End of the Year 
Principal's Newsletter
"Exit With Pride"

Dr. Peter Monaghan,

Greetings Glenbard West Community -
This newsletter is filled with important information regarding the end of the year finals as well as our back-to-school days for the 2017-2018 school year.  Also included are student recognitions in academic achievement, athletics and activities.  All of us are very proud of the many accomplishments of our young people here at Glenbard West.  It is hard for me to believe that this school year is coming to an end. 
The second week of May is teacher appreciation week.  I feel so lucky to work in a school with so many unbelievable teachers who work hard every day for the benefit of our students.  Glenbard West has accomplished some amazing things this year with our teachers.  We rely on them to help us maintain the spirit of high achievement along with a culture of support and inclusion.  Here is a list of just some of the accolades that we should celebrate.

  • U.S.News and World Report lists Glenbard West as the 13th best High School in Illinois.  8 of the schools ahead of us are Chicago Magnet schools with selective enrollment.
  • Over 60 percent of our students take at least one AP class by the end of high school.
  • 186 freshmen will be honored at this year's underclassmen honors convocation.
  • Teachers at West are continually honing their craft and innovating in the classroom.
  • Local Scholarships will give out over $100,000 to our seniors for college support.
  • Counselors, Nurse and our related services staff (all licensed professionals) provide continual support and guidance for all students.
  • Students at West pursue their interests in the visual and performing arts.  At Glenbard West we celbrate those expressions.
  • Over 120 seniors will march at graduation with gold stoles, denoting a 5.0 higher GPA.
  • Students at West are recognized for achievements in academics, character and athletics.
  • 94% of Glenbard West students go on to a post-secondary experience.
When students talk to me about their experiences at West, so many of them are able to reflect on the positive impact of our teachers.  When our seniors go off to pursue amazing experiences beyond high school, they recognize how our teachers made that possible.  Teachers actually help to shape not only the future of individual students, but also the future of our world.  I congratulate all of the Glenbard West teachers, who share a sense of purpose and are committed to excellence when it comes to serving our students.  Go West!

Dr. Peter Monaghan
Glenbard West Principal



7:35 - 9:00
Day 1
Period 5
Period 3
Period 7
Day 2
Period 6
Period 2
Period 8
Day 3
Period 4
Period 1
Makeup Exam & Zero Hour PE
Resource Period
*All Physical Education and Driver Education classes WILL MEET ON EXAM DAYS.
**In the event of emergency day use, this schedule is subject to change.
*There will be regular morning bus service on all exam days.

Regular Bus
Depart West
Directions Bus
Depart TCD
Activity Bus
Depart West
Athletic Bus
Depart West
Day 1 - Wed. 5/31/17
Day 2 - Thurs. 6/1/17
Day 3 - Fri. 6/2/17
TECHNOLOGY CENTER OF DUPAGE - The last day of student attendance for 2nd semester at TCD will be Tuesday, May 25, 2017. Students are to report to study hall unless parent calls to excuse them.
EXAM MAKE-UP - Students who have an excused absence from an exam may make arrangements with their teacher to make up the exam during the Exam Make-up Session.  Students may also arrange with teachers to make up exams during Resource Periods.  
RESCHEDULED EXAMS - Students who have three exams on Day 1 or Day 2, may elect to change or move one of their exams to the Rescheduled/Makeup time slot on Day 3.  All exam reschedules must be completed 1 week before the exam.  Students can pick up the reschedule form in the Dean's office. Complete forms must be turned in by Wednesday, May 24th.

QUIET STUDY AREAS - Supervised quiet study areas will be available for students who wish to study during their free period.  There are to be no students in the halls without a pass during the exam periods. All students are to remain in their classes for the entire period.
CAFETERIA SERVICE - The Bridge in the cafeteria will be open for breakfast in the morning and for snacks during passing periods, all three days of Final Exams.

National Merit Finalists
Hailey E. Ardell
Emma Elizabeth Erickson
Will Farley
Jacob R. Kelleher
Amrita Rajesh
ACT-SO Competition 
Jaylen Timms - Gold Medal in Biology 


2017 Sixth Congressional District Excellence Award 
Will Farley
Livingston Human Relations Award 
Alexi Comella
Jack Hennessey
Jacob Kelleher
Arriane Love
Olivia Mullenax
Annie Pasterz
Madison Ratkowski
Abigail Simon
Melina Thurmond
Claire Wild

Rotary Significant Achievement Award 
Carolyn Ford
Lisette Gonzalez-Flores
Rachel Hoder
Stephanie Perez
Amrita Rajesh
Quinn Spiech
Forensics Team - State Tournament
Team Placed 4th
Head Coach - Kim Gwizdala
Bijoy Shah - 1st Place in Special Occasion Speaking
Emily Gibson - 1st Place in Original Oratory
and 4th in Informative Speaking
Emma Pauer - 3rd Place in Prose Reading
Emma Pauer and Owen Crawford - 4th Place Dramatic Duet Acting
Kris Feliciano - State Qualifier in Impromptu Speaking
Erin Hernandez - State Qualifier in Poetry Reading
Performance in the Round - 2nd Place
Head Coach- Kim Gwizdala
Elizabeth Bassett
Ani Boghossian
Chloe Karp
Anthony Lanzillo
Grace Larrabee
Kate McGrath
Carson Melinder
Audrey Pauer
Claire Siebert
Abbey Simon
Girls' Gymnastics
Carlos Fuentes - Head Coach
Maddie Diab
1st Uneven Parallel Bars
2nd Place Vault
3rd Place All-Around
8th Place on Balance Beam
Wrestling State Tournament
Nick Posegay - Head Coach
Charlie Faber - 6th Place at 120 pounds
Perfect ACT Score of 36
Ella Crowley
James McHargue
Eagle Scout
Ryan Bodzioch
Math Team State Qualifiers
Neil Eckman - Head Coach
Aryan Kamath - 1st in Orals
Ben Kelleher - 5th in Geometry
Frankie Sheehy - 1st in Algebra
Andy Swiston - 1st in Pre-Calculus and 1st in Orals
Chess Team State Qualifiers
Scott Liechty - Head Coach
Alex Bishka
Thomas Centeno
Tyler Eiseman
Daniel Mata
Jack Meinhart
Michael Mendez
Frankie Sheehy
Jake Strauch
Andrew Swiston
Dansen Wang
Zack Wang

57th  Annual Student Art Show Awards
First Place
Ayah Assaf, Umar Azfar, Eileen Billings, Molly Brannon, Cali Knudsen, 
Ali Koch, 
Bryn Lilly, Vanessa Lipnica, Sean Maloney, and Tiffanie Ratajczyk,
Second Place
Legnaliz Alequin, Jack Alving, Ayah Assaf, Eileen Billings, Courtney Cosby,
Jessica Crane, Kelley Hall, Mia Huss, Jacob Johanson, Cameron Kruse, Loren McHale,
Elle Menzel, Liam Norton, Jennifer Orozco, Emma Orr, Maggie Rohrer, Avery Scott,
Neelofar Syed and Morgan Vergo,
Honorable Mention
Maura Doyle, Miles Evans, Desiree Gawle, Tu Ha, Olivia Jankiewicz,
Lindsay Lifka, Laryssa Perun, Maggie Rohrer, Eleny Serna, Elinore Tolman

Grand Prize Student Choice Award
Eileen Billings
District Purchase Award
Sean Maloney

2017 Illinois HOSA State Leadership Conference 
2nd Place EMT
HOSA is a leadership organization for students preparing for a career in
health science and technology.  They are enrolled at TCD in Science/EMT program.
They will advance to the National competition in June at Disney World

Jordan McDonnell and Angela Flammini 

Matter of Pride
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.

Pictured: Kevin Vega, Davis Dikker, Meg Farley, Cailyn Skoda, Avery Williamson, Lydia Nesslar, Kimberly Vela, Saiyyeda Amen, Fallon Burns and Max Asselmeier 

Pictured: Jayden Rodgers, Christian Stout, Sierra Shields, Jerico Malunay, Will Novak, Ellie Sear, Nicholas Flores, Haley Walker and Adrian Ortiz

Back Row: Lazerick Smith, Marcus Allen, Luis Almaraz, Tyson Harris, Ryan Ransford and Steve Nguyen    
Front Row: Kayla Clemente, Grace Mackey, Madeline Short and Julia Skarzynska 

Departmental Awards - 3 rd  Quarter
Each quarter teachers across the various departments choose
the one student who best exemplifies excellence within their
department. We congratulate the recipients and thank the
families and teachers who have helped them along the way.

