Dr. Peter Monaghan, Principal
Greetings, Hilltoppers -
I wanted to officially welcome all of you to the 2017-2018 school year.  This is an exciting time for students and staff as it represents a new school year, with countless opportunities linked to potential achievements.  Our teachers and support staff have been working hard to create a smooth start to the year and today was proof of that.  As students arrived excited and prepared for the new year, the building and campus was ready for them.  In my view, our school has never looked better.  
Supporting a high school student can seem like a full-time job all by itself.  Parents today have so many responsibilities and keeping track of everything can be a daunting task.  My suggestion to parents and students is to periodically check the Glenbard West web page and calendar to make sure that you have important dates and events highlighted.  This year we started a bit early so that we could adjust the school calendar and allow for first semester finals to be completed prior to Winter break.  As a result, other dates may have been shifted forward.  For example, Glenbard West Open House will take place on August 31st this year.  We have information about that night in this newsletter.  Also, I recommend that if you have a twitter account, you follow us @GWHilltoppers.  Additionally, we will be sending out newsletters and occasionally sharing notification through our "Bright Arrow" communication system.  
Staff, Students and the Glenbard West Community should all be proud of our high school.  All of us share the values of high expectations, collaboration and mutual respect.  These values manifest themselves in the classroom, within the hallways and on the practice field.  Our students understand the importance of the Glenbard West culture and they help to reinforce these values for each other.  Additionally, we count on the parents and guardians of our students to get involved as well.  If you have not done so already, consider getting involved with one of our parent volunteer groups.  Names and links are provided below:  
Friends of Forensics
I could not be more thrilled to be principal of such an amazing high school.  Like so many here, I am energized by our young people and eager to see them succeed.  Please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the administrative team with questions or comments.  In the meantime, Go West!

Dr. Peter Monaghan


HEAD COACH-Christine Giunta-Mayer
ASSIST. COACHES-Alex Hurlburt, Christina Schock, Dan Scott
TEAM CAPTAINS-Sean Farmer, Robbie Murphy, Zac Norvid,
Matthew Scruggs, Johnny Winkler
J.T. Ardell, Jack Cranny, Ryan Diver, Paul Kaske, Cam Lilly, Jay Ludington, Ethan Marchetti, Stone Metz, Alec Pierce, Jackson Roach, Anthony Schlesser, Kevin Tarczon, Grant Tecson


Chloe Arduino, Amber Bode, Aaliyah Collier, Chloe Connolly, Sophie Cvengros, 
MaryBeth Feeley, Emma Hanson, Katelynne Hart, Katie Hohe, Huda Hussaini, 
Claire Kenwood, Ahalya Lettenberger, Janie Nabholz, Lindsey Payne, 
Ashley Samuta, Maddie Schrauth,  Marika Tammaru
HEAD COACH: Kelly Hass
ASST. COACHES: Paul Hass, Daniel Kim, Nicholas Posegay, Mark Staron


Alexander Demeris, Michael Formento, Matthew Ideler, Timmy Le,  
Frankie Pham, Aiden Rudolph, Shea Rudolph
Head Coach:  Frank Novakowski
Asst. Chris Jordan, Alex Pajor, Bob Pole, Michael Brackmann

Congratulations to the following Glenbard West students who earned top honors in the
Illinois Journalism Education Association competition for divisions 5 & 6:
1st place: Best video story-Robbie Murphy, Grant Tecson, Asher Riley  
1st place: Best website-Max Asselmeier and Hailey Ardell 
2nd place: Best review-Hailey Ardell 
2nd place: Best use of social media-Hailey Ardell, Max Asselmeier, Paige Lane
      2nd place: Best feature story-Aliyah Mohiuddin 
3rd place: Best feature story-Emma Blackwell 
Honorable Mention: Best serious commentary-Nicole Clapp 
Honorable Mention: Best alternative storytelling-Julia Lane, Samantha Bower 

Congratulations to Glenbard West student Caleb Hadley on earning the rank of Eagle Scout. For his Eagle Scout project, Caleb coordinated a team of 10 volunteers who built three compost bins at Madison Elementary School.

Honorable Mention: Timothy Nielsen and Annie Zhu

Congratulations to the following students who competed at the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) state finals: Glenbard West students Andy Swiston and Aryan Kamath placed 6th in the state in the orals contest. Glenbard West mathletes Ben Kelleher, Zayd Saeed, Frankie Sheehy and Jackson Detterbeck also competed at the state finals.

Congratulations to four Glenbard West students who were chosen for the cast & crew of the Illinois State Theatre Festival All-State Production of "Big Fish." Brennan Dougherty, Katie Laird and Robbie Matthew were chosen for the cast, and Avery Williamson was chosen to be part of the four-member lighting crew. 


