GCS Arrival and Dismissal Times for 2016-17 School Year

Goshen Community Schools Arrival and Dismissal Times
Horario de entrada y salida de clases de la Corporación Escolar de Goshen

Normal Schedule (Tues – Fri)
Horario regular (Martes a viernes)

  • Elementary/Primarias – 7:50 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.
  • GMS – 8:35 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
  • GHS – 8:25 a.m. – 3:35 p.m.

 

Late Arrival (1st day of the week – Mon or Tues after Monday holiday)
Entrada tarde (El primer día de la semana (lunes) o el martes si el lunes fuera día festivo)

  • Elementary/Primarias – 8:30.m. – 2:50 p.m.
  • GMS – 9:15 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
  • GHS – 9:05 a.m. – 3:40 p.m.

 

2-hr delay due to severe weather (1st day of the week – Mon or Tues after Monday holiday)
Demora de horario de 2 horas debido a clima severo (El primer día de la semana (lunes) o el martes si el lunes fuera día festivo)

  • Elementary/Primarias – 9:50 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.
  • GMS – 10:35 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
  • GHS – 10:25 a.m. – 3:40 p.m.

 

2-hr delay due to severe weather (Tues – Fri)
Demora de horario de 2 horas debido a clima severo (Martes a jueves)

  • Elementary/Primarias – 9:50 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.
  • GMS – 10:35 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
  • GHS – 10:25 a.m. – 3:35 p.m.

 

 

3-18-19 Joint Statement GCS/GPD

Today, school and police department officials became aware of a statement of concern written on a bathroom wall at GHS. The written statement indicated a threat toward Goshen High School, specifically for Wednesday. The incident is being investigated further, and as an extra precaution, it has been decided to have additional police presence at GHS for the remainder of the week. Authorities do not know if this is a credible threat, but in keeping with our tradition of transparency, we wanted to make the community aware of the situation and the ongoing investigation.
Rest assured, the school district and law enforcement officials always work together to ensure the safety of all students and staff, and we will continue to be diligent in our efforts to do so.
Thank you to the entire community for partnering with us for the safety and well-being of every Goshen resident.

Hoy, los oficiales de la escuela y del departamento de policía se dieron cuenta de un mensaje preocupante puesto en el baño de la preparatoria de Goshen. La nota indicaba una amenaza a la prepa de Goshen, específicamente para este miércoles. Esto está bajo investigación, pero como precaución adicional, se ha decidido tener la presencia de más policías en la escuela durante el resto de esta semana. Las autoridades no saben si ésta es una amenaza creíble, sin embargo, como siempre y de acuerdo con nuestra tradición de transparencia, quisiéramos informarle a la comunidad sobre esta situación y la investigación que continuará.
Esté seguro que los oficiales escolares y los oficiales de la ley siempre trabajamos juntos para garantizar la seguridad de todos los estudiantes y del personal, y seguiremos siendo diligentes en nuestro esfuerzo por hacerlo.
Gracias a toda la comunidad por unirse con nosotros por la seguridad y el bienestar de todos los residentes de Goshen.

Community Foundation Announces 2019 Scholarship Recipients

ELKHART COUNTY – Twenty-one students and their families will benefit from scholarships awarded Saturday, March 2, by the Community Foundation of Elkhart County and Lilly Endowment, Inc.

The 2019 Lilly Endowment Scholarship, Guy David Gundlach Memorial Scholarship and INSPIRE Scholarship will all help students from public and private schools pursue goals and dreams at the college level.

Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship (LECS)

The LECS is the result of a statewide Lilly Endowment initiative to help Hoosier students reach higher levels of education. Indiana ranks among the lowest states in the percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor’s degree. The program, now in its 21st year, has awarded 85 LECS to students in Elkhart County, totaling more than $6.5 million dollars in scholarships. Statewide over 4,626 have been awarded, providing nearly $392 million dollars in scholarships across Indiana since the program began in 1998.

Working with the community foundation, Independent Colleges of Indiana, the statewide administrator of the LECS program, selects three Elkhart County, first-generation, college bound students each year.  Scholarship recipients will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship toward a baccalaureate degree at any accredited college or university in Indiana. Recipients this year are Lisa Hochstetler (Northridge), Claire Mumaw (Fairfield), Alexa Porter (Concord).

