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14 Creative Uses of Technology
22 Finishing Strong - a Senior Season of Excellence
30 “Harmony in Chaos”: Art Assemblage Project
36 GHS Student makes a Difference by “Doing Something”
42 Geneseo Football marks 100 Years of memories
48 The Hour of Code: Opening Doors to Computer Science
52 Update from the Board of Education
54 Semester In Review
other 04 From the Desk of the Superintendent
on the cover “Harmony in Chaos” The Sculpture I class creates a commissioned art piece for the GHS Library.
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from the desk of the Superintendent Welcome to another exciting issue of our award winning leafprints magazine. We know that you will find this edition full of the same quality writing, exceptional photography, and inspiring stories of the work and service of our student body. So while we believe that you will find many constants in the way we try to best communicate with all of you, 2015 will find all of us facing some pivotal changes as well. From a global and national perspective, this first semester was filled with stories of ice bucket challenges, conflict in Gaza, threats of Ebola, and unrest in Ferguson, MO and across the country. In the midst of all of this, our school district enjoyed continued success with the activities and achievements of our students. Our football team celebrated its 100th year with an undefeated regular season; GHS hosted its largest Robotics Competition in school history; 23 students were named Illinois State Scholars; Geneseo Girls Golf went to state for the first time in 26 years; two Lego League teams moved on to the state competition; and the list goes on. As for the change, we know that 2015 will find us with a new Governor and challenges for all elected officials at the local, state and federal level. We will be working collectively towards a referendum in April 2015 to achieve our ProjectLEAF goals; to improve our facilities in a manner that is just as successful as the campaign was in April 2013 to pass the 1% sales tax for school facilities. Our Board of Education hopes to help lead more community engagement that will reinvigorate our Academic Targets as we move forward. We hope this will help make our school community more aware of the challenges and demands of Common Core Standards curriculum, as well as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing our students will see for the first time this spring. The Board of Education is also committed to supporting an exciting partnership called the Illinois Vision 20/20, which hopes to redefine and renew a blueprint for all public school children across our State. Our District will not rest on past laurels, nor wait for chances that others will help us improve. But rather we will live a mission to “TEACH-LEARN-CARE”, always looking to build upon past successes to make the future brighter for our graduates. Hopefully you will find this issue another shining example of the great stories we can all tell about our school and school community. Let’s all work together to make 2015 our best year ever!
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Drew Himmelman (#81) receives a touchdown catch during the first round Playoff Game against Belvidere. Geneseo won 30-20.
GHS staff members participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in honor of former teacher and friend, Brad Schoon. Linda VanDerLeest and LaNel Carey organized the event which, combined with other fundraisers, raised over $500 for the cause. bottom
D.J. Carton runs for a touchdown in the annual 8th grade Greens vs Whites game in October. opposite
Junior golfer Monica Lieving finished 11th at the State Meet and earned All-State Honors. She was also Champion at both the Conference meet and at the Regional.
The GMS Builders Club collected 507 hats, gloves, coats, scarves, and boots during their recent winter clothing drive. middle
Second grade students in Ms. Schnowske’s class at Southwest wrap gifts they purchased for their adopted family at Christmas. bottom
The Sixth Grade Student Senate at GMS surpassed their goal by collecting 1,127 items for the Geneseo Food Pantry during the holiday season. opposite
Key Club members sold 350 “Yuda Bands” this fall to support students in Guatamala.
Geneseo Girls Golf celebrates reaching the state tournament for the first time in 26 years. top right
Geneseo Middle School students cheer on the Green Machine at a Saturday afternoon playoff game. bottom left
Kameron Miller performs during halftime of a Green Machine football game. “Old Time Radio Show” was the theme of this year’s fall program. bottom middle
Sophomore Jordan Jackson gets ready to take the field. bottom right
Alexa Mahoney enjoys marching in the Homecoming Parade, despite the chilly temperatures.
Creative Uses of Technology “Digital Native”…. a term coined to describe those who were born into the digital era, which characterizes anyone who doesn’t remember a time without the Internet, smartphones, or “apps.” Basically, this represents all of the students in our buildings today. It should come as no surprise then, that technology is found in nearly every facet of our students’ educational experience, from third grade spelling, to middle school band, to high school art. When you think of technology in the classroom, these are probably not the first things that would come to mind….but this semester, some form of computer technology is being utilized in each of these areas to strengthen student performance. These are just a few of the innovative uses of technology we found. Take a look at some other creative examples we discovered. QR CODED SPELLING TESTS / THIRD GRADE
Third grade teachers at Southwest are using QR code technology to help students learn and study spelling words independently. Students use an app to scan the code, which then leads them to an audio website where the spelling words are recorded to listen to and write at their own pace. “Not only do the kids really enjoy being able to use their iPads to complete their tests,” offered third grade teacher Kristen Worley, “but we have also found that students are able to work at their own pace more efficiently,” INSTRUMENT TUNING / BAND
John Versluis, GMS Band Director, uses an iPad app called Tonal Energy Tuner to help his band members tune their instruments. A “smiley face” lets the students know when they are in tune, and if they are sharp or flat it shows them by how much. Students with a smartphone or tablet can also use the app when practicing at home as a metronome and tone generator if they wish.
top Logan Fitzpatrick and Jade Jones below Lucas Benjamin
VIDEO JOURNALING / SIXTH GRADE
Sixth grade language arts teacher Marcie Reakes uses video journaling as a tool to help students express their thoughts and beliefs about the world around them. Mrs. Reakes starts by giving students questions to respond to after watching a short video clip, each covering a variety of social issues and topics. “I have found that middle school students are very passionate about their beliefs and have the ability to be very critical of the world around them,” she shared. “I feel this activity fosters critical thinking and helps them to justify those beliefs.” A TEACHER’S THOUGHTS / MARCIE REAKES
“I was discussing with my classes the other day how the Internet, as we know it today, did not exist when I went to college for my bachelor’s degree. Email was brand new when I graduated. Research was just that, looking for answers using books. Google did not exist. Cell phones were in bags and much
too expensive for college kids to afford. Reaching and teaching today’s kids takes a certain degree of creativity. My sixth grade students cannot remember a time before smart phones and WiFi, which makes me strive to be more innovative in how I reach them. I am always looking for new ways to incorporate technology into my teaching and learn something new from my students every day.”
