February Principal's Newsletter

Dr. Peter Monaghan, Principal

Glenbard West Community -
The beginning of February marks a time of transition for many West students.  Our seniors are starting to consider their last semester at Glenbard West while Counselors and staff are meeting and transitioning our incoming freshmen class.  Meanwhile, teachers and students throughout all of our grades are working hard to succeed at the highest level while at the same time staying busy with family, activities and jobs.  When I walk the halls and classrooms of this school, it is impressive to see the level of continual student engagement around all sorts of learning activities.  I am proud of both our teaching staff and students for their focus and commitment to continual inquiry and achievement.  
We work hard to ensure that our newsletter is filled with timely and important information.  I would ask everyone to pay particular attention to the information regarding summer school opportunities provided below.  In my view, enriching student learning during the summer is a good way to get ahead and/or overcome academic challenges.  Students can take a bridge course or a credit based course.  Also keep in mind that there are many athletic opportunities that will be available during the summer months.  I encourage parents to plan out this time so that your student is connected to the school and actively engaged.
In the meantime, as I tell our students and staff, it is a great time to be a Hilltopper.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or suggestions.  Go West!

Dr. Peter Monaghan
Glenbard West Principal


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Glenbard West
Summer School
Credit and Enrichment Courses
We encourage all students to enroll in a credit or enrichment course this summer.  Please take a moment and look through our course offerings.  Credit courses are available to satisfy graduation requirements and also if a course needs to be repeated.  Our enrichment (bridge) courses are non-credit courses designed to help a student prepare for a course they are planning on taking or to provide an opportunity to explore interests.  For further information please go to  here .
Inspire...Empower...Succeed Award Recipients

Pictured:  Adrian Villanueva, Jonathan Walsh, Peter Monaghan, Megan Rosenthal and Kyle Neiss.

We have introduced a new recognition program that honors faculty and staff members who have achieved significant success in the core work of our goal areas.  The Inspire...Empower...Succeed Award recognizes faculty and staff members who: 
  • Demonstrate exceptional levels of initiative or innovation
  • Exceed expectations and make a positive difference for students
  • Demonstrate outstanding student service or achievement
Award recipients were recognized at the January 23rd Board of Education meeting at West. Congratulations to the Glenbard West award recipients:  Kyle Neiss, English teacher; Megan Rosenthal, science teacher; Adrian Villanueva, GCA day foreman; and Jonathan Walsh, art, music, speech arts department chair/band director. 

Matter of Pride is a recognition award given to students who demonstrate through their 
actions, quality character that promotes Glenbard West.  Nominations come from  staff 
members as well  as individuals within our communities.  Ten nominees are 
selected monthly and presented   with certificates and t-shirts.

December Recipients

Front row:  Khang Huynh
Back row:  Riley Pieper, Ori Harris, Jennifer Garcia, Abigail Madden, Nina Minaudo, Cabri Neals, Mahak Sharma, Jonathan Contreras and Christopher Lange
Local Scholarships for Seniors
Local Scholarship Applications are now available!  Each year, local organizations, school clubs, and generous donors provide scholarships to members of the Glenbard West Senior Class.  This year, the Local Scholarship Program will offer more than 60 scholarships worth over $110,000.  Applications are entirely online in Naviance and must be completed by Friday, February 24th.  Students should see their counselors with any questions.

Student Recognition
Illinois Music Education Assoc.
All-State Festival Participants
Johnny Fruit
Erin Hernandez
Ben Hoppe
Julia Ilhardt
Ellen Maloney
Michael Mendez
Andrew Scheller
Matt Yaniz
Illinois High School Theatre Festival
"Sweeney Todd:  The Demon Barber of Fleet Street"
Chosen from 376 students from 73 high schools
who auditioned/interviewed for their role.
Jacob Kelleher - Stage Manager
Caitlin Palmisano - ensemble
West Theatre Tech Olympics - 3rd Place
Illinois High School Theatre Festival
Kyle Drexler
Katie Medic
Eleny Serna
Yuvia Serna
Avery Williamson
Daily Herald Leadership Team
Jacob Kelleher
Melina Thurmond - Honorable Mention
Perfect 36 on ACT
Kellyn Powers

