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


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.

GCS School Safety Update

Goshen Community Schools and other area school corporations are reviewing their safety and security plans, and are making those plans available to the public. GCS values our students and staff, and we have detailed plans in place to ensure the safety of everyone in our school buildings. Below is a review of GCS safety initiatives, with links to a video and websites with further information.

Philosophy: The GCS philosophy of crisis management and safety planning aligns with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the National Department of Homeland Security.

To view the Student Safety Protocol on the GCS website, click on the following link:  https://www.goshenschools.org/students/student-safety-protocol 

Click on this link to read a Season 1 Good of Goshen story about safety and security in Goshen schools: https://goodofgoshen.com/project/school-connectedness-increases-indiana-student-achievement/

Crisis Response: In the fall of 2014 we implemented the Standard Response Protocol and Reunification Method from the iloveuguys Foundation. All GCS classrooms have posters in English and Spanish explaining the Standard Response system and what the teacher and students should do in each type of crisis.

Standard Response Protocol:  http://iloveuguys.org/srp.html

Standard Reunification Method: http://iloveuguys.org/srm_v2.html

Safety Specialist: We have a trained Safety Specialist in all buildings in Goshen Community Schools. We meet 4-5 times a year to uniformly implement corporation-wide safety measures. Shawn Turner from the Goshen Police Department and our three School Resource Officers (SROs) participate in these meetings as well.  Several GCS representatives attend the Elkhart County School Safety Commission twice a year to share ideas and updates with area schools. All Safety Specialists participate in two days of state-sponsored training each year.

Tornado Shelter: Tornado Shelters have been designated in all of our buildings. Students no longer file into the hallways for Tornado drills, but instead they file into areas that are designated to be the safest areas during a tornado.

Entrances: All schools have a foyer where a secure entrance is located. The school secretary releases the lock to allow visitors to enter. Goshen High School and Goshen Middle School were the most recent schools to have the secure entrance system put in place.  Everyone enters all GCS buildings at the designated Welcome Center or Main Office.

Tip Line: Our Bullying and Safety Tip Line is a completely anonymous, toll-free tip line that anyone can access any time he/she has information about bullying or a possible crisis. Do your part to protect others, call (574)538-3200 and help stop potential problems!

District Reunification Plan: In January 2017, representatives of the Safety Specialists Committee met with the Goshen Police Department to begin the district reunification plan.  A large facility in Goshen was identified as the place that could be used if there is ever a need for district-wide reunification. Smaller facilities, closer to each individual school, were also identified in case there is a need for reunification at just one GCS school building. Roles and responsibilities were assigned, and an equipment list was made, including emergency kits for administrators to carry in their vehicles.  These items, along with more cameras, radios, vests, etc. were purchased with the 2017 Safety Grant.

Safety Grants:

2014 School Safety Grant is fully implemented with the purchase of cameras and technology to upgrade our system. Our matching funds contributed to Aphone updates and safety film at all of our entrances.

2015 School Safety Grant is fully implemented with the purchase of radios and tower repeaters that allow for clear communication and increase the distance covered. Our matching funds are being used to install fob readers to limit and automate our key system. This key system is in place at GHS and GMS.

2016 School Safety Grant has allowed us to purchase the Raptor Visitor Management System which automates the sign-in system. Visitors that come to our offices or classrooms will show their ID (Driver’s license or State ID), which will be scanned and will print out a picture ID/visitor pass. The Raptor system records all visitors, so we know who is in the building at all times.  This system is in place at all GCS school buildings.

2017 School Safety Grant GCS was awarded another matching grant of $50,000 from the State of Indiana and $50,000 from Goshen Community Schools. The purchases and distribution of funds are in progress for this school year.

In addition to the safety initiatives GCS already has in place, school leaders will meet with the Goshen Police Department and Goshen Fire Department next week, to review procedures and determine updates that need to happen based on this most recent school shooting. We continue to refine procedures to make safety and security the absolute best it can be for GCS students and staff.

