VOLUME 2, ISSUE 1 | Fall 2012
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05 Letter from the Board President
Welcome to Kindergarten!
Pictured: Makenna Leigh, Millikin
District musicians celebrate The Beatles at Harvest Fest
Stepping it up a notch GMS enhances P.E. experience with purchase of heart rate monitors
GMS Athletics: Elmer Reedy GMS honors former Athletic Director and longtime Green Machine loyal
GHS teachers offers Spanish classes for community
Challenges & Change: our school’s services
iBooks Author: the new textbook GHS teacher designs digital textbook for classroom
Welcome to Kindergarten! District 228 Kindergarten teachers tell their story.
BALANCE. Kevin Wolak, junior, juggles two sports this fall
42 Building Trades House: the foundation 44 Board of Education Goals 46 WE REMEMBER
“We are humbled to be their first teacher and feel blessed to be a part of this enormous year in their little lives!”
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pride On behalf of the Board of Education and the entire School community, I would like to welcome you to the first edition of the 2012-2013 leafprints magazine. We are proud of the quality of this publication and the quality of all the kids in this district. We have a unique situation in Geneseo Schools that combines community, staff and students to create an environment of learning and teaching that goes far beyond Math and Science. We do this while also caring about each and every child that passes through our doors. We teach at a high level, we have the best technology and excellent facilities, but it’s our community pride and caring that makes us among the best in Illinois. The pride in our Schools extends far and wide. It’s the plumber who donates some pipe to the freshman class to finish their float the night before the homecoming parade. It’s the parents who give up their weekends to haul drums to competitions all over the state. It’s the guy who fi lls water bottles for the sports teams because it needs to be done. But even more than that, it’s the lady behind the lunch counter who gives you a big smile when she hands you the biggest cookie on the tray, or the group who fi lls backpacks for kids that need a little extra food on the weekends. It can be as simple as a teacher handing a student a Kleenex in the hall and saying “I hope you feel better.” It’s these people, and this community that makes Geneseo District #228 great. Thank you for being the community that cares for kids. I hope you enjoy this edition of leafprints. With Maple Leaf Pride,
Douglas W. Ford, President Geneseo District #228 Board
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is a beautiful blend of showcasing, fundraising and entertainment for both school and community enjoyment. Some patrons have been attending the event for two decades while each new class of elementary choir students brings fresh faces and ideas to the festival each year. This year’s band competition expanded to a new record of entrants, ushering hundreds of additional visitors to our small town. Over 170 GPAC volunteer positions were filled this year to ensure the weekend’s success - and successful it was! Our Geneseo music students, from Kindergarten through senior year will benefit in many ways from the funds raised. Moreover, participants and patrons alike delighted in the musical talents showcased throughout the weekend.” - Michelle Ganson, Volunteer Coordinator for Harvest Fest
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Stepping it up a notch GMS purchases the Polar Cardio GX system and dramactically enhances the students’ physical education experience. The Geneseo Middle School physical education department has added heart rate monitors to enhance the student experience in class. During the physical education experience, middle schoolers will be able to monitor their own progress in class. With the help of GEEE and Geneseo PTA grants, the physical education department purchased the Polar Cardio GX system (www.polarusa. com). During wellness activities at the middle school, the students and instructors will monitor student health progress in a way previously unimaginable. Cardio GX was created to give students the adrenaline rush of a group class combined with the feedback of a personal training session. The Polar heart rate monitors allow students to see their fitness output in class by observing their heart rate zones, maximum heart rate, and average heart rate. With this information, the instructors will personalize the student’s workouts to their cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and agility abilities. Polar Cardio GX helps physical education students perform at the right intensity in order to get the most out of their training and fosters motivation, as progress can be more accurately measured over time.
The students and instructors have instant feedback with all of the information immediately projected on the wall. This provides some friendly competition between classmates and an overall better workout.
The students and instructors have instant feedback with all the information projected on the wall. At the end of the session, the Polar Cardio GX system displays the session’s data and is available for the students and instructors. The use of the heart rate technology will enhance the Geneseo Middle School physical education experience for all students. All students wear comfortable straps and transmitters, which have been provided by the GEEE and PTA grants. Todd Ehlert, physical education teacher 14 | leafprints
Cardio GX was created to give students the adrenaline rush of a group class combined with the feedback of personal training.
We can monitor student health progress in a way previously unimaginable. GMS physical education teacher, Todd Ehlert
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In the Summer 2012 issue of leafprints, GMS student, Andrew Roseman was identified by the wrong name. Andrew should be recognized as a State qualifier in discus. Congratulations Andrew!
