WELCOME BACK 
2018-2019  

Glenbard West Administration Team
Linda Oberg, Alexandria Taylor, Dr. Peter Monaghan, Dr. Rebecca Sulaver, Stacy Scumaci
Chris Mitchell, Joe Kain, Mike Souza

Greetings, Hilltoppers -
 
 
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!  Throughout the summer, our team has been working hard to prepare for what we believe will be an amazing year.  Our teachers and support staff are excited and ready to provide a top-notch learning experience for all of our students.  Today marks the first day of the school year and the excitement throughout our campus is palpable. Students at West understand that they are a part of something special, and they are eager to contribute to the enriching culture that makes Glenbard West such a remarkable school.  
 
My message to parents is focused around communication, involvement and support.  I encourage all parents and guardians to stay informed by regularly reading our announcements, following us on Twitter (@GWHilltoppers) and using the school calendar.  All of these things can be found on the Glenbard West web page.  Additionally, West is lucky to have an incredible group of parent volunteers and we are continually looking for more!  Consider any one of these parent groups when thinking about getting involved:
 
 
Also, please note that this year's Open House is on Thursday, August 30th - I look forward to seeing you there.  The partnership that we have with parents is very powerful. Our goal is to always support parents in their mission to reinforce continual growth when it comes to our young people.
 
Students, all of you will be stepping into a new role this year and I can't wait to see your achievements!  As students, you understand that Glenbard West will always maintain high expectations when it comes to academics, behavior and involvement.  Why would we ever expect less of you!? I am confident that your individual contributions to the student body this year will be significant. I hope you will challenge yourselves to achieve at the highest level and pursue your individual interests with energy and enthusiasm.  My personal goal is to support you in these endeavors and to commit our staff to providing you with learning opportunities that will in turn provide you with a multitude of choices and options after high school.
 
To the West Community, I submit the notion of mutual support.  The students and staff of Glenbard West believe in the communities we serve and rely on the strength of that relationship.  This high school has changed a great deal over the decades, but we hold fast to the tradition of community engagement and awareness.  
 
As principal of Glenbard West, I am committed to striving for the excellence that defines our school. I consider myself a life-long learner and am eager to discover new ways to improve educational opportunities for our young people.  Please do not hesitate to contact me or any of the administrative team members with questions or comments. And as always, Go West!

Dr. Peter Monaghan
630-942-7473
peter_monaghan@glenbard.org

STUDENT RECOGNITION 
 
Daily Herald Academic Team 
Ella Crowley
Grace Larrabee, Honorable Mention

 
Students Earn Journalism Top Honors 
 
Congratulations to the following Glenbard West's Glen Bard on their Illinois Journalism
Education Association awards:
   
2nd Place: Best Digital Publication
2nd Place: Best Website

1st Place: Best Review -PJ Knapke
2nd Place: Best Alternative Storytelling - Molly Molloy
2nd place: Best Use of Social Media (Twitter) - Mary Swikle and Emma Blackwell
2nd Place: Best Serious Commentary - Ellie Ostroff
3rd Place: Best News or Feature Photo - Emma Blackwell  
3rd Place: Best Video Story - Emma Blackwell
Honorable Mention: Best Video Story - MaryBeth Feeley and Ashley Voigt
Honorable Mention: Best Personality Profile - Aliyah Mohiuddin
Honorable Mention: Best News or Feature Photo - Abby Hoffman 
 
Girl Scout Gold Award

Con gratulations to Elizabeth Bassett for earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.  For her Gold Award Project, Elizabeth created a full day STEM event called Girls with Hammers to encourage teen girls to be bold in their career choices. 

IMPORTANT TRAFFIC ALERT!!!

