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!
Acceptance Awareness Week
Students, please join the Best Buddies Club to celebrate all of the uniqueness in our school by participating in this year's Acceptance Awareness Week. Here are the themes for the week:
- Monday: Crazy Day (Crazy hair/socks)
- Tuesday: Down Syndrome Awareness Day - Wear Blue and Gold
- Wednesday: Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day- Wear Green
- Thursday: Epilepsy Awareness Day- Wear Purple
- Friday: Autism Awareness Day- Wear Bulldog Spirit Colors (Red and Gold)
Stop by the cafeteria during your lunch to sign a banner to spread kindness to everyone and see the student-created posters for each day.
The last All Night Graduation Bingo event was so fun they’ve decided to do it again! Join in the Bingo fun on Saturday, April 23rd, at Goochland High School. Doors will open at 5:30 pm, and games start at 6:00 pm. They will have 12 games for $20 and gift card prizes! The All Night Graduation Committee has a limited number of Bingo sheets, so secure yours now using this link.
Athletics and Activities
Please visit www.GoochlandBulldogs.com for up-to-date schedule information. Many of these events can be streamed live at www.NFHSNetwork.com. Feel free to reach out to Joe Fowler (email@example.com) if you have any questions or need more information.
Since we have closed out the fall and winter athletic seasons, our athletics department would like to hear feedback from our parents and student-athletes. Parents, please use the link to the 2021-22SY Parent End of Season Survey, and students should use the link to the 2021-22SY Student-Athlete End of Season Survey to provide us with commendations and suggestions for improvement. We look forward to reviewing the results.
Balanced Calendar 2023-24SY
For more than a year, our school community has been engaged in discussions about the possibility of adopting a balanced instructional calendar designed to provide additional learning opportunities for students, while also allowing for periodic breaks throughout the year to allow both students and staff the opportunity to focus on their health and wellness. This past fall, our school division conducted multiple public meetings designed to capture feedback about this concept. Since then, our team has reflected on the feedback received from our students, staff, and families and created an improved version of the balanced calendar for your consideration.
Highlights of Version 2.0 of the proposed balanced calendar include:
- IF approved, this calendar would be effective for the 2023-2024 school year, allowing our families and staff ample time to plan for this change.
- OPTIONAL intercessions for both students and staff.
- There is an opportunity for 23 additional instructional days for those who participate in the intersessions.
- One week of intersession in October versus two weeks.
- We would start the school year two weeks earlier than our current calendar. This provides for a one-week break in October and a two-week break in March/April for those who choose.
- Remote learning day on Election Day in 2023 to allow our schools to be used as polling locations.
- Opportunities for professional workdays for teachers throughout the year
- Workday for teachers before the winter break in 2023.
Thank you for taking the time to provide your thoughts about our revised Balanced Instructional Calendar. The survey provides an anonymous opportunity to share your feedback to help inform a recommendation for the instructional calendar for the 2023-2024 school year. A DRAFT of Version 2.0 of the 2023-2024SY Balanced Calendar is here.
Thank you for taking a few minutes to share your valuable feedback through this BRIEF survey.
Dress Code Reminder
As we head into the warmer months, we would like to remind our students and their parents of our GCPS Dress Code. Parents, we ask that you speak with your child about this policy, as we will ramp up enforcement of the policy this spring. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns, and thank you in advance for your cooperation.
GCPS Sense of Belonging Survey
Please find a preview copy of the high school version of the GCPS Sense of Belonging and Inclusion Survey intended to be administered during school in the window of April 19th -29th. The survey aims to provide input on how GCPS is doing towards meeting our annual goals established per policy JFHB/GBAA. All high schoolers will participate in this survey, but please complete this form if you want to opt your child out of this survey.
Helping Paws Community Day
We are incredibly excited about our Annual Helping Paws Community Day on April 1st, 2022. Over seventy-five students signed up to lend a helping hand to our community members. Our students will volunteer their time at several locations around the county to show their gratitude for everything our community does to support our school. Parents, please let me know if you want to pitch in and help in any way.
We are excited to announce that GHS will host our fourth annual Mock Interviews Event on Wednesday, March 30th. Business leaders from around the Richmond-Metro area have volunteered to spend their morning with us to interview our students and provide them with feedback. This year, we have expanded the number of students participating, asking our seniors and CTE completers to participate.
PTSA Needs Your Help
Please help the GHS PTSA recognize the hard work and dedication of our GHS teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2nd through May 6th. They are helping with three events to celebrate our teachers and need volunteers. They have listed specific items necessary for the events on their Signup Genius and included slots for your ideas. Please contact Beverly St. John (Beverly.firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions or want to help out.
Marking Period 3 report cards will be distributed to all students during their Bulldog Block on Monday, March 28th. If students are absent from their Bulldog Block, they should check in with their Bulldog Block teacher or school counselor to receive their report card.
Senior Cap and Gown Pick-up
Attention seniors: Jostens will be here to deliver caps and gowns, as well as other senior products ordered earlier in the year, on Thursday, April 21st, and Friday, April 22nd, during all lunches. Please ensure you pick up all items from Jostens on these days. If you have not yet ordered your cap and gown, please email our Jostens rep, Sarah Dunn at email@example.com, ASAP to ensure your order arrives in time for graduation!
TED Talks X Bulldog Block
TED (Teens Empowering Diversity) Talks X Bulldog Block will allow students to share ideas through a speech, essay, poem, or another form of art on March 31st during Bulldog Block in the Learning Commons. Participants will have an opportunity to share their perspectives and voice through the filter of our BARKS core values. Those in attendance at the event will experience a variety of viewpoints. Students, order your ticket here and see the flyer for details. For more information, please contact Ms. Gilstrap via Schoology message or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).