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GHS Celebrates National Merit Commended Students

GENEVA – Geneva High School Principal Tom Rogers has announced that 12 students have earned recognition in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program as Commended Students. These students earned the honor having placed placed among the top five percent of students taking the PSAT in 2021. Pictured from left to right is Adeline Meyers, Karoline Anthony, Claire Jennings, Ved Vyas, Jesse Balc, Bennett Nippert, Principal Tom Rogers, Ethan Zibble, Josh Watson, Brock Mason, Alex Kellick, Jenna Sowinski and Michael Curshellas.
 

 
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Staff Spotlight: Stephanie Algrim

Sixth grade science teacher Stephanie Algrim has been teaching middle school science since 1994. She came to Geneva Middle School North (GMSN) in 2008. She took a short break from GMSN when she and her family moved to Seattle, but came back to GMSN when they returned in 2020. 

She is an animal lover who fosters dogs and cats from Anderson Animal Shelter with her family. Plus, her teaching “assistant” is a 30-year-old Bell's Hingeback tortoise named Gizzy, who lives in her classroom. Gizzy recently helped the class with gravity models to show the relationship between mass and gravitational force. She also helps with biosphere lessons (like food web, animal adaptations).

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District Receives 10th Consecutive Meritorious Budget Award

June 24, 2021

For the 10th consecutive year, the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) has awarded Geneva School District its Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for excellence in budget presentation.
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Geneva CUSD 304 Accepts Communications Award

Three Awards for Geneva 304 Feature Stories of Student Achievements

Sept. 14, 2021

Geneva Community Unit School District 304 has received three communications awards for projects that feature student achievements, including two Awards of Excellence, from the Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association (INSPRA).  
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Superintendent Dr. Kent Mutchler Completes AASA’s National Superintendent Certification Program

Feb. 18, 2022

Dr. Kent Mutchler, at Geneva Community Unit School District 304, was among twenty-two superintendents nationally to successfully complete the AASA National Superintendent Certification Program, administered by AASA, The School Superintendents Association in 2022. This program included eighteen months of coursework and a capstone project.
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Staff Spotlight: Audrey Bridges

Audrey Bridges, Building Services Coordinator (BSC), is passionate about making sure that the students and teachers of the district have a clean, safe school environment for teaching and learning.

“Audrey has done excellent work in our district,” said Geneva School District Superintendent Kent Mutchler. “She provides excellent leadership that we will miss. She puts students first in her work.”

In fact, she loves her job so much that her that even though she is retiring to Alabama next summer after more than 20 years in the district, she is considering finding a job at a school.
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Staff Spotlight: Jeannie Bean

Early each morning long before the school day begins, Geneva School District Bus Driver Jeannie Bean, or Miss Jeannie as the students call her, thoroughly inspects her bus, as required by law. She emphasized the importance of safety for the transportation department. “Safety is number one,” she said. “We never get in a bus that’s not fit to be on the road.”


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Sergio Espana school psychologist

Staff Spotlight: Sergio Espana

Mr. Espana joins the Geneva School District this academic year as a school psychologist, serving the middle schools and high school. “What excites me most about being a school psychologist at Geneva CUSD 304 is becoming a part of a tight knit community that centers itself around a clear vision and goal of supporting the academic, behavioral, and emotional success of our students,” he said. 



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Staff Spotlight: Jen Jurkynas

Mrs. Jurkynas is excited about her new role at the Geneva School District as a learning behavior specialist. “I’m interested in creating a rapport with each student and their families,” she said. “Together, we can assist students as they achieve their goals. We’ll have an amazing 2022-2023 year!”
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Staff Spotlight: Eric Mays

Mr. Mays brings 20 years of experience in the financial services industry to his work as a new business teacher at Geneva High School. “I am most excited about the opportunity to work with Geneva High School students and to help our future entrepreneurs, business-minded people, and future leaders,” he said. 

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Staff Spotlight: Guadalupe Orozco

Mrs. Orozco is the Geneva School District’s new elementary orchestra teacher. She will be based at Harrison Street School and will serve all elementary schools. She is excited to meet her new students and share the world of playing string instruments. “I’m looking forward to having a wonderful year full of learning and growing,” she said.
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A New Geneva 304 Newsletter Has Arrived!

