Activities

Philosophy:  Glenbard North High School encourages students to participate in worthwhile student organizations and activities because our school considers such participation to be vital to our students’ educational welfare. Students should gain skills by working effectively together in democratic groups. Research has repeatedly shown that students actively engaged in co-curricular activities generally do better in school and life than those who do not become interested in such functions. Student organizations and activities offer an opportunity for students to develop wholesome relationships with adults, and the teachers have an opportunity to gain valuable insights concerning the students with whom they work. Students may gain valuable experience available only as a part of the planning, conducting, and evaluation of school projects.

Debra Cartwright
Assistant Principal for Student Services
(630) 681-3190

 

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
Sponsor:  Joseph McKeown

“Amnesty International is a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights.”  Our club seeks to raise awareness of injustice and support victims through educational events and letter writing campaigns and other activities.  

 

ANIME CLUB
Sponsor:  Michelle Burns

Open to all students who have a love of Anime. There is no need for extensive knowledge, just a desire to learn all about Anime!

 

ART CLUB
Sponsor:  Joyce Fridlund

Art Club is open to all students who are interested in working with traditional and non-traditional materials and processes such as painting, drawing, print making, sculpture and mixed media. Students may also work on independent work, fine tune techniques, or learn new processes.

 

BAND ENSEMBLES
Sponsor:  Lauren Whisnant

Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble are groups that rehearse outside of the curricular school day.  These groups rehearse after school starting in October.  Jazz Band is looking for guitar, bass, and piano players.  Acceptance is based on audition.  Students will have an opportunity to make music and perform in several of our Glenbard North concerts.  Please contact Mr. Burkemper if you are interested.

 

BASS FISHING
Sponsor:  Eric Stark

A competitive sport in which team members attend tournaments to catch bass.

 

BEST BUDDIES
Sponsor:  John Baloun

Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

 

BSA—BLACK STUDENT ASSOCIATION
Sponsor:  Stephanie Henry

BSA is open to all students interested in developing leadership skills and promoting positive self-image, while providing a place for Black Expression.

 

BOXING & X-TRAINING CLUB
Sponsor: Dottie O’Malley

Featuring workouts for students / staff featuring Boxing, Mixed Martial Arts, HIIT Training/Lifting.  Each month a new workout will be introduced and some key components taught so participants can feel successful in getting a good workout.  Meeting times 2-3X per month based on space availability. Workout formats will be posted in school announcements and on message boards around GBN.  Workouts will be after school in the Self Defense Room (east side of gym – downstairs) and total meeting time will be 45 minutes a session.

 

CHESS TEAM
Sponsor:  Tim DeLap

Chess team is open to both experienced players and those just learning how to play. All four grade levels are welcome to join.  There are practices twice a week from early September through February, and players have opportunities to play in both dual meets with DVC schools and Saturday tournaments.

 

CHOIR ENSEMBLES (ACME/LACE/GOLDTONES)
Sponsor:  Laura Johnson

LACE (Ladies’ A Cappella Ensemble) and Basically Treble (Men) are groups that perform primarily, but not limited to, a cappella music.  Acceptance into these groups is not based on audition and the groups are open to all Glenbard North students.  For choir students these ensembles are a chance to join with members of other choirs, the bands, and other non-music students on a regular basis.  Mrs. Johnson is the LACE music director and Mr. Quaranta directs Bassically Treble.  Both groups meet on Tuesdays from 2:45-3:30 p.m. and on Thursdays from 6:45-7:20 a.m.

The Glenbard North Goldtones is a 24-member mixed ensemble whose primary goal is to provide an opportunity for music students to sing chamber and jazz music.  The ensemble is chosen by audition and travels all over the Chicagoland area throughout the year.  The Goldtones have had the privilege of performing with the Elgin Symphony, at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier, at the Pheasant Run Theatre in St. Charles, several elementary schools in the area, Glenbard North activities, and for many community events.  The Glenbard North Goldtones is directed by Mrs. Laura Johnson and meets on Mondays from 1:55-2:40 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2:40-3:30 p.m.

