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2021 Distinguished Teacher of the Year Nominations
Glenbrook South students have the chance to recognize an exceptional teacher who has been especially supportive and motivating during the 2020-2021 school year. Nominate your teacher now through April 12.
Sophomore Named A Member of Illinois Science Olympiad Youth Advisory Committee
Congratulations to GBS Sophomore Hannah Lee who has been selected to be on a 10-person student committee that looks into ways to enhance youth leadership and strengthen Science Olympiad teams from across the state.
Reminders Following Spring Break
Important information regarding the return from spring break and what to expect for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. 
5Essentials Survey
The 2021 Illinois 5Essentials Parent/Guardian Survey is now open through April 2, 2021. This is an opportunity to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in D225. Your participation will help us understand the conditions at D225 schools and guide improvement.
2021 V-Show 'Rise'
Don’t miss this year’s VShow in its streaming format! The event debuts March 12 at 7:30 p.m. Learn more about purchasing a ticket.
GBS Junior Named One Of Illinois Winners In National Congressional App Challenge
Glenbrook South Junior Lauren Ravury’s passion for computer science is being recognized nationally, because of an app she created to educate her generation on a variety of topics.
 
Thomas Mietus Promoted As New Glenbrook South Athletic Director
Congratulations to Thomas Mietus who has been promoted to be the new Athletic Director at Glenbrook South, effective July 1, 2021. Mietus first joined the school district in 2005 and has been successful in various roles such as Physical Education teacher, assistant football coach, assistant wrestling coach, and head wrestling coach.
Child Development Students Learning What It Takes To Be an Educator in 2021
Glenbrook South students taking a child development class are learning first hand what it’s like to teach in an untraditional school year.
 
Seal of Biliteracy Registration
The GBS World Languages Department is excited to inform you that registration for Seal of Biliteracy testing is coming! Learn more about when to register and when testing will take place. 
2020-2021 IHSA Sports Schedule
A full list of when sport seasons will start and end for the 2020-2021 school year.
Incoming Freshman Night
Welcome class of 2025! Incoming freshman can find information and resources for how to be a part of Glenbrook South's athletic program.
Welcome Class of 2025!
Glenbrook South invites incoming freshmen, parents and guardians to the virtual Incoming Freshmen Activities & Athletics Fair on Wednesday, January 27.
The Addams Family
The 2021 Glenbrook Musical is The Addams Family! Auditions will begin in February.
Reminders for 2021

Reminders for 2021

Monday, January 4: School resumes 

Tuesday, January 19: Second semester begins 

Tuesday, January 19: We welcome students back to in-person learning

January 11-14: Semester exams

Titan Pride Awards Program Continues To Shine Light On Students
Students awarded are recognized for going above and beyond when no one is watching. Read more on who received recognition for the 2020 fall semester.
 
GBS Broadcasting Student Nominated For The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Student Awards
A recent Glenbrook South graduate is being recognized on a national platform for her work completed in GBS broadcasting’s program. 
Art Students Get National Recognition For The First Time
For the first time two GBS National Art Honors Society students are being recognized by the National Art Education Association and will have their artwork displayed in an exhibition.
Nationwide Google Services Outage
We are aware that students and staff are unable to access Google resources due to a nationwide services outage.
Teachers Thinking Outside The Box During Adaptive Pause

GBS teachers aren’t letting an adaptive pause stop them from creating hands-on projects that once complete, students can cherish for years to come.
 

Latest Edition of The Oracle is Now Available
Check out the November 20, 2020 digital edition of The Oracle today!
GBS students Named 2020 Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards Recipients For First Time
For the first time two Glenbrook South students are being recognized by the Illinois High School Musical Theatre Awards for their performances in musical theater.
15 Seniors Sign College Letters of Intent
Congratulations to 15 Glenbrook South students who signed their letter of intent and became Division I athletes on November 12.
National Art Honor Society Debuts 'Compassion' Gallery
The National Art Honor Society strives to promote creativity, artistry, character and service in ways that give back to the GBS community. This year's gallery show was centered around 'compassion.'
GBS Fall Play ‘Lost and Found’
This year’s fall play is about embracing the importance of reaching out to those who feel lost and letting them know that they have a place to feel safe and sound through musical theatre and monologues. Click to learn more about how to view the virtual performance.
Daily Resources for Students and Parents
Links to essential resources such as the daily health questionnaire, absence reporting form and the hybrid learning schedule.
Hybrid Learning Schedule
GBS is excited to welcome its students back for hybrid learning begining October 5. Click to see the revised hybrid learning schedule for November
GBS 2020 College Report
Glenbrook South reported that 95 percent of the graduating class of 2020 is pursuing higher education this fall at 176 institutions.
2020-21 Reopening and COVID-19 Information
A webpage dedicated to information on the 2020-21 school year, including COVID-19 related updates and the District reopening plan.
Congratulations to Grammy Music Educator Quarterfinalist Markeise Russell

Markeise Russell, Glenbrook South's new Instructional Supervisor for Fine Arts and Co-Director of the GBS Band, has already made news for himself. He was recently named for the second time as a quarterfinalist for the Music Educator Award, presented by the Recording Academy and Grammy Museum.

