Activities

Glenbard East High School offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities including interscholastic athletics, student government, publications, clubs and service organizations.  All students are encouraged to participate in these activities to round out their education. All students who participate in these programs must meet certain responsibilities. A student must be carrying a normal class schedule and maintain a record of good school citizenship.  Eligibility to participate on a team or activity may be suspended or revoked for unsuccessful academic progress or infractions of school rules.

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Mr. Anderson
Assistant Principal for Student Services/Director of Activities
 
ACE (Adventure Challenge Experience)
Ms. Miller [email protected]
 
ACT-SO
Ms. Abrams [email protected]

ACT-SO is the Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics.  This youth initiative covers 26 fields of competition covering art, humanities, business and science.  The club meets twice a month to discuss and support student projects that will be entered in the competition at the College of DuPage in March of each year.  The top three students in each category win medals and scholarship money. The Gold medalist will earn an all-expenses-paid trip to the national contest. For more information contact the sponsor, Marisa Abrams, or www.dupageact-so.org.

Anime
Ms. Abrams [email protected]

Anime refers to a popular style of animation that originated and continues to be practiced in Japan. Like any entertainment medium, the story lines represent most major genres of fiction. Anime is broadcast on television, distributed on media such as DVD and VHS, and included in video games. Additionally, some are produced as full-length motion pictures. Anime often draws influence from manga (comic books), light novels, and other cultures. Some Anime storylines have been adapted into live action films and television series.  All are welcome to attend.

Aries Yearbook

Ms. Orbegoso – [email protected]
Mr. Aderhold – [email protected]
Aries is the Glenbard East yearbook, which is produced by the students. This year’s yearbook will include a complete rundown on school activities and students. The yearbook may be purchased during registration and will be distributed in May.

Band
Ms. Capalletti – [email protected]
Mr. Packer – [email protected]

The core of our diverse band program is the Symphonic and two Concert Bands. These groups study and perform works written for the modern concert band through a variety of concerts or contests. Students are required to attend weekly sectionals. The Marching Band is a fall semester class for those students wishing to participate in that activity. The Marching Band performs at all home football games and participates in several contests each fall. The Jazz Bands are extracurricular ensembles. The Jazz and Orchestra Band practice outside of the school day and perform several concerts each year.

Band is open to all students at Glenbard East.  Students who took band in middle school, regardless of how long, are encouraged to join.  Students who need to learn an instrument can take Beginning Band. 9th graders coming from middle school bands register for Concert Band 2.  Concert Band 1 and Symphonic Band are available to upperclassmen, and combine to form the Marching Band and Pep Band. Students who are enrolled in a band class are also able to join the extracurricular Jazz Band 2 and Jazz Band 1.  Other activities linked to band are trips and tours, All-District and All-State, small ensembles, symphony orchestra, pit orchestra, Solo and Ensemble, the Senior Solo competition, and many more!

Bass Fishing Club
Mr. Marola – [email protected]

Best Buddies
Ms. Mauritz – [email protected]
Ms. Schulz – [email protected]

Best Buddies is a student-led, co-curricular club that matches students with intellectual disabilities to other high-school students in order to create one-to-one friends. Students who are not matched one-to-one may join the club as associate members. The group will conduct chapter meetings as well as after-school/in-school social activities on a monthly basis.

Black Student Association
Ms. Lawrence [email protected]

Black Student Union is comprised of students who wish to learn more about African American heritage.  This group promotes and celebrates Black History month in January. This club is open to all students.

Buddies/Mentors
Ms. Donohue – [email protected]

The Buddies and mentor program is a one-on-one relationship building for high school seniors who work with middles school and elementary students as a role model.

 

Catholics Club
Ms. Orbegoso [email protected]

Cheerleading
Ms. Bauer – [email protected]

Cheerleading is an Activity in the Fall and a Sport in the Winter per IHSA.

