BES Robotics Team Interacts with Professional Robotics Experts

Perrone Robotics, a company located in Charlottesville, VA that develops infrastructure software, hosted the Byrd Elementary Robotics Team on October 9th. Students learned from experts in the field how technology can be used to support the design and creation of robotics and automation vehicles.

“It was a great experience!” exclaimed BES teacher, Glenda Hawk. “The students represented the school and division so well, asking thoughtful questions and displaying gracious professionalism.”

With special emphasis on safety in designing autonomous vehicles, the Byrd Team was able to ask questions and share their own solution for their First lego League challenge. They met “Tommy II,” a robotic car and even attempted to outbeat the laser of the security system developed by Perrone!

“The Goochland STEM program represents such a well focused program,” said Richard Carchman, member of Goochland’s STEM Advisory Committee. “How rewarding to see this robotics team of elementary children joyfully stretching their minds.”

The story made the front page of Charlottesville’s Daily Progress.

Charlottesville paper, The Daily Progress, features BES students on the front page this weekend.

Goochland High School Top School in Virginia Living Magazine

We welcome GHS principal, Mike Newman, who contributed this blog post highlighting our high school’s recent inclusion in Virginia Living magazine’s Top High Schools list.

From Mr. Newman:

The October 2014 edition of Virginia Living magazine arrived this week. Among the stories included is one highlighting the state of education and “Featuring Top High Schools and Colleges.” Goochland High School is noted on page 123 in a section focused on science, math and technology.

The Virginia Living magazine writes, “Goochland High School’s recently expanded career and technical education program will offer 10 new courses this fall. A renovation of the CTE facility at the school includes new heavy-duty equipment; a simulator on loan from Luck Stone (a producer of crushed stone, sand and gravel) for the heavy-duty equipment operations program, kitchens for its culinary arts program, a new health science lab and a USMC JROTC facility.”

Many thanks to all who have contributed and helped to make this happen and to the Virginia Living magazine for including GHS in its article on top high schools.

Go Bulldogs!

Goochland Top Performer in Writing

Having focused on student engagement and maximization of individual student academic growth, we are thrilled to report that Goochland was a top performer on last spring’s SOL tests. We were the top scorer in the region on the writing test, and second in reading, math and history – 3rd in science.

Read the full press release here.

This confirms our belief that a focus on pedagogy and improved relationships with our students with a passion for seeing every learner grow academically is of utmost importance. And scores on achievement tests, such as the SOL’s, will reflect that commitment to excellent instruction.

Great work, GCPS community!

GMS TSA Competition Success

This past Friday, Saturday and Sunday the Goochland Middle School Technology Student Association (TSA) team competed at the state conference.  Over 2,000 students participated in the event and it was a great experience for our team.  Four students attended the conference and as a team entered the Junior Solar Sprint event.  Students designed and constructed a solar-powered model car using a specific motor and solar panel.  The students put in countless hours after school designing and problem solving. They used unique industry software to draw their design and used the Maker Bot 3D printer to make their design a reality.

Out of 20 total entries, the team of sixth graders ranked 5th: Hunter Clark, James DeLouche, Austin Payne and Conner Speight .

TSA is a extremely competitive event and even placing top ten at the state conference is a huge milestone that can often take several years for a chapter to accomplish.  We offer our sincere congratulations to these students and their teacher, Mr. Bouwens, on this amazing success!

Dr. Lane at the Insights Conference in Richmond this June

The second annual Insights Conference, “Bridging the Data Divide,” will be held on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Conference Center. Our superintendent, James Lane, will serve as a panelist!

The conference will open at 8:00 AM with registration, networking, and a demonstration of the Virginia Longitudinal Data System (VLDS). Sessions will run from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM with a break for lunch. The latest agenda is available here:

Goochland Superintendent, James Lane, will serve as a panelist at the Center for Innovation Technology’s Insights Conference June 24 at the Richmond Hilton Hotel & Conference Center

Speakers will include Aneesh Chopra, Virginia’s former Secretary of Technology, who also was appointed by President Obama as the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer, and Karen Jackson, the newly appointed Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth. Registration for participants and speakers is now open.

Early bird registration of $75 is available until May 15, 2014 and a block of rooms is available. Registration and additional information can be found here: We hope to see you on June 24, 2014!

Ability Olympics at JMU April 25 & 26

We want to share an exciting upcoming event called Ability Olympics where EVERYONE can be an Athlete! The event is for individuals with any disabilities ages 8- 22. The mission is to empower individuals by giving them the chance to compete and learn in a challenging and successful athletic environment. During this event, participants will have opportunities to sign up/compete in three different activity sessions showcasing a variety of activities. Participants get an opportunity to experience the life of an athlete. In addition, participants will get an opportunity to try sports/activities that peak their interest, but possibly have never tried. Each participant will be assigned a one on one mentor who will support him or her and his or her family throughout the day (i.e. during each event) and become his or her biggest fan! Sibling events and kids zone for young children also available.

