Prairie View Preschool Showcase

On Saturday, the preschool classes at Prairie View held their family showcase, where students led their families on a tour of their classroom and showed them all that they had been working on. Prairie View staff reported that they had a great turnout!

4TA Conferencia Para Padres Unidos Para Triunfar

26 de Marzo de 2018 6:00PM-8:00PM Cafeteria de GHS 401 Lincolnway E.

Conéctate…con tus hijos

Tus hijos te invitan …

  • A desconectarte de tu celular y dedicarle tu tiempo a la familia.
  • A dedicar un rato a los juegos de mesa y las manualidades.
  • A escuchar y disfrutar de la música y el baile.
  • A compartir con otras familias un rato agradable.

Es un evento gratuito

Refrigerios

Rifas y Premios

Música, juegos, manualidades y mesas informativas.

¡No se lo pierda!

 

Llame a la Asesora Familiar de su escuela para más información.

GHS Teacher’s Art Presented in NYC

GHS Art Teacher Tom Zuber recently had a piece of his art presented at the ArtBox Show 2018, in New York City. His work is pictured below: “Movement 102”, Acrylic on Canvas, 30×40”

Mr. Zuber will be recognized by the board at the GCS board meeting on Monday, March 26. Congratulations, Tom!!

 

ARTBOX.PROJECT NEW YORK 1.0

The Armory Art Weeks in New York are considered to be one of the most important art events in the international art market. Every year in March, artists, art collectors, gallery owners and many celebrities meet in New York during these days. Andy Warhol was not  the only one who became famous in New York, New York is known worldwide for its illustrious community of artists.

The ARTBOX. GALLERY has very good contacts in the New York art scene, where the ARTBOX. PROJECT is supported widely. The good connections have made it possible for the ARTBOX.GALLERY to rent a very well-known and renowned gallery for two weeks during the Armory Art Weeks in the most important art district of New York. The gallery will be the perfect place for the presentation of the finalists, semi-finalists and all participants! The gallery has a large base of art buyers and is well established in the art community. It is located in the renowned Art Quartier Chelsea, at a prime location, among many other galleries and museums.

We are very proud to be able to execute the ARTBOX. PROJECT New York 1.0 from 5th of March – 17th of March,2018, in the two most important art weeks of New York!

Teacher Recruitment Event-March 27th

TEACHERS: Goshen Community Schools announces a local TEACHER RECRUITMENT EVENT to be held on Tuesday, March 27th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Goshen High School, 401 Lincolnway East, Goshen, IN.

Preservice teachers and experienced teachers are welcome to attend!  Join us for part or all of the evening.  Learn more about opportunities within GCS and interview with Goshen Community Schools administrators, for available positions in 2018-19. 

Contact Sarah Deegan at sdeegan@goshenschools.org or at 574-533-8631 ext. 2030 to indicate your interest in attending and to receive additional details.

We invite you to come learn more about Goshen Community Schools. You might decide that teaching with a team of caring, highly-skilled, dedicated educators is just the right fit for you!

3-12-18 Board Recognition

Student and staff recognition for March 12, 2018:

GHS senior wrestler Fernando “Nando” Flores-Nando was a Conference, Sectional, Regional and Semi-State Champion in his weight class. He placed 6th at the State competition and finished with a career record of 151-28. He had a record of 45-5 on his senior season, which set a new school record. Congratulations, Nando!

Chandler student Olivia Salisbury-Olivia was honored for her generosity in hosting a meal for Chandler teachers on her birthday, instead of having a birthday party for herself. This is reportedly not the first time Olivia has shown her giving spirit, as last year she hosted a meal for local police on her birthday as well. Thank you, Olivia!

 

Rocco Olvera, Alyssa Campanello, Denys Lopez and Jace Hershberger, representing the students who partnered with Lippert to send shoe kits to Uganda through the Soul Hope project.

Heather Turner and Karrie Goelz were the GMS teachers who partnered with Lippert to send shoe kits to Uganda. Leah Benavente, Ashley Jordan and Michilah Grimes represented Lippert Components.

The GMS students started their New Tech project “learning about countries, exports and imports, what materials we could trade, about war, and  about how war affects people who live in war-torn countries”. As they studied about Uganda, they learned about kids who have to travel many miles to get water. As they walk for water, there are many insects that are potential hazards to people walking barefoot. One of those hazardous insects is jiggers. Jiggers can burrow into the souls of feet of those walking barefoot on marshy ground. The Soul Hope project uses old denim to make shoes, some of which go to the people in Uganda, so that they will  not get jiggers. The GMS students collected jeans, cut out the patterns for the shoes, and will now send the kits away to be made into shoes through Soul Hope. They thanked the people representing Lippert Components, who helped collect many pairs of jeans to donate toward the project.

 

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.

west goshen es page

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!