Village projects affect roads near Glenbard West

The Village of Glen Ellyn shared the following information about a construction project near Glenbard West:
  • The  Taylor Avenue Underpass will be closed beginning Monday, August 13 . Installation of changeable message signs and detour signage will begin approximately one week prior.
  • As the school year approaches, students and families must take note that the  Taylor Avenue Underpass will be closed to both pedestrian and vehicular traffic throughout the duration of the project for safety. Public sidewalks will be available along the detour routes.
  • The Park Boulevard construction from Fairview to Crescent will be substantially complete before construction begins on the Taylor Avenue Underpass, in order to minimize additional traffic congestion in the area.  
Updates and alerts will be posted to the Village's social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as in the Village's e-newsletter.
 
For a larger view of the above roadway construction project timeline, click here: http://files.constantcontact.com/c6e62b1a001/f2ad2cd3-75c2-4b15-92f4-b0433486dc95.pdf

Mr. Joe Kain, Asst. Principal for Athletics
From the Assistant Principal of Athletics:

As I reflect on the past year in the world of Glenbard West athletics, it is amazing to see the great number of student-athletes participating in sports at West. We have over 1200 student-athletes putting on the green and white representing our school proudly and adding to the tremendous tradition of being a Hilltopper. Not only are we strong in numbers, but we are also dedicated to success. Here are just a few highlights of our 2018 spring season:

Boys Gymnastics
IHSA 2nd Place Finish
Alexander Demeris and Aiden Rudolph IHSA State Champions in Floor Exercise
Boys Tennis
IHSA Sectional Champions

Katelynne Hart IHSA State Champion
 in 3200m and 1600m

Daniela Polencheck IHSA State Champion in 100m, 200m, 400m, and 800m AWD
Boys Track and Field
IHSA Sectional Champions (first time in 32 years)
Boys Volleyball
WSC Silver Conference Champions

IHSA Regional and Sectional Champions
IHSA 3rd Place Finish
Boys Lacrosse
 IHSA Sectional and Super Section Champions
IHSA 3rd Place Finish
Glenbard West is proud to offer 28 sports, many of which compete in the prestigious West Suburban Conference. Athletics instills and embraces lifelong learning in our young adults. Our coaches are dedicated to helping foster communication and teamwork to give each and every one that participates a quality experience. Although our numbers are outstanding, we constantly look for improvement and encourage everyone at West to get involved in some way.
 
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the tremendous Booster Club that we have at Glenbard West. They donate their time and energy to promote and improve all academic and extracurricular offerings at West. It is a great way to get involved and support our school. I would strongly encourage anyone who is looking to get involved to contact their organization at gwboosters.com.
 
This year we continue to benefit from lights and turf at Memorial Field. In just the fall alone, we will have boys soccer, field hockey, and football contests being played after school and under the lights. This does not include all of the daily practices that helps keep so many of our student athletes on campus. It is an outstanding venue that I would encourage everyone to come out and see a game. We have ten sports that compete during the fall season with girls tennis playing just to the east of Memorial Field. Our boys and girls golf teams play at local courses around the area and our boys and girls cross country teams run their home meets at Camera Park in Glendale Heights. Our girls' swim program teams up with Glenbard South and competes in the suburban area along with our girls volleyball team who plays in Biester Gym. Opening day for many of these fall sports is just around the corner!
 
Please note that athletic schedules do change from time to time due to weather and other circumstances. The most up to date information, along with helpful links such as the athletic handbook, can always be found at il.8to18.com/glenbardwest and can be easily accessed from the Glenbard West home page. As always, thank you for supporting Glenbard West Athletics and GO HILLTOPPERS!

Joe Kain
Assistant Principal for Athletics
joseph_kain@glenbard.org  
Matter of Pride - May 
Front Row: Emily Grabowski, Alexandra Gregule, Ashley Voigt, Nicole Mattson, Ngan Nguyen and Elizabeth Ramirez.  Back Row: Tyrese McKay, Jay Ludington and Joe Zydlo 
Not Pictured: Luke Malek  
BULLYING TIP LINE

The School Violence and Bullying Tip Line  (630) 942-­7406 is for students and others to anonymously report threats of school violence and/or bullying behavior. Posters are available through the Attorney General's Office or through the web page at ( http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/children/schoolviolence.html).
 
