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.

 

 

Chamberlain Expedition Showcase

On Tuesday night, Chamberlain held their spring Expedition Showcase, allowing family members to see what the Chamberlain crew has been working on in their classrooms over the last several months.

Their Field Guide explained their projects:

Kindergarten: Amazing Birds in Our Community How does our habitat in Goshen support Robins? How do my actions affect birds? Product: Collaged Robin trading cards.

First Grade: The Dirt on Shanklin Park How can people work together to improve a community? How have people in the past impacted Shanklin? Product: History of Shanklin Park time-line and books about the park history.

2nd Grade: Thrive Like a Hive How do bees and plants and people help each other? Do we need each other? Product: Bee information cards with scientific drawings for local organizations.

3rd Grade: Roots in our community What is the value of a tree? Does a tree have a story? Product: Tree Trading cards and display for Arbor Day/Rieth Center.

4th Grade: Market Economy-What’s the deal? Why do businesses succeed or fail? What is a need vs. want? Product: Mini-Market Economy Day and Business Analysis Report

5th Grade: Speak Up! What are our rights and responsibilities when we talk about free speech? How can our voice make a difference? Product: Digital multimedia presentations putting 1st Amendment in action.

The students seemed eager to show their work to their families, and the parents and siblings certainly seemed to enjoy seeing it as well!

 

8th Grade Awards

This morning the 8th grade classes met for an assembly to hear a Freedom Fest presentation and to pass out awards.

Gregg Lanzen, one of the community members who runs America’s Freedom Fest, was on hand to talk about this summer’s Freedom Fest. The event will be held at the Goshen Municipal Airport on Saturday, July 1st. There will be a 5K walk/run, an airshow, and fireworks in the evening. Mr. Lanzen had previously offered the opportunity to all GMS 8th graders to enter an essay contest in connection with the Freedom Fest, for the chance to win 1 of 5 $500 scholarships for the GMS Washington D.C. trip.

This year, there were 52 entries in the essay contest. Of those, 20 finalists were chosen, and each of them received a $10 ticket to get into the Freedom Fest this summer. The 20 finalists were: Adeline Agee, Pamela Alvarado, Ava Chupp, Josee Davidson, Alyssa Fry, Megan Gallagher, Prisma Gallegos, Misleny Guzman Moreno, Christopher Hall, Christina Herrmann, Ashely Howard, Jacqueline Jones, Noah Ortiz, Jurniee Peeler, Andrea Sandoval, Isaac Sensenig, Alex Valtierra, Noemi Vela, Mallory Wood, and Mason Yoder.

The scholarship winners (and because of very close scores this year, there were six winners instead of five) included: Christina Herrmann, Christopher Hall, Prisma Gallegos, Alyssa Fry,  Noah Ortiz, and Mallory Wood. Each scholarship winner will receive a $500 scholarship toward the cost of the GMS Washington D.C. trip which will take place next week.

While on the D.C. trip, four students will have the opportunity to lay the wreath on the tomb of the unknown soldier; they are: Alayna McLaughlin, Brenton Pham, McKenna Cripe, and Rilee Sloan.

The last group of students to be recognized were the students who have achieved academic excellence for their entire GMS career. Their individual pictures will be displayed on the Academic Excellence Wall at GMS until they graduate from GHS. They include: Isaac Daniels, Kathryn Detweiler, Joya Drenth, Collin Ford, Megan Gallagher, Jarleth Gonsalves, Christina Herrmann, Lucy Kramer, Samantha Markham, Daniel Mora, Jurniee Peeler, Brenton Pham, Alexia Potter, Emily Read, Janette Rodriguez, Andrea Sandoval, Joshua Schrock, Matthew Snyder, Melissa Trejo, Anastasia Tsybulnik, Mallory Wood, Tiffany Woodka, Juliana Yoder, and Meiling Yordy.

Congratulations to all of the GMS students honored this morning!

GMS Students Donate in Memory of Teacher’s Mother

Several GMS 8th graders were recently in a table group, discussing the untimely death of their teacher Nate Long’s mother. Mr. Long, a GMS science teacher and swim coach, lost his mom Wendy to her battle with scleroderma.

