670 Crescent Boulevard Glen Ellyn, IL 60137  Phone : (630)469-8600 Attendance : (630)858-5060
Principal's Newsletter 
Senior Edition
Dear Seniors and Parents:
Glenbard West High School will hold its Commencement for the Class of 2019 at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2019. Our teachers, staff and administrators are looking forward to this ceremony that will recognize the accomplishments of the Class of 2019. We know how hard they have worked to achieve their goals and prepare themselves for life beyond high school. Most have built relationships and connections within the school that will last a lifetime. We would like to emphasize the importance of exiting with pride and acknowledge that the most important tradition is for our seniors to end the school year with positive memories and enriching experiences. Our faculty and staff are hard at work planning a commencement ceremony that will allow your graduate and family members the opportunity to celebrate this special moment.
The administration, faculty and staff at West believe that it is important to make the end of the year special for seniors. We know that our seniors and their parents share this objective. We have worked with student leadership and planned a number of activities that are designed to maintain expectations, celebrate the accomplishments and recognize the achievements of our graduates. 

As we look forward to this year’s culminating activities, we will maintain our expectations for serious work and proper behavior through the last day of student attendance. There have been unfortunate times when a graduating senior used poor judgment during these last days in high school and engaged in campus vandalism or improper conduct. Please realize that such behavior could jeopardize that student's participation in the commencement ceremony and/or result in more serious consequences. This year we have held meetings with senior leaders to hear their concerns and make sure our expectations are known and clear. Also, remember that there are NO "ditch days" and students who miss school for unauthorized reasons will face academic and disciplinary consequences. We appreciate the support we receive from parents in maintaining a respectful and safe environment for all students throughout the school year. 
We look forward to sharing this commencement with our families and the Class of 2019. Commencement will be an occasion where we reflect the significance of their accomplishments and the pride we all feel on their behalf. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Chris Mitchell
Assistant Principal for Student Services
Wednesday, April 3

Mandatory Senior Meeting in the Auditorium (7th/8th period)
Friday, April 26

Graduation forms completed and due to Student Services (commencement participation/extra ticket request)
Saturday, April 27

Prom 2019 and Post Prom (see below) 
Monday, May 6

Complete Senior Survey
Friday, May 10

Final Exams for Seniors in Danger of Failing
Monday, May 13 thru
Thursday, May 16
iPads return to Bookstore or iPad Buyout
Tuesday, May 14

Senior Honors Convocation 7:30 p.m. (Auditorium)
Wednesday, May 15

All Financial Obligations Due
Friday, May 17

Senior Picnic/Last Day
Tuesday, May 21

Mandatory Graduation Practice 11:30 a m. (Field house)
Thursday, May 23

Mandatory Graduation Practice 11:30 a m. (Field House) 
Mandatory Senior Meeting (April 3) : During periods 7 and 8 in the auditorium, Seniors will hear important graduation and end of the year information. The Senior Class group picture (panoramic photo) will be taken following the meeting by Lifetouch. The panoramic photo can be ordered online at events.lifetouch.com (once the picture has been taken).
TextBooks/iPads: Seniors need to return all rented books and iPads before May 16 . Students who do NOT return books/iPad will be fined. 

Cap, Gown & Commencement Tickets: Seniors with all obligations resolved will be issued their cap, gown and commencement tickets after Graduation Rehearsal on May 21. If you have not ordered a cap and gown, please contact Herff Jones immediately at (815)756-4743.  Ordering online is no longer an option .

Commencement DVD : Communication Resource Management will be providing a DVD of Commencement for all interested parties. To order your copy please visit: http://mygraduationvideo.com/

Photographs: GradImages is the official photographer for the Commencement Ceremony. Each graduate will be photographed and the proofs will be available for viewing soon after the event at www.gradimages.com .

Senior Picnic: Starting period 6 (12:01 p.m.) on May 17, the entire senior class will come together to enjoy sharing memories, looking forward to graduation and eating some delicious picnic food. “Senior Most” awards will take place at the end of the picnic and Seniors will leave campus by 2:00 p.m.

Tickets: Each senior participating in commencement will receive four (4) tickets. Students can request up to four (4) additional tickets by completing and returning the extra ticket form by April 26 . More ticket information will be enclosed in the mailing.
Commencement Eligibility
Students must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony:

1. Successfully complete academic and attendance requirements from Glenbard West High School (as specified in the Castle Keys Handbook) during the first and second semester of the 2018-2019 school year.

