Parent Survey Regarding eLearning (Disponible en español)

Goshen Community Schools is asking your input in completing a brief survey regarding selected areas in the development of the 2019-2020 school calendar.  Your input will help provide additional perspectives to as we update our calendar.

Please log on to take the survey, it will be available at the link below starting Monday, March 12th through Monday, March 19th.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/gcscal2018

 

La Corporación Escolar de Goshen le pide que llene una encuesta sobre áreas específicas en relación al desarrollo del año escolar 2019-2020. Sus sugerencias ayudarán a proveer una perspectiva adicional para actualizar nuestro calendario.

Por favor inicie la sesión para tomar la encuesta. Estará disponible en el enlace de abajo a partir del lunes 12 de marzo y hasta el 19 de marzo.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/gcscal2018span

3/10/18 Statement from GCS

Statement from Goshen Community Schools and Goshen Police Department

3/10/18

Late Friday afternoon, school and police department officials became aware of statements of concern written on a note and left in a girls’ bathroom at GHS. This is being investigated further, but as an extra precaution, it has been decided to have additional police presence at GHS next week. Authorities do not believe that this is a credible threat, however, as always, and in keeping with our tradition of transparency, we wanted to make the community aware of this situation.

Rest assured, the school district and law enforcement officials always work together to ensure the safety of all students and staff, and 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 resident.

Por la tarde del viernes, oficiales de la escuela y el departamento de policía se dieron cuenta de declaraciones de preocupación escritas en una nota y puestas en el baño de las mujeres en la preparatoria de Goshen. Esto está bajo investigación, pero como precaución adicional, se ha decidido tener la presencia de más policías en la escuela en la próxima semana. Las autoridades no creen que esto es una amenaza creíble, sin embargo, como siempre y de acuerdo con nuestra tradición de transparencia, queríamos informarle a la comunidad sobre esta situación.

Este seguro, los oficiales escolares y los oficiales de la ley siempre trabajamos juntos para garantizar la seguridad de todos los estudiantes y personal, y seguiremos siendo diligentes en nuestro esfuerzo por hacerlo.  

Gracias a toda la comunidad por unirse con nosotros por la seguridad y el bienestar de todos los residentes de Goshen.

Flores to Compete in Indiana vs. Illinois All-Star Classic

Goshen High School senior Fernando “Nando” Flores has been selected to compete in the 25th Annual Indiana vs. Illinois All-Star Classic Duals. This year’s meet will be held at the Bank of Springfield Convention Center at 1 Convention Center Plaza in Springfield, IL on Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

Team Indiana beat both Illinois teams last year in two tight matches. According to the press release: “We have put together a team with Indiana’s best senior wrestlers! This will be an opportunity for you to showcase your skills in a very competitive environment. College coaches from all divisions attend this historic dual to recruit for their respective teams.”

Wrestlers will wear their high school uniforms one last time, and the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association will provide each wrestler with a t-shirt to exchange and one to keep for themselves. Each wrestler was also encouraged to bring a t-shirt from their high school to give to their opponent.

Best of luck (and skill!) to Nando Flores as he and Coach Jim Pickard compete and coach together in one more tournament!

Nando vs. Northridge

Nando, with the win.

Nando getting his first place medal from coach Jim Pickard at the 2018 Goshen Invitational.

Nando was the champion of the 106 lb. weight class for the NLC, Sectional, Regional, and Semi-State tournaments. Well done, Nando, congratulations on an outstanding GHS wrestling career!

Spring Into Reading 2018

Spring Into Reading (SIR), one of our READ UNITED programs funded by United Way of Elkhart County, is just around the corner. It will run for four weeks, with readers visiting one time per week, much like Real Men Read. The program will run the last two weeks of April and the first two weeks of May (April 16th – May 11th). An orientation will be held on Wednesday, April 11th at lunch time, with the place to be determined soon.

Our hope with the SIR program is to encourage local women to share their leadership skills and love of reading with our youngest students. The goal is to best accommodate the readers’ schedules; however, we must first and foremost be sensitive to the classroom schedules, so we ask for flexibility from the volunteers! We also make every effort to give our readers a school near work or home, but we do take readers on a first come first served basis, as well as, try to pair according to reader/classroom schedules! Please note, with the program involving the whole class, the teachers will be present to assist with classroom management. As in the past, we will provide book packets with prompt cards for each reader.

All readers will need to complete a limited background check prior to the participating. Background check forms will be sent out via email after confirmation is made. For more information, or to participate, please contact Michelle Kercher at mkercher@goshenschools.org or 574-535-3086.

