Wednesday, Jan. 16-Train/Car accident

There was a train/car accident this afternoon (before school let out) at the Jefferson street crossing. Due to the accident, all railroad crossings/roads are closed between Lincoln Ave. and Kercher Road. The GCS transportation department is working hard to make sure that buses are available to transport students home this afternoon. However, please be aware that drop-off times may be delayed due to limited crossings and heavy traffic.

We appreciate your patience as we work together to make sure that all bus riders get home safely, and all GHS students are safely directed out of the parking lot.

There will be staff available in the transportation office if you have questions. 533-7176.

Esta tarde, sucedió un accidente entre un tren y un automóvil (antes de que las clases terminaran) en el cruce de la calle Jefferson. Debido a este accidente, todos los cruces y caminos por las vías del tren se encuentran cerrados entre la avenida Lincoln Aveniú y Kercher. El departamento de transporte está trabajando duro para asegurarse que todos los autobuses estén disponibles para transportar a los estudiantes a casa esta tarde. Sin embargo, por favor entienda que el horario en el que se dejará a su hijo podría retrasarse debido a los cruces limitados y al alto tránsito vehicular.

GHS Dance Marathon-A Community Event

GHS IB students will host a Dance Marathon on Saturday, February 9th from 6:00-11:00 p.m. in the GHS main gym. This event will be open to the entire Goshen Community, and students, adults, and families of all ages are encouraged to attend. (Announcements and instructions at the event will be given in both English and Spanish.)

According to several GHS students who provided information, the Dance Marathon will be a part of their education as they work toward their full IB diploma. Each diploma candidate is required to work on two Creativity, Activity and Service (CAS) projects; one on their own and one as a class. And the project is not as simple as “doing a project” and turning it in. Each project requires that the students reflect on their completed project, look at the outcomes, determine how their project was perceived by others, assess engagement of participants, and consider their own perseverance when details or efforts got frustrating.

As this year’s Theory of Knowledge class (the full IB diploma candidates) considered what they might do for their joint CAS project, they all submitted ideas to the group. After considering the suggestions, they decided on a Dance Marathon to benefit the GHS Unified Sports teams. The Indiana high school Unified Sports teams were formed through a collaboration between the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and Special Olympics Indiana, called Champions Together. “Unified Sports promotes servant leadership among student athletes while changing their lives, as well as the lives of those with intellectual disabilities.” Goshen High School has participated in Unified Track and Field for a few years, and this fall they also added Unified Flag Football. Several of the IB students have participated on Unified Sports teams, and have found them to be very meaningful. Emma Simpson said “I participated in track and field, in the long jump. It was good for me; I learned to act with compassion and kindness, and the coaches helped me learn how to best relate to and support the student athletes.”

Pictured below: GHS IB diploma candidates Katie Shirk, Emma Simpson, Josie Walters, and Maggie Gallagher.

The IB students decided to put their project proceeds toward Unified Sports to raise awareness about the growing GHS Unified Sports program, to highlight the students they care about, and to raise funds to help the students with their team costs.

As stated previously, the Dance Marathon will be open to everyone! There will be dance music provided by a DJ, a raffle with great prizes generously donated by local businesses, games for all ages, food to buy from the concession stand (with a percentage of the proceeds going toward Unified Sports), and supervised quiet areas for those with light/sound sensitivities who might need to take a break from the action.

 The students are not taking pledges for the dance marathon, as so often happens. Instead, they will charge an entry fee to get into the event. The suggested entry fees are: 5th grade and under = free, 6th grade and up = $5.00, and families = $10.00. However, no one will be turned away if they cannot afford the entry fee. Additionally, since this is a fundraiser, anyone who wants to pay more than the suggested entry fee is also welcome to donate more!

The GHS Dance Marathon will be run by IB students, along with help from Student Council and National Honor Society students. The students have purposely extended the invitation to the entire community because they value the diversity of Goshen, and want to bring everyone together for an evening of family fun. We hope you will join them!!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day-Monday, Jan. 21

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a social activist and Baptist minister who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. King sought equality and human rights for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged and all victims of injustice through peaceful protest. He was the driving force behind watershed events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the 1963 March on Washington, which helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and is remembered each year on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a U.S. federal holiday since 1986.

Quotes from Dr. King:

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

“Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Our students, teachers and staff members will have Monday, January 21st off for the MLK holiday. We hope they, along with the whole Goshen community, will have a chance to learn more about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Woodworth’s Welcome for 2nd Semester

Welcome back, GCS family!