Joshua Lambert and Jaylen Timms

Glenbard East student Joshua Lambert was among students from the DuPage County ACT-SO program who led the nation in medals awarded in STEM categories at the 39th Annual National NAACP ACT-SO Awards Ceremony.  Lambert earned a bronze in engineering for his project Improving the Mobility of the Visually Impaired with Technology.  He was mentored by a scientist with Argonne National Laboratory.

Also, Glenbard West student Jaylen Timms presented his research - Investigating the Susceptibility of Canola to Sclerotinia - at Nationals. Timms also was mentored by an Argonne scientist.

Last February, in the Principal's Newsletter, we introduced the five social emotional learning (SEL) competencies of which Glenbard West is charged with incorporating into the curriculum by the Illinois State Board of Education. As a refresher, the competencies are highlighted in the picture below.   

Tips from Student Services as we begin the 2017-2018 school year:
As we begin another busy school year filled with homework, extracurricular activities, athletic events, as well as social and family obligations, it is important to remind our students to take time to best manage themselves physically, mentally, socially, spiritually, etc. The social emotional core competencies of self-awareness and self-management embody the practice of being cognizant of one's own stressors as well as being mindful on how to cope and address situations as they arise. These are also a proactive ways in which students can be most successful.

The skills of accurately recognizing one's own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior.
The ability to successfully regulate one's emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. Self-management also includes effectively managing stress, controlling impulses, and motivating oneself.
Tips to start the year off in stride:
  • Notice stressors as they arise
  • Get enough rest
  • Eat well
  • Surround yourself with positive people
  • Take time for yourself
  • Reflect on academic and personal strengths
  • Start and stay organized!
    • Use a planner (electronic or paper)
    • Set reminders for homework and events
  • Set goals for academics and personal success           
  • Create checklists
  • Set boundaries
  • Practice self-discipline

Glenbard West School Counseling Department Earns National Award
Glenbard West was recently certified as a Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) school by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).

This designation recognizes schools that ensure school counseling departments meet the needs of all students through data collection and analysis, goal setting and measuring, and evaluation and improvement of all that school counselors provide to students.

During a ceremony at ASCA's annual conference this month, Glenbard West was honored for making an exemplary commitment to our comprehensive school counseling program.

Pictured: Jeremiah Wiencek, School Counseling Department Chair and Natalie Rubino, School Counselor


It's College Application Season!
West's School Counselors are here to guide your Seniors and you throughout each step.  The first step in the process is for all seniors and their parents to complete the "Senior Profile" and "Parent Input Form" respectively on Naviance under the "About Me" tab.  This will help support seniors' letters of recommendation.  There was a letter sent home this summer to prompt this process that you can refer to, or always feel free to reach out to your child's counselor.  The second step will be counselors meeting with all of the seniors on our caseloads during a special "Senior Convo" on September 6 to discuss the process for requesting both transcripts and letters of recommendation through Naviance.  If you'd like to learn this information in advance, there will be a presentation by the School Counseling department on August 31 prior to Back to School Night in the West Library.  After the Senior Convo, counselors will be meeting with all seniors in small groups and individually as needed, culminating in the major November 1 deadline.  Stay tuned to your child's Naviance main page after logging in for more detailed information.
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Sharon Ruff, Stacy Scumaci and Mike Souza
Welcome back Glenbard West Community. It is our goal to continue to ensure the safety of all while creating a healthy and positive learning environment. Glenbard West places extreme importance on instructional time and regular school attendance requires a cooperative effort by parent/guardian and school personnel. A parent must call the attendance office to report an absence. This call should be made before 10:30 am, however; calls can be made at any time to an answering machine at (630) 942-7480.

In addition, Glenbard West's dress code is outlined in the Castle Keys. The dress code is designed to eliminate distractions and focus on academics within the school setting. Prohibited items include halter-tops, spaghetti straps, and short skirts/shorts, shirts that reveal midriffs and advertisement for drugs and alcohol. Hats are also prohibited in the building. A student may be escorted to the Dean's office to change their apparel.

We look forward to an exciting year as our students continue to strive for excellence!

