GCS Job Openings

Goshen Community Schools, like many employers in Elkhart County, has job openings to fill. To view available positions and to apply online, please click on the following link: http://www.goshenschools.org/public-records/employment-opportunities

Among the current openings:

Waterford Elementary-Dual Language Immersion Paraprofessional


  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Pass the Para Pro test, be Para Pro certified, OR have 60 hours of college credit


  • Experience in working with students with challenging behavior needs
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  •  Ability to follow directions
  • Ability to adapt and be flexible to formats within the educational procedure of community –based instruction and inclusive teaching models
  • Able to perform job duties without supervision
  • Be able to establish rapport with staff and children; ability to maintain discipline; possess tact; courtesy; and good judgment

 HOURS:         32.5 hours per week

SALARY:      Beginning Wage $10.29 per hour with an increase after 90 days – rate is dependent upon education and experience


Goshen Middle School-JV Boys Basketball Coach (Two Openings)


  • Must be at least 18 years of age


  • Former Player experience
  • High School or Middle School coaching experience preferred


Per extracurricular schedule and experience


Chandler Elementary School-1:1 Paraprofessional


  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Pass the Para Pro test, be Para Pro certified, OR have 60 hours of college credit


  • Ability to follow directions
  • Ability to adapt and be flexible to formats within the educational procedure of community –based instruction and inclusive teaching models
  • Able to perform job duties without supervision
  • Be able to establish rapport with staff and children; ability to maintain discipline; possess tact; courtesy; and good judgment

HOURS:         32.5 hours per week, 180 school days

SALARY:      Beginning Wage $10.29 per hour with an increase after 90 days – rate is dependent upon education and experience.

If you have questions about the application process, you may call 574-533-8631 and ask for Human Resources.


GHS Art Teacher Wins National Awards

Congratulations to GHS Art teacher and independent artist Tom Zuber, upon being recognized for two 2017 American Art Awards! Mr. Zuber took 1st place in Abstract Expressionism and tied for 6th place in Cubism.

From an article on the American Art Awards in the Huffington Post:

This year the American Art Awards (www.AmericanArtAwards.com), juried by the 25 Best Galleries & Museums In America, had online art images in 50 CATEGORIES submitted from artists in 56 COUNTRIES: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, USA, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Wales.

The 1st Place to 6th Place winners in all 50 categories will be revealed in the news about a category a day, stretching into November, making this one of the longest winner announcements of any art competition in the world.

A self-described creative, Thomas Zuber has been driven to ‘make stuff’ from an early age. From winning an American Bicentennial locker-art competition in the first grade to showcasing his latest feature-length film in local theaters, to exhibiting his paintings in museums, Zuber has indeed been creatively industrious.

After studying under painter Harold Zisla and sculptor Harold “Tuck” Langland, Zuber received his BA in Fine Arts, with a concentration in sculpture, from Indiana University, in 1991. In 1995, he was offered a teaching position in Bloomington, MN. There, Zuber learned the art of teaching as he instructed students in Studio Art and Art History. In 2002, he returned to the South Bend, IN area and continued to teach. During this period he resumed painting, and slowly began exhibiting and selling semi-abstract watercolor and acrylic paintings to private collectors. After completing his M.A. in Art Education through Boston University, Zuber returned to painting in earnest, working in Abstract Expressionist and Cubist styles. He currently exhibits in group shows, and has become a frequent award-winning artist through the Midwest Museum of American Art. As opportunities continue to grow, Zuber is becoming an emerging artist that will make his collection one to be envied.

Mr. Zuber’s entries:

GCS offers congratulations to Tom, and appreciation to all of the working/teaching artists who share their gifts with GHS students every day!

Giving Without Borders-Multicultural Youth Alliance Fundraiser

From the Multicultural Youth Alliance (MYA) event post:

MYA members are concerned about families in Mexico 🇲🇽 and Puerto Rico 🇵🇷 that have been devastated with the recent Earthquakes and Hurricanes. We want to help.

This Friday, September, 29th we are having a fundraiser at GHS during all of the lunch periods. You can send donations if you are unable to come and enjoy our delicious food. All profits will be sent to both countries in distress.

What they will be selling: Chascas, $1.00; Horchata, $1.00; Flautas, $1.50; and Fruit, $1.00. (Editorial comment, this is a fundraiser, you are free to donate more for the cost of the food if you wish!)

Thank you MYA, for helping to raise funds for others in need!

Traffic Update-Pike Street


GOSHEN, Ind. (Sept. 27, 2017)–Pike Street, between Chicago Avenue and North Third Street, is now open to traffic.

