Two GHS Students Admitted to Cochran Summer Economics Institute

Please join us in congratulating two GHS students,  J.T. Massey and Meghan Edwards, who were offered spots in the Cochrane Summer Economics Institute this summer at The Collegiate School.  This an amazing opportunity for these two students, who were selected as two of only 35 rising seniors from the Greater Richmond area to participate in the five week work/study internship program.

During the first week of the program, students will experience classroom instruction in economic principles and basic business concepts, team-building and networking activities, and interaction with successful local entrepreneurs. Following the classroom portion of the Institute, a four week internship with a local business or non-profit begins. Interns become familiar with various departments and functions of the host organization, and are given projects for which they are responsible.

Since 1977, the Cochrane Summer Economics Institute has provided opportunities for over 1,000 students from 13 area high schools. Over 200 local businesses have participated in the Institute.

For more information about this outstanding opportunity, please contact GHS Counselor, Beth Fowler.

Maggie Walker Students Meet with Board Chair and Superintendent

Maggie Walker Executive Director Dr. Jeff McGee assembled the school’s student advisory committee and facilitated a meeting with GCPS Superintendent James Lane and GCPS School Board member and chairman of the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Board Kevin Hazzard. Students had the opportunity to interact directly with leaders and provide their own unique perspectives regarding issues that impact the Governor’s School and the total student population.

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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

March Is Youth Art Month

Please stop by the Goochland County Public Library during the month of March. Select works by GCPS students, Kindergarten through Seniors, will be on display!

Youth Art Month (YAM) is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art and art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. Established in 1961, YAM provides a forum for acknowledging skills that are not possible in other subjects. The Council for Art Education (CFAE), a sponsor of Youth Art Month, adopted the national theme, “Start With Art, Learn for Life.” Art Education develops self-esteem, appreciation of the work of others, self- expression, cooperation with others, and critical thinking skills.

All of these skills are vital to the success of our future leaders – our children!

 

Boys and Girls Basketball District Recognitions

Please join us in congratulating these exemplary scholar athletes who have recently been recognized as standouts in district basketball competitions:

  • Jessica Liddle, James River District All District Team Girls Basketball
  • Josh Hayden, James River District All District 1st Team , Quad Rivers Conference Team Boys Basketball and District Player of the Year!
  • CeeJay Johnson, James River District All District 2nd Team Boys Basketball
  • B.J. Snead, James River District Honorable Mention Boys Basketball

 

 

 

 

GHS Swim Team Success

The VHSL Group 2A & 3A State Swimming and Diving Championship was held this past Friday, February 21 at the Christiansburg Aquatics Center. Goochland was well represented this year as Justin Edwards swam his way to two first place finishes! Justin won the 200 yard Individual Medley by 0.58 seconds and the 100 yard Breastroke by 5.04 seconds.

GHS had another swimmer, Mary Wright, qualify to attend the State Championship. Though she was unable to attend we are extremely proud of her accomplishments.

Last year both swimmers set High School Regional swim records. This year, GHS was unable to attend the 2A Regional meet due to the most recent snow storm in Goochland.

“I’ve traveled to the state meet with Justin over the past three years and have seen him work hard to improve his times,” explained GHS swimming coach Elizabeth Kilberg. “I was proud of how fast he swam and how well he competed on Friday evening. Justin has been a true leader for the GHS swim team and we will be sad to see him go as his graduates this spring.”

GHS State Swimming Champion Justin Edwards

Justin will attend Virginia Tech in the Fall of 2014 and will be a member of the Swimming & Diving Team.

Congratulations Coach Kilberg and the GHS swimmers!

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!

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.

 

Representative Cantor Visits GHS Government Class

GHS U.S. Government teacher, Mrs. Yearout-Patton (“Mrs. EYP”, as she’s known by her students) hosted a live Goggle “Hangout” in which representative Eric Cantor engaged with GHS seniors and answered their specific questions. Joined by superintendent, Dr. Lane, the group enjoyed an involved discourse on several pertinent issues the students had been exploring in Mrs. EYP’s class.

ITRT, Bea Cantor, helped to make the meeting possible by facilitating the live internet event.

Big Bold Bulldog

Please join me in congratulating GHS teacher, Bridget Parker, and her students on the upcoming grand opening of the Big, Bold Bulldog! Students participating in the management of this coffee shop will exercise career readiness skills in a real-world setting.

The shop is open to all Goochland County Public Schools faculty, staff and parents. I plan to grab a cup!

Unique Experience for GHS Students

Our high school students had a wonderful opportunity to learn about organ donation from a unique point of view – the business perspective. Lisa Schaffner, Director, Public Relations and Marketing for UNOS, and Chad Southward, a double lung recipient and former school teacher, visited GHS as part of the ongoing school wide donation project headed by Mrs. Bachetti and the science department.