GBS Athletic Camps Begin Tomorrow, July 15
Parent input, along with our contact tracing findings, have provided us enough information that we feel we are able to begin athletic camps tomorrow, Wednesday, July 15, at Glenbrook South.
Winter Sports Information and 2020-21 Sports Start Dates
Winter sports information, including tryouts and athletic start dates for the 2020-21 school year. 
Registration Information for the 2020-2021 School Year
All new and returning students are asked to complete one or more steps to confirm their enrollment each school year. 
Virtual Graduation Video Posted

Check out our virtual graduation ceremonies.

Summer school information
All summer school classes will be delivered in an E-Learning format. Only students that are hoping to add a class need to register. Due to a change in format, the cost for summer school courses is $250 per semester. Instructors will be in contact with further information. To register for summer school, or to be added to a waitlist, please email the summer school at summerschool@glenbrook225.org.
Biology Studies classes find empowerment through virus research

About 180 students are enrolled in Biology Studies at GBS. Throughout the course of their spring semester, they spent much time discussing biology storylines –– the act of starting with a large-scale phenomena, posing critical questions, and digging into the research. 

Virtual Honors & Awards Ceremony/Recipients
The virtual Honors & Awards Ceremony can be viewed here. A list of recipients can be found here
Virtual AP Art Show

Welcome to the 2020 GBS AP Art Show! Click this slide to explore the outstanding art created by this year’s senior AP Art students.

E-Learning Resources
This website will serve as the centralized hub for general information while we conduct E-Learning days.
Health Resources, Support & Anonymous Reporting Tools
Here you will find a full list of local resources and supports, as well as our Titan Concern Form and Text-A-Tip. 
Record number of Titans commit to college athletics
GBS hosted its National Signing Day recognition ceremony on Wednesday, February 5. There were 21 senior athletes who signed letters of intent with various colleges.
Titans move to a functional fitness model
On the brink of replacing fitness equipment at Glenbrook South, a question emerged: “How might we build an inclusive space for all students that encourages new levels of life-ready fitness?”
GBS senior leads STEM community, inspires younger students
Elizabeth (Ellie) Welch-Jani, 16, is a senior at Glenbrook South. Her STEM interests have led her to earn top honors in astrophysics, tutor her peers, and co-organize a local Science Olympiad competition for middle school students.
Senior leads STEM community, inspires younger students
Elizabeth (Ellie) Welch-Jani, 16, is a senior at GBS. Her STEM interests have led her to earn top honors in astrophysics, tutor her peers, and co-organize a local Science Olympiad competition for middle school students.
Senior Summit on display in Main Office
The Senior Summit, on display in the GBS Main Office, is a collaborative effort among all senior English classes.
Fourth annual Women in Business Breakfast features standout guests
There is never a shortage of talent or inspiration at the Glenbrook South Business Department’s Women in Business Breakfast. This year 19 female business leaders generously donated their time to speak with more than 100 students. 
First-ever Science Olympiad Meet benefits local middle school students
GBS hosted an inaugural Science Olympiad Meet on Nov. 17 for the students of seven local middle schools. 
 
WGBK station manager known as role model, mentor for peers
Adair McMahon is the station manager of the GBS radio station, WGBK 88.5 FM.

Adair chose to take radio as a way to express her passion for music, as she felt that “there was something so cool about having your own radio show and being able to play whatever music you wanted to the people listening and sharing that same love and passion [with them].”
 
Library serves as an inclusive space for all
Everyone is absolutely welcome. That’s the way GBS library staff want students to feel.

“It’s a learning space for everyone,” said Sharon Sheehan, instructional coach. “We want everyone to feel their needs are being met here.”
Japanese program awarded JCCC grant
The GBS Japanese program was again awarded a generous grant from the JCCC (Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Chicago) Foundation at a ceremony on October 9 at the Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago. 
Senior participates in Youth Leadership Institute, makes connections
Passionate about advocating for freedom of self-expression, Glenbrook South senior Iandivi Peralta was encouraged by her AP Spanish teacher Mr. Zamora to apply for a coveted spot in the Youth Leadership Institute hosted by the Hispanic Leadership Fund and was accepted.
Mr. Bertke recognized as Outstanding Educator
French teacher and instructional coach, Mr. Matt Bertke, was recently selected as a University of Chicago Outstanding Educator Award winner.
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 home in Schaumburg. 
 
