News

2019 College Report
Glenbrook North reported that 95 percent of the graduating class of 2019 is pursuing higher education this fall at 142 institutions.
Homecoming information
The schedule for Homecoming 2019 can be found here.
Connections: September
This newsletter contains information about Parent Night in the Classroom, "Matilda the Musical," homecoming, parent organizations and more. 
Parent Night in the Classroom set for Sept. 5
GBN will host Night in the Classroom for parents. This year the event will be held on Thursday, September 5, from 6:45 – 9:30 p.m.
Tickets on sale for fall musical 'Matilda'
Come see Roald Dahl's “Matilda the Musical” Sept. 26-28 in the CPA!
Get ready for the 2019-2020 school year!
Please review this important information regarding registration and the 2019-2020 school year.
Goodman named Distinguished Teacher
Mr. Steve Goodman of the Glenbrook North math department has been named the school’s Distinguished Teacher for 2019.
Distinguished alum Thukkaram recounts journey after high school
Glenbrook North Distinguished Alumnus for 2019 Navin Thukkaram made a point to tell students that he didn’t receive an award when he attended GBN. “This is the first award that I‘ve received from Glenbrook North,” he noted.
2019 Honors/Awards recipients
The annual Honors/Awards ceremony was held Friday, May 24 in the CPA. 
 
Illinois Records Act requirements
In accordance with Illinois statute,  Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South High Schools will destroy temporary records for the class of 2014 graduates, on June 30, 2019. 
 
Students start life saving club at GBN
Two GBN students gave up celebrating their Bat Mitzvah and instead used that money to donate to Save A Child’s Heart Foundation, which provides life-saving heart surgery for children who can't afford to receive care in their country of origin. Their donation helped save the lives of two Ethiopian girls. But thet two wanted to expand on that and started a club at GBN that now has 45 members.

 
GBN Math Team wins state title for third year in a row
It was a three-peat for the Glenbrook North Math Team, which won the State Championship title on Saturday, May 4, the third year in a row. But it was also history making in other ways. 
 
GBN seniors sign on to college athletics
It was College Signing Day at Glenbrook North May 1. College Signing Day is also a chance for seniors to wear a shirt from the school they plan to attend or the branch of service they plan to serve. Teachers and staff also displayed their college pride. These 11 senior athletes will be taking their talents to universities across the country:
Connections: May/June
This newsletter contains information about the final exam schedules, senior events, textbook buy back, and numerous spring activities.
GBN Model UN wins on global stage

The GBN Model UN team of nine students that traveled to New York City for the National High School Model United Nations Conference is small but mighty. The first time competing on the world stage, the group earned a remarkable Third Place. But was more fulfilling to them was filling the seats of world leaders. 

State speech champ breaks norm at contest
Glenbrook North senior Erin Rosenfeld could be the first deaf and hard-of-hearing student to win a state Speech Team title. She’s also the first one in 22 years at GBN to win a state speech title. But it’s not those accomplishments that set her apart.
Connections: April
This newsletter contains information about the Glenbrook musical, testing, summer school and sports camps, and numerous events and activities.
Spartans Connect
Students enjoyed learning how to crochet, program a computer, make balloon animals, cook, try improv with Second City and ballroom dance with the Fred Astaire Studio at Glenbrook North’s fifth annual Spartans Connect workshop.
Connections: March
This newsletter contains information about summer school, the TLS basketball game, and numerous arts events.
Glenbrooks announce the hiring of new superintendent Dr. Charles Johns

On Monday, February 11, the Glenbrook High School District 225 Board of Education approved the hiring of Dr. Charles Johns as the new superintendent, effective July 1, 2019.

Girls basketball program rallies to fight pediatric cancer

The GBN girls basketball program recently came together for a "Hoops for Hamann" tournament. 

Max Luc commits to Division I football
Senior Max Luc signed an athletic letter of intent on Wednesday, February 6th.
Habitat for Humanity applications open through March 6

Applications are open for the 2019 Habitat for Humanity summer program. Any current District 225 sophomore or junior who is at least 16 years of age by June 1 may apply.