West Goshen Named Finalist for TAP Founder’s Award

West Goshen among five schools nationwide in running for $50,000 TAP Founder’s Award

Santa Monica, Calif.—The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching (NIET) today announced that West Goshen Elementary School in Goshen Community Schools, Indiana, is one of five finalists for the 2018 TAP Founder’s Award, NIET’s top school recognition. Created by NIET Chairman and TAP Founder Lowell Milken, the TAP Founder’s Award is presented annually to one school for exceptional implementation of the TAP System for Teacher and Student Advancement—resulting in improvements to educator effectiveness and student achievement growth.

The TAP System is America’s leading comprehensive educator effectiveness model that connects teacher leadership, daily collaborative professional learning, educator evaluation and support, and opportunities for performance-based compensation. Launched in 1999, the TAP System, as administered through NIET, has partnered with schools, districts, states and universities to ensure that all students have access to talented teachers who will help them succeed.

The TAP Founder’s Award comes with a $50,000 prize, funded by the Lowell Milken Family Foundation, to be used toward school improvement efforts. All five Award finalists will be honored at a luncheon on Friday, March 23, 2018, during the 18th Annual National TAP Conference in Washington D.C., before 1,000 educators, policymakers, researchers and other influential leaders. The winner will be announced at the end of the luncheon.

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West Goshen Elementary School

Each finalist will receive a plaque and a $10,000 reward. West Goshen joins Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Perry Township Schools, Indiana; Cross County Elementary Technology Academy in the Cross County School District, Arkansas; Mansfield High School in DeSoto Parish Schools, Louisiana; and Slaton Junior High School in the Slaton Independent School District, Texas.

The finalists have been selected because of their exemplary implementation of the TAP System in meeting the goal of enhancing instructional skill and student achievement. These schools structure school leadership teams of master and mentor teachers as well as administrators to identify educational targets and develop strategies to meet them. The teacher leaders guide weekly professional learning based on individual teacher and student needs, field-test strategies with groups of students and coach fellow faculty.

Accompanying this support are an educator evaluation system and a compensation system that rewards educators for refining their craft and improving student performance, and for taking on new leadership roles and responsibilities.

Inside West Goshen Elementary School

In 2008, Goshen Community Schools adopted the TAP System district-wide in an effort to increase educator effectiveness. Elkhart County, home to West Goshen Elementary School and located in northern Indiana southeast of South Bend, was one of the hardest hit in the nation by the economic recession. As the community rebuilt itself, Goshen Community Schools sought to be ahead of the curve when it came to equipping its students for the challenges of tomorrow.

Before TAP was implemented at West Goshen, the school was labeled a D on the state A-F scale. There was not only a need to address related educational needs, but also to attract and retain talented educators to fill the capacity gap.

According to Principal Lori Line, the TAP System provided staff a common language and structure around accountability and expectations. The teachers developed a no-excuses policy, drilling down into the data for each student and developing paths for success. “My teachers don’t make excuses; they find strategies,” Line explains. “We look at data, we make a plan, we execute the plan.”

Goals are clearly communicated throughout the school. Line articulates them in weekly leadership team meetings with her mentor and master teachers, then joins the teacher leaders in disseminating the information to the rest of the faculty in weekly professional learning groups. Line meets with every classroom to discuss their data, and in fourth and fifth grade, meets with every student to outline expectations for growth on state testing.

These strategies through TAP led West Goshen to its first-ever state-designated A rating in 2016. The school maintained the A in 2017 as well as a value-added growth score of 5—the highest possible score on a 1-5 scale.

“What is exciting at West Goshen is the enthusiasm of the teachers,” says Lowell Milken. “Principal Line and her leadership team are well-versed in disseminating proven instructional practices and have deep experience implementing them firsthand. In turn, all educators want to take an active part in West Goshen’s learning, and for that, their work is paying off in dividends.”

“Our teachers firmly believe that the TAP structures have made them better teachers,” Line adds. “We all believe that TAP has created a culture of growing and learning for us all. West Goshen is now one of the top schools in the state, and it is because of TAP.”

Congratulations to the staff and students at West Goshen!

TAP Founder’s Award recipients are selected without their knowledge by NIET, which manages and supports the TAP System. The honor is based on distinction in the following areas: proficient implementation of TAP’s four core elements, student academic growth according to state or federal measures, and notable recognition as a center and resource of best practices.

The TAP Founder’s Award yields benefits that will strengthen the individual school and support its teachers. This is done by means of prominent public recognition and by opportunities to substantively interact on issues of educator effectiveness and student learning with leaders from government, business and academia.

