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.



Sweet Jazz Concert Review

The following pictures were taken at the Sweet Jazz Concert, held on Tuesday, Nov. 14th at the Life Center.

The directors: Tom Cox, Josh Kaufman, and Jessica Holcomb.

Jazz band.


Jazz Strings.

Sections and soloists.


If you missed this great concert, there will be another one in the spring, on Monday, May 7th at 7:00 p.m. at the Life Center.

(Photo credit to Phil David)

Staff Recognition at Board Meeting

At the November 13th meeting of the Board of School Trustees, Goshen Community Schools recognized the following individual teachers for their hard work and excellence in producing student achievement results.

Theresa Hussey and Todd Williams-Goshen Middle School

Michelle Eckelbarger, Esmeralda Gutierrez, and Tonia Rensberger-Model Elementary School

Dolores Pfenning (In the classroom for 2016-17, now the EL Director)Prairie View Elementary School

Corrie Miller and Carrie Markham-West Goshen Elementary

The scores are figured on a 1-5 scale, with 5 being the highest. These teachers earned the highest “value added score” possible from the Indiana Department of Education for student results on the ISTEP in 2017. The value added scores are derived from both student growth and proficiency.

We know that all GCS teachers work hard on behalf of students every day, and we acknowledge these individual teachers who have demonstrated that their hard work has produced excellence in student achievement.

U.S. Flag Retirement Ceremony at Parkside

This morning, Parkside Elementary students were observers and participants in a ceremony to retire their U.S. flag, which was old and worn. Military Honor Guard members visited the school to retire the flag in the appropriate, respectful manner.

Below, Assistant Principal Scott Garvin, who is also a veteran of the United States Army, introduces the Honor Guard members. The students were very pleased to learn that two of the Honor Guard members were also former Parkside students!

After the students had gathered outside, one of the Honor Guard members explained that the flag would be retired and disposed of in a solemn, respectful manner. He added that the flag represents all of the many servicemen and women who have served in the U.S. military, including some who have lost their lives in service to their country.

They brought the old flag down and folded it precisely.

Then they raised the new flag and saluted it. And lastly, they led the students in the Pledge of Allegiance.

We extend our thanks to the military Honor Guard, for showing Parkside students how to properly treat and respect the flag, which is an honored symbol for our country.


GHS Fall Play-November 17, 18 & 19

Goshen High School will present their fall play All Because of Agatha by Jonathan Troy, on November 17, 18, and 19. The play will be directed by Susan Hepler Long and Katie Miller O’Leary. It is a family play that all ages will enjoy!

Performances will take place in the GHS auditorium on Friday and Saturday, November 17 & 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 19 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $6.00 for adults (18+), $5.00 for students and seniors (65+), and $20.00 for a family.

Pictured below are student actors Christian Elias, Danielle Horn and Haley Kirkton:

Don’t miss this opportunity to see a quality theater performance at a great price!

GHS Fall Sport MVPs

On Monday evening, the Goshen High School athletic department recognized student athletes during their Fall Athletic Awards Program.

The student athletes pictured below were presented the MVP Awards for their respective sports:

In front (from left) Olivia Thomas, Golf; Mikayla Burkhead, Cheer; Yadira Sanchez, Cross Country; Jillian Kissinger, Girls Soccer; and Raina Shreiner Barger, Volleyball.
In back (from left) Felix Perez Diener, Cross Country; Wes Beck, Tennis and Lucas Bontreger, Boys Soccer.

Congratulations to these student athletes, and all fall athletes, on a great season of GHS athletics!

Triple P Seminars-Raising Responsible Teenagers

Teen Triple P Seminars – Raising responsible teenagers

What: Tips to help your teen make good decisions, be reliable, and be part of family life.
When: Monday, November 13, 2017 from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Where: Goshen Middle School/ English, 1216 S Indiana Ave, Goshen, IN 46526
Provider: Barb Stith If you have questions, you may call 574-226-0160. If nobody answers, please leave a message. Or, you may email questions to info@triplepelkhartcounty.org
More details: Child care will be provided. When you register, please list the number and ages of children who will need child care during the event.
To register, click on this link: http://www.triplep-parenting.com/us-en/find-help/find-a-session/2017-11-13/seminar-teen/raising-responsible-teenagers/102291/

