What Programs Should GCPS Career & Tech Offer Next?

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.

 
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November 7 Bazaar Benefits All Night Graduation for Class of 2016

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Congratulations Dr. Ballard!

Please join us in congratulating Goochland High School assistant principal, Quentin Ballard, who has earned his doctoral degree! Quentin earned a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies from Virginia Tech last week.

Quentin Ballard, Ed.D., GHS assistant principal

Quentin’s research was focused on how students access advanced math and science courses in Virginia’s high schools.

We are extremely proud of the work he and his family invested in this tremendous accomplishment. His commitment to scholarship and excellence is an exemplar for our students!

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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.

 

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RES Students Raise 3K for Charity and Celebrate Honor

Randolph Elementary kicked off the school year with the theme of “Recognizing Every Strength.” Not only did students acknowledge their academic strengths, they also found other ways to show they were strong — as leaders, athletes, good citizens and great friends. One initiative resulted in a fundraising competition with Kent Horner from HCA Virginia Sports Medicine.

For two weeks, students from RES competed against Horner, a local Physical Therapy Assistant, through a fundraising battle. RES 4th graders raised just over $1,150 for Wounded Warrior Project.  Students wanted to honor recent veterans because, “They fought for us, now we can fight for them.”  Horner collected $2000 for IamRVA, a new nonprofit focused on bike safety.  IamRVA funds will benefit area kids who have suffered a traumatic brain injury from biking accidents.

The culminating event was an athletic challenge between RES students and Horner.  Volunteers from HCA Sports Medicine and IamRVA met with about 55 students after school on September 23rd.  Horner’s team brought out a variety of fitness equipment and set up several events.  The afternoon included planking and wall sit competitions, a kickball challenge, tire and telephone pole flips, obstacle courses, and a kettle bell toss.  The highlight was an all-time classic:  Tug of War.  The students defeated Horner, the volunteers, and the teachers…twice!

The students were declared victorious in the athletic portion of the competition, while Horner took the fundraising.  With a tie resulting, it seems there is no choice but to schedule a rematch for spring!

If you are interested in supporting either cause or would like more information please contact: Jennifer Gates (jgates@glnd.k12.va.us)

https://fundraise.woundedwarriorproject.org/rtt/Fundraising/individual/Kids-VS-Kent

http://iamrva.com/kidsvskent/

 

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Could You Be Our Newest Bus Driver?

We are looking for inspiring individuals to join our excellent fleet of transportation staff members and drivers! Our drivers have an incredible impact on the mission of our division. They are the first point of contact for many students and can set the tone for the day.

Are you interested in sharing in this role? We’d love to talk with you about it!

Please give us a call to discuss the possibility of you joining our team:

Betty Thurston
Supervisor of Transportation
556-5367
 
Demetra Harris
Human Resources Specialist
556-5603
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GCPS RECEIVES 24K GRANT AWARD TO SUPPORT SAFETY UPGRADES

Goochland County Public Schools have been chosen to receive $24,000 in funding to support safety preparedness initiatives during the 2015-16 school year. Governor Terry McAuliffe announced last week that the Commonwealth has awarded $6 million in School Security Equipment Grants to help ensure the safety of Virginia’s schools.

The committee that developed the grant application included:

  • Sonny Turner, Maintenance Supervisor
  • Peter Martin, Network Administrator and Technical Services Coordinator
  • Robin Powers, Accounting Technician
  • Tom DeWeerd, Director of technology and Administration
  • Bruce Watson, Director of Career & Technical Education
  • Peter Gretz, Assistant Superintendent of Business Operations

The grant funds will support key initiatives, identified through the work of the GCPS Crisis & School Safety Task Force as well as continued partnership with the Goochland Sheriff’s Office and Fire and Rescue Department. Specifically, this year’s award will enable the division to:

  • establish communication between Goochland High School and Goochland Tech,
  • establish communication between Goochland High School and Goochland PREP,
  • upgrade communication between Goochland Elementary and the ESCE Preschool (2nd floor of Goochland Tech),
  • provide new two-way radios to all schools, including Goochland Tech, the ESCE Preschool, and Goochland PREP,
  • install amplification of the intercom system in shop labs at Goochland Tech where noisy equipment and machinery can make communication challenging, and
  • purchase and implement a “Panic Button” software solution that will enable access to a mobile panic alarm, emergency notification, real-time location tracking, and a mass update system to better facilitate communication and resolution of emergency situations in all school facilities.