Tech Detectives (L-R) Ronnie Osborne, Julia Loftus, Ella Olson, Tyler Coons, Savannah Reisner
DIGITAL PORTFOLIOS / ART
Logan Hamilton, art teacher at GHS, is currently using digital portfolios in his level 2 art courses. The portfolios consist of images of students’ projects as well as a reflection and student assessment of the project. Mr. Hamilton believes there are two real benefits to having students save their work digitally. It allows for better tracking of growth and artistic progress throughout the student’s high school career as well as creating a compilation of digital images for students to submit during their senior year for art scholarships. Storing students’ work digitally also helps Mr. Hamilton to use time more effectively by allowing him grade work and send comments electronically, and even grade from home without carrying home large projects and risking damage. TECH DETECTIVES / FIFTH GRADE
Northside fifth grade teacher Ashley Stern has figured out a creative way to engage students with a passion for technology, and combine it with the growing number of computer duties that come up on a daily basis. www.dist228.org
This year, with the help of District Technology Coordinator Bill Eaker, she assembled her own team of “Tech Detectives” who have assumed many of the computer maintenance responsibilities for the classroom. This group of five digital sleuths first had to apply for their position and explain why they would be a good technology student leader. Each week, they complete necessary tasks by following an agenda placed in the Evernote app by Mr Eaker. Some of their duties include completing system updates, assigned projects given by Ms. Stern and Mr. Eaker, and maintaining the equipment. These students also respond to questions from their classmates, and if necessary research solutions to problems. “This group really takes on a lot of leadership responsibility in our classroom,” explained Ms. Stern. “Mr. Eaker and I are really just facilitators to help if problems arise. The “Tech Detectives” have really taken ownership of their positions and are the ones their classmates now turn to for help with anything technology-related.”
The Sophomore Choir from GHS performs at the fall Harvest Fest. top right
Justin Scott, 195 weight class, wrestles against his Rock Island opponent at the December 3rd match. bottom left
Christina Mullin plays the part of “Lucerna” in GHS’s fall production of “Morning Miss Dove”. bottom middle
Sophomore foward, Maddie Mackey, drives past an Annawan defender at their November 25th Temple Tip-Off Classic game. Maddie, along with teammate Anna Wise, was named to the All-Tournament Team. bottom right
Britney Bergheger enjoys performing with the color guard on a beautiful football Friday night.
Painting of State Street created by local artists, originally used in the 2013 marching band production, which now hangs on permanent display inside the south entrance of the high school near the auditorium. bottom
Olivia Schilling performs “All on a Silent Night” with the 7th Grade Concert Choir. opposite
Eighth grade percussionist Noah Coughlen prepares for his performance of “And The Herald Angels Sang.”
Finishing Strong - a Senior Season of Excellence Excellence…..it transcends all at Geneseo High School…..whether it is in academic accomplishments, athletic recognition, or musical achievement, our students excel not only in performance, but in attitude. We think you’ll agree as you read the thoughts of these seniors looking back on their exceptional seasons. TORI KELLOGG / MARCHING BAND
“I was so happy to come to the first day of our pre-season basics camp in June and see all of the new, excited, and hardworking faces. The first rehearsal is one of my favorite memories from the entire season. It really set the bar high and proved right off the bat that our band was “coming in hot.” Sure enough, our performance at the first football game of the season turned out to be a huge success. As we came off the field, I loved seeing this look on everyone’s faces that read, “We nailed it!” As a senior, I had known that it would be my last show with this amazing group, but, as in every band, we faced a few obstacles as the season went on. My fellow seniors and I were determined to make the rest of the band feel the same way we did. On our last rehearsal of the season, I stood in front of the band before we took the field for a run-through of the show and just told them why I was there and what the marching band meant to me, speaking straight from the heart. I just wanted to work hard and give back to the band that had given me so much, and wanted them to feel the same. I was glad to see that my honesty sparked a little more fire in their hearts and set their minds to prepare for our last performance: the Marching Classic at WIU in October. As I had predicted, we put on the show of our lives and definitely broke through the bar that we had set so high in June. Coming off the field, I was in tears- not from sadness, but from the pure joy I felt at seeing us all give our best. I didn’t care about judges’ scores or how other 22 leafprints
bands placed. As it turned out we had done well in the judges’ eyes too. We received all awards in our class: first place, best color guard, best percussion, best winds, and best drum majors. These awards just proved to us that all of our hard work did not go unnoticed. The season left us with happy memories of people we love and music that we would continue to hum for weeks. I love being able to look back on photos already six months in the past and hearing people say, “Do you remember that time at camp when...?” and knowing I will never forget this family that is the Geneseo High School Marching Band.”