Samantha Stoltzfus Wins Composition Competition

Indiana Music Education Association (IMEA) 2017 Composition Competition Winners:


  • Alex Hatton (Floyd Central High School), Exploration of the Mind composed for String Quartet.
  • Zarek Taylor (Anderson High School), Sin Titulo composed for Wind Ensemble


  • Sam Stoltzfus (Goshen Middle School), Sea of Thought composed for String Quartet

Congratulations to GHS freshman Samantha (Sam) Stoltzfus on her winning IMEA composition Sea of Thought! Sam entered the composition for a string quartet while she was an 8th grade orchestra student at Goshen Middle School.

The submitted composition was adjudicated by Ms. Miho Sasaki of Butler University, Dr. Don Freund of Indiana University, and Dr. Jody Nagel of Ball State University. Ms. Stoltzfus was congratulated by the association for her fine work and achievement.

Sam will be recognized at the IMEA Professional Development conference in Ft. Wayne, IN on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

Congratulations, Sam!

Inside Out/Dreamers

(The information below offers a unique opportunity. We understand that school is in session during most of the hours for this event, but are providing the information for those who may be interested, and are available during the day.)

The Inside Out/ Dreamers bus tour is coming to South Bend on Friday, November 3 to celebrate America’s DREAMers and rally our community to support the DREAM Act. Inside Out/ Dreamers is a nationwide participatory art initiative (the Inside Out Project), launched by award-winning artist JR to create a portrait of America that includes immigrants and the descendants of immigrants alike. We would love for you to invite your organizations and community members to this event and show their support for Dreamers.

Here’s how it works: The “Inside Out/Dreamers” photobooth trucks are traveling around the country to highlight and uplift DREAMers. On Friday, November 3 they will bring a photobooth truck into South Bend to give everyone an opportunity to take their pictures and transform their personal identity into works of public art. These photos will be instantly printed and included in a series of high visible art installations featuring a group of large-scale black and white portraits, creating a portrait of America!

Additionally, alongside this installation, the Emerson Collective will organize media availabilities and group action with community leaders to showcase the art, bring people together and urge support of the Dream Act. We will have more details about the press soon!

Please join us to have your picture taken and learn more about how you can be part of a movement to help our DREAMers. Bring along your family, friends and co-workers! Information, below:

Location: University of Indiana South Bend Administration Building (parking lot) 1700 Mishawaka Ave. South Bend, IN 46615

Date: Friday, November 3, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Learn more about Inside Out/Dreamers here – www.insideoutproject.net/dreamers and use the hashtag #IOPDreamers. We’re really excited to be able to join hundreds of groups across America for this important mass action in support of DREAMers.

Results of Competition to Collect Plastic Bags

From Chandler Principal, Cheryl Williams:

I want to let everyone (including students) know how proud I am of your efforts to help the Window.  Model and Chandler have collected an amazing amount of bags. The clear winner is the Window!!!!  The next winner is Goshen Schools for having 2 outstanding elementary buildings who poured their heart into this effort.  With this challenge, we both are winners!  However….Chandler did collect more bags!!!!!! WE WON THE CHALLENGE!!!! We brought in 24,230 bags!!  That is AMAZING!  Great job!!!

As a reminder, this was the purpose behind collecting the bags: The bags will be donated to the Window in Goshen. They fill the bags with food and supplies for families in need and go through about 200 a day.

Thank you to the industrious students at Chandler and Model for helping out The Window and all of the people they support!

GHS Academic All-State

The following students earned Academic All-State honors for the fall athletic season:

Girls Golf:  Olivia Thomas

Boys Tennis:  GHS Team Distinction, and Simon Myers

Boys Cross Country:  Jason Barahona Rosales, Ben Good-Elliott, Felix Perez Diener, and Jonathon Snyder. Honorable Mention:  Gabriel Hartzler, Bryan Olvera, and Chris Sanchez

Girls Cross Country:  Elena Meyer-Reimer.  Honorable Mention: Mansoorah Kermani

Boys Soccer:  Lucas Bontreger

Girls Soccer:  Hannah Kurtz and Jillian Kissinger

(Volleyball and Football honors are still to be determined.)

Congratulations to these GHS student athletes!