Photos from the TAP Founder’s Award finalists’ recognition luncheon on March 23 will be available for download at http://www.niet.org/newsroom/photos.

For interviews during the conference or to attend, contact Jana Rausch at jrausch@niet.org or (310) 435-9259. For more information, visit www.niet.org. Follow conference news on Facebook at NIETteach and Twitter @NIETteach or via #tapcon18.

March 14 Student Led Walk Out Information

Dear Parents and Guardians of GHS Students,
As a response to the school shooting in Florida on February 14th, a group of GHS students would like to do something to recognize the lives lost. The students would like to stage a walk out on March 14th that would last for 17 minutes-one minute for every death. Our students simply want to honor the victims and have no desire to see this become a political rally. That would be my desire as well.

It is my belief that students should have the opportunity to gather in support of the victims. Therefore, GHS staff will work with the student body to assure a safe and orderly walk out. The walk out is purely voluntary and we will continue with class as much as possible. GHS administrators and other staff will oversee the walk out and the Goshen Police Department will be on campus to provide additional oversight due to students being outside. Students will be supervised and will be given specific instructions about how to exit GHS and where to gather for the moments of remembrance.

Students can learn a great deal from organizing and participating in civic engagement. This is an
opportunity for that to happen.

Please feel free to contact me or a member of the administrative team at the contacts listed below:

Dr. Barry Younghans   byounghans@goshenschools.org
Jim Pickard  ipickard@goshenschools.org
Dan Butler dbutler@goshenschools.org
Brian Bechtel  bbechtel@goshenschools.org

Sincerely,

Dr. Barry C. Younghans
Principal – Goshen High School

NEW!! GCS New Student Online Enrollment

Starting Monday, March 5, 2018, Goshen Community Schools will begin offering new student online enrollment.

Goshen Community Schools is pleased to announce that parents/guardians may now register their new students any time of day by simply going to www.goshenschools.org/new-student. Parents/guardians may also choose to register their student(s) in person at GCS Central Registration, 613 E. Purl Street, Goshen, IN 46526.

Google translation settings allow applicants to view the pages in a preferred language. Applicants may also upload documents such as immunization records, guardianship, or birth certificates during the application process.

For questions about the enrollment process, such as Out of District enrollment or Kindergarten Early Entrance, please call Central Registration at (574) 971-4149 during regular business hours or email GCS_CentralRegistrar@goshenschools.org.

Corporación Escolar de Goshen: Inscripciones en línea de estudiantes de nuevo ingreso

A partir del lunes, 5 de marzo de 2018, la Corporación Escolar de Goshen comenzará a ofrecer inscripciones en línea.

La Corporación Escolar de Goshen se complace en anunciar que los padres de familia o tutores ahora podrán inscribir a los estudiantes de nuevo ingreso a cualquier hora del día, simplemente visitando www.goshenschools.org/new-student. Los padres de familia o tutores podrían preferir ir al centro administrativo para inscribir a su(s) hijo(s) en persona en el 613 E. Purl Street, Goshen, IN 46526.  

La configuración de traducción de Google les permite a los solicitantes ver la página en su idioma preferido. Los padres de familia o tutores también pueden subir sus documentos tales como cartillas de vacunación, documentos legales y actas de nacimiento durante el proceso de solicitud.

En caso de tener preguntas sobre el proceso de inscripción tales como la “Transferencia de estudiantes fuera del distrito” o “Inscripción temprana a jardín de niños”, haga el favor de llamar al centro administrativo al 574-971-4149 durante el horario de oficina o enviar un correo electrónico a GCS_CentralRegistrar@goshenschools.org.

6th Grade Informational Meeting on March 13 & 15

Attention 5th Grade Parents!  Informational meetings for all incoming 6th graders will be held on March 13th and March 15thstarting at 6 p.m.  Come to GMS and hear about the transition to Goshen Middle School.  Both meetings will be the same.  Attend either one!

Food boxes/cajas de alimentos

GCS has been offered 400 food boxes (enough in each box to feed a family for one week) from Feed the Children in Elkhart. They have made this offer to assist Goshen families in need, especially after the recent flooding in Goshen. Each GCS school will get 40 boxes, to be delivered to the schools either today or Monday. Families should contact the school counselors or parent liaisons if they would like to pick up a food box. THANK YOU to Feed the Children for helping Goshen families in this way!

