Maple City Multicultural Festival

Invite your family, friends and neighbors and celebrate our cultural diversity at the third annual Maple City Multicultural Festival. The event will be held Saturday August 25, 2018, from noon to 6 p.m. at Rogers Park, 102 Chicago Ave.

The festival will have food, music and games that represent the diverse culture of our neighbors. This year the organizing committee, in conjunction with the Mayor’s Arts Council, will introduce visual arts to the mix: Six local artists will set up booths from which the public may purchase their work.

“Our diverse backgrounds have an influence in our perspective, which is oftentimes reflected in art,” MCMF organizer and Mayor’s arts Council member Joni Earl said. “We hope this event becomes another great opportunity for our local artists to share their work with the community.”

The event will again feature food vendors representing various cultures, including dishes from Ukraine, Guatemala and India. Bands and performers, including Lalo Cura and Los Ortega, will bring live entertainment throughout the day.

Kids will receive a “passport” upon entry and will be encouraged to explore and learn about the various cultures represented at the event by visiting all the booths. There will be prizes for the first 50 children who get their passport fully stamped!

Goshen Schools will also hold a Basketball Clinic for children aged Pre-K through 5th grade from noon to 2 p.m.

“From my perspective, as a community organizer, working for the MCMF is the highlight of the year,” said José Elizalde, Community Engagement Specialist at lacasa.

The MCMF is sponsored by lacasa, Inc., the City of Goshen, the Goshen Chamber of Commerce, Heart City Health, MHS, Goshen Family Physicians, Merino Law Firm, the Electric Brew, La Boutique, WLEG-LP Radio Horizonte, Ten Thousand Villages, West Goshen Neighborhood Association, Panadería Gutierrez, Middlebury Electric, Inc., El Puente, WGCS The Globe and Goshen Community Schools.

About the Maple City Multicultural Festival:

In 2016 a volunteer group sponsored by lacasa, Inc. was inspired to create an event that would allow the many rich cultures of Goshen to come together and share their customs and heritages. This city-wide festival will provide folks with the opportunity to share food, music, games, art, and traditions of their cultures.

GCS Announces New Volunteer Engagement Specialist

Goshen Community Schools announces Sharon Sarber as the new Volunteer Engagement Specialist.  This position is a partnership involving Goshen Community Schools, Elkhart Community Schools and United Way of Elkhart County.  Read United connects community volunteers with classrooms in elementary schools and is comprised of three opportunities throughout the school year:  Real Men Read, Reading Camps, and Spring Into Reading.

“United Way is passionate about helping students succeed”, said Bill Rieth, President of United Way of Elkhart County.  “For over 90 years, United Way has fought for the Education, Health and Financial Stability of every person in our community.  We’re excited to have Sharon as a Volunteer Engagement Specialist.  Her experience, passion and skills will make a huge impact.”

GCS Assistant Superintendent Alan Metcalfe stated, “The Read United programs have been very successful within Goshen Community Schools and Sharon’s qualifications will enable us to maintain the existing programs, while also planning for future expansion.  She will provide that direct connection to United Way and allow our partnership to continue and deepen.”

Sharon is a licensed teacher in k-6 through Indiana Wesleyan University and k-12 Moderate and Severe Needs through the University of Saint Francis.  She has teaching experience in both the Goshen and Elkhart school districts, most recently with Goshen Community Schools.  She has taught at Wakarusa Elementary, the Young Adult Program, and Goshen High School in Life Skills.  Sharon continued teaching for GCS last year through the Goshen Online Academy housed at the Boys and Girls Club.  She worked in Elkhart Community Schools as a Life Skills and Mild Disability paraprofessional.  Prior to working in the schools, Sharon was employed at a Biotechnology company located in Elkhart.

In addition to Sharon’s licensures, she also holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Indiana University South Bend and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Northern Michigan University.

Sharon plans to raise awareness of the Read United programs within both school districts.  She is actively seeking community volunteers to engage our elementary and preschool students.  Please contact Sharon directly for additional information about volunteer opportunities at or 574-533-2048.

