GCS Statement on DACA

9/5/2017

GCS Statement Supporting our Students on DACA Status:

Today, President Trump announced that the DACA program will be discontinued, but also that there is a six month window that assures current DACA recipients that the earliest they could be affected is March 5, 2018. This allows the US Congress time to take official action and find a legislative solution, for which many US citizens are hoping.

GCS will continue to stand with and support all of our students, including students that have DACA status, as we always have. We will continue to provide all GCS students with an education that is excellent and world class, striving to prepare each and every one for the bright futures that they deserve.

Our desire is for all GCS Schools to be safe places for all students where they may express their hopes and fears about the world in which we live, and where they may find safety and solace in the care of loving adults and mentors. As always, if any students have concerns about any matter, we have counselors, nurses, parent liaisons, teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators in every building that genuinely care for our students and are ready to be of assistance. Please contact any of us if there is something you would like to share.

The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), which has an office in Goshen, will be hosting an informational meeting at Goshen College, held at College Mennonite Church, at 1900 S. Main Street, at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 7. All Goshen residents are invited to attend.

To schedule a legal consultation with NIJC please call 312-660-1370 or email nijcild@heartlandalliance.org, or consult other immigration specialists and attorneys.

-Diane Woodworth, Superintendent

-Dolores Pfenning, EL Director

 

5 de septiembre de 2017

Declaración de la Corporación Escolar de Goshen apoyando a sus alumnos con estatus DACA:

Hoy, el presidente Trump anunció que el programa DACA será descontinuado y también que hay una ventana de seis meses que asegura que los receptores actuales de DACA podrían ser afectados tan pronto como el 5 de marzo de 2018. Esto permite que el congreso de los Estados Unidos tome medidas oficiales y encuentre una solución legislativa que muchos ciudadanos estadounidenses esperan.

La Corporación Escolar de Goshen continuará apoyando a todos nuestros alumnos, incluyendo a los alumnos que tienen estatus DACA, como siempre lo ha hecho. Seguiremos proporcionándoles a todos los alumnos de la Corporación Escolar de Goshen una educación excelente y de clase mundial, esforzándonos por prepararlos a todos para que tengan el futuro brillante que merecen.

Nuestro deseo es que todas las escuelas de la Corporación Escolar de Goshen sean lugares seguros para todos los alumnos donde puedan expresar sus esperanzas y temores sobre el mundo en el que vivimos y donde puedan encontrar seguridad y consuelo bajo el cuidado de adultos y mentores amorosos. Como siempre, si algún alumno tuviera una preocupación sobre cualquier asunto, tenemos orientadores escolares, enfermeras, coordinadores bilingües de padres de familia, profesores, auxiliares docentes y administradores en todos los planteles escolares que realmente se preocupan por nuestros alumnos y están listos para servir de ayuda. Por favor, pónganse en contacto con cualquiera de nosotros en caso de querer comunicarnos algo.

El Centro Nacional de Justicia para Inmigrantes (NIJC, por sus siglas en inglés), el cual tiene una oficina en Goshen, organizará una reunión informativa en Goshen College la cual se llevará a cabo en la Iglesia College Mennonite Church, ubicada en la dirección 1900 S. Main Street, a las 6:00 p.m. del jueves 7 de septiembre. Todos los residentes de Goshen están invitados a asistir.

Para programar una consulta legal con el Centro Nacional de Justicia para Inmigrantes (NIJC), por favor llame al 312-660-1370;  envíe un correo electrónico a nijcild@heartlandalliance.org o consulte a otros especialistas y abogados de inmigración.

-Diane Woodworth, Inspectora Escolar

-Dolores Pfenning, Directora del Programa de Alumnos del Idioma Inglés

Community Survey/Encuesta de la comunidad

Community Survey

Goshen Community Schools and Goshen Health are working together to gather information from GCS parents and guardians in an effort to better serve the Goshen community. The survey, which will be available in both English and Spanish, will ask questions related to educational and community health services, to understand how to best serve the community.

The survey will be available on the GCS website by the second week of September, and may also be accessed on school computers during the fall Parent/Teacher conferences. Participants may choose to take the survey from their own phone, iPad, or computer, or on a school computer during Parent/Teacher conferences. Staff members will be available during conferences to assist in answering questions or with technical issues.

The schedule for fall Parent/Teacher conferences is:

Thursday, September 14, 2017 4:00-8:00 p.m. Goshen High School

Monday, September 18, 2017 4:00-8:00 p.m. Goshen Middle School

Monday, September 25, 2017 4:00-8:00 p.m. Goshen Middle School

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 4:00-8:00 p.m. All Elementary Schools

Thursday, October 12, 2017 4:00-8:00 p.m. All Elementary Schools

Goshen Community Schools and Goshen Health appreciate the cooperation and willingness of community members who take the time to complete the survey and provide valuable feedback. Both organizations will use this information as they plan for future needs in the Goshen community.

