Goshen Elementary is participating in the Road to Success program again this year. Students are already reading to earn their reading tickets so they can win bikes and other awards through the year. This year the program is giving away a bike every term! Keep up the reading students.
Goshen Elementary students were excited to return to school this year and meet their new principal and new teachers. The students could hardly wait for recess because of the new playground that was put in this summer. The playground was built with money from the bond passed last election.
Mr. Jason Dickie's second grade class at Goshen Elementary School was the winner of the first weekly School Spirit Day contest. The class that wears the most of the school colors of blue or gold (yellow) wins a beautiful falcon trophy for a week. The trophy of the school mascot was created in wood by former Goshen teacher Mr. Arlin Ewell back in 1987.
School is now in session! Josh Ward, a sixth grade student from Goshen Elementary School, pulls rope to the bell in the belfry of the school to start the school year. Goshen School is celebrating its 100th year of being a school counting both buildings called Goshen School.
Actually there have been other “schools” in Goshen since 1861, according to Ray Steele, local historian and author of The History of Goshen Valley. Just four years after Goshen’s founding by Phineas Cook in 1857, the old schools had slates with which to write and often seven grades in one room.
When the Goshen School was built in 1910 at a cost of $20,000, it had seven classrooms with heat and indoor toilets. It also had a bell which was used to call students from all over the valley to school. The bell was brought from the old school to the new Goshen School building, constructed in 1983, and placed in the specially built belfry in the new school. To mark the 100th birthday of Goshen School, each student pulled the rope and sounded the bell. There is no question in Goshen that school is back in session!
The fifth graders at Goshen Elementary have been working hard for about three weeks on state projects. Students researched one of the fifty states to find out everything there is to know about that state. The students put together all their information on a poster showing graphs, pictures, statistics, brochures, and state symbols. The school had a Parade of States where all the students in the school were invited to come and find out everything the fifth graders learned. Students were excited to learn about the famous people and cool things each state has. Thanks fifth graders for teaching Goshen about our states!
Recently, Goshen Elementary found out that Principal Jim Welburn will be transferring to Salem Elementary next year. Goshen wants to thank their principal for all his hard work and dedication over his four years of service.
His dedication to students and their well-being is seen in his professional attitude and attention to detail. Each of his decisions is made for the benefit of the students. His focus on fostering a productive environment while maintaining a relationship with students is reflected in the time he spent allowing students to get to know him.
Each month students learned a little more about their principal as he shared some of his favorite picture books with them. He developed a relationship with the students as he taught them lessons through books. Students know the importance of reading through his example. Students excitedly accepted his challenge of reading 2.5 million minutes as a school. In return he promised to dye his hair any color.
Principal Welburn has also worked with the staff to build relationships where teachers can grow and work as a team. He has helped teachers build their grade level collaboration teams with meetings every Wednesday afternoon. He is always willing to come into classrooms and share ideas to help teachers succeed. He ensures that teachers understand what is expected of them as students learn and accomplish their individual goals.
Goshen Elementary is grateful for his hard work and dedicated service. The students and staff will miss him but know that Salem Elementary will benefit from his leadership. They also look forward to their new Principal, Garth Bird.
Each year Goshen Elementary has an Education Fair where students can explore and learn more about concepts that interest them. They may participate in Language Arts, Science, Math or Social Studies activities. The students are required to make a visual, showing what they did for their project. They present their projects to judges and receive medals and collectors' coins. This is a great event. One that Goshen looks forward to each year. The overall winners this year were Logan Allinson and Lilianna Allred who have been participating in the Education Fair each year. The overall class winners for 2010 were: Emilee Voran, Lauren Voran, Hank Bowers, Brandon Jasperson, Parker Hannifin, & Logan Allinson.
Goshen Elementary's first graders in Mrs. Dyreng's class recently did a unit on standard measurement. Students enjoyed measuring ingredients for a batch of no bake cookies. From this activity students learned about measuring capacity. They used a variety of measuring tools throughout their unit of study.
Students in Mrs. Norton’s 4th grade had fun making their own crazy Dr. Seuss creatures. They worked hard in groups to create a character out of random objects and art supplies brought from home. Once their creature was complete, they gave it a creative name and wrote a short poem about it using zany words! The characters pictured from left to right are: The Skinkle Finkle Whinkle Deww, The One Eyed Spotted Vandooper Scooper, The Fattalicka Smicka Ticka, The Squishy Ishy Wshon Bug, The Picture Micture Ficture Taking Freek, and The Zookady Flukady Been!