Oct. 29, 2021

How are Geneva 304 students and staff living the District's Vision? Find out in the latest newsletter by clicking the link below and reading the latest stories! Also, look for the print version coming soon to mailboxes within Geneva School District.
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GMSS Nurses Appreciation

Geneva Middle School South Says 'Thank You' to Nurses

April 27, 2021

While technically, National Nurses Day falls next week, showing your appreciation is always timely, students and staff at Geneva Middle School South demonstrated today.
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Early Childhood Class Celebrates Preschool Students With Car Parade

May 21, 2021

GHS students enrolled in this semester’s Early Childhood Education course held a “car parade” recently for children attending the Little Vikings Preschool to celebrate a year that exercised their adaptive, creative thinking.
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Virtual Enterprises Students Place 3rd in Nation

May 25, 2021

The accomplishments of students in Geneva High School’s Virtual Enterprises class are a reflection of the advice that Ms. Dunlap shares at the start of every school year: You will get out of this course what you put into it.  
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5th-Graders Organize 23rd Western Walks

June 1, 2021

Fifth-graders at Western Avenue School set an example for younger students at the 23rd annual Western Walks event today. In the spirit of community service and developing self-directed learners, the event was organized by the school’s fifth grade and supported by PTO and staff.  
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GHS Celebrates National Merit Semifinalists & Commended Students

Sept. 29, 2020

Geneva High School Principal Tom Rogers has announced that nine students have earned recognition in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.
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Two Student Writers Published in DePaul University Anthology

Feb. 12, 2020

Geneva High School Senior Elle Plucinsky and 2019 graduate Abby Rieck have been selected for “DePaul’s Blue Book: Best of Illinois High School Writing 2018-2019.” 

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GMS North Students Place Regionally in Fall Stock Market Game

Jan. 29, 2020

Two student groups from Geneva Middle School North placed first and third in the fall session of this year's Stock Market Game, according to 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher Mr. J. Neitzel. 

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GHS Scholastic Regional Winners 2020

Students’ Award-Winning Artwork Proudly Displayed in GHS Commons

Jan. 28, 2020

Congratulations to the Geneva High School fine art students who received awards this year at the Scholastic Art Competition. The Suburban Chicago Art Region received 2,188 entries, including 57 senior portfolios. Among those, 638 works received awards and will be displayed in the Regional Exhibition from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2. The event will be held at Downers Grove North High School, 4436 Main. St. 60515. There is no admission fee and light refreshments will be provided.

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Students Achieve Honors at 2019-20 WordMasters Challenge: Meet 1

Jan. 22, 2020

Each year, students across Geneva CUSD 304 participate in a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 125,000 participants. The WordMasters Challenge™ is an exercise in critical thinking that holds three meets each year.

The following are students who have been recognized from the first meet of the 2019-20 WordMasters Challenge™ program. 

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Geneva 304 PE Staff Receive Elementary Teacher of the Year & Blue Ribbon Awards

Dec. 9, 2019

Geneva 304 PE staff have been recognized with two awards by The Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance — including Teacher of the Year and Blue Ribbon. Williamsburg Elementary School PE teacher Mr. Mike Graham was named Elementary PE Teacher of the Year, and for the third consecutive time, Geneva Middle School North received Blue Ribbon designation by IAHPERD.

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Geneva Middle School Football Teams Win Conference Championships

Sept. 30, 2019
Both the 7th and 8th grade Geneva Middle School football teams won their Conference Championships. Congratulations to these young athletes!
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Mr. Sutor Receives ROE 2019 High School Teacher of Year

Watch Nomination Interview for 2019 High School Teacher of the Year Derek Sutor

May 6, 2019

Congratulations to Geneva High School Special Education Teacher Mr. Derek Sutor, who was named the 2019 High School Teacher of the Year award this weekend by the Kane County Regional Office of Education!

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Geneva High School's Mrs. Behlow Receives French Order of the Academic Palms

May 6, 2019

On Saturday, May 4, Geneva High School French teacher Mrs. Martha Behlow received The French Order of the Academic Palms through the Government of France.

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GTV Students Win Best Morning Announcement Show in Region for 3rd Year

April 8, 2019
Over spring break, 16 Geneva High School GTV students traveled to Seattle for the annual Student Television Network Convention, bringing home several honors, including Best Morning Announcement Show (Midwest) for the third consecutive year.
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GHS Student Receives National Award for Writing

 
April 3, 3019
 
Congratulations to GHS student Laura McDonald, who made it to the National Level for the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards this March. Her writing piece, “Nature,” won a Silver Medal.
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Geneva’s DECA Chapter Competes at State

March 25, 2019

Geneva’s DECA Chapter brought home quite a bit of hardware at the State Competition earlier this month. With more than 1,500 students statewide, all of our GHS DECA competitors made their advisers very proud, according to Ms. Dunlap, GHS Business Education Teacher and DECA Adviser.

