School Inequity Symposium at University of Richmond

On Friday, October 23, 2015, the University of Richmond Law Review will host its annual Allen Chair Symposium: School Inequality: Challenges and Solutions.

The Symposium will bring together the nation’s leading education policy scholars to identify the critical inequality issues affecting public schools, and offer ways to address them.

The event begins at 9:00AM on Friday, October 23, 2015 and will take place in the Moot Court Auditorium of the University of Richmond, School of Law. Boxed lunches will be provided, as well as hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine at the reception. There is no cost to attend, but guests must register as there is limited space available.

Register for the Symposium by clicking: here.

 

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.

Student Collaboration Goes to Executive Mansion

You may remember the inspiring collaboration that began last year between RES 4th grade students and GHS seniors. The two groups partnered to build a beautiful courtyard at RES, do some student mentoring and tutoring, and begin work on the GHS courtyard as well.

That partnership has continued to flourish. This month Mrs. Gates and Mrs. Yearout-Patton will be visiting the Executive Mansion in Richmond with their seniors and 4th graders. The teachers have worked through Delegate Peter Ware who has been most impressed with the professionalism of the teachers and students.

We look forward to sharing pictures and news from the students’ tour later this month!

 

 

Gallup Student Poll Coming in October

GCPS families,

We will again be administering the Gallup Student Poll measuring Hope, Engagement and Well-being.

The poll is absolutely anonymous and will be administered during school hours. Over 600,000 students from over 2,000 schools, nationwide, will participate in the survey. The data we receive will not identify any specific students, but will give us a picture of how our students are perceiving their experience with us generally.

View the Student Survey Questions Here.

If you would like to opt your child out of the survey, please contact me directly in writing, either by email or letter, no later than Monday, October 6, 2014.

GCPS Staff and Partners Inducted into VA CTE Hall of Fame

The GCPS CTE Department Director, Bruce Watson, and local company partner, Luck Companies, were inducted into the Virginia Career and Technical Education Hall of Fame. The division received a program award for its Orthopedic Evaluations and Modalities for Student Athletic Trainers program.

Luck was recognized for the invaluable partnership and participation on the CTE Advisory Board, having helped to foster the unprecedented growth and expansion seen in the program offerings over the past two years.

Melissa Black and Jodi Chewning joined the superintendent and Mr. Watson along with other members of the advisory committee. The division’s emphasis on integrating STEM education into daily instruction has also placed GCPS as a leader in statewide STEM initiatives.

Anne Moore Recognized for Excellence

We were delighted to recognize GCPS CTE teacher, Anne Moore, on her recent distinction as Air Force Association Teacher of the Year. During the school board’s regularly scheduled June meeting, representatives spoke on behalf of Anne’s selection and presented her with the award.

We are so fortunate to work with exemplary teachers such as Anne, who bring inspiration and excellence to their work every day!

Keith Shaffer, VP Aerospace Education, Air Force Association (far right) presented Anne with the Teacher of the Year recognition.

 

Be a Part of the GHS Distracted Driver Campaign

Someone is killed in a distracted driver accident every 11 minutes.

Goochland High School will be hosting a “Distracted Driving Campaign” next week, May 12-16. GHS teacher and coach, Wes Farkas, and his students developed the slogan “Don’t Be Next!” All students and staff who drive will have the opportunity to sign a pledge to safe and undistracted driving. Please encourage your student to sign the pledge!

Next Friday, May 16, the entire 10th grade class will be wearing either a pink or black T-shirt to give the school a representation of the number of people that are killed during an 8 hour time period (an average school day), due to distracted driving. Drivers are not only distracted by cell phone use and texting, but also eating, music, drinking or other various things that take our attention on the driving task.

T-shirt designed by GHS 10 grade students and teacher, Wes Farkas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pink Shirts represent individuals that are alive due to NOT being distracted, and students wearing black shirts will represent those who are killed. Studies estimate that someone is killed in a distracted driving accident every 11 minutes. There will be 43 GHS students wearing black T-shirts. They will not be allowed to talk or use their cell phone for the entire school day.

Please wear pink in support of this effort next Friday, May 16, and sign the pledge to driving without distractions.

