WNIT to Offer New PBS Kids Channel (info. links in this post)

WNIT is all set to offer a new service on their station, which will help prepare future students for kindergarten! At 7:00 p.m., Monday, June 24th, WNIT will launch their 3rd channel, the 24/7 PBS Kids Channel.

“We know many young children either do not attend pre-school, or attend one that is not at the 3/4 rating that defines a “quality program.”  We want every child to attend a quality pre-school program. In the absence of that, WNIT will now provide the 24/7 PBS Kids Channel to offer a full-time educational alternative to the commercial kids’ channels which exist to sell “stuff” to children.

This new channel is available from a home antenna at 34.3 and will be available on most cable systems.  AT&T U-Verse, and the satellite services, DirecTV and DISH will, unfortunately, not carry the channel.

In addition to the television broadcast, the PBS Kids Channel on WNIT will also be fully live-streamed with related on-line games to enhance and extend the learning experience.

Greg Giczi, President & General Manager, WNIT Center for Public Media

Here are links to two videos promoting the new channel:



Need more information or materials?  Please contact Jamal Henry (jhenry@wnit.org).

GCS 2018-19 Energy Savings

Below is a chart that gives evidence to the hard work GCS staff members and students did to conserve energy and save the school corporation money in 2018-19. The scores and percentages of savings are not a competition between schools, because some schools host more events than others and some schools are more energy-efficient than others. However, GCS is working on long-range plans to make all the schools as energy-efficient as possible!

2019 Retirees Video

Last week during the annual end of year celebration we were all impressed with a video honoring this year’s retirees made by Brian Sapp, GMTV & GTV teacher. The video showcases our wonderful staff who have given so much of their lives to our schools and highlights the Goshen Middle School choir directed by Marilyn Mason singing their rendition of “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman.

GCS Named a U.S. Dept. of Ed. Green Ribbon School District

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that Goshen Community Schools in Goshen, IN is among the 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Awardees. 

The three Pillars of this award are:

Pillar One: Reducing environmental impact, such as waste, water, energy, greenhouse gases, and transportation, encompassing the areas of school facilities, grounds, and operations;

Pillar Two: Improving health and wellness by promoting a healthy physical environment (including aspects such as air quality, contaminant control, moisture control, acoustics, daylighting, pest management, and thermal comfort) and student and staff wellness practices (such as healthy school food and outdoors physical activity); and

Pillar Three: Offering effective environmental and sustainability education, including civic learning, green careers, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) connections.

Goshen Community Schools was nominated by the Indiana Department of Education, after review of Goshen’s application and qualifications. Highlights of Goshen qualifications for Pillar One include: Implementing an energy conservation program in 2009 with a full-time Energy Educator to lead the program; In 2012 the district received ENERGY STAR leader recognition; Since the inception of its energy conservation initiatives, GCS has achieved a cost avoidance of $4.4 million, representing a 25% savings on energy costs for the district; Two GCS schools have solar panels, Waterford Elementary has 1,173 solar panels, each with 260 watts of capacity for a total system size of 304,980 watts, and Goshen High School has 1,242 solar panels, each with 260 watts of capacity, for a total system size of 322,920 watts; High school students can access the data from the GHS solar array and use the information as part of their curriculum; The district has installed water-bottle filling stations to encourage students to bring their water bottles from home instead of buying bottles of water from the vending machines; Every school in the district has a purposeful recycling program which includes student involvement and education; and, Students and staff members use designated walkways and trails to walk and bike to school.

Goshen highlights for Pillar Two include: The custodial staff using eco-friendly cleaning solutions and microfiber cloths to reduce the use of chemical cleaners; When needed, the grounds crew uses fertilizer that is 2/3 organic; A coordinated school health committee addresses and evaluates ways to improve the health and wellness of students and staff; A health and wellness center for those on the school’s insurance, staffed by a physician, nurse practitioner, nurses, and medical assistants; Wellness screenings and health risk appraisals for all employees in each school/building each year; Free nutritious snacks are available during after-school hours to students in all grades attending any after-school activity; Middle School students planting, tending, and harvesting a community garden sponsored by Goshen Health; IU dental school comes to the elementary schools yearly to check the teeth of 2nd and 3rd graders and offer sealants as needed; Run the Halls, which encourages students to track their time and/or miles in after-school running and walking; and, GCS has used its purchasing power to advocate for healthier lunch options from vendors, showcasing local foods.

