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.

 

 

Goshen Schools Closed Jan. 23/eLearning Day

Goshen Community Schools will be closed today (Wednesday, Jan. 23).

This will be an eLearning day. Students will have five school days to complete eLearning assignments. For further information on eLearning, please go to the Goshen Community Schools website at www.goshenschools.org/elearning

For elementary students who do not have their iPads at home, there are a couple of choices: Students may complete the assignments on other (home) devices, or they may take their devices home when we return to school, and they will have five days to complete eLearning assignments outside of the school day.

GMS 8th Grader in All-State Choir

Congratulations to GMS 8th grade choir member Shellsea Celis, who was selected for the 2019 All-State Honor Choir. The Honor Choir performed at the Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne on Friday, January 18th at 4:00 p.m., as a part of the Indiana Music Educators Association Conference. Shellsea was accompanied to the conference by GMS choir teacher Marilyn Mason. Congratulations, Shellsea!

Superintendent Step-In, Chandler 3rd Grade

Dr. Woodworth needs to keep her wits about her in this episode of the Superintendent Step In! Chandler’s 3rd grade teacher, Daniel Longcor, has put together a “break out box” game for the classroom. What is a break out box game? Well, the students work together in groups, using math, reading, and their critical-thinking skills to solve riddles and clues to locate and unlock boxes, before they get the next clue. It is basically an elaborate set of clues, boxes, and hidden gems, just waiting for the students to figure things out and get to the end!

Wednesday, Jan. 16-Train/Car accident

There was a train/car accident this afternoon (before school let out) at the Jefferson street crossing. Due to the accident, all railroad crossings/roads are closed between Lincoln Ave. and Kercher Road. The GCS transportation department is working hard to make sure that buses are available to transport students home this afternoon. However, please be aware that drop-off times may be delayed due to limited crossings and heavy traffic.

We appreciate your patience as we work together to make sure that all bus riders get home safely, and all GHS students are safely directed out of the parking lot.

There will be staff available in the transportation office if you have questions. 533-7176.

Esta tarde, sucedió un accidente entre un tren y un automóvil (antes de que las clases terminaran) en el cruce de la calle Jefferson. Debido a este accidente, todos los cruces y caminos por las vías del tren se encuentran cerrados entre la avenida Lincoln Aveniú y Kercher. El departamento de transporte está trabajando duro para asegurarse que todos los autobuses estén disponibles para transportar a los estudiantes a casa esta tarde. Sin embargo, por favor entienda que el horario en el que se dejará a su hijo podría retrasarse debido a los cruces limitados y al alto tránsito vehicular.

GHS Dance Marathon-A Community Event

GHS IB students will host a Dance Marathon on Saturday, February 9th from 6:00-11:00 p.m. in the GHS main gym. This event will be open to the entire Goshen Community, and students, adults, and families of all ages are encouraged to attend. (Announcements and instructions at the event will be given in both English and Spanish.)

According to several GHS students who provided information, the Dance Marathon will be a part of their education as they work toward their full IB diploma. Each diploma candidate is required to work on two Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) projects; one on their own and one as a class. And the project is not as simple as “doing a project” and turning it in. Each project requires that the students reflect on their completed project, look at the outcomes, determine how their project was perceived by others, assess engagement of participants, and consider their own perseverance when details or efforts got frustrating.

As this year’s Theory of Knowledge class (the full IB diploma candidates) considered what they might do for their joint CAS project, they all submitted ideas to the group. After considering the suggestions, they decided on a Dance Marathon to benefit the GHS Unified Sports teams. The Indiana high school Unified Sports teams were formed through a collaboration between the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and Special Olympics Indiana, called Champions Together. “Unified Sports promotes servant leadership among student athletes while changing their lives, as well as the lives of those with intellectual disabilities.” Goshen High School has participated in Unified Track and Field for a few years, and this fall they also added Unified Flag Football. Several of the IB students have participated on Unified Sports teams, and have found them to be very meaningful. Emma Simpson said “I participated in track and field, in the long jump. It was good for me; I learned to act with compassion and kindness, and the coaches helped me learn how to best relate to and support the student athletes.”

Pictured below: GHS IB diploma candidates Katie Shirk, Emma Simpson, Josie Walters, and Maggie Gallagher.

The IB students decided to put their project proceeds toward Unified Sports to raise awareness about the growing GHS Unified Sports program, to highlight the students they care about, and to raise funds to help the students with their team costs.