Eagle Scout
Dylan Bockelman
Daughter of the American Revolution 
Good  Citizenship Award
Gabrielle Wind
Honor String Orchestra
Chosen by audition to perform at the
Illinois Music Educators Conference January 27th
This is the first time Glenbard West has been chosen.
Congratulations to all of them!
Bill Ortega - Director
Violin I
Ellen Maloney, Concertmaster
JP McHargue, Asst. Concertmaster
Josh DiGiacoma
Kelly May
Michelle Rawls
Payton Wright
Violin II
Amy White, Principal
Maggie Carr, Asst. Principal
Elizabeth Bassett
Julia Brosnan
Rebekah Crail
Daniel Eichin
Bella Main
Sarah Thomas
Alex Jiricek, Principal
Timothy Holman, Asst. Principal
Marina Akamatsu
Francisco Gallardo
David Morof
Abbi Reichmann
Julia Ilhardt, Principal
Andy Swiston, Asst. Principal
Courtney Cosby
Ryan Morris
Libby Nelson
Isabella Sigalove
Emily Tate
Double Bass
Johnny Fruit, Principal
Cate Fanning, Asst. Principal
Chris English
Julia Ilhardt

Academic Letter/Gold Bar

In order to recognize students for academic achievement, Glenbard Students will receive an academic award as follows:
  1. Each spring, freshman, sophomore, junior and senior students who have attained high honor roll status (4.8 or above) for the first semester of that year and have maintained that high honor status for the third quarter will be given an academic letter.  This year grades will be pulled for third quarter on Thursday, April 6, 2017.
  2. The academic letter will be the same varsity letter given to athletes with an embroidered lamp of learning or scholastic torch.  Subsequent academic winners will receive a bar to add to their letter.
  3. In some instances, a student who is placed on the high honor roll the first semester but is not eligible for the academic letter at the end of the third quarter, may attain a high honor roll status at the end of the school year.  In this event and upon receipt of the final grade report, a parent may petition the Principal in writing for an academic letter.
Live Life Well Week 
February 20-24
Each year Glenbard West celebrates Live Life Well Week by hosting a series of events before, during and after school.  Our goal is to raise social awareness, advance interpersonal skills and develop responsible decision-making skills.  Many West clubs and activities work together in planning this week with our Students for Students club leading the way.  This year's theme is
Your Actions Matter.
The week kicks off with a district-wide Glenbard Day of Service event from
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday, February 20, at the Ackerman Sports and Fitness Center in Glen Ellyn. All students are invited to spend their President's Day holiday making blankets that will be donated to area hospitals as part of Project Linus. On Tuesday, February 21, students will hear from keynote speaker Drew Dudley Wednesday, February 22, The Glenbard Parent Series gives parents the opportunity to hear Drew Dudley's message Everyday Leadership: C elebrating the Simple Actions that Improve Each Other's Lives at 7 p.m. at College of DuPage.   A blood drive will be held from 7:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, February 23, in the field house. Friday, February 24, CARES will provide a healthy breakfast and students will participate in the fitness expo during physical education classes.

Spring Testing Information
Dr. Rebecca Sulaver, Asst. Principal for Instruction 

Over the next few weeks, counselors will meet with students to discuss the benefits of taking challenging courses that will ensure their academic path prepares them for life after high school. As part of this preparation, students will begin to prepare to take standardized tests that may help them gauge their readiness.