Attend the Spring Jubilee at Rassawek and Support Instruction in Goochland

I’m excited to share that the Goochland Education Foundation (GEF) has become a Rassawek affiliate this year for the Rassawek Vineyard Spring Jubilee. This event will be held during the weekend of June 7 and June 8 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 this link in advance.

The Rassawek Vineyard Spring Jubilee is a unique, family-friendly celebration of the art of Virginia crafts: art, music, wine & food. The two day festival is a regional event to showcase the talents and treasures located in and around Goochland and surrounding counties.

Grace Creasey Appointed to Virginia’s Commission on Civics Education

Please join us in celebrating GMS teacher, Grace Creasy’s appointment to the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Commission on Civics Education.  Among other things, the Commission is charged with:
  1. Making recommendations to the Board of Education regarding revisions to SOLs for civics and government.
  2. Submitting an annual report to the General Assembly and the Governor regarding the work of the Commission.
  3. Identifying civics education projects around the Commonwealth and provide technical assistance where needed.
  4. Building a network of civics education professionals and strengthen partnerships to assist in the sharing of information.
  5. Developing and coordinating outreach programs to help schools across the Commonwealth in improving their civics education programs.
  6. Developing all civics education resources provided to DOE – lesson plans, resources, bulletin board ideas, events calendar, best practices, etc.
Each year the Commission is also responsible for a day-long professional development conference for Virginia civics and government teachers.  The conference always takes a particular focus on one SOL topic (i.e. the judicial branch) and members of the professional community are brought in to speak to teachers about the SOLs in action which helps to breathe life into our teaching practices.
Grace will be working with 4 members of the House of Delegates, 2 members of the Virginia Senate, 3 citizen members, 1 representative of the Commonwealth’s We the People Project (based at James Madison’s Montpelier) and ONLY 3 other current or retired Civics/Government teachers.
“I cannot wait to begin work on the Commission as this is such a unique opportunity,” Grace shared. “I am so proud and honored to be able to represent Goochland County Public Schools by serving the Commonwealth in this capacity.”
We extend our heartfelt congratulations and admiration for Mrs. Creasy’s work with the Commission and representation of our great county and school division.

School and Campus Safety Week in Virginia

Governor McDonnell has proclaimed the week of December 9-13 as School and Campus Safety Week in the Commonwealth.  The proclamation emphasizes the critical importance of maintaining safe environments for learning in schools and on campuses. The Governor has also set December 13th as a Day of Mourning for those students and teachers who lost their lives in the tragic event at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December.  He has called for a moment of silence and reflection at 9:30 a.m. on that day.

We will observe the moment of silence in all schools and departments at the specified time. We invite our families and communities to join us in the period of reflection.

 

Student Mentoring at RES

When I went to RES last week to read to the Kindergarten classes, I had the opportunity to step into the courtyard to see the great work happening there. High school students had spent the day reading with students and helping them realize a grand vision in the outdoor learning space.

Sing created by the students for display in the courtyard.

The ideas at work were exemplary, of course. More impressive to me was the sense of ownership our high schoolers took in mentoring and leading their younger colleagues. We are fortunate to have such great young men and women among us.

White Hawk Donates Money to Your School

I’m thrilled to share a new way we can support local business and support our schools. The White Hawk Music Café has committed to donating 10% of the proceeds from sales every Monday night listed belowall school year long! – to each of the respective schools.

I encourage you to visit the White Hawk, especially on the Monday’s corresponding to your specific school. Enjoy great food and pour resources directly into the classrooms of your child’s school.

Please join me in thanking Terry and the generous staff of the White Hawk for investing in our school division this way!

Attention Goochland High School Parents

There will be a senior parent meeting next Tuesday, September 10th at 6:30 PM in the Goochland High School library.  In addition to discussing how parents can be involved in the All-Night Graduation Event, there will also be critical information regarding Senior Projects and information from the Guidance Department about college applications and financial aid.

Please make plans to attend this important event.

Goochland Leadership Enterprise is Accepting Applications

The Goochland Leadership Enterprise exists to inform and educate interested citizens about specific issues impacting the county and to foster citizens’ involvement in making Goochland an inspiring place to live and work. The first session, which is an orientation, begins on September 19th.

