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.



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!

GCS Bus Rear-ended on 5/8/19

A GCS bus was rear-ended by a small car this morning at the corner of Main and Jefferson Streets. There were no known injuries. The students were taken to their school and were checked out by the school nurse and the GCS nursing supervisor. The parents of all students who were on the bus will receive a phone call from GCS staff.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call our office at 574-533-8631. Thank you.

GHS Softball-IHSAA Exemplary Behavior Report

The following was reported to the IHSAA by Dave Anson:

“Goshen Asst. Softball coach Mike Barger was a tremendous help prior to the start of the game at Warsaw. As the field was inspected prior to the softball game, there were two areas both the coaches and the umpires felt needed additional prep to improve the field conditions for safe play. Coach Barger grabbed a rake and was tremendously helpful in removing poor soils and incorporating Diamond Dry along with suitable soils to make the field playable.”

Thank you to Assistant Coach Mike Barger and Head Coach Brent Kulp; you are teaching our student-athletes what it means to support others and to give the best of yourselves when representing Goshen.

GHS Varsity Baseball-IHSAA Exemplary Behavior Report

The following report was filed by IHSAA umpire Michael Murray:

“I had the great fortune of Umpiring a Varsity Baseball Game at Goshen High School this past 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.”

Thank you to baseball head coach JJ Dubois, the rest of the coaching staff, and the varsity players for representing Goshen Community Schools so well!

Flooding-Plymouth Ave. Trail to GMS

The pathway along Plymouth Avenue that many GMS students use to get to and from school is reportedly “partially under water” at this time (according to the Goshen Parks and Recreation Staff). The river is still rising, so this will be an issue this afternoon, and most likely again tomorrow morning. The Parks & Rec. staff are trying to get a police officer out to the area at the end of the GMS school day, but that has not yet been confirmed.

Please avoid flooded areas if at all possible, and/or use extreme caution when moving through standing water.

The city is continuing to post updates regarding flooded areas within the city on their website at: https://goshenindiana.org/

Parkside and Martin’s Team Up for Earth Day/Arbor Day

This morning Parkside Elementary School kindergarten students (all 3 classes!) took a field trip to Martin’s on College Avenue in Goshen. They presented the grocery bags that they decorated for Earth Day/Arbor Day.

This is the 7th year that Martin’s Supermarket has partnered with Goshen Schools during the month of April to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day. This year bags that were provided by Martin’s were decorated by over 1,000 GCS elementary students.

Judy Miller, GCS Energy Specialist, visited 43 classrooms in pre-school through 5th grade, educating the students about the GCS Energy Conservation Program and the history and importance of Earth Day and Arbor Day.  The students decorated the bags, depicting their ideas for caring for the earth with their own pictures and messages. The decorated bags were then returned to Martin’s this morning, to be used for customers’ groceries.  The students were excited to share what they learned through their art on the bags for the community.

One of the Martin’s employees, “Miss Michelle”, took the students on a tour of the store and provided some interesting facts about some fruits and vegetables.

Below, students listened to a pomegranate. If squeezed lightly, pomegranates “squeak”.

Some vegetables grow in the ground and some vegetables grow on top of the ground.


Did you know that there are male and female bell peppers?! (Some of the adults on the tour did not!) The female peppers have four bumps on the bottom of the pepper and the males have 3 bumps on the bottom of the pepper.

Next, the children took a tour through the bakery area, and one student joyfully noted “You’ve got the mother lode back here!”, which gave the Martin’s employees quite the laugh.

Then the students got to see where all of the food is delivered to the grocery store.

And lastly, the students got to have a healthy snack of apples, oranges, and grapes, which they loved!

Thank you, Martin’s. It was a great tour!

GHS Student Laura Elliott to be Honored at IndyStar Sports Awards

From Laura’s coach, Sean Smuts:

I received an email from our state director of Champions Together (The IHSAA side of Unified Sports), Lee Lonzo stating that this award was coming out and they would like Unified Sports coaches to consider nominating an athlete from their program that met certain criteria, including being part of a Unified Program or Special Olympics Athlete.  After careful consideration, I came to the decision that Laura Elliott was a great candidate for this honor.

I wrote her nomination and filled out the appropriate forms to formally nominate Laura.  Some time passed and I received an email from Larry Kissinger and shortly after from Lee Lonzo and Jeff Mohler (from Special Olympics) congratulating Laura and informing me that she was a finalist in the category of Girls Special Olympics Athlete of the Year (a premier award). Since her honor was announced, Laura has been more excited and was able to share with her teammates the great honor that was given to her.  The Unified RedHawks surrounded her with love and shared with her their deepest congratulations and heartfelt support for her. I very much look forward to accompanying her on May 5th to this event!

The IndyStar Sports Awards recognizes and honors the top athletic accomplishments in Indiana High School Sports. This event is hosted by the IndyStar and will take place May 5, 2019 at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University. The show features various awards, contests and a special appearance from Danica Patrick. The red carpet will open at 6 p.m. and the awards show begins promptly at 7 p.m.

From Mr. Smuts’ nomination of Laura:

There are several team members that care about others, but Laura Elliott has taken that care to a new level, where she loves and wants to give all regardless of what it takes. She exhibits a concern and love that time and time again is truly selfless.

Laura has been working with our City Council to see that a park that is inclusive is put in Goshen. She had done research and noticed that other cities had parks where anyone could play regardless of their ability level. Laura wanted to make sure that everyone in our city had a chance and a place where they could go and be accepted for who they are and not have to ask “Can I play too?” Laura spent many hours outside of school and in school working on this dream.

The dream became a reality in December when it was announced that the Goshen Parks and Recreation Department was moving forward with the idea that Laura had brought to them, and that the city was set to break ground for the inclusive park in spring of 2019. Her hard work paved the way for her to receive the Ralph W. Braun Spirit of Ability Award. The award is presented to people who emulate the qualities that the Braun Ability founder, Ralph Braun, displayed: Selflessness, compassion, and an unwavering dedication to do what is right for people in the disability community.

Laura will give everything and more in the track meets we hold throughout the season, and is instrumental in cheering on her teammates when she is not performing an event. She does anything that the coaches ask of her without complaint or reservation. She also reminds us if we forget to do something such as the “team cheer” where we highlight different students for the great things we see them doing in practice. She will not let us leave practice without doing the cheers because, as she says “we need to remember the good things people do, not the bad.”

Laura also participates in Special Olympics of Elkhart County. She embodies their mission and also serves as an amazing ambassador of what Special Olympics can do for you. She is the first to talk about how amazing the program is and the first to volunteer for anything.

Congratulations to you, Laura! Well done!!

GHS Gratitude Post Office

Look what GHS students are planning for next week!

It’s almost the end of the school year!  Have you already expressed your gratitude towards your friends and teachers?  If not, the Gratitude Post Office can help you to do it!  Send your kindness and thankful messages to your friends or teachers!  Cards are provided and you will also get a free candy every time you write a letter!  Teachers are also welcome to join.  We will be available during lunch in the commons area!

You may see the motivational video provided by GHS teacher Jenny Clark by clicking on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHv6vTKD6lg&disable_polymer=true

GHS, we love this idea! Thank you for thinking of others and expressing your gratitude. You ROCK!

Teacher Recruitment Event-April 26

On Friday, April 26, Goshen Schools will host a Teacher Recruitment Event from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in the Administration Center located at 613 E. Purl St. Goshen.

Preservice teachers and experienced teachers are welcome to attend! Learn more about opportunities within GCS and interview with Goshen Community Schools administrators for available positions in 2019-20.

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

Email Human Resources at hr@goshenschools.org to register.

Friday, April 26-Arbor Day Celebration/CELEBRACION DEL DIA DEL ARBOL

Friday, April 26-Arbor Day Celebration, 4:30-7:00 p.m., FREE to all ages

Schedule of Events

4:30-5:00: Songs performed by Elementary choirs

5:00-5:30: Award Presentations

5:30-7:00: Food, Fun, Games, Music, Tree Planting.

A family festival with a variety of events, entertainment and music. Join us for a spring evening packed full of fun! The event will take place indoors and outdoors at the Schrock Pavilion, 411 West Plymouth Avenue. Come out and celebrate Goshen’s trees! Trees are an important part of what makes Goshen an uncommonly great place to live. They contribute many essential services, and they especially make our city beautiful. Join us as we appreciate trees in our urban forest, from parks to your back yard.

Evening festivities include:

  • Food court (cash only)
  • Children’s activities, interactive booths, crafts, and hands-on demonstrations.
  • Songs by Chamberlain 3rd grade and Prairie View 2nd grade.
  • Special presentations & awards
  • Live music
  • Tree giveaway
  • Tree planting
  • Raffle
  • Tree climbing
  • Games
  • Live animals



Horario De Eventos

4:30-5:00: Chamberlain y Prairie View Actuaciones del coro

5:00-5:30: Presentacion de premios

5:30-7:00: Comida, Diversión, Juegos, Musica, Siembra de arboles.

Un festival familiar con variedad de eventos, entretenimiento y música. Ùnete con nosotros para una tarde de primavera llena de diversión. El evento se realizará dentro y fuera del Schrock Pavilion, 411 West Plymouth Avenue. ¡Venga y celebre los arboles de Goshen!  Los árboles son una parte importante de lo que hace Goshen un lugar sorprendente para vivir. Ellos contribuyen muchos servicios esenciales y hacen ver especialmente bella a nuestra ciudad. Ùnete con nosotros para apreciar nuestro bosque urbano, desde los parques hasta su patio trasero.

Las actividades de la tarde incluyen:

  • Plaza de comidas (pago solo en efectivo)
  • Actividades infantiles, incluyendo puestos interactivos con manualidades, demostraciones prácticas y actividades
  • Actuación especial del coro del Escolar.
  • Presentaciones especiales y premios
  • Música en vivo
  • Regalo de arboles
  • Siembra de arboles
  • Rifa
  • Trepar arboles
  • Juegos
  • Animales vivos