As stated previously, the Dance Marathon will be open to everyone! There will be dance music provided by a DJ, a raffle with great prizes generously donated by local businesses, games for all ages, food to buy from the concession stand (with a percentage of the proceeds going toward Unified Sports), and supervised quiet areas for those with light/sound sensitivities who might need to take a break from the action.

 The students are not taking pledges for the dance marathon, as so often happens. Instead, they will charge an entry fee to get into the event. The suggested entry fees are: 5th grade and under = free, 6th grade and up = $5.00, and families = $10.00. However, no one will be turned away if they cannot afford the entry fee. Additionally, since this is a fundraiser, anyone who wants to pay more than the suggested entry fee is also welcome to donate more!

The GHS Dance Marathon will be run by IB students, along with help from Student Council and National Honor Society students. The students have purposely extended the invitation to the entire community because they value the diversity of Goshen, and want to bring everyone together for an evening of family fun. We hope you will join them!!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day-Monday, Jan. 21

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a social activist and Baptist minister who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. King sought equality and human rights for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged and all victims of injustice through peaceful protest. He was the driving force behind watershed events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the 1963 March on Washington, which helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and is remembered each year on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a U.S. federal holiday since 1986.

Quotes from Dr. King:

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

“Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Our students, teachers and staff members will have Monday, January 21st off for the MLK holiday. We hope they, along with the whole Goshen community, will have a chance to learn more about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Woodworth’s Welcome for 2nd Semester

Welcome back, GCS family!

Happy New Year and welcome back for the 2nd semester of the 2018-2019 school year! Whether you are a GCS employee, student, or family member, we consider you a part of our GCS family. With this New Year’s letter, I would like to highlight a few items from the 1st semester and provide a brief look ahead.

During the 1st semester, we had many students and staff members recognized for excellence, including: GHS junior Joseph Narayan, chosen to serve a two-year term on the Indiana Department of Education Student Advisory Council; GMS counselor Jan Desmarais-Morse, named an American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Counselor of the Year finalist; Elementary school teachers and students, recognized for the creative, innovative work they are doing in the educational pathways of New Tech, IB, Dual Language Immersion, C.L.A.S.S., and Expeditionary Learning; GHS seniors Felix Perez Diener and Katie Shirk, named National Merit Semifinalists and Jonathan Snyder, named a National Merit Commended Student; GHS athletes, recognized by other schools and officials for exemplary sportsmanship; GMS math teacher Terri Hussey, named to the “top ten” for Indiana Teacher of the Year; and finally, Jane Troup, who with our sincere appreciation and thanks, ended her service on the GCS School Board after 24 years. 

In the 1st semester, we did a lot planning for the addition to be built at GHS and for the new Intermediate School. We are pleased with the progress we have made on the plans for both buildings, and trust that the input from teachers and architects will lead to optimal utilization of the buildings. We will continue to post construction updates on the GCS website at https://www.goshenschools.org/public-records/building-plans

As we look ahead to the 2nd semester, we anticipate that students will complete projects, perform in concerts, make progress toward their educational goals, and take field trips to explore places near and far. And at the end of the school year, we know that GHS will graduate a class of students who are well-prepared for work, further education, voluntary service, apprenticeships, military service, or whatever they choose to do. We will miss the class of 2019, but we are confident that they will be prepared for the future!

Thank you for your continued involvement, collaboration, and investment in our schools! It is the support of parents and community members that enables us to provide an excellent education for Goshen students and ensures that every student will reach his or her fullest potential. Thank you for partnering with us!

Sincerely,

Dr. Diane Woodworth

Superintendent

Parkside’s Generosity Day

Fourth grade students at Parkside Elementary showed their GENEROSITY by bringing in baking ingredients and creating cookie mixes in a jar that they donated to The Window. On hand to help with the project was Executive Director of The Window, J.E. Swartley, who also explained the services offered to Goshen residents at The Window. The students made 72 cookie mixes, which will be on the pantry shelves at The Window for families to select.

One student said, “It was fun to make!”  and another student shared  “It feels good to give it someone else, even though I really like chocolate chip cookies myself!”

