Create a positive atmosphere for learning.
Encourage family and community involvement.
Provide opportunities for professional growth and development.
Recognize and address the needs of all students.
A small neighborhood school, Parkside is one of six elementary schools in the Goshen Community School Corporation. The Parkside staff strives to identify and address the needs of all students, encourages family and community involvement, creates a positive learning environment and continues to grow and develop professionally.
Family & Community Involvement
As a mission of our PL221 Plan and to encourage family and community involvement, Parkside provides a monthly family and community event. These events are called “Parkside Presents” and are held on the second Thursday of each month. Activities range from a Poetry Coffeehouse to a roller skating party and are provided by the staff and Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO). When you attend one of these events, you will find 200 students, parents and community members enjoying the camaraderie.
The Parkside PTO sponsors an annual rose sale. Approximately 1,100 dozen roses are sold by students, staff and community members with participation being voluntary. The profit from this 75-year-old tradition buys playground equipment for the school and educational supplies for teachers.
As a member of the Parkside School Community, I Pledge to:
- Be responsible for my choices.
- Cooperate and behave with respect.
- Talk and listen with respect.
- Treat property with respect.
Parents, students, and educators follow a common set of guidelines to make the school year run smoothly. Elementary schools in the Goshen Community Schools district share a standard school handbook. Policy items and contents range from student progress and conferences to the lost and found. The handbook also covers procedural information such as dropping off and picking up students.
Facts & Figures
With six ethnic groups attending Parkside, students have a great opportunity to experience the traditions of multiple cultures. We continue to stress the importance of parental and community involvement as enrollment increases.
For ISTEP and district-wide statistics, visit the Indiana Department of Education website.
School Improvement Plan
Every school, as part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act and Indiana’s Public Law 221, must have a school improvement plan. Each school has an improvement team comprised of staff, parents and community members. These teams developed their initial building plan in 2001-02 and revise the plan as needed each year.
Language Arts Goal:
- Increase the percentage of students above the ISTEP standards in Language Arts by an average of 3% annually over the next three years.
Looking at the ISTEP results, we see an 8% and a 7% increase of students passing in language arts in the past 2 years. Based on the data collected this year, we will continue to focus professional development on writing applications and conventions.
- Increase the percentage of students above the ISTEP standards in math at a rate to give exemplary status each year based on the improvement chart for PL221.
In order to bring consistency to the district’s elementary schools, a math committee aligns the curriculum with the Goshen Community School Corporation’s “Essential Learnings” and the state standards. The committee determined that every classroom will be using the Math Trailblazers curriculum. Our professional development will focus on the new math curriculum.
The Parkside staff strives to identify and address the needs of all students, encourages family and community involvement, creates a positive learning environment and continues to grow and develop professionally.
Parkside students experience a range of activities – social and academic – and participate in a variety of programs. These are designed by the Parkside staff to enhance student learning, improve parental communication and encourage family and community involvement.
Students also have the opportunity to participate in out-of-classroom activities such as:
- Breakfast and Lunch Programs
- Computer Lab
- Media Center
- Choir for 5th Graders
- Art and Music Facilities
- Gymnasium and Cafeteria
- Live, weekly LIFESKILL Lessons on the monitor
- Live morning Broadcast of the “Parkside News” by 5th graders – presented daily
- Monday folders
- Outdoor education for 5th graders held at Camp Friedenswald in Cassopolis, Michigan