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December/January 2018-19

Alumna visits students, shares entrepreneurial tips
Business has been on Jennifer Brown’s brain ever since graduating GBS in 2006. 

She was named Best Student in Business at her senior awards ceremony and found herself dabbling in e-commerce during her college years at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 

Having recently appeared on CNBC’s “The Profit” with her Chicago-based company, Hangout Lighting, Brown visited GBS business students on Oct. 26 to share her story of entrepreneurship.

Read more about Brown's visit

Snow Day Make-Up Date

School will be in session Monday, Feb. 18 (Presidents’ Day) due to the recent snow day.

Winter Break
Dec. 24 - Jan. 4             

Friday, Dec. 21 is the last day of school before Winter Break begins. Classes resume on Monday, Jan. 7 (Blue Day).

Please note: schools and offices will be closed from Monday, Dec. 24 through Wednesday, Dec. 26; Monday, Dec. 31 and Tuesday, Jan. 1.


First Semester Final Exam Schedule

Final exams begin on Tuesday, Jan. 15.
Full schedule and more information

"Captivate" Dance Show 
7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, Auditorium
Come see the annual GBS dance show with performances by the Orchesis, De La Cru, Titan Poms, Bhangra Beatz and Latino Heat. The show features a variety of dance styles including contemporary, hip hop, tap, Latin, Bollywood and more. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in the Student Activities Office or at the door.
Winter Solstice Concert
3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, Auditorium

This annual holiday concert will feature GBS bands and the Glenview Concert Band. Admission is $6, or $5 with a canned food item donation. All proceeds benefit the Northfield Township Food Pantry.

Junior Parent College Night
7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, Auditorium

This parents-only program will help to demystify the college process for junior parents. John Klasen, Director of College Counseling, will share information on preparing students for college, admissions criteria, testing, college visits and timelines.
Winter Play: "Marvin's Room"

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13; 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, Dance/Drama Room

Scott McPherson’s “Marvin’s Room” is a dark and mordantly funny comedy about one woman’s commitment to loving others first, and her belief that giving such love has made her life unbelievably rich, even in the face of personal tragedy. Tickets are $7 or one free with an activity pass. They will be available in the Student Activities Office (cash or check only) about one week prior to the event. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.


Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Week
December 17-21

GBSRAK is the week before winter break. It's dedicated to doing Random Acts of Kindness throughout the Glenview community. Our Key Club Board will be organizing different events throughout the week to launch this initiative with the help of our general membership. We hope that once one person experiences kindness, they will pass it on to others. We hope that by doing this we can make the world a little better for anyone in the community regardless of what holiday they celebrate and what situations face them in life.  

Winter Choral Concert

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 18, Auditorium

This annual concert will feature songs of the winter season. It includes performances by the GBS curricular and extracurricular choral groups, as well as students from local middle schools. Admission is free and open to the public.


VEX Robotics Competition

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, Fieldhouse 

This tournament is a qualifier for the state championship. It’s the first year that the Career & Technical Education department is hosting the event at GBS. There will be 24 teams of approximately 3-5 students competing against each other with robots they have designed. Members of the public are welcome to come watch. This event is free to attend.

Variety Show Auditions

Plugged auditions (instrument auditions that require amps) will be held after school Wednesday, Jan. 9 in the auditorium. All other variety show auditions will be held Saturday, Jan. 12 in the auditorium. Further audition information/registration will be posted on the V Show webpage


Incoming Freshman Curriculum Night/Electives Fair

7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, Auditorium

This evening is designed for both parents and students, and will focus on general information about the course placement process. Immediately following the curriculum session, everyone is encouraged to stay for an Electives Fair beginning at 8 p.m. where they will have the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of elective courses. Please note that instructional supervisors will not be prepared to discuss specific student placement on this night.


Electives Workshop for Incoming Students

9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, Schoolwide

This is an opportunity to learn more about possible electives offered at GBS prior to registration. Students will be able to participate in two workshop sessions from offerings in Career & Technical Education, English, Fine Arts and Social Studies. Workshop registration begins Jan. 17 during Incoming Freshman Curriculum Night.


Incoming Freshman Athletics and Activities Fair

7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, Fieldhouse

Incoming freshmen and their parents will have an opportunity to explore various clubs, activities and sports. We know from experience and from research that students who participate in these extracurricular opportunities are more successful in the classroom. This is a drop-in event. We encourage families to come when they can.

Presenters needed for GBS Connects Career Day

On Wednesday, March 13, Glenbrook South will host its fourth GBS Connects Career Day from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. We are in need of presenters for the entire day or just for portions of the day.


In essence, this day will be a professional conference for our students. This opportunity will help students set goals and explore their passions in possible careers for the future, all the while connecting classroom content to a given career. Volunteer presenters are needed to share information regarding their careers/professions with high school students. All careers are welcome! If interested, please register by Nov. 30.

