In January Goochland County Public Schools will be embarking on year 3 of a special project, a division-wide book club called One District, One Book (ODOB). ODOB is a unique program that provides elementary children at all grade levels with the opportunity to share the same book over the same time period. Curious as that may seem at first (the notion of fifth graders reading the same book as kindergarteners), it actually makes sound educational sense. Literacy experts recommend reading material out loud that is beyond a child’s individual reading level; the same experts support reading chapter books aloud with older children, even when they are able to read independently.
Our ODOB committee selected a title over the summer that can be followed, understood, and enjoyed by younger students, but that will still captivate older children. As the centerpiece of the program, every elementary school family will receive a copy of this same book and will be asked to share the literacy experience during the month of January.
The title will be announced at a special school-wide assembly introducing the program and the book immediately following the winter holiday, and your child will come home that week with his/her very own copy. When the books are distributed, families will also receive a shared community reading schedule so everyone can keep up at home. Generally, you will be asked to read one chapter each night—about 10-15 minutes. We hope that you will find the time to participate in this special activity focused on community and the importance of literacy.
We look forward to this year’s exciting announcement in January!
Please join us in celebrating Read Aloud to a Child Week.
Reading aloud is one of the most effective techniques that parents can use to positively impact their children’s success in school and life. Some of the benefits of reading aloud are increased vocabulary, language comprehension, listening skills, creativity, and imagination.
This year’s theme is Friendship.
The kindergarten team’s Mother Goose Performances at Randolph Elementary School have become one of my very favorite demonstrations of student learning.
The spoken language, “sing-song” rhythm of nursery rhymes are perfect for early readers to begin to master what’s referred to by educators and literacy researchers as “concept of word.” Concept of word is the match between the spoken word and the printed word; it represents a continuum of knowledge and helps form a critical bridge for children between key literacy skills.
Perhaps more importantly, the children get to flex their creative muscles. And the audience enjoys every minute.
Goochland High School’s Advance College Academy (ACA) is a program partnership with J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College that provides students with the opportunity to earn an Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree alongside their Virginia high school diploma.
We will host an ACA informational evening for families on Wednesday, October 21 at 6:30PM in library media center at Goochland High School.
GCPS’s Advance College Academy is coordinated by Ms. Raye Rector, Coordinator of Gifted and Federal Programs, in cooperation with the leadership team at Goochland High School and J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College.
The Science Museum of Virginia is hosting the RVAMakerFest on Saturday, October 3 from 10AM to 5PM. Features include glassblowers, blacksmiths, robotics, drones, and the science of chocolate!
The division leadership team has been engaged in instructional rounds for the past three years. This morning marked the beginning of year 4 of “rounds” – and, yet again, it provided us with a firsthand look at the incredible teaching and learning that happens every single day in our classrooms, libraries, labs, and gymnasiums.
The “rounds” model is one borrowed from the medical field in order to better connect division administrators to the most important work that takes place every day in our division.
Here are some moments captured from this morning’s instructional rounds:
We were recently notified that our Dominion Solar for Schools Program grant proposal was selected from among more than fifty applications from across Virginia. The program is an instructional one and will provide our school community with a unique teaching & learning tool.
This project will help enhance our STEM program (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and integrates seamlessly into our core secondary courses as well as our annual summer STEM Camp for students in grades K-8. Equipment installation will take place on the campus of Goochland High School this fall, and students and teachers will begin to benefit from the opportunity within the next few weeks.
The grant evaluation committee stated the following regarding our proposal:
“Your application was complete, provided all the relevant information needed and was highly rated by our reviewers.“