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Goshen schools celebrate opening day with faculty, staff

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  • Faculty and staff members who have completed 20 years with the district (from left): Heidi Lawrence, Donna Guarneiri, Alan Benson, Judy McCarthy, Ellen Dickinson, Donna Meaney, Robert McIntee, Louise Giardina, and Margaret Goetze. (Not pictured: Wendy Wee)

  • Carole Griffin celebrates 40 years with Goshen Schools.

  • Faculty and staff with 30 years of service to the district (from left): Christopher Tucci, Patricia Capocciamo and Frank Kowalczyk.

  • Faculty and staff with 25 years of service to the district (from left): Andrew Krish, Linda Clavelle and William Wright.

  • Janice Gracey began driving a school bus for Goshen 35 years ago.

  • Dr. Kurtis Kotes, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction, personnel and technology, honors faculty and staff.

  • Joe Palancia, William Greene, Chris Tucci and Cathy Frahme sing a humorous back-to-school parody to the tune of the Beatles’ popular song, “Help.”

  • Board President Judy Green welcomes faculty and staff to another school year.

  • Superintendent Daniel Connor encourages faculty and staff to continue to strive for excellence.

  • K-12 Technology Coordinator Jonathan Redeker updates staff about exciting new initiatives with instructional technology.

— The Goshen Central School District on Sept. 5 celebrated its opening day ceremonies for faculty and staff in anticipation of the first day of school for students the following day.

The ceremony included a welcome from Superintendent Daniel Connor and Board of Education President Judith Green.

Dr. Kurtis Kotes, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction, personnel and technology, and Jonathan Redeker, K-12 Technology Coordinator and Social Studies Teacher at Goshen High School, spoke about the district’s commitment to instructional technology. Over the summer, 1,824 instructional devices were added to the district’s existing inventory, with universal access to Chromebooks for students at Goshen Intermediate, CJ Hooker Middle School, and Goshen High School, and shared access to Android Tablets, Touch Screen Chromebooks, and traditional Chromebooks for students at Scotchtown Elementary. The district says it's committed to using technology to support instruction and creating the best possible education for 21st-century learning.

In addition, Dr. Kotes honored several faculty and staff members who have served the district for 20 years or more by awarding them a certificate of recognition (see sidebar). The employees received accolades from building principals, department heads, Board of Education members and colleagues.

The ceremony ended with a humorous musical number performed by Joe Palancia, student services at Goshen High School; William Greene, music teacher at Goshen Intermediate School; Cathy Frahme, English teacher at Goshen High School; and Christopher Tucci, art teacher at Goshen High School.

Photos provided

Honored employees

The following employees were honored for their years of service to Goshen's schools:
20 years
Alan Benson, school bus driver
Ellen Dickinson, music teacher at CJH
Louise Giardina, foreign language teacher at GHS
Margaret Goetze, kindergarten teacher at SAS
Donna Guarneiri, physical education teacher at CJH
Heidi Lawrence, math teacher at GHS
Judy McCarthy, cook manager
Robert McIntee, physical education teacher at GIS
Donna Meaney, teaching assistant at GHS
Wendy Wee, school secretary at CJH
25 years
Linda Clavelle, cook manager at GHS
Andrew Krish, math teacher at GHS
William Wright, custodial worker at GHS
30 years
Patricia Capocciamo, sixth grade teacher at CJH
Frank Kowalczyk, head maintenance worker
Christopher Tucci, art teacher at GHS
35 years
Janice Gracey, school bus driver
40 years
Carole Griffin, Academic Intervention Services teacher at SAS

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