A couple of the GMS students who participated in the Kids Lit Quiz field trip to Connecticut were on hand at the board meeting, with their sponsors, to thank the board for allowing them to participate in the competition. Each students who went on the field trip provided a handwritten thank you to the board; thanking them for providing them with such a great learning opportunity. While on the field trip, students participated in the Kids Lit Quiz competition, placing 13th and 30th out of 52 teams, and they also visited the New Britain Museum of American Art. For some of the students, it was the first trip outside of the state of Indiana, and they expressed their appreciation for the new experiences. Their sponsors, Bria Carboneau and Kathy Meyer Reimer, reported that the students were very well-behaved, and represented GMS beautifully. In fact, the competition judges were reportedly so impressed by the GMS students that they asked to meet with them.
Kyle Taft was honored by the board for his work on a video for Ryan’s Place in Goshen. Ryan’s Place is a center for grieving young children and teens, and their families. Board President Cathie Cripe read from a thank you note from Ryan’s Place, thanking Kyle for providing them with such a professional, good quality video, which they will use on their new website. He originally made the video for a class project, along with assistance and direction from his GHS teacher, David Kendall.
GHS teachers Tom Zuber and David Kendall, who teach the GTV courses at GHS, were also honored by the board for their time, work, and expertise in helping the ECSEC staff create training modules that will be used in the school corporations across the county/cooperative. These training modules were created to provide instruction to educators in relation to a new state statute on seclusion and restraint.
New board member, Jane DeVoe, was sworn in at the February 9th board meeting, as the 7th member of the GCS school board. Mrs. DeVoe is a long-time educator, who recently retired as a teacher for Middlebury Schools. She lives in Goshen with her husband, Dean DeVoe. Her children attended Goshen Community Schools, and she also has grandchildren who currently attend Goshen schools.