EMILy VANDEWIELE & BAILEy RIES / GIRLS GOLF
“The 2014 golf season was filled with much excitement. At the first practice Coach Brucher had us write down the goals we, as a team, wanted to accomplish. Last season, we became the first team to win a Regional Title since 2007, and with most of our varsity lineup returning, we had high hopes for what was ahead. We started the season off strong, winning the Rock Falls Invite under the big school division and carried that momentum throughout the following weeks. We were undefeated, in dual meets, heading into the fifth week, where we took on Galesburg home and away, leaving us with two tough losses. We finished the season 13-2 in dual meets and placed within the top two in all 4 of our tournaments, including winning the conference tournament. www.dist228.org
pictured Tori Kellogg, Senior Drum Major
pictured Emily VandeWiele and Bailey Ries
As the post season arrived, we knew we needed to step our game up and that’s just what we did. We won another Regional title, and then placed 2nd at Sectionals, and in doing so, advanced to the state tournament. Making it to state was our number one goal this season, and we became the first girls golf team to advance to state since 1988. We enjoyed the “celebrity status” of making it to state and having the opportunity to play at Red Tail Run Golf Course in Decatur. The thing that made this golf season so special was how well the team bonded with each other. Because golf is one of the very few sports where every grade level competes together, we made many memories, freshman through senior. We are so thankful to have had such a great group of girls to finish our senior season, especially the other seniors. From hanging out before practice, to the team dinners and bus rides, we always seemed to have plenty of laughs just spending time with each other. Our goal since sophomore year was to make it to state as a team, and when (after 2 days at sectionals) we finally saw our score posted and knew we were going to state -- that is a memory we will cherish forever. It was an emotional time and fun to be able to share in knowing that our last high school golf meet was the state tournament! 24 leafprints
Every single goal we had set for ourselves had been checked off, even going to state. Being the first team in 26 years to go to state had meaning behind it, we were making history while enjoy the amazing experience.”
KATIE PULS / CROSS COUNTRy
“This season was one of many to give me the opportunity to experience being on a team with some amazing athletes and coaches. Going back to the beginning of the season I could see the potential of the team and how close we’d come together. The team had a couple freshman join but not as many as I would’ve liked to have seen. There were a few sophomores, yet the team was mainly built from the junior class. As for the senior class we had three girls, but when it came race time it didn’t matter what class you were in. I really thought this team was wonderful about getting along and everyone could call each other a friend. The structure that was built from both the girls and coaches was outstanding. The coaches knew that there was a lot of work to do and they never gave up on anyone even if the athlete didn’t want to give it her all. We were all competitive although the reason everyone loves the www.dist228.org
Every single goal we had set for ourselves had been checked off, even going to state. Being the first team in 26 years to go to state had meaning behind it. We were making history while enjoying the amazing experience. Emily VandeWiele and Bailey Ries
sport is not because of the competition, but for the thrill of running with a group of athletes from all around who share the same love. It was amazing to see the improvement of some of the athletes coming back from the year before. For me personally, when it came down to conference I knew that if I placed in the top 18 I could get allconference which I really wanted, although to be honest I had my doubts that I would get it. In the end I ended up placing 11th which made me feel accomplished for that race. Being in shape is one factor to having a successful race but being mentally strong will give you your final outcome. When the team went to the regional meet we placed fifth, so then we were able to advance to sectionals. All the girls were very nervous and wanted to make it to state. Everyone ran great and most of the girls beat a personal record, although I think a lot of them were disappointed that the team would not advance. I wanted to let them know that I was proud of everyone, and there was a lot of good competition to run against. When I went into the race I was having so many mixed emotions but I knew that I needed to focus and place in the top ten. I ended up placing eighth with a personal record of 18:29 I was so surprised and couldn’t believe that I actually qualified for state. www.dist228.org
pictured Katie Puls
When I got to state I brought two athletes down with me so I’d have some team to warm up with. I will never forget the build up for the race while watching the class 1A girls run. Once I got to the starting line I was focused and I felt like I wanted to pass out from the adrenaline. The gun went off and when I passed my first mile I realized I wasn’t running my own race. I focused on running with the girls in front of me and ended up with a time of 18:55 when I was looking to beat my personal record of 18:29. In the end I was still proud of myself and I immediately started thinking of track season and how I want to make it to state in my events. I was sad to see cross country end but I am going to do cross country in college, therefore I won’t be missing out on one of my favorite sports. I will have memories from cross country until the end of my days and that is something to die for.” leafprints 25
The annual Madrigal performance was once again a wonderful kick-off to the holiday season in Geneseo. Photo taken by Tina Holevoet. top right
The FFA Marketing Team, Joey Oâ€™Leary, Sommer Gagnon and Eric Johnston, received a Bronze rating at the National Contest in Louisville, Kentucky. bottom left
First graders Connor Gustafson and Teddy Phillips work on a word family at a literacy center. bottom middle
8th grader, Noah Coughlen is the winner of the National Geography Bee contest. bottom right
Senior Lane Akre leads the Green Machine onto the field. Lane received the Conference MVP award for defense and helped lead the 2014 team to its 52nd winning season in a row and its 38th playoff appearance, both Illinois state records.
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Maplette dancer, Rachel Sears, leads the crowd in the Geneseo fight song before a football game.
“Harmony in Chaos” - Art Assemblege Project Students in Logan Hamilton’s Sculpture I class recently created an extraordinary piece of work that now hangs in the Geneseo High School Library for all to appreciate. The work, entitled, “Harmony in Chaos,” involve the compilation of various pieces of “junk” and trinkets pieced together into three empty shells, or boxes to form a visually interesting and challenging piece to interpret. Each individual piece, painted in a black, matte finish, comes together to create a unified piece with strong texture and nonlinear design. The inspiration for the project came from artist Louise Nevelson, who was known for her own “assemblage” art pieces. While doing research for an altogether different type of creation, the students stumbled upon the work of Nevelson and immediately knew this was a creation they wanted to attempt themselves. They quickly put the word out for old treasures, trinkets, and “junk”, which was gladly donated from attics and basements throughout town. “We hope when visitors look at this piece, even years from now, that they don’t see this as junk. We hope they see art,” shared one of the student artists. “We hope they see something new every time they look at it.” “I am so pleased with how this turned out,” shared Mr. Hamilton. “I knew where it was going as they were working on it, and could see when things started to click. When it all came together, I was so impressed to see how unified it all looked.” Hamilton shared that a creation like this is even more impressive considering this was the fist art class for several students. We encourage you to stop by the high school library and take a look at this piece of art for yourself. We know you’ll be as impressed as we are. 30 leafprints
SCULPTURE 1 CLASS 2014 left panel artists Jasa Geeting, Logan Gibbons, Kylie Kelsall, Kelsey Masiker, Rhylee Norman, Hanna Vanderheyden middle panel artists Lindsey Bideaux, Alaine Brucher, Kamber Causemaker, Makayla
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Erin Ashdown, Anna Snyder, Mallory Setser take advantage of Southwest’s new walking path and stay active during Recess Running Club. top right
Molly Snyder and Evan Brooks listen to stories and check comprehension with “Bookflix” during their Literacy Center time. bottom left
Millikin third grader Ashton Hillmann uses tertiary colors and water color techniques to create hot air balloons. bottom middle
Isabella Pangrazio, a first grade student at Northside, is excited to read a story out of her Journeys decodable reader. bottom right
Second grade student Brenna Teerlinck goes over her morning lesson in Ms. Schnowske’s class.