 

Dr. Woodworth Named District II Superintendent of the Year

  Dr. J.T. Coopman, Dr. Diane Woodworth, and Dr. Tom Edington

At the recent Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents (IAPSS) annual meeting, Superintendents of the Year were announced for each of the eight IAPSS districts. Goshen Community schools is a member of District II, along with 36 other school districts in Northern Indiana. Out of all the quality school superintendents and school corporations represented in District II, Goshen’s superintendent Dr. Diane Woodworth was chosen by her peers as the IAPSS District II Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Woodworth was selected, in part, for her direction and leadership of the Goshen school corporation. Congratulations, Dr. Woodworth!

The IAPSS was established in 1960, based upon this premise: The public interest is best served through assuring the availability of a quality education for all children; and knowledgeable, ethical, effective leaders are essential to achieving this educational excellence.

IAPSS is a non-profit, professional association serving 425 members, including superintendents and other school administrators, professors of education, university students studying educational administration, and retired superintendents.  Professional development activities are targeted at improving the educational process, promoting the efficient operation of schools, and developing new superintendents. Association meetings provide a forum for discussion of a variety of educational issues between members and state and national experts.

 

Community Foundation Congratulates 2019 Lilly Endowment Community Scholars and Guy D. Gundlach Memorial Scholars

The Lilly Endowment, Inc. and the Community Foundation of Elkhart County are proud to honor nine outstanding students in Elkhart County. 

Three students from Elkhart County will receive Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships (LECS) entitling them to full tuition, fees and $900 a year for required books and equipment to any accredited public or private nonprofit college or university in Indiana. The selected students are: Lisa Hochstetler, Northridge; Claire Mumaw, Fairfield; and Alexa Porter, Concord.

In addition, the Community Foundation is also proud to award the Guy David Gundlach Memorial Scholarship to the following six students: Danyelle Adams, Jimtown; Margot Cruz-Portillo, Elkhart Memorial; Melissa Daniels, GoshenClaire HershbergerClinton ChristianJaycee RossiElkhart CentralOtto Schlatter, NorthWood. Each of these students will receive $5,000 per year for four years to any accredited Indiana college or university.  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. 

Commenting on the awards, Community Foundation Career Pathways Chair, Rob Cripe, noted that the Community Foundation administers over 100 scholarship funds. “In fiscal year 2018, the awards totaled more than $2.3 million benefiting hundreds of students from Elkhart County who are currently pursuing higher education. These scholarships make a considerable impact, not only in the lives of these students and their families, but also on the educational and economic future of our county.”

ELIGIBILITY AND SCHOLARSHIP PROCESS

Each of the eligible high schools in Elkhart County selects one nominee evaluated based on academic performance (including grades and course load), extra-curricular and civic involvement, work experience, career goals, unusual circumstances, interview and an essay.

“After the Community Foundation scholarship committee received the nominee applications, names were removed from the application and the applications were scored (excluding the essays) by the Community Foundation Career Pathways Committee and staff,” Amanda Jamison, Community Foundation Senior Program Officer, explains. “The ‘blind’ essays were then scored by Goshen College professors, the scores tallied and the field narrowed to the top five nominees. The finalists’ names were submitted to the Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. (ICI) for final review and selection of the final three recipients.” ICI is a nonprofit corporation that represents 30 regionally accredited degree granting, nonprofit, private colleges and universities in the state.

ABOUT THE LILLY ENDOWMENT COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The Lilly Endowment Community Scholarships are 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 22nd year, has awarded 85 LECS to students in Elkhart County and 4,626 state-wide, thus far providing more than $392 million dollars in tuition scholarships since inception.

The primary purposes of the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program are 1) to help raise the level of educational attainment in Indiana; 2) to increase awareness of the beneficial roles Indiana community foundations can play in their communities; and 3) to encourage and support the efforts of current and past Lilly Endowment Community Scholars to engage with each other and with Indiana business, governmental, educational, nonprofit and civic leaders to improve the quality of life in Indiana generally and in local communities throughout the state.

ABOUT COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF ELKHART COUNTY

Community Foundation of Elkhart County partners with donors to leverage their philanthropy in ways that transform lives. Since 1989, the Community Foundation has connected the generosity of donors with community needs by providing scholarship opportunities to local students and making grants to nonprofit organizations working to improve Elkhart County.  It’s with strength and hope the Community Foundation seeds the local landscape, supporting plans, programs, and ideas that potentially stand the test of time.  The Community Foundation strives to be a local entity known for inspiring good and impacting success. 

Vibrant People of Elkhart County

Vibrant People of Elkhart County celebrates most dynamic, energetic doers that make life here great.

