GCS Named a U.S. Dept. of Ed. Green Ribbon School District

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that Goshen Community Schools in Goshen, IN is among the 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Awardees. 

The three Pillars of this award are:

Pillar One: Reducing environmental impact, such as waste, water, energy, greenhouse gases, and transportation, encompassing the areas of school facilities, grounds, and operations;

Pillar Two: Improving health and wellness by promoting a healthy physical environment (including aspects such as air quality, contaminant control, moisture control, acoustics, daylighting, pest management, and thermal comfort) and student and staff wellness practices (such as healthy school food and outdoors physical activity); and

Pillar Three: Offering effective environmental and sustainability education, including civic learning, green careers, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) connections.

Goshen Community Schools was nominated by the Indiana Department of Education, after review of Goshen’s application and qualifications. Highlights of Goshen qualifications for Pillar One include: Implementing an energy conservation program in 2009 with a full-time Energy Educator to lead the program; In 2012 the district received ENERGY STAR leader recognition; Since the inception of its energy conservation initiatives, GCS has achieved a cost avoidance of $4.4 million, representing a 25% savings on energy costs for the district; Two GCS schools have solar panels, Waterford Elementary has 1,173 solar panels, each with 260 watts of capacity for a total system size of 304,980 watts, and Goshen High School has 1,242 solar panels, each with 260 watts of capacity, for a total system size of 322,920 watts; High school students can access the data from the GHS solar array and use the information as part of their curriculum; The district has installed water-bottle filling stations to encourage students to bring their water bottles from home instead of buying bottles of water from the vending machines; Every school in the district has a purposeful recycling program which includes student involvement and education; and, Students and staff members use designated walkways and trails to walk and bike to school.

Goshen highlights for Pillar Two include: The custodial staff using eco-friendly cleaning solutions and microfiber cloths to reduce the use of chemical cleaners; When needed, the grounds crew uses fertilizer that is 2/3 organic; A coordinated school health committee addresses and evaluates ways to improve the health and wellness of students and staff; A health and wellness center for those on the school’s insurance, staffed by a physician, nurse practitioner, nurses, and medical assistants; Wellness screenings and health risk appraisals for all employees in each school/building each year; Free nutritious snacks are available during after-school hours to students in all grades attending any after-school activity; Middle School students planting, tending, and harvesting a community garden sponsored by Goshen Health; IU dental school comes to the elementary schools yearly to check the teeth of 2nd and 3rd graders and offer sealants as needed; Run the Halls, which encourages students to track their time and/or miles in after-school running and walking; and, GCS has used its purchasing power to advocate for healthier lunch options from vendors, showcasing local foods.

Pillar Three highlights include: The opportunities provided to students by local businesses and local government, to work on real-word sustainability problems and search for solutions; Through Greenpower, students have built an electric car; In conjunction with the City of Goshen, GHS students addressed sediment from stormwater runoff as a major cause of pollution in local waterways; GHS students designed prosthetics for a calf born with malformed hooves; At GHS, the development of a super-mileage car and a solar-powered automatic chicken coop door for a local veterinarian; Learning about marine life during the Spring Break Marine Biology trip to the Florida Keys; Participation in a carbon footprint reduction challenge; Partnering with Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College for field trips and study days; Partnering with Northern Indiana Public Service Company to provide every 5th grader with an energy-reduction kit as part of their curriculum; 8th graders partnering with the Elkhart County Soil and Water Conservation District which provides an outdoor learning day at the nearby Environmental Center and River Greenway Trail; and, The optional 8th grade trip to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, where students camp, hike, and explore the great outdoors.

According to GCS Superintendent Dr. Diane Woodworth, “This award is a great honor for GCS!  We are very pleased to receive this. The students and staff deserve the recognition, as much of the drive toward recycling and other environmentally friendly practices are from them. Our Energy Educator, Judy Miller, also deserves much credit as she is always working behind the scenes to keep our momentum going.”

Judy Miller, GCS Energy Educator said, “I’m so pleased that our district has been chosen to receive this coveted DOE Green Ribbon Schools distinction. There were so many components in this application that basically fit into the three required growth pillars of:  reducing environmental impact and costs; improving health and wellness; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education.  If it “takes a village” to raise a child, it certainly takes “a whole corporation” to educate a student.  We are being recognized with this distinction because of this “whole corporation” approach.  Our corporation is enhanced by an active community, our students, the Coordinated School Health Committee, our Green Team, the custodial and maintenance departments, teachers, administrators, school counselors, support staff, and school nutrition staff—all are essential participants in our approach to wellness, and growth as a healthy and sustainable organization.”

