Principal's February Newsletter

February 2022

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Hi, this is a reminder that you're receiving this email because you have a student at, or have expressed an interest in, Glenbard East High School. Communication between Glenbard East and our families and community is very important to us. Don't forget to add to your address book so we'll be sure to land in your inbox! Please email any questions directly to Glenbard Staff, we are happy to respond.



February 21


Presidents' Day

February 25

Red & Black Trivia Night

7PM - VFW Hall Villa Park

March 4


County Wide Institute Day

March 8

Orchestra Invitational Concert

7PM - Biester Auditorium

March 8-21

D87 Art Show

Auditorium Foyer

March 15

D87 Honors Band Festival Concert

7:30PM - Biester Auditorium

March 16

Fine Arts College and Career Night

7PM - Biester Auditorium & Rider Hall

March 17

IHSA Group Interpretive Performance: Clue

7:30PM - Rider Hall

March 18

Hip Hop Showcase

7PM - Rider Hall


Despite the fact that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on February 2nd, predicting a few more weeks of winter, the forecast of Glenbard East remains optimistic and enthusiastic. Although at this time of the year the weather forecast is typically cold, gloomy, and dull, the atmosphere within the walls of Glenbard East is bright, vibrant, and optimistic. The reason for such optimism and enthusiasm are the 2,000+ students that walk our halls. They play a pivotal role in the climate and culture that we have grown to embrace. Through their academic successes and extracurricular participation, our Rams make East a great place to be on a daily basis.

Live Life Well

Glenbard District 87 students and staff will celebrate healthy habits through our annual Live Life Well Week 2022 from Feb. 21-25. This year's theme is, "Grow Through What You Go Through”. On "Make a Difference Monday'- Feb. 21, the Presidents' Day Holiday, all students are invited to volunteer to make blankets for children with cancer at the Glen Ellyn Park District Ackerman Facility from 11:30am-1:30pm as part of Project Linus. Pizza and supplies are provided by the ACTS: Advocating Character Through Service Parent Committee in partnership with Glenbard clubs, and teams. On Feb. 22nd,“Thankful Tuesday”, ongoing events will bring attention to gratitude, kindness, and mindfulness as coping skills. During physical education classes on "Wellness Wednesday", Feb. 23rd, students will hear Javier Sanchez present “Helping Students Move From Inspiration to Action to Outcomes/Choices Matter”. In a virtual format, Sanchez will bring humor, spoken word poetry, and a high energy presentation to Glenbard. On Thursday, Feb. 24 at 7p.m. Sanchez will present to the community as part of the Glenbard Parent Series. “Fun Friday” on Feb. 25 will highlight creativity, flexible thinking and reinforcing relationships through play during lunches in the cafeteria.


Although your student’s high school experience is primarily about academics and preparation for their future, involvement in extracurricular activities is vital to their overall success. As I’ve shared before, research shows that students who are involved with extracurricular activities tend to perform better in school than those who are not involved. Through participation, students at East have the opportunity to give back to the community by completing service projects, engaging in hobbies and items of interest, and competing with other students on both the local and national level. Just recently, our Scholastic Bowl hosted the Upstate Eight Conference Tournament. Our Chess Team hosted the Upstate Eight Conference Tournament and the IHSA tournament while our Math team took first place in the Glenbard Invite. These are just a few examples of the opportunities that lie at the fingertips of students at Glenbard East. With that in mind, we ask that you encourage and challenge your son/daughter to get involved in something. It is never too late. Seize the moment. Carpe Diem. The high school years tend to fly by. The more students are involved and engaged, the fonder the memories they will have of this time in their life. Click here to learn more about the 60+ clubs offered at East. Our extracurricular program is something that we take great pride in and continue to identify activities that students are interested in. Transportation is also available to those students who wish to participate in after school activities. We offer 4:30pm and 6pm buses on Monday-Thursday as well as a 5pm bus on Friday.


