Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age

Have you talked with your children about using technology in a responsible and healthy way? Start or continue the conversation with this special Goshen Community Schools presentation!  6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 The auditorium at Goshen Middle School, Admission is free! Child care is provided!

Are you worried that your child is too attached to their smartphone, computer, or video game console? Do you wonder about the effects of screen time at home, at school, and elsewhere on young lives and young brains? You are not alone! “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age” is a documentary film by physician Delaney Ruston. In the film, she explores how screen time affects childhood development by speaking to her own children as well as other families and experts around the world. She also offers solutions for adults to empower children and teens to build a healthy, positive relationship to technology.
A panel discussion will follow the showing of the film. Registration is preferred but not required. Register online now:

Let Triple P help you survive screens this summer!

Triple P — Positive Parenting Program — in Elkhart County has effective strategies all parents can use to help children have healthy relationships with screens and technology. There will be two presentations: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 24: Triple P Workshop on setting screen guidelines for teenage children (in English or Spanish) Register online here: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 1: Triple P Workshop on setting screen guidelines for pre-teen and young children (in English or Spanish) Register online here: Both programs will be at the Goshen Middle School cafeteria. Child care will be provided. Registration is preferred but not required. Questions? Call Triple P at 574-226-0160.


¿Ha hablado con sus hijos sobre el uso de la tecnología de manera responsable y segura? ¡Comience o continúe esta conversación con esta presentación especial de la Corporación Escolar de Goshen! El miércoles, 17 de abril, de las 6:30 a 8:30 p.m., en la biblioteca de Goshen Middle School. ¡La admisión a esta película es gratuita! ¡Se proporcionará servicio de cuidado de niños

¿Le preocupa que su hijo esté demasiado apegado a su teléfono inteligente, a su computadora o consola de videojuegos? ¿Se pregunta sobre los efectos del tiempo frente a la pantalla en el hogar, en la escuela y en otros lugares en las vidas y en los cerebros de los jóvenes?¡No está solo! “Screenagers: Creciendo en la era digital” es un documental de la doctora Delaney Ruston. En la película, ella explora cómo el tiempo frente a la pantalla afecta el desarrollo de la infancia hablándoles tanto a sus propios hijos, como a otras familias y expertos. También les ofrece soluciones a los adultos con el fin de capacitar a niños y adolescentes para construir una relación sana y positiva con la tecnología. La película será en inglés, pero tendrá subtítulos en español. Después de la película, tendremos una corta sesión en español, para contestar preguntas. Se recomienda que se registren, pero no es obligatorio. Regístrese en línea ahora:

¡Deje que Triple P le ayude a sobrevivir a las pantallas este verano!

El programa de crianza positiva (Triple P) del Condado Elkhart, tiene estrategias efectivas que todos los padres de familia pueden usar para ayudar a los niños a relacionarse de manera positiva con las pantallas y con la tecnología. Habrá dos presentaciones:
Miércoles 24 de abril, de 6:30 a 8 p.m.: Taller de crianza positiva sobre cómo establecer pautas respecto a las pantallas para adolescentes (en inglés o español) Regístrese en línea aquí: Miércoles, 1º de mayo, de 6:30 a 8 p.m.: Taller de crianza positiva sobre cómo establecer las pautas respecto a las pantallas para preadolescentes y niños pequeños (en inglés o español) Regístrese en línea aquí:  Ambos programas se llevarán a cabo en la biblioteca de Goshen Middle School. Se proporcionará servicio de cuidado de niños. Se recomienda que se registre, pero no es obligatorio. ¿Preguntas? Llame a Triple P al 574-226-0160.





Discover how game, play and movement support your child’s learning. Brain research provides a definitive connection between effective learning and play. Learn how parents can help their children with practical and simple games for all ages.

MARCH 18th, 2019  from 6:00PM-8:00PM at GOSHEN HIGH SCHOOL in the CAFETERIA. For more information call the EL Parent Liaison of your school.

Free event. Snacks. A prize for each family. Games, crafts, and community resources information. Join us!!

5ta conferencia para padres

Unidos para Triunfar


Descubra como el juego y el movimiento ayudan a su hijo a aprender mejor. Investigaciones del cerebro proveen una conexión definitiva entre el aprendizaje efectivo y el juego. Aprendan como pueden ayudar a sus hijos con juegos prácticos y sencillos para todas las edades.

18 DE MARZO DE 2019,  6:00PM-8:00PM, CAFETERÍA DE GOSHEN HIGH SCHOOL. Llame a la asesora familiar de su escuela para más información.

Es un evento gratuito. Premios para todas las familias. Alimentos ligeros. Mesas informativas. No se lo pierda!