 
The Attorney General's Safety Tips ( http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/children/kids/safetytips.html) homepage contains a number of 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.

Ms. Linda Oberg,
Asst. Principal for Operations

From the Assistant Principal for Operations:

Every summer we take time to make improvements throughout our buildings in order to create a safe and clean learning environment for our students.  This is a brief list of just some of the things we accomplished while our students were on summer break.
 
Indoors - 
  • This year we put in a new elevator lift so that our students in wheelchairs can safely reach the 200 level classrooms on the east side of the building.  
  • The MURC (Multi-Use Resource Center) received an extensive facelift.  It now houses 32 Mac desktop computers, fresh paint, new carpet, and is furnished with new flexible learning furniture. The MURC now has the functionality to serve as a classroom space for over 60 students or a meeting space for up to 90.
  • Five offices and six classrooms received new flooring and numerous rooms and hallways were freshly painted.   
  • All of our life safety inspections and repairs were completed over the summer.
  • Sound proofing panels were added to the West Library classroom/computer lab.
  • We converted one classroom into a mini culinary lab to accommodate the increased interest in culinary skills and fitness/nutrition.
Outdoors -
  • The parapet wall above rooms 208 through 213 underwent major restoration which entailed repairing and replacing masonry work that had given out over the decades.
  • We added a new concrete ramp so that wheelchair-bound students can go from Entrance 2 to the library at Entrance 31 without having to use the driveway.
  • Mid-year last school year, some alumni from the Class of 1966 contacted us to ask permission to raise funds to restore the victory bell that was originally purchased by the classes of 1960 & 1966.  We agreed that this was an exciting proposal and they began a fundraising project.  They raised enough money to complete the project, and it was restored this summer by the classes of 1966, 1967 & 1968.  The Class of 1984 replaced the rusted out frame that supports the bell. The Class of 2018 restored the original concrete pedestal and had brick work applied to make the pedestal match the main building.  This was a wonderful multigenerational gift.
Go Glenbard West Hilltoppers!

Linda Oberg
Assistant Principal for Operations
linda_oberg@glenbard.org 
 
Dr. Rebecca Sulaver, Asst. Principal for Instruction
From the Assistant Principal for Instruction:


Open House
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Auditorium

The staff and students of Glenbard West High School cordially invite you to join us for our annual Open House on  Thursday, August 30th . 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:

Principal Presentation in the Auditorium  (6:00) 
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)  

*Drivers Ed will be in Room 428
*P.E. will be in the Cafeteria
 
 
NOTE: IMPORTANT MEETING INFO
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 parents of sophomores and freshmen (with counselors) begins at 5:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria.
 
 


Friday, August 31, 2018
Student Early Dismissal Schedule

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  will provide the College Board's PSAT 8/9 to all students in the ninth grade, PSAT 10 to all students in the 10th grade, and SAT to all students in the 11th grade for free beginning Spring 2019.   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, Excel Edge, or the District 87 test preparation class.  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 10 minute video at https://goo.gl/BjYDZg.

More information about the PSAT test and the SAT test can be found at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org.  
 
Dr. Rebecca Sulaver
Assistant Principal for Instruction
rebecca_sulaver@glenbard.org

A Message from the Deans' Office

Stacy Scumaci, Mike Souza, Alexandria Taylor

 
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.
 
Please remind students to bring their electronic devices to school fully charged and to keep them in a safe place at all times.  Please take a moment and review our  Acceptable Use of Technology Policy (Section 9:10) and contact our office with any questions.  

In addition, Glenbard West's dress code is outlined in the  Castle Keys Handbook. 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!

GLENBARD WEST'S THEATRE SEASON 
2018-2019
 
Fall Musical 
GUYS & DOLLS 
November 1, 2, 3   
Winter Comedy 
THE FROGS 
January 24, 25, 26 
Spring Play  
STILL LIFE WITH IRIS 
April 11, 12, 13  
 
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Congratulations to Glenbard West Theatre,  Brennan Doughery, Elinore Tolman and Sage Wuertzer.    Out of hundreds of kids statewide who auditioned for  "In the Heights" , next year's All-State show, these three were selected!!!
Drivers Education Parent Clinic 
for current Drivers Ed students will be held on
Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Library.

