Goochland High Football Earns All-State Honors, Bill Dudley Foundation Scholarship

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Date: December 27, 2018 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

aarmstrong@glnd.k12.va.us  |@glndschools|www.goochlandschools.org

The Goochland High School football team, led by first year head coach Alex Fruth, compiled a 14-1 record and a trip to the VHSL Class 2 state finals. The team received numerous accolades, including several players named to the VHSL Class 2 All-State Football Teams.

The All-State First Team included 6 Goochland High players. Center Justin Hawk, offensive lineman Connor Duncan, defensive lineman Jamal Carter, linebacker Sam Brooks, defensive back Devin McCray, and defensive all-purpose player Kindrick Braxton were all named to the First Team.  Kicker Jacob Hayward was named to the All-State Second Team.  A total of 32 players were chosen to each All-State team from across the Commonwealth.  Each All-State selection committee is composed of eight football coaches, representing each of the four VHSL regions.

Goochland senior Sam Brooks was recognized as the 2018 winner of the Bill Dudley Foundation Scholarship, awarded at the Dudley Award ceremony sponsored by the Touchdown Club of Richmond.  The Bill Dudley Foundation Scholarship is awarded to the top scholar football player in the Metro Richmond area.  Sam was honored with the top collegiate football players in the Commonwealth at the Dudley Award ceremony.

Pictured: Sam Brooks receives the 2019 Bill Dudley Foundation Scholarship

The $5000 scholarship goes to the player that best distinguishes himself in the areas of academic performance, extracurricular activities, community service, and athletic performance.  Sam is the second Bulldog selected for the prestigious award in the past four years. Current Richmond Spider Reid Chenault won the award in 2015.

Spanish-English Help Night 2019

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Date: December 26, 2018 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Goochland High Students Work to Coordinate Spanish-English Help Night

In an ongoing project in the Advanced College Academy Spanish 202 classes, Humanos de Goochland (https://humanosdegoochland.wordpress.com), Goochland High students determined that the population of both Goochland County and nearby neighbors includes a significant Hispanic population. Of that population, many are Spanish-speaking and have limited English proficiency.

Students worked with professionals in the community and have coordinated Spanish-English Help Night, or Noche de Ayuda: Español-Inglés.  This event is scheduled to take place at Goochland High School in the cafeteria from 5:15 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 10.

The event is open to the entire community and will provide information for any person with limited English proficiency related to school services, procedures, and materials. Visitors can also connect with professionals, learn about employment opportunities, and learn how to ask specific questions on various topics.  Volunteer interpretation services and materials will be available related to medicine and health care, finances and banking, home utility services, child care, community recreational activities, and faith-based organizations.

Dinner has been donated and will be served to participants and guests from 5:15 until 6:00.

Students are still seeking volunteers, preferably with Spanish language skills, in any community organization.  Contact Ms. Olivia Exum, GHS teacher facilitator, at oexum@glnd.k12.va.us or contact Morgan Butler, GHS student, Spanish National Honor Society president, and project leader, at 18butlerm@glnd.k12.va.us for more information.

 

 

 

 

Randolph Elementary “Space Tamales” are Lego Robotics State Champions

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Date: December 4, 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 Randolph Elementary School Lego Robotics Team, the “Space Tamales”, took home first place at this weekend’s state championship competition for the First Lego League.  The competition took place in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

The team’s innovation was the Space Tamale Blanket, a design that used hydrogen rich recyclables such as styrofoam and polyethylene to protect astronauts from galactic cosmic rays.  The team’s work also led to the development of applications that could protect pilots and flight attendants.

Coaches Sherrill Kaufmann, Randolph Elementary School gifted resource teacher, and Sean DeArras were joined by mentors Ann DeArras and RES teacher Johanna Schmeichel.  Team members include Brogan Boyle, Caroline Lohr, Kyranna Stratiou, Jesus Gonzalez, Edwin Ramirez, Johnny Vega, Armando Baltazar, and Joshua Gaskill.

Coach Sherrill Kaufmann is proud of this accomplishment, the culmination of months of work.  “This has been a labor of love for all of us-coaches, students, and their families.  We are excited to be recognized, but the teamwork, the innovation, and the creativity have been the real reward.”

The Space Tamales have been approached about sharing their project at the national level.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Krystle Demas Recognized as Tech Coach of the Year by VSTE

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Date: December 3, 2018 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

At today’s annual conference of VSTE, the Virginia Society of Technology in Education, Goochland County Public Schools Instructional Technology Coach Mrs. Krystle Demas was recognized as a “tech coach of the year” for 2018.  VSTE is the state’s largest technology and education professional organization and operates as a chapter of the International Society for Technology in Education. VSTE recognized three individuals from among tech coaches in Virginia at its awards program.

Mrs. Demas serves as an Instructional Technology Coach at Randolph and Goochland Elementary Schools and was nominated for her dedication to improvement of student outcomes, support of teachers, and her work to maximize the potential of others through her positivity. She was named Goochland’s employee of the year last spring and was also selected as a presenter at this year’s VSTE conference. Mrs. Demas was part of the team at RES recognized for the G21 Gold Award in August.

“It’s an incredibly humbling experience to be recognized by VSTE as one of the top tech coaches across the state,” said Mrs. Demas. “I feel fortunate to work with a dedicated team in Goochland and with so many incredible teachers across two schools.”

Dr. Jeremy Raley, Superintendent, congratulated Mrs. Demas on her recognition.  “We are so fortunate in Goochland to have Mrs. Demas on our team.  She is a perfect example of the value our staff brings to the experience of our students and how that distinguishes our division.”

Goochland County Public Schools employs 4 full time Instructional Technology Coaches to support teachers and students in creating engaging instructional experiences.