Principal's November Newsletter

November/December 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 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.



November 24 - 26


Thanksgiving Break

December 2

Jostens Ring Delivery

During ALL lunch periods

Cafeteria Hallway

December 8

East Films Showcase

4:30PM - 6PM - Rider Hall


AP/Dual Credit Night


December 9

Holiday Concert - 2 performances

6PM and 8PM - East Gym

December 15

Cookies & Carols Concert - 2 performances

6PM - Rider Hall

8PM - Auditorium Foyer

December 15 - 17


Special Schedule

December 20 - December 31


WInter Break

January 3


Institute Day

January 5

8th Grade Academic and Activity Night

watch website for details

January 13

RAM Records Presents Open Mic

6PM-8PM - location TBD


What a difference a year makes! Last year at this time the pandemic had forced Glenbard East and the district to extend remote learning through the end of first semester. A year later, although things are not completely back to “normal”, it continues to be an awesome feeling to have our students walking the halls and in classrooms interacting with each other and their teachers on a daily basis. As I’ve stated on many occasions, this is where they belong. To that end, it remains critical that our entire community continue to follow safety protocols, particularly wearing masks appropriately, so that we can keep everyone safe and healthy.

As we approach the end of the semester and winter break, it is my hope that Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season is kind to all of our families. I am grateful to be able to serve our students and this community. December traditionally is a busy month and we all look forward to seeing our students putting some of their talents on display in athletics, music, and the arts.

And while the winter break signals the halfway mark of this school year, it all signals that it is time for us to begin preparing for the following school year. Immediately after the break, we will be welcoming our future Rams to East during our 8th Grade Family Night. We are currently planning for an in-person event on Wednesday, January 5th, 2022. We look forward to showcasing all that East has to offer to next year’s freshman class. More information will be forthcoming.

Additionally, our current students will begin choosing their courses for the 2022-23 school year soon after our return from break. We encourage our students to find an area of interest and consider enrolling in at least one Advanced Placement course prior to graduating from high school. Students that take AP courses are more likely to be prepared for coursework at the college level. In addition, students that score well on AP exams can earn college credit and save on tuition costs. Glenbard East High School offers a wide-range of Advanced Placement courses in multiple subject areas.

Not to get too far ahead of ourselves, I want to bring the focus back to what’s immediately in front of us. As we move into the final four weeks of the semester, students are encouraged to finish strong. Know that our staff is here to support and provide students with the assistance they need. It’s important for students to seek out help when needed. There is still time.

We remain committed to serve every student, every day in their quest to be a Glenbard East graduate that is self-empowered, thinks critically, embraces diversity, communicates, creates, and collaborates.

I wish all of our Glenbard East families a wonderful and safe holiday and a prosperous and Happy New Year!

Thank you for your continued support! We Are East!!!

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We thank:

Our students and families for making daily attendance a priority.

Our fantastic teachers who pour their energy into making each classroom an exciting place to learn.

Our nurses who take the precautions necessary to keep students healthy.

Our support staff who provide the extra hands and attention our students need.


On Wednesday, December 8 Glenbard East High School will be holding a virtual AP/Dual Credit Night at 7:00 pm for students and parents. AP and Dual Credit are two excellent ways to get a jump start on college or a career. Join us to learn about AP and Dual Credit and how students can benefit from these programs. A reminder with a link to this event will be sent to all East families a few days prior to the event.


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CAFETERIA SERVICE – There will be limited food service on exam days. The cafeteria lines will be open to serve our students during the following times: 7:00 a.m.-7:30 a.m., 8:45 a.m.-9:15 a.m., 10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m., 12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m.

TECHNOLOGY CENTER OF DUPAGE – There will be no TCD classes for students on exam days.

QUIET STUDY AREAS – Supervised quiet study areas will be available for those students who wish to study during the exams, when they have a free period. All Physical Education and Driver Education classes WILL MEET ON EXAM DAYS. There are to be no students in the halls without a pass during the exam periods. All students are to remain in their classes during the entire period.

RESCHEDULED EXAMS – Students who feel they have a heavy load of exams on Day 1 or Day 2 may elect to change or move one of their exams to the Make-up time slot on Day 3. This request must be made with the teacher at least one week prior to their scheduled exam.

ATHLETICS – Practices may begin after 1:30 p.m. Students should check with their coach for actual start time.


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Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Please join us and meet our fine coaches, teachers, department chairs and administrators. More information is forthcoming.

We are very excited to welcome the Class of 2026!


During the month of January, the school counselors at East will be meeting with our future Rams to select courses for the 2021-22 school year. On the evenings of January 13, 18, 20 and 25, from 5pm-8:30pm, our hallways will be abuzz with current 8th graders and their families mapping out their future here at East. We are excited to start the process of welcoming our future!


