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Check out this week's updates, information, and upcoming events at Goochland High School. The Bulldog Bulletin is your weekly look into the great things happening at GHS. Go Bulldogs!

💥💥Student Recognitions💥💥

The following 11th-grade students were nominated by their teachers to represent GHS as the student school board representative starting in January ‘24. Each of them will submit their resume and cover letter to the interview panel prior to their interview on Thursday, October 26th. Please congratulate these Bulldogs for their nominations:

*Kennedy Athey

*Jackson Beam

*Bill Belcher

*Elena Dewey

*Tionna Ramsey

*Madison Shibley

*Amaya Wilkerson

Academic Awards Night

Academic Awards Night will be Monday, October 23rd at 6:30 pm in the Goochland High School Auditorium. This evening we will celebrate the academic achievements of our students from last school year including AP Scholars, Book Awards, Academic Letter Awards (honor roll), College Board National Recognition, and our students in honor societies. School Counseling sent out a thrill share message on October 9th if your child will be recognized at this event.  If you got that message, there was a form for you to fill out in the email.  All students and family members are welcome to attend!  

ACA Orientation

Class of 2027 ACA students and newly admitted Class of 2026 ACA students are cordially invited, along with their parents, to attend ACA Orientation on Wednesday, November 1st, at 6:30 pm. This virtual event will feature an overview of the program, including recent curriculum changes, that will help families plan over the next four years (including summers). Topics covered will include dual enrollment fee projections, course requirements, academic standards, additional supports, and transferability of credits. 

We look forward to seeing you online at Google Meet!

AP Exam Registration

Students in Advanced Placement Courses have the option to take the AP exam associated with that course.  Higher scores on the exam can result in possible college credit depending on the college/university. AP exams are held in May; however, the College Board (the governing body of Advanced Placement Courses) requires registration by mid-November. There are fees associated with the test. Tests are $98 dollars per exam. If your student qualifies for free or reduced lunch, the exam price is $63. Payment is made to GHS.  We will then pay the College Board. Paper copies for registration with detailed information will go home with students this week. An online version can be found HERE. Registration forms are due to GHS by Friday,  November 10th! Please contact Dr. Rainbolt ( with any questions.

All Night Graduation

  • Do you know what All Night Graduation is and how it can benefit your senior student? Please attend the next meeting on Wednesday, October 25th at 6:30 pm at Mi Jalisco.

  • Noel November is right around the corner, and we are looking for VENDORS! If you love craft shows/bazaars, then this might interest you. Please reach out to for more details. This event will take place on Saturday, November 4th from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

  • Do you love to play BINGO? Are you a Veteran? Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 11th! More details to come but get ready for another fun night of Bingo at GHS. 

  • Please follow ANG on Facebook HERE! If you have any questions or would like to join ANG, please email them at

Athletics and Activities

Please visit for up-to-date schedule information. Many of these events can be streamed live at Feel free to contact Mr. Joe Fowler ( if you have any questions or need more information.  

CTE Testing

Students in Career and Technical Education classes (CTE) will begin taking their pre-tests this week during class for the Workplace Readiness Skills Test. This test measures a student’s understanding of the career readiness standards in personal, professional, and technical knowledge and skills. If you have any specific questions, please contact Dr. Stacey Rainbolt ( 

GCPS Fall Gifted Window Now Open

The GCPS fall gifted referral window is now open! Teachers, students, parents, and community members can now complete a referral for gifted evaluation. The deadline to submit is Friday, October 29th.

Goochland identifies students as gifted in the following areas: English/Language Arts, Math, General Intellectual Aptitude, Fine Arts (including vocal music, instrumental music, dance, acting, technical theatre, and studio arts), and Career and Technical Aptitude.

If there is a student you'd like to refer for evaluation, please contact Kecia Howell ( 

Kindness Campaign

October is Bullying Prevention Month and for this month, we will be promoting one of our core values, kindness, at GHS.  We will have a weekly quote on our announcements and ask teachers to catch students who are demonstrating kindness to let us know so those students can be recognized.  We will also have a Kindness Campaign from October 23rd - October 27th.

GCPS will celebrate Unity Day by wearing orange on Thursday, October 26th (Unity Day is actually October 18th, however, we were off for Fall Break).  The goal of Unity Day is to bring together youth, parents, educators, businesses, and community members across the nation to emphasize the message that bullying is not acceptable and that all students deserve to be safe in school, online, and in the community.  