The Pike Street corridor was closed in April to allow the reconstruction of the Elkhart River bridge as part of Phase 1 of the US 33 Northern Connector Project.

Though the bridge was reopened, Pike remained closed between North Third and North Fifth streets in June for Phase 2 of the project.

Pike Street remains closed between Third and Fifth Streets, and is scheduled to reopen mid-October.

Knowing how busy Pike Street and the Elkhart River bridge are, contractor Rieth-Riley Construction Inc. decided to work harder to get a portion of the road open sooner. They opened the part between Chicago and Third streets almost three weeks ahead of schedule.

The new detour for US 33, going north, is Main Street to Lincoln Avenue, to Third Street to Pike.

This is great news! Please help spread the word!

Sharon Hernandez
Communications Coordinator




Mentors Needed for GMS/Amigo Centre E3 Program

Goshen Middle School and Amigo Centre are now in the 5th year of the E3 program, and they are looking for mentors for middle school boys.

Here’s a link for more information about the program:  http://www.amigocentre.org/e3—survival-skills-for-life.html

From the program coordinator:

We are offering Mentor Training sessions, to help give mentors tools for working with the guys.  If you have any interest in serving as a mentor for E3, we want to invite you to the next training which is being held on October 8th from 1:00 – 2:30 pm at the pavilion at the Life Center Church (1212 W. Plymouth Ave.). If our weather is poor, we will meet inside the GPS building next to the pavilion.

Part of our ongoing challenge is finding enough mentors.  If you are not able to serve as a mentor at this time, can you help recruit someone else to be a mentor?  We hope to have you share your insights…and that some of you feel called to serve as a mentor.

Cheryl K. Mast  (writing on behalf of the coordinating team of Martin Hofkamp, Lucas Kauffman and Jeromy Sheets)

Amigo Centre

Coordinator of Outdoor/Environmental Education

(269) 651-2811 ext. 105

GHS Band Receives Donation from Walmart

Members of the Goshen High School band played the national anthem as part of the Grand Opening celebration for Walmart #1566. Because of rain, the ceremony was moved inside, so the drum line did not play. However, according to the public and officials in attendance, the band still sounded great, even without the drums.

Warming up:



Playing the national anthem.

And a surprise! Walmart donated $1,000 to the Goshen High School band.

After the ceremony, the kids put away their instruments and ate Grand Opening cupcakes.

A huge thank you to the students and directors for representing Goshen High School so well. And, a special thank you to Walmart for supporting GHS students; GCS appreciates your generosity!

Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

For resources to learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month, check out your school library or the Goshen Public Library.

At Goshen Community Schools, we celebrate our culturally rich educational environment, which inspires everyone to learn and grow.

A bulletin board display from one of the elementary schools.

A mural at Parkside.

The GHS cafeteria (pictured here during band camp), has flags around the perimeter that represent the countries of origin of GHS students. If a student enrolls from a country that is not yet represented with a flag, the principal orders a new one to represent the student’s country of origin. If you go into the cafeteria, you will see that the flags go almost all the way around the room. It is a very visible reminder of the rich diversity present in GHS students and in our schools.


GHS Band Students to Play at Walmart Grand Opening

The GHS bands have been asked to perform at the Grand Opening ceremony of the newly-remodeled Walmart in Dunlap. The event will take place on Wednesday morning (September 27) at 8:00 a.m. While the directors, Tom Cox and Josh Kaufman, have elected not to take the whole band out of the beginning of 1st period, the following band members will participate:

Carson Adkins, Ramona Aguilar, Angel Baiza, Brian Beas, Javier Castillo, Yenifer Escobedo, Arturo Escobedo-Hernandez, Ainsley Friesen, Alex Garcia, Bryan Garcia, Cruz Garcia, Julia Giddens, Sarah Gregory, Dan Guipe, Andria Hershberger Catron, Logan Hochstetler, Preston Hubbard, Sam Linares, Oscar Lopez, Tara Martin, Maddy Martinez, Eve Miller, Gage Miller, Ariel Nissley, Carolina Olivo, Noe Palacios, Pablo Palacios, Jaime Parga, Hope Peeler, Fabian Perez, Melissa Quiroz, Jianni Reina, Phares Roll, Yaira Roman, Dylan Steury, Ben Taubert, Jimmy Torres, Katie Weadick, Catelin Weaver, Evan Yoder, Ben Yonts, and Jason Zuniga.

Watch for more information on the students’ performance tomorrow!

