Friday, November 9, 2018

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog 11/09/2018


Friday Focus:  How do you talk to your teen about not drinking alcohol?
Three out of four youth say parents are the number one influence in their life when it comes to making decisions about drinking, however 41% of Wheeling Township teens say their parents have “not talked to them” or they “do not remember having a conversation” about not using alcohol.* Your own actions along with communicating about substance use both send strong messages to your child. Don’t assume your child already knows how you feel about underage drinking.  Talking to them and making your position clear can make a significant difference when it comes to preventing substance abuse. But remember, parents who do not discourage underage drinking may have an indirect influence on their children's alcohol use. Believe it or not, your children listen to you. So it is important to talk with them early and often. Here are some conversation tips from our experts:


  • Show you disapprove of underage drinking.
  • Show you care about your child’s happiness and well-being.
  • Show you’re a good source of information about alcohol
  • Show you’re paying attention and you’ll notice if your child drinks.
  • Build your child’s skills and strategies for avoiding underage drinking.

Need help starting the conversation? click here for more information.
*2018 Wheeling Township Illinois Youth Survey

Celebrating Our Success!
  • Congratulations to the BGHS MSL Football All-Conference award winners Carter Gledhill, Sean Jacobs, Luke Muscarello and Connor Adams!
  • Shout out to our Speech Team on kicking off the 2018-19 season this weekend at Wheeling!
  • Congrats to our talented Band students who performed at the Fall Band Concert this week.

Upcoming Dates

Date
Event
November 14
Buffalo Grove Parent Association (BGPA) Meeting 7:00 pm in A214
Future Ready Parent Series:  Successful Parenting – Raising Independent Children into Adulthood  7 to 8 p.m. at the Forest View Educational Center Click Here for Info
November 21
Non-Attendance Day - Building Closed
November 22
Thanksgiving Day  - Building Closed
November 23
Non-Attendance Day - Building Closed


Need Extra Help? Saturday School Tomorrow!
Our next Saturday School of the year is this coming Saturday, 11/10, from 8:30 am to 11:00 am in the Library.  Students should enter through Door #1. Saturday School is a service provided by Buffalo Grove High School to help students raise a grade, make up missing work due to absences, or just find a quiet place to complete work.

A small selection of BG staff and National Honor Society tutors are available at Saturday School. Though help at the honors and AP level is not always available, Saturday School can provide an environment for collaboration, guidance, and support. Students will also have access to the computer lab and other school supplies that they may need to complete projects.

Some students have difficulties completing work in a regular school class period. The extended time and helpful support at Saturday School provide an excellent option for those students. If your child needs some additional time, please consider this Saturday option.

If you or your child are interested, please make contact through your child's teachers so they can leave the appropriate work to be completed and provide additional guidance. Contact can also be made through counselors, who can then share the plan with your child's teacher.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Raucci (847-718-4269) for more information or clarification. We look forward to helping your BG student!
Get Involved!

Click Here for a list of all BG Activities and Clubs
Click Here for a list of all Athletic Teams

Attention Juniors, Seniors and Parents!  Representatives from the following schools will be on campus to meet with students next week. Please pick up a pass from the College and Career Center to meet with a representative.
Date
College Representative Visit Scheduled
Tuesday, November 13
4th Period:  Sacred Heart University (CT)
5th Period:  Purdue University - Calumet Campus (IN)
6th Period:  Cornell College (IA)
Wednesday, November 14
4th Period:  Lincoln College (IL)
5th Period:  Texas A&M University
6th Period:  The University of Alabama (Roll Tide!)
Thursday, November 15
5th Period: Olivet Nazarene University (IL)
6th Period: Northern Michigan University

Stay Connected!
Online Course for Parents:  Instructional Technology in District 214
Interested in learning more about your student’s classroom and experiences with technology? Participate in this free, online course and learn how to stay connected! The course is designed to support parents in the District 214 community by providing tools and resources to enhance their understanding about technology use and applications.

This FREE online course contains six units. Participants will work at their own pace through the course materials. There are no face-to-face meetings for this course. All activities will be completed online and participants will receive feedback and guidance from the instructors. Course topics include: Classroom Instruction, iPads in the Classroom, Digital Balance, Digital Citizenship, Social Media, and When All Else Fails...
No login/setup is required for this newly designed course.  Click here to access the course.