The Vibrant Communities movement will be recognizing the most energetic, cheerful and generous residents of Elkhart County throughout 2019 and it is inviting everyone who loves and cares about their hometown to take part.

Vibrant People of Elkhart County will be a year-long daily celebration of the doers — school secretaries, volunteers, your neighbors, the people behind the counter at your favorite store — and how they #LoveElkhartCountyIN and make our hometown a vibrant community. These are 365 Vibrant People who go the extra mile, have a smile for everyone they greet and help with just about anything.

Residents, non-profit agencies, schools, groups, businesses and anyone with a connection to Elkhart County can nominate someone special to get the recognition and notice that they deserve.

Vibrant People will be recognized daily on Vibrant Communities social media channels on Facebook and Instagram as well as the official website, www.vibrantelkhartcounty.org.

“Every day, Elkhart County residents make a huge difference in their friends’ and neighbors’ lives with their positive attitude and giving generously,” said Arvis Dawson, co-chair of the Vibrant Communities movement. “They don’t do it for recognition, but that’s why it’s even more important for us to celebrate what they do to make Elkhart County a great place to live, work and play.”

Vibrant People of Elkhart County follows in the footsteps of 2018’s Love Where You Live series, which featured Elkhart County leaders who demonstrate affection for this area by their words and actions. Read the Love Where You Live stories at www.vibrantelkhartcounty.org/news.

Vibrant Communities is a grassroots movement of Elkhart County leaders focused on quality of place to strengthen our communities. Vibrant Communities champions placemaking activities to encourage economic growth, communicate positively and effectively about Elkhart County, and support collaboration and creativity in all our communities.

The movement is funded jointly by contributions from the Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Community Foundation of Elkhart County.

For more information, contact Terry T. Mark at the Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau, 574-262-8161 or terry@eccvb.org.

November Edward Jones Student-Athletes of the Month

Goshen High School and Edward Jones are proud to announce the student-athlete of the month award to recognize athletic and academic excellence.  A senior male and female student-athlete will be selected from August-May each school year.  At the end of the year, a $500 scholarship will be awarded to one male and one female student athlete of the month, as selected by the GHS coaching staff.

Pictured below: Bill Bonning, Edward Jones Agent, Margaret “Maggie” Gallagher, and Bryant Robinson

The winners of the Edward Jones Student-Athlete of the Month Award for November are:

Margaret Gallagher:  Maggie is the daughter of Kim and John Gallagher.   Maggie was Academic All-State in soccer and track.  Maggie is a scholar athlete in basketball, soccer, and track.  She is a student Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Goshen.  This fall, she was the captain on the soccer team.  She was Honorable Mention all NLC for soccer and track her junior year and NLC All Conference in soccer her senior year.  Maggie is a member of Women’s Empowerment Club, Student Council, Student Athletic Council, and National Honor Society.   After high school, Maggie plans to study Psychology and eventually have a career in Clinical Psychology.

Bryant Robinson:  Bryant is the son of Tamara and Bill Robinson.  Bryant participates in Baseball and Basketball. Bryant has received the 3.7 or Higher Honor Award, NLC Honorable Mention, and is a member of the National Honor Society.  He is a 3 year letter winner in basketball.  Bryant is a member of 4-H and participates in a travel Basketball program.  After high school Bryant hopes to attend Ball State University majoring in Marketing.

GHS Mourns Former Student’s Death

The Goshen High School community is saddened today after learning about the death of 2017 GHS graduate Hank Miller. Our thoughts and sympathies are with Hank’s family and friends during this difficult time. GHS counselors are available for any students who wish to talk about or process the untimely passing of this former GHS student, teammate, section leader, brother, and friend.

“The Nature of Life is to Grow” (17) Growing Through GCS

Over the course of this first semester, we have shown you some of the things students are learning and doing in each grade. We have shown the progression in the degree of difficulty of the coursework for each next/new grade. We have shown how many opportunities there are for students traveling the normal, or usual, pathways offered at GCS, and we have shown that there are alternative pathways for students who may need something different during their educational journey. We hope that you have enjoyed this look at GCS, and that you have seen and understood all that our teachers and staff members do to help the students at GCS grow and mature.