College Board Suite of Assessments                                          
For many years, the State of Illinois has funded a college entrance exam for juniors. Last year the State decided to shift from the ACT Exam to the SAT Exam. All juniors in Illinois will take the SAT exam on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. This is not an optional exam; in fact, the state is now requiring this for graduation from any Illinois High School. Please be assured that most, if not all, colleges accept either an ACT or an SAT score for acceptance decisions.
To help our freshman and sophomore students prepare for the SAT, all schools in Glenbard District 87 will administer additional tests that are aligned with the SAT. This series of tests, including the SAT, are referred to by College Board as the Suite of Assessments. The first test in this series is the PSAT 8/9, which will be administered to all  freshmen on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.   Another assessment in the suite is the PSAT 10, which all  sophomores will take on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.
The Suite of Exams that your student will be taking has been redesigned to be more student-friendly and more relevant to the world that they know. In reviewing the content of these exams, they are closely aligned with many of the instructional shifts that we are making as a high school including:
  • The use of evidence to support arguments in writing
  • A strong emphasis on algebra proficiency
  • Problem solving and data analysis
  • Application of reading, writing, language and math skills to answer questions in a variety of contexts
You can find more information about the SAT Suite of Assessments at here.
One of the key advantages of the Suite of Assessments that excites us is the availability for students to receive free, high quality exam preparation through Khan Academy online. Students are able to take practice tests, receive immediate feedback, and store and retrieve previous exam scores that they have taken to track their progress. This may be especially helpful for those juniors who took the PSAT/NMSQT exam on October 19, as it will give a benchmark that Khan Academy will use to customize SAT prep for the student. You can access Khan Academy's SAT support at here.
Some parents may still choose to have their student take one or more ACT exams during the spring. These are offered on specific Saturdays nationwide. To register for one of these exam dates, visit www.act.student.org.   ACT and SAT Prep are available for charge as well at all of our high schools through Kaplan and/or Excel Edge test prep companies. Please contact your student's counseling office for details about test prep.

  NWEA Map (Spring testing Window April 1, 2017 - June 2, 2017)
All students with IEPs and some students in support courses take the online adaptive NWEA MAP test in Math and Reading. The purpose is to provide progress monitoring data on how students are responding to the intervention(s) provided in their IEP or targeted support course.
Spring Illinois Science Assessment (Spring testing window March 1, 2017 - April 28, 2017)
In compliance with federal testing requirements, Illinois will administer a science assessment to students enrolled in a public school district in grades 5, 8 and once at the high school level. The high school assessment utilizes a course-based model with content aligned to Biology I. The assessment will be administered in an online format in the student's regular biology class period and is aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards for Science incorporating the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which were adopted in 2014.
Advanced Placement Exams
Taking the Advanced Placement exams is an important part of all AP courses. Glenbard West High School desires that all students take AP exams for the AP classes that they have taken. Scoring well on an AP exam can often earn students college credit for their high school class, saving a significant amount of tuition.  Starting last year, all public Illinois universities and community colleges awarded credit to any student who received a 3 or higher on a 5-point scale.  
For the 2017 AP exams, students at Glenbard West High School will be registering online. This registration will take a few minutes and can be completed from any computer with internet access.
This year each AP exam costs $93.00 with exception to AP Seminar and AP Research which costs $141.00 per exam.  Glenbard West High School desires that every student be able to take their AP exams. Students requiring financial assistance should contact Dr Rebecca Sulaver, rebecca_sulaver@glenbard.org , in the Glenbard West API Office to learn more.
Online Exam registration will begin on Web, Feb 1, 2017 at 12:00 AM and end on Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 11:59 PM. In order to register, students should click on the link provide on the school website or visit www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/142075 to register. To complete registration, students must answer all of the required questions. Registration is not complete until students have printed the pdf of the confirmation page that is provided at the end. We know that parents may desire to register their students for exams. We strongly recommend that parents and students are both present while registering to ensure that the correct exams are ordered.
Glenbard West High School is excited to offer families the convenience of paying exam fees online at the time of registration. Please be sure to have a credit card or debit card available before beginning registration. Paying online is a great way to make sure that payment has been made while avoiding the lines in the API Office.
Here are the important dates for the registration process:
  • Wednesday, Feb 1, 2017 at 12:00 AM - Registration Begins
  • Thursday, Mar 9, 2017 at 11:59 PM - Registration Ends

Please contact Dr. Rebecca Sulaver, rebecca_sulaver@glenbard.org , if you would like to register for an exam not listed or have any questions.