GCS Welcomes New School Nutrition Director

Pictured below: Dr. Colleen M. Daly, GCS Director of School Nutrition

Dr. Daly holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Ball State University, and both a Master’s degree in Health Promotion and a PhD in Exercise Science from Auburn University. She has recently been working as a Quality Specialist, and has previous experience as a Food Service Director at a school corporation in Michigan.

Dr. Daly brings a wealth of knowledge, education, and experience to her new role, as she oversees all of the schools in our district,. GCS anticipates continued, positive changes and direction in our school cafeterias as we begin the 2018-19 school year.

Welcome, Dr. Daly!




How We Pronounce Student Names, and Why it Matters

A Twitter post by Jennifer Gonzalez

Samira Fejzić was used to people saying her name wrong, especially in school. “Through the years, as roll would be called, I would wait for that awkward pause—this is how I knew I was next. I accepted this ritual.”

Fejzić (FAY-zich), whose family left Bosnia in the early nineties and moved to the U.S. in 1999, experienced this ritual for ten years, and she understood that people in her new town weren’t used to names like hers, despite the fact that the area’s Bosnian population had grown massive in recent years.

“It never hurt me until high school graduation,” she recalls. “This was a big day for me. My grandparents from Bosnia came just to watch me get my diploma and of course, my name was butchered.”

If you’re in a position to say lots of student names—in your classroom, over the P.A. system, or especially at awards ceremonies and graduations—no one will be surprised if you mess up a couple of them. But this year, maybe you can do better. If you make the commitment now to get them all right, if you resolve this time to honor your students with clear, beautiful pronunciation of their full, given names, that, my friend, will be the loveliest surprise of all.

Three Kinds of Name-Sayin’

I grew up with a hard-to-pronounce name. Actually, it wasn’t that hard; it just looked different from what people were used to: Yurkosky. (Kind of rhymes with “Her pots ski,” minus the “t” in pots.) Year after year, it threw everyone off. And the way they approached the name put them into one of three camps: fumble-bumblers, arrogant manglers, and calibrators.

The fumble-bumblers I didn’t mind so much. They’d mispronounce the name, slowing down and making their voice all wobbly, not trusting themselves. They’d grimace, laugh, ask me how to say it, then try again. But then they sort of gave up. Over the next few attempts, they’d settle into something that was a kind of approximation, and that would be that. What made me not mind these people was that they put the mispronunciation on themselves—their demeanor suggested the fault was with them, not me or my name.

The arrogant manglers were another story. They assumed their pronunciation was correct and just plowed ahead, never bothering to check. In many cases, an arrogant mangler will persist with their own pronunciation even after they’ve been corrected. Adan (uh-DON) Deeb, whose family hails from Israel with Palestinian roots, experienced this as a middle school student in the U.S. “Every time I was called up to the office, EVERY SINGLE TIME, they would mispronounce my name, no matter how many times I corrected them. It made me angry. To me that shows that they just don’t care enough to get my name right.”

This group has a couple of sub-categories: One is the nicknamers—people who come across a name like Rajendrani and announce, “We’ll just call you Amy.” The other is the worst kind, the people who start with the first syllable, then wave the rest of the name away like so much cigarette smoke, adding “Whatever your name is,” or just “whatever.” I don’t have a creative name for this group…

Finally, there was a small group I think of as the calibrators, people who recognized that my name required a little more effort. They asked me to pronounce it, tried to replicate it, then fine-tuned it a few more times against my own pronunciation. Some of them would even check back later to make sure they still had it.

My cousin Laura, who has the same last name I grew up with, remembers a professor who was a true calibrator. “It did take him a bit of time to learn to pronounce my name, but he was always apologetic when he said it wrong, and always insisted on the importance of getting such things right. He was easily the most inspirational and challenging teacher I’ve had…he just insisted that every student feel important.”

