Friday, January 20, 2017

Principal's Weekly Blog 1/20/2017


Friday Focus  -  Expanding opportunities for our students

Interested in partnering with District 214 to assist students with discovering their future?

Whether you are looking to host an intern, speak at a career event, or share your expertise as a mentor or coach in an Entrepreneurship class, there are opportunities available to support student learning and career development.  Our brochure outlines opportunities to get involved.  If you are interested, please complete this brief survey and a District Career Advisor will contact you.

Additional information can be found at:

Center for Career Discovery
Industry Partner Information


Bison Boosters Las Vegas Night
The Bison Boosters are hosting their annual Las Vegas Night to be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Ditka's, 2000 West Euclid Avenue, Arlington Heights at 7:00pm. Last year's event was a near sell out so get your tickets today at www.seatyourself.biz/buffalogrove and help support the 28 athletic programs of Buffalo Grove High School. Booster Invite 2017 Vegas Night vFinal1 copy.pdf


Frozen Fantasy Tea
The Orchesis dancers would like to invite you to a Mother/Daughter Tea on Saturday, January 21, 2017.  The Frozen Fantasy Tea features a special winter themed afternoon of fun, including:  a performance by BGHS Orchesis, Dance Skill Lesson, Crafts, Photo Booth, Treats, Tea and Hot Cocoa Bar, Nail Station.  This tea is open to anyone between Preschool through early middle school age.

Tickets are $30 for 1 Adult & 1st Child and $10 for each additional child or relative (please limit to 3 children per adult). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE. For questions about the event contact denise.jaszka@yahoo.com

All proceeds will go towards our Orchesis performance trip this Spring Break in Disney World!!!!


Upcoming Dates

Date
Event
January 21
Frozen Fantasy Tea 1:00-3:00 pm (Cafeteria) Orchesis Children’s event
January 23
Institute Day - Students Not in Attendance
Curriculum Activities Fair - Incoming Freshman Class of 2021 7:00 pm (Gym)
January 24
Third Quarter Begins
January 26
Blue Late Start - 8:30am
February 2
Blue Late Start - 8:30am
February 18
Turnabout Dance
February 20
Presidents Day - NO SCHOOL
March 16
End of 3rd Quarter


Celebrating Our Success!

  • Congrats to our Coed Varsity Cheerleaders for finishing 2nd at the MSL Conference Championships.  We are proud of you!

  • Congrats to BG Coed Cheerleaders. First place at Oak Forest Invite!


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  • Congratulations to the Class of 2017 Swimming and Diving team members on Senior Night!
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Back Those Bison - Varsity Home Sports and Fine Arts for the Coming Week

Date
Time
Event
January 20
6:00pm
Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Prospect
7:30pm
Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Prospect
January 21
1:00pm
Varsity Swimming & Diving - Fred Palffy Invitational
January 25
4:30pm
Varsity Girls Bowling vs. Barrington (Arlington Lanes)

6:00pm
Varsity Girls Gymnastics Conference Meet
January 26
7:00pm
Variety Show (Theater) Tickets are $5 at the door
January 27
4:30pm
Varsity Boys Swimming & Diving vs. Rolling Meadows

7:00pm
Variety Show (Theater) Tickets are $5 at the door
January 28
8:00am
Varsity Girls Bowling Conference (Arlington Lanes)

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

VanWazer more than meets the challenge at BG
The Daily Herald, January 16, 2017
This spring, Ian VanWazer will begin his fourth season playing on the boys varsity volleyball team at Buffalo Grove High School. In addition to dealing with attacking the ball past opposing blockers and staying on top of his schoolwork, the all-conference outside hitter has also dealt with epilepsy for most of his life.  Read Story


Topalis, Bison take two at Lake Forest
The Daily Herald, January 16, 2017
After shooting 33 percent and 19 percent against Antioch and Lake Forest, respectively on Saturday at the Lake Forest MLK tournament, Buffalo Grove coach Steve Kolodziej submitted a request. "We challenged our seniors to step up and respond," he said. "And that's exactly what they did."  Read Story


BGHS Teacher Honored With Education Award
Journal-Topics, December 19, 2016
Buffalo Grove High School English teacher Anna Schultes received the Alumni in Education Award from the Council of Educators in Polonia and Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU).  Schultes received her Master of Science Degree in Instruction from Northeastern Illinois University. In addition to teaching English, Schultes works as an immigration education specialist for Township High School Dist. 214.  Read Story

