GHS German Trip June 29

Here are pictures of Dan’s and Andrew’s host families.

Dan and his host brother, Julian, and host mother sporting GHS shirts

Dan and his host brother, Julian, and host mother sporting GHS shirts

Dan getting ready to eat what he calls "the best thing ever", Schnitzel

Dan getting ready to eat what he calls “the best thing ever”, Schnitzel

Andrew's  host family in front of their house

Andrew’s host family in front of their house

Andrew and his host brother Lukas

Andrew and his host brother Lukas

Andrew with the neighbor's rabbit

Andrew with the neighbor’s rabbit





GHS German Trip June 28

The weather here in Bielefeld has been less than cooperative this week.  Most of the week has seen rain and highs in the upper 50s. The forecast is for warmer temps and sunny skies next week.  Here are a few pictures of the city and of Paige and Justin’s host families.

Justin and his host family

Justin and his host family

Paige, Marlen, and her host parents

Paige, Marlen, and her host parents

Paige's home in Bielefeld

Paige’s home in Bielefeld

Bielefeld from the Sparrenburg castle

Bielefeld from the Sparrenburg castle

The tower of the Sparrenburg castle

The tower of the Sparrenburg castle






GHS German Trip June 27

Then next few posts will be of GHS students and their host families here in Bielefeld.  We start today with Elizabeth and Adam.

Elizabeth and her host sister Fiona

Elizabeth and her host sister Fiona


Elizabeth's host family and host sister

Elizabeth’s host family and host sister


Adam and his host sister

Adam and his host sister


Adam and his host family in front of their house

Adam and his host family in front of their house



GHS German Trip June 25

Students attended classes today at our partner school, the Max-Planck-Gymnasium, a university preparatory school in Bielefeld.  School let ou at 11:30, so that all of the teachers could go on an outing together.  Mr. Collins and Mr. Graves accompanied them.  The outing was a 2 hour hike through the Teutoburger Forest, on the edge of which the city of Bielefeld sits.  We ended up at a small restaurant, where we grilled.  Mr. Collins and Mr. Graves both chuckled at the idea of GHS teachers hiking together through the hills and forest!  Probably won’t happen soon.  The picutres are from the students visit at our partner school and from the hike.  The school is nearing the end of a 7 year building project.

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GHS German Trip June 21

Below are several pictures of students in their language class.  The directors of the institute are pleased that our students are speaking mostly German during the classes and are even using German when they speak with each other!

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GHS German Trip June 20

Students participated in a Stadt-Rallye (a city scavenger hunt) in Bielefeld today. They met with their host siblings and formed mixed groups of Germans and Americans and made their way through the city to locate specific landmarks. At each landmark one of the American students would have to stop a passerby and ask them to take a picture of their group as proof that they had found it. This was a bit nerve-wracking for our students, but they did an awesome job. Below are some pictures from the entire group of Americans and Germans and then photos from one of the groups.


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GHS German Trip June 17

We left Salzburg this morning, where the weather was
unseasonably warm, for Bielefeld. Our train to Munich was late,
which meant our train to Hannover was leaving as we pulled in to
the station. We took another train to Nuernberg, where we caught up
with the train we had missed. The trip to Hannover was uneventful,
but we were again late. Fortunately we were able to jump on to the
train to Bielefeld a minute before it left. We arrived safely in
Bielefeld, where we were greeted by our host families.





GHS German Trip June 16

Today was another beautiful day. Most of us woke up to
church bells ringing, since our hotel is across from a church. We
had a large breakfast at the hotel and then did a city tour in the
form of a scavenger hunt. The students did a great job finding
their way around the city and exploring different sites. In the
afternoon we took a bus to the south edge of the city to visit
Schloss Hellbrunn, a water palace. Students got wet, but it felt
good in the hot weather. Some students then elected to visit the
zoo. We leave tomorrow morning for Bielefeld. It is hard to believe
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GHS German Trip June 15 2013

We arrived yesterday evening after taking a later train because of a cancelation. We took the bus to our hotel, checked in, ate, and went to bed. Today was a beautiful day: sunny and 80 degrees. We took a short train and bus ride south into the mountains. We toured a salt mine, which involved putting on miner’s clothes, riding an open train into the mine, and sliding down several very long wooden slides to reach lower levels of the mine. After our return to Salzburg in the afternoon, students had the rest of the evening free to explore.







GHS German Trip June 13

After breakfast this morning we boarded a train and headed 2 hours south to the Bavarian Alps to visit Neuschwanstein castle. Many of us discovered on the 30 minute hike up to the castle that we are a little out of shape. After visiting the castle, some students walked a bit further up the mountain to the suspension bridge over the the gorge and waterfall. The weather was perfect: sunny and low 70s. We couldn’t have asked for a better day. Upon returning to the city students went to find supper and explore the city again. Tomorrow afternoon we leave for Salzburg.








GHS German Trip June 12

Things felt much better this morning after a decent amount
of sleep. Several students woke up at 3 am and couldn’t sleep
anymore, but still felt better with at least 4 hours of sleep.
After eating a typical German breakfast at the hotel we went on a
tour of the city. This included seeing several churches, the
cathedral, surfers on the Isar river, the pedestrian zone and the
Marienplatz. We climbed the tower of the St. Peterskirche for a
great view of the city and then had lunch at the Viktualienmarkt, a
large, open-air market in the middle of the city. After lunch we
took a 20 minute train ride to the city of Dachau to visit the
concentration camp memorial site. We returned to the hotel to rest
and then went for dinner at the Hofbraeuhaus, the largest beer hall
in Muenchen, where we at typical Bavarian food again and listened
to the oompah band play traditional tunes.









2013-14 School Start Times

Goshen Community Schools Arrival and Dismissal Times
Horario de entrada y salida de clases de la Corporación Escolar de Goshen

Updated for the 2013-14 school year * Horario actualizado del año escolar 2013-2014


Normal Schedule (Tues – Fri)
Horario regular (Martes a viernes)

  • Elementary/Primarias – 7:50 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.
  • GMS – 8:35 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
  • GHS – 8:25 a.m. – 3:35 p.m.


Late Arrival (1st day of the week – Mon or  Tues after Monday holiday)
Entrada tarde (El primer día de la semana (lunes) o el martes si el lunes fuera día festivo)

  • Elementary/Primarias – 8:30.m. – 2:50 p.m.
  • GMS – 9:15 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
  • GHS – 9:05 a.m. – 3:40 p.m.


2-hr delay due to severe weather  (1st day of the week – Mon or  Tues after Monday holiday)
Demora de horario de 2 horas debido a clima severo (El primer día de la semana (lunes) o el martes si el lunes fuera día festivo)

  • Elementary/Primarias – 10:30 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.
  • GMS – 11:15 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
  • GHS – 11:05 a.m. – 3:40 p.m.


2-hr delay due to severe weather  (Tues – Fri)
Demora de horario de 2 horas debido a clima severo (Martes a jueves)

  • Elementary/Primarias – 9:50 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.
  • GMS – 10:35 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
  • GHS – 10:25 a.m. – 3:35 p.m.



GHS German Trip June 11

Today began in the airplane on the flight from Atlanta to Duesseldorf. Some of us tried to sleep, while others watched movies, ate terrible airplane food, or tried to sleep. We landed early in Duesseldorf and then boarded the train for Muenchen. We sat for 5 hours on the high speed train and arrived at 3:15 in the afternoon in Muenchen. We walked 10 minutes to our hotel, checked in, cleaned up and headed to the center of the city for typical Bavarian fate for supper. Dan claimed it was the best food he has ever eaten. We also helped Paige celebrate her 17th birthday. We returned to our hotel and relaxed and prepared to sleep after over 24 hours.







GHS German Trip June 10

Our group left this morning at 7:30 from GHS. Mrs. Eaton was kind enough to drive us to the airport in Chicago. We checked our bags, went through security, and boarded our flight to Atlanta. It was Justin’s and Dan’s first time to fly, but things went well. We are now hanging out in Atlanta airport waiting to board our flight to Duesseldorf. It will be a 9 hour flight.




Followup Press Release Regarding GHS Mascot

Press Release
Goshen Community Schools

The decision has been made to place the statue of the Native American Chief back in the GHS gym before graduation. The intent was never to be divisive to the community or to the graduates, rather it was meant to honor the past guidelines from the Athletic Council as well as the differing views on this subject.

However, at this point it appears that this will detract from the graduation ceremonies of the class of 2013, which is not the desire of anyone in the school community. The class of 2013 deserves to be honored for their accomplishments without any side agenda at the commencement ceremony.

This subject will be discussed further this summer to decide on next steps to be taken in regards to the GHS mascot.