Principal's Newsletter 

February 2019 

Dr. Peter Monaghan, Principal
Hello Glenbard West Community -
This is an important and expansive newsletter contains not only essential information for parents but also highlights many of the incredible accomplishments of Glenbard West students. It is a reminder that every single day there are exciting things happening at our school.  Like you, I am very grateful to the teachers and staff, coaches and sponsors who facilitate these incredible achievements. 
While February is the shortest month of the year, it just may have the most packed into it.  Just this week, we held a "Valentines for Vets" event after school in our cafeteria.  Hundreds of students joined together with the help of our West Nation parents to write letters of appreciation to those serving overseas in the armed services.  It was a magnificent display of student service and leadership. 
This weekend, many of our students will attend the Saturday Heart Hop Dance and then, on the week starting on February 18th, Glenbard West will celebrate our annual Live Life Well Week.  Be sure to check out the list of events happening throughout this week.  This year, our Live Life Well speaker will be Manny Scott, author of How to REACH Youth Today.  Mr. Scott will also be presenting to parents on February 20th at 7:00 p.m. at Glenbard East.  His message is designed to help parents and their students develop better ways to communicate and collaborate for student success.  He joins us to provide proven practices and principles that engage, equip, and empower parents everywhere to best connect with their teen.  If I had to sum up Live Life Well Week, it would be about ensuring that our students are good citizens of our community who are well balanced and thoughtful of each other.  Thanks to everyone involved in this important annual exercise. 
Finally, I have a special message to all of our incoming freshmen students.  Get ready!  High School is a very exciting time and one of the themes of our 8th Grade Parent Night was preparation.  I strongly encourage all incoming freshman students to sign up for a summer experience here at Glenbard West.  This can be an athletic camp, credited course or Bridge course.  Bridge courses, in particular, are a great way to sharpen one's skills in a course where you might need a little boost.  Glenbard West encourages students to challenge themselves, but that only works if you have a strategy of preparation.  Registration for summer school courses and Bridge courses can be found on our web page HERE.  
Of course, the success of our school would not be possible without the support and commitment of our parents and community members.  Thank you for your involvement and dedication to Glenbard West and our students. 

Best Regards, 

Dr. Peter Monaghan
Glenbard West Principal
Home of the Hilltoppers!

Valentines for Vets - Wednesday, February 6, 2019


Perfect ACT
Colin Lewis
Sofia Iannicelli

Outstanding Leadership and Academic Success
Jacqueline Gutierrez - Leadership
Samra Haseeb - Academic

Congratulations to  Glenbard West student Cailyn Skoda who is part of the state champion culinary team that  took first place at the 18th Illinois Annual ProStart®  Invitational and  will advance to compete in the  National P roStart® Invitational   in Washington, D.C. in May.

The culinary team is enrolled in the Professional Cooking, Baking & Service program at Technology Center of DuPage (TCD).   

Culinary teams developed a multi-course menu, which they then prepared in a timed contest under the eyes of industry judges. 


Tameem Abdallah, Sean Ahern, Sophia Alles, Noor Ansari, Shireen Baig, Colin Baker, Elizabeth Bassett, Katherine Beaudoin, Cade Bennett, Kaitlyn Bjerke, Peter Blatchford, Jacob Blatt, Claire Bletsas, Cooper Board, Amber Bode, Samantha Bower, Tyler Bruhnke, Sarah Burke, Jessica Button, Emilia Carlson, Emily Carlson, Rory Cavan, Catherine Cavanagh, Ryan Clapp, Elizabeth Corona, Nina Crawford, Henry Curtis, Jane Denenberg, Maxwell Dikker, David Dillman, Danato Dimarco, Abigail Dohrer, Jennifer Doran, Brennan Dougherty, Benjamin Dziedzic, Anna Ebl, Grace Enright, Tessa Erickson, Bennett Fate, Sophia Fausey, Irfan Fazdane, Peter Fischer, Connor Foley, Griffin Foster, Lauren Fox, Lily Franz, Alexander Frazer, Benjamin Frick, Rebecca Gathof, Matthew Gertzen, William Gramlich, Diego Guzman, Clara Haeffner, Thomas Halkyard, Kirsten Halverson, Samra Haseeb, Samantha Hedley, Katherine Hoban, Matthew Hoerster, Abigail Hoffman, Katherine Hohe, Benjamin Hoppe, Gisela Hoxha, Elizabeth Hughes, Anna Huibregtse, Alan Hung, Carley Jackman, George Jackson, Cole Jenkins, Maja Jukic, Jake Kaslewicz, Benjamin Kelleher, Alexander Kernagis, Charles Kiker, Kate Kissane, Philip John Knapke, Henry Knez,  Eliza Kochert, Charlotte Kreissler, Jack Krueger, Kathryn Laird, Julia Lane, Amelia Larsen, Matthew Le, Ahalya Lettenberger, Carter Lindstrom, Claire Lohman, Conor McBride, David Messerschmidt, Abdulsami Mohammed, Faizan Mohiuddin, Stephen Moody, Amanda Morris, Ellie Morrison, Madeline Motz, Amanda Muchmore, Emily Muchmore, Katherine Mullins, Megan Murphy, Luke Nemec, Lauren Nibbio, Abigail Oberhofer, William O'Brien, Jack O'Gorman, Grace Oh, Joseph Oliver, William Omfeld, Emma Orr, Eleanor Ostroff, Lauren Pappas, Sarah Pasinski, Margaret Pasterz, Joseph Peraino, Reid Peterson, Caden Phillips, Jack Phillipson, Katherine Pihlstrom, Emma Raczka, Ian Repking, Gage Ridinger, Adeline Riley, Natalie Romano, Joshua Rossy, Logan Ryan, Mitchell Ryba, George Salafatinos, Zoe Sandacz, Sophie Schaffer, Katelyn Schultz, Charles Scott, Madison Sevilla, Eve Shanahan, Katherine Short, Lily Smith, Henry Stachowiak, Alexandra Stolfe, Emma Stupfel, Ryan Swartz, William Swiston, Abubakr Syed, Alexander Szymczak, Stepan Terekhov, Elinore Tolman, Wesley Urick, Diego Villalobos and Susan Whelton.




AM Session Technology Center of DuPage "A" Team
PM Session Technology Center of DuPage "A" Team
Nehemiah Cedillo
Computer Information Systems & Game Design
Adam Dau
Construction Trades
Auriel Hernandez      
MultiMedia & Television Production
Logan O'Connor
Computer Information Systems & Game Design
Mark Paulino
Criminal Justice
Jasmine Perezchica  
Manuel Pilar
Computer Information Systems & Game Design                
Nicholette Adamski
Criminal Justice                                                     
Joseph Anastasi
Automotive Technology
Joshua Austin
Digital Electronics
Savannah Bailey
Daniela Castellanos
Healthcare Foundations
Mark Corral
Automotive Technology
Amy Gawrisch
Emergency Medical Technician
Nadia Khan
Natalya Marines
Traye Park
Welding Technology
Nayeli Perez
Tara Pham
Martin Poblete
Computer Information Systems & Game Design
Aide Quintana
Criminal Justice
Kayla Ramirez
Professional Cooking, Baking & Service
Cailyn Skoda
Professional Cooking, Baking & Service



Glenbard West Summer School Registration Is Now Open

Summer school registration is available  here .

We encourage all students to enroll in a course this summer. Credit courses are available to satisfy graduation requirements and if a course needs to be repeated. Also, our noncredit (bridge) courses help students prepare for a course they plan to take and provide an 
opportunity to explore areas of interest. Bridge courses are free for incoming freshmen.

Review our course offerings and register  here.  Families who need financial assistance may apply for the Summer School Waiver of Student Fee  here .

Summer school meets Mondays through Thursdays on the following dates:

Credit Semester 1: June 10 - July 2
Credit Semester 2: July 8 - 30
All credit classes meet from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Noncredit (bridge) Session 1: June 10 - 25 - Free for incoming freshmen
Noncredit (bridge) Session 2: July 8 - 23 - Free for incoming freshmen
Most bridge classes meet from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

If emergency days are used during the school year, days off are subject to change and 
Friday session(s) may be added.  

Vaping Devices

There has been an increase in contacts with high school students using vape devices containing marijuana oil nationwide.  Marijuana oil, also known as THC oil, generally has a dark yellow or gold color and it sometimes has a distinct odor.  Vape devices vary in size and shape, but common versions look like a pen or a USB drive. 
THC oil is illegal in Illinois.  Vape devices that are used to ingest THC oil are considered drug paraphernalia.  Possession of these prohibited items will not be tolerated and consequences can include Village of Glen Ellyn citations.  These citations require a court appearance where steep fines and court costs can be assessed.  This is in addition to school consequences and athletic code violations. 