According to the Mayo website: Scleroderma (skleer-oh-DUR-muh) is a group of rare diseases that involve the hardening and tightening of the skin and connective tissues — the fibers that provide the framework and support for your body. In some people, scleroderma affects only the skin. But in many people, scleroderma also harms structures beyond the skin — such as blood vessels, internal organs and the digestive tract. Signs and symptoms vary, depending on which structures are affected. Scleroderma affects women more often than men and most commonly occurs between the ages of 30 and 50. While there is no cure for scleroderma, a variety of treatments can ease symptoms and improve quality of life.

The students wanted to do something more than just give their teacher sympathy cards, so they organized a fund drive to make a donation in his mother’s name. Following three days of creative fundraising among their fellow students and GMS staff members, the students presented a check to Mr. Long for $824.25. The check will go to the University of Michigan Scleroderma Progam in Wendy’s name, to support further research.

A huge thank you to the many caring students and staff members at Goshen Middle School, and heartfelt sympathies to Mr. Long.

IB Reception

Dr. Younghans welcomed the IB diploma candidates and their families, and thanked the students for all of their hard work.

Mr. Scott Garvin, IB English teacher, was the faculty speaker. He spoke with his usual humor, but challenged the students to think about the decisions they make now, and in the future. Highlights from his charge to the graduates included: “Some decisions impact your immediate circumstances, but some decisions can impact your whole lives, so choose carefully; Through your CAS hours you have had a great impact on our society; You know how to find your purpose; It is time for you to decide what comes next; You are capable of making your own decisions. We know it too, and we trust you; You are responsible for figuring out what you want to do and then to go and do it.”

Mrs. Theresa Collins and Mr. Carl Weaver, TOK teachers, also thanked the students for their hard work. “We are so proud of you, and you should be proud of yourselves. You’ve all reached the goal!” They also thanked the families in attendance, as they noted that the IB workload can be stressful, and the students need family support. They added that “The IB experience has prepared you well for what is to come. You have learned leadership through your CAS activities…Through the traits you have learned in the Learner Profile, you should all be reflective. You should what you have learned about yourself, and you should continue to strive for a growth mindset. Use these experiences as stepping stones for the next chapter in your lives.”

Next, Mrs. Collins and Mr. Weaver awarded the IB stoles.

 

And then the IB lamp was passed from the class of 2017 to a member of the class of 2018.

The class of 2017 shared about their CAS project over the last two years, in collaboration with students from an IB school in  Flint, Michigan.

And then the students were presented to their families, GHS faculty, administrators, and board members as the 2017 IB Diploma Candidates.

Mrs. Collins had prepared a gift for each IB candidate with this: “It’s not what the world holds for you. It’s what you bring to it.” (Anne Shirley)

Congratulations, IB diploma candidates. Great job!

5/23/17 School Board Recognition

The following students and staff members were recognized by the school board on Monday, May 23rd:

George Madison was recognized for 47 years of service to GCS, as he prepares for retirement. Dr. Woodworth acknowledged Mr. Madison’s dedicated service to the students and staff, and said “I can’t imagine Goshen schools without George!”

Dr. Woodworth introduced the Academic sub-committee members, who worked on the academic pathways for GCS students as part of the larger strategic planning process. She thanked them for their time and commitment to planning the educational pathways for students.

Committee members were: Adam Young, Alan Metcalfe, Alison Romero, Angela Piazza, Bill Born, Carl Weaver, Diane Woodworth, Jen Eberly, Jim Graves, Jim Kirkton, John Lichty, Joy St. Germain, Karen Blaha, Katrina Overton, Lori Line, Lori Shreiner, Marcia Yost, Megan Krug, Nina Keister, Robina Sommers, and Terry Hussey

Dr. Woodworth introduced band director Tom Cox, who shared about the state champion winter percussion group (the students were actually outside practicing for the Memorial Day parade in Indianapolis). There are two winter percussion groups, movement and concert. The concert group was undefeated in all competitions all year and won the state championship.

Winter percussion students include: Alex Garcia, Angel Bazia, Angy Cruz, Arely Garcia, Arthur Peterson-Veatch, Arturo Escobedo, Ashley Sanchez, Ben Taubert, Bryan Garcia, Bryan Moreno, Carson Adkins, Cruz Garcia, Daniel Bowser, Daniel Guipe, Dylan Steury, Emanuel Contreras, Eve Miller, Fabian Perez, Hank Miller, Isaiah Kaufman, Javier Castillo, Joana Regelado, Honathon Garcia, Jose Montanez, Kevin Sanchez, Maddy Martinez, Matthew Schrag, Melissa Daniels, Nathan Garratt, Noe Palacios, Octavio Blacut, Oscar Lopez, Oscar Peterson-Veatch, Pablo Palacios, Paul Drescher, Sam Peeler, Samantha Linares, Sasha Rivera, Yaira Roman, and Zach Buckmaster.