2018-2019
NEW STAFF AT WEST
 
 
 

Name: Department:
Michelle Antonelli 
Science 
Dana Bonnecarre 
Social Work Intern 
Jessica Datta  Psychologist Intern 
Jackson Howenstine 
World Languages 
Tim Hughes 
Fine Arts 
Tom Kallas 
World Language 
Kristin Kane 
Mathematics
Carrie McCann  
Physical Education 
Lissete Ochoa 
School Counseling 
Jordan Poll  School Psychologist/Interventionist 
Jessica Romanelli 
World Languages 
Timothy Schuett  Science 
Laura Seimetz  Psychologist Intern 
Michael Shutack 
English 
Alexandria Taylor 
Dean of Students 
Filomena Troianiello 
FACS/Business
Christopher Waters 
Department  Chair-Special Education  
Danielle West 
FACS/Business
Raquel Wintermute  World Languages 
Sarah Zayas  Social Studies 


The Glenbard West classroom addition was honored as Best of Educational,
High School Addition/Renovation at the Masonry Advisory Council's  2018 Excellence in Masonry awards ceremony.  The award recognize architectural design excellence and honor the talent that makes those designs a reality.

SCHOOL COUNSELING DEPARTMENT

Back Row: Tony Bergantino, Kate Culloton, Jeremiah Wiencek, Margie Kruk, Tad Keely, Mike Neberz Front Row: Rhiannon Sieck, Chris Gladish, Beatriz de Ferreira, Natalie Rubino, Lissete Ochoa

It's College Application Season!
We understand the entire college application process can be a stressful one. Between visits, financial considerations, discussions on the right fit, and pressure put on you by the colleges themselves trying to get you to apply early, things can easily become overwhelming. To minimize your worries, West's School Counselors are here to guide your Seniors and you throughout each step. With that being said, many of you may notice a new name in the School Counseling department. This school year we are excited to welcome Lissete Ochoa to the team. Mrs. Ochoa will be acquiring the students previously with Ms. Lubiniecki. Ms. Lubiniecki will be missed as she enjoys her retirement after spending a productive career at West!

The first step in the college application process; all seniors and their parents completing the "College Profile" and "Parent Input Form" respectively on Naviance under the "About Me" and "My Surveys."  This valuable information will help support seniors' letters of recommendation. The Senior Letter was sent home in the last few weeks to prompt this process that you can refer to for more information, 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 4th 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 30th 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 1st deadline. Stay tuned to your child's Naviance main page after logging in for more detailed information.
STUDENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT

Front Row: Dana Bonnecarre, Laura Seimetz, Pam Luka  Back Row: Bridget Mazzone, Jessica Walters,
Chris Mitchell, Amanda Meyer, Wendy Rosario, Deandra Bass, Jessica Datta, Mary Yangas, Jordan Poll 
 
   
 
As we begin our 2018-2019 school year, we would like to take a moment to say "welcome back" as well as acknowledge recent changes to our department. We were sad to have Ms. Joyce Barrett, School Psychologist retire in June, but are excited to welcome School Psychologist Interventionist, Mr. Jordan Poll. Additionally, we welcome our new Administrative Assistant to Student Services, Ms. Mary Yangas.

At the beginning of each school year, it is important for us take a moment to define our roles so that parents/guardians have a solid understanding of how we can best assist their student. We work with students and families that may be in need of social and/or emotional guidance in order to support their student in accessing his/her educational goals.

This school year we will continue to engage with students, staff, parents, and community members through promoting and implementing Social & Emotional Learning Standards into the school and community at large. Above you will find a graphic outlining the five Core Competencies.

As we exit the summer and prepare for the new school year, we have compiled a list of eight tips that you may choose to incorporate into your family routine.  They are listed below.

1.  Re-examine the course load that your student has chosen to take and make sure the right choices were made.  Students should be challenged, but not overwhelmed.