GHS Student Makes a Difference by “Doing Something” Geneseo High School Senior, Chloe Koscik recently embarked on a campaign for the philanthropic organization DoSomething.org. According to its website, “Do Something is one of the largest organizations for young people and social change, whose 2.9 million members tackle campaigns that impact every cause, from poverty to violence to the environment to literally everything else. Any cause, anytime, anywhere.” For her cause, Chloe wanted to reach out to children caught in life circumstances beyond their control. She decided to use her talent for art and create birthday cards for children in homeless shelters, even inspiring her peers to join in her mission. We were so inspired by Chloe’s project and, even more importantly, with what was in her heart, that we wanted to share her story with you in her own words. LP - TELL US ABOUT DO SOMETHING
LP - WHy WAS THIS AN IMPORTANT CAUSE FOR yOU?
CK - DoSomething.org is a website organization for helping people, or in their words, “making the world suck less”. They have campaigns that help any cause you could think of from poverty, violence, to just simply making people smile.
CK - No one deserves to be homeless or unloved, especially not children. What do kids ever do to deserve that? A lot of them haven’t even lived long enough to mess up or wreck their lives. This campaign stuck out to me because they’re kids, it breaks my heart that there are tons of kids around the world without parents, a roof over their head, education, and most of all love. I know that I’m not a saint and am not as grateful as I should be sometimes but doing this really made me think about what I have; what we all have in this community that we all take for granted.
LP - HOW DID yOU FIND OUT ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION?
CK - I’ve seen advertising for this website before on MTV, award shows, and just ads on the Internet. I’ve never checked it out before and I really wish I would have because I could have been doing these campaigns for a while now. LP - WHAT MADE yOU WANT TO PERSONALLy GET INVOLVED?
LP - WHAT THINGS DID yOU CONSIDER WHEN CREATING
CK - Recently my view on the world and people has changed. I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older, realizing how the world really is or what, but I’ve always been a softy for things that a lot of people aren’t. A lot of people don’t feel bad for homeless because they say they could try and get a job but I still feel incredibly sad for them and others who are also in bad situations. It makes me sad to live in a world where suffering happens daily.
LP - HOW DID yOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA TO MAKE CARDS FOR CHILDREN IN HOMELESS SHELTERS?
CK - The idea was a campaign on the website, I just randomly found it on there and it seemed like such an interesting and kind thing to do. 36 leafprints
CK - I considered what kids like, they like bright colors and pictures. Since it didn’t have an age limit I tried to have them for all age groups. LP - HOW DID yOU GET OTHERS INVOLVED AT SCHOOL AND WHAT WAS THEIR RESPONSE?
CK - I honestly figured that students at school would think it was a dumb idea, but I was surprised most didn’t. I was so glad Mr. Hamilton took a class hour to help me with this. That was so nice of him. And the cards were so creative! Miss Ericson also let me have our learning center class to make some. Getting so many different artistic views and capabilities was pretty neat to see. www.dist228.org
The Boys Middle School Cross Country team brought home a fourth place finish, along with two all-state medalists from the state meet in October. Pictured Front Row (L-R) - Kaleb Decker, Andrew Rizzo, Kaden Rink, Trevor Schefsky, Colby Rapps. Back Row (L-R)- Carson Cocquit, Peter Rizzo, Neo Colter, Maison Cooper, Nathan Carroll bottom left
Josie Brown (8th) finished 15th overall at the middle school state cross country meet. top right
Ryan Pitra received the 2014 Dispatch/Argus Metro Football All Star Player of the Year. Ryan was named to the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association Class 5A first team All-State, All-Northern Illinois Big 12 West first team & was the conferenceâ€™s Offensive Player of the Year. opposite bottom
Junior Tennis players Grace Madigan (left) and Tarah Fisher (right) advanced as a doubles pair to the State Tennis Tournament.
Southwest third grader Sam Mosbarger concentrates on his language arts lesson. top right
Sally DeBlieck, a kindergarten student at Millikin, is busy with her “letter of the day” activities in her Journey’s workbook. bottom
Sixth grade students Natalie Jacocks, Calvin DeSplinter, and Brayden Williamsen participate in a STEM activity in which they were to design a cup to keep liquid cool. opposite
GHS students Josh DeSmith, Dylan Hodge, and Elliot Moore attempt to score a goal while competing in the Geneseo VEX Robotics Competition hosted at Geneseo Middle School.
Geneseo Football Marks 100 Years of Memories As the Geneseo Football team finished sharing the stories and accolades of another amazing season at their annual banquet, it is clear that year after year, this program continues to bind young men together in a brotherhood few others will experience in their high school career. This year was significant beyond the team’s undefeated regular season and narrowly missing an appearance at the state title game. 2014 marked the 100th year a football team has taken the field each fall wearing the Geneseo green and gold. As we started thinking about all of the men who have played for the “Green Machine” we were curious about the memories they still carry and the impact the program had on them as they left their high school days behind for the “real world.” What we found, as we heard from alumni who had played over the decades, was that the memories they shared were very much the same, and continue to hold strong, no matter the year they played. Brotherhood, character, dedication, endurance, legacy, tradition…..these are just a few of the themes that carried through the reflections of the men with whom we spoke. Most could remember very specific games and the subsequent win or loss; others spoke of grueling practices, and all spoke of friendship, teammates, and coaches.
