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.

Mr. Joe Fowler Named Student Activities Director at Goochland High School

The Goochland County School Board approved the recommendation to appoint Mr. Joe Fowler, current teacher and head football coach at Goochland High School, as the new GHS Student Activities Director at their April 10th meeting.  Mr. Fowler will assume the role occupied by Mr. Bryan Gordon, who announced his retirement this year. Mr. Fowler’s experience in coaching and education has spanned over 25 years, 20 of which have taken place at Goochland High School, where Mr. Fowler has been the head football coach for the past 17 years.  In his tenure as head coach, Goochland won its only 2 state football championships in three appearances in the title game under Mr. Fowler’s leadership.

In addition to his success as head football coach, Mr. Fowler coached baseball and track.  He was named Goochland High School Teacher of the Year for his work teaching finance and economics, and was recognized for the success of his students on the W!SE Financial Literacy assessment among comparable national schools.  

Mr. Fowler has served as the assistant athletic director for the past six years, and was recognized as the VHSL Division 2 Coach of the Year in both 2016 and 2017.   He has been additionally recognized by the Associated Press, Richmond Touchdown Club, district, and region as Coach of the Year during his tenure.

“We are very excited to continue to build on the tradition of athletic and extracurricular success at Goochland High School with the leadership of Mr. Fowler,” says Dr. Jeremy Raley, Superintendent of Schools.  “His success as a coach and a teacher as well as his commitment to our community will make this important transition a win for Goochland”.

Mr. Fowler’s wife, Dr. Beth Fowler, serves as the Director of School Counseling at Goochland High School.

The recruitment and selection process for the new Goochland High football coach will begin this week.

Longtime Goochland High Athletic Director Mr. Bryan Gordon Announces Retirement

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Date: February 1, 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 Goochland County School Board accepted the retirement of Mr. Bryan Gordon, Athletic Director at Goochland High School, during their January 30 meeting.  Mr. Gordon’s experience as a teacher, dean of students, coach, athletic director, and school board member spans 31 years in Goochland County Public Schools.  

Among his accomplishments, Mr. Gordon served as head baseball and football coach at Goochland High School and was named the 2006 VHSCA State Coach of the Year in baseball, the year that Goochland High School’s baseball team won the state championship.  Two current major league baseball players played for Mr. Gordon at GHS.  

After a decorated career as a teacher and coach, Mr. Gordon assumed the role of athletic director at Goochland High School in 1993.  He will serve in that position until his retirement is effective on July 1, 2018.  Mr. Gordon was named the VIAAA State Athletic Director of the Year in 2002 and served on the Virginia HIgh School League (VHSL) Executive Committee from 2003-2006.  Under his leadership, Goochland High School has achieved success with state championships in football, tennis, track, and volleyball, while growing in the fine and performing arts and academic extracurriculars.

“Mr. Gordon’s roots and influence in our entire community cannot be understated”, said Dr. Jeremy Raley, Superintendent.  “His shoes will be hard to fill in every way.  In his multiple roles with our school division, he has dedicated a great deal of time, effort, and energy to ensure that our students have had a positive academic and extra-curricular experience”.   

Head football coach and teacher  Mr. Joe Fowler agrees.  “He has impacted so many lives during his many years at GHS. Whether in the classroom or in the dugout he has served as a role model for thousands of students. There are a lot of families where he has taught the parents and then 20 years later their children. His influence will continue on for many, many years”.   

Mr. Gordon’s sons, Patrick and Preston, continue the family tradition as coaches and teachers in GCPS. His wife, Dianna, retired as the Director of Elementary Education after serving as principal in Goochland County Public Schools.  

The recruitment and selection process for the new Goochland High director of student activities will begin this month.

 

 

Goochland County School Board Approves New Leadership for 2018

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Date: January 11, 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 Goochland County School Board approved new leadership and committee representatives for the 2018 calendar year at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.  