2. Clear all financial obligations by 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.   

Responsibilities of Graduates
1.      Be sure that you have ordered your cap and gown. If for some reason you have not, you may still do so through Herff-Jones (815) 756-4743.  Ordering online is no longer an option.

2.    Complete the Commencement Participation Form with parent ( Commencement Participation Form Here ) by April 26.

3.    Complete the online Senior Survey in Naviance between April 12 th – May 6 th .

4.    Clean out your locker by Thursday, May 16, 2019.  Anything left will be donated, recycled, or disposed of.

5.    Clear all obligations and responsibilities by Wednesday, May 15, 2019 to the appropriate personnel.

6.    Attend Commencement Rehearsal.  Report promptly to the commencement rehearsal in the Field House at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 . Participation in the rehearsal is mandatory.  NOTE: Failure to participate in the commencement rehearsal may result in the student being excluded from the ceremony.

7.    On commencement day, remember to wear appropriate attire. Students are expected to dress in a manner appropriate to the occasion. Students should wear dress attire. All students are to wear dress shoes. Note: If a student arrives in inappropriate attire, they will be asked to change or NOT march in the processional.

8.    Maintain the dignity of the commencement ceremony. Be respectful, quiet and attentive during the commencement ceremony so that parents, friends and guests have the opportunity to hear all of the graduates’ names being announced.

9.    When taking the diploma on stage, remember to use a firm handshake; make eye contact with the presenter of your diploma, while taking your diploma with your left hand and shaking hands with your right hand. If you want to assure that your name is pronounced correctly during the graduation ceremony, there will be an opportunity during the commencement practice to speak to those who will be reading names.  
10. Save cheering for after the ceremony.

11. Avoid gum chewing, food or use of cell phones.

12. Please do not bring purses. There is no place to put them, you’ll be holding a diploma.

13. Enjoy the ceremony!    

NOTE: Seniors who do not wish to adhere to these responsibilities are entitled to not attend graduation and to pick their diploma from the registrar after June 3, 2019.   

Responsibilities of Parents

1.    Complete the Commencement Participation Form ( Commencement Participation Form ) by April 26.

2.    Be aware of the extra ticket request form, if needed. The form is included in the graduation packet that will be mailed to the student's home immediately after spring break. This form is due by April 26.

3.    Arrive to graduation early. The gates will open at 4:30 p.m. There will be no prior saving of seats (first come, first serve basis).
4.    Avoid shouting out or clapping between the reading of names. We want everyone to hear each graduate’s name announced and this can only be accomplished if everyone remains quiet during the ceremony. Please hold your applause until all names have been read.

5.    Avoid bringing large bouquets, latex or Mylar balloons, or umbrellas please.

6.    Once the home side bleachers are filled to capacity or at 6:00 p.m ., all spectators will be asked to sit on the visitor’s side bleachers or the air-conditioned Auditorium where closed-circuit viewing is available.

7.    In the event of inclement weather and the graduation is held indoors, there will be limited seating in Biester Gym due to the size of the graduating class, therefore ONLY the GREEN (all admission) tickets and limited WHITE (inside special seating) will be recognized in Biester Gym. All other tickets WHITE (outside special seating) and ( GOLD ) will be designated for the auditorium. 

8.    The complete ceremony will take approximately 2 hours.
Dr. Monaghan with members of our Student Council Executive Board, Max Dikker,
Brennan Dougherty, Alex Frazer, Abby Hoffman, Delaney MacIsaac, Robbie Matthew, Caroline Morawski, Maggie Pasterz at the Student Council Valentine's Day Breakfast.
National Merit Finalists

Peter Blatchford
Emilia Carlson
Samra Haseeb
Benjamin Kelleher
Ahalya Lettenberger
Sarah Pasinski
Henry Stachowiak

Technology Center of DuPage
Senior of the Year

Auriel Hernandez
Multimedia & Television Production

(pictured below)

Daily Herald Leadership Team

Alexander Frazer - Honorable Mention
Yuvia Serna - Honorable Mention

Eagle Scout

Collin Estes

Livingston Human
Relations Awards

Emilia Carlson
Brennan Dougherty
Maura Doyle
Alexander Frazer
Thomas Halkyard
Caroline Morawski
Caden Phillips
Ian Repking
Yuvia Serna
Eve Shanahan

IHSA 2019
Congratulations to Rory Cavan and Katie Hohe, recipients of the IHSA 2019 All-State Academic Team. Pictured left to right are Dr. Monaghan, Rory Cavan, Katie Hohe and Assistant Principal for Athletics, Mr. Joe Kain.
Congratulations to Glenbard West’s girls gymnastics team winning the IHSA State Championship!