Here are just a few of the pictures that were taken over the semester:

Kindergarten

First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Sixth Grade

Seventh Grade

Eighth Grade

Freshmen

Sophomores and Juniors

Seniors

From Pre-K and kindergarten to 12th grade, our staff focuses on living out the mission of Goshen Community Schools for all of our students: Inspiring Innovation…Empowering Potential…Enriching our World. We want each student in our care to feel that they are in the exact, best place for them to learn, to grow, and to be successful well after the day that they leave our school system.

Our staff works hard to stay on the cutting-edge of all that public education has to offer, by scheduling quality professional development within each school building each week. Additionally, teachers and administrators travel across the country to keep abreast of new programming and to collaborate with leaders in education. Our staff does all of this so that we may offer the most innovative programs available, and so that we can meet the needs of all learners.

After visiting classrooms throughout the district, we think that you would find truth in the fact that at GCS our number one value is that “Relationships Matter”. Our teachers genuinely care about their students, and they do whatever they can to help students be successful, in academics and in life.

Each year, we send our seniors out into society, knowing that they will truly enrich our world. We have living proof! Our graduates are doctors, teachers, plumbers, scientists, nurses, electricians, social workers, managers, accountants, policemen and women, administrative assistants, manufacturing technicians, physical therapists, chefs, business owners, professional musicians, construction workers, firemen, lawyers, coaches, IT specialists, paralegals, mechanics, travel agents, marine biologists, wastewater operators, EMTs, software developers, yoga instructors, and so much more!

At GCS, our goal is for all of our students to grow and mature during their educational years with us, so that they are ready for whatever their futures may hold. So if your kindergarten student (like the one below) is just learning how to properly greet people and how to be a part of the school community, or if your senior is one of the speakers at graduation (pictured below); please know that GCS values your student(s) and is working hard to help them learn, grow, and succeed!

“Dreams grow if you grow.”  Zig Ziglar

“The Nature of Life is to Grow” (16) Seniors and Merit

We recently visited Britney Charles’ English 12 class to see what her seniors were doing. When we arrived in her classroom, Ms. Charles was explaining to her students where they could find the study guide for their upcoming final exam. She said, “I will not be grading it, but if you do the work, it will definitely help you with the final exam, because all of that stuff will be on the exam next week.” On her information for the Final Exam Study Guide was a small sign/suggestion that said Keep Calm and Study for Final Exam. There was also a sign on the wall with a couple of very concise course goals: Become a better reader and writer, and Earn a credit. Great (and necessary) goals for GHS seniors!

Ms. Charles stated that the class had just finished reading a graphic novel, American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang, and that they were going to discuss the book as a class and then spend some time working on a related writing assignment. Although graphic novels may be foreign to many adults, this book sounded intriguing. The book is about three very different characters with one simple goal; to fit in. Much of the discussion was about “stereotypes and what we expect from different people” and the character finally “acknowledging and accepting his Chinese-American heritage”. One of the character’s favorite toys was a transformer, to which one of the students said “maybe his favorite toy is a transformer because it symbolizes his transformation through the book.” They also considered the fact that some of the characters were exposed as being someone other than who they presented themselves to be when their masks came off at the end of the book.

 

There were some students who were more engaged in the discussion than others, and who had pretty obviously enjoyed the book, because they frequently offered thoughts, ideas, and opinions to Ms. Charles’ questions. The student in the first picture below seemed especially knowledgeable about the book and the ideas and themes running through it.

Next, Ms. Charles handed out a paper with four writing prompts on it. She noted that the assignment was already on Canvas (the program through which students and teachers communicate regarding course assignments), and that some students may have already made a copy of it from Canvas. From the four writing prompts, the students were instructed to choose one prompt from which to write their essay, and begin writing using the OEA (Observation, Evidence, and Analysis) guide. “Once your observation sentence is done let me check it with you, and then you can begin to work on evidence and analysis.” Ms. Charles also noted that “the rubric I will use to grade your essay is also on Canvas”. She encouraged the students to look at the rubric if they wanted to know what points she would be looking for in their essays.

As the students worked on their observation sentences, Ms. Charles went around to give the students feedback and suggestions for refinement, so that they would be able to base their essay on a good, solid start.

Following our visit to GHS, we went to Merit Learning Center, one of the GCS alternative learning centers. Merit is located in the old Riverdale School, which many longtime Goshen residents will remember as one of Goshen’s former elementary schools.

