Important updates for summer & fall

The Goshen Central School District is working to create a reentry plan for the fall with available guidance from public health and education agencies. Pertinent information will be shared here.
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Online instruction information, resources & video tutorials

Please note: The final day of remote learning is June 15.

Effective Wednesday, April 15, the district began implementation of an education plan for K-12 students using online instruction. If alternative means of access to materials is necessary, please reach out to your building administrator(s). The remote learning plan directly correlates to New York State Learning Standards and local grade level expectations.

Online Learning Plan: An Overview

(Added 4/13)

View the video tutorial

Many apps and websites may be utilized for student instruction in Goshen’s Distance Learning Plan; however, the core portal is GSuite (Google) for Education. Here is a suggested workflow to help find and organize materials and assignments.

  1. Log in as the student to Google Chrome, or on iOS, the associated Google Apps to find the resources needed. This will help sync information and prevent confusion. Remember, these accounts are monitored and part of school district property.
  2. Navigate to the following applications, in this order, to simplify finding materials, announcements and assignments:
    1. GMail: All students K-12 have a protected email account that will serve as an aggregator of all materials being shared via Google Classroom.
    2. Google Calendar: When due dates are assigned in Google Classroom, they get populated to Google Calendar specifically color coded by classroom. Calendar will help map out a day or week for the assignment to be completed. Each event listed in Google Calendar will link directly to assignments posted in Google Classroom.
    3. Google Classroom: Students as young as kindergarten may have 6 or more Google Classrooms. Begin with GMail for an overview of posts and activities. Once in Classroom, click the 3 parallel lines at the top of the screen to find a “To Do” list for the student. Then proceed to click through each Google Classroom to view the announcements (Stream tab) and assignments (Classwork tab).
      1. Navigate to the Classwork page of Classroom using the links at the top. On the left, the Topics tab can filter into specific categories that may be outlined by the instructor.
    4. Students in GIS (and potentially others) can then go to Classlink to log into the application portals assigned by the instructor.
  3. At any point in this workflow, your child can jump into an active assignment (via GMail, Calendar, Classroom) and complete assignments and activities.
  4. Remember every teacher will have set office hours, which can be populated into Google Calendar on the student account or the Google Classroom Calendar.

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

View information about online learning via Google Classroom. View the SAS Online Learning Resources.

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.

Online learning tutorials

Tutorial for staying connected and informed with online instruction

(Added 4/14)

K-12 Technology Coordinator Jonathan Redeker created this video tutorial to help guide students and parents/guardians as they navigate online learning with Google Classroom, Google Calendar and GMail.

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.

Student expectations

Students are expected to participate in instruction, complete assignments and communicate regularly with their teachers. Students should assume the seriousness and expectations of distance learning to be equal to what takes place in classrooms. We fully understand that it may not be possible to duplicate the normal classroom environment while utilizing remote learning.

Students are prohibited from taking screenshots or pictures of their teacher or fellow students. In addition, students are also prohibited from taking any audio or video recordings. These behaviors violate our policies and could result in disciplinary action. Students are reminded to follow the Goshen Central School District Code of Conduct and Acceptable Use Policies.

Parent/guardian expectations

(Added 4/13)

It is expected that students will be provided a private setting during online instruction or related services. Recording of teachers or other students is prohibited. Additionally, it’s further understood that no party shall be permitted to record their sessions, and that any such recording will be considered a violation of Board of Education policies. In addition, any incidental and/or unintentional viewing/hearing will be kept confidential.

Depending upon grade level, it’s reasonable to expect weekly instruction time and assignments for all subjects will largely match with what is grade level, course specific and age appropriate. Specific expectations will be communicated by the buildings and/or individual teachers. We encourage our parents and guardians to continue to support your children as they embark on this new and unfamiliar way of learning.

Marking period/grading information

(Added 4/13)

Please note the following details about marking periods and grades. More details will be provided by your child’s teachers and/or principal.


Elementary students began trimester three on March 7. Although the remote learning plan will be implemented on April 15, students have already been in trimester three; therefore, students will have an opportunity to resubmit work, if necessary.

Going forward, all student work will be assessed based on the completion and quality of work. Based on this criteria, we are also modifying the third trimester grading system to Pass/Fail for all students K-12. However, it is important to note this may change, depending on when/if school resumes based on guidance from Gov. Cuomo.

For students in grades K-5, the Pass/Fail measure will be utilized. It is imperative that students access their assignments and projects daily and that they are diligent in completing each task assigned. Assignments will be marked as Complete or Incomplete by the classroom teacher.  Although students will not receive grades, feedback will be provided, where appropriate. The feedback provided will be prompt and meaningful. Teachers will utilize the comments area of the report card to provide a narrative regarding student performance. All factors will be used for determining placements and promotion for the 2020-21 school year.


Marking Period 3 officially ended Friday, March 13, which was the last day of school before the extended school closure began. Students may have an opportunity to submit past-due work for Marking Period 3 through Tuesday, April 14. Again, flexibility will be provided throughout marking period four to ensure that students have had ample opportunity to bolster marking period three grades.

Marking Period 4 will begin on Wednesday, April 15. This quarter will include new instructional material. We understand that there may be unique issues with distance learning; therefore, teachers have prioritized the most necessary and critical areas of their curriculum. Teachers will utilize this prioritized curriculum map to provide instruction that will allow students to achieve grade level and content area standards.

Going forward, student work will be assessed based on the completion and quality of work. Based on this criteria, we are also modifying our Fourth Marking Period grading system to Pass/Fail for all students K-12. However, it is important to note this may change, depending on when/if school resumes based on guidance from Gov. Cuomo.

For students in grades 6-12, final averages will be primarily calculated using Marking Periods 1, 2, and 3. Effort and completion of assignments in Marking Period 4 may be taken into consideration for final averages as well, depending on your child’s school. The June 2020 administration of the New York State Regents Examinations has been cancelled for students in grades eight through twelve.  Therefore they will not be a part of the final average calculation.  All factors will be used for determining placements and promotion for the 2020-21 school year.

Technology support

(Added 4/13)

If you do not have internet access or an electronic device, please contact your child’s principal by telephone or the Central Office at 845-615-6720.

If you are in need of technical support, the Goshen Central School District Technical Services/Technology Team will provide assistance Monday through Friday. Please allow 24-48 hours for a response. View the Community Technical Support Request Form.

Free Internet service advisory

Asesoramiento gratuito de servicio de internet

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

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.

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