Congratulations to GHS senior Kayla McCormick! Kayla’s art piece, “Other World”, earned her a SILVER KEY award from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. This is a mixed media piece made from paper and acrylic paint on canvas.
Congratulations to the Goochland High School Scholastic Bowl team for winning the Quad Rivers Conference 34 Scholastic Bowl championship. Way to go bulldogs!
GHS is pleased to host four foreign exchange students this year. Joining the bulldog family this year are students from China, Germany, and Vietnam.
It’s homecoming week at Goochland High School. Students have enjoyed a special spirit focus each day that will conclude on Friday with the annual homecoming pep rally and football game. Additionally, students will enjoy the homecoming dance Saturday evening. Special thanks to SCA sponsors, sophomore class sponsors, and all students who have contributed to making this a great homecoming week.
The October 2014 edition of Virginia Living magazine arrived this week. Among the stories included is one highlighting the state of education and “Featuring Top High Schools and Colleges.” Goochland High School is noted on page 123 in a section focused on science, math and technology.
The Virginia Living magazine writes, “Goochland High School’s recently expanded career and technical education program will offer 10 new courses this fall. A renovation of the CTE facility at the school includes new heavy-duty equipment; a simulator on loan from Luck Stone (a producer of crushed stone, sand and gravel) for the heavy-duty equipment operations program, kitchens for its culinary arts program, a new health science lab and a USMC JROTC facility.”
Many thanks to all who have contributed and helped to make this happen and to the Virginia Living magazine for including GHS in its article on top high schools.
As you know, PowerSchool has been used to manage our record keeping with grades and attendance. We now have a system in place that will manage learning activities and interactions in a virtual space. It is called Schoology.
Dr. John Hendron, Director of Innovation and Strategy, noted in a recent blog that Schoology offers a number of great features such as: ▪ a dedicated account for your child, with sign-on to the system using their Goochland-provided Google account, ▪ the ability to access a course calendar that records assignments, due dates, and assessments, ▪ a standards tracker for teachers to see how students are progressing with both the Virginia SOL and additional standards we may reference such as twenty-first century skills, ▪ a communications platform for students to privately message teachers for help, ▪ an assignment engine that includes support for teacher rubrics and feedback with comments, voice, and video feedback, ▪ integration with Google Apps for Education so students can seamlessly turn in work from their Google Drive, ▪ integration with PowerSchool so that courses are pre-created and populated for teachers, ▪ curriculum resource sharing for teachers — so that putting together new lessons can be easily done using a shared catalog of lesson ideas, assignments, quizzes, and more.
In many ways Schoology is like Facebook and provides support for microblogging, with short updates that can be sent by teachers to one or more classes simultaneously. These updates might be words of encouragement, a reminder about an upcoming quiz, or a question for students to respond to (via comments). In addition, every teacher can have a Schoology blog. The blogs are independent of a course. All new teachers this year were trained on setting up a Schoology blog. This week we are updating our teacher lists on school websites to direct you to these public blogs. In the coming weeks, we will also be adding these links into PowerSchool as a secondary reference point. Either way, you will be just one click away from a teacher blog. Veteran teachers can elect to start a new Schoology blog, or to maintain their previous WordPress blog. Again, these links will be provided on the teacher lists on each school’s website. After we become better established with the new system, we will open up parental access in Schoology. This feature will require parents to sign in. The benefit for parents is that they can see more detail within courses that is not public, such as access to their student’s assignments, teacher feedback, and access to course updates. We will be very clear across the division with all stakeholders when this feature is ready and how to proceed. Our goal is to provide you the best opportunity for keeping informed about your student’s progress. If you have any questions about your child’s progress, do not hesitate to contact their teachers, counselor, or administrator directly. We look forward to working with you.