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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!

ACA Home for the Holidays

ACA juniors and seniors are cordially invited to attend "Home for the Holidays" during Bulldog Block on Monday, January 8th. The event will feature a panel of Goochland ACA graduates to share perspectives and lessons learned from their transition to college following the program. You won't want to miss their sage advice and words of wisdom regarding what they were and were not prepared for! Students in the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions of the graduates, as well.

All Night Graduation

  • Have you purchased a Class of ‘24 T-shirt or Hoodie? If you ordered an item, they are available for pick up. Everyone has been contacted by email to arrange a pickup spot. If you would like to purchase a “Class of ‘24 T-shirt or hoodie,” or a Senior Mom or Dad shirt, please look HERE! 

  • Seniors- Be sure to mark your calendar for Friday, June 7th for Senior Sunset! More details to come…

  • 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. 

Career Day

Career Day will be held on Thursday, January 18th in the GHS gym from 9:15 am - 12:30 pm.  Students are invited to visit our business partners who will be set up to showcase potential career opportunities and answer questions students may have about career pathways.  The snow date is scheduled for Thursday, February 8th in the event of inclement weather.  Any business owners who may be interested in setting up a table at Career Day should contact Bruce Watson (

Class of 2024 College Acceptances

Attention seniors! We would love to acknowledge your college acceptance as you have gotten them. Please fill out this form. You must be logged in to your GLND email to access to submit. Please let us know so we can recognize YOU! Be sure to contact your counselor with any questions. HERE is a map of where our seniors have been accepted so far.

DCJS Student Survey

In cooperation with the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services and the Virginia Department of Education, Goochland High School is conducting the Virginia School Survey of Climate and Working Conditions for students, teachers, and staff in January 2024. Students will take the survey in school on Tuesday, January 23, 2024. The purpose of this survey is to measure student support, student engagement, school discipline, and safety conditions in our school. For more information, please click here. The survey is voluntary, and your child can decide not to participate at any time.  If you do not wish for your child to participate, please contact Catherine Richards (GHS Survey Coordinator) at or (804) 556-5322.

Exam Schedule

GHS Midterm Exam Week ends on Wednesday, December 20th. The school will operate on a normal bell schedule for exams, but each block has a specified examination period in hopes of preventing students from having more than two exams on any given day. Not all teachers will administer an exam, so please check with your child’s teachers if you are unclear. Here is the exam schedule for the week:

  • Monday, December 18th: Day 1/Block 1 and Day 1/Block 3 exams

  • Tuesday, December 19th: Day 2/Block 2 and Day 2/Block 4 exams

  • Wednesday, December 20th: Day 1/Block 2 and Day 1/Block 4 exams

We will end the week with an early dismissal at 1:35 pm on Thursday, December 21st


Major changes and improvements are coming to the 2024–25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. This redesigned and streamlined FAFSA form will be available by December 31st, 2023.  

  • Watch the 2024–25 FAFSA FAQs playlist to better understand what’s changed on the new form.

  • Watch our Financial Aid Night video presented by U of R and our GRASP Advisor to learn more about college financial aid including the FAFSA, CSS Profile, Award Letters, and more! 

  • For assistance with the FAFSA form please reach out to Lindsay Bradley, our GRASP Advisor.  She is available Mondays and Tuesdays at Goochland.  You can call: 804-214-6803, email:, or sign up: GRASP appointments.  

Feed More Food Bus

The Feed More Food Bus will be at the Goochland YMCA once a month on the dates listed below. The Food Bus will provide fruits, vegetables, and other food items for free to children in need. 

  • The bus is only for children ages 6-18. 

  • Children must accompany the parent/adult. Only children are allowed to go onto the bus to shop. Parents/adults will not be allowed on the bus. 

  • The bus does not require any proof of income etc. to shop.