 

CIVICS CLUB
Sponsor:  Erica Bray-Parker

The Civics Club works to bring civic awareness to the Glenbard North Community.  As a group of active students we work with the League of Women Voters to host voter registration drives and mock elections.  We also host evening debate and election results parties.  Finally, we work to bring our elected officials to North to engage with students.   

 

CLUB INTERACT
Sponsor:  Patti Wales

Club Interact is a student service organization affiliated with the Rotary Club of Carol Stream.  Club Interact members sponsor Kids Against Hunger, the Giving Tree, Linus blankets, Carol Stream Food Pantry Drive, Gratitude Day, Valentines for Vets, and other service-oriented events.  Meetings and activities are held once a month after school with some events on Saturdays.

 

COLORGUARD/WINTERGUARD
Sponsor:  Ms. Harring

Panther Colorguard is a visual performance group that marches each fall with the Panther Marching Band. Through the use of Flags, Rifles, Sabres and Dance, the guard performs to songs played by the band both on the field and in the stands. Colorguard holds tryouts every March and meets from April through October, performing in parades and home football games. Guard meets on Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30pm-9pm.  Tryouts are open to everyone. Each guard member is expected to maintain high academic standards, attend mandatory practices and performances, and promote school spirit throughout the year.

Winterguard is an independent unit that marches and performs to prerecorded music indoors for both basketball games and at the spring pep assembly. Using equipment such as Flags, Rifles, and Sabres, Winterguard has a different and distinct show and theme every year. Winterguard is open to any student interested and meets every Monday and Thursday from 6:30-8:30pm from January to March.  

 

CREATIVE WRITING
Sponsor:  Brian Melton

Creative Writing Club is a club for any student who loves to read and write. We share student writing in a friendly stress-free environment. We meet about every other Thursday after school.

 

CRICKET (CO-ED)
Sponsor:  Dino Petrin

The cricket club will give students of all backgrounds the opportunity to learn a global sport.  The club will take part in competitions and have practices.  Furthermore, the cricket club will be Co-Ed so that all students will have the opportunity to join.  

 

THE CURRENT (Newspaper)
Sponsor:  Jennifer Buck-Castaneda & Nancy Pierce

The Current is Glenbard North High School’s student newspaper that is an open forum with no prior review or prior restraint.  It is produced eight times a year by staff members as an extracurricular activity.

The Current editors and staff members work on any variety of tasks, including but not limited to: journalistic writing (news, opinions, features, entertainment and sports), copy editing, interviewing, graphic designing, cartooning, digital photographing, advertising, exchanging and billing.  All staff members are also expected to read, understand, and practice the Canons of Journalism as written by the Society of Professional Journalists, Sigma Delta Chi. They are expected to be as professional as possible in their conduct of publishing and practicing freedom of the press with responsibility to the profession of journalism.  

 

F.C.A – FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES
Sponsor:  Stephen Wit

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (and Students) is a national organization with the purpose of reaching athletes and coaches through discussion groups and meetings related to Christianity and student leadership.

We live in a sports-crazed nation. It doesn’t take much research or analysis to figure that out. Sports, in some capacity, are a part of almost everyone’s life; whether it’s playing, watching, coaching or cheering. Even those who aren’t directly involved in athletics probably have a close friend or family member who is.

Sports are a part of our culture, neatly woven into our lives almost as much as home cooking or afternoon naps. They can dominate conversations at home or work. They cause us to get up early and stay up late.

But what if there’s something more to it all? Competing for yourself and your own glory shouldn’t be what it’s about.

That’s where the Fellowship of Christian Athletes comes in. FCA is the heart and soul in sports working in the sporting community to impact the world.

 FCA has four core values:  Integrity, Service, Teamwork, and Excellence.  

(This is not a school sponsored organization.)

Meetings: Twice a month on Friday morning at 6:45 AM in room 2304.  

