Principal's September Newsletter

September 2021

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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 ge_news@glenbard.org 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.

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Important Dates

September 22

College Financial Aid Seminar

6:30PM - VIRTUAL


September 27 - October 1

College Application Week

Auditorium Foyer during Lunch Periods


September 29

Voices of East Concert

7PM - East Gym


October 4

Dodgeball

6PM - East Gym


October 5

Punt, Pass, Kick

6PM - Football Field


October 6

Oktoberfest by the German Club

4:15PM - 6:15PM - Cafeteria


October 7

Staff Variety Show

6PM Rider Hall


October 8

Homecoming Football Game

7:30PM


October 9

Homecoming Dance

6:30PM - 9PM - North Parking Lot

(no outside guests)


October 11

Columbus Day

NO SCHOOL


October 12

Institute Day

NO SCHOOL


October 13

PSAT TESTING Day - Juniors

NO SCHOOL - Freshman, Sophomores, Seniors

Parent/Teacher Conference Scheduling Begins September 26

Parent / Teacher Conferences will be VIRTUAL on October 27th (4:00-8:00pm) and IN-PERSON on October 28th (2:00-6:00pm). To schedule conferences, parents will need to access PowerPTC through PowerSchool beginning September 26th at 6:00 p.m. and ending October 24th at 11:59 p.m. Please follow the Parent/Guardian quick start guide to begin scheduling conferences. An email will be sent to all who scheduled a conference on Monday, October 25, 2021 at 8:00 a.m.


Important Information


  • Parents will NOT contact teachers to schedule conferences.
  • Parents will only be able to schedule conferences using PowerPTC through their PowerSchool account starting September 26th at 6:00 p.m. until October 24th at 11:59 pm.
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences occur October 27th 4:00–8:00 pm via Zoom and October 28th 2:00–6:00 pm in person.
  • Please use the following link: PowerSchool to sign-on and schedule your conferences. If you do not have a PowerSchool account, please visit ps.glenbard.org to create one. Note: It will take one week to activate your account in PowerPTC.
  • Conferences are 5 minutes in length.
  • Friday, October 29th is a non-attendance day for students
  • If parents experience technical difficulty or if they are unable to schedule a conference online, they may contact Jody Losacco at 630-424.6623

JUNIOR STUDENTS: PSAT & NMSQT Testing

All Juniors are registered for the PSAT/NMSQT on Wednesday, October 13. Juniors should report to school by 7:30 a.m. They need to bring a photo ID, two Number 2 pencils and a calculator. Like the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT measures the knowledge and skills in reading, writing, and math students learn in the classroom—the same knowledge and skills your child needs to succeed in college and career. Click here for more information on the NMSQT. Room assignments will be posted via Schoology no later than October 12, 2021. If you have any questions, feel free to contact your student’s counselor. If you miss this testing date, there is no make-up test.


Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors are not to report to school on October 13, 2021.

Students Encouraged to GET INVOLVED!

Although your student’s high school experience is primarily about academics, involvement in extracurricular activities is vital to their overall success. 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 through the service projects, engaging in hobbies and items of interest, and competing with other students on both the local and national level. Please encourage and challenge your son/daughter to get involved in these activities at East. Your son/daughter has the privilege to choose from over 60 clubs and activities that our school has to offer. Click here to learn more about the many options available.

After School Transportation

After school transportation is available to students who wish to participate in after school activities as we offer 4:30pm and 6pm buses on Monday-Thursday as well as a 5pm bus on Friday. View activity bus transportation routes and expectations here.

2021-22 School Year Student Supports

Can your student benefit from additional support this year? See our list of 21-22 Student Supports that contain a list of resources, directories, and interventions for student support.

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Students Visit Kahlo Exhibit

On Friday, September 10, our Latin American Studies students traveled to The Cleve Carney Museum of Art located within the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage. There the students experienced the "Frida Kahlo, Timeless" exhibit. On display were twenty-six original works of art by Frida Kahlo on loan from the Dolores Olmedo Museum in Mexico City. Additionally, students worked their way through more than 100 photographic images from Frida's life, as well as a multimedia timeline. Themes of love, loss, and overcoming adversity were explored.

Reminder to Families

Please continue to practice social distancing guidelines and mask-wearing to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Help us remind students to be conscious and proactive in their safety and don't forget the 3 W's of COVID-19: Wear a mask, Wash your hands, and Watch your distance!

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Homecoming Week!

All students will have an early opportunity to get involved as we prepare for Homecoming 2021. There will be a week full of activities starting on Monday, October 4th, and culminating with our Homecoming Dance on Saturday, October 9th. Join us for daily dress-up days and evening events concluding with our Homecoming Dance Under the Stars! Dance ticket sales start 9/20 - see details below:

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Upcoming Music Events

September 29, 7:00pm Voices of East Concert

The Glenbard East Choirs host the choral students from Marquardt Middle School and Westlake Middle School. This concert will take place in the East Gym and is general admission seating. Please wear a mask and leave some space between your family grouping and those nearby. Admission is $3 for adults, free to students, staff, and activity pass holders.


