Información actualizada: Fechas de reposición de días de clases perdidos de la Corporación Escolar de Goshen: 1º de abril, 2 de abril, 29 de mayo y 1º de junio.

Debido al clima frío y con nieve de este invierno, la Corporación Escolar de Goshen ha cancelado cuatro días escolares, y tendrá que reponerlos.

Las fechas en que la Corporación Escolar de Goshen repondrá los días perdidos serán el miércoles, 1º de abril; el jueves, 2 de abril; el viernes, 29 de mayo y el lunes, 1º de junio.

Community Welcome Home Ceremony For Boys Soccer

On Sunday, November 2nd, there will be a ceremony at Goshen High School beginning at 2:00 to welcome home the Boys Soccer state finalist team. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. and you many enter any door around the main gym or Door M.

This is open to all community members and will be held in the main gym. Please meet at 1:15 p.m. in the Kroger parking lot if you would like to take part in the procession that will include the Boys Soccer team with Goshen Police and Fire department escorts. Come out and help us recognize the team’s great success this season!

GCS Arrival and Dismissal Times for 2014-15 School Year

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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



Two GHS Juniors Win National Art Awards

Two Goshen High School students had their artwork recognized at New York City’s Carnegie Hall recently and then have those pieces displayed in New York for the next two years.

GHS juniors Alyssa Hostetler and Ellie Hathaway have earned medals in the national 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Contest.

Hathaway’s mixed media piece, “Race against Humanity” earned a gold medal award and has been used in multiple regional Scholastic promotional materials.

Ellie Hathaway's gold-winning art piece, "Race Against Humanity"

Ellie Hathaway’s gold-winning art piece, “Race Against Humanity”

Hostetler’s acrylic painting, “Unforgotten” earned her a silver medal in the national contest.

Alyssa Hostetler with her piece "Unforgotten," which won a silver award at the national Scholastic Art & Writing Contest

Alyssa Hostetler with her piece “Unforgotten”

To compete at the national level, both had to first earn top rankings in the regional Scholastic Art & Writing Contest.

Hathaway’s piece came out of a concept she had been thinking about for quite a while, she said. Her concept was that there “is nature in the unnatural and artificiality in the natural.”

Ellie Hathaway, who gold at the national level, with another piece of her artwork

Ellie Hathaway, who gold at the national level, with another piece of her artwork

Hostetler said she approached her award-winning piece in a different way than she usually does for her artwork. She often aims for creating complex pieces, she said, so wanted to try to do something more purely simple. She was inspired by the lyrics of the song “West Coast” by Coconut Records.

Both said they were surprised, but incredibly excited to learn they had placed well at the national level.

Both students are International Baccalaureate (IB) art students.

