GCPS Projected to be 100% Accredited Based on VDOE Release of 2018 State Testing Data

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: GOOCHLAND, VA – AUGUST 23, 2018

Contact: Mr. Andrew R. Armstrong, Executive Director of Business Operations

aarmstrong@glnd.k12.va.us | (804) 556 5605 | @glndschools www.goochlandschools.org

Goochland County Public Schools State Testing Results Project Full State Accreditation in 100% of its Schools Under Revised Standards

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) released official results of 2018 state testing yesterday, and Goochland continues to shine.  Virginia public schools administer 29 state assessments each year based on the Commonwealth’s Standards of Learning (SOL).  The results of these assessments are now considered in conjunction with additional criteria to determine the accreditation status of Virginia schools.  Beginning with the ratings for 2018-2019, to be announced on September 27, schools under the new accountability system will be scored on multiple school quality indicators as performing at one of three levels: Level One (at or above standard), Level Two (near standard or improving) or Level Three (below standard).  Schools will also be evaluated on progress in closing achievement gaps in English and mathematics, raising overall achievement in science and reducing chronic absenteeism. High schools will be evaluated on their success in raising graduation rates and reducing dropout rates.  These revisions are designed to provide a more comprehensive view of school quality, place increased on emphasis on closing achievement gaps and encourage continuous improvement for all schools.

“The revised accreditation system is a significant improvement and will provide a more holistic evaluation of school quality,” said Dr. James Lane, former Goochland superintendent and current Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction. “It includes multiple factors to comprehensively evaluate Virginia’s schools, requires continuous improvement for every school, shines a light on the needs of all students and ensures tailored and effective support for schools needing assistance. Our ultimate goal is for every Virginia student to attend a school that maximizes their potential.”

Score data indicates that GCPS continues to shine both in the region and in the Commonwealth, with Goochland’s pass rates outpacing state averages by a comfortable margin:

State Test Virginia Goochland
Reading 79% 85%
Math 77% 85%
Science 81% 86%
History 84% 92%

Goochland remains one of just a handful of school divisions in Virginia to have all of its schools meet full accreditation standards each of the last eleven years.  Despite the school division’s exceptionally strong overall results, team members remain committed to elevating expectations and implementing innovative programming for all students.  “While we certainly have a lot to celebrate, we face the same challenges that most school divisions across the state and nation face when it comes to achievement gaps for our students with disabilities and our African American students,” said Dr. Jeremy Raley, Superintendent.  “We have made some great progress in these areas, especially recently, but we have more work to do.  We are committed to closing these gaps, while continuing to raise the bar for every student.”

The school division plans to present its annual comprehensive data report to the School Board at its September public meeting.

Goochland County Public Schools Awarded the VDOE Distinguished Achievement Award

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Date: June 28, 2018 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Mr. Andrew R. Armstrong, Executive Director of Business Operations  aarmstrong@glnd.k12.va.us  | (804) 332 0965  | @glndschools www.goochlandschools.org

Governor Ralph Northam and the state Board of Education announced yesterday that 349 schools and 16 school divisions earned 2018 Virginia Index of Performance (VIP) awards for advanced learning and achievement. The VIP program recognizes schools and divisions that exceed state and federal accountability standards and achieve excellence goals established by the Governor and the Board of Education.  Goochland County Public Schools was recognized as one of the 15 divisions earning the 2018 Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award for its 2016-2017 student achievement.

“The teachers, principals and support staff in these schools share a commitment to academic excellence and meeting the needs of every learner,” said Governor Northam.  “I congratulate our educators, school administrators, and the students of these great schools for achieving the Commonwealth’s highest award for schoolwide excellence.”

Goochland County Public Schools, in addition to meeting Virginia SOL accreditation benchmarks with fully accredited status for all schools for over ten consecutive years, has made instructional innovation, engaging curriculum, recruitment and retention of quality personnel, and significant capital planning to support quality instruction areas of focus under the leadership of the current School Board and Superintendent, Dr. Jeremy Raley.  

“Our results are strong, we have a lot to be proud of,” said Dr. Steve Geyer, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction.  “I often get asked by colleagues across the state what makes our instructional program so successful. My response is always the same, ‘It’s our people.’

Geyer added, “We have great kids and families – and we have the most dedicated, talented, caring educators anywhere. It’s their hard work every single day that’s at the center of our division’s success.”