 

F.C.C.L.A. — FAMILY, CAREER & COMMUNITY LEADERS OF AMERICA
Sponsor:  Laura Wilkens

F.C.C.L.A. is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences Education.

Chapter projects focus on a variety of youth concerns, including teen pregnancy, parenting, family relationships, community service, substance abuse, peer pressure, environment, nutrition and fitness, teen violence, and career exploration.

Involvement in F.C.C.L.A. offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making, and interpersonal communication necessary in the home and workplace.

 

FRENCH CLUB

Sponsor:  Carolyn Fitzgerald

French Club is an organization aiming to promote interest in the French language and culture.  It meets once a month after school and is open to any student taking French at GBN.  Activities vary, but typically include decorating for Homecoming, a cheese tasting, crêpe making, French movies, Mardi Gras party, a holiday party in December, and a trip to a French restaurant.  

 

FUTURE DOCTORS OF AMERICA
Sponsor:  Jennifer Diamantos

Future Doctors of America (FDA) is a club offered to students interested in pursuing a career in the medical field.  Students will be enriched with opportunities to explore the many diverse jobs available in the health field.  Students will also explore new medical research and connect with professionals in the field.

 

FUTURE TEACHERS OF AMERICA
Sponsor:  Jed Schuldt

The Future Teachers of America (FTA) is a student organization whose primary goal is to provide students who are considering the teaching profession with a number of rich experiences. These experiences include shadowing local teachers, discussing relevant educational issues, listening to guest speakers, and researching collegiate educational programs.  Additionally, the FTA strives to provide experiences where student friendships and school pride can flourish.

 

GREEN PANTHERS
Sponsor: Deborah Karavites-Uhl

Green Panthers is an environmental club open to all students of every grade level. Activities are student generated and focus on the school and community environment. Club meets after school weekly and activities can take place on weekends and evenings.

 

ILLINOIS SPECIAL OLYMPICS BASKETBALL
Sponsor:  Dino Petrin & Andrew Adduci

Illinois Special Olympics Basketball is open participation for students in the Life Skills program only. The season starts the first week of November.  Students will take part in practices and/or games twice a week.  Practice and game times/dates depend on court availability.   Students will be placed on a team based on ability. The season either concludes in January if the team does not qualify for State, OR March if the team does qualify for State. Medical forms must be submitted to Illinois Special Olympics every two years.

 

INDIAN STUDENT ORGANIZATION
Sponsor:  Kevin Erday

As the Indian Student Association (ISA) we subscribe to the word Indian in name only, but in actuality we earnestly seek to include students of all different cultural and ethnic backgrounds.  As an inclusive cultural organization, we desire to present the beautiful diversity of the Indian subcontinent to our school and the wider community and to instill Indian cultural pride within the members of the ISA.  

Additionally, as a part of our cultural work, we exist as a safe place to help students of South Asian heritage navigate a sometimes complex cross-cultural context.  While the presentation of traditional Indian culture is of utmost concern to our public mission, we nonetheless understand the importance of reaching students where they are culturally and currently.  

Moreover, the Indian Student Association (ISA) at Glenbard North High School operates on the philosophy of “people first, show second” which places the primary emphasis of our organization on the development of the individual.  In this respect, we pledge to work tirelessly to help each other become both better leaders and human beings.

 

ITALIAN HONORS SOCIETY
Sponsor:  Allyson Feierberg

The Italian Honor Society (La Societá Onoraria Italica) members are dedicated to the promotion and practice of the Italian language at Glenbard North.  Italian Honor Society is open to students who have completed at least two years of Italian and who have achieved an average of 90% or above in Italian for three semesters of high school prior to invitation.  Students maintain their membership by participating in additional hours of tutoring the lower levels outside of school hours.

 

KEY CLUB
Sponsor:  Melanie Elfers

Key Club provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership skills.