Guy David Gundlach Memorial Scholarship

As a complement to the LECS program, the Community Foundation is honored to carry on the legacy of Guy David Gundlach by awarding six Elkhart County, first-generation, college bound students a four-year, $5,000/year scholarship toward a bachelor’s degree. This memorial scholarship is only one of the many positive initiatives established due to Mr. Gundlach’s gift in 2011. Since the inception of the scholarship, 37 Elkhart County students have received this $20,000 award. Over the first decade, more than 60 students in our community will be presented the Guy David Gundlach Memorial Scholarship.

Recipients include:  Danyelle Adams (Jimtown), Margot Cruz-Portillo (Elkhart Memorial), Melissa Daniels (Goshen), Claire Hershberger (Clinton Christian), Jaycee Rossi (Elkhart Central), Otto Schlatter (NorthWood).

INSPIRE Scholarship

The INSPIRE Scholarship is the Community Foundation’s newest scholarship, beginning in 2017, and awards hard-working, community-minded students the opportunity to receive $3,000 per year. Multiple 2- or 4-year scholarships are being awarded each year. To be eligible to renew their scholarship, each of the recipients must complete a minimum of 30 hours of volunteer time per year in Elkhart County. This year’s 2-year recipients are Shenais Colton Flores (Concord), Cory Green (Jimtown), Kristin Miller (Fairfield), Artemio Orozco (Goshen), David Varela (Goshen), Alana Walls (Elkhart Central).  This year’s 4-year recipients are Caaden Beck (Jimtown), Michael Cox (Elkhart Christian), Christina Hickman (Northridge), Victoria Gamez (Elkhart Central), Kassandra Miller (Bethany Christian), Spencer Shuff (Concord).

For the third year, the Community Foundation of Elkhart County awarded challenge coins to scholarship recipients. The coins, engraved with the name of the scholar and the year of presentation, are intended to be a lifelong reminder to the recipients of their award. “

At Saturday’s brunch at Essenhaus Inn & Conference Center, Rob Cripe, a member of the Community Foundation’s board of directors and the career pathways committee, thanked the adults who helped the students reach toward their goals and urged the students to look ahead. The scholarships are a gift from the community to students who have worked hard and excelled. “We challenge each of you to live up to our collective expectations for continued academic excellence,” he said, adding that he hopes the students will “pay it forward” when their studies are complete.

Keynote speaker Dakota Foster, a 2014 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipient as a NorthWood High School senior, told how the love and compassion surrounding her in Elkhart County helped her navigate a broken home and troubled youth. “No matter what stage of life you find yourself in, there is no way you got to where you are today without the compassion and help of others,” said Foster, who is now an English teacher in South Bend Community Schools. “I am blessed to have walked through some serious darkness and into some serious kindness– those experiences have equipped me to become the daughter and the teacher I am today.” She urged students, as well as their parents, counselors and administrators, to share in each others’ joys and sadnesses. “May we be those people who can take the inevitable sadnesses of life and draw out the blessings. May we take these blessings and share them with those around us,” she said.

About Community Foundation of Elkhart County

Community Foundation of Elkhart County improves the quality of life in Elkhart County by inspiring generosity.  Since inception in 1989, over 100 scholarship funds have been established at the Community Foundation. Approximately $17.5 million in scholarships have been awarded, including $2.3 million in 2018.  The Community Foundation strives to be a local entity known for inspiring good and impacting success, specifically in educational attainment. For more information regarding the Community Foundation, visit www.InspiringGood.org or call (574) 295-8761.

The Community Foundation annually honors high school students in Elkhart County who have received either the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, Guy David Gundlach Memorial Scholarship and INSPIRE Scholarship. In all, 21 outstanding students were recognized at a scholarship brunch on Saturday, March 2, at the Essenhaus Inn & Conference Center, Middlebury.

Pictured from front to back:

Row 1; Alexa Porter, Michael Cox, David Varela, Otto Schlatter Row 2; Cory Green, Caaden Beck Row 3; Kristin Miller, Spencer Shuff, Shenais Colton-Flores Row 4; Lisa Hochstetler, Christina Hickman, Danyelle Adams Row 5; Melissa Daniels, Victoria Gamez, Margot Cruz-Portillo Row 6; Alana Walls, Claire Mumaw, Claire Hershberger

 

Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age

Have you talked with your children about using technology in a responsible and healthy way? Start or continue the conversation with this special Goshen Community Schools presentation!  6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 The auditorium at Goshen Middle School, Admission is free! Child care is provided!

