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Nine Geneva High School Students Commended in 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program
Geneva High School Principal Tom Rogers has announced that nine students have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, will be presented by Rogers to the following scholastically talented seniors: Emma Chrusciel, Noah Hood, John Kasarda, Katherine Kilmer, Jack Krieger, Rey Lautenschlager, Constance Linardos, Britney Mason and Sarah Mozden. 
Eight Geneva 304 Schools Make 2018 'Best Schools' List
Eight of Geneva CUSD 304's schools have made Niche's 2018 Best Schools in Illinois list. 

Geneva High School ranked No. 45, receiving an overall Niche grade of "A+." Geneva Middle School South and North made the list, ranking No. 52 and No. 61, respectively. Five Geneva elementary schools also made the list: Western Avenue Elementary School (No. 79), Fabyan Elementary School (No. 101), Williamsburg Elementary School (No. 125), Heartland Elementary School (No. 134) and Harrison Street Elementary School (No. 153). 
 
Geneva and Batavia High Schools “Competing for a Cause” at Geneva vs. Batavia Football Game on Fri., Sept. 29
On Friday, September 29, Batavia High School and Geneva High School football fans will not only be meeting up at Geneva High School for the 99th annual crosstown classic game, but will also be wearing competing T-shirts.

Both high schools’ cheering sections, “The Dog Pound” and “The Blue Crue” will be selling Batavia vs. Geneva “Competing for a Cause” T-shirts starting the week of Sept. 18 to benefit Ava Warriors, CHIP IN Batavia, and Bulldogs Unleashed.
 
Geneva High School Reaffirms Commitment To Civic Learning
Geneva Community Unit School District 304 and the Illinois Civic Mission Coalition are proud to announce that Geneva High School has completed the recommitment process for the Illinois Democracy Schools Initiative. This distinction commemorates 10 years of fostering a school climate that cultivates and models civic dispositions and builds strong relationships with the surrounding community. 
Geneva ACT Scores Surpass State, National Averages

Repeating a tradition of success that Geneva High School’s students display on the ACT, Geneva’s graduating class of 2017 achieved an average ACT composite score of 24.1, according to numbers released last week by ACT.

 
Four Geneva High School Seniors Named National Merit Semifinalists
Geneva High School is proud to announce that four senior students have been named semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program: Grace Brolly, Ryan Chalmers, Alex Cordogan and Caroline Lahey. 
Appreciation from Geneva CUSD 304 Superintendent Dr. Kent Mutchler
Sept. 22, 2017

Dear Ladies & Gentlemen of Geneva CUSD 304:

Thank you to everyone who showed caring and compassion for our students and staff this week, in the face of daunting situations. Our community has come together through the efforts and teamwork of our staff, the Geneva Police Department, the Geneva Fire Department, the Kane County Sherriff’s Office, our parents, our students, and others. Please know that we take any type of rumor jeopardizing the safety of our students and staff very seriously and will continue to take safety precautions at GHS and our other schools as we move forward. 
 
Letter From Principal Tom Rogers
Sept. 22, 2017

Geneva High School Parents, Guardians, Students and Employees:

You have received many communications from Geneva High School this week, most of them filled with information about disturbing events and rumors of violence. We would like to begin this communication instead with a heartfelt THANK YOU to our students, parents, staff, first responders, and community. Throughout the challenges we have faced this week, we have had one shared focus: The safety and well-being of the students of Geneva High School. We are humbled by the support and trust that you have in us and are so glad that you are such an integral part of our school family.
 
Letter From Principal Tom Rogers
Sept. 20, 2017

Geneva High School Parents, Students, and Employees:

In the early morning hours of Sept. 20, Geneva High School and the Geneva Police became aware of some social media posts referencing rumors of a possible shooting at Geneva High School. As a result, emergency communications were made to parents prior to the school day alerting them to this information. As a precaution, student belongings were searched upon their arrival at school. Additionally, the Geneva Police Department provided increased support.
 