Most importantly, there are health issues related to these devices.  The THC content is not well regulated and it is not clear how much is ingested with each use.  According to the Center for Disease Control, marijuana use by young people has been linked to a decline in cognitive ability including, problem-solving, memory, and learning.  It has also been linked to lower academic achievement and a higher drop-out rate.

If you have questions or would like further information you can see me or visit



FEBRUARY 18 - 22

Manny Scott
Author, Speaker, Servant-Leader
Each year Glenbard West celebrates Live Life Well Week by hosting a series of events before, during and after the school day.  Our goal is to raise social awareness, advanced interpersonal skills and develop responsible decision-making skills. Many West clubs work together in planning this week with our Students for Students club leading the way. This year's theme is  It's Not About Being the Best in the World, It's About Being the Best for The World  with each day having a theme:  Make a Difference Monday, Be Someone's Best Hope Tuesday, Know Yourself Wednesday, Take a Time-Out Thursday and Be Your Best Self Friday.

Make a Difference Monday, February 18, kicks off with a district-wide Glenbard Day of Service event from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Ackerman Sports and Fitness Center in Glen Ellyn. All students are invited to spend President's Day making blankets that will be donated to local hospitals for children with cancer. Pizza and blanket making supplies will be provided. Be Someone's Best Hope Tuesday , February 19, students will hear from Manny Scott, an original freedom writer, as he shares his inspiring story of hope.   Know Yourself Wednesday, February 20,  during lunch periods students are invited to take a self-assessment and earn loads of prizes and insight! Resources on how to use strengths and improve areas of growth will be provided.  The community will have the opportunity to hear Mr. Scott present "Even On Your Best Day You Can Be Someone's Best Hope at 7:00 p.m. at Glenbard East High School as part of the Glenbard Parent Series. T ake a Time-Out Thursday,  February 21 , the Health Center is hosting a blood drive in the auditorium.  During lunches, students will relieve stress through art and learn about self-care.   Be Your Best Self Friday , February 22, West Nation will provide a healthy breakfast in the cafeteria. S elf-acceptance will be emphasized using #GWLiveLifeWell2019 activity during lunches. Share what you love about yourself and win prizes! S tudents will also participate in the fitness expo during physical education classes.


Come out and see the Glenbard West Seniors take on the Glenbard West Faculty in a game of Basketball in Biester Gym on Wednesday, March 20th at 6:30 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!


In order to recognize students for academic achievement, Glenbard West students will receive an academic award as follows:

In the past, Glenbard West has pulled grades in the middle of the second semester (or what would have been the end of third quarter).  This year, we will use the final grades for first semester of the current school year.  A student with a first semester GPA of 4.8 or higher qualifies for the Academic Letter or Gold Bar.

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.

In the event of a error or misinterpretation of the transcripts, a parent may petition the principal in writing (email) for an academic Academic Letter or Gold Bar at the conclusion of second semester.

Each Quarter teachers across the various departments at Glenbard West choose the one student who best exemplifies excellence within their discipline.  The Glenbard West community remains strong because of these students.  We congratulate the Departmental Recognition Award Recipients and we thank the families and teachers who have helped them along the way.

Congratulations to the following students for their 2nd Quarter Departmental Award achievement : Nina Bollman, Mark Corral, Emily Heneghan, Sofia Iannicelli, Benjamin Kelleher, Grace Kneifel, Riley Krudop, Cecilia Lun, Luisa Metz, Austin Rejman, Estefany Rueda-Torres, Ali Siddiqui, Mohamed Srour, Connor Sullivan and Denise Zavala.  

Congratulations to all of you on your well-deserved recognition.  

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Mr. Joe Kain, Asst. Principal for Athletics
West Sports Update

Thank you to all who attended our Fall Booster Awards night to recognize the outstanding achievements of our successful student athletes and teams. West recognized over 130 fall athletes for their team and individual accomplishments. Thank you very much to the Glenbard West Booster Club who helps put together this great program.

Many of our winter sports teams are gearing up for postseason play. Please come out and support the following teams in the month of     February as we are proud of all the success taking place.

Girls Gymnastics will look to defend their IHSA State Title.  They recently won the IHSA Regional and the Sectional.  The State Final meet will be on February 15 th and 16 th at Palatine High School.  

