May 29, 2020

Tonight marks a very special occasion for so many of our students and families and, for me, as I am so excited to see my first Honors and Awards events recognizing the accomplishments of our graduating class. Both GBN and GBS are hosting virtual events beginning at 7 p.m. this evening, and I invite everyone to visit the links provided to access the video and follow along on the program. As I understand, these events were usually only open to seniors and their parents when they were conducted in-person, so being virtual offers us a unique opportunity to be a part of this celebration of accomplishments as an entire school community.

Both schools are also planning drive-through graduations June 13 (GBN) and June 13-14 (GBS) in honor of the class of 2020. Seniors have received or will soon be receiving detailed information about the event by email. Also, as a way to get the entire Glenview and Northbrook communities involved, we are asking neighbors to get out on their lawns and cheer, ring bells, and applaud the graduates on June 13 at 5 p.m. in Northbrook and June 14 at 4 p.m. in Glenview. We are excited to give our graduates a proper send-off as they embark on their next adventures.

With that future in mind, our leadership team and teaching staff continue to work each day to outline what the start of the 2020-21 school year might look like, be that all virtual, all in-person, or a combination of the two. Of course while we all want to be back to face-to-face classroom instruction, our first priority is and remains the safety of our students and staff. To that end, we continue to follow the guidelines from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

If you haven’t already, we encourage you to please provide your input on E-Learning through our parent/student survey by June 5. Your feedback is important to us as we continue planning for the fall, and we greatly appreciate your time.

As we enter our final week of the school year, we know that 2019-20 is one we will never forget. For so many reasons, this spring has shown us the power of “together,” even, and perhaps despite, being physically apart. For that, I am grateful, as I know that is an attribute we will carry forward.