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“Parents and Adult Fans: The Biggest Challenge Facing High  School Sports Today”

Parents and Adult Fans: The Biggest Challenge Facing High School Sports Today (Op-Ed Column)

By Karissa Niehoff, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Bobby Cox, Commissioner of the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA).

Inappropriate adult behavior at high school athletic events in Indiana has reached epidemic proportion.    

When more than 2,000 high school athletic directors were asked in a recent national survey what they like least about their job, 62.3% said it was “dealing with aggressive parents and adult fans.”   

And the men and women who wear the black and white stripes agree. In fact, almost 80% of officials quit after the first two years on the job, and unruly parents are cited as the reason why. As a result,  there is a growing shortage of high school officials here in Indiana, and in some sports like wrestling,  swimming, and track and field, the shortage is severe. No officials means no more games.  

If you are a parent attending a high school athletic event this fall, you can help by following these six guidelines:

1. Act Your Age. You are, after all, an adult. Act in a way that makes your family and school proud.

2. Don’t Live Your Life Vicariously Through Your Children. High school sports are for them, not you. Your family’s reputation is not determined by how well your children perform on the field of play.

3. Let Your Children Talk to the Coach Instead of You Doing It for Them. High school athletes learn how to become more confident, independent and capable—but only when their parents don’t jump in and solve their problems for them.

4. Stay in Your Own Lane. No coaching or officiating from the sidelines. Your role is to be a responsible, supportive parent—not a coach or official.

5. Remember, Participating in a High School Sport Is Not About Getting a College Scholarship.  According to the NCAA, only about 2% of all high school athletes are awarded a sports  scholarship, and the total value of the scholarship is only about $18,000.

6. Make Sure Your Children Know You Love Watching Them Play. Do not critique your child’s performance on the car ride home. Participating in high school sports is about character development, learning and having fun—not winning and losing.

Purchasing a ticket to a high school athletic event does not give you the right to be rude, disrespectful  or verbally abusive. Cheer loud and be proud, but be responsible and respectful. The future of high  school sports in Indiana is dependent on you.   

Goshen Community Schools appreciates the many students, parents, and families who attend athletic events as GHS and GMS fans. We encourage our fans to abide by the guidelines provided above. We also encourage those who may have participated in a high school sport and/or know the rules well to consider becoming a high school official, as officials are so desperately needed! Go Big Red!!

Comunicado de prensa conjunto-Comisión de Relaciones Comunitarias y Escuelas Comunitarias de Goshen

GOSHEN, Ind. (agosto 15, 2019)—Después de una exitosa conversación comunitaria piloto en la primavera, la Comisión de Relaciones Comunitarias de Goshen (CRC) y las Escuelas Comunitarias de Goshen (GCS) se embarcarán en una serie de eventos en los próximos meses que alentarán el discurso sobre temas que afectan exclusivamente a los residentes de Goshen.

Una serie de tres conversaciones comunitarias, todas abiertas al público, se llevarán a cabo en varios lugares de la ciudad este otoño, cada una abordando un tema diferente que surgió de los miembros participantes en una conversación piloto en abril. La serie de conversaciones se llama “Creciendo Goshen Juntos” (CGJ).

Jes Stoltzfus Buller, una facilitadora experta con experiencia significativa en el diálogo colaborativo, será la anfitriona de las conversaciones en formato World Café. Este método de discusión de mesa redonda en grupos pequeños ofrece un ambiente íntimo que invita a la curiosidad y ayuda a construir relaciones, brindando a todos los participantes la oportunidad de hablar.

Se ofrecerá interpretación en cada mesa entre inglés y español, para que los participantes puedan compartir en el idioma que les resulte más cómodo. Toda la información y comentarios introductorios también se proporcionarán en inglés y español.

Después de cada conversación, la facilitadora escribirá un informe basado en notas y comentarios de la mesa, y encuestas posteriores al evento. El informe incluirá los aspectos más destacados de la conversación sobre los temas que surgieron, así como ideas o recomendaciones.

La información servirá para vigorizar la creación de un plan de acción en cada área. Representantes de CRC, GCS y la Ciudad de Goshen crearán un equipo de acción central y para cada conversación/tema, los participantes de la conversación y las partes interesadas clave serán invitados a unirse. Este equipo evaluará el informe y elaborará los próximos pasos y planes de seguimiento concretos.

“Goshen es esa comunidad rara donde no solo decimos que adoptamos la diversidad, sino que vivimos los valores de aceptación, aprecio y celebración de la diversidad todos los días”, dijo Steve Hope, superintendente adjunto de GCS y miembro del comité de la serie GGT. “También central para la misión de Goshen Community Schools, nos complace asociarnos con la Comisión de Relaciones Comunitarias de la ciudad para apoyar esta serie de conversaciones comunitarias. En el corazón de cualquier comunidad vibrante y económicamente fuerte es un sistema escolar fuerte. A través de cada conversación, las Escuelas Comunitarias de Goshen también aprenden y crecen y están en mejores condiciones de apoyar a todos y cada uno de nuestros estudiantes “.

CRC y GCS comenzaron conversaciones en 2018 para intercambiar ideas sobre la posibilidad de construir puentes entre diversos grupos de la comunidad. Al reconocer la diversidad de todo tipo en toda la ciudad, vieron una oportunidad para promover la tolerancia, la comprensión y la gratitud para todas las personas. Esto llevó a una conversación comunitaria piloto, Creciendo Goshen Juntos, el 25 de abril de 2019, celebrada en Goshen High School. Las respuestas de ese evento pidieron más conversaciones. A través de conversaciones continuas sobre los problemas que enfrenta la comunidad de Goshen, CRC y GCS esperan continuar fomentando las relaciones en toda la comunidad de Goshen.

