Information for incoming students
Information about freshman orientation, transfer student orientation and more.
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.
 
Class of ‘12 temporary records to be destroyed June 30
In accordance with Illinois statute, Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South High Schools will destroy temporary records for the class of 2012 graduates, on June 30, 2018.
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.
 
UPDATE: Power restored at GBS
The power at GBS has been restored.
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.

 

GBS names 2018 honors/awards recipients
The annual Honors/Awards ceremony was held Thursday, May 24 in the auditorium. 
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.
Connections: May/June 2018
This newsletter contains information about prom, final exams, graduation, bus registration, summer school, athletic camps, textbook buyback, grad night and much more.
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. 
Kim commits to Northwestern for fencing

Senior Natalie Kim signed a letter of intent April 11 to fence at Northwestern University. She plans to study engineering.

Connections: April 2018
Information regarding our calendar changes, SAT/PSAT testing, bus passes, summer school, athletic camps, spring play, college fair, spring musical and much more.
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.
Summer School 2018
This year summer school will be held at Glenbrook North High School. 
GBS recognized by Project Lead the Way

Glenbrook South has been recognized as a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Distinguished School. GBS began offering PLTW courses in 2013, and now has 276 students participating in the program. PLTW inspires and engages students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and prepares them with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in any career path they choose.

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.
 
GBS variety show “Found” focuses on identity

Glenbrook South students and staff have spent the 2017-18 school year exploring the meaning of identity (n): “the fact of being who or what a person is.”’

Women in STEM breakfast sets students up for success

Dozens of Glenbrook South students got together the morning of Feb. 2 to celebrate some of their shared interests: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The annual STEM Breakfast, sponsored by the GBS Science, Mathematics and Career/Technical Education departments, is intended to encourage students to consider pursuing a STEM-related career. This year all female sophomores in science, mathematics and engineering classes received an invitation to the event.

Connections: February 2018
Information about the variety show, musical auditions, World Cultures Celebration, Distinguished Teacher of the Year nominations, and much more
Women in Business Breakfast inspires leaders of tomorrow

GBS hosted its second annual Women in Business Breakfast on Jan. 31. The event was meant to connect female business leaders of today with those of tomorrow through networking, conversation and a thought-provoking panel discussion.

Local businesswomen were able to share their journeys and experience with female GBS students who are still trying to navigate their own interests and passions.

Two seniors commit to college baseball

Titan seniors Jack Anderson and Jacob Newman signed letters of intent Feb. 1 to play Division I baseball in college. 

Anderson committed to Northern Illinois University and Newman committed to Rutgers University.

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.
 

Students to host Family Art Workshop for grades K-6

GBS AP Art students will host their second annual “Art in the Community” family art workshop on Saturday, March 17th.

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.
 

GBS dance groups to ‘Shine’ on stage

After months of hard work and practice, Glenbrook South’s annual dance show will shine a light on dancers of all styles and experience levels.

The all-inclusive dance show, “Shine,” is hosted by Orchesis. What is different about this dance group is that auditions are not needed, because everyone can join.
 

Connections: December-January

Information about calendars, final exams, winter break, variety show auditions, the dance show, winter play, junior parent college night, incoming freshman activities and more. 

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 boosts giving spirit with food drive

The signs of fall are here, and at Glenbrook South that means one thing – supporting Titan neighbors through the canned food drive.

GBS is making sure to give fully this season with a new and improved canned food drive that continues to support the Northfield Township Food Pantry, Onward House and Vital Bridges. 

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.
Connections: October 2017
Information about October events such as FAFSA Completion Night and Assistance Days, the fresh/soph play, Auto Show, Band-O-Rama, parent education program, fall play and more...
Homecoming information
This year’s Homecoming theme is “Windy City South” - a theme to celebrate everything great about Chicago!
 
College Report: 96 percent of students pursuing higher education
Glenbrook South’s class of 2017 reported 96 percent of graduates pursuing higher education this fall at 156 different campuses.
Get to know Casey Wright
Casey Wright is the new Associate Principal of Administrative Services at GBS.
Back to school checklist
If you have not already done so, please take an opportunity to review the Tasks to Complete Before the First Day of School document that was recently mailed to all families.
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. 
2017 award recipients, honorees represent Titan spirit
The 2017 Glenbrook South Honors/Awards ceremony was held Thursday, May 25 in the school auditorium.
Glenbrooks to destroy class of 2012 temporary records
In accordance with Illinois statute, Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South High Schools will destroy temporary records for the class of 2012 graduates on June 30, 2017.
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.
GBS Career Day launches teens toward success
Few high school students know exactly what they want to be when they “grow up.” And few “grown-ups” can say they knew exactly where their career would lead them.

That’s why Glenbrook South’s Connects-Career Day is such a valuable experience for students.
 
Every two years, more than 150 business professionals donate their time to speak to GBS students during an all-day workshop. This year, there were 544 different sessions for students to choose from.
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.”

GBN and GBS students present night of comedy benefitting Special Gifts Theatre
On Wednesday, December 7, Glenbrook North Spartans will face off against the Glenbrook South Titans in a game of… comedic wits.
GBS presents "The Good Doctor" as winter play

This year's Glenbrook South winter play, Neil Simon’s "The Good Doctor," will tell a series of short funny scenes, connected by one writer who weaves his tales.

Performed by nearly 20 students, the stories will introduce a man who over-apologizes and has a nervous breakdown after accidentally sneezing on his boss, a dentist and his first patient, a defenseless woman who is not so defenseless and military men who discuss their ideal lunch.

The play will be performed Thursday, December 10, at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Friday, December 11 at 4 p.m., in the Lyceum. Tickets are $7 or one free with an activity pass. For more information, visit gbstheatre.com.

“Spark” Dance Show celebrates movement
Glenbrook South will celebrate the “explosiveness” of dance with the winter Dance show, “Spark,” on Friday, December 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Watson Auditorium. Orchesis Dance Club, De La Cru, Titan Poms and Latino Heat will perform in Contemporary/Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Pointe, Tap, Latin & Bollywood dance styles.

Tickets are $5 for non-reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased from the GBS Student Activities Office or at the door.