Goshen school board hears about a new program, third grade reading tests and more

What's going on at Goshen schools? Here are five things the Goshen school board heard about at Monday night's meeting.

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 8:31 a.m.

The Goshen school board head about these five things at a meeting on Monday evening, April 14.

  • New program for freshman — Goshen school administration noticed that some students have difficulty transitioning from the middle school to the high school. Next school year, Goshen High School and Merit Learning Center might partner to offer a new program for these "at risk" freshman students. 
  • Third grade test scores — Third grade students in the district took the IREAD-3, a state-mandated test of reading skills and comprehension, in March. Goshen has predicted that between 91 and 98 percent of students passed the test. 
  • Joint marketing campaign — The board voted to be part of a "Good of Goshen" marketing campaign in partnership with other Goshen organizations. The year-long campaign, created by Eyedart Creative Studios, is intended to market Goshen to adults between the ages of 21 and 45 with a median household income of $36,000 to $47,0000 who are making decisions about living, working, and business development in Goshen.
  • New direction for elementary school — Chamberlain Elementary staff have been researching what it would mean for the school to introduce a more hands-on, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) approach to learning. Principal Kim Branham gave an update on this project, saying that she is looking at a 16-month timeline to implement it.
  • Building project update — There are still three teams in the running to win the major renovation project. Superintendent Diane Woodworth reported that she and other school officials have seen preliminary designs that look promising. 

Follow reporter Lydia Sheaks on Twitter at @LydiaSheaks

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