GMS students were named Rocket Science Winners after they created winning ice cream flavors in their New Tech classes.

Teachers Theresa Harley and Shannon Layne guided the students, as they experimented with flavors. Once they had their creations, they took the flavors to Rocket Science ice cream in Nappanee and had them frozen. If you go to the store this summer, you can try the GMS flavors!

Flavor: Boreo (oreo and banana)-Sonia Spencer, Briana Hererra, and Oliver Baxley

Flavor: Blue Lemon (blue raspberry and lemon)-Matt Cork, Josh Carpenter, Esdras Castro Valenzuela, and Andrea Diaz

Flavor: Cotton Candy-Alexis Herrera, Lauren Grant, and Brandon Diaz-Segovia

Flavor: Watermelon Explosion-Maurice Ochoa, Cristian Jimenez, and Jimena Lara

West Goshen Elementary was named a finalist for the NIET (National Institute for Excellence in Teaching) Founder’s Award. There are only 6 finalists from across the nation and WG was one of them!

Thank-a-Teacher Campaign (by GCS Foundation)

Lisa Hetler and Bill Rieth, GCS foundation board members, recognized teachers who were honored by the Thank A Teacher campaign which is sponsored by the foundation. They stated that the Thank A Teacher campaign began because they wanted to recognize and support teachers in Goshen. “We enjoy highlighting the excellent teaching staff in Goshen.”  They read some of the things that people had written about teachers when they made contributions in their names. This year the foundation received 26 letters and contributions in teachers’ names, earning $1,100 for the foundation. This money will be used to sponsor teacher grant requests in the future.

The teachers who were honored this year include: GHS – Carl Weaver, Michael Wohlford, Nancy Shipley, Jody Weldy GMS – Brenton Fish, Geoffrey Schultz Chamberlain – Janelle Maust, Joann Elder Chandler – Sarah Miller, Laura Stieglitz, Eliza Stoltzfus, Robina Sommers Model – Josh Snyder, Erik Wolfe, Lisa Younghans, Julie Kilmer, Mark Goertz, Sarah Russell, Londa Bontrager, Julie Kilmer, Katy Gaskell Parkside – Katherine Griggs, Mary Short Prairie View – Jennifer King, Luke Miller West Goshen – Kim Rock

Dr. Jose Ortiz was also recognized for his service and dedication to GCS students and staff as a member of the school board. Dr. Ortiz has resigned his position, effective after the GHS graduation.

 

GHS IB Diploma Candidates

The GHS International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma candidates will be honored with a reception in the GHS media center on Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. At the reception, the students will be awarded IB stoles to wear at graduation. The IB stoles indicate the completion of the full course of study for the IB diploma.

Congratulations to the following students, for undertaking the most rigorous high school diploma in the world: David Aguilar, Ana Avila, Zachery Berg, Riley Bove, Sadie Coley, Charles Collins, Andrea Cruz, Maria Cruz, Benjamin Hathaway, Amy Holbrook, Evan Krabill, Ariana Perez Diener, Catherine Pollock, Emma Russell, Irving Suarez, Sara Taft, Jesse Torres, and Mitchell Walters.

Thank you for your hard work and commitment to GHS academics, along with the many other things you do to represent GHS!

Prairie View Field Day

Today was the annual field day at Prairie View. It was a little chilly, but it didn’t seem to bother the students!

The principal and TOSA arrived in style!

After a few instructions, the students all went in different directions for the many activities planned for the day.

What a fun celebration for the end of the school year! Thank you to the teachers, PTO, parents, and baseball players who helped to make the day a success for the students!

Senior Walk at GMS

A group of seniors gave up their SRT time today to take a “Victory Lap” through the halls of Goshen Middle School. Organized by the counselors at both GMS and GHS, the seniors were excited to share their accomplishments and the GMS students were happy to congratulate them.

The seniors wrote their future plans and goals on white boards to share with the GMS students.

The retirees (Mrs. Cook and Mrs. Reihl) made their own signs!

Mr. Mault led them through the school, letting everyone know the seniors were headed their way.

Students held signs of congratulations, and put out their hands for high-fives.

