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.



GHS French Trip

Pictures from the 2019 GHS French Trip:


Eleven people traveled to France after graduation, GHS French teachers Jason Hobbs and Dru Mack, eight students and a parent chaperone. They spent 10 days in France, split between two cities, Paris and Blois. According to Ms. Mack, the students did a great job communicating in the target language and enjoyed experiencing the culture and seeing/learning about the history of France. The group got home on Tuesday, June 18th, safe and sound!

WNIT to Offer New PBS Kids Channel (info. links in this post)

WNIT is all set to offer a new service on their station, which will help prepare future students for kindergarten! At 7:00 p.m., Monday, June 24th, WNIT will launch their 3rd channel, the 24/7 PBS Kids Channel.

“We know many young children either do not attend pre-school, or attend one that is not at the 3/4 rating that defines a “quality program.”  We want every child to attend a quality pre-school program. In the absence of that, WNIT will now provide the 24/7 PBS Kids Channel to offer a full-time educational alternative to the commercial kids’ channels which exist to sell “stuff” to children.

This new channel is available from a home antenna at 34.3 and will be available on most cable systems.  AT&T U-Verse, and the satellite services, DirecTV and DISH will, unfortunately, not carry the channel.

In addition to the television broadcast, the PBS Kids Channel on WNIT will also be fully live-streamed with related on-line games to enhance and extend the learning experience.

Greg Giczi, President & General Manager, WNIT Center for Public Media

Here are links to two videos promoting the new channel:



Need more information or materials?  Please contact Jamal Henry (jhenry@wnit.org).

GCS Representatives Included in City of Goshen’s Storm Drain Art Project

Goshen Community Schools was well represented by artists in the Storm Drain Art Project held by the City of Goshen this spring. Two teachers, Rachel Weaver and Heather Potsander, as well as a Goshen High School graduate Katarina Antal, shared their artwork with our community to encourage protecting our local water resources.

The artists were selected by a committee from artwork submitted in February. Artists were tasked with submitting artwork which would draw the public’s attention to our local waterways and the need to protect them. Each selected artist was assigned a local storm drain and the adjacent sidewalk on which to paint their chosen piece. Painting on concrete is a challenge, but add in the rainy weather we have experienced this spring and these painters deserve even greater praise for completing such beautiful and amazing works of art.

Rachel Weaver teaches 6th-grade visual arts at Goshen Middle School. Her love of water came about at an early age. She grew up living by the river, and spending summers in nearby lakes swimming, canoeing, and kayaking. In high school, she took the marine biology class and became more aware of the importance of water preservation. Rachel felt this project was an excellent way to combine her love of water, education, and art. She also wanted to set an example for her students and allow them to see the message in our community. When sharing her inspiration for this project, Rachel said, “It is important to maintain the health of our nearby water sources not just for our own recreation, but for all who rely on it to survive.”

Heather Potsander is an art teacher at Parkside Elementary School and enjoys creating artwork with elements of surprise and hidden messages.  Such hidden or surprised elements can be found in Heather’s artwork for this project.  “I want people of all ages to experience the joy children have when encountering the unexpected,” says Potsander. The natural landscape, particularly that of the Millrace Canal Trail, inspires her work. A graduate of Goshen College, Potsander also teaches private art classes from her home in Goshen.  When not teaching, she may be found knitting, sewing, or drawing with her three children and their chickens.

Katarina Antal is a graduate of Goshen High School (class of 2017). Her passion for art and interest in the environment led her to study at Ball State University, where she is currently studying Landscape Architecture. As a young girl, Katarina Antal remembers exploring the Goshen dam pond, surrounding forest trails, and riding her bike down the mill race on beautiful summer days. Katarina appreciates the Goshen Community for its support of the arts by providing opportunities for artists to engage with the community. Katarina hopes her painting will be an inspiration to others in the Goshen Community.

6-10-19 Board Recognition

The following people were honored by the school board on Monday, June 10, 2019:

GMS English teacher Marilyn Torres stated that her class worked on an argumentative unit regarding Climate Change earlier this spring. The students were examining the Green New Deal and creating podcasts to present their argument or viewpoint about the Green New Deal. The podcasts were submitted to National Public Radio (NPR) as part of a contest to make their podcasts available through NPR. Out of the 6,000 entries throughout the U.S.A., two of the GMS podcasts were chosen for “Honorable Mention”. The students who created the podcasts were: Skye Steury, Sophia Kauffman, Isaac Stahly, and Laish Detwiler. Mrs. Torres had arranged to play a portion of each of the two podcasts for the school board.

GHS head baseball coach, JJ DuBois, assistant coach Clay Norris, and senior captain Drew Marlow were honored by the school board following their recognition by the IHSAA. This report was filed by IHSAA umpire Michael Murray:

“I had the great fortune of Umpiring a Varsity Baseball Game at Goshen High School on Saturday May 4, 2019 between Goshen and Northwood. It was a great game that went extra innings with Goshen prevailing against Northwood 2-1 in 9 innings. Both Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches and all players were very sportsmanlike and thanked me personally throughout the game, and if questions came up during the game they were very courteous and respectful. We had a couple of close plays in a close game but everyone handled each situation calmly and respectfully of one another. It was just a great atmosphere and what High School sports should always be about. I commend both schools and their administrations for setting a great example of how things should be done. It was a very enjoyable day. After the game was over, both teams shook our hands and thanked us too and that doesn’t always happen everywhere you go.”

Representatives from the GHS Advanced Jazz Band were also honored, following their State Finals finish this year.

And lastly, Assistant Superintendent Mrs. Tamra Ummel was honored by those in attendance for her years of service and dedication to Goshen Community Schools, on her last Monday night board meeting.

6/7/2019 Press Release

To the Goshen Community,

Our community has long thrived on strong partnerships and working together. On Monday, June 10th, the Goshen Fire and Police Departments will work together with Goshen Community Schools to conduct a training drill at Goshen High School. The training is scheduled to begin at approximately 1:00 p.m. and will continue for most of the afternoon. Some Goshen Community Schools staff have volunteered to participate in the drill. This allows Goshen Fire and Police Department to respond to a more realistic scenario. Because of other scenarios in the state of Indiana that have been reported, we want to be clear that no projectiles/plastic pellets will be used during this drill. The well-being and safety of our volunteers will be monitored at all times during the drill.

Additional Goshen Officers and Fire personnel who are not participating in the training will remain on duty during the training exercise, and there will be no lapse in response to calls for service from Goshen residents and businesses.

Signs will be posted along the roadway to alert passersby that training is being conducted at Goshen High School. Please spread the word, as we do not want any misperceptions of why first responders are at the school.

GPD and GFD are constantly training to better serve our community. This training exercise will allow the police and fire departments to train further, while also helping school staff see first-hand what could happen in an emergency. It is our greatest hope that our community never has to utilize what is learned in exercises like this; but there is value in training, and we will be prepared.

Thank you to everyone involved.



Goshen Police Department

Goshen Fire Department

The City of Goshen

Goshen Community Schools

A “Thank You” to a Retiring Bus Driver

The following letter was written about GCS bus driver Mark Vetter (who is retiring) and sent to his direct supervisor. Mr. Vetter received many notes from children on his bus route, and this letter which explains how much his attention and care for a student really made a difference. (Some identifying information has been changed/hidden.)

Mark Vetter, GCS bus driver

“I meant to email earlier but the end of school and all of the “happenings” got the best of me and I forgot until this morning. I almost put off emailing because it felt too late, but then thought better of it. It’s never too late to share the good things happening, as I know you most likely have to deal with the problems more frequently.

Mark Vetter (Bus 24) has been such a blessing to our family over the past two years. Our daughter is a student at Parkside and absolutely adores him. She attended Kindergarten at the College Kindergarten and did not need to ride the bus that year. She deals with some anxiety, so the kindergarten teacher contacted your department at the end of her kindergarten year to arrange a meet-up and trial run prior to her first day of school. We were impressed that a school would even be willing to do this. This meet-up made the first day SO much easier.

The first time that I met Mark, I knew that we were so incredibly lucky to have him as our bus driver. His calm spirit, happy smile, and the peaceful presence that he carries was EXACTLY what our daughter needed. My hopes prior to meeting him were only that we would not have a bus driver who yelled a lot. Instead, we got someone who was SO MUCH MORE.

Our daughter’s first grade year was a difficult one, but Mark was the constant in that stormy and unpredictable year. There were a couple mornings that we had to wave him on due to things not going well, but I literally believe that HE was what got our daughter to school the rest of the time. She wanted to see HIM. Without that, I’m pretty sure we would have had many more struggles.

Mark shows the kids that he cares. There were many afternoons that I would have to wait a bit once the bus arrived at our house for my daughter to get off. She was talking to him. Telling him who knows what, but it meant so much to her.

This morning our entire family wanted to come outside to see “Mr. Mark” one last time. My boys, who unfortunately will never get to have him as their bus driver, loved him just as much. We are happy for Mark as he transitions into retirement, but we are feeling the loss already. Our daughter cried for hours after finding out he was not returning next year. This morning, she felt somewhat sick to her stomach because this is the last time that she will see him.

There is so much to share about him but I write all of this to share what a positive impact a seemingly small role in a child’s daily school life can be. Please encourage your bus drivers that they are SO important in these children’s lives. They are the first and last person students see in that transition between home and school.

Thank you for all you do on the administrative side of things. I know it can be a stressful job and I appreciate all of your hard work.”


A Parkside Parent

Thank you to this Parkside parent, for taking the time to acknowledge the service of one of our bus drivers!

GCS would also like to offer a huge THANK YOU to Mr. Vetter and all of the GCS bus drivers. We know that our bus drivers are the first and last people that many of our students see each school day, and we know that the interest and encouraging words of our drivers can make such a difference for so many students. Bus drivers, we appreciate you!

GCS is currently looking for additional bus drivers for the next school year. If you are interested in being a bus driver and joining GCS, where we value relationships and we make student-focused decisions, please apply online at http://www.goshenschools.org/hr/employment-opportunities.

GCS 2018-19 Energy Savings

Below is a chart that gives evidence to the hard work GCS staff members and students did to conserve energy and save the school corporation money in 2018-19. The scores and percentages of savings are not a competition between schools, because some schools host more events than others and some schools are more energy-efficient than others. However, GCS is working on long-range plans to make all the schools as energy-efficient as possible!

2019 Retirees Video

Last week during the annual end of year celebration we were all impressed with a video honoring this year’s retirees made by Brian Sapp, GMTV & GTV teacher. The video showcases our wonderful staff who have given so much of their lives to our schools and highlights the Goshen Middle School choir directed by Marilyn Mason singing their rendition of “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman.

GHS Transportation Requests/Transporte escolar a la preparatoria GHS

Transportation to Goshen High School:

As students transition to Goshen High school, this is a reminder that bussing to and from school for those outside the one mile walk zone must be requested.

All high school students will be required to register with the Transportation Dept. before being allowed to ride.  To ensure your student will be assigned a bus to ride next fall, register by June 15.


  • Register by logging into skyward.goshenschools.org and go to “Online Forms”.
  • Select “Transportation Request Form
  • Complete all required information

Note: If you do not have access to Skyward, you may get help at skyward.goshenschools.org and select “Help – Getting Started”.

If you have any questions, please contact Transportation at 574-533-7176 or email transportation@goshenschools.org.

A medida que los estudiantes hacen la transición a la preparatoria Goshen High School, le recordamos que debe solicitar el servicio de transporte hacia y desde la escuela si vive fuera de la zona de caminata de una milla.

Todos los estudiantes de preparatoria deberán registrarse en el Departamento de Transporte antes de que se les permita tomar el autobús escolar. Para asegurarse de que a su hijo le será asignado tomar un autobús escolar el próximo otoño, regístrese antes del 15 de junio.


  • Regístrese en goshenschools.org y vaya a Online Forms.
  • Seleccione Transportation Request Form.
  • Complete toda la información requerida.

Nota: Si no tiene acceso a Skyward, puede recibir ayuda visitando skyward.goshenschools.org al seleccionar Help Getting Started.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con el departamento de transporte al 574-533-7176 o envíe un correo electrónico a transportation@goshenschools.org .

GCS Named a U.S. Dept. of Ed. Green Ribbon School District

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that Goshen Community Schools in Goshen, IN is among the 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Awardees. 

The three Pillars of this award are:

Pillar One: Reducing environmental impact, such as waste, water, energy, greenhouse gases, and transportation, encompassing the areas of school facilities, grounds, and operations;

Pillar Two: Improving health and wellness by promoting a healthy physical environment (including aspects such as air quality, contaminant control, moisture control, acoustics, daylighting, pest management, and thermal comfort) and student and staff wellness practices (such as healthy school food and outdoors physical activity); and

Pillar Three: Offering effective environmental and sustainability education, including civic learning, green careers, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) connections.

Goshen Community Schools was nominated by the Indiana Department of Education, after review of Goshen’s application and qualifications. Highlights of Goshen qualifications for Pillar One include: Implementing an energy conservation program in 2009 with a full-time Energy Educator to lead the program; In 2012 the district received ENERGY STAR leader recognition; Since the inception of its energy conservation initiatives, GCS has achieved a cost avoidance of $4.4 million, representing a 25% savings on energy costs for the district; Two GCS schools have solar panels, Waterford Elementary has 1,173 solar panels, each with 260 watts of capacity for a total system size of 304,980 watts, and Goshen High School has 1,242 solar panels, each with 260 watts of capacity, for a total system size of 322,920 watts; High school students can access the data from the GHS solar array and use the information as part of their curriculum; The district has installed water-bottle filling stations to encourage students to bring their water bottles from home instead of buying bottles of water from the vending machines; Every school in the district has a purposeful recycling program which includes student involvement and education; and, Students and staff members use designated walkways and trails to walk and bike to school.

Goshen highlights for Pillar Two include: The custodial staff using eco-friendly cleaning solutions and microfiber cloths to reduce the use of chemical cleaners; When needed, the grounds crew uses fertilizer that is 2/3 organic; A coordinated school health committee addresses and evaluates ways to improve the health and wellness of students and staff; A health and wellness center for those on the school’s insurance, staffed by a physician, nurse practitioner, nurses, and medical assistants; Wellness screenings and health risk appraisals for all employees in each school/building each year; Free nutritious snacks are available during after-school hours to students in all grades attending any after-school activity; Middle School students planting, tending, and harvesting a community garden sponsored by Goshen Health; IU dental school comes to the elementary schools yearly to check the teeth of 2nd and 3rd graders and offer sealants as needed; Run the Halls, which encourages students to track their time and/or miles in after-school running and walking; and, GCS has used its purchasing power to advocate for healthier lunch options from vendors, showcasing local foods.

Pillar Three highlights include: The opportunities provided to students by local businesses and local government, to work on real-word sustainability problems and search for solutions; Through Greenpower, students have built an electric car; In conjunction with the City of Goshen, GHS students addressed sediment from stormwater runoff as a major cause of pollution in local waterways; GHS students designed prosthetics for a calf born with malformed hooves; At GHS, the development of a super-mileage car and a solar-powered automatic chicken coop door for a local veterinarian; Learning about marine life during the Spring Break Marine Biology trip to the Florida Keys; Participation in a carbon footprint reduction challenge; Partnering with Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College for field trips and study days; Partnering with Northern Indiana Public Service Company to provide every 5th grader with an energy-reduction kit as part of their curriculum; 8th graders partnering with the Elkhart County Soil and Water Conservation District which provides an outdoor learning day at the nearby Environmental Center and River Greenway Trail; and, The optional 8th grade trip to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, where students camp, hike, and explore the great outdoors.

According to GCS Superintendent Dr. Diane Woodworth, “This award is a great honor for GCS!  We are very pleased to receive this. The students and staff deserve the recognition, as much of the drive toward recycling and other environmentally friendly practices are from them. Our Energy Educator, Judy Miller, also deserves much credit as she is always working behind the scenes to keep our momentum going.”

Judy Miller, GCS Energy Educator said, “I’m so pleased that our district has been chosen to receive this coveted DOE Green Ribbon Schools distinction. There were so many components in this application that basically fit into the three required growth pillars of:  reducing environmental impact and costs; improving health and wellness; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education.  If it “takes a village” to raise a child, it certainly takes “a whole corporation” to educate a student.  We are being recognized with this distinction because of this “whole corporation” approach.  Our corporation is enhanced by an active community, our students, the Coordinated School Health Committee, our Green Team, the custodial and maintenance departments, teachers, administrators, school counselors, support staff, and school nutrition staff—all are essential participants in our approach to wellness, and growth as a healthy and sustainable organization.”

Across the country, 35 schools, 14 school districts, and four post-secondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education. Goshen Community Schools was among the 14 school districts recognized across the nation and was the only honoree in the State of Indiana.

The honorees were named from a pool of candidates nominated by 28 states. The selectees include 25 public schools, including three magnet schools and two charter schools, as well as 10 nonpublic schools. Thirty-six percent of the 2019 honorees serve a disadvantaged student body.

The list of all selected schools, districts, colleges, and universities, as well as their nomination packages, can be found here. A report with highlights on the 53 honorees can be found here. More information on the federal recognition award can be found here. Resources for all schools to move toward the three Pillars can be found here.

A huge THANK YOU to all members of the GCS community who help to make GCS an efficient, healthy, more sustainable place!


GMS Students Earn Awards on National German Exam

Mrs. Bruder’s 7th and 8th grade German students recently had the opportunity to take the National German Exam, which is a standardized test in the German language. The exam assesses students’ listening and reading skills.  Students took this optional test over 2 days and answered 100 questions.

8th grade students who chose to took the test are (from left to right): Madaline Hershberger, Elizabeth Chupp, Grant Miller, and Caden Hodge

7th grade students who chose to took the test are: Aiden Hapner, Anton Alstrom-Brookhyser, Gwyneth Wood, Bryan Panzo-Leynes, Lincoln Clark, Erick Rodriguez, Erich Schramm, Damian Castillo, and Jonathon Flores.

Special Congratulations to Grant Miller and Caden Hodge, who earned the Silver Medal for their performances on the test.  They were in the 80th percentile of all of the students throughout the country who took the test.

Special Congratulations also to Anton Alstrom-Brookhyser, Lincoln Fisher, Erich Schramm, Gwyneth Wood, and Aiden Hapner, who earned the Achievement Award for their performances on the test. They were in the 60th percentile or above.

Herzlichen Glückwünsch!

Community Conversation Follow-Up

GOSHEN, Ind. (May 17, 2019) — Goshen Community Schools and the City of Goshen’s Community Relations Commission (CRC) would like to offer our thanks to all who attended the Community Conversation at Goshen High School on April 25.  We appreciated everyone’s attendance, especially the students who participated and helped with interpretation. We applaud all of you for your willingness to sit down and talk with strangers.

Based on what was said at the evening’s wrap-up, we want you to know that we heard your desire for the community to DO something with community relations. Our joint committee (the CRC and GCS) will continue to meet and will plan more community conversations for the fall. Also, as promised, we have included a report (in both English and Spanish) from the conversations April 25. We hope you will find it helpful.

If you attended the event on April 25, please share with others about your experience, and encourage them to attend the conversations in the fall. If you were unable to participate on April 25, we invite you to attend the upcoming community conversations. The conversations will be open to all Goshen community members who want to learn more about others and who want to make Goshen the best community we can be, for EVERYONE. When we have dates set for the fall, the information will be released in the same manner that this information was released. Stay tuned!

With gratitude for Goshen,

Goshen Community Schools

The Community Relations Commission


Sharon Hernandez                                             Lori Martin
574-537-3883                                                    574-533-8631
communications@goshencity.com                    lmartin@goshenschools.org


Community Conversation Report      Community Conversation Report Spanish

GOSHEN, Ind. (17 de mayo, 2019) — Las Escuelas Comunitarias de Goshen y la Comisión de Relaciones Comunitarias de la Ciudad de Goshen (CRC) desean agradecer a todos los que asistieron a la Conversación Comunitaria en Goshen High School el 25 de abril. Apreciamos la asistencia de todos, especialmente de los estudiantes que participaron y ayudaron con la interpretación. Los aplaudimos a todos por su disposición a sentarse y hablar con extraños.

De acuerdo con lo que se dijo en la última sesión de esa noche, queremos que sepa que escuchamos su deseo de que la comunidad HAGA algo para ayudar las relaciones entre la comunidad/razas. Nuestro comité conjunto (la comisión y las escuelas) continuará reuniéndose y planeará más conversaciones con la comunidad para el otoño. Además, según lo prometido, hemos incluido un informe (en inglés y español) de las conversaciones del 25 de abril. Esperamos que le sea de utilidad.

Si asistió al evento el 25 de abril, comparta con otros sobre su experiencia y anímelos a asistir a las conversaciones en el otoño. Si no pudo participar el 25 de abril, lo invitamos a asistir a las próximas conversaciones de la comunidad. Las conversaciones estarán abiertas a todos los miembros de la comunidad de Goshen que quieran aprender más sobre los demás y que quieran hacer de Goshen la mejor comunidad que podamos ser, para TODOS. Cuando tengamos las fechas establecidas para el otoño, la información se dará a conocer de la misma manera que esta información se publicó. ¡Manténganse al tanto!

Con gratitud por Goshen,

Escuelas de la Comunidad de Goshen

La Comisión de Relaciones Comunitarias.


Sharon Hernández                                             Lori Martin

574-537-3883                                                    574-533-8631
communications@goshencity.com                    lmartin@goshenschools.org

GMS Update

Classes are proceeding as usual at Goshen Middle School today, following a statement of concern late in the school day yesterday. The police investigation is ongoing, and GCS is working with police to ensure the safety of all GMS students and staff. As a precaution, there are more police officers at GMS today, as well as more GCS administrators. If students have concerns or would like to speak to someone, there are administrators or counselors available for them.

If you have questions, you may call the GCS Administration Center at 574-533-8631.

La secundaria Goshen Middle School seguirá con su horario regular el día de hoy después de una declaración preocupante que ocurrió en la escuela ayer por la tarde. La investigación policíaca continúa. La Corporación Escolar de Goshen está colaborando con la policía para preservar la seguridad de los estudiantes y del personal escolar de Goshen Middle School. Con precaución, hay más policías en Goshen Middle School el día de hoy, así como más administradores escolares.  En caso de que los estudiantes tengan alguna inquietud o desean hablar con alguien, tanto los administradores como los orientadres escolares están disponibles.

En caso de tener preguntas, llame al centro administrativo de la Corporación Escolar de Goshen al 574-533-8631.


GOSHEN, Ind. (May 17, 2019) – Mayor Jeremy Stutsman will appoint Goshen High School student Zoe Eichorn to the City Council as the new Youth Adviser for the 2019-2020 school year.

Zoe, who is now finishing her junior year, was elected by the student body in an election held Thursday, May 16. She won in a close race with her fellow candidates, Simon Hertzler Gascho, Dylan Steury and Joseph Narayan.

Current youth adviser Felix Perez Diener will continue to serve with the City Council until early June, at which time Zoe will be sworn in as the newest member of the council.

State law allows mayors to appoint a person younger than 18 years of age to serve as a non-voting member to the council and as an adviser on matters concerning the youth. Mayor Jeremy Stutsman has instead encouraged Goshen High School to elect a student to represent them and all the younger constituents in the City. Junior high school students are elected in the spring and serve for a year with the council as a non-voting member.

Since its first planning in 2015, the Elkhart County Voter Registration Office, Goshen Community Schools and the City of Goshen have collaborated to hold elections at the high school.

Below: Mayor Stutsman and Zoe Eichon pose for a photo.

Below: From left, Joseph Narayan, Simon Hertzler Gascho, Mayor Stutsman, Dylan Steury and Zoe Eichorn pose for a photo.

5/16/19-GCS Statement Regarding GMS

Today, school and police department officials became aware of a student making a threat regarding GMS, after another student shared the information with a staff member at Goshen Middle School. The statement that was shared indicated a threat toward others at Goshen Middle School.

The incident is being fully investigated by Goshen Police and GCS administrators. Additionally, to ensure the ongoing safety of students and staff members at GMS, police and GCS administrators are searching the entire school and campus.

In keeping with our tradition of transparency, we wanted to make the community aware of the situation and the ongoing investigation. Further details will not be disclosed because the investigation is ongoing and the student is a minor. We would encourage students and families not to discuss this on social media, but instead to call the Administration Center if they have questions; 574-533-8631.

The community may rest assured that the school district and law enforcement officials will always work together to ensure the safety of all students and staff, and that 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 student.


Hoy, los oficiales del departamento de policía y los administradores escolares se enteraron de las amenazas de un estudiante hacia la secundaria GMS, luego de que otro estudiante compartiera dicha información con un miembro del personal de Goshen Middle School. La declaración compartida indicaba una amenaza hacia personas en Goshen Middle School.

El incidente está siendo completamente investigado por la policía de Goshen y por los administradores de GCS. Asimismo, para garantizar la continua seguridad de los estudiantes y del personal de GMS, tanto la policía como los administradores de la corporación escolar GCS se encuentran registrando tanto la escuela entera como el campus.

De acuerdo con nuestra tradición de transparencia, deseamos informarle a la comunidad sobre la situación y la investigación en curso. No se revelarán más detalles porque la investigación está en curso y el estudiante es menor de edad. Alentamos a los estudiantes y a las familias a no platicar esto en las redes sociales, sino a llamar a la oficina central de la Corporación Escolar de Goshen, al 574-533-8631, en caso de tener preguntas.

Puede estar seguro de que el distrito escolar y los funcionarios encargados de hacer cumplir la ley siempre trabajarán juntos para garantizar la seguridad de todos los estudiantes y del personal escolar, y que continuaremos siendo diligentes en nuestros esfuerzos por hacerlo.

Gracias a toda la comunidad por unirse a nosotros para resguardar la seguridad y el bienestar de todos los estudiantes de Goshen.

“Spring Into Reading” Author Visit to Model Elementary

Author Suzanne Slade made an appearance at Model Elementary to speak about her book “Astronaut Annie”. The event highlighted the book’s selection to travel to the International Space Station.  The launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket happened on May 4, 2019 at 2:48am from Cape Canaveral, FL.  “Annie” rode in “Dragon”, the space pod delivering supplies to the ISS.  It made contact with the Space Station on May 6, 2019.  The launch is available for viewing at https://www.space.com/spacex-dragon-predawn-launch-landing-success-crs17.html.  Once docked on the station, an astronaut will read the book and a video recording of the reading will be posted on the website “Story Time From Space”, https://storytimefromspace.com/

For a video about the author visit, click here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dUo4WF9VOKZv0HQoOOr4YrOcnyg-oBNX/view?usp=sharing

Tami Hicks, Principal of Model Elementary, enjoyed hosting the presentation at the local Goshen school. Diane Woodworth, Superintendent of Goshen Community Schools, started the event by reading aloud “Astronaut Annie” to approximately 100 Kindergarten students on May 3, 2019.   Suzanne Slade followed the reading by a presentation of “Annie’s” international travel to make it to the Falcon 9 launch site.  She also spoke regarding the process of becoming an author, including a copy of her first story, written as a 1st grader at Parkside.  The event ended as Suzanne Slade completed an interactive reading of her story “Animals Are Sleeping” with the students.

Sharon Sarber, Volunteer Engagement Specialist for GCS, coordinated the event as part of the Read United program, “Spring into Reading”.  The program connects community volunteers with Kindergarten classrooms in Elkhart and Goshen Community Schools for read-alouds over a 4-week period.  The story was included in the program curriculum this year.

Read United is an initiative funded by United Way of Elkhart County in collaboration with both school districts.  “Real Men Read” and “Reading Camp” are two other volunteer-based programs within Read United.  For more information, please contact Sharon Sarber at ssarber@goshenschools.org or Diane Lucchese (ECS CARES Coordinator) at dianelcares@gmail.com.

Below: Diane Woodworth, Superintendent of Goshen Community Schools reads “Astronaut Annie” by Suzanne Slade to approximately 100 Kindergarten students at Model Elementary on May 3, 2019.

Below: From left to right, Suzanne Slade, Author, Diane Woodworth, Superintendent of Goshen Community Schools, and Sharon Sarber, Volunteer Engagement Specialist.  Suzanne Slade grew up in Goshen, and returned to talk with Kindergarten students at Model Elementary about her book, “Astronaut Annie” and followed the story’s recent travel to the International Space Station via the SpaceX rocket Falcon 9 from Cape Canaveral, FL.





5-13-19 Board Recognition

Highlighting Chamberlain

Chamberlain principal Karen Blaha stated that at Chamberlain, we are Crew. We support each other every day, in many ways. We practice the Habits of Scholarship every day.  The Chamberlain Habits of Scholarship are: Integrity, I will do what is right, even when it is difficult; Craftsmanship, I am dedicated to high quality work; Courage, I will take risks and learn from mistakes; Grit, I will persevere toward a goal; and Compassion, I will connect with and appreciate others.

Chamberlain students then shared about their expeditions from the second semester.

Kindergarten students shared that they learned how authors use true facts to write stories. They learned facts about chickens from community experts, and then they wrote stories about chickens.

First graders learned about the parks in Goshen, helped at Shanklin Park, created a timeline about the creation of Shanklin Park, and then wrote their own books about the parks in Goshen.

Second graders studied Thrive like a hive, a unit about bees. They explained how they used the habits of scholarship as they worked on their bee projects.

Third graders studied Tremendous trees and stated that they didn’t realize how important trees are to a community. They also learned how to make scientific drawings, how to do case studies, they learned the value of trees, and finally, they helped plant trees.

Fourth graders experienced Market Day where they learned the five steps to starting and running a successful business. The culmination of their project was to sell products they had designed and made to other students at Chamberlain.

The fifth graders reflected on their years of learning at Chamberlain. Several students remembered different projects that they had worked on over the years, including when they tie-dyed shirts. They mentioned that they would remember the great teachers and the friends they made at Chamberlain. They reported that they were glad they learned the habits of scholarship because I think they will be important for me to use at middle school. And lastly, one student shared that I will always remember Chamberlain. This is not just school; this is home.

Student Recognition

Members of the GHS Chess team were honored following their 2nd place/State Runner-Up finish at the Indiana Chess Team Championship. The students on the honored team include: Matthew Snyder (10th grade), Soroosh Kermani (9th grade), Brenton Pham (10th grade), and Daniel Elizalde (10th grade). The students said that they were also honored by the board in 5th grade because they had a very strong showing at the state tournament then; and they added, and you can expect to see us again before we graduate!

GHS chess coach Ken Cross stated that this is a really fun group, they enjoy playing chess. They are very busy with athletics, music, academics, and other things, but they still want to play chess. Mr. Cross also thanked Dan Shenk and Joe Riegsecker who have supported the GCS chess club/programming for many years. He added that GCS had 220 students participate in chess this year, and that chess is valuable for students in so many ways, but it is especially helpful with regard to critical-thinking skills.

Superintendent Stepin – GMS New Tech Mural Project

On this episode of Superintendent Stepin , Dr. Woodworth spent some time in a 6th grade New Tech classroom where they are launching their annual “Renaissance Mural Project”.  Dr. Woodworth was able to witness how a New Tech project gets started and talk through the “Knows and Don’t knows” with the students.  If you want to see murals from previous years, click here.

GHS Band/Orchestra ISSMA All-Music Award

The following is from a letter written by the ISSMA Executive Director:

“I am happy to inform you that the Band and Orchestra at Goshen High School is a recipient of the Indiana State School Music Association All-Music Award for the 2018-2019 school year.

Congratulations to you, the talented young musicians, and the music staff for the outstanding musical accomplishments this past year. ISSMA is presenting the Band and Orchestra a special banner to display in recognition of these outstanding achievements.

Your support and encouragement, as well as that of the entire community, are important factors in the success and achievement of these outstanding musical organizations.”

Congratulations, GHS Band and Orchestra!!

GHS Building Trades Open House

GHS Building Trades Open House on Saturday, May 18th from 3:00-6:00 p.m.

828 Ridgeview Drive, Goshen (South of Goshen Middle School in Ridgewood subdivision)

This years’ Building Trades students: Luis Altamirano, Austin Cain, Diego Davila, Fernando Esqueda, Raul Gonzales, Jacob Hedden, Esteban Henriquez, Luis Hernandez, Jose Hernandez, Daniel Hidalgo, Braxton Kincaid, Zeb Lederach, Matthew Lung, Deyni Maldonado, Jesus Mata, Pedro Moreno, Siloe Rangel, Luis Rigaud, Jocsan Sanchez, Christian Santos, Noah Shively, Bryce Smith, Robert Smith, Benji Wall, and Spencer Witmer

Please join Building Trades Instructor Adam Young and his students in celebrating the successful completion of another house!