolreportcards and will remain active untilFriday, August 14, 2015.

GCPS Employees One Month Free and No Joining Fee at the YMCA

The YMCA is offering all GCPS employees one month’s free membership and wavier of the joining fee for joining the Y! This is the Y’s way of expressing appreciation for the amazing work you do for our great community.

Just in time to enjoy the incredible pool this summer!

To redeem the offer, simply click the picture below and take the flyer to the YMCA:

 

 

Healthy Kid Day this Saturday

Summer is the time for kids to get up, get out and grow. But for some kids, exposure to activities that stimulate the body and mind ends with the school year. In fact, research shows that kids are prone to gain more weight and fall behind in studies. On May 16, the Goochland Family YMCA will celebrate Healthy Kids Day®, our national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids.

CLICK HERE to see volunteer opportunities!

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

WHERE: 

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.

Student Summer Job Fair

Students!

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 www.InspireYouthatWork.org, and you can  contact Felicia Ainsa at804-226-1941 x 235 or ain001@henrico.us with any questions.

Support the Goochland Ed Foundation at Rassawek

I’m excited to share that the Goochland Education Foundation (GEF) will again be a Rassawek affiliate this year for the Rassawek Spring Jubilee. This event will be held during the weekend of June 6 and June 7 in Columbia, VA (western Goochland) at the Rassawek Vineyards.

GEF will receive 25% of the ticket sales purchased IN ADVANCE through this link

It is important to be aware that only tickets purchased through this specific link and in advance will benefit GEF. If you are interested in attending this wonderful event, please consider obtaining your tickets using the link above in advance.

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!”

VCU Concert to Benefit Goochland Rotary Club

The Goochland Rotary Club donates a tremendous amount of time and resources to our school division. Members contribute instructional materials and work directly with our students as mentors and tutors, volunteering personal time and energy to help us achieve our mission of maximizing the potential of every learner.

I encourage you to come hear the VCU Singers & Chamber Musicians tomorrow evening at 7PM, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Richmond. The proceeds will benefit our students directly and you’re sure to enjoy a wonderful night of beautiful music.

GCPS JOB FAIR APRIL 18

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.

SPARC Performing Arts Camp Opportunities in Goochland

SPARCLERS “FROZEN FOLLIES” – PreK (4+) through Rising Kindergarten | Rising 1st-4th Graders

Length: One Week Dates: July 20 to July 24 Hours: PreK-K 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Rising 1st-4th and Rising 5th-8th 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cost: $170* | $230 Location: Randolph Elementary School (Goochland County) * Extended care available for SPARCLERS Jr. (1:00-3:00 p.m.) for $60. Journey with us through the world of performing arts in just one week! SPARC’s youngest campers will learn the building blocks of performance—singing, acting, and dancing—as they work together to create a final show for family and friends on Friday. Every day of SPARCLERS will be filled with imagination, friends, and lots of fun! Frozen Follies is all about having a really cool summer! Campers will have fun exploring some of their favorite cold weather characters through storytelling, song, and dance—from penguins, to snowmen, reindeer, ice castles, and more! Join us as we explore an Icy Summer Wonderland filled with fun surprises!

Registration Options – Register now for a summer of fun at SPARC!

SPARC PERFORMING ARTS CAMP – Rising 5th – 8th Graders

Length: One Week Dates: July 27 to July 31 Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cost: $230 Location: Randolph Elementary School (Goochland County) This one-week camp focuses on acting, singing, and dance. Students will learn age-appropriate games, exercises and performance material that will be showcased for friends and family on the last day of camp.

Registration Options – Register now for a summer of fun at SPARC!

Charitable Fund Established to Support GHS Student House Fire Victims

GCPS community,

Many of you are aware that a recent fire took the home of three of our students. GHS is accepting monetary donations from the community through its bookkeeping office that will go directly to this family. Students and families wishing to contribute to this fund can make checks payable directly to GHS. Cash donations are also acceptable, and receipts will be issued for every donation.

Please consider donating to this important cause.

Understanding Student Cultures

Great tools and insight from the VSBA this month regarding the creation of culturally safe school environments.
    There is no “one size fits all” way of communicating with all of the cultures that comprise our wonderfully diverse schools. Each one comes with its own set of family values and its own preferred methods of communication. A good place to start is by creating a welcoming, inclusive environment. Parents often are nervous about coming to school for any reason and need all the visual and verbal help you can provide to make them feel welcome and comfortable. They “scan” offices, classrooms and hallways for clues about how inclusive your school may be.
      Some ways we can make our schools inclusive are:
      • Post photos of all students and student artwork on the walls
      • Include lessons in the classroom that incorporate various cultures and traditions
      • Offer school-wide cultural activities
      • Recruit staff and volunteers who come from similar backgrounds
      Becoming familiar with the cultural traditions of all of your families and including them in the school culture enhances your ability to create a welcoming and respectful school environment.
        Go to the Families
          Sometimes, when families can’t come to the school, the school has to go to the families. Meeting families in other settings, such as community centers or churches, can provide an informal way to start building a relationship, especially if your non-English speaking families feel shy or nervous about going to the school. You might also try planning parent or family events around the schedules of the families, especially if they are working a couple of jobs.
            Reaching Out
            • Visit your students’ neighborhoods. Find out where families are congregating and who local community leaders are that can connect you with parents.
            • Collaborate with apartment complex managers to make a recreation room available for families.
              • Consider contacting parents’ employers about parent schedules or holding conferences closer to parents’ workplaces.
              • Don’t limit yourself to meetings. Ask your families what kinds of events they would find enjoyable, beneficial and convenient.
            Building your communication bridge to families
              Grand gestures and small details will help in reaching families effectively. Here are 10 tips to help build communication bridges to the cultures in your school community:
              1. Avoid scheduling important events such as conferences or tests on major holidays and celebrations that large numbers of students are likely to miss.
              2. Do an “inventory” of your student population to find out the countries and cultures they represent. If most are English speakers and American-born, they may be acclimated to our American culture and would resent be singled out for any special attention. If they aren’t English speakers or American-born, then find out more about their family values and who the primary person to contact is. For example, in Latino and Asian Pacific Islander families, involving fathers as well as mothers is essential.
              3. Share information about cultural celebrations with teachers so that they are able to positively support them and incorporate them into lessons. Even a simple memo that explains why students will be out and offers some ideas for follow-up activities will be helpful. Use the diversity of your school population as a teaching opportunity. Invite families to share their cultural celebrations, plan an International Day, encourage teachers to include lessons in other cultures and diversity as part of the curriculum.
  1. Create a parent room (such as a lounge or classroom) with bilingual information and magazine subscriptions, a bulletin board, a lending library and a computer.
  2. Invite parents to share food, activities, and music at school events and in the classroom. Encourage students to share traditions in school assemblies, talent shows, potlucks, and fairs
    1. Offer cafeteria food that reflects the cultural influences of your families.
    2. Explore a variety of options for communicating with diverse populations, such as Spanish language newspapers, radio and television stations.
      1. Create a welcome DVD in multiple languages. This may even be a great student project!
      2. Connect new families with a contact person who speaks their language as soon as they enroll in the school for guidance and information.
        1. Create an “ambassador” program in which students and parents are trained to give tours.

 

Exciting Adult Education Classes Offered Through GCPS CTE Program

GCPS is offering community members the opportunity to learn exciting skills and explore cutting edge trades in the new Career & Technical Facilities. For more information, see the flyer below or contact Bruce Watson, CTE Director.

You must pre-register for these first-come, first-served classes, so don’t delay! Click the image below to access the flyer: