Former Football Practice Field-New Bus Lot

Construction crews are putting the finishing touches on the new GCS bus parking lot this week, in preparation for the start of school next week. Bus parking will now be located in the area of the former football practice field, an area which was lost to the state due to the rerouting of U.S. 33.

Some of the buses will be parked right next to the GHS baseball field.

Electrical has been installed so that the buses can be plugged in/kept warm during the cold winter months.

The U.S. 33 project started the process that led to the new field turf that was installed on Foreman Field last summer. The turf surface allows for practices to be held on the game field, without the usual wear and tear that can occur on a natural surface. Additionally, the new turf allows for the coaches and players to practice without having to cross U.S. 33!

The field turf; still an awesome sight!

Due to the work on the new parking lot, the buses were moved around over the summer, as maintenance staff completed usual service and inspections normally scheduled for the summer months. At times, buses were kept in the GHS parking lot, on the band practice field, by the administration center, and by the GCS warehouse.

It has been a busy summer, with many projects and facility updates. But, the bus lot will be ready, and the GCS buses will roll out of the new compound on August 4th ready to start a new school year!

GCS Back to School Events

August 2, Chamberlain Elementary, Back to School Night, Kindergarten at 5:00 p.m., Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 at 6:00 p.m.

August 2, Prairie View Elementary, for NEW students-Meet Prairie View Night, light meal from 5:30-6:00 p.m., parent meeting from 6:00-6:30 p.m., visit classrooms from 6:30-7:00 p.m.

August 2, Waterford Elementary, Meet and Greet, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

August 2, Goshen Middle School, 6th grade Transition Night, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

August 3, Chandler Elementary, Meet and Greet, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

August 3, Model Elementary, Meet and Greet, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

August 3, Prairie View Elementary, Back to School Night, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

August 3, Parkside Elementary, Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd Grade Orientation, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

August 3, West Goshen Elementary, Back to School Night, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

August 3, Goshen High School, Freshmen and New Student Orientation, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

August 4, First day of school

August 7, Goshen Middle School, 7th & 8th Grade Parent Open House, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

August 8, Parkside Elementary, 5th Grade Orientation, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

August 10, Parkside Elementary, 3rd & 4th Grade Orientation, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The administrators, teachers, and staff are looking forward to a great 2017-18 school year! We look forward to welcoming families back to our buildings for open house activities, and then to seeing our students on the first day of school, August 4th.

Boys and Girls Club Information

The Goshen Boys and Girls Club is a wonderful partner to Goshen Community Schools and an excellent resource for our students. The Boys and Girls Club is currently closed to get ready for the school year, but they will reopen to all club members on the first day of classes for Goshen schools, Friday, August 4th.

As you’re getting your child ready for the new school year, don’t forget the many opportunities available to children at the Boys & Girls Club of Goshen! Parents may download and read the Parent Handbook early if they choose, as there are some changes this year that parents will need to be aware of before children can attend the Club. Click on the following link to preview the handbook: http://bgcelkhartcounty.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Parent_Handbook_Information_2017.pdf

Also from the Club website:

Club Information

During the school year, the Boys & Girls Club of Goshen is open Monday-Friday beginning at the end of the school day. The Club is available to kids from age 6 through 18 (1st Grade through Senior in high school). The age requirements vary from Club to Club so check if your children will be attending a different Club.

During the School Year

The Club facilities close at 8:00 pm each day. However, various age-specific programs and Club areas close earlier than 8:00 pm depending on the ages of Club members. For more information on hours of operation, please call the Club at (574) 533-4793.

Every member of the Goshen Club is able to enjoy a nutritious snack and hot supper every day, Monday through Friday. Special thanks to the Indiana Department of Education’s Child and Adult Care Food Program for providing funding for this effort.*

Early Bird Program

Members of the Club’s Early Bird Program (even during the summer) may arrive at the Club beginning at 6:30 am. There is a small fee for Early Bird Participation.

Click on the following link to download a Club enrollment form: http://bgcelkhartcounty.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/2017Summer-Program-Registration-Form-Goshen.pdf

If you have any questions, you may call the Goshen Boys and Girls Club at 533-4793. Thank you to the Boys and Girls Club of Elkhart County for providing such a welcoming place for our students!

7-24-17 School Board Recognition

Student recognition:

Academic All-State: Jordan Nemeth—Softball and Charlie Collins—Baseball

All-State: Rummel Johnson—Track and Field, High Jump. Rummel was also invited to play in the North/South All-Star Football game in July.

