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Principal's Newsletter 
End of the Year Edition
Exit with Pride
Glenbard West Community -

Yes, it is true, this is the final newsletter for the school year. Please take a moment to carefully look it over and discuss it with your student. In it you will find information related to everything from finals to student recognition to the beginning of the school year for 2019-2020. Hopefully, this newsletter also demonstrates the amazing accomplishments in the areas of academics, sports and student leadership. Educators everywhere understand student success is often driven by the influence of our older, high achieving students. Glenbard West benefits hugely from our senior class and the example they set for all of our underclassmen. The teachers and staff here rely on them to accomplish all of the things that we do at West. Over the next nearly three weeks, we will enjoy our seniors and continue to rely on them as they exit our school with pride. 

With “Teacher Appreciation Week” happening next week, it is appropriate to recognize the incredible teaching staff that we have at Glenbard West. If I had to characterize them, I would say that they are continually looking for ways to improve their craft. Our teachers are committed to using innovative and progressive strategies to help our students achieve at the highest level. Perhaps, most importantly, our teachers believe in our students. They build positive relationships and believe in supporting students when they struggle. We will be taking time to appreciate our teachers and encourage students and parents to do the same. 

Glenbard West is also lucky to have phenomenal support from our parent volunteers. This year, Glenbard West Boosters will grant over $130,000 to our athletic programs, activities and academic areas. Additionally, Friends of Forensics and Association of Music Parents help to run large programs and commit countless hours to ensure that these activities are well supported. For those of you who do not know, we just experienced our most successful ever post-prom event with nearly 700 students attending. This would not happen without the leadership of our West Nation parents. A big thank you goes out to all of the parents who stayed up past their bedtimes to support our students and to ensure that there was a safe, fun option for all of our students attending prom. 

Finally, May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Our related services team has been working with students to increase awareness of these issues and increase awareness of supports that are available to students inside and outside of the school. Earlier this week, a group of students served on a panel under the supervision of our team as they led a discussion around these topics. Below is the flyer used to advertise this event. Our teams will continue to work with students as we emphasize the need for student wellness and provide necessary supports for all Glenbard West Students.  

Thank you for your continued support of Glenbard West, our students and our staff. 

Go West!
National Merit Scholarship

Emilia E. Carlson

Technology Center of DuPage
Student of the Month

Joe Anastaci
Automotive Technology Program

Technology Center of DuPage
Skills USA

Cailyn Skoda
1st Place - Culinary Team

Auriel Hernandez
2nd Place - TV Video Production

Character Counts!
Pillar Award

Alexandra Sanchez

Eagle Scout

Robert May

Illinois Principal's Association
Student Recognition Breakfast

Alexis Ayala
Lauren Pappas

Rotary Significant
Achievement Award

Natalie Ball
Denzel Burke
Jessica Fernandez
Jacqueline Gutierrez
Matthew Hoerster
Shannon Nibbio

Sons of the American Revolution Outstanding Citizenship Award

William O'Brien
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 either Spanish, French or Chinese.
Jessica Aguilar, Brianna Andrade, Erick Araos, Alexis Ayala, Shireen Baig, Clarissa Banuelos, Cynthia Barron, Peter Blatchford, Tyler Bruhnke, Emilia Carlson, Emily Carlson, Brian Carrillo, Anthony Catano, Elizabeth Corona, Haydee Cruz, Jennifer De Casas, Anna Ebl, Grace Enright, Bennett Fate, Sophia Fausey, Sarah Fondel, Lauren Fox, Lily Franz, Rosa Galvan, Maria Garcia, Rebecca Gathof, Desiree Gawle, Yadira Gonzalez, Jacqueline Gutierrez, Diego Guzman, Clara Haeffner, Samantha Hedley, Leylah Heredia, Eduardo Hernandez, Miguel Hernandez, Matthew Hoerster, Abigail Hoffman, Katherine Hohe, Benjamin Hoppe, Gisela Hoxha, Angela Kamenica, Benjamin Kelleher, Alexander Kernagis, Eliza Kochert, Ahalya Lettenberger, Jerico Malunay, Natalya Marines, Sanaii Masih, Amanda Morris, Ellie Morrison, Amanda Muchmore, Megan Murphy, Alizeh Naveed, Luke Nemec, Isabela Palicki, Sarah Pasinski, Carlos Perez, Martin Poblete, Emily Pones, Emma Raczka, Bridget Ranchero, Adeline Riley, Alexandra Sanchez, Ailyne Segura, Hailey Sejna, Yuvia Serna, Eve Shanahan, Jack Small, Henry Stachowiak, Alexandra Stolfe, Alexander Szymczak, Carlos Tiscareno, Gabriela Varela, Rafael Vasquez, Vanessa Velazquez, Diego Villalobos, Zuhuang Wang, and Amy White.
Dejah Hopkins, during Live Life Well Week, promoting what she loves about herself.
“This is not just another project. It symbolizes care, love and affection.”