 

LINK CREW
Sponsors:  Jaime Kennedy and Julie Shannon

Link Crew is a high school transition program that welcomes freshmen and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their high school experience. Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, Boomerang Project’s proven high school transition program trains mentors from GBN’s junior and senior classes to be Link Crew Leaders. As positive role models, Link Crew Leaders are mentors and student leaders who guide the freshmen to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to high school and help facilitate freshman success.

For more info, click http://www.boomerangproject.com/link/what-link-crew

 

LITERARY MAGAZINE
Sponsor:  Katie Slattery

This club oversees the production of an annual publication that showcases all forms of student expression: traditional art, poetry, short stories, photography, graphic art.

 

MATH TEAM
Sponsor:  Mike Pavlakis & Laura Throndson

Is your favorite number irrational?  Do you own the Unit Circle?  Are you a Beast with the TI-84?  Do you like to eat pizza?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, or even if you didn’t, but like math, you should join the Math Team.  As a math team member, you will challenge yourself, prepare yourself for future math courses, and work together with your peers in a fun environment.  In addition to this, being a member of the math team will undoubtedly enhance any resume, transcript, or scholarship application!  The Math Ninjas practice every Wednesday after school for one hour from October through February.  We also participate in at least three competitions each year.

 

MODEL UNITED NATIONS
Sponsor:  Kristin Myers

The Model United Nations is a student group that works on solving international problems through the particular forum as established by The United Nations.  It provides both an academic and intellectual opportunity to compete with other schools.

 

MOVIE CLUB
Sponsor:  Matt Carey

Movie Club is an organization open to any and all GBN students. The purpose of the club is to watch films and to discuss their merits. Movie Club will meet in room 2-243 after school once a week (over a 3-week period) to view and discuss these films. There are no student officers in film club; films will be selected via group vote. There are no fees or necessary fundraisers associated with Movie Club, other than group volunteers to pay the cost of the film rental.

 

MU ALPHA THETA
Sponsor:  Lindsay Schultz

Mu Alpha Theta is a national math honor society.  Requirements to join are:

  • 4.0 GPA
  • 4.25 math GPA and no C’s in math
  • Enrollment in honors math
  • Teacher recommendation

Activities of Mu Alpha Theta include tutoring students in math and competing in math contests.

 

M.S.A. — MUSLIM STUDENT ASSOCIATION
Sponsor:  Sharon Anderson

The purpose of the MSA is to educate both Muslims and people of other faiths about Islam, facilitating an environment of tolerance and understanding.  Students discuss various topics of importance in Islam and relate them to their daily life so they can be responsible individual citizens.  This is not a school sponsored organization.

 

NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY
Sponsor: Debbie Novak

National Art Honor Society students are high achieving art students dedicated to using their artistic talents to serve and improve the Glenbard North Community.  NAHS members are responsible for putting on the Winter and Spring Art Shows and work on different art projects at other times.  Members are inducted into NAHS in their junior year, but can join us for at meetings in freshmen or sophomore years.  Members are also required to give 30 hours community service and have a 4 or better GPA in Art classes and in general ed courses.  Seniors who complete all the bylaw requirements in good standing are honored to wear the NAHS color cord at graduation.  Weekly meetings are held every Tuesday in room 1452.

 

NATIONAL ENGLISH HONOR SOCIETY
Sponsor:  Gary Krasno

National English Honor Society is an organization for students who have experienced the power of literature, the pleasures of good writing, and the excitement of studying language arts.   More importantly, however, NEHS provides a diverse yet practical outlet for sharing those experiences with others in the Glenbard North community through ongoing leadership and school service.

 

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
Sponsor:  Eric Sundquist

Glenbard North’s NHS students are committed to academic excellence, leadership, and community service.  Students work to complete 40 hours of service throughout the year by participating in community service projects and assisting teachers and staff members with projects in the school.  NHS is open to seniors who apply in the second half of their Junior year.  To apply, students need to have a minimum of a 4.3 first semester GPA in their Junior year, be a strong leader, and have recommendations from teachers.

