May 30, 2016

Second Grade Tours for First Graders

Artist and Illustrators - Jeannette & Christopher Canyon's Visit

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Staff Meeting - "Current Reality vs. Going Forward"

Below are the charts we worked on together at the Staff Meeting on Wednesday. We started with our "Current Reality" for our Mission, Values & Beliefs, and Norms and then moved onto "Going Forward." We will revisit the "Going Forward" charts in August and develop our Mission Statement to align with the mission of GCS. Once this is completed, we will move on to solidifying our Values and Beliefs along with Building Norms.

I appreciated the candid discussions and willingness to talk about where we are and where we need to go as a staff! We WILL get there together and this process WILL only make us stronger!

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KUDOS TO............................

Thanks to Jan, Sarah, and Shelley for working with their kids on Market Day. It was a great experience for our entire building and the fun was enjoyed by all. The kids learned a lot about setting up a business and the economy! Way to go ladies!!

Lynne and Dawn for their hard work on the 5th grade promotion CD!

Eli, Gail, Karen, Teresa, Lynne, and Emily for helping to set up at the church and serve cake and lemonade to our 5th Graders and Parents on their "special" day!

Jen for preparing all of the certificates and books for our 5th Graders!

PTO for donating the books to our 5th Graders!

Randy, Jennie, Jan, Sarah, and Shelley for working with the kids in order to get them prepared and ready for the promotion on Thursday.

Tonda for arranging our special guests - Jeanette and Christopher Canyon! And the PTO for financially supporting this special event for our kids! It was awesome!!

Everyone that helped to park cars, prepare and serve parents, greet and help parents, provided coverage on the playground, and anything else that needed to be done for our Parent Picnic!! It takes a village and......it was evident that we all worked together to get er done!! KUDOS TO ALL!!!

Jan and Gary for making all of the arrangements for Field Day and then making adjusments based on predicted weather.


Courtney Brummeler has been recommended for hire as an EL Teacher next year. Courtney recently graduated from Anderson University with her Bachelors in Elementary Education with a minor in English as a Second Language. She also has an exceptional needs endorsement in Mild Intervention. She has a wide range of experiences in many different grades levels and is looking forward to being part of the Goshen Community as she begins her married life. (She was married on Friday, May 20th....so new last name!)

Julie Bishopp has been recommended for hire as our new Third Grade Teacher and Mentor for next year. Julie has been working for the last 14 years as Leesburg Elementary School in Warsaw Community Schools. She has a passion for teaching, learning, and student success! She has a growth mindset and a strong focus on collaborative teams and outcomes. We are excited to have her as part of the Waterford Team for the 2016-2017 school year!

Kelli Yoder has been recommended for hire as our new Para for next year to assist with Exceptional Education students and their needs. Kelli has done an incredible job this year as a Prime Time Para and we are very excited for her to be part of the Waterford Team going forward!


Staci Short has elected to take a 5th Grade teaching position with Concord Intermediate for next school year. We know that she has learned much over her time at Waterford and it will serve her well in her new position. Good luck on your new journey and path. You will be missed by all!

Abby Deaton will be leaving us next year to take a position with FiveCore Media, a production company at Goshen College. She is wanting to pursue a career in her original college major. Congrats Abby for following your dream!

EL Assignment Updates

Here is the updated Co-teaching EL assignments for next year:

K - Allie and Gail, Kyle and Marcia

1 - Joy and Gail, Laura and Marcia

2 - Cyndie and Rachel, Yelena and Courtney

3 - Tom and Rachel, Kristy and Courtney

4 - Sarah and Mark

5 - Shelley and Mark

Prayer Requests

Karen Hoover's mom

Linda Evan's family - they have called in hospice for her mother-in-law and her son was in a car accident on Wednesday. Her son is having surgery today on his hand.

June's healing and recovery


May 30: Memorial Day - No School

May 31: Last Teacher Day - We will plan to have breakfast that morning (set up in the lounge) and then briefly meet beginning at 8:00 in the Library to "wrap up" the year. (More information will be forthcoming from the TLT) You will then have the rest of the day to work in your room and complete the end of the year checklist which will be in your mailboxes today, along with your inventory sheet. All staff are then expected to attend the recognition in the GHS Auditorium beginning at 1:20 p.m.

June 2: District TLT from 9-3 at the West Goshen Church of the Brethren

June 6 & 7: TSW (TAP Summer Workshop) in Indy for TLT

June 27 & 28: TSW in Indy for Kristy and Randy

July 30: 2nd Annual Waterford School Picnic at Cyndie's House at 4:30

GCS News & Notes

Summer Hours

Again this summer all of our school facilities and summer personnel will be operating on a four day work week, from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The summer schedule will begin the week of June 6th and conclude the week of July 18th, excluding the week of July 4th. Normal business hours will resume on Monday, July 25th.

Summer Training Opportunities in Goshen

Sign-up sheets are now available on the Google Drive (see the links below).

(If you have questions, please contact Karen Blaha at kblaha@goshenschools.org)

Culturally Responsive Instruction: Elements of Success on July 20th, 8:30-12:00 – GCS Admin Center in the Board Room

This workshop introduces the elements of culturally responsive pedagogy, and how to use these elements to address the instructional needs of the diverse student population. Participants will learn how to create a student-centered, collaborative environment that promotes student achievement.

Workshop Outcomes

By the conclusion of the workshop, each participant will be able to do the following:

  1. Recognize the elements of culturally responsive education and its implementation (CREDE 1,2,4, NBPTS all).

  2. Recognize how culturally responsive education impacts student achievement (CREDE 3, NBTS 1,2,3,4)

  3. Describe the characteristics of culturally competent teachers (CREDE 3,4,5, NBTS all)

  4. Develop a culturally responsive classroom environment (CREDE 3,4,5, NBTS 1,3,4,5)

  5. Apply knowledge of culturally responsive instruction by modifying current lesson plans to reflect culturally responsive elements (CREDE All, NBTS 1,2,3,4)

  6. Apply knowledge of culturally responsive instruction to design culturally responsive pedagogy for the classroom (CREDE All, NBTS All)

Culturally Responsive Instruction: Elements of Success


Using WIDA Resources to Inform Instruction on July 21st, 8:30-10:30 – GCS Admin Center in the Board Room

Classroom teachers will learn how WIDA resources, such as ACCESS reports, Can Do Descriptors, and Model Performance Indicators, can work together to inform instruction for our English Learners. The WIDA resources are a starting point for lesson planning which can lead to differentiating tasks for our EL students.

Workshop Outcome:

By the conclusion of the workshop, participants will have an understanding of the following WiDA tools, and how to use these tools for instructional planning for EL students (CREDE 3,4,5, NBTS 1,3,4,5):

  1. Performance Definitions
  2. Can Do Descriptors
  3. ACCESS Score Reports
  4. The elements of the Model Performance Indicators (MPIs)

Using WiDA Resources to Inform Instruction



Training on iReady Math Materials, K-5 on July 27, Grades K-1 8:00-11:00, Grades 2-5, 12:00-3:00

GCS Admin Center in the Board Room

This training will help teachers learn how to navigate and use the new iReady Math materials from Curriculum Associate. Participants will learn how to find information in the teacher resource manual, how to use the Teacher Toolbox, administer the diagnostic assessments, and how to conduct lessons using the materials.

Here are the Google Docs Links to sign up:

Grades K-1 Training on iReady Math Materials https://docs.google.com/a/goshenschools.org/document/d/18JwRLPXlaz5ZH7U-TFUxTRcBQfGEM7PAV1woqlsK6yE/edit?usp=sharing

Grades 2-5 Training on iReady Math Materials