The Circuit Playground is Open

Electronics (specifically circuitry) are one of the three foundational skills our students receive during their Computer Science classes in middle school. We have found that a basic understanding of electronics is essential to move on to many great computing and robotics projects. Our objective is to ensure our students are equipped with the computational thinking skills they need to be creators, not just consumers, in our new digital economy.

Hindu Temple of Virginia

Eighth grade students visited the Hindu Temple of Virginia yesterday as the second part of their World Cultures course. These cultural exchange trips help to shape the students global understanding and values. During their visit students learned about the forms and functions of God in the Hindu faith, worship traditions, holy books and languages, festivals, symbols of faith and food laws.

Revised Exam Schedule

Due to winter weather closing on January 14th, middle school midterm exams will proceed on the following schedule:

Tuesday, January 15th – Review Day

A.M. EXAMS 9.30-11.30 AM

6th grade – NO EXAM > COMPUTER SCIENCE (8.15-12)
7th grade – Math (BLUM/HEPP)
8th grade – Math (HEPP/NELSON)


6th grade – NO EXAM > CLASS WITH MRS. CHAPMAN (1-3) > P.E. (?)
7th grade – History (NUNN)
8th grade – Spanish (BROOK)

A.M. EXAMS 9.30-11.30 AM

6th grade – History Unit Test (NUNN)
7th grade – Spanish (BROOK)
8th grade – English (BLUM)


6TH grade – Spanish Unit One Test (BROOK)
7th grade – Science (NELSON)
8th grade – Comp. Science (TECH SUE)

A.M. EXAMS ONLY 9.30-11.30 AM

6th grade – Math (HEPP/BLUM)
7th grade – English (BROOK)
8th grade – Science (NELSON)


Rwanda to Richmond

Thank you to Dakota Willis for sharing her experiences in the Peace Corps with our 7th and 8th grade students today. Ms. Willis was stationed in Nkanka, Rwanda on the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo and taught English there for two and a half years. Students heard about the importance of flexibility, community and appreciating the many gifts they receive, including running water and reliable electricity!

Cultural Exchange

Students in the eighth grade visited the Al Medina School of Richmond last week as the first part of their World Cultures course. These cultural exchange trips help to shape the students global understanding and values. Students spent the first half experiencing Islamic culture, traditions, countries, landmarks, and values through a presentation created by Al-Medina students.

The second half of their trip was spent interacting with Al-Medina students as GSES students asked fun, cultural, and various questions while they laughed, interacted, connected hearts and most of all developed respect for all people.

Students will also visit a Hindu temple in February.

National Junior Honor Society Induction

Congratulations to the new members of the National Junior Honor Society! Good Shepherd is delighted to recognize Barrett Burns, Ryan Busick, Kylie Fenick, Lainie Murray and Sabian Smith as the newest members of the GSES Chapter.

Established in 2016, the Good Shepherd Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society inductees must exemplify the five standards of the NJHS, which include: leadership, citizenship, character, service, and scholarship. Applicants must have at least 20 hours of community service to be nominated.

Tree Planting

The Middle School students helped move and dig transplant holes for the ten new trees donated to Good Shepherd! We can’t wait to watch these grow! Many thanks to the Richmond Tree Stewards for helping our students learn about the best way to move and transplant trees.