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Character Education- Helping Students become Good Citizens

Each day, our schools are filled with people- some big, and some little – but all people with different personalities, unique ways of looking at the world, and varying methods of dealing with conflict and feelings. We know that even as adults this isn‚Äö√Ñ√¥t always an easy thing. Think about committees you are a part […]

Versluis Receives Young Conductor Award

Geneseo Middle School Band Director John Versluis, recently joined an elite group of colleagues when he was presented the Barbara Buehlman Young Conductor Award on September 22, 2014.¬¨‚Ć Versluis was selected because of his outstanding performance as a music educator, along with the excellence consistently displayed by his students. The award, given by the Illinois […]

Middle School Teachers Give Presentation at National Conference

Jenni Johnson and Deb Wagner, sixth grade science teachers at Geneseo Middle School, ¬¨‚Ćhave the unique opportunity of presenting a lesson at the U.S. Department of Education‚Äö√Ñ√¥s Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) Conference this week in Washington D.C. ¬¨‚Ć The national conference ¬¨‚Ćbrings together grant recipients from across the country to learn about the latest […]

Making Student Wellness FUN at Southwest!

Question: What is the best way to teach elementary-aged students how to be healthy? A)¬¨‚Ć An iPad app B)¬¨‚Ć Reading a book C)¬¨‚Ć A worksheet D)¬¨‚Ć With ‚Äö√Ñ√∫toe tokens‚Äö√Ñ√π and parties Here‚Äö√Ñ√¥s a hint: If the smiling, active, busy, engaged, kids at Southwest School are any indication‚Äö√Ѭ∂‚Äö√Ѭ∂..it probably isn‚Äö√Ñ√¥t a worksheet! Southwest was on a […]

Journeys- a New Approach to Language Arts

Beginning this school year, teachers in our three elementary schools are using Journeys, a new language arts curriculum for students in grades K-5. The curriculum employs a unique philosophy that combines all language arts components into one reading series, which is allowing teachers a more cohesive approach to teaching the many parts that make up […]

Message From State Superintendent Christopher A. Koch

Tomorrow, we host a Back-to-School Webinar for parents with our partners, the Illinois PTA. I will join Illinois PTA President Peg Staehlin to talk about statewide education initiatives and discuss the importance of family engagement. The webinar, which will be at 7 p.m., will cover what classroom instruction looks like under the continued implementation of […]

The Challenge is Personal at GHS

Unless your Wi-Fi has been out for the past six months, you have undoubtedly viewed at least one video clip of someone pouring a bucket of ice-cold water over his head and then calling out others to do the same. The Ice Bucket Challenge- everyone is doing it‚Äö√Ѭ∂.celebrities, athletes, former presidents, your cousin, and if […]

ProjectLEAF Reaches Recommendation Phase

Well, when we asked for your input and involvement, did you ever step up and offer it, which proves once again just how fortunate we are to have a district with families that don‚Äö√Ñ√¥t just send their kids to school every day‚Äö√Ѭ∂.but also truly care about what happens here, both now and in the years […]

GMS Welcomes New Dean of Students

If you have stopped by Geneseo Middle School recently, you probably noticed a new face in the hallways. With the promotion of Mr. Hofer to GMS Principal, there was a vacant desk in the Dean of Students office, which led to the addition of Ms. Carrie Griffith to the middle school family this school year. […]

Sixth Graders will Learn and Grow at GMS!

Middle School. You remember it‚Äö√Ѭ∂.or maybe it was called Jr. High back then, but whatever the name you probably have fond memories of feeling confident, fitting in, and getting along well with your parents during these years. And if those are your memories, we‚Äö√Ñ√¥re pretty sure we were not sitting at the same lunch table. […]