A Followup Letter From Principal Tom Rogers
Sept. 19, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians of Geneva High School Students,

I would like to provide another update to you regarding the unfortunate incident that occurred at Geneva High School on Monday, and also to share additional information about the accident that occurred over the weekend.
 
Letter From Principal Tom Rogers

Sept. 18, 2017

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students of Geneva High School,

I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with more details regarding the incident that took place at Geneva High School this morning.

 
Press Release: All Students Safe Following Incident at Geneva High School

At approximately 7:30 this morning, a Geneva High School student poured gasoline onto himself from a water bottle and was immediately prevented by students and staff from taking further steps to do self-harm or harm to others. No other students were injured as a result of this incident and administrators responded.

 
"Hello Friend ..."

Heartland Elementary School students submit words of inspiration to children affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The letter template begins with this warm greeting, but the inspiring words that follow come from the heart of Geneva School District 304. Once collection is completed, the letters will be lovingly packed and distributed to the children affected by Hurricane Harvey in southeast Texas. 

 
Geneva CUSD 304 Works to Hold the Line on Taxes
Among the 14 school districts in Kane County that saw a tax levy increase this year, Geneva’s ranks the lowest at .10%, according to the Kane County Clerk’s office.

“Through short- and long-term planning, our Board and Administration work to hold the tax levy rate as steady as possible for school district taxpayers,” said Superintendent Dr. Kent Mutchler.

Read the full article
here.
 
Geneva's Own Kid Vikings Encourage Us to #KeepMovingFoward
The world has changed drastically over the last two decades. In Geneva, we recognize that if we are going to prepare students for the future, the way we educate students must also change. It’s time to start taking risks, time to innovate, and time to accept that failure is an essential step in the path to success. Changing the way things have always been done isn’t easy, but Geneva is going to #KeepMovingForward and our Kid Vikings are leading the way! 
Updated Install Directions for Office 365 for Home Use
Did you know that as a benefit of the District’s Microsoft licensing, we are able to offer our students and staff the ability to install the latest version of the Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote) on their home computer(s) free of charge? Using the student or staff member's Geneva304 email address and password, Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus can be installed on up to 5 compatible PCs and Macs, plus 5 tablets, including iPads. The ability to use this version of Office will continue for as long as the student is enrolled or the staff member works in Geneva CUSD 304 and the district continues to maintain Office 365 email accounts.

Installation Instructions
 
Statement on "13 Reasons Why" Netflix Series

Dear Geneva 304 Families,

We want to make you aware of a relatively new Netflix series, “13 Reasons Why,” based upon Jay Asher’s 2007 young adult novel. The series centers on an adolescent girl’s suicide and the thirteen cassette tapes she leaves behind detailing the reasons why she took her life. While the show is opening up awareness and conversation about issues that are typically hard to talk about, especially between adults and teens, there are some blatant shortcomings in its execution. The show and the book deal with mature themes, including sexual assault and suicide that are vividly portrayed in the TV version. As a result, the show is not appropriate for some viewers, particularly young teens and/or those whom have struggled with mental illness, self-injury or thoughts of suicide, and minimally should not be watched without accompanying dialogue and/or intervention from trusted adults.

 
Geneva 304 Placed on the College Board’s 7th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for Significant Gains in Student Access and Success
Posted 01/05/2017
Geneva Community Unit School District 304 is one of 433 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 7th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. 
 
Our Purpose, Our Plans, Our Schools
What are we doing to ensure that our students thrive in the 21st century economy? 

This booklet is an annual publication of our District aimed at giving a snapshot of our District’s successes, initiatives, and goals for the future. We encourage you to take a moment to see how we are transforming the way learning happens to best meet the needs of students in a constantly changing, increasingly globalized world. 

At the core of everything we do rests the goal of helping our students become self-directed lifelong learners, effective communicators, complex, creative, and adaptive thinkers, and collaborative and productive citizens.