It Takes A Village

The following message was sent from a GHS teacher/GMS parent to the GCS Food Service Director:

I had to send a message to you about an outstanding GMS cafeteria worker. I have an 8th grade son who often speaks about a cafeteria worker named Stephanie who always gives him and his friends high fives and always asks them about how things are going in school and out of school. It was obvious to me that she goes above and beyond to make middle schoolers feel welcome and appreciated during lunch. However, last night she took that up a level. She found out that the boys were playing a basketball game at Westside and drove to Elkhart to watch them play last night. She even stayed after the game (which we lost) to give them high fives before they boarded the bus.

I’m sorry I don’t know her last name but I wanted to make sure that you knew how much all of the parents really appreciated her supporting our boys last night. It truly means a lot that she took the time out of her evening to watch an 8th grade basketball game. It takes a village to raise a child and I’m happy she’s in our “village”.

Tina Schmucker

The GMS cafeteria worker referenced above is Stephanie Copenhaver.

Greg Beachey, Food Service Director, responded to Mrs. Schmucker with this, “Thank you so much for letting us know. We think Stephanie is an awesome person as well, and are very happy she is part of our team. We are very proud of our food service team at GMS, but it really helps to hear it from a student and parent.”

Thank you to Stephanie and the whole GMS food service team for making your cafeteria such a welcoming place!

Congratulations Crimson Marching Band on a Great Season!

The Crimson Marching Band concluded their season last Saturday at the ISSMA Semi-State competition in Indianapolis. According to GHS Principal Barry Younghans who attended the competition, “They were outstanding. They gave a great performance!”

Due to a small issue with the band’s computer equipment, however, they went 10 seconds over the allotted 10 minute time frame, and were penalized several points. Without the penalty, Goshen would have been headed to state competition. It is surely a disappointment for the students and staff who have put so much time into the season, but it does not take away from their performances, what they have learned, or the memories they have made.

Later in the weekend, Tom Cox sent this message to his students: Congratulations to all of the members of the Crimson Marching Band for an amazing performance at ISSMA Semi-State yesterday! We are so proud of you! Remember that a point total does not define who you are or diminish the amazing music and memories that we made! We did it! Best of luck to all bands moving on to State Finals!!!
Thank you to directors Tom Cox and Josh Kaufman for showing our students how to handle disappointment with grace. There are many lessons one can learn from being in an ensemble as large as the marching band, but this is an important one. In life, there will always be disappointments, but what a person does in those situations says a lot about his/her character. As teachers and directors, you have provided your students with an excellent example, and some pretty fantastic experiences as well.

Also, thank you to Brian Sapp (and others), who took amazing pictures of the band and guard throughout the season. The following is just a sample:

The Semi-State show.

Below: The sections encourage each other before their performance. We are struck by the closeness and friendships that appear to have been formed in this ensemble over the months of working and sweating and marching and playing together. This is one of those activities where everyone must work together in order to create a great performance. Let’s just acknowledge that this group did it, and this group ROCKS!



The drum majors, encouraging their band with words, high fives, and fist bumps. They are the leaders and they handle their responsibility well.

The parents. Oh my goodness, the parents! Crimson Marching Band could not do what they do without parents to help move props, provide and set up meals, build props, and transport students back and forth to practices. GCS and GHS appreciate you!

More from the Semi-State show.

Crimson Band and Guard, congratulations on your fantastic year! You have made GCS proud and you have represented the community of Goshen in an outstanding manner. Well done!



GHS Pumpkin Drop

On Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 the GHS Engineering/Technology Department hosted the ninth annual Pumpkin Drop at Goshen High School.

Engineering classes from GHS and Fairfield competed to see who could successfully build a vehicle capable of sustaining a 50 foot fall, protecting their passenger (a pumpkin) from injury. The rules and goal of the assignment are below. The Goshen Fire department provided a ladder truck to achieve the 50’ drop height and a championship round 102’ drop height. There were 20 teams of students competing – 12 teams from Goshen and 8 teams from Fairfield.

Surviving the 50’ drop were 6 teams from Goshen and 1 team from Fairfield. Those 7 teams then proceeded to the next round which was the 102’ drop. None of Fairfield’s teams survived that round, while Goshen had 4 of their 6 finalist teams survive.