 

Encuesta de la comunidad

La Corporación Escolar de Goshen y Goshen Health están colaborando para recopilar información de los padres de familia y tutores de GCS en un esfuerzo por servir mejor a la comunidad de Goshen. La encuesta, que estará disponible en inglés y español, hará preguntas relacionadas con los servicios educativos y de salud de la comunidad, para de esta manera entender cómo servir mejor a la misma.

La encuesta estará disponible en el sitio Web de la Corporación Escolar de Goshen en la segunda semana de septiembre. Así mismo, se podrá tener acceso a ella desde las computadoras de las escuelas durante las juntas de padres de familia y profesores de otoño. Los participantes pueden optar por tomar la encuesta en su propio teléfono, iPad o computadora, o en una computadora de la escuela durante las juntas de padres de familia y profesores. Habrá miembros del personal disponibles durante las juntas para responder a sus preguntas o en caso de haber problemas técnicos.

El horario de las juntas de padres de familia y profesores de otoño es el siguiente:

Jueves, 14 de septiembre de 2017, de 4:00 a 8:00 p.m. en Goshen High School

Lunes, 18 de septiembre de 2017, de 4:00 a 8:00 p.m. en Goshen Middle School

Lunes, 25 de septiembre de 2017, de 4:00 a 8:00 p.m. en Goshen Middle School

Martes, 10 de octubre de 2017, de 4:00 a 8:00 p.m. en todas las escuelas primarias

Jueves, 12 de octubre de 2017, de 4:00 a 8:00 p.m. en todas las escuelas primarias

La Corporación Escolar de Goshen y Goshen Health aprecian la cooperación y la voluntad de los miembros de la comunidad que se toman el tiempo de completar la encuesta y proporcionar valiosa información. Ambas organizaciones utilizarán esta información para planear las necesidades futuras de la comunidad de Goshen.

August 28 Board Recognition

The school board recognized members of two Strategic Planning sub-committees on Monday night; Communications/marketing and Resource Utilization. GCS staff members who served on the committees included:

Communications/marketing committee: Amanda Herrera, Barry Younghans, Bill Born, Brian Bechtel, Brian Sapp, (Brock Maust), Delia Murillo, Diane Woodworth, Jared Leaman, JJ  Dubois, Josh Snyder, Lisa Herschberger, Lori Martin, Megan Eichorn, Ryan Miller, and Tammy Ummel

Resource Utilization: Aimee Schade, Alan Metcalfe, Andy Brubaker, (Angela Piazza), Barry Younghans, Bill Born, Cathy DeMeyer, Cheryl Williams, Diane Woodworth, Eliana Medrano, Jan Baker, Lori Line, Lori Martin, Marci Husek, Regina Goodman, Tami Hicks, Tammy Ummel, Tony Kridler, and Virginia Munoz

How Well Do You Know GCS?

How well do you know GCS? The history, what is happening now, or what the plans are for the future? To see how well our followers know GCS, we will be posting trivia questions to test your knowledge and have a little fun.

The first question will post today at 3:45 p.m. There will also be questions posted on Thursday and Friday at 3:45 p.m. The first person to respond with the correct answer (either on Twitter, facebook, or by calling 574-533-8631 ext. 2011) will receive a free movie pass to Linway Cinema. Just in time for the holiday weekend!

This week’s questions will focus on the history of Goshen Community Schools. Stay tuned, Goshen!

Railroad Closure: Update

The City received notice this afternoon that the railroad’s plans have changed once again.  They are not closing the Madison Street railroad crossing right now, and they are moving up the closures of the other street.

On Friday, August 18, Norfolk plans to close the following railroad crossings:

  • Plymouth Avenue
  • Burdick Street, and
  • Several private drives at the college

On Monday, August 21, their plan is to close the crossings at:

  • Jefferson Street, and
  • Beaver Lane

Stay up-to-date by following the City of Goshen’s facebook page at: www.facebook.com/CityOfGoshen

Maple City Multicultural Festival

Maple City Multicultural Festival

WHEN: Saturday, August 26th, 12 – 6 p.m.

¿CUANDO? Sábado, 26 de agosto, 12 – 6 p.m.