Dr. Covington shares the details on his blog.

GES Students Bring technology to Colonial Jamestown

If you’ve been following Joe Beasley’s blog, you’ll know that students are doing incredible things with the new iPads. Recently, students visited Jamestown and used the devices to capture material they would have otherwise gotten from secondary research. They are creating their own research materials, visiting the site first-hand and creating the media representations using the tools themselves.

Joe and his colleagues continue to inspire tremendous learning.

Students use iPads to capture moments in history for development of their own research materials.

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.

A Focus on Minority Student Achievement

On behalf of the GCPS Minority Student Achievement Advisory Committee, I’m delighted to announce an event on October 21 in the JSRCC Goochland Campus Community room at 7pm.  Faculty and staff members from the division will be invited to hear Dr. Tonya Moon from UVa, who will be presenting a detailed report on the research regarding how schools can improve academic achievement for African-American students.

We view this as a pivotal conversation and one we hope will inspire fresh perspectives and ideas to further help our schools address achievement gaps that exist within student populations.

 

Commitment to Graduation

I thoroughly enjoyed attending Mr. Newman’s Commitment to Graduation assembly at Goochland High School last Thursday. Students were given an opportunity to interact with speakers, both outside and GHS staff, and to engage in important discussions about their future, what it takes to persevere during high school and the ultimate goal of securing a Goochland High School diploma.

As always, Mr. Newman’s words were sincere and profound and the environment was one of respect and nurture.

GHS staff, thanks again for taking such great care of our future graduating classes and ensuring our students reach their goals.

GCPS Student Entrepreneurs Hit the News

Two GCPS students are broadening their horizons and breaking new ground with entrepreneurial learning!

Brandon Myrick is starting his sophomore year at Goochland High School. His sister Rachel is starting eighth grade at Goochland Middle School. The two have developed Do-Da Innovations, a company that sells ketchup and mustard specifically marketed for children.

You may remember Brandon from his recent selection as State Merit Winner in the 14th annual Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.

We are proud of these two stellar students and the work they are doing to explore innovative business marketing. You can read more about their business here.

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!

Civics beyond the Classroom: Former GHS Student Leads Campaign

We are very proud of 2013 Goochland High School graduate, Grayson Royal, who has been asked to manage the McAuliffe Campaign for Governor of Virginia in the Goochland regional area of the state. While at GHS, Grayson was an exemplary student of civics and history, with a special tendency toward the study of politics and government.

Grayson leads volunteers and other campaign staff through the various aspects of campaign development and communication. His leadership and organizational skills, largely fostered under the direction of former government teacher and GCPS Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Yearout-Patton, are already being put to use.

Grayson is a shining example of a young leader working to impact the world around him. We’re proud of him and his GCPS teachers who helped him maximize his potential and discover his passion.

Leadership Characteristics

I recently came across this article (via @gcouros) on the 5 Characteristics of a Leader. First thing I did, as a netizen, was to scan the thing and look for the important parts. I’ll save you the trouble:

  1. The ability to communicate;
  2. Consistency;
  3. Being Responsible;
  4. Confidence;
  5. Have passion.

So then I asked myself, Am I a leader? Do I have these traits? But let’s take these arguably “safe” traits of leadership from a different angle. Are we saying goodbye this week to students in our schools (or classes) who:

  1. Have a strong ability to communicate? How are they at public speaking? Creating compelling media? Writing? Emoting through music, art, and dance? Finding their own “internal” voice?
  2. Practicing skills for consistency. Are our students able to do things consistently? It’s a real skill. I know from my years of music lessons that to be able to play passages consistently took real practice.
  3. Demonstrate responsibility? I mean this in two ways: responsible in their own actions (good behavior), but also on a more global scale… they look out for others, exhibit an understanding of their place in their community and their world?
  4. Are confident learners? This one might be hard for some – it means they like learning – they are confident about what they know, but more so about a confidence in figuring out what they want to know and having at least some success with that.
  5. Demonstrate a passion, or at the least, some curiosity? This one can require a lot of support from outside of school to be automatic. But if we know the kids we have, we ought to be able to figure out some of the things that get them motivated. The key here is their own ability to channel their motivation in positive, automatic ways. Identifying your passions comes first, but this can be a long process. It requires the openness and freedom to explore, discover, and question assumptions about how things work. And then we have to have the opportunities for that curiosity to develop into a passion. And while noble, this shouldn’t be our end-result. As Hurford writes: “Passion fuels drive, drive gets things done, and people respect those who can accomplish whatever task it put in front of them.”

The development of leadership is important for everyone, including our students.