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.

 

 

Former Football Practice Field-New Bus Lot

Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on the new GCS bus parking lot this week, in preparation for the start of school next week. Bus parking will now be located in the area of the former football practice field, an area which was lost to the state due to the rerouting of U.S. 33.

Some of the buses will be parked right next to the GHS baseball field.

Electrical has been installed so that the buses can be plugged in/kept warm during the cold winter months.

The U.S. 33 project started the process that led to the new field turf that was installed on Foreman Field last summer. The turf surface allows for practices to be held on the game field, without the usual wear and tear that can occur on a natural surface. Additionally, the new turf allows for the coaches and players to practice without having to cross U.S. 33!

The field turf; still an awesome sight!

Due to the work on the new parking lot, the buses were moved around over the summer, as maintenance staff completed usual service and inspections normally scheduled for the summer months. At times, buses were kept in the GHS parking lot, on the band practice field, by the administration center, and by the GCS warehouse.

It has been a busy summer, with many projects and facility updates. But, the bus lot will be ready, and the GCS buses will roll out of the new compound on August 4th ready to start a new school year!

GCS Back to School Events

August 2, Chamberlain Elementary, Back to School Night, Kindergarten at 5:00 p.m., Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 at 6:00 p.m.

August 2, Prairie View Elementary, for NEW students-Meet Prairie View Night, light meal from 5:30-6:00 p.m., parent meeting from 6:00-6:30 p.m., visit classrooms from 6:30-7:00 p.m.

August 2, Waterford Elementary, Meet and Greet, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

August 2, Goshen Middle School, 6th grade Transition Night, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

August 3, Chandler Elementary, Meet and Greet, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

August 3, Model Elementary, Meet and Greet, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

August 3, Prairie View Elementary, Back to School Night, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

August 3, Parkside Elementary, Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd Grade Orientation, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

August 3, West Goshen Elementary, Back to School Night, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

August 3, Goshen High School, Freshmen and New Student Orientation, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

August 4, First day of school

August 7, Goshen Middle School, 7th & 8th Grade Parent Open House, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

August 8, Parkside Elementary, 5th Grade Orientation, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

August 10, Parkside Elementary, 3rd & 4th Grade Orientation, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The administrators, teachers, and staff are looking forward to a great 2017-18 school year! We look forward to welcoming families back to our buildings for open house activities, and then to seeing our students on the first day of school, August 4th.

Boys and Girls Club Information

The Goshen Boys and Girls Club is a wonderful partner to Goshen Community Schools and an excellent resource for our students. The Boys and Girls Club is currently closed to get ready for the school year, but they will reopen to all club members on the first day of classes for Goshen schools, Friday, August 4th.

As you’re getting your child ready for the new school year, don’t forget the many opportunities available to children at the Boys & Girls Club of Goshen! Parents may download and read the Parent Handbook early if they choose, as there are some changes this year that parents will need to be aware of before children can attend the Club. Click on the following link to preview the handbook: http://bgcelkhartcounty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Parent_Handbook_Information_2017.pdf

Also from the Club website:

Club Information

During the school year, the Boys & Girls Club of Goshen is open Monday-Friday beginning at the end of the school day. The Club is available to kids from age 6 through 18 (1st Grade through Senior in high school). The age requirements vary from Club to Club so check if your children will be attending a different Club.

During the School Year

The Club facilities close at 8:00 pm each day. However, various age-specific programs and Club areas close earlier than 8:00 pm depending on the ages of Club members. For more information on hours of operation, please call the Club at (574) 533-4793.

Every member of the Goshen Club is able to enjoy a nutritious snack and hot supper every day, Monday through Friday. Special thanks to the Indiana Department of Education’s Child and Adult Care Food Program for providing funding for this effort.*

Early Bird Program

Members of the Club’s Early Bird Program (even during the summer) may arrive at the Club beginning at 6:30 am. There is a small fee for Early Bird Participation.

Click on the following link to download a Club enrollment form: http://bgcelkhartcounty.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/2017Summer-Program-Registration-Form-Goshen.pdf

If you have any questions, you may call the Goshen Boys and Girls Club at 533-4793. Thank you to the Boys and Girls Club of Elkhart County for providing such a welcoming place for our students!