GHS College Fair

Goshen High School is hosting the Elkhart County College Fair on Tuesday, October 3rd from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Whiteman gym. Students and parents from area schools are welcome to attend and should enter the school through Door M.

The Armed Services and over 65 post-secondary schools will be represented.  There will be two financial aid meetings offered at 7:00 p.m. – one in the auditorium in English and one in the cafeteria in Spanish.  These information sessions are an opportunity for students and parents to learn about the college financial aid process.

This event is a great opportunity for students to talk with college representatives to learn more about their school and gather information on what different schools have to offer.   A wide range of post-secondary schools will be represented with 2-year, 4-year, technical, public and private schools all planning to attend.

If you have questions, you may call the GHS Guidance Office at 574-533-8651, ext. 2403.

Real Men Read-Volunteers Needed

REAL MEN READ…Giving back can be as simple as spending 30 minutes per week for four weeks (October 23-November 17) reading to a class in one of our elementary schools. We have classes (grades 1-4) at most of our schools still in need of readers. Please contact Michelle Kercher at mkercher@goshenschools.org or 574-535-3086 for more information.

If you have free time, or can easily get away from an office, please consider volunteering for this great program, sponsored by the United Way. And, a big THANK YOU to the men who have volunteered in the past!

3rd Graders Learn Swim Safety

This week, 3rd grade students from Model have been bused to GMS every day to use the GCS Aquatics Center. GCS is piloting a new program for 3rd graders at Model and West Goshen, which will teach students swim safety and basic swimming. According to Dr. Alan Metcalfe, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education, the hope is that during this pilot year, issues with timing and transportation can be worked out so that next year 3rd graders corporation-wide may be offered the same opportunity. The classes are being taught in the instructional (shallow) pool, where the students are able to stand up (some on tip-toes!) and keep their heads above water.

Some students came to the classes already comfortable in water; but for some children it was their first experience ever being in a pool. On the first day, Laura Rupp, Aquatics Center Director, separated the students according to their water skills and comfort level, and since then several instructors have worked with small groups of children who have similar skills. Ms. Rupp said that on the first day, one student was too nervous to let go of the instructor at all. However, by the third day, the student was using a pool noodle and moving around freely with the other children, while still under close supervision.

Upon observation, the students appeared to be learning many things; use of the kickboards, how to go under water without holding their noses, diving for rings, how to float, how to swim freestyle, the proper use of the ladder and how to get in and out of the pool, how to do the backstroke, and basic pool deck behavior.

The children all looked relaxed, which is probably an important part of water safety. Surely once the details of running this pilot program get worked out, it will be a great experience for all of our 3rd graders!

The aquatics center has community hours for those interested in using the GCS pool, especially with colder weather approaching. Check out their website by clicking on this link: http://aquatics.goshenschools.org/

DACA-Know Your Rights

Goshen High School will host an information session with the National Immigrant Justice Center on Wednesday, September 20th at 6:30 p.m. The event will be held in the GHS auditorium and is open to the public.

Join Goshen Community Schools and immigration attorneys for information regarding legal options for DACA recipients.


DACA-Conozca sus derechos

Sesión informativa con El Centro Nacional de Justicia para Inmigrantes

Miércoles, 20 de septiembre, 6:30 p.m.

Auditorio de Goshen High School

Las escuelas de la comunidad de Goshen junto con abogados de inmigración acerca de las opciones legales para los beneficiarios del programa DACA.

Road Closure Update


The eastbound lane and westbound left turn lane on Kercher Road will be closed between Norfolk Southern’s Marion railroad line and SR 15. The lane closures are required to allow work behind the curb to be completed. New drive approaches and concrete sidewalk/path will be constructed behind the curb.

The lane closures will begin Wednesday, September 13, and continue through Friday, September 22. The schedule may adjust dependent on weather conditions and/or unknown issues.

If you have questions, you may contact Sharon Hernandez, City of Goshen Communications Coordinator at 574-537-3883 or communications@goshencity.com

9-11-17 Board Meeting

Last night some of the boy scouts from Troop 5 presented the flags and led the Pledge of Allegiance to open the school board meeting. The Troop was invited to provide a more ceremonial opening to the regular meeting, in recognition of the anniversary of 9/11.

The Goshen Troop is composed of students from Goshen, Fairfield, and Concord, and meets at the Life Center. Scouts in attendance included: Preston Clemons, Carter Stutzman, Jaxon Hunter, Riley Frays, and Anthony Swihart. Troop leaders included Mike Clemons and Dan Longacre.

Thank you, Troop 5!

Community Survey

Community Survey

Goshen Community Schools and Goshen Health are working together to gather information from GCS parents and guardians in an effort to better serve the Goshen community. The survey, which is available in both English and Spanish, asks questions related to educational and community health services, to understand how to best serve the community.

The survey is available here, and may also be accessed on school computers during the fall Parent/Teacher conferences. Participants may choose to take the survey from their own phone, iPad, or computer, or on a school computer during Parent/Teacher conferences. Staff members will be available during conferences to assist in answering questions or with technical issues.


The schedule for fall Parent/Teacher conferences is:

Thursday, September 14, 2017 4:00-8:00 p.m. Goshen High School

Monday, September 18, 2017 4:00-8:00 p.m. Goshen Middle School

Monday, September 25, 2017 4:00-8:00 p.m. Goshen Middle School

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 4:00-8:00 p.m. All Elementary Schools

Thursday, October 12, 2017 4:00-8:00 p.m. All Elementary Schools

Goshen Community Schools and Goshen Health appreciate the cooperation and willingness of community members who take the time to complete the survey and provide valuable feedback. Both organizations will use this information as they plan for future needs in the Goshen community.


GHS Girls Soccer-Teaching More Than Just a Sport

Goshen High School girls soccer coach Dan Graber has been around for a few years, teaching P.E. and coaching soccer. He has a well-rounded program, that with the help of assistant coaches, runs like a well-oiled machine. From the team’s website that includes parent information in both English and Spanish, to the yearly team retreats and individual goal-setting meetings, this coaching staff gives their athletes a lot to think about. Below you will find Coach Graber’s responses to questions about his team and some pictures from this summer/fall.

(Dan Graber’s responses will be in bold.)

How long have you been coaching?

I have been the head coach at GHS for 16 years.

How has the sport changed over the years that you have been coaching?

Soccer has grown significantly across the country. In just the state of Indiana, there are now 265 high schools with girls’ soccer teams.  In general, women’s sports have experienced real growth over the past 20 years.  The success of the Women’s National soccer team and prominent stars like Mia Ham inspired many young girls to start playing soccer. Soccer is also played at a faster and stronger pace today.  Off-season expectations have increased.  Players are expected to train year round and spend a significant amount of time in the weight room.

How has your team changed?

We have much more diversity on our team today. Tactically, we moved away from a direct, kick and run team, to much more of a possession game, with a focus on defense. 

2017 JV 2017 Varsity

Will your team practice on the new, synthetic football field? How much? How important is it?

We now have a few teams in the NLC conference that will play their home soccer games on turf .  Many tournament games, including the state finals, are also played on turf.  Due to these developments we anticipate using the turf field on practices leading up to games that will be played on turf.  However, most of our regular season games continue to be played on natural grass, and any soccer coach will tell you they prefer natural grass.  A turf field significantly changes the game; the ball moves much faster and bounces at a higher rate.  Ball control and anticipation becomes extremely important. 

What are your hopes and/or expectations for this season?

Our expectations are always high.  Our goals each year are to finish top three in the NLC conference and to win a sectional title. 

What practices, traditions, or rituals might be unique to your team?

Our overnight team retreat and the alumni game are unique to only the girls’ soccer team at GHS.

Photos from the Alumni game:

How young or how experienced is your team? Does it matter?

Experience always matters. We have 13 letter winners returning this fall.  I’m excited about the leadership present in our returning group.  It’s been a busy summer and the girls have worked extremely hard.  At this point, our main focus is to stay healthy and fresh.

How do parents or community members provide support for your team?

Parents and community members volunteer time by working at home games and purchasing Goshen soccer gear.

What could people do for you if they wanted to support you and/or the team?

Three ways we appreciate support:

  1. Purchase Goshen soccer gear.  We should have a website with options available to the community.
  2. Buy some pies!  We sell homemade pies every year during the last week of August. (sorry, this fundraiser is already over!)
  3. Come to our home games! We have had a great following over the years. 

How have changing IHSAA soccer rules impacted the game?

The game is played at a faster and stronger pace today. Concussions and ACL injuries have been a real issue in the women’s game.  Today we focus on proper training in the weight room to help players avoid injuries, and we keep a close eye on any contact involving a player’s head. 

Do you monitor players’ yellow/red cards, and are there consequences (either IHSAA or self-imposed) that impact the team?

We are a disciplined team.  The girls have averaged one yellow card a year over the past few seasons.  As coaches we are required to keep track of all players receiving cards during the year.  A player must sit out one game after receiving 5 yellow cards or a straight red.

What does your team do for fun?