More signs of encouragement from teachers and students.

They walked through the cafeteria.

They took one more walk through “Fish” hallway.

They walked through a GHS presentation in the auditorium.

And then they gathered for one more picture.

With plenty of smiles, high-fives, the sound of Mr. Mault’s trumpet, and just a few tears, Goshen Middle School offered a well-deserved show of appreciation for the seniors.

Congratulations to you, seniors! Thank you for encouraging the next generation of Goshen High School students!

GMS New Tech Events

Goshen Middle School will hold two informational sessions for the New Tech school at GMS:

New Tech 6th Grade Transition Night

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

6:00-7:30 p.m.

New to New Tech 7th and 8th Graders

Question and Answer Meeting

Thursday, May 25, 2017

6:00-7:30 p.m.

If you have questions about either of these informational sessions, you may call the school at 533-0391.

GCS School Board Vacancy

Due to the resignation of board member Dr. José Ortiz, there is a vacancy on the Board of School Trustees of Goshen Community Schools

The open board seat is from District 1. If after reviewing the following information you would like to serve on the Board of School Trustees of Goshen Community Schools, please submit your letter of interest to:

Dr. Diane Woodworth at Goshen Community Schools, 613 E. Purl Street, Goshen, IN 46526. Or email your letter to dwoodworth@goshenschools.org

Letters of Interest should be received no later than May 19, 2017 and will then be reviewed by the Board, with interviews to follow. Appointment by the Board to fill this seat will be by majority vote of the full Board. The term for this 4-year appointment began on January 1, 2015. Applicants are encouraged to review policies 0140 and 0144.2 located on the GCS policy website at http://www.neola.com/goshen-IN prior to the interview.

A detailed map of District 1 is available online at http://www.goshenschools.org/about/board-of-education/ or may be picked up at the GCS Administration Center located at 613 E. Purl St. Goshen.

Thank you for your interest in the educational process of the children of the Goshen community.

ISSMA Distinction for GHS Band/Orchestra

Goshen Community Schools has received notification from the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) that the band and orchestra at Goshen High School are recipients of the ISSMA All-Music Award for 2016-17.

ISSMA will present special banners to the band and orchestra programs to display in recognition of their outstanding achievements.

Congratulations to the talented young musicians, and to the band and orchestra directors, on your outstanding musical accomplishments this year!

CR 38 Closing on May 15th

Rieth-Riley Construction will be closing County Road 38 on the east side of State Road 15 to the railroad tracks on Monday, May 15th. 

The road closure will last approximately three weeks as long as they do not run into any unforeseen circumstances, and Rieth-Riley will provide updates as the project progresses.

Please keep this information in mind as you transport students to and from Goshen schools.

2017 Turn Around Awards

At the board meeting on Monday, May 8th, the board recognized the students who were nominated for the 2017 Turn Around Awards. Every year, each school nominates one student who has shown the most growth or improvement in their school. Students may be recognized for attendance, academic growth, leadership or any number of attributes that their teachers, counselors, and principals notice through the year.

The recipients for 2017 are:

Chamberlain, Fatima Aguilar, 5th Grade

Chandler, Kimberly Morraz-Tapia, 5th Grade

Goshen High School, Jordan Charles, 12th Grade

Goshen Middle School, Keisha Adkins, 8th Grade

Merit Learning Center, Josh Clark, 12th Grade

Model, Kealea Winnett, 5th Grade

Parkside, Eryck Dionisio Hernandez, 5th Grade

Prairie View, Daniel Moyer, 3rd Grade

Waterford, Frida Luna-Gallegos, 5th Grade  (Unable to be at the school board meeting.)

West Goshen, Caleb Hepner, 5th Grade

Congratulations to our 2017 Turn Around Award winners, and thank you for all of your hard work!

 

Folklore Dance Group at Four Winds Field

GHS Multicultural Youth Alliance (MYA) Folklore Dance Group

The MYA Folklore Dance Group was invited to perform (along with the St. John’s dance group) at Four Winds Field in South Bend on Friday, May 5th as part of their Cinco de Mayo celebration.

The GHS students did a great job! They have been able to learn from younger students, and have increased their knowledge about Latino culture. The students are now motivated to continue the dance group next year as well.

Gabriela Tovar, MYA sponsor at GHS stated that she will meet with the Boys and Girls Club staff to explore the possibility of teaching Latino/Hispanic dance to students there.