La siguiente información ofrece detalles sobre la próxima serie de conversaciones de otoño. Se está preparando una posible serie para la primavera, pendiente de aprobación por parte del CRC.

Una cultura que aprende: Nuestras escuelas y la comunidad juntas • 26 de septiembre de 2019 • 6–8 p.m. • Boys and Girls Club

Resumen: Esta conversación ofrecerá la oportunidad de aprender de las escuelas de la comunidad, que albergan la diversidad encarnada en Goshen, que se vive en la práctica todos los días. La conversación se centrará en lo que está yendo bien en nuestras escuelas y dónde se necesita crecimiento. ¿Cómo pueden nuestras escuelas servir mejor a las familias en Goshen y cuál es su papel en la comunidad en general?

Cómo crece Goshen: Equilibrando el poder y levantando líderes • 24 de octubre de 2019 • 6–8 p.m. • Parque Shanklin, Pabellón Schrock

Resumen: Esta conversación abordará el liderazgo y el poder en la comunidad de Goshen. Los participantes tendrán la oportunidad de hablar sobre equilibrios exitosos de poder y cómo se crea, así como también ver los desafíos para un poder igualado. ¿Cómo se accede al poder y cómo aumenta la comunidad la capacidad y el liderazgo para brindar oportunidades de poder compartido?

Quién es Goshen: Contando nuestras historias • 14 de noviembre de 2019 • 6–8 p.m. • Boys and Girls Club

Resumen: Esta conversación proporcionará espacio para conocer a otros en la comunidad escuchando y compartiendo sobre la identidad y las experiencias que dan forma a cada persona. ¿Cómo han moldeado nuestras experiencias nuestros valores? Unir las divisiones requiere conocerse los unos a los otros: ¿podemos aprender a conocernos y pasar de extraños a amigos?

Joint Press Release-Community Relations Commission & Goshen Community Schools

GOSHEN, Ind. (Aug. 15, 2019)—Following a successful pilot community conversation in the spring, the Goshen Community Relations Commission (CRC) and Goshen Community Schools (GCS) will embark on a series of events in the next several months that will encourage discourse around topics that uniquely affect Goshen’s residents.

A series of three community conversations—all open to the public—will be held at various locations throughout the city this fall, each addressing a different theme that arose from participating members at a pilot conversation in April. The series of conversations is called “Growing Goshen Together” (GGT).

Jes Stoltzfus Buller, a skilled facilitator with significant experience in collaborative group dialogue, will host the conversations in a World Café format. This method of small group, round-table discussion offers an intimate setting that invites curiosity and helps build relationships, while giving everyone a chance to speak.

Interpretation will be offered at each table between English and Spanish, so that participants may share in whichever language is most comfortable for them. All information and introductory comments will also be provided in both English and Spanish.

After each conversation, the facilitator will write a report based on table notes and comments, and post-event surveys. The report will include highlights from the conversation about themes that emerged, as well as ideas or recommendations.

The information will serve as a springboard for the creation of an action plan in each area. Representatives from CRC, GCS and Goshen City will create a core action team and for each conversation/theme, conversation participants and key stakeholders will be invited to join. This team will evaluate the report and will come up with concrete next steps and follow-up plans.

“Goshen is that rare community where we not only say we embrace diversity, we live the values of acceptance, appreciation and celebration of diversity every day,” said Steve Hope, deputy superintendent at GCS and a member of the GGT series committee. “Also central to the mission of Goshen Community Schools, we are pleased to partner with the city’s Community Relations Commission in supporting this series of community conversations. At the heart of any vibrant and economically strong community is a strong school system. Through each conversation the Goshen Community Schools also learns and grows and is better able to support each and every one of our students.”

CRC and GCS began conversations in 2018 to brainstorm possibilities toward building bridges between diverse groups in the community. Recognizing diversity of all kinds throughout the city, they saw an opportunity for promoting tolerance, understanding and gratitude for all people. This led to a pilot community conversation, Growing Goshen Together, on April 25, 2019, held at Goshen High School. Responses from that event called for more conversations. Through continued conversations about the issues facing the Goshen community, CRC and GCS hope to continue fostering relationships throughout the Goshen community.

The following information offers details about the upcoming fall conversation series. A potential spring series is in the works, pending approval from the CRC.

A culture that learns: Our schools and community together • September 26, 2019 • 6–8 p.m. • Boys and Girls Club
Summary: This conversation will offer the opportunity to learn from the community’s schools, which are home to embodied diversity in Goshen, lived out in practice every day. The conversation will focus on what is going well in our schools and where growth is needed. How can our schools better serve the families in Goshen, and what is their role in the larger community?

How Goshen grows: Balancing power and raising up leaders • October 24, 2019 • 6–8 p.m. • Shanklin Park, Schrock Pavilion
Summary: This conversation will address leadership and power in the Goshen community.  Participants will have the opportunity to speak into successful balances of power and how that is created, as well as look at challenges to equalized power.  How does one access power and how does the community grow capacity and leadership to provide opportunities for shared power?

Who is Goshen: Telling our stories • November 14, 2019 • 6–8 p.m. • Boys and Girls Club
Summary: This conversation will provide space to get to know others in the community by listening and sharing about identity and the experiences that shape each person. How have our experiences shaped our values?  Bridging divides requires knowing one another—can we learn to know each other and move from strangers to friends?

PASSING A STOPPED SCHOOL BUS IS AGAINST THE LAW! (English/Spanish)

August 7, 2019: Joint Press Release-Goshen Community Schools/Goshen Police Department

PASSING A STOPPED SCHOOL BUS IS AGAINST THE LAW!          

Students are heading back to school, which means people will be seeing school buses on our roads again. Indiana State Police (ISP) have reminded everyone about the importance of watching for stopping school buses while they are picking up and dropping off students. Do you know when to stop for a school bus? ISP created a helpful graphic (below) to make sure everyone is safe on their commute.

Two-Lane Roadways: If a school bus stops on a two-lane road and the red flashing lights are activated and the stop arm is extended, all motorists MUST stop.

Multi-Lane Roadways with NO Barrier between Lanes: When a school bus stops on a multi-lane roadway without a barrier and the red flashing lights are activated and the stop arm is extended, all motorists MUST stop.

Multi-Lane Roadway with a Grassy and/or Concrete Barrier: When a school bus stops and the red flashing lights are activated and the stop arm is extended, only vehicles behind the bus MUST stop. Vehicles that are approaching from the opposite side are NOT required to stop.

Senate Enrolled Act No. 2 Bill increases penalties for violating a stop arm from a Class B misdemeanor to a Class A misdemeanor. Additionally, penalties are raised from a Class A misdemeanor to a Level 6 felony for a stop-arm runner if the action results in injury, and to a Level 5 felony if the action results in death. The court may also suspend the motorist’s driving privileges for 90 days for a first offense, or, if the motorist has committed at least one previous school bus passing offense, for one year. Other requirements include:

•    School bus drivers deploying flashing warning lights and a stop arm when loading and unloading students.
•    Schools reviewing bus routes and safety policies.
•    The state Department of Education posting on its website school bus safety guidelines and how to petition to reduce maximum speed limits in areas where students are boarding or exiting school buses.
•    With some exceptions, prohibiting bus drivers from loading or unloading students at a location where they would need to cross a roadway, unless there are no other safe alternatives.

7 de agosto, 2019: Comunicado de prensa conjunto—Escuelas comunitarias de Goshen/Departamento de Policía de Goshen

 ¡PASAR UN AUTOBÚS ESCOLAR PARADO ES CONTRA LA LEY!

Los estudiantes regresan a la escuela esta semana, lo que significa que la gente volverá a ver los autobuses escolares en nuestras carreteras. La Policía del Estado de Indiana (ISP) le ha recordado a la comunidad la importancia de vigilar la parada de los autobuses escolares mientras recogen y dejan a los estudiantes. ¿Sabes cuándo parar si ves un autobús escolar? ISP creó un gráfico útil (a continuación) para asegurarse de que todos estén seguros en su viaje.

Carreteras de dos carriles: Si un autobús escolar se detiene en una carretera de dos carriles y las luces intermitentes rojas se activan y el brazo de detención se extiende, todos los automovilistas DEBEN detenerse.

Carreteras de carriles múltiples sin barrera entre carriles: Cuando un autobús escolar se detiene en una carretera de varios carriles sin barrera y las luces intermitentes rojas se activan y el brazo de detención se extiende, todos los automovilistas DEBEN detenerse.

Carretera de carriles múltiples con una barrera de césped y/o concreto: Cuando un autobús escolar se detiene y las luces rojas intermitentes se activan y el brazo de detención se extiende, solo los vehículos detrás del autobús DEBEN detenerse. NO se requiere que los vehículos que se aproximan desde el lado opuesto se detengan.

El acto inscrito Nº 2 del Senado aumenta las sanciones por violar un brazo de detención de un delito menor de Clase B a un delito menor de Clase A. Además, las penalizaciones se elevan de un delito menor de Clase A, a un delito grave de Nivel 6 para quien se pase un brazo de detención si la acción resulta en una lesión, y a un delito grave de Nivel 5 si la acción resulta en la muerte. La corte también puede suspender los privilegios de conducir del automovilista durante 90 días por una primera infracción o, si el automovilista ha cometido al menos una infracción previa por pasar del autobús escolar, durante un año. Otros requisitos incluyen:

  • Los conductores de autobuses escolares que despliegan luces intermitentes de advertencia y un brazo de detención cuando cargan y descargan estudiantes.
  • Escuelas que revisan rutas de autobuses y políticas de seguridad.
  • El Departamento de Educación del estado que publica en su sitio web las pautas de seguridad del autobús escolar y cómo solicitar la reducción de los límites de velocidad máxima en las áreas donde los estudiantes abordan o salen de los autobuses escolares.
  • Con algunas excepciones, prohibir que los conductores de autobuses carguen o descarguen estudiantes en un lugar donde tendrían que cruzar una carretera, a menos que no haya otras alternativas seguras.

CareerWise Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day-August 2nd

CareerWise Elkhart County is a Business-Led, Student-Centered Apprenticeship Program for high school students.

The public is invited to the press event for the Modern Youth Apprentice “Student Signing Day” on Friday, August 2 at 11:15 a.m. at Ivy Tech Community College, 22531 CR 18, Goshen, 46528 in the Community Room.

Along with a brief overview of CareerWise Elkhart County, attendees will hear from students and their employers. Students will sign a three-year commitment that includes high school credit, college credit, industry certifications and paid employment.

“Horizon Education Alliance (HEA) is pleased to support this collaboration between key businesses and all seven public school districts in Elkhart County”, said Brian Wiebe, HEA’s President. Beginning this school year, apprentices will be trained in modern occupations within the defined career pathways of business operations, advanced manufacturing, and information technology.