Thursday, December 28 – 4:00 – 5:00 pm Thursday, January 25 – 4:00 – 5:00 pm Thursday, February 29 – 4:00 – 5:00 pm Thursday, March 28 – 4:00 – 5:00 pm Thursday, April 25 – 4:00 – 5:00 pm Thursday, May 23 – 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Free Farmer’s Market

Between December 18th - 20th from 2:30 - 5:00 pm, our GHS cafeteria staff will be conducting a FREE farmer’s market near the student parking lot. Please make plans to stop by and pick up some fresh produce, cookies, cider, and holiday music!

Future Leaders Forum For Young Women

We’d like to share information regarding Capital One’s 18th Future Leaders Forum for Young Women on Saturday, March 16, 2024. This is an annual event that benefits young women from local high schools in a variety of ways at no expense to students.

It will be an inspiring, in-person day of engaging speakers, great conversation, and authentic connections with awesome young women in the Richmond area.

Throughout the day, students will have the opportunity to:

  • Hear from engaging speakers

  • Discover common interests and passions

  • Gain advice on career goals or finances

  • Complete an art project to take home from the event

This year’s keynote speaker is the ever-impressive Faith Wilkerson - educator, entrepreneur, business consultant, and huge cheerleader for all things community-driven. 

Please see the flier and you can register through the QR code on the flier or by going to By pre-registering, students can get preferential enrollment once registration goes live as this is a limited capacity event – we will also be sharing sneak peeks directly to them of what to expect!


As a reminder, the end of marking period 2 and semester 1 is Thursday, December 21st. Students, please make sure that all of your marking period 2 work is completed and turned in to your teachers. Parents, feel free to reach out directly to your child’s teachers with any specific questions about grades and assignments. Let’s close out the 1st semester strong!

PTSA Update

Parents received an email from me on Thursday, December 14th with this letter. Please consider joining our Goochland High School PTSA. This team will help organize and facilitate different activities to celebrate our students and staff at GHS. Thank you for considering!


Seniors who have a college deadline before January 8th, need to request documents from their school counselor by Thursday, December 21st, 2023.  Counselors will not be able to process documents or write letters of recommendation during Winter Break.  

Mid-year transcripts will be available the week of January 22nd, 2024.  Counselors will submit mid-year transcripts on Common App.  For any colleges not on Common App, students will need to request to send the mid-year transcript on Parchment.  Please select HOLD FOR GRADES on Parchment.

Softball Conditioning

Softball plans on resuming offseason workouts every Monday and Thursday (weather permitting) from 3:40 - 5:15 pm on the softball field. This will begin on Monday, January 8th. You cannot participate until you have a physical dated after May 1st, 2023 on file. If we cancel due to weather, we will make the decision no later than 2:30 pm each day. Please email Coach Allen ( with any questions.

Staff Recognitions

Please take a moment to nominate one of our GHS staff members for a December BARKS award. All nominated teachers will be notified of their nominations. Two specific staff members will be selected and celebrated at our faculty meeting on Thursday, December 21st. We look forward to reviewing the responses!

Winter Break

GCPS will be closed from December 22nd - January 7th for Winter Break. We will resume school on Monday, January 8th.

Winter Spirit Week

Please see the “theme days” below as our Bulldog Family prepares for Winter Break:

  • Monday, December 18th - Santa Hat Day

  • Tuesday, December 19th - Twin Tuesday

  • Wednesday, December 20th - Festive Sweater Day

  • Thursday, December 21st - Polar Express (pajama day)

We cannot wait to see the student/staff participation!

Winter Wonderland Door Decorating Contest

Attention Bulldogs! A door decorating contest will be held the week of December 18th through your Bulldog Block! Deck out your teacher's door to show your holiday and school spirit! Voting for Best Holiday Door and Most School Spirited Door will take place on Thursday, December 21st. Prizes will be given to the classroom winners of each category! If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Simmons ( 


With the end of the year coming, don't forget to place your order for your 23-24 yearbook! The price increases on January 1st. Be sure to take advantage of the discount! You can purchase yearbooks AND senior ads HERE. Please see Mrs. Mistler ( with any questions.