Goshen school board hears plans for summer school

GOSHEN — Goshen Community Schools plans on offering the same summer school curriculum to K-12 students that it offered last year, officials announced during Monday’s school board meeting.

Speaking on the offerings at the secondary level, Steve Hope, assistant superintendent of secondary education at GCS, told trustees that the high school will offer algebra I, English 9 and 10, health and the International Baccalaureate essay as well as end-of-course assessment test prep for students who haven’t yet passed. Band and physical education will also be offered as electives, he noted.

Meanwhile, Goshen Middle School will offer math and English remediation, Hope said. 

“Students who want to get ahead can take classes at Merit online and work at their own pace to get those done throughout the summer,” Hope added.

At the elementary level, Alan Metcalfe, assistant superintendent of elementary education for GCS, said the district will offer one class per grade level per building for students in grades K-4. An IREAD (Indiana Reading Evaluation and Determination) assessment remediation will be offered to students in third grade, he said.

“At the elementary, we are still doing currently one section at each grade level per building,” he said. “So that means we’ll still have one section of 15 in kindergarten, first, second, fourth and fifth grades. Third grade is really dependent upon students who need that makeup because they did not pass the IREAD test, which they are taking this week.”

Instruction for Chandler Elementary School will be held at Parkside Elementary due to planned construction at Chandler this summer, Metcalfe noted.

Hope said proposed dates for elementary summer school will be Monday through Thursday, June 4 through June 21, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The dates proposed for secondary will be Monday through Thursday, June 4 through June 28, for session one from 8 a.m. to noon.

He said Merit then has an afternoon session from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. for those who have either practice or jobs in the morning and need the afternoon session. Band Camp 1 and 2 will occur in July, he said.

Hope said the district will provide transportation. 

The school board members took no action on the discussion item, but plan to at an upcoming meeting.


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