Goochland Middle Teacher Recognized as National STEM Ambassador

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Goochland, VA – May 5, 2017

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Goochland Middle Teacher Recognized as National STEM Ambassador

Mrs. Anne Moore, Goochland Middle School Career and Technical Education Teacher and Robotics Coach, has recently been distinguished with the honor of becoming one of only ten National Science Teachers Association(NSTA)/National Council of Teachers of Mathematics(NCTM) STEM Ambassadors in the United States.  Mrs. Moore, who was previously distinguished as a Presidential Award Winner for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, is a member of the first cadre of STEM ambassadors.  

Her award places her among an elite group of experienced teachers who will advocate on behalf of teachers within policy and research dialogues at the national and local level.  Details on the STEM Ambassador program can be found here:  http://www.nsta.org/about/clpa/ambassador.aspx

Mrs. Moore is excited to represent Goochland County Public Schools on a national level.  “I am very honored to have been chosen and appreciate the wonderful work we do in GCPS that supports STEM instruction and development”.  Mrs. Moore will spend several days in Washington, D.C. this summer meeting with federal leaders and training to effectively advocate for STEM education at all levels.

Goochland County Public Schools has become a state leader in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education, incorporating various content areas into growing Career and Technical Education classes that allow students to experience science and mathematics in context with authentic experiences.  Mrs. Moore and her colleagues at Goochland Middle School have integrated authentic learning and STEM into the middle school curriculum through greater collaboration and project based learning.   

GCPS Recognizes Distinguished Employees and Retirees at the “Night of Excellence”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Goochland, VA – May 3, 2017

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

On Tuesday, May 2, Goochland County Public Schools held its first “Night of Excellence” at the Goochland High cafeteria to recognize 2017 retirees, Teacher of the Year, and for the first time, the Employee and Team of the Year.  The Night of Excellence featured food prepared and served by Goochland High Culinary Arts students and GCPS Food Service, and music was provided by the Goochland High School Jazz Ensemble.  

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

 

  • Mr. Neil Burch, Goochland High Teacher of the Year
  • Mrs. Jennifer Gates, Randolph Elementary Teacher of the Year
  • Ms. Katie Gill, Goochland Middle Teacher of the Year
  • Mrs. Sarah Smith, Goochland Elementary Teacher of the Year
  • Mrs. Rachel Wiggins, Byrd Elementary Teacher of the Year

 

Mrs. Jennifer Gates, 4th grade teacher at Randolph Elementary School, was selected as the Goochland County Public Schools 2017 Teacher of the Year.  

The GCPS Employee of the Year is Randolph Elementary Custodian Ms. Nikki Harris.  The GCPS Team of the Year is the Preschool Team, which includes the ECSE and Head Start staff, located at Goochland Elementary.

 Goochland Public Schools retirees Mr. John Dacey, GHS teacher;  Mr. Forrest Henley, Transportation;  Mrs. Martha Wunsh, BES nurse; Ms. Delores Johnson, Custodian; and Mrs. Alva Allen, secretary account for 130 years of experience in public education, with 125 of those years in Goochland County Public Schools.

 

 

    

 

Goochland County Public Schools Featured in 21st Annual VSBA Showcases for Success Directory

Date: April 18, 2017 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Goochland County Public Schools Featured in 21st Annual VSBA Showcases for Success Directory Goochland, VA – The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) has released its 21st annual VSBA Showcases for Success directory, highlighting successful K-12 programs in Virginia’s public schools. Goochland County Public Schools is one of 56 school divisions from across the Commonwealth that has programs featured in the directory. Programs from Goochland County Public Schools are:

Alternate Route to Licensure in Goochland Schools

The path to full licensure for provisionally licensed teachers can be long, time-intensive, and expensive. Goochland County Public Schools created a seminar experience for four CTE teachers and submitted a proposal to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to create an alternative path to licensure.   Once the plan was approved, part one of the plan was implemented in April, and the four teachers met with the instructional team to begin the field practica, professional reading, direct instruction, and collaborative work sessions.   Part two of the program was conducted for five days in June where the teachers engaged in face-to-face instruction and discussions led by experts from within our school system.   The program provided training in human growth and development, curriculum and instruction, instructional design based on data, classroom management, and foundations of education and reading.   

