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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


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


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.


Sharon Hernández                                             Lori Martin

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


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!!

Teacher Recruitment Event-April 26

On Friday, April 26, Goshen Schools will host a Teacher Recruitment Event from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in the Administration Center located at 613 E. Purl St. Goshen.

Preservice teachers and experienced teachers are welcome to attend! Learn more about opportunities within GCS and interview with Goshen Community Schools administrators for available positions in 2019-20.

Applications for Goshen Community Schools will only be accepted online. Please visit our website at http://www.goshenschools.org click on JOBS, and follow the directions.

Email Human Resources at hr@goshenschools.org to register.

Friday, April 26-Arbor Day Celebration/CELEBRACION DEL DIA DEL ARBOL

Friday, April 26-Arbor Day Celebration, 4:30-7:00 p.m., FREE to all ages

Schedule of Events

4:30-5:00: Songs performed by Elementary choirs

5:00-5:30: Award Presentations

5:30-7:00: Food, Fun, Games, Music, Tree Planting.

A family festival with a variety of events, entertainment and music. Join us for a spring evening packed full of fun! The event will take place indoors and outdoors at the Schrock Pavilion, 411 West Plymouth Avenue. Come out and celebrate Goshen’s trees! Trees are an important part of what makes Goshen an uncommonly great place to live. They contribute many essential services, and they especially make our city beautiful. Join us as we appreciate trees in our urban forest, from parks to your back yard.

Evening festivities include:

  • Food court (cash only)
  • Children’s activities, interactive booths, crafts, and hands-on demonstrations.
  • Songs by Chamberlain 3rd grade and Prairie View 2nd grade.
  • Special presentations & awards
  • Live music
  • Tree giveaway
  • Tree planting
  • Raffle
  • Tree climbing
  • Games
  • Live animals



Horario De Eventos

4:30-5:00: Chamberlain y Prairie View Actuaciones del coro

5:00-5:30: Presentacion de premios

5:30-7:00: Comida, Diversión, Juegos, Musica, Siembra de arboles.

Un festival familiar con variedad de eventos, entretenimiento y música. Ùnete con nosotros para una tarde de primavera llena de diversión. El evento se realizará dentro y fuera del Schrock Pavilion, 411 West Plymouth Avenue. ¡Venga y celebre los arboles de Goshen!  Los árboles son una parte importante de lo que hace Goshen un lugar sorprendente para vivir. Ellos contribuyen muchos servicios esenciales y hacen ver especialmente bella a nuestra ciudad. Ùnete con nosotros para apreciar nuestro bosque urbano, desde los parques hasta su patio trasero.

Las actividades de la tarde incluyen:

  • Plaza de comidas (pago solo en efectivo)
  • Actividades infantiles, incluyendo puestos interactivos con manualidades, demostraciones prácticas y actividades
  • Actuación especial del coro del Escolar.
  • Presentaciones especiales y premios
  • Música en vivo
  • Regalo de arboles
  • Siembra de arboles
  • Rifa
  • Trepar arboles
  • Juegos
  • Animales vivos


4-22-19 Joint Statement with Goshen Police (English/Spanish)

Statement from Goshen Community Schools and Goshen Police Department


This morning, school and police department officials became aware of statements of concern posted on a GHS student’s Snapchat. In further investigating the situation, it has been entirely dealt with and the investigation has shown that there were no credible threats to anyone. However, in keeping with our tradition of transparency, we wanted to make the community aware of this situation.

Since this month is the twenty year anniversary of the Columbine tragedy, it does bring up, once again, the realities of today’s world. These events are difficult for many students to process and understand.  It is not uncommon for young people to express their anxiety in misguided or inappropriate ways, and Goshen authorities will continue to take any such expressions very seriously. While this threat was deemed not to be credible, the school district and law enforcement officials always work together to ensure the safety of all students and staff, and will continue to be diligent in our efforts to do so.

Thank you to the entire community for partnering with us for the safety and well-being of every Goshen resident.


Declaración de la Corporación Escolar de Goshen y del Departamento de Policía de Goshen

22 de abril de 2019

Esta mañana, los oficiales policíacos y escolares se dieron cuenta de la declaración preocupante de un estudiante de la preparatoria GHS, publicada en Snapchat. Se llevó a fondo una investigación, y ésta demostró que dichas amenazas no eran creíbles para nadie. Sin embargo, de acuerdo con nuestra tradición de transparencia, deseamos que todos estén enterados sobre esta situación.