Pillar Three highlights include: The opportunities provided to students by local businesses and local government, to work on real-word sustainability problems and search for solutions; Through Greenpower, students have built an electric car; In conjunction with the City of Goshen, GHS students addressed sediment from stormwater runoff as a major cause of pollution in local waterways; GHS students designed prosthetics for a calf born with malformed hooves; At GHS, the development of a super-mileage car and a solar-powered automatic chicken coop door for a local veterinarian; Learning about marine life during the Spring Break Marine Biology trip to the Florida Keys; Participation in a carbon footprint reduction challenge; Partnering with Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College for field trips and study days; Partnering with Northern Indiana Public Service Company to provide every 5th grader with an energy-reduction kit as part of their curriculum; 8th graders partnering with the Elkhart County Soil and Water Conservation District which provides an outdoor learning day at the nearby Environmental Center and River Greenway Trail; and, The optional 8th grade trip to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, where students camp, hike, and explore the great outdoors.

According to GCS Superintendent Dr. Diane Woodworth, “This award is a great honor for GCS!  We are very pleased to receive this. The students and staff deserve the recognition, as much of the drive toward recycling and other environmentally friendly practices are from them. Our Energy Educator, Judy Miller, also deserves much credit as she is always working behind the scenes to keep our momentum going.”

Judy Miller, GCS Energy Educator said, “I’m so pleased that our district has been chosen to receive this coveted DOE Green Ribbon Schools distinction. There were so many components in this application that basically fit into the three required growth pillars of:  reducing environmental impact and costs; improving health and wellness; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education.  If it “takes a village” to raise a child, it certainly takes “a whole corporation” to educate a student.  We are being recognized with this distinction because of this “whole corporation” approach.  Our corporation is enhanced by an active community, our students, the Coordinated School Health Committee, our Green Team, the custodial and maintenance departments, teachers, administrators, school counselors, support staff, and school nutrition staff—all are essential participants in our approach to wellness, and growth as a healthy and sustainable organization.”

Across the country, 35 schools, 14 school districts, and four post-secondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education. Goshen Community Schools was among the 14 school districts recognized across the nation and was the only honoree in the State of Indiana.

The honorees were named from a pool of candidates nominated by 28 states. The selectees include 25 public schools, including three magnet schools and two charter schools, as well as 10 nonpublic schools. Thirty-six percent of the 2019 honorees serve a disadvantaged student body.

The list of all selected schools, districts, colleges, and universities, as well as their nomination packages, can be found here. A report with highlights on the 53 honorees can be found here. More information on the federal recognition award can be found here. Resources for all schools to move toward the three Pillars can be found here.

A huge THANK YOU to all members of the GCS community who help to make GCS an efficient, healthy, more sustainable place!


Community Conversation Follow-Up

GOSHEN, Ind. (May 17, 2019) — Goshen Community Schools and the City of Goshen’s Community Relations Commission (CRC) would like to offer our thanks to all who attended the Community Conversation at Goshen High School on April 25.  We appreciated everyone’s attendance, especially the students who participated and helped with interpretation. We applaud all of you for your willingness to sit down and talk with strangers.

Based on what was said at the evening’s wrap-up, we want you to know that we heard your desire for the community to DO something with community relations. Our joint committee (the CRC and GCS) will continue to meet and will plan more community conversations for the fall. Also, as promised, we have included a report (in both English and Spanish) from the conversations April 25. We hope you will find it helpful.

If you attended the event on April 25, please share with others about your experience, and encourage them to attend the conversations in the fall. If you were unable to participate on April 25, we invite you to attend the upcoming community conversations. The conversations will be open to all Goshen community members who want to learn more about others and who want to make Goshen the best community we can be, for EVERYONE. When we have dates set for the fall, the information will be released in the same manner that this information was released. Stay tuned!

With gratitude for Goshen,

Goshen Community Schools

The Community Relations Commission


Sharon Hernandez                                             Lori Martin
574-537-3883                                                    574-533-8631
communications@goshencity.com                    lmartin@goshenschools.org


Community Conversation Report      Community Conversation Report Spanish

GOSHEN, Ind. (17 de mayo, 2019) — Las Escuelas Comunitarias de Goshen y la Comisión de Relaciones Comunitarias de la Ciudad de Goshen (CRC) desean agradecer a todos los que asistieron a la Conversación Comunitaria en Goshen High School el 25 de abril. Apreciamos la asistencia de todos, especialmente de los estudiantes que participaron y ayudaron con la interpretación. Los aplaudimos a todos por su disposición a sentarse y hablar con extraños.

De acuerdo con lo que se dijo en la última sesión de esa noche, queremos que sepa que escuchamos su deseo de que la comunidad HAGA algo para ayudar las relaciones entre la comunidad/razas. Nuestro comité conjunto (la comisión y las escuelas) continuará reuniéndose y planeará más conversaciones con la comunidad para el otoño. Además, según lo prometido, hemos incluido un informe (en inglés y español) de las conversaciones del 25 de abril. Esperamos que le sea de utilidad.

