Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Mike Piskel, a biology teacher at Glenbrook North is one of 32 Illinois finalists for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Mike Piskel, a biology teacher at Glenbrook North, has been named one of 32 Illinois finalists for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, one of the most prestigious awards given to Illinois teachers, according to a District 225 press release. The finalists were selected from a pool of 510 nominations and 215 applications for teachers across the Chicago area. The award honors outstanding educators for their role in building a stronger, better-educated society. The 32 finalists will participate in a final round of review and observations prior to the announcement of the 10 recipients in May. Sign up for the Northbrook Patch morning newsletter to get the latest local school news in your email. The Golden Apple’s selection …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
High school students teach preschoolers to make pizzas at GBN's new, state-of-the-art facility.
The following story was submitted by Glenbrook High School District 225. Instead of the normal sounds of electric mixers, oven timers and bowls being whisked, it was the sweet harmony of children laughing that filled the air in the culinary lab at Glenbrook North on a recent Wednesday afternoon. It was pizza-making day with students from the preschool program, and although educational, it was also a lesson in fun for both age groups in the room. “It was good for the preschoolers to make and develop something from scratch as well as for the high school students to reverse roles and be the teacher,” said Foods teacher Craig Loch. Sign up for the Northbrook Patch morning newsletter to get the latest local school updates in your email. The …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Glenbrook North's principal and Kougias' guidance counselor issue statements addressing the student's death. According to the Cook County Medical Examiner, cause of death was suicide.
Northbrook Police notified Glenbrook North High School of Evangelos Kougias death on Monday night, according to District 225 spokesperson Karen Geddeis. “Evangelos 'Angelo' Kougias was a proud and strong-hearted young man," GBN principal Paul Pryma said in a statement. "He enjoyed music and sports. Angelo participated in swimming, track and field, and was a passionate musician. Our hearts go out to the Kougias family during this difficult time.” Kougias died in an apparent suicide, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner. Kougias' guidance counselor at the school, Rebecca Rogers, said, “Angelo was a charismatic student, who was involved in school. He was proud, passionate and a strong presence in the GBN community." "Our thoughts …
The student's name has not been released by the school.
A Glenbrook North junior was found dead at his home on Monday evening, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. “This news significantly impacts the GBN school community, and we are saddened by the loss of one of our students,” Karen Geddeis, a school spokeswoman told the Sun-Times. GBN staff and students have access to counselors that offer grief support after traumatic events. Northbrook Patch will publish updates to this story as they become available.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Glenbrook North High School student Duncan Coogan earned one of the three scholarships the Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association awarded this year.
The Chicago Blackhawk Alumni Association recently awarded Glenbrook North High School senior Duncan Coogan a scholarship, which will help pay $5,000 toward his college tuition every year, Northbrook Star reported. The Association awarded Coogan one of the three scholarships it presented this year for the 17-year-olds good grades, character and community involvement with the Northbrook Blue Hawks, a traveling hockey team made up of fifth through seventh graders and Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit that builds affordable housing for people in need, Northbrook Star reported. Related Coverage
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The annual game offers students with cognitive or physical disabilities the rare opportunity to participate in a sport.
Surrounded by his wife, relatives and a close family friend, Bob Mercola watches as his son’s team takes the basketball court to begin warm-ups. His excitement for the game to begin is almost palpable. It’s a feeling many other parents sitting in his same section of the bleachers share who have sons or daughters just like Jimmy Mercola. “See, I’m a sports nut. I love all sports. And when we learned we were having a boy, I naturally dreamt of playing sports with him -- shooting hoops,” Bob Mercola said. “It obviously didn’t work out that way with Jimmy, but we have this every year. This is really our one chance.” On March 8, Glenbrook North held its annual Teaching for Like Skills basketball game against Glenbrook South. The rivalry game …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Jerome Hoynes, a social studies teacher at Glenbrook North High School was elected as New Trier Township Clerk in 2009.
Glenbrook North High School teacher Jerome Hoynes’ public service started long before he was elected New Trier Township Clerk in 2009, back in college he was appointed and elected as a city council alderman in Eureka, Ill., Wilmette Life reported. The social studies teacher who grew up in Winnetka and graduated from New Trier High School in 1985 says his job as a teacher and clerk fits perfectly because many of the functions that the clerk does are similar to that of a social studies teacher, for example, taking meeting minutes is recording, preserving or securing history, Wilmette Life reported. For the full story, visit: Wilmette.Suntimes.com. Related New Trier Coverage Related Glenbrook North Coverage
Glenbrook North High School’s math team recently earned third place in the ICTM Regional Math Contest.
Glenbrook North High School’s math team will be heading to the state finals for the 33rd year in a row after placing third in the ICTM Regional Math Contest on February 23, according to the school’s website. Sophomores Joshua Khazanov and Samuel Korsky had the best score in the entire state in their Freshman/Sophomore two-person event. Korsky also earned the second highest score individually on the individual Geometry event, missing only one question. Korsky also anchored the Freshman/Sophomore eight-person event, which took second place. His team members included sophomores Scott Mutchnik, Yasmine Ramachandra and Ethan Handler, and freshmen Leo Mayer, Sean Kelly, Paul Graham and Isaac Kim. Junior Jacob Levin took second place …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Glenbrook North's Orchesis dance team has dedicated their annual show to their coach, Diane DeRosa Reynolds, who has been on sick leave from the school.
Glenbrook North's Orchesis dance team is performing their annual show this weekend. Titled "Rise," the three night run is dedicated to the dancers' instructor, Diane DeRosa Reynolds, who has been on sick leave for the last few months. Laura Kuper, the mother of a freshman and sophomore in Orchesis, said Reynolds is like a second mom to the dancers. "The amount of love and respect she gets from the girls is second to none," Kuper said. "She makes them feel like they can do anything." Patch caught the "Rise" dress rehearsal and spoke to a group of about 10 senior dancers about the show and their beloved coach. The girls had a lot on their mind and spoke two or three at a time, but the their admiration for Reynolds was loud and clear. "We …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
District 225 schools implemented energy reduction initiatives that are expected to save the district more than $88,000 annually.
District 225 has implemented grant-funded studies to help reduce overall energy consumption during the 2012-13 school year, according to a press release. The district expects to save more than $88,000 annually with changes suggested by retro-commission studies. “While the retro-commissioning reports cited our routine maintenance as some of the best they’ve seen, they also produced a number of simple recommendations to further enhance our efficiency,” D225 Superintendent Dr. Mike Riggle said in the press release. “By reducing energy consumption, we save money and help improve the environment.” Sign up for the Northbrook Patch morning newsletter to get the latst local school updates in your email. At Glenbrook North, eight recommended …