Mrs. Kim Gallagher is in her second year as the principal at Merit, and new to Merit this year, but now new to GCS, is the counselor, Viratham Mounsithiraj. Mr. Mounsithiraj, or “V” as he is called by many, has been the GHS boys soccer coach for a number of years, and came to Merit with a background in school counseling and social work.

Mrs. Gallagher said that there are approximately 200 students enrolled at Merit, and of those 200, Goshen schools has 115 of the “spots”. The numbers or “spots” beyond the 115 Goshen students are filled by students from other school systems within the county. Most of the students are classified as juniors and seniors, but there are some sophomores, and even a few freshmen. Merit offers an online learning curriculum, with certified teachers to support and assist the students. There is a morning session from 8:00-11:00 a.m., and an afternoon session from 12:00-3:00 p.m.

This year, Merit is also offering Night School to adults who wish to return to school to get their high school diploma. The students, mainly ranging in ages 19-25, may attend school on Monday-Thursday evenings from 5:00-9:00 p.m. to work on the online curriculum with supervision from certified teachers.

When we entered the first classroom, or Lab 1, the students were all working quietly on their computers. When they had questions or issues with their technology, they simply raised their hands and one of the teachers in the classroom got up to help them. According to the teachers, they all help all of the students. However, the teachers all have subjects with which they are more familiar, and if a student is asking about Algebra II or Science, then the teacher with the most expertise in that area will likely be the one to help with those questions.

 

All around the school and in the classrooms are reminders of just how many credits the students have earned, and how many have finished and are ready to graduate. Their names and the class in which they earned the credit are listed on each post, and the collage of credits just keeps growing around the rooms.

According to one of the teachers, they try to keep students on pace to earn just over one credit per month, so that they can earn at least 10 credits per year. Of course, there are some students that earn many more credits than that, and some that earn less credits. “We expect the kids to take 2 quizzes per day if they are reading their units and retaining the information. That keeps them on track for earning the credit for the course….If students are motivated to earn credits quickly, they can also get into the APEX program at home and work on their study units, as APEX is a web-based program. We don’t let them take the quizzes at home, they have to do quizzes here, but they can study at home and keep moving forward with their subject(s).”

Students can take all of the core subjects required for graduation at Merit, and they can also get most of the elective classes there as well. Merit also offers such courses as Personal Finance and College and Careers.

Merit also offers P.E., which is taught partially through “Service Learning” on two Wednesdays per month. During service learning, students may go to such places as Ox Bow Park to clear trails, they may work for the Habitat for Humanity ReStore helping to move inventory, or they may volunteer at other agencies such as The Window, LaCasa, Church Community Services, and Love Way. Otherwise, their P.E. class sessions consist of swimming at GMS, yoga at Merit, walking in the school’s neighborhood, and going to The Post to lift weights, among other physical activities.

Besides supervising the students as they work on independent courses, the teachers are helping students to become more efficient online learners, and teaching them strategies to assist students in their work. Merit teacher Stephenie Ward stated that the Merit teachers have been working together in their Cluster and in Professional Development to find new ways to support and assist students as they work on online courses. And, as always, “we are building relationships with the students, to encourage and support them” with things such as attendance issues, motivation to finish their high school degree, family issues, stress, and possible anxiety issues.

As seniors, the students as GHS and Merit are moving toward the end of the educational experience at GCS. They have learned the skills that GCS works to instill in all 12th grade learners: Strong fundamental academic knowledge and preparedness for tests such as the SAT and ACT, Personal and social skills needed for further education or the workplace, Future life direction determined with plans in place to achieve personal goals, Interaction and engagement with the community, and Effective communication and advanced technology skills. By the time GHS students graduate (which includes Merit students), they may have had up to 13 years with GCS; years full of encouragement, support, motivation, academic growth, opportunities and social maturation. The seniors are ready for whatever plans that they, along with the influence of their families, have made.

We hate to see our seniors leave GCS! But, we are always excited to see the ways in which they will leave their positive imprint on our society. They have grown, and they will be ready.