If you’re already a calibrator, keep up the good work. If you’re not—if you’ve let yourself off the hook with some idea like “I’m terrible with names”—know that it’s not too late to turn things around, and it does matter. Though it may seem inconsequential to you, the way you handle names has deeper implications than you might realize.

Kind of a Big Deal

People’s reaction to this issue varies depending on their personality. If your student has a strong desire to please, wants desperately to fit in, or is generally conflict-avoidant, they may never tell you you’re saying their name wrong. For those students, it might matter a lot, but they’d never say so. And other kids are just more laid-back in general. But for many students, the way you say their name conveys a more significant message.

Name mispronunciation – especially the kind committed by the arrogant manglers—actually falls into a larger category of behaviors called microaggressions, defined by researchers at Columbia University’s Teachers College as “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color” (Sue et al., 2007).

In other words, mutilating someone’s name is a tiny act of bigotry. Whether you intend to or not, what you’re communicating is this: Your name is different. Foreign. Weird. It’s not worth my time to get it right. Although most of your students may not know the word microaggression, they’re probably familiar with that vague feeling of marginalization, the message that everyone else is “normal,” and they are not.

In her piece What’s in a Name? Kind of a Lot, writer Tracy Clayton (under the name Brokey McPoverty) rails against Ryan Seacrest’s move to shorten the name of actress Quvenzhané Wallis to “Little Q.” She points out that Seacrest and other media figures treat the names of some actors—who happen to be white—differently: “The problem is that white Hollywood…doesn’t deem her as important as, say, Renee Zellweger, or Zach Galifianakis, or Arnold Schwarzenegger, all of whom have names that are difficult to pronounce—but they manage. The message sent is this: You, young, black, female child, are not worth the time and energy it will take me to learn to spell and pronounce your name.”

This issue goes beyond names rooted in cultures unfamiliar to the speaker. Whatever it is your student prefers to be called, it’s worth the effort to get it right. I’m sure I’ve not only mispronounced my own students’ names, but I’ve probably also called them something that was not their preference—realizing in April that the kid I’ve been calling Stephan all year actually prefers to be called Jude.

And before you get all defensive about the bigotry thing, let’s be clear: Discovering that something you do might be construed as bigotry doesn’t mean anyone is calling you a bigot. It’s just an opportunity to grow. An opportunity to understand that doing something a little differently shows others that you respect them. At some point in your life, someone probably taught you to hold the door open for the person coming in behind you. Before then, maybe you didn’t know. Opportunity to grow. It’s that simple.

How to Get it Right

The best way to get students’ names right is to just ask them. Pull the kid aside and say, You know what? I think I’ve been messing up your name all year, and I’m sorry. Now that graduation is coming, I want to say it perfectly. Can you teach me?

By humbling yourself in this way, you let them see that you’re human. You’re modeling what it looks like to be a lifelong learner, a flexible, confident person who is not afraid to admit a mistake. Regardless of the outcome, a genuine effort on your part will mean so much, and when the big day comes, they might even root for you to get it right.

If you have hundreds of names to learn, get systematic: Starting now, carry around a clipboard with all the names you’ll need to say – even those you think you already know, and start checking in with kids in the cafeteria, in the halls, in the stands at a basketball game. And for God’s sake, write down what they tell you. When the big day comes, the page of names you read from should look something like this:


Do whatever it takes, using whatever kind of symbols or notes you need to get the right syllables out in the right order. (The apple is there to remind the speaker to say that “a” like they would in the word apple.)

If you’ve run out of time to ask students themselves, or if doing that is too uncomfortable for you, you can get some help online. On Hear Names, short voice recordings made by native speakers from each name’s country of origin pronounce the name for you.

Whatever you do, do something. For some students, you may be the first person who ever bothered. If the only time you say their name is in the classroom, your correct pronunciation will help the whole class learn it, too. Eventually that will ripple through the school, making that student feel known in a place where before they felt unknown.

