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 ssarber@goshenschools.org  if you need a background check form.

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


5th Grade Pathway Showcase Nights

Attention 5th Graders and Parents!

It is time to begin the process of transitioning to Goshen Middle School.  Here are some important dates to add to your calendar:

  • February 19th and 21st – Pathway Showcase Nights, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
  • Come to GMS on one of these nights to learn about both pathways (GMS New Tech and GMS Middle Years Program).
  • Pathway choice forms will be distributed on these evenings.

Tell Us A Story

Last week we shared a few stories about GCS students and staff that were reported to us. The stories highlighted some pretty great things about the people who come to GCS every day to work and learn. The Goshen community also seemed to appreciate hearing about the good things happening in our school community.

So, if you have a positive story about a GCS student or staff member that you would like us to share with the wider Goshen community, please tell us! You may email Lori Martin at lmartin@goshenschools.org and she will pass your story along via the GCS website, Facebook, and Twitter.

When you see something beautiful in someone, tell them (and others!). The world needs more of that.  

GHS Unified Dance Marathon-Saturday, Feb. 9

The Unified Dance Marathon, put on by IB students, National Honor Society, and the Student Council will be held tomorrow night (Saturday) from 6:00-11:00 p.m.! The event is open to the public, and the GHS students encourage families and community members to join in with the students for a fun night of dancing, games, and good food.

If you would like to know more about the Dance Marathon, or the Unified Athletic Teams for whom the students are raising funds, then all you have to do is turn on your TV! GHS students will be interviewed about the event on Saturday, Feb. 9th at 7:20 a.m. on WSBT Channel 22. We appreciate the invitation from WSBT’s Delaney Clark to have our students share more about the event.

Weather concerns for this week

There are many factors that are in play when we make decisions about school delays and closings, and as you might imagine, each weather event is unique and has its own peculiarities. Having said that, we know that many of you wonder about timelines and such for when we are making these decisions. Normally, we decide on delays by 5:45 a.m., as the first buses roll out between that time and 6:00. If there is a delay, we have until 7:45 to decide if we will close school or not, also based on when the first buses would begin their routes. We take making these decisions very seriously, as 6600 young lives depend on us for so many things. For many of our students, we provide their only two nutritious meals a day.

As we are looking at this week, we surmise that we could have several more E-learning days. As we think about the educational value of these days, and since we are still new at this, we believe that two E-Learning days in a row should be max for us. Therefore, if we would need to close school for a third consecutive day, that day would be made up on the first available planned make up day in our school calendar, which in this case, would be Friday, Feb. 15.

Please remember that students have five school days to complete their E-Learning assignments.

We will try to make all weather-related decisions this week in as prudent and timely manner as possible. Thank you all, and stay warm and safe out there!

For Jan. 28, 2019 after school activities cancellations

Due to worsening road conditions all Elementary and GMS after schools activities are cancelled.

GHS Activities:
The 9th grade boys basketball game at John Glenn is postponed for tonight. The Freshman team will practice in Whiteman Gym after school until 5:30.

Varsity boys basketball and varsity girls basketball are still practicing.

Boys swim practice is still on after school at GHS. The Culver’s Give Back Night has been postponed until 2/5.

Nelson’s chicken tickets and money for all boys and girls track members will be due tomorrow. Please turn them in to Coach Willis and Coach DuBois.

Musical practice is still on until 5:15 p.m.

All out of season athletic activities are canceled – including the weight room.

Goshen Schools Closed Jan. 23/eLearning Day

Goshen Community Schools will be closed today (Wednesday, Jan. 23).

This will be an eLearning day. Students will have five school days to complete eLearning assignments. For further information on eLearning, please log into the Goshen Community Schools website at www.goshencommunityschools.org.

For elementary students who do not have their iPads at home, there are a couple of choices: Students may complete the assignments on other (home) devices, or they may take their devices home when we return to school, and they will have five days to complete eLearning assignments outside of the school day.

Superintendent Step-In, Chandler 3rd Grade

Dr. Woodworth needs to keep her wits about her in this episode of the Superintendent Step In! Chandler’s 3rd grade teacher, Daniel Longcor, has put together a “break out box” game for the classroom. What is a break out box game? Well, the students work together in groups, using math, reading, and their critical-thinking skills to solve riddles and clues to locate and unlock boxes, before they get the next clue. It is basically an elaborate set of clues, boxes, and hidden gems, just waiting for the students to figure things out and get to the end!

Wednesday, Jan. 16-Train/Car accident

There was a train/car accident this afternoon (before school let out) at the Jefferson street crossing. Due to the accident, all railroad crossings/roads are closed between Lincoln Ave. and Kercher Road. The GCS transportation department is working hard to make sure that buses are available to transport students home this afternoon. However, please be aware that drop-off times may be delayed due to limited crossings and heavy traffic.

We appreciate your patience as we work together to make sure that all bus riders get home safely, and all GHS students are safely directed out of the parking lot.

There will be staff available in the transportation office if you have questions. 533-7176.

Esta tarde, sucedió un accidente entre un tren y un automóvil (antes de que las clases terminaran) en el cruce de la calle Jefferson. Debido a este accidente, todos los cruces y caminos por las vías del tren se encuentran cerrados entre la avenida Lincoln Aveniú y Kercher. El departamento de transporte está trabajando duro para asegurarse que todos los autobuses estén disponibles para transportar a los estudiantes a casa esta tarde. Sin embargo, por favor entienda que el horario en el que se dejará a su hijo podría retrasarse debido a los cruces limitados y al alto tránsito vehicular.