Glenbard West students created portraits of refugee Rohingya children as part of the Memory Project, a charitable nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create and donate portraits to youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges, such as violence, disasters, extreme poverty, neglect, and loss of parents. Watch the heartwarming video of refugee Rohingya children receiving our students’work here.

The Rohingya ethnic minority has been called the "most unwanted" group of people on Earth. Nearly a million fled genocide in Myanmar last year and are currently sheltering in a huge refugee settlement in Bangladesh. Most of these families have little more than a few cooking pans and a handful of clothes. For these children, who have rarely seen photos of themselves, the portraits will be gifts they could never have previously imagined. West students collaborated with other students around the world to show these children they are not “unwanted.” 

Students in David Gucciardi’s Painting I and Painting II classes, and Colleen Doyle's Drawing II class created the portraits.
This has been another great year for Glenbard West athletics as we move into a busy and hectic time of year with spring sports.  Once again we have over 700 student athletes participating in spring sports this season and thank you to all of our coaches for providing great opportunities and life-long learning to our student athletes. We are very proud to have our students well rounded with over 75% involved in athletics and activities here at West. At times, weather dictates changes and reschedules and we ask 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. We look forward to hosting a variety of upcoming events including the IHSA Boys and Girls Lacrosse Sectionals on Memorial Field the week of May 20. We will also be hosting the IHSA Baseball Sectional at Village Green and the IHSA Softball Sectional at Memorial Field the week of May 27.

The summer will be here before long and I would encourage everyone to enroll in Glenbard West summer 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 . We look forward to all of our current and future Hilltoppers being involved and staying active during the summer.

Please note that this year all fall sports will begin on Monday August 12, 2019.  Fall sports include Boys and Girls Cross Country, Boys and Girls Golf, Football, Boys Soccer, Girls Volleyball, Girls Tennis, and Girls Field Hockey. 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 within the last 12 months MUST be turned into the Athletic Office prior to practicing. The Glenbard West Athletic Handbook can be found on the Athletic website as well. 

Ahayla Lettenberger is the first of 20 students awarded with the Foot Locker Athletic Scholarship this academic year. Watch the video here.
Volleyball team raising money for brain cancer research

Please join the Glenbard West boys volleyball program in supporting the AGS Foundation at the boys volleyball games on Tuesday, May 7. The AGS Foundation was started in honor of Glenbard West alumnus Andrew Garwood and raises money for brain cancer research and scholarships.

Game times: freshman A and JV 4:30 p.m., freshman B and varsity 5:30 p.m. in Biester Gym. Tickets for gift basket prize drawing after the varsity match will be sold throughout the games. If you cannot make the game but want to support the cause, please contact Denise Harrington  here . You don't need to be present to win.
Great Concert Season Concluding
The Music Department recently presented their end of the year concerts. The bands performed on Wednesday, April 17 th , the orchestra performed on Tuesday, April 30th, and the choirs performed on Wednesday, May 1st. Each group had a wonderful crowd and amazing performances from each of the groups. The highlight for each was recognizing the outgoing senior class for their contributions to each group throughout their time here at West.
In addition to our large group concerts, we do have one other performance to consider attending. The Honors Music Recital will be Monday, May 13 th  at 7:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church just north of downtown Glen Ellyn. This is a performance by outstanding soloists and small ensembles from band, choir, and orchestra. Please join us for a wonderful night of great music making.
59 th  Annual Glenbard West Art Show
Art students recently capped off yet another successful year with Glenbard’s 59 th  Annual Student Art Show. A retired art teacher judged over 450 Glenbard West works of various media, representing the very best of this year’s student production. Numerous winners walked away with awards purchased by our Glenbard West Boosters. Celeste Sevilla , was chosen as the District Purchase Award, in which the district will pay the artist to mount the piece and be permanently hung either at the District office or here at Glenbard West.   (pictured below)

Congrats to all our award winners. Our West show follows the very successful District 87 Art Show hosted by Glenbard North in March that showcased works from students from all the Glenbard High Schools. 
Theatre Main Stage Season Finale

The Glenbard West Theatre third and final main stage show,  Still Life with Iris , thrilled audiences of all ages. Over three hundred students from local elementary schools attended a matinee performance on April 12th. The fourth and fifth grade students extended their learning experience after the show by using a study guide provided by West Theatre which included fun, educational activities.  Iris  also had three well received performances April 11 - 13 for general audiences.