2.  Look over the clubs, activities, and sports offered at Glenbard West and decide as a family which one(s) your student will become involved in.  Even if it is one little thing that gives him/her a chance to interact with others, it counts!

3.  Create a structured time and place to complete homework.  For some, it may be completing homework immediately after walking in the door from school; while for others, homework time is after dinner or work.  Everyone fares better with a consistent routine.

4.  Make it a family priority to look at the Powerschool grades together on a consistent basis.  If your student is struggling, encourage him/her to reach out to teachers and/or various staff members for additional assistance.

5.  Ask your son/daughter questions and REALLY listen to the answers.  Try to ask specific open-ended questions and go with whatever he/she wants to talk about.  This helps to foster communication skills and trust.

6.  Remind your student to slow down and take a break at times in order to avoid the build up of undue stress.  Help your son/daughter find small ways he/she can find some downtime in order to give their mind time-off from their daily responsibilities.

7.  Find time to spend together as a family.  It is easy to forget the importance of spending quality time interacting personally with each other.  Try to fully engage with one another.  This helps your child feel important and loved, which can help decrease emotional and behavioral problems.

8.  Take time to unplug from all electronics while at home.  Consider having a central charging station within the house.  Have structured times when you will all put your phones or devices away regularly.  As alternatives, spend time outside, playing games, reading books, or talking with one another.   



Dr. David Larson, Superintendent
Advice for navigating the teen years

Being the parent of a teen-ager can be exhausting. Your once easygoing, affable child has morphed into someone who swings between moody, impulsive, rebellious, uncommunicative and more.
 
As teens make their way through high school, they look to gain independence all while having a bit of an identity crisis. Let's look at what parents/guardians can do to help their teens and keep their sanity at the same time.
 
Be proactive
Teens struggle to see the connection between what they're learning in school and "real life." You can help make the connection by stressing the importance of education. Monitor classwork and grades in PowerSchool and Schoology and talk with your teen about what's happening in various classes. You may view your student's activity within Schoology, including homework, due dates and other important class information. Accessing this information can lead to a more productive conversation than the typical, "How was school today?" answered with, "Fine."
 
Attend after-school events 
Attend your teen's sporting events, concerts and theatrical productions. Although they likely won't say it, they want to see you in the stands and audience. Celebrate them; tell them why you are proud of them. 
 
Teach your teen how to ask for academic help
Work with your son or daughter on how to communicate with their teachers and counselor. Help your student learn to take ownership by talking to the teacher before you step in. Teen-agers are maturing and part of that process is not having their parent intervene in their affairs too much. 
 
Don't be afraid to allow them to fail
As parents/guardians, we must hold our teens accountable and support rather than enable them. Although it can be difficult, it's important that we let them learn from failure. Help them understand the difference between short-term and long-term failure.
 
Spend one-on-one time together
Do what they want to do; maybe it's binge watching Game of Thrones. Go with it. Carve out one-on-one time with your son or daughter, and be present in that time. In just a few years, you'll be thankful you invested the time.
 
Remember, everything will be OK
The teen years are guaranteed to be stressful, but there are plenty of good days among the tumultuous ones. Sometimes, let things go. Keep your sense of humor. Your son or daughter will make mistakes, but that's how they learn. And remember that, although it's not always obvious, your teen has been listening to you and watching you for years. They know the right thing to do. They will make good choices and learn to be responsible
 
Don't go it alone
The Glenbard Parent Series speaker series is a free monthly program that features nationally recognized parenting experts and local educators discussing a range of topics that all families face as teens make their way through adolescence to adulthood.
 
Programs offered during the afternoons, evenings and Saturdays focus on everything from helping teens manage stress to what digital citizenship is all about to navigating the college application process and much more. It's also a great place to connect with other parents and guardians who are facing many of the same issues you are. I encourage you to check out the program lineup at glenbardgps.org and set alerts on your calendar so you won't miss these powerful programs.
 
