December 21, 2015


Please take time to refresh and relax over the Christmas Holiday! Blessing to you and your families.



STI Written Response 12/15-12/18

December 14: Cluster 7:05-8:05 a.m.; SIP Team Mtg. 11:30-3:00 p.m.; PTO Meeting 6:00 p.m.; Board Meeting 6:00 p.m.

December 15: Child Study 3-4 p.m.

December 16: TLT Work Day

December 17: TLT 3:10 p.m.; Polar Express Night 6-8 p.m.

December 18: Singing Off the Walls

January 4: Cluster 7:05-8:05 a.m. for 3-5; Cluster 3:10-4:10 for K/1; Happy Day Club 2:50-3:30

January 5: Child Study 3-4 p.m.

January 6: Chess Club 2:50-3:50

January 7: SOS Mid-Year Meeting 10-11 a.m.; TLT 3:10 p.m.

January 8: Elementary Principal's Meeting 8:45-10:30

January 11th: Report CardS Go Home

Window D: 1/4-2/12

NWEA Testing Window: 1/11-2/1

Gail and TOI's completing running records on K/1 during the first weeks of January.



A great big Santa HO! HO! HO! to Eliana for all of her hard, hard, hard work in organizing the 4th and 5th grade luncheon and craft activity day. The students and parents all had a great time.

Todd is on Santa's "Good List" for all of the extra time it took him to get the cafeteria ready for today's parent event.

Rudolph was excited to see Santa and Mrs. Claus around the building today. He doesn't get to see them very often during this busy month. He is glad that the leadership at this school enjoy doing special activities for the students.

3 "Silver Bells" to Tonda for all of her help organizing the Merry Christmas Bingo PBS celebration. Mrs. Claus says that this will become a Waterford tradition from here on out.

Santa's belly got a little bit bigger from the great meal of turkey, potatoes, green beans, roll, and ice cream today. He really appreciated the extra effort put forth by Veronica, Deb, Melonie, and Valerie to host all of the parents for lunch.

Rudolph got so excited seeing all of the reindeer (and other) Christmas crafts handing from the ceiling in the cafeteria that he blew the bulb in his nose. Thanks Jama for having the students complete these projects in art. They look really neat...now if I can just get the students (and parents, yes parents today) to stop jumping up and hitting them!

Dori definitely ended up on Santa's good list for her willingness to help out with the 4th and 5th grade student/parent luncheon. Great job Dori!

Santa was sure smiling as he heard all of the children and adults singing during our annual time of Singing off the Walls. A big thank you goes to Jenny, Linda, and Moshe for all of their efforts in helping make this a memorable experience once again.

I can still hear the bells...Our PTO did an awesome job last night in organizing our Polar Express Night. Each year they bring in new and exciting activities. We really appreciate all they do for our students and staff at Waterford. Thanks also to all of the Waterford Staff that helped with the set-up before the event. Everyone did a great job, and it was greatly appreciated by our small, but mighty PTO.

TLT Update


GCS News & Notes

Today’s Focus: Teams

“Strong people don’t put others down…they lift them up.”

Michael P. Watson

You are an amazing team of strong leaders! Thanks for all you do each and every day to lift up your colleagues, your staffs and your students.

Have a wonderful holiday break!

The online store to purchase RedHawk apparel is now open. We have specific items that are being made for Goshen Middle School and Goshen High School Staff. You can share this link with all central office staff as well as the elementary staffs if you’d like. Any items ordered prior to December 31st will be delivered on Jan. 5th.


Math Textbook Adoption Information:

Below is a tentative timeline for the committee:

  • January 2016 - The Math Textbook Adoption Committee will meet to identify stakeholders, and considerations to guide the adoption process. The committee will review the Tri-State Quality Review Rubric for Math Lessons & Units and make necessary revisions to align with Goshen School’s goals. A rubric will be used when evaluating materials.

  • February, 2016 through March, 2016 – Committee members will review and score selected program texts using a rubric adapted from the Tri-State Collaborative. The top three programs/materials will be given to teachers to review.

  • April 2016—Teachers will review the top three programs, and recommend their first choice.

  • Summer 2016 – Training will be offered to teachers regarding the chosen materials.

If there are teachers/staff you would like to sit on this committee, please touch base with those teachers, and then give their names to Karen Blaha.


Sue Ellspermann


For Immediate Release

December 16, 2015

2016 Hoosier Heroines Essay Contest launched by Indiana’s First Lady and Female Elected Officials

Indianapolis – Indiana’s First Lady Karen Pence, along with female statewide elected officials, announced details for the 2016 Hoosier Heroines Essay Contest for students in the 5th through 9th grades.

The annual competition was established to celebrate Women’s History Month, annually celebrated in March. For 2016, in honor of Indiana’s Bicentennial, students are asked to write about currently living or women from history who have made contributions in the following categories:

  • 5th grade – Agriculture
  • 6th grade – Suffrage
  • 7th grade – Business
  • 8th grade – Science
  • 9th grade – Education

The submitted essays are then divided by grade and judged by the female statewide elected officials:

Application forms, suggested topics and further details can be found and submitted electronically here. Applications are being accepted until February 22, 2016.

On March 30, 2016, a reception will be held with the First Lady and elected officials to honor the selected winner from each participating grade level at the Indiana Statehouse.

Media Contact:
Emily Duncan
Public Relations Director
Office of Lt. Governor Ellspermann
(c) 317-471-9048