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February 2019

Mark Rebora Spartan Challenge honors late PE teacher, coach

The GBN physical education department hosted its first Mark Rebora Spartan Challenge on Jan. 9 and 10. 

All PE students went through the cross-training fitness challenge which involved nine different exercises that needed to be completed in 25 minutes.

Rebora, a beloved teacher and coach, started the challenge about six years ago. He passed away in March 2018.

"It evolved into something we wanted to keep going," GBN teacher and coach Justin Weiner said. "We wanted to honor him directly."

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Monday, February 18th is an A Day

Please note that school will be in session on Monday, February 18th due to a snow day being used earlier this year. This day is designated as a A Day.

Course Registration Information

Students will register for fall semester courses during the following times:

  • Incoming Freshmen, Jan. 28-30

  • Freshmen, Feb. 19-21

  • Sophomores, Feb. 11-13

  • Juniors, Feb. 4-6

Tickets now on sale for Variety Show
7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 23

This year’s GBN Variety Show, “Warrior,” is a high-caliber collection of performances highlighting the many talents of students. New this year will be martial arts performances! Tickets cost $15 and are now on sale at Tickets may also be purchased at the GBN Student Activity Office during normal school hours. Day-of-performance online ticket sales close at 4:30 p.m. The Box Office will be open the night of the show, one hour and 15 minutes prior to show time. Need handicap seating? Contact Dana Millman at 847.509.2671 or

Poetry Out Loud

3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, Library

Student finalists from English classes will compete in order to determine a GBN Poetry Out Loud champion that will advance to the regional competition at the Chicago Poetry Foundation. Classmates, friends, families, staff and community members are welcome to attend this free event.


Incoming Freshman Activity/Athletics Night

6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, CPA

This event will showcase extracurricular and athletic programs. The evening will be divided into two segments: a general session/overview, and a time for families to visit with coaches and sponsors in their designated areas. The Booster Club will be selling spirit wear. Early arrival is encouraged. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.


Turnabout Dance

8:30-11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, Competition Gym

The 2019 Turnabout dance is going to be "Out Of This World!” This event is chaperoned by GBN staff and sponsored by the Spartan Marching Band. The dance is from 8:30 to 11:00 p.m. and students must be in attendance from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m. Non-GBN students must be registered in advance in order to purchase tickets. Non-GBN student forms are available in the Dean’s Office. Individual tickets may be purchased at the bookstore and are $20 with an activity card, $23 without an activity card or $25 at the door. All students may only enter through Door O for the dance. School rules apply. No hard-soled shoes will be allowed on the gym floor. Contact Rich Chapman at or 847-509-2437 for more information.

International Education Night rescheduled for Feb. 25
6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, Cafeteria

Professor and author Yong Zhao will address the importance of global awareness and the value of international education and experiences. Students and parents can also explore international learning opportunities that include studying abroad, intensive language study, service learning, gap year and more. GBN clubs and organizations with an international focus will be present. There will be a meet and greet from 6 to 7 p.m. with ethnic foods to sample, and the general program will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m.


Glenbrook Musical Auditions: "Mamma Mia!"      

Auditions for the 2019 Glenbrook Musical, “Mamma Mia!” will be held from 3:45 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 at GBS and 3:30 to 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 at GBN. Callbacks will be held from 3:45 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 1 and Friday, March 2 at GBS. No experience is necessary. A musical clinic will be held at 3:45 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25 in the GBS choir room. Students can pick up audition materials in the choral departments of each school, or at Performances will be at 7 p.m. May 1-4 at GBS. Contact Mark Maranto or Josh Koo for more information.

Winter Band Concert

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, CPA

Come enjoy the sounds of the Freshman Band, Symphonic Band and Symphonic Wind Ensemble under the direction of Rich Chapman and Daniel Briggs. The concert will feature “Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna” by Von Suppe, Tchaikovsky's "Greatest Hits" and a wide selection of traditional band literature. Admission is free and open to the public.

Winter Sports Awards Night

6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, CPA

All winter sports athletes will be recognized on this night. The program will include a brief general session to introduce the varsity teams’ most valuable players, All-Conference awards and Central Suburban League scholar-athlete awards. Other individual awards will be presented after the general session, divided up by sport. No tickets or reservations are required.


