Friday, August 18, 2017

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog 08/18/2017

Friday Focus -  Solar Eclipse Mania

eclipse.JPGWe are looking forward to a great educational experience as an entire school building this coming Monday.  As a reminder, your child can only participate if they turn in their permission form, which was passed out thursday this week, and can be found HERE.  We will be showing a fun and educational video put together by our physics department at the beginning of 7th period, and then releasing our students with their 7th period teacher out of the building for viewing at the peak time of the eclipse.  

Celebrating Our Success!
  • Fish.jpgCongratulations to our very own Bass Fishing State Champions, Tyler Lubbat and Dominic Domian!  Fishing.jpg

Buffalo Grove High School ELEVATE program recognized as
“Program of the Year”!
Chicago Tribune, August 9, 2017
The 'Elevate' program was founded in the fall of 2016 by eight students, and has led a number of healthy initiatives at the high school and in the local community. Buffalo Grove High School's 'Elevate' program recently received the National Program of the Year Award from John Underwood, the founder of nationally renowned self-empowerment program, Human Performance Project/Life of an Athlete (HPP/LOA). The award was presented to the group at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York. Read Story

Upcoming Dates

August 30
September 4
Labor Day - NO SCHOOL
September 21
Non-Attendance Day - NO SCHOOL
October 13
End of First Quarter
October 16
Institute Day - Students not in attendance
October 17
Second Quarter Begins

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

August 17
Girls Golf vs. Maine South (Buffalo Grove Golf Course)
August 21
Girls Tennis vs. Stevenson
Girls Volleyball vs. Maine East
August 23
Girls Golf vs. Palatine and Schaumburg (BG Golf Course)
August 25
Boys Soccer vs. Conant (at Celtic Field in Palatine)
Football vs. Niles West

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's Tyler Lubbat, Dominic Domian catch bass fishing title
Chicago Tribune, June 20, 2017
On the morning of June 6, Buffalo Grove sophomore Dominic Domian was asked to step out of class and into the hallway.  He wasn't in trouble. Quite the opposite, in fact. Buffalo Grove bass fishing coach Brian Foecking had a request: The Bison's top fisherman, junior Tyler Lubbat, needed a partner for the state meet June 14-15 at Carlyle Lake.  Lubbat's regular partner, senior Michael Grabner, could not make the trip due to a previous commitment. The state finals had been postponed nearly a month by the Army Corps of Engineers because of heavy rains earlier in the spring.  Read Story

Lubbat leads Buffalo Grove to IHSA state championship for bass fishing
Chicago Sun-Times, June 15, 2017
Tyler Lubbat caught four keepers Thursday to lead Buffalo Grove to the championship of the IHSA state championship for bass fishing on Carlyle Lake.  The Bison became the first Chicago-area team to be state champions in the nine-year history of bass fishing as an activity.  Read Story

Buffalo Grove lands state bass fishing title
Outdoor News, June 16, 2017
Buffalo Grove’s Tyler Lubbat and Dominic Domian pulled 13 pounds and 7 ounces of bass out of Carlyle Lake this week to win the Illinois High School Association’s state bass fishing tournament.  Read Story

Shout Out: Dasha Ignatova, co-founder of healthy lifestyle club at Buffalo Grove High School
Chicago Tribune, August 2, 2017
Buffalo Grove High School student Dasha Ignatova and other founding members have been surprised by the rapid success of the school's healthy lifestyle club that they helped start one year ago.  Beginning in fall 2016, the Elevate club, a school chapter of the national Life of an Athlete program, started with eight founding members but by the spring, the group totaled 200 members, the students said. Earlier this summer, the Life of an Athlete organization awarded the Buffalo Grove High School group with its "Program of the Year" honor.  Read Story

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Staff Spotlight

77997583-85A8-4ADE-A91A-CD1DA8A6368F.jpg1. What is your name?  Paul Genovese

2. What department have you/ do you work in and what do you do?  I am the College and Career Counselor in the Student Services Department here at Buffalo Grove.

3. How long have you been working at BG? This is my first year here at Buffalo Grove High School but have worked in D214 for 18 years of which the past 10 have been at Elk Grove High School as the College and Career Counselor.

4. Where did you go to high school? I am a graduate of Prospect High School in Mount Prospect.

5. What part of working at BG do you find the most rewarding?  As a counselor I enjoy watching students mature and grow into young adults during their time in high school, but the  most rewarding part of being a counselor is having conversations with seniors who have put great time and effort into their post high school plans and discussing all the great options that are available to them as they enter the next chapter of their life.

6. What is something unique about you? I am an avid fisherman and enjoy getting out on the water anytime I have a chance.

7. What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor?  I do not coach or sponsor clubs anymore, but having three young kids at home keeps me busy coaching and being involved with all their sports and extracurricular activities.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog 06/02/2017

Friday Focus -  Spending quality family time together over the summer.
Summer is a time personally for me to reconnect with my kids and my wife Laura.  I came across a few tips on encouraging communication in the home, and want to share them here.  This will be my focus this summer!   