La Corporación Escolar de Goshen ha recibido 400 cajas de alimentos (Cada caja es suficiente para alimentar a una familia por una semana.) de la organización Feed the Children de Elkhart. Esta organización nos ha hecho esta oferta para ayudar a las familias en situación de necesidad, especialmente después de la inundación reciente en Goshen. Cada una de las escuelas recibirá 40 cajas, las cuales serán distribuidas a las escuelas mismas ya sea hoy o el próximo lunes. Las familias deberán ponerse en contacto con los orientadores escolares o con las asesoras bilingües para comunicarles si desean recoger una caja de comida. ¡LE AGRADECEMOS a Feed the Children por brindarles ayuda a las familias de Goshen de esta manera!

11th Annual Latino Fellows Day

GHS students recently attended the 11th Annual Latino Fellows Day at the House of Representatives in Indianapolis.

The students had the opportunity to meet, greet, take pictures with, and ask questions of Governor Eric Holcomb, Representative Wes Culver,  and Danny Lopez, Deputy Chief of Staff for the Indiana Governor.

Representative Candelaria Reardon and Representative Donna Harris spent the day with with students, and helped them during a mock session. The students actively participated on the stages of a Bill becoming a Law.

Below are a couple of student comments from the day:

“I had the opportunity to talk with Representatives, the Governor and other elected officials about problems and possible solutions in our local area” and “Today I talked with actual government Representatives about real problems in the Latino community. I seem young, but I learned I have a voice. ”

(Information and photos provided by GHS Parent Liaison, Gabriela Tovar)

UPDATED: Job Fair/Feria del trabajo

(Added Information 2/28) Employers scheduled to attend the Job Fair:

Trilogy Health, 1st Source Bank, Premier Nursing Academy, Masterbrand, Patrick Industries, Aacoa, Lippert Components, Kem Krest, Goshen health, GDC, ADEC, McDonalds, Reith-Riley Construction, Express Employment, Specialized Staffing, Essenhaus, Inc., Beacon Health Systems, Ivy Tech, Elkhart Area Career Center, Boys & Girls Club, Indiana Tech, Carpenter, D & W, Inc., KIK, Pro-Resources Staffing Services, Firefly Home Care,  All Military Branches – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and National Guard, and more.

Job Fair:  Are you looking for work?  Are you trying to get a job lined up for after graduation?  We can help!  On March 7th, we will be holding a multi-employer job fair in Whiteman Gym from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  All students, friends and family are welcome to attend!  This is a great opportunity to meet with employers who are actively hiring.  These are local employers from a variety of fields.  Don’t miss your chance to apply for positions for summer work or for employment after graduation!

Feria del trabajo: ¿Estás buscando trabajo? ¿Estás tratando de recibir ofertas de trabajo para después de tu graduación? ¡Podemos ayudarte! El 7 de marzo, llevaremos a cabo una feria del trabajo en la que habrá múltiples empleadores, en el gimnasio Whiteman, de las 4:30 a las 6:30 p.m. Todos los estudiantes, amigos y familiares están bienvenidos a asistir! Ésta es una gran oportunidad para reunirse con empleadores que realmente se encuentran contratando. Estos son empleadores locales de una variedad de campos. No pierdas la oportunidad de solicitar en puestos para el verano o para conseguir empleo después de graduarte!

 

Feb. 26 Press Release-West Goshen School Receives Honor

West Goshen Elementary has been selected as a Model School for 2018 by the International Center for Leadership in Education, whose mission is to challenge, inspire and equip today’s educators to prepare students for lifelong success. West Goshen Elementary is among one of the many chosen schools that will share best practices at the 26th Annual Model Schools Conference, June 24-27 in Orlando.

The Model Schools Conference is the nation’s premier event for rapidly improving K-12 schools and districts.

“We are proud to honor and showcase this future-focused school for implementing a rigorous and relevant curriculum that engages and challenges students to think beyond the classroom to solve real-world problems,” said Dr. Willard R. Daggett, Founder and Chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education.

According to Superintendent Dr. Woodworth, “This is a real honor for West Goshen Elementary and therefore, for the entire district. We are very pleased with the outstanding achievements of the West Goshen students and staff.”

West Goshen principal Lori Line, added “It is an honor for West Goshen to be recognized as a Model School.  We are very excited to present how West Goshen students take ownership of their learning by setting goals and tracking those goals.  We are proud of our school and are thrilled with the opportunity to show why.”

Model Schools are selected annually based on a number of criteria including substantive, data-validated growth year over year; evidence of a strong culture that puts students at the center of learning; and dedication to transforming instruction to meet the needs and demands of the future.

“This year, we will celebrate 26 years of empowering educators to implement effective best practices rooted in rigor, relevance, and relationships,” said Dr. Daggett. “At the Model School Conference, West Goshen Elementary will have the unique opportunity to share inspiring ideas for innovating and transforming teaching and learning to better prepare students for the world in which they will work and live.