Employers participating in the apprenticeship program include DJ Construction, MapleTronics Computers, Goshen Health, Adorn Hardwoods, Interior Components, Kem Krest, Robert Weed Corp, Goshen Stamping, MapleNet Wireless, and Horizon Education Alliance. Additional businesses in Elkhart County have posted positions and will be hiring students by September 1.

“HEA has helped cultivate a system that has enabled implementation of youth apprenticeships in our county across all seven school districts starting with high school juniors. The CareerWise model is a global best-practice and a transformative learning opportunity and we are excited to collaborate with all of our partners to impact our youth”, said Jason Harrison, Vice President of Student and Adult Pathways.

“We just had Josh Belmont in for a tour and to meet Wes [Herschberger, MapleTronics CEO] and the rest of the team. We are excited to work with him in the coming years.” – Rich Troyer, MapleTronics Computers

“When I was in high school, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I only knew it would be in business. I chose HR, having no idea what that meant. I didn’t enter an HR role until 20 years later. For me, I lucked out. How much better it would have been to have had a program like this. Now we do, thanks to all the work that has been done in our region to link industry and education.” – Cindy Grider, Robert Weed Corporation

The Student Signing Day event concludes the second day of the apprentices’ workplace boot camp— CareerWise’s training that prepares students for a professional workplace. The boot camp covers everything from executive-function skills like organization and task prioritization to the soft skills of working in teams, managing conflict and following employer dress codes.

“HEA is grateful to the Community Foundation of Elkhart County, whose support has been critical for our ability to launch this student apprenticeship initiative”, said Wiebe. “Beginning with our research trip to Germany and Switzerland in 2018, which involved county, regional and state leaders, we immediately understood the win-win nature of apprenticeships for both businesses and for high school students.”

CareerWise Elkhart County is based on the CareerWise Colorado model, which launched in 2016, and was based on best practices learned from their state’s trip to Switzerland in 2015. “We’re very pleased that along with New York City, Elkhart County is one of two spots in the nation that is being given the opportunity to launch CareerWise in the first phase of a national buildout”, said Harrison.

Recruitment of businesses interested in hiring youth apprentices is ongoing, and student recruitment for the 2020 cohort will begin this winter. If you are interested in becoming involved with CareerWise Elkhart County, please contact Breanna Allen, HEA Pathways Director, at ballen@heaindiana.org. For more information about how Elkhart County is designing a scalable, countywide modern youth apprenticeship system for students and industry, visit CareerWise Elkhart County.

About Horizon Education Alliance
HEA is a non-profit organization created by Elkhart County education and business leaders. By engaging individuals from multiple sectors throughout the community, HEA supports the educational success of all residents. In doing so, HEA believes Elkhart County can be a world-class community. HEA engages a model of “innovation through collaboration” by creating and sustaining strong partnerships, identifying and assisting in the implementation of evidence-based practices, and monitoring and evaluating progress toward community-level goals.

 

NEW GHS Traffic Flow

GHS Students and Parents, please note that there are new traffic patterns in the GHS parking lot.

If you enter GHS from Purl Street, you will follow the bottom set of red arrows.  You will exit back onto Purl Street.

If you enter GHS from Madison Street, you will be directed to turn right as soon as you enter the parking lot and follow the top set of red arrows.  You will loop around and exit back onto Madison Street where you can only turn right.

The 10th Street area marked in yellow is for bus pickup and drop off.  Students who ride the bus will use the center pathway to safely walk to and from their bus.  Please note that if you park on 10th Street, you will be blocked in after school until the buses leave.  Also, remember that 10th Street is one way traffic only, going northbound

Madison Street

Purl Street

GHS French Trip

Pictures from the 2019 GHS French Trip:

 

Eleven people traveled to France after graduation, GHS French teachers Jason Hobbs and Dru Mack, eight students and a parent chaperone. They spent 10 days in France, split between two cities, Paris and Blois. According to Ms. Mack, the students did a great job communicating in the target language and enjoyed experiencing the culture and seeing/learning about the history of France. The group got home on Tuesday, June 18th, safe and sound!

GCS Representatives Included in City of Goshen’s Storm Drain Art Project

Goshen Community Schools was well represented by artists in the Storm Drain Art Project held by the City of Goshen this spring. Two teachers, Rachel Weaver and Heather Potsander, as well as a Goshen High School graduate Katarina Antal, shared their artwork with our community to encourage protecting our local water resources.

The artists were selected by a committee from artwork submitted in February. Artists were tasked with submitting artwork which would draw the public’s attention to our local waterways and the need to protect them. Each selected artist was assigned a local storm drain and the adjacent sidewalk on which to paint their chosen piece. Painting on concrete is a challenge, but add in the rainy weather we have experienced this spring and these painters deserve even greater praise for completing such beautiful and amazing works of art.

Rachel Weaver teaches 6th-grade visual arts at Goshen Middle School. Her love of water came about at an early age. She grew up living by the river, and spending summers in nearby lakes swimming, canoeing, and kayaking. In high school, she took the marine biology class and became more aware of the importance of water preservation. Rachel felt this project was an excellent way to combine her love of water, education, and art. She also wanted to set an example for her students and allow them to see the message in our community. When sharing her inspiration for this project, Rachel said, “It is important to maintain the health of our nearby water sources not just for our own recreation, but for all who rely on it to survive.”