Summer Foods Program Schedule

*No sites are open on July 4th, 2014

Name of Site

Address of Site

Time of Meals

Serving Dates

Brookside Manor

Mobile Home Park

61108 Co Rd 17

Goshen, IN  46526

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

6/10/14 to 8/1/14

Hay Park

1414 W. Plymouth Ave

Goshen, IN  46526

    11:15 am – 12:15 pm

6/10/14 to 8/1/14

Rieth Park

So 13th St @ Illinois Ave

Goshen, IN  46526

10:45 am -12:30 pm

6/10/14 to 8/1/14

Oakridge Park

N 1st St @ Oakridge Ave

Goshen, IN  46528

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

6/10/14 to 8/1/14

Pringle Park

1912 W Lincoln Ave

Goshen, IN  46526

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

6/10/14 to 8/1/14

Shanklin Park

411 W Plymouth Ave

Goshen, IN  46526

11:10 am – 12:30 pm

6/10/14 to 8/1/14

Twin Pines Mobile Home Park

2011 W Wilden Ave

Goshen, IN  46528

11:15 am – 12:30 pm

6/10/14 to 8/1/14

Rogers Park

102 Chicago Ave

Goshen, IN  46526

    11:05 am – 12:35 pm

6/10/14 to 8/1/14

Roxbury Park

403 Post Rd

Goshen, IN  46526

 11:10 am – 12:20 pm

6/10/14 to 8/1/14

Abshire Park

1302 E. Lincoln Ave.

Goshen, IN  46528

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

6/10/14 to 8/1/14

Chandler Elementary School

419 S 8th St

Goshen, IN  46526

B – 7:30 am – 8:30 am

L – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

6/16/14 – 7/3/14


Model Elementary School

412 S Greene Rd

Goshen, IN  46526

B – 7:30 am – 8:30 am

L – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

6/16/14 – 7/3/14


Parkside Elementary School

1207 S 7th St

Goshen, IN  46526

B – 7:30 am – 8:30 am

L – 10:45 am – 12:30 pm

6/16/14 – 7/3/14


Goshen Middle School

1216 S Indiana St

Goshen, IN  46526

B – 7:30 am – 8:30 am

L – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

6/16/14 – 7/3/14


Waterford Elementary School

65560 St Rd 15

Goshen, IN  46526

B – 7:30 am – 8:30 am

L – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

6/16/14 – 7/3/14


West Goshen Elementary School

215 Dewey Ave

Goshen, IN  46526

B – 7:30 am – 8:30 am

L – 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

6/16/14 – 7/3/14


Goshen High School

401 Lincolnway East

Goshen, IN  46526

B – 7:30 am – 8:30 am

L – 11:00 am – 12:45 pm

6/10/14 – 8/1/14


Prairie View Elementary School

1730 Regent St

Goshen, IN  46526

B – 7:30 am – 8:30 am

L – 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

6/10/14 to 8/1/14

Chamberlain Elementary School

428 N 5th St

Goshen, IN  46528

B – 7:30 am – 8:30 am

L – 11:00 am – 12:45 pm

6/16/14 to 8/1/14



GHS Special Needs Student Has Prom Night To Remember

At Goshen High School’s prom, one student had an evening that not just she, but her whole family, will remember.

Alaina Witmer, a special needs student at Goshen High School, not only attended prom with four GHS boys and their dates, but was nominated for Prom Princess and was often the life of the dance floor.

Witmer’s journey to prom began in March when Melisa Holley, a paraprofessional at GHS, mentioned to her son and their friends that she wished Witmer would be able to attend prom.

Her son, Quinten Holley, responded with, ‘Why can’t she?’

In April, Quinten Holley, Adam Pearson, Bryce Bender and Austin Woolett stood outside of Witmer’s house and with a series of signs, asked her to join them at prom.

The four boys had known Witmer since attending school together at Waterford Elementary.

Witmer was incredibly excited that day, she said. Her elation continued when she joined her mom and friend Surae Woods-Cross to go dress shopping. Witmer decided on a bright yellow dress, the first she tried on that day.

The night of prom, the four GHS boys and their dates arrived at Witmer’s with a limo to ride together to prom at the Palais Royale in South Bend. Once arriving, Witmer ran from the limo to the prom site, ready to dance the night away. The boys each had a yellow rose in their boutonnieres and the girls all had yellow in their corsages to match Alaina’s dress.


The night wasn’t only a special one for Alaina Witmer, but her mother, Vicki Witmer.

“For me as a parent, it was a huge thing,” she said. “When you have a daughter with special needs, you have all those dreams for her, like prom, that she may not be able to experience.”

When Melisa Holley asked Vicki Witmer in March if “hypothetically” a boy were to ask her daughter to GHS’ prom if she would be allowed to go, Vicki came to tears.

“All the kids (that joined Alaina for prom) made the comment that ‘why wouldn’t we include Alaina?’ If our school system didn’t have that attitude, these kids wouldn’t have thought that,” Witmer said. “I’m very proud of that point.”

imageThe night of prom, Alaina Witmer was nominated for Prom Princess and got to try on the crown of the student who won the title.