  1. Eat together - one of the best ways to hear about what is going on and have a time to interact daily.
  2. Ask Questions - and be relentless when you get the “nothing” answer.  Once they start talking, you may be late to your next appointment!
  3. Say Yes whenever possible - give them freedom and choice when you can.  
  4. Listen - it’s simple, but when they feel like talking and sharing - drop everything and listen. Cherish those times.  
  5. Just be together - do things as a family, go out for ice cream, watch a show together.  Let them know, “You are worth my time”

Celebrating Our Success!
  • Congratulations to our very own Varsity Baseball Regional Champions!  DA2v-cWWsAA2eBV.jpg-small
  • Congratulations to the Bison Booster Scholarship winners, Lauren Komrska and Chris Tsourmas.
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  • Set your DVR! Mr. Fixit, Lou Manfredini, will be on The Today show Thursday, June 8th, discussing SkunkAid, which was created by our very own BGHS students! Skunk Aid Today.jpg-small
  • Congratulations to our BG students who picked up another first place win at the Harper College Financial Accounting Contest! Accting.jpg-small
  • Our very talented Marching Band students marched in the Arlington Heights Memorial Day parade last Monday. Band.jpg
  • Congratulations to our Little Bison graduates moving on to Kindergarten in the fall.  lb.jpg-small

Upcoming Dates

June 2
Prom 6:30 pm Westin Chicago Northwest (Itasca)
June 4
Graduation 1:00 pm (tickets required for gym seating) Doors open at noon.
June 7
Finals - Periods 1, 2, and 6
June 8
Finals - Periods 3, 7, and 4
June 9
Finals - Periods 8 and 5     Last Day of School
June 12
First Semester of Summer School Begins (6/12-6/29 7:30 am-12:00 pm)
July 10
Second Semester of Summer School Begins (7/10-7/29 7:30 am - 12:00 pm)
June 15
Board of Education Meeting (FVEC) 7:00 pm
July 20
Board of Education Meeting (FVEC) 7:00 pm (If needed)
August 10
Board of Education Meeting (FVEC) 7:00 pm
August 16
First Day of School

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

June 5
Fall Play Auditions (Community Room)

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 guard, 84, connects with students
The Daily Herald, May 27, 2017
Though his life has spanned several countries, continents, and careers, Buffalo Grove High School security guard Sven Cederberg, 84, finds his work in Northwest Suburban High School District 214 to be his gold star. Read story

Shout Out: Eric Duenser, a Boy Scout working with Arlington Heights Park District
Chicago Tribune, May 25, 2017
For 15-year-old Eric Duenser, his project with the Arlington Heights Park District to create a butterfly garden is more than just a way to earn his Eagle Scout badge. Pioneer Press recently caught up with Eric, a freshman at Buffalo Grove High School, who took a break from his busy schedule and shared how he decided to help the park district bring a butterfly garden to Heritage Park in the village. Read Story

Baseball:  It’s settled -- BG tops Grayslake North for regional title
The Daily Herald, May 27, 2017
With John Lundgren settling down on the hill and Buffalo Grove providing some early offense, the Bison were able to knock off Grayslake North 5-1 Saturday in the Class 4A baseball regional final in Buffalo Grove.  Read Story

Buffalo Grove Wins 7th Regional, Looks For 30th Win Wednesday
Journal-Topics, May 30, 2017
The Bison of Buffalo Grove were able to keep their dream season alive Saturday by breezing past Grayslake North, 5-1, and winning their first regional title since 2008.
Buffalo Grove (29-4-1) had little trouble with Grayslake North, only allowing 1 run in the first before immediately scoring 4 runs to put the Bison in front and keep them there all day. Read Story

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Staff Spotlight
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1. What is your name?  April Wegrzyn

2. What department have you/ do you work in and what do you do?  I began my career at BG working in the attendance office.  Since then I have worked as the PE Division Assistant and the Athletic Assistant.  I currently work in the main office as the Bookkeeper and Administrative Assistant for Student Activities.

3. How long have you been working at BG? I am completing my 21st year at BG.

4. Where did you go to high school? I attended Luther North High School in Chicago.

5. What part of working at BG do you find the most rewarding?  I always describe my job as the "fun" job.  I get to work planning student activities such as Homecoming and Prom - the "fun" part of school.  I am able to interact with students in all areas as well as multiple staff members.  I see many projects from the planning stages to the final outcome.  It's great to be involved.

6. What is something unique about you? Not super unique - my birthday is in April and I'm named April.  My mom says it had nothing to do with my birth month - she just liked the name.

7. What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor?  All - it's part of my job!   I have a special interest in cheerleading since I've been actively involved in the cheer competition season and have attended their state competition with them for four years, however, I enjoy supporting all activities and athletics at BG.  My position enables me to work with all sports teams and clubs whether it is arranging transportation for them, ordering their apparel, assisting with fundraising and being an assistant for all their needs. I love the atmosphere at football games combining football with our blue and orange spirit groups and the marching band.  I also enjoy the Fine Arts presentations and Orchesis shows.