Model Video Updates

Mrs. Hicks will be making video updates to keep parents and caregivers informed on all the projects and activities going on at Model. You can view these updates videos on our website (https://model.goshenschools.org), our twitter (@ModelElementary), or our Facebook (@model.elementary).

Volunteers Needed for Reading Camp

VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED….
Goshen Community Schools will offer United Way Reading Camps to 20 children at each the following elementary schools: Chandler, Parkside, Model, Waterford, and West Goshen. Our Reading Camps connect 2nd grade students with an attentive, adult volunteer to practice their reading skills.

Reading Camps are held every Tuesday and Thursday for eight weeks (January 30 -March 22, 2018) after school from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Volunteer candidates may be people of all ages, who simply have a passion for helping children and a love of reading. Volunteers may commit to once a week, twice a week, or substitute on predetermined dates.

All volunteers will be given a limited background check and will participate in a training session to be held the last week of January. For more information, or if you are interested in being a volunteer, please contact Michelle Kercher (Coordinator of Volunteers) at mkercher@goshenschools.org or (574)-535-3086.

OUR BIGGEST NEEDS ARE AT WATERFORD, WEST GOSHEN (on Thursdays), and MODEL. 

Thank you for considering becoming a GCS volunteer!

Last Scheduled Comm. Mtg. re: Possible GCS Project-Dec. 12 at GMS

Goshen Community Schools will be hosting three public meetings to further explain the Strategic Planning Facilities Committee recommendation to the school board. Their recommendation was to proceed with building a new 5-8 Intermediate School on the school-owned property at SR 119 and Greene Road, and to convert the current Goshen Middle School to a 5-8 Intermediate School as well.

Please plan to attend one of the meetings listed below to learn more about the rationale that led to this recommendation and to give your input. There will be table group discussions held following the presentation in order to receive feedback from the public.

Meetings will be held at these locations and times:

Thursday, November 16, at 7:00 p.m. at the Model Cafeteria

Monday, December 4, at 7:00 p.m. at the Goshen High School Cafeteria

Tuesday, December 12, at 6:00 p.m. at the Goshen Middle School Cafeteria

 

La Corporación Escolar de Goshen llevará a cabo tres reuniones públicas para explicar más a fondo la sugerencia del comité de instalaciones de planeación estratégica a la mesa directiva. Su sugerencia fue la de proseguir con la construcción de una nueva escuela intermedia de 5º a 8º grado, en la propiedad escolar ubicada en SR 119 y Greene Road, y, de asimismo, convertir la actual secundaria Goshen Middle School en una escuela intermedia de 5º a 8º grado.

Por favor, asista a una de las reuniones enlistadas a continuación para enterarse mejor sobre el fundamento que condujo a dicha sugerencia y para dar sus sugerencias. Habrá una mesa redonda después de la presentación para poder recibir las sugerencias del público.

Las reuniones se llevarán a cabo en las siguientes locaciones y horarios:

Jueves, 16 de noviembre, a las 7 p.m. en la cafetería de Model

Lunes, 4 de diciembre, a las 7 p.m. en la cafetería de Goshen High School

Martes, 12 de diciembre, a las 6 p.m. en la cafetería de Goshen Middle School

United Way/GCS Winter Coat Give-Away, Donación de chamarras de invierno United Way y GCS

United Way and Goshen Community Schools Winter Coat Give-Away

If you need a coat for the winter or know someone who does, stop by the Goshen Schools Administration Building, 613 E Purl St from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM beginning December 6, 2017. If you are unable to come at the above times, call 971-4149 to arrange a time. We will be glad to help you!

Donación de chamarras de invierno United Way y Goshen Comm. Schools

Si necesita una chamarra para invierno o conoce a alguien que la necesite, vaya a la oficina administrativa de la corporación escolar de Goshen ubicada en la calle 613 E Purl St, de las 8:00 AM-4:00 PM Lunes a viernes empezando el 6 de diciembre de 2017. Si no pudiera venir en el horario anterior, llame al 971-4149 para fijar el momento. ¡Será un placer ayudarle!

 

School of One/Every 1 Matters

Today’s trivia question asked about a book written by GCS staff members approximately 12 years ago. The book Building a School of One: One School’s Journey was written by GHS Principal Jim Kirkton and GHS Assistant Principal Phil Lederach (with contributions from many GHS teachers). As stated in the front cover of the book, this was “Goshen High School’s efforts to increase rigor and support every student”.

The book was sold for $20.00, and all proceeds have gone to benefit students who do not have the resources to participate in the opportunities offered by GHS. There are still some books available at GHS for those who may be interested. For information or to purchase a book, you may contact GHS Principal Dr. Barry Younghans at byounghans@goshenschools.org

Information about the book: “This is a practitioner’s book with a message that teachers in our country ARE making a concerted effort to help students. This book shares the success and failures our staff experienced while walking through the murky waters of raising expectations for students through creating a personal environment for students in a school that is rapidly changing into a diverse, urban high school. Faced with the challenge and the strength of the largest English Language Learner population in Indiana, Goshen High School staff has been on a journey to improve the learning opportunities for our students. This book shares only some of the efforts we have made, but it does show how following a learning model, working in professional learning communities, and creating a small school climate for students plants the seeds for increasing academic rigor and ultimately, increased academic performance of students from all backgrounds and cultures. Building relationships with students and building relationships with teaching peers fuels the engine of our school.”