Kelley Kitchen Awarded 2019 School Business Official of the Year

Mrs. Kitchen joined the Goshen Community Schools staff in August of 2017, and brought to the job many years of experience as a school business official and a wealth of knowledge about how school financing works. In addition, because of her school finance background, Mrs. Kitchen is often a presenter at Indiana Association of School Business Officials (IASBO) conferences. 

The IASBO Awards program was created by the IASBO Board of Directors to honor members who have been exemplary in the field of school business management with the Treasurer of the Year, School Business Official of the Year, and School Support Professional of the Year Awards. The program honors thirty IASBO members each year on a regional basis, with ten honorees from each category. The IASBO Awards Committee designates the overall Treasurer, School Business Official and School Support Professional of the Year recipients.

2019 School Business Official of the Year:

Region 1  Rob James, Director of Business Services, Lake Central

Region 2  Kelley Kitchen, Executive Director of Finance, Goshen

Region 3  Barbara Fought, Treasurer, East Noble

Region 4  Carol Deardorff, CFO, Kankakee Valley

Region 5  Michelle Cronk, Director of Business, Kokomo

Region 6  Karen Scalf, CFO, Richmond

Region 7  Greg Linton, Superintendent, Cloverdale

Congratulations to Kelley Kitchen, the IASBO 2019 School Business Official of the Year for Region 2!

Tamra Ummel Named CEC Administrator of the Year

Mrs. Tamra Ummel, GCS Assistant Superintendent-Human Resources & Professional Development, was recently named the Indiana Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Administrator of the Year. According to the CEC website: “The recipient of this award is an administrator who (1) has demonstrated his/her knowledge, skill and sensitivity in advancing the opportunities, life potential, and achievement of children and/or adults with disabilities, (2) often goes above and beyond what is normally expected in his/her profession, and (3) serves as a role model and inspiration to his/her students, teachers, and community.”

There are over 300 members in the Indiana CEC, a professional organization for Special Education educators, and Mrs. Ummel was nominated by a CEC peer/member from a school district in southern Indiana. All nominations from across the state go to the members of the CEC executive board, who then make a decision regarding who should be named the Administrator of the Year from among all the nominations.

Mrs. Ummel was the Director of Special Education Services at Warsaw Community Schools before coming to GCS in 2009. Mrs. Ummel has served the GCS district as Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education, and most recently as the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources and Professional Development; though she has continued to be an advocate for good services for students with special needs throughout her career.

According to Anthony England, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services at Elkhart Community Schools and President of the Indiana CEC, “Mrs. Ummel has been a leader in the field of Special Education for many years, and has been very active in the North Central Education Cooperative. We are honored to give her this award, as she is very highly regarded around the state. Additionally, Mrs. Ummel is someone who is always seen as a friend to students with special needs.”

Congratulations, Mrs. Ummel! Thank you for advocating for all GCS students!!

GCS Foundation “Major Saver” Fundraiser, March 6-21

GCS elementary and middle school students will be selling “Major Saver” discount cards from March 6-21, 2019 to benefit the Goshen Community Schools Foundation. The GCS Foundation is a privately-funded educational grant program that strives to improve the innovation and creative experiences of GCS students. Founded in 2008 by several GCS alumni, the Foundation has been able to raise more than $83,000 towards this effort.

The Major Saver cards cost $15.00, and the business discounts are valid through March 1, 2020. The area businesses that are offering discounts through this Major Saver card include: Chili’s, McDonald’s, Universal Tamal, Maple City Bowl, The Electric Brew, Jiffy Lube, Goshen Brewing Co., Culver’s, Papa John’s, CiCi’s, Mega Blast Laser Tag Arcade, El Camino Real, Dutch Maid Bakery, Dairy Queen, Pride’s Express Car Wash, Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn, Buffalo Wild Wings, Goshen Family Restaurant, Wendy’s,Strikes & Spares (Mishawaka) and Urban Swirl. That’s twenty-one great offers for only $15!!

The students are helping the GCS Foundation by selling the cards, and have the opportunity to win prizes such as a limo ride and a pizza party if they sell 10 or more cards. The Foundation appreciates the willingness of students to sell the cards, which in turn will directly benefit GCS teachers and classrooms.

GCS Teacher Recruitment Event-March 26th

Goshen Community Schools will host a Teacher Recruitment Event on Tuesday, March 26th from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The event will be held at Goshen High School, 401 Lincolnway East Goshen, IN 46526

New or soon-to-be graduates and experienced teachers are welcome to attend! Join us for part or all of the evening. 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, click on JOBS, and follow the directions.

Contact Sarah Deegan at or at 574-533-8631 to register and to receive additional details.