Across the country, 35 schools, 14 school districts, and four post-secondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education. Goshen Community Schools was among the 14 school districts recognized across the nation and was the only honoree in the State of Indiana.

The honorees were named from a pool of candidates nominated by 28 states. The selectees include 25 public schools, including three magnet schools and two charter schools, as well as 10 nonpublic schools. Thirty-six percent of the 2019 honorees serve a disadvantaged student body.

The list of all selected schools, districts, colleges, and universities, as well as their nomination packages, can be found here. A report with highlights on the 53 honorees can be found here. More information on the federal recognition award can be found here. Resources for all schools to move toward the three Pillars can be found here.

A huge THANK YOU to all members of the GCS community who help to make GCS an efficient, healthy, more sustainable place!

 

Community Conversation Follow-Up

GOSHEN, Ind. (May 17, 2019) — Goshen Community Schools and the City of Goshen’s Community Relations Commission (CRC) would like to offer our thanks to all who attended the Community Conversation at Goshen High School on April 25.  We appreciated everyone’s attendance, especially the students who participated and helped with interpretation. We applaud all of you for your willingness to sit down and talk with strangers.

Based on what was said at the evening’s wrap-up, we want you to know that we heard your desire for the community to DO something with community relations. Our joint committee (the CRC and GCS) will continue to meet and will plan more community conversations for the fall. Also, as promised, we have included a report (in both English and Spanish) from the conversations April 25. We hope you will find it helpful.

If you attended the event on April 25, please share with others about your experience, and encourage them to attend the conversations in the fall. If you were unable to participate on April 25, we invite you to attend the upcoming community conversations. The conversations will be open to all Goshen community members who want to learn more about others and who want to make Goshen the best community we can be, for EVERYONE. When we have dates set for the fall, the information will be released in the same manner that this information was released. Stay tuned!

With gratitude for Goshen,

Goshen Community Schools

The Community Relations Commission

CONTACTS

Sharon Hernandez                                             Lori Martin
574-537-3883                                                    574-533-8631
communications@goshencity.com                    lmartin@goshenschools.org

REPORTS:

Community Conversation Report      Community Conversation Report Spanish

GOSHEN, Ind. (17 de mayo, 2019) — Las Escuelas Comunitarias de Goshen y la Comisión de Relaciones Comunitarias de la Ciudad de Goshen (CRC) desean agradecer a todos los que asistieron a la Conversación Comunitaria en Goshen High School el 25 de abril. Apreciamos la asistencia de todos, especialmente de los estudiantes que participaron y ayudaron con la interpretación. Los aplaudimos a todos por su disposición a sentarse y hablar con extraños.

De acuerdo con lo que se dijo en la última sesión de esa noche, queremos que sepa que escuchamos su deseo de que la comunidad HAGA algo para ayudar las relaciones entre la comunidad/razas. Nuestro comité conjunto (la comisión y las escuelas) continuará reuniéndose y planeará más conversaciones con la comunidad para el otoño. Además, según lo prometido, hemos incluido un informe (en inglés y español) de las conversaciones del 25 de abril. Esperamos que le sea de utilidad.

Si asistió al evento el 25 de abril, comparta con otros sobre su experiencia y anímelos a asistir a las conversaciones en el otoño. Si no pudo participar el 25 de abril, lo invitamos a asistir a las próximas conversaciones de la comunidad. Las conversaciones estarán abiertas a todos los miembros de la comunidad de Goshen que quieran aprender más sobre los demás y que quieran hacer de Goshen la mejor comunidad que podamos ser, para TODOS. Cuando tengamos las fechas establecidas para el otoño, la información se dará a conocer de la misma manera que esta información se publicó. ¡Manténganse al tanto!

Con gratitud por Goshen,

Escuelas de la Comunidad de Goshen

La Comisión de Relaciones Comunitarias.

CONTACTOS

Sharon Hernández                                             Lori Martin

574-537-3883                                                    574-533-8631
communications@goshencity.com                    lmartin@goshenschools.org

5-13-19 Board Recognition

Highlighting Chamberlain

Chamberlain principal Karen Blaha stated that at Chamberlain, we are Crew. We support each other every day, in many ways. We practice the Habits of Scholarship every day.  The Chamberlain Habits of Scholarship are: Integrity, I will do what is right, even when it is difficult; Craftsmanship, I am dedicated to high quality work; Courage, I will take risks and learn from mistakes; Grit, I will persevere toward a goal; and Compassion, I will connect with and appreciate others.