Are you worried that your child is too attached to their smartphone, computer, or video game console? Do you wonder about the effects of screen time at home, at school, and elsewhere on young lives and young brains? You are not alone! “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age” is a documentary film by physician Delaney Ruston. In the film, she explores how screen time affects childhood development by speaking to her own children as well as other families and experts around the world. She also offers solutions for adults to empower children and teens to build a healthy, positive relationship to technology.
A panel discussion will follow the showing of the film. Registration is preferred but not required. Register online now: http://bit.ly/ScreenagersGoshenMiddle

Let Triple P help you survive screens this summer!

Triple P — Positive Parenting Program — in Elkhart County has effective strategies all parents can use to help children have healthy relationships with screens and technology. There will be two presentations: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 24: Triple P Workshop on setting screen guidelines for teenage children (in English or Spanish) Register online here: http://bit.ly/ScreenPreteenGoshen 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 1: Triple P Workshop on setting screen guidelines for pre-teen and young children (in English or Spanish) Register online here: http://bit.ly/ScreenPreteenGoshen Both programs will be at the Goshen Middle School cafeteria. Child care will be provided. Registration is preferred but not required. Questions? Call Triple P at 574-226-0160.

 

¿Ha hablado con sus hijos sobre el uso de la tecnología de manera responsable y segura? ¡Comience o continúe esta conversación con esta presentación especial de la Corporación Escolar de Goshen! El miércoles, 17 de abril, de las 6:30 a 8:30 p.m., en la biblioteca de Goshen Middle School. ¡La admisión a esta película es gratuita! ¡Se proporcionará servicio de cuidado de niños

¿Le preocupa que su hijo esté demasiado apegado a su teléfono inteligente, a su computadora o consola de videojuegos? ¿Se pregunta sobre los efectos del tiempo frente a la pantalla en el hogar, en la escuela y en otros lugares en las vidas y en los cerebros de los jóvenes?¡No está solo! “Screenagers: Creciendo en la era digital” es un documental de la doctora Delaney Ruston. En la película, ella explora cómo el tiempo frente a la pantalla afecta el desarrollo de la infancia hablándoles tanto a sus propios hijos, como a otras familias y expertos. También les ofrece soluciones a los adultos con el fin de capacitar a niños y adolescentes para construir una relación sana y positiva con la tecnología. La película será en inglés, pero tendrá subtítulos en español. Después de la película, tendremos una corta sesión en español, para contestar preguntas. Se recomienda que se registren, pero no es obligatorio. Regístrese en línea ahora: http://bit.ly/ScreenagersGoshenMiddle

¡Deje que Triple P le ayude a sobrevivir a las pantallas este verano!

El programa de crianza positiva (Triple P) del Condado Elkhart, tiene estrategias efectivas que todos los padres de familia pueden usar para ayudar a los niños a relacionarse de manera positiva con las pantallas y con la tecnología. Habrá dos presentaciones:
Miércoles 24 de abril, de 6:30 a 8 p.m.: Taller de crianza positiva sobre cómo establecer pautas respecto a las pantallas para adolescentes (en inglés o español) Regístrese en línea aquí: http://bit.ly/PantallaAdolescentesGoshen Miércoles, 1º de mayo, de 6:30 a 8 p.m.: Taller de crianza positiva sobre cómo establecer las pautas respecto a las pantallas para preadolescentes y niños pequeños (en inglés o español) Regístrese en línea aquí: http://bit.ly/PantallaHijosGoshen.  Ambos programas se llevarán a cabo en la biblioteca de Goshen Middle School. Se proporcionará servicio de cuidado de niños. Se recomienda que se registre, pero no es obligatorio. ¿Preguntas? Llame a Triple P al 574-226-0160.

United for Success/UNIDOS PARA TRIUNFAR

UNITED FOR SUCCESS

5TH PARENT CONFERENCE

ACTIVE BODY ACTIVE MIND

Discover how game, play and movement support your child’s learning. Brain research provides a definitive connection between effective learning and play. Learn how parents can help their children with practical and simple games for all ages.

MARCH 18th, 2019  from 6:00PM-8:00PM at GOSHEN HIGH SCHOOL in the CAFETERIA. For more information call the EL Parent Liaison of your school.

Free event. Snacks. A prize for each family. Games, crafts, and community resources information. Join us!!