Curriculum and Innovation Teacher Program

GCPS offered four teachers extended contracts to help us develop high-quality, project-based learning experiences for students in grades 3-8 so that their peer teachers could better benefit from having first-class exemplars of PBL that focused on deeper learning.  Deeper learning has been the focus behind our internationally-recognized 1:1 implementation with iPads in grades 3-8. Research has consistently demonstrated that an infusion of new technology without modifications to pedagogy will not deliver increases in student achievement.  By providing teachers a variety of PBL experiences aligned to our own Virginia SOL and the eight standards for high quality project-based learning by the Buck Institute, in combination with professional development and coaching, the work undertaken first in the summer with these teachers is now bringing deeper learning experiences to our students in the elementary and middle-school grades.

Performance Assessment Partnership

Goochland County Public Schools’ Balanced Assessment Project is built on an equilibrium among both assessment purpose (achievement versus growth) and assessment type (traditional versus nontraditional).  Entering the fourth year of our assessment work, we are seeing strong outcomes for students along with positive impacts to day-to-day classroom instruction.  As part of the next evolution of this work, we have established a strong partnership with Chesterfield County Public Schools and Dr. Chris Gareis from William & Mary University in the development of nineteen signature performance assessments that will used K-12 and evaluated cross-divisionally during the 2017-18 school year.  These performance assessments are being developed by teachers and are aimed and measuring “the five Cs” along with content knowledge.  This work represents best practice in terms of the Virginia’s local alternative assessment framework; moreover, it demonstrates one promising approach to providing students, teachers, and parents with a more complete picture of student learning.

The full VSBA Showcases for Success directory is available at www.vsba.org/showcases. It includes division-wide programs, as well as those at elementary, middle, and high school levels. Featured programs highlight successful programs related to Innovative Programs, School Initiatives, and Partnerships.  For more information about the VSBA Showcases for Success, contact Gina Patterson, VSBA executive director, at gina@vsba.org or 434-295-8722. ###

Goochland County Public Schools Career Day to Take Place on March 14

Over 70 local and regional businesses will be featured at the 2017 Goochland County Public Schools Career Day on Tuesday, March 14 at Goochland High School between 8:30 and 12:00. Representatives will include various local and national firms and corporations, including CarMax, Capital One, Luck Stone, Carter Equipment, Goochland Animal Clinic, Goochland Fire and EMS, Central Virginia Electrical Contractors Association, Mason & Hanger Architects and Engineers, and more.

The GCPS Career and Technical Education Department has organized this event for four years. All students grades 6 through 12 will have a chance to explore and interact with representatives from a variety of careers.

“This is the largest career fair ever for GCPS. It brings our students-both those who plan to pursue post secondary education and those entering the workforce-exposure to the careers of the 21st century”, said Mr. Bruce Watson, Goochland County Public Schools Director of Career and Technical Education.

This year GCPS will open the Career Fair up to the greater community. Anyone interested can visit Goochland High during the regular career fair hours of 8:30 to noon.

Goochland Public Schools Celebrate Black History Month 2017

The contributions African Americans have made to American history and culture are being celebrated in many ways throughout the month of February (Black History Month) by the students and staff of Goochland County Public Schools. Here are just a few examples:

At Byrd Elementary School, the theme for February is “Recognizing African American Achievements and Contributions”. All classes will select a famous African American who has contributed to the shaping of our country via actions or through literature. The class will learn about this person and will either decorate their door or complete a bulletin board. Students will be given the opportunity to visit all displays in February.

Goochland Elementary School is celebrating Black History Month by creating their ownBlack History Month Artifact Museum”, with each GES class creating an artifact box about a famous African American containing 5-10 important artifacts about the person’s life. Boxes will be on display in the library media center and students will have the opportunity for a “guided” tour of the museum this month.

At Randolph Elementary School, students are creating a digital “Voices of Freedom” quilt illustrating the meaning of a famous quote from an African American in addition to Facebook biography profiles of notable African Americans. Students will complete a STEM engineering project that displays the contributions by African Americans in a creative way. First grade students will work with the librarian to study African American authors and illustrators, and the library will also facilitate a Underground Railroad Ozobot Timeline/Map Project to accompany an interactive Black History Month book display.

At Goochland Middle School, students are “Celebrating, Recognizing and Appreciating the Achievements of African Americans” through a wide variety of activities. In English, students are working to create an “African American Achievement Through the Ages” timeline to be displayed in the library. Social Studies classes are contributing daily historical or current facts to the morning announcements to recognize historical and current achievements of African Americans. Math classes have developed a mathematical representation of the March on Washington, and fine arts classes are celebrating the musical influences of African Americans and studying coil “Kambala” baskets of Angola and Zaire and their use during slavery. In addition, all 6th grade social studies classes are visiting the Second Union Rosenwald School here in Goochland to explore our place in African American history.

