The following opportunities are provided to enhance the learning of all students.
5 Star Life
5 Star Life fall session begins on October 2, 2017. The program is continuing its mission to inspire students ages 10-14 to live a Five Star Life by living by our Five Star Values: Respect, Sacrifice, Courage, Integrity and Responsibility. Five Star is all about connecting Middle School students with great leaders that coach students to win in at school and at life. Each student engages in interactive activities, character development, academic success, and enjoys a snack with their team. Winter session begins in January 22, 2018. Spring session begins on March 26, 2018.
Meeting Dates & Times: The Five Star program will meet on Monday’s from 3:45 pm – 5:55 pm. Below are the days that Five star meets.
October 2, 9, 23, 30
November 2, 9, 16, 23
December 4, 11
Contact: John Lubbers at 574-266-4038
Academic Super Bowl
Academic Super Bowl is open to students grades 6-8 interested in competing on academic topics. Teams form in January or February to prepare for competition at the end of April. There are teams for Science, Social Studies, English and Math that compete against other middle school teams on a set theme or topic. 2018’s theme is World War 1, come ready to learn! Sponsor: Jared Leaman
The Chamber string ensemble is an ensemble that meets once a week for an hour outside of school at a time that works for all participants. Ensemble members are nominated by director recommendation. The Chamber String ensemble focuses on independent musical performances, self-direction, and classical music offering greater challenge. Sponsor: Sean Patrick
Drama Club is open to any GIMS student who loves to act and sing. Drama Club students are introduced to acting technique, vocal production for theatre, choreography and theatre costuming/make-up. The culminating event for Drama Club is the annual GIMS Spring Musical, which is performed in April. Auditions for the musical will be held at the end of January, with rehearsals beginning in February and continuing up to the April performance. Students who are interested in working behind the scenes (lighting, sound, set design, stagehanding, costuming) are also encouraged to be a part of Drama Club. Sponsor: Angela Stoltzfus
National Junior Honor Society
The 2017-2018 school year started with 89 8th grade members. New members will be inducted on April 23, 2018. Membership is based on five qualifications: scholarship, citizenship, character, leadership, and service. NJHS members do not meet on a regular basis but participate in several projects throughout the school year, such as packing boxes for Feed The Children, and volunteering at various local events. Members also help organize and carry out the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients fundraiser and the Ecophones Recycling fundraiser. In addition, new members complete a minimum of two hours of tutoring/volunteering for GIMS or our community. Sponsor: Sandy Bartley
Red Thread Jazz Strings
Jazz strings meets once a week for an hour after school on Fridays and is open to any 7th or 8th grade student currently enrolled in orchestra. The Red Thread Jazz Strings will learn swing, latin, and rock styles of music as well as improvisation techniques. The ensemble will perform at the GIMS Winter Orchestra Festival, ISSSMA Solo & Ensemble, ISSMA Jazz Festival, and GMS Spring Orchestra Festival. Sponsor: Sean Patrick
The GIMS Ski Club goes to Swiss Valley in Jones, Michigan to ski and/or snowboard. Club membership includes the 5 dates we go as a school club and two lift tickets for days of your choice. Meeting Dates & Times: Meetings are scheduled on Tuesdays in January and February from 4:00 pm – approximately 10:00 pm. Sponsor: Donna Sherck
Student Council is an organization of students from grades 6 – 8 who are chosen each year to act as leaders at Goshen Middle School. These sstudents are responsible for promoting school spirit, completing service projects, and serving as representatives and role models for the student body. A few of the events sponsored by Student Council each year include Red Ribbon Week, the annual carnation and Santa-gram sales, and GMS Hoops Night. Members of Student Council also receive leadership training each school year. Meeting Dates & Times: Meetings are scheduled on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm. Special meetings are scheduled as needed for planning events throughout the year. Sponsor: Rossa Deegan
Yearbook will take pictures at school events, and then place pictures and captions on each page of the yearbook to arrive at a final product. Meeting Dates & Times: Students should listen to announcements regarding meetings. There will be one meeting a month September through December. Starting in January there will be two meetings a month. Sponsor: Jennifer Eldridge