Dr. Woodworth, Jordan Nemeth, Charlie Collins, Rummel Johnson, Felipe Merino

New staff appointment:

Mrs. Dolores Pfenning was approved as the new EL Director for the school district. Mrs. Pfenning has been employed at Goshen Community Schools since 2005, working as an EL instructor, career teacher, mentor teacher, and program director. Dr. Woodworth noted that Mrs. Pfenning’s personal experiences as an EL learner, her teaching experiences across multiple grade/school levels, and her credentials provide a solid background for her in this new role.

Dolores Pfenning

School Board Meeting Information

GCS is using new software for the electronic school board agenda, called BoardDocs. The school board meeting information, upcoming agendas, and minutes are still in the same location on the GCS website (www.goshenschools.org) under the About GCS tab, and then under GCS School Board Meetings, Agendas, and Minutes. However, there is now a drop down menu with two choices: 2017-18 Meetings and Archived Meetings.

All board meeting minutes from July 10, 2017 forward will be displayed in the BoardDocs software, under the 2017-18 Meetings tab.

The GCS school board meets in the Administration Center board room on Monday nights (typically the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month) at 6:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted on the board agenda. Parents, students, families, and community members are welcome to attend school board meetings to learn more about Goshen schools.

Education Day at the Fair

The Elkhart County 4-H Fair will host Education Day on Friday, July 21st.

On Education Day, all students can get into the 4-H fair at no cost them, just by showing their 2016-17 school ID! College students are also included in the promotion. Students can get into the fair free until 3:00 p.m., after that time students will be charged for admission. Students must enter at the Main gate. There will be displays from local colleges, educational things for them to do (including drones that they can fly!), and local high school groups (including some from GHS) will also perform throughout the day.

If you have questions, you may call the Fair office at 574-533-3247.

Substitute Teachers Needed

Goshen Community Schools is looking for substitute teachers for the upcoming school year. If you are interested in subbing, we invite you to review the following procedural information.

Goshen Community Schools uses WillSub PCMI Staffing Services to arrange for substitute teachers. WillSub will hold a meeting to sign up for subbing in the Goshen schools at the GCS Administration Center, located at 613 E. Purl St. Goshen, on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. This meeting, which will include orientation, training, and signing up to sub, will last from 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. To register for the meeting, please visit www.pcmiservices.com and click on the registration link under Upcoming Sub Orientations.

Below is a list of items you will need to bring to the meeting:

  • Your personal email address and password
  • 3 reference names with valid emails
  • Banking information for direct deposit
  • Copy of “official” college transcripts or teaching license, if applicable
  • Credit or debit card
  • Copy of your valid IDs for employment verification (I-9 form). These can include: Passport OR drivers license and social security card OR drivers license and birth certificate.

The daily rate of pay is dependent upon a person’s level of education, and all subs must have a minimum of a high school diploma.

We look forward to meeting you! If you have questions, you may call GCS at 574-533-8631, or WillSub at 877-855-7264.

Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) and GCS

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.

While Triple P is relatively new to Elkhart County, this program has been helping parents across the globe for more than 30 years. School counselors and parent liaisons at the majority of GCS schools are now able to provide individual support to parents, as well as host seminars that give parents invaluable strategies to both prevent problem behaviors with their children, as well as learn positive and effective ways to manage challenges when they do occur.

Starting this fall, parents can attend free 90-minute seminars for parents of young children or teens across the school district or call their child’s school for individual support.

To see a calendar of upcoming seminars and workshops across the county, visit www.TriplePElkhartCounty.org or call Triple P’s bilingual phone line at 574-226-0160 with any questions.

Below are photos from a recent Chandler Triple P seminar:

Leon Bauman, School Counselor

Alison Romero, EL Parent Liaison

Goshen Bus Drives a Daily Route, in Guatemala!

The picture below was shared with Goshen Community Schools by Bruce Wright, a retired middle school teacher who worked for the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation:

He was on a mission trip to Panajachel, Guatemala and saw the bus go rolling by!  Goshen’s once-owned bus is now part of a public transportation route throughout the city.  According to Bruce, the guide said that when used school buses are purchased from U.S. school corporations, they often make their journey through Mexico loaded with passengers and freight to their final destination.

When our GHS students graduate, many continue their educations or accept positions throughout this country or across the globe. And now we know that some of our former “things” are apparently also finding their way to distant destinations!