Welcome back! View a letter from Principal
August 30, 2016 -
Dear Parents and Guardians -- One of the important responsibilities a
principal has is communication with all stakeholders in the development
of a shared vision and mission for learning that is aligned with the
In an effort to fulfill that expectation, it is my goal to communicate
on at least a quarterly basis with you through the Goshen High School
website so that you are aware of and can share in the development of the
overall high school program as it continuously evolves.
As we enter the beginning of this new school year, I am most excited to
be starting my first full year at Goshen High School. If you recall, I
arrived in January of 2016. Over time, I have had the pleasure to meet
with many of you. Often we have met on the occasion of celebrations like
our Goshen Greats breakfasts or at awards assemblies or at our wonderful
student performances. Sometimes, we have met to address concerns we have
and to problem-solve together. While it is still only a matter of seven
months since I started, I truly believe that I am blessed to be a part
of this school community.
You may also recall, however, that my initial communications with
parents as stakeholders regarded some unfortunate and startling rumors
of violence at Goshen High School. I am proud of how our entire school
community-- from students, to teachers, to parents and the Goshen
Village Police Department-- met those initial challenges we confronted
Those events, however critical they were to my first mission of ensuring
school safety, did distract me from sharing with you my fundamental
beliefs about our role as educators in a school community. I would like
to take this opportunity to share those beliefs with you now.
I believe all children can
I believe all children are
entitled to a welcoming, safe and caring school environment.
I believe all children learn
best when schools transform themselves into professional learning
communities that are focused on student learning.
I believe all children may
have the right to fail but schools have an obligation to make it
difficult for them to do so.
Over the summer, with assistance
from a number of people including my Assistant Principals, Mrs. Lercara
and Mr. Voloshin, we reviewed and streamlined our emergency protocols as
recommended by the New York State Education Department. This year, based
on new guidelines set forth by the State Education Department, we will
conduct a minimum of four lockdown drills. This initiative makes sense--
it helps us to determine how best to keep our children and our staff
safe. And when children feel safe, they are better able to learn.
Additionally, one of the goals I have set for myself and the faculty
this year will be to review our Response to Intervention program to
determine if there are additional protocols we can add that will support
our students should they struggle academically or behaviorally. I
believe that if Goshen High School responds to struggling students with
a systemic approach-- that includes parent-guardian intervention-- that
we can assist students better in achieving academic success.
On a related note, Goshen High School will be introducing a new academic
guideline for athletic participation. Details will be posted on the
Athletics web page shortly. The goal of the team of teacher/coaches who
worked on this guideline is best summarized thusly: to support students
so that they are able to be and remain engaged in school; to ensure that
we hold students accountable and simultaneously support them so that
they are academically successful.
Finally, on October 6, our Guidance Department will be hosting Goshen
High School’s first College Fair. The counselors have been hard at work
recruiting admissions representatives from nearly 100 colleges and
universities to participate in this event. Our goal is to present
seniors and juniors-- and their parents and guardians-- with an
opportunity to meet with prospective colleges and learn about the
academic, extracurricular and residential life experiences and
opportunities these schools have to offer in a convenient format. While
October 6 is a regular school attendance day, we will administer a
modified bell schedule that will provide our juniors and seniors with an
opportunity to hear from a panel of admissions officers about how to
plan their college selection process. More details will be posted to the
Guidance Department webpage on the Goshen High School website.
I believe that you will find that these initiatives-- the review of our
safety protocols, the review of our Response to Intervention protocols
and the revision of our athletic eligibility guidelines-- are in line
with the educational philosophy I outlined above. The central tenet of
that philosophy is that all children can learn. I believe that tenet to
be at the heart of each of these initiatives undertaken this summer and
this coming school year. Our aim in presenting the Goshen High School
College Fair is to better prepare our students and their parents to
bridge the transition from secondary to postsecondary educational life.
It is my intention, over the coming weeks and months, to establish
regular opportunities for me to dialogue with parents and guardians
about the overall program at Goshen Central High School. In the interim,
please know that you are welcome to contact me by e-mail, phone or
arrange an appointment to meet with me to discuss any concerns or ideas
you may have.
Goshen High School