 

O.L.A.S. — ORGANIZATION OF LATINO AMERICAN STUDENTS
Sponsor:   Susanna Melón

O.L.A.S. is a socio-cultural based student organization that strives to advance the culture and preserve the identity of Latin American students at Glenbard North High School through continuous innovation, developing leaders and getting involved in the community.  O.L.A.S. is the ‘familia’ of present and future leaders, uniting students to make a difference at Glenbard North and within the community.  The organization adds value to the quality of student life and the greater community by providing a truly unique and quality experience approaching areas of activism, advocacy, mentorship, diversity, community service, and leadership.

 

PANTHER CHEER SQUAD
Sponsor:  Heather Bulawa

A club formed and coached by students.  Any student with or without disabilities are welcome to participate at any level or frequency in cheerleading practices and at events.  No tryouts or minimum skill requirements.  Schedule is determined, managed and shared with interested students via club sponsor (staff).  School handbook identifies expectations for student behavior at all events and this applies to clubs/ activities.  

 

PANTHER SLAM POETRY
Sponsor:  Brian Melton

The Panther Poetry Team is a dedicated community of poet performers who take the stage and express their unique voices through the written word. Original poems are written and performed in front of audiences in both regional and state meets and culminate in Louder Than A Bomb in Chicago, the largest youth poetry slam competition in the country.

 

PRISM
Sponsor: Morgan Donovan

Prism is a club for LGBTQIA+ people and their allies. We meet every other Wednesday after school at 2:35 in room 1-406. Come to enjoy guest speakers, educational talks, fun activities, and stimulating debate! For questions, see Mrs. Pilgeram in the counseling office.

 

PROM COMMITTEE
Sponsor:  Michelle Burns

Juniors and Seniors can take part in planning our upcoming Prom.  Junior Class Sponsored Variety Show. Come showcase your talents; including but not limited to dancing, singing, magic, and poetry.  This event is open to freshman through seniors.  

 

STUDENTS AGAINST DESTRUCTIVE DECISIONS (S.A.D.D)  /  STUDENTS FOR STUDENTS (S.F.S.)
Sponsor:  Peggy Franz

SADD is a peer-to-peer education, prevention, and activism organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, teen violence, and teen suicide. Members participate in many fun activities that encourage their peers to avoid risky behaviors while encouraging the students at North to stand up to bullying and support their friends who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.

 

SCHOLASTIC BOWL
Sponsors:  Joe Kulesza

Scholastic Bowl is a contest of academic knowledge and skills, commonly played in high school and college.  In brief, matches are played with buzzers between two teams of five players each.  Each match typically has 24 toss-up questions, which are read to all players.  The first player to buzz in correctly wins points for their team and the right to answer a multi-part bonus question.  The team with the most points after 24 toss-ups and 24 bonus questions is the winner.  Matches are played against other schools in the DuPage Valley Conference, and there are also a couple weekend tournaments as well.  There are levels for both Varsity and JV, and all are welcome to try out for a spot on the team.

 

SCIENCE OLYMPIAD
Sponsor:  Adam Heise

The Science Olympiad Team works to promote and improve student interest in science and improve the quality of science education throughout the nation.  Problem solving, teamwork and a commitment to excellence through the experience of scientific endeavors are the focus of this group.

 

SCIENCE HONORS SOCIETY
Sponsor:  Nancy Pearson

Glenbard North Science Honor Society is made up of outstanding honors science students. Members participate in peer tutoring, conduct an annual service project, and have the opportunity to attend one lecture per semester by experts in the fields of science. Meetings are held monthly to organize tutoring, plan the service project, and choose the lectures or events the members would like to attend. Admission to the Honor Society is based on overall GPA and GPA in science courses and on the recommendations of current and former science teachers.

 

SPANISH CLUB
Sponsor:  Yadira Perez

Spanish Club is for students who have an interest in the traditions and cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of events around the school, including Homecoming, fundraisers, and other activities. While many of the students are enrolled in a Spanish course, it is not necessary to be in a Spanish class nor speak Spanish. The club meets at least once a month to watch movies, try new foods, play games, and go to restaurants.

