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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. 
2019 honors/awards recipients
The annual Honors/Awards ceremony was held Thursday, May 23 in the auditorium.
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Ten titans commit to college athletics
Ten senior athletes signed letters of intent to play college sports on Wednesday, February 6th.
Habitat for Humanity applications open through March 6

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.

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. 
 
Connections: October 2018
This newsletter contains information about senior college workshops, the freshman/sophomore play, fall play, and orchestra and choir concerts. 
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.
 

Connections: September 2018
This newsletter contains information about safety, security, homecoming, the spring musical and more. 
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.

 

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. 
Varsity girls gymnastics team continues successful state run
The GBS varsity girls gymnastics team placed third in state this year, concluding another successful season.
Familiar feelings came back to the girls who also placed third in state last year. Prior to that, the team hadn’t placed in state competition since 1979.
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. 

Drawing, fashion show encourages cross-curricular collaboration

When art teacher Stephanie Fuja and fashion teacher Melissa Regan spoke last spring about launching a combined drawing and fashion art show, it just made sense.
 

Sophomore invited to walk red carpet for STEM work

It was just over a month ago that GBS sophomore Kate Stack stood in shock waiting to meet Matt Damon. She was one of five national finalists that travelled to Los Angeles for Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok Superpower of STEM Challenge.
 
“I nearly died of excitement,” Kate said, with Cate Blanchett and Chris Hemsworth greeting her next.
 

Field represents ‘the best of the best’
GBS teacher and yearbook adviser Brenda Field was recently honored with the Pioneer Award at the Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association Advisers awards luncheon in Dallas, Texas.
Chicago poet visits for writing workshop

Poet, educator and artist Kevin Coval recently visited Glenbrook South for a poetry workshop. 
 

Peer mentors cultivate understanding through firsthand experience

Incoming GBS peer mentors recently met with the Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA) for a disability awareness workshop. The annual workshop helps support the school’s nearly three-decade running peer mentoring program.

GBS 'goes gold' for pediatric cancer awareness

Glenbrook South junior Kate Gregory recently partnered with school staff and the St. Charles-based Cal’s Angels Foundation to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer.

Kate said her inspiration came from her younger brother, Luke, a GBS sophomore, who was diagnosed with pediatric cancer in August.

Students get hands-on with geometry
Glenbrook South is in its second year of hosting its Geometry in Construction course. Held every day, the course gets students working both inside the classroom with geometry and outside the classroom with construction. About 30 students are enrolled this year.
Laura Fine honored as Distinguished Alumna
Honored as Glenbrook South’s Distinguished Alumna this year was Laura Fine, a Glenview resident, parent and Illinois State Representative. 
Mr. Cope named 2017 Distinguished Teacher

Mr. Bryan Cope has been named the 2017 Glenbrook South Parents Association’s Distinguished Teacher.

Key Club members measure change with impactful programs

Glenbrook South Key Club members believe in creating sustainable change. They go beyond charity and focus on liberty, meaning they establish programs and opportunities that better the lives of people they help for the long run.

 

Video Tutorial: Get to know our new website
Glenbrook South High School is excited to debut our new website! Please watch this video tutorial to learn helpful navigation tips. 
GBS Model U.N. team finds success through peer support
The Glenbrook South Model United Nations team has won numerous awards over the years.

But this team never measures its success with trophies.
GBS Model U.N. team finds success through peer support
The Glenbrook South Model United Nations team has won numerous awards over the years.

But this team never measures its success with trophies.
 
GBS takes part in national 'Inside Out' movement
GBS is participating in “Inside Out: The People’s Art Project” through June 9. The display is intended to represent the identity of GBS students and staff both inside and outside the building. More than 140 portraits have been created for this project, measuring 12 square feet each. 
 
Steve Rockrohr named Athletic Director of the Year

GBS Athletic Director Steve Rockrohr has been named the 2016-17 3A/4A Athletic Director of the Year by the Illinois Athletic Directors Association (IADA). He was presented with the award May 7 in Peoria. 

Steve Rockrohr named Athletic Director of the Year

GBS Athletic Director Steve Rockrohr has been named the 2016-17 3A/4A Athletic Director of the Year by the Illinois Athletic Directors Association (IADA). He was presented with the award May 7 in Peoria. 

Students travel, lend helping hand
Galante recently participated in a SaLT (Service and Learning Travel) Spring Break trip to New Orleans where she and about 20 other local students worked to restore housing damaged from Hurricane Katrina (2005) and a tornado that occurred only a few months ago.
Holocaust survivor speaks to GBS students
Hundreds of Glenbrook South students currently enrolled in U.S. History classes attended an in-school field trip March 20. The guest speaker was Aaron Elster of Lincolnshire, an 83-year-old Holocaust survivor.
Random Acts of Kindness Week at GBS inspires state bill

On June 29, the Illinois state legislature approved a new bill, inspired by the work done by Glenbrook South High School students, teachers and administrators. 

Six Titans commit during National Fall Signing Day

Six Glenbrook South athletes signed letters of intent to play Division 1 sports with universities across the country this Wednesday. In recognition of Fall National Signing Day, Titan coaches, teammates, administrators and parents joined the students as they committed to continuing their sport collegiately.

Mandarin-Chinese students explore importance of language at speech contest

As an American-born student of Chinese-descent, GBS junior Katheryn Woo grew up with the dichotomy of studying Mandarin Chinese extra-curricularly, but speaking English at home.

Peer and GBS junior Alexandra Woo found speaking Mandarin Chinese in Hong Kong to have the power to bridge gaps between different cultures.

Where do GBS students go after graduation?

Glenbrook South’s graduating class of 2016 reported 96 percent of graduates pursuing higher education this fall at 184 different campuses.  The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Oakton Community College remain the top college choices selected by Glenbrook South students.

We know the meaning of school spirit

Each year on Loyalty Day, Glenbrook North High School Spartans layer on their green and gold garments and pile into the gym for an assembly celebrating a spectrum of achievements from clubs, athletics and individual pursuits. Their emcees, the five-member Student Activities Board, introduce honors wearing the same striped long-sleeve polos that have been donned for decades. At the end of the assembly, the Down by the River Boys lead a chant that literally has the crowd jumping up and down and “going bananas.”

We know the meaning of school spirit

Each year on Loyalty Day, Glenbrook North High School Spartans layer on their green and gold garments and pile into the gym for an assembly celebrating a spectrum of achievements from clubs, athletics and individual pursuits. Their emcees, the five-member Student Activities Board, introduce honors wearing the same striped long-sleeve polos that have been donned for decades. At the end of the assembly, the Down by the River Boys lead a chant that literally has the crowd jumping up and down and “going bananas.”