Chamberlain students then shared about their expeditions from the second semester.

Kindergarten students shared that they learned how authors use true facts to write stories. They learned facts about chickens from community experts, and then they wrote stories about chickens.

First graders learned about the parks in Goshen, helped at Shanklin Park, created a timeline about the creation of Shanklin Park, and then wrote their own books about the parks in Goshen.

Second graders studied Thrive like a hive, a unit about bees. They explained how they used the habits of scholarship as they worked on their bee projects.

Third graders studied Tremendous trees and stated that they didn’t realize how important trees are to a community. They also learned how to make scientific drawings, how to do case studies, they learned the value of trees, and finally, they helped plant trees.

Fourth graders experienced Market Day where they learned the five steps to starting and running a successful business. The culmination of their project was to sell products they had designed and made to other students at Chamberlain.

The fifth graders reflected on their years of learning at Chamberlain. Several students remembered different projects that they had worked on over the years, including when they tie-dyed shirts. They mentioned that they would remember the great teachers and the friends they made at Chamberlain. They reported that they were glad they learned the habits of scholarship because I think they will be important for me to use at middle school. And lastly, one student shared that I will always remember Chamberlain. This is not just school; this is home.

Student Recognition

Members of the GHS Chess team were honored following their 2nd place/State Runner-Up finish at the Indiana Chess Team Championship. The students on the honored team include: Matthew Snyder (10th grade), Soroosh Kermani (9th grade), Brenton Pham (10th grade), and Daniel Elizalde (10th grade). The students said that they were also honored by the board in 5th grade because they had a very strong showing at the state tournament then; and they added, and you can expect to see us again before we graduate!

GHS chess coach Ken Cross stated that this is a really fun group, they enjoy playing chess. They are very busy with athletics, music, academics, and other things, but they still want to play chess. Mr. Cross also thanked Dan Shenk and Joe Riegsecker who have supported the GCS chess club/programming for many years. He added that GCS had 220 students participate in chess this year, and that chess is valuable for students in so many ways, but it is especially helpful with regard to critical-thinking skills.

Flooding-Plymouth Ave. Trail to GMS

The pathway along Plymouth Avenue that many GMS students use to get to and from school is reportedly “partially under water” at this time (according to the Goshen Parks and Recreation Staff). The river is still rising, so this will be an issue this afternoon, and most likely again tomorrow morning. The Parks & Rec. staff are trying to get a police officer out to the area at the end of the GMS school day, but that has not yet been confirmed.

Please avoid flooded areas if at all possible, and/or use extreme caution when moving through standing water.

The city is continuing to post updates regarding flooded areas within the city on their website at: https://goshenindiana.org/

Teacher Recruitment Event-April 26

On Friday, April 26, Goshen Schools will host a Teacher Recruitment Event from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in the Administration Center located at 613 E. Purl St. Goshen.

Preservice teachers and experienced teachers are welcome to attend! Learn more about opportunities within GCS and interview with Goshen Community Schools administrators for available positions in 2019-20.

Applications for Goshen Community Schools will only be accepted online. Please visit our website at http://www.goshenschools.org click on JOBS, and follow the directions.

Email Human Resources at hr@goshenschools.org to register.

Friday, April 26-Arbor Day Celebration/CELEBRACION DEL DIA DEL ARBOL

Friday, April 26-Arbor Day Celebration, 4:30-7:00 p.m., FREE to all ages

Schedule of Events

4:30-5:00: Songs performed by Elementary choirs

5:00-5:30: Award Presentations

5:30-7:00: Food, Fun, Games, Music, Tree Planting.

A family festival with a variety of events, entertainment and music. Join us for a spring evening packed full of fun! The event will take place indoors and outdoors at the Schrock Pavilion, 411 West Plymouth Avenue. Come out and celebrate Goshen’s trees! Trees are an important part of what makes Goshen an uncommonly great place to live. They contribute many essential services, and they especially make our city beautiful. Join us as we appreciate trees in our urban forest, from parks to your back yard.