2019 College Report
Glenbrook South’s class of 2019 reported 96 percent of graduates pursuing higher education this fall at 160 different campuses.
Distinguished Teacher 'Mando' cultivates curiosity
Science teacher Despina Mandarino, who was recognized as this year’s Distinguished Teacher at Glenbrook South, is known as a passionate teacher respected and loved by her students.
 
Dudley Beauty Corp CEO named Distinguished Alum
Ursula Dudley Oglesby, CEO of Dudley Beauty Corp, was named the 2019 Distinguished Alum at the Glenbrook South Honors and Awards assembly on May 23. 
Northwestern University pays tribute to GBS educator
Glenbrook South social studies teacher and director of the Glenbrook Academy of International Studies Matt Whipple was recently honored with the Distinguished Secondary School Teacher Award from Northwestern University. 
Year-end student art collaboration
Visitors and students are welcomed to GBS with some witty and wise maxims that are painted on the sidewalk entrances to the school. Seniors wrote these original maxims, reflecting on their wisdom realized during high school. I
PE teacher Tim Monahan honored
Glenbrook South PE teacher Timothy Monahan was recognized as High School Teacher of the Year by the Northeastern District of the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD). The honor recognizes Monahan as an outstanding instructor who is dedicated to motivating youth to participate in a lifetime of physical exercise and health. 
GBS named PLTW Distinguished School
Glenbrook South High School is one of four high schools in the state recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School. The distinction recognizes the school’s program for increasing student access, engagement and achievement.
Student film sweeps festival awards
A GBS student film was awarded Best Film of 2019, Audience Choice, Best Cinematography, Best Screenwriting and Best Performance at the CineStudent annual film festival.
GBS Warms Hearts During the Winter
Looking back at the harsh winter, Glenbrook South reflects on all the good that people in our community have done to warm the hearts of others. The community demonstrates the beautiful and pure hearts of its faculty and students.
 
GBS Connects inspires careers
More than 140 professionals – alumni, parents, Glenview businesses – networked with students and offered their insights on their careers.
Glenbrooks announce the hiring of new superintendent Dr. Charles Johns
On Monday, February 11, the Glenbrook High School District 225 Board of Education approved the hiring of Dr. Charles Johns as the new superintendent, effective July 1, 2019.
Ten titans commit to college athletics
Ten senior athletes signed letters of intent to play college sports on Wednesday, February 6th.
District Update: Jan. 28, 2019

Highlights from the Jan. 28 Board of Education meeting

GBS welcomes Attea, Springman students for STEM Day
About 96 students from Attea and Springman Middle Schools visited GBS on January 25th for District 34/GBS STEM Day. 
Cochlear implants prove life-changing for teacher

Life went silent for GBS special education teacher and coach Terry Harris about four years ago.

District Update: Jan. 14, 2019
Highlights from the Jan. 14 Board of Education meeting
New courses proposed for 2019-20 school year

On Monday, January 14, the Glenbrook High School District 225 Board of Education reviewed new courses and modifications recommended by the administration for the 2019-20 school year.
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. 
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.
District Update: Dec. 10, 2018
Highlights from the Dec. 10 Board of Education meeting
Hour of Code boosts computer science awareness
More than 1,800 Glenbrook North students participated in the worldwide Hour of Code for the first time this month.
Women in Business Breakfast encourages connections, conversations
GBN welcomed several accomplished professionals for the annual Women in Business Breakfast on Dec. 5.
Women in Business Breakfast inspires students to 'stay curious'
About 100 students and 15 guest speakers attended the Glenbrook South Titan School of Business’ third annual Women in Business Breakfast on Dec. 4.
District Update: Nov. 12, 2018
Highlights from the Nov. 12, 2018 Board of Education meeting
District 225 adopts estimated property tax levy
On November 12, the Glenbrook High School District 225 Board of Education approved its levy request for 2018 property taxes to support district operations in the amount of $109,945,711. This levy request represents an increase of 4.4 percent, over last year’s property tax revenue. The percentage increase is based on a 2.1 percent increase for inflation as determined by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), along with a 2.3 percent estimate to capture new property growth within the tax base.
Alumna visits business students, shares entrepreneurial tips

Business has been on Jennifer Brown’s brain ever since graduating Glenbrook South in 2006. 
 