Those who complete the course by going through all of the material and completing the journal response forms will receive a certificate of completion in the mail and their names will be presented to the Board of Education and District 214 Superintendent, Dr. David Schuler! Questions? Contact Laura Monahan at laura.monahan@d214.org or Gabriella Stetz Jackson at gabriella.stetz@d214.org
Back Those Bison!
Varsity Home Sports and Fine Arts for the Coming Week
Date
Time
Event
November 13
7:00 pm
Choral Extravaganza -  Dear Evan Hansen in Concert
November 15
6:00 pm
Varsity Girls Basketball Tournament
November 16
7:00 pm
Faculty Follies
November 17
10:00 am
Varsity Girls Basketball Tournament
November 30
10:54-1:26 pm
Dance Mini-Concert during all lunch periods
For underlevel and away sporting events and the most current information for BGHS activities, please go to: Buffalo Grove High School Comprehensive Calendar

BGHS in the News

Buffalo Grove High School's work to revamp career prep curriculum receives statewide recognition
Chicago Tribune, November 2, 2018
When a student survey revealed Buffalo Grove High School offered only a handful of courses geared toward certain careers in technology and fine arts, Principal Jeff Wardle sent his teachers back to school. After all, those careers, such as engineering, coding and graphic arts, were the ones that students said they were most interested in pursuing.“It was not a full pathway,” Wardle said of the course offerings. “Our staff is amazing, and they knew that to offer a four-year plan in these subjects, they would need some good training to really understand the skills our students must have in order to work in these industries.”Read Story

Looking for More?

Click Here for The oneBG Podcast

Click Here for BGHS’s Daily Announcements

Click Here for the Second Quarter Parent Newsletter

Click Here for BG's student newspaper, The Charger

Click Here for the Fine Arts Calendar

Click Here for the detailed daily BG Activity/Athletics Calendar

Staff Spotlight

1. What is your name?  Rich Schram

2. What department have you/do you work in? Math/Science; I am currently teaching Physics 519 and AP Physics 1

3. How long have you been working at BG?  This is my 16th year at BG and my 20th year as a high school teacher.

4. Where did you go to high school?  I graduated from Schaumburg High School in 1994.

5. What part of teaching at BG do you find the most rewarding? I very much enjoy working with students in physics. In particular, I love working with students that start the year with some difficulty and then with they start to realize that with the right effort and approach, they can comprehend the material and find success in a very challenging subject.

6. What is something unique about you? I am an avid keeper of aquariums and have placed in the top 10 in the 2017 AGA International Biotope Competition. Keep an eye out for my 2018 submission to the International Biotope Design Competition announced on December 1!

7. What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor?  This is my 11th year as the Student Council Advisor at BG. Additionally, this year I started an aquarium club at the school that I am really excited about.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog 11/02/2018



Friday Focus:
Educators Rising and Student-athletes Read to Greenbrier Elementary Students as a Part of the Read-a-thon.

BG student athletes enjoyed reading to the students of Greenbrier Elementary School last Friday as part of their Read-a-thon.


Celebrating Our Success!
  • Bravo to our Orchestra students on their grand performance at the District 214/District 21 Orchestra Festival Tuesday night!
  • Bravo to the Band, Choral, and Orchestra students who performed at the 40th Annual Pops Concert last weekend!
  • A big shout out to the unsung heroes of our Tech Crew that work so hard behind the scenes to make our concerts a success! Thank you Jenefer Shin, Avery Weissman, Fiona DeGrazia, Kennedy Gerber, Melanie Reitman, and Melissa Gibbs.  
  • Congrats to Cross Country runners Luke Wenzel and Grant Wasielewski on an outstanding performance at the Sectional meet!
  • Congratulations Swimmer Emilia Jedryka with a season best and a 4th place finish in the 100 backstroke at the MSL Conference Invite!
  • Congratulations to Bison Swimmers Emily Schulstad, Stefanie Surdyka, Maja Pluta, and Emilia Jedryka in the 200 Free Relay with a 4th place finish and a season best at MSL Conference Invite!
  • Congratulations to Swimmer Emily Schulstad with a 4th place finish and a season best time in the 500 free and a 6th place finish with a season best time in the 200 free at the MSL Conference Invite!
  • Congratulations to Swimmers Emilia Jedryka, Jillian Dombroski, Gabriella Surdyka, and Stefanie Surdyka in the 200 Medley Relay with a 5th place finish and a season best time of 1:54.00 at the MSL Varsity Conference Invite!
  • Congrats to sophomore Diver Gillian Karsten on taking 3rd place at the MSL Varsity Conference meet last Saturday!