Wrestling will travel to Conant High School for the IHSA Sectional  on the weekend of February 9 th and 10 th .   The State Finals will take place February 14 th -16 th in Champaign at the University of Illinois.

Girls Basketball has had a great season so far with a current record of 20-6 and are the WSC Champions.   They will travel to Geneva High School for the Class 4A IHSA Regional Tournament the week of February 12.

Boys Basketball will host Lyons Township Tuesday, February 12th for their Senior Night. The team is currently 17-7 and will host IHSA Regional the last week of February.

Boys Swimming continues to improve in the Conference and will be competing at the WSC and Sectional meets in the next month as they look to build upon a young group.

Our Dance and Cheer teams recently finished their competitive seasons with competing at the IHSA State Finals in Bloomington. 

Spring sports are right around the corner.  We encourage everyone to get involved! Boys and Girls Track have already begun with strong numbers.  The first day of practices for Boys Gymnastics is February 11th, and Badminton, Boys Tennis, Girls Soccer, Girls and Boys Lacrosse, Baseball and Softball all begin on February 25th, with Boys Volleyball starting on March 4th.  Please make sure all physicals are current with the athletic office and registration is completed on PowerSchool.  The mandatory parent/athlete spring meeting will be held on Saturday March 9th at 10:00 a.m. in Biester gym.  


Girls Gymnastics

Dance Team

Boys Basketball

Cheer Team

Girls Basketball

Senior Caps and Gowns
Herff Jones, our cap and gown supplier, came to visit Glenbard West Seniors on January 8th 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 by February 28th.


Fine Arts Courses
The Fine Arts Department offers courses to all Glenbard West students regardless of ability. Entry level courses include drawing, painting, choir, ceramics, photography, choir, guitar, introduction to theatre, and introduction to speech.. The best part - no previous experience necessary for these courses. Please consult with an art or music teacher as well as a school counselor to answer any questions.

West Concerts Coming Up
The Glenbard West Bands will present their Winter Concert on Tuesday, February 12th at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. IBand, Concert Band, and Symphonic Band will perform a wide variety of music to suit young and old alike. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children, and there are many ticket discounts available.

The Glenbard West Choirs and Orchestra will perform their Masterworks Concert on Tuesday, March 5 th at 7:30 p.m. in the Glenbard South Auditorium. This performance will include both groups combining to perform music from Schubert's Mass in G and Mozart's Sancta Maria, mater Dei . Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children, and there are many discounts available as well.

Floral Symphony
Please join us for the 27 th Annual Floral Symphony on Wednesday, February 27th at Glenbard
South from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

For 27 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 Jonathan Walsh at 630.942.7451 for more information.

Think Flowers...Get Your Spring On!

D87 Art Show
Please join all the Glenbard High Schools for the District 87 Art Show on  Monday, March 18 at 4:00 p.m . at Glenbard North. One hundred pieces of artwork from all four Glenbard schools will be on display. A recognition and reception will occur at 6 p.m. for the student artists, friends, and family. The show is part of the District 87 Fine and Performing Arts Month...a culmination of student participation in the arts in Glenbard Township 87 High Schools. Please contact Jonathan Walsh at 630.942.7451 for more information.
District 87 Band Festival
Please join all the Glenbard Bands for the District 87 Honor Band Festival on Tuesday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Glenbard North Auditorium. Brian Logan, retired band director from Wheeling High School, will conduct the District 87 Concert Honor Band and Dr. Scott Tobias from West Virginia University will conduct the District 87 Symphonic Honor Band.  The students selected will represent the best and brightest band performers from all four Glenbard High Schools. The festival is part of the District 87 Fine and Performing Arts Month...a culmination of student participation in the arts in Glenbard Township 87 High Schools.  Please contact Jonathan Walsh at 630.942.7451 for more information.

District 87 Choir Festival
Please join all the Glenbard Choirs for the District 87 Honor Choir Festival on Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m in the Glenbard West Auditorium. Dr. Michael Zemek from Augustana College will conduct the District 87 Honors Treble Choir and Dr. Mary Hopper from Wheaton College will conduct the District 87 Honors Concert Choir. The students selected will represent the best and brightest vocalists from all four Glenbard High Schools. The festival is part of the District 87 Fine and Performing Arts Month...a culmination of student participation in the arts in Glenbard Township 87 High Schools. Please contact Jonathan Walsh at 630.942.7451 for more information.
Illinois High School Theatre Festival

An amazing experience at TheatreFest January 10th - 12th!

Lizzie Mowry was chosen again this year for the All-State Improv. Team which performed twice during the festival.

A team of four West students did their best in the Tech Olympics, but unfortunately did not place in the top three this year.

The All-State show, IN THE HEIGHTS, was outstanding! We had three students from West who participated in this production:   Brennan Dougherty was a cast member, Elinore Tolman & Sage Wuertzer were both part of the technical crew.

ALL students who attended TheatreFest were able to participate in several theatre workshops and attend plays/musicals performed by high schools from across the state of Illinois. A fun and educational opportunity for Glenbard West Thespians!

Some good news in the art department...
2019 Scholastics Regional Art Competition statistics:
Over 40 regional schools participated
2,751 total works submitted
875 works awarded (31% of works chosen)
Glenbard West submitted 32 pieces.
We had 11 works chosen (34% of West works chosen - above the average!)
2 Gold Keys: (These will be submitted for National Adjudication) 
Finola Hammersmith
Lucy Brizzolera
6 Silver Keys:
Gian Esmalla
Desiree Gawle
Drew Orr
Sergei Popovich
Celeste Sevilla
Mary Alyna Sladewski
3 Honorable Mention:
Desiree Gawle x 2
Sage Wuertzer
Artwork by Finola Hammersmith

Artwork by Lucy Brizzolera


Dr. Peter Monaghan named DuPage High School Principal of the Year
Congratulations to Glenbard West Principal Peter Monaghan on being named the DuPage Region Illinois Principals Association High School Principal of the Year for DuPage. He is being honored for being an advocate for students and supporting students, staff, families and the community to make Glenbard West an innovative place for students to grow.


Dr. David Larson, Superintendent
Partnerships key to preparing students for academic success

Although Glenbard District 87 is a high school district, we work closely with the six elementary school districts that send their graduates to our high schools. We work hard on partnering to make sure all students are prepared for high school.
Let's look at a few examples:

  • Glenbard Collaborative Growth Summit
The Glenbard Collaborative Growth Summit is an annual gathering of high school and middle school principals, superintendents and curriculum leaders from all seven school districts. During the summit last month, we discussed:
    • Supporting underperforming students during the key transition years of 7th, 8th and 9th grade.
    • Progress monitoring - Each school district shared how they conduct progress monitoring during 7th, 8th, and 9th grades.
    • Using Data - Our sender school districts shared academic data about their students, including Preliminary SAT (PSAT) results from 8th grade. We share the PSAT-SAT suite of assessments for 9th through 11th grades.
    • Professional Development - We share opportunities for collaboration and continuous improvement.
  • Principal Presentations at Board of Education Meetings
    • Each year, our principals give a presentation to our Board of Education regarding their progress toward Board goals. The principals from the corresponding middle schools join in these presentations to our Board. In addition, our principals make presentations to the Board of Education in each of our sender school districts.
  •  Partnering Calendar - Examples of partnering activities scheduled throughout the year include:
    • Summer school joint visits by superintendents and high school and middle school principals
    • Articulation meetings with high school and middle school teachers
    • Presentations to middle school math and English language arts teachers
    • Placement meetings for incoming freshmen
    • Incoming freshmen nights
  •  Summer School for Incoming Freshmen - We work with middle schools to hire a middle school liaison who helps increase the number of middle school students who enroll in our summer school. Our noncredit (bridge) summer school courses help students prepare for a course they plan to take, provide an opportunity to explore areas of interest and help incoming freshmen get acclimated to their high school. Our bridge courses are free for incoming freshmen.
  I am proud to work in such a collaborative professional community. Together, we will help all of our students realize their full potential and prepare them for the future.


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

    SAT  for Grade 11 - Tuesday, April 9, 2019
   PSAT 10 for Grade 10 - Wednesday, April 10, 2019
   PSAT 8/9 for Grade 9 - Wednesday, April 10, 2019
  • Students that are not testing will not be in attendance.  Students that are testing will arrive at the regular time. Regular morning bus routes will be in operation.  Afternoon bus routes will depart after students are dismissed.
  • Dismissal Time for Grade 11 on April 9th is 12:30 p.m.
  • Dismissal Time for Grades 9 and 10 on April 10th is 11:15 a.m.
  • Students taking the SAT or PSAT should bring with them their IDs, two non-mechanical #2 pencils, and a calculator that is approved by College Board. Student should NOT bring their Cell Phones or iPads.
  • Students with an IEP or 504 plan that require testing accommodations may have different testing times. Your student's case manager can provide more information prior to test day.