7-24-17 School Board Recognition

Student recognition:

Academic All-State: Jordan Nemeth—Softball and Charlie Collins—Baseball

All-State: Rummel Johnson—Track and Field, High Jump. Rummel was also invited to play in the North/South All-Star Football game in July.

Dr. Woodworth, Jordan Nemeth, Charlie Collins, Rummel Johnson, Felipe Merino

New staff appointment:

Mrs. Dolores Pfenning was approved as the new EL Director for the school district. Mrs. Pfenning has been employed at Goshen Community Schools since 2005, working as an EL instructor, career teacher, mentor teacher, and program director. Dr. Woodworth noted that Mrs. Pfenning’s personal experiences as an EL learner, her teaching experiences across multiple grade/school levels, and her credentials provide a solid background for her in this new role.

Dolores Pfenning

School Board Meeting Information

GCS is using new software for the electronic school board agenda, called BoardDocs. The school board meeting information, upcoming agendas, and minutes are still in the same location on the GCS website (www.goshenschools.org) under the About GCS tab, and then under GCS School Board Meetings, Agendas, and Minutes. However, there is now a drop down menu with two choices: 2017-18 Meetings and Archived Meetings.

All board meeting minutes from July 10, 2017 forward will be displayed in the BoardDocs software, under the 2017-18 Meetings tab.

The GCS school board meets in the Administration Center board room on Monday nights (typically the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month) at 6:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted on the board agenda. Parents, students, families, and community members are welcome to attend school board meetings to learn more about Goshen schools.

Multicultural Youth Alliance in Fair Parade

The GHS Multicultural Youth Alliance had an entry in the Elkhart County 4-H Fair Parade on Sunday.

Click on the link below to see a video of their entry:

Posted by Multicultural Youth Alliance , GHS. on Sunday, July 23, 2017

Write on Sports-Interview with Hollinger-Janzen

In partnership with Write on Sports and Goshen Community Schools, the Communication Department at Goshen College offers a camp for middle school students that teaches writing skills by harnessing their love for sports.

If you would like to read more about the camp, and the unique opportunities provided for local students each summer over a two week period, you may follow them on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GWriteOnSports/  You may also read the camp blog at https://www.goshen.edu/writeonsports/category/camp-blog-2017/ or the student blog at https://www.goshen.edu/writeonsports/category/student-blog-17/

The students have taken field trips during the camp, and have met several well-known local athletes. Today, the students interviewed New England Revolution soccer player, Femi Hollinger-Janzen, via Skype. Femi, who grew up in Goshen, played high school soccer at Bethany and college soccer at IU Bloomington.

Femi, representing IU.

Prior to the interview, the students watched video highlights of Femi playing professional soccer, including a few of the times when he scored goals.

Then they waited patiently for him to get home from soccer practice so that he could connect with them via Skype.

After a general introduction and several questions by GC communications professor, Duane Stoltzfus, the students had a chance to ask questions and take notes. But before the students asked questions, Femi gave the students an idea of the schedule for a typical day. His schedule included eating well so that he would have proper nutrition prior to athletic activity, warm-ups, soccer drills, practice, lifting weights, and then finishing with stretching to prevent injuries. After all of that he said he goes home, where he might spend time walking his roommate’s dog, playing video games, going downtown, or napping. He laughed when he said he plays video games, but the students loved it! They asked what his favorite games were, and he said FIFA and Call of Duty.

Francisco Behan Morillo asked several great questions, and was focused on getting all of Femi’s responses.

