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Remembering Yordy: South’s beloved green thumb as teacher, father, friend

Julia Jacobs, co-editor in chief
April 22, 2014

Jeff Yordy, horticulture teacher and coach, passed away on March 29 from complications following open heart surgery. The surgery, successfully executed 11 days prior to his death, implanted a ventricular...

Remembering Yordy: South’s beloved green thumb as teacher, father, friend

Julia Jacobs, co-editor in chief
April 22, 2014

Jeff Yordy, horticulture teacher and coach, passed away on March 29 from complications following open heart surgery. The surgery, successfully executed 11 days prior to his death, implanted a ventricular...

Data confirmation moves Board towards next stage of process

Data confirmation moves Board towards next stage of process

Julia Jacobs, co-editor in chief
April 22, 2014

Demographers hired by the District projected South’s enrollment to surpass its 3,100-student capacity by the 2017-18 school year, according to data presented at the March 17 Board of Education meeting....

This Titan Life: Behind the Curtain

Julia Jacobs, co-editor-in-chief
March 14, 2014

An inside look at stage crew, the invisible architects of variety show.

The evolution of school discipline – Full-credit policy marks latest modification to changing rules behind suspensions, expulsions

Julia Jacobs, co-editor in chief
February 7, 2014

In the Dean’s Office, South’s own simulated judicial system, the sentence of an out-of-school suspension no longer comes with an academic blow. Although it has not yet been officially approved by the...

Student Council exceeds goal without last-minute help

Student Council exceeds goal without last-minute help

Julia Jacobs, co-editor in chief
December 20, 2013

In this year’s canned food drive, the school exceeded student council’s goal of 100,009 cans by 8,204 cans. However, ten days before the end of the drive, the can total was at 5,000, according to Jeffrey...

First love: unpacking the psychology behind adolescent relationship dependency

Julia Jacobs, co-editor in chief
December 20, 2013

There was a time in the not-so-distant past when teenagers didn’t exist at all. Prior to the Industrial Revolution, there was no gaping space between childhood and adulthood like there is now. Children...

Commission votes against proposed Northbrook Walmart

Julia Jacobs, co-editor in chief
November 8, 2013

The Northbrook Plan Commission decided not to recommend that the Village Board of Trustees approve Walmart’s application to build on 1000 Skokie Blvd. at an Oct. 30 meeting. Although the Plan Commission...

SeaWorld visit entertains, educates students

SeaWorld visit entertains, educates students

Julia Jacobs, co-editor in chief
November 8, 2013

Animal Ambassadors from SeaWorld visited South for the first time to speak to freshmen biology students on Oct. 22 about conservationism and the prospect of a career working with animals. According...

GBN debate wins national tournament against GBS

Julia Jacobs, Editor-in-Chief
July 1, 2013

At the National Forensic League (NFL) National Tournament in Birmingham, Ala., GBN debaters Nathaniel Sawyer and Natalie Knez beat GBS debaters Bobby Shaw and Ben Wolch, making history as the first students...

Is dance a sport? Opposing perspectives from dancer and football player

Julia Jacobs, asst. opinions
February 1, 2013

After four years of playing AYSO soccer I scored a total of zero goals. As the coach, my dad rotated me through forward, midfield and defense, yet I revealed no prodigious talent in any position. In my...

Inaugural celebration, message evoke reactions from students

Julia Jacobs, asst. opinions editor
February 1, 2013

President Barack H. Obama was publicly sworn in for his second term on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. on Jan. 21. A private ceremony had taken place in the Blue Room of the White House...

The Hobbit: thrilling action and timeless storytelling strike perfect balance

Julia Jacobs, asst. opinions
December 21, 2012

Though I’ve always yearned to be a part of the Tolkein fandom, I’m not going to pretend I went to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey sporting slightly pointed ears and shoeless feet. In truth, it...

Rowling’s entrance into adult fiction compelling yet overwhelming

Julia Jacobs, co-opinions editor
November 9, 2012

In her debut adult novel, The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling takes a Hagrid-sized leap from wands, wizards and an epic prophecy to the inner-drama surrounding the death of a Parish councilor. The plot initially...

Rape culture: an unspoken social norm in serious need of exposure

Rape culture: an unspoken social norm in serious need of exposure

Julia Jacobs, asst. opinions
October 5, 2012

As the sound byte from Rep. Todd Akin’s interview flooded the media, millions of women across the country pasted Akin’s face onto dartboards. The liberal blogosphere erupted with indignance, the Romney...

Preliminary projections estimate South’s enrollment growth

Julia Jacobs, asst. opinions editor
May 25, 2012

In preparation for the upcoming enrollment bubble at South in the next five years, District 225 plans for a temporary strain on the school budget and resources. Kimberly Ptak, district director of operations...

GOP debates elicit South response

Julia Jacobs, asst. web editor
February 3, 2012

The 2012 Republican primaries are beginning their second month with remaining candidates Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum under the scrutiny of the American people, including South...

Board of education passes vote for turf fields

Julia Jacobs, asst. web editor
December 16, 2011

District 225 Board of Education voted to lay down turf on South and North foot- ball fields at the Dec. 12 Board meeting, a $3.5 million project that has been dis- cussed for five years. According to...

Instructional norms employed to maximize learning

Julia Jacobs, asst. web editor
November 3, 2011

Instructional Norms, a set of five teaching guidelines intended to increase student learning, are to be implemented in classrooms as part of a three year goal led by GBS administration, Instructional Supervisors...

Summer renovations bring change to South halls

Summer renovations bring change to South halls

Julia Jacobs, staff reporter
September 30, 2011

During summer 2011, $7.3 million worth of renovations were divided between the Glenbrook Schools, $3.5 million of which took place at South. According to Hillarie Siena, assistant superintendent for...

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