Energy in the building: Glenview and Northbrook students head back to class

  • The Loyola Academy Drumline were part of the festivities to welcome back students for the 2021-22 school year.

    The Loyola Academy Drumline were part of the festivities to welcome back students for the 2021-22 school year. COURTESY OF STEVE DONISCH

  • Westbrook School Principal Patrick Hoeft welcomes students to the school's new playground in Glenview.

    Westbrook School Principal Patrick Hoeft welcomes students to the school's new playground in Glenview. Courtesy of Melanie Neuman

  • Students get a kick out of the new playground at Westbrook School on the first day of class, Aug. 18, in Glenview.

    Students get a kick out of the new playground at Westbrook School on the first day of class, Aug. 18, in Glenview. COURTESY OF MELANIE NEUMAN

  • Interactive features of the new Westbrook School playground intrigue students on the first day of class, Aug. 18, in Glenview.

    Interactive features of the new Westbrook School playground intrigue students on the first day of class, Aug. 18, in Glenview. COURTESY OF MELANIE NEUMAN

  • COURTESY OF CATHY KEDJIDJIANParents brought their students to an Aug. 18 kindergarten orientation at Louise N. Henking School in Glenview to meet their teachers and explore their classrooms.

    COURTESY OF CATHY KEDJIDJIANParents brought their students to an Aug. 18 kindergarten orientation at Louise N. Henking School in Glenview to meet their teachers and explore their classrooms.

  • Parents brought their students to an Aug. 18 kindergarten orientation at Louise N. Henking School in Glenview to meet their teachers and explore their classrooms.

    Parents brought their students to an Aug. 18 kindergarten orientation at Louise N. Henking School in Glenview to meet their teachers and explore their classrooms. COURTESY OF CATHY KEDJIDJIAN

  • Students line up to go back in the building after a snack break on the first day of school at Northbrook's Westmoor Elementary on Aug. 19. They are required to stay 3 feet apart while wearing face masks indoors but can take off their masks when they are spaced 6 feet apart. They go outside for breaks as often as possible as an added safety measure.

    Students line up to go back in the building after a snack break on the first day of school at Northbrook's Westmoor Elementary on Aug. 19. They are required to stay 3 feet apart while wearing face masks indoors but can take off their masks when they are spaced 6 feet apart. They go outside for breaks as often as possible as an added safety measure. Dave Oberhelman | Staff Photographer

  • A student hustles to her desk in Morgan Adducci's second-grade class Aug. 19 at Westmoor Elementary School in Northbrook, as teacher's assistant Jason Chu assists student P.J. Mott.

    A student hustles to her desk in Morgan Adducci's second-grade class Aug. 19 at Westmoor Elementary School in Northbrook, as teacher's assistant Jason Chu assists student P.J. Mott. Dave Oberhelman | Staff Photographer

  • Students bring the energy on Aug. 19, the first day of class at Shabonee Elementary School in Northbrook.

    Students bring the energy on Aug. 19, the first day of class at Shabonee Elementary School in Northbrook. COURTESY OF TARAH O'CONNELL

  • Students returning Aug. 19 to Henry Winkleman Elementary School in Glenview were given the red carpet treatment.

    Students returning Aug. 19 to Henry Winkleman Elementary School in Glenview were given the red carpet treatment. COURTESY OF WEST NORTHFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT 31

  • Jillian Brouk dances along with her kindergarten class at Hickory Point School in Northbrook.

    Jillian Brouk dances along with her kindergarten class at Hickory Point School in Northbrook. COURTESY OF TARAH O'CONNELL

  • Room 119 at Wood Oaks Junior High in Northbrook was the place to be on the school's first day, Aug. 19.

    Room 119 at Wood Oaks Junior High in Northbrook was the place to be on the school's first day, Aug. 19. COURTESY OF TARAH O'CONNELL

  • Maine East art teacher Magdalene Eisenberg addresses her students on the first day of class at the Park Ridge school.

    Maine East art teacher Magdalene Eisenberg addresses her students on the first day of class at the Park Ridge school. COURTESY OF MAINE TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 207

  • Maine East High School students relax on the "gathering stairs" in the school's new Center Court area, completed this summer as part of improvement projects in the district.