Evening festivities include:

  • Food court (cash only)
  • Children’s activities, interactive booths, crafts, and hands-on demonstrations.
  • Songs by Chamberlain 3rd grade and Prairie View 2nd grade.
  • Special presentations & awards
  • Live music
  • Tree giveaway
  • Tree planting
  • Raffle
  • Tree climbing
  • Games
  • Live animals

http://goshenarborday.com

CELEBRACION DEL DIA DEL ARBOL, VIERNES 26 DE ABRIL, GRATIS PARA TODAS LAS EDADES

Horario De Eventos

4:30-5:00: Chamberlain y Prairie View Actuaciones del coro

5:00-5:30: Presentacion de premios

5:30-7:00: Comida, Diversión, Juegos, Musica, Siembra de arboles.

Un festival familiar con variedad de eventos, entretenimiento y música. Ùnete con nosotros para una tarde de primavera llena de diversión. El evento se realizará dentro y fuera del Schrock Pavilion, 411 West Plymouth Avenue. ¡Venga y celebre los arboles de Goshen!  Los árboles son una parte importante de lo que hace Goshen un lugar sorprendente para vivir. Ellos contribuyen muchos servicios esenciales y hacen ver especialmente bella a nuestra ciudad. Ùnete con nosotros para apreciar nuestro bosque urbano, desde los parques hasta su patio trasero.

Las actividades de la tarde incluyen:

  • Plaza de comidas (pago solo en efectivo)
  • Actividades infantiles, incluyendo puestos interactivos con manualidades, demostraciones prácticas y actividades
  • Actuación especial del coro del Escolar.
  • Presentaciones especiales y premios
  • Música en vivo
  • Regalo de arboles
  • Siembra de arboles
  • Rifa
  • Trepar arboles
  • Juegos
  • Animales vivos

http://goshenarborday.com

Growing Goshen Together/Creciendo Goshen Juntos

Growing Goshen Together is a series of conversations to be organized by Goshen Community Schools and the Community Relations Commission aimed at bringing community members together to learn from each other, and to gain new appreciation and understanding for others. We want the community members to reflect the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, and political beliefs that exist in our community.

As a part of this joint project, the two agencies will host a pilot community conversation on Thursday, April 25, 2019. Things learned from that pilot event would be used to design, propose, and implement a series of events in the fall of 2019.

If you would like to be a part of this exciting conversation, please contact Lori Martin at Goshen Schools by emailing lmartin@goshenschools.org or calling 574-533-8631 to RSVP and register your interest. To learn more and register online, go to: goshenindiana.org/GrowingTogether

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Creciendo Goshen Juntos es una serie de conversaciones que serán organizadas por la Corporación Escolar de Goshen y le Comisión de Relaciones Comunitarias con el objetivo de reunir a los miembros de la comunidad, aprender entre todos y adquirir aprecio y comprensión por los demás. Aspiramos a que los miembros de la comunidad reflexionen sobre las magnitudes de raza, etnia, género, orientación sexual, estatus socioeconómico, edad, habilidades físicas, creencias religiosas y creencias políticas que existen en nuestra comunidad.

Como parte de este proyecto conjunto, las dos agencias organizarán una charla de prueba con la comunidad, el jueves, 25 de abril de 2019. Las cosas asimiladas de ese evento de prueba serán utilizadas para diseñar, proponer e implementar una serie de eventos en el otoño de 2019.

Cómo puedes involucrarte:

Si te gustaría ser parte de esta emocionante charla, comunícate con Lori Martin a la Corporación Escolar de Goshen, enviándole un correo electrónico a lmartin@goshenschools.org o llamando al 574-533-8631, para confirmar tu asistencia y registrarte. Para aprender más y registrarte en línea, visita goshenindiana.org/creciendojuntos.

Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age

Have you talked with your children about using technology in a responsible and healthy way? Start or continue the conversation with this special Goshen Community Schools presentation!  6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 The auditorium at Goshen Middle School, Admission is free! Child care is provided!

Are you worried that your child is too attached to their smartphone, computer, or video game console? Do you wonder about the effects of screen time at home, at school, and elsewhere on young lives and young brains? You are not alone! “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age” is a documentary film by physician Delaney Ruston. In the film, she explores how screen time affects childhood development by speaking to her own children as well as other families and experts around the world. She also offers solutions for adults to empower children and teens to build a healthy, positive relationship to technology.
A panel discussion will follow the showing of the film. Registration is preferred but not required. Register online now: http://bit.ly/ScreenagersGoshenMiddle

Let Triple P help you survive screens this summer!