Read Now
 
Geneva ACT Scores Outpace State/National Averages
Maintaining the success that Geneva High School’s students traditionally display on the ACT, Geneva’s graduating class of 2016 achieved an average ACT composite score of 24.2, according to numbers released this week by ACT. 
School District Shares Concerns About Proposed TIF District at Public Forum

Geneva School District has concerns about the impact of a new Geneva TIF district on schools and taxpayers. If you were unable to attend the Board of Education's public forum on May 3, you can now watch the video of the forum online.

 
Geneva Welcomes Six Exchange Students this Year
We are happy to introduce six foreign exchange students who have joined our Geneva High School Viking Family for the 2016-17 school year. Each student comes with a friendly attitude and excitement to learn more about our culture, as well as a strong desire to share their culture with us. Below is as little bit of information about each student, and we hope you continue to help us welcome them!     
Teacher-Generated Reflection of the 2015-16 School Year
Throughout this school year we have sought to bind our galaxy together by focusing on our vision for learning, and we’ve done some truly amazing things! We’ve seen students and teachers take initiative to engage in projects that they’re passionate about. We’ve seen folks harness the power of technology to communicate in powerful ways. We’ve seen learners develop solutions and create things they never have before, and we’ve seen everyone find new and exciting ways to collaborate. We should be proud of all we’ve accomplished, and as we look ahead to next year, I know we’ll keep moving forward. 
Modular Classroom FAQs

The Geneva Board of Education recently approved the submission of a letter of intent to purchase a refurbished modular classroom unit for Geneva High School. We have compiled this FAQ to help answer many of the questions our community members might have about the installation of such a unit. 

 
Geneva Teacher Named Elementary Teacher of the Year!
Barbara Freeman, A/E teacher at Western Avenue School was named the 2016 Elementary Educator of the Year by the Kane County ROE! Congratulations Barb! 
Sodexo Seeks Feedback on Lunch Program
Posted on March 2, 2016
Each year, Sodexo conducts a survey of middle school students, high school students, and parents regarding the quality of the lunch program. Please take a moment to complete the survey. Your input will help Sodexo ensure that the lunch program meets the needs of our students and parents.

Parent Survey for All Schools


Middle School & High School Student Survey
 
New Location for School Board Meetings
Posted February 8, 2016
The Geneva Board of Education will now meet in the Professional Development Room at Coultrap
Educational Services Center located at 227 N. Fourth Street in Geneva. The new meeting location is more intimate and will allow for more effective community engagement at school board meetings. The next Board of Education meeting is Monday, February 8 at 7 p.m.
 
Geneva 304 Ranks in Top 3% of School Districts in the Nation
Niche, a website that conducts annual grading and rankings of K-12 public schools, gave Geneva Community Unit School District 304 an A+ rating. This grade takes into account key factors such as the strength of academics, quality of teachers, school resources, the quality of student life, as well as student and parent reviews, in an attempt to measure the overall excellence of the district. Niche ranked Geneva CUSD 304 the 14th best district in Illinois placing it in the top 3% of school districts nationwide. 
Geneva School District Unveils Redesigned Website
Posted January 5, 2016
Geneva Community Unit School District 304 today announced the launch of a newly redesigned website. The new site features a new look, easier navigation, expanded content, and a mobile-friendly design.
 
Geneva Continues to Achieve High ACT Scores in 2015
Posted August 27, 2015
In a continuation of the success that Geneva High School’s students traditionally display on the ACT, Geneva’s graduating class of 2015 achieved an average ACT composite score of 24.3, according to numbers released this week by ACT. This impressive average far outpaces the state and national composite averages, which for 2015 are 20.7 and 21.0, respectively.
 