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GMS Athletics On Friday, August 31, Geneseo Middle School honored Mr. Elmer Reedy for his service as athletic director. GMS principal, Matt DeBaene, presented Reedy with a plaque honoring him for his service to the district. In a career spanning over five decades, Elmer Reedy helped thousands of students at the former Geneseo Junior High School, and current Geneseo Middle School, to compete in interscholastic sports for the first time. Chances are, most Geneseo studentathletes were on the field, court, track, course, or mat under the administrative guidance of Reedy at GMS or GJHS prior to their high school years. Mr. Reedy began his career in Geneseo as a 5th grade teacher in 1953. He then moved to Geneseo Junior High and served as a social studies and physical education teacher for 24 years. After retiring from teaching in 1987, Mr. Reedy continued to serve as GMS athletic director and coach football. He was inducted into the Illinois High School Association football Hall of Fame in 1993. And now that he’s “almost” retired, what will Elmer Reedy do with his time? In all likelihood, rather than finding a beach, favorite fishing spot, or quiet place to relax, you’ll still see Coach Reedy during summer camps and fall practices on the sideline for every Green Machine football game. Old habits are tough to shake. Even outside football season, Mr. Reedy will probably be seen at some athletic event, adorned in Geneseo green, coaching or cheering on another generation of Maple Leaf student-athletes. Dean Johnson, GMS Athletic Director
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GHS teacher offers class for community members This fall, GHS Spanish teacher, Molly Reel, has led a weekly Adult Beginner’s Spanish class for community members at the new District Unit Office. Twenty students, ranging from 25-85 years old, enrolled in the “pilot” semester of the class to learn the basics of the language. Reel says the class has attracted community members for different reasons. Some of her students include nurses and healthcare workers, retired couples wanting to learn the language before vacationing this winter, and recent widowers simply wanting to learn something new in a social setting. Many of her students are looking to keep up with their Spanish-speaking grandchildren. Reel says that the willingness to learn the language stems from the change in our culture. “Speaking Spanish has become part of living in the U.S.A. – the language is all around us,” says Reel. Reel, who spends her days teaching high school students, has enjoyed the opportunity to work with adults. “I am loving it! I’ve realized, however, that some of my jokes that work with high school students aren’t quite as funny to adults!” says Reel. “They [her adult students] are serious about learning. I have an 83-year-old woman making flashcards and bringing a binder with her homework every week.” Reel plans on teaching another semester next spring and is looking to add Intermediate and Advanced Spanish classes. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in enrolling. leafprints | 19
Challenges & Change: our schoolâ€™s services District 228â€™s Library and Health services have experienced significant changes over the past 20 years.
Library Services School libraries are much more than a place to check out a book or visit for story time. In addition to encouraging reading for pleasure, librarians spend time developing information literacy skills. While technological advances have made more information available to students, these advances also bring new challenges. All libraries in the district use Destiny online catalog. This allows students to check book availability, place holds, write reviews, and conduct advanced searches from school or from home. Destiny allows for searching by Lexile reading measures, which help students and teachers find appropriately challenging texts. Students have some access to ebooks through the catalog and more access is anticipated in the future as more books become available in compatible platforms. With access to the Internet, students are overwhelmed with information. Libraries teach students how to locate sources through well-constructed searches,
Technology has not replaced the in-library experience. The school libraries are still full of student visitors. However, online catalogs, subscription database and book services, and reading blogs have all opened the library experience to make it accessible and interactive, even outside the normal school day. Visit the school library home pages at www.geneseoschoollibrary.org to see whatâ€™s new. Jeanne Brucher, 6-12 Librarian
Health Services We all experience change in our life whether we want to or not. The Health Service of District 228 is no exception. We continually are facing the challenges brought on by change. Over the last twenty years the educational environment, as it relates to health services, has seen changes in the family dynamics, the economy, social behaviors, educational challenges, global or community illness, increase in complex medical and mental health issues and much more. These changes affect our students and their daily school needs.
evaluate information once it is found, and cite information properly to give credit to original sources. At the high school level, a school subscription to EasyBib helps students with website evaluation, online note-taking and outlining, and formatting a standard bibliography. A variety of subscription databases also direct students to reliable information at all grade levels. Not only are students taught to be good consumers of information, but librarians assist students in the creation of information. Students are taught safe and ethical Internet behavior whether they are creating an assignment for school or using social media in their own lives. 20 | leafprints
District 228 Health Services Staff: (Back Row L-R) Jean Soria, Helen Johnston, Linda DeSmith, Diana Wallace. (Front) Deb Rokis
For example, in the school year 1991-92, the district health office visits totaled 15,841. Over the next ten years we saw a decrease in enrollment, yet a steady increase in our health office visits totaling 25,804 in 2011-12. In response to our students needs, we increased our nursing staff to provide more nursing time in each school. Our staff now consists of
one fulltime registered nurse, four part time registered nurses and three substitute registered nurses.