 

WHERE: Rogers Park, 102 Chicago Avenue, Goshen, Indiana

¿DÓNDE? Rogers Park, 102 Chicago Avenue, Goshen, Indiana

 

FEATURING/PRESENTANDO:

Dos Hermanos Band · Esclavitud Norteña · Nayo Ulloa · Nicole Williams Drum Circle · Burgundy – Abraham Medellin · Idris Busari · Kevin Illusionz · GHS Music Students · Sonido Sonico · Isaac Williams

 

SCAVENGER HUNT

The first 50 students (Pre K – 5th grade) who fill out their “passports” will receive a free t-shirt.

BUSQUEDA DE TESOROS

Los primeros 50 estudiantes (Pre K – 5th grado) que llenen sus “pasaportes” recibirán una camiseta gratis.

 

BASKETBALL SKILLS CLINICS, Provided by Coach Wohlford and GHS team

KINDER – 4TH 2:00 – 3:00

5TH – 8TH 3:00 – 4:00

HS – ADULT 4:00 – 5:00

PRACTICA DE BASQUETBOL, Dirigido por el Entrenador Wohlford y el Equipo Varonil de GHS

KINDER – 4TH 2:00 – 3:00

5TH – 8TH 3:00 – 4:00

HS – ADULTOS 4:00 – 5:00

 

CUISINE

El Salvadorian, Palestinian, Ethiopian, Tanzanian, Guatemalan, Ukrainian, Indian, Mexican . . . and more

COMIDA

Salvadoreña, Palestina, Etíope, Tanzania, Guatemalteca, Ucraniana, Hindú, Mexicana . . . y mas

 

SPONSORS/PATROCINADORES

Abogado Felipe Merino

Faubian Plumbing Heating & AC

Goshen College CIIE

Goshen Community Relations Commission

Goshen Family Physicians

Goshen Parks Department

Gutierrez Bakery

Heart City Health Center

Interra Credit Union

La Boutique

LaCasa, Inc.

Mulroy Family Insurance

Radio Horizonte

The Electric Brew

Triple P-Positive Parenting Program-For Every Parent

Parenting is the most rewarding job many of us will ever have. It can also be the most challenging! Recognizing parents need support to know how to handle both everyday behaviors like tantrums, disobedience and bedtime struggles, as well as more intensive parenting concerns, Goshen Community Schools teamed up with Triple P – Positive Parenting Program – to make parenting support readily available in this community.

Goshen Hospital, located at 200 Park Ave. Goshen, is now providing support for parents. The Triple P-Positive Parenting Program is one of the world’s most effective parenting programs, used in over 25 countries. It is one of the only parenting programs based on evidence from ongoing scientific research. Triple P is designed to give parents the skills they need to raise confident, healthy children and to build stronger family relationships.

The Triple P Seminar is for parents of children ages 13-16 years old. Classes are free and space is limited. Sign up today!

Positive parenting help for:

  • Raising Responsible Teenagers-August 17, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Raising Competent Teenagers-September 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Getting Teenagers Connected-November 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Triple P Discussion Groups are for parents of children up to 12 years old. Classes are free and space is limited. Sign up today!

Positive parenting help for:

  • Dealing with Disobedience-January 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Developing Good Bedtime Routines-February 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Managing Fighting and Aggression, March 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Hassle-free Shopping with Children, April 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

If you have questions, you may visit www.TriplePElkhartCounty.org or call Triple P’s bilingual phone line at (877) 566-4660. For more information, please call (574) 364-2582.

Atención: Si hable español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística. Llame al 1 (574) 364-1000 (TTY: 711 o llame al 1 (800) 743-3333 para comunicarse con Relay Indiana).

GCS Opening Day Message

Today marked the official start of the 2017-18 school year for Goshen Community Schools. Teachers and staff members were welcomed by administrators, GEA members, and GCS Human Resources staff.

After a breakfast in the newly updated GHS cafeteria/kitchen, teachers had the opportunity to hear from staff and outside vendors about things such as retirement accounts, student loan solutions, the GCS health and other insurance benefits, computer systems in use at GCS, and Indiana Public Retirement Services.

At 10:30 a.m., everyone gathered in the GHS auditorium. Dr. Woodworth welcomed returning staff members back to school, and gave an official welcome to those who were new to GCS. She introduced board members in attendance, Jane DeVoe, Keith Goodman, and José Elizalde, and also two new administrators, Steve Hope, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education, and Greg Beachey, Food Service Director.

Dr. Woodworth then introduced Bill Reith from United Way of Elkhart County. Mr. Reith presented plaques to each of the schools for the work they do as educators, and for partnering with United Way to improve the lives of people in Goshen.

Next Dr. Woodworth introduced the featured guest speaker, Kathy Nimmer. Ms. Nimmer is an English teacher at William Henry Harrison High School in West Lafayette, IN. She was named the 2015 Indiana Teacher of the Year, and was also a finalist for the National Teacher of the Year.