Heather Potsander is an art teacher at Parkside Elementary School and enjoys creating artwork with elements of surprise and hidden messages.  Such hidden or surprised elements can be found in Heather’s artwork for this project.  “I want people of all ages to experience the joy children have when encountering the unexpected,” says Potsander. The natural landscape, particularly that of the Millrace Canal Trail, inspires her work. A graduate of Goshen College, Potsander also teaches private art classes from her home in Goshen.  When not teaching, she may be found knitting, sewing, or drawing with her three children and their chickens.

Katarina Antal is a graduate of Goshen High School (class of 2017). Her passion for art and interest in the environment led her to study at Ball State University, where she is currently studying Landscape Architecture. As a young girl, Katarina Antal remembers exploring the Goshen dam pond, surrounding forest trails, and riding her bike down the mill race on beautiful summer days. Katarina appreciates the Goshen Community for its support of the arts by providing opportunities for artists to engage with the community. Katarina hopes her painting will be an inspiration to others in the Goshen Community.

6-10-19 Board Recognition

The following people were honored by the school board on Monday, June 10, 2019:

GMS English teacher Marilyn Torres stated that her class worked on an argumentative unit regarding Climate Change earlier this spring. The students were examining the Green New Deal and creating podcasts to present their argument or viewpoint about the Green New Deal. The podcasts were submitted to National Public Radio (NPR) as part of a contest to make their podcasts available through NPR. Out of the 6,000 entries throughout the U.S.A., two of the GMS podcasts were chosen for “Honorable Mention”. The students who created the podcasts were: Skye Steury, Sophia Kauffman, Isaac Stahly, and Laish Detwiler. Mrs. Torres had arranged to play a portion of each of the two podcasts for the school board.

GHS head baseball coach, JJ DuBois, assistant coach Clay Norris, and senior captain Drew Marlow were honored by the school board following their recognition by the IHSAA. This report was filed by IHSAA umpire Michael Murray:

“I had the great fortune of Umpiring a Varsity Baseball Game at Goshen High School on Saturday May 4, 2019 between Goshen and Northwood. It was a great game that went extra innings with Goshen prevailing against Northwood 2-1 in 9 innings. Both Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches and all players were very sportsmanlike and thanked me personally throughout the game, and if questions came up during the game they were very courteous and respectful. We had a couple of close plays in a close game but everyone handled each situation calmly and respectfully of one another. It was just a great atmosphere and what High School sports should always be about. I commend both schools and their administrations for setting a great example of how things should be done. It was a very enjoyable day. After the game was over, both teams shook our hands and thanked us too and that doesn’t always happen everywhere you go.”

Representatives from the GHS Advanced Jazz Band were also honored, following their State Finals finish this year.

And lastly, Assistant Superintendent Mrs. Tamra Ummel was honored by those in attendance for her years of service and dedication to Goshen Community Schools, on her last Monday night board meeting.

GCS 2018-19 Energy Savings

Below is a chart that gives evidence to the hard work GCS staff members and students did to conserve energy and save the school corporation money in 2018-19. The scores and percentages of savings are not a competition between schools, because some schools host more events than others and some schools are more energy-efficient than others. However, GCS is working on long-range plans to make all the schools as energy-efficient as possible!

GCS Named a U.S. Dept. of Ed. Green Ribbon School District

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that Goshen Community Schools in Goshen, IN is among the 2019 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School District Sustainability Awardees. 

The three Pillars of this award are:

Pillar One: Reducing environmental impact, such as waste, water, energy, greenhouse gases, and transportation, encompassing the areas of school facilities, grounds, and operations;

Pillar Two: Improving health and wellness by promoting a healthy physical environment (including aspects such as air quality, contaminant control, moisture control, acoustics, daylighting, pest management, and thermal comfort) and student and staff wellness practices (such as healthy school food and outdoors physical activity); and

Pillar Three: Offering effective environmental and sustainability education, including civic learning, green careers, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) connections.

Goshen Community Schools was nominated by the Indiana Department of Education, after review of Goshen’s application and qualifications. Highlights of Goshen qualifications for Pillar One include: Implementing an energy conservation program in 2009 with a full-time Energy Educator to lead the program; In 2012 the district received ENERGY STAR leader recognition; Since the inception of its energy conservation initiatives, GCS has achieved a cost avoidance of $4.4 million, representing a 25% savings on energy costs for the district; Two GCS schools have solar panels, Waterford Elementary has 1,173 solar panels, each with 260 watts of capacity for a total system size of 304,980 watts, and Goshen High School has 1,242 solar panels, each with 260 watts of capacity, for a total system size of 322,920 watts; High school students can access the data from the GHS solar array and use the information as part of their curriculum; The district has installed water-bottle filling stations to encourage students to bring their water bottles from home instead of buying bottles of water from the vending machines; Every school in the district has a purposeful recycling program which includes student involvement and education; and, Students and staff members use designated walkways and trails to walk and bike to school.

Goshen highlights for Pillar Two include: The custodial staff using eco-friendly cleaning solutions and microfiber cloths to reduce the use of chemical cleaners; When needed, the grounds crew uses fertilizer that is 2/3 organic; A coordinated school health committee addresses and evaluates ways to improve the health and wellness of students and staff; A health and wellness center for those on the school’s insurance, staffed by a physician, nurse practitioner, nurses, and medical assistants; Wellness screenings and health risk appraisals for all employees in each school/building each year; Free nutritious snacks are available during after-school hours to students in all grades attending any after-school activity; Middle School students planting, tending, and harvesting a community garden sponsored by Goshen Health; IU dental school comes to the elementary schools yearly to check the teeth of 2nd and 3rd graders and offer sealants as needed; Run the Halls, which encourages students to track their time and/or miles in after-school running and walking; and, GCS has used its purchasing power to advocate for healthier lunch options from vendors, showcasing local foods.