Habitat for Humanity summer program open to sophomores, juniors

Applications are open for the 2019 Habitat for Humanity summer program. Any current District 225 sophomore or junior who is at least 16 years of age by June 1 may apply for the course titled SLP-161. The course consists of a training day, overnight work week in Michigan and a group presentation. The unique program provides students with the opportunity to develop leadership skills while challenging themselves to try new things as they significantly impact the lives of Habitat families and their surrounding communities. Applications are due by 10 p.m. March 6. Questions? Contact Dr. Mike Tarjan.

GBN launches Class Act Spartan Award program

Students from any grade level who demonstrate the tenants of the Class Act (respect, accept and inspire) may be nominated by GBN faculty and staff. Winners are then recognized at our Class Act Spartan Award breakfast. The next breakfast will be held February 27th. Congratulations to the November and December winners!

Grad Night 2019 seeks volunteers, resources

Grad Night planning for GBN’s Class of 2019 is well underway. Grad Night takes place the night of graduation, Sunday, June 2nd. The purpose of Grad Night is to throw a party for our students to celebrate their years of hard work – in a safe, and drug- and alcohol-free environment. Grad Night provides entertainment, activities and food, in a locked-in environment from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.


This 28-year tradition is provided at no cost to students, and historically more than 92 percent of the graduating class attends. Please mark your calendars for the community walkthrough from 8 to 9:30 p.m. June 2 for adults (no school age children please). Stop in and see what Grad Night is all about!

The Grad Night Steering Committee is also seeking individuals and businesses that can donate prizes, food or funds for the event. Volunteers are needed to work the evening of Grad Night, especially the second shift and clean-up the following morning. Email for more information. To volunteer or contribute, visit the Grad Night website. Also, follow GBN Grad Night on Facebook.


5Essentials Survey for parents

Through the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), parents, students and staff have an opportunity to share their thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about Glenbrook North and South High Schools.


The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago, on behalf of the ISBE. This survey identifies five indicators that can lead to important student outcomes, including improved attendance and greater test score gains.

The survey can be accessed at any time between now and February 15 at the link: 5Essentials Parent Survey. Simply access this link and choose the “Parent Survey” option.

Identities will be kept completely confidential and responses will not be linked to any individual.


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

Digging into the GBN tunnels

By Nora Smith, Executive Opinions Editor

Whether you have heard about them from a friend or you are just learning about them now, the Glenbrook North tunnels have been the subject of many rumors. Curious about the truth, I talked to an administrator to arrange a time for us to go into the tunnels together with Plant Operator Dan Whisler, who gave us true information about the tunnels.

Read more in Torch

'Women in Business Breakfast encourages connections, conversations'

Glenbrook North welcomed several accomplished professionals on Dec. 5 for the annual Women in Business Breakfast. 

Attending students were able to learn from panelists with backgrounds in trading, engineering, law, entrepreneurship, social media marketing and much more. 

Read the full story in the Northbrook Tower

Get ready for the "Mama Mia!" dinner theatre benefit

We are excited to announce that the seventh annual dinner theater benefit “A Night of Glenbrook Theater” will feature the North/South musical “Mamma 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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Feb. 4-6

Junior Registration


Feb. 4

7 p.m.


Spartan Conference Room


Feb. 5

3:30 p.m.

Poetry Out Loud



6 p.m.


Green/Gold Conference Room


Feb. 6

7 p.m.

Parents’ Assn Mtg


Feb. 7

6 p.m.

Incoming Freshman Athletic/Activity Night


Feb. 9

ACT Testing


8:30 p.m.




Feb. 11-13

Sophomore Registration


Feb. 11

7 p.m.

Board of Education Mtg

District Office


Feb. 13

7 p.m.

Booster Club Mtg

Green/Gold Conference Room


Feb. 19-21

Freshman Registration


Feb. 19

7:30 p.m.

Grad Night Mtg

Green/Gold Conference Room


Feb. 21-23

Variety Show


Feb. 22

9:40 a.m.

Late Arrival Day


Feb. 25
6 p.m.
International Education Night

7 p.m.

Board of Education Mtg

District Office


Feb. 26- March 1

Musical Auditions



Feb. 26

7:30 p.m.

Winter Band Concert



Feb. 28

6:30 p.m.

Winter Sports Awards Night


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