Staff Recognition at Board Meeting

At the November 13th meeting of the Board of School Trustees, Goshen Community Schools recognized the following individual teachers for their hard work and excellence in producing student achievement results.

Theresa Hussey and Todd Williams-Goshen Middle School

Michelle Eckelbarger, Esmeralda Gutierrez, and Tonia Rensberger-Model Elementary School

Dolores Pfenning (In the classroom for 2016-17, now the EL Director)Prairie View Elementary School

Corrie Miller and Carrie Markham-West Goshen Elementary

The scores are figured on a 1-5 scale, with 5 being the highest. These teachers earned the highest “value added score” possible from the Indiana Department of Education for student results on the ISTEP in 2017. The value added scores are derived from both student growth and proficiency.

We know that all GCS teachers work hard on behalf of students every day, and we acknowledge these individual teachers who have demonstrated that their hard work has produced excellence in student achievement.

Results of Competition to Collect Plastic Bags

From Chandler Principal, Cheryl Williams:

I want to let everyone (including students) know how proud I am of your efforts to help the Window.  Model and Chandler have collected an amazing amount of bags. The clear winner is the Window!!!!  The next winner is Goshen Schools for having 2 outstanding elementary buildings who poured their heart into this effort.  With this challenge, we both are winners!  However….Chandler did collect more bags!!!!!! WE WON THE CHALLENGE!!!! We brought in 24,230 bags!!  That is AMAZING!  Great job!!!

As a reminder, this was the purpose behind collecting the bags: The bags will be donated to the Window in Goshen. They fill the bags with food and supplies for families in need and go through about 200 a day.

Thank you to the industrious students at Chandler and Model for helping out The Window and all of the people they support!

Plastic Bag Collection (and Competition!)

Model Elementary School Principal, Tami Hicks, took to Facebook on October 24th to encourage friends and community members to help Model’s 1st grade class collect plastic bags for The Window of Goshen.

Here is Ms. Hicks’ Facebook post: Model first grade has challenged Chandler in a competition to see which school can collect the most RECYCLED plastic BAGS. It all starts tomorrow (October 25th)!!! Apparently the winning school chooses what happens to the “losing” principal. We are thinking about what to “do” to Mrs. Williams. Clearly, Model will win. The bags will be donated to the Window in Goshen. They fill the bags with food and supplies for families in need and go through about 200 a day. Last year Model collected a LOT! Have plastic bags collecting in a closet somewhere? Feel free to mail them to 412 Greene Road Goshen, Indiana 46526. In the area? Drop them off! They have to be received by next Wednesday (November 1st). Challenge begins tomorrow (October 25th)!!!

Ms. Hicks and the Model 1st grade teachers are obviously making this a fun event for their students, and Mrs. Cheryl Williams, the Chandler principal, has jumped into the competition with an equally fun and giving spirit!

Can you help Model and/or Chandler collect plastic bags for The Window? If you have some to donate, you can drop them off any time at

Chandler (419 S. 8th St. Goshen) or

Model (412 S. Greene Rd. Goshen).

Good luck to both schools, and thank you to the students and families who are collecting bags to donate to The Window!

GCS Foundation Community Trivia Night

The GCS Foundation held their 5th annual Community Trivia Night fundraiser on October 24th at the Peddlers Village Event Center, and all indications are that the fundraiser was once again a huge success! Everyone had a good time, and in the process they raised approximately $8,000 for the foundation.

The Goshen Community Schools Foundation is a privately funded educational grant program that strives to improve the innovation and creative experiences for the students of Goshen Community Schools. Founded in 2008 by several Goshen Schools alumni, the Foundation has been able to raise more than $83,000 towards this effort. The foundation encourages anyone to “join us in this quest to assist our area students and teachers.”

There were 40 teams entered in the event, made up of educators, business leaders, and community members. There were many awards given at the end of the evening, including: The Top Overall Team; Team Spirit; Top Corporate Team, Top Community Team, Top School Team, and Enrichment Team. Prizes were sponsored by Goshen Brewing Company, Linway Cinemas, Southside Soda Shop, The Nut Shoppe, the GHS Red Zone, Maplecrest Insurance, and Peddlers Event Center.

Pictured below are just a few of the school teams.

Chandler, looking a little festive for the evening!

GMS, just a little more focused and serious about the event.

West Goshen, excited and clearly going for the spirit award!

The stated goal of the foundation is “To identify educational projects that we can turn from a dream into a reality that will profoundly impact students in the Goshen community today and tomorrow”. Some of the projects they have sponsored thus far are: IB Experience Retreat for GMS students at Ball State, Lego Robotics supplies for Chandler, 3-D printer for GHS & GMS technology, Minds in Motion at elementary schools (with United Way), GMS Academic Superbowl materials, GHS Athletics & Music programs, GCS Orchestra 100th Anniversary Original Composition, GHS Super Mileage program, Guitarion for GMS Mariachi Strings program, and Business & Personal finance software for GHS.

Sponsors for the event (many of whom sponsored groups of teachers who represented their schools) included: Barton-Coe-Vilamaa, Fabric Services, Robert Weed Plywood, Bruce and Barbara Stahly, Goshen Rotary, Indiana Wood Products, Interra Credit Union, Kruggel Lawton CPAs, Miller Poultry, Sorg Dodge, and Yoder, Ainlay, Ulmer & Buckingham.