Goochland High School is celebrating “American Legacies: An African American Perspective”. GHS will highlight a national or state renown African American each week in February, with students presenting the information on the GHS News twice weekly. A Black History QOD (Question of the Day) will be tweeted daily, with answers and winners being recognized each Friday morning.

To learn more or to visit to see Black History Month celebrations in action, contact your school, or follow @glndschools on Twitter and look for #GCPSblackhistory

Three Goochland High Students Selected to Participate in the 2017 SPARK! Hackathon

Goochland High School students James Deloach, Austin Payne, and Jack Williamson have been selected to attend the 2017 SPARK! Hackathon, to take place on January 28 and 29. James, Austin, and Jack were among over 90 applicants from 16 regional schools to apply for places at this year’s Hackathon.

In partnership with Mozilla, St. Anne’s-Belfield School will host the SPARK! Hackathon, a two-day event of learning and making that is open to high school students throughout the region and offers them a unique opportunity to get connected to industry experts and other students who are passionate about changing the world through technology.

A “Hackathon” is described on the SPARK! Website (www.spark.stab.org) as “an event where people come together to collaborate on creating tech that solve real-world problems”. Mozilla, the free-software community and maker of web browser Firefox, is partnering with SPARK! and sending mentors from across the nation to join the event.

James, Austin, and Jack’s interest in coding, computer science, and engineering was nurtured through their work in Programming and CTE courses offered at Goochland High School.   Mrs. Joanne DiTerlizzi work with all three students in the GHS Introduction to Computer Science class, a preparatory class for students brand new to programming. “James, Austin, and Jack are dedicated, hard working students who make special efforts to help other students in class”, says Mrs. DiTerlizzi. “They are great representatives of GHS at the Hackathon”.

Goochland High School Achieves “W!SE Blue Star School” Status

Goochland High School was awarded “Blue Star School” status for its exceptional performance on the W!SE Financial Literacy Certification test in 2016. The “Blue Star School” distinction is limited only to schools in which over 75% of students pass the W!SE assessment with an average score of over 80%.

The W!SE assessment is a cumulative test administered to all students as part of the Virginia graduation requirement to successfully complete a course in financial literacy that began with the class of 2015. Only 283 high schools nationwide achieved Blue Star status, with only half of Virginia high schools achieving the distinction. Goochland High Economics and Personal Finance teacher Mr. Joe Fowler has led GHS to Blue Star Status, and has also been recognized as a W!SE Gold Star teacher.

Mr. Fowler displays the Blue Star Banner

“Regardless of the path our graduates take after GHS, they are all going to need to be able to manage checking account, credit, and insurance, as well as budget for future needs and goals”, says Mr. Fowler. “The skills they gain through Economics and Personal Finance will be skills that they use every day as adults”.

The requirement that all Virginia high school graduates pass Economics and Personal Finance was implemented in 2009 by the Virginia General Assembly and Board of Education to enhance student preparation for the realities of the 21st century economy.

Goochland Student Athletes and Performers Receive All-State Honors for Fall 2016 Season

The Virginia High School League (VHSL) recently announced Group 2A All-State Teams for the fall 2016 season, and Goochland High School was represented in both the football and girls volleyball selections. Individual performances were also recognized at the state level in theatre and cross country.

The Goochland High girls volleyball team, the undefeated 2015 Group 2A state champion, advanced to the regional semifinals in 2016. Alexis Wiggins, junior, and Casey Spencer, senior, were named to the second team all-state.

The VHSL State Theatre Festival recognized Tevin Davis, senior, as the Group 2A Outstanding Actor for his performance as Captain Hollis in Kaleidoscope. The Goochland theatre ensemble finished fourth in the state festival.

Austin Bruce, senior, placed among the top 10 individual finishers at the VHSL 2A state cross country meet with a time of 16:55.

The Goochland High football team advanced to the state semifinals in 2016. Of the 32 players selected from the state for each of the first and second teams, Goochland High was represented on the first team by senior running back Marcus Burton, junior defensive lineman Ricky Mayfield, senior defensive end Clay Brooks, senior defensive back Calvin Martin, senior offensive lineman Josh Clarke, and senior defender Cordell Mattox.