If you would like to see this group in action, they will perform at the GHS Talent Show sponsored by the Multicultural Youth Alliance. This year the Talent Show will take place on Friday, May 19th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at GMS.

The Multicultural Youth Alliance meets monthly with Ms. Tovar, and all students who are interested in learning more about the Latino culture are welcome to participate.

GHS Study/Travel Opportunities

Annual Stratford Experience in Stratford, Ontrario:

Current Sophomores and Juniors who are interested in GHS’ annual trip to Stratford, Ontario for an inspiring weekend of theater should check with their English teacher or, alternatively, stop by Mr. Caskey’s room (3180) or email him at lycaskey@goshenschools.org for more information.  We hope you can join us!

European Art Trip

The good news:  Next year students from GHS will be visiting Italy and Spain over spring break.  The better news is that there is still room for a few more adventurers!  If you will be a junior or senior next year, and you’re interested in exploring the Vatican as well as the streets of Rome, Florence and Barcelona, see Mr. Zuber in room 8080 for more information.

GHS Band is 5th in the State!

Congratulations to the Goshen High School Wind Ensemble on a fantastic musical performance this past weekend at the ISSMA State Concert Band Finals in Indianapolis!  The band placed 5th, which matches their highest finish ever at the Concert Band State Finals.

Congratulations to the students and directors on a fine performance! Also, thank you to the parents who traveled with the band; your support for the program is greatly appreciated!

 

Parkside’s Brain Web Day

Today Parkside Elementary hosted teachers from neighboring districts for a Brain Web Day, in order for those teachers to learn more about how Parkside utilizes C.L.A.S.S. Education (Connecting Learning Assures Successful Students).

C.L.A.S.S. is a brain-based instructional model of teaching and learning that supports the academic, social, and character development of every student. Students are immersed in “hands-on” curriculum and “real world” experiences in literacy, science, math, social studies, technology, and the arts, that help make learning meaningful, engaging, and relevant to the world around them.

Emphasis on the development of leadership skills and work ethic, connected to workforce needs, are integrated throughout the day including the Life Goals (Treat People Right and Do the Right Thing), which guide the school community’s action and words. C.L.A.S.S. Education is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 by Barbara Pedersen, an internationally-recognized leader in cognitive development and curriculum design and instruction.

C.L.A.S.S. Education is grounded in research on brain science and learning cognition and includes:

  • Caring and Enriched Environments
  • Inquiry-based Instruction
  • Character and Social Development
  • Leadership Training
  • “Being There” Experiences
  • Discovery and Exploration
  • Meta-Cognitive Understanding
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Growth Mindset
  • Brain Science

To start the day of learning, student ambassadors led the Pledge of Allegiance and the Life Goals Pledge, and then asked the teachers to face someone close to them and tell them “It’s going to be a great day today!”

Parkside principal Betts McFarren welcomed the teachers and explained that C.L.A.S.S. really sets the culture for their building. She added that the staff is on board, and that C.L.A.S.S. is really making a difference with Parkside students; so much in fact, that there are less discipline issues.

The teachers heard presentations on C.L.A.S.S., observed classroom teachers in action, heard from a panel of teachers, and watched a 3rd grade class perform a “brain break”.

Mrs. Holsopple, explaining a “brain break”.

Mrs. Duell’s class has a couple of theme songs for their class this year, complete with motions. One song is her “Fight Song” which she used for encouragement when she was going through breast cancer treatment several years ago. She teaches the song to her class each year, to show them how she fought through something, and that they can fight through adversity too. Their second song is called “Try Everything” which encourages students to try everything, even though they may fail.

Thank you, Parkside, for sharing about the way you teach and the many ways in which students can learn.

 

GHS Academic Honors Banquet

Academic Honors Banquet, May 4, 2017

GHS Athletic Director emceed the 31st annual event, as the GCS community acknowledged the efforts of students in the classroom. There were 208 sophomores, juniors, and seniors who were honored for achieving and maintaining a G.P.A. of 3.7 or higher. Additionally, 31 seniors were designated in the program as Summa cum Laude, as they have maintained a G.P.A. of 4.0 or higher.

The students were also welcomed by Jo-Ann Brandt Interim VP for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean at Goshen College, which was a major sponsor for the banquet. She asked the students to think about the awards they would earn that night, and consider how they marked their academic achievement. She added that the “accomplishments ahead of you will be too many to measure…Hopefully these awards give you confidence and courage to continue to reach for excellence.”