The Goochland County Public Schools mission is to maximize the potential of every learner.  Read more about the 2018 Virginia Department of Education VIP Awards at http://www.doe.virginia.gov/news/news_releases/2018/06-jun27-gov.shtml

 

 

 

 

GCPS Hosts Summer Meals and Enrichment at BES for all County Children

Date: June 21, 2018 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Mr. Andrew R. Armstrong, Executive Director of Business Operations  aarmstrong@glnd.k12.va.us 

Byrd Elementary Hosts Summer Free Meals and Fun Program

Beginning next Monday, July 2, Goochland County Public Schools, with the support of the USDA, will provide free meals for kids and family enrichment activities at Byrd Elementary School, Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  The program will be closed on July 4 and 5 for the holiday.

All Goochland families from all schools with children ages 4-18 are welcomed to participate.  Transportation will be provided at the following locations and times:

  • 9:50 AM -OLD COLUMBIA RD & RAVENWOOD RD
  • 10:20 AM – Mt. Gilead Baptist Church / 4768 Shannon Hill Road
  • 10:30 AM – Damore’s Store / 4814 Broad Street RD
  • 10:35 AM – Post Office-Hadensville
  • 10:45 AM – Chapel Hill Rd. and Riddles Bridge Rd
  • 10:55 AM – New Market on corner / VA-6 & Hadensville-Fife Rd
  • 11:00 AM – Byrd Elementary School

In addition to free meals for children, parents may purchase a meal and participate in special activities to enrich their child’s school experience.  See more details here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Rzh2ujkOT1uCaDPKb6pCkYLKidpi27XE/view?usp=sharing

Goochland County Public Schools is excited to support our students’ wellness and academic needs this summer through this program.  For any questions, contact School Nutrition Supervisor Ms. Lisa Landrum at 804-556-5604 or llandrum@glnd.k12.va.us

Mr. Vernon Fleming Appointed Interim District 3 School Board Representative

On Wednesday, May 30, during a special meeting of the Goochland County School Board, Mr. Vernon Fleming was appointed interim representative for District 3, replacing Mr. John L. Lumpkins, Jr., who began his interim term on the Goochland Board of Supervisors on May 1.  

Mr. Fleming is a native of the area, having grown up adjacent to Goochland in Louisa County and having attended Louisa County Public Schools .  He and his wife are parents to six children, including two current students in Goochland County Public Schools. He currently serves in a leadership role at Performance Food Group, the latest position in a career spent in large corporations.  Before and during his career in the business world, Mr. Fleming served for twenty years in the United States Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. During his Army career, Mr. Fleming served as an associate professor of Military Science at the College of William and Mary.  

In the Goochland community, Mr. Fleming has maintained active roles in his church, on the Board of the Directors of the Goochland Historical Society, and on the Board of Directors of the Shady Grove Rosenwald School.  He has served as District Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America and as a Big Brother in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Richmond.

Mr. Fleming is eager to serve the Goochland community through his work on the School Board, to include “ensuring schools are adequately funded and properly staffed with qualified administrators and teachers, and doing everything possible to provide a quality and inspiring educational experience for OUR children.”

Mr. Fleming will be sworn in on Friday, June 1, at the Goochland Office of the Circuit Court Clerk.  “Mr. Fleming clearly has a passion for children and for service to his community,” said Mr. John D. Wright, Chair of the Goochland School Board. “We are excited to add his skills and perspective to our board.”

 

Distinguished Guests, Families, and Staff Gather to Recognize Goochland CTE and Military Signees

On Tuesday, May 29, 7th Congressional District Representative Dave Brat joined Dr. Jeremy Raley, Superintendent, Mr. Bruce Watson, Director of Career and Technical Education, and students, teachers, families, and community business and military representatives to recognize Goochland High Class of 2018 seniors who are transitioning directly into the workforce and the military.  Among the destinations for GHS seniors are Carter Machinery, Luck Stone, Newport News Shipbuilding, the United States Marine Corps, and the United States Navy.

Representative Brat addresses the students at the signing ceremony

Representative Brat congratulated the students, noting their achievements are part of a greater movement to make schools more engaging and our country more competitive through developing students with skills in trades and the workforce.  Mr. Michael Verrastro, Heavy Equipment instructor, Mr. Tim Greenway, CTE chair and carpentry instructor, and Lt. Col. Kevin Williams, MCJROTC instructor, recognized each student for their individual accomplishments.

“Our students have taken advantage of the engaging classroom experience and variety of offerings in our schools with the added bonus of hours of practical, on the job experience,” said Mr. Christopher Collier, principal of Goochland High School.  “We are so proud of our students who are joining the workforce and entering lucrative and engaging fields as well as those who are answering the call of duty for our country. We want to make this even bigger next year.”

Goochland High School and Goochland Technical Center have nurtured a growing MCJROTC program and a variety of CTE programs, including heavy equipment, carpentry, nursing, culinary arts, and veterinary technician programs.  Students from all academic backgrounds participate in GCPS Career and Technical Education programming.