5ta conferencia para padres

Unidos para Triunfar

MENTE ACTIVA, CUERPO ACTIVO

Descubra como el juego y el movimiento ayudan a su hijo a aprender mejor. Investigaciones del cerebro proveen una conexión definitiva entre el aprendizaje efectivo y el juego. Aprendan como pueden ayudar a sus hijos con juegos prácticos y sencillos para todas las edades.

18 DE MARZO DE 2019,  6:00PM-8:00PM, CAFETERÍA DE GOSHEN HIGH SCHOOL. Llame a la asesora familiar de su escuela para más información.

Es un evento gratuito. Premios para todas las familias. Alimentos ligeros. Mesas informativas. No se lo pierda!

 

GMS/GHS Students Serve as Pages for Senator Doriot

Story contributed by Lisa Narayan:

In February, Joseph Narayan, a junior at GHS, and Maya Narayan, an 8th grade student at GMS, both served as Senate Pages for Senator Doriot. This is Joseph’s third year serving as a Page. In previous years he served as a Page for the House of Representatives. This is Maya’s second year serving as a Page. During the day, Pages assist the Senator with their daily duties, listen in on the day’s hearings, and participate in a mock procedure on how a bill becomes a law.

I am glad that students really do care and want to be involved in their communities, both at the local and State levels.

Thank you for letting us know about Joseph’s and Maya’s experiences. GCS appreciates their desire to be involved in civic activities!

Kelley Kitchen Awarded 2019 School Business Official of the Year

Mrs. Kitchen joined the Goshen Community Schools staff in August of 2017, and brought to the job many years of experience as a school business official and a wealth of knowledge about how school financing works. In addition, because of her school finance background, Mrs. Kitchen is often a presenter at Indiana Association of School Business Officials (IASBO) conferences. 

The IASBO Awards program was created by the IASBO Board of Directors to honor members who have been exemplary in the field of school business management with the Treasurer of the Year, School Business Official of the Year, and School Support Professional of the Year Awards. The program honors thirty IASBO members each year on a regional basis, with ten honorees from each category. The IASBO Awards Committee designates the overall Treasurer, School Business Official and School Support Professional of the Year recipients.

2019 School Business Official of the Year:

Region 1  Rob James, Director of Business Services, Lake Central

Region 2  Kelley Kitchen, Executive Director of Finance, Goshen

Region 3  Barbara Fought, Treasurer, East Noble

Region 4  Carol Deardorff, CFO, Kankakee Valley

Region 5  Michelle Cronk, Director of Business, Kokomo

Region 6  Karen Scalf, CFO, Richmond

Region 7  Greg Linton, Superintendent, Cloverdale

Congratulations to Kelley Kitchen, the IASBO 2019 School Business Official of the Year for Region 2!

GHS German Club Activities

To celebrate Karneval (the German version of Mardi Gras), German Club students stayed after school on Monday to cook a traditional German meal, and then other students came and enjoyed the meal and decorated masks.  Students learned how to make Wienerschnitzel and Schwarzwälderkirschtorte (Black Forest Cherry Cake) and it was served with Nudeln and Sauerkraut.

Students pictured are Brindon Porter-Robinette, Grant Miller, Rafael Ramirez, Kierra Templeton, and Kiersten Rinehart.

For their annual monthly meetings, the GHS German and French clubs got together during SRT today to play a couple of friendly games of dodge ball.  Thank you to the 50+ students who attended, and the PE department for the use of dodge balls!

Tamra Ummel Named CEC Administrator of the Year

Mrs. Tamra Ummel, GCS Assistant Superintendent-Human Resources & Professional Development, was recently named the Indiana Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Administrator of the Year. According to the CEC website: “The recipient of this award is an administrator who (1) has demonstrated his/her knowledge, skill and sensitivity in advancing the opportunities, life potential, and achievement of children and/or adults with disabilities, (2) often goes above and beyond what is normally expected in his/her profession, and (3) serves as a role model and inspiration to his/her students, teachers, and community.”

There are over 300 members in the Indiana CEC, a professional organization for Special Education educators, and Mrs. Ummel was nominated by a CEC peer/member from a school district in southern Indiana. All nominations from across the state go to the members of the CEC executive board, who then make a decision regarding who should be named the Administrator of the Year from among all the nominations.

