Tech Team Road Show

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Every year our technology team visits each faculty to talk about the changes and updates in Technology. This year Aesop for substitute calling was discussed, the changes made over the summer were outlined, the new Schoolnet software for online testing was previewed, YouTube changes were shown, the new AUP was highlighted, new blogging software, as well as, Edmodo and Twitter options were offered.  Finally, staff development was provided for WordPress and PowerSchool. 

Substitute Teachers in the Clouds

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A new substitute calling system will be implemented next Monday, August 20, 2012, as the school year begins.  It is called Aesop by Frontline Technologies. It allows teachers to call in or post the need for a substitute on a web-page.  Likewise, substitutes receive calls or check a web-page to view and accept substitute assignments.  In addition to sub calling, this system will track all of the GCPS employee attendance.

Here is how it works…


Technology ‘Acceptable Use Policy’ Updated

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At tonight’s school board meeting at 7 p.m. in GHS Studio B, one agenda item is the updated AUP.   As part of our technology plan and requirements from the department of education, our Acceptable Use Policy must go through revisions every two years.

John Hendron will present the changes tonight.  He has been discussing them this week with each of the five school faculties as the technology team does their annual “road show” to explains all of our technology updates for the 2012-13 School Year.

GHS named as Microsoft IT Academy

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GHS has been approved and officially registered as a Microsoft IT Academy as part of the Governor’s IT initiative. Ms. Carol Washburn and the business department at GHS will work collaboratively to take advantage of over 200 multimedia courses, lesson pans, student projects and test bank items that will promote students’ understanding of the exciting and rapidly growing field of Internet Technology.

Why Does the Principal Want to Talk to You?

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Mike Newman, the new principal of GHS wants to talk to you.  Yes, you!  In the first few weeks on the job Mr. Newman has invited parents and students in to talk because he wants to get to know the Bulldog community. He recently spoke to the football team and their parents, the volleyball and golf teams, the drama students, and of course, the band and many boosters.   Twenty randomly called students ware invited in for a “talk” session and Mike stood in the cafeteria during Business Day hours to meet and greet.  Of course, he met all of his teachers and staff, and his goal is to know all the “kids” too.  But he wants to know parents and community members as well.

On his first day working in Goochland, Mike Newman attended the division leadership retreat.  His contributions included the need to build relationships.  This relationship building started that day with Mrs. Johnette Burdette, Principal of GMS, with whom he shares the middle school/high school complex. The shared vision of seeking to know the Goochland community started on his first day in July and continues as the school year begins.  If you get the chance, go up and say “hello” to Mr. Newman.  He’s eager to meet you!