Principal's Newsletter 
Parent - Teacher Conferences
October 2019
Parent-Teacher Conference Scheduling
Starts at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 28th!  

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held at Glenbard West on October 23rd (4:00-8:00 p.m.) and October 24th (2:00-6:00 p.m.). To schedule conferences, parents will need to access PowerPTC through PowerSchool beginning September 28th at 9:00 a.m. Please follow the Parent/Guardian Quick Start Guide below to begin scheduling conferences.

Important Information

Parents will NOT contact teachers to schedule conferences. 
Parents will only be able to schedule conferences using PowerPTC through their PowerSchool account starting September 28th at 9:00 a.m. until October 21st at 11:59 p.m.

Parent-Teacher Conferences occur October 23rd, 4:00–8:00 p.m. and October 24th, 2:00–6:00 p.m.

Please use the following link: PowerSchool to sign-on and schedule your conferences. If you do not have a PowerSchool account, please notify the API Office. Conferences are 5 minutes in length.

Please watch the Glenbard West website for more detailed information.

Wednesday, October 23rd and Thursday, October 25th are Early Dismissal Days for students. Please see the schedule below. Friday, October 25th is a Non-Attendance day for students.

If parents experience technical difficulty or if they are unable to schedule a conference online, they may contact Mr. Leo Aviles at (630) 942-7471 in the API Office.

Student Early Dismissal Schedule
Wednesday, October 23 and Thursday, October 24










6:53 - 7:30

7:35 - 8:12

8:17 - 8:55

9:00 - 9:37

9:42 - 10:19

10:24 - 11:01

11:06 - 11:44

11:49 - 12:27

12:32 - 1:10
No School - Friday, October 25

National Merit Commended Students

Dylan Baedke
Rory Campagna
Jackson Detterbeck
John Dirkmaat III
Ethan Falck
William Flewelling
Colin Lewis
Andrew Malek
Emily Milianti
Madeline Snyder

2019 - 2020
How Does Your Students' Name Appear on the Diploma?
Action May Be Required!

During the online registration process for this school year, parents were asked to verify their student's name. The name will appear on the diploma exactly as it is entered into PowerSchool.  If the name should contain special characters, such as a hyphen or is not accepted by the system with proper spacing, you must contact the school Registrar in writing prior to  Friday, November 8, 2019. 

Questions concerning this matter may be directed to Ms. Margie Kruk at (630) 942-7484 or email .
Principal, Dr. Peter Monaghan, meets with our West Nation parents. The volunteers meet monthly to help organize their newsletter mailing.  If you are interested in getting involved or need more information, CLICK HERE .
Glenbard West will celebrate its Distinguished Alumni during a brief ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. This recognition honors alumni who have continued to embody West’s motto of Pride, Tradition, and Excellence.
The 2019 Distinguished Alumni class includes eight Glenbard High School and Glenbard West High School alumni from five decades: Joe Carlton (1946), John Clemens (1967), Hollis McCray Webster (1973), Chip Hooper (1980), John Borg (1983), James Elliott (1987), Sean Hayes (1988) and Maddi Bertrand (2018).
Joe Carlton, Class of 1946
He is being honored for his dedication to Glenbard’s Football Story. He literally wrote the book on Glenbard West’s football program,  As the Backs Go Tearing By.
Dr. John Clemens, Class of 1967 
He is being honored for his work in medicine and public health. John has made numerous contributions to reducing suffering and promoting peace through the development, evaluation, and distribution of vaccines.
Hollis Webster, Class of 1973  
She is being honored for her work as a jurist. In addition to practicing law, Hollis was a judge in DuPage County for many years until her retirement a few years ago. She now has her own arbitration firm in Chicago and takes on cases with large corporations.
“Chip” Hooper, Class of 1980
He is being honored for his work as a photographer and for his legacy in the music industry. He was a music industry agent, personally representing Phish and the Dave Matthews Band, and heading the Paradigm Talent Agency.
John Borg, Class of 1982
He is being honored for his amazing talent creating and designing pinball machines. He is, arguably, one of the best solid state pinball designers of all time, designing Star Wars, Tales from the Crypt, Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, Guns N Roses, and The Munsters – just to name a few.
Jim Elliott, Class of 1987
He is being honored for his baseball pursuits, as well as his career in medical and physical therapy practice and research. Jim is one of the global leaders – an expert on whiplash injuries.
Sean Hayes, Class of 1988
He is being honored for his acting work in television, in movies, and on the stage. Among his accomplishments, Sean won a Primetime Emmy Award, four Screen Actors Guild Awards, and an American Comedy Award. He has also earned six Golden Globe nominations.
Maddi Bertrand, Class of 2018
She is being honored for her part in helping pass tobacco legislation, raising awareness regarding organ transplants, and her work with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Chicago's Lurie Children's Hospital gave Maddi a Hope and Courage award for her advocacy efforts that helped change the legal age to buy tobacco products in Illinois from 18 to 21.

