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September 15, 2021
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Glenbard News for Sept. 15, 2021

In this issue:

  • Reminder: stay home if you are symptomatic
  • Students earn national academic recognition
  • We are celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Glenbard Parent Series to host conversation about therapy and anxiety
  • Help wanted for SHIELD testing
  • Transportation, custodial & food service partners are hiring

Reminder: stay home if you are symptomatic
It is important to stay home if you are symptomatic and to get tested before returning to stop the spread the COVID-19. 

Students earn national academic recognition
Several students earned national recognition for their academic achievement.

Congratulations to the following National Merit Semifinalists: Glenbard South student Kevin Pinkelman and Glenbard West students Alina Bhagwakar, James Doyle, Trevor du Vair, Andrew Estes, Maribella Fues and Aditi Vinay. Semifinalists must advance to finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards, receiving a recommendation from their principal and earning SAT scores that confirm the earlier qualifying test performance.

Also, the College Board honored several Glenbard students for their academic achievement through the National Recognition Programs.

Congratulations to Glenbard East student Aria Smith and Glenbard West student Joseph Green on being named College Board National African American Recognition Program Scholars.

Congratulations to the following students named College Board National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars: Glenbard East students Alejandra Galvan, Louis Grobart and Sebastian Gray; and Glenbard West students Samuel Casas, Maribella Fues, and Grace McCarthy.

These students earned qualifying scores on the Preliminary SAT/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test scores and Advanced Placement. Students selected for this honor may cite it on their college and scholarship applications.

We are celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month begins today and continues until Oct. 15. It celebrates the history, cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans.

Glenbard Parent Series to host conversation about therapy and anxiety
The Glenbard Parent Series: (GPS) Navigating Healthy Families will present Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: a Therapist, Her Therapist, Our Lives with Lori Gottlieb at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, via Zoom. Go to for the link to this webinar. To be placed on a reminder list for GPS events or submit a question in advance, send an email to [email protected].

Gottlieb brings a unique perspective on therapy from both sides of the couch. One day, she is helping patients at her therapeutic practice in Los Angeles and the next, she finds herself in a crisis and seeking a therapist of her own. In this conversation and in her groundbreaking book, “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone,” Gottlieb opens up about her experience as both a professional and a patient.

Gottlieb will be interviewed by nationally acclaimed author and columnist Lisa Damour. In addressing the epidemic of stress and anxiety in our teens and in adults’ daily lives, Gottlieb and Damour will engage in a conversation that will examine additional anxieties about the process of therapy and how to best deal with uncertainty in these challenging times.

Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and author of the New York Times bestseller “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone,” which is being adapted as a television series. She writes The Atlantic’s weekly “Dear Therapist” advice column and is co-host of “Dear Therapists” podcast.

A community address about teen mental health will follow with Glenbard District 87 Assistant Superintendent of Student Services Janet Cook.

This event is being presented in concurrence with National Suicide Awareness Month. Continuing professional development units are available.

GPS is generously sponsored by the Cebrin Goodman Center, Community Consolidated School District 93 Birth to 5 Community Coalition, Cooperative Association for Special Education (CASE), College of DuPage, DuPage Medical Group, Emmy Gaffey Foundation, Glenbard Early Childhood Collaborative, Kiwanis Clubs of District 9, and Prevention Leadership Team of the DuPage County Health Department.

For further information, visit or contact Gilda Ross, Glenbard District 87 student and community projects coordinator, at 630-942-7668 or [email protected]. 

Help wanted for SHIELD testing
We plan to implement SHIELD testing for students at our schools the week of Sept. 20. In order for the process to run with minimal disruption to the school day, Med-Call Healthcare, which is coordinating the SHIELD testing at our schools, is hiring committed candidates to assist with collection of SHIELD testing kits. These positions are not demanding, but timely attendance and commuting throughout the day may be involved. All job candidates must have their own transportation.

Those who are hired will be expected to work during school hours. Strong computer/data entry experience is required. Although healthcare experience is ideal, it is not a requirement for this position.


  • Pay: up to $20 per hour
  • Job types: full-time, part-time, contract
  • Background check, car Insurance and valid driver’s license required

Please contact Kathleen Loomis of Med-Call Healthcare at 708-971-3656 or [email protected] Once you contact Kathleen, more information will be shared about assignments, requirements, locations and training.

Transportation, custodial & food service partners are hiring
Due to a national labor shortage, we are experiencing shortages in a variety of areas, including contracted busing, custodial and food service. Our contracted third-party vendors are hiring. See below for application information. Please share the information with those in a job search.

Sodexo is hiring food service staff. Apply at this link.

First Student is hiring bus drivers. Apply at this link.  

ABM is hiring custodial staff to work in Glenbard District 87. Apply at this link.