Japanese program receives grants, plans Mini Quiz Bowl
Glenbrook South was awarded Oct. 11 with two generous grants from the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Chicago at the Consulate General of Japan in Chicago. 
'Go Gold' raises more than $4.7K to support pediatric cancer organizations
Glenbrook South raised more than $4,750 to support pediatric cancer organizations during the months of September and October.
 
TLC provides academic support, test prep
Students may find it difficult to ask for help in class, or they are confused about specific material. They need more clarification, more practice, more help. The perfect place for that is the Titan Learning Center (TLC).
'Shark Tank' guest visits business, engineering students
Glenbrook South business incubator and engineering classes welcomed a special guest on Sept. 20. 
Seal of Biliteracy testing readies students for college, beyond
This past June, 138 Glenbrook District 225 graduates received the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy. Of that group, seven graduates are fluent in more than two languages. 
 
Interact Club lends a painting hand
The GBS Interact Club spent Sept. 8 and 15 volunteering in the community. Each year, the club participates in a national event known as the Community Paint a Thon.
2018 College Report

Glenbrook South’s class of 2018 reported 97 percent of graduates pursuing higher education this fall at 177 different campuses.
 

Senior finds success at International Speech Competition

Class of 2018 graduate Jessica Yoon had an eventful end to her school year, and an even more exciting summer. She placed in the top quarter of the 23rd International Speech Competition in Japan.

Percussion to farm life: alumna finds passion in food blogging

Through her study of classical percussion, Glenbrook South alumna Molly Yeh discovered food. 

Through food, Molly discovered her promising future.
 

Titans earn national recognition at FCCLA conference
Glenbrook South joined more than 7,500 FCCLA student leaders, members and advisers at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga., June 28 through July 2 to participate in the annual FCCLA National Leadership Conference.
Dr. Makita-Discekici receives 2018 Distinguished Teacher award
Dr. Yasuko Makita-Discekici was named the 2018 Distinguished Teacher during the Glenbrook South Honors and Awards ceremony on May 24. She started at GBS as a Japanese teacher about 14 years ago, after a distinguished teaching career across the globe.
 
Karen Pulfer Focht named 2018 Distinguished Alumna

Karen Pulfer Focht, Class of ‘78, has been named Glenbrook South High School’s Distinguished Alumna for 2018. She is an award-winning, self-employed photojournalist who is currently based out of Memphis, Tenn. 

"Your Promposal" secures funds at Business Incubator Pitch Night
The GBS Incubator class held their annual Pitch Night competition on May 30. Four teams competed throughout the night for a chance to win startup funding from a board of advisors. Sophomore Nicholas Eilts won his full funding request of $4,100 to help bring his “Your Promposal” business idea to market.
 
Schoolwide art project helps individuals find their voice

Glenbrook South is invested in helping people define their identities, which can be seen in the schoolwide art project that has people sharing their personal discoveries with each other.

 

District Update: May 21, 2018
Highlights from the May 21st Board Meeting..
Geometry in Construction class raises walls in Waukegan
Geometry in Construction students traveled to Waukegan on May 2 to raise the walls for a Habitat for Humanity home.
TV & Film students place at state, advance to nationals
Glenbrook South TV & Film students took home 12 awards from the Midwest Media Educators Association Film Festival on April 27.
Junior launches startup business with S. Carolina student
There was little rest over Spring Break for Nicholas Ermolov, and this summer will be even more exhilarating. 

The GBS junior and his friend Parker Thompson, a junior at Charleston County School of the Arts in South Carolina, recently founded CS Upstart. The program is designed to teach kids about computer science. 
Celebration of Life - Mark Rebora
Mark Rebora had a positive influence on thousands of students and athletes over his more than 30 years in education.
Tate receives national, state awards
Longtime GBS social studies teacher and debate coach Tara Tate is the recipient of many honors this year. 

She has been named the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) National Citation Winner for Speech/Debate/Theatre Educators, and is one of five finalists for the National Educator of the Year Award from the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA). She has already been named the State Educator of the Year. A national winner will be named March 2.
 
Field named National Yearbook Adviser of the Year

Glenbrook South yearbook adviser Brenda Field was surprised in her classroom Jan. 24 with the news of being named the 2017 H.L. Hall National Yearbook Adviser of the Year. 

The program is designed to honor outstanding high school advisers and their exemplary work from the previous year, as well as throughout their careers. Field will be recognized again this spring during the National high School Journalism Convention where she will deliver a keynote address.