Eagles Express, March 3rd

Hello Eagles,

Happy weekend! We hope you all had a great week! Our students are doing great things with excellence, perseverance, integrity, and compassion!

  • Congratulations to the Godwin Students of the Week for this week!  These students are nominated each week by Godwin staff for doing great things!  Please see Ms. Cipolla in the front office for your written nomination and swag!
    • 9th Grade               Veronica “Nikki” Cline
    • 10th Grade             Grace Fedora & David Johnson
    • 11th Grade              Kathryn Hernandez
    • 12th Grade              Ana Galdamez Servellon
  • Congratulations to Berkley Nance who is the winter track state champion in the 1600m and 3200m races last weekend!  
  • Parent Focus Group for Metal Detectors:  If you would like to be a part of the Godwin parent focus group to give feedback on the metal detector field testing that we have been doing over the past few weeks, please fill out this form with your information.  We will be in touch with you early next week to confirm your participation.
  • MERC Survey:  Henrico County Public Schools Strategic Plan has four overarching cornerstones for improvement: Safety and Wellness, Academic Growth, Equity and Opportunity, and Relationships.  One way we measure progress in these areas is through annual student, family, and staff surveys.  These surveys will collect input on a broad range of topics related to the Strategic Plan, such as student-parent-staff relationships, student learning opportunities, and student engagement. Henrico County Public Schools are working with the Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium (MERC; https://merc.soe.vcu.edu/) in the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University to conduct the surveys. Godwin High School wishes for parents/guardians to complete the survey beginning on Monday, March 13, 2023 and ending on Friday, March 24, 2023. Students will be requested to complete the survey on Wednesday, March 22nd during the common study period.  Should you wish to opt your student out of the survey, please review instructions in your preferred language.  Questions?  Please contact Mr. Arvin by e-mail @ jearvin@henrico.k12.va.us.

MERC Climate Survey Student Opt-Out Form -English

MERC Climate Survey Student Opt-Out Form -Vietnamese

MERC Climate Survey Student Opt-Out Form -Spanish

MERC Climate Survey Student Opt-Out Form -Portuguese

MERC Climate Survey Student Opt-Out Form -Dari

MERC Climate Survey Student Opt-Out Form -Arabic

  • Common Study:  We are making some changes to accommodate some hallway and class coverage to make things run more smoothly during common study.  These changes will happen this week, therefore, we will not be allowing students to travel to another common study class on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week.  We will return to our regular processes for students to travel to other common studies the week of March 13th.
  • Digital Citizenship Lessons:  During the first part of March, we are spending some time discussing digital citizenship on Wednesdays during common study.  We use resources from Common Sense Media in Henrico County.
    • Devices, Social Media, and Well-Being
    • Privacy and Security
    • Cyberbullying
  • Attendance:  We monitor student attendance closely.   The state of Virginia defines a student being chronically absent as being absent from school, excused or unexcusedfor 10 or more days.  Last year, Godwin had an absenteeism rate of over 17%.  State accreditation standards state that we must be at 9% or below for us to be accredited for attendance.  Please help us by monitoring the number of days that your child is absent from school.  You can check your child’s attendance on the PowerSchool parent portal.
  • AP Exam Registration:  AP exam registration is open through the site Total Registration for the price of $141 per test.   March 8th is the final deadline to register and pay for all exams. 22-23 Godwin TotalRegistrationFlyer.docx 
  • Economics and Personal Finance Longwood University Course:   Henrico County Public Schools is connecting with Longwood University to offer Henrico students the opportunity to take online Economics and Personal Finance this summer.  The cost of the course is $50, and students will register directly with Longwood.  Registration will open in late March and end June 9th, and the course will run from June 26th-July 29th.  Rising 9th and 10th grade students who have a 3.0 GPA and have successfully completed Algebra I are eligible to register.  Please look for more information about this course soon.
  • FEV Tutoring:  We have shared information with Godwin students about free FEV tutoring that Henrico County is providing for all students this year.  Here is a presentation about what the platform can offer for students.
  • Scholarships:  The Godwin Scholarship list is updated bi-weekly.  It currently includes information from 48 organizations offering scholarships, including the Michael Wassmer Foundation that will award multiple $30,000 scholarships in honor of a member of the Godwin community.  The list also includes 18 scholarships that will be awarded to Godwin seniors.
  • Upcoming Dates: Here is the school-wide calendar which includes athletic events and activities happening this week. 
  • Please note: Pets are not allowed on Godwin’s campus at events.
    • March 10th: School Closed (Wellness Day)
    • March 16th:  International Dinner 6 p.m. and Kultural Kickback 7 p.m.
    • March 20th:  PTSO Program-Silent No More (Substance Use Prevention)
    • March 31st:  End of Quarter 3/Student Half Day
    • April 3rd-7th:  Spring Break
    • April 19th:  W!SE Testing for Economics and Personal Finance Students
    • April 21st:  School Holiday: Eid-Al-Fitr
    • April 26th:  9th, 10th, and 11th Grade English Performance Task Testing
    • April 29th:  Prom
  • Godwin PTSO: 
  • Godwin Athletic Association: 
    • GAA MEMBERSHIP:  Membership drive for the 2022-2023 school year is still open.  Let’s continue to come together and support our student athletes.  We raise money to benefit athletes and the facilities on which they practice and play.  Our goals are to promote positive community relations with parents, administration, students, alumni and the greater Godwin community to make sure our athletic programs are the best they can be.  By joining the Godwin Athletic Association, you are supporting ALL our athletes and coaches, whether it be Fall, Winter or Spring sports.  You can click here to join online or to purchase a punch card.
    • 3rd ANNUAL CASINO NIGHT:  The GAA invites you to take a chance and join us for an evening of fun at our 3rd Annual Casino Night Fundraiser on Saturday, March 18th at The Dominion Club.  To purchase your tickets or sponsorship, visit https://form.jotform.com/230107551588153
  • The Pocahontas Middle School PTA Proudly Presents:  “Beginning the Conversation: Learning More About Mental Health” On March 15th, 6:00-8:00PM, the Pocahontas PTA will host a program centered on many of the important mental health issues families face today. Perhaps now, more than ever, it is necessary to learn as much as we can about the above mental health topics. It is our belief that through listening and learning about suicide prevention and eating disorders we can better guide our own children if (or when) they are confronted with these mental health concerns. To learn about mindfulness and to have healthy coping strategies when life gets stressful is very important and we are excited to add this component to our program too.  Please note: this program is geared toward adults. It is not recommended for our students. For convenience, we will be providing an option for participants to pre-purchase a meal for this evening. More details and a sign-up link will be available soon. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the following topics:
    • Suicide Prevention- Presented by Anne Moss Rogers (author and Ted Talk participant).
    • Eating Disorders- Julie Guild & Elizabeth Betz (Richmond Center of Eating Disorders)
    • Mindfulness- Collin McConaghy- Peavey Project/Summit Emotional Health
  • We are grateful for Godwin’s community partners!  

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Leigh Dunavant