The original School of One concept continues at GHS today with Student Resource Time (SRT) built into the weekly schedule. SRT meets twice a week for 90 minutes (broken down into two sessions). SRT gives students opportunities to receive help with homework, to use resources in the media center, to make up tests or assignments they may have missed, to meet with their SRT teacher to go over their grades, to practice music in small groups or sections, and to provide time for clubs and other student organizations to meet. The goal of SRT is to ensure that every student feels supported and is offered every chance to be successful. For students who are busy in the evenings with extracurriculars such as athletics, music, or drama, SRT also provides time during the school day to work on assignments. Students stay with the same SRT teacher throughout their GHS career, ensuring that they have one person who knows them well, who monitors their academic work, who often supports them in their extracurricular activities, and who is there to embrace them as they walk off the graduation stage with their diploma. Because SRT is such an important part of GHS, and because GHS teachers are just so amazing, some retired GHS teachers have even come in on their own time to serve as a resource for students during SRT.

In addition to SRT and focused, continuing professional development opportunities for teachers, Dr. Younghans works hard to build relationships with students and staff, and to create a culture of caring and inclusivity that welcomes everyone to Goshen High School. And while this particular book focused on Goshen High School, the ideals have definitely been embraced and incorporated into all of the GCS school buildings.

At the opening day meeting for the 2017-18 school year, the GCS administrators presented the staff with a theme for the year, Every 1 Matters. The theme continues the School of One concept, and challenges all staff to do their best to support each other as they work together to help every student succeed. Our guest speaker for the day was 2015 Indiana Teacher of the Year Kathy Nimmer, and she asked the staff “What would it look like if you took a pledge of allegiance for the school year ahead, to your school?” She gave a speech that elicited episodes of both laughter and tears, but by the end everyone was inspired to start the school year and do their best for students. The staff took her Pledge of Allegiance for the school year, reading the following several times, with growing conviction: I pledge to bring the best of me every single day to the classroom and beyond, because our students deserve it…no matter what.

And that is why GCS is committed to every single student; why we believe that Every 1 Matters. We made a pledge to be here for every student, and no matter how hard it may be some days, our teachers and staff members are committed to making sure our students know we care about them and that we want each of them to be successful. That is why we are here!

Volunteers Needed for GCS/United Way 2nd Grade Reading Camps

Goshen Community Schools will again be offering United Way Reading Camps to 20 children at each of the following schools: Chandler, Parkside, Model, Waterford, and West Goshen. Our Reading Camps connect 2nd grade students with an attentive, adult volunteer, to practice their reading skills.

Reading Camps are held every Tuesday and Thursday for eight weeks (January 30 -March 22, 2018) after school from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Ideal volunteer candidates are people of all ages, who have a passion for helping children and a love of reading. Volunteers may commit to once a week, twice a week, or substitute on predetermined dates. We are looking for people who would be willing to spend one to two hours per week reading with a child. All volunteers will be given a limited background check and will participate in a training session to be held the last week of January. For more information, or if you are interested in being a volunteer, please contact Michelle Kercher (Coordinator of Volunteers) at mkercher@goshenschools.org or (574)-535-3086.


Next Community Mtg. Re: Possible Project, Dec. 4 at GHS

Goshen Community Schools will be hosting three public meetings to further explain the Strategic Planning Facilities Committee recommendation to the school board. Their recommendation was to proceed with building a new 5-8 Intermediate School on the school-owned property at SR 119 and Greene Road, and to convert the current Goshen Middle School to a 5-8 Intermediate School as well.

Please plan to attend one of the meetings listed below to learn more about the rationale that led to this recommendation and to give your input. There will be table group discussions held following the presentation in order to receive feedback from the public.

Meetings will be held at these locations and times:

Thursday, November 16, at 7:00 p.m. at the Model Cafeteria

Monday, December 4, at 7:00 p.m. at the Goshen High School Cafeteria

Tuesday, December 12, at 6:00 p.m. at the Goshen Middle School Cafeteria

 

La Corporación Escolar de Goshen llevará a cabo tres reuniones públicas para explicar más a fondo la sugerencia del comité de instalaciones de planeación estratégica a la mesa directiva. Su sugerencia fue la de proseguir con la construcción de una nueva escuela intermedia de 5º a 8º grado, en la propiedad escolar ubicada en SR 119 y Greene Road, y, de asimismo, convertir la actual secundaria Goshen Middle School en una escuela intermedia de 5º a 8º grado.

Por favor, asista a una de las reuniones enlistadas a continuación para enterarse mejor sobre el fundamento que condujo a dicha sugerencia y para dar sus sugerencias. Habrá una mesa redonda después de la presentación para poder recibir las sugerencias del público.

Las reuniones se llevarán a cabo en las siguientes locaciones y horarios:

Jueves, 16 de noviembre, a las 7 p.m. en la cafetería de Model

Lunes, 4 de diciembre, a las 7 p.m. en la cafetería de Goshen High School

Martes, 12 de diciembre, a las 6 p.m. en la cafetería de Goshen Middle School