Geneva in Top Ten Chicagoland School Districts with Highest Graduation Rates
Chicago Agent Magazine recently reported that Geneva CUSD 304 ranks in the top ten Chicagoland School Districts with the highest graduation rates. The data was drawn from a recently released report by The Hechinger Report, an independent nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based at Teachers College, Columbia University. The data, which draws from the 2013 graduating class, broke down the numbers past the typical statewide average. Chicago Agent took a closer look at the graduation rates for the Chicagoland area, and found the 10 school districts with the highest graduation rates. Geneva ranks 6th with a graduation rate of 96.2%. See more here. 
Geneva 304 Awarded Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting
Posted 07/27/15 
The Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International has awarded Geneva Community Unit School District 304 its Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting award for having met or exceeded the program’s high standards for financial reporting and accountability.
 
Geneva Middle School Students Score 2nd in National Vocabulary Contest
Posted 06/24/2015
A team representing Geneva Middle School North recently earned Highest Honors in the 2014-15 WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually. The eighth grade team scored an impressive 194 points out of a possible 200 in the last of three meets this year, placing second in the nation. The eighth graders also placed third nationally in the overall competition with a cumulative score of 562 points out of a possible 600.
 
Geneva School District Earns Meritorious Budget Award
Posted 03/10/2015
For the fourth year in a row, the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International has awarded Geneva Community Unit School District 304 the Meritorious Budget Award for excellence in budget presentation.
 
Geneva School District Awarded Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting
Geneva School District is once again the recipient of the Association of School Business Officials International’s Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting. This award results from having met or exceeded the program’s high standards for financial reporting and accountability. This reflects the work of staff on the District’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending in 2015. 
Geneva 304 is Ranked 12th Best School District in Illinois by Niche (formerly College Prowler)
Posted 12/10/2014
Geneva School District has been ranked the 12th Best School District in Illinois by Niche (formerly College Prowler).  Geneva is one of 9,299 school districts to be ranked this year by Niche (formerly College Prowler) with only 8,738 school districts receiving a numerical ranking. Geneva has 5,959 students attending 10 schools in grades PK and K-12. According to state standards, 92% of students in this district are considered proficient in math and/or reading.
 
Geneva Announces Appointment of New Assistant Superintendent Due to Retirement and Other Administrative Openings
Posted: 11/25/2014
Geneva School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Andrew Barrett to Assistant Superintendent of Learning and Teaching, effective July 1, 2015. Dr. Barrett joined Geneva School District in 2006 as principal of Mill Creek Elementary School and was appointed Director of Learning and Teaching in 2011. As Assistant Superintendent of Learning and Teaching, Dr. Barrett will direct the curriculum, instruction, and student assessment functions of the district.
 
Expert to speak on The Future of Illinois State Funding
Posted: 11/18/2014
On Thursday, December 11, the Board of Education will host Ralph Martire, who will speak on the Future of Illinois State Funding. This program will be held at Geneva Middle School South, 1415 Viking Drive, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Mr. Martire, Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, will discuss how Illinois’ lack of money may have profound consequences on the future State Aid formula.
 
Veterans Day Ceremony Photo Gallery
Posted: November 11, 2014
The 18th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Geneva Middle School North is one of many tributes to our nation's veterans that occurred in Geneva's schools today, November 11, 2014. Click here for a photo gallery of images from GMS North.
 
GHS Parents - Stop Using RevTrak/MealTime for Your Student's Lunch Account
Posted: 10/9/2014
As of TODAY parents will no longer be able to use RevTrak/MealTime to fund/view their Geneva High School students' lunch accounts. The remaining balance in all high school students' lunch accounts will be available in PushCoin account by end of day today.
 
2014 GHS Homecoming Parade
Check out a few photos from Friday afternoon's Homecoming Parade in downtown Geneva. And don't forget to click here to see recorded coverage! 
Geneva High School Ranks in Top 5% of Nation’s Public High Schools
Posted 4/24/2014
Geneva Community High School places among the top 5% of public high schools in the nation, according to rankings released this week by U.S. News & World Report, a nationally recognized publisher of education news and information. Geneva is one of only 131 high schools from Illinois to be nationally ranked by the publication.
 
Geneva Students Achieve High ACT Scores
Posted: 8/21/2014
In a continuation of the success that Geneva High School’s students traditionally display on the ACT, Geneva’s graduating class of 2014 achieved an average ACT composite score of 24.2, according to numbers released this week by ACT.
 
Three School Board Seats Available for Election on April 7, 2015
Posted 9/16/14
Nominating petition forms for the April 7, 2015, school board election in Geneva Community Unit School District 304 are now available online.
 
School Funding Reform Act: How Senate Bill 16 Could Impact Geneva 304
Updated 12/1/14
The State of Illinois has been looking at ways to change education funding, which has remained unchanged since 1997. One of the results of that effort is the creation of Senate Bill 16 (SB16). The Illinois State Board of Education has calculated the amount each school district would receive next year if SB16, as written, becomes law. District 304 would lose 79.9 percent of its state funding or $3.9 million per year.
 
Looking for Assessment Information?
Information on assessments that will be administered to students during the 2014-15 school year is available on the District 304 website by clicking here 
HERO Video Aims to Combat Bullying
GMS South Viking Voices film a video to contribute to South's anti-bullying campaign. "Hero" words and music by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff/arr. by Mark Brymer.

Click here to see the video.
 
2014-15 Budget Adopted
Here is a link to the 2014-15 budget, which was adopted by the Board of Education on Monday, August 25, 2014.  
New Visitor Management Procedures in Effect
Posted: 8/7/2014
Beginning on August 20, 2014, new visitor management procedures will be in effect at Geneva High School, Geneva Middle Schools North and South, and Mill Creek Elementary School. Visitors will be required to present identification and be screened prior to being allowed access to the building. This system is expected to be implemented District-wide by the end of the school year.
 
New Lunch Account Deposit Procedures Coming Soon
Posted: 8/7/2014
This school year, Geneva School District will gradually roll-out the use of PushCoin to fund lunch accounts. Parents will continue to use RevTrak until their school's PushCoin "Go Live" date.
 
Geneva schools play part in Geneva being named one of "Chicago’s Best Places to Live"
Posted: 3/19/2014
The quality education provided by Geneva School District was one of the criteria that led editors to recognize Geneva as one of the region’s best places to live in the April edition of “Chicago Magazine.” The magazine recognizes 12 city neighborhoods and 12 suburbs as “Chicago’s Best Places to Live” based on a comprehensive review of statistics from Midwest Real Estate Data, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Illinois State Board of Education and local police departments.
 
District recognized for excellence in financial reporting
Posted: July 16, 2014
Geneva School District is once again the recipient of the Association of School Business Officials International’s Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting. This award results from having met or exceeded the program’s high standards for financial reporting and accountability. This reflects the work of staff on the District’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the 2012-13 fiscal year.
 
Geneva Summer Sports Camps Registration Info
Posted: 3/20/2014
Online registration for athletic summer camps is available for all students living within the Geneva School District. Brochures can be downloaded from the Geneva High School website.
 
Board Hires Director of Transportation
Posted: April 16, 2014
The Board of Education on Monday approved the hiring of Mary Torrance as Director of Transportation for Geneva School District 304. She will begin her full-time assignment on July 1, 2014.
 
District Awarded Meritorious Budget Award
Posted: 3/12/2014
The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) has awarded Geneva School District its Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for excellence in budget presentation. This is the third time Geneva School District has submitted an application for and received this award.
 
Our Purpose, Our Plans, Our Schools
Posted: 1/21/2014
Geneva School District is pleased to announce the publication of a newly-redesigned booklet titled “Our Purpose, Our Plans, Our Schools” that will inform readers what we value, where we’ve been, and where we’re going as a district.  
 
Kindergarten Study Documents Available
Posted: 1/14/2014
The Geneva School District Kindergarten Committee presented several options to the Board of Education on January 13, 2014 regarding the implementation of full day kindergarten in District 304. The committee has unanimously recommended that the Board of Education approve the option for District-funded all day kindergarten for all students. 
 
Illinois Law Requires Schools to Post No Concealed Carry Signs
Posted: 12/5/2013
The safety of our students is always a top priority in Geneva School District. We take very seriously our responsibility to ensure the safety of your child every day. Each of our schools has a plan in place to handle emergency situations, and our staff has made great strides in recent years to increase security at our buildings. Beginning this December, you will likely see more evidence of this commitment to security in the form of “no concealed carry” signs posted around our campuses.
 
2014-15 School Year Calendar
Updated: 6/5/2013
The 2014-15 School Year calendar is available in both color and black and white on the Calendars page of the District’s website.
 
School Closing and Late Start Information
Posted: 12/2/2013
With Thanksgiving behind us and Winter Break fast approaching, it’s time to review Geneva School District’s late start and school closing procedures. In the event of inclement weather this winter, there are several ways Geneva School District will advertise that school will start late or be canceled.
 
Geneva School District Placed on the College Board’s 4th Annual AP District Honor Roll
Posted: 11/22/2013
Geneva Community Unit School District 304 is one of fewer than 500 public school districts in the U.S. and Canada that earned a place on the College Board 4th Annual AP District Honor Roll. The honor roll recognizes districts for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement (AP) coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams.
 
Board Member Wins Geneva Chamber’s Community Service Award
Posted: 11/13/2013
Geneva school board member Mary Stith is one of two recipients of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Wood Community Service Award. According to the Chamber, Mrs. Stith received this award because “she continually has the best interest of Geneva’s students, youth and future front of mind ...”
 
District Employee Wins IASB Service Award

Posted: 11/5/2013
Pam Burgeson, administrative assistant to the Geneva School District Superintendent, is the recipient of the Illinois Association of School Boards’ 2013 Holly Jack Outstanding Service Award.

 
Common Core Math Resources Available Online
Posted: 10/29/2013
Follow this link to find a wealth of resources related to Common Core Math Implementation in Geneva School District.
 
Geneva School District is on Twitter!
Posted: 10/28/2013
A little bird told us we should be Tweeting, so Geneva School District is now on Twitter! Follow us today @Geneva304.  

“In Geneva School District, we are constantly evaluating and modifying our communication strategies because we are committed to communicating with as many people as we can as efficiently and effectively as we can,” said Communications Coordinator Kelley Munch. “Research shows that 72 percent of online adults use social media, and so we are adding Twitter as a District communication tool to reach more people in the Geneva community with great news about Geneva School District.”
 
What we found in the Coultrap time capsule!
Posted: 9/30/2013
On Saturday, September 28, 2013 Geneva School District dedicated the District's administrative offices the Coultrap Educational Services Center in honor of Harry M. Coultrap, who served as Geneva's Superintendent of Schools from 1912 to 1950.
 
School Board Earns IASB Governance Recognition Designation
Posted: 9/10/2013
The Geneva School District Board of Education is one of only 10 to earn the IASB’s 2013 School Board Governance Recognition designation.
 
Geneva Students Achieve High ACT Scores
Posted: 8/21/2013
Geneva High School’s graduating class of 2013 achieved a record average ACT composite score of 24.6, according to numbers released recently by ACT. The average composite ACT score for 2013 graduates state-wide is 20.6. Nationwide, the composite score is 20.9.
 
Best Place to Raise Kids in Illinois: Geneva!
Posted: 12/19/2012
The City of Geneva was recently recognized by Bloomberg’s Businessweek as “The Best Place to Raise Kids in Illinois.” Public school performance and safety were weighed most heavily in establishing the seventh annual list of “America’s Best Places to Raise Kids 2013,” according to an article published December 17, 2012 on businessweek.com.
 
Enroll at Geneva School District
Are you interested in enrolling your child(ren) in Geneva’s public schools? At Geneva 304, we make things easy with forms available online and centralized enrollment!  
Inscripciones (matrículas)
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