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FCCLA Regional Competition Results

March 19, 2019
Congratulations to the following students for a job well done at FCCLA Regional Competition in February. They all advance to state competition in April!      
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GMSN Girls Basketball Teams Make History

March 15, 2019
Last night, for the first time in Geneva Middle School North history, all four GMSN girls' basketball teams (7A, 7B, 8A and 8B) claimed the title as CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS! 
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GHS 2018 Literary Magazine Receives First-Class Rating by REALM

 

Feb. 25, 2019

Congratulations to the staff of the 2018 Literary Magazine, "The Skaldic: Resilience" on achieving the Nominated for First Class rating in the 2018 National Council of Teachers of English Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines (REALM).

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Geneva High School Student Receives Three Honors for Writing in Humor Category

Feb. 22, 2019

Congratulations to Geneva High School student Laura McDonald, who entered the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition this year in the writing category (humor).  

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Three GHS Seniors Receive IHSAE Scholarships From Art Portfolios

Feb. 22, 2019
 
Three Geneva High School seniors received numerous scholarships from the art portfolios that were submitted to the IHSAE (Illinois High School Art Exhibition) Senior Portfolio Show. 
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26 Art Pieces Recognized in Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Feb. 12, 2019 
Geneva High School visual art students won 26 honors this year in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards – including 6 Gold Key winning entries.   
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Geneva’s Athletics Director Named Certified Athletics Administrator by NIAAA

Feb. 5, 2019

Geneva High School’s Athletics Director David Carli has been named Certified Athletics Administrator by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA).

 
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DECA Students Advance to State Competition in March

Jan. 25, 2019
Congratulations to the following students who competed at the West Suburban DECA Sectionals this week. They have qualified for the DECA State Competition in March and have certainly made Geneva proud, according to Ms. Dunlap, DECA Advisor and Business Education teacher. 
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Hot Chocolate Run Rewards Students for Staying Active

Nov. 28, 2018
Snow and ice can't stop students from reaching their goals, or in this case, the finish line. Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders from Fabyan Elementary School piled into the gymnasium yesterday for the second Hot Chocolate Run. 
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Geneva High Students Receive 1st-Place Rating for 2018 Literary Magazine, The Skaldic: Resilience

Nov. 27, 2018  

Congratulations to the Geneva High School student staff of the 2018 Literary Magazine, The Skaldic: Resilience, on achieving a first-place rating in the 2018 National Scholastic Press Association competition for Literary Magazines. 

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Geneva High School Girls Basketball Coach Meadows Receives Statewide Coach of the Year Award

Nov. 26, 2018

Geneva High School’s Sarah Meadows has been selected to receive the 2017-18 NFHS Girls Basketball Coach of the Year Award, according to a press release by the Illinois High School Association.

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Geneva CUSD 304 Receives Four Communications Awards

Sept. 18, 2018
Geneva Community Unit School District has received four communications  awards, including one Golden Achievement Award, from the Illinois  Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association (INSPRA).
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Awards and Accomplishments

Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association: Geneva School District received two Awards of Excellence in 2021 for writing and in-house video, and one Award of Merit for writing. One Award of Excellence was received in in 2019. Four communications awards were received in 2018, including one Golden Achievement Award. The District's newsletter "Geneva School News" received an Award of Merit in 2013.
 
College Board’s AP Honor Roll: Geneva School District earned a place on this list in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2016.

School Board Governance Recognition: The Geneva School District Board of Education earned this designation from the Illinois Association of School Boards in 2013, 2015, and 2017, 2019, and 2021. Districts are eligible every two years.
 
Financial Rating: AA+ Rating from Standard & Poor’s (issued in 2017)

Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting: Awarded to the District by the Association of School Business Officials International for the fiscal years ending in 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports.

Meritorious Budget Award: Awarded to the District by the Association of School Business Officials International for the 2019-20, 2018-19, 2017-18, 2016-17, 2015-16, 2014-15, 2013-14, 2012-13, and 2011-12 annual budgets.

Financial Profile: (Illinois State Board of Education) recognition in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009.

Niche Best School Districts in Kane County: Ranked No. 2 in 2021, No. 1 in 2020, and No. 1 in 2019.
 
Bright A+ Award: Geneva School District was awarded this distinction by SchoolSearch in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005, and 2002.

Bright Red Apple Award: Geneva School District was awarded this distinction by SchoolSearch every year from 2005-2015. 

The information found on this page was compiled using District records and State reports. Some information may not be identical to information found in other reports found online. Numbers represented here are as accurate as staff can compile, and questions about the source of information found on this page can be directed to the District's Communications Office.

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