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Drama teacher David Downing  in class with some drama students.
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Drama Teacher David Downing is well known in the hallways of Northbrook Junior High because of all the activities he leads or is involved in. His passion for student performance and positive teaching style is something Music Teacher Anca Apetean recognized over the past eight years that she has been working with him on the spring musical. She nominated him for the Illinois Those Who Excel recognition program.

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First grade students assemble meal kits for Ronald McDonald house in the Greenbriar auditorium.

The results of Greenbriar School’s first-ever weeklong, school-wide, community service project will require about 20 carloads to deliver, says parent volunteer Urmi Graft.

The school auditorium was transformed into a workshop where every class spent 30-60 minutes working on age-appropriate projects throughout the week. The results: 1,300 meal kits for Ronald McDonald House in Oak Lawn and more than 1,500 bracelet craft kits & handmade joke cards for Camp One Step, an organization that supports pediatric cancer patients and their families.

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7the grade student Nate Dawson shows his research project at the NBJH science fair Jan. 30

At Northbrook Junior High, late January is the beginning of Science Fair season. For many of the students who spent the fall semester researching, documenting, analyzing a topic of their choosing, this is go time.

Saturday Jan. 20 marked the culmination of their efforts when they presented their research project and findings to a panel of three judges. The judges evaluate the oral presentation, the written work and scientific method of the experiments based on the Illinois Junior Academy of Science rubric.

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8th-grader student Nortbert Huelke and his oboe.
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Playing the oboe is quickly becoming a lifelong passion for 8th-grade Northbrook student Norbert Huelke. He just returned from performing as 1st Chair Oboist in the All-Illinois Junior Band and now he’s setting his sights on the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra.

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A three-year labor agreement with the Northbrook Federation of Teachers was approved by the Northbrook School District Board of Education at a special meeting on Monday, Dec. 18.

student musicians fill the gym for a musical performance during the Blue Ribbon celebration.
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Northbrook Junior High held an all-school assembly on Friday, Dec. 1 including a student musical performance and video. State Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gerschowicz and State Sen. Julie Morrison and a representative from Sen. Laura Fine's office were among special guests at the celebration. 

District 28 officials at the Washington D.C. Blue ribbon awards ceremony
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Northbrook Junior High Principal Dr. Scott Meek, District 28 Superintendent Dr. Jason Pearson and teacher representative Wendy Concklin accepted the 2023 National Blue Ribbon School award in Washington D.C. on Nov. 17. "There was so much positive energy and enthusiasm in the building as everyone was celebrating their success and clearly were proud of their own school's accomplishments," said Dr. Scott Meek, Principal

A row of parked school buses

We are excited to announce that First Student’s FirstView mobile app is now operational.  This mobile app provides several features designed to help parents and students monitor their bus routes.

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Students gather around Mr. Bartunek for a photo
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Greenbriar Music Teacher Jeremy Bartunek is a semifinalist for the Music Educator Award, an annual award presented by the Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Museum.

The award supports and celebrates music education and music educators across the U.S. Mr. Bartunek is one of 25 semifinalists from across the U.S. who were selected from a pool for more than 2,000 nominations, according to an announcement on Oct. 11 from the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum.

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Health Teacher Wendy Concklin with her students at Northbrook Junior High.
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Northbrook Junior High Health Teacher Wendy Concklin teaches Health Education to every student Northbrook Junior High every year. The curriculum she created is a big factor in the school receiving the state Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence in Health Education from the Illinois School  Health Association and Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

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