Hispanic Heritage Month

During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture.

Hispanic people have had a profound and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and service. They have enhanced and shaped our national character with centuries-old traditions that reflect the multi-ethnic and multicultural customs of their community.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402. Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15, which is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period and Columbus Day (Día de la Raza) is October 12.

The term Hispanic or Latino, refers to Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race. Today, 57.5 million people or 18% of the American population are of Hispanic or Latino origin. This represents a significant increase from 2000, which registered the Hispanic population at 35.3 million or 13% of the total U.S. population.

Please share with GCS in this special annual tribute by learning and celebrating the generations of Hispanic and Latino Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

New GCS Video Feature, the “Superintendent Step In”

Goshen Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Diane Woodworth, Webmaster Megan Eichorn and her GHS student intern Alex Ramos, and Assistant to the Superintendent/PR Lori Martin are teaming up to bring the Goshen community a new video series called the “Superintendent Step In”. In this new series, Dr. Woodworth will go into classrooms throughout the Goshen district every week, and will participate in whatever the students/classrooms are doing.

All GCS teachers have been asked to contact the superintendent’s office if they are interested in having Dr. Woodworth step into their classroom, to see what the students are learning and see what they are doing on a daily basis. So far, we have filmed in two classes (Engineering/Design and Weightlifting), and we have two more visits scheduled in elementary classrooms. We hope that the GCS teachers will invite Dr. Woodworth into their classes for the routine things that they do, but we have also invited them to find special challenges for her as well!

When each video is ready, it will be posted on the GCS website, the website of the school in which the Superintendent Step In was filmed, and the GCS Twitter and facebook pages. The goal is to eventually visit one classroom per week, and to post videos on Friday afternoons.

Look for Dr. Woodworth to show up in future videos in classes like Building Trades, elementary P.E., Music or Art classes, IB Chemistry, or Theater. Dr. Woodworth also taught math before she was an administrator, so we know she would love to visit those classes!

The first video will be released tomorrow afternoon, don’t miss it!



10-8-18 Board Recognition

The October 8th GCS board meeting was held at Model Elementary, and Model principal Tami Hicks talked about what the students have been learning and doing since the beginning of the school year. She said that “Of course we are always trying to grow our students academically, but this year we added something new; we committed to the 21 Days of Kindness Challenge. Starting on September 1st, our students and staff looked for ways to be kind to each other and to express our appreciation for people in our building, in the community, and at home…Parents took pictures and used a hashtag to let others know what their students were doing at home too….You may have noticed the kindness links lining the hallway, those each represent an act of kindness in our school.”

Ms. Hicks then recognized several students who went “above and beyond to be kind or helpful.”


School Counselor Shelly Banes introduced Model’s 5th grade Leadership students, who also took the board members on tours of the school prior to the board meeting. She said that the students have been very busy so far this year, and have been excellent leaders. Among the things that the leaders do are: Teaching other students the Bulldog Beliefs; helping with Kindergarten Blast Off; Helping kindergarten students after school for the first few days of school, to make sure they find the correct doors for the bus, parent pick up, or the crossing guard; Reading the daily announcements; Putting the flag up in the morning and taking it down in the afternoon, Helping to organize Red Ribbon Week; and Being a buddy to struggling students.

The students then read their statements about what being a leader means to them. Several of the students read longer essays that they had written when they participated in the C.L.A.S.S. leadership training in Indianapolis over the summer.

Lastly, Dr. Woodworth introduced GMS math teacher Terry Hussey. Mrs. Hussey was a top ten finalist for the Indiana Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Hussey was nominated by Dr. Steve Hope, and together with Dr. Hope, Terry filled out an extensive questionnaire. When she was named a finalist, Mrs. Hussey traveled to Indianapolis to be interviewed by the selection committee. While she was ultimately not chosen as the teacher of the year, Dr. Woodworth reported that she had heard from some officials on the selection committee and they told her that Mrs. Hussey was “an amazing educator and that they were very glad to have met her.”

GMS New Tech Showcase Night-TONIGHT

Greetings, Parents of 5th Grade Students,

It won’t be long before your 5th grade child will be transitioning to Goshen Middle School! How exciting! There is so much to learn as you prepare your child for this transition.

A showcase night for 5th grade parents and their 5th grade student will be held to demonstrate how our Goshen New Tech Middle School program can benefit your child.

Date:     Thursday, October 4, 2018

Time:     6:00-7:30 p.m.

Where:  Goshen Middle School auditorium, cafeteria, New Tech classrooms

At this event, you will be able to:

  • Learn about the college-focus, college-preparation of our programming
  • Learn how the NT curriculum and our project-based, problem-based learning model prepares students for meeting requirements to attain an IB diploma as juniors and seniors at GHS
  • Learn how our NT program meets the needs of our High Ability students, our students with special needs, and our English Learner students
  • Meet the teachers, school counselors, support staff, principals, and assistant principals and learn why they believe this learning model prepares our students to be productive and successful adults
  • Experience interactive activities connected to our projects and programming


Les enviamos saludos a los padres de los estudiantes de 5° grado:

¡No pasará mucho tiempo antes de que su hijo de 5° grado haga la transición a Goshen Middle School! ¡Qué emocionante! Hay mucho que aprender mientras prepara a su hijo para esta transición.

Se llevará a cabo una noche de presentación para los padres de familia de estudiantes de 5º grado y para estos estudiantes. Aquí le mostraremos cómo nuestro programa de la secundaria de Nueva Tecnología de Goshen podrá beneficiar a su hijo.

Fecha:            Jueves, 4 de octubre de 2018

Hora:              6:00-7:30 p.m.

¿Dónde?         En el auditorio, la cafetería y los salones de Nueva Tecnología de la Secundaria Goshen Middle School

En este evento, usted podrá:

  • Aprender sobre el enfoque y la preparación para la universidad de nuestra programación.
  • Aprenda cómo el plan de estudios de Nueva Tecnología y nuestro modelo de aprendizaje basado en proyectos y en la resolución de problemas prepara a los estudiantes a cumplir con los requisitos para recibir un diploma IB al pasar a 11º y 12º grado en GHS.
  • Aprenda cómo nuestro programa de Nueva Tecnología satisface las necesidades de nuestros estudiantes de alto rendimiento académico, de nuestros estudiantes con necesidades especiales y de nuestros estudiantes del idioma inglés.
  • Reúnase con las profesores, orientadores escolares, personal de apoyo, directores y subdirectores, y descubra por qué creen que este modelo de aprendizaje prepara a nuestros estudiantes a ser productivos y exitosos adultos.
  • Realice actividades interactivas relacionadas con nuestros proyectos y con el programa

Elementary Soccer Tournament

175 students played in the elementary soccer tournament on Saturday morning, September 29th. The Model (gray) team won the A bracket and the Waterford (white) team won the B bracket.

Thank you to all of the elementary students who participated, to the teachers and sponsors who served as coaches, to members of the GHS varsity boys and girls soccer teams who served as referees, and to the families who came out to support their children in this community event.

The Nature of Life is to Grow (8)-Elementary “Specials”

To find out what the elementary students are doing and learning in their “specials” (music, art, P.E., computer, and media center), we visited West Goshen Elementary. What we discovered was that the students are learning so many things that they will use later on in their GCS career. But since they are learning the skills by playing games and having fun, they may not even realize they are building a foundation for band, orchestra or choir, or AP/IB art, Winter Guard, Computer Repair, high school athletics, or Percussion.

The teachers of the special classes are also encouraging students to find and use their creativity in new ways.

Below, West Goshen music teacher Angie McLaughlin was teaching students how to read rhythms by having them “Say it, tap it, and clap it”. The students were also learning to recognize whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, sixteenth notes, and rests. They played a little game where it was Mrs. McLaughlin vs. Mrs. Park’s class, and the students won 4-1 because they did a great job clapping out the rhythms and made hardly any mistakes.

The 2nd graders’ goals for the day were: I can clap rhythms, I can sing while matching pitch (high/low), and I can keep a steady beat with a song. Mrs. McLaughlin explained that the students were working toward their goals by playing games and practicing their music skills, “by singing and by keeping a steady beat”. They learned the song “Charlie Over the Ocean” and then practiced keeping the beat with the song while not clapping on the rests.

Once they had learned the song, Mrs. McLaughlin said they would play a game using the song and some of the instruments in the room. “It will be kind of like Duck, Duck, Goose, but we will be singing our new song and keeping the beat with our hands and our instruments.” The student who was “it” went around the circle tapping classmates on the head to the beat of the song. On the last beat of the song, the student who was tapped and the student who was “it” raced around the circle in opposite directions. The person who got back to the spot in the circle last went over to the instruments to help keep the beat there, and then the students kept rotating to the instruments, through all of the instruments, and then back to the circle.

The students did a great job playing the instruments, and they learned about a new instrument called the Slap Stick. They had a great time with the slap stick. The instrument only made one sound, but it was a very loud, very satisfying smack!

Next, we moved on to the art class…When students enter Ms. Crystal Butler’s classroom it is filled with color, shapes, and elements of art, with color names displayed in both English and Spanish.

Ms. Butler asked the students if they remembered what they had talked about the last time they met for art, and the students remembered that they were talking about patterns, or a “repeating design”. They gave examples of things that could be used to make patterns, including lines, letters, colors, numbers, pictures, names, and shapes.

Ms. Butler explained more about the use of patterns in the making of art, and used technology to demonstrate one of the ways patterns could be used in their lesson for the day.

The students got their papers, and then got to choose if they wanted to work with paint, markers or crayons. Once they had chosen what they wanted to work with, they got busy making their own patterns and designs.


And hey, it was this student’s birthday. So, happy 7th birthday to you, young man!!

From there, we went to the gym where the students were using ribbons and patterns to lead their activity and movements. Their goal for the day: Become more knowledgeable about ribbon movements and use the skills of a communicator with my group to create and perform a ribbon routine.

After they had mastered the circles, squiggles, figure eights and other patterns on their cards, they added jumping to their ribbon movements, increasing the difficulty for the students.