Chess Team
Mr. Aderhold – [email protected]

Chorus
Mr. Catt – [email protected]

There are 6 choir classes that students can take at East.  Treble Chorus (women) & Baritone Chorus (men) are both non-auditioned, entry-level choirs open to all students.  These classes teach the foundation of music theory, sight-reading and good vocal technique. Advanced Treble Chorus (women) and Advanced Baritone Chorus (men) are both auditioned choirs following Treble & Baritone in the sequence of choir classes.  Concert Chorale is an advanced, auditioned all-female choir. Concert Choir is an advanced, auditioned mixed (male and female) choir. Both Chorale and Concert Choir tour and perform throughout the area. After-school sectionals are required for members of these two choirs.

Extra-curricular choral activities include the Madrigal Singers, Eastwind Vocal Ensemble, Ramparts, Voices of East, Women’s A cappella Vocal Ensemble (WAVE), and various other vocal ensembles.  Madrigals are selected in late May, Eastwind and WAVE members are selected in December, and Ramparts (National Anthem singers for various events) are selected at multiple audition times throughout the school year.  Students must be enrolled in a music class in order to audition for Madrigals, Eastwind, WAVE, and/or the Ramparts. Voices of East is a choir that meets weekly for an hour after school and is open to ALL East students and staff!

Class Board – Seniors
TBD

Class Board – Juniors
Ms. Freeman – [email protected]

Class Board – Sophomores
Ms. McCann – [email protected]

Class Board – Freshmen
Ms. Markley – [email protected]

Creative Writing
Mr. Littell – [email protected]

CWT (Career Work Training)
Mr. Nagel – [email protected]

Dance Team
Ms. Woodworth – [email protected]
Ms. Schiller – [email protected]
Ms. Carmody – colleen_carmody@glenbard.org

The Glenbard East Poms squad is a group of freshman through senior girls.  The squad performs dance routines at varsity home football games, varsity home basketball games, the all-school pep assembly, and area competitions.  The season runs from August through February, with tryouts each spring for the following year.

 

East Side Crew/Red Herd
Ms. Slusher – [email protected]
Ms. Murawski – [email protected]
Ms. Laurence – [email protected]

This club is for any Glenbard East student who would like to support athletics, clubs, music and more!  We participate in activities like tailgates, cafeteria decorating, advertising for events and general spirit boosting!  Plan on attending any events when you can! The only pre-requisite is you must want to HAVE FUN!

East Side Vibe
TBD

East Side Vibe is a club/dance team that brings the hip-hop and urban dance culture to Glenbard East. Members of East Side Vibe unite under a common love for hip-hop, whether that includes dancing, breaking, popping or locking. The weekly practices provide an opportunity to meet new people and perform before the school at games, pep rallies, etc. The group welcomes all ethnic backgrounds and no prior hip-hop experience is required. However, there will be a training session and tryout to ensure the ability to dance and perform.
 
Echo Newspaper
Mr. Kargol – [email protected]
The Glenbard East Echo, the student newspaper published periodically during the school year is free to all students. The Echo features timely topics and extensive reporting.

Ecology Club
Ms. Bielski – [email protected]
Membership in the Environmental Club is open to all students interested in environmental issues and concerns. Members participate in improving East’s environmental practices, outdoor activities such as hiking and cross country skiing, as well as environmental community service activities.

English Honor Society
Mr. Lemke – [email protected]

Foods Club
Ms. Murawski [email protected]
Students who enjoy learning and trying different foods are encouraged to join the foods club.  Students will explore a variety of foods, their origins and how food is used in different cultures and traditions.  

 

Forensics
Mr. Mayo – [email protected]


French Club
Ms. Schillerstrom – [email protected]
Le Cercle Francais is for those interested in expanding their contact with the French including language and culture. There are presentations made by native speakers. Activities dining in a French restaurant, annual T-shirt design contest, going to French films, plays and art exhibits, and corresponding with French teenagers.

French Honor Society
Ms. VanBaalen – [email protected]

Future Educators Association
TBD
The Future Educators Association is a relatively new name for Future Teachers of America, an organization founded in 1937.  The role of FEA is to engage high school students who may be considering a career in education. If you are interested in learning about the career of teaching, willing to share your skills with others, and want to actively pursue preparation for your college career, consider joining FEA.