The excellence recognized across diverse sports and activities is exceptional, said Goochland High Athletic Director Bryan Gordon. “Very few schools do such excellent work in different activities. We are proud to provide quality opportunities for our students to shine on the field, on the stage, and on the floor”.

Goochland County Public Schools have distinguished themselves with a variety of extracurricular and athletic offerings at both the middle and high school levels, where traditional sports such as football, basketball, and baseball compete each year at the same level as swimming, cross country, theatre, scholastic bowl, and tennis, where students and teams have also achieved at the district, region, and state level.

“It is no secret that deeper learning requires more than only what happens in the classroom. Our students learn the value of sportsmanship, teamwork, and collaboration with the guidance of our dedicated coaches and sponsors”, said Dr. Jeremy Raley, Superintendent of Goochland County Public Schools.

Winter activities and sports continue with wrestling, basketball, indoor track, debate, forensics, swimming, band, and chorus.

Goochland County Public Schools Ranked #8 Division in the Commonwealth

The Goochland County Public Schools were recently recognized by Niche.com as the 8th Best School District in Virginia.  This rating is based on a rigorous analysis of statistics as well as student and parent reviews for schools across the Commonwealth.  In a statement released by Niche, GCPS “achieved this ranking by scoring highly on a variety of factors including SAT/ACT scores, student-teacher ratio, the quality of colleges that students consider, and reviews from students and parents”.

When determining a rating, Niche ranks various factors and weights different performance measures.  The greatest weight is placed on an academic measure and is 50% of the rating.  Culture & diversity, health & safety, student & parent surveys, and teacher quality are each weighted at 10%.  Resources & facilities are 5% of the overall assessment, while clubs, activities and sports are weighted at 2.5% each.

In addition to receiving this recognition as one of the top school divisions in the Commonwealth, Goochland High School ranked in the top 100 of public high schools in the state.  Dr. Jeremy Raley, Superintendent for Goochland County Public Schools, attributes this success to the talented employees who work for GCPS and the investment that the Goochland County Community has made in public education.  “This accomplishment is made possible by the skills and talent of our dedicated workforce who strive every day to maximize the potential of every learner.  In addition, this success is the result of a supportive School Board and community that values excellence”.

Goochland County Public Schools have demonstrated their superior performance across all dimensions of the total school experience .  In addition to this most recent rating, GCPS is only one of 10 school divisions in Virginia to have all of its schools fully accredited for 10 straight years.  On state assessments, Goochland students outperformed the Virginia state average in SOL pass percentage in all content areas.  Goochland students had the 6th best social studies scores in the state and the 11th best reading SOL scores when compared to other students in the Commonwealth.  In addition, GCPS has received recognition by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) for serving as a model for budget development and Kenny Bouwens, a teacher at Goochland High School, represents the division as the State Technology Education Teacher of the Year.  

“Goochland County Public Schools is a proud and successful school division that has demonstrated its success as a leader in providing students with innovative and authentic learning experiences that will allow students to gain the skills and abilities that are needed to be successful in a changing global economy.  We are proud of our accomplishments and look forward to continually striving to inspire and prepare our students to make a positive impact in the world around them”. – Dr. Jeremy Raley, Superintendent

For a full list of the 2017 rankings methodologies and data sources from Niche, visit k12.niche.com/rankings

Goochland County School Board Selects New Student Representative

The Goochland County Public Schools School Board selected Miss Chloe Lyda, current 11th grade student at Goochland High School, to serve as the student representative to the Board at the November monthly meeting on November 8.  Her term will begin with the December monthly meeting on Tuesday, December 13.

Miss Lyda has distinguished herself at Goochland High School both in and out of the classroom.  She has volunteered with the Goochland Education Foundation, served as the 9th and 10th grade class president, received the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Award in 10th grade, and attended the Brown University summer program for the past two years.  Miss Lyda currently serves as the Goochland High School SCA president and is a member of four different academic honoraries, including National Honor Society, as well as the Minority Advisory Council.

Mr. Christopher Collier, Principal of Goochland High School, is excited for Miss Lyda’s work representing the student voice on the Board. “Chloe will provide a true representation of our entire student body and is passionate about making a difference in her community. I have no doubt that Chloe will represent the students of Goochland County Public Schools well”.

Student representatives to the Goochland County School Board participate in many aspects of the Board’s work, and provide feedback during monthly meetings from their seat on the dias.