“We intend for our schools to be places where students, staff and community members can pursue deeper learning,” superintendent James Lane said. “As we work together to maximize the potential of every learner, we must also commit to ensure that all of our schools are safe.”

The School Security Equipment Grant program was established by the 2013 General Assembly in the aftermath of the December 14, 2012, mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

“All those who visit our schools throughout the school year will be safer today because of this grant award,” school board chairman John Lumpkins said. “This will provide our schools and first responders with necessary tools to respond quickly and effectively if a security threat does arise.”

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GCPS and Historical Society Celebrate Start of Incredible Partnership

The History in our Hallways event at Goochland High School last week was a tremendous success. What started as an idea in superintendent James Lane’s vision for decorating school hallways has blossomed to become a thriving partnership between the Goochland Historical Society and the school division, involving students and community members in an inspiration project.

During the reception, the photographic displays were unveiled as community members toured the high school, treasuring the memories depicted. Members of Mr. Bouwens digital productions class stood by the photos and gave living captions, including unique pieces of history surrounding the shots. Chef Charnes and the Goochland Tech culinary arts students provided refreshments, served throughout the school.

 

“This is only the beginning,” remarked Dr. Lane. “We intend to expand this project to involve more and more photographs and community members. The possibilities are really limitless.”

 

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GCPS Receives 24K Grant to Support Safety Upgrades

Goochland County Public Schools have been chosen to receive $24,000 in funding to support safety preparedness initiatives during the 2015-16 school year. Governor Terry McAuliffe announced last week that the Commonwealth has awarded $6 million in School Security Equipment Grants to help ensure the safety of Virginia’s schools.

The committee that developed the grant application included:

  • Sonny Turner, Maintenance Supervisor
  • Peter Martin, Network Administrator and Technical Services Coordinator
  • Robin Powers, Accounting Technician
  • Tom DeWeerd, Director of technology and Administration
  • Bruce Watson, Director of Career & Technical Education
  • Peter Gretz, Assistant Superintendent of Business Operations

The grant funds will support key initiatives, identified through the work of the GCPS Crisis & School Safety Task Force as well as continued partnership with the Goochland Sheriff’s Office and Fire and Rescue Department. Specifically, this year’s award will enable the division to:

  • establish communication between Goochland High School and Goochland Tech,
  • establish communication between Goochland High School and Goochland PREP,
  • upgrade communication between Goochland Elementary and the ESCE Preschool (2nd floor of Goochland Tech),
  • provide new two-way radios to all schools, including Goochland Tech, the ESCE Preschool, and Goochland PREP,
  • install amplification of the intercom system in shop labs at Goochland Tech where noisy equipment and machinery can make communication challenging, and
  • purchase and implement a “Panic Button” software solution that will enable access to a mobile panic alarm, emergency notification, real-time location tracking, and a mass update system to better facilitate communication and resolution of emergency situations in all school facilities.

“We intend for our schools to be places where students, staff and community members can pursue deeper learning,” superintendent James Lane said. “As we work together to maximize the potential of every learner, we must also commit to ensure that all of our schools are safe.”

The School Security Equipment Grant program was established by the 2013 General Assembly in the aftermath of the December 14, 2012, mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

“Virginia students, teachers, administrators, support staff — and the parents and others who visit our schools throughout the school year — are safer today because of this program,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples said. “This program enhances school safety and gives our schools and first responders the tools they need to keep out intruders and respond quickly and effectively if a security threat does arise.”

 

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BES Students Announce Year’s Theme

We were inspired by a group of exemplary students from Byrd Elementary School who confidently shared their school’s 2015-16 theme with the school board last week.  Students took turns sharing the meaning of “KEYS” (K= know your potential, E=everyone involved, Y=you give your all, S=setting high goals).

BES Eagles wait to address the school board.

Well done BES Eagles!

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