Adding Glenbard Mass-Communication Contact Info

Attention Parents/Guardians:

This video shows how to add an email address & phone number that will receive mass-communications from your student's high school. Video Here
1. Login to PowerSchool at

2. Click "Student Info" on the left-hand column

3. Scroll down the page to the "Glenbard Notification Information" area

4. Add your information and check the “I authorize the above statement” box in the large red section at the bottom of the page

5. Click submit at the bottom of the webpage
Open to all high school students. The meeting takes place on the first Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Glenbard District 87 Office. 

Next meeting is October 7th at 6:00 p.m.

Mr. Thomas Barlow
Mr. Mike Souza
Ms. Alexandria Taylor

Attention Students and Parents

Thank you for adjusting to using door #2 as the student entrance during the school day. In an effort to relieve congestion, please exit through door #1 when leaving the main building. This will allow more students to flow in easily through door #2.

As a reminder, if you go outside during your lunch period, you may only re-enter the building during the halfway bell. Please plan accordingly and use the restroom before you head outside for lunch.

Whether you spend your lunch period in the Cafeteria, outside or at one of the establishments in downtown Glen Ellyn, please remember to follow the West Way and conduct yourself appropriately. If you are spending time downtown, the way you act is a representation of Glenbard West as a whole, and local community members are always watching.

Greetings from the Dean’s Office and School Resource Officer Miko,

There will be a new law in Illinois on January 1 st , 2020 about the use of recreational marijuana and we wanted to clarify the position of the school and the Village of Glen Ellyn in reference to this issue.   The new law specifically states that it is illegal to possess recreational marijuana under the age of 21.   This includes marijuana oils (THC) in vape devices and any other form. The school policy will remain the same as marijuana is a prohibited item on campus and at any school activity. The school athletic code also prohibits the use of marijuana. There will be police consequences for Possession of Cannabis and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia by students. 

These consequences pale in comparison to the health risks associated with marijuana use. According to the CDC, 1 in 6 people under the age of 18 who use marijuana will become addicted. Marijuana use has been linked to higher school dropout rates and decreased mental functions, including memory, attention, and learning. 

For more information visit  this website.
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May 1 & 2

Student written & directed!
We are excited to announce the following dates for the start of Winter Sports at Glenbard West:

Competitive Dance and Competitive Cheer
Monday, October 28

Boys Bowling Coop with Glenbard North ( Girls are welcome )
Monday, October 28

Girls Basketball
Monday, November 4

Boys Basketball, Girls Gymnastics, Wrestling
Monday, November 11

Boys Swimming Coop with Glenbard South
Monday, November 25

Anyone interested in participating must register on PowerSchool. All physicals must be current within the last 13 months in order to participate. Physicals can be dropped off in the Athletic Office with Ms. Reifel.

Please check our athletic website here  for current schedules. Please remember that athletic schedules change daily and the Glenbard West 8 to 18 site is the ONLY schedule that is updated daily.

The mandatory winter parent-athlete meeting will take place on Saturday, November 16, at 10:00 a.m. in Biester Gymnasium.