“It’s very gratifying to hear from her that is was so fun and that it was special to her,” she said. “It’s been an amazing, amazing experience for her. We’re really blessed.”

 Alaina Witmer still asks her mom and paraprofessional at school when she’ll be able to ride in that limo again or wear that yellow dress again.

“The school system in general should really be credited,” Vicki Witmer said, “for creating an environment of inclusion for Alaina.”

Another Outstanding Year For GHS Music Programs

Goshen High School’s music programs shone during the Indiana State School Music Association’s (ISSMA) State Concert Organization Finals May 9 and 10 in Indianapolis.

The Goshen High School advanced choir was the state runner up in the competition, with the Goshen men’s choir placing fourth in the Concert Treble/Mens Choir contest.

The Goshen High School orchestra placed in the top 10 in the state orchestra contest.

Concert organizations qualified for the state finals by earning the highest scores at one of four qualification events earlier this spring. Only the top scoring 16 bands, 16 mixed choirs, 8 treble/men’s choirs and 8 orchestras were accepted for this year’s state finals.

GHS’ high placings at the organization state finals follow strong performances and placings by Goshen High School and Goshen Middle School students at area and state ISSMA solo and ensemble contests.

Goshen High School Again A Top Indiana High School

For the third year in a row, Goshen High School has earned a silver placing on the U.S. News & World Report’s list of the best high schools, this year, ranking as the 29th best high school in the state of Indiana.

The U.S. News and World Report analysis of Goshen High School highlights its International Baccalaureate program and GHS’ IB participation rate of 24 percent. College readiness through programs like IB is a major component of U.S. News & World Report’s study of high schools.

IBMathU.S. News & World Report ranks high schools by looking at schools’ reading and math scores on state standardized tests and comparing those with how students in that state are statistically expected to perform, also factoring in the percentage of economically disadvantaged students and if those students perform better than statistically expected. Schools scoring high enough in that part of the process then go on to step two where U.S. News & World Report looks to see if the school’s least-advantaged students (black, Hispanic and low income) are performing better than the state average for those groups of students. Schools performing well enough there are then judged on college readiness performance, either through success with Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate.

Schools doing well through all three steps are assigned a gold, silver or bronze award and then sorted into national and state rankings.

This year, GHS ranked 29th out of the 370 Indiana high schools on the U.S. News & World Report list. GHS ranked 1,765 in the nation out of 19,400 high schools, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Goshen High School has continually ranked well on the U.S. News and World Report’s Best High Schools rankings. In 2012, GHS was named the 12th best high school in Indiana.

Find out more about U.S. News & World Report’s analysis by clicking here and about the ranking’s looks at Goshen High School by visiting here.

Graduation Information


(These events are optional, but if you attend you must wear your cap and gown. Be very careful because the tassels get lost/ fall off easily.)

Thursday, June 5th. Baccalaureate is an optional religious celebration of graduation planned and lead by other seniors. Attendance is completely optional. If you would like to attend, you need to be in the cafeteria WEARING your cap and gown by 5:40.  We will walk in slightly before 6. 

Senior awards:
Thursday, June 5th: This is an evening where seniors are recognized for scholarships and other awards they have received. Attendance is open to all seniors. If you will be receiving an award or a special recognition, you really should attend. The guidance department will notify you closer to the date if you are being recognized. If you are attending this event, please be in the Cafeteria WEARING your cap and gown by 6:30.  We will walk in slightly before 7. 


All seniors planning to participate in graduation MUST attend the mandatory graduation practice. This practice will take place during seventh hour (2:00-3:40) on Friday June 6th in the cafeteria. This is the last day of school, the last period of the day. You do not need to wear your cap and gown. YOU MUST ATTEND THIS REHEARSAL IF YOU PLAN TO PARTICIPATE!

GRADUATION – Sunday, June 8, 2:00 pm in Gymnasium

Graduation Sunday:
You must be in the cafeteria BEFORE 1 pm! There will be a name tag on your seat in that room, as well as in the gym.  Seating is alphabetical.