The event is April 25-26th and kicks off Friday night with a social dance/meet and greet event. Families, participants, JMU students, and other volunteers will interact/get to know one another. Disability organizations will be present to share information, products, and resources.

Saturday’s all day event highlights sport opportunities for all different levels and abilities. Conducting sessions by classification or individual heats accommodates a wide range of involvement and ability. The list below provides examples of the activities that will be offered.

  • Aquatics and Track/Field Events (competing by classification: Orthopedic; Autism/Intellectual; and Learning/Hearing/Emotional Disabilities)
  • Basketball (Wheelchair basketball and 2 v 2)
  • Baseball/Softball (Beep Baseball, Traditional, and Modified)
  • Archery, Golf, Bocce, Tennis, Goal Ball, Judo
  • Numerous exhibitions (self defense, yoga/pilates, canoeing/kayaking, hand cycles, etc.)

The event is FREE OF CHARGE. Donations accepted to JMU Foundation Empowerment3 to support additional outreach events and future Ability Olympics

If you are interested in registering/attending or learning more the event, contact Katie Chapman at We are also asking for your help in sharing this event with others across state or mid-Atlantic region as we hope to EMPOWER many individuals with disabilities through this event and let them know that ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE! Please RSVP by Monday, April 21st.

A Third GHS Student Selected for the Cochran Summer Economics Institute

Since receiving the wonderful news of the two GHS students to be admitted to the Cochrane Summer Economics Institute, another Bulldog has been selected for this distinguished opportunity!

Chase Doczi is the third GCPS student to have been chosen to attend this institute, joining J.T. Massey and Meghan Edwards.

Only 35 rising seniors have been chosen from among the entire Greater Richmond area. This is an incredible honor for these three scholars as well as the Goochland community. Not only to have students participate, but to have multiple students in a given year chosen during such a competitive process speaks volumes about these students’ commitment to excellence and the support they’ve been given by their GHS teachers and parents.

We look forward to learning more about their experience at the Institute and the internship this summer.


Energy Efficiency an Important Area of Study for Students

Energy efficiency is quickly becoming a key player in Virginia’s growing economy. The field has been shown to generate more than $300M in economic activity, supports 9,400 jobs, according to a report released today by the nonprofit trade association Virginia Energy Efficiency Council (VAEEC).

Based on a census conducted last fall to which 300 firms responded, the report underscores energy efficiency’s critical role in meeting energy demand, greenhouse gas emissions reductions, cost savings, job creation and other state and national goals.

This is an important area for us to consider as we continue to enhance our career and workforce development opportunities for students.

GMS Student Excel in TSA Competition

On Saturday our newly formed Technology Student Association chapters at GMS competed in a flight challenge and a Career Preparation challenge.  We have been preparing for these competitions since October and even with missing many meetings due to inclement weather the students put in the extra time needed to get the job done.  TSA is an extremely competitive organization and for our first year I was very pleased with our results.

Austin Payne placed 3rd in this competition earning a spot to compete at Technosphere, the Virginia TSA State Competition that will be held a the Richmond Convention Center May 2-4, 2014.

The flight challenge was tough this year and had over 20 entries.  To compete in the Flight challenge students must design and construct a balsa wood glider and prepare a notebook with general information about their glider.  Our students gave it their best and Austin Payne finished 7th, Connor Speight finished 9th and Hunter Clark placed 10th.  James DeLoach also competed in the flight competition and probably built the best glider there.  Unfortunately, during testing that day, some parts broke that affected his glider’s performance and knocked him out of the top ten ranking.

All of these students worked very hard and will continue to work hard as we prepare for our next competitive event in May.  Also, big thanks to their families for supporting our TSA chapter and spending most of their Saturday with us at Glen Allen High School.

Austin Payne, GMS

GHS Video Production Students Excel in Competition

Saturday, March 8, 2014, students from Goochland High School competed in the Digital Video Production Contest during the Technology Student Association event held at Glen Allen High School.  Three GCPS teams (pictured below) competed against 8 other teams from various schools.  Goochland High School excelled with 2nd, 3rd and 4th place finishers in the event, second only to one of the teams from the Maggie L. Walker Governor School.

The video theme for the competition was “Documentary.” GCPS students created interesting, dynamic videos about their chosen topics.  The students’ video’s will be featured at GHS this week on News 2.