    Maine East High School students relax on the "gathering stairs" in the school's new Center Court area, completed this summer as part of improvement projects in the district. COURTESY OF MAINE TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 207

  • Maine East High School math teacher Stephanie Jozwiak gets her points across to students in their first day of school on Aug. 19.

    Maine East High School math teacher Stephanie Jozwiak gets her points across to students in their first day of school on Aug. 19. COURTESY OF MAINE TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 207

  • Maine East High School students take a break to check their cellphones at the new Center Court space in the Park Ridge school on Aug. 19.

    Maine East High School students take a break to check their cellphones at the new Center Court space in the Park Ridge school on Aug. 19. COURTESY OF MAINE TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 207

  • Students at Field Middle School in Northbrook acquaint themselves with their desks and each other on Aug. 19.

    Students at Field Middle School in Northbrook acquaint themselves with their desks and each other on Aug. 19. COURTESY OF WEST NORTHFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT 31

  • Like all Jesuit high schools and universities, Loyola Academy on Aug. 19 celebrated its first all-school Mass of the Holy Spirit to kick off the new school year -- a tradition that began in 1584. This year's mass was held on the football field, where Loyola Academy president, Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ, presided and delivered his homily reminding students that they are a part of the Jesuit tradition and are called to build a better world.

    Like all Jesuit high schools and universities, Loyola Academy on Aug. 19 celebrated its first all-school Mass of the Holy Spirit to kick off the new school year -- a tradition that began in 1584. This year's mass was held on the football field, where Loyola Academy president, Rev. Patrick E. McGrath, SJ, presided and delivered his homily reminding students that they are a part of the Jesuit tradition and are called to build a better world. COURTESY OF STEVE DONISCH

  • Loyola Academy students jump back into learning with a science lab on the first of class.

    Loyola Academy students jump back into learning with a science lab on the first of class. COURTESY OF STEVE DONISCH

  • In his 12th and final year as president of Loyola Academy, the Rev. Patrick E. McGrath delivers the homily at the Mass of the Holy Spirit. He has been appointed and will serve as pastor of Old St. Patrick's Church in Chicago upon completion of his term as president.

    In his 12th and final year as president of Loyola Academy, the Rev. Patrick E. McGrath delivers the homily at the Mass of the Holy Spirit. He has been appointed and will serve as pastor of Old St. Patrick's Church in Chicago upon completion of his term as president. COURTESY OF STEVE DONISCH

  • Loyola Academy Student Leaders welcomed back fellow classmates on the first day of classes with signs and goody bags.

    Loyola Academy Student Leaders welcomed back fellow classmates on the first day of classes with signs and goody bags. COURTESY OF STEVE DONISCH

  • Loyola Academy's annual all-school Mass of the Holy Spirit kicked off the 2021-22 school year.

    Loyola Academy's annual all-school Mass of the Holy Spirit kicked off the 2021-22 school year. COURTESY OF STEVE DONISCH

  • Loyola Academy Principal Charlie Heintz enjoys ushering in the 2021-22 school year as students arrive to the Wilmette school on Aug. 19.

    Loyola Academy Principal Charlie Heintz enjoys ushering in the 2021-22 school year as students arrive to the Wilmette school on Aug. 19. COURTESY OF STEVE DONISCH

 
 
Updated 8/26/2021 1:27 AM

Students got off the bus running to begin the 2021-22 school year, which for many Glenview and Northbrook children started over the past two weeks.

Still subject to wearing masks indoors with at least 3 feet of distancing between them, students from the youngest to the oldest were excited to be back with their peers, which wasn't the case for many when the 2020-21 school year started.

 

In fact, school staff members and administrators were challenged to provide safe spaces in classrooms and hallways for a return to full attendance.

From academic lessons beginning in earnest to art classes to snack breaks on the playground, the in-person experience was an improvement upon Zoom. In schools with kitchens, the wafting scent of lunchtime burgers on the griddle notified students and teachers that things had returned to somewhat of a pre-COVID-19 environment.

"The energy in the school," as administrators and teachers noted, was back.

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