Dress code:
You MUST wear a cap and gown: red for males, white for females. If you have not yet purchased or picked up your cap and gown, please see Ms. Van Elk in room 2290.

What to wear underneath your cap and gown:
Ladies, wear something light colored because your robes are white. Normally girls wear a dress and nice shoes. Gentlemen, wear something nice.  A shirt and tie is what is expected.  No flip flops. No jeans. Wear nice shoes.  No sun glasses. No chewing gum.  If you walk, you must have a cap and gown or a class A uniform, if in the military. 

*IF YOU ADD ANY “DECORATIONS” to your cap and gown you will have to buy a new one to walk in the ceremony, or you will not be able to walk.

Participating in the graduation ceremony is a privilege, not a “right.” Please be respectful of the seriousness and significance of the ceremony.

Disabled/Elderly Seating:
If your family needs space on the gym floor, (parents or grandparents are in a wheelchair, or cannot go up the bleachers) you must tell Mrs. Clark or Ms. VanElk.  We will reserve seats for you under your name, but your family will still need to arrive early. At 1:40, reserved seats will be released if no one is there. 

Each senior will receive 6 tickets to graduation in their SRT May 13 and 15. People without tickets will not be allowed to enter the gymnasium. There will be “overflow” seating in the auditorium. Guests may not bring balloons, large items, or noisy items into the gymnasium. If you would like more than 6 tickets, you may put your name on a waiting list in the main office, but there are no guarantees.



GHS senior earns academic achievement award, taking steps to be leading chef

When Jonathan Santiago Jimenez graduates from Goshen High School this spring, he’ll be well on his way to one day owning his own restaurant.

Jimenez is finishing up his work in the Elkhart Area Career Center’s culinary arts program, where’s he earned dual credit through his two years in the program. He plans to attend Ivy Tech Community College in South Bend next fall to earn his Associate’s Degree. He’ll also graduate with a High Schools That Work (HSTW) Award of Educational Achievement from the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) for completing a challenging program of study and demonstrating readiness for employment and for college.

Jimenez said he’s always been interested in culinary arts and always knew he wanted to grow up to become a chef.

“It’s something everybody can relate to. Everybody has to eat and if you can make it taste good and look good, that’s really great,” he said.


Along with the High Schools That Work award, Jimenez was one of the top 10 students in the Skills USA State Leadership and Skills Conference culinary arts contest in Indianapolis earlier this month. He entered that competition with his classmates through the Career Center, but also pursued on his own entrance to a Chopped Scholarship Competition, sponsored and organized by the Food Network TV show. Through the contest, regional winners competed against each other for a $40,000 scholarship to culinary school. Jimenez was the runner-up at the regional held at the Art Institute of Chicago just a week after his contest in Indianapolis.

Margarita McClain, a culinary arts instructor at the Elkhart Area Career Center, said that Jimenez has a natural talent. She is impressed by his drive to pursue his dream of becoming a chef.

“He’s definitely got a passion for it and is going for it,” she said.


As a final project at the Career Center’s culinary arts program, Jimenez created a meal fusing Bolivian and Hawaiian flavors. The menu included a chicken salad with pineapple, Hawaiian rolls with a pineapple glaze, Bolivian salteñas (a meat, potato and pea mixture in a flaky pastry) and rice pudding.

Along with wanting to become a chef, he would also like to be on the culinary skills show that he’s watched since he was a little boy, Iron Chef. He noted, though, that he’d love the challenge of being on any culinary TV competition.

Jimenez and other High Schools That Work award recipients at the Career Center will be honored at an event in May. William Kovach, Elkhart Area Career Center director, will present the awards at the end of the year awards banquet on May 8, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. at Elkhart Memorial High School.