Goochland CTE Heavy Equipment Program Named VDOE Region 1 Creating Excellence Award Winner

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Date: May 8, 2018 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Mr. Andrew R. Armstrong, Executive Director of Business Operations  aarmstrong@glnd.k12.va.us  | (804) 332 0965  | @glndschools www.goochlandschools.org

The Virginia Department of Education recently announced that the Goochland County Public Schools Utility/Heavy Construction I and II program has been selected as the Region 1 winner from among 38 high schools in 16 central Virginia school divisions of the 2018 Creating Excellence Program Award.  The Creating Excellence Awards are presented annually to recognize exemplary programs and partnerships that promote excellence in career and technical education.

The GCPS Heavy Equipment Program, taught by Mr. Michael Verrastro, is unique in the Commonwealth, and has worked collaboratively with community organizations and equipment suppliers from around the state to provide students with the opportunity to gain firsthand experience in the operation of heavy equipment.  Students have used their skills to enhance several projects in the division and the county.

“Our heavy equipment program has been a great source of pride for our school division,” said Mr. Bruce Watson, Director of Career and Technical Education.  “The skill of Mr. Verrastro, the enthusiasm of our students, and the support of our business and community partners have allowed us to engage our students in ways that cannot be found in any other school or division”.

Mr. Verrastro demonstrates Heavy Equipment for GES students
Mr. Verrastro demonstrates Heavy Equipment for GES students

The GCPS staff will be recognized at an awards luncheon on June 14, hosted by the VDOE Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education.  Heavy Equipment is one of many CTE offerings that have distinguished GCPS in creating a balanced experience that engages all students in deeper learning.  

 

 

 

Goochland County Public Schools Recognizes Top Teachers and Staff at the 2018 Celebration of Excellence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Goochland, VA – May 8, 2018

Contact: Mr. Andrew R. Armstrong, Executive Director of Business Operations  aarmstrong@glnd.k12.va.us  |  (804) 332 0965  |  @glndschools www.goochlandschools.org

On Tuesday, May 1, Goochland County Public Schools held its second Celebration of Excellence at the newly renovated Central High School Cultural and Educational Center to recognize 2018 retirees, Teacher of the Year, Employee of the Year, Team of the Year, and for the first time this year, Volunteer and Rookie of the Year.  The Celebration of Excellence featured food prepared and served by Goochland High Culinary Arts students and GCPS Food Service, and plaques were made by our GCPS Career and Technical Education Department.

The Goochland Education Foundation joined Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Raley in presenting awards to the evening’s distinguished recipients:

  • Liz Alford, Goochland High Teacher of the Year
  • Patrick Gordon, Goochland Middle Teacher of the Year
  • Simone Jones, Byrd Elementary Teacher of the Year
  • Jaime Sprouse, Randolph Elementary Teacher of the Year
  • Kelley Taylor, Goochland Elementary Teacher of the Year 

Ms. Kelley Taylor, 1st grade teacher at Goochland Elementary School, was selected as the Goochland County Public Schools 2018 Teacher of the Year.  She will be considered with teachers from across the Commonwealth for the honor of being the 2018 Mary Bicouvaris Virginia Teacher of the Year.

The GCPS Employee of the Year is Instructional Technology Resource Coach Ms. Krystle Demas. 

The GCPS Team of the Year is the GHS Counseling Team, which includes Dr. Beth Fowler, Mr. Doug Getter, and Ms. Ashton Guza.

The inaugural Rookie of the Year is Ms. Katie Schihl, Special Education teacher from Goochland Middle School.

GCPS Volunteer of the Year is Dr. Richard Carchman, for his service in all our schools, especially at Byrd Elementary.

Goochland Public Schools retirees Ms. Kim Bachmann, Mrs. Deborah Blackburn, Mrs. Margaret Dickerson, Ms. Linda Drake, Mr. Bryan Gordon, Ms. Deborah Riggan, and Ms. Tina Taylor account for over 140 years of experience in Goochland County Public Schools.

