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.”
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.
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!
Just a reminder that getting set up to receive important notices from the schools on your cell phone by text or email is super easy!
Instructions are here. We strongly encourage you to do this!
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 (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.
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.
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:
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!
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.
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 Gifted Advisory Committee is seeking input from parents of students who are currently in the gifted program. If you received survey information in the mail and have not already responded, the GAC would greatly appreciate hearing your thoughts this week.
Here’s a link to the 2015 GAC Parent Survey: http://www.glnd.k12.va.us/index/news/2015_survey_for_parents_about_gifted_programming/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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 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!”
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.
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:
- Food Service
- Maintenance/Custodial Services
- Bus Drivers
- Substitute Teaching
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.
We encourage everyone to strongly consider participating in this event, honoring the life of Katie Anderson and benefiting both the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Goochland Leaders’ Club.
All ages are welcome.
Click the picture below to access the registration form!
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.
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.
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: