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 Boys Soccer-Headed to Semi-State

The Goshen boys soccer team put a little scare into the hearts of their fans on Monday night in the regional championship game at Merrillville, when they gave up two goals within the first 15 minutes of the game. But the boys regrouped, showed their mental toughness, and battled back to win the game 4-2, thrilling all of the Goshen fans in attendance (and those following on Twitter and Facebook at home).

Below, two of the goals:

Below, the grins that matched their great win:

The team will play #1 ranked Lafayette Harrison in Semi-State action on Saturday, October 21 at 5:00 p.m. at Kokomo High School.

A huge thank you to the boys for their great display of RedHawk resilience and to the students, parents, and fans who supported them. We hope to see all of you again (and more!) in Kokomo on Saturday.

GO BIG RED! Puro Goshen.

(Credit for photography goes to Branden Beachy)

Boys Cross Country-Headed to Semi-State

Congratulations to the boys cross country team, who placed 4th at Regionals on Saturday, October 14th (even higher than their finish at Sectionals!). The boys advance to semi-state on Saturday, October 21st at IPFW  at 1 p.m. 

Good luck, RedHawks!

(Credit for photography goes to Branden Beachy)

Upcoming GCS Public Meetings

Goshen Community Schools will be hosting three public meetings to further explain the Strategic Planning Facilities Committee recommendation to the school board. Their recommendation was to proceed with building a new 5-8 Intermediate School on the school-owned property at SR 119 and Greene Road, and to convert the current Goshen Middle School to a 5-8 Intermediate School as well.

Please plan to attend one of the meetings listed below to learn more about the rationale that led to this recommendation and to give your input. There will be table group discussions held following the presentation in order to receive feedback from the public.

Meetings will be held at these locations and times:

Thursday, November 16, at 7:00 p.m. at the Model Cafeteria

Monday, December 4, at 7:00 p.m. at the Goshen High School Cafeteria

Tuesday, December 12, at 6:00 p.m. at the Goshen Middle School Cafeteria

Parkside Study Trip to Brookins Ranch

All of the Parkside 4th grade students recently took a study trip to the Brookins Ranch in New Paris, IN for Native American activities.

The first pictures are of students and Parkside teacher John Moyer, who was in charge of the Mound Builder competition. A mound builder is described as “a member of one of the various American Indian tribes who, in prehistoric and early historic times, erected the burial mounds and other earthworks of the Mississippi drainage basin and southeastern U.S.”

Pictured below, the students are making “pemmican”. Pemmican is packed with calories and nutrition and is able to be packed and stored for long periods. Pemmican is often called the ultimate survival food. Created by Native Americans and adopted by European explorers of the New World, pemmican is a concentrated blend of fat and protein from lean, dried meat. The word “pemmican” is derived from the Cree root word “pimi” for “fat” or “grease.” Traditionally, the meats used in pemmican included bison, moose, deer and elk, but beef can be used as well.

In the pictures below, the students were grinding corn into meal. After they were done grinding the corn, the students ate corn muffins.

Next, the students got to be “hands on” with deer skin, beaver felt hats, fur capes, and beaver pelts. They learned that Native Americans were some of the most resourceful people in the world. They hunted buffalo, and used their hides and bones to make almost everything they needed, from clothes to buildings.

      

The students played Native American games,

they made crafts,

and they got to see horses. “It is generally agreed by historians that the Spanish brought the horse to the new world in the 1500s. Indians of that era had never seen horses and to them the horse and rider team were a godlike being. In time, with the spread of the horse and the Spanish ranchos, the Indian did acquire this “Big Dog” or “God Dog” for their own. The acquisition of the horse completely changed the Plains Indians’ way of life, transforming them from plodding pedestrians to nomadic hunters and warriors.”

It looks like the students had a great day, and learned a great deal about Native American culture!

GHS National Merit Commended Scholars

Goshen High School is pleased to announce that they have had five students recognized as National Merit Commended scholars this year! They are: Cade Fisher, Kathryn Herschberger, Greta Klassen, Simon Myers, and Raina Shreiner Barger,

Of the 1.6 million students that took the PSAT nationwide, these GHS students are in the top 34,000!

Congratulations to all of you, well done!!

Boys Soccer: Headed to Regionals

Coach Viratham Mounsithiraj (Coach V to those who know him well) has been around a while. He’s been the boys soccer head coach at Goshen High School for 14 years, accruing a career record of 168-64-28. Included in that total, he has a final four appearance from when soccer was still a single-class sport (2009), and one state title (2014). Coach V’s staff has also been pretty consistent, with Myron Bontreger (GHS Spanish teacher) and Matt Bjorkland (GHS math teacher) both on the staff for the past 10 years, and Rusty Maust Emery (a former GHS soccer player and current GHS math teacher) for 2 years. The RedHawks are 15-3 so far on the season; they are Northern Lakes Conference champions and sectional champions. They are healthy and playing well together, and they are looking to extend their season.

Sectional Champs!

Of the 2014 state champion team, two players remain. They were JV players in 2014, brought up to varsity for the tournament run. They are Alex Martinez, who controls the midfield for the RedHawks, and Lucas Bontreger, who plays forward and has earned the GHS career scoring (53) AND assist (26) records.

Alex Lucas

The state tournament roster includes: #00 sophomore goalkeeper Nehemias Gallegos, #1 junior goalkeeper Juan Muro Medina, #2 sophomore forward/midfielder Kevin Cruz, #3 junior midfielder Saulo Luna, #4 junior defender Sergio Gonzalez, #5 senior defender Chris Garcia, #6 senior defender Flavio Cruz, #7 senior forward Lucas Bontreger, #8 senior midfielder Sebastian Palacios, #9 senior midfielder/forward Anibal Argueta, #10 senior midfielder Alex Martinez, #11 senior midfielder Diego Loera, #12 junior defender Jaiden Daniels, #13 junior midfielder Efren Ortega, #14 freshman midfielder/forward Fernando Quevedo, #15 senior defender Manuel Castillo, #16 freshman defender Cesar Valdez, #17 junior midfielder/forward Ciro Aguilar, #18 sophomore forward Eduardo Rodriguez, #20 sophomore defender Emylio Romo, #21 senior forward/midfielder Marcos Hernandez, and #23 junior midfielder Ricardo Vargas Ortiz.

Many of the boys have been playing soccer together for a number of years. They started out early on as Goshen Youth Soccer Organization (GYSO) players, under the direction of Coach V’s brother, Tavi Mounsithiraj. After that, many of the boys played for the Goshen Stars and other traveling teams under the direction of Myron Bontreger.

The Seniors:

Chris Flavio

Lucas Sebastian

Anibal   Alex

Diego Manny

Marcos

They start every game by gathering on the field, taking a knee, collecting themselves, yelling “Puro Goshen” and then getting to work. While this Spanish catch phrase is not easily translated, it roughly means “Pure Goshen”, or “Only Goshen”, or the “Best of Goshen”.

We encourage fans to continue to support the team as they take on Penn in Regional action at Merrillville High School Saturday, October 14th at 10:30 a.m. (EST) Merrillville High School is located at 276 E. 68th Pl. Merrillville, IN 46410. The championship game is set for 7:30 p.m., also at Merrillville on Saturday, Oct. 14th. Other teams in the Merrillville regional are Lake Central and Crown Point.

They have had great fan support all season long, cheering them on in both English and Spanish, let’s not stop now!

Let’s GO BIG RED!!! Puro Goshen!

(Photo credit goes solely to Branden Beachy, with much appreciation!!)

 

 

(Apple) Crunch Time at Waterford!

Everyone at Waterford Elementary School took part in the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch at noon today. The GCS food service staff gathered the apples from Martin’s Super Markets and Kercher’s Apple Orchard, and supplied apples to all of the students in the school corporation. The students and staff were part of approximately one million participants in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Indiana who were crunching on local apples today!

Mrs. Overton was waiting with a smile, ready to hand out apples.

The kindergarten students got apple slices, because the apples were SO big!

The students filed into the cafeteria and got their apples.

Class after class….

Until they filled the cafeteria.

And they smiled, and laughed, and played with their apples, waiting for 12:00 sharp.

And then, when Mr. Miller had counted them down to 12:00, they CRUNCHED!

But they still smiled because the apples were so good!

Thank you to Martin’s Super Markets for making a generous donation to our students today, and thank you also to Kercher’s for giving us a fantastic price cut so that we could supply all of our students with a great, healthy snack.

Have you had your apple today?!!

 

 

Little BIG Ideas Grant Opportunity

The Little BIG Idea Grant committee is looking for people to apply for their grants! Can Goshen find some creative students, staff members, or families who could use $1,000 to make something happen in our community?!!

Please take note: The committee has emphasized that the idea/project needs to be something that will bring people together, and that it must take place in Elkhart County.

Check out this winning Little BIG Ideas Grant: Goshen Rocks https://www.facebook.com/LittleBigIdeaGrants/videos/489877821411676/

Here is the Vibrant Communities website where you will find the grant application: http://vibrantelkhartcounty.org/littlebigideagrant/

Good luck!

10-9-17 Board Recognition

Parent Recognition:

The 8th grade football coaches, Brian Thompson and Brock Rose, were recognized by the 8th grade players and their parents. Michelle Kercher, who spoke for the parents, said that the team has had the same coaches for 2 years in a row and that the coaches have set high expectations for the boys, both on the field and in the classroom, and parents are very appreciative of their efforts. The coaches were presented with new footballs, signed by the players they had for both the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

Board Recognition:

Joshua Schrock: Josh, currently a freshman at GHS, earned a perfect score on the math ISTEP test while a student at GMS last year.

Terry Kercher: Mr. Kercher was recognized for his service, dedication, and commitment to Goshen High School athletics.

Shannon Dellinger: Shannon has been the cafeteria manager at GHS for two years. She was recognized for her leadership and excellent management skills, and also for developing an after school snack program for students. Because of the school’s free/reduced lunch percentage, the snack program is free to all students who stay after school for athletic practices, music or theater rehearsals, or extra help with homework. The snack has been very popular with students who otherwise may not have anything to eat until at least 7:00 p.m. The cafeteria staff serves an average of 250 snacks every day.

Jane Troup Recognized by ISBA

Mrs. Jane Troup, who has served on the Goshen Board of School Trustees for 23 years, was honored recently at the Indiana School Board Association (ISBA) conference, where she was awarded the Outstanding Boardmanship Award.

Mrs. Jane Troup

Mrs. Troup has served in many capacities on the GCS school board, including 1 year as treasurer, 11 years as secretary, 4 years as vice president, and 4 years as president. Along with her board roles, Mrs. Troup has served on many district committees as well, including the Athletic Council (10 years), Policy Committee (15 years), Facility Task Force (5 years), and the Legislative Committee (10 years). In addition to her many GCS roles, Mrs. Troup also served on the Indiana School Board Association Board of Directors from 2006-2013. She was the ISBA Regional Director from 2006-2009, and was elected as the ISBA President from 2011-2012.

In Mrs. Troup’s nomination for the award, she was also recognized as a leader in promoting positive changes within Goshen Community Schools. She helped to establish and sustain the district Athletic Council during a time when the community and the district were interested in upgrading athletics and athletic facilities. She served on the Goshen High School Dollars for Scholars board, helping to raise funds and distribute many thousands of dollars in scholarships to Goshen High School seniors. Mrs. Troup was also recognized for her positive board behavior in the community, for encouraging the district to hold community meetings, and for organizing a variety of task forces over the years to encourage community involvement and two-way communication between the district and the community.

Mrs. Troup has volunteered many hours to GCS beyond her duties as a board member. She was part of a group that advocated for the bike path to the middle school, she served on the PTO, she helped build many musical and theater sets, and she has attended thousands of GCS athletic events and music programs, long after her own children were grown and gone from the school system.

For 23 years, Mrs. Troup has been instrumental in developing the long range plans for Goshen schools, including four major building projects. She is, and always has been, a key board leader who is plugged in to the community, and is open to listening to many different voices and opinions. She has been an exemplary board member; modeling for others what the proper board protocols are for any situation.

Mrs. Troup’s contributions and achievements in ISBA/NSBA (National School Board Association) include:

ISBA Awards Committee, 2003, 2004, and 2005

ISBA Policy Liaison, 2005, 2006

Provided ISBA Journal Article, 2006

ISBA Board of Directors, 2006-2013

ISBA Regional Director, 2006-2009

ISBA President, 2011-2012 (rotated through previous chairs to attain that seat)

ISBA Past President, 2012-2013

Has attended at least 22 ISBA Fall Annual Conferences, 1995-2017

Has attended 33 ISBA Regional Meetings from 1996-2017, Presiding 2006-2009

Has attended at least 15 ISBA Summer and Winter Academies from 2004-2015

Attended many other ISBA meetings and seminars, including Key Works, School Law, SMART Training, Effective Governance, and New Board Member Orientation

Has represented ISBA at the NSBA Leadership Conference at least six times from 2004-2015

Represented ISBA at NSBA Presidents Retreat 2010 and 2012

Attended the NSBA Annual Conference at least 19 times from 1996-2017

Served on the NSBA Nominating Committee

Mrs. Troup has made many contributions to Goshen Community Schools over the years and she brings a wealth of knowledge to board discussions. GCS appreciates her continued willingness to read, research, and learn more about education in order to advocate for students and staff members, and to commit herself to the bi-monthly board meetings for so many years!

2017 Great Lakes Apple Crunch

This is National School Lunch Week, so GCS will be celebrating our school cafeterias and our cafeteria staff all week.

GCS will also be participating in the 2017 Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch on Thursday, October 12! The food service staff is working with Martin’s Supermarkets (who are donating locally grown apples) and Kercher’s Apple Orchard, to secure enough apples for our students.

The students and staff will be a part of approximately one million participants in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Indiana crunching on local apples this Thursday. The Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch includes K-12 schools, early child care settings, hospitals, college/universities, business campuses, and state agencies.

Join in! Celebrate National Farm to School Month by crunching into locally and regionally grown apples at NOON on Thursday, October 12. Everyone is welcome to Crunch! Last October 1,201,346 students, children, teachers, and good food supporters across the region crunched. Let’s join forces and meet the ONE MILLION CRUNCH goal again this year! Visit the Apple Crunch Facebook page to get updates and see photos from last year’s Crunch.

Meal Contest for National School Lunch Week

As a way to involve students in celebrating National School Lunch Week (Oct. 9-13), GHS cafeteria manager Shannon Dellinger created a contest for students: She asked them to “design a healthy meal”. They had to keep in mind the nutritional requirements for a school lunch, but could choose something that they would like to see offered in the cafeteria. Apparently there was a great response, and GHS students had many terrific ideas!

And the winner of the lunch contest for National School Lunch Week is: Sophomore Ivette Quintero!  Her meal will be featured in the cafeteria on Friday, October 13th The winning meal that she entered was posole served with sliced radish, shredded cabbage & cilantro, chasca with lime wedges, and rice & corn tortilla shells.  Ivette will receive two large pizzas as her prize.

Congratulations, Ivette! And thank you to Shannon for encouraging student creativity and honoring Ivette by serving her meal next week!

Friday, Oct. 13th update: Pictured below are GHS Cafeteria Manager Shannon Dellinger and Ivette Quintero, contest winner, with her winning menu.

Congratulations, Ivette!

Encuentro in the Alley-Cultural Art Show

The Latin American Culture & Language Center and the Mayor’s Arts Council invited students to participate in a unique presentation of Encuentro in the Alley, taking place on Saturday, October 21, 2017 in Art Alley.

Types of work that were considered for the exhibit:
-handmade masks
-original artworks
-high resolution photography

Works will be displayed in a group exhibit highlighting Latino and Latin American arts in Goshen. All artists were welcome and all mediums of traditional art were considered. The exhibit will remain open for public viewing for the remainder of the season.

The following GHS students  had works of art selected to be in the Mayor’s Council Latina Cultural art show along with other chosen artworks from adults in the community: Rosa Aguilar, Jenifer Avila, Lauren Barton, Morgan Bruce, Elkah DeVoe, Yadira Diaz, Yenifer Escobedo, Savannah Friesen, Joel Lara, Sydney Mann, Samantha Myers, Sarai Rodriguez, Lupe Romo, Brandi Smith, Dani Smith, Iyla Stoy, and Brityna VanHooser.

Congratulations, students!

Substitute Teachers Needed

Goshen Community Schools is in need of substitute teachers. 

Goshen Community Schools partners with PCMI and willSub to fill our substitute teacher and substitute paraprofessional positions.  The pay is competitive and varies depending on experience and degree.

If you are interested in working as a substitute, please visit www.pcmiservices.com and select the “Apply Now” link.

We look forward to having you as a part of our team!

GHS Students Tour Goshen, by Helicopter!

The three GHS seniors who were candidates last spring for the 2017-18 student advisor position on the Goshen City Council got a special treat today; a tour of Goshen by helicopter! Mayor Jeremy Stutsman invited Anna Paetkau, Cade Fisher and 2017-18 student advisor Jason Barahona to join him on the elevated tour that was courtesy of Randy Sharkey and the Goshen Municipal Airport.

They timed their arrival at the GHS soccer practice field to coincide with the high school dismissal, which caused quite a stir among the students!

Thank you, Mr. Sharkey and Mayor Stutsman for providing a unique opportunity for these civic-minded students!

Model 4th Grade Presentation on Homelessness

As a part of the New Tech curriculum at Model, students learn their state standards/class content as they work on projects. For their first project of the year, the 4th grade classes at Model chose to study homelessness in the Goshen community. They gathered information from resources such as The Window of Goshen, the Goshen Interfaith Hospitality Network, and Faith Mission in Elkhart.

To begin their presentation, the students shared that their driving questions was “What responsibility do we have as citizens to help the homeless in our community?”

They took a field trip to The Window in Goshen, which offers free meals and other services to those in need. According to the director, the Model students volunteered 50 hours of work to the Window!

As they learned more about homelessness, and the amount of need in the community, the students asked the rest of the student body to help them collect items to donate to those in need. Students created a bulletin board and posters to inform the student body about their project, and encourage participation.

They gathered gently used books, toys, and clothing to donate, and bought new toiletry items for the donation drive as well. They made it a challenge between the classrooms by offering a popcorn party or an extra recess to whichever class brought in the most items for the donation drive.

For their presentation, they invited officials from The Window, GIHN, and Faith Mission, to give them a box filled with collected items (as a sample of some of the things they would be delivering to the agencies).

Students presented the boxes to each of the agencies.

 

Following the presentation to Faith Mission, their representative told the students that she appreciated their help, and that she was very impressed with how they were showing empathy for the homeless in the area. She said that she hopes they “continue to be agents of change”.

 

 

Boys & Girls Club of Goshen “Teacher of the Month”

This year, the Boys and Girls Club of Goshen started a “Teacher of the Month” program. They invite their students to nominate one of their teachers by submitting short essays about why they feel that their teacher “deserves special recognition as the Boys & Girls Club of Goshen Teacher of the Month”.

The first nomination of the school year, as selected by the education staff at the club, went to West Goshen 5th grader Rosie Herrera. Rosie nominated her classroom teacher, Mrs. Carrie Markham.

This morning, staff from the Boys & Girls Club and administrators from West Goshen helped Rosie surprise her teacher with her recognition as Teacher of the Month.

As part of the presentation, Rosie read her nomination to those in attendance: My teacher should be Teacher of the Month because she is generous and smart. She challenges us to push ourselves. If we don’t do something right, she explains it to us so we understand it. She should also be Teacher of the Month because she has a little store and fake money. We buy stuff with our earned money. She has candy, headphones, and popcorn, and more stuff. She is really pretty too. These are the reasons my teacher Mrs. Markham should be Teacher of the Month.

Mrs. Markham was presented with a certificate from the club, and Brew Bucks from the Electric Brew in Goshen, who has partnered with the Boys & Girls Club to support students and teachers.

Mrs. Markham was just a little tearful at the sweet surprise, but they were definitely happy tears.

Thank you to the Boys & Girls Club of Goshen for encouraging writing skills through showing kindness and appreciation; thank you to Rosie for nominating her teacher; thank you to the Electric Brew for sponsoring this initiative; and thank you to Mrs. Markham who is making a positive impact on students’ lives every day.

Vibrant Communities Event-Oct. 18

Mark your calendar! Wednesday, October 18, 6 to 8 pm at The Lerner Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom, 410 S Main St, Elkhart

The Vibrant Communities Steering Committee invites you to celebrate our many great places at the…

Implementation Program 2:

MAKING GREAT PLACES

Highlights of the evening:

  1. Progress report – We’ve not been standing still! Many of our action proposals are already underway. From the arts to parks and trails, things are happening all around our community. Even since July, we’re on the move!
  2. Little Big Idea Grant Update and Celebration – Do you have an idea about how to make a great place? We believe in the power of YOU! We believe little grants will help bring your BIG ideas to life.
  3. Keynote Address – Great places don’t just happen. They’re made by people who care and are willing to try out new ideas. The Vibrant Communities Steering Committee is excited to host Dr. Katherine Loflin, the City Doctor, in Elkhart for a keynote address focusing on creative placemaking.
  4. Tell us what you think! – What are your reactions to the program? At small tables we’ll talk about your ideas.

Building off last year’s momentum, the Vibrant Communities Steering Committee is ready for action. This year – from Middlebury to Nappanee, from Elkhart to Goshen, from Wakarusa to Bristol – is all about implementation. Together, we’ll identify our priorities, learn from successful experiences in other communities, unleash the creativity of our citizens and take another step toward making Elkhart County and its communities an even better place to live, work, and play.

Anyone who cares about the future of Elkhart County and its many great communities should attend.

Making a Great Place

Place matters. Whether it’s where we live, work or play, our environment has a profound impact on how we feel and how we invest. But great places don’t just happen. They’re made by people who care about the future, have faith their investments will be met with returns, and want to see their children thrive close to home. In her address, Dr. Loflin will cover all of the aspects of placemaking, the why, the how and the who. Join us, learn more, and be inspired to get involved with Vibrant Communities.

Dr. Katherine Loflin is an internationally award-winning placemaking consultant, speaker, and instructor in cities around the world. The “City Doctor”, is the Principal of Loflin Consulting Solutions. She has held advisory and leadership roles in some of the most groundbreaking and innovative placemaking projects, such as:

  • City of Calgary’s Inspiring Strong Neighbourhoods Initiative (a Soul of Your Community project) Lead Consultant: The first government-led and funded project on place attachment
  • Johnson C. Smith University’s Senior Research Fellow to the President and Principal Investigator in the Soul of Charlotte’s Northwest Corridor Project
  • Lead Consultant and National Expert on the Knight Soul of the Community Project
  • Lead Consultant on Miami Foundation’s Our Miami Project

She was also named Guest of Honor and Award Recipient at the prestigious international Place Marketing Forum 2014 in Aix en Provence, France. While there, she taught a Masters Class on Placemaking to global delegates. She is a two-time TEDx speaker on placemaking. She is an invited member of the global Placemaking Leadership Council and keynoted its inaugural event in 2013 and subsequent events in Stockholm, Sweden and Adelaide, Australia.

To register for the event (people are asked to register, but there is no cost), click on this link: http://vibrantelkhartcounty.org/makinggreatplaces/

Chandler Chase/Hispanic Heritage Celebration

The Chandler Chase, a 5K fun run/walk, will be held at Fidler Pond Park in Goshen on Saturday, October 7th at 10:00 a.m. Competitors of all skill levels are welcome to participate!

Back at the school, following the run/walk, Chandler will host the Hispanic Heritage celebration.  Chandler has had a Hispanic Heritage celebration in one form or another since about 2003. The event has morphed over the years into its current form, which involves more community members, and has been run similarly for the past four years.

The event is for Chandler Kindergartners and their families to celebrate the diversity at Chandler and in the city of Goshen; particularly celebrating what we love about the Latino culture, and affirming their contributions to our society and school. The goal is for non-Latinos to learn more about Latino culture, to enable Latino children to celebrate and learn more about their culture, and for Latinos to feel the affirmation of their greater community; leading to a greater sense of community in the classrooms, school, and greater Goshen.

The celebration will include face painting by a Chandler mom, a carry-in meal provided by parent volunteers, guitar music (Latino and our own Chris Collat), the kindergarten students dancing to La Raspa (Mexican Hat dance) as taught by the school music teacher, and EL Grupo Folklorico of Goshen performing traditional dances.

Chandler will also have books from the school library by or about Latinos or Latin America available for families to check out, and a paper bag piñata craft for kids to make and take home.

The event will be held on Saturday from 12-3 p.m. in the Chandler cafeteria (and gym for final dance) after the Chandler Chase.

If you have questions about the Chandler Chase or the Hispanic Heritage Celebration, you may call the school office at 574-533-5085.