Electronic documentation has replaced most of the hard copy student records. The information entered by the nurses includes office visits, immunizations, school/sports physicals, vision/hearing results, communicable diseases, injuries, health concerns, individual health plans and emergency
information. This information is more in depth then in the past and is tracked for state and local reports. Required immunizations alone have almost doubled in the past twenty years. The nurses have always cared for students with serious medical needs. An increase in the severity of the health conditions recently is requiring more skilled nursing time with those students. Through all of the years one thing has remained unchanged; our district nurses continue to be committed to serving our students, their families and the district staff with traditional values and a progressive attitude to meet the changes of the future. Deb Rokis, High School Nurse leafprints | 37
iBooks Author: The new textbook District 228 teachers learn how to create and publish their own textbooks using Apple’s amazing new app, iBooks Author. Available free on the Mac App Store, iBooks Author allows the creation of Multi-Touch books for the iPad. “Bill Eaker, a technology coach for our district, introduced me to iBooks author, a program that creates online textbooks. This past spring, Eaker held two informational sessions a week to educate teachers that were interested in using iBooks in their classrooms. It’s great to have a resource like him working for our district. Using those sessions as a foundation, I was able to pull in resources from many different locations and put together an iBook for my Environmental Science students to use for the 2012-2013 school year. I located With galleries, videos, interactive diagrams, 3D objects and more, these books bring content to life in ways the printed page several different syllabi from never could. (Apple website) Environmental Science teachers across the country and put together a course outline that matches other Environmental Science classes, as well as our District employs K-5 Technology Coaches district’s standards. Once the course outline was in place, I was Stephanie Rickman (K-2) and Bill Eaker (3-5) able to piece together pictures, diagrams, graphs, information, have been named technology coaches for and articles from the Internet and other sources to make up the District 228 elementary schools. Technology subject/learning material for each unit. coaches work collaboratively with teachers to plan lessons that incorporate technology in From these online materials, I wanted to create a hands-on type a variety of formats into the curriculum. In of textbook that students could interact with in class and help addition, the position allows for team teaching generate discussion and inquiry. Using pictures and graphics efforts, small group activities, and direct has generated many great discussions about our environment instruction of technology to the students. Other and ever-changing world. This capability to utilize current and responsibilities of the technology coaches include relevant information, along with built-in diagrams, graphs, providing technology support, application data, and pictures is the greatest asset of iBook Author. When research and implementation, and professional our classrooms can tie in real-world happenings, authentic and development opportunities for the teachers. valuable learning takes place. Using iBooks helps me do that.” Matt Eastlick, High School Biology Teacher 22 | leafprints
When our classrooms can tie in real-world happenings, authentic and valuable learning takes place.
Using iBooks helps me do that. GHS Biology teacher, Matt Eastlick
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KINDERGARTEN! We love teaching kindergarten. Five and six year olds are our favorite people. They are high energy and there is never a dull moment during the day. You would think rest time would be a low key relaxing time of day but there are times you think the floor is actually moving!
We love how kindergarten boys and girls are so kind and caring towards each other. They truly want the best for their friends. Last year, one child in the room was not feeling well, but I was not sure what was wrong. Another student was comforting him when she put her cheek next to his cheek. She jerked her head away and said, “Mrs. Pearson, I think he has a temperature!” It turned out he did and she had saved the day.
that everything is so exciting to our kindergarten friends. They cheer when everyone is at school, or when it is corn dog day. Learning is magical to them and their brains are like sponges. It is amazing that almost everyone will leave kindergarten reading and only one or two of them came in the door as readers. They start kindergarten barely able to write their name, and by the end of the year they are writing sentences. The first day of kindergarten is always an emotional day for parents. Some parents are excited for their child to enter the academic world, but sad that their baby is growing up. Every year, we have the children make a class graph of how they felt on the first day of school and in our many years of teaching “excited” always wins out!
We are humbled to be their first teacher and feel blessed to be part of this enormous year in their little lives.