Si asistió al evento el 25 de abril, comparta con otros sobre su experiencia y anímelos a asistir a las conversaciones en el otoño. Si no pudo participar el 25 de abril, lo invitamos a asistir a las próximas conversaciones de la comunidad. Las conversaciones estarán abiertas a todos los miembros de la comunidad de Goshen que quieran aprender más sobre los demás y que quieran hacer de Goshen la mejor comunidad que podamos ser, para TODOS. Cuando tengamos las fechas establecidas para el otoño, la información se dará a conocer de la misma manera que esta información se publicó. ¡Manténganse al tanto!

Con gratitud por Goshen,

Escuelas de la Comunidad de Goshen

La Comisión de Relaciones Comunitarias.


Sharon Hernández                                             Lori Martin

574-537-3883                                                    574-533-8631
communications@goshencity.com                    lmartin@goshenschools.org

“Spring Into Reading” Author Visit to Model Elementary

Author Suzanne Slade made an appearance at Model Elementary to speak about her book “Astronaut Annie”. The event highlighted the book’s selection to travel to the International Space Station.  The launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket happened on May 4, 2019 at 2:48am from Cape Canaveral, FL.  “Annie” rode in “Dragon”, the space pod delivering supplies to the ISS.  It made contact with the Space Station on May 6, 2019.  The launch is available for viewing at https://www.space.com/spacex-dragon-predawn-launch-landing-success-crs17.html.  Once docked on the station, an astronaut will read the book and a video recording of the reading will be posted on the website “Story Time From Space”, https://storytimefromspace.com/

For a video about the author visit, click here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dUo4WF9VOKZv0HQoOOr4YrOcnyg-oBNX/view?usp=sharing

Tami Hicks, Principal of Model Elementary, enjoyed hosting the presentation at the local Goshen school. Diane Woodworth, Superintendent of Goshen Community Schools, started the event by reading aloud “Astronaut Annie” to approximately 100 Kindergarten students on May 3, 2019.   Suzanne Slade followed the reading by a presentation of “Annie’s” international travel to make it to the Falcon 9 launch site.  She also spoke regarding the process of becoming an author, including a copy of her first story, written as a 1st grader at Parkside.  The event ended as Suzanne Slade completed an interactive reading of her story “Animals Are Sleeping” with the students.

Sharon Sarber, Volunteer Engagement Specialist for GCS, coordinated the event as part of the Read United program, “Spring into Reading”.  The program connects community volunteers with Kindergarten classrooms in Elkhart and Goshen Community Schools for read-alouds over a 4-week period.  The story was included in the program curriculum this year.

Read United is an initiative funded by United Way of Elkhart County in collaboration with both school districts.  “Real Men Read” and “Reading Camp” are two other volunteer-based programs within Read United.  For more information, please contact Sharon Sarber at ssarber@goshenschools.org or Diane Lucchese (ECS CARES Coordinator) at dianelcares@gmail.com.

Below: Diane Woodworth, Superintendent of Goshen Community Schools reads “Astronaut Annie” by Suzanne Slade to approximately 100 Kindergarten students at Model Elementary on May 3, 2019.

Below: From left to right, Suzanne Slade, Author, Diane Woodworth, Superintendent of Goshen Community Schools, and Sharon Sarber, Volunteer Engagement Specialist.  Suzanne Slade grew up in Goshen, and returned to talk with Kindergarten students at Model Elementary about her book, “Astronaut Annie” and followed the story’s recent travel to the International Space Station via the SpaceX rocket Falcon 9 from Cape Canaveral, FL.





Flooding-Plymouth Ave. Trail to GMS

The pathway along Plymouth Avenue that many GMS students use to get to and from school is reportedly “partially under water” at this time (according to the Goshen Parks and Recreation Staff). The river is still rising, so this will be an issue this afternoon, and most likely again tomorrow morning. The Parks & Rec. staff are trying to get a police officer out to the area at the end of the GMS school day, but that has not yet been confirmed.

Please avoid flooded areas if at all possible, and/or use extreme caution when moving through standing water.

The city is continuing to post updates regarding flooded areas within the city on their website at: https://goshenindiana.org/

Teacher Recruitment Event-April 26

On Friday, April 26, Goshen Schools will host a Teacher Recruitment Event from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in the Administration Center located at 613 E. Purl St. Goshen.

Preservice teachers and experienced teachers are welcome to attend! Learn more about opportunities within GCS and interview with Goshen Community Schools administrators for available positions in 2019-20.