The office of Student Services oversees a number of important areas affecting student success.  At Glenbard West High School, our school social workers and school psychologists provide social-emotional support to students to ensure their focus on academic success and lifelong learning.  We strongly encourage student independence and self-advocacy by suggesting students seek out support services as necessary.  An important part of our mission is to embed the five social-emotional learning competencies within our school culture.  The core social-emotional competencies, put forth by the Illinois Board of Education, are shown below.
The Student Services department is comprised of mental health and educational experts who work diligently to impact the entire student body.  Some services may include:

  • Individual counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Classroom lessons
  • Familial and Community resources
  • Student advocacy
  • Academic support
  • Communication and consultation across settings (families, teachers, and administrators) to ensure that individual student needs are met
Each school social worker and school psychologist collaborates with school counselors, forming multidisciplinary teams.  Within each of these teams, students are assigned to their designated support personnel alphabetically.  Each of the multidisciplinary teams is shown below.
* Ms. Sieck
* Ms. Lubiniecki
* Mr. Wiencek
*Ms. Mazzone, School Social Worker
*Ms. Meyer, School Psychologist
*  Ms. Culloton
*  Mr. Bergantino
*  Ms. Rubino
*Ms. Walters, School Social Worker
*Ms. Barrett, School Psychologist
*  Mr. Neberz
*  Mr. Keely
*Ms. Pugsley, School Psychologist
If you have social-emotional concerns regarding your student, please feel free to contact the assigned service provider.
Departmental Recognition Awards
Each quarter teachers across the various departments at Glenbard West choose the one student who best exemplifies excellence within their discipline.  The West community remains strong because of these students.  We congratulate the Departmental Recognition Award Recipients and thank the families and teachers who have helped them along the way.

Front row :  Allison Koch, Caroline Casey, Grace Bouton, Erin Hernandez, Alexi Comella and Alexandra Stolfe.
Back row: Justin Overstreet, Timo Curtis, Alexis Ayala, Erin Everson, Alexandra Farmer, Julia Ilhardt, Vincent DiVenere and Annamarie Lombardo.

Fine Arts News
Floral Symphony
Please join us for the 25th annual Floral Symphony on Tuesday, February 28 at Glenbard
South from 7 to 9 p.m.
For 25 years this unique event has dazzled the Glenbard community and supported the
music programs at South and West.   Come and watch local floral designers create 
beautiful arrangements that will excite you for spring.   Over twenty floral arrangements 
will be  raffled  off along with dozens of other prizes. Must be present to win!
Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door.  Please buy your tickets from Glenbard 
music students or contact Lora Ilhardt (630-790-4138)
Think Flowers...Get Your Spring On!
District 87 Choir Festival
Please join all the Glenbard Choirs for the District 87 Centennial Choir Festival on 
Tuesday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. Former directors will come back and conduct over 400 choir students to celebrate 100 years of Glenbard education. The choirs will also premiere 
a piece composed for the district that incorporates each schools fight song or alma mater 
tune. Please contact Andy Jeffrey at 630-942-7452 for more information 
Art awards
Glenbard West had 6 winners in the Suburban Chicago Art Region Competition!!  2 Honorable Mentions, 3 Silver Keys and 1 Gold Key going to the national competition.
Congrats to the following students:
  • Jack Alving, Gold Key (submitted to national competition)
  • Molly Brannon, Silver Key
  • Jacob Johanson, Silver Key
  • Emma Orr, Silver Key
  • Cameron Kruse, Honorable Mention
  • Maggie Rohrer, Honorable Mention
Overall our Suburban Chicago Art Region had 2619 individual artworks submitted. 
282 Gold Keys, 262 Silver Keys, and 294 Honorable Mentions were awarded. 

