Martin Luther King, Jr. Day-Monday, Jan. 21

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a social activist and Baptist minister who played a key role in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. King sought equality and human rights for African Americans, the economically disadvantaged and all victims of injustice through peaceful protest. He was the driving force behind watershed events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the 1963 March on Washington, which helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and is remembered each year on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a U.S. federal holiday since 1986.

Quotes from Dr. King:

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

“Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

“Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Our students, teachers and staff members will have Monday, January 21st off for the MLK holiday. We hope they, along with the whole Goshen community, will have a chance to learn more about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Woodworth’s Welcome for 2nd Semester

Welcome back, GCS family!

Happy New Year and welcome back for the 2nd semester of the 2018-2019 school year! Whether you are a GCS employee, student, or family member, we consider you a part of our GCS family. With this New Year’s letter, I would like to highlight a few items from the 1st semester and provide a brief look ahead.

During the 1st semester, we had many students and staff members recognized for excellence, including: GHS junior Joseph Narayan, chosen to serve a two-year term on the Indiana Department of Education Student Advisory Council; GMS counselor Jan Desmarais-Morse, named an American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Counselor of the Year finalist; Elementary school teachers and students, recognized for the creative, innovative work they are doing in the educational pathways of New Tech, IB, Dual Language Immersion, C.L.A.S.S., and Expeditionary Learning; GHS seniors Felix Perez Diener and Katie Shirk, named National Merit Semifinalists and Jonathan Snyder, named a National Merit Commended Student; GHS athletes, recognized by other schools and officials for exemplary sportsmanship; GMS math teacher Terri Hussey, named to the “top ten” for Indiana Teacher of the Year; and finally, Jane Troup, who with our sincere appreciation and thanks, ended her service on the GCS School Board after 24 years. 

In the 1st semester, we did a lot planning for the addition to be built at GHS and for the new Intermediate School. We are pleased with the progress we have made on the plans for both buildings, and trust that the input from teachers and architects will lead to optimal utilization of the buildings. We will continue to post construction updates on the GCS website at https://www.goshenschools.org/public-records/building-plans

As we look ahead to the 2nd semester, we anticipate that students will complete projects, perform in concerts, make progress toward their educational goals, and take field trips to explore places near and far. And at the end of the school year, we know that GHS will graduate a class of students who are well-prepared for work, further education, voluntary service, apprenticeships, military service, or whatever they choose to do. We will miss the class of 2019, but we are confident that they will be prepared for the future!

Thank you for your continued involvement, collaboration, and investment in our schools! It is the support of parents and community members that enables us to provide an excellent education for Goshen students and ensures that every student will reach his or her fullest potential. Thank you for partnering with us!

Sincerely,

Dr. Diane Woodworth

Superintendent

Dr. Woodworth Named District II Superintendent of the Year

  Dr. J.T. Coopman, Dr. Diane Woodworth, and Dr. Tom Edington

At the recent Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents (IAPSS) annual meeting, Superintendents of the Year were announced for each of the eight IAPSS districts. Goshen Community schools is a member of District II, along with 36 other school districts in Northern Indiana. Out of all the quality school superintendents and school corporations represented in District II, Goshen’s superintendent Dr. Diane Woodworth was chosen by her peers as the IAPSS District II Superintendent of the Year. Dr. Woodworth was selected, in part, for her direction and leadership of the Goshen school corporation. Congratulations, Dr. Woodworth!

The IAPSS was established in 1960, based upon this premise: The public interest is best served through assuring the availability of a quality education for all children; and knowledgeable, ethical, effective leaders are essential to achieving this educational excellence.

IAPSS is a non-profit, professional association serving 425 members, including superintendents and other school administrators, professors of education, university students studying educational administration, and retired superintendents.  Professional development activities are targeted at improving the educational process, promoting the efficient operation of schools, and developing new superintendents. Association meetings provide a forum for discussion of a variety of educational issues between members and state and national experts.

 

“The Nature of Life is to Grow” (17) Growing Through GCS

Over the course of this first semester, we have shown you some of the things students are learning and doing in each grade. We have shown the progression in the degree of difficulty of the coursework for each next/new grade. We have shown how many opportunities there are for students traveling the normal, or usual, pathways offered at GCS, and we have shown that there are alternative pathways for students who may need something different during their educational journey. We hope that you have enjoyed this look at GCS, and that you have seen and understood all that our teachers and staff members do to help the students at GCS grow and mature.

Here are just a few of the pictures that were taken over the semester:

Kindergarten

First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Sixth Grade

Seventh Grade

Eighth Grade

Freshmen

Sophomores and Juniors

Seniors

From Pre-K and kindergarten to 12th grade, our staff focuses on living out the mission of Goshen Community Schools for all of our students: Inspiring Innovation…Empowering Potential…Enriching our World. We want each student in our care to feel that they are in the exact, best place for them to learn, to grow, and to be successful well after the day that they leave our school system.

Our staff works hard to stay on the cutting-edge of all that public education has to offer, by scheduling quality professional development within each school building each week. Additionally, teachers and administrators travel across the country to keep abreast of new programming and to collaborate with leaders in education. Our staff does all of this so that we may offer the most innovative programs available, and so that we can meet the needs of all learners.

After visiting classrooms throughout the district, we think that you would find truth in the fact that at GCS our number one value is that “Relationships Matter”. Our teachers genuinely care about their students, and they do whatever they can to help students be successful, in academics and in life.

Each year, we send our seniors out into society, knowing that they will truly enrich our world. We have living proof! Our graduates are doctors, teachers, plumbers, scientists, nurses, electricians, social workers, managers, accountants, policemen and women, administrative assistants, manufacturing technicians, physical therapists, chefs, business owners, professional musicians, construction workers, firemen, lawyers, coaches, IT specialists, paralegals, mechanics, travel agents, marine biologists, wastewater operators, EMTs, software developers, yoga instructors, and so much more!

At GCS, our goal is for all of our students to grow and mature during their educational years with us, so that they are ready for whatever their futures may hold. So if your kindergarten student (like the one below) is just learning how to properly greet people and how to be a part of the school community, or if your senior is one of the speakers at graduation (pictured below); please know that GCS values your student(s) and is working hard to help them learn, grow, and succeed!

“Dreams grow if you grow.”  Zig Ziglar

Board Member Jane Troup’s Retirement Reception-Dec. 10

Jane Troup, a member of the Goshen Community Schools Board of School Trustees for 24 years, will retire at the end of her current term (December 31, 2018).

GCS Administrators and the Board of School Trustees will honor Mrs. Troup by holding a community reception in her honor.  The reception will be held at 5:00 p.m. in the GCS Administration Center Board Room located at 613 E. Purl St., Goshen on December 10th, prior to the 6:00 p.m. board meeting. 

As a graduate of Goshen High School, Mrs. Troup has continued to support all Goshen schools, to serve the greater Goshen community, and has been a true advocate for public education.

Jane was first elected to the Board of School Trustees in 1994. She has served in many capacities on the Goshen board, including 1 year as treasurer, 11 years as secretary, 4 years as vice president, and 4 years as president. Additionally, she has also served on many district committees, including Athletic Council, the Board Policy Committee, the Facility Task Force, and the Legislative Committee.

In addition to her roles with the Goshen school board, Jane also served as the President of the Indiana School Board Association and has faithfully attended Indiana School Board Association and National School Board Association annual conferences, meetings and seminars over the years to stay up-to-date with current educational trends, legislation, data, and research.

Jane was honored this past year at the Indiana School Board Association conference when she was awarded the Outstanding Boardmanship Award. Additionally, she has been awarded the Ernestine M. Racline Community Leadership Award, which is presented by First Source Bank each year to an influential community member.

Goshen Schools has appreciated Jane’s continued willingness to read, research, and learn more about education, to advocate for GCS students and staff members, and to commit herself to twice-monthly school board meetings for so many years!

Please join GCS in thanking Mrs. Troup for her service, by attending the reception in her honor on December 10th.

Triple P Seminar/al Seminario Triple P

All parents and guardians of Goshen elementary school students are invited to the Triple P seminar, Raising Resilient Children, on Tuesday, December 4th, at Chandler Elementary School.  The seminar will be from 6:30pm to 8:00 pm and will be presented in English and Spanish in separate rooms. It is a free event and childcare is provided. If you have any questions, please call Alison Romero at 533-5085.

Todos los padres de familia y tutores de estudiantes de primaria de la Corporación Escolar de Goshen están invitados al seminario Triple P, llamado “Criando niños capaces de adaptarse”, el martes, 4 de diciembre en la primaria Chandler. El seminario será de las 6:30 p.m. a las 8:00 p.m. y será presentado en inglés y en español en salones separados. Es un evento gratuito y proveeremos cuidado de niños. Si tiene preguntas, por favor llame a Alison Romero al 533-50-85.

Superintendent’s Thanksgiving Message

As we begin our Thanksgiving Break, I am personally thankful for all the people who work and volunteer to make our Goshen school system such an empowering place for our 6,600 students.

Every day, teachers, support staff, volunteers, and administrators come to school prepared to provide the best possible learning experiences for our students. Not only do we work together to help students learn, but we also provide a safe, nurturing place for them to grow.

I know that GCS is much more than a school system! When I visit classrooms throughout our schools, I see teachers and volunteers working with students on academic content, along with social skills that students will need in the job market. I see staff members collaborate with churches and community groups to provide “weekend backpacks” full of food for some of our neediest students. And those same churches and community groups also provide much-appreciated support and encouragement for our teachers and staff. GCS has numerous quiet, caring individuals who take care of many needs – students who need jackets; girls who need prom dresses; a child who needs money for a field trip; a student who needs assistance to participate in extracurriculars, and countless other everyday needs that are quietly cared for by the many giving people in our school system and in the city of Goshen.