If you have questions or concerns about safety at Goshen Community Schools, you may email Susan Stiffney at sstiffney@goshenschools.org or Steve Hope, Assistant Superintendent, at shope@goshenschools.org

Kindergarten Registration/Inscripciones de jardín de niños

Kindergarten Registration

Who: Students living in the GCS district who are 5 years of age on or before August 1 (Entrance requirements policy)
Location Central Registration/Administration Center, 613 E. Purl Street (Directly west of Goshen High School) map
Phone (574) 971-4149
Dates: March 6 – 30, 2018
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Late hours registration: Open until 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Forms Needed:

  • Proof of Residency is required. (For example; driver’s license, rental agreement, tax statement, utility bill)
  • Student’s Birth Certificate
  • Copy of custody or guardianship documents (if applicable)
  • Student’s Immunization Records
  • Student’s Medical Alerts or Conditions

If you wish to fill out forms at home, you may find all of the forms at this link: https://www.goshenschools.org/registration/kindergarten-registration

Each year Goshen Community Schools advertises special registration days in the spring for parents of upcoming Kindergarten students. This early registration helps prepare you and your child for the coming school year, as well as helping us to better prepare a warm and inviting start to your child’s educational experience here at GCS. Although GCS staff are very flexible, knowing how many Kindergarten students are coming in the fall helps us make sure we have enough staff, materials, rooms, and transportation available.

If you know of other families with upcoming Kindergarten age children, please share this information with them, especially if they are new to the community. Of course, we always welcome families new to the community to register throughout the year.

Inscripciones de jardín de niños:

Del 6 al 29 de marzo

Lunes a viernes, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Horario extendido:

Martes, 6 de marzo

Jueves, 15 de marzo

Martes, 20 de marzo

8:00 a.m..-7:00 a.m.

¿Preguntas sobre inscripciones? 971-4149

Feb. 12 Board Recognition

GHS freshman Samantha Stoltzfus was honored by the board upon being named the winner of the middle school division of the 2017 Indiana Music Education Association (IMEA) Composition Competition for her string quartet composition “Sea of Thought“. She was awarded a plaque and was recognized at the state IMEA convention on January 13th, 2018. IMEA is currently working to arrange for a public performance of her work in May, by the Indianapolis Philharmonic.

GCS parent Maria Hurtado was recognized by the board for her willingness to help families in the Chandler community get their children safely to school. Mrs. Hurtado serves as a “walking school bus” for 13 Chandler students! A Chandler staff member also spoke highly of Mrs. Hurtado, saying, “She is one of the kindest and most dependable parents I have worked with” at Chandler. Thank you, Mrs. Hurtado, for being a great Chandler neighbor!

Senior Cade Fisher and junior Anton Pham were recognized for being named as alternates for the 2018 All-State Orchestra; Cade for Double Bass and Anton for Viola. Also recognized in absentia were Caroline Greaser (violin) and Kathryn Herschberger (violin) who were named to the 2018 All-State Orchestra.

GHS Senior Fernando Flores is Headed to the State Wrestling Tournament

According to Indiana Mat, Goshen High School senior Fernando “Nando” Flores is ranked 9th in the state. He earned the Semi-State championship in the 106 lb. weight class in Ft. Wayne on Saturday, and he is headed to the state wrestling tournament in Indianapolis on Friday and Saturday, February 16 & 17.

Nando’s year by year wrestling record is: 9th 26-10, 10th 37-9, 11th 43-4, Career, 106-23.

Congratulations, Nando, and best of luck to you in the state tournament! The community of Goshen is behind you all the way!!


Below are details/information about the state wrestling tournament from the IHSAA website:

Dates: Feb. 16-17, 2018

Site: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis | Website

Security: All people as well as their bags, purses, and coolers (athletes only) entering Bankers Life Fieldhouse will be subject to a security inspection. A full list of prohibited items can be found in the Fieldhouse Fan Guide at the following link: http://www.bankerslifefieldhouse.com/arena-information/fan-guide/
Additionally, misconduct, mistreatment of Fieldhouse staff, or other prohibited behavior will be addressed promptly and violators are subject to ejection from the premises or arrest. The code of conduct is found in the Fan Guide again at the following link: http://www.bankerslifefieldhouse.com/arena-information/fan-guide/ 

Admission: $8 per session or $20 both days. Children 24 months old and younger admitted free of charge. Order Tickets

Television: Saturday’s state championship bouts in each weight class will air live on Fox Sports Indiana. Hosted by Mark Jaynes (play-by-play), Mike Goebel (analyst), Blake Maurer (analyst) and Greg Rakestraw (mat interviews).