Following a dinner catered by the Das Dutchmen Essenhaus, the students took their class pictures, and the senior Summa cum Laude students also had their portraits taken for the “Wall of Fame” at GHS.

Seniors

Juniors

Sophomores

Because of a power outage on Sunday, April 30, the GHS National Honor Society Induction Ceremony was cancelled. Instead, they were acknowledged and inducted at the Honors Banquet by NHS sponsors Lindsey Kroening and Theresa Collins.

Following the induction, senior Alexandria Mast provided a musical number, accompanied by Deanna Board.

Senior Charlie Collins then introduced GHS principal, Dr. Barry Younghans, who thanked the many sponsors for helping to fund the banquet, and thanked the students for their hard work and dedication to learning. He said he loves his job, and is “so pleased to be a part of this learning institution”.

Following Dr. Younghans’ remarks, there was another musical number by seniors Paul Drescher, Hugh Birky, Nathan Berkey, and Elizabeth Rieth.

There were a number of senior student-athletes who were also recognized by the Northern Lakes Conference as Academic NLC recipients.

Seniors recognized by Social Studies department chair, JD Russell included Jacob Biller, Salvador Garcia, and Carly Gingerich.

GCS Superintendent Dr. Diane Woodworth addressed the gathering, and stated that she and the assistant superintendents are “so proud of these kids”. She also acknowledged that it “truly does take a village, so kudos to the parents who provide support and help their students to get here”. “Continue to as work hard as you have been, and don’t opt out of the hard stuff”. She encouraged the students to persevere, as that perseverance will serve them well into the future.

Several students spoke about the staff person they had invited to attend the banquet with them, and shared what made that teacher/staff person special to them:

Sadie Coley invited Scott Garvin and said that Mr. Garvin had challenged her.

Ashton Ellis invited former GHS assistant principal Kelly Whittaker (who flew in from Kansas for the event!), and stated how much she admires Mrs. Whittaker and how she has appreciated her mentorship over the years.

Salvador Garcia invited Social Studies teacher Dana Mehl. He said that he has had Mrs. Mehl for SRT and Economics, and that she truly cares about her students, and that “she even gives us snacks if we are running too late to grab breakfast”.

Evan Krabill invited English teacher Sue Neeb. He said many kind things about Ms. Neeb, and then added that he hopes he gets to retire at age 35 like Ms. Neeb. This drew laughter from the crowd and a hug from Ms. Neeb.

Elizabeth Rieth invited her band director, Tom Cox. She said that Mr. Cox motivated her to “play better and be better”. She said that Mr. Cox keeps “pushing us so that we can reach our potential”. She added that one time he told her “You can’t just be a nice girl with glasses” which drew laughter from the crowd as well.

Sara Taft invited Carl Weaver and shared that “he is inspiring even if you can’t stand a topic”. She added, “He wants us to be good students, but he wants us to be good people too. He will be a great loss to GHS” Mr. Weaver is retiring this year, and when Sara finished her remarks, those in attendance gave him a standing ovation to show their appreciation for him.

At the end of the evening, Dr. Younghans asked all of the GHS retirees to come forward, and told the crowd that they represented “258 years of educational experience. They have been wonderful examples for many students, and they leave big shoes to fill”. At that, the seven GHS retirees (Sue Neeb, Char Cook, Nancy Shipley, Carl Weaver, Barb Reihl, Marcia Yost, and JD Russell) received an extended standing ovation which brought tears to the eyes of many.

It was an amazing evening in which the efforts of GCS students, teachers, and staff were not only recognized, but celebrated as the achievements that they are. Well done, GHS!

Goshen Boys & Girls Club-Changes/Open House

The Goshen Unit of the Boys & Girls Club of Elkhart County has operated in four different sites this school year – Grace Community Church, First Baptist Church, Chamberlain Elementary School and North Goshen Mennonite Church.  We thank you all for your assistance and patience during this process!

We will begin our summer programs on June 12th in a beautiful, newly renovated, and much larger club!  To give our staff time to prepare the newly remodeled club for summer programs, we will end our school year programs on May 12th

You are all welcome to join us in celebrating our opening during our Community Open House on June 10th from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at 306 Crescent St. in Goshen. 

If you have any question feel free to call our office at 533-4793.  Thank you so much for your assistance and cooperation during the transitional period!