Connections: February

This newsletter contains information about course registration, variety show, Poetry Out Loud, Incoming Freshman Activity/Athletics Night, Turnabout, International Education Night, Glenbrook musical auditions and much more. 

PE department incorporates new boxing techniques
PE department staff participated in an hour-long boxing instruction on Dec. 5. 
Sophomore sets school cross country record

For Natalie Sandlow, running is a passion and her family’s way of life.

Freshman to appear on American Ninja Warrior Junior
Tune into Universal Kids at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 to see Glenbrook North freshman Ann Slivken test her skills on American Ninja Warrior Junior.
Three athletes sign college letters of intent
Three senior Spartan athletes signed college letters of intent November 14.
Connections: November 2018

This newsletter contains information about winter weather closing procedures, our alumni visit procedure, Spartans Connect, variety show auditions, a college program for juniors and much more. 

'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' star visits students

Spartan alumnus Noah Weisberg visited Glenbrook North choir classes on Oct. 11 to discuss the students’ various interests and goals, as well as lend a few tips on topics such as audition etiquette.

Seal of Biliteracy testing readies students for college, beyond

This past June, 138 Glenbrook District 225 graduates received the Illinois State Seal of Biliteracy. Of that group, seven graduates are fluent in more than two languages. 
 

Ms. Cunningham receives DePaul’s Celebrated Teacher Award
Ms. Karen Cunningham, instructional supervisor of the Glenbrook North English Department, was one of five teachers who received a Celebrated Teacher Award this year from DePaul University.
2018 College Report
Glenbrook North reported that 97 percent of the graduating class of 2018 is pursuing higher education this fall at 145 institutions.
Connections: September 2018
This newsletter contains information about safety, security, the spring musical, One Acts and more. 
Parent Night in the Classroom
The beginning of a new semester is an important time for parents and teachers to communicate. This event gives parents an opportunity to meet new teachers their student may have, as well as receive an update on how things are progressing in year-long courses.
Ms. Scholz receives 2018 Distinguished Teacher Award

Genuine, empowering, extraordinary.

These were just a few words used to describe Glenbrook North English teacher Amanda Scholz before she received the 2018 Distinguished Teacher Award on May 26.
 

Ryan "Kaskade" Raddon named 2018 Distinguished Alumnus
Glenbrook North students, staff and community members had the pleasure of welcoming ‘89 alumnus Ryan Raddon to the stage during the school’s annual Honors and Awards ceremony on May 25. 
Boxable named Incubator Pitch Night winners
The GBN Business Incubator class held their Pitch Night on May 23. Boxable was the business that received $5,000 in funding from a board of advisors.
Business law students present mock trials before real judges

Associate Judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County Jeanne Marie Reynolds and Cook County Circuit Court Judge Michael Hood were special guests to Mrs. Karzen’s business law class this week.

Sister success: O'Regans reflect on Spartan tennis careers
They have been teammates for 14 years and sisters for 18. At the ages of four and five, senior Catherine O’Regan and 2017 alumna Colette O’Regan were handed their first tennis rackets.
Rogoff finds passion through business classes

Senior Michelle Rogoff has had a passion for business for as long as she can remember, and it shows with her busy schedule.
 

Alumnus, sports broadcaster shares journey with students
Dave Revsine, Spartan alumnus and keynote speaker for “A Night of Glenbrook Theater,” visited GBN on April 12 to speak with current students.
Alumna recalls experience farming Panama jungle
Anyone who knew Harper Simpson in high school knew she would make the world a better place.

“Almost from the very start I could see that Harper is the kind of person for whom rivers of passion and concern for others run deep,” said her Humanities teacher, Ms. Galson.
 
Sisters take the stage of 'Flight'
The lights rose slowly, and two silhouettes stood shrouded in shadow. The Eydelman sisters were ready to perform in Glenbrook North’s 2018 Variety show, “Flight.”
Students aim to build deaf awareness, encourage sign language
Sophomore Max Rollins and junior Erin Rosenfeld captivated a diverse audience this past December as they portrayed characters with hearing difficulties in the winter play, “Tribes.” 
 
