Dear Parents and Guardians,
It is with great excitement and enthusiasm that I welcome you to the 2019-20 school year. Summer is quickly fading and the high school is nearing completion as a result of the capital project. I am confident that you will be impressed when you have an opportunity to visit the new classrooms, auditorium, STEAM lab, music suite, cafeteria, administrative and guidance offices, athletic facilities and security features. These new upgrades are the result of the support of our Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education and you, the residents of this outstanding community. I cannot wait to share this exciting new facility with you throughout the school year.
We are in the process of preparing for the opening of school on September 4, 2019. Be advised that there will be an additional parking lot this year near the new main entrance to allow the buses to pick up and drop off students at the front door. There should not be vehicles in the new bus loop during pick-up and drop-off hours. Parents are encouraged to use the parking lot near the “A” wing, to drop off their children so as not to interfere with the buses in the new lot.
Students will be able to come in and apply for a parking pass on Wednesday August 14 in the high school lobby. They must bring in a completed application, a valid driver’s license and vehicle registration and $5.00. Applications are available in the Athletic Director’s office. Seniors are invited to come in on 8/14 from 9:00-12:00 and Juniors may come in from 12:00-2:00.
On Wednesday, September 4, classes will begin at 7:27 am. As in the past, we will conduct a 9 period day with dismissal scheduled for 2:17 pm. Additionally, there will be a 10th period for extra help, makeups, or scheduled activities. The 10th period will run from 2:17-2:47 on a daily basis. We strongly encourage students to take advantage of the extra period to work closely with teachers and enhance their opportunities to become involved in the many clubs and extracurricular activities that enrich the high school experience. There is a late bus at 3:00 for those students who remain in school for the 10th period and a 5:00 bus for students who are involved in activities later in the day.
Returning Seniors, Juniors and Sophomores will keep their same lockers as last year. Incoming Freshmen will be assigned the lockers on the second floor of “A” wing in the Math hallway.
During the first week of school, students will be issued handbooks/planners that will enable parents to become familiar with school policies and procedures as well as expectations regarding student responsibilities. Parents and students will be required to sign the “Statement of Understanding” on page two and return that page to the student’s Social Studies teacher. District calendars will also be available to students during the first week as well.
We will welcome our incoming 9th graders/new students at our annual Freshman/New student BBQ on Wednesday August 28 at 6:00 at the high school. Please mark your calendars to participate in the BBQ as well as an introduction to the high school facility, administrators, faculty and staff.
Student schedules may be accessed through the Parent Portal beginning August 30, 2019. Periodically, please check the district website, gcsny.org, for continual updates concerning happenings in the district.
During the summer, we have had the opportunity to recruit some of the finest educators in the area. It is my pleasure to announce the hiring of Mrs. Deana Lenz as a new guidance counselor. Mrs. Lenz brings a wealth of experience to Goshen from her previous position in the Canajoharie Central School District. We are also excited to introduce our new faculty members: Kelsey Malles, English, Julianne Johnson, Foreign Language, Danielle Pagan, Special Education, Dillon Johnson, Technology/STEAM, and Andrew Costa in Special Education. Additionally, we would like to welcome our new Leave Replacements, Nina Juncaj in English, Kyle O’Sullivan in Family and Consumer Science and Kelly McGoldrick in Physical Education. A special welcome back to one of our veteran teachers, Eileen Lotitto who returns to us after a stint at John S. Burke Catholic High. I have the utmost confidence in all of our new and returning teachers and am certain they will blend nicely into the GHS family.
It is a tremendous honor and privilege, to serve as your high school principal. I take the responsibility of the position very seriously. It is my intention to provide a safe, positive, challenging and nurturing environment for all students. As a graduate of Goshen High School, I take tremendous pride in the district and it will be my pleasure to meet with you, should the need arise. I anxiously await the opening of school and am thrilled to be a part of your child’s education.
Thomas W. Heinzelman