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What we love
about kindergarten... visits from the
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lying under the shade
“One day during center time a “wedding” was taking place. Another teacher came in to take the “bride” to run an assessment. The “bride” called out to the “groom”,
‘I’ll come back and marry you later!’ We see and hear the funniest things!” Mrs. Larrison
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When I began teaching, Kindergarten was thought of as a child’s “first school experience”. It was a time to socialize, learn your ABC’s, cut and paste, sing songs, play in the kitchen center, have a snack and rest time and then go home. Even though all of those things are still an important part of our current Kindergarten day, our academic expectations have been “stepped up a notch or two”. Center time is more academic-based with its focus being on literacy and math. Kindergartners are leaving our rooms in May reading and writing more than they ever have in the past.
Technology is incorporated into almost every lesson we teach now. 5 and 6 year olds are using laptops, iPads and interactive white boards on a daily basis to enrich and motivate their learning. And it is done with no fear! They are not afraid to touch a piece of technology like some adults. They dive right in, mistakes and all, and learning takes place along the way! Bottom line: they are still 5 and 6 year olds who want to learn in a fun way. And our jobs as Kindergarten teachers is to make that academic learning fun and pave the road for many successful years of school to come!
Five & six year olds are like sponges. They want to know the who, what, why and how of everything! They look up to you to teach them all that they are curious about in a manner that is fun! I strongly believe that my most important job those first couple of weeks school is to make their Kindergarten environment a place that they want to come back to each and every day for the next 180 days and for many years to come. It takes a lot of preparation and planning to make all of that possible but if I succeed in making it a place that they are comfortable in and feel safe at, the academic part seems to fall into place.
I will never forget the little boy a couple of years ago who came to school on the first day a bit hesitant about the whole experience. He asked several times that day when it was time to go home. I wasn’t sure how the next day was going to be until he marched into the classroom on that second day with a big smile on his face and said, “Well Mrs. Chaney... going to have a great year!
I came back for more! ”... I knew he was Laura Chaney SOUTHWEST Kindergarten teacher
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â€œThey have no fear! They dive right into technology with learning taking place along the way.â€? Mrs. Chaney
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What we love
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When I think of the changes over the years in curriculum and expectations, I have to chuckle.
One thing remains the same: Kindergarteners’ favorite part of the day is center time and recess! Mrs. Larrison
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“We have all been called ‘mommy’ many times. I always like the look on their faces when they realize they just called me mom. My response is usually,
“That’s ok... I’m a mom, too!”
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I started teaching Kindergarten in 1993. It was sink or swim that first August day when my littles ones entered through Northside’s doors. I was little prepared for the fact that they didn’t know how to do the routine things like line up in a single fi le line or how to use their school supplies correctly. It only took ONE day to figure out that the teacher has to model, model, model everything! I’ve learned a lot of tricks in 20 years! Thank goodness I survived that first day on the job. I can honestly say that I have the BEST job in the world! I could write a book about the funny things that these beautiful 5 year olds say and do! They are what makes the job fun!
This year begins my 20th year in kindergarten. Things have changed a lot in two decades. We still introduce the Letter People, but we have a “new generation” of them with 13 girls and 13 boys. Gone are the days of play, play, play. Our kindergartners are engaged in Letter Study, Word Study, Guided Reading, Math, Social Studies, Science, Art, P.E., Music, Library and Technology. Play is still an important part of our day and is so valuable. Our district has been very proactive in learning about character and bullying prevention. So much is expected of them both academically and socially by the time they leave our hands.
The great thing about Kindergarten is that we can incorporate much of the curriculum into Thematic Units. Last year, we had the wedding of Mr. Q and Ms. U. All of the kids learned that Q & U stick together in words. We dressed up as Quarterbacks and Queens and had Mrs. Wiese officiate the ceremony! We had wedding cake, blew bubbles at the lovely couple and had a wedding reception. So many social skills are taught during these unique experiences!
Teaching is the most rewarding occupation. Children have so much creativity and excitement for learning! The moments when I see them go “aha! I get it!” are the most rewarding. I enjoy working with families as a team to foster their learning and growth as people. I enjoy watching my students grow up through elementary school and beyond. I follow their activities at the middle school & high school and in the community. I have seen many graduate from high school and become great citizens. I have a sense of great pride knowing that I played a small part in shaping them!