Free resources will help students prepare for SAT
Dr. David Larson
The state of Illinois has shifted from ACT to SAT, and there are two important things for parents to know: free test prep is available to underclassmen and juniors, and the SAT has been redesigned.
All juniors in Illinois will take the SAT on April 5. This isn't the SAT some parents may have taken years ago. The SAT Suite of Assessments has been redesigned to be more relevant to the world our students know and reflect what students are learning in class.
Free Khan Academy resources
An exciting development is a partnership between College Board and Khan Academy that provides free personalized test prep for students. Khan Academy's free test prep allows students who have taken the PSAT - a preliminary version of the SAT - to pull in their scores and receive individualized prep based on their specific needs.  If a student has not taken a PSAT or SAT, there is a practice SAT that will provide similar results to individualize test prep.

The Khan Academy free resources include:
  • Loads of practice problems
  • Personalized tutorials on test content
  • Official SAT practice questions and full-length tests
  • A customized practice plan
  • Instant feedback and progress so students know where they stand
Testing for underclassmen
To help our freshmen and sophomores prepare for the SAT, in the spring we will administer the following tests that are aligned with the SAT:
  • PSAT 8/9: the readiness baseline. It provides benchmarks and norms for both 8th and 9th grades.
  • PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10: provide a check-in on student progress
Redesigned SAT
The redesigned SAT consists of two sections: evidence-based reading and writing, and math. The essay is an optional component of the SAT. The redesigned SAT gives credit for each correct answer but does not deduct points for unanswered questions or incorrect answers. Other key changes to the exam include:
  • Words in context - Students will interpret meaning based on context & close reading.
  • Command of evidence - Students will interpret evidence and support the answers they choose.
  • Essay analyzing a source - more closely aligns with college writing assignments
  • Math that matters most - analysis and problem solving
  • Problems grounded in real-world contexts - questions relate to work students will do in college and the workplace.
In partnership with you, we will help students do well on the SAT. You can learn more about the SAT Suite of Assessments at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org


Come out and see the Glenbard West Seniors take on the Glenbard West Faculty in a game of Basketball in Biester Gym on March 15th at 5 p.m.  Our annual event is sponsored by Student Council and will be full of energy and excitement so be there to cheer on the kids and the faculty as they have some fun!

Senior Caps & Gowns
Herff Jones, our cap and gown supplier, came to visit Glenbard West Seniors on January 18th during their PE classes at which time their measurements were taken and handouts were given.  If you still need to order a cap and gown, please contact Herff Jones directly at (815) 756-4743 or visit their website at www.highschool.herffjones.com by February 28th.