E Day: Celebrating the magic number
The Math Department hosted Explore Math Day (E Day) on Feb. 7, 2018 – the calendar date equivalent of mathematical constant 2.718. 
Cross-training challenge teaches perseverance, teamwork

Twice a year, all GBN physical education classes come together to put their fitness skills to the test. 

Disney artist recalls Spartan experience
GBN alumnus Jason Grandt, creative director at Walt Disney Imagineering, has been living his dream job for the past 20 years. He leads a team of artists and designers responsible for designing and building all of The Walt Disney Company theme park attractions, resort and cruise line experiences. 
Alumnus, radio host shares international knowledge

About 20 clubs and organizations recently came together Nov. 6 for International Education Night at Glenbrook North. The night was intended to allow students to expand their global perspective, explore internationally-focused learning opportunities, and network with people who share similar interests. 

 

Women in Business Breakfast promotes networking skills

This is the first full year that Glenbrook North has had a Women in Business club, and what a year it has been.

“We get together regularly to talk about all sorts of initiatives, including fundraisers to help women buy business clothes during difficult times,” senior Keena Du said. 

Alum returns to showcase student talent
Glenbrook North alum Jake Prizant (‘13) has been devoting his time to the stage since second grade. Thanks to involvement in local productions, acting camps, school musicals, and ultimately studying acting at in Boston, Mass., his performing career has grown as he has.
 
Students foster community conversations

Glenbrook North sophomore Praajna Jain was perched on the edge of her seat, waiting on stage as a crowd of nearly 90 community members gathered to hear her speak. 

Northbrook chiropractor visits Spartan Medical Club

Awaking from a medically induced coma at age 26, Dr. John Wascow wasn’t sure what he would do with the rest of his life – but he knew he wanted to help people.

The Northbrook chiropractor visited Spartan Medical Club students October 25 at Glenbrook North. 

Alumni continue to grow novelty sock business
It’s been nine years since Michael Elyash was in Mr. Keeler’s Spanish class at Glenbrook North, and a lot has changed since then.
Engineering students visit molding technology corporation
GBN Project Lead The Way students recently visited Rogan Molding Technologies in Northbrook. The students toured the facility, met with managers and molding specialists, and learned more about careers in the industry.
Video Tutorial: Get to know our new website
Glenbrook North High School is excited to debut our new website! Please watch this video tutorial to learn helpful navigation tips. 
Alumnus, angel investor visits math and science students
Stepping into Glenbrook North High School nearly 24 years after his 1993 graduation, Spartan alumnus Navin Thukkaram had a story to share with students – something he refers to as the “epic exit.”
Student pushes for Down syndrome awareness
Glenbrook North junior Erin Mallicoat has dedicated her life to advocating for her peers with special needs. Most recently, Erin traveled to Springfield to help the Illinois Senate declare March 15, 2017 as Adult Down Syndrome Awareness Day.
 
Teen advocates for fellow diabetes patients

Jared is now a huge advocate for diabetic patients on both the local and national levels. He traveled to Washington, D.C. this past spring break to ask Congress for increased funding in diabetes management and prevention. He also requested that Congress hold hearings on the increased cost of insulin.

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.”

Student presents at Friends of Chicago River meeting

In October, Glenbrook North sophomore Daniel Brodson spoke at the annual Friends of the Chicago River meeting - the first student in the organization’s history to present at the conference.

GBN soccer coach named Coach of the Year

The 2016 Coach of the Year, Paul Vignocchi, has a storied history with soccer, starting his career with the sport at 8 years old. Vignocchi played for four years as a student with the Glenbrook North Spartans and then continued to play four years collegiately at Northern Illinois University.

GBN graduate builds a career out of LEGOs

“I was not the best student,” is how graduate Adam Reed Tucker opened his address to more than 100 GBN students standing around him outside of his new exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry.