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Principal's Welcome
 
Dear Families,

Welcome to Geneva Middle School South. Students at GMS-South are generally high performing students with students very excited about their learning. Our teachers work collaboratively in professional learning communities to help guide their instructional practices. The focus of GMS-South is student-centered. Teachers and administrators constantly strive to “do what is best for kids,” and work together to further District 304’s “tradition of excellence.”

We serve 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, each of which is broken into two teams of around 125 students each. In addition to the core team classes of science, social studies, math, and language arts, students take physical education and exploratory classes such as art, Spanish, German, French, family and consumer science, technology education, art and general music. Also, over two-thirds of the student population participates in GMS-South’s music program, which includes band, choir, and orchestra. Extracurricular activities are also offered and consist of a variety of sports teams, clubs, drama, and intramurals. We believe offering these programs helps to create a well-rounded student.

By working collaboratively with teacher, parents and students our school provides a great education for the students as we prepare them for high school. We want to welcome your family to Geneva.

Sincerely,

Terry Bleau
Principal

About the Principal
 
I was named principal of Geneva Middle School South when the two middle schools split in the summer of 2006. It is with great pleasure that I perform my duties as principal in the wonderful community of Geneva. I am always amazed at the quality of students that attend our school. They have so many talents that we are entrusted to nurture and develop.

I started working in Geneva in 2002 when I was appointed assistant principal at the middle school. I had spent the previous five years as a 7th and 8th grade social studies teacher in Plainfield, Illinois. I had a variety of other educational experiences prior to working in Plainfield. I received my professional training as an educator at the University of Illinois (GO ILLINI), as well as masters’ degrees from Governors State University and Northern Illinois University.

Like many members of the Geneva community, I am a devoted family man. My wife and I have three children that remind us of each other in so many ways. Now that I have had middle school children of my own I have a new appreciation for the efforts our parents make to support the school in the education of a child.

Coming to work every day at GMS South is something I truly enjoy. Many people cannot believe that anyone would want to work with middle school students on a daily basis. However, I, along with the members of the staff, could not think of living life any other way. The middle school student has an energy level that makes my work day entertaining, exciting, and challenging all at the same time. If you are ever in the building to see our students at a concert, a sporting event, our Veteran’s Day ceremony, our Patriot Day activities, or any number of other events, it is easy to see why I love being the principal of Geneva Middle School South.
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