Webstream: Friday’s first round and Saturday’s quarterfinals, semifinals and consolation matches may be viewed via live stream for a subscription fee at TrackWrestling.com. For Saturday night’s championship round, viewers outside of the Fox Sports Indiana coverage area, a live stream will be available at IHSAAtv.org. For those within the FSI coverage area, the stream will be available only on delayed basis following the conclusion of the telecast.

State Finals Pairings Show
The brackets in each weight class will be announced exclusively via IHSAAtv.org beginning at 4 pm ET / 3 pm CT on Sunday, February 11, 2018. Greg Rakestraw and Hall of Fame coach Mike Goebel will serve as hosts.

Friday, Feb. 16, 2018
First Round | 6 pm ET (Gates open at 4:30 pm ET)

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018
Quarterfinals | 9:30 am ET with semifinals to follow (Gates open at 8 am ET)
Consolations | 5 pm ET (Gates open at 4 pm ET)
Finals | 7:30 pm ET

Goshen Softball Camp/Campamento de softbol de Goshen, Feb. 17 & 24, 2018

Goshen Softball Camp, Feb. 17th & Feb. 24th, 2018-Grades 5th-8th   

What You Will Learn

The philosophy of this skills camp is to teach each individual the basic fundamentals of softball. The camp will focus on fundamentals in each of the following areas:

  • Proper Technique of Hitting
  • Basic Fundamentals of Fielding
  • Bunting & Drills…Drills….Drills
  • Correct Technique of Throwing

Our goal is that each player will develop an excitement for the game of softball and a desire to play softball at the high school level.


  • Any girl currently in the 5th through 8th grade

Time & Date

  • Saturday, Feb.17 & Saturday, Feb.24, 2018
  • 10:30-12:30


  • Warehouse on GHS campus, just north of GCS Administration building.

Equipment Needed

  • Gym Shoes
  • Ball glove
  • Comfortable clothes (shorts or sweatpants)
  • Water bottle


  • $25.00 per player (T-Shirt included)
  • Discount price $15.00 per player 2 or more same family


  • If you have any questions, please contact:

   Head Softball Coach: Brent Kulp


      Cell 849-9527

Goshen Softball Camp Registration Form


Current Grade___________ School_______________


Phone No._____________ Emergency No.__________

T Shirt: YM__YL__ AS__ AM___AL___AXL___AXXL___


I hereby give ______________________ permission to take part in the Softball Camp held at Goshen. I will not hold the sponsor of the camp or Goshen Community Schools liable for any injuries that might occur and I have adequate hospitalization insurance to cover such injuries.


Signature of parent or guardian          Date

Please bring registration and payment of $25.00 to the camp on the first session: 

Make check payable to: Goshen High School



Campamento de softbol de Goshen 5o a 8o grado, 17 de febrero y 24 de febrero de 2018

Lo que aprenderá

El objetivo de este campamento es enseñarle a cada individuo los fundamentos del softbol. El campamento se centrará en los fundamentos de cada una de las siguientes áreas:

  • Técnica apropiada de impacto de bola
  • Fundamentos básicos del campo de juego
  • Golpe de bola y .. entrenamiento… entrenamiento …
  • Técnica correcta de lanzamiento

Nuestro objetivo es que cada jugador desarrolle su entusiasmo por el juego de softbol y su deseo de jugar softbol a nivel preparatoria.


  • Cualquier chica que actualmente curse del 5o al 8º grado

Hora y fecha

  • Sábados, 17 y 24de febrero de 2018
  • 10:30 a.m. a 12:30 p.m.