Over the next few weeks, counselors will meet with students to discuss the benefits of taking challenging yet balanced courses to ensure their academic path prepares them for life after high school. As part of this preparation, students will begin to prepare to take standardized tests that may help them gauge their readiness. Below is information regarding testing dates, test prep and locating test scores.



January 15 – February 15, 2022

Illinois uses WIDA MODEL for Kindergarten and WIDA Screener (for Grades 1-12) to identify English language learners (ELLs). ACCESS for ELLs is given to all ELLs during the annual testing window. If your student has been identified as an English Language Learner, they will be notified regarding specific test dates.

DLM-AA for Grade 11

March 16, 2022 (earliest) – May 4, 2022 (latest)

*Current grade 12 students without a valid grade 11 or 12 score or qualifying exemption from any previous grade 11 or 12 DLM-AA administration will be rostered to take DLM-AA in spring 2022 in ELA/Literacy and Mathematics.

ISA for Grade 11

March 1, 2022 (earliest) – April 29, 2022 (latest)

In compliance with federal testing requirements, Illinois will administer a science assessment to all junior students enrolled in a public school district. The assessment will be administered in an online format and is aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards for Science incorporating the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which were adopted in 2014. A specific testing date will be announced second semester. Grade 11 students for whom DLM-AA is the more appropriate assessment will continue to participate in the DLM-AA science assessment in lieu of the ISA.

SAT with Essay for Grade 11*

*Current grade 12 students without a valid grade 11 or 12 score or qualifying exemption from any previous ISBE-provided administration will be rostered to take SAT with Essay in spring 2022..

Test Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Makeup Test Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Accommodate Testing Window: April 13-26

PSAT10 for Grade 10

Test Date April 19, 2022

*Accommodate Testing Window: April 13-26, 2022

*Specific Accommodated Testing dates will be announced second semester

PSAT 8/9 for Grade 9

Test Date April 19, 2022

*Accommodate Testing Window: April 13-26, 2022

*Specific Accommodated Testing dates will be announced second semester


District 87 is offering a FREE 10-week in-person or fully virtual SAT Prep course for all Glenbard Juniors. The course will begin the week of January 24, 2022 and a diagnostic test will be given the week of January 4, 2022.

The SAT Prep course is provided by Academic Approach, a leading test preparation provider. Participating students average a 90-100 point overall gain on their score. Scoring well affords you post-secondary opportunities, including scholarships and admission to competitive colleges and universities.

Click here to Register

Registration Closes December 8th.

In person classes - Wednesday 2:45 - 5:30 PM

Virtual classes - Wednesday 5:45 - 8:30 PM


Most of our Advanced Placement students have registered for their AP Exams. Click here for the 2022 exam schedule set by the College Board. If your child did not sign up for an exam and would like to, there still is time. A $40 late fee will be charged on top of the testing fee. Contact our AP Coordinator Beth McNett if you have questions. She can be reached at or by calling 630.627.9250.

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Classroom attendance is considered to be an integral part of the student's course of study. When absences occur, it is important to note the following:

  • Time lost from the classroom is essentially irretrievable; the experiences, discussions and the uniqueness of the classroom learning process require school attendance.
  • Establishing good attendance habits better equip young people toward being productive members of society.
  • Once a student misses eight full days of school, the school may require a doctor’s note on file in order for each absence to be excused.
  • If a student has more than eight days of excused absences, the SIT teams are actively providing the student and family with appropriate intervention


Parents/guardians should continue to keep their students home and seek testing for symptomatic students, regardless of vaccination status. Continue to report exposure or symptoms to the School Health Office at 630-424-7133.


Cap & Gown - Earlier this semester a catalog and order form were mailed to all Seniors, however, Josten’s would prefer all orders to be made online. To order online go to Enter the school name to view the items available for purchase. Questions should be directed to Jostens at 630-963-3500. If you are on a fee waiver please email Cynthia Infelise with your height and weight ( You can also call Ms. Infelise at (630)424-6615.

Diplomas - Your diploma name must reflect your legal name of record (middle name optional). It will appear exactly as shown in PowerSchool. Therefore, if the name contains special characters, or is not shown with proper spacing, your parent must submit a written request for correction to the school Registrar, Rita Martinez, no later than December 17, 2021. Ms. Martinez can be reached at and/or (630)424-7142.


AP, SAT, PSAT 8/9, PSAT10 and PSAT NMSQT Score Reports - As testing scores become available throughout the year, students may access their scores in their very own College Board portal. Click the link for Student Directions to Access Scores in the College Board Reporting Portal.