Pillar Three highlights include: The opportunities provided to students by local businesses and local government, to work on real-word sustainability problems and search for solutions; Through Greenpower, students have built an electric car; In conjunction with the City of Goshen, GHS students addressed sediment from stormwater runoff as a major cause of pollution in local waterways; GHS students designed prosthetics for a calf born with malformed hooves; At GHS, the development of a super-mileage car and a solar-powered automatic chicken coop door for a local veterinarian; Learning about marine life during the Spring Break Marine Biology trip to the Florida Keys; Participation in a carbon footprint reduction challenge; Partnering with Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College for field trips and study days; Partnering with Northern Indiana Public Service Company to provide every 5th grader with an energy-reduction kit as part of their curriculum; 8th graders partnering with the Elkhart County Soil and Water Conservation District which provides an outdoor learning day at the nearby Environmental Center and River Greenway Trail; and, The optional 8th grade trip to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, where students camp, hike, and explore the great outdoors.

According to GCS Superintendent Dr. Diane Woodworth, “This award is a great honor for GCS!  We are very pleased to receive this. The students and staff deserve the recognition, as much of the drive toward recycling and other environmentally friendly practices are from them. Our Energy Educator, Judy Miller, also deserves much credit as she is always working behind the scenes to keep our momentum going.”

Judy Miller, GCS Energy Educator said, “I’m so pleased that our district has been chosen to receive this coveted DOE Green Ribbon Schools distinction. There were so many components in this application that basically fit into the three required growth pillars of:  reducing environmental impact and costs; improving health and wellness; and providing effective environmental and sustainability education.  If it “takes a village” to raise a child, it certainly takes “a whole corporation” to educate a student.  We are being recognized with this distinction because of this “whole corporation” approach.  Our corporation is enhanced by an active community, our students, the Coordinated School Health Committee, our Green Team, the custodial and maintenance departments, teachers, administrators, school counselors, support staff, and school nutrition staff—all are essential participants in our approach to wellness, and growth as a healthy and sustainable organization.”

Across the country, 35 schools, 14 school districts, and four post-secondary institutions are being honored for their innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, improve health and wellness, and ensure effective sustainability education. Goshen Community Schools was among the 14 school districts recognized across the nation and was the only honoree in the State of Indiana.

The honorees were named from a pool of candidates nominated by 28 states. The selectees include 25 public schools, including three magnet schools and two charter schools, as well as 10 nonpublic schools. Thirty-six percent of the 2019 honorees serve a disadvantaged student body.

The list of all selected schools, districts, colleges, and universities, as well as their nomination packages, can be found here. A report with highlights on the 53 honorees can be found here. More information on the federal recognition award can be found here. Resources for all schools to move toward the three Pillars can be found here.

A huge THANK YOU to all members of the GCS community who help to make GCS an efficient, healthy, more sustainable place!

 

Community Conversation Follow-Up

GOSHEN, Ind. (May 17, 2019) — Goshen Community Schools and the City of Goshen’s Community Relations Commission (CRC) would like to offer our thanks to all who attended the Community Conversation at Goshen High School on April 25.  We appreciated everyone’s attendance, especially the students who participated and helped with interpretation. We applaud all of you for your willingness to sit down and talk with strangers.

Based on what was said at the evening’s wrap-up, we want you to know that we heard your desire for the community to DO something with community relations. Our joint committee (the CRC and GCS) will continue to meet and will plan more community conversations for the fall. Also, as promised, we have included a report (in both English and Spanish) from the conversations April 25. We hope you will find it helpful.

If you attended the event on April 25, please share with others about your experience, and encourage them to attend the conversations in the fall. If you were unable to participate on April 25, we invite you to attend the upcoming community conversations. The conversations will be open to all Goshen community members who want to learn more about others and who want to make Goshen the best community we can be, for EVERYONE. When we have dates set for the fall, the information will be released in the same manner that this information was released. Stay tuned!

With gratitude for Goshen,

Goshen Community Schools

The Community Relations Commission

CONTACTS

Sharon Hernandez                                             Lori Martin
574-537-3883                                                    574-533-8631
communications@goshencity.com                    lmartin@goshenschools.org

REPORTS:

Community Conversation Report      Community Conversation Report Spanish

GOSHEN, Ind. (17 de mayo, 2019) — Las Escuelas Comunitarias de Goshen y la Comisión de Relaciones Comunitarias de la Ciudad de Goshen (CRC) desean agradecer a todos los que asistieron a la Conversación Comunitaria en Goshen High School el 25 de abril. Apreciamos la asistencia de todos, especialmente de los estudiantes que participaron y ayudaron con la interpretación. Los aplaudimos a todos por su disposición a sentarse y hablar con extraños.

De acuerdo con lo que se dijo en la última sesión de esa noche, queremos que sepa que escuchamos su deseo de que la comunidad HAGA algo para ayudar las relaciones entre la comunidad/razas. Nuestro comité conjunto (la comisión y las escuelas) continuará reuniéndose y planeará más conversaciones con la comunidad para el otoño. Además, según lo prometido, hemos incluido un informe (en inglés y español) de las conversaciones del 25 de abril. Esperamos que le sea de utilidad.

Si asistió al evento el 25 de abril, comparta con otros sobre su experiencia y anímelos a asistir a las conversaciones en el otoño. Si no pudo participar el 25 de abril, lo invitamos a asistir a las próximas conversaciones de la comunidad. Las conversaciones estarán abiertas a todos los miembros de la comunidad de Goshen que quieran aprender más sobre los demás y que quieran hacer de Goshen la mejor comunidad que podamos ser, para TODOS. Cuando tengamos las fechas establecidas para el otoño, la información se dará a conocer de la misma manera que esta información se publicó. ¡Manténganse al tanto!