  • Campus de GHS, justo al norte del edificio de la administración de la Corporación Escolar de Goshen.

Equipo Necesario

  • Zapatos deportivos
  • Guante
  • Ropa cómoda (pantalones cortos o pants)
  • Botella de agua


  • $25.00 por jugador (camiseta incluida)


  • Precio de descuento $15.00 por jugador (2 o más miembros de la misma familia)


  • Si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor póngase en contacto con:

Brent Kulp, jefe del softball


Celular 849-9527

Forma de inscripción Campamento de softbol de Goshen


Grado escolar actual _____       




Teléfono de emergencia                         

Camiseta: YM    YL     AS    AM       AL       AXL       AXXL      


Por medio de la presente, autorizo a que                                       participe en el campamento de softbol, que se llevará a cabo en Goshen. No haré responsable ni al patrocinador del campamento ni a la Corporación Escolar de Goshen por las lesiones que pudieran ocurrir. Además, tengo seguro de asistencia médica adecuado para cubrir este tipo de lesiones.


Firma del padre de familia o tutor                       Fecha

Por favor traiga esta forma de inscripción y el pago de $25.00 a la primera session del campamento (se acepta el pago por cheque o en efectivo):

Haga  el  cheque  a  nombre  de: Goshen High School


Preschool Education at Prairie View

GCS will highlight Preschool Education this week, in conjunction with Indiana Urban Schools Association (IUSA).

Goshen Community Schools Preschool Philosophy Statement:

Goshen Community Schools Title I Preschool is dedicated to providing a caring, nurturing environment for our youngest learners to prepare for a successful start to kindergarten and their educational journey.  Our highly qualified staff create a child-centered environment that is built around the needs of our children and provides rich learning opportunities through play.

Mrs. Natalie Potter     Mrs. Cindy Shreiner

We embrace and respect diversity, culture, individual talents and developmental levels and believe that each child is an important and valued member of our classroom and community.  We recognize that families are the most important guides for young children and that we are partners in that effort and reach out to parents in a cooperative effort to support learning and growth for whole families.


We know that children learn best through play and exploration and provide many and varied opportunities, materials, and choices each day to allow for their optimal growth in all childhood domains.  This is accompanied by rich interactions with classmates and teachers who are providing individualized scaffolding to assist each child in being challenged and continually reaching their next steps.


We use a hybrid of curricula which we have fine-tuned to specifically meet the needs of Goshen’s children.  Tools of the Mind helps children develop self-regulation and positive learning attitudes while providing daily opportunities to choose, develop and act on plans for imaginative interactive play.  We scaffold this by using GrapeSeed to give all of our learners, English language learners and native speakers, a strong foundation in English language, understanding that helping children in poverty overcome language deficits helps to overcome learning gaps.  In addition our staff use the Indiana Early Learning Foundations as a guide to carefully plan and implement a variety of experiences in science, art, mathematics, English language arts, blocks, and dramatic play that incorporate small and large motor activities and music and sensory experiences in individual, small and large group settings. Our print rich environment further encourages literacy and competence in these foundational skills.


We provide nutritional meals and snacks, and daily outdoor play as well as utilizing our Minds in Motion room and gymnasium for additional large motor play and teach healthy attitudes about food and fitness. 


We believe that childhood should be an adventurous, stimulating time of play and learning and we provide that opportunity for each child and family to feel safe, valued and supported as they start their educational journey with Goshen Community Schools.


Look for more pictures/posts this week from our amazing Preschool classes at Prairie View!

One GHS Student’s ISSMA Experience

(This story is posted with the assistance of Hannah’s parents, as told by her father, Matthew Lind.)

Hannah is a GHS students who has Down Syndrome, and a limited vocabulary that is sometimes hard for people to understand. Hannah has been in the regular choirs since middle school. We have always found the directors open and supportive of having her participate. She really loves being in choir, and usually identifies it as her favorite class.