The program consists of fifteen sessions and a Graduation dinner. The majority of meetings are scheduled on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M. at various locations around the County with one daytime meeting at the State Capital. The registration fee is the only cost to the participant, which covers materials and meals during Orientation, Day at the  Capital, Dinner with the Supervisors and the Graduation Dinner. Scholarships are available on a need basis. Applications will be accepted beginning July 1st, apply early as the class size is limited so don’t wait!

Sign up today for this fantastic opportunity!

Back to School Events and Fees

GCPS community,

As the excitement about beginning a new school year builds, we have received numerous calls regarding school-specific “back to school” events. Please mark your calendars for these important activities we hope you can attend:

Back to School Nights:

  • Byrd Elementary – September 17 at 5:30 PM
  • Randolph Elementary - September 10 at 6:30 PM
  • Goochland Elementary - September 19 at 6:15 PM
  • Goochland Middle - September 23 from 4:00-7:00 PM
  • Goochland High – September 26 from 4:00-7:00 PM

Other upcoming events:

  • 9th Grade Orientation at GHS on August 8, beginning at 9:00 AM
  • “Business Day” on August 14 from 3:00 – 7:00 PM at ALL SCHOOLS - All parents should consider coming to school to handle any final registration issues, potentially obtain student schedules, sign forms, and pay fees.
  • Kindergarten Orientation on August 15 at 9:00 AM
  • Eagle Evolution (6th Grade Orientation) at GMS on August 8
  • Community Day at BES on August 24 (time TBA)

Please contact your child’s principal for specifics or information about any of these and other events.  Principals will also be sending home a letter to all families later this week with even more information.

As the year progresses, each school will update an individual calendar. Division-wide events will also be updated and all calendars can be accessed here, by navigating the scroll bar on the right side of the page (you will be able to select an individual school’s calendar or view multiple calendars).  Additionally, the 180-day school calendar as approved by the school board (i.e. includes dates for Winter and Spring Breaks, etc.) is here.

Fees - the fees recently approved by the school board are included in policy JN and will be updated in the school board’s policy manual.  In the meantime, the approved fees are posted here. Activity fees are only required in grades K-12 (Pre-School students do not pay activity fees).

Elementary School Fees

Fees are waived for students who qualify for free and reduced lunch.

 

  Activity and Consumable Material Fees Voluntary Student Activities

K-5

Student Activity Fee

$10.00

5

Recorders & Workbook

$5.00

Chorus Shirts

$15.00

Middle School Fees

Fees are waived for students who qualify for free and reduced lunch.

 

  Activity and Consumable Material Fees Voluntary Student Activities

6-8

Student Activity Fee

$10.00

6-8

Band

$8.00

6-8

Gym Uniform

$15.00

  

High School Fees

Fees are waived for students who qualify for free and reduced lunch.

 

 

Activity and Consumable Material Fees

Class Dues

Voluntary Student Activities

Post-graduate classes

9-12

Student Activity Fee

$10.00

11

Class fee

$25.00

12

Class fee

$10.00

12

All Night Graduation Fee

$10.00

9-12

Art/Graphic Art Activity Fee

$10.00

9-12

Adventure Games Activity Fee

$40.00

9-12

Marching Band Fee

$75.00

9-12

Color Guard Fee

$75.00

9-12

Parking pass (1/2 price for second semester)

$75.00

9-12

Yearbook

 $45 (before 9/1) $55 ( 9/1 - 1/2) $60 (after 1/2)

9-12

AP Tests

$87.00

9-12

JSRCC dual enrollment courses

Tuition determined by and paid directly to JSRCC. Reimbursement of 50% tuition for “C” or better, maximum 2 classes/year

9-12

JSRCC College Connection Courses

Tuition determined by and paid directly to JSRCC. Reimbursement of 50% tuition for “C” or better, maximum 4 classes/year

9-12

JSRCC Career Technical Courses

Tuition determined by JSRCC and paid by GHS. Non-reimbursable tuition cost to students is $250 per semester. 