That game was the first game where I really remember a big crowd- they were lined up all the way around the old athletic field where we played. We won the rest of our games that year to start the 52 game winning streak we had.
In the words of Dan Rogers, class of 1966 “When I played, Geneseo Football was just starting to make a comeback after some rough years in the early 60’s. Coach Reade had been hired and was starting to turn the program around. Players like Jim Chapman, Dave Wright, & Charlie Shoemaker were developing a winning attitude. My senior season (1965) we had an 8-1 record only losing to Rochelle in a close game. 42 leafprints
Besides the interaction between all the players and the games, I remember how Coach Reade made the senior season special for us. The coaches took the seniors to Chicago to watch a Northwestern game on Saturday and then we stayed in one of the big hotels along Grant Park. They even let us explore downtown on our own that night (with a bed check of course). Then on Sunday, Coach Reade would get the seniors who were Catholic and take them to a mass nearby, and then to a diner for breakfast- everyone else got to sleep in. Then we went to Maxwell Street to look for “bargains” before going to Wrigley Field to watch the Butkus/Sayers-lead Bears play. It was a great trip. Then to close our year, Coach Reade had all the seniors & coaches over to his house after our last practice for supper.” www.dist228.org
pictured 1965 team
In the words of Jerry Hartsock, graduate class of 1978
â€œAfter playing through little league football, jr. high, freshman, and sophomore football with little more than minimal effort put forth, I found myself at a crossroad and decided to not continue my football endeavors, much to the dismay and disappointment of my mother. Lots of things changed, however, and I eventually found that motivation and direction to get into shape to excel at football at the highest level again. Fortunately, taking my junior- year off was not held against me by the coaching staff. I ended up starting on both sides of the line of an extremely well balanced team, evenly mixed of seniors and juniors (quarterback, linebackers, defensive ends, defensive back and one offensive lineman.) We lost Homecoming to Rochelle 7-0 that year, which was our only loss and kept us from winning a conference title. We won out and miraculously got a wild card bid into the playoffs. Karma = drawing Rochelle in game one of the playoffs on the road, and winning 18-6. We advanced to the State Championship game against a 14-point favorite Metamora, with their high powered offense and good defense. Our very balanced running attack, passing attack, and domination in the trenches had us up 27-0 at halftime. They were shell shocked, confused and beat up mentally and physically! We went on and cruised to a 35-7 victory. The impact of the teamwork and inspiration of Coach Bob Reade, Larry Johnson and Tom Schmulbach to excel at a high level changed EVERYTHING and paved the way to colleges and a career beyond for me. Sincere thanks to lasting friends, teammates & leadership.â€?
pictured 1977 yearbook article
In the words of Kevin Akers, class of 1985 “I have so many memories from playing football at Geneseo. I remember as a kid going to the games during the state championship run in the 70’s and knowing that I wanted to be a part of that when I was in high school. The thing I remember the most about playing in Geneseo was the pride that I felt every time I stepped onto the field. That pride continued as I graduated and went on to college and beyond. I was proud to represent Geneseo and the program. I remember always having the feeling that we would do whatever it took to win the game. We may have gotten behind but I had confidence in all my teammates that they would do their jobs and we would win the game. That did not always happen but I could always walk off the field knowing that each of us did the best that we could. Practices were tough, very tough. Two-a-days were long, very long. We had over two full weeks of two-a-
pictured 1984 team rings bell after Homecoming victory
days. I remember that sick feeling each morning when I would sit in the wet grass to stretch, not knowing what was about to happen but knowing it was going to be hard. My body would be tight and sore from the day before and it hurt to sit down, let alone to get back up. My neck would be sore, my calves would be tight, and my thighs would be burning. (I went on and played football at WIU where the practices were so much easier). That is what made us tough in the games. We could outlast our opponents’ conditioning. We would run the same play 10 – 15 times in a row in practice until we ran it perfectly. That was one of the keys to success, execution. It would be getting dark and toward the end of practice but we would not leave the field until each play was executed perfectly, practice makes perfect! Our first practice every year was the physical fitness test. If we did not make the mile, in 6 minutes and 30 seconds for linemen, and 5 minutes and 30 seconds for backs and ends, then we had to run it before each practice until we made it. This put great fear and anxiety into us all. It
pictured 1984 team charges through victory tunnel
pictured 1984 team
drove us to work very hard over the summer to make sure we could make that mile the first time. No one wanted to run a mile before every practice. Summer workouts were not mandatory, but if you wanted to make it through the physical fitness test you were in the weight room and on the track every day! There were times when I would climb on top of the roof of the high school and sneak in the window of the weight room so that I could work out longer each day, and run on the track. Eventually the janitor caught on and started locking the windows. I would not encourage anyone to do that anymore! I have been very fortunate to move back to Geneseo and watch both of my sons play football for Geneseo. They have been able to experience something very special that they will be proud of for the rest of their lives. Two of the greatest football moments of my life were watching both of my sons. The first was when my oldest son, Corey, played. His team had never beaten Sterling. Geneseo played them for the conference championship in Sterling. It was a close game back and forth but Geneseo beat Sterling and won the conference. That was in 2006 and the last undefeated season that Geneseo had until this year. The second was when my other son, Collin, played in 2009. Geneseo beat Richmond Burton to go to State! It came down to the very end and Geneseo had to make a very big defensive stand, they did, won and brought us back to State. Richmond Burton came to town expecting to win. They all came in big RVs blaring their horns through town. I can say they were very quiet when they left town that day. “ www.dist228.org