Be sure to congratulate the following students and their sponsor, Mr. Bouwens, on their success:

2nd place finisher with their documentary, Cheer Isn’t a Sport?! : Lauren Nuckols, Katie Gentry, Lillie Rosson, Brittany Bailey and Jontey Mosley

3rd place finisher with their documentary, The Phone Factor: Hunter and William Glaveskas, Felicia Hallworth, Josh Hayward and Jazmyn Rhodes

4th place finisher with their documentary, Travis Duley: A Career in the Clouds:  Jeremy Phillips, Jenna Meadows, Lucy Cary, Preston Loveland and Hannah Duley

Girls Basketball Pathway to Victory

Please join me in congratulating the varsity girls basketball team! They won the James River District Girls Basketball Tournament Championship at Prince Edward Middle School yesterday, beating the #2 Amelia team 65-64 in a ail-biting double overtime victory!.

We anticipate hosting a quarter final game in the Quad Rivers Conference 34 BB Tournament on Tuesday, February 18 at 7:00.  Cost for the game on Tuesday is $6.00.

We would love to have you come support the Lady Bulldogs!

Former GHS Student Shares Success

GRASP (Great Aspirations Scholarship Program) has been at work helping students in Goochland realize their higher education dreams for years. One former Goochland student, Kendra Waddy, had the opportunity to share her experience with GRASP on channel 12 news here:

GRASP is a non-profit, charitable, college-access organization that assists students and families in obtaining funding for post-secondary education. GRASP will help students and their families, regardless of their financial resources and at no charge to them, develop an educational plan by:

  • Assisting them with the financial aid process;
  • Awarding and administering scholarships;
  • Inspiring them to believe that post-secondary education is attainable; and
  • Supporting them during the completion of their post-secondary education.

GCPS Students named to All State Teams

Please join us in recognizing four exemplary scholar athletes who have been named to 2013 Virginia High School League 2A All-State Teams:

  • Mesa Willis, GHS senior, was named to the All-State Volleyball Team
  • David Dyer, GHS senior, was named to the All-State Football Team
  • Raleigh Morris, GHS junior, was named to the All-State Football Team
  • Jaylen Allen, GHS senior, was named to the All-State Football Team

Congratulations to these students, their coaches and parents!

GES Teacher Receives Personal Note From Delegate

GES fifth grade teacher, Jennifer Cosby, received a personal note of congratulations from Delegate Peter Ferrell. The note was specifically in response to the Goochland Elementary World Faire, created and hosted by the GES fifth grade team and GCPS ITRT, Zoe Parrish.

Our thanks to Ms. Cosby and the fifth grade team, Mrs. McCay, and the many others who supported the event.


UPDATED Scholastic Bowl Team Breaks Ground with Regional Success UPDATED

Please join us in congratulating the GHS Scholastic Bowl Team. The team placed second in the Conference 34 tournament and qualified for the 2 A East Region competition for the first time!

The tournament will be held February 8 at Maggie Walker High School from 4 to 10 PM. It’s a round-robin format and an exciting competition.

We wish the team the very best and encourage you to come support the Bulldog Scholars and their coaches, Mr. Brook and Mr. Smith!

GCPS Band at Longwood University this Friday

This Friday 12 of our band students will have the opportunity to participate in the “Longwood Honor Band”.  They will be traveling to Longwood University Thursday afternoon and participating with students from other area schools in an Honors Concert Band and Jazz Band.

We congratulate these exemplary students and encourage you to attend the event in Jarman Auditorium at 7:30 this Friday evening.

GCPS Certified Green School Division

We are pleased to announce that Goochland County Public School Division has become a certified “Green School Division.”  In cooperation with Virginia Municipal League’s GoGreenVA initiative, the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) Green Schools Challenge recognizes school divisions that implement specific environmental policies and practical actions that reduce the carbon emissions generated by both the local school division and the broader community.

Click here to read the official Press Release.

Delegate Lee Ware Visits GCPS

We were honored to host Delegate Lee Ware this morning at Goochland Elementary School and Goochland High School, where Dr. Lane, both principals, Dr. Geyer, Mr. Watson and Mr. Hendron introduced him to the instructional innovations at work in the iPad initiative and expanding CTE programs.

A former history teacher of 15 years, Delegate Ware was at home in the classrooms and enjoyed interacting with the students and teachers. A highlight was a stop by Mrs. Demas’ room, where students had each learned and the presented a fact about Delegate Ware’s life.

We are grateful for the visit and proud of the work our students were able to showcase this morning.






Annual Convention Brings Together 1,000 Education Leaders From Across the Commonwealth

Next week, more than 1,000 school board members, superintendents, division administrators, education officials, and others will attend the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) annual convention in Williamsburg, VA. The convention provides school division leadership the opportunity to learn about nationwide and statewide trends, meet and learn from key policy officials, and bring back new best management practices to their home school divisions.