(Pictured here, in her school.)

Ms. Nimmer asked the staff “What would it look like if you took a pledge of allegiance for the school year ahead, to your school?” She said that there would be some questions to ask, and she named those questions:

Who? She stated that the “who” was reflected by everyone in attendance, and she asked them to consider “Who has touched your life? Who influenced you?” Ms. Nimmer shared her story, about learning in elementary school that she had a degenerative disease which would cause her to lose her sight. She shared that upon returning to her school after learning of her diagnosis, her teacher sat her down and helped her to catch up on her school work. “I knew then that learning would always save me. No matter what, I could always learn. And from that moment on, I knew I wanted to be a teacher.” She noted that “whoever inspired you to be here has given you something, and that something is what your students need from you.”

What? What, exactly, are we pledging? “We are pledging to bring the best of ourselves.” She added that each of us has a different best, but that “there is a bounty of gifts sitting here today in all of you, available for your students”. She encouraged everyone to “be a person who takes the risk, who does more than what the teacher’s contract says is necessary”.

When? “When should we bring our best? When we feel like it? When we’ve had a good night’s sleep?” She stated we should bring our best every single day. Every. Single. Day. “If a student needs you on a day that you are just not feeling it, you might miss an opportunity, an opportunity that could change a life.”

Where? “Where is this school pledge binding? Is it just in the classroom, or the hallway too? How about the teacher’s lounge?” She said that it is in the classroom, “and beyond”. She noted that it could be a conversation in the hallway, at an athletic event, or even in a Walmart that might make a difference with a student. So, we have to understand that any place we are as educators might be THE place for a student who needs us.

Why? This, she said, has nothing to do with the administrators, your school board, or your superintendent. The “why” is “because your students deserve it” and “students will need you in ways you cannot imagine”.

How? Ms. Nimmer said that this question was not as easy to explain. “How can we be expected to make this pledge and keep this pledge, when we have overcrowded classrooms, poverty, students from broken homes, etc.?” It may not be easy, “but we have to do it, no matter what. No matter what!”

At that point, Ms. Nimmer asked the staff to stand, put their right hands over their “caring hearts”, and take a pledge for the school year, “because your students are waiting for you.” According to her instructions, the staff read the following pledge three times, with growing enthusiasm and conviction.

Pledge of Allegiance for the school year ahead:

I pledge to bring the best of me every single day to the classroom and beyond, because our students deserve it…no matter what.

Our deepest thanks to Kathy Nimmer for an inspirational start to our school year! We will not soon forget the stories, examples of students and teachers, and the wise words that will inspire our hearts on long days.

Dr. Woodworth had also prepared something for the staff, but stated that she mostly wanted to leave the staff with Ms. Nimmer’s words and the theme for GCS this year (which was chosen before we knew what Ms. Nimmer’s message would be) Every One Matters.

Dr. Woodworth ended the meeting with one illustration:

How are the Children?

By Patrick T O’Neill

Among the most accomplished and fabled tribes of Africa, no tribe was considered to have warriors more fearsome or more intelligent than the mighty Masai. It is perhaps surprising, then, to learn the traditional greeting that passed between Masai warriors: “Kasserian Ingera,” one would always say to another. It means, “And how are the children?”

It is still the traditional greeting among the Masai, acknowledging the high value that the Masai always place on their children’s well-being. Even warriors with no children of their own would always give the traditional answer, “All the children are well.” Meaning, of course, that peace and safety prevail, that the priorities of protecting the young, the powerless, are in place. That Masai society has not forgotten its reason for being, its proper functions and responsibilities. “All the children are well” means that life is good. It means that the daily struggles for existence do not preclude proper caring for their young.

I wonder how it might affect our consciousness of our own children’s welfare if in our culture we took to greeting each other with this daily question: “And how are the children?” I wonder if we heard that question and passed it along to each other a dozen times a day, if it would begin to make a difference in the reality of how children are thought of or cared about in our own country.

I wonder if every adult among us, parent and non-parent alike, felt an equal weight for the daily care and protection of all the children in our community, in our town, in our state, in our country… I wonder if we could truly say without any hesitation, “The children are well, yes, all the children are well.”

What would it be like… if the minister began every worship service by answering the question, “And how are the children?” If every town leader had to answer the question at the beginning of every meeting: “And how are the children? Are they all well?” Wouldn’t it be interesting to hear their answers? What would it be like? I wonder…

These are the words and thoughts running through the minds of GCS staff members as they prepare for students. May we all continue to ask each other “And how are the children?”

#everyonematters