Game Club
Mr. Lohman – [email protected]
Game club is a place for students who share a love of games: board games, card games, video games and more. Bring in your own games to share and play, or just come to discuss your favorite games. Everyone is welcome.

German Club
Ms. Gstalter – [email protected]
German Club is open to all present students of German. The club promotes an outside interest in the culture of all German-speaking people. Activities include field trips, participation in cultural performances, contests, immersion days and visits to the German community.

Guitar Club 
Mr. Graham – [email protected]

Habitat for Humanity

Ms. Biagi – [email protected]

History Club
Mr. Pietsch – [email protected]

Intramurals
Mr. Miller – [email protected]
Mr. Overbey – [email protected]
Mr. Bair – [email protected]

The program is committed to offering safe, quality programs,facilities and services to the Glenbard East community. The Glenbard East High School Intramural program offers team, individual and special event activities to over 2,600 students. All of our programs are designed to maximize participation and accommodate a wide range of interests and abilities. These programs are open to all Glenbard East High School students.

Key Club
TBD
A community and school service club that takes an active role in assisting individuals and groups at Glenbard East High School, in DuPage County and throughout the Chicagoland area. Student members develop leadership through involvement with the Lombard Kiwanis Club and other service clubs throughout the community. By helping Kiwanis, the club sponsors funds for college scholarships, and offer assistance to other needy community projects and citizens. Key Club members become part of an international organization that offers a club member magazine and regional, national, and international leadership conferences. Some service activities and fund raising projects that members perform include: car washes, Big Brother/Big Sister student assistance programs, food drives, clothing drives, book and toy drives, and friendship activities.

Lake Geneva Leadership Weekend
Mr. VanDenBerg – [email protected]
The Lake Geneva Leadership Weekend (LGLW) is focused on training high school students to be leaders through a sequence of team building activities which challenge the students’ physical, mental and emotional capabilities.  Students learn to work effectively to problem-solve within a group environment, evaluate their leadership role within the group, and understand their strengths and weaknesses as leaders. Those who attend the LGLW return to East with a new sense of confidence, an understanding of the intellectual and emotional growth potential that can happen when stepping out of their comfort zones, and an open door to the myriad of leadership opportunities that Glenbard East affords its students.  
 
Latinos Unidos 
Ms. Proske – [email protected]
Latinos Unidos is a group comprised of students interested in learning more about latino culture. We practice and perform Latino Dances for special events here at East and for District 87. We meet with successful Latino community members, engage in community service projects, and many more activities.
 
Link Crew Student Mentors

Ms. Tzouras – [email protected]
Ms. Proskey – [email protected]
The Link Crew Student Mentors program is one-on-one relationship building for high school seniors who work with middle school and elementary students as a role model.

Louder Than A Bomb (LTAB)
Mr. Littell – [email protected]

Math Team
Mr. Podraza – [email protected]
Mr. Hoogerheide – [email protected]
Ms. Hajek – [email protected]
Mrs. Markley – [email protected]
Ms. McCann – [email protected]
The Math Club is an organization encouraging students to participate in math contests and develop problem-solving techniques. Open to all students.

Mock Trial
Mr. McGivern – [email protected]
East’s Mock Trial team participates in Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) sponsored simulated trials.  Students prepare both sides of a fictitious court case (developed by the ISBA) then try the case against other high schools. The season culminates with a weekend trip to Springfield for the state competition. The winner of the state tournament represents Illinois in the National High School Mock Trial Championship. East won the state competition in 2007 and advanced to Dallas for Nationals. It finished 2nd in the state tournament in 2009 and 3rd in 2011. Mock Trial is a wonderful opportunity for students interested in law, government or theater.

Model UN
TBD

Mu Alpha Theta
TBD

Music – Band
Ms. Capalletti – [email protected]
Mr. Packer – [email protected]

Music – Chorus
Mr. Catt – [email protected]

Music – Orchestra
Mr. Fawkes – [email protected]


Muslim Student Association
TBD

National English Honor Society
Mr. Lemke – [email protected]
Recognizes the achievements of those students who excel in the English language arts.