Ms. Katie Schihl, 2018 Rookie of the Year
Ms. Katie Schihl, 2018 Rookie of the Year
GHS Counseling Team of the Year
GHS Counseling Team, Team of the Year (L-R, Dr. Beth Fowler, Dr. Raley, Ms. Ashton Guza, Mr. Doug Getter
2018 Employee of the Year
Mrs. Krystle Demas, Instructional Technology Resource Coach, 2018 Employee of the Year
Dr. Richard Carchman, 2018 Volunteer of the Year
Dr. Richard Carchman, 2018 Volunteer of the Year
Ms. Kelley Taylor, 2018 GCPS Teacher of the Year
Ms. Kelley Taylor, 2018 GCPS Teacher of the Year

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goochland County School Board Reorganizes and Plans for District 3 Opening

At their monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 1, the Goochland County Board of Supervisors swore in Mr. John L. Lumpkins, Jr. as the Supervisor for District 3. With Mr. Lumpkins’ departure from his position as Chair of the Goochland County School Board to assume his Supervisor position, the School Board met on Wednesday, May 2 to conduct the business of School Board re-organization and planning to fill the vacancy for District 3 representative to the School Board.

Mr. John D. Wright, District 5 representative, was unanimously approved by the Board to serve as Chair, a position he assumes immediately. With his approval as Chair, Mrs. Beth Hardy, District 4 representative, was selected as the Vice Chair. Mr. Michael Payne, District 1 representative, will now serve as the alternate to Mr. Wright on the Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Board.

The School Board approved the following calendar for the appointment of the District 3 representative, who will serve in the position until a special election in November of 2018:

  • The Tuesday, May 8 School Board meeting has been moved to Tuesday, May 15, beginning with open meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the County Administration Building Board Room located at 1800 Sandy Hook Road, Room 250, Goochland, VA 23063.
  • On Tuesday, May 15, School Board members will review applications for the interim board member during closed session. All applications must be submitted by 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, May 14 to Diane Bennett, School Board Clerk, in order to be considered. Only individuals submitting completed applications will be considered. Applications are available online at this link.
  • Applicants will be given the opportunity to address the Board during public comment at the Tuesday, May 15 School Board Meeting. The Board will not be responding to candidates who address the Board regarding their interest in this interim position during this public comment session.
  • A special School Board meeting will be held on Thursday, May 30 to deliberate about interested applicants and appoint the District 3 Board representative.

The successful applicant will be appointed on May 30 by the School Board and will be sworn in before the first meeting with the Board on June 12. Any questions about the process can be directed to Ms. Diane Bennett, Clerk of the School Board of Goochland County at dbennett@glnd.k12.va.us or 804-556-5630.

Goochland School Board Member Mrs. Beth Hardy Recognized as PRSA Richmond Thomas Jefferson Award Winner

The Richmond Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) announced that Mrs. Beth A. Hardy, APR, is this year’s Thomas Jefferson Award winner.  The Thomas Jefferson Award recognizes the achievement of a seasoned public relations practitioner who has made an ongoing commitment to the advancement of the profession.  Mrs. Hardy currently serves as Goochland’s District 4 School Board Member, a position she has held since being elected in 2011. She recently completed her second term as Board Chair during the 2017 calendar year.

Mrs. Hardy is the president of Hardy Communications and has over 25 years of experience in public relations, with a focus on strategic marketing and communications planning for both public and private businesses.  

In addition to her many accomplishments professionally and in her service to Goochland County Public Schools, Mrs. Hardy has served as a Board Member of the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA), where she has focused her work on advocacy for public education through legislation, making various trips to Washington, D.C. to create awareness among members of congress to the challenges and opportunities around educational improvement.  Her local efforts have benefited the students and families of Goochland as well. “The schools have benefited tremendously from the positive working relationship between the School Board and County Board of Supervisors,” said Mr. John L. Lumpkins, Jr., School Board Chair. “For going on seven years, Beth has tirelessly and consistently been in a lead role in the success of GCPS”

Mrs. Hardy will be recognized at the 71st Virginia Public Relations Awards, to be held in Richmond on Thursday, May 24.  The Richmond chapter of the Public Relations Society of America is a professional organization that serves over 300 public relations practitioners living and working in Central Virginia, and has roots going back nearly 70 years.

Goochland County School Board Chair John L. Lumpkins, Jr. Appointed Interim Supervisor

The Goochland County Board of Supervisors appointed Mr. John L. Lumpkins, Jr. interim supervisor for District 3 at their Tuesday, April 17 meeting. Mr. Lumpkins is currently serving his second term on the Goochland School Board as the representative from District 3, a position he has held since being elected in 2011. He is also the current Chair of the Board, a position he held before in 2015. Mr. Lumpkins is a graduate of the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond and operates his own law firm.

Mr. Lumpkins’ leadership, knowledge, advocacy for students, and keen eye for detail have contributed to the rapid and meaningful progress of Goochland County Public Schools under the leadership of the current School Board.

The Goochland County School Board will work to fill Mr. Lumpkins’ vacancy on the Board per Virginia Code requirements in the weeks ahead. Read Goochland County’s press release with more information on Mr. Lumpkins’ appointment here.