Questions concerning the SAT/PSAT10/PSAT8/9 can be directed  to j or .
Registering for AP Exams
Registration for AP Exams - Friday, February 1 to Thursday, February 28
AP Exams - Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 17

Please see the link from College Board for specific testing dates

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 they are enrolled in. Scoring well on an AP exam can often earn students college credit for their high school class, saving a significant amount of tuition.  Starting a few years ago, all public Illinois universities and community colleges award credit to any student who receives a 3 or higher on a 5-point scale.

For the 2019 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 $94.00 with exception to AP Seminar and AP Research which costs $142.00 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, , in the Glenbard West API Office to learn more.

Online Exam registration will begin on Friday, Feb 1, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. and end on Thursday, Feb 28, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. In order to register, students should click on the link provide on the school website or visit to register. To complete the 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 the registration process. Here are the important dates for the registration process:
  • Friday, February 1, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. - Registration Begins
  • Thursday, Feb 28, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. - Registration Ends
Please contact Dr. Rebecca Sulaver, , if you would like to register for an exam not listed or have any questions.

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) provides transformative learning experiences for students and teachers across the United States. The program includes engaging, hands-on classroom activities which empower students to develop in-demand knowledge and skills. Glenbard 87 will be offering courses in the PLTW Engineering pathway. This pathway empowers students to step into the role of an engineer, adopt a problem-solving mindset, and make the leap from dreamers to doers.  Beginning in 2019-20, students can take Introduction to Engineering Design  at all four schools. For more information, please contact Sean Byrne, Department Chair for Science, Technology and Engineering. 


February: Goal Setting and Balance

During the first half of second semester at Glenbard West, the West Way theme is Live Life Well. As staff, we encouraged students to set goals for the start of second semester as they returned from winter break. As students arrived back, they found motivational notes on their lockers throughout the building to promote wellness. Below are examples.  

Set a goal to....

Be Kind Learn Something New
Be Less Digital and More Social Exercise and Eat Healthy
Read for Fun Get Involved
Spend More Time with People Who Matter Not Procrastinate
Be Mindful Make School a Priority
Get a Good Night of Sleep Be Your Best Self

In addition to goal setting, staff is promoting the importance of creating individualized balance. Balance is the ability to care for the variety of life responsibilities including: personal health, emotional regulation, interpersonal relationships, academic rigor, work schedules, etc.

A healthy life balance allows for optimal success and performance. This is why it is important for adults to help students identify and set their own limits. We must also encourage individuality when setting goals and the measurement of success rather than comparing to the achievements of others.

Setting personal and academic goals helps students focus on the action steps they can take TODAY to help them succeed and prioritize their life. Helping our students find balance in academics, relationships, and extracurricular involvement encourages them to enhance their self-management skills, which will benefit their overall lifetime wellness. Encourage your student to share a goal they have for themselves this semester and the steps they will take to create balance in their lives!

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 55 scholarships worth over $100,000.   Applications are entirely online in Naviance and must be completed by Thursday, February 21st by 3:00 p.m. Students should see their counselors with any questions.

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.

January Recipients 
The following students were awarded the Matter of Pride for January:  Front Row: Yuvia Serna, Lucas Quintos, Daniel Nguyen, Jahlani Grant;  Back Row: Joe Peraino, Carter Lindstrom, Colin Baker, Matt Hoerster  Not Pictured: Sarah Bockelman and Connor Williams.
February Recipients
The following students were awarded the Matter of Pride Award for February.  Front Row:  Ken Kap, Jennifer DeCasas, Olivia Faris, Maddie Yob, Alexandra Vazquez.   Back Row:  Ned Egan, Andrew Doweidt, Anna Marie Medina, Natalie Charintranond, Connor Sonenblum  


PROM 2019

Looking for a way to save some money on a prom dress?  

Cinderella's Closet is a prom boutique where high school girls can "shop" hundreds of gorgeous gowns for the prom  dress  of their dreams.  Dresses are current styles and in good condition.  Shopping event 
is  Saturday, March 16th from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the YWCA in Elgin.