Back Row:  Avery Williamson, Barbara Flores, Ellen Maloney, Allison BalAbigail McGee, Ryan Swartz, Carlo Manfredini.   
Front Row : Maxwell Asselmeier, Mia Navarro, Bryn Lilly, Shannon Nibbio and Clara Haeffner  (Not pictured: Bennett Fate and Juan Quinto)

Seal of Biliteracy
The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a school district in recognition
of students who have studied and attained a high proficiency in two  or more 
languages, with one of those languages being English, by high school  graduation. 
The Seal of Biliteracy is noted on the high school transcript and  takes the form of a 
gold  sticker provided with the diploma of a graduating senior.  The seal serves as a 
statement  of accomplishment for future employers  as well as college admission.
The following students earned the seal for Spanish and English.

Alejandro Acosta, Hailey Ardell, Maxwell Asselmeier, Soraya Batty, Saumil Bhimani, Maria Castro, Jessica Crane, Paige Dickson, Sarah Doyle, John Dugan, Claire Ficarella, Anaid Flores, Carolyn Ford, John Fruit, Fernando Garcia, Andrea Gieseman, Lisette Gonzalez-Flores, Erin Hernandez, Clare Hoerster, Elizabeth Howard, Britta Johnston, Kyle Keane, Jacob Kelleher, Robin Kelly, Miranda Kim, Annamarie Lombardo, Michael Maganini, Carlo Manfredini, Roberto Meraz Vizcarra, Timothy Nielsen, Jennifer Orozco, Stephanie Perez, Fernando Perezchica, Allison Perry, Madison Ratkowski, Michael Rivas, Francesca Sailer, Eleny Serna, Samantha Skirvin, Katherine Snow, Mauro Spadavecchia, Taylor Spencer, Kimberly Vela,
Bryn Wicklas, Claire Wild, Payton Wright, Grace Zemenak and Annie Zhu

SAR Citizenship Award

Michael Setzke 
Principal's Pillar Award

Alexander Truong
Staff Recognition
Gymnastics Coach of the Year 
Carlos Fuentes  
Mr. Fuentes is also a World Language teacher at West.  
Pictured with Maddie Diab.
Educator of the Year
Glen Ellyn Chamber of Commerce - Community Awards
Rick Letmanski - Business teacher

Mr. Letmanski with his class when Dr. Monaghan delivered the good news.  Congratulations Mr. Letmanski! 
Athletic Update
Joe Kain, Assistant Principal for Athletics

Glenbard West Athletics once again has had an amazing year with much of the spring still to follow. Unmatched participation along with continued success contributes to the pride, tradition, and excellence that West is known for. We are proud of our 799 Hilltopper athletes that have been participating at West in athletics this spring. We are so thankful to our District and Board of  Education leadership to recognize the importance of extracurricular activities along with the strong commitment and dedication of our coaching staff to provide an outstanding learning experience for our young adults.
There are many great opportunities to get out and support our spring teams as they prepare for postseason competition. Our Boys' Gymnastics team will host the IHSA Sectional on Thursday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. in Biester Gymnasium. We will also be hosting the WSC Silver Division Girls' Track Meet on Saturday, May 6 at 9:00 a.m. at Duchon Field. We look forward to hosting IHSA Regional Boys Volleyball the week of May 22nd.
In the spring, many teams will experience changes in their practice and game schedule due to weather. We encourage everyone to stay up to date with all changes on our athletic website at http://il.8to18.com/glenbardwest for the most recent updates and game schedules. There is also an App that can be downloaded titled "My 8to18" that can notify you of real-time changes.
Summer is right around the corner and there are many great opportunities to get involved with over 75 Glenbard West athletic camps through the Glen Ellyn Park District. The complete list of camps can be found on our website along with the Glen Ellyn Park District website at www.gepark.org. There is truly something for everyone and we encourage everyone to get involved here at Glenbard West.
Please note that fall sports will begin for football on Monday, August 7, 2017. All other fall sports include boys and girls cross country, boys and girls golf, boys soccer, girls volleyball, girls tennis, and girls field hockey begin on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. In order to participate, registration must be completed on the parent portal for PowerSchool which includes the Athletic Code agreement and concussion awareness agreement. In addition, a current physical must be turned into the Athletic Office prior to practicing. The Glenbard West Athletic Handbook can be found on the Athletic website as well. GO WEST! 


News from Student Services

On May 16th, the school social workers (Jessica Walters and Bridget Mazzone), along with
Alby Zander (health teacher) will be speaking to our senior class focusing on the social
emotional learning competencies introduced in the February Principal's Newletter.