Dado a que este mes es el vigésimo aniversario de la tragedia de Columbine, esto pone sobre la mesa, una vez más, la realidad del mundo de hoy. Este tipo de eventos es difícil de procesar y comprender para muchos estudiantes. No es raro que los jóvenes expresen su ansiedad de manera equivocada o inapropiada. Las autoridades de Goshen continuarán tomando muy en serio cualquiera de este tipo de acciones. Si bien se consideró que esta amenaza no es creíble, el distrito escolar y los funcionarios encargados de hacer cumplir la ley seguirán colaborando para garantizar la seguridad de todos los estudiantes y personal escolar, y continuarán siendo diligentes en su esfuerzo por hacerlo.

Les agradecemos a todos por su colaboración en resguardar la seguridad y el bienestar de todos los residentes de Goshen.

GHS Girls Track Recognized for Exemplary Behavior

Congratulations to the GHS Girls Track team, who was recognized for exemplary behavior by a coach from another school and the IHSAA.

“I just wanted to write a quick email about Goshen’s track team. They were impressive. I have no idea if they were any good. (inserted smile emoji) Their coach was all over the place yelling encouragement at them. The team lined the sides of the track yelling for their teammates and cheering them on – all of them. They have a large team and there were always girls by the finish line cheering and encouraging. They all looked like they were having fun. It just really made an impression. There seems to be a lot of positive interaction in track in general – the girls from all teams congratulate each other at the end of races. Goshen just stood out last night as a team. Thought I’d pass that on.”   Keshena Hunter

Congratulations to Girls Track Head Coach Aaron Willis, the rest of the coaching staff, and the student athletes. Great job representing Goshen!!

Growing Goshen Together/Creciendo Goshen Juntos

Growing Goshen Together is a series of conversations to be organized by Goshen Community Schools and the Community Relations Commission aimed at bringing community members together to learn from each other, and to gain new appreciation and understanding for others. We want the community members to reflect the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, and political beliefs that exist in our community.

As a part of this joint project, the two agencies will host a pilot community conversation on Thursday, April 25, 2019. Things learned from that pilot event would be used to design, propose, and implement a series of events in the fall of 2019.

If you would like to be a part of this exciting conversation, please contact Lori Martin at Goshen Schools by emailing lmartin@goshenschools.org or calling 574-533-8631 to RSVP and register your interest. To learn more and register online, go to: goshenindiana.org/GrowingTogether


Creciendo Goshen Juntos es una serie de conversaciones que serán organizadas por la Corporación Escolar de Goshen y le Comisión de Relaciones Comunitarias con el objetivo de reunir a los miembros de la comunidad, aprender entre todos y adquirir aprecio y comprensión por los demás. Aspiramos a que los miembros de la comunidad reflexionen sobre las magnitudes de raza, etnia, género, orientación sexual, estatus socioeconómico, edad, habilidades físicas, creencias religiosas y creencias políticas que existen en nuestra comunidad.

Como parte de este proyecto conjunto, las dos agencias organizarán una charla de prueba con la comunidad, el jueves, 25 de abril de 2019. Las cosas asimiladas de ese evento de prueba serán utilizadas para diseñar, proponer e implementar una serie de eventos en el otoño de 2019.

Cómo puedes involucrarte:

Si te gustaría ser parte de esta emocionante charla, comunícate con Lori Martin a la Corporación Escolar de Goshen, enviándole un correo electrónico a lmartin@goshenschools.org o llamando al 574-533-8631, para confirmar tu asistencia y registrarte. Para aprender más y registrarte en línea, visita goshenindiana.org/creciendojuntos.

Student and Staff Board Recognition

Student and Staff Recognition:

GHS student Allan Garratt – Selected to the Indiana All-State Band and seated as first chair (#1) bass clarinet for the state of Indiana

GMS teacher Annika Miller – Has had two presentations accepted for the 2019 Summer Van Andel Education Institute STEAM conference

GCS Assistant Superintendent Tamra Ummel – Named the Indiana Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Administrator of the Year

GCS Executive Director of Finance Kelley Kitchen – Named the 2019 School Business Official of the Year for Region 2

GHS students Maria Murillo, Ashley Reyes, Destiny Watson-Bermea, Kim Wilson – GHS students who passed the state Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) test to become certified nursing assistants. Maria and Kim are pictured below, along with their teacher, Ken Cross.