West Goshen News

December 18, 2015

Big image

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

I want to wish each and very one of you a very blessed Christmas and New Year. Enjoy your two week break - you deserve it!

Thanks, again, for a great semester! You are the best!!!

Week in review...

I thought for this newsletter, pictures would tell our story of the past week here at West Goshen. It was a great week for our students (and a fun week for us, as well)! Take a minute to check it out!

Christmas surprises for the staff!!!!

Surprise #1 - Photo Booth Selfies!

The selfie stick was a hit! Enjoy a few of the selfies below!

Surprise #2 - Chocolate Fondue and Hot Chocolate Bar

Big image

Surprise #3 - Jeans Pass and Candy Canes

Big image

Surprise #4 - Deciding our Winners

Thanks everyone for participating in the Ugly Sweater Contest (some of you actually wore really PRETTY sweaters!). What a fun day!

Congrats to Amparo and Kristel - voted on by the staff as the winners of the Wal-Mart gift cards!!!!
Big image

Best Wishes to Mrs. Carr and Ms. Rider

Mrs. Carr, we want to wish you the best as you embark on your maternity leave. We cannot wait to meet Baby Carr in January! Best of luck to you and your family!!!! We will miss you.

Also, best wishes to Ms. Rider on her upcoming wedding on January 2nd! We are very excited for you as you move into this new chapter of your life! Melissa' new last name will be Mitchell. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell!

Counselor's Corner

Updates from Jodie:

Through the generosity of the police department, churches, and individuals, 9 families were adopted this year for Christmas – around 22 kids.

Huge thank you to the 5th graders that pick up the recycling each week. They do an amazing job!

We received a donation from a local foundation and were able to help a student get new glasses.

Central Office Updates:

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!

Ordering RedHawk Apparel

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

Upcoming Dates:


21st-January 1st: Christmas Break!


Tuesday mornings before school: Related Arts
Tuesday afternoons after school:: 4th/5th grade
Wednesday mornings before school: K/1st grade
Wednesday afternoons after school: 2nd/3rd grade
*We will have coverage for K/1st teachers from 7:35-7:55

Thank you so much for your flexibility and willingness to do this. As we have been field testing the Close Reading Strategy, we are finding that it is imperative to differentiate the roll out of this strategy per these grade levels. Thanks, also, to Aimee for being willing to lead 4 clusters so we can provide the best instruction for all of our students.