Student Athletes and Families:
GHS is back in Course 3, so we should see all students that are not enrolled in ROA this week on Tuesday! Wednesdays will continue to be "virtual" education days for which student-athletes are still accountable for attendance and we will have in person learning every Mon/Tue and Th/Fri.
It will be so nice to have kids back and learning in person, but it does create social distancing issues for our student-athletes. I worry especially for those varsity kids preparing for their state tournaments. We do not want any student-athlete to miss their biggest competitions due to sitting too close to a student in class who ends up being positive with Covid. Student-athletes need to advocate to remain social distanced in their classrooms, and be extra diligent with Covid protocols. During lunches, it is impossible to social distance in the cafeteria. The athletic department will set up tables daily outside of our offices where student-athletes can sit 6' apart to eat.
Academic Eligibility: Athletic eligibility checks are this Wednesday. A student-athlete's grades on this date will control their eligibility from 1/21 - Mid March, so if an IHSAA winter student-athlete did not pass 5 classes, their season is over, even if they have an Incomplete grade. They should sill complete their INC, but not to count towards athletic eligibility. (IHSAA rule) They also can still be eligible for spring sports by passing 5 classes for 3rd quarter.
The GHS administration and teaching staff has worked diligently during this crazy year to make sure that all kids remain eligible, but some have not made it:( I appreciate their understanding of how this unique "schooling" affects us all differently and how important athletics is to our kids, even more so this year.
Ticket Plans: Elkhart County is still a red county.. Our ticket plan has not changed all winter, as we know there will be ebbing and flowing of Covid 19 cases. Visit goshenredhawks.org and the TIcket Plan announcement.
Live Streaming: I hope many of you have enjoyed the free live streaming of events in the main gym aquatics center. Thanks to all our staff who have helped offer this to the many who would like to attend but cannot due to restrictions. The link can be found under the Ticket Info/Boosters tab on the website.
Schedule updates: Visit goshenredhawks.org.
Strength and Conditioning: We have been approved to return to full capacity on our weight room since we are back to nearly full student body during the day. Coach MIller will continue with requirements of wearing facemasks at all times and will adjust partner lifts as needed. It is extremely important that student-athletes participate in the physical development class. As you set your schedule for next year, please make sure you are in this class. For those of you who cannot fit this into your schedule, you are falling behind your teammates athletically. To accomodate, Coach Miller is offering AM workouts for you. Please see him for more details.
Athletic accomplishments: It's time to brag on our kids and teams a bit. Congratulations to Nick Olson and 'Cente Eckman on winning NLC championships at their weight classes last Saturday. Also, Samantha Hunter was NLC champ in the Individual Medley Saturday, breaking a school record that was nearly 40 year old!
Finally, our girls basketball team improved to 15-3 on the year with a dominating 2nd half at Warsaw Saturday night to take sole possesion of the NLC lead. We host NWood on Saturday. A win would mean Coach Hill and the girls are NLC champs for the first time since 1987! Congratulations girls on setting yourselves up for this accomplishment. Seal the Deal!
Larry Kissinger, CAA
Director of Athletics
Goshen High School
Transformational Impact Statement(for now) is: I lead to prepare student-athletes for lifelong success by modeling education based athletics and serving others with a + attitude!