Over the past 26 years, the conference has attracted thousands of educators who come to learn about exemplary elementary, middle, and high schools.

About the International Center for Leadership in Education: The International Center for Leadership in Education, established in 1991 and located in Rexford, N.Y., is one of the most influential education consulting companies in America. It is best known for identifying and disseminating successful practices to assist all students in achieving higher standards. Dr. Daggett and his team of consultants have assisted numerous state education agencies and hundreds of schools and districts in their improvement initiatives. For more information, please visit www.LeaderEd.com.

Feb. 23, 2018 Press Release

Statement from Goshen Community Schools and Goshen Police Department

2/23/2018

This morning, school and police department officials became aware of statements of concern posted on a GHS student’s Facebook profile. In further investigating the situation, it was decided to have additional police presence at GHS today as a precaution. However, the investigation has shown that there were no credible threats to anyone. In keeping with our tradition of transparency, we wanted to make the community aware of this situation.

The tragic events that unfolded in Florida last week are difficult for many students to process and understand.  It is not uncommon for young people to express their anxiety in misguided or inappropriate ways, and Goshen authorities will continue to take any such expressions very seriously. While this threat was deemed not to be credible, the school district and law enforcement officials always work together to ensure the safety of all students and staff, and 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 resident.

Thank You, City of Goshen!

Goshen Community Schools would like to thank Mayor Jeremy Stutsman and Goshen City employees for their excellent work during the last few days, with the flooding and the state of emergency in Goshen. Mayor Stutsman and Superintendent Dr. Diane Woodworth have been in conversation over the last 24 hours, coming up with a plan to get students safely back to school today. Most sidewalks in Goshen are now dry and are able to be used by students. However, since the walking path along Plymouth Avenue was still partially under water, Mayor Stutsman offered city services to help get GMS students safely to their school.

As GMS students made their way toward Plymouth Avenue, they were greeted by employees from the Goshen Fire Department, Police Department, and the Parks and Recreation Department, who used their small bus to help move some walkers along Plymouth.

GCS Assistant Superintendent Dr. Alan Metcalfe was also out among the Plymouth Avenue activity, watching over GMS students. And, the Plymouth walkway will be monitored throughout the day, to determine the amount of assistance that may still be needed at the end of the school day today.

GCS certainly appreciates the extra Goshen City staff to ensure our students’ safety on their way to school, and we also appreciate the wonderful working partnership GCS has with the Mayor and the city every day. People say it takes a village. We believe that is true, and we think we live in a great one! Thank you, Goshen.

Tickets on Sale for GHS Musical “Tarzan”

Tickets are on sale for the Goshen High School musical Tarzan, the Stage Musical, based on the Disney film.

GHS will present Tarzan on March 8th, 9th, and 10th at 7:00 p.m. and on March 10th and 11th at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for Adults and $8 for Students.

To make ticket reservations, you may call 574-533-8651 ext. 2518. Or, you may email your order to musictickets@goshenschools.org. Please note, if you email your order, you will need to include the date and time of the show you would like to attend, and also the number of adult and/or student tickets you need.

Tickets will also be available at the door. However, seats are assigned, so order early to get the best seats!

GHS Senior Named American Vision Award Finalist

Goshen High School senior Yadira Diaz earned a Gold Key in the Scholastic Art Contest with her piece  “Estresada”, pictured below.

According to GHS Art teacher, Cindy Cooper, “Being a Gold Key Winner and American Vision Awards Finalist means that her piece was chosen as one of the top five best pieces in the scholastic art show, which is a really great accomplishment!”

Congratulations, Yadira!

Milk Jug Mini Greenhouse Workshop

Vista Community Health Center will be hosting two Milk Jug Mini Greenhouse Workshops for members of the Goshen community. Starting vegetable plants in milk jugs now for summer gardens is a low tech way to get fresh nutritious food for the investment of just a little bit of time!

What: Plan to attend a Milk Jug Mini Greenhouse Workshop. Available seeds to start include: A variety of tomatoes, cucumber, squash, kale, and Brussels Sprouts. The Milk Jug Mini Greenhouse that you make will be kept outside, so you won’t need special lighting or indoor space to start your seeds.

Where: Vista Community Health Center, 808 N 3rd St. Goshen

When: Thursday, February 22 at 4:00 p.m. or Saturday, March 3 at 10:00 a.m.

RSVP: Please email Pamela Weishaupt pamw@vistagoshen.org  or call 534-0088 ext. 421 to reserve your spot.