National Honor Society
Ms. Reece – [email protected]
Ms. Behnke – [email protected]
The National Honor Society chapter of Glenbard East is a duly chartered and affiliated chapter of this prestigious national organization. Membership is open to those students who meet the required standards in four areas of evaluation: scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Standards for selection are established by the national office of NHS and have been revised to meet our local chapter needs. Students are selected to be members by a Faculty Council which bestows this honor upon qualified students on behalf of the faculty of our school each year. Students in the 11th or 12th grades are eligible for membership. For the scholarship criterion, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 4.3 or better on a 5.0 scale at the end of first semester during the student’s Junior or Senior year. Those students who meet this criterion are invited via their FirstClass email accounts to complete a Student Activity Information Form that provides the Faculty Council with information regarding the candidate’s leadership and service. A history of leadership experiences and participation in school or community service is also required.

To evaluate a candidate’s character, the Faculty Council uses two forms of input. First, school disciplinary records are reviewed. Second, members of the faculty are solicited for input regarding their professional reflections on a candidate’s service activities, character, and leadership. These forms and the Student Activity Information Forms are carefully reviewed by the Faculty Council to determine membership. A majority vote of the Council is necessary for selection. Candidates are notified regarding selection or nonselection according to a predetermined schedule.

Following notification, a formal induction ceremony is held at the school to recognize all the newly selected members. Once inducted, new members are required to maintain the same level of performance (or better) in all four criteria that led to their selection. This obligation includes regular attendance at chapter meetings held quarterly during the school year, participation in the chapter service projects(s), and completion of at least 25 hours of community service after being selected for membership (at least 15 hours must be completed during the first semester, and 10 hours must be completed during second semester). Students or parents who have questions regarding the selection process or membership obligations can contact the chapter adviser, Ms. Janet Reece at (630) 424-6467 or Ms. Lisa Behnke at (630) 424-6610.

New Beginnings
Ms. Winfrey – [email protected]
New Beginnings is a program designed to welcome new students to East and create a supportive environment that assists with their transition.  As part of the program, transfer students are given the option to be paired with a student ambassador.

An ambassador’s role is to greet a new student on his/her first day of school, which may occur at any time during a given school year.  Ambassadors will be paired with new students based on lunch hours and they are expected to eat with their new student during the student’s first few days at East. Ambassadors are encouraged to periodically check in with their new students throughout the year and serve as a resource for questions and information. Also, ambassadors will be asked to attend quarterly meetings before or after school, participate in fundraising, and attend other activities as needed.

Any student interested in becoming a New Beginnings ambassador is encouraged to attend informational meetings held in the spring and/or see any of the above faculty members.

Orchestra
Mr. Fawkes – [email protected]
There are four orchestra classes that allow students with any (or no) experience to participate during the school day.  After-school orchestra activities include String Quartets, Jazz Strings, Musical Pit Orchestra, and various other string ensembles. String Quartets are chosen in late May, and auditions for Musical Pit Orchestra are held biennially in September.  Jazz Strings is open to all students enrolled in Orchestra, and other students who play piano, guitar, or drum set may be eligible.

Pep Club (Red Herd)
Ms. Murawski – [email protected]
Ms. Slusher – [email protected]
Ms. Laurence – [email protected]

Political Debate Club
Mr. Grant – [email protected]
Political Debate Club is open to all students interested in having their voices heard on controversial topics of the day.  Students are welcome to come to participate or listen to the arguments being made in a respectful and collegial atmosphere.  The club meets most Wednesdays after school until about 3:45 p.m. Contact Mr. Grant for meeting information and current debate topics.

PRISM
Ms. Heino – [email protected]
Ms. Bobinsky – [email protected]
Prism is open to all students interested in addressing intolerance and prejudice surrounding issues of gender bias, sexual harassment and homophobic discrimination by providing a safe place for students to talk.  Providing educational materials, Prism promotes an environment and school culture of tolerance and respect.

Ramblings
Mr. Littell –  [email protected]
Ramblings is East’s literary and art magazine. The staff is responsible for soliciting student submissions, rating those submissions, and then producing the magazine that highlights the best poems, short stories and visual art that East has to offer. Almost all our work is done during March and April.