And if you have the honor of announcing them on the day they receive their award, their diploma, the day that marks some big achievement, you have a unique opportunity to make it even more special, but you only have two seconds: Make it count. It’s a gift they’ll remember for a long time. ♥


Education Day at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair

Friday, July 20, 2018 is Education Day at the Elkhart County 4-H Fair. There will be free admission for students and education staff from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Park Events begin at 10 a.m.) Sponsored by Teachers Credit Union

Come enjoy the opening day of the Elkhart County 4-H Fair with your family!

All students and employees of schools will receive free admission into the fair with a current/valid school/district ID, a letter signed from the Principal’s Office at your local school on school letterhead OR a copy of a 2017-2018 report card.  These items can be presented at the Education day tent located at Gate G.


The City of Goshen and the Goshen Municipal Airport will again host the annual Air Supremacy over Goshen remote control aircraft event, which will bring a weekend full of fun activities for everyone in the family.

From Thursday, July 12, to Saturday, July 14, the municipal airport, 17229 Co Rd 42, will be host to more than 250 model aircraft of all sizes. More than 100 radio control craftsmen from all over the Midwest will be in attendance.

Mayor Jeremy Stutsman and Airport Manager Randy Sharkey again encourage the community to this year’s event.

Event coordinator RJ Monroe said he sees this event growing each year and attracting larger crowds.

“With our move to Goshen Airport we have opened the door to become the premier event of its kind in the Midwest and the potential to become national in scope,” he said.

This will be the sixth year that the Air Supremacy event has been held, though it’s the second year it’s been held in Goshen. The show features aircraft from WWI, The Golden Era, WWII, and the classics like the Piper Clubs and military-style turbine jets.

Flying will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event is open to everyone, for just $5 a person. Children under 12, veterans and military enter free of charge. There will be food and hobby vendors. Attendants are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs or blankets.

For more information and an extensive photo gallery, please visit the Air Supremacy over Goshen website at

School Board Election Information Session

Goshen Community Schools administrators and board members will hold an information session for community members who may be considering running for the GCS Board of School Trustees, or for anyone who is simply interested in learning more about the election process.

The election information session will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at the GCS Administration Center, located at 613 E. Purl St. Goshen.

To learn more about running for public office, visit and click on Elections. Under the Candidate Info tab, you will find information about Qualifications needed, Deadlines, Campaign Finance, who to contact in the Clerk’s Office and more. Community members may also contact GCS Superintendent Dr. Diane Woodworth with any questions they may have at 574-533-8631 or

Goshen Salvation Army Open As Cooling Center

GOSHEN, Ind. (June 18, 2018) – The City of Goshen and the Goshen Salvation Army as a joint effort have designated the Salvation Army building as a cooling center today Monday, June 18, for anyone in need of shelter from the high temperatures.

The National Weather Service issued a Heat Advisory for Elkhart County in effect until 8 p.m. Monday. Temperatures today are expected to rise to between 90 and 95 degrees this afternoon, with heat indices around 100 degrees for several hours. People exposed to full sunshine could experience heat indices several degrees higher.

Anyone in need of an air-conditioned room during the day may go to the Salvation Army, 1013 N. Main St., entering through the south entrance. The building will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. For any additional questions, the Salvation Army may be reached at 533-9584.

Mayor Jeremy Stutsman thanked Majors Sally and Tim Sell for opening the doors of the Salvation Army to the public in this time of need.

“I hope those in need use this great community resource,” he said. “I would also like to encourage the public look after each other. Please check on your neighbors and loved ones, especially the elderly, and take them to the shelter if they need it.”

Major Tim Sell too said he is hopeful word spreads in the community about the cooling center as a resource.

“We always want to meet needs whenever they present themselves in the community,” he said. “Being called upon by the City helps to get the word out to as many people in need as possible.”

The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which illnesses are possible. The public is advised to drink plenty of water, stay in an air-conditioned room and stay out of the sun. Check your local media channel or the National Weather Service for the latest updates on the weather.

Sharon Hernandez
Communications Coordinator

W: 574-537-3883