It is important to understand that in order for students to take advantage of the many opportunities available to them, they must be at school. Daily attendance is vital to both academic and extracurricular success. We expect East students to attend school, be on time and be prepared for school each day. However, if your son/daughter is sick, we encourage you to keep them home and call our attendance office at 630.627.2595.

Rams of the Month

Finally, recognizing student work and growth is one of my personal highlights each month. Please check out the RAMS of the Month article farther down in the newsletter.

I look forward to continuing to see your student(s) grow and finish the school year on a good note. Without them, there is no us. They are East.


In an effort to streamline the reporting of health-related issues to the Health Office and provide prompt support for our students, we will be using a Health Reporting Form.

1) Report your student absent by calling 630-627-2595 (Attendance Line)

2) Report your student’s illness by completing the Health Reporting Form

3) Keep the confirmation email and wait for communication from the health office.


Students can text a CRISIS Test Line: Text HOME to 74141 which sends information to a Crisis Counselor, a real-life human being trained to help individuals return to a healthy/stable level of functioning.


The State of Illinois is launching a school safety program called Safe2Help Illinois in an effort to raise awareness of the 21st-century threats facing schoolchildren in Illinois. Safe2Help Illinois will offer students a safe, confidential way in which to share information that might help prevent suicides, bullying, school violence, or other threats to school safety. This program is intended to get students to “Seek Help Before Harm.” Call 844-472-3345 or Text 72332(SAFE2) to report. Students who wish to report a potential act of school violence at Glenbard East may also leave an anonymous message with our Police Liaison Officer at (630) 424-6690.


At Glenbard East, we offer a bullying hotline that allows students to provide anonymous information to school officials regarding potential school threats or bullying incidents. The number is (630) 424-6670.


The first day of school for students, for the 2022-23 school year is Wednesday, August 10. Glenbard East will hold Back to School Week events the week of August 1 – 5. These events included: Freshman Parent Night, Freshman iPad Training, Freshman Orientation and Sophomore, Junior, Senior day, when students will purchase books that they may need as well as get their student ID’s and schedules.

In order for your student not to miss any class time on their first day of school, August 10, please make their attendance at these events a priority. Registration information will be mailed out this summer which will contain more details about Back to School Week. Additionally, more details will be available in the coming months – please be sure to watch your email and the Glenbard East website for more information.


Enrollment for all students has been completed. We appreciate all of the planning you and your student have conducted to complete this process, and we thank those of you who took advantage of the online format to complete this process at home. Over the next few months, the counseling staff and administration will be busy attempting to design the school’s Master Schedule for next year based on the requests that the students made during enrollment. Courses will be calculated and created based on this information during an extremely complex process. Therefore, please remember to check PowerSchool to confirm your student’s course requests. If you find an error, please contact your student’s School Counselor immediately.


If you still need to complete any remaining college applications, please see your counselor immediately. It is not too late to still apply to some colleges, but time is quickly running out. Springtime is the time to get the financial component of the college decision process worked out before finally choosing what college you will be attending next year. Check the financial aid page on the website for each of your schools to see what types of scholarships they offer. All high school seniors must complete their FAFSA or an opt-out waiver in order to graduate. Students can complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by going to FAFSA website. Colleges require the FAFSA to determine the amount of financial aid for which you may be eligible. Financial Aid does run out, so complete this form today if you have not done so already. Also, make sure you are reading all of the correspondences you are receiving from your colleges. Once you have filed your FAFSA and are awaiting your financial information from the colleges, it is not uncommon that they may ask you for additional documentation. If your FAFSA gets "flagged for verification", this does not mean you have done anything wrong, but your schools may require additional documentation to fully process your financial aid package. If it has been awhile since you filed your FAFSA, and you are still waiting on your financial aid package, we encourage you to contact the Financial Aid Office at your prospective school to check on the status of your Financial Aid offer. Remember that you have until May 1, 2022, to officially commit to whatever school you plan to attend in the fall. Take the time to find out how much it will cost you before committing!