October 7, 6:00pm Staff Variety Show

Did you know your science teacher could do that? Staff members will take the stage in Rider Hall to share their talents. Students, plant to attend this great show during Homecoming Week!


October 21, 6:00pm Halloween Orchestra Concert for Kids

This orchestra concert gets an early start at 6pm because it’s geared toward kids. This concert will take place in the East Gym and is general admission seating. Please wear a mask and leave some space between your family grouping and those nearby. Admission is $3 for adults, free to students, staff, and activity pass holders.

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G.E. Theatre Presents:

The Edge Of Peace


Mark your calendars for G.E. Theatre's fall main stage production: The Edge Of Peace. This new drama is set in a small Illinois town at the end of World War II and shares how each character's life is about to change with the coming peace.


Performances are November 17, 18, 19 & 20 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $8.00 and may be purchased online by going to the website: gefinearts.org. or reserved by calling 630/424-6640.

Attention Sophomores: Ring Order Week

Sophomores: Ring Order Week is October 15th thru 19th. Jostens will be mailing out ring packets to all parents.

Seniors: Cap and Gown Info

Cap & Gown information will be mailed out to all Seniors in October. Please follow the instructions on that mailing to order directly with Jostens online. If you have been approved for a fee waiver, please call Cynthia Infelise at (630)424-6615 or email cynthia_infelise@glenbard.org with your height and weight information.

Freshman Leadership Day is BACK!

All class of 2025 participants will go through extensive leadership training, led by the Glenbard East Leadership team and the 2021-2022 Senior Leaders. The students will also attend sessions on: negotiation and problem solving skills, acting with courage, and specific methods of leadership. The theme for the 2021-22 Leadership Program is Express Yourself, Empower Others, Explore Together at Glenbard East High School. We strongly believe that participating in this leadership day will have a significant and positive impact on our school and your son/daughter. The cost of the leadership day is $10 per student. The $10 fee includes training, snacks, and a t-shirt.


We would like your son/daughter to participate in this leadership training. Please encourage your son/daughter to pick up a form in the main office, in room 143 or see a Senior Leader! Fill it out and return to Donna Slusher by Friday, September 24th, along with cash or check for $10 made out to Glenbard East. Please feel free to contact either Donna Slusher or Nicole Miller (coordinators) with any questions.

Music Department Visits our Partner Schools

Music students recently visited all ten our partner elementary schools in Lombard District 44 and Marquardt District 15 at their dismissal times to demonstrate music making at East. Students represented our Band, Orchestra, Choir, Guitar, Piano and Hip Hop Production programs.

News From The School Counseling Office

Senior Conferences

On Friday, September 3rd, the School Counseling office released a series of resources to help guide senior students in formulating their plans for after graduation. In addition, counselors will be conducting individual conferences with all seniors during September and October. During these meetings, we will review graduation requirements and cover topics related to post-secondary planning. Students will get an email from their School Counselor with an invitation to schedule their senior conference and links to our helpful resources. Feel free to reach out to your child's School Counselor to be a part of these meetings.


Financial Aid Night

Feeling lost and need help to understand the financial aid process for sending your student to college? The Glenbard East Guidance Department ill host a Virtual Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, September 22nd. The presentation is designed to assist parents of seniors with understanding the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) completion process and other aspects of applying for financial aid, but parents of students in all grade levels were welcome to attend. We will share a recording of the presentation on the GEHS School Counseling Scholarships and Financial Aid Webpage.


Naviance Student

We are excited to continue utilizing Naviance Student. This comprehensive web-based service enables students to engage anywhere with college and career planning on smartphones, tablets, laptops, or desktops. It is an experience optimized for mobile devices but it is not a mobile app. All Glenbard East Students have access to Naviance beginning in 9th grade. Students can access Naviance Student under the Students link on the Glenbard East website. Students log in using Single Sign-On with their Glenbard Gmail account.


College Planning Seminar

The College Planning Seminar will take place on Wednesday, October 20. Check the Principal’s newsletter next month for more details. Please mark your calendars now for this important event!

Set-Up College Board Account

All students should have a College Board Account. This account allows students to enroll in their AP Class and register to take AP exams, view scores and track progress on the PSAT and SAT, send scores to colleges and universities. Directions on setting up individual college board accounts can be found here: Setting Up Your College Board Account Link

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Glenbard East Music Association

Please consider joining the Glenbard East Music Association in supporting all of the great music at Glenbard East. GEMA volunteers assist with concert and marching uniforms, staff concerts and events, and lend a hand. GEMA supports the music program with lesson scholarships, field trips, and the ‘extras’ that make the student experience extra special. You can find the membership form here. Contact Colette Luchetta-Stendel at colette@ameritech.net with any questions or better yet, to get involved.

Superintendent Dr. David Larson: Extracurricular Activities Key to Greater Academic Success

When you think back on your high school years, do you think about your glory days in sports? Or maybe nights rehearsing for the school play or working on the student yearbook? Extracurricular activities are a key part of a comprehensive high school education. Beyond making friends and learning important collaborative skills, students who are involved in extracurricular activities have a strong connection to school.


When students participate in extracurricular activities, they have greater academic success, increased self-confidence, consistent class attendance and higher academic aspirations.


If your teen hasn’t signed up to participate in a sport, club or activity, please encourage them to explore the options available at Glenbard East, talk with a coach or sponsor to learn more and then get involved.


We are proud to provide a diverse offering of numerous clubs, activities and sports. Check out descriptions of Glenbard East clubs and activities at this link, and click on the athletics tab at this link to see the sports that are offered.


As I visit each of our schools, it’s great to see students in class, and I’m pleased to see students participating in after-school activities and sports. Glenbard East offers something for everyone. It’s not too late for your teen to get involved.


Also, one of the ways for students to get involved is to support East’s various student athletes. The fans and spectators in the stands at various athletic competitions are an important part of the athletic experience.


Whether your teen is on the team, a member of club or activity or a spectator at a school event, their participation will strengthen their connection to school and lead to an improved learning experience. Years from now, their participation in school activities also will be among their fondest memories of high school. Encourage your teen to get involved today.

Glenbard Parent Series (GPS)

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Athletic News for September 2021

VISION: To utilize school and sports to develop “WELL-ROUNDED” student-athletes and establish great pride in our RAMS COMMUNITY.


RAMS Fall Athletic Seasons Are Off to a Very Good Start:

Rams Fall Sports are fully in-season and have been competing now since mid-August. Our Boys/Girls Cross Country teams have both finished in top-10 at major invites. Cheer and Dance (Ramettes) are working hard with training, and perform at our home football games. Football is off to a very strong start with wins at home and on the road. Our Boys/Girls Golf teams are steady and swinging away, getting ready for a strong finish to the regular season. Boys Soccer continues to find its groove on offense and continues to play stellar defense with a few shutouts already this season. Girls Swimming co-op with Glenbard North continue to set personal records each meet. Girls Tennis has really good depth, which has helped win some very competitive duals. Girls Volleyball has competed in a few top-level tournaments with Autumnfest still to come (Oct 15-16). 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 if you can.


Athletic Coaches Info:

ALL Fall Sports are currently in-season. Please feel free to reach out to the following head coaches for more specific information regarding your child/children sport(s):

o Cheer CoEd Sideline: Kelly Dolan, kelly_dolan@glenbard.org

o Cross Country Boys: Andrew (Andy) Adduci, andrew_adduci@glenbard.org

o Cross Country Girls: Chris Pietsch, christopher_pietsch@glenbard.org

o Dance Poms: Courtney Clay, courtney_clay@glenbard.org

o Football: John Walters, john_walters@glenbard.org

o Golf Boys: Chris Wienke, christopher_wienke@glenbard.org

o Golf Girls: Chris Nagel, christopher_nagel@glenbard.org

o Soccer Boys: Josh Adler, joshua_adler@glenbard.org

o Swimming Girls: Chris Del Galdo, cdelgaldo@gmail.com

o Tennis Girls: William (Bill) Burt, william_burt@glenbard.org

o Volleyball Girls: Bradley Cardott, bradley_cardott@glenbard.org


Please register on PowerSchool prior to the start date of your respective sport(s), and assure student-athletes have up-to-date medical physical examinations, immunizations records. While student accident insurance is provided for all enrolled students, additional insurance is mandatory for those in tackle football. Click here for more information.


Eastside Crew

We aim to have the best Student Section in the state of Illinois, which means we need our student body, even if you are not participating in athletics and/or not in competition on a given game night, come out and Join the Eastside Crew! You can help our teams simply by appropriately cheering from the stands. Please contact sponsor Mr. Chris Wienke (christopher_wienke@glenbard.org) and Mrs. Donna Slusher (donna_slusher@glenbard.org) with any questions about game schedules to cheer at and/or theme suggestions.


Glenbard East Athletics On The Internet

Glenbard East Athletics is now prepared to keep players, parents, and fans up to date with team news, pictures, schedules, rosters and more.


Website: http://il.8to18.com/glenbardeast

Twitter: @GEHS_Athletics

Athletic Wall-of-Achievement: https://glenbardeast.touchpros.com/Home2.aspx


Student Athletic Fees/Registration - $150

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! Remember, colleges and employers are searching for well-rounded students! Fees and/or confirmed payment plan are due before the first competition. There are fee waivers available for families, please stop by the Athletic Office and inquire. Parents must register and pay online through PowerSchool. Also students must have an up-to-date medical physical examination. FRESHMEN and TRANSFERS must have all immunizations completed with their medical physical examination.


Athletic Booster Club

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: www.eastboosters.com 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 (jgw8@comcast.net).