Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources and Information

The Goshen Central School District is CLOSED until April 15, as per Governor Cuomo’s executive order, because of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 public health situation. View the latest updates and information (in English and Spanish) including remote learning resources, exam information, meal distribution plan and more by visiting the Coronavirus/COVID-19 web page. This page will be updated frequently so please check back often.

Remote learning resources available during COVID-19 closure

Goshen educators are compiling materials and resources to provide meaningful independent learning activities during the district’s extended closure. More resources will be added as they become available, so check back often.

Please be reminded that students must follow the district’s acceptable use policies as per the Code of Conduct while using district-issued computers and equipment. Click here to learn more about acceptable use policies.

Remote learning/Google Classroom

Goshen High School / C. J. Hooker Middle School

Students should log into Google Classroom to access specific daily and weekly assignments from their teachers. Materials may be emailed as well. Log into Google Classroom

Goshen Intermediate School

Follow the links provided below for more information about remote learning via Google Classroom.

Scotchtown Avenue Elementary School

Parents will receive a packet with two weeks worth of schoolwork in the mail shortly. The work is self explanatory. Please work on this first with your child. Learning will also continue on Google Classroom; the school will be in touch when we are ready to begin remote learning.

PPS Students K-12

Educators created a web page to provide information and resources during the district closing. You will find activities, lessons and resources specific to parents. View the PPS Online Learning page.

Educational links

IXL K-12

With a comprehensive K-12 curriculum, individualized guidance, and real-time analytics, IXL meets the unique needs of each learner. Every student in the district is enrolled. Create your free account by following these directions.

Castle Learning K-12

Castle Learning offers a comprehensive instructional support
platform for in class, homework, review, and testing available both online and offline. Learn how to access Castle Learning.

Enrichment booklets K-5

Orange-Ulster BOCES Instructional Specialists have assembled ELA and Math enrichment booklets for grades K-5. Each booklet provides 14 days of learning activities. View the Enrichment Booklets for grades K-5.

Newsela 2-12

Newsela content comes from the real world, about people and topics students relate to, from the world’s best sources of information. Login with your Google account. View the Newsela website.

Classlink 3-5

Classlink provides access to all the apps utilized at Goshen Intermediate School. Learn how to log into Classlink.

Common Sense K-12

Common Sense, the nation’s leading nonprofit providing families and educators with technology resources, offers curated, age-based media content to help parents support their kids’ learning at home. View the Common Sense Resources for Online Learning.

Keyboarding Without Tears K-5

Keyboarding Without Tears is a web-based curriculum for grades K–5 that teaches typing, general computer readiness, digital citizenship, and online test prep. Currently, there are free resources offered to families and schools affected by COVID-19. View the Keyboarding Without Tears website

Technology Resources K-2

Visit Instructional Technology Teacher Michelle Girardi’s web page for a number of online resources. Visit Mrs. Girardi’s technology page

Learning videos and tutorials

Student gmail tutorial

Goshen Intermediate School Teacher Kelly Cohen leads a tutorial for accessing and using student gmail accounts. Please note that the district has opened school gmail for K-12 during the extended closure. It is protected. Student gmail belongs to the school district and should be used appropriately, like school conversations.

Parent Technology Presentation: How to support your child with online learning

On March 17, Technology Coordinator Jonathan Redeker hosted a video conference call with district parents to provide guidance on how to support your child with online learning. View the recording below to learn how to log into Google Classroom, find class assignments, and more.

Parents Guide to Google Classroom

Guía para padres de Google Classroom 2020

Sora app download demonstration

Learn how to download e-books and audio books with this tutorial from Goshen High School Library Media Specialist Aileen Behringer. The Sora app allows students and teachers in grades K-12 to download e-books and audio books to a computer, tablet or smart phone. Also available on iOS and Android app.

Read Aloud: The Three Questions by Leo Tolstoy

Listen and watch as Goshen Intermediate School Principal Matthew Wentworth reads “The Three Questions” by Leo Tolstoy.

Online Learning Tips for Students and Families

Google Classroom cheat sheets for students

Students may download a free cheat sheet to help navigate Google Classroom. View the cheat sheets from Shake Up Learning

Online tips for Students:

  • Pick a place that will be your “classroom.” Stock it with paper, pencils, and any school books or materials.
  • Set a schedule for yourself about when you will be online.
  • Check your T.E.C.H.Tabs closed – Electronics put away – Cell phone off – Headphones in
  • Schedule your breaks and rewards either by task (“when I finish ___, I will ___”) or by time (“every 20 minutes I will stand up and stretch).
  • Stay connected! Ask questions, send emails, participate in group chats and video meetings.
  • Organize your work
    • Make a calendar about what is happening and when it is due
    • Keep track of your passwords and logins
  • Reach out. Having trouble with tech? With a school topic? With managing life at home? Send a note to your teacher and/or a trusted adult.
  • Save time each day to: Read!
  • Create! (make some art, build something, play some music, dance, STEM).
  • Move! (get outside, do some yoga, set up your own workout routine).
  • Online Etiquette
    • When joining digital meetings, keep your mic muted and unmute only when you are speaking. This cuts down on background noise.
    • Avoid side chats—they distract yourself and others (just like in class!)
    • Don’t eat on camera—it can be noisy and unappealing.
    • Dress for class! School dress code applies online too!
    • It’s okay to just use audio and not appear on camera, if you prefer. (It also uses less data if you’re not on Wifi).
  • THINK before you post/send.
    • It’s one thing to say something inappropriate in class, but online, there’s a record and many more people can see your words. Stay on task and on topic.
    • This is not your social media account. Be mindful of side conversations, inappropriate comments/posts, & negative banter regarding assignments.
    • Remember, your Goshen accounts are monitored by the district. All conversations, threads, and videos are recorded and archived (saved & stored).

For Families:

  • Help students choose & use a consistent work space
  • A solid schedule and routine will be your best friend
    • Balance work and break time for all
    • Try to keep normal bedtimes and morning routines
    • Use timers to help keep track
  • Help, but don’t hover.
    • Check in every so often to make sure they are doing their work and not playing Fortnite.
  • Stay connected to teachers and the school
    • It’s okay to ask for help with tech, emotional support, and academic questions.
    • Please respect teacher working hours and where possible, avoid contacting staff after “school” hours or weekends.
  • Avoid getting overwhelmed by the multitude of digital options.
    • Yes, there are wonderful websites and platforms out there.
    • No, you don’t need to know/sign up for/use them all.
    • Take care of yourselves so you can be there for your kids.

Created by: Deborah Brown, Online Learning Specialist

Online Learning Tips for Teachers

Google Classroom cheat sheets for students and teachers

Both students and teachers may download a free cheat sheet to help navigate Google Classroom. View the cheat sheets from Shake Up Learning

Online tips for teachers

  • Stick with the familiar. As much as possible, use the same platforms you were using in school, and set a schedule. Routines are your friend. You can add new apps and platforms gradually once you and your students have the basics down for daily work.
  • Less is more:
    • This is more of a tutorial situation. Think about how much time you would reasonably expect your students to sit still with a tutor each day.
    • Most students working from home will need about half as much time in online instruction as they did at school. Here’s a good rule of thumb:About 1 minute of new content (video lesson, article to read) per student’s age. (5 minutes for a kindergartner, about 7-10 min for elementary school, about 10-15 min for middle school)
      • About double that for an independent activity (elementary students would watch a lesson from 5-10 min and then spend about 15 min writing a response).
      • And about as many daily assignments as half their grade (1-2 daily lessons for primary grades, 3-4 for middle school, etc.).
      • Add in expectations for students to read, create, and move.
        Remember FEEDBACK is even more important in remote learning situations; don’t assign more than you can reasonably respond to.
    • Limit or Avoid requirements for synchronous learning. Many students are sharing devices and spaces while at home.
    • Be simple and clear in all communications.
      • What it means to be in attendance.
      • What work is required and what is optional for extra practice/enrichment.
    • Provide Feedback
      • Respond to student and family questions ASAP
      • Grade or at least check in work ASAP (longer/detailed feedback can wait a bit, just like it does in traditional school)
      • Call home if students are not appearing online or not completing work
    • Stay Connected
      • To your team: you need the peer support as well as the pedagogical stuff
      • To your own family: set regular hours for yourself with breaks built in.
      • Have “fasting” times from all screens throughout the day.
        To your students and families: consider adding a scheduled “office hour” when you will be available online for questions, phone calls, etc.
    • Be Flexible
      • It will take time for all to adjust
      • Be gracious with letting everyone adjust to the new paradigms (including colleagues and administrators).
      • Be reflective: what’s working and what’s not working? Make adjustments as needed.
    • Be Proud
      • You are learning and teaching new skills everyday
      • You are doing your best to provide quality instruction in an entirely new way
      • You are helping provide a stable relationship in the midst of uncertainty
    • Be on Camera
      • Where possible, connect through video with your students. Seeing your face & expressions, body language, hearing your voice—all will help them better process your lessons.
      • Remember you are still a mandatory reporter. If you see/hear something concerning while online with a student, contact admin./counseling.
      • Be mindful of your own video presence. Minimize background distractions and stay professional (don’t film in front of your liquor cabinet, for example!)
      • Be personal—it’s okay to have your kids, pets, etc. make an appearance, and your students will probably love seeing that side of you.
      • Use good video practices—put your camera at eye level, make sure lighting is in front of you (never behind), etc.

Created by: Deborah Brown, Online Learning Specialist

Calendar of free, online learning events

View a daily calendar with links to free, online educational resources such as sing-a-longs, story time, writing lessons, cooking classes, coding clubs and more.

Do you know of a great online event? Fill out this form with event information and it may be added to the calendar.