Apple Executives Present GCPS with International Award

For its 1:1 iPad program at Byrd Elementary, Goochland Elementary, Randolph Elementary, and Goochland Middle Schools, Goochland County Public Schools is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program for 2015–2017 for its implementation of deeper learning with iPad Mini and iPad Air.

Apple representatives presented the award during last night’s school board meeting. Pictured here, left to right: John Hendron (Dir. Strategy & innovation), Meg Wilson (Apple executive), Lauren Langley (Apple executive), Quentin Ballard (GHS Asst. Principal), Tom DeWeerd (Dir. Technology), James Hopkins (BES Principal), Jennifer Rucker (GMS Principal), Tina McCay (GES Principal)

Farm to School Continues to Thrive in Goochland

Goochland’s Farm to School program continues to thrive! Here, a partnership between Chef Stephanie Charnes’ culinary arts students at Goochland Tech and nutrition staff at the secondary complex brings gourmet fall treats using locally-grown foods to students!

Begun in 2009 when nutrition supervisor, Lisa Landrum, had a vision for bringing more locally-grown produce and foods into school cafeterias, Farm to School has expanded. Once each week locally-grown foods comprise the entire menu in every school cafeteria. Local farmers come to teach students about the processes they use to develop healthier, organic foods as they’re served in the school cafeterias.


GHS MCJROTC Cadets Train at Parris Island

I am extremely proud of our 46 cadets from Goochland High School’s new MCJROTC program, who traveled to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), Parris Island, SC during the week of March 13th.  The cadets got a first-hand view of how they “make Marines” at Parris Island.  While some cadets will never serve in any of our Armed Forces, the ROTC program is intended to provide the students with the most realistic experience possible.

The cadets stayed in a military barracks, ate in a military “chow hall” and carried out some of the challenging activities that Marine Corps recruits are required to master.  Some of those activities included navigating an obstacle course, visiting the gas chamber, challenging the confidence course and leadership reaction course.  Cadets also received some personal attention from a Marine Corps Drill Instructor who taught them about drill, perseverance, teamwork, motivation and pushing through adversity.

The response from the Cadets was overwhelming positive and it was an experience they will never forget.

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.

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!

Marine Corps JROTC Program Commissioned in Goochland October 1

Goochland High School Officially Commissions its new Marine Corps Junior ROTC unit at the Goochland High School Stadium at 2pm Wednesday, October 1st. 

The Ceremony will recognize the 117 MC JROTC Cadets who represent the very first class of students in this program at Goochland High School. The Guest of Honor for this event will be Colonel Wesley Fox USMC Retired, the most decorated living retired marine, a Medal of Honor Recipient and true legend in the Marine Corps. The event will include the Quantico Marine Corps Band and Silent Drill Team from the Marine Barracks in Washington D.C., a Marine Aviation fly-over and landing for static display, a section of 155mm howitzers from Richmond’s Hotel Battery 3rd Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment, the Richmond area Marine Corps League Honor Guard, several WWII-Korean War Veterans in battle dress and a WWII Marine Corps static display.

Numerous local Marine units will also be present, including Marines from Ft. Lee, area recruiting officers and members of the other three MC JROTC units in the Richmond area along with many veterans of all services. All GHS students and many GMS students will attend and the public is cordially invited to experience this great event in Goochland history.

The establishment of this unit at GHS culminates two years of cooperative effort by Goochland County Public Schools’ leadership, the board of supervisors, and the school board. The October 1, 2014 event is supported by the James M. Slay Detachment of the Marine Corps League and Goochland’s American Legion Post 215.

The event will be held in the GHS Stadium, with a rain location of the high school auditorium.

Introducing Online Student Registration with InfoSnap

Since introducing our new system on online student registration, we’ve had a few questions:

Do I have to register my child online now?

No. The new online system is an option for you now, but it is not required. You can use the traditional paper forms if you like. We do encourage folks to consider the online process as it can be a huge time saver.

Why did I have to do both the paper forms and the online process? It seems redundant to me.

The online process can replace the paper forms. There is not a need to do both. Because this is new it may have been confusing. If parents completed both processes we apologize for that miscommunication.

If I do it online this year, do I have to do it again next year?

Once a student’s information is entered, the process becomes even easier in the future. In future years, you can simply log in and confirm that the information is correct or make any necessary changes. You will not have to re-enter the same information.

How do I get started?

You can access the detailed instructions in English or Spanish.

If you have already created a PowerSchool login, you can log into the parent portal, click on the InfoSnap link and update and confirm your information.

If you do not have a PowerSchool login, you will obtain an access ID and password from your child’s school. Then, once you’ve created your account, you will use your PowerSchool login to access InfoSnap – the online registration process.