Loading the enclosures with the pumpkins inside.

Dropping the enclosure (this is from 50′).

Checking to see if the pumpkin survived.

The names of the 102’ drop winning team members are included below:

  • Jillian Kissinger, Brockton Yoder, Steven Worlds & Autumn Bowers
  • Diego Garcia, Diego Torrejon, Deshawn Brown, & Nate Olvera
  • Connor Brandenberger, Ryan Dubois, Jordan Horn & Josh Haimes
  • Jason Holmes, Tyler Chalk & Benjamin Nichols


The goal of the pumpkin drop competition is to design an enclosure or apparatus to protect a pumpkin from damage when dropped from the bucket of a fire truck 50 feet high. Entries that survive the 50 foot fall will then be dropped from the maximum height of 80-100 feet.


  • Pumpkin must be at least 10 inches in diameter or larger and must be orange in color.
  • Pumpkin and protective structure weight is limited to 50 pounds.
  • The pumpkin container can have dimensions no greater than 20x20x30 inches.
  • The inside of the pumpkin may not be altered. (no freezing or adding chemicals)
  • Pumpkins must free fall (no bungee cords).
  • No Styrofoam peanuts or other small non-biodegradable packing fillers are allowed.
  • No hard materials: no wood, metal, PVC pipe or glass is allowed for the exterior of the container. Soft garbage cans are acceptable.
  • No liquids are allowed.
  • No electrical sources are allowed.
  • Package must be designed so that the pumpkin can be removed by the ground crew within 30 seconds after hitting the ground.
  • Protective structure around the pumpkin must be designed with public safety and cleanup in mind. Pumpkin enclosures that might splatter fragments or liquids toward the viewing audience are not allowed.
  • Any entries that employ parachutes must be designed so that the parachute is dropped at the same time as the pumpkin or prior to the pumpkin, NOT after.
  • The judges will have the final say on whether entries are viewed as safe to be dropped. Judges will disqualify entries with heavy, sharp, and/or protruding metal parts. All decisions by judges are final.
  • To keep the drops moving efficiently, someone from the team MUST remain with the pumpkin at all times.

Ed Ernstes from WBST News was there to cover the Pumpkin Drop. He will air the story at around 6:15-6:20 this evening on WSBT News.

Thank you to Jen Yoder, Industrial Technology teacher, who coordinated the logistics of the Pumpkin Drop, and to the City of Goshen for the use of the fire truck and the cooperation of the firefighters. What a great opportunity for students to put their design ideas to the test!

GHS Miles for Music-Saturday, November 11

Pancake & Sausage breakfast and 5K run & 3K walk

Saturday, November 11, 8:00-11:00 a.m., GHS Cafeteria

All-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage are yours for only $6! Or get a complimentary breakfast when you register for the run/walk.

The 5K run and 3K walk begin at 9:00 a.m. at Goshen High School. Registration Early Bird Special $20 (through November 10). Regular price is $25 (day of the event). Bring cash or a check payable to “GHS Music Council.” All runners and walkers get a complimentary pancake breakfast after finishing the race.  

You may register for the race by clicking on this link: https://docs.google.com/a/staff.goshenschools.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScz5uDWN_DamJd4-3On217tV2XcaT1UdBsxIQrWu02si7lwWg/viewform


  1. Check-in will take place in the main lobby (Door “M”) of Goshen High School starting at 8:00 a.m. Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the race. There are free t-shirts available for runners/walkers, but supplies are limited.
  2. The run/walk starts across from GHS in the bus parking area, near the intersection of Lincolnway and Monroe. Participants start in the sidewalk along Monroe, proceed along portions of the Abshire Park Trail & Pumpkinvine Nature Trail toward Abshire Park, and loop back around to finish the race on the sidewalk along Monroe. Approximate routes available here (red = 5K Run, blue = 3K Walk).
  3. After the event, return to the cafeteria for breakfast, awards, and door prize raffle drawings!

Please Note: The event will not be canceled due to inclement weather.

All proceeds go the Goshen High School Music Department for student scholarships.

If you have questions, you may call the GHS Music Office at 574-533-8651, ext. 2518.