GCS Transportation-Implementation of Safe Stop App

Goshen Community Schools is implementing an electronic application (App) for use on parents’ smartphones. The App, SafeStop, will let parents and students monitor where their assigned bus is as it performs its’ route. We have links to the user guide on our website under the transportation tab. For all elementary students, we will be sending home a paper copy of the user guide. We have been beta testing the app since December.

This app only works for students that are assigned to ride a GCS bus and works using the one bus stop assigned to them. This means that only the parent/student has access to the app. No one else will be able to access it without a student id number. If you have moved or your student is at a babysitter, you would have had to inform the transportation office of this change so that the information could be updated.

As you know GCS is currently experiencing a bus driver shortage and at times we have had to double up routes using existing buses or split students among different buses. In these cases, the app will be unable to be used to track the bus that is not in service for the day. The app has the capability for the transportation department to push out notifications to specific bus routes, so our communication about changes should be improved.

As with any new program, we ask for your patience as we implement this program district-wide. The number for the transportation department is (574) 533-7176, please call us with concerns.

Safe Stop Parent guide, click here:

La Corporación Escolar de Goshen está implementando una aplicación electrónica que los padres de familia pueden usar en sus teléfonos inteligentes. La aplicación, SafeStop les permitirá a los padres de familia y a los estudiantes monitorear en dónde se encuentra su autobús asignado mientras realiza su ruta. En la pestaña de transporte de nuestro sitio Web, encontrará enlaces que lo llevarán a la guía del usuario de esta aplicación. Asimismo, enviaremos una copia impresa de la guía del usuario a la casa de los estudiantes de primaria. Hemos estado haciendo pruebas beta de la aplicación desde diciembre.

Esta aplicación sólo funciona para los estudiantes que están asignados a tomar un autobús de la Corporación Escolar de Goshen, utilizando sólo la parada de autobús asignada para ellos. Esto significa que sólo el padre de familia o el estudiante tiene acceso a la aplicación. Nadie más podrá tener acceso a ésta, sin el número de identificación de estudiante. Si se mudó o su hijo está en casa de la niñera, usted habrá tenido que informarle a la oficina de transporte sobre este cambio para que la información pudiera actualizarse.

Esta aplicación sólo funciona para los estudiantes que están asignados a tomar un autobús de la Corporación Escolar de Goshen, utilizando sólo la parada de autobús asignada para ellos. Esto significa que sólo el padre de familia o el estudiante tiene acceso a la aplicación. Nadie más podrá tener acceso a ésta, sin el número de identificación de estudiante. Si se mudó o su hijo está en casa de la niñera, usted habrá tenido que informarle a la oficina de transporte sobre este cambio para que la información pudiera actualizarse.

Al igual que con cualquier programa nuevo, les pedimos paciencia mientras implementamos este programa en todo el distrito. El número del departamento de transporte es el (574) 533-7176. Llámenos si tiene alguna inquietud.

Safe Stop Parent guide, click here:

Model Escape (Class)Room-Saturday, March 9th

The Model Elementary Parent/Teacher Organization (PTO) is planning an exciting fundraiser for Saturday, March 9th at Model, an ESCAPE CLASSROOM!

The event will start in the Model gym, and will be held from 3:00-5:00 p.m. However, the last group allowed to start the adventure will take off at 4:30 p.m. So if you want to participate you need to be at Model prior to 4:30 p.m.

The entry cost is $10 per family (up to six family members), additional family members may join your group for an additional $2.

Escape Model School!  All are welcome!  For an enhanced experience, please install a QR reader on your phone.  All clues are in video BUT also in the classrooms in written form in both English and Spanish.

Shirley’s Popcorn will be available for purchase during the event.

For more information, you may contact the Model PTO at


2019 Spring Into Reading

Spring Into Reading (SIR), one of our READ UNITED programs funded by United Way of Elkhart County, is just around the corner!  SIR consists of four weekly sessions within the classrooms of our youngest students. Volunteers spend approximately 30 minutes per week reading and interacting with children in our schools. The program starts on April 16th and runs through Friday, May 10th.  An orientation will be held on Wednesday, April 10th from 12:00-1:00pm at the United Way of Elkhart County building.

The SIR program allows community members to share their leadership skills, careers, interests and love of reading with our Pre-K or Kindergarten students. Readers are placed on a first come, first served basis with attempts to pair according to reader/classroom schedules! Please note that the teachers will be present to assist with classroom management. Book packets with prompt cards are provided for each reader, and those packets will be distributed at the luncheon on April 10th.

There is a need for 1-2 bilingual readers in our Dual Language classrooms. 

All readers will need to complete a limited background check prior to participating. Please email Sharon Sarber at  if you need a background check form.

For more information, or to participate, you may contact Sharon Sarber at or 574-533-8631, ext. 2048.