Con gratitud por Goshen,

Escuelas de la Comunidad de Goshen

La Comisión de Relaciones Comunitarias.

CONTACTOS

Sharon Hernández                                             Lori Martin

574-537-3883                                                    574-533-8631
communications@goshencity.com                    lmartin@goshenschools.org

GHS ELECTS ZOE EICHORN TO YOUTH ADVISER POSITION

GOSHEN, Ind. (May 17, 2019) – Mayor Jeremy Stutsman will appoint Goshen High School student Zoe Eichorn to the City Council as the new Youth Adviser for the 2019-2020 school year.

Zoe, who is now finishing her junior year, was elected by the student body in an election held Thursday, May 16. She won in a close race with her fellow candidates, Simon Hertzler Gascho, Dylan Steury and Joseph Narayan.

Current youth adviser Felix Perez Diener will continue to serve with the City Council until early June, at which time Zoe will be sworn in as the newest member of the council.

State law allows mayors to appoint a person younger than 18 years of age to serve as a non-voting member to the council and as an adviser on matters concerning the youth. Mayor Jeremy Stutsman has instead encouraged Goshen High School to elect a student to represent them and all the younger constituents in the City. Junior high school students are elected in the spring and serve for a year with the council as a non-voting member.

Since its first planning in 2015, the Elkhart County Voter Registration Office, Goshen Community Schools and the City of Goshen have collaborated to hold elections at the high school.

Below: Mayor Stutsman and Zoe Eichon pose for a photo.

Below: From left, Joseph Narayan, Simon Hertzler Gascho, Mayor Stutsman, Dylan Steury and Zoe Eichorn pose for a photo.

5-13-19 Board Recognition

Highlighting Chamberlain

Chamberlain principal Karen Blaha stated that at Chamberlain, we are Crew. We support each other every day, in many ways. We practice the Habits of Scholarship every day.  The Chamberlain Habits of Scholarship are: Integrity, I will do what is right, even when it is difficult; Craftsmanship, I am dedicated to high quality work; Courage, I will take risks and learn from mistakes; Grit, I will persevere toward a goal; and Compassion, I will connect with and appreciate others.

Chamberlain students then shared about their expeditions from the second semester.

Kindergarten students shared that they learned how authors use true facts to write stories. They learned facts about chickens from community experts, and then they wrote stories about chickens.

First graders learned about the parks in Goshen, helped at Shanklin Park, created a timeline about the creation of Shanklin Park, and then wrote their own books about the parks in Goshen.

Second graders studied Thrive like a hive, a unit about bees. They explained how they used the habits of scholarship as they worked on their bee projects.

Third graders studied Tremendous trees and stated that they didn’t realize how important trees are to a community. They also learned how to make scientific drawings, how to do case studies, they learned the value of trees, and finally, they helped plant trees.

Fourth graders experienced Market Day where they learned the five steps to starting and running a successful business. The culmination of their project was to sell products they had designed and made to other students at Chamberlain.

The fifth graders reflected on their years of learning at Chamberlain. Several students remembered different projects that they had worked on over the years, including when they tie-dyed shirts. They mentioned that they would remember the great teachers and the friends they made at Chamberlain. They reported that they were glad they learned the habits of scholarship because I think they will be important for me to use at middle school. And lastly, one student shared that I will always remember Chamberlain. This is not just school; this is home.

Student Recognition

Members of the GHS Chess team were honored following their 2nd place/State Runner-Up finish at the Indiana Chess Team Championship. The students on the honored team include: Matthew Snyder (10th grade), Soroosh Kermani (9th grade), Brenton Pham (10th grade), and Daniel Elizalde (10th grade). The students said that they were also honored by the board in 5th grade because they had a very strong showing at the state tournament then; and they added, and you can expect to see us again before we graduate!

GHS chess coach Ken Cross stated that this is a really fun group, they enjoy playing chess. They are very busy with athletics, music, academics, and other things, but they still want to play chess. Mr. Cross also thanked Dan Shenk and Joe Riegsecker who have supported the GCS chess club/programming for many years. He added that GCS had 220 students participate in chess this year, and that chess is valuable for students in so many ways, but it is especially helpful with regard to critical-thinking skills.

GHS Band/Orchestra ISSMA All-Music Award

The following is from a letter written by the ISSMA Executive Director:

“I am happy to inform you that the Band and Orchestra at Goshen High School is a recipient of the Indiana State School Music Association All-Music Award for the 2018-2019 school year.

Congratulations to you, the talented young musicians, and the music staff for the outstanding musical accomplishments this past year. ISSMA is presenting the Band and Orchestra a special banner to display in recognition of these outstanding achievements.

Your support and encouragement, as well as that of the entire community, are important factors in the success and achievement of these outstanding musical organizations.”

Congratulations, GHS Band and Orchestra!!

GHS Building Trades Open House

GHS Building Trades Open House on Saturday, May 18th from 3:00-6:00 p.m.

828 Ridgeview Drive, Goshen (South of Goshen Middle School in Ridgewood subdivision)

This years’ Building Trades students: Luis Altamirano, Austin Cain, Diego Davila, Fernando Esqueda, Raul Gonzales, Jacob Hedden, Esteban Henriquez, Luis Hernandez, Jose Hernandez, Daniel Hidalgo, Braxton Kincaid, Zeb Lederach, Matthew Lung, Deyni Maldonado, Jesus Mata, Pedro Moreno, Siloe Rangel, Luis Rigaud, Jocsan Sanchez, Christian Santos, Noah Shively, Bryce Smith, Robert Smith, Benji Wall, and Spencer Witmer

Please join Building Trades Instructor Adam Young and his students in celebrating the successful completion of another house!