Colleges may be sending you a request for a final transcript in the next few months. This transcript cannot be produced until all grades for the entire year are posted in June. Counselors will be surveying seniors in May asking where they want their final transcript sent. Please disregard senior transcript requests when you receive them from the colleges…we have it covered!


Glenbard East School Counselors will be completing a post-secondary program in Junior English classes before Spring Break. Information in the program includes using Naviance to find and research colleges as well as reviewing the other components of the college application process. Families can access Naviance through a link under the “Students” tab on the School Counseling Website and are encouraged to use Naviance on a regular basis to view and register for meetings with college representatives visiting Glenbard East. Students and their families are welcome to make appointments with their counselors or our College Counselor, Mr. Lilly, in April or May for more assistance in the college research process.


If you have not ordered your Cap and Gown for Graduation please visit Or call the Jostens office in Lisle, at 630-963-3500.

In order to have a Cap and gown for Graduation you need to order by Friday, March 11th as that is the final day before our cutoff.


Prom will be held on Friday, May 13, with a 6:30 Check-In and 7:00 Sit Down Dinner. There will be no admittance after 8:00pm. DJ & Dancing from 8:00pm-10:30pm.

Carlisle Banquets, 435 Butterfield Rd, Lombard, IL

$75 for East students; $80 for Non-EAST-Student Guests

Students will not be permitted to leave until 10:00 pm

Tickets will be on sale April 26 – 28

$75.00 for East Student; $80.00 for Non-East Student

All ticket sales are FINAL-No refunds- no exceptions

No ticket sales after deadlines

No ticket exchanges

No refunds for any reason

Non-EAST-Student Guest:

An EAST student may bring ONE (1) non-EAST-student guest who is approved. The guest must be at least a freshman in high school and 20 years old or younger. Please follow these steps to bring your non-EAST-student guest:

  • Pick up a Permission Form: They are available here or in the Dean’s Office
  • The EAST student fills out the pertaining information including their own guardian’s signature
  • The Non-EAST Student guest needs to fill out their portion & it needs to be signed by the guest’s parent/guardian and high school administrator.
  • The EAST student brings the completed form AND a copy of their guest's PHOTO ID to get approval from their dean.
  • The EAST student brings a completed form with the dean's signature to purchase the tickets.
  • No refunds or exchanges can be made

When purchasing a ticket you must have:

· Glenbard East Student ID

· (If applicable) The Student Guest Permission Form with a signature from the dean AND a copy of their photo-ID

· Completed prom google form (prior to ticket purchase)

Prom Entry Guidelines

  • Everyone in attendance must be properly masked at ALL times except when seated at dinner
  • All students must present their current student ID at the door and keep it in their possession at all times to show if requested
  • Non-EAST guest must have their ID that was submitted
  • Persons who are late will not be admitted to prom. Any student denied entry to prom because they are late will NOT be issued a refund
  • All personal items will be searched upon entry and purses, bags, and backpacks must be coat checked
  • DO NOT leave any items unattended at your table. EAST HS is not responsible for lost or stolen items
  • Students and guests may not leave prom until 10:00 pm


Throughout the month of March, East will host all things Fine Arts, as East, West, North, and South come together to create. Students will have a chance to collaborate in workshops in art, theatre, and hip hop. Bands and choirs will come together in concert. Public events include:

March 8 – March 21: D87 Art Show

Tuesday, March 15, 7:30pm: D87 Honors Band Festival

Wednesday, March 16, 7:00pm: Fine Arts College & Career Night

Friday, March 18, 7:00pm: Hip Hop Showcase

Monday, March 21, 5:30pm: Glenbard Film Festival

Wednesday, March 23, 7:30pm: D87 Voices of Glenbard Concert


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Like crepes? Curious about French language or preparing cultural dishes? Well, for the first time EVER there was a collaborative event between Culinary 1 and 2 classes and our French teachers! Students learned how to make crepes and also learned about the French holiday La Chandeleur. What an exciting experience for teachers and students!
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During the month of January, the Glenbard East Chapter of the National Honor Society conducted their yearly service project. This year, the Chapter worked with an organization named "We Pop Up" based out of Elmhurst, which helps support Guatemalan families who have recently arrived to the United States. NHS conducted a food and supply drive over the months of December and January, as well a collection at the Boys Basketball Game on January 28. At the game anyone who donated was entered into a raffle for gift cards presented at halftime. On January 29th, our officers and sponsors delivered the food and supplies to the families.


Congratulations to these students who were named State Scholars by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. Illinois State Scholars rank in the top 10 percent of the state’s high school seniors. Selection is based on a combination of exemplary ACT or SAT test scores and academic achievement.

Lea Angelakos, Nicholas Bishop, Natalie Borcean, Ashley Bylsma, Maeve Condon,Giavanna Dagenhart, Audrey Dahlman, Erin Donovan, Keeli Dunaway, Edward Dzieza, Alejandra Galvan, Nathan Gollins, Sebastian Gray, Louis Grobart, Teresa Gutierrez, Kylie Hagan, Ryan Heatley, Logan Hess, Arub Imran, Samantha Johnson, Ryan Junior, Marcell Kaleta, James Kedzuch, Nathan Kuswanto, Daniel Kutlic, Nicolas Lamb, Dahlia Leighton, Jakub Libera, Sofia Logacho, Ximena Luna, William Lynott Hawbecker, Fynn Macshane, Sean Mcmillan, Tooba Mutahir, Matthew Naughton, Ann Nguyen, Elaine Nguyen, Kelly Panariti, Katherine Pruyn, Amar Rajput, Yusuf Rehman, Tyler Rohde, Zoe Romano, Ella Schindler, Luke Schwieters, Katherine Shuert, Marica Szczybura, Jocelyn Toben, Haley Tu, Jenna Tumlos, Edward Vercruysse, Genevieve Walton, Owen Wesling and Maia Zatarski.



Congratulations to the following Glenbard East students who were named to the TCD A*Team in recognition for outstanding achievement in their respective programs at TCD. The A*Team certificate is awarded to those students who received an "A" from TCD for the first semester of the 2021-22 school year.

Andrea Alonso - Nursing Assistant Training Program

Stephen Andrusyk - Emergency Medical Technician

Malak Ayesh - Nursing Assistant Training Program

Kristina Crapple - Professional Cooking Baking & Service

Elijah Davila - Automotive Technology 1st Year

Alexander Delguidice - Construction Trades

Addison Gill - Cosmetology Phase 1

Jailene Gutierrez - Medical Terminology & Healthcare Careers

Alex Ibarra - Professional Cooking Baking & Service

Michael Kindness - Emergency Medical Technician

Hannah Kosior - Early Childhood Education & Care

Mckenna Milloy - Nursing Assistant Training Program

Kenia Padilla - Medical Terminology & Healthcare Careers

Keila Ramirez - Cosmetology Phase 1

Aldo Reyes - Automotive Technology 1st Year

Aleksei Schuttler - Construction Trades

Kristina Stallings - Early Childhood Education & Care

Jason Valladares - Automotive Technology 1st Year



About Rams of the Month

Our Rams of the Month are outstanding students who display our District 87 Profile of a Graduate tenets which include evidence of communication, critical thinking, embracing diversity, creation, collaboration, or self-empowerment within their classrooms or extracurriculars. These students were nominated by staff and are deserving of our recognition. Ms. Alexandria Taylor, Assistant Principal for Student Services, personally recognizes these students each month. Congratulations to all!

Puneet Singh

Puneet is the best example of a RAM. He is compassionate, observant, kind, and hard working. He is always the first to say hello or have a nice day. He steps in to help and assist when he sees something or someone in need. Puneet created a safe and welcoming room by reaching out a new transfer student to welcome him into the room, make this student part of east, and even gave him money to buy a Homecoming ticket so the new student could participate in our social events. He is an exceptional person and we are so glad to have him as a student in our class!