Some of the highlights from the questions and responses included:

  1. Is it fun being a professional soccer player? “Yes, there are lots of challenges and more pressure.” He noted that playing professional soccer is not like high school or college, because the team members are not as close. He said that the lack of closeness may be due in part to the fact that they are always seriously challenging each other for positions and playing time.
  2. What is your best soccer memory? Femi stated that his best memory was of his first professional goal. New England was playing the Chicago Fire at home, and he went into the game as a sub with about 20 minutes left. He said all of a sudden he realized that there was so much open space in front of him and he knew he could score if he got the ball; which he did and he scored!
  3. Do you miss Goshen? He said he does miss Goshen because he misses the small town atmosphere. He said that Boston is a big change from the midwest; there is a lot more traffic, and people are not typically as kind as they are in Goshen. Femi said he likes to come home in the off-season to see family and friends.
  4. What will you do when you quit playing soccer? He stated that he wants to be a Director of Operations for a soccer club. He said that he did not graduate from IU, but that he is planning to continue his studies, and will eventually complete his degree in sports management.
  5. How did it feel when you were traded from Minnesota to New England? Femi said that he like being in Minnesota because it was closer to home. He said that during a preseason lunch, the general manager asked to speak with him. “He told me that they loved having me, but they needed a goalkeeper. Three hours later, I was on a plane to New England. But, it was also a good thing. I had played for New England before, and it was good to know that a team like New England wanted me.”
  6. What was your dream job when you were younger? Femi told the students that his dream job was being a professional soccer player, and added that the fact that he now is a professional is “still mind-blowing to me”.
  7. What is the most amusing thing that has ever happened to you in soccer? He gave a few examples about the antics of soccer players celebrating after a goal, and also a story about two players whose shoes got stuck together after a tackle.
  8. What is your greatest achievement in life? “Becoming a professional soccer player.” Femi noted that becoming a professional takes a lot of time, effort, motivation, and working on all of the little things. He said that he especially appreciates his parents, who encouraged him and helped him along the way.
  9. Were the workouts hard when you were a rookie? Femi stated that, surprisingly, the workouts were not as hard as when he was in high school or college. “When I came into the league, I was doing a lot of fitness on my own, so I was ready to go. At this level, they expect you to be fit, and ready to practice. They don’t do a lot of that kind of thing.”
  10. Who inspired you? “A soccer player named Didier Drogba. He is from the Ivory Coast, and I was born in West Africa, which is somewhat close. I always admired him and I eventually got to play against him.” A student asked Femi if he got to speak with Drogba when they competed against each other. Femi responded by saying “No, but I made sure I could bump into him at least once during the game, so that I could say I touched him.”
  11. How has soccer changed your life? “It has made me who I am. It has allowed me to connect with others, has helped me to learn social skills, and also how to work together with others.” He also said that soccer has taught him how to work hard to accomplish his goals.

The students appeared to have have been a little awestruck by Femi, but he was very relaxed, and encouraged the students to ask him anything. Thank you, Femi, for being a great role model for the students and soccer players of Goshen!

 

 

Drive 4 UR School Fundraiser

DRIVE 4 UR SCHOOL

WHEN: Saturday, August 5th

TIME: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

WHERE: Goshen High School, Door M

REQUIREMENTS: Must be at least 18 years of age with a valid driver’s license. Only 1 person per household (address).

REGISTRATION: To sign up for this event, please go to the GHS athletic website and follow the link or go to the following website: http://goshencommunityschoolsfoundation.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=22913

WHAT: Eby Ford Lincoln will partner with Goshen High School to conduct a test-drive fundraising event called “Drive 4 UR School”. The Drive 4 UR School program is a fun, engaging way to help Goshen High School raise money to support extracurricular activities in the community. For every valid test-drive completed, Eby Ford Lincoln will donate $20 to Goshen High School, up to $6,000! The test-drive takes less than 5 minutes to complete.

Walk up drivers are welcome at any time!

                   

Education Day at the Fair

The Elkhart County 4-H Fair will host Education Day on Friday, July 21st.

On Education Day, all students can get into the 4-H fair at no cost them, just by showing their 2016-17 school ID! College students are also included in the promotion. Students can get into the fair free until 3:00 p.m., after that time students will be charged for admission. Students must enter at the Main gate. There will be displays from local colleges, educational things for them to do (including drones that they can fly!), and local high school groups (including some from GHS) will also perform throughout the day.

If you have questions, you may call the Fair office at 574-533-3247.