6          PLC Early Dismissal at 1:52 p.m.
9-11     Winter Play She Kills Monsters - Auditorium - 7:30 p.m.
13        PLC Early Dismissal at 1:52 p.m.
14        West Nation - Rm. 428- 5 p.m.
15        8th Grade Athletic & Activities Night - Field House - 7 p.m.
16        Booster Meeting/Fall Awards - Library - 7 p.m.
18        Heart Hop Dance - Biester Gym - 8 p.m.
20        NO SCHOOL- President's Day
            President's Day of Service - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
23        Life Source Blood Drive - Biester Gym - 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
            Winter Band Concert -Auditorium-7:30 p.m.
25        Father Daughter Dance - Biester Gym - 7:30 p.m.
27        PLC Early Dismissal at 1:52 p.m.
28        Floral Symphony - Glenbard South - 7 p.m.
3          NO SCHOOL - Teacher Institute
            Spellapalooza - Auditorium - 5 p.m.
6          PLC Early Dismissal at 1:52 p.m.
7          Band Solo Concert - 6 p.m.
10        Variety Show - Auditorium - 7:30 p.m.
12        Senior Showcase - The Abbington - 1 p.m.
13        PLC Early Dismissal at 1:52 p.m.
14        West Nation - Rm. 428 - 5 p.m.
            Winter Choral & Orchestra Concert - Glenbard South - 7:30 p.m.
15        Student vs. Faculty Basketball Game - 5 p.m.
16        Booster Meeting - Library - 7:30 p.m.
20        PLC     Early Dismissal at 1:52 p.m.
21        Orchestra Solo Concert - Auditorium - 7 p.m.
            District 87 Band Festival - Glenbard East - 7:30 p.m.
22        World Language Induction Ceremony - Auditorium - 7 p.m.
25        NO SCHOOL - Spring Break thru April 2
3          Classes resume
            PLC Early Dismissal at 1:52 p.m.
5          AMP Meeting - Choir Room - 7 p.m.
6          Choral Solo & Ensemble Night - TBD - 6 p.m.
10        PLC Early Dismissal at 1:52 p.m.
            Cabaret Nite - Cafeteria - 7 p.m.
11        West Nation - Rm. 428 - 5 p.m.
14        NO SCHOOL - Non-attendance day
17        PLC Early Dismissal at 1:52 p.m.
            NHS Induction - Auditorium - 8 p.m.
20        Art Show - 3rd floor hallway - 6:30 p.m.
Booster Meeting - Library - 7:30 p.m.
22        Prom - The Meadows Club, Rolling Meadows - 6 to 11 p.m.
            Post Prom - Ackermann - 11:30 p.m. to 3 a.m.
24        PLC Early Dismissal at 1:52 p.m.
27        Spring Play Radium Girls - Auditorium - 7:30 p.m.
28        8th Grade Dance - Cafeteria - 4 to 7 p.m.
            Spring Play Radium Girls - 7:30 p.m.
29        Spring Play Radium Girls - 7:30 p.m.

May 3              Student Recognition Convo - Auditorium - 7:30 p.m.
May 17            Senior Honors Convo - Auditorium - 7:30 p.m.
May 29            NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
May 31            Mandatory Commencement Practice - Field House - 11:30 a.m.
June 2              Commencement - Duchon Field - 6 p.m. 
Spring Break Office Hours
During Spring Break, the Main Office will be open March 27-31 from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Robert Crown Center for Health presents:  Raising Healthy Teens in the Digital
Age/Drug  Abuse Prevention
Marquardt Administration Center, Glendale Heights at 7 p.m.
West Nation Parent to Parent Community Conversation at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, February 16, 2017
Robert Crown Center for Health presents:  Raising Healthy Teens in the Digital
Age/Sex Education
Marquardt Administration Center, Glendale Heights at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Drew Dudley - Live Life Well Week Speaker 
Everyday Leadership: Celebrating the Actions that Improve Other's Lives                                 
College of DuPage MAC Center at 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 2, 2017
Carol Ann Tomlinson PhD
Balanced Parenting for Successful, Independent & Responsible Youth Who Thrive
Glenbard West at  7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Tough Teen Topics: Anxiety, Parties and Depression-Distinguished Panel
Glenbard South at  7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017  
An Evening with Andrew Solomon: Debilitating Differences and Loving No Matter What
College of DuPage MAC Center at 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 27,  2017
Susan Engel PhD
The Hungry Mind: Fostering Curiosity and Engagement for Lifelong Success
Glenbard East at  7 p.m.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Film Screening  Screenagers & discussion with the movie's author Delaney Ruston MD
Glenbard North at  7 p.m.
Thursday, May 4, 2017 
Marquardt Admin. Center at noon

FUSE: Families United for Students Excellence/African American 
Parent Committee
Saturday, March 18, 2017 
Secrets to High School Victory
Glenbard South Library from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Saturday, Feb 4, 2017
Dr. Lourdes Ferrer
SAT Math Review -Student Event
Glenbard East from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 
A Survival Guide to Parenting Boys with Mariana Proske
Navigating Educational and Other Challenges for Immigrant
Students and Their Families with Julian Lazalde
Glenbard East at 7 p.m.