Mrs. Ummel was the Director of Special Education Services at Warsaw Community Schools before coming to GCS in 2009. Mrs. Ummel has served the GCS district as Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education, and most recently as the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Professional Development; though she has continued to be an advocate for good services for students with special needs throughout her career.

According to Anthony England, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services at Elkhart Community Schools and President of the Indiana CEC, “Mrs. Ummel has been a leader in the field of Special Education for many years, and has been very active in the North Central Education Cooperative. We are honored to give her this award, as she is very highly regarded around the state. Additionally, Mrs. Ummel is someone who is always seen as a friend to students with special needs.”

Congratulations, Mrs. Ummel! Thank you for advocating for all GCS students!!

GCS Foundation “Major Saver” Fundraiser, March 6-21

GCS elementary and middle school students will be selling “Major Saver” discount cards from March 6-21, 2019 to benefit the Goshen Community Schools Foundation. The GCS Foundation is a privately-funded educational grant program that strives to improve the innovation and creative experiences of GCS students. Founded in 2008 by several GCS alumni, the Foundation has been able to raise more than $83,000 towards this effort.

The Major Saver cards cost $15.00, and the business discounts are valid through March 1, 2020. The area businesses that are offering discounts through this Major Saver card include: Chili’s, McDonald’s, Universal Tamal, Maple City Bowl, The Electric Brew, Jiffy Lube, Goshen Brewing Co., Culver’s, Papa John’s, CiCi’s, Mega Blast Laser Tag Arcade, El Camino Real, Dutch Maid Bakery, Dairy Queen, Pride’s Express Car Wash, Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn, Buffalo Wild Wings, Goshen Family Restaurant, Wendy’s,Strikes & Spares (Mishawaka) and Urban Swirl. That’s twenty-one great offers for only $15!!

The students are helping the GCS Foundation by selling the cards, and have the opportunity to win prizes such as a limo ride and a pizza party if they sell 10 or more cards. The Foundation appreciates the willingness of students to sell the cards, which in turn will directly benefit GCS teachers and classrooms.

7th Grade Project Helps Rohingya Refugees

The following post was submitted by Natalie Potter, whose daughter was in the GMS class who did this project, but according to Mrs. Potter,  “Kelly Shoup-Hill deserves a huge shout out for having her kids look at real ways to help others.”

Several weeks ago, a 12-year-old girl presented a proposal to her 7th grade class in Goshen, Indiana. They were studying about refugees and looking for something they could do to make an impact. They decided to raise funds for beach balls to give to Rohingya refugee children.

Goshen Middle School’s 7th grade class ended up raising funds for 276 beach balls, along with hundreds of additional dollars for dry food.

The students wanted to reach out personally, so they also took the time to draw a picture for each refugee child. Their kindness and empathy crossed cultural barriers and time zones, bringing joy to the other side of the planet. Thank you, Goshen Middle School, for looking outside yourselves and spreading your light!

 

GHS Students Receive CNA State Licensure

Four Goshen High School students recently passed the State Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) test in Fort Wayne to become Certified Nursing Assistants. State licensure requires 30 hours of classroom instruction along with 75 hours of clinical training.  The state exam includes a 90-minute written exam, as well as a 30-minute skills test. Additionally, students are responsible for learning more than 200 medical vocabulary words, along with mastering 72 skills.

 If you see these GHS students, please help us congratulate them! Maria Murillo, Ashley Reyes, Destiny Watson-Bernea, and Kim Wilson.

 

GCS Teacher Recruitment Event-March 26th

Goshen Community Schools will host a Teacher Recruitment Event on Tuesday, March 26th from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The event will be held at Goshen High School, 401 Lincolnway East Goshen, IN 46526

New or soon-to-be graduates and experienced teachers are welcome to attend! Join us for part or all of the evening. Learn more about opportunities within GCS and interview with Goshen Community Schools administrators for available positions in 2019-20.

Applications for Goshen Community Schools will only be accepted online. Please visit our website at www.goshenschools.org, click on JOBS, and follow the directions.

Contact Sarah Deegan at sdeegan@goshenschools.org or at 574-533-8631 to register and to receive additional details.