Dr. David Larson, Superintendent
Superintendent: parents' support key to student success
As a new school year gets under way, there are a variety of ways parents and guardians can support and guide students. Research shows that when parents and guardians are actively involved in students' education, students have:
  • Higher grades and graduation rates
  • Better attendance
  • Increased motivation, better self-esteem
  • Lower rates of suspension
  • Decreased use of drugs and alcohol
Let's look at a few ways to support students:
Provide support at home 
  • Help your teen get organized
  • Share time management tips
  • Encourage good study habits
  • Discuss assignments
  • Be interested
  • Offer praise for hard work
  • Watch for frustration
  • Establish a regular time for homework
  • Choose a place to do homework and remove distractions
  • Monitor time spent on social media, watching TV and playing video games
Take advantage of supports at school
  • Academic Resource
    • Students who have study halls are able to access Academic Resource Assistance within each teacher's department. When students struggle in a subject area, they may be assigned to an academic resource during their study hall.
  • Adult Mentor Program
    • Glenbard West faculty and staff have developed a voluntary adult mentoring program for freshmen and sophomores who struggle with high school. Mentors are charismatic adults who check in with students periodically to assist them with school work and participation in extracurricular activities.
  • Lunch Intervention
    • During lunch periods, Glenbard West provides academic support to students who are struggling in class. Students may be assigned to or voluntarily visit the multidisciplinary intervention room during their lunch periods.
  • S.T.R.I.V.E.
    • Success Through Reaching Individual Expectations is an after-school program designed to provide a structured environment where students can complete assignments, write papers, study for tests, and receive academic support as needed.
Social and emotional support
Self-advocacy, learning mindsets and study habits all play key roles in students' social and emotional health. They also are success skills for life.
As students develop self-advocacy skills, they also develop:
  • Ability to set and work toward goals
  • Responsible decision making
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Persistence
  • Self-confidence
  • Relationship skills
We emphasize a growth mindset with students. As they develop their skills and interests, we challenge them to stretch themselves by taking more rigorous classes and participating in clubs, sports and activities. As they do, it is important for teachers, parents, guardians, coaches and other significant adults to praise students for their effort and remind them that hard work matters, both in school and later in life.
We are partners with you on your teen's educational journey. By providing support at home, tapping into supports at school and ensuring social and emotional support, we set up students for academic success. Best wishes for a great year!

Dr. Rebecca Sulaver, Asst. Principal for Instruction
Thursday, August 31, 2017
The staff and students of Glenbard West High School cordially invite you to join us for our annual Open House on Thursday, August 31st. We will begin promptly in the auditorium at 6:00 p.m. From 6:30 to 8:25, you will have the opportunity to follow your student's class schedule. Classes will be ten-minute sessions so that teachers can speak with you and other parents in your group about the specific classes your students are taking this fall. Get ready, as well, to hear about the countless ways in which subjects very familiar to those of us who graduated a few years ago are taking on some new and exciting dimensions. We know that you will have questions about these courses, and we encourage you to ask them. We ask, however, that you arrange for an individual conference with a teacher if you wish to discuss the individual progress of your students. During your student's lunch period or study hall, please stop by the MURC for a presentation on Digital Citizenship or visit the Elliot Library to hear about resources for your student. Should our six-story building get you a bit turned around during the evening, student guides will be in our halls to distribute maps and to direct you to classrooms. Please don't hesitate to take advantage of their assistance. We always look forward to this evening, for we have found that it is an excellent way for our parents to get a true feel for the academic program their students are pursuing and to meet those people most responsible for making it come alive for these young ladies and gentlemen.
Make sure to bring a copy of your student's schedule with you to Open House.  Here is the schedule you will follow:
Period 1   (6:30 - 6:40) 
Period 2  (6:45 - 6:55)
Period 3  (7:00 - 7:10)
Period 4 (7:15 - 7:25)
Period 5 (7:30 - 7:40)
Period 6 (7:45 - 7:55)
Period 7 (8:00 - 8:10)
Period 8 (8:15-8:25)
Zero Hour (8:30-8:40)  

Meeting for parents of seniors (with counselors) begins at 5:00 p.m. in the Library. 
Meeting for parents of juniors (with counselors) begins at 5:00 p.m. in the Auditorium. 
Meeting for parent of sophomores & freshmen (with counselors) begins at 5:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria.

*Drivers Ed will be in Room 428
*P.E. will be in the Cafeteria

Student Early Dismissal Schedule
Friday, September 1, 2017
Zero Hour
6:45am - 7:20am
Period 1
7:35am - 8:08am
Period 2
8:13am - 8:47am
Period 3
8:52am - 9:25am
Period 4
9:30am - 10:03am **
Period 5
10:08am - 10:41am **
Period 6
10:46am - 11:19am **
Period 7
11:24am - 11:57am **
Period 8
12:02pm - 12:35pm
** Lunch period for students and staff

State Testing
The Illinois State Board of Education changed its monitoring tool for high school testing to the SAT test in 2017, from the previously used ACT test.  In preparation for this test, all Glenbard sophomores and juniors will take the PSAT test on October 11, not only to become more familiar with the test but also it allows students in the class of 2019 to qualify for national scholarships.  Freshman will be taking the PSAT 8/9  test on the same date. Experience is one way students can become better prepared for the SAT college entrance exam they will take in April of their junior year. Another way students can prepare for this high stakes test is through taking a Kaplan or Excel Edge test preparation class, which are hosted at Glenbard West.  Students may sign up for these classes at exceledgeinc.com or
A final and free way students can prepare for the PSAT or SAT test is through FREE individualized test preparation at the Khan Academy website (www.khanacademy.org/test-prep).     Junior students will learn about this free offering at school.    Parents and students can learn more about this free resource by watching a video at https://goo.gl/BjYDZg.
More information about the PSAT test and the SAT test can be found at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org.
Ms. Linda Oberg, Asst. Principal for Operations