Hannah started participating in ISSMA last year, largely because of her paraprofessional, Ledia Olivera. Ledia saw no reason why Hannah should not participate in ensemble contest, and got a group of girls who agreed to sing with her. This year, she had Hannah write down names of girls she would like to sing with. Ledia helped to gather these girls together, and they all agreed to sing with her and Katya for ISSMA. Ledia said that the group got a little bigger because several girls who heard about it wanted to join. In fact, she said there are several other girls who said they wanted to be included in the group next year.

Mr. Snyder (GHS choir teacher) helped the group pick out a piece that he felt was a good match. Kathy and I have found him to be one of the most welcoming directors in terms of Hannah’s participation in choir.

For Hannah, choir is the one activity where she can feel truly integrated with the “normal” students at the High School. People who watch her in concerts often comment on how well she handles herself, and how attentive she is in formal situations. For me, one of the most heart-warming aspects of this is watching how other girls in the choir interact with Hannah. Several of them “take her under their wings,” making sure that she is in place and helping her with entrances and exits. I noticed this last Saturday at ISSMA, where the girls were checking in with her, and helping her through the transitions. One of them came up very excitedly to tell her, “Hannah, we got a gold!,” and give her a high-five.

We are very pleased with the way that Goshen Community Schools has handled inclusiveness, from the administrators to the support staff. Thanks to her teachers, and the special education department, which has not taken a “cookie cutter” approach to Hannah’s curriculum, over the years we have been able to experiment with a mix of regular and special education classes. We feel that approach is a positive situation for other students, who have a chance to come in contact with peers who are different from themselves. And for the students who are able to show kindness and acceptance, they become models for their friends and other students of how to interact who those who have differences.

Below are a few photos from ISSMA at Fairfield last Saturday. Girls besides Hannah: Jacquelyn, Megan, Becca, Amelia, Emily, and Katya, and Mr. Snyder.

—Matthew Lind, Hannah’s father

Our GCS thanks go out to Hannah’s family, for sharing their GHS experiences with us. We love to hear stories about our caring, flexible teachers and our wonderful students who value each other and treat each other with kindness.

February-Understanding and Celebrating Black History Month

History is often reduced to a handful of memorable moments and events.  In Black history, those events often include courageous stories like those of The Underground Railroad and historic moments like the famous “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But these are only a few of the significant and important events to know and remember.

In an effort to honor this expansive and growing history, Black History Month was established by way of a weekly celebration in February known as “Negro History Week” by historian Carter G. Woodson. But just as Black history is more than a month, so too are the numerous events and figures that are often overlooked during it. What follows is a list of ten “lesser known” moments and facts in Black history.

Before there was Rosa Parks, there was Claudette Colvin.

Most people think of Rosa Parks as the first person to refuse to give up their seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. There were actually several women who came before her; one of whom was Claudette Colvin.

It was March 2, 1955, when the fifteen-year-old schoolgirl refused to move to the back of the bus, nine months before Rosa Parks’ stand that launched the Montgomery bus boycott. Claudette had been studying Black leaders like Harriet Tubman in her segregated school, those conversations had led to discussions around the current day Jim Crow laws they were all experiencing. When the bus driver ordered Claudette to get up, she refused, “It felt like Sojourner Truth was on one side pushing me down, and Harriet Tubman was on the other side of me pushing me down. I couldn’t get up.”

Claudette Colvin’s stand didn’t stop there. Arrested and thrown in jail, she was one of four women who challenged the segregation law in court. If Browder v. Gayle became the court case that successfully overturned bus segregation laws in both Montgomery and Alabama, why has Claudette’s story been largely forgotten? At the time, the NAACP and other Black organizations felt Rosa Parks made a better icon for the movement than a teenager. As an adult with the right look, Rosa Parks was also the secretary of the NAACP, and was both well-known and respected – people would associate her with the middle class and that would attract support for the cause. But the struggle to end segregation was often fought by young people, more than half of which were women.

Martin Luther King Jr. improvised the most iconic part of his “I Have a Dream Speech.”

On Wednesday, August 28, 1963, 250,000 Americans united at the Lincoln Memorial for the final speech of the March on Washington. As Martin Luther King Jr. stood at the podium, he eventually pushed his notes aside.