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What we love
about kindergarten... my school has
playing on the
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friends at school
Our district has been very proactive in learning about character and bullying prevention. So much is expected of our kindergarteners, both academically and socially, by the time they leave our hands. Mrs. Rivera
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GHS junior, Kevin Wolak, is not a typical student-athlete. As the kicker for the Green Machine football team and a member of the Varsity boys golf squad, Kevin’s responsibilities are far greater than that of an average seventeen-year-old. His work ethic, his desire to compete and his dedication keep him on the right track, both on the playing fields and in the classroom.
a week in the life of kevin wolak Usually, I have golf meets on Tuesday and Thursday, and then occasionally on Monday and Wednesday. Then obviously, football games on Friday nights, and this year we’ve had a lot of golf tournaments almost every Saturday. Typically during the week, I will kick everyday from 2:153:00, unless we have an away meet and I might have to cut my workout short, then I will go to golf until around 5:00-5:30, depending on when we get done with practice. On Wednesdays, I will stay at football until around 4:00 to get things worked out and do stuff with special teams, and then I will head over to golf. If there is another GHS sporting event taking place, I like to go after my practices are done and support the other teams. When I get home around 9:00 pm, I will eat and do homework, spend time with family for awhile, and go to bed. the challenges It is difficult at times to juggle two sports in one season - there are definitely some late nights. It gets a little
overwhelming right when school starts, but nothing that I can’t handle. What makes it a lot easier, though, is that I have coaches that are supportive and accommodating to my schedule, and when I need to be where, what time, etc. balance Balance to me means that everything deserves to get my best effort, and everyone wins. My parents are happy when I give it my best in the classroom. If I don’t succeed in the classroom, it would be even harder to play two sports. My teammates are happy when I give it my all on the course or the field. In the words of GHS Boys golf Coach, Darren Hall: “Although Kevin certainly possesses an enormous amount of athleticism, that alone wouldn’t allow Kevin to be successful on the golf course and the football field. Kevin’s strength is his work ethic and a discipline that far exceeds most high school students. leafprints | 39 leafprints | 40
Kevin is a talented athlete, but his
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If Kevin is going to be a couple of minutes late for golf practice, I know it. If Kevin needs to leave a few minutes before practice ends on Friday night, I know it. Even more impressive is that none of these conversations is handled by Mr. Johnsen or Mr. or Mrs. Wolak. Kevin takes the initiative and responsibility to understand the upcoming athletic schedule and work with both coaches to determine a fair balance. It’s obviously working well. In fact, Kevin has led our golf team in scoring in roughly half the events we’ve played this year, and his finish (3rd place) in the Geneseo Invitational may be the lowest finish we’ve had by an individual at our own invite. Obviously Kevin is a talented athlete, but coach Johnson and I agree that it is his character and dedication that allow him to juggle this unique schedule.” Coach Hall In the words of GHS football Coach, larry johnsen, jr.: “When I was first asked about a player being a part of the football team as a kicker who was also playing another sport at the same time, I was a little apprehensive. I had never done this before but after asking some coaches at other schools who had allowed this, I went ahead and tried it. I think there are four things that need to be considered. First, is the athlete really serious about doing this and can he handle it? Second, how are you going to work with the other sport so that it works out for all people? Th ird, is the player going to earn the respect of the other players even
With Kevin as well as Coach Hall, we were able to come to an agreement on allowing Kevin to play both golf and football at Geneseo High School. Kevin has proven that he is serious about being able to do both sports. His grades are good, he is performing well in both sports and I think both Coach Hall and I have monitored him closely looking for signs of burnout or fatigue. When football practice started, Kevin came to us with a plan for practices and if something has to be changed or adjusted, he is quick to let us know so we can adjust our practice plans. During the off-season, Kevin has participated in our football off-season conditioning program and was there doing everything that everyone else was doing. Not only did he realize it was going to help earn the respect of others, but it was also going to help him in the other sports he was involved with. Since Kevin is a kicker, it has worked out well for us. If he played any other position, I’m not sure it would’ve worked. Kevin’s work ethic, his desire to compete and his maturity have made him an excellent model for sharing athletes in the future.” Coach Johnsen, Jr. In the words of Mom “Kevin is competitive and wants to do well in everything he does. (His class is very competitive and I think they feed off each other.) He works hard in his studies, early bird class to sometimes late nights getting homework done. As with anyone, on days when the golf ball doesn’t go where he wants it to, or the football is wide right or he gets a could
d e d i c a ti o n though he may not be at all practices? Finally, does the player play a position where they can split practice times with both sports? If these things cannot be resolved before the season begins, I’m not sure it can work out.