Superintendent Step-in: GIMS Individuals & Societies

This week’s Superintendent Step-In found Dr. Woodworth in an 8th grade IB Individuals and Societies (Social Studies/History) class. The class, taught by Ms. Kaylee Shepherd, begins each day with an update of what’s in the news. Following the update, the class divided up to work on scenes from a play about the War of 1812. You will note that some of the students played up their parts pretty well, including the student who played Napoleon! (Dr. Woodworth was given a fairly safe role as narrator #3.) We think you will enjoy this Step-In, as students responded to Ms. Shepherd’s encouragement and sense of humor, while giving students a way to remember important details about a particular period in history.

 

Black History Month-A Poetic Tribute

The Gift to Sing

Sometimes the mist overhangs my path,
And blackening clouds about me cling;
But, oh, I have a magic way
To turn the gloom to cheerful day—
I softly sing.

And if the way grows darker still,
Shadowed by Sorrow’s somber wing,
With glad defiance in my throat,
I pierce the darkness with a note,
And sing, and sing.

I brood not over the broken past,
Nor dread whatever time may bring;
No nights are dark, no days are long,
While in my heart there swells a song,
And I can sing.

(James Weldon Johnson, 18711938)

Born on June 17, 1871, in Jacksonville, Florida, James Weldon Johnson was encouraged by his mother to study English literature and the European musical tradition. He attended Atlanta University, with the hope that the education he received there could be used to further the interests of African Americans. After graduating, he took a job as a high school principal in Jacksonville.

In 1900, he wrote the song “Lift Every Voice and Sing” on the occasion of Lincoln’s birthday; the song was immensely popular in the black community, and became known as the “Negro National Anthem.” Johnson moved to New York in 1901 to work with his brother Rosamond, a composer; after attaining some success as a songwriter for Broadway, he decided in 1906 to take a job as a U.S. consul to Venezuela. While employed by the diplomatic corps, Johnson had poems published in The Century Magazine and The Independent.

In 1912, Johnson anonymously published his novel The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (French and Company), the story of a musician who rejects his black roots for a life of material comfort in the white world. The book explores the issue of racial identity in the twentieth century, a common theme for the writers of the Harlem Renaissance.

With his talent for persuading people of differing ideologies to work together for a common goal, Johnson became the national organizer for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 1920. He edited The Book of American Negro Poetry (Harcourt Brace, 1922), a major contribution to the history of African-American literature. His book of poetry God’s Trombones (Viking Press, 1927) was influenced by his impressions of the rural South, drawn from a trip he took to Georgia while a freshman in college. It was this trip that ignited his interest in the African American folk tradition.

James Weldon Johnson died on June 26, 1938.

GCS Transportation-Implementation of Safe Stop App

Goshen Community Schools is implementing an electronic application (App) for use on parents’ smartphones. The App, SafeStop, will let parents and students monitor where their assigned bus is as it performs its’ route. We have links to the user guide on our website under the transportation tab. For all elementary students, we will be sending home a paper copy of the user guide. We have been beta testing the app since December.

This app only works for students that are assigned to ride a GCS bus and works using the one bus stop assigned to them. This means that only the parent/student has access to the app. No one else will be able to access it without a student id number. If you have moved or your student is at a babysitter, you would have had to inform the transportation office of this change so that the information could be updated.

As you know GCS is currently experiencing a bus driver shortage and at times we have had to double up routes using existing buses or split students among different buses. In these cases, the app will be unable to be used to track the bus that is not in service for the day. The app has the capability for the transportation department to push out notifications to specific bus routes, so our communication about changes should be improved.

As with any new program, we ask for your patience as we implement this program district-wide. The number for the transportation department is (574) 533-7176, please call us with concerns.

Safe Stop Parent guide, click here: https://www.goshenschools.org/files/2019/02/SafeStop-Parent-Guide-Goshen-English.pdf

La Corporación Escolar de Goshen está implementando una aplicación electrónica que los padres de familia pueden usar en sus teléfonos inteligentes. La aplicación, SafeStop les permitirá a los padres de familia y a los estudiantes monitorear en dónde se encuentra su autobús asignado mientras realiza su ruta. En la pestaña de transporte de nuestro sitio Web, encontrará enlaces que lo llevarán a la guía del usuario de esta aplicación. Asimismo, enviaremos una copia impresa de la guía del usuario a la casa de los estudiantes de primaria. Hemos estado haciendo pruebas beta de la aplicación desde diciembre.

