PowerSchool? Can’t Get in? Grrrrrrrrr

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You have the correct login and ID … it is just that you need to create a new account this year.

When you go to PowerSchool for parents from our web-stie… this is what you see:
Please note your AccessID and Access Password, when linking your students to your account, are CaSe SeNsiTivE even if it was not in the past.
Or here is a quick guide to help you! Parent SSO Guide

Create an Account

Create a parent account that allows you to view all of your students with one account. You can also manage your account preferences. Learn more. ——————
You must set up a new account this year.  There is a new upgrade to PowerSchool.  If you have problems following the directions from the web-site that says “Alert ALL Parents…. ”   Then you can go to the PowerSchool Blog for directions there:  http://blogs.glnd.k12.va.us/powerschool/
If these do not help, please email me again.   This is working for most parents and i certainly want it to work for you.  We know how good it is for you to keep track of Chloe’s academic performance.  Thanks for your email.  Tom
Thomas M. DeWeerd
Director of Secondary Education
Goochland County Schools

Be a Role Model for Teen Driving

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Today, our driver’s education teachers and our GHS resource officer met to discuss the Partners for Safe Teen Driving Program that would provide a program for parents and a guide with what parents need to know before their teen drives.

Many school divisions across the Commonwealth are requiring such a program before students get the required paperwork to complete the Virginia Driver’s Education Course.  Parents and students attend the program together.  It has proven to save lives.

Our school board has asked that GHS participate in this initiative.  We have just gotten started.   The GHS internal television network, News 2, will be airing some Public Service Announcements about safe driving as our teachers and our the sheriff department work together to create this important new program.

HOT NEWS — A Chili Cookoff at GHS

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Support the Chili Cookoff  on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the GHS Football Stadium

Presented by the GHS Athletic Boosters as part of Spirit Night!

 

CHILI CONTESTANTS ARE NEEDED!   PRIZES: 1st Place $75.00 /  2nd Place $50.00 /  3rd Place $25.00 with a BEST Decorated Booth Prize of $25.00

Only $10.00 entry fee

 

 

 

 

For Entry and More Information, please Contact:

Gina @ GQUICKOATS@aol.com or

Brooke @ CHENAUST11@Yahoo.com

 

 

 

What is a smooth opening of school?

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Now in our third week of school at GHS, I hear about the opening of school yesterday in Chesterfield County.  It comes in the form of a tweet… “A perfectly smooth opening in Chesterfield!  And, yes, the sun is shining! It’s going to be a GREAT year… we’re designed for excellence!”

I reflect on OUR opening.  One of the differences this year at GHS is the new principal, Mr. Newman,  and the ideas he brings.  As he listened to teachers and students before the doors were opened this year, he identified a couple of problems that he heard about and made some changes.  He wanted to correct the congestion in the halls first thing every morning and he wanted to assure a safe building from the start of the day. In addition, he wanted to know the students because relationships are important to him.  Building relationships is one of the themes for our division this year.

So, from the first day, students could move beyond the downstairs halls, they were encouraged by frequently “stationed” staff to go upstairs and to enter classrooms from the moment they walked in the school.  Access to the building was restricted to two doors, the front door and the back cafeteria door used as the entrance for basketball games from the student parking lot. At 8:25 a.m. this door is locked and anyone entering must come through the main office restricting access to those with permission to be there.  Two goals accomplished.

In addition, Mr. Newman appeared on the public address system, the first day and every day since, to greet students with his voice to say the pledge of allegiance, to have a moment of silent reflection and to give a positive message for the day.  The News 2 message he delivered the first day, the class meetings he held the second week and the past three weeks of frequent visits to classrooms and wide visibility in the halls have produced another result he sought . . . building relationships.  Mr. Newman is getting to know the students at GHS and greets them all, many now by name.

So, three weeks in, I invite you to take the challenge.  Come visit GHS.  I have seen for myself what teaching and learning looks like from the moment the bell rings in the morning until the last bulldog yell takes place late in the afternoon of the first Friday Pep Rally. Proof is in the witnessing . . .  I can tweet “A perfectly smooth opening in Goochland.   Rain or shine, it is going to be a GREAT year… we’re designed for excellence!”

Mike Newman on the right, new GHS Principal, pictured here getting the keys to the school from his two assistant principals, Karen Scott and Matt Covington

A walk down Fairness Boulevard at BES

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Visiting Byrd Elementary School (BES), this morning I was struck by the positive engagement of students with their lessons. Just walking into almost every classroom in the school to view what was happening on the Tuesday morning after Labor Day, our small team of administrators, witnessed good instruction in action.  We are talking more and more about going beyond the minimum, going beyond the standards, going to a place called “engagement” and active learning.  I will talk more about this in blogs this year, but I can say . . . you know it when you see it.

Of course, this is not good enough.  We need to be able to identify it, quantify it, describe it, talk about it, and duplicate it.  Engaged students does not just happen.  It takes good planning.  Much like the well-organized learning environment we found as we walked the halls of BES yesterday, teaching and leanning is obvious around every corner.

 

Hallways at BES have names and one of them, “Fairness Blvd” already has some student work posted on the wall.  Here again, good planning produces results.  Here is a sample

 

Will the real bulldog please stand up . . .

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Principal Bulldog, Mr. Newman and GHS mascot bulldog at last Friday’s win against Fluvanna High.