School Counseling Curriculum Update

Counselors have started sending out transcripts and are in the process of writing letters of recommendation for the seniors. In order for your counselor to send an official transcript to a college, students must complete a green transcript request form in the School Counseling office at least two weeks prior to the application deadline. Senior students who need additional support working on their college applications or have specific questions regarding the college process should make an individual appointment with their School Counselor. Students continue to work on their college essays in Senior English classes. Additional support for college essays is available through The Write Place in Room 400.
School Counselors are partnering with Junior English classes to present on how to begin the college search process through the Junior College Planning Presentation Program. Please note that our College Night program for junior students and parents is on November 6th from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. We will have college admissions representatives, financial aid professionals, Naviance experts, College specialists, and a Spanish presentation.
Upcoming College Fair 
DuPage County College Fair at the College of DuPage
Tuesday, October 15th from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
**Students can register for the college fairs in advance through the StriveScan  app.
Financial Aid & College Costs
Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The FAFSA is available on October 1 for students to begin their application. Any student looking for any type of financial assistance paying for college must fill out this required federal form. To get started, visit .
Questions about Financial Aid? 
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) offers FREE text messaging -- Add your name to their list to get important updates directly to your cell phone by sending your First and Last name to (630) 216-4910 or visit .
Glenbard FAFSA Completion Workshops
Wednesday, October 16th at Glenbard West 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Net Price Calculator & The U.S. Department of Education:  College Scorecard. By law, every college must have a Net Price Calculator on their website to provide families an estimate of their specific college costs. Typically, a link to the college's Net Price Calculator can be found on the Financial Aid/Scholarships section on the individual college websites. The U.S. Department of Education recently released the  College Scorecard —available at —to ensure that students and families have the most up-to-date, comprehensive, and reliable information available on colleges, all in an easy-to-understand format. The site allows visitors to sort and filter their search results to easily compare schools and decide which college makes the most sense when considering the typical costs, average student loan amount, students’ ability to repay their loans, and their future earnings.
College Representative Visits
Hundreds of college admissions representatives continue to meet with our students. Just a reminder, students must sign up for the rep visit at least two days in advance through Naviance. Students should talk to their teacher prior to the rep visit if they will be missing an academic class. Full list of visits in Naviance, through the emailed School Counseling Newsletter, or outside the School Counseling Office. 
Communicates a key competency of Profile of a Graduate

Recently, we launched our Profile of a Graduate – a multi-faceted transformative movement that underscores six competencies that we want every graduate to embody. Our Profile of a Graduate includes the following competencies:
A Glenbard Graduate:
  • Collaborates
  • Communicates
  • Thinks Critically
  • Embraces Diversity
  • Creates
  • Is Self-Empowered
Each of the six competencies is accompanied by descriptions of that particular attribute. The descriptions were developed by department chairs from each of our schools, along with school and district administrators. We worked through several iterations and used resources from EdLeader21, a national network of educators implementing competencies into their systems.

Let’s look at the descriptions that accompany communicates:
  • Demonstrates and works to develop an understanding of audience and self
  • Adapts message, style, and tone to the chosen medium, audience, and purpose
  • Utilizes clear, concise, and effective oral and written communication
  • Listens actively and responds with empathy and respect
  • Initiates and sustains meaningful conversation in a variety of settings
Here are a few examples of what communication looks like in the classroom:
  • High-level questioning and discussion
  • Debate activity
  • Interviews & introductions
  • Presentations
  • Research projects
  • Video production, blogs, and podcasts
  • Literature reviews
Good communication skills are essential in all areas of life – personal and professional. Communication is more than speaking and writing; active listening, interpreting visuals, and understanding nonverbal cues also are key communication skills.

You likely hear educators say we are preparing students for jobs that don’t exist yet. No matter what our students do after high school, we are equipping them with the communication skills they need to be successful.

As we move forward with our Profile of a Graduate, we are defining a greater purpose in curriculum and assessment outcomes and refining competency descriptors by subject area.

Our Profile of a Graduate is our roadmap, and it will prepare students for college, careers, and life. Learn more about our Profile of a Graduate  here .

October 3
Fall Band Concert
7:30 p.m.

October 10
Fall Choral Concert
7:30 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, Glen Ellyn

October 14
No School - Columbus Day

October 15
No School - Institute Day

October 16
Glenbard Parent Series
FAFSA Completion Workshop
Elliott Library & Rms. 319 and 320
7:00 p.m.

October 19
PSAT Testing at West
7:30 a.m.

October 23
Parent-Teacher Conferences
4:00 - 9:00 p.m.

October 24
Parent-Teacher Conferences
2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

October 25
No School - Non Attendance Day

October 31, November 1, 2
Fall Musical "Young Frankenstein"
7:30 p.m.
At Glenbard West, we offer a violence and bullying hotline which allows students to provide anonymous information to school officials regarding potential school threats or bullying incidents.  The number is (630) 942-7406. 

Additionally, students can text a  CRISIS Text Line: 741741  which sends information to a Crisis Counselor, a real-life human being trained to help individuals return to a healthy/stable level of functioning. 

The Attorney General's Safety Tips homepage contains several links that may provide additional helpful resources.

Students who wish to report a potential act of school violence at Glenbard West may also leave an anonymous message with our Police Liaison Officer at  (630) 942-­7463 .
Main Office
(630) 469-8600
Attendance (24-Hour Line)
(630) 942-7480
(630) 858-5060
Nurses' Main Office Number
(630) 942-7493
School Counseling x2258
Student Services x2417  
Attendance AFTER HOURS (630) 858-5060 
Bullying Tip Line (630) 942-7406