Ramon Gonzalez

Ramon's curiosity and kindness help make US Government class conversations rich and valuable. The questions he raises help elevate critical thinking on our topics.

Bryan Macias

Bryan had a tremendous start at Glenbard East! He did well in all of his classes 1st semester earning a 4.3 GPA. Bryan is a role model student in the classroom that leads by example. He is prepared, hardworking, and offers valuable contributions on a consistent basis. Bryan was involved outside of the classroom as well, playing on the Glenbard East Soccer Team during the fall. Keep up the great work Bryan!

Vaden Srey

Vaden is a very respectful and considerate student. Vaden has built strong relationships with everyone in the class and is very personable. I am very grateful for the contributions Vaden has made to our class and the example that Vaden sets for other students.

Yassin Nabil

Yassin is an incredibly kind, thoughtful and insightful member of our class community. He is in class every day with a smile, ready to learn and engage with the material and his peers. He advocates for himself and others to ensure everyone feels safe and seen in our classroom. There isn't a day when Yassin leaves class without reminding me to have a good day. He embodies what our East student body is all about and I am so proud to nominate him for this honor.


About Staffulty of the Month

The Glenbard East Staffulty of the Month Award has been established to recognize outstanding people for their dedication, professionalism, and work. Those receiving this award are nominated by administrators, colleagues, and students for exhibiting our D87 Profile of an Educator tenants.

Each month, we recognize two staff members based on their advocacy for students, empathy for others, critical thinking, embracing diversity, innovation, and collaboration.

Congratulations to this month's honorees!

Josh Rubin

Josh Rubin was nominated by two students for exhibiting the following Profile of an Educator competencies: Advocates, Empathizes, Thinks Critically, Embraces Diversity, Innovates, Collaborates. Here is what they had to say:

"He is so enjoyable to be around! I don’t have him as a teacher but I got to know him from theatre. He is always so nice and understanding and willing to help."

"He’s a good teacher."

Cheryl Trejo

Cheryl Trejo was nominated by a staff member for exhibiting the following Profile of an Educator competencies: Advocates, Empathizes, Thinks Critically, Embraces Diversity, Innovates, Collaborates. Here is what they had to say:

"Cheryl is at the heart of the Special Education Department. She is the first person many speak to about enrolling their children. She collaborates with many schools to make sure data is received promptly when needed. She problem solves with staff and parents on how to handle many situations that arise unexpectedly. She works with teachers to find answers. She follows up with telephone calls and makes sure any issues are cleared up. She is always pleasant, polite and efficient."

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Superintendent, Dr. David Larson, Encourages Families to Register For Free Summer School

Although it is cold outside, we are busy finalizing plans for our robust, free summer school program.

Our free summer courses are designed to meet a variety of student needs:

· Students may take courses for get ahead credit.

· Students may recover credit from the regular school year.

· Non-credit courses help incoming freshmen be better prepared for the transition to high school.

· Sophomores and juniors who take summer classes are better prepared for the challenging courses in their fall schedule.

I encourage you to talk with your student about summer school, check out the course offerings at and register your student for our free summer program at

Important benefits of summer school

There are many benefits to students who continue their learning during the summer.

· It is important that we help students avoid “summer slide.” Studies show that, on average, students will drop one to two months in grade equivalency in reading and math skills during the summer. We encourage all students to stay engaged with learning by enrolling in our free summer school program.

· Summer school empowers students to develop skills that will allow them to start the new school year on a stronger footing, and it cultivates a work ethic that will serve students well in the future.

· In addition to helping students stay on track academically, summer school provides structure for young people and helps them build confidence in their skills and abilities.

Summer school schedule

Summer school semester 1 credit courses will run from June 6 through 28, and semester 2 will run from July 5 through 27. Credit courses will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

In addition, semester 1 bridge courses for incoming freshmen will run from June 13 through 23, and semester 2 bridge courses will run from July 11 through 21, with a morning session from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and an afternoon session from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Please review the course offerings and register your student at today.

Glenbard Parent Series (GPS)

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The Glenbard East Music Association is comprised of parents, faculty, students, alumni, and community members. GEMA membership is key to continued support of all the music programs at East. GEMA’s budget helps fund items such as student lesson scholarships, student awards, college scholarships, trips, uniform maintenance and upkeep, the gRAMmy’s and other celebrations, Color Guard training, classroom supplies, and guest clinicians.

Please download a membership form here. To find out how you can become more involved please contact GEMA President Colette Luchetta-Stendel at


It's always great to be a RAM! We continue to build and live by our athletic motto: Students First: VICTORY Will Happen…as victory is way more important than just simply winning. We continue to implement the Glenbard Profile of a Graduate transferable life skills and its six (6) competencies: self-empowered, communicates, thinks critically, embraces diversity, creates, and collaborates. We feel these skills will afford our students post-secondary opportunities including college, jobs/careers, military, or wherever their life's path may take them.


Basketball Boys: The team finished their regular season at home on Tuesday, February 15, vs. East Aurora. IHSA Regional TBA.

Basketball Girls: The team played in the IHSA Regional vs. Batavia at Addison Trail HS on Tuesday, February 15, with the tip off at 6:00pm.

Bowling Boys: UpState8 Conference champs; IHSA Regional champs, and finished 8th overall at the IHSA State Finals.

Bowling Girls: three individuals advance to the IHSA Sectional with an opportunity to qualify for the IHSA State Finals (Cherry Bowl, Rockford, IL), which will be held February 18-19.

Cheer: The team finished as the IHSA Sectional champs and ranked 21st overall at the IHSA State Finals.

Dance: The team finished a very competitive season including UpState8 Conference and advanced to the IHSA Sectional.

Gymnastics Girls: Three individuals have advanced to the IHSA Sectional with an opportunity to qualify for the IHSA State Finals (Palatine HS) on February 18-19.

Swimming Boys: The team is still in regular season competing in the DuKane County Conference.

Wrestling: The team is the UpState8 Conference champs and six individuals advance to the IHSA Sectional with an opportunity to qualify to the IHSA State Finals (State Farm Center, Champaign, IL), which take place February 17- 19.

We enjoy supporting our student-athletes and coaches as they compete; and we enjoy having our families and spectators attend these events. We continue to encourage ALL to wear masks (particularly indoors), wash your hands, socially distance (6ft) when possible, and get vaccinated and boostered if you can. These safety measures afford our athletic program the best opportunity to continue.



All students/families who participate in athletics will be required to register and pay the $150 athletic fee for one, two, or three sports. Student-athletes are encouraged to take advantage of this great deal and participate in multiple sports! Fees are due before the first competition. Parents can register and pay online through PowerSchool. If needed, there is a waiver available through the athletic office.


Glenbard East Athletics keeps players, parents, and fans up to date with team news, pictures, schedules, rosters and more.

For the most up to date team schedules and announcements, please visit our athletic website:

Follow us on Twitter: @GEHS_Athletics

NFHS Livestream: If you cannot attend in-person, please view our Rams teams that compete in the East Gym-Main Gym and in the Stadium: Click here for Livestream Events

Athletic Wall-of-Achievement:


Our Athletic Booster Club annually raises over $30,000 that go directly to our teams and student-athletes and help provide essentials to support our athletic teams pursuit of VICTORY! We need more parent volunteers! Please sign up and continue to help enhance our athletic program. The main website is: for information about membership, parent volunteer opportunities, fundraisers, concession, purchasing spirit wear, and family activity passes. Any further inquiries please contact Athletic Booster Club President, Mrs. Jerri Gapastione (

Trivia Night (Friday, February 25, VFW in Villa Park) is a go. We are looking forward to a fun night out with our community.

❖ Be on the lookout for information regarding our Spring Golf Outing (Saturday, May 7).

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