The night before the march, Dr. King began working on his speech with a small group of advisers in the lobby of the Willard Hotel. The original speech was more political and less historic, according to Clarence B. Jones, and it did not include any reference to dreams. After delivering the now famous line, “we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream,” Dr. King transformed his speech into a sermon.

Onstage near Dr. King, singer Mahalia Jackson reportedly kept saying, “Tell ‘em about the dream, Martin,” and while no one will know if he heard her, it could likely have been the inspiration he needed. Dr. King then continued, “Even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream….” And then the famous Baptist preacher preached on, adding repetition and outlining the specifics of his dream. And while this improvised speech given on that hot August day in 1963 was not considered a universal success immediately, it is now recognized as one of the greatest speeches in American history. For more information on the 1963 March on Washington, visit pbs.org/marchonwashington.

Inoculation was introduced to America by a slave.

Few details are known about the birth of Onesimus, but it is assumed he was born in Africa in the late seventeenth century before eventually landing in Boston. One of a thousand people of African descent living in the Massachusetts colony, Onesimus was a gift to the Puritan church minister Cotton Mather from his congregation in 1706.

Onesimus told Mather about the centuries old tradition of inoculation practiced in Africa. By extracting the material from an infected person and scratching it into the skin of an uninfected person, you could deliberately introduce smallpox to the healthy individual making them immune. Considered extremely dangerous at the time, Cotton Mather convinced Dr. Zabdiel Boylston to experiment with the procedure when a smallpox epidemic hit Boston in 1721 and over 240 people were inoculated. Opposed politically, religiously and medically in the United States and abroad, public reaction to the experiment put Mather and Boylston’s lives in danger despite records indicating that only 2% of patients requesting inoculation died compared to the 15% of people not inoculated who contracted smallpox.

Onesimus’ traditional African practice was used to inoculate American soldiers during the Revolutionary War and introduced the concept of inoculation to the United States.

The earliest recorded protest against slavery was by the Quakers in 1688.

Quakers, also known as “The Society of Friends,” have a long history of abolition. But it was four Pennsylvania Friends from Germantown who wrote the initial protest in the 17th century. They saw the slave trade as a grave injustice against their fellow man and used the Golden Rule to argue against such inhumane treatment; regardless of skin color, “we should do unto others as we would have done onto ourselves.” In their protest they stated, “Pray, what thing in the world can be done worse towards us, then if men should robb or steal us away, & sell us for slaves to strange Countries, separating housband from their wife and children….”

Their protest against slavery and human trafficking was presented at a “Monthly Meeting at Dublin” in Philadelphia. The Dublin Monthly Meeting reviewed the protest but sent it to the Quarterly Meeting, feeling it to be too serious an issue for their own meeting to decide. The four Friends continued their efforts and presented at the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, but it wasn’t until 88 years later that the Society of Friends officially denounced slavery.

Over the centuries, this rare document has been considered lost twice. Most recently it was rediscovered in 2005 and is now at Haverford College Special Collections.

Of the 12.5 million Africans shipped to the New World during the Transatlantic Slave Trade, fewer than 388,000 arrived in the United States.

In the late 15th century, the advancement of seafaring technologies created a new Atlantic that would change the world forever. As ships began connecting West Africa with Europe and the Americas, new fortunes were sought and native populations were decimated. With the native labor force dwindling and demand for plantation and mining labor growing, the transatlantic slave trade began.

The Transatlantic Slave Trade was underway from 1500-1866, shipping more than 12 million African slaves across the world. Of those slaves, only 10.7 million survived the dreaded Middle Passage. Over 400 years, the majority of slaves (4.9 million) found their way to Brazil where they suffered incredibly high mortality rates due to terrible working conditions. Brazil was also the last country to ban slavery in 1888.

By the time the United States became involved in the slave trade, it had been underway for two hundred years. The majority of its 388,000 slaves arrived between 1700 and 1866, representing a much smaller percentage than most Americans realize.

The diverse history of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

While Jewish and African American communities have a tumultuous shared history when it comes to the pursuit of civil rights, there is a chapter that is often overlooked. In the 1930s when Jewish academics from Germany and Austria were dismissed from their teaching positions, many came to the United States looking for jobs. Due to the Depression, xenophobia and rising anti-Semitism, many found it difficult to find work, but more than 50 found positions at HBCUs in the segregated South.

Originally established to educate freed slaves to read and write, the first of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities was Cheyney University in Pennsylvania, established in 1837. By the time Jewish professors arrived, the number of HBCUs had grown to 78. At a time when both Jews and African Americans were persecuted, Jewish professors in the Black colleges found the environment comfortable and accepting, often creating special programs to provide opportunities to engage Blacks and whites in meaningful conversation, often for the first time.

In the years that followed, the interests of Jewish and African American communities increasingly diverged, but this once-shared experience of discrimination and interracial cooperation remains a key part of the Civil Rights Movement.

One in four cowboys was Black, despite the stories told in popular books and movies.

In fact, it’s believed that the real “Lone Ranger” was inspired by an African American man named Bass Reeves. Reeves had been born a slave but escaped West during the Civil War where he lived in what was then known as Indian Territory. He eventually became a Deputy U.S. Marshal, was a master of disguise, an expert marksman, had a Native American companion, and rode a silver horse. His story was not unique however.

In the 19th century, the Wild West drew enslaved Blacks with the hope of freedom and wages. When the Civil War ended, freedmen came West with the hope of a better life where the demand for skilled labor was high. These African Americans made up at least a quarter of the legendary cowboys who lived dangerous lives facing weather, rattlesnakes, and outlaws while they slept under the stars driving cattle herds to market.

While there was little formal segregation in frontier towns and a great deal of personal freedom, Black cowboys were often expected to do more of the work and the roughest jobs compared to their white counterparts. Loyalty did develop between the cowboys on a drive, but the Black cowboys were typically responsible for breaking the horses and being the first ones to cross flooded streams during cattle drives. In fact, it is believed that the term “cowboy” originated as a derogatory term used to describe Black “cowhands.”

Esther Jones was the real Betty Boop!

The iconic cartoon character Betty Boop was inspired by a Black jazz singer in Harlem. Introduced by cartoonist Max Fleischer in 1930, the caricature of the jazz age flapper was the first and most famous sex symbol in animation. Betty Boop is best known for her revealing dress, curvaceous figure, and signature vocals “Boop Oop A Doop!” While there has been controversy over the years, the inspiration has been traced back to Esther Jones who was known as “Baby Esther” and performed regularly in the Cotton Club during the 1920s.

Baby Esther’s trademark vocal style of using “boops” and other childlike scat sounds attracted the attention of actress Helen Kane during a performance in the late 1920s. After seeing Baby Esther, Helen Kane adopted her style and began using “boops” in her songs as well. Finding fame early on, Helen Kane often included this “baby style” into her music. When Betty Boop was introduced, Kane promptly sued Fleischer and Paramount Publix Corporation stating they were using her image and style. However video evidence came to light of Baby Esther performing in a nightclub and the courts ruled against Helen Kane stating she did not have exclusive rights to the “booping” style or image, and that the style, in fact, pre-dated her.

Baby Esther’s “baby style” did little to bring her mainstream fame and she died in relative obscurity but a piece of her lives on in the iconic character Betty Boop.

The first licensed African American Female pilot was named Bessie Coleman.

Born in Atlanta, Texas in 1892, Bessie Coleman grew up in a world of harsh poverty, discrimination and segregation. She moved to Chicago at 23 to seek her fortune, but found little opportunity there as well. Wild tales of flying exploits from returning WWI soldiers first inspired her to explore aviation, but she faced a double stigma in that dream being both African American and a woman.

She set her sights on France in order to reach her dreams and began studying French. In 1920, Coleman crossed the ocean with all of her savings and the financial support of Robert Abbott, one of the first African American millionaires. Over the next seven months, she learned to fly and in June of 1921, the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale awarded her an international pilot’s license. Wildly celebrated upon her return to the United States, reporters turned out in droves to greet her.