We start each season with an overnight retreat to give the girls a chance to bond and set goals for the season.  The players also take turns every week hosting team dinners at their houses. 

Photos from a team dinner:

In the past we have made trips to the dunes and scheduled a bowling dress-up party.

Photos from the overnight retreat:


According to one of the team moms, “The retreat is like an old-fashioned sleep over! The coaches took all of the girls’ phones when they got to the camp, so that they would focus on the team, and not be tempted to look at their phones. It really helped them to get to know each other better. They ate, played games, had individual meetings with the coaches, took a morning run, had team meetings, voted for team captains, went tubing, shared stories with each other, and just generally had a good time.”

What does your coaching staff do to try to develop students as a whole person, and not simply as athletes?

We meet with every player individually before and after the season and ask players to set goals for the year that are not just related to soccer.

Is there anything that you think is unique about coaching at GHS?

I think we are fortunate to have a great level of diversity on our teams.  One year I think we had girls representing 8 different countries on our team.  There is real value in learning from a variety of cultures and experiences.

How much do you emphasize academics to your team?

Academics are extremely important to our team.  We set a team GPA goal at the beginning of every season.  The past few seasons we have had an average team GPA of 3.5.  We also try to connect with teachers in our schools.  It’s always great to see our players make a connection with a teacher who has made a difference in their life.

How much, and how, do you emphasize good character/being a role model?

We always remind our players that they represent GHS soccer in the community and that their actions reflect our team.  We ask our players to volunteer their time with our elementary students and team camps in the summer.

How does the past success of your program impact your current team?

We have experienced some real success the past few years so we know teams are going to be out to beat us.  The success of our teams has led to us to changing our regular season schedule.  This fall we’re facing the toughest schedule we have ever had at Goshen High School.  The girls are working hard and are ready for the challenge.

You have pretty nice soccer facilities, is there still a wish list?

It’s hard to top our facilities!  It would be great to have an indoor field house where teams could play indoor soccer on turf, since we live in a state with such unpredictable weather.

How does coaching (and spending so much time away from home) impact you and your family?

Coaching is an extremely demanding profession.  Successful coaches take time away from the sport every year to re-energize.   I am also blessed with wonderful assistants who help lighten the load.  I really admire coaches who manage to balance coaching while still committing time to their families.  As a single person, I have always felt blessed to have more time to fully commit to my profession.

The coaches. Always watching.

The team: Together, competing, having fun, learning about life, and earning some great wins.

Edward Jones Student Athletes of the Month

Goshen High School and Edward Jones are proud to announce the student-athlete of the month award to recognize athletic and academic excellence.  A senior male and female student-athlete will be selected from August-May each school year.  At the end of the year, a $500 scholarship will be awarded to one male and one female student athlete of the month, as selected by the GHS coaching staff.

The winners of the Edward Jones Student-Athlete of the Month Award for August are:

Jill Kissinger:  Jill is the daughter of Kelly and Larry Kissinger. Jill is a captain of the girls soccer team and led the team to a 4-2-1 record for the month of August.  She had 6 goals and 2 assists while also helping the defense earn three shutouts.  Jill also participates in basketball and track at GHS.  Jill is a member of the student council, National Honor Society, Student Athletic Council, and is an ambassador for the Stay in Bounds program.  Outside of school, Jill participates in her church’s youth group. Jill has been named a Kiwanis Scholar Athlete throughout her high school career for her hard work both in and out of the classroom. She has been named a 3-time MVP in track as well as a 3-time All-Conference athlete in track and soccer.  After high school, Jill plans to attend college and major in Architecture.

Simon Myers:  Simon is the son of Kevin and Jennifer Myers. Simon is 8-0 at the 1 & 2 Singles positions in August for the 9-1 varsity tennis team. The returning Mental Attitude award winner, Simon is undefeated this season, winning 132 games & dropping only 11 in 7 of those matches. The 8th was a 3-set victory in the deciding match to clinch the team win over sectional rival Jimtown.  Besides tennis, Simon also participates in basketball and track.  Simon is a member of the National Honors Society, PACT and is an ambassador for the Stay-in-Bounds program. After high school, Simon plans to attend IPFW where he will study in the medical field.

Marching Band Invitational-Saturday, Sept. 9

The Crimson Marching Band will host their annual Marching Band Invitational on Saturday, September 9th. The first band will step off  in competition at 5:00 p.m. As the hosts, the GHS band will play last, at approximately 9:00-9:30 p.m.

The students have been working hard and they are ready to start their invitational season. Come out and support the students on what looks to be a perfect fall day!

Photos courtesy of Branden Beachy