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Tell Us A Story

Last week we shared a few stories about GCS students and staff that were reported to us. The stories highlighted some pretty great things about the people who come to GCS every day to work and learn. The Goshen community also seemed to appreciate hearing about the good things happening in our school community.

So, if you have a positive story about a GCS student or staff member that you would like us to share with the wider Goshen community, please tell us! You may email Lori Martin at lmartin@goshenschools.org and she will pass your story along via the GCS website, Facebook, and Twitter.

When you see something beautiful in someone, tell them (and others!). The world needs more of that.  

Model(ing) Kindness

Submitted from a community member:  My wife had a great encounter at Model School today when she dropped off our grandson for school.  Knowing that you may hear more negative than positive stories, I asked my wife to write it out so I could forward it to you.  Here it is:

“We were a bit late to school, so I drove to the front of the school and took Elijah inside to get a late pass. When I came out, there was a van parked in front of school. The driver was standing there, looking puzzled. I told her I’d escort the two children inside and tell Mrs. Cox that they needed late passes, too. When I returned outside, the woman was still standing by the van, conferring with another woman. I discovered that the van had a flat tire. There were three preschoolers inside, one a two month old baby. Back inside I went, asking what to do. Mrs. Cox said to bring the kids inside, so the Grandma did that, one by one. I helped watch the kids while she carried them inside.

Now, the sweet part…..before I knew it, Mr. Gaskill (assistant principal)  was sitting with the three kids in the office, reading and conversing with them. All three were very calm. I stayed for a few more minutes to make sure that I wasn’t needed. When I left, the Grandma was making plans to leave the van where Mr. G said to park it. Triple A wouldn’t come to help, because they were not stranded out  in the cold. Mr. G was reading to the children and making plans to put car seats into his van and take them all back home. The scene was so touching that I felt emotional about it. That guy can do about anything. I’ve also  “caught” him cleaning snow off teachers’  windshields, and other random acts of kindness. I’m sure that the Grandma was very thankful for his presence.”


GHS Unified Dance Marathon-Saturday, Feb. 9

The Unified Dance Marathon, put on by IB students, National Honor Society, and the Student Council will be held tomorrow night (Saturday) from 6:00-11:00 p.m.! The event is open to the public, and the GHS students encourage families and community members to join in with the students for a fun night of dancing, games, and good food.

If you would like to know more about the Dance Marathon, or the Unified Athletic Teams for whom the students are raising funds, then all you have to do is turn on your TV! GHS students will be interviewed about the event on Saturday, Feb. 9th at 7:20 a.m. on WSBT Channel 22. We appreciate the invitation from WSBT’s Delaney Clark to have our students share more about the event.

Goshen Schools Closed Jan. 23/eLearning Day

Goshen Community Schools will be closed today (Wednesday, Jan. 23).

This will be an eLearning day. Students will have five school days to complete eLearning assignments. For further information on eLearning, please log into the Goshen Community Schools website at www.goshencommunityschools.org.

For elementary students who do not have their iPads at home, there are a couple of choices: Students may complete the assignments on other (home) devices, or they may take their devices home when we return to school, and they will have five days to complete eLearning assignments outside of the school day.

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 Unified Dance Marathon, Feb. 9-A Community Event

GHS IB students will host a Unified 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.)

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 GHS 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 Unified 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, 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. 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 do so!

The Unified 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!


Dr. Diane Woodworth


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:


First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Sixth Grade

Seventh Grade

Eighth Grade


Sophomores and Juniors


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