NLC Honors for Soccer & Volleyball

The boys soccer team, who were NLC champions, Sectional champions, Regional champions, and Semi-State Runner-ups, placed six athletes on the NLC first team. They included: Seniors Junior Argueta, Lucas Bontreger, Manuel Castillo, Flavio Cruz, Marcos Hernandez, and Alex Martinez.

Junior Argueta

Lucas Bontreger

Manny Castillo

Flavio Cruz

Marcos Hernandez

Alex Martinez

Earning Honorable Mention were senior Chris Garcia and junior Sergio Gonzalez.

Chris Garcia

Sergio Gonzalez

The team finished the year at 17-4, 6-1 in the NLC.

Sectional Champs

Regional Champs

The girls soccer team placed two players on the NLC first team: Senior Jill Kissinger and junior Aniya Hartzler.

Jill Kissinger

Aniya Hartzler

Earning Honorable Mention status were juniors Maggie Gallagher and Alexa Medina.

Maggie Gallagher

Alexa Medina

The girls team finished 5-2 in the NLC.

The volleyball team had one player earn NLC honors, Raina Shreiner Barger, who was selected for the Honorable Mention team.

Raina Shreiner Barger

Congratulations to these student athletes who represented their school and the Goshen community with excellence!

(Photos courtesy of photographer Branden Beachy)

10-23-17 Board Recognition

Staff recognition:

GMS Master Teacher Liz Martin was recognized after she was named to the 2017-18 National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) Educator Advisory Board. Ms. Martin is one of only eleven educators chosen from across the country.

GHS art teacher Tom Zuber was honored after he captured two 2017 American Art Awards. He won 1st place in Abstract Expressionism and tied for 6th place in Cubism, in a competition that featured artists from around the globe. Tom said that it was a privilege to be able to share the award with his students, noting that “It is good for them to see a working artist, living the dream”.

Gaby Tovar, GHS Parent Liaison, was recognized for her work in organizing and coordinating interpreters for the GHS Parent/Teacher conferences. Ms. Tovar got the interpreters matching shirts so that they were easily identifiable to parents, and also developed a new system for the teachers that made it easier for them to access the translators. Ms. Tovar was recognized in absentia, because she is continuing her education and needed to attend an evening class. She did, however, send her thanks to the board for the acknowledgement of her efforts.


Crimsonaires Fall Preview

Last night was the Fall Preview Concert for the GHS Crimsonaires. It was Katie Miller O’Leary’s first year as the solo director of the group; the first year since the retirement of long-time Crimsonaires director Marcia Yost. But Katie’s three years as a singer in the Crimsonaires and one year as co-director clearly had her prepared. She guided the students (many of whom are brand new to the group) through their first concert of the year with apparent ease. She acknowledged that “it takes a village” and thanked the many staff members and parents who have helped the Crimsonaires get the year off to a good start.

Below are a few pictures from the concert, courtesy of photographer Branden Beachy.


Plastic Bag Collection (and Competition!)

Model Elementary School Principal, Tami Hicks, took to Facebook on October 24th to encourage friends and community members to help Model’s 1st grade class collect plastic bags for The Window of Goshen.

Here is Ms. Hicks’ Facebook post: Model first grade has challenged Chandler in a competition to see which school can collect the most RECYCLED plastic BAGS. It all starts tomorrow (October 25th)!!! Apparently the winning school chooses what happens to the “losing” principal. We are thinking about what to “do” to Mrs. Williams. Clearly, Model will win. The bags will be donated to the Window in Goshen. They fill the bags with food and supplies for families in need and go through about 200 a day. Last year Model collected a LOT! Have plastic bags collecting in a closet somewhere? Feel free to mail them to 412 Greene Road Goshen, Indiana 46526. In the area? Drop them off! They have to be received by next Wednesday (November 1st). Challenge begins tomorrow (October 25th)!!!

Ms. Hicks and the Model 1st grade teachers are obviously making this a fun event for their students, and Mrs. Cheryl Williams, the Chandler principal, has jumped into the competition with an equally fun and giving spirit!

Can you help Model and/or Chandler collect plastic bags for The Window? If you have some to donate, you can drop them off any time at

Chandler (419 S. 8th St. Goshen) or

Model (412 S. Greene Rd. Goshen).

Good luck to both schools, and thank you to the students and families who are collecting bags to donate to The Window!