Convention HighlightsProfessional Development – More than 50 workshops, clinics and critical issues sessions focused on topics such as boardsmanship, developing local capacity, technology integration, school law, best practices, STEM integration, advocacy, school improvement, educational trends, and energy/sustainability practices. • Student Achievement Fair – Highlighting examples of great student achievement and of exemplary programs that are improving student achievement across the Commonwealth. • Exhibitors Scholarship – The scholarship, funded by exhibiting companies at the VSBAʼs annual convention, was made available to spring 2014 graduating seniors who had served as student school board representatives. Scholarship winners will be announced at the convention. • High School Video Contest – The annual student video contest challenged high school students across Virginia to create a 30-second video around the theme of “Whatʼs Super About Public Schools”. The winners will be announced at the opening general session of convention, and the videos will shown to the conventionʼs 1,000 attendees. • Exhibition of School Architecture – From ambience and multi-functionality to sustainable design and security, there is a direct relationship between good design and effective teaching and learning. The VSBA Exhibition of School Architecture gives attendees the opportunity to see this in action. • Education Foundation Workshop – Held in conjunction with the VSBA Annual Convention, this workshop is designed for education foundation professionals, volunteers, and those interested in starting an education foundation. Topics covered will include getting started with foundations, creative fundraising methods, ways that foundations have helped school divisions recover from a natural disaster, and best practices.

General Session Presentations “Leadership and a Culture for Learning: Closing the Gaps Between What Sounds Good & What Gets Done” by Jim Bearden Organizational culture is an intangible, but very real—and powerful— phenomenon. A school divisionʼs true culture is revealed by the behavior of the people working in that division. Creating cultures that reinforce and support behavior essential to learning (student achievement) is one of the most important things division leaders are called on to do. Using plenty of humor and drawing from his corporate and military leadership experiences, as well as from his work with NSBA and multiple state school boards associations, Bearden will offer fresh insights on the relationship between leadership behavior, district culture and student achievement with his keynote presentation.

“Raised Expectations with No Excuses” by Jeffrey May In this session, May will highlight how raised expectations, discipline and “no excuses” led his Westside Elementary School (Roanoke) debate team all the way to Marshall, Texas to debate before the World-Renown Great Debaters of Wiley College. May will explain how incentive programs like step and debate not only improve academics, behavior and attendance, but also how they affect real change within the lives of the children who participate.

“Disruptive Demographics: Implications for K-12 Education in Virginia” by Dr. James Johnson Six disruptive demographic trends of the first decade of the new millennium—the South rises again, the browning of America, marrying out is “in,” the silver tsunami is about to hit, the end of men?, and cooling water from grandmaʼs well…and grandpaʼs too—will dramatically transform all of this nationʼs social and political institutions. Using data from Census 2010 and other sources, Dr. Johnson will describe these trends and assess the specific implications and challenges they pose for the Virginia public education system.

Here is the complete VSBA Annual Convention schedule, along with speaker and presentation details.

About the Virginia School Boards Association The Virginia School Boards Association, a voluntary, nonpartisan organization of Virginia school boards, promotes excellence in public education through advocacy, training, and services. The Association offers conferences, information, training, and counseling designed to meet the needs of the Commonwealthʼs educational leaders.

GCPS Year Round Schools Study to Air on NPR

Those who would like to hear more about the Year Round Feasibility Study we are pursuing through a recent grant award are encouraged to tune into NPR this Thursday afternoon, November 7. John Ogle recently interviewed Dr. Lane and Dr. Geyer about the study. The interview will air at 5:30 PM on All Things Considered.

To determine the best way to access the radio program, click here.

Regular Student Features: Take a Look

Take a look at this new student feature, published by Zoe Parrish. The elementary iPad initiative continues to amaze the educational community and gather media attention.

Zoe Parrish is allowing students to tell the story through Student EduSLAM!. By hosting a brief educational video on her blog, students will give us regular snapshots of how learning is bring transformed at GES.

Congratulations GMS Cheerleaders

We are so proud of the GMS Competition Cheer Team. The girls competed in and WON their very first cheer competition EVER!  The team not only placed first in the Middle School Division, but also won the County Cup, awarded to the school team with the HIGHEST SCORE of the day!

Great job Goochland Middle School Cheer Team!

The award-winning Cheerleaders of Goochland Middle School

RES Teachers Published

RES teachers, Beth ferguson and Sarah Rowan, have published their recent work creating the Measurement Fair with fourth graders. The article, Measuring Up With STEM, appears in  the recent issue of the Virginia Children’s Engineering Journal.

We are so proud of the collaboration and innovation represented in this wonderful project. We are also thrilled to see GCPS teachers sharing their expertise and success by publishing their work in educational media sources.