“These students are to be commended for their efforts,” said Kovach in a written statement. “They have taken challenging courses in high school and scored high on rigorous exams and by doing so; they have increased their likelihood of success in the workplace and further education.”

Functional Skills Prom at GHS

The 3rd annual Functional Skills Prom for area high school Functional Skills classes was held on Thursday, April 17 at Goshen High School.  Students from Goshen, Northwood, Concord, Northridge, Fairfield, and Goshen’s Young Adult Program were in attendance.  The prom was held in the Whiteman gym at GHS from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  Members of the GHS student council helped plan, set up and decorate for the event.  The RedZone, the GHS bookstore run by marketing students, sponsored the cost of a local DJ for the dance.  The cafeteria prepared and catered the meal.   A photographer was available to take pictures of individuals, couples, or groups of friends in front of a prepared screen.  Student council members, members of the swim team, and students who regularly assist functional skills classes in adapted weight training, attended the prom to mingle and dance with their peers.  The prom was originally initiated by GHS Functional Skills teacher, Karen Pfahler, and has quickly become a highly anticipated event at GHS.

Functional Skills Prom

Functional Skills Prom

Students excel through GCS music programs

More than 300 Goshen Community Schools students strengthened their musical abilities by participating in area Indiana State School Music Association solo and ensemble contests this past spring.

            ISSMA’s solo and ensemble programs for orchestra, choir and band students provide a place for students to perform on their own or in a group in a division with students of similar skill levels. Students then receive feedback on their performance from trained judges.

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            “One thing we really value is what it does for our students,” said Marcia Yost, Goshen High School choir director. “It’s one thing if they can sing in a group of 60; it’s another if they can sing in a group of eight and can hold their own.”

            The large majority of GHS and GMS students in each category earned golds, with those in the top level of competition going on to state contests.

            GHS and GMS music faculty help guide the students in perfecting their performances for ISSMA’s solo and ensemble contests, but there’s a culture inside and outside the schools that help students thrive musically.

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            Goshen Middle School orchestra director Sean Patrick noted that there are more than 100 orchestra students at GMS and GHS that take private lessons. GCS teachers can help connect students with quality private instructors.

            Quality orchestras are not common across the state, Patrick said, but Goshen’s stands out. “Not only is this a great place for strings, but Goshen has this unique aspect of being such a well-rounded program.”

GHS math teacher gets pie in the face, raises money for cancer research

Goshen High School students and staff raised almost $100, mostly in pocket change, through a fundraiser in February for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The National Honor Society organized the fundraiser, putting out seven collection boxes with the name of a GHS teacher or administrator on each. The person bringing in the most money was to get a whipped cream pie in the face. Every time a student or staff person donated money that person could write his or her name on a slip of paper to be entered for the chance to be the person to put the pie in the face of the teacher.

After a week of collecting donations, math teacher Todd Kirkton brought in more than half of the money collected at $54.65 of the total $96.44 donated. Student David Ambrose’s name was drawn to put the pie in Kirkton’s face in front of the entire school’s population during a pep rally Friday, Feb. 21.

While GHS’ National Honor Society organized the event, a GHS marketing class helped promote the event throughout the school.

The money went to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which works to fund cutting edge treatments of blood cancer and improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

Recuperación de día de clases cancelado por nieve

La Corporación Escolar de Goshen compensará el último día de clases cancelado por nieve, agregando 10 minutos a cada día de clases, después de las vacaciones de primavera. Lo hará al agregar 5 minutos antes del horario de entrada de clases y 5 minutos después del horario de la salida de clases. Este horario comenzará el lunes, 14 de abril. El nuevo horario es el siguiente:

Lunes o primer día de la semana:

  • Primarias: 8:25 – 2:55
  • GMS: 9:10 – 3:50
  • GHS: 9:00 – 3:45

Horario de martes a jueves: (si el martes no es el primer día de clases de la semana)

  • Primarias: 7:45 – 2:55
  • GMS: 8:30 – 3:50
  • GHS: 8:20-3:40