The core competencies are:
       Social Awareness
       Relationship Skills
       Responsible Decision Making 

During the presentation we will focus on the core competencies of relationship skills and responsible decision making as they embark on their next chapter of post-secondary 
endeavors. Our goal is to promote healthy communication strategies in order to create and maintain positive relationships. These strategies include assertiveness, self-advocacy, and identifying intrapersonal supports. Additionally, we will encourage students to keep their 
morals and future goals in mind, as they are faced with independent decision-making.  The mission of this presentation is to equip them with strategies for not only academic, but life 
long success.   
Tips from Student Services as we enter the summer months:
During unstructured times, such as the summer break, it is important to help our students navigate the competencies of self-management and responsible decision-making. As we 
know, idle time can elicit boredom which may lead to unhealthy choices. According to 
research from Psychology in the Schools, students benefits from structured activities which generate higher levels of self-esteem, satisfaction, engagement in life activities, social competence, and overall improved mental health. Encourage your student to stay in stride, 
take care of themselves, and stay productive.

Ideas for students:
       Obtain a summer job
       Go to a camp link
       Have fun outside
       Volunteer in the community link
        Enroll in a Bridge summer school class, etc. link


Dr. David Larson, Superintendent
Summer school, community read valuable to all
As the end of the regular school year draws near, I encourage you to check out our summer program offerings and enroll your teen in summer school at sr.glenbard.org.
Summer school is a valuable resource for students who want to:
  • Make room in their schedule 
  • Explore an area of interest in a noncredit class 
  • Take a Bridge class to build skills before taking a more rigorous class 
  • Re-take a course
 The variety of credit and Bridge courses includes:

Algebra 2 with Trigonometry
Technology essentials
Intro to Speech  U.S. Government & Politics  
Mandarin 1  U.S. History 
World History 
Whether students take an enrichment course, credit class or Bridge class, it's important that they continue learning and practicing what they learn during the summer to avoid the "summer slide," which happens when students take a break from learning and forget skills they learned during the regular school year.
With a commitment to continuous learning, we can help students maintain their skills and build upon them during summer. Review the available courses with your teen and sign up today at sr.glenbard.org.
Glenbard Parent Series Community Read
This summer, please participate in the Glenbard Parent Series Community Read by reading "Enrique's Journey," by Sonia Nazario.
This national bestseller is the story of a Honduran boy's search for his mother in the U.S., the struggle of a family to unite and their fight to heal deep wounds. In the book, Nazario asks questions about the economic, social and human factors in the debate about America's newcomers.
We are so fortunate to have the nationally recognized Glenbard Parent Series, which brings bestselling authors to our community to discuss topics important to our parents and students. There is great value in coming together to discuss issues facing young people. Please read "Enrique's Journey" and save the date to hear Nazario speak at Glenbard East on Aug. 23.  Learn more about GPS at glenbardgps.org.

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

Monday, August 7 and Tuesday, August 8

Textbooks, workbooks and novels will be distributed as part of the book rental program.  Required supplies, physical education uniforms and locks will be available for purchase.  Payment may be made by cash, check or Visa/MasterCard during Back-To-School Week.  In addition, students receive class schedules, student lockers and busing information.  Yearbook and ID photos are taken at this time; dress code applies.   THIS IS YOUR ONLY OPPORTUNITY TO GET YOUR SUPPLIES AND OFFICIAL SCHEDULE.  THE NEXT OPPORTUNITY WILL BE THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16TH.
*The current book list will be available on the District website after (TBD).  The website is 
The dates and times are as follows:

Monday, August 7
8:30-9:00AM    ---    A-C
9:00-9:30AM    ---    D-H
9:30-10:00AM    ---    I-M
10:15-10:45AM    ---    N-P
10:45-11:15AM    ---    Q-S
11:15AM-12:00PM    ---    T-Z
Monday, August 7
1:30-2:00PM    ---    A-C
2:00-2:30PM    ---    D-H
2:30-3:00PM    ---    I-M
3:15-3:45PM    ---    N-P
3:45-4:15PM    ---    Q-S
4:15-5:00PM     ---    T-Z
Tuesday, August 8
& iPad Training
8:30-9:15AM    ---    A-C
9:15-10:00AM    ---    D-H
10:00-10:45AM    ---    I-M
10:45-11:30AM    ---    N-P
11:30AM-12:15PM    ---    Q-S
12:15-1:00PM     ---    T-Z
Tuesday, August 8
2:30-3:00PM    ---    A-C
3:00-3:30PM    ---    D-H
3:30-4:00PM    ---    I-M
4:00-4:30PM    ---    N-P
4:30-5:00PM    ---    Q-S
5:00-6:00PM     ---    T-Z

Wednesday, August 9 - Freshman Orientation
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. (Gates open at 4:30 p.m.) 

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