Student Supports and Interventions

As finals approach, click on Student Supports and Interventions to view our comprehensive array of academic supports and social-emotional resources.

Community Supports

If you or your loved ones need access to resources (food, homelessness, emotional support etc) over the holidays and throughout the year, click on our list of resources that are offered throughout DuPage County this holiday season. In addition, below are links to additional relief resources:


Find out how to keep yourself and your family safe when you celebrate fall and winter holidays. If you are planning to travel for an upcoming holiday, see the Center for Disease (CDC) link for more information about holiday safety.

G.E. Theatre's Winter Production: The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare, Abridged!

Don’t miss G.E. Theatre’s winter production: The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare, Abridged! This fast paced comedy will perform February 2, 3, 4 and 5. Tickets are $8.00 and can be purchased by going to our website:

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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!

Kyle Schultz

Kyle has continued to make great progress in German as a German II student. He makes consistent effort to communicate in German during class, and has a very positive influence on the class dynamic. We are fortunate to have him in our German program and are confident that he will use his knowledge of German well in the future.

Edward Vercruysse

I nominate one of my film students, Edward Vercruysse. He is in my Video Production class and consistently lifts up others projects and submits excellent examples of insightful filmmaking. He is also an active member of my video club and one of the coordinators of the screening last week. He is kind, enthusiastic, and passionate about filmmaking. He takes active roles both behind and in front of the camera.

Karina Janisch

Karina is doing an outstanding job in Accounting. Karina always participates in class, scores well on assessments and her attention to detail is second to none. I appreciate the effort she puts forth on a daily basis and the leadership she exudes in class. Karina is always willing to help out and routinely assists her classmates. It is an absolute pleasure to work with Karina. Keep up the amazing work!

Keeli Dunaway

I’d like to nominate one of my distinguished Online Wellness P.E. students, Keeli Dunaway. Keeli is a hard-working, self-motivated student that is truly a pleasure to have in class. In regards to the Glenbard Profile of a Graduate competencies that come to mind, Keeli is the epitome of Communication and Is Self-Empowered.


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!!!

Caris Zeller

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

"She’s really helpful and will stay in whenever I want to help me."

"Mrs Zeller deserves to be the staff of the month because she exhibits these traits everyday. Something that differentiates her from other teachers is that she gets to know her students on a personal level by asking attendance questions and engaging in our answers everyday. She even makes an effort to go to football games, plays, and clubs that her students are apart of. During Hispanic heritage month, she presented revolutionary figures which was more than asked for. Though AP chemistry is suppose to be a difficult course, Mrs Zeller goes above and beyond to help her students by being available before, during, after, and outside of school to review material, answer questions, and adjust due dates to lessen the stress on her students."

"She’s an amazing teacher who makes a safe environment for her students and makes her students feel heard academically and socially."

"They collaborate with others and make everyone feel welcome."

"She is my favorite teacher."

"Works through and with the students, makes school work something to look forward to. Teaches us about POC that have reached milestones for each heritage month. Overall, very cool."

"Because she’s so patient with us and is so sweet and treats us like adults, best teacher ever."

Micki Marin-Bunting

Micki Marin-Bunting was nominated by a fellow educator for exhibiting the following Profile of an Educator competencies: Advocates and Embraces Diversity. Here is what they had to say:

"Micki constantly advocates for the needs of her ELL student population and goes above and beyond in knowing them and their needs."


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The Glenbard East Art Department is proud to announce that Sabina Enema won honorable mention in the Drawing category in the Chicagoland 4 x 5 High School Art Exhibition. Twenty-nine other art students are also featured at the show. The reception and awards ceremony is being held on November 10th at Oswego High School from 6:30-8:30 pm. Please consider attending. Go RamArt!


Seven Glenbard East students have been awarded the AP Capstone Diploma and three students received the AP Certificate. Students earn the AP Capstone Diploma for earning a passing AP score in AP Seminar, AP Research and four additional AP exams. The AP Certificate is earned by passing the AP Seminar and AP Research exam.

Earning the AP Diploma is a distinguished achievement, reflecting a commitment to excellence by passing a minimum of SIX AP Exams. Our three AP Certificate recipients have the chance to earn the AP Diploma by passing their AP Exams in May!