And all too soon, it was time for the students to go back to the classroom.

This is only a brief glimpse into what elementary students do in their “specials” classes, as they dig into art, music, computer, P.E., media center, and for some, a foreign language. The students are building a good foundation for the subjects they will study later on at GMS and GHS. They are also being given the opportunity to try many different activities to help them discover their own gifts and interests.

What a joy it was to witness the enthusiasm of young students learning new skills and discovering new ways to express themselves. Thank you, West Goshen for allowing us one last glimpse at how elementary students learn and grow.

Next week we will begin to look at the growth and development of GMS students.


FLU SHOTS SAVE LIVES, Sign up your child for a no-cost, in-school flu shot.


Your copay is $0 when you fully complete registration.

We administer the flu shot at your child’s school, so you won’t miss work.

Sign up online or by returning the attached form to your school.


A flu shot is your child’s #1 defense against the flu.

Flu shots reduce your family’s flu risk— especially babies and grandparents.

Every flu shot administration decreases your community’s risk of flu.

Sign up online: register.goshenflu.com   Questions? Call 1-800-566-0596

NOTE: If your child is under age 4 and cannot receive the No Cost Flu vaccine at school it is recommended that your child visit his/her doctor or local Health Department to receive this vaccine.

The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the most important step in preventing influenza infection. Learn more: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/


LAS VACUNAS CONTRA LA GRIPE SON LA PROTECCIÓN MAS SEGURA Inscriba a su hijo/a en la clínica de gripe de su escuela sin costo.


Su copago es del $0 al completar la registración.

Las clínicas se llevan a cabo durante el día escolar, por lo cual usted no tendrá que faltar al trabajo.

devuelva el formulario adjunto a su escuela.


Una vacuna contra la gripe es el mejor escudo de su hijo contra la gripe.

La vacuna contra la gripe reduce el riesgo de gripe de su familia, especialmente bebés y personas mayores.

Cada vacuna contra la gripe disminuye el riesgo de gripe de su comunidad.

Regístrese en línea: register.goshenflu.com  ¿Preguntas? Llame al 1-800-566-0596

NOTA: Si su hijo es menor de 4 años y no puede recibir la vacuna contra la gripe sin costo en la escuela, se recomienda que su hijo visite a su médico o al Departamento de Salud local para recibir esta vacuna.

La CDC recomienda una vacuna anual contra la gripe como el paso más importante para prevenir la infección de la influenza Obtenga más información: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/

Free/Reduced Application Reminder

Families of students in Goshen Community Schools can get discounted food and textbooks if they qualify. If you have not turned in a meal application this year, please do so as soon as possible. You can fill out the meal application online. Go to the GCS website and search for “meal application” or stop by your student’s school to pick up a paper form.

Las familias de los estudiantes de la Corporación Escolar de Goshen pueden recibir descuento en comidas y libros de texto en caso de cumplir los requisitos. Si usted no ha entregado la solicitud de comidas escolares este año, por favor hágalo lo más pronto posible. Usted puede llenar la solicitud en línea. Visite el sitio Web de GCS y busque “meal application” o vaya a la escuela de su hijo por una solicitud en papel.

GCS Substitute Sign-up Meetings

Goshen Community Schools is now hiring substitute teachers and substitute paraprofessionals. GCS works with willSub to hire substitutes, and will host meetings at the GCS Administration Center (613 E. Purl St. Goshen) to assist potential substitutes with the process. The meetings will be held in the 2nd floor conference room on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 2:00-4:00 p.m. or 5:00-7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 9:00-11:00 a.m. or 1:00-3:00 p.m. (You only need to attend one session.)

To register online for this meeting, visit http://www.pcmiservices.com

Click on the District Orientation Meetings by state. Seating is limited, so please register early. Please start an application prior to attending a meeting at GCS. Go to http://www.pcmiservices.com and click on START to begin application.

What should you do next?

1. Register for meeting

2. Start Application (you will need an email address)

3. Complete all video trainings in application prior to meeting

4. Bring these items with you:

  • Your Personal Email Address and Application Password
  • High School Diploma or GED or Copy of “Official” College Transcripts or Teaching License
  • Banking Information for Direct Deposit
  • I9 verification (which can include a Passport or Drivers License and Social Security Card or Drivers License and Birth Certificate)

If you have questions, you may call willSub at (877) 855-7264. We look forward to meeting you!



We have full-time and part-time job openings to fit your schedule. If you are looking for a rewarding job during the school year that allows you to make a difference for students, then consider applying at GCS! Also, many of the GCS positions require working hours only during the school day, allowing parents to be off work when their children are off of school. To see current openings, simply click on the flyer below:
If you are interested in applying for a job at GCS you may fill out the online application at http://www.goshenschools.org/hr/employment-opportunities
If you are interested in substitute teaching, you may apply with our online substitute service PCMI at http://www.pcmiservices.com/pcmi/homepage.aspx
If you have questions about possible jobs at GCS, you may call the Administration Center at GCS (574-533-8631) and ask for Human Resources.