On behalf of the students and staff members who benefit from the GCS foundation grants, we offer a huge THANK YOU to all of the event sponsors!

Upcoming GCS Public Meetings

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


Jane Troup Recognized by ISBA

Mrs. Jane Troup, who has served on the Goshen Board of School Trustees for 23 years, was honored recently at the Indiana School Board Association (ISBA) conference, where she was awarded the Outstanding Boardmanship Award.

Mrs. Jane Troup

Mrs. Troup has served in many capacities on the GCS school board, including 1 year as treasurer, 11 years as secretary, 4 years as vice president, and 4 years as president. Along with her board roles, Mrs. Troup has served on many district committees as well, including the Athletic Council (10 years), Policy Committee (15 years), Facility Task Force (5 years), and the Legislative Committee (10 years). In addition to her many GCS roles, Mrs. Troup also served on the Indiana School Board Association Board of Directors from 2006-2013. She was the ISBA Regional Director from 2006-2009, and was elected as the ISBA President from 2011-2012.

In Mrs. Troup’s nomination for the award, she was also recognized as a leader in promoting positive changes within Goshen Community Schools. She helped to establish and sustain the district Athletic Council during a time when the community and the district were interested in upgrading athletics and athletic facilities. She served on the Goshen High School Dollars for Scholars board, helping to raise funds and distribute many thousands of dollars in scholarships to Goshen High School seniors. Mrs. Troup was also recognized for her positive board behavior in the community, for encouraging the district to hold community meetings, and for organizing a variety of task forces over the years to encourage community involvement and two-way communication between the district and the community.

Mrs. Troup has volunteered many hours to GCS beyond her duties as a board member. She was part of a group that advocated for the bike path to the middle school, she served on the PTO, she helped build many musical and theater sets, and she has attended thousands of GCS athletic events and music programs, long after her own children were grown and gone from the school system.

For 23 years, Mrs. Troup has been instrumental in developing the long range plans for Goshen schools, including four major building projects. She is, and always has been, a key board leader who is plugged in to the community, and is open to listening to many different voices and opinions. She has been an exemplary board member; modeling for others what the proper board protocols are for any situation.

Mrs. Troup’s contributions and achievements in ISBA/NSBA (National School Board Association) include:

ISBA Awards Committee, 2003, 2004, and 2005

ISBA Policy Liaison, 2005, 2006

Provided ISBA Journal Article, 2006

ISBA Board of Directors, 2006-2013

ISBA Regional Director, 2006-2009

ISBA President, 2011-2012 (rotated through previous chairs to attain that seat)

ISBA Past President, 2012-2013

Has attended at least 22 ISBA Fall Annual Conferences, 1995-2017

Has attended 33 ISBA Regional Meetings from 1996-2017, Presiding 2006-2009

Has attended at least 15 ISBA Summer and Winter Academies from 2004-2015

Attended many other ISBA meetings and seminars, including Key Works, School Law, SMART Training, Effective Governance, and New Board Member Orientation

Has represented ISBA at the NSBA Leadership Conference at least six times from 2004-2015

Represented ISBA at NSBA Presidents Retreat 2010 and 2012

Attended the NSBA Annual Conference at least 19 times from 1996-2017

Served on the NSBA Nominating Committee

Mrs. Troup has made many contributions to Goshen Community Schools over the years and she brings a wealth of knowledge to board discussions. GCS appreciates her continued willingness to read, research, and learn more about education in order to advocate for students and staff members, and to commit herself to the bi-monthly board meetings for so many years!

2017 Great Lakes Apple Crunch

This is National School Lunch Week, so GCS will be celebrating our school cafeterias and our cafeteria staff all week.

GCS will also be participating in the 2017 Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch on Thursday, October 12! The food service staff is working with Martin’s Supermarkets (who are donating locally grown apples) and Kercher’s Apple Orchard, to secure enough apples for our students.

The students and staff will be a part of approximately one million participants in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Indiana crunching on local apples this Thursday. The Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch includes K-12 schools, early child care settings, hospitals, college/universities, business campuses, and state agencies.

Join in! Celebrate National Farm to School Month by crunching into locally and regionally grown apples at NOON on Thursday, October 12. Everyone is welcome to Crunch! Last October 1,201,346 students, children, teachers, and good food supporters across the region crunched. Let’s join forces and meet the ONE MILLION CRUNCH goal again this year! Visit the Apple Crunch Facebook page to get updates and see photos from last year’s Crunch.

Book Fair and Ice Cream Social TODAY from 5pm-8pm!

Howdy, y’all! The book fair is FINALLY here. We’ve got a heap of rootin’ tootin’ fun for ya’ this year.

You can order books online from now – Oct. 13 by clicking here.

There will be an ice cream social in the cafeteria on TODAY, Thursday, Oct. 5th from 5pm-8pm.

The book fair will be held in the library on Thursday, Oct. 5 and Friday, Oct. 6 from 8am to 8pm, as well as Saturday, Oct. 7 from 8am to Noon.

Hope to see ya’ there, partner!