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Building Trades House: The foundation Geneseo High School students help plan and build a 1487 sq. ft. home in our community.
“The Building Trades Program is currently constructing a 1487 sq. ft. home with a full basement. The home is located on East Street (just off of Chestnut St.) in Geneseo. The main floor, as well as the basement, will have 9 ft. ceilings. Students will have the opportunity to work on all phases of the construction project. The building trades program is designed to give students at Geneseo High School an opportunity to gain first hand experience in the construction industry before graduating high school. I currently have 2 Building Trades Classes: Building Trades 1 is an introductory level class that last one period for one semester. Building Trades 2 lasts three periods for two semesters. Currently, students are finishing the floor joist system and will be moving on to sheeting the floor in the coming days. I am always amazed at the support this community shows for its youth and for this program. Local contractors and business have shown their support by donating time or materials, and in some cases, both! The students are very aware of the opportunity they have and the support behind them. They show up ready to work from start to finish everyday. I cannot give enough credit to the administration at Geneseo High School for the support they all have shown in getting this great program back up and running. Mr. Haugse has been there every step of the way in the process. Overall, I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to work with and a better place to do this.” Kyle Bess, GHS Vocational Teacher
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Curtis Frerichs Secretary Member since 2005
Jackie Mickley Vice President Member since 2003
John Puentes Member since 1999
WHAT WE TEACH PHYSICS
The Board expects creaon of a comprehensive and relevant curriculum of study for students in PreK through 12th grade, that is standards-based, arculated and is contained within a system that contains clear melines and expectaons for monitoring, reporng of progress & systemically expects revisions where appropriate.
how we teach The Board expects creaon of a comprehensive and relevant report of instruconal strategies for teachers grades PreK through 12th grade, that is collaborately developed between teachers and administrators, balances research-based and locally proven methods for successfully creang learning environments that maximizes high student achievement for all as evidenced on local, state and na onal assessments.
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Barry Snodgrass Alan VanDeWoestyne Member since 1989 Member since 1997
the tools we use to teach The Board expects creaon of a comprehensive and relevant learning environment in all schools and all grades that promotes appropriate use of technology and provides for individual engagement of all students through both personal instrucon balanced with that contained within online and soÂ?ware-based models.
The Geneseo District 228 Board has demonstrated fiscal responsibility, balanced with an intense desire to promote successful programs. The Board of Educaon is seÂ?ng the course of direcon for the District for the next four years through adopon of the following six goals:
how do we know if we have succeeded & how do we communicate?
The Board expects creaon of a comprehensive and relevant system that provides data that informs and inspires the school community through a variety of media, including print and digital means.
how we pay, how we plan & how we work The Board expects creaon of a comprehensive and relevant plan that demonstrates responsible fiduciary and operaonal leadership, related to the day-to-day needs of students and staff as well as the long-term sustainability of programs and physical plants of the District.
the way we lead leads the way The Board expects creaon of a comprehensive and relevant plan that builds leadership capacity within and across all sectors of the school district; including creang a shared vision, understanding the process of change, promong posive and producve relaonships and establishing coherence and alignment between values and acons.
Southwest students show pride for their country.
District 228: remembers Eyewitness of the horrific 9-11 events, Rev. Dr. Matthews, visits GHS and shares his story and message. Rev. Dr. Daniel P. Matthews, former rector of historic Trinity Church on Wall Street in New York City, visited Geneseo High School on September 11th, 2012 to share an important message. Eleven years ago, on that horrific morning, Matthews saw the second place hit the south tower of the World Trade Center from his office window. Matthews, along with his staff and children from the parish preschool, were forced to evacuate into the heavy smoke and debris of lower Manhatten. Many of the parish’s children had parents who worked in the towers. According to Mayor Guiliani, one of the miracles of 9-11 was that all of those childrens’ parents survived. Over the next nine months, Matthews’ church, located across the street from the World Trade Center, became a place of refuge and care for hundreds of workers. Matthews message to our students reflected the kind of care his parish has shown the people of New York City - give yourself to something greater than yourself. “What makes a high school great?”, Matthews asked the students. “When people care and look out for each other....that’s what New York did.” DVD copies of Matthews’ inspiring story can be found at the school library and the Geneseo Public Library.
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Reason #10 - Entrepreneurship Local entrepreneurship fosters economic innovation and prosperity. The success of locally owned, independent businesses provides real-life inspiration to our young people, proving that they can stay here and prosper on their own terms.
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