Mr. John Lumpkins, Jr., District 3, will succeed Mrs. Beth Hardy as Chair of the Goochland County School Board.  He began his official duties as chair during the January 9 meeting.  This is Mr. Lumpkins’ second term as chair, having previously served in this role in 2015.

Mr. John Wright, District 5, served as the Board’s Vice Chair last year and will continue to serve as the vice chair for the 2018 calendar year.  Mrs. Diane Bennett was appointed Clerk of the Board.

Several committee appointments were also named, including:

  • Mr. John Wright, Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Representative
  • Mr. John Lumpkins,  Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School Alternate
  • Mr. Kevin Hazzard, Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School Representative
  • Mr. Michael Payne and Mr. John Wright, GCPS Facilities Committee

The Goochland County School Board will meet again on Tuesday, January 16, for a budget work session.  The public is invited to attend.

 

Goochland County Public Schools Recognized as a Green School Division

Goochland County Public School Division was recognized as a silver certified “Green School Division” at last month’s Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) conference in Williamsburg, Virginia. In cooperation with Virginia Municipal League’s GoGreenVA initiative, the VSBA Green Schools Challenge recognizes school divisions that implement specific environmental policies and practical actions that reduce the carbon emissions generated by both the local school division and the broader community.

Superintendent Dr. Jeremy Raley was presented with a certificate from the Virginia School Board Association. It recognized the accomplishment of Goochland County earning 130 Green Points in the VSBA Green Schools competition. “We are excited to be recognized for our efforts to conserve energy and enhance efficiencies in our facilities in Goochland County Public Schools. Our teachers, students, and staff have been strong advocates for responsible energy use at all of our schools”.

The division has created outdoor learning spaces used for environmental education at all three elementary schools, as well as a greenhouse at Goochland High School. A solar flower installed at Goochland High Schools supplements energy conservation, and student-led environmental awareness organizations are forming at both the middle and high school.

Four of Goochland’s Schools Named Apple Distinguished Schools

Goochland County Public Schools is pleased ​to announce that four of its five schools have been recognized as Apple Distinguished Schools for 2017–2019 for focus on deeper learning with the 1:1 computing program using iPad. This year, the division expanded its program to K-2 classrooms in elementary schools, and students at Goochland High School now use MacBook Air. Students use these devices to help develop world ready skills such as communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. The division also uses innovative software to help achieve its mission of maximizing each student’s potential through software that can individualize a student’s specific needs in areas such as mathematics.

Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence that use Apple products to inspire creativity, ​collaboration, and critical thinking. They showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching, and the school environment, and have documented results of academic accomplishment.

This year, Byrd Elementary School, Goochland Elementary School, and Randolph Elementary School were awarded this designation, alongside Goochland Middle School. Goochland High School was not eligible to apply for this recognition because of the developing stage of its program.

“This recognition highlights the strong support of our technology department, the commitment of our teachers toward deeper learning, and the support of our school board to incentivize instructional innovation,” remarked John Hendron, Ed.D., Director of Innovation and Strategy for the division. “We’re proud to bring cutting-edge, engaging experiences to students,” said Goochland County Public Schools superintendent, Jeremy Raley, Ed.D. “Using these devices, we’re preparing students for an uncertain future, but one we know will require technology savvy and critical thinking.”

Examples of student engagement using iPads can be found chronicled in a series of books that were produced by the principals and staff of each school, which was submitted for consideration for the title of Apple Distinguished School. Each school’s book is available on their school website. Teachers are using Apple Classroom to manage devices and Schoology is used by students and teachers to manage digital materials, to check for understanding, and engage in virtual discussions. Parents can use the Schoology system to monitor student progress in grades 3-12.

Goochland County Public Schools provides an innovative learning environment for over 2500 students in central Virginia across five schools. Every one of Goochland’s schools is fully accredited by the Virginia Department of Education. The division’s vision is inspiring and preparing the next generation to make a positive impact. Learn more at goochlandschools.org.

Contact Dr. John G. Hendron at 804-556-5623 or jhendron@glnd.k12.va.us for more information.