Last year, we made substantial improvements to our building by adding air-conditioning throughout and completing a beautiful new addition.   One of our goals in building the new wing was to move Driver Education classes out of the district office and back into the main building.  As a result, students will no longer have to walk to the district office for classes.
This summer, we replaced the roof over one wing of the main building, replaced the floors in four classrooms, and repainted the Cafeteria as  well as numerous classrooms and offices.   We replaced the floor in the boys PE locker room shower and added a new locker room in Biester for students and athletes.
Due to the generosity of Glenbard West Boosters, we created a new Writing Center adjacent to the English office. GBW Boosters and GBW Association of Music Parents provided funds to replace much of the sound system in the Auditorium. A private donor and an Eagle Scout provided funds and labor to enhance the landscaping around campus. Lastly, we were able to use the remaining donated Memorial Field funds to put in safe permanent bleachers along the north side of Memorial Field.
Thank you for your support over the years in helping to make Glenbard West a beautiful and safe learning environment for our students.
Linda Oberg
Assistant Principal for Operations
Go Glenbard West Hilltoppers!

Name: Department:
Alicia Khedari English
Allison Filipiak Special Education
Amanda Minogue Social Work Intern
Deandra Bass Student Services
Diane Robinson English
Emily Trowbridge World Language
John Sigmund   Special Education
Kelly Egan-Pater Special Education
Michael Souza  Dean of Students 
Rachel Nolan Math
Rachel Urista Math
Rob Sanders Social Studies
Sarah Gurney
Psychologist Intern 
Sydney Morse  Science
Tracy Dohrer World Language

First Day of School 
Circle Drive Dance 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. (Circle Drive) 
PLC Early Dismissal at 1:52 p.m. 
Freshman Orientation 1:52 p.m. 
PLC Early Dismissal at 1:52 p.m.
Music Parent Night 7:30 p.m. (Auditorium)
Open House 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. (Starts in the Auditorium)
   **Counselor Sessions start at 5:00 p.m. 

Student Early Dismissal at 12:35 p.m. 
Driver Ed Parent Clinic 7:00 p.m. (Library)
AMP Meeting 7:00 p.m. (Choir Rm) 
ACT National Test  7:00 a.m. 
PLC Early Dismissal at 1:52 p.m.
Freshman Orientation 1:52 p.m.   
14 Theatre Parent Night 7:00 p.m. (Auditorium) 
PLC Early Dismissal at 1:52 p.m.
Freshman Orientation 1:52 p.m.
Booster Meeting/Spring Awards 7:00 p.m. (Library)
Fall Band Concert 7:30 p.m. (Auditorium) 
25  PLC Early Dismissal at 1:52 p.m. 
27  AMP Meeting 7:00 p.m. (Choir Rm) 
10/6/17-10/7/17 HOMECOMING WEEKEND
11/22/17-11/24/17 THANKSGIVING BREAK
12/20/17-12/22/17 1ST SEMESTER FINALS
Teacher Institute Day Monday, January 8th
Classes resume Tuesday, January 9th 
Classes resume Tuesday, April 3rd 
5/23/18-5/25/18 2ND SEMESTER FINALS

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
GPS Community Read Special Event
"Enrique's Journey: The True Story of a Boy Determined to be Reunited With His Mother" by Sonia Nazario  
Glenbard East (Auditorium)  7:00 p.m.  

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
GPS/S panish : Latino Policy Forum
Navigating the American Educational System-Back to School Picnic
Speaker: Julian
Glenbard E
ast (Cafeteria) 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
A Day with D eborah Gilboa, MD-Ask Dr. G

How to Teach Resilience to Young Children
Marquardt Administration Center  9:30 a.m.

Get the Behavior You Want...Without Being the Parent You Hate
Marquardt Administration Center  12:00 p.m.

Health Expo
Glenbard West (Auditorium Foyer) 6:15 p.m.

Start the Year Off Right: Raising Responsible, Resilient and Successful Teens
Glenbard West (Auditorium) 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 16, 2017
FUSE: Families of African American Students United for Students' Excellence
Goals Today/Success Tomorrow and Academic Recognition
Speaker: Tony Cicero
Glenbard North (Cafeteria) 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, September 21, 2017 
Jacy Good: Hang Up and Drive: The Jacy Good Story
Glenbard North (Auditorium) 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 23, 2017 
Conquering the Challenges of College Costs Speaker: Frank Palmasani
Glenbard West (Library) 10:30 a.m.