Classes and Departments

During the life of a middle school student, he or she will be provided with a rich, diverse content and curricula. Several GMS teachers maintain websites for their classes:

Below are brief descriptions of what will occur within each department.

Art

The students at GMS experience a variety of media during their introduction to art. The students in grades six and eight have the opportunity to learn the essential elements of art. From learning key words, basic drawing, and sculpture techniques the GMS student is exposed to the rich and vibrant world of art and its surrounding culture.

Computers

This sixth grade class is designed to increase the students awareness and skills within the world of technology. The students learn keyboarding, graphics, and internet research skills to help them on the journey through GMS.

College and Career Readiness

College and Career Readiness

Foreign Language

Eighth graders at GMS can participate in German, French or Spanish. This course prepares students to enter into a world of language, culture, food and more. These courses are designed to provide the students with their first credits of foreign language prior to entering Goshen High School.

Health

The GMS health curriculum is woven into physical education classes. Students receive broad perspective on the many areas that impact their health. From understanding the consequences of choices and lifestyle patterns to eating for a healthy life, our students learn to understand that significant and dynamic choices will be placed before them as they continue on the journey of life. This early introduction to health will help spur thought, inquiry, and lifestyle choices.

Language Arts

GMS engages students in a variety of reading and writing opportunities. Our language arts teachers offer a workshop environment that provides context for building connections between reading and writing. Our goal is to raise the achievement level of all students by identifying each child’s strengths and weaknesses to better address his/her academic needs. GMS teachers provide lessons that meet Indiana State Standards.

Mathematics

The math department uses the Glencoe series of books supplemented with “Mathscape” Teaching methods include hands-on, technology, groups, drill, homework and class investigations. We provide enrichment and remediation to meet the range of abilities of all students. Opportunity is provided for students to excel beyond their age-grade equivalent. Traditionally students score high both as individuals and teams on the Indiana Math League Contest.

Music

GMS boasts one of the top middle school music programs in the nation, offering music to all sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students who elect to be in band, orchestra or choir. These applied music courses are year-long courses designed to deliver a curriculum aligned to the National Music Standards and the Indiana State Music Standards. Music students at GMS are exposed to a wide variety of music from classical to pop. Groups and individuals are active participants in ISSMA Contest events each year and have a reputation for continued excellence. Currently there are over 600 students enrolled in our bands, orchestras and choirs.

Physical Education

The vision of the Physical Education department at GMS is for all students to assume responsibility for their own physical and mental well-being through an active and healthy lifestyle.

Goals for Physical Education students:

  • Each student will develop and maintain a health related level of physical fitness, while exhibiting a physically active and healthy lifestyle.
  • Each student will have the opportunity to participate regularly in physical activity and demonstrate the skills necessary to perform in a variety of physical activities.
  • Students at GMS will also demonstrate an understanding of the implications and benefits of physical activity and practice respect for others.

At GMS you will find excellent facilities that include a Challenge Education Course second to none in the area, an indoor climbing wall and a climbing cargo net. There are two hardwood floor gymnasiums, a swimming pool and a fitness and wellness room. Our outdoor facilities include two football fields, two soccer fields and ten tennis courts. The outdoor space is also used to offer many other opportunities such as golf, archery, and ultimate frisbee. Another enjoyable activity for our students is an inline skating unit provided by Skatetime. GMS has a physical education staff of six highly qualified instructors that posses a variety of certifications including; Water Safety Instructor, life guarding, CPR for the Professional Rescuer and Adventure Based Education Certification for the facilitation of the high and low ropes challenge course. The Physical Education program at GMS is designed to assist students in the development of their physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being.

Science

Exploration and hands-on learning are guaranteed in this content area. The world of science comes alive for the GMS student. A introduction to astronomy, biology, general science, physics, and zoology awaits our middle level students.

Social Studies

Understanding the past to help create meaning for the future is what is in store for the GMS social studies student. In grades six and seven, the students will travel back in time to understand geological, political, and economical structures of the various regions of the world. In grade eight, our students will walk through the early times of our country. This introduction to US history opens the door for understanding the decisions that were made by our founding fathers and see how the foundations of their decisions allow us to progress in today’s world.

World Cultures

World Cultures