Parking Passes

If you have not picked up your parking pass, you can do so before school, during lunches, with a pass on a travel day of Bulldog Block, and after school. Please contact Ms. Simmons ( with questions.

PTSA Shoutouts

On behalf of the staff and administration at GHS, we are grateful to the GHS PTSA for providing lunch for our staff on Thursday, October 12th. Thanks to Dr. Moore, Ms. Caroll, and your team for organizing a fantastic taco bar for our staff during our parent-teacher conference night. We also want to thank each community member who donated food items and money to this cause. Our Bulldog Family is grateful for your continued support!

Senior Advertisements

Those families wishing to buy an ad in the yearbook for their seniors can do so HERE. Once you select and pay for your desired ad size, you can create and design the ad in Balfour’s online program. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Mistler ( 

Senior Portrait Reminder

There will be a Last Call Senior Portrait Day on Friday, November 3rd. This will be the absolute last chance to get the drape/tux yearbook photo done at GHS. Anyone who has not yet gotten a portrait taken after our October 16th date will be placed on that schedule. Specific time slots will be made known to seniors in the week before November 3rd.

If you plan on taking your portraits with an outside photographer, please plan to have a digital file sent to Mrs. Mistler ( by Friday, December 1st. The requirements for senior portraits taken with other photographers are a blue background; vertical, formal poses; 300 dpi; and wallet-size crop.

Those who have already taken senior portraits need to select their yearbook pose! Log in to your account on Lifetouch to select which formal pose you’d like to appear in the yearbook! If you don’t do this by December 1st, then the yearbook staff will do it for you!

Sense of Belonging Survey

Linked here, please find a preview copy of the GCPS Sense of Belonging and Inclusion Survey that will be administered during school hours to students at GHS in grades 9-12 on November 6th in Block 2. The purpose of the survey is to provide input on how GCPS is doing towards meeting our annual School Board Equity Goals established per policy JFHB/GBAA so that we can create an even better experience for all of our students. Any parent wishing to opt their child out of taking this survey may do so by emailing Catherine Richards, GHS Survey Coordinator, at

The feedback from this survey is extremely valuable as we continually work to provide our students with the best experience possible. Thank you.

SOAR Virginia 


SOAR Virginia® is an Early Commitment Scholarship Program created and funded by Virginia529℠ to inspire and assist high school students in reaching their post-secondary education goals. To participate, eligible students pledge to meet program requirements. In return, students receive a range of assistance and may accumulate scholarship support of up to $2,000 to apply toward their post-secondary education expenses.  


The qualifications and pledge information can be found on the brochure. The deadline to apply is November 15th, 2023. Contact our GRASP Advisor, Mrs. Lindsay Bradley at to learn more. 

Teen Driver Seminar

Attention teen drivers! The Goochland County Sheriff’s Office has decided to host another teen driver seminar for community teen drivers on Saturday, December 2nd, at Goochland High School from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. The class will consist of two parts of instruction. The first will be taught in the classroom, and the second part will consist of several mock traffic stops and golf cart driving courses. Participants must be Goochland residents, high-school students under 18, and possess a minimum of a learner's permit. As a bonus, lunch will be provided to all participants. 

Please contact Deputy Scott Leabough ( or the Sherriff’s Office (804-556-5349) if you have any questions or need assistance with registration.

Underclass Pictures 

Underclass pictures will be taken on Thursday, October 26th, and Friday, October 27th. Freshmen and sophomores will take pictures through PE classes. Juniors will take pictures through English classes. Students can pick up a picture form from their PE or English teachers later in the month. The underclassmen's make-up day will be Tuesday, November 28th

Feel free to email Ms. Mistler ( with any questions.

WWII Contest (Cash Prize)

CASH PRIZE! The writing contest, inspired by the National WWII Museum's special exhibit "The Go for Broke Spirit: Legacy in Portraits" about Japanese incarceration during WWII: Students examine civil liberties, the incarceration of Japanese American citizens during WWII, and the men and women who volunteered to serve their country despite mounting prejudice. Students in grades 7–12 are invited to submit a written or recorded speech from the perspective of one of these service members as if speaking to a group of students today. See more information HERE. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Tate ( 


Please consider purchasing your 2023-2024 yearbook for $60 HERE! This fantastic deal expires on Monday, January 1st. After this date, prices will increase to $70. Make sure to order your yearbook through the Balfour website or scan any QR code on the yearbook signs in the school. Please contact Mrs. Mistler ( if you have any questions. We will have a spring release this year, so yearbooks will be in your hands before we leave for the summer!