Friday, May 24, 2013
Graduation and Baccalaureate for the seniors, final exams and the start of summer school approaches for the underclassmen.
It's a wild a crazy week for Geneva High School's class of 2013, culminating with graduation on Sunday. For the underclassmen, it's a week of finals and the option of summer school approaching. Here's the schedule, courtesy of Geneva School District 304. Baccalaureate Ceremony—7:30 p.m. Friday, May 24, at the First Baptist Church of Geneva's West Campus on Keslinger Road. Graduation—2 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Geneva High School Memorial Day—Monday, May 27: No School Final Exams—May 28, 29 and 30 Spring Sports Awards—5 p.m. dinner and 6 p.m. awards Wednesday, May 29, at Burgess Field Final Exam Make-Up Day—Friday, May 31 Summer School—Session 1 Monday, June 3 SOURCE: Geneva School District 304
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The magazine's 2013 report out this week recognizes 84 Illinois schools.
Newsweek has ranked Geneva High School at No. 926 among high schools in the country. For its rankings, Newsweek sent out a survey to more than 5,000 high schools in the U.S., with about 2,500 schools responding in 2013. You can see the details about GHS's ranking, and every other ranked high school by clicking on the markers in the interactive map above. The survey scores were then weighted and calculated using several criteria including on-time graduation and college acceptance rates. In addition, instead of averaging the number of courses offered, this year Newsweek considered the percentage of students enrolled in AP, IB or Advance International Certificate courses. The final scores then determined Newsweek’s final rankings. You can …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
A “drop-in” reception will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. May 9 at Geneva Middle School South followed by a brief recognition ceremony from 4:30 to 4:45 p.m.
All are welcome to attend an open house honoring this year’s many retirees from Geneva School District 304. Geneva School District’s 6th Annual Retirement Open House will be held Thursday, May 9, in the Geneva Middle School South cafeteria, 1415 Viking Drive. A “drop-in” reception will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. followed by a brief recognition ceremony from 4:30 to 4:45 p.m. This year’s retirees are: This is a great opportunity to say “thanks” and “good luck” to those who have served Geneva School District students so well for many years.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Geneva High School is recognized for partnering with AFS for more than five decades.
Have you ever sponsored an AFS student or had one of your kids benefit from a trip to study overseas? If so, leave a comment in the field below and attach a photo of your exchange student. And if you are one of those folks, you are not alone, by any means. Genevans have participated in American Field Service exchanges every year for more than 50 years now, and since 1997 have hosted from four to six students each year. Geneva Community High School was recognized by AFS at Monday night's School Board meeting as one of the Top 100 Schools in the Nation. GHS organizers Robbin Lang and Martha Scatterday, along with three of this year’s AFS students—Matteo Boi (Italy), Dasha Khodak (Ukraine), and Guillaume Rey (Switzerland)—presented the award …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Parents of Batavia Highlands students are protesting a proposal to move children from Williamsburg Elementary School to Western Avenue School.
The School District 304 Board of Education is expected to decide Monday whether to move students who live in the Batavia Highlands neighborhood from Williamsburg Elementary School to Western Avenue School for the 2013-14 school year. Parents of grade-school students protested at the April 8 School Board meeting, carrying signs and offering an empassioned plea to keep their kids from having to make the move. "Somebody come to my house at night and put my 8-year-old to bed when he's crying, because he has friends he's not going to see next year," said Heather Anderson. Parents also said they believe the School District is showing bias toward "Area 20," which is a Batavia neighborhood that falls within the Geneva School District boundaries…
Geneva school administrators with an MBA—Meritorious Budget Award—for excellence in budget presentation.
he 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 second time Geneva School District has submitted an application for and received this award. To earn this award, the District submitted its 2012–2013 budget for a rigorous review based on stringent criteria. The award is conferred only to school entities that have met or exceeded the Meritorious Budget Award criteria. Receipt of this award “represents a significant achievement” by District staff and a commitment to “achieve the highest standards of school budgeting,” according to ASBO. Developed by ASBO for school districts, the MBA criteria guide school …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Batavia Highlands residents question reason for 16 or 17 students to move from Williamsburg to Western Avenue elementary school.
Moms from a neighborhood in Batavia Highlands gave an impassioned plea this week to keep their kids from having to move from Williamsburg Elementary School to Western Avenue School in Geneva next year. A half dozen or more moms and family members came to Monday's School Board meeting to protest the proposal, which they say would result in just 16 students making the transfer. The School District had held four public forums in February on the boundary changes and proposed in March to move students from two neighbohoods, one in Batavia Highlands, the other in the downtown Geneva area. A district task force decided in March not to move students at Mill Creek or Fabyan elementary schools. Parents at Monday's meeting said the task force has …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Geneva DECA students show their skills in business and marketing, not only to Illinois, but to the world.
Among the many, often-under-recognized achievements in Geneva are the awards, accolades and competitive drive of students in the high school's DECA program. DECA stands for, or at least used to stand for, Distributive Education Clubs of America, a high school club focused on business and marketing. Geneva High School DECA students on Monday (April 10, 2013) received the Tradition of Excellence Award from the Geneva School Board in recognition of some very impressive achievements. Three students have qualified for international competition coming up in a couple weeks in California. DECA State Competition — International Qualifiers Andrew Thomas — Illinois State Officer, Senior Management Institute; 1st Place Business Finance; 3rd Place …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Geneva Police Department offers additional information following Friday's incident at the school and subsequent police presence.
Geneva police officials said Tuesday that the Friday incident at Harrison Street School involved a male teenager making threatening remarks to a Geneva Park District employee. Geneva police Cmdr. Julie Nash said the teen approached the Park District employee, who was at Harrison Street School for an after-school program, at around 5:07 p.m. April 4. The teen made an inappropriate comment to the employee that was threatening in nature, Nash said. "The comment was very general and not specific to anyone," she said. "Based on the information available and further investigation, the Geneva Police Department did not believe that there was an immediate threat." The Geneva Police Department, in collaboration with the Geneva Park District and …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
What criteria do you use to sort out candidates when there are eight seeking four seats? Here are some groupings that might or might not help you make decisions on April 9.
Figuring out which candidates to vote for in a multi-candidate, multi-seat election is a little like ordering from the menu of an American Chinese restaurant: Sometimes you want some from Column A and some from Column B. This column is meant to help you select the entrees that appeal to your electoral palate. Take it for what it is, and ignore it if you wish. Then you might consider grouping Jeffrey K. DiOrio, Robert L. Cabeen and Leslie N. Juby. Jeffrey is a math teacher with the Naperville School District; Robert has a degree in education and his wife is a teacher who will retire this year from Geneva School District 304 and Leslie is a substitute teacher in Batavia. Or pick the candidate whose high school class would have selected as "…