Nominate an outstanding alumnus for recognition

GBS is seeking nominations for the Distinguished Alumnus Award. To be considered for this award, the alum must be renowned in his or her profession, or be someone who has made a special contribution to the community, country, or world.

Please contact Josh Koo with the name and description of the person you are nominating by Feb. 14.

Josh Koo, Assistant Principal of Student Activities
Glenbrook South High School
4000 West Lake Ave., Glenview, IL 60026


GBS receives Exemplary designation from ISBE

Glenbrook South has received an Exemplary designation from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). This summative designation is based on a data set consisting of 2018 PARCC, SAT and DLM-AA proficiency scores, English language progress to proficiency, chronic absenteeism, and ninth grade on track and graduation rates.

An Exemplary designation means that a school has:

  • No underperforming student demographic groups at or below the “all students” group of the lowest 5 percent of all Title 1 schools

  • A graduation rate of greater than 67 percent

  • Performed in the top 10 percent of schools statewide

The Illinois Report Card contains a more comprehensive picture of our school.


2019-2020 School Calendar

On November 12, the Board of Education approved the school calendar for the 2019-2020 school year. This calendar will continue to have semester final exams as well as the completion of the first semester scheduled after winter break.

Aug. 21
First Day of School

Sept. 2 No School

Sept. 30 No School

Oct. 9 No School

Oct. 14 No School

Nov. 11 No School

Nov. 27-29 No School

Dec. 23 - Jan. 3 No School, Winter Break

Jan. 17 No School

Jan. 20 No School

Feb. 17 No School

March 2 No School

March 23-27 No School, Spring Break

April 10 No School

May 25 No School

June 4 Tentative Last Day of School

As part of the student wellness initiative, the district has been considering a transition to a school calendar that will allow for final exams and the completion of the first semester prior to winter break. 

Many parents, students and staff recently participated in a calendar survey to help provide insights on this potential shift. The results of the survey will be shared at an upcoming Board meeting and the concept will continue to be discussed, with the earliest possible calendar change impacting the 2020-2021 school year. 

Each month, this section features a piece of student-created work. This article is from a November 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.

Dany Herrera

'Color Guard strives to create captivating visuals'

By Tania Faraj and Raina Sayson

“What Color Guard means to me is working with people who are dedicated to making a cool routine, while also having fun and bonding over many fun things,” junior Taylor Woitesek said. “It means making friends with people you never thought you’d be friends with: band kids or people who play instruments.”

Read the full story in The Oracle
'GBS junior earns national award for teaching STEAM to young women'

An army of young, female engineers might call Glenview home in the not-so-distant future  at least, if Kate Stack has anything to say about it.

The Glenbrook South junior, an aspiring engineer herself, received the SWENext Global Innovator Award on Oct. 19 for her accomplishments in the field, as well as for introducing science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics concepts to young girls in Glenview.

Read more about Stack in the Glenview Lantern

Get ready for the “Mama Mia!” dinner theater benefit

The Glenbrook Foundation is excited to announce that the seventh annual dinner theater benefit “A Night of Glenbrook Theater” will feature the North/South musical “Mama Mia!” This smash-hit musical is based on the songs of ABBA and has just closed after a 14-year run on Broadway. This year’s musical and dinner theater benefit will be held at GBS. Tickets for this benefit will go on sale at the end of February. Check the
Glenbrook Foundation website for more information because tickets will go fast. The dinner theater benefit is a great way for parents, alumni and friends to gather to support the Glenbrook Foundation, as well as the students and teachers of the Glenbrooks.

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Dec. 4

7:30 a.m.

Women in Business Breakfast


Dec. 5

10 a.m.

Late Arrival Day


Dec. 7

7:30 p.m.

Orchesis Dance Show “Captivate”



Dec. 9

3 p.m.

Winter Solstice Band Concert



Dec. 10

7 p.m.

Board of Education Meeting

District Office


Dec. 12

7 p.m.

Junior Parent College Night



Dec. 13

7:30 p.m.

Winter Play

Drama/Dance Room (557)


Dec. 14

4 p.m. &

7:30 p.m.

Winter Play

Drama/Dance Room (557)


Dec. 17 - 21

Random Acts of Kindness Week


Dec. 18

7:30 p.m.

Winter Choral Concert



Dec. 24 - Jan. 4

No School

Winter Break


Jan. 5

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

VEX Robotics Competition



Jan. 9

Designated Time Slots

Plugged Band Variety Show Auditions



Jan. 12

Designated Time Slots

Variety Show Auditions



Jan. 14

7 p.m.

Board of Education Meeting

District Office


Jan. 15 - 17

Final Exams


Jan. 17

7 p.m.

Incoming Freshman

Curriculum Night/Electives Fair



Jan. 18

No School


Jan. 21

No School


Jan. 26

9 a.m.

Incoming Freshman Workshop



Jan. 28

7 p.m.

Board of Education Meeting

District Office


Jan. 30

7 p.m.

Incoming Freshman Athletics and Activities Fair

Field House


Jan. 31

10 a.m.

Late Arrival Day


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