Happy New Year and welcome back for the 2nd semester of the 2018-2019 school year! Whether you are a GCS employee, student, or family member, we consider you a part of our GCS family. With this New Year’s letter, I would like to highlight a few items from the 1st semester and provide a brief look ahead.

During the 1st semester, we had many students and staff members recognized for excellence, including: GHS junior Joseph Narayan, chosen to serve a two-year term on the Indiana Department of Education Student Advisory Council; GMS counselor Jan Desmarais-Morse, named an American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Counselor of the Year finalist; Elementary school teachers and students, recognized for the creative, innovative work they are doing in the educational pathways of New Tech, IB, Dual Language Immersion, C.L.A.S.S., and Expeditionary Learning; GHS seniors Felix Perez Diener and Katie Shirk, named National Merit Semifinalists and Jonathan Snyder, named a National Merit Commended Student; GHS athletes, recognized by other schools and officials for exemplary sportsmanship; GMS math teacher Terri Hussey, named to the “top ten” for Indiana Teacher of the Year; and finally, Jane Troup, who with our sincere appreciation and thanks, ended her service on the GCS School Board after 24 years. 

In the 1st semester, we did a lot planning for the addition to be built at GHS and for the new Intermediate School. We are pleased with the progress we have made on the plans for both buildings, and trust that the input from teachers and architects will lead to optimal utilization of the buildings. We will continue to post construction updates on the GCS website at https://www.goshenschools.org/public-records/building-plans

As we look ahead to the 2nd semester, we anticipate that students will complete projects, perform in concerts, make progress toward their educational goals, and take field trips to explore places near and far. And at the end of the school year, we know that GHS will graduate a class of students who are well-prepared for work, further education, voluntary service, apprenticeships, military service, or whatever they choose to do. We will miss the class of 2019, but we are confident that they will be prepared for the future!

Thank you for your continued involvement, collaboration, and investment in our schools! It is the support of parents and community members that enables us to provide an excellent education for Goshen students and ensures that every student will reach his or her fullest potential. Thank you for partnering with us!

Sincerely,

Dr. Diane Woodworth

Superintendent

Dr. Woodworth Named District II Superintendent of the Year

  Dr. J.T. Coopman, Dr. Diane Woodworth, and Dr. Tom Edington

At the recent Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents (IAPSS) annual meeting, Superintendents of the Year were announced for each of the eight IAPSS districts. Goshen Community schools is a member of District II, along with 36 other school districts in Northern Indiana. Out of all the quality school superintendents and school corporations represented in District II, Goshen’s superintendent Dr. Diane Woodworth was chosen by her peers as the IAPSS District II Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Woodworth was selected, in part, for her direction and leadership of the Goshen school corporation. Congratulations, Dr. Woodworth!

The IAPSS was established in 1960, based upon this premise: The public interest is best served through assuring the availability of a quality education for all children; and knowledgeable, ethical, effective leaders are essential to achieving this educational excellence.

IAPSS is a non-profit, professional association serving 425 members, including superintendents and other school administrators, professors of education, university students studying educational administration, and retired superintendents.  Professional development activities are targeted at improving the educational process, promoting the efficient operation of schools, and developing new superintendents. Association meetings provide a forum for discussion of a variety of educational issues between members and state and national experts.

 

“The Nature of Life is to Grow” (17) Growing Through GCS

Over the course of this first semester, we have shown you some of the things students are learning and doing in each grade. We have shown the progression in the degree of difficulty of the coursework for each next/new grade. We have shown how many opportunities there are for students traveling the normal, or usual, pathways offered at GCS, and we have shown that there are alternative pathways for students who may need something different during their educational journey. We hope that you have enjoyed this look at GCS, and that you have seen and understood all that our teachers and staff members do to help the students at GCS grow and mature.

Here are just a few of the pictures that were taken over the semester:

Kindergarten

First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Sixth Grade

Seventh Grade

Eighth Grade

Freshmen

Sophomores and Juniors

Seniors

From Pre-K and kindergarten to 12th grade, our staff focuses on living out the mission of Goshen Community Schools for all of our students: Inspiring Innovation…Empowering Potential…Enriching our World. We want each student in our care to feel that they are in the exact, best place for them to learn, to grow, and to be successful well after the day that they leave our school system.

Our staff works hard to stay on the cutting-edge of all that public education has to offer, by scheduling quality professional development within each school building each week. Additionally, teachers and administrators travel across the country to keep abreast of new programming and to collaborate with leaders in education. Our staff does all of this so that we may offer the most innovative programs available, and so that we can meet the needs of all learners.

After visiting classrooms throughout the district, we think that you would find truth in the fact that at GCS our number one value is that “Relationships Matter”. Our teachers genuinely care about their students, and they do whatever they can to help students be successful, in academics and in life.