These are exciting, emotional and challenging years. In partnership with your teen's teachers, counselor, coaches and club sponsors, you - and your teen - are going to be OK. Now, getting through your youngest child's commencement ceremony - that's a subject for another day.

 
Reality Illinois, the Teen Advisory Panel to the DuPage County Health Department, is seeking high school students to be a part of a volunteer initiative committed to wellness, positive teen development and substance abuse prevention. Students meet monthly as they gain the tools to strengthen their leadership and decision-making skills. 
 
Reality Illinois students have successfully advocated area Park District and Village Boards for smoke free parks and Tobacco 21 (an ordinance prohibiting tobacco sales to those under 21). All DuPageCounty students are welcome to join, to enhance their resume and make a difference.   
Meetings take place 6:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at the Glenbard District 87 District Office, 596 Crescent Blvd. in Glen Ellyn. The first meeting of the 2018-19 school year will take place on Wednesday, Sept 5.  For questions and more information contact Gilda Ross, Glenbard student and community projects coordinator at gilda_ross@glenbard.org
or at 630-942-7558.  We educate to empower, join us.
Latex Allergies

Schools across the nation are experiencing more and more students who have latex allergies.  Often, students with this allergy can have severe and even life threatening reactions if exposed to latex resins and powders.  For their safety, there are certain latex products we no longer allow on campus.  Latex balloons and silly string pose a significant health threat to students with a latex allergy.  These products are not allowed on campus at any time, including after school, evening and weekend events.  With this in mind, we request your help: Please talk with your children about this health and safety issue.  Some students might not understand the reason for a "balloon ban."  We want all Glenbard West parents to know that their children are safe on our campus.
Release During School Hours

For safety and security reasons, a prior written or oral consent of a student's custodial parent/guardian is required before a student is released during school hours: (1) at any time before the regular dismissal time or at any time before school is otherwise officially closed, and/or (2) to any person other than a custodial parent/guardian.

Professional Learning Communities (PLC's)

Early Dismissal Mondays
Every Monday (except holidays) Glenbard West students will be dismissed at 1:52 p.m. to allow teachers time to meet in collaborative groups.  Regular bus service will be provided for students, including extra-curricular and athletic buses.

 
 
15  
First Day of School 
17  
West Nation "Back to School" Dance 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. (Circle Drive) 
20
PLC Early Dismissal at 1:52 p.m. 
Freshman Orientation 1:52 p.m. 
22 
GPS - Community Read: The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien.  
7:00 p.m. (Auditorium)
 
27
PLC Early Dismissal at 1:52 p.m.
Music Parent Night 7:30 p.m. (Auditorium)
30
Open House 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. (Auditorium)
 **Counselor Sessions start at 5:00 p.m. in various locations **
31  Student Early Dismissal at 12:35 p.m. 
 
 
September

3 
NO SCHOOL - LABOR DAY  
5 
Driver Ed Parent Clinic 7:00 p.m. (Library) 
6 
Theatre Parent Night 7:00 p.m. (Auditorium)  
10 
PLC Early Dismissal at 1:52 p.m.
Freshman Orientation 1:52 p.m.   
11 
West Nation Board Meeting 5:00 p.m. (Rm. 428) 
12 
AMP Meeting 7:00 p.m. (Choir Rm) 
15 
GPS Speaker: Frank Palmasani "Conquering the Challenges of College Costs"   10:30 a.m. (Glenbard West Library)

GPS Speaker: Kiril Spasovski "The Early Grad Club"
11:30 a.m. (Glenbard West Library) 
17 
PLC Early Dismissal at 1:52 p.m.
Freshman Orientation 1:52 p.m.
West Nation Event (TBD) 6:00 p.m.
20  
Booster Meeting/Spring Awards 7:00 p.m. (Library) 
21 
Homecoming Pep Rally and Bonfire Begins at 6:00 p.m.
(Biester Gym)
 
22 
Booster Pancake Breakfast 8:00 - 11:30 a.m. (Cafeteria) 
Homecoming Parade 10:00 a.m. 
Homecoming Alumni Tours 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. 
Homecoming Dance 8:00 - 11:00 p.m. (Biester Gym) 
24   PLC Early Dismissal at 1:52 p.m. 
27 
Fall Orchestra Concert 7:30 p.m. (Auditorium) 
       


 
*****UPCOMING EVENTS*****

11/21/18 - 11/23/18 THANKSGIVING BREAK
12/19/18 - 12/21/18 1ST SEMESTER FINALS
12/24/18 - 1/4/19


1/8/19 
WINTER BREAK  
Monday, January 7, 2019  Teacher Institute Day
(NO STUDENT ATTENDANCE) 
Classes Resume 
2/2/19
PACK THE PLACE (BIESTER) 
2/13/19  8TH GRADE ATHLETIC AND ACTIVITY NIGHT
7:00 P.M. (BIESTER/FIELD HOUSE)
3/25/19 - 3/29/19
4/1/19 
SPRING BREAK
Classes resume  
4/27/19 PROM/POST PROM
5/4/19 SAT NATIONAL TEST DATE AT WEST
5/6/19 - 5/17/19  
AP EXAMS 
5/17/19 LAST DAY FOR SENIORS
5/22/19 - 5/24/19 2ND SEMESTER FINALS
5/23/19 
COMMENCEMENT 2019 
THURSDAY, MAY 23 at 6:00 p.m. (DUCHON FIELD) 
5/24/19
LAST DAY FOR STUDENTS
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
   
 





The Glenbard Parent Series (GPS): Navigating Healthy Families is an educational consortium dedicated to presenting distinguished high-profile authors, clinicians, and educators  who share their research -based knowledge and experiences. Our mission is to enhance our students' social and emotional learning, encourage responsible decision-making, foster positive growth and development, and promote respectful relationships as we  encourage conversation around the opportunities and issues facings families today.  The powerful Glenbard Parent Series is a nationally recognized, extraordinary resource for parents, educators, students, and community members to foster real-world skills and traits to help students be better prepared for life, the workforce, and college.

Programs are offered free of charge, no registration is required and the public is welcome. Note the addition this year of four Glenbard Early Childhood events targeted at parents of our youngest children - birth to age 10.  For more information, visit the GPS Glenbard Parent Series Website
CLICK HERE.    
   
  
Tuesday, August 22, 2018
GPS Community Read Special Event
"The Things They Carried" by Tim O'Brien
Glenbard West at 7:00 p.m.
 
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
First Class Support for Students on the Autism Spectrum
Speaker: Dr. Michael Duggan
Glenbard South at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 15, 2018
Conquering the Challenges of College Costs
Speaker: Frank Palmasani
Glenbard West at 10:30 a.m.  

The Early Grad Club: Ways to Complete College Quickly
Speaker: Kiril Spasovski, Glenbard South Alum
Glenbard West at 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Cultivating Curiosity, Independence and Resilience in Your Teen
Speaker: Dr. Tina Payne Bryson
Glenbard South at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 
The Whole Brain Child*
Speaker: Dr. Tina Payne Bryson
Marquardt Administration Center at 9:30 a.m. 


Cultivating Curiosity, Independence and Resilience in Your Teen
 
 
Speaker: Dr. Tina Payne Bryson
Marquardt Administration Center 12:00 p.m. 

*For parents of children ages 3 to 7


FUSE 
Families United in Support of Equity and Excellence
for African-American Students
Co-Sponsored by the DuPage County Branch NAACP 
 
Saturday, September 8, 2018 
The High Performer in You: Academic Recognition Event
Speaker: Dr. Peter James
Glenbard South at 11:30 a.m.

 
 
Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee /GPS Programs in Spanish   

Thursday, August 23, 2018 
The Technology and Training to Help Your Child Thrive
Speaker: Susanna Melon, B-PAC Coordinator
Glenbard North at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 13, 2018 
Making College Possible Step-by-Step
Speaker: Ercilia Jones and Dr. Ferney Ramirez
Glenbard North at 6:00 p.m. 
 

 
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