Fall brings a harvest of new friends

Good Shepherd eighth-grade students hosted preschoolers from Forest Hill Presbyterian Church on a fall outing in Forest Hill Park. The eighth graders told stories about the history of the park based on a book published by Good Shepherd students in 1987 and on An Illustrated History of Forest Hill Park written by Lynne Ann George and published by The Friends of Forest Hill Park. Students discussed the trolley that shuttled park goers to amusement rides and boats that filled the lake on summer weekends.

Also, as part of the lesson, the middle schoolers helped the preschoolers shuck corn and make corn husk dolls. The older students read aloud “The Legend of the Corn Husk Doll” to set the stage for craft time that took place on the bank of the lake in the center of the park. Students enjoyed the beautiful fall day while imagining themselves back in the late 1800s celebrating the bounty of the corn harvest and making period appropriate toys with their new friends.

Partnerships with the community and making best use of our neighborhood surroundings create memories and strong bonds that root our students in their community.


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.