Still ahead for Theatre are the  Black Box New Plays , which include two student written shows: the comedy  Bucket Ruckus  by Lizzie Mowry and Will Davenport, and the musical  Falling From Afar  by Brye Sebring. Both shows can be seen May 2nd and 3rd at 7:00pm, and May 4th at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Tickets are not sold in advance, so we recommend you arrive early due to limited seating.

Theatre Awards Night is Wednesday, May 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Auditorium. All students who have been involved in this year's productions and their families are encouraged to attend! Over five thousand dollars in scholarships will be presented, awards given, next year's theatre season announced, and much more!
Cast members shown (from left to right): Kelly Maganini and Grady McDonnell as Gretta & Grotto Good, Deepa Phuyal as Iris. (Photo credit: Bruce Medic Photography)
As we enter the final month of the school year, it is important to reflect on the tragedy that occurred within our community. Our Student Services department has been working closely with many students and their families in the aftermath. Several people have inquired as to the best ways to support their grieving teen. 

Often, what a grieving person needs most is a willing person to support them. This may mean being able to sit with the grieving person and listen to his/her feelings in a nonjudgmental way, without trying to problem-solve. Though it can be awkward or uncomfortable when feeling as though you may not know what to say, in most cases, what is most valuable is a pair of ears that is willing to hear the story. Below is a list of some important key concepts/suggestions that we feel are worthy of mentioning:

  • Acknowledge the situation. Speaking to the situation directly can be important; this can show that you are not afraid to have an honest conversation about the loss they have experienced. Always make sure you choose an appropriate time and place to have a conversation like this, so he/she can feel safe talking to you about their loss.
  • Express your concern. Show that you are aware that this has affected them and that you are there when they need help. Example: "I'm sorry to hear that this happened. I am here when you need me."
  • Reflect on their emotions. One way of demonstrating that you are able to hear their story is by reflecting back to them what they are saying. Example: "I can see that you're sad and confused about why all this happened."
  • Be genuine in your communication and don't hide your feelings. It is OK to show that you are also saddened by the loss and that you do not have all the answers. Example: "I'm not sure what to say, but I want you to know I care."
  • Offer your support. Sometimes the most powerful thing you can do for someone is just letting them know that you are there for them when they need you. Example: "I want you to know I'm here for you. Tell me what I can do."
  • Ask how he or she feels. Don't assume you know how the bereaved person feels on any given day. Sometimes just asking how they feel allows the opportunity for him or her to express their feelings. 
  • LISTEN: Be an active listener. Though it can be difficult to know what to say, being able to listen effectively is most important. Often finding the right words is less important than letting your student share with you the nature of the loss. It's not unusual for well-meaning people to avoid talking about the loss or mentioning the deceased person, thinking this is helping. However, the grieving person often needs to feel that others are willing to acknowledge the truth of the situation.

Some strategies to be an active listener include:

  • Accept and acknowledge all feelings. Let the grieving person know that it's OK to cry in front of you, to become angry, or to break down. Don't try to reason with someone over how he/she should or shouldn't feel. He/she should feel free to express feelings knowing that you are willing to listen without judgment, argument, or criticism.
  • Be willing to sit in silence. It's not your job to get him/her to start talking. Instead, be willing to be present and show you are ready to listen when he /she is ready to speak. If you can't think of something to say, you can show your support through eye contact, a squeeze of the hand, or a reassuring hug.
  • Let him/her talk about the loss. They may need to tell the story over and over again, sometimes in great detail. Be patient. Repeating the story is a way of processing and accepting the death. With each retelling, the pain lessens.
  • Offer comfort without minimizing the loss. Let them know that what he or she is feeling is OK. If you've gone through a similar loss, share your own experience, if you think it would help. However, don't give unsolicited advice, claim to "know" what the person is feeling, or compare your grief to his or hers.

Additionally, we would like to re-introduce you to the Student Services Team that is available at Glenbard West to assist students who may be continuing to struggle with the loss. In our roles at West, we also help teens with a variety of other issues such as: stress at school, LGBTQ+ concerns, eating disorders, anger management issues, peer problems, family issues, improve problem solving strategies, academic support, substance abuse prevention, responsible choices in sexual decisions, help for friends, self-injurious behaviors, anxiety, depression, grief & loss.

Amanda Meyer
School Psychologist
(630) 942-7742

Jordan Poll
School Psychologist
(630) 942-7458

Deandra Bass
Social Worker
(630) 942-7455

Bridget Mazzone
Social Worker
(630) 942-7457

Jessica Walters
Social Worker
(630) 942-7454

How students can seek help for themselves or for a friend?