I am thankful for creative staff members who look for ways to motivate and excite our students:  Our Robotics sponsors at GMS and GHS; for coaches who spend tireless hours teaching our young student-athletes not only a sport, but also what it means to be a good team member, have fun, and represent our community in a positive way; for Chess coaches at all of our schools; for brave, creative teachers who lead kindergarten and 1st graders in making their own Thanksgiving meal at school!; for teachers who instill in our students the love of theater; for students and staff who generously hold food drives for others in our community; for high school students who mentor elementary students; for music directors and young musicians who fill the air with song; and most importantly, for our teachers who teach with love and care every day to ensure that our students are well prepared for their futures.

I am thankful that there are too many examples to list! Our school system is full of wonderful, committed people and innovative programs that provide students with many opportunities for a future beyond our hallways. Additionally, I am so thankful for a community that is supportive, and generously contributes their time, talents, and money to provide the best education for all GCS students.

As we move through this season of Thanksgiving, I am simply quite thankful to be a part of Goshen Community Schools!

Dr. Diane Woodworth

“Mr. Awesome” Visits Chandler for Real Men Read

The Read United program “Real Men Read” has a strong presence of community volunteers in all Goshen elementary schools.  “Real Men Read” runs through the month of November with weekly sessions, for a total of 4 weeks.  There are currently 90 readers bringing their diverse career experiences and personalities to our younger students.  Each volunteer spends about 30 minutes a week reading and interacting with students using provided books.  Volunteers are encouraged to use props and make personal connections related to the themes of the stories.  All books are then donated to the classrooms.

Please enjoy this video of “Mr. Awesome”, also know as Darrin Eichorn, reading “A Night Before Thanksgiving” by Dav Pilkey.


“Real Men Read” is funded through United Way of Elkhart County in collaboration with Goshen Community Schools.  If you are interested in next year’s program, please contact Sharon Sarber, Volunteer Engagement Specialist, at ssarber@goshenschools.org.

Thank you to the many men who read to GCS students this year!

GCS Read United Reading Camps

Our schools need you!  The Read United Reading Camps are comprised of 2nd grade students who are reading just below grade level.  Through the Reading Camps, students are provided a helping hand in strengthening their reading skills through your mentoring and supportive relationship.  Reading Camps will be held January 29th through March 21st on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3-4pm at Chandler, Model, Parkside, Waterford and West Goshen. You can sign up for one (Tuesdays or Thursday) or both hours (Tuesday and Thursday) per week, or as part of the Sub Pool.

In the past, we have had volunteers pair up with a friend, coworker, family member, etc. to share a student and each person comes once per week, with the option of covering for one another in an absence.  We are also encouraging groups of volunteers to create a social activity out of the volunteer experience.  Friends can volunteer for the same day and then go out for dinner, shopping, bowling, a movie, or whatever!!

Please respond to Sharon Sarber at ssarber@goshenschools.org or 574-533-8631, ext. 2048 in order to participate in this wonderful program!  Information is also available on these websites: https://www.actsofservice.com/ under Read United and CARES, and https://www.allforgood.org/projects/wkxGl5JR.

Volunteer registration deadline is January 17, 2019.  Contact Sharon today!

Student Flu Shots/Las vacunas contra la gripe para estudiantes

CareDox will be offering free flu shots to all of our students this year. Clinics will be held at each school based on the schedule below. Sign up online at register.goshenflu.com  or complete the paperwork that was sent in the mail to your home and return to your school nurse.  If you have any questions please call 1-800-566-0596.

Vacunas gratuitas contra la gripe. Registre a su hijo para recibir una vacuna gratuita. Regístrese en línea visitando rellister.goshenflu.com o devuelva la forma que enviamos a casa.  Administraremos las vacunas contra la gripe en la escuela de su hijo el 13 o 14 de noviembre. Si tiene preguntas llame al 1-800-566-0596.

For more information and consent forms, click on the links below.
Para obtener más información y formularios de consentimiento, haga clic en los enlaces a continuación.

Information for Flu Shots
Información para las vacunas contra la gripe

Consent form in English
Consent form in Spanish

Date/Fecha: 11.13.18 / 13 de noviembre de 2018 Date/Fecha: 11.14.18 / 14 de noviembre de 2018
School/Escuela Time/Hora School/Escuela Time/Hora
Chamberlain 8:15 – 10:15 am Waterford 8:15 – 11:15 am
Model 8:15 – 11:15 am Merit 8:30 – 11:30 am
Parkside 8:15 – 10:15 am Chandler 8:15 am – Finish
Goshen High School 11:00 am – Finish West Goshen 11:45 am – Finish
Goshen Middle School 11:45 am – Finish Goshen Online Academy 1:00 pm – Finish
Prairie View 11:00 am – Finish