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October 2019

Interact gets to work with Paint-A-Thon

The Interact Club participated in its annual Paint-A-Thon this month, completing volunteer work on a senior's home in Schaumburg. About 50 students volunteered in total. Work included cleaning the roof and gutters, scraping off dried paint, trimming bushes and trees, and painting parts of the home. The Interact Club has been contributing to this national initiative for the past 25 years.

2019 College Report

Glenbrook South’s class of 2019 reported 96 percent of graduates pursuing higher education this fall at 160 different campuses. Oakton Community College and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign remain the top college choices selected by GBS students.

Some of the other top-selected colleges or universities include DePaul University, University of Illinois-Chicago, Indiana University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Loyola University, Marquette University, and the University of Iowa. Each graduate applied to an average of 5.8 institutions.

Of the 96 percent of the 2019 graduates attending college, 77 percent are staying in the Midwest – 47 percent of them in Illinois. Six graduates are studying abroad in the United Kingdom, Philippines, Israel and Scotland.

In addition, several graduates stated they are taking alternative paths to continuing their education. Seven graduates have entered the military; five reported they will work; five are taking a gap year; and two are pursuing career education.

Nine GBS graduates were recruited to play a Division I sport and transcripts for 25 Titan athletes were sent to the NCAA for participation in college athletics.


Homecoming Activities

This year’s homecoming theme is “Into the Jungle!” Click here for a full schedule of events and dress-up days.

Friday, October 11
A Pep Rally will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Fieldhouse. The football game is at 7 p.m. against Niles West.

Saturday, October 12

The Homecoming Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. The parade route goes from St. David’s on Glenview and Shermer Roads to Jackson Park on Washington Street.

The Homecoming Dance will be from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 in the Fieldhouse. Attire is semi-formal. Those inappropriately dressed will be turned away. Bid price per individual ticket is $15 with an activity pass; $17 without an activity pass; or $20 at the door. Tickets are on sale now and will be sold in the bookstore through Oct. 11. Any non-GBS students will need to fill out a guest waiver form in advance. 

Prom date has been changed

To avoid conflict with the 2020 Memorial Day weekend, the GBS prom date has been changed from Saturday, May 23, 2020 to Saturday, May 16, 2020. It will still be held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, IL.

Senior College Finance Night

7 p.m. Wednesday, October 2, GBS Auditorium

Parents of all GBN and GBS seniors are invited to attend this informative program. Jerry Cebrzynski, Associate Vice President for Financial Aid at Lake Forest College, will give a presentation on FAFSA Completion and an overview of the Financial Aid process.

FAFSA Completion Night
5 to 8 p.m. Monday, October 7, Library
All seniors and their parents are invited to attend this event to receive assistance in completing their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) forms. Korean and Spanish translators will be on hand. Please note, students can begin submitting FAFSA forms on October 1.
Fall Musical: Jonathon Larson's "RENT"
7 p.m. Thursday, October 24 through Saturday, October 26; 2 p.m. Saturday, October 26, Auditorium             
Based on Puccini’s beloved opera La Bohème, “RENT” follows the ups and downs of a year in the life of a group of impoverished, artistic friends living in Manhattan’s East Village. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, struggles to find his place in the world; his roommate Roger, an HIV-positive musician, wonders how he will leave his mark before he dies. Mimi and Angel look for true love as they face the harsh reality of life as HIV-positive young people, while the businesslike Joanne seeks fidelity from her wild-child performance artist girlfriend Maureen. The group’s dreams, losses, and love stories weave through the musical’s narration to paint a stunningly raw and emotional portrait of the gritty bohemian world of New York City in the late 1980s, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. “RENT” is a story about falling in love, finding your voice, and living for today.

Tickets are $7 or one free ticket with an Activities Pass. The Activities Pass ticket must be redeemed in SAO.

Purchase tickets

Fall Choral Concert

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, GBS Auditorium

This concert will feature, for the first time this school year, the entire curricular choral program as well as the extracurricular vocal groups. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information about the GBS Choirs, please visit

Grad Night calls for volunteers
The Grad Night Committee is looking for parent volunteers to help with the planning and festivities for GBS 2020 Grad Night, which will be held on May 31, 2020.

Grad Night is an all-night celebration for graduating seniors that is coordinated by the Parents Association and chaperoned by GBS parents. Grad Night is held at Enchanted Castle, an indoor entertainment complex in Lombard on the night of graduation. It includes transportation, food, and fun-filled activities in an alcohol- and drug-free, safe environment. Over the years, Grad Night has become an exciting and unforgettable evening for our senior class on their last night together.

If you would like to volunteer and/or have any other questions about the event, please contact the GBS Grad Night Committee at


Student Spotlight

Each month, this section features a piece of student-created work. This article is from a May edition of Glenbrook South's student-run newspaper, The Oracle. A new edition of The Oracle is distributed approximately every month and can be found in newsstands throughout the school or on its website.

Izzy Archer

Woodworking class provides real-world applications

Music, sawdust, and laughter fill the energetic atmosphere of the woodworking room, where students make projects and memories. Students feel the positive environment of the class and chat about their day as they progress on their projects. Woodworking Teacher Stephen Silca assists students with their creations and gives them insight into the things that he has learned from his experience.

Silca’s passion for woodworking started when he first went to Springman Middle School, where he took the woods courses offered there, as well as all of the woods courses at South when he was a student here. Silca says he wanted to take his new found passion to the next level, so when he was 14 years old, he created his own woodshop. As an adult, he waited seven years to become a woodworking teacher at South, according to Silca.

Read more in the Oracle


Oct. 2
7 p.m.
Senior College Finance Night

Oct. 7-12
Homecoming Week

Oct. 7
5 p.m.
FAFSA Completion Night

Oct. 9
No School
Yom Kippur

Oct. 14
No School
Columbus Day

Oct. 16

10 a.m.
Late Arrival

7 p.m.
Disabilities Services/Supports in College Presentation
GBN Library

Oct. 21
7 p.m.
Board of Education Meeting
District Office

Oct. 22
7 p.m.
Strictly Strings Festival

Oct. 23
10 a.m.
Late Arrival Day

Oct. 24
7:30 p.m.

Oct. 24-26
Fall Musical: “RENT”

Oct. 28
Canned Food Drive Begins

Oct. 29
7:30 p.m.
Fall Choral Concert

Oct. 30
10 a.m.
Late Arrival Day


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