Esta aplicación sólo funciona para los estudiantes que están asignados a tomar un autobús de la Corporación Escolar de Goshen, utilizando sólo la parada de autobús asignada para ellos. Esto significa que sólo el padre de familia o el estudiante tiene acceso a la aplicación. Nadie más podrá tener acceso a ésta, sin el número de identificación de estudiante. Si se mudó o su hijo está en casa de la niñera, usted habrá tenido que informarle a la oficina de transporte sobre este cambio para que la información pudiera actualizarse.

Esta aplicación sólo funciona para los estudiantes que están asignados a tomar un autobús de la Corporación Escolar de Goshen, utilizando sólo la parada de autobús asignada para ellos. Esto significa que sólo el padre de familia o el estudiante tiene acceso a la aplicación. Nadie más podrá tener acceso a ésta, sin el número de identificación de estudiante. Si se mudó o su hijo está en casa de la niñera, usted habrá tenido que informarle a la oficina de transporte sobre este cambio para que la información pudiera actualizarse.

Al igual que con cualquier programa nuevo, les pedimos paciencia mientras implementamos este programa en todo el distrito. El número del departamento de transporte es el (574) 533-7176. Llámenos si tiene alguna inquietud.

Safe Stop Parent guide, click here: https://www.goshenschools.org/files/2019/02/SafeStop-Parent-Guide-Spanish.pdf

Recent GMS/GHS German Club Activities

The German Club has been very busy lately! Take a look at just a couple of their recent activities.

Staatskongress: This is a conference for students studying German from all over Indiana. The event is held at Ball State University each year.  Eleven students from Goshen Middle School and Goshen High School participated in academic competitions and workshops, and they had a traditional German meal for lunch.

In one of the workshops, students learned the “Sterntanz” (star dance), and this can be seen in the video (to be posted separately).

Congratulations to Grant Miller for earning 2nd place in the Level 1 Vocabulary Bee.  Grant placed 2nd out of 14 competitors from across the state!

Tobogganing: The German Club also went on a trip to Pokagon State Park last Friday evening after school to get some time to socialize with our five exchange students from our partner school in Bielefeld, Germany.  Students had a blast going down the toboggan run!

Model Escape (Class)Room-Saturday, March 9th

The Model Elementary Parent/Teacher Organization (PTO) is planning an exciting fundraiser for Saturday, March 9th at Model, an ESCAPE CLASSROOM!

The event will start in the Model gym, and will be held from 3:00-5:00 p.m. However, the last group allowed to start the adventure will take off at 4:30 p.m. So if you want to participate you need to be at Model prior to 4:30 p.m.

The entry cost is $10 per family (up to six family members), additional family members may join your group for an additional $2.

Escape Model School!  All are welcome!  For an enhanced experience, please install a QR reader on your phone.  All clues are in video BUT also in the classrooms in written form in both English and Spanish.

Shirley’s Popcorn will be available for purchase during the event.

For more information, you may contact the Model PTO at modelpto@gmail.com

CAN YOUR FAMILY ESCAPE?!!

Goshen Redevelopment Commission Provides Grant to GHS

On Friday afternoon, Mayor Jeremy Stutsman presented GCS Superintendent Diane Woodworth a check for $100,000, courtesy of the Goshen Redevelopment Commission.

The following statement was taken from a letter by Mayor Stutsman and Community & Redevelopment Director Mark Brinson:

“This grant was approved by the Commission at their meeting on December11, 2018. The purpose of the grant is to support the cost of operating the Advance Manufacturing Academy, a program of Goshen Community Schools. We understand these funds will be used to purchase training equipment which will allow students to train on equipment used by local industry as they work toward certifications in advanced manufacturing.”

“The Redevelopment Commission and I appreciate the leadership Goshen Schools Administration and the Goshen School Board have provided in developing this new initiative. The Advanced Manufacturing Academy will not only benefit our world-class manufacturing community, it will provide opportunities for Goshen students to build successful careers right here in their home town.”

Thank you, Mayor Stutsman, Mr. Brinson, and the Redevelopment Commission. GCS greatly appreciates your support!!

Superintendent Step-in: PE at Waterford with Mr. Green

We have a “guest star” in this week’s episode of the Superintendent Step-In, Dr. Alan Metcalfe, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education. The episode was filmed at Waterford Elementary in Mr. Kyle Green’s 5th grade PE class. The students were nearing the end of their Jump Rope for Heart unit, and prior to the class Dr. Metcalfe wasn’t exactly sure how much he would participate. But, he was swept up in the excitement and activity of the students and he ended up jumping rope and having a great time