Applications for Goshen Community Schools will only be accepted online. Please visit our website at http://www.goshenschools.org click on JOBS, and follow the directions.

Email Human Resources at hr@goshenschools.org to register.

Friday, April 26-Arbor Day Celebration/CELEBRACION DEL DIA DEL ARBOL

Friday, April 26-Arbor Day Celebration, 4:30-7:00 p.m., FREE to all ages

Schedule of Events

4:30-5:00: Songs performed by Elementary choirs

5:00-5:30: Award Presentations

5:30-7:00: Food, Fun, Games, Music, Tree Planting.

A family festival with a variety of events, entertainment and music. Join us for a spring evening packed full of fun! The event will take place indoors and outdoors at the Schrock Pavilion, 411 West Plymouth Avenue. Come out and celebrate Goshen’s trees! Trees are an important part of what makes Goshen an uncommonly great place to live. They contribute many essential services, and they especially make our city beautiful. Join us as we appreciate trees in our urban forest, from parks to your back yard.

Evening festivities include:

  • Food court (cash only)
  • Children’s activities, interactive booths, crafts, and hands-on demonstrations.
  • Songs by Chamberlain 3rd grade and Prairie View 2nd grade.
  • Special presentations & awards
  • Live music
  • Tree giveaway
  • Tree planting
  • Raffle
  • Tree climbing
  • Games
  • Live animals



Horario De Eventos

4:30-5:00: Chamberlain y Prairie View Actuaciones del coro

5:00-5:30: Presentacion de premios

5:30-7:00: Comida, Diversión, Juegos, Musica, Siembra de arboles.

Un festival familiar con variedad de eventos, entretenimiento y música. Ùnete con nosotros para una tarde de primavera llena de diversión. El evento se realizará dentro y fuera del Schrock Pavilion, 411 West Plymouth Avenue. ¡Venga y celebre los arboles de Goshen!  Los árboles son una parte importante de lo que hace Goshen un lugar sorprendente para vivir. Ellos contribuyen muchos servicios esenciales y hacen ver especialmente bella a nuestra ciudad. Ùnete con nosotros para apreciar nuestro bosque urbano, desde los parques hasta su patio trasero.

Las actividades de la tarde incluyen:

  • Plaza de comidas (pago solo en efectivo)
  • Actividades infantiles, incluyendo puestos interactivos con manualidades, demostraciones prácticas y actividades
  • Actuación especial del coro del Escolar.
  • Presentaciones especiales y premios
  • Música en vivo
  • Regalo de arboles
  • Siembra de arboles
  • Rifa
  • Trepar arboles
  • Juegos
  • Animales vivos


Growing Goshen Together/Creciendo Goshen Juntos

Growing Goshen Together is a series of conversations to be organized by Goshen Community Schools and the Community Relations Commission aimed at bringing community members together to learn from each other, and to gain new appreciation and understanding for others. We want the community members to reflect the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, and political beliefs that exist in our community.

As a part of this joint project, the two agencies will host a pilot community conversation on Thursday, April 25, 2019. Things learned from that pilot event would be used to design, propose, and implement a series of events in the fall of 2019.

If you would like to be a part of this exciting conversation, please contact Lori Martin at Goshen Schools by emailing lmartin@goshenschools.org or calling 574-533-8631 to RSVP and register your interest. To learn more and register online, go to: goshenindiana.org/GrowingTogether


Creciendo Goshen Juntos es una serie de conversaciones que serán organizadas por la Corporación Escolar de Goshen y le Comisión de Relaciones Comunitarias con el objetivo de reunir a los miembros de la comunidad, aprender entre todos y adquirir aprecio y comprensión por los demás. Aspiramos a que los miembros de la comunidad reflexionen sobre las magnitudes de raza, etnia, género, orientación sexual, estatus socioeconómico, edad, habilidades físicas, creencias religiosas y creencias políticas que existen en nuestra comunidad.

Como parte de este proyecto conjunto, las dos agencias organizarán una charla de prueba con la comunidad, el jueves, 25 de abril de 2019. Las cosas asimiladas de ese evento de prueba serán utilizadas para diseñar, proponer e implementar una serie de eventos en el otoño de 2019.

Cómo puedes involucrarte:

Si te gustaría ser parte de esta emocionante charla, comunícate con Lori Martin a la Corporación Escolar de Goshen, enviándole un correo electrónico a lmartin@goshenschools.org o llamando al 574-533-8631, para confirmar tu asistencia y registrarte. Para aprender más y registrarte en línea, visita goshenindiana.org/creciendojuntos.