  • Talk to one of your teachers/coaches/sponsors and have them connect you with someone in Student Services.

  • Email one of the members of the Student Services Department.

  • Come down to Student Services and say that you need to meet with someone.

  • Do not hesitate to come down to talk about anything that is bothering you. We would rather you be proactive instead of reactive with a problem.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to any one of the Student Services staff members if you have any questions and/or concerns.  
The Gdub Yoga Club started in 2013 with two students who felt stressed and wanted a way to gather students to unwind and manage it better, plus they thought yoga would be fun. 

And it has been! The club meets every Wednesday before school with Mr. McCluskey as the moderator and Ms. Julie Mackey leading the yoga instruction. 

Two years ago, the District created an initiative to bring more mindfulness activities to the students and staff. The yoga club student board was encouraged by the initiatives that School Counseling was creating to utilize the new mindful space on the 4th floor bridge of the science wing. Last school year we launched "Mindfulness Meditation" on the 1st Wed of the month. The mindful sessions are led on rotating basis with staff from School Counseling, Social Work, Student Services and Julie Mackey depending on everyone’s schedule. There are yoga mats/meditation cushions provided in the Bridge and the atmosphere really lends itself to a peaceful experience before school with the sun rising. It’s become everyone’s favorite spot. The other Wednesday’s of the month, the club meets in the dance arts room in Biester. With the help of the Boosters, PE budget, and the football program, we have enough mats, blocks and yoga straps for 75. All are welcome to join!
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 3rd Quarter Departmental Award achievement.

Jillian Evans, Gia Ferrari, Samra Haseeb, Katelyn Heller, Timothy Holman, Joel Kekic, Devon Kelleher, Avery Moore, Caroline Morawski, Alejandra Murillo, Ryan Murphy, Abigail Nesslar, Martin Poblete, Brianna Sonenblum and Johann Summers.  

Congratulations to all of you on your well-deserved recognition!!!  
Congratulations to the following students for their 4th Quarter Departmental Award achievement.

Amy Gawrisch, William Housey, Andrew Johnson (not shown), Benjamin Kelleher, Merry Lai, Jerico Malunay, Patricia McCormack, Harrison Monteith, Drew Orr, Emily Roberts, George Salafatinos, Zoe Sandacz, Elisa Schiralli, Faiz Shaik and Jack Vu.

Congratulations to all of you on your well-deserved recognition!!!
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.
Back Row: Caden Harrod, Angel Reynaga, Grayson Peterselli, Lucy Farnum
Front Row: Juan Guzman, Veronica Hernandez, Daisy Hernandez, Rodrigo Espinoza-Aleman, Kieran Vaccaro 
District 87
2019 Recipients

Molly McNally
Social Studies Teacher

Kelley Quirk
Data Specialist, Sub Coordinator, Test Center Supervisor

Jeremiah Wiencek
School Counseling Department Chair

The Glenbard District 87 Inspire...Empower...Succeed Award recognizes faculty and staff members who:

·     Demonstrate exceptional levels of initiative or innovation
·     Exceed expectations and make a positive difference for students
·     Demonstrate outstanding student service or achievement
Booster Glenbard Gear Sale

50% off all Glenbard Gear Merchandise  

Date:  Friday, May 3rd 
Location:  Circle Drive 
Time: 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
Dr. David Larson, Superintendent
Capital improvements key to maintaining a community asset
It’s been a long winter, but one of the signs of summer coming is the Board of Education approving our list of summer capital improvement projects. We continue to make improvements to our buildings as part of our 10-year master facility plan. We are very thankful for the community’s support of our 2014 referendum, which makes these improvements possible.

Here’s a look at Glenbard West projects completed in the past three years:

·          New classroom wing, including eight science classrooms, two green roofs, solar panels,
receiving dock, photography lab and science department office
·          Added air conditioning throughout the building
·          Added energy efficient LED lighting in most areas of the building
·          Renovated six science classrooms into eight larger classrooms
·          Created a writing lab
·          Replaced roof over a wing of the main building
·          Replaced floor in four classrooms and boys PE locker room shower
·          Added locker room in Biester field house
·          Added permanent bleachers at Memorial Field
·          Repaired four tennis courts
·          Reconstructed masonry parapet

The following are projects we will complete at Glenbard West in summer 2019:

·          Field house lighting replacement
·          Auditorium carpet flooring replacement
·          Façade improvements – parapet reconstruction

We anticipate all capital project work to be completed before Aug. 2.