        Visit   for shopping rules.  

       Must provide valid high school ID or pr oof of enrollment.  



During Spring Break, the Main Office will be open March 25th -  March 29th with office hours from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Classes will resume on Monday, April 1st. 


9          Heart Hop Dance 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. (Biester Gym)
11        PLC Early Dismissal at 1:52 p.m.
12        West Nation Board Meeting (Rm. 428) 5:00 p.m.
     GPS Speaker: Katherine Reynolds Lewis 
      The Good News About Bad Behavior (Marquardt Admin Center) 9:30 a.m. 
      Why Won't Kids Do What You Want (Glenbard West Library) 7:00 p.m.
     Driver Ed Parent Clinic 7:00 p.m. (MURC)
              Winter Band Concert (Auditorium) 7:30 p.m.        
13         8th Grade Athletic/Activity Night (Biester Gym/Field House) 7:00 p.m. 
14         Student Council Valentine's Day Breakfast (Cafeteria) 7:00 - 7:30 a.m.
18         NO SCHOOL - PRESIDENT'S DAY      
             President's Day of Service (Ackerman) 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
20         GPS Speaker: Manny Scott  Even On Your Worst Day You Can Be Someone's Best 
             Hope  (Glenbard East) 7:00 p.m.         
21          Blood Drive (Auditorium) 7:35 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
             Local Scholarship Applications due to School Counseling Office by 3:00 p.m.
             GPS Speaker: Sarah Jimenez & Dr. Ferney Ramirez Prioritizing for Your Child's                      Success  6:00 p.m. (Glenbard North)
             Booster Meeting (Library) 7:30 p.m. 
22         West Nation "Life Life Well Week" Breakfast (Cafeteria) 7:00 - 7:30 a.m.
             Multicultural Night-West Meets East/Presented by Asian Club (Auditorium) 6:30 p.m.
25         PLC Early Dismissal at 1:52 p.m.
26         Band Solo Concert (Aud/Choir/Black Box/Band Rm.) 5:30  p.m.
27          Floral Symphony (Glenbard South) 7:00 p.m.
28         GPS Speaker: Jessica Minahan   Stop Shouting and Start Understanding Children Who              Challenge Us   (Glenbard South) 7:00 p.m.

4           PLC Early Dismissal at 1:52 p.m.
5         Choir and Orchestra Concert (Glenbard South) 7:30 p.m.
6         GPS Speaker: Qasim Rashid Talk to Me: Using the Power of Dialogue to Overcome                  Racism, Intolerance and Violence  7:00 p.m. (Glenbard South)
9         SAT (Various Classrooms) 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
            Spring Parent/Athlete Meeting (Biester Gym) 10:00 a.m     
10       Senior Showcase (The Abbington, Glen Ellyn) 1:00 p.m.  
11       PLC Early Dismissal at 1:52 p.m.
12       Orchestra Solo Concert (Aud/Choir/Black Box/Band Rm.) 4:00 p.m.
           West Nation Board Meeting (Rm. 428) 5:00 p.m.
           District 87 Honor Band Festival 7:30 p.m. (Glenbard North)
13       GPS Speaker: Katie Hurley 
            Joyful Children; Peaceful Families (Marquardt Admin Center) 9:30 a.m.
           The Happy Kid Handbook: Joyful Teens in Stressful Times
           (Marquardt Admin Center )12:00 p.m.     (Glenbard North) 7:00 p.m. 
           ELL MultiCultural Night 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. (Cafeteria)
15        Student Council "Erin Go Breakfast" (Cafeteria) 7:00 - 7:30 a.m.
16       GPS Speaker: VaLarie Humphrey Own Your Own Future: Leadership Recognition                    Event (Glenbard West Cafeteria) 11:30 a.m.
18        PLC Early Dismissal at 1:52 p.m. 
           District 87 Art Show 4:00 p.m. (Glenbard North)
19        District 87 Choir Concert Festival 7:30 p.m. (Glenbard West Auditorium)
20        Student Council Senior vs Faculty Basketball Game (Biester Gym) 6:30 p.m.
21       GPS Speaker: Dr. Ferney Ramirez Raising Resilient and Confident Children and Teens
           6:00 p.m. (Glenbard North) *student and parent workshop
           Booster Meeting (Library) 7:30 p.m.
25-29  NO SCHOOL - SPRING BREAK (Classes resume Monday, April 1st)


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