Coleman performed at numerous airshows over the next five years, performing heart thrilling stunts, encouraging other African Americans to pursue flying, and refusing to perform where Blacks were not admitted. When she tragically died in a plane accident in 1926, famous writer and equal rights advocate Ida B. Wells presided over her funeral. An editorial in the “Dallas Express” stated, “There is reason to believe that the general public did not completely sense the size of her contribution to the achievements of the race as such.”

Interracial marriage in the United Sates was banned in 1664 and not overturned until 1967.

During the seventeenth and early eighteenth century, the growing number of interracial marriages (also known as miscegenation) between Blacks and whites led to the passage of this new law. The first anti-miscegenation law enacted was in the colony of Maryland in 1664 and additional colonies quickly followed suit. These marriages were prohibited and penalties included the enslavement, exile or imprisonment of the white perpetrators. These laws grew and evolved over the years and attempts were even made to modify the Constitution to ban interracial marriage in all states.

It would take three hundred years for this law to be overturned. In 1967, Richard Loving, a white man, and Mildred Jeter, a Black woman, were married in the District of Columbia. When they returned home to Virginia, they were arrested and convicted of violating the state’s anti-miscegenation law. They each faced a year in jail and their case went to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court found in favor of the Lovings in the famous trial Loving v. Virginia. They ruled that prohibiting interracial marriage on state and local levels was unconstitutional; this meant that marriages between the races were legal in the country for the first time since 1664.

In 2000, Alabama became the last state to officially legalize interracial marriage by removing the unenforceable ban that was still contained in their state constitution. Read more famous cases about interracial relationships that changed history.

GHS ISSMA Solo & Ensemble Recital

At Saturday’s District Solo & Ensemble event, Goshen High School was represented by 33 soloists and 20 ensembles from all of the GHS choirs, and 3 pianists. 26 solos received Gold ratings and 19 qualified for State; 15 ensembles received Gold and 11 qualified for State.

You are invited to a free recital at GHS on Tuesday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. for ensembles and senior soloists going on to State ISSMA contest.

State Solo & Ensemble contest will be held on Saturday, February 17th at Perry Meridian High School.

GHS Art Department Alumni Art Show in 2019

Cynthia A. Cooper is retiring in 2019, so an art show is in order at GHS!

This is an open invitation to all former GHS Art students of Cynthia A. Cooper (Joldersma) and Art Faculty to exhibit their artwork in the GHS Media Center, February-March 2019.  Please email ccooper@goshenschools.org by November 30 to verify your participation.  

Exhibition Dates: February 1-28, 2019

Artists Reception: Friday, February 1, 2019, 6:30-8:00

Delivery of Artwork:  On or before Friday, January, 18, 2019

Pick up of Artwork:  March 1-8, 2019 during school hours

Please make arrangements to pick up works at GHS ahead of time by emailing ccooper@goshenschools.org .


  • There are no size or media restrictions.  Each artist may submit 1 artwork. The media center is large enough to show many works.  Every artist will have your piece represented.  We will try and make every effort to accommodate as much work as will work visually within the space.  All work must stay up for the duration of the exhibition.
  • GHS is a high school institution where students of all levels frequent the media center as a part of their education.  GHS media center exhibits are curated to reflect a high standard of craftsmanship, the position of art in historic and contemporary culture, and the development of ideas in visual thinking.  All submitted artwork must be in-line with these principles of the institution.  Craftsmanship and content must be appropriate for the gallery setting and for viewing by all students.  GHS reserves the right to not display any work seen as inappropriate to the school environment or in conflict with the gallery standards.
  • All work must be gallery-ready and prepared for installation.  We desire all work to be presented as professional level work which would include framing if applicable.  Large scale drawings or prints may be pinned to the wall.  Wet work cannot be accepted.  Special installation works can be accommodated depending on the level of difficulty for the install.
  • GHS does not sell artwork nor take a commission on any sales.  Anyone interested in purchasing an artist’s artwork will be directed to contact the artist personally.  Send cards with piece.

To submit art work, please complete the following form: Artist Information Form