Glenbard West is a beautiful school, and much like maintaining our homes, we need to invest in renovations and repairs to the building. I am proud to work in a community that supports our students and staff, as well as our facility plans.
Required supplies are covered by students fees. Physical Education uniforms and locks will be included in the Freshman fees. Soph, Juniors and Seniors will be able to purchase new uniforms from their PE teacher after the first day of school. During Back-to-School days, students receive official class schedules, student lockers and busing information. Yearbook and ID photos are taken at this time; dress code applies.  

Wednesday, August 7
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

A - C 8:30-9:00 a.m.        
D - H 9:00-9:30 a.m.        
I - M 9:30-10:00 a.m.     
N - P 10:15-10:45 a.m.   
Q - S 10:45-11:15 a.m.   
T - Z 11:15a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  

BREAK 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 7 
1:30 - 5:00 p.m.

A - C 1:30-2:00 p.m.             
D - H 2:00-2:30 p.m.             
I - M 2:30-3:00 p.m.         
N - P 3:15-3:45 p.m.             
Q - S 3:45-4:15 p.m.             
T - Z 4:15-5:00 p.m.         
Thursday, August 8 
& iPad Training
8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

A - C 8:30-9:15 a.m.            
D - H 9:15-10:00 a.m.          
I - M 10:00-10:45 a.m.    
N - P 10:45-11:30 a.m.       
Q - S 11:30AM-12:15 p.m.   
T - Z 12:15-1:00 p.m.           

BREAK 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, August 8 
2:30 - 6:00 p.m.

A - C 2:30-3:00 p.m.           
D - H 3:00-3:30 p.m.        
I - M 3:30-4:00 p.m.           
N - P 4:00-4:30 p.m.           
Q - S 4:30-5:00 p.m.           
T - Z 5:00-6:00 p.m.           
Friday, August 9
Freshman Orientation
7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in the Auditorium 
Remember to send your student with a form of payment for any past due fees:  Check, cash or Visa/MasterCard is accepted. Please make checks payable to Glenbard West High School - students will fill in the amount owed and will receive a receipt for their purchase. If using a check as payment, be sure your student has multiple checks for all yearbooks, West Nation passes, Booster Family Activity passes, Glenbard Gear and any other items of interest, as they are all purchased separately.
FRESHMAN & TRANSFER STUDENTS ONLY:  After going through the Back-to-School stations, all freshmen, & transfer students receiving iPads for the first time, will be required to stay for a 1½ hour District 87 iPad training. At this time parents may leave and either come back to pick up their student or allow their student to take the bus home. Upon completion of training, all students will be allowed to take their iPads home. Non-freshman transfer students will return for this training during the 11:30 time slot on August 8th. No one will be issued an iPad without this training.

Transportation:   Glenbard West will provide two shuttle busses from 10:00 a.m. to approximately 2:00 p.m. These busses will run every 15 minutes and will depart from the back of the main building. The purpose of the busses is to take students home following iPad training. Please see the Bus Drop-off Locations chart below and discuss the best drop-off site with your student. Note that parents are responsible for getting their students to Glenbard West at their scheduled time. See the chart above for the Freshman Back-to-School Day/iPad Training and Deployment schedule.

Bus Drop-off Locations
Park Plaza Ave & N. Parkside Ave (NE)
Abraham Lincoln School
Hadley Junior High
Bloomingdale Rd & Shorewood (SE)
Glenside Jr. High
Willow Lakes Clubhouse
W Meadow Ave & Cimarron Rd (NE)
May 1
Spring Choral Concert
First United Methodist Church of Glen Ellyn
7:30 p.m.

May 2 and 3
Black Box Plays
7:00 p.m.

May 3
8th Grade Dance (Cafeteria)
7:00 p.m.

May 4
SAT National Test Date

Black Box Plays
6:00 and 8:00 p.m.

May 6 - May 17
AP Testing

May 10
West Nation Spring Fling Dance (Circle Drive) 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

May 11
Orchesis Show
7:00 p.m.

May 13
Honors Music Recital
1st Congregational Church of Glen Ellyn
7:30 p.m.
May 14
Student Council Ice Cream Social
2:35 - 2:45 p.m.

Senior Honors Convo (Auditorium)
7:30 p.m.

May 17
Seniors' Last Day/Senior Picnic
12:01 - 2:00 p.m.

May 21
Mandatory Graduation Practice
(Field House)
11:30 a.m.

May 23
Commencement (Duchon Field)
6:00 p.m.

May 27
No School - Memorial Day

May 29 - 31
Final Exams

Last Day for Students

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