AP Diploma Recipients: Salmah Abdulkadir, Grace Chambers, Teresa Gutierrez, Patris Haxiaj, Sean McMillan, Aria Smith, Era Srivastava

AP Certificate Recipients: Matthew Naughton, Amar Rajput, Aziel Schindler


The Music Department is pleased and proud to announce the students who were selected for the 2021 Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) District IX Honors Music Ensembles. More than 1,350 students across the west suburban area submitted audition recordings consisting of prepared musical selections and scales. This year's festival took place on Saturday, Nov. 13. Congratulations to the following students:

Senior Band

Hannah Hadraba, French horn

Lucas Logacho, tuba

Kristen Ortiz, Bb clarinet

TJ Villasenor, trumpet


Hope Kowallis, violin

Sofia Logacho, Bb clarinet

Senior Chorus

Lyel Pascasio, bass I

Jenna Tumlos, soprano I

Linaea Walsh, soprano I

9-10 Choir

Serge Dulang, tenor

Erik Vazquez, tenor

Grace Boddy, soprano

Taylor Kowallis, alto

Ethan Hamilton, bass

The Senior Jazz Festival takes place Saturday, November 20

Vocal Jazz Ensemble II: Jayda Swapsy, alto; Linaea Walsh, soprano

Vocal Jazz Ensemble III: Grace Boddy, soprano


Congratulations to Lea Angelakos for earning the Good Citizenship Award sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution for the class of 2022. Lea earned this award through a write-in ballot amongst Glenbard East staff based upon the merits of leadership, dependability, service, and patriotism.

Congratulations to Ximena Luna for earning the Outstanding Citizenship Award sponsored by the Sons of the American Revolution for the class of 2022. Ximena earned this award through a write-in ballot amongst Glenbard East staff based upon the merits of dependability, honesty, courtesy, respect, leadership, and patriotism.


Once again, this year students of all four of the Glenbard High Schools will be selecting their courses for the 2022-23 school year online through their Power School accounts. With an online enrollment process, parents have an opportunity to be more involved in the course selection process and better prepare students for engaging in a similar process during their college years. Students will be able to select their courses between December 13th and January 4th. After January 4th, students and parents will continue to be able to view their courses in their PowerSchool accounts, but any changes will need to be requested through their school counselors. Counselors will meet with all students individually between January 10th and February 1st to ensure that student selections address the remaining graduation requirements. Please continue to monitor your student’s PowerSchool account during that time to note any changes and review your student’s course requests! Course changes and adds for the 2022-23 school year will not be permitted after August 9th, 2022.

Students will receive instructions on how to complete the online enrollment process on December 13th through their Schoology account. Recommendations for future courses come from current teachers. For any questions regarding particular course options in a particular department, please contact your student’s teacher or the department chair who oversees that course for additional information. For questions regarding your student’s progress toward graduation, please contact your student’s assigned counselor. For any questions regarding the enrollment process, please contact Selina Lepsi, the Director of School Counseling.


Counselors will visit Freshman World History classes in late November. During this meeting, students will receive information on the importance of course selection, class rigor, graduation requirements, the importance of their GPA, and the best ways to prepare for life after high school. Families will be emailed this letter that includes additional course planning resources.

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Superintendent, Dr. David Larson, Shares His Gratitude

In this season of gratitude, we have much to be grateful for in Glenbard District 87. When I think about what I’m grateful for on a professional level, the first thing that comes to mind is I am deeply grateful that our students are learning in-person and working with our talented, caring faculty and staff.

I am grateful for the following experiences for our students:

  • Students are participating in engaging lessons that involve lively discussion, critical thinking and progress toward clearly communicated learning targets.
  • Students working in quality labs are conducting science experiments that leverage curiosity.
  • Students are collaborating to generate original ideas, solutions and products in imaginative ways in our media centers.
  • Theatre and music students are performing in front of an audience again.
  • Student athletes are developing skills, learning about teamwork and pursuing an area of interest in our comprehensive athletic programs.
  • Students involved in clubs and activities are engaged in service projects and developing leadership skills.

We have so much to be grateful for in Glenbard. Here are just a few more examples:

  • Creative, hardworking and resilient students
  • Supportive families and community members who partner with us to prepare students for life after high school.
  • Robust resources available in quality public libraries in our community and their knowledgeable, helpful staff.
  • Comprehensive recreation facilities throughout the community and their collaborative, innovative staff.

A grateful attitude is essential these days. If we are intentional about expressing gratitude, we can see a change in our attitude and our ability to deal with stress and frequent change.

Consider taking a few minutes to create a gratitude list or start a gratitude journal. You can jot down specific reasons why you are grateful for a neighbor, friend, coworker or relative. Or, if you’d rather use pictures to illustrate your gratitude, your gratitude list or journal might have sketches.

I am grateful to be part of a school district that has supportive community members who want the best for students. I hope you and your family have time to enjoy this season, and that your gratitude list continues to grow.

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


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.

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.

UPCOMING WINTER SPORTS INFO: 2021-22 Winter Athletic Head Coaches


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 ( Be on the lookout for information upcoming for fundraisers in 2022, including Trivia Night (February) and our Spring Golf Outing (April/May).