Glenbard West student Maddie Diab won the All-Around, finished 1st on vault, uneven parallel bars, and balance beam and finished 2nd on floor exercise. Glenbard West student Maia Lee finished 4th on the uneven parallel bars. Glenbard West team members include: Alina Bhagwakar, Anna Diab, Maddie Diab, Audrey Harrington, Katherine Hoban, Maia Lee, Claire McGurk, Abby Myers, Taylor Ramirez, Nina Samuta, Haley Trippel, Carlos Fuentes is their head coach.

Also, Carlos Fuentes was named Illinois High School Gymnastics Coaches Association Coach of the Year and Maddie Diab was named Senior Gymnast of the Year.
Coach of the Year, Carlos Fuentes
Carlos Fuentes was named "Coach of the Year" for the fourth consecutive year from the IHSGGCA. Congratulations Coach!
Congratulations to Glenbard West’s performance in the round team for taking third place at the forensics state final tournament. Pictured are: Matthew (Finn) Bender, Tommy Sear, Maxwell Alexander, David Benjamin, Annie Feazel, Elyssa Fischer, Treeya Desai, Luisa Metz, Shae Regan, Deepa Phuyal, Kathleen Taback and Colleen Shanahan. Kimberly Gwizdala is their coach.
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: Patricia Madel, Xavier Phillips, Gio Rivera, Isaiah Townsend, Matthew Epstein
Front Row: Allyn Gordon, Eowyn Keaton, Melanie Quinones, Haydee Cruz, Natalya Marines
Glenbard West's Spring Performance

Still Life With Iris

April 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m.

April 13 Matinee at 2:30 p.m.

Purchase your tickets HERE
April 9th and 10th will be important testing days for freshmen, sophomores and juniors. The State required SAT college admission test will start for JUNIORS on April 9 . On April 10th FRESHMAN and SOPHOMORES will take the PSAT test . The SAT test is a requirement for graduation so any senior who did not take the test last year will need to sit for the test this year. On April 9th, Juniors will report to school at their normal start time of 7:35 a.m. and will be released at approximately 12:30 p.m. after testing is completed. In preparation for this test, juniors should consider four colleges they would like their scores sent to for free. They will complete this as part of a pre-administration session in school after Spring Break. Freshman, sophomores, and seniors will not be in attendance on April 9th. On April 10th freshmen and sophomores will report to school at the normal start time of 7:35 a.m. and will take the PSAT test. They will be released at approximately at 11:30 a.m. Seniors are encouraged to use both days as College Visit days. Visits can be easily scheduled on any of the college websites.

Tuesday, April 9th
Non-attendance Day
Non-attendance Day
SAT Test, 7:35 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 10th
PSAT 8/9 Test, 7:35 - 11:30 a.m.
PSAT 10 Test, 7:35 - 11:30 a.m.
Non-attendance Day
-----Non-attendance Days: Suggested College Visits
College Board Suite of Assessments

The Suite of Assessments that your student will be taking has been redesigned to be more student-friendly and more relevant to the world they know. In reviewing the content of these exams, they are closely aligned with many of the instructional shifts we are making as a high school including:
  • The use of evidence to support arguments in writing
  • A strong emphasis on algebra proficiency
  • Problem solving and data analysis
  • Application of reading, writing, language and math skills to answer questions in a variety of contexts

You can find more information about the SAT Suite of Assessments at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org
One of the key advantages of the Suite of Assessments that excites us is the availability for students to receive free, high quality exam preparation through Khan Academy online. Students are able to take practice tests, receive immediate feedback, learn from online tutorials, and store and retrieve previous exam scores they have taken to track their progress. This may be especially helpful for those juniors who took the PSAT/NMSQT exam in October, as it will give a benchmark that Khan Academy will use to customize SAT prep for the student. You can access Khan Academy's SAT support at https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/sat
Some parents may still choose to have their student take one or more ACT exams during the Spring. These are offered on specific Saturdays nationwide. To register for one of these exam dates visit www.actstudent.org.

Feel free to contact your student’s counselor with any questions regarding test ing.
Carter Lindstrom competed in the IHSA 3-point contest in March at the IHSA Boys Basketball State Finals in Peoria. On Friday, March 15th, he won the Class 4A championship by hitting twelve 3-pointers and on Saturday, March 16th, he won the "King of the Hill" competition by hitting eleven 3's and defeating the 1A, 2A, and 3A champions. Head Coach is Tim Hoder.
Dr. David Larson, Superintendent
Exciting work under way with Profile of a Graduate Committee
Last month, we held our first meeting with our Profile of a Graduate Committee -- a group of more than 60 students, parents, community members, teachers, administrators and Board of Education members. Their energy and feedback were overwhelmingly positive.
Committee members participated in several activities to learn more about graduate profiles and recent trends in the workforce and society. They also started building consensus on what our Profile of a Graduate will look like.

A Profile of a Graduate is a collection of capabilities or qualities that characterize our graduates. We’re working with EdLeader21 to identify the knowledge, skills and experiences our students must gain in high school so they are prepared for college, careers and life.

Our Profile of a Graduate will guide our work to prepare students for their future in a changing world. It will help answer:
What should our graduates be able to do?
What should they know?
What are they ready to do?
How will they view themselves?

During the Profile of a Graduate Committee’s first meeting, we reviewed the ThoughtExchange report, which outlines the ideas and trends from our community-wide survey conducted in November. Our Thoughtexchange asked people to answer two open-ended questions and rate other people’s comments through a star rating system. We appreciate so many people taking time to share their thoughts and opinions. There were more than 32,000 ratings of the 1,413 thoughts shared in our Thoughtexchange. You may see the Top Thoughts and Top Themes that emerged from the Exchange by reading the report at:

The Profile of a Graduate committee met this month and will meet again in April. We will update you after these meetings.

We plan to have a finished Profile of a Graduate this summer. We are excited about the direction we’re moving in to best prepare our students for their future.
Congratulations to Jaylen Timms. Jaylen (pictured on the left) represented Glenbard West in DuPage County’s ACT-SO competition on Saturday, March 16th at the College of DuPage and placed S ilver in Earth and Space Science and Bronze in Art.
PROM 2019
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
All Student Bus Check in at: Ackerman Sports Complex

Post Prom Change of Clothes Check-in: 5:00 p.m.

Time: Busses will have a staggered release starting at 5:30 p.m.

Prom Location: The Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows, 2950 Golf Rd, Rolling Meadows, IL

This year there will be ONE prom experience ticket that includes
prom tickets, parent sponsored Post-Prom tickets and a luxurious coach
bus ride from Ackerman to prom and back to post prom.


Prom Experience tickets will ONLY be sold during all lunch periods on The Bridge.

April 8 (ONLY): Discounted tickets & VIP seat selection ($75 per person/$150 per couple).

April 11-12: Full price tickets with VIP Seat Choice ($80 pp/$160 per couple)
  • There will be no ticket sales April 9th & 10th due to SAT testing.

April 15-18: Full price tickets ($80 pp/$160 per couple)

April 22-26: Post-Prom only ($20) ($25 at the door)

What is the difference in ticket options?

The VIP tickets include the following privileges and extras (APRIL 8TH ONLY):
  • Discounted Prom Experience ticket (Prom, Post Prom, and bus)
  • VIP seat selection when tickets are purchased

The second tier of tickets include the following privileges and extras (APRIL 11-12TH)
  • Prom Experience ticket (Prom, Post Prom, and bus)
  • Seat selection when tickets are purchased

The third tier of tickets includes the following (APRIL 15-18):
  • Prom Experience ticket (Prom, Post Prom, and bus)
  • An opportunity to choose where you sit during dinner service at Prom on Thursday, April 18th after school in the cafeteria. 
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. 
April 1
Classes Resume

April 9
SAT State Testing
Juniors Only
Non-Attendance Day for Freshman,
Sophomore and Seniors

April 10
PSAT 8/9 Testing.
Freshman and Sophomores Only
Non-Attendance Day for Juniors and Seniors

April 18
Spring Band Concert (Auditorium)
7:30 p.m.

April 19
Non-Attendance Day

April 23
Glenbard West Art Show (3rd Floor Hallway)
6:30 p.m.

April 26
Cabaret Nite (Cafeteria)
7:00 p.m.

April 27
Prom -The Meadows Club, Rolling Meadows
6:00 - 11:00 p.m.

Post Prom Event -Ackerman
11:30 p.m. - 3:30 a.m.

May 1
Orchestra Concert (Auditorium)
7:30 p.m.

May 2
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.
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