Constable: Young hoopster makes Bulls as artist
The Daily Herald, January 17, 2017
As the tallest player on his youth basketball teams, Dave Zarzynski played on elite travel teams in feeder programs that led him to a starting position on the varsity basketball team at Buffalo Grove High School. So it seems perfectly natural for the 27-year-old to go to work every day at the United Center, where he is a key member of the Chicago Bulls creative services' team of artists. Read Story

BGHW Stampede top IceCats in exciting outdoor game in Rosemont
Chicago Tribune, January 16, 2017
The Stampede draw players from Buffalo Grove, Hersey and Wheeling high schools, and the IceCats come from either of the two schools in Community High School District 128. Forward Connor Kelly, a Buffalo Grove junior from Arlington Heights, registered two goals and an assist. His quick shot and playmaking creativity yielded a goal and assist as the Stampede scored three times in a five-minute flurry during the second period. Read Story

IceCats, BGHW gear up for outdoor hockey game in Rosemont
Chicago Tribune, January 9, 2017
BGHW is a team with players from Buffalo Grove, Hersey and Wheeling high schools. The Stampede are the defending state champions of the Amateur Hockey Association Illinois combined division, which features teams that draw players from multiple schools.  The AHAI state championship games are played at the United Center each year, but Thursday's game at MB Financial Park will bring its own unique atmosphere.

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Staff Spotlight

1. What is your name?  Corinne Larson.
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2. What department have you/ do you work in?  I am in the Math/Science Department -- I teach College Algebra, Pre-Calculus 76/77 and Algebra 70/71.

3. How long have you been working at BG?  This is my 9th year at BG.

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

5. What part of working at BG do you find the most rewarding?  The moment when a student who you've been working with, who has been struggling for a while, FINALLY gets it!  When you see that light bulb turn on and you know they've been working so hard - it's an awesome thing to be a part of!

6. What is something unique about you?  I really enjoy spending time outside doing things with my three kids (ages 5, 4 and 2) and 3 dogs (yes our house is crazy!)  Some of the students at BG have worked with my older two kids at Little Bison (and they will meet the third next year).  I also really enjoy crossfitting and have done several team competitions.  I plan to do a few more this year as well as a Spartan Race!

7. What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor?  What activities at BG do you follow?  This semester I am a cooperating teacher, working with a student teacher from University of Illinois with my Algebra 70/71 class.  I am in my 6th year as a freshman advisory teacher.  In the past I have coached Cheerleading and Girls Gymnastics as well.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Principal's Weekly Blog 01/13/2017



Friday Focus


Bison Boosters Las Vegas Night
The Bison Boosters are hosting their annual Las Vegas Night to be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Ditka's, 2000 West Euclid Avenue, Arlington Heights at 7:00pm. Last year's event was a near sell out so get your tickets today at www.seatyourself.biz/buffalogrove and help support the 28 athletic programs of Buffalo Grove High School. Booster Invite 2017 Vegas Night vFinal1 copy.pdf

Frozen Fantasy Tea
The Orchesis dancers would like to invite you to a Mother/Daughter Tea on Saturday, January 21, 2017.  The Frozen Fantasy Tea features a special winter themed afternoon of fun, including:  a performance by BGHS Orchesis, Dance Skill Lesson, Crafts, Photo Booth, Treats, Tea and Hot Cocoa Bar, Nail Station.  This tea is open to anyone between Preschool through early middle school age.


Tickets are $30 for 1 Adult & 1st Child and $10 for each additional child or relative (please limit to 3 children per adult). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE. For questions about the event contact denise.jaszka@yahoo.com


All proceeds will go towards our Orchesis performance trip this Spring Break in Disney World!!!!



Upcoming Dates


Date
Event
January 16
Martin Luther King Day - Building Closed
January 17
Class of 2021 Parent Meeting 7:00 pm (Theater) Note: Also offered on 1/19
January 18-20
Semester 1 Final Exams
January 18
BGPA Meeting 7:00 pm (Community Room)
January 19
Class of 2021 Parent Meeting 7:00 pm (Theater) Note: Also offered on 1/17
January 21
Frozen Fantasy Tea 1:00-3:00 pm (Cafeteria) Orchesis Children’s event
January 23
Institute Day - Students Not in Attendance
Curriculum Activities Fair - Incoming Freshman Class of 2021 7:00 pm (Gym)
January 24
Third Quarter Begins
January 26
Blue Late Start - 8:30am
February 18
Turnabout Dance
February 20
Presidents Day - NO SCHOOL
March 16
End of 3rd Quarter

Celebrating Our Success!