School Breakfast and Lunch

K-5

Student Breakfast

$1.15

K-5

Student Breakfast – Reduced

$0.30

K-5

Student Lunch

$2.40

K-5

Student Lunch- Reduced

$0.40

6-12

Student Breakfast

$1.25

6-12

Student Breakfast – Reduced

$0.30

6-12

Student Lunch

$2.50

6-12

Student Lunch- Reduced

$0.40

I look forward to seeing you at these great events as we start the year off with a tremendous burst of community support!

JROTC Comes to Goochland High

I’m thrilled to join GHS principal, Mike Newman, in announcing to our community that the Marine JROTC program will be coming to Goochland High School next year! You may have been following our pursuit of this wonderful opportunity for our students. The application process was involved and extremely competitive and I give credit to Mr. Newman, Mr. DeWeerd, Mr. Watson for leading this tremendous effort and bring our division to top priority through the process.

There will be significant planning that will take place throughout the school year. The program will officially open for students at the start of the 2014-15 school year and will foster a deeper connection with the values that undergird our strategic plan. Students will have a multitude of opportunities to participate in activities that teach discipline, critical thinking and collaboration. There is a unique community service component as well that will enable students to exercise leadership skills and contribute to the improvement of their school and greater communities as well.

Thank you again to Mr. Newman. We look forward to including this exceptional program in our division’s offerings.

GCPS Teacher Published!

RES fourth grade teacher, Sarah Rowan, has published an inspirational story that I hope all of you will experience. She writes about the Math & Measurement Fair which prepares students for future educational and career endeavors.

See the article now at ideastations.com

I offer special thanks to our Science Museum partner, Chuck English, and Ms. Rowan for pursuing excellence and creativity on behalf of our community and children!

unConference an Inspiration!

Monday’s teacher-lead unConference at Goochland High School was an inspiration to me. I always enjoy our time with Mark Fernandes, and this was no exception. The first hour was a deeper dive into the behaviors associated with greater alignment with the core values and mission of the division. It was a great give-and-take in which teachers shared the stories of the year that illustrated how they had taken the opening convocation message of Getting on Your Dance Floor back in August and put it to work in their lives and the lives of their students.

What was most powerful to me was the presence of teachers who devoted themselves to this important conversation – of their own volition. There was no requirement to attend. It was an open invitation, extended by a colleague (RES teacher, Sarah Rowan) who believed her fellow teachers had wisdom and knowledge to share that would improve our collective work together.

She was right. And it’s teachers like these who are willing to take a risk and sacrifice their time in the interest of reaching for something higher that make such a tremendous difference in Goochland.

I’m thankful to our partner, Mark, for helping us extend our journey toward greater alignment and I’m thankful to members of my leadership team who participated as well. We are all in this together and I’m excited about what the future holds for our great division.

GHS Senior Awards Night a Tremendous Success

I offer my sincere thanks and admiration for Mr. Newman, Mrs. Scott, Dr. Covington, Mrs. Hartley, Mrs. Watson, Mrs. Fowler and the many other high school staff members who contributed to a glowing ceremony to honor our graduating seniors. The event was outstanding, a stellar tribute to the exemplary work our seniors have done throughout their academic and co-curricular careers.

I was especially impressed by the broad display of community support and representation from industry, higher education, and countless community groups who have so generously given their time and resources to help so many seniors make the transition to their next phase so much more smooth.

I look forward to great things from the GHS graduating class of 2013 and I feel privileged to have begun my leadership in Goochland during your senior year!

Parent Volunteers Support Student Success

I want to extend a heartfelt “thank you!” to our selfless parents who donate their time to enhancing the educational experiences of our students. A member of our leadership shared this great picture of parents at Goochland Elementary preparing healthy snack bags for fifth graders about to engage in a morning of testing.

Parent volunteers at GES prepare healthy snacks for SOL testers!

This is a snapshot of the generous partnership we enjoy with our devoted community. On behalf of the GCPS instructional staff, thank you, parents, for caring for our students this morning and making the testing experience the best it can be!

 

 

 

Goochland Extension Office Quarterly Newsletter

The latest Quarterly Newsletter of the Goochland Extension Office is available now. Please take a look at the wonderful things happening in our county. Specifically in this issue, there are many opportunities for summer camp and workshop experiences – for al ages.

We are honored to continue our partnership with Jocelyn Daily, Goochland Extension Agent, and to promote the inspirational things the county is providing for our community.