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February 2019

Titans aim to boost self-sustainability abroad
Students took initiative this winter by helping out a non-profit organization that aims to nationally spread bracelets, known as pulseras in Spanish, and bags, known as bolsas, which are made by people in Nicaragua and Guatemala. The sale of these items allows mothers in these countries to be able to work and take care of their children at the same time.

Spanish AP Language Teacher, Jorge Zamora, said that the purpose of participating in the Pulsera Project was “to help and empower the people of Nicaragua and Guatemala.” It also “[allowed] students to take ownership of the project and realize what is important,” he said.

About 140 GBS students participated in the initiative.

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Monday, February 18th is a Gold 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 Gold Day. 
Gold/Blue days are always listed on the GBS Calendar 

Course Registration Information           

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

  • Juniors, Feb. 4-8

  • Sophomores, Feb. 11-12

  • Freshmen, Feb. 13-14


World Cultures Celebration, “Poetic Unity”

12 to 3 p.m., Saturday, February 2, West Cafeteria

Explore "Poetic Unity" at GBS, and visit the many booth and activity centers in the West Cafeteria. About 10-12 cultures are represented at the event including the American Sign Language and Deaf Culture, China, Poland, Greece, France, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America, Mexico and South Korea. Each booth will showcase their culture’s food, stories, artifacts, dance, fashion, recipes, games and music. Proceeds will benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Incoming Freshman Athletics and Activities Fair
6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 6, 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.

Variety Show - Illuminate

The 2019 GBS Variety Show "Illuminate" opens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20. There will also be 7:30 p.m. shows on Thursday, Feb. 21 and Friday, Feb. 22. Performances on Saturday, Feb. 23 will be at both 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Visit the Variety Show webpage for more information. Tickets are on sale now.

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, Feb. 28 and Friday, March 1 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.


Distinguished Teacher of the Year nominations

The GBS Parents Association is accepting nominations for the 2019 Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award starting Tuesday, Feb. 19. The award is designed to recognize exceptional educators who generously give their time, share their passions, and change lives. This is an opportunity for students to nominate a faculty member who has had a significant impact on them. Nomination forms are available online and should be submitted by Friday, March 22.

Student Art Exhibit

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday Feb. 18 through Friday, Feb. 22, Lyceum

This cumulative art exhibit will showcase artwork from all first-semester art students. Projects to be on display include ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture and photography.

Titan Tot preschool accepting enrollment for 2019-2020 school year

The Titan Tot preschool program is in session September through May. Our program is open to 3, 4, and 5 year olds. All students must be 3 years old and toilet-trained by Sept. 1. The preschool loves exploring different areas of GBS and incorporating cross-curricular learning pieces to help involve all high school students. From cooking with the culinary classes to exploring STEM in engineering, and viewing children’s plays in the drama room, we always find ways to make learning fun and active. We also go on several in-school and off-campus field trips each school year. The Grove, Wagner Farm and visiting the greenhouse here at GBS are some of our favorites! For additional information or to schedule a classroom tour, please contact Ms. Michelle Goodrich at 847-486-4557 or


Grad Night 2019

A group of parents has started planning this year's Grad Night and is seeking other parents to volunteer and/or chaperone. Grad Night is a safe celebration for our seniors and has become a popular, fun-filled tradition that is attended by more than 85 percent of the class. This year's Grad Night is scheduled for Sunday, June 2, with check-in by 9 p.m. and check-out at 4 a.m. on Monday, June 3. Parents of students from all classes are welcome to join the committee. Contact Shonne Fegan-Ehrhardt for more information.

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 Josh Koo.


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 article is from a December 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

'Peer Group influences the lives of both freshmen and seniors'

By Suzanne Kurland and Om Patel

Walking through the maze of hallways at GBS and being surrounded by many unfamiliar faces towering down on you can be overwhelming for freshmen. But when senior Peer Group leader Aditya Bhalla strides by, it’s like a ray of sunshine to the students participating in his Peer Group.

For freshmen, getting acclimated to a new environment can prove to be difficult. With the transition from eighth grade to high school, South offers students many opportunities to navigate the challenges they’ll face. Peer Group, a program meant to ensure the adjustment of incoming freshmen, has been operating at South for over 40 years, according to Bhalla.

Read the full story in The Oracle
GBS alumna 'sets record with 8 gold medals at FINA world championships'

Two years after experiencing disappointment at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, Glenview native Olivia Smoliga is back on top of the swimming world.

The 24-year-old Glenbrook South graduate had never been to China before the FINA World Swimming Championships in December, and she won’t soon forget her first trip.

Read more in the Chicago Tribune

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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Feb. 2

12 p.m.

World Cultures Celebration

Feb. 4-8

Junior Registration

Feb. 6
6-7:30 p.m.
Incoming Freshman Athletics/Activities Fair


Feb. 11

7 p.m.

Board of Education Mtg

District Office


Feb. 11-12

Sophomore Registration


Feb. 13-14

Freshmen Registration


Feb. 18-22

Student Art Exhibit


Feb. 19

Teacher of the Year Nominations Open


Feb. 20-23

Variety Show


Feb. 22

10 a.m.

Late Arrival Day


Feb. 25

7 p.m.

Board of Education Mtg

District Office


Feb. 26 - March 1

Musical Auditions


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