Red and Black Club
Mr. Anderson – [email protected]
A club which honors students on a monthly basis for their contributions to school, community, and to others. Membership by staff nomination.

Scholastic Bowl
Mr. Krodel – [email protected]
Do you like academic competition in the areas of math, science, literature, art, sports, or music? If so, get involved with our Scholastic Bowl teams. This organization provides varsity and junior varsity five-person teams for IHSA academic competition.

Science Olympiad
Ms. Zebrowski – [email protected]
Science Olympiad is an activity in which members participate in various competitions testing scientific knowledge, scientific thinking, lab skills, and building skills.

Spanish Club
TBD
Spanish Club is for students currently enrolled in any level of Spanish who are interested in expanding their knowledge and understanding of the cultures of Spanish speaking nations.  Activities include decorating calaveras for Day of the Dead, visiting to the Mexican Museum of Fine Art, and watching short films from Spanish speaking nations among others.

Spanish Honor Society
Ms. Dorman – [email protected]

Stage Guild
Mr. Kaetzer – [email protected]

STEM Club
Mr. Scipione – [email protected]
Ms. Beardsley [email protected]
Do you have the burning urge to ask questions?  If you only had time, could you be the next person to cure cancer or come up with the next billion-dollar idea?  Look no further; STEM Club is here to help. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. We are looking for individuals interested in conducting research on interesting and stimulating topics in such fields as computer science, environmental science and medicine.  Recruit some of your friends to work on group projects to solve researchable questions. Mr. Scipione and Mrs. Beardsley will connect you with experts in the STEM fields to help you conduct your research. Some organizations might even offer grant money or scholarships for your research.  Colleges across the country are looking for students who set themselves apart from their peers. Authentic STEM research is a great addition to any college application. Please see Mr. Scipione or Mrs. Beardsley in the Science FRC if you have any further questions.

Student Council
Mr. Ripley – [email protected]
Mr. Zima – [email protected]
The purpose of the Student Council is to provide a maximum opportunity for student participation in student affairs, experience in the practice of democracy, a forum for the discussion of questions of interest in the student body, standards of good citizenship among the students, and in all ways, further policies for the betterment of the school. Students are elected to Student Council. Some of the activities include Homecoming, District Leadership Conference, Blood Drive, Student Council Scholarship and Mr. GEHS.

Students for Students
Ms. Lepsi – [email protected]
Ms. Murawski – [email protected]
Be the change!
 

TRUTH
Mr. Brady – [email protected]
Mr. Beste – [email protected]
Mr. Hoogerheide – [email protected]
TRUTH is a student-led group that is open to all students interested in studying the Bible and having fun through fellowship and acts of service.

Theatre
Mr. Kaetzer – [email protected]
Glenbard East offers a full range of theater activities, which are open to participation by all students. Ordinarily, four full-length plays are presented each year, ranging from musicals to comedy to classical types.
Auditions are open to the entire student body, as are positions on all back-stages.

In addition to the major productions, a series of studio productions is also offered. These are less formal, and are designed to provide exposure to students who for some reason cannot be used in the major shows.

All of the presentations of the drama program are included on a season subscription, which is available from the speech arts department.  
 
Zumba Fitness®
Ms. Broderick – [email protected]
Ms. McSherry – [email protected]

Zumba Fitness® is the only Latin-inspired dance fitness program that blends red-hot international music created by Grammy Award-winning producers and contagious steps to form a “fitness party”.

Since its inception in 2001, the Zumba Fitness® program has grown to become the world’s largest – and most successful – dance-fitness program with more than 12 million people taking weekly Zumba Fitness® classes in over 110,000 locations across more than 125 countries.

Zumba Fitness® will be available to ALL Glenbard East students on Mondays at 2:50 p.m. in the Student Cafeteria. NO dance or fitness experience necessary! Bring your gym shoes and water bottle!

Please contact Ms. Laura Broderick, Glenbard East social studies instructor and licensed Zumba Fitness® instructor/ACE Group Fitness Certified Instructor, for additional information.