In the words of Wyatt Brieser, class of 2005 “First of all, it’s an honor to share and reflect on my time spent, memories experienced, and lessons learned during my time as a “Green Machiner”. Reflection reminded me of good friends and fun times, as well as the challenges. My thoughts were (and still are) flooded with memories, although not like most would think. I’ve never been good at recalling scores, names, or plays (maybe I took a few too many hits to the head), but I remember the bonds between friends; the expectations to uphold tradition; the challenges that shaped young boys into more than they knew they could be; and the drive to leave a positive mark on the legend that is Geneseo “Green Machine” Football. The bonds shaped through the Geneseo Football program are truly remarkable. Spending countless hours in weight rooms, on practice fields, and under the Friday night lights with the same guys day in and day out is enough to make a bunch of immature, rowdy, awkward boys, into a brotherhood leafprints 45
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of young men. In Geneseo, there is something else too. A constant voice in the back of each player’s head saying “this is your chance to add your name to the legacy.” But no one gets there alone. You realize after a few missed blocking assignments and disciplinary 40 second drills, that it will take a team forged by highs and lows, blood and sweat, joys and agonies, tears and triumphs, to fulfill every Geneseo High School football player’s dream. Through good, bad, and ugly pursuits, lessons are learned and character is chiseled. Hard work, resiliency, respect, courage, flexibility, selflessness, grit – these are just a few important lessons, that in my opinion, are best learned in a team setting. To be perfectly honest (and perhaps I’m biased), there is no better setting in which to learn and grow than the Geneseo Football program. Thankfully, the path is cut by great leaders. From the youth football league, to 8th grade, to freshman, to sophomore, to varsity – the road is there to follow. A player just needs to absorb the bumps, curves and swerves - and drive on. The fact is that being a Geneseo football player is NOT easy, BUT there is support like few other programs will ever know. Green Machine football is extraordinary because of the coaches, community members, and driven children who embrace it. Those people number in the thousands. One hundred years of excellence pays homage to those who “bought in”/”buy in” and made/make Friday nights something to respect, be proud of, be excited about, and cherish. From starting linebackers, to store owners donating resources, to coaches who devote their life to molding boys into men, to mothers in the Kitchen Quarterback Club, to undersized fifth stringers who work their tail off just to ring the victory bell with the brothers they’ve sacrificed for, to youth players who dream to one day be the monstrous senior captain (who is probably 5’9” 180 pounds soaking wet in his cleats and all of his pads) that they come to watch every Friday – this community made 100 years of excellence. www.dist228.org
pictured 2004 team
pictured 2004 team celebrates a 21-0 shutout against Sterling at the victory bell
I feel truly blessed to have experienced it all as a player, and I feel blessed to have returned to this community to experience it as a fan and supporter. I’d like to offer a special thanks to those who came before my time and established a tradition that continues to challenge our youth to grow. A special thanks to those who stood with me during my years as a Green Machiner – my memories are priceless because of your support. A special thanks to those who work hard today and continue to make their community and supporters proud. And a special thanks to those who are still to come – here’s to 100 more years of Green Machine’s Tradition in Excellence.” leafprints 47
The Hour of Code: Opening Doors to Computer Science For the second year in a row, students at both Geneseo High School and Middle School have had the opportunity to participate in an Hour of Code session. The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics of computer science. Schools and groups around the world host Hour of Code sessions in conjunction with Computer Science Education Week in December. Here in the Geneseo School District, James Roodhouse, District 228 Technologist; and Mike Ricketts, a software engineer/architect and President of Foresight Consulting, Inc., coordinate the events at the high school and middle school. It is their hope that the sessions spark an interest and help students see the exciting challenges and opportunities available in computer science. “This is a great project that reinforces the idea that computers are not passive devices, or merely ‘TV 2.0,” explained Roodhouse. “The Hour of Code does a good job of illustrating the power to create with computers lies with anyone who is willing to learn.” The Hour of Code sessions are user-friendly and engaging for students with the hope they will be excited by the challenge of coding and the opportunities available in the computer science field. “Students will play games and solve puzzles using basic computer programming techniques,” explained 48 leafprints
Ricketts. “The basics help nurture creativity and problem-solving skills and prepare students for nearly any future career.” Ricketts went on to point out that even though software and computers are everywhere today, fewer schools are teaching computer science than ten years ago, which is why it is so important to get students interested at an early age. Organizers hope courses like Hour of Code also help dissuade some of the misconceptions students might have about computer programming, which can include “it’s too hard”, and that it is a field primarily for boys and not girls. “Programs like this show that anyone who likes to solve problems and use creativity can succeed and enjoy a career in computer science,” said Mr. Ricketts. “It also helps show that with all of the opportunities out there now, students can forge their own career path focusing on their particular skills and interests.” Computer science is used in almost every profession today. Farmers, doctors, lawyers, bankers, construction workers, delivery driversthey all rely on computer technology. “There is a world of opportunity out there,” shared Ricketts, “which is why, in order to compete in this fastpaced world, each and every student must have at least some exposure to computer science.” He also stressed that we are not just competing with each other for tech jobs, but we are competing with the entire world and the positions are there for those with the interest and drive. “There are more computer science jobs out there than workers to fill them.” shared Ricketts, “Opportunity abounds!” www.dist228.org
pictured top left Caleb Huddleston top right Jarom Little bottom left Kobe Duda, Tukker Boyer, Wilson Hershman bottom right Teague Tindall.
Cheerleaders Hanna Vanderheyden and Carlie Newton cheer on the Green Machine at the November 1st Playoff game. Hanna received top honors at the NCA Chula Vista Cheer Camp and was asked to join NCA Staff as an instructor for the 2015 Camp season. bottom right
Claire Mannon sings with the Treble Choir during the GMS Christmas program. opposite
Ryan Ganson, senior, has been chosen by the President of the Illinois Association of School Administrators to sing the National Anthem as part of the opening session at their annual conference.