GMS Student Packet Pick-Up

Goshen Middle School will hand out student packets with all of the information needed for the start of the 2017-18 school year on July 19th and 20th from 7:30 a.m-4:30 p.m. These pick-up times are for ALL incoming GMS students; whether your student is enrolled in New Tech or IB, no matter what grade they may be in, and no matter if they are a returning GMS student or new to GMS.

If families are out of town or otherwise unable to pick up their student’s packet on the designated days, they may go to the GMS main office during regular office hours July 24-28.

Upcoming important GMS dates:

GMS 6th Grade Transition Night, August 2, 2017, 6:00 -7:30 p.m.

First day of school, August 4, 2017

GMS Parent Open House, 7th & 8th Grade, August 7, 2017, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

GMS School Pictures, August 9, 2017

If you have questions, you may call GMS at (574) 533-0391.

Substitute Teachers Needed

Goshen Community Schools is looking for substitute teachers for the upcoming school year. If you are interested in subbing, we invite you to review the following procedural information.

Goshen Community Schools uses WillSub PCMI Staffing Services to arrange for substitute teachers. WillSub will hold a meeting to sign up for subbing in the Goshen schools at the GCS Administration Center, located at 613 E. Purl St. Goshen, on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. This meeting, which will include orientation, training, and signing up to sub, will last from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. To register for the meeting, please visit www.pcmiservices.com and click on the registration link under Upcoming Sub Orientations.

Below is a list of items you will need to bring to the meeting:

  • Your personal email address and password
  • 3 reference names with valid emails
  • Banking information for direct deposit
  • Copy of “official” college transcripts or teaching license, if applicable
  • Credit or debit card
  • Copy of your valid IDs for employment verification (I-9 form). These can include: Passport OR drivers license and social security card OR drivers license and birth certificate.

The daily rate of pay is dependent upon a person’s level of education, and all subs must have a minimum of a high school diploma.

We look forward to meeting you! If you have questions, you may call GCS at 574-533-8631, or WillSub at 877-855-7264.

7-10-17 Board Recognition

New school board member, José Elizalde was sworn in by the board president, Felipe Merino. Mr. Elizalde replaces José Ortiz, who resigned in June, in the District 1 seat. Mr. Elizalde’s term will run through the end of 2018.

GHS incoming senior Elkah DeVoe was honored as a Gold Medalist in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Ariana Perez Diener was honored for being named Academic All-State for Girls Track and Field.

Other GHS spring athletes were also awarded Academic All-State, but were unable to attend this board meeting. They will be recognized at a later date.

Write On Sports Camp

GCS students attending the Write On Sports Camp at Goshen College will be privileged to meet some athletes with local ties during this week and next. Their schedule includes visits with the following athletes:

Today: Sam Grewe, silver medalist in the men’s high jump at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.

Wednesday, July 12: Sophie Sears, starter on Goshen College basketball team that went to the national Final Four.

Monday, July 17: Bob Toews, ranked No. 49 in U.S. in stair racing.

Tuesday, July 18: Femi Hollinger-Janzen, forward for New England Revolution (video conference) .

From the GC website:

In partnership with Write on Sports and Goshen Community Schools, the Communication Department at Goshen College offers a camp for middle school students that teaches writing skills by harnessing their love for sports.

Where: Goshen College, Newcomer Center
Ages: Grades 7-8 (Fall 2017)
Dates: July 10-21, 2017
Times: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday-Friday
Cost: FREE

Byron Yake, a former national sports editor with Associated Press and a Goshen College graduate, started Write on Sports in New Jersey in 2005. The program includes an innovative curriculum through which hundreds of students in metro New Jersey have become excited about learning.

The Goshen camp, which runs from July 10 to 21 in 2017, was the first Write on Sports camp outside of New Jersey. Students learn the basic elements of good journalism and apply their knowledge to writing sports stories and creating videos during the camp. As part of the learning process, Write On Sports introduces youth to professional journalists and athletes, whom they interview and then write about.

Field trips include a visit to Notre Dame University, a visit to WNDU Studios (NBC),  and attendance at a South Bend Cubs game, where students have a chance to interview team members before the game.

The teaching staff includes certified teachers from Goshen Middle School and Goshen High School, assisted by Goshen College student interns.