Upcoming Dates

Date
Event
November 3
8th Grade Testing Make-Up Date 8:00 am  Click Here for More Info
November 7
D214 Career Nights: Engineering & Industrial Technology @ RMHS 6-8:30 pm
November 8
Padres Unidos: College 101 and All about Scholarships $$$ @WHS 6:30-8:30 pm
Board of Education Meeting at Forest View Educational Center 7:00 pm
November 14
Buffalo Grove Parent Association (BGPA) Meeting 7:00 pm in A214
Future Ready Parent Series:  Successful Parenting – Raising Independent Children into Adulthood  7 to 8 p.m. at the Forest View Educational Center Click Here for Info
November 21
Non-Attendance Day - Building Closed
November 22
Thanksgiving Day  - Building Closed
November 23
Non-Attendance Day - Building Closed

Get Involved!

Click Here for a list of all BG Activities and Clubs
Click Here for a list of all Athletic Teams


Mandatory Robotics Meeting
Before OR After School, Monday, November 5
All existing and new members welcome. Please meet in D107 at 8:00 am OR 3:15 pm for a brief but important meeting concerning the upcoming season. Please see Mr. Pichik or Mr. Bott in the CTE Department for more information.


Attention Juniors, Seniors and Parents!  Representatives from the following schools will be on campus to meet with students next week. Please pick up a pass from the College and Career Center to meet with a representative.
Date
College Representative Visit Scheduled
Monday, November 5
4th Period:  Aurora University
5th Period:  Miami University - Oxford (OH)
6th Period: Illinois Wesleyan University
Tuesday, November 6
4th Period:  Robert Morris University (IL)
5th Period:  Loyola University
6th Period:  Lewis University (IL)
Wednesday, November 7
5th Period:  University of Wisconsin Whitewater
6th Period:  Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Thursday, November 8
4th Period: Rutgers University New Brunswick (NJ)
5th Period: Columbia College Chicago
6th Period: University of Oklahoma Norman Campus (OK)


Back Those Bison!
Varsity Home Sports and Fine Arts for the Coming Week
Date
Time
Event
November 2
7:00 pm
Multicultural Show
November 7
7:00 pm
Fall Band Concert
November 8
7:00 pm
Fall Sports Awards
November 13
7:00 pm
Choral Extravaganza
November 16
7:00 pm
Faculty Follies
For underlevel and away sporting events and the most current information for BGHS activities, please go to: Buffalo Grove High School Comprehensive Calendar


BGHS in the News

Buffalo Grove pushes unbeaten Hononegah to the limit
The Daily Herald, October 26, 2018
ROCKTON -- Despite entering the playoffs with a 5-4 record Buffalo Grove coach Jeff Vik felt that having had a run that went to round two of last season's IHSA Class 7A playoffs would prove to be beneficial for his team. "As a whole, I feel that it's not as overwhelming because you know what to expect. It's not a brand new experience," Vik said. What was brand new for BG however was taking an 81-mile bus trip west to the Rockford area to face a Rockton Hononegah team that entered postseason play averaging 42 points a game while totaling 493 yards per outing offensively as it went through the NIC-10 Conference undefeated for a second consecutive season.  Read Story

Football notebook: Season ends for Buffalo Grove, Stevenson
Chicago Tribune, October 28, 2018
Buffalo Grove football coach Jeff Vlk said he has no regrets about his decision. The No. 30-seeded Bison scored a touchdown to pull within a point of No. 3-seeded Rockton Hononegah on Friday night in a Class 7A first-round game. They could have attempted an extra point to tie the game, but Vlk elected to go for two. The coach made his decision known to the offense before the final touchdown drive. Read Story

Looking for More?

Click Here for The oneBG Podcast

Click Here for BGHS’s Daily Announcements

Click Here for the Second Quarter Parent Newsletter

Click Here for BG's student newspaper, The Charger

Click Here for the Fine Arts Calendar

Click Here for the detailed daily BG Activity/Athletics Calendar

Staff Spotlight


1. What is your name?  Lisa Kollias

2. What department have you/do you work in? Math Department.  I teach Algebra II and College Algebra.

3. How long have you been working at BG?  This is my first year at BGHS.

4. Where did you go to high school?  I went to Prospect High School.

5. What part of teaching at BG do you find the most rewarding? Building relationships with students and helping them grow into young adults.

6. What is something unique about you? I'm the youngest of three children of a single Mom but was the first of my family to go to college and finance it myself with scholarships and loans.  Hopefully I can be an example for students with limited means that you can find a path to be successful to further your goals.

7. What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor?  None now being a new Mom of a six-month old.  But the last ten years I coached both track and cross country.