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Vision 20/20 Initiative It’s time for educators and members of the community to take back the conversation about public education in Illinois. That’s why we are excited to share with the Geneseo District 228 School Community a new initiative called Vision 20/20. It’s a blueprint for the future of public education that has been developed by Illinois educators from all regions of the state. The goal of Vision 20/20 is summarized in its tagline: “Fulfilling the Promise of Public Education.” Education is an investment in our children’s future, our state’s future, and our nation’s future. It is our responsibility as educators to reflect upon the current state of education in Illinois and take action to create an education system that meets the needs of all students. We endorse Vision 20/20 because for too long now, outside influences have spent too much of our time, money and resources “reforming” and regulating a system that functions best under local governance and monitoring. High stakes testing and unfunded mandates—including PARCC testing and other compliance regulations that take time away from academic and artistic endeavors, are strangling our ability to provide the best opportunities for our children. 52 leafprints
Vision 20/20’s policy platform is divided into four main pillars:
21st Century Learning – Not just knowledge of reading and math, but providing the technology and tools for learning in today’s world as well as a commitment to the “whole child” Highly Effective Educators – Policies to help attract, develop and retain the highest quality of teachers and administrators Shared Accountability – Creating a shared accountability model that includes more input from educators, increases collaboration with legislators and restructures mandates to allow more flexibility for local school districts and communities Equitable and Adequate Funding – An evidence-based funding model that takes into account what it actually costs to educate a student in various parts of our state and utilizes research to identify those things that have the most impact on student success.
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This plan is representative of educatorsâ€™ opinions and expertise from the southern tip of Illinois through the northern Chicago suburbs. This vision is the result of input from more than 3,000 diverse stakeholders, discussions with field experts, and a review of current literature on best practices. The organizations that collaborated on Vision 20/20 include school board members, principals, school business officials, and school superintendents. The Illinois PTA and the Ounce of Prevention Fund, an organization dedicated to providing children in poverty the best chance for success in school, have already endorsed the plan. We believe educators should not only be held to the highest standards, but also be given the flexibility to apply their experience and knowledge to match local needs in order to best support each individual student.
We invite you to learn more about Vision 20/20 by visiting the website at www. illinoisvision2020.org and also sign the petition in support of these policies. You can also scan the QR code above with your smartphone using a QR Code app. You also can follow the progress on Twitter at @ILVision2020.
Changing the course of public education in Illinois can only happen with grassroots support, and we are asking you to help us fulfill the promise of public education to children in the Geneseo School Community.
2014 Fall Semester in Review the academics of 228 math lab Math Lab provides math assistance to students who are struggling with their homework. The Following seniors have committed to helping in the Math Lab one to two times per week: Lane Akre Eric Dellett Alex Dichiser Asher Johnson Eric Johnston Tyler Mackey Mallory Park Brice Piotrowski Brock Piotrowski Tanner Rusk Jordan Schnowske Danielle Townsend Ian VanHerzeele Hanna Vanderheyden Markus Widger Nick Widger Jennifer Yager
Illinois State Scholars 23 seniors were named Illinois State Scholars. Lane Akre Johathan Barry David Chenoweth Alexander Christensen Jean Clark Jonathan Dahl Jessica Daly Jacob Decker Eric Dellett Joshua DeSmith Alexander Dichiser Kendra Fobert Kyle Gilmore Asher Johnson Eric Johnston Hannah Pace Mallory Park Brice Piotrowski Brock Piotrowski Tanner Rusk Gage Sears Danielle Townsend Jacob VanOpDorp
the activities of 228 Key Club Key Club sold 371 Yuda Bands as a service project to support the education of two Guatemalan students for one year. Top sellers were Karen Barakat and Emma Vandemore. Key Club helped with the Fly Factory Festival at the Geneseo Library during Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, and planting bushes around the Southwest Elementary track. In honor of Key Club week, Key Club
visited the S.A.F.E. program at Southwest Elementary where they had a great time reading stories and joining in games. They also served a meal at the Christian Care Center in Rock Island. Key Club donated time to rake leaves at the Geneseo Historical Museum. The Student Council and Key Club sponsored a Food Drive Scavenger Hunt. Five teams competed to collect the most food items and cash donations. The sophomore team of Lilly Henderson, Claire Johnson, Charlie Wiese, Brooke Laingen, Amy Wethington, Charlie Schlindwein and Logan Weber won the competition. Students collected over 12 boxes of food items and purchased 8 frozen turkeys for the Geneseo Food Pantry. Key Club members prepared and served a meal, which included salad, pasta, and desserts, to share with those at the Christian Care Center in Rock Island. Various GHS groups designed trees using non-perishable food items. Students and staff got to vote for their favorite tree. The winning Tree, by Circle of Friends, received a prize. All the food items plus $70 was donated to the Geneseo Food Pantry. Key Club members made fleece tie blankets to donate to Hammond Henry Hospital’s extended care patients. They donated 38 blankets this winter.
Student Council GHS Student Council hosted the NIB 12 Leadership Conference in Mendota. The theme for the event was “Connecting Leaders”. They joined other student leaders from the NIB 12 conference schools to connect and bring back leadership skills to GHS.
Student Council held a Hat-Mitten-Scarf collection collecting many items for families in need.
maplettes At UDA camp at NIU over the summer, the Maplettes achieved a “Superior” overall ranking, the highest, for total points in their division. They also earned 37 blue/highest rating for the three routines learned and performed for evaluations at camp.
JA Business students participated in the JA Titan Business Simulation Contest and took first and second place. First place team consisted of Tyler Mackey, Jacob VanDoren, Jacob Decker and Lane Akre. Second place team consisted of Kyle Gilmore, Tyler Williams and Josh Mathis. The four man team of Jacob Decker, Tyler Mackey, Lane Akre, and Jacob VanDoren competed in the scholarship round of the JA Titan Competition at Palmer College. The team’s 2nd place finish earned each partcipant a $750 scholarship to the college or university of their choice.
mathletes BIG 12 CONFERENCE COMPETITION Tarah Fisher and Becca Rapps, 5th in Systems of Equations. Hallie Clark, Lauren Endress, Tarah Fisher and Becca Rapps, 5th in Geometry and Trig of Right Triangles Dylan Hodge, Morgan May and Abigail Zobrist, 4th in Circles and 3rd in Areas The Junior/Senior team placed 5th: Alex Christensen Halie Clark Lauren Endress Tarah Fisher Mallory Park Becca Rapps Jennifer Yager Hanna Vanderheyden The Fresh/Soph team placed 3rd: Dylan Hodge Morgan May Allison Yager Abigail Zobrist
Rotary Rotary Club’s Constitution Essay Writing Contest: Halie Clark (1st), Alaine Brucher (2nd) and Becca Rapps (3rd).