Write on Sports, a non-profit, receives funding from individuals, foundations and corporations. It is tuition free. Goshen scholarships are made possible by the Maple Leaf Athletic Club, United Way of Elkhart County, the Windward Foundation and other donors.

Write on Sports Goshen: A Community Effort!

Prieto Named to Library Board

At the June 26th school board meeting, Mr. Jimmer Prieto, a newly retired Goshen Middle School EL teacher, was named to the Goshen Public Library Board. Under Indiana Law, the Goshen School Board appoints three members of the seven-member Goshen Public Library Board, and the members serve for 4-year terms.

GCS has two continuing members, Jeannine Honderich and Paula Showalter, and had one position scheduled to begin on July 1, 2017. GCS is pleased that Mr. Prieto accepted the position, and looks forward to his representation of GCS students and families on the library board.

Thank you, Mr. Prieto!

6/26 Board Recognition

Dr. Woodworth and the school board thanked the Strategic Planning steering committee at the board meeting, for serving on the committee, along with participation on at least one of the sub-committees. Over the course of their work, the committee updated the school corporation’s mission, vision, and values, as well as looking at four main areas of concentration: Academics, including the new learning pathways; Communication, including a marketing campaign and updating educational and promotional materials; Facilities, including a review of current use and expected needs in the future; and Resource Utilization, including both physical resources and personnel.

Members of the committee were: Alan Metcalfe, Angela Piazza, Barry Younghans, Bill Born, Brenton Fish, Carl Weaver, Diane Woodworth, Jerry Hawkins, Lori Line, Lori Martin, Lori Shreiner, Regina Goodman, Robina Sommers, and Tammy Ummel.

Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) and GCS

Parenting is the most rewarding job many of us will ever have. It can also be the most challenging. Recognizing parents need support to know how to handle both everyday behaviors like tantrums, disobedience and bedtime struggles, as well as more intensive parenting concerns, Goshen Community Schools teamed up with Triple P – Positive Parenting Program – to make parenting support readily available in this community.

While Triple P is relatively new to Elkhart County, this program has been helping parents across the globe for more than 30 years. School counselors and parent liaisons at the majority of GCS schools are now able to provide individual support to parents, as well as host seminars that give parents invaluable strategies to both prevent problem behaviors with their children, as well as learn positive and effective ways to manage challenges when they do occur.

Starting this fall, parents can attend free 90-minute seminars for parents of young children or teens across the school district or call their child’s school for individual support.

To see a calendar of upcoming seminars and workshops across the county, visit www.TriplePElkhartCounty.org or call Triple P’s bilingual phone line at 574-226-0160 with any questions.

Below are photos from a recent Chandler Triple P seminar:

Leon Bauman, School Counselor

Alison Romero, EL Parent Liaison

GHS Performs at Elkhart Jazz Fest

Goshen High School students, alumni, and staff joined forces to perform as a GHS ensemble at the annual Elkhart Jazz Fest this past weekend. Additionally, some of the GHS teachers performed with other professional ensembles. Below are pictures from the event.

 

Goshen Bus Drives a Daily Route, in Guatemala!

The picture below was shared with Goshen Community Schools by Bruce Wright, a retired middle school teacher who worked for the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation:

He was on a mission trip to Panajachel, Guatemala and saw the bus go rolling by!  Goshen’s once-owned bus is now part of a public transportation route throughout the city.  According to Bruce, the guide said that when used school buses are purchased from U.S. school corporations, they often make their journey through Mexico loaded with passengers and freight to their final destination.

When our GHS students graduate, many continue their educations or accept positions throughout this country or across the globe. And now we know that some of our former “things” are apparently also finding their way to distant destinations!