Each year, we send our seniors out into society, knowing that they will truly enrich our world. We have living proof! Our graduates are doctors, teachers, plumbers, scientists, nurses, electricians, social workers, managers, accountants, policemen and women, administrative assistants, manufacturing technicians, physical therapists, chefs, business owners, professional musicians, construction workers, firemen, lawyers, coaches, IT specialists, paralegals, mechanics, travel agents, marine biologists, wastewater operators, EMTs, software developers, yoga instructors, and so much more!

At GCS, our goal is for all of our students to grow and mature during their educational years with us, so that they are ready for whatever their futures may hold. So if your kindergarten student (like the one below) is just learning how to properly greet people and how to be a part of the school community, or if your senior is one of the speakers at graduation (pictured below); please know that GCS values your student(s) and is working hard to help them learn, grow, and succeed!

“Dreams grow if you grow.”  Zig Ziglar

Chamberlain Craft Night a Big Success

Below are pictures of Chamberlain artists as they participated in the Chamberlain Family Craft Night. According to Parent Liaison Delia Murillo, “Everyone went home last night with smiles on their faces and feeling very proud of what they created….Thank You to everyone who helped. Without your support we would not be able to host these events. Great Job, Crew!”

                                   

Board Member Jane Troup’s Retirement Reception-Dec. 10

Jane Troup, a member of the Goshen Community Schools Board of School Trustees for 24 years, will retire at the end of her current term (December 31, 2018).

GCS Administrators and the Board of School Trustees will honor Mrs. Troup by holding a community reception in her honor.  The reception will be held at 5:00 p.m. in the GCS Administration Center Board Room located at 613 E. Purl St., Goshen on December 10th, prior to the 6:00 p.m. board meeting. 

As a graduate of Goshen High School, Mrs. Troup has continued to support all Goshen schools, to serve the greater Goshen community, and has been a true advocate for public education.

Jane was first elected to the Board of School Trustees in 1994. She has served in many capacities on the Goshen board, including 1 year as treasurer, 11 years as secretary, 4 years as vice president, and 4 years as president. Additionally, she has also served on many district committees, including Athletic Council, the Board Policy Committee, the Facility Task Force, and the Legislative Committee.

In addition to her roles with the Goshen school board, Jane also served as the President of the Indiana School Board Association and has faithfully attended Indiana School Board Association and National School Board Association annual conferences, meetings and seminars over the years to stay up-to-date with current educational trends, legislation, data, and research.

Jane was honored this past year at the Indiana School Board Association conference when she was awarded the Outstanding Boardmanship Award. Additionally, she has been awarded the Ernestine M. Racline Community Leadership Award, which is presented by First Source Bank each year to an influential community member.

Goshen Schools has appreciated Jane’s continued willingness to read, research, and learn more about education, to advocate for GCS students and staff members, and to commit herself to twice-monthly school board meetings for so many years!

Please join GCS in thanking Mrs. Troup for her service, by attending the reception in her honor on December 10th.

Triple P Seminar/al Seminario Triple P

All parents and guardians of Goshen elementary school students are invited to the Triple P seminar, Raising Resilient Children, on Tuesday, December 4th, at Chandler Elementary School.  The seminar will be from 6:30pm to 8:00 pm and will be presented in English and Spanish in separate rooms. It is a free event and childcare is provided. If you have any questions, please call Alison Romero at 533-5085.

Todos los padres de familia y tutores de estudiantes de primaria de la Corporación Escolar de Goshen están invitados al seminario Triple P, llamado “Criando niños capaces de adaptarse”, el martes, 4 de diciembre en la primaria Chandler. El seminario será de las 6:30 p.m. a las 8:00 p.m. y será presentado en inglés y en español en salones separados. Es un evento gratuito y proveeremos cuidado de niños. Si tiene preguntas, por favor llame a Alison Romero al 533-50-85.

Board Recognition for 11-26-18

Last night the School Board recognized teachers for their students’ achievement. Assistant Superintendent Tamra Ummel introduced the teachers whose students earned the highest achievement and growth scores according to the Indiana Department of Education testing reports.

Todd Williams, Math teacher at GMS last year, Master Teacher at Chamberlain this year.

Kelly Shoup Hill, English teacher at GMS.

Molly Kaufman, a 6th grade teacher at GMS.

Sarah M. Yoder, 4th grade teacher at Waterford.

Jan Lengacher, 5th grade teacher at Waterford

Carrie Markham, 5th grade teacher at West Goshen.

Courtney Drake, taught 4th grade at West Goshen last year.