Robotics Club The Robotics team won the Design Award for their documentation of their robot design at the Rolling Meadows robotics competition. The team consisted of Josh DeSmith, Elliot Moore and Dylan Hodge. The award qualifies them for the VEX Robotics State Championship.
FFA FFA ARCHERy The Archery team placed 2nd at the Section III Archery contest in New Windsor. Travis Jodts finished top shot overall in the Archery Section III contest in New Windsor. FFA HORSE JUDGING GHS FFA Horse Judging team placed 3rd out of 52 teams at the State FFA Horse Judging contest. Team members were: Sam Mannon Genna Wethington Amy Wethington Cynthia Venneberg FFA HORSE EVALUATION REASONS Genna Wethington placed 3rd in the FFA State Horse Evaluation Reasons contest. FFA MARKETING PLAN The FFA Marketing Team is the State Champion. Team members are Sommer Gagnon, Eric Johnston, and Joey O’Leary. The team received a Bronze rating at the National Contest in Louisville Kentucky. Illinois is unique in that the state FFA does not sponsor a Marketing Team competition, so the award winning Ag Sales Team is asked to perform double duty and fill that void, which requires a lot of work in a short amount of time. Other states had an entire year to prepare, while our team only had a few months. So bringing home the Bronze is a significant achievement.
FFA TRAP TEAM The Varsity Trap Team competed at the Section III contest in New Windsor and finished in 1st place. Team members were: Seth Nelson (2nd)* Travis Jodts (Top Shot)* Eric Johnston (3rd)* Joey O’Leary (5th)* Ellie Korthals (3rd)* *individually The Trap Team placed 1st & 2nd at the LeRoy Invitational Shoot. 1st place team members: Eric Johnson Travis Jodts Joey O’Leary Ian VanHerzeele Craig Medema (Top Shot overall) 2nd place team members: Trenton Lievens Brittany Loenser Dwight Medley Alex Morgan Ben Schillinger FFA AG SALES The Ag Sales Team won the Section III and the District 1 Contest held at Black Hawk East. Team members are Ellie Korthals Callie Miller Taylor Mills Joey O’Leary Every team member placed high overall in their respective room. The team competed at the State Contest on Nov. 15 in Champaign where they placed 3rd in the State. FFA PARLIAMENTARy PROCEDURES The Greenhand Parliamentary Procedure Team won the section contest and will compete at the District contest in February. Sam Bridges Alex Morgan Jessica Holm Ellie Korthals Gabe DeSplinter Taylor Mills Ellie, top chairperson Sam, 3rd place floormember Alex, 5th place chairperson. The Varsity Parliamentary Procedure Team won the Section contest and will be competing at District in February. Caleb Talbott, 2nd place chair, Eric Johnston, top floormember Tyler Taets, 3rd place floormember
the ARTS of 228 marching Band Geneseo Marching Band took first place in class at the marching band competition at Western Illinois University in Macomb. They also were awarded first place in each category, including best winds, best color guard, best percussion, and best drum majors. GHS Marching Band earned Best Percussion honors and took 1st place out of 20 bands for Class 4A at the Marching Panther Invitational in Washington.
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Chloe Koscik signed up for a community service program on â€œdosomething.orgâ€?. She made birthday cards for children in homeless shelters and presented the idea to her art class, which helped her in creating cards for the project.
The Cheerleaders attended the NCA Chula Vista Cheer Camp and won the NCA Top Team Award, the Herkie Team award, (awarded to team with the most spirit voted on by staff and other teams), the NCA Performance Top Team, a National Bid and 2 Superior, 2 Excellent ribbons & overall Superior rating. The freshman squad won 2 Superior ribbons, 2 Excellent ribbons and an overall Superior rating. They won the Champion Chant trophy, the Game Day Top Team trophy and received a bid to compete at Nationals. Ashley Kempher, Hanna Vanderheyden and Mackenzie Roselieb were selected as All-American Cheerleaders and Alyssa Castro was chosen as Top All-American Cheerleader scoring the highest total score for her tryout. Hanna Vanderheyden received top honors and was asked to join NCA Staff as an instructor for the 2015 Camp season.
NIB XII All-Academic Teams are made up of athletes (juniors & seniors) with a 3.5+ GPA.
Choir Ryan Ganson has been chosen by the President of the Illinois Association of School Administrators to sing the National Anthem as part of the opening session at their annual conference.
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Fall 2014 Broken Records GHS Football team is part of 52 winning seasons in a row and had its 38th playoff appearance, both Illinois state records.
IHSA State Qualifiers Girls Cross Country Katie Puls Girls golf team *finished 12th at State Monica Lieving (finished 11th) Emily VandeWiele Bailey Ries Amber Dauksas Abby Wilebski Abby Frank Girls Tennis Tarah Fisher (doubles) Grace Madigan (doubles)
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Fall 2014 Season Highlights Conference Champions Football Boys Golf Girls Golf Sectional Qualifiers *sectional champions Boys Cross Country Team Girls Cross Country Team Girls Golf Team Boys Golf Eric Dellett, Brian Bozzer, Austin Jump and Ryan Ford (tied for 10th) Swimming Jenna Freeburn Dispatch All-Metro *Player of the Year Monica Lieving, golf* Ryan Pitra, football* Dispatch All-Star Football: Lane Akre Drew Himmelman Joey Medina Greg Rusk Justin Scott Tennis: Tarah Fisher Ally Klein Volleyball: Angela Schaumburg Girls Golf: Emily VandeWeile Boys Golf: Eric Dellett Boys Soccer: Hunter DeSplinter Erik Sammons Pacesetters Ryan Pitra, football Joey Medina, football Monica Lieving, golf
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