FAQ’s for Freshmen/New Student Scheduling for GHS

FAQ’s for Freshmen/New Student Scheduling

The Basics:

Q:  Do they have trimesters at the high school like they do at GMS?
A:  No, the GHS school year is divided into two semesters: August-December (1st Semester) & January-May (2nd Semester)

Q:  Who will be my school counselor?
A:  GHS counselors are divided alphabetically by the student’s last name and stay with students during all 4 years at GHS: Mrs. Kroening: A-E; Mrs. Pierce:  F-K; Mr. Post: L-Ra; and Mr. McLaughlin:  Ra-Z

Q:  How many classes do I need each semester?
A:  7 classes for each semester = 14 for the school year

Q:  What is a credit?
A:   A credit equals a passing grade (D- or above) for 1 semester of a class at GHS.  You must earn a minimum of 43 credits to graduate with a Core 40 diploma from high school.

Q:  How will I know what classes I should request?
A:  The GHS counselors will talk with GMS students about this in November and again in January. (If students are registering for GHS during the summer, they should register at Central Registration first, and then call the GHS guidance department at 574-533-8651, ext. 2403 to set up an appointment with a counselor. The counselor will help students choose the appropriate classes.)

Q:  Will I get to choose ALL of my classes?
A:   Your GMS teachers will recommend the appropriate level for English, Math, and Science classes for you.  In January, GHS counselors will return to GMS.  You will receive a packet of information which explains the other required classes, as well as electives (classes you can choose according to your interests/career plans – like Art, Engineering/Technology, etc.).

Q:  Do I need to take ALL Honors classes to earn an Academic Honors Diploma?
A:   No.  Please see the Indiana graduation requirements or check with your counselor.

Q:  Will my parents be coming to school to help me schedule?
A:   No, but you are encouraged to take your scheduling sheets home to talk with your parents about what you might want to schedule, or go to the Guidance/Student Services link on the GHS website at ghs.goshenschools.org to read about the classes from which you may choose.

Q:  Can I change my mind about what I picked for electives?
A:  GHS has to be done with ALL scheduling for ALL grades by mid-March for the next school year.   You need to read about each class very carefully.  PLEASE GIVE GHS TWO ALTERNATE CHOICES FOR YOUR ELECTIVES AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SHEET, in case the classes you have chosen fill up with upperclassmen.   Unless the electives you have chosen are full, you will be placed in the classes you have chosen.

Specific Areas

 High school credits earned at GMS:

Q:   If I am taking a high school class at GMS, do I earn high school credits?
A:   Yes!  If you successfully complete a World Language or Math class (usually Algebra I) at GMS, you will earn high school credit (usually 2 credits).  The grade will appear on your high school transcript – no choice.  However, if you do not like the grade you receive at GMS, you may retake the class at GHS, and the new grade will replace the GMS grade on your transcript.

Physical Education Requirements:

Q:  How many semesters of Physical Education do I need to take?
A:   You need 2 semesters (2 credits) of Physical Education to graduate.

Q:   Can I go to summer school to get my P.E. Credits?
A:   If the School Board approves summer school and there are enough interested students, you may earn ONLY 1 of your PE credits. You may not take summer PE more than 1 time.  Summer PE at GMS usually costs $50, and there is no bus to school– you would need to find or provide your own transportation.

Q:   Is there another way to get Physical Education credit?
A:   There are 5 ways to earn PE credit:
Take 1 semester of PE in summer school, and 1 during either semester of high school.

Take 2 semesters of PE during your freshman year (recommended) at GHS.

Participate in two seasons of any sport or cheerleading any time during your 4 years at GHS.  If you complete the sport/cheerleading in good standing, you will receive an “A” on your transcript.  (You can only earn 2 credits in this manner.  After 2 credits earned with this option, no more credit is given.)

Participate in one season of a sport and take 1 semester of PE.

Participate in Science in the Rockies for 1 credit.  The grade will go on your GHS transcript, and you will still need to earn one more credit in one of the ways above.

Q:  Can I take PE even if I am in a sport?
A:  Yes you may, but many students take Physical Development (weight lifting) or Fit & Feeling Good (overall fitness) to stay in shape IF THERE IS ROOM FOR FRESHMEN.

If you are NOT in a sport or cheerleading, you may not take Physical Development or Fit & Feeling Good until you have earned 2 PE credits with a “B” grade or better.

Q:  Does Marching Band count for PE credit?
A:   No.  Marching band counts for a music credit only; it does not count for a PE credit.