  • Congratulations to seniors Andra Tecusan and Christopher Tsourmas on being named Honorable Mention on the Daily Herald’s 2016-2017 Northwest Suburban Leadership Team!


  • Congrats to our Coed Varsity Cheerleaders for finishing 2nd at the MSL Conference Championships.  We are proud of you!Cheer.jpg-small

  • Congrats to BG JV Cheerleaders on their second place finish at the Lake Zurich Invite.  Great way to finish the competitive season!


  • Congratulations to Jack Delattre who broke a 40 year old school diving record! 6 Dives with a score of 289.55!


  • Congratulations to diver Matt Misch on a 2nd place finish at the Vernon Hills Invite! C1lNcPAUAAEGbIv.jpg

  • Celebrating another fine group of seniors from our wrestling program. Congratulations and Fight On!!!

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  • Congrats to Jessica Soskich for being the individual champion at the Prospect Invite! 228 average for 6 games!


  • Congratulations to our JV Girls Gymnasts on staying UNDEFEATED! Led by a sweep in the All-around: 1st Patty Sobolak, 2nd Nikki Ruby, 3rd Hope Fickett in triangular vs. Prospect and Rolling Meadows.



Back Those Bison - Varsity Home Sports and Fine Arts for the Coming Week


Date
Time
Event
January 13
4:30pm
Varsity Boys Swimming & Diving vs. Wheeling
6:00pm
Varsity Wrestling Dual vs. Rolling Meadows
January 14
6:00pm
Varsity Boys Basketball vs Prospect
7:30pm
Varsity Girls Basketball vs Prospect
January 21
1:00pm
Varsity Swimming & Diving - Fred Palffy Invitational
January 26
7:00pm
Variety Show
January 27
7:00pm
Variety Show


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


BGHS Teacher Honored With Education Award
Journal-Topics, December 19, 2016
Buffalo Grove High School English teacher Anna Schultes received the Alumni in Education Award from the Council of Educators in Polonia and Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU).  Schultes received her Master of Science Degree in Instruction from Northeastern Illinois University. In addition to teaching English, Schultes works as an immigration education specialist for Township High School Dist. 214.  Read Story


Honorable mentions: Northwest Suburban Leadership Team 2016-2017
The Daily Herald, January 12, 2017
Buffalo Grove High School seniors, Andra Tecusan and Christopher Tsourmas, named Honorable Mention to the Daily Herald Northwest Suburban Leadership Team.  Read Story


Buffalo Grove works 3 OTs to edge Grayslake North
The Daily Herald, January 7, 2017
Buffalo Grove boys basketball coach Keith Peterson was hoping that this would be a turnaround season for his Bison.  The host Bison added to the trend in that direction with a thrilling 87-77, three-overtime win over Grayslake North on Saturday night.  Read Story


Junior guard Alyssa Floro thrives as Buffalo Grove simplifies its system
Chicago Tribune, January 9, 2017
Alyssa Floro likes to work. It's the only way the Buffalo Grove junior basketball player knows how to get better.Before a scrimmage in practice, Floro will say a few words to her defender."I tell them, 'Don't go easy on me,' " she said. "If they don't go hard, I won't be prepared for the game."... Read Story

Click Here for BGHS’s Daily Announcements

Staff Spotlight
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1. What is your name?  Tim Podulka
2. What department have you/ do you work in?  I am the RTI (Response to Interventions) Facilitator, but I have been a Case Manager and Social Studies teacher.


3. How long have you been working at BG?  This is my 8th year at BG.


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


5. What part of working at BG do you find the most rewarding?  The most rewarding part of teaching for me, is connecting with students, helping them grow as individuals, and helping them reach new heights that they never thought were possible.


6. What is something unique about you?  I turned down an opportunity to play football professionally in Europe to take a job at BGHS, and it has turned out to be the greatest decision of my life!

7. What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor?  What activities at BG do you follow?  I am the Defensive Coordinator for the Varsity Football Team and I am the Head Track Coach.