 

SPEECH TEAM
Sponsor: Rebecca Nielsen

Speech Team members participate in competitive acting and public speaking/performance events at high school invitational tournaments. Speech Team is an IHSA activity.

 

STEM CLUB
Sponsor:  Jon O’Brien

STEM club is based on the principles of understanding science technology engineering and mathematics through an application based club. This club has opportunities to compete against other high school students and get a further understanding of STEM. This club’s main purpose is to build projects after school.

 

PANTHER LEADERSHIP TEAM (STUDENT COUNCIL)
Sponsor: Matthew Guglielmi & Kristen Masse

Student Council seeks to teach and enhance leadership skills of students.  We work to increase school spirit and connections to GBN.  Our planned events include pep rallies, Homecoming Dance, toy drive, teacher appreciation, dodgeball tournament, blood drives and more.

 

SUPERFANS
Sponsor:  Kim Munro

This is a great opportunity for students to work together to spread Panther Pride and Spirit!

 

TECHNOLOGY CLUB
Sponsor:  Paul Gajewski

Students will participate in discussions and pursuits of the advancement of technology as related to the personal computer.  Topics and activities will include, but are not limited to:  Computer Hardware, Computer Software, Programming, Computer Graphics, Troubleshooting, Careers, and School Community Building.

 

THEATRE HONOR SOCIETY
Sponsors:  Nathan King

The Theatre Honor Society members are dedicated to the promotion and practice of the theatre arts at Glenbard North.  Theatre Honor Society is open to all students who have completed 100 hours of work in theatre at Glenbard North High School.  Students maintain their membership by participating in an additional 50 hours in theatre each year of membership.

 

THEATRE/DRAMA
Sponsors:  Nathan King

The Glenbard North After School Theatre has something to offer everyone, regardless of your background, whether you want to act onstage or help with technical aspects backstage: Props, Publicity, Costumes, Make-up, Hair, Lights, Sound, Scenery and Special Effects.  Auditions and Meetings to join crews are on the school building calendar and take place during the following times of the year:  end of September, end of November and end of February. If you miss a meeting and still want to be involved, just see one of the sponsors!

 

TRI-M MUSIC HONOR SOCIETY
Sponsor:  Lauren Whisnant

The Tri-M Music Honor Society® is a program of NAfME which focuses on creating future leaders in music education and music advocacy. Tri-M® is the only national honor society for student musicians in grades 6-12. There are more than 1,775 chapters across all 50 states, involving more than 75,000 students.

Each year, these students contribute more than 750,000 service hours to their schools and local communities, and raise nearly $1 million for causes they care about. NAfME awards more than $2,000 in scholarships each year to chapters that demonstrate exceptional service and leadership.

 

WOODS CLUB
Sponsor:  Jonathan O’Brien

Woods club is an opportunity for students to do personal projects and projects for the school.  This is also an opportunity to work on your project from any of the woodworking classes offered at Glenbard North.

 

YEARBOOK
Sponsor: Gary Krasno

The Glenbard North Aquilo is 100% student produced.  It takes a special type of person to work on the yearbook, one who is intrinsically motivated by a job well-done and a final product that is not seen for at least 8 months. Yearbook requires dedicated, organized, and responsible students who are able to stick to deadlines without anyone pushing them to do so. Essential skills include writing, basic computer knowledge, and working with digital photography. Also important are people skills as yearbook staff are required to interview students and staff via email or in person to complete their pages. It is preferable to have a very small staff with the above-mentioned qualities rather than a large staff that needs constant reminders to work.

 

YOGA AND MINDFULNESS CLUB
Sponsor:  Tracy Heilers

This club meets Mondays from 1:50-2:35 in the Dance Room.  Mrs. Heilers leads a variety of sitting, reclined, and movement practices including meditation, yoga, tai chi, chi gung, and guided visualization.  Students will learn how to tame stress and anxiety for peak performance in academics and beyond.  No commitment needed.  Students can drop in and give it a try whenever they like.