GHS Softball-IHSAA Exemplary Behavior Report

The following was reported to the IHSAA by Dave Anson:

“Goshen Asst. Softball coach Mike Barger was a tremendous help prior to the start of the game at Warsaw. As the field was inspected prior to the softball game, there were two areas both the coaches and the umpires felt needed additional prep to improve the field conditions for safe play. Coach Barger grabbed a rake and was tremendously helpful in removing poor soils and incorporating Diamond Dry along with suitable soils to make the field playable.”

Thank you to Assistant Coach Mike Barger and Head Coach Brent Kulp; you are teaching our student-athletes what it means to support others and to give the best of yourselves when representing Goshen.

GHS Varsity Baseball-IHSAA Exemplary Behavior Report

The following report was filed by IHSAA umpire Michael Murray:

“I had the great fortune of Umpiring a Varsity Baseball Game at Goshen High School this past Saturday May 4, 2019 between Goshen and Northwood. It was a great game that went extra innings with Goshen Prevailing against Northwood 2-1 in 9 innings. Both Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches and all players were very sportsmanlike and thanked me personally throughout the game, and if questions came up during the game they were very courteous and respectful. We had a couple of close plays in a close game but everyone handled each situation calmly and respectfully of one another. It was just a great atmosphere and what High School sports should always be about. I commend both schools and their administrations for setting a great example of how things should be done. It was a very enjoyable day. After the game was over, both teams shook our hands and thanked us too and that doesn’t always happen everywhere you go.”

Thank you to baseball head coach JJ Dubois, the rest of the coaching staff, and the varsity players for representing Goshen Community Schools so well!

Flooding-Plymouth Ave. Trail to GMS

The pathway along Plymouth Avenue that many GMS students use to get to and from school is reportedly “partially under water” at this time (according to the Goshen Parks and Recreation Staff). The river is still rising, so this will be an issue this afternoon, and most likely again tomorrow morning. The Parks & Rec. staff are trying to get a police officer out to the area at the end of the GMS school day, but that has not yet been confirmed.

Please avoid flooded areas if at all possible, and/or use extreme caution when moving through standing water.

The city is continuing to post updates regarding flooded areas within the city on their website at: https://goshenindiana.org/

GHS Student Laura Elliott to be Honored at IndyStar Sports Awards

From Laura’s coach, Sean Smuts:

I received an email from our state director of Champions Together (The IHSAA side of Unified Sports), Lee Lonzo stating that this award was coming out and they would like Unified Sports coaches to consider nominating an athlete from their program that met certain criteria, including being part of a Unified Program or Special Olympics Athlete.  After careful consideration, I came to the decision that Laura Elliott was a great candidate for this honor.

I wrote her nomination and filled out the appropriate forms to formally nominate Laura.  Some time passed and I received an email from Larry Kissinger and shortly after from Lee Lonzo and Jeff Mohler (from Special Olympics) congratulating Laura and informing me that she was a finalist in the category of Girls Special Olympics Athlete of the Year (a premier award). Since her honor was announced, Laura has been more excited and was able to share with her teammates the great honor that was given to her.  The Unified RedHawks surrounded her with love and shared with her their deepest congratulations and heartfelt support for her. I very much look forward to accompanying her on May 5th to this event!

The IndyStar Sports Awards recognizes and honors the top athletic accomplishments in Indiana High School Sports. This event is hosted by the IndyStar and will take place May 5, 2019 at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University. The show features various awards, contests and a special appearance from Danica Patrick. The red carpet will open at 6 p.m. and the awards show begins promptly at 7 p.m.

From Mr. Smuts’ nomination of Laura:

There are several team members that care about others, but Laura Elliott has taken that care to a new level, where she loves and wants to give all regardless of what it takes. She exhibits a concern and love that time and time again is truly selfless.

Laura has been working with our City Council to see that a park that is inclusive is put in Goshen. She had done research and noticed that other cities had parks where anyone could play regardless of their ability level. Laura wanted to make sure that everyone in our city had a chance and a place where they could go and be accepted for who they are and not have to ask “Can I play too?” Laura spent many hours outside of school and in school working on this dream.

The dream became a reality in December when it was announced that the Goshen Parks and Recreation Department was moving forward with the idea that Laura had brought to them, and that the city was set to break ground for the inclusive park in spring of 2019. Her hard work paved the way for her to receive the Ralph W. Braun Spirit of Ability Award. The award is presented to people who emulate the qualities that the Braun Ability founder, Ralph Braun, displayed: Selflessness, compassion, and an unwavering dedication to do what is right for people in the disability community.

Laura will give everything and more in the track meets we hold throughout the season, and is instrumental in cheering on her teammates when she is not performing an event. She does anything that the coaches ask of her without complaint or reservation. She also reminds us if we forget to do something such as the “team cheer” where we highlight different students for the great things we see them doing in practice. She will not let us leave practice without doing the cheers because, as she says “we need to remember the good things people do, not the bad.”

Laura also participates in Special Olympics of Elkhart County. She embodies their mission and also serves as an amazing ambassador of what Special Olympics can do for you. She is the first to talk about how amazing the program is and the first to volunteer for anything.

Congratulations to you, Laura! Well done!!