Triple P — Positive Parenting Program — in Elkhart County has effective strategies all parents can use to help children have healthy relationships with screens and technology. There will be two presentations: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 24: Triple P Workshop on setting screen guidelines for teenage children (in English or Spanish) Register online here: http://bit.ly/ScreenPreteenGoshen 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 1: Triple P Workshop on setting screen guidelines for pre-teen and young children (in English or Spanish) Register online here: http://bit.ly/ScreenPreteenGoshen Both programs will be at the Goshen Middle School cafeteria. Child care will be provided. Registration is preferred but not required. Questions? Call Triple P at 574-226-0160.

 

¿Ha hablado con sus hijos sobre el uso de la tecnología de manera responsable y segura? ¡Comience o continúe esta conversación con esta presentación especial de la Corporación Escolar de Goshen! El miércoles, 17 de abril, de las 6:30 a 8:30 p.m., en la biblioteca de Goshen Middle School. ¡La admisión a esta película es gratuita! ¡Se proporcionará servicio de cuidado de niños

¿Le preocupa que su hijo esté demasiado apegado a su teléfono inteligente, a su computadora o consola de videojuegos? ¿Se pregunta sobre los efectos del tiempo frente a la pantalla en el hogar, en la escuela y en otros lugares en las vidas y en los cerebros de los jóvenes?¡No está solo! “Screenagers: Creciendo en la era digital” es un documental de la doctora Delaney Ruston. En la película, ella explora cómo el tiempo frente a la pantalla afecta el desarrollo de la infancia hablándoles tanto a sus propios hijos, como a otras familias y expertos. También les ofrece soluciones a los adultos con el fin de capacitar a niños y adolescentes para construir una relación sana y positiva con la tecnología. La película será en inglés, pero tendrá subtítulos en español. Después de la película, tendremos una corta sesión en español, para contestar preguntas. Se recomienda que se registren, pero no es obligatorio. Regístrese en línea ahora: http://bit.ly/ScreenagersGoshenMiddle

¡Deje que Triple P le ayude a sobrevivir a las pantallas este verano!

El programa de crianza positiva (Triple P) del Condado Elkhart, tiene estrategias efectivas que todos los padres de familia pueden usar para ayudar a los niños a relacionarse de manera positiva con las pantallas y con la tecnología. Habrá dos presentaciones:
Miércoles 24 de abril, de 6:30 a 8 p.m.: Taller de crianza positiva sobre cómo establecer pautas respecto a las pantallas para adolescentes (en inglés o español) Regístrese en línea aquí: http://bit.ly/PantallaAdolescentesGoshen Miércoles, 1º de mayo, de 6:30 a 8 p.m.: Taller de crianza positiva sobre cómo establecer las pautas respecto a las pantallas para preadolescentes y niños pequeños (en inglés o español) Regístrese en línea aquí: http://bit.ly/PantallaHijosGoshen.  Ambos programas se llevarán a cabo en la biblioteca de Goshen Middle School. Se proporcionará servicio de cuidado de niños. Se recomienda que se registre, pero no es obligatorio. ¿Preguntas? Llame a Triple P al 574-226-0160.

United for Success/UNIDOS PARA TRIUNFAR

UNITED FOR SUCCESS

5TH PARENT CONFERENCE

ACTIVE BODY ACTIVE MIND

Discover how game, play and movement support your child’s learning. Brain research provides a definitive connection between effective learning and play. Learn how parents can help their children with practical and simple games for all ages.

MARCH 18th, 2019  from 6:00PM-8:00PM at GOSHEN HIGH SCHOOL in the CAFETERIA. For more information call the EL Parent Liaison of your school.

Free event. Snacks. A prize for each family. Games, crafts, and community resources information. Join us!!

5ta conferencia para padres

Unidos para Triunfar

MENTE ACTIVA, CUERPO ACTIVO

Descubra como el juego y el movimiento ayudan a su hijo a aprender mejor. Investigaciones del cerebro proveen una conexión definitiva entre el aprendizaje efectivo y el juego. Aprendan como pueden ayudar a sus hijos con juegos prácticos y sencillos para todas las edades.

18 DE MARZO DE 2019,  6:00PM-8:00PM, CAFETERÍA DE GOSHEN HIGH SCHOOL. Llame a la asesora familiar de su escuela para más información.

Es un evento gratuito. Premios para todas las familias. Alimentos ligeros. Mesas informativas. No se lo pierda!