12-10-18 Board Recognition

Jane Troup was recognized for 24 years of commitment and service on the GCS Board of School Trustees, starting in 1994. Mrs. Troup decided not to run for the school board this last election, stating at the board meeting, “It’s been a pleasure, but it’s time. Twenty-four years is enough.” She added, “I’ve met so many wonderful people, and I will continue to sing the praises of the staff we have. I have never seen a group of people work so hard in the classrooms, in administration, in this office, everybody. Your love for the kids is over the top. It’s amazing.” Dr. Woodworth thanked Mrs. Troup, saying, “It’s our great honor tonight to recognize Jane Troup for 24 years of board service. She has been an amazing and outstanding board member. She has missed a few meetings, but not many, in 24 years. And if you multiply that out, that is a lot of meetings!” Dr. Woodworth noted that Mrs. Troup served on many district committees and went to many ISBA and NSBA conferences over the years to stay up to date with educational changes. Mrs. Troup also served as the ISBA board president. “And for all those reasons and more,…we thank you for all that you’ve done for the school district and the children that you have served here in Goshen. Thank you so much.”

And then Mrs. Troup surprised Dr. Woodworth by awarding her a certificate in honor of Dr. Woodworth being named the IAPSS (Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents) Region II Superintendent of the Year. The official announcement and press release from IAPSS will come after the start of the new year, but the GCS school board and administration recently received news of Dr. Woodworth’s award and wanted to recognize her at a board meeting. Congratulations, Dr. Woodworth. Thank you for all you do for GCS!

Lastly, GMS School Counselor Mrs. Jan Desmarais-Morse was recognized following her nomination as a finalist (1 of 6 nationwide) for the 2019 National School Counselor of the Year by the American School Counselor Association.

Mrs. Desmarais-Morse (or Mrs. DM, as she is called at GMS) is a graduate of The University of Maine and Worcester State College. She has served as a school counselor for 29 years and has been at Goshen Middle School since 1997. The School Counselor of the Year award honors professionals who devote their careers to advocating for the nation’s students and addressing their academic and social/emotional development and college and career readiness needs.
The School Counselor of the Year finalists were judged based on their ability to create systemic change within the school counseling profession. Through their significant leadership, collaboration and advocacy skills, the School Counselor of the Year finalists achieved increased student success via their comprehensive school counseling programs. Desmarais-Morse, along with the additional five School Counselor of the Year finalists, will be in Washington, D.C., Jan. 30–Feb. 1, 2019, where they will be honored and formally recognized at a black‐tie gala.
Congratulations, Mrs. DM!!

IHSAA Exemplary Behavior Report Filed for GHS

The following IHSAA Exemplary Report was filed by Concord Schools/David Preheim:

Following tonight’s (12/6/18) Girls C-Team Basketball game, Goshen Coach Shaun Hill noticed I was folding up and putting away the team bench chairs. He immediately began to help and also had some of his managers help as well. They even moved down and helped put away chairs on the Concord team bench too! If this small act is indicative of how Coach Hill runs his program and teaches his kids, the Girls Basketball program at Goshen is in great hands! This small act of assistance was much appreciated and left a very good impression of Goshen High School!

Participating Individuals: Shaun Hill (Coach), Girls Basketball

Regards,
IHSAA (Indiana High School Athletic Association)

GCS/Lippert United Way Coat Drive

Goshen Community Schools and Lippert Components have joined forces for the last couple of years to hold a United Way coat drive for the students and families of Goshen. And again this year, employees from GCS and Lippert, along with other local business and families, donated coats, hats, mittens, boots, and snow pants. Once the drive ended, different student groups from GHS head over to the GCS Administration Center to help sort everything out according to sizes. The coat drive is coordinated by the GCS Registrar, Mrs. Stella Garcia.

The warm winter clothing will be available for families on Monday, December 10th. Families should simply see Mrs. Garcia in Central Registration in order to select what they need. If people still want to donate or if they have questions, they should call 574-971-4149 and speak to Stella Garcia.

Mrs. Garcia is pictured below, giving instructions to the students.

The coats from around the district and from Lippert needed to be carried upstairs to the store room.

And then the task of sorting began. A huge THANK YOU to the GHS Multi-Cultural Youth Alliance (MYA) and their sponsor Gaby Tovar for helping with this year’s coat drive.

United Way President Bill Rieth, Lippert representatives Jared Wilson and Toby Crowley, and Assistant Superintendent Tammy Ummel.

GCS/United Way Volunteer Coordinator Sharon Sarber, pictured below, also helped with the effort.

DeAnna Spencer, from Lippert, and Mrs. Ummel.

More sorting.

Stella Garcia, DeAnna Spencer, Sharon Sarber, and Bill Rieth.

Thank you to all who donated articles of clothing to provide warmth for their neighbors. Our community of Goshen is a caring, giving community!