Friday, August 26, 2016

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog 8/26/16



Friday Focus  -  BGenius Collaboratory
Buffalo Grove High School has rolled out the BGenius Lab this year, as a place for students and teachers to collaborate around our Disciplinary Literacy initiative.   We are thrilled to have this space and collective expertise as we move forward with District 214’s Redefining Ready goal!  Check out all the resources of the BGenius Lab here
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One of our Literacy coaches, Kate Glass, can be seen here speaking to a freshman Biology class the first week of school.


Upcoming Dates

Don’t miss Open House Wednesday, August 31 7:00pm!
Click here for the schedule and to read the Open House parent letter.

Date
Event
August 25
Blue Late Start - 8:30am
August 31
Open House 7:00pm Click Here for more information
September 1
Blue Late Start - 8:30am
Board of Education Meeting (FV Educational Center) 7:00pm
September 5
LABOR DAY - Building Closed
October 3
NON-ATTENDANCE DAY - Building Closed
October 10
COLUMBUS DAY - Building Closed
October 12
NON-ATTENDANCE DAY - Building Closed


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

Date
Time
Event
August 26
4:15pm
Boys Soccer vs. Barrington
August 29
6:00pm
Girls Volleyball vs. Stevenson
August 30
3:30pm
Boys Golf vs. Conant and Prospect (BG Golf Course)
5:45pm
Boys Cross Country Cross-Over vs. Palatine
6:15pm
Girls Cross Country Cross-Over vs. Palatine
7:00pm
Orchestra Sectionals and Family Night
August 31
4:45pm
Girls Swimming/Diving vs. Conant
September 2
4:30pm
Girls Tennis Quad vs. Fremd, Mundelein, and Niles West
7:30pm
Boys Football vs. Hoffman Estates
September 3
10:30am
Boys Golf Invitational (Buffalo Grove Golf Course)

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

Football: Returning talent offers bounce-back hopes for BG in Vlk's debut season

The Daily Herald, August 19, 2016
There will be a couple of new looks for Buffalo Grove this year. Jeff Vlk will be taking over as head coach following Mike DiMatteo, who retired after last season. And the Bison will have a new quarterback after three-year starter Trey Cervantes graduated. Vlk has yet to settle on his new signal caller. Vlk, who has been at Buffalo Grove for 10 years and the defensive coordinator under the last two head coaches, is excited to be on the job.  Read Story

District 214 school nurses see uptick in demand for services
Chicago Tribune, June 15, 2016
It's the last week of classes at Buffalo Grove High School, and the pressure of final exams has taken its toll on a handful of students seeking help from veteran school nurse Stacy Wodka. Read Story

Click Here for BGHS’s Daily Announcements





Staff Spotlight

1. What is your name? Tom Foster
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2. What department do you teach in/ what courses do you teach?  I teach in the English department.

3. How long have you been working at BG?  This is my first year at Buffalo Grove and sixth year overall.

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

5. What part of working at BG do you find the most rewarding?  The reciprocal motivation that happens between student and teacher makes my job the most rewarding. People often ask me how I can be around teenagers all day, and what I've come to realize is that teenagers are easier to be around than most people: they have not yet become jaded by the world, they still are full of belief and a yearning to understand, and they are on the horizon of comprehending who they will become. High school is a very exciting time in everyone's life, and I get relive and witness the transitions and evolutions on a daily basis. I am most rewarded during two phases of this journey: 1) when I help motivate or enlighten a student during their high school experience, and 2) when the students help motivate me through their success and growth.

6. What is something unique about you?  What makes me unique and has really helped create empathy in my classroom is that I am a former special education student. I understand the stigma that comes with that label, and at the same time, I fully understand the supports that are in place to help students grow. As a graduate of Elk Grove High School, I owe everything to the teachers, especially the special education teachers, that fostered my growth and believed in my potential. Now, as an employee of district 214, it is my duty to pay forward the dedication and commitment my district 214 teachers provided to me.

7.What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor?  This year, I will be coaching the speech team.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog 06/03/2016


Friday Focus  - Freshman PE Triathlon

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This past Friday, all of our freshman PE classes participated in the 2nd annual Frosh Triathlon.  A big thanks to all our freshmen PE teachers and especially teacher Erin O’Donnell for organizing this great event.  Even though the weather didn’t cooperate as well as hoped for, our students were all able to experience a real life application of living out a healthy, fitness-filled lifestyle!  




Upcoming Dates

Date
Event
June 3
Junior/Senior Prom - Early Dismissal 1:50pm
June 5
Commencement Exercises (doors open at noon, ceremony at 1:00pm)
June 8-10
Final Exams

Wednesday 6/8:  Periods 1, 2, 6 (dismissal at 11:40am)

Thursday 6/9:  Periods 3, 7, 4 (dismissal at 11:40am)

Friday 6/10:  Periods 8, 5 (dismissal at 10:15am)
June 10
Last Day of Classes!!


Celebrating Our Success!
In one of our last events of the year, the Spring Sports Awards night, several of our students were honored.  

Congratulations to Varsity Baseball players Joey Pinakidis on being named All-Conference and John Vaselaney on being named All-Conference and All-Area!


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Girls Badminton team recognized for their 4th place state finish with a permanent plaque.

Congratulations to Emily Carnes, Female Athlete of the Year, and Male Athlete of the Year for BG and District 214 Howard Lester winner, Kevin Salvano.

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Congratulations to our dedicated "Triple Threat" Three Sport Athletes!
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Back Those Bison - Varsity Home Sports and Fine Arts for the Coming Week

Date
Time
Event
June 4
TBD
Varsity Softball Sectional

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 softball aims for summer fun as juniors regroup
Chicago Tribune, May 28, 2016

With eight starters returning for the 2017 season, the future is coming into focus for the Buffalo Grove softball team.  As they developed a group of sophomores and juniors throughout the season, the Bison kept getting better before falling to Warren 10-3 in a regional semifinal on Tuesday, May 24, in Gurnee.  Read Story


Tom Cleary helps Buffalo Grove boys track keep its pace
Chicago Tribune, May 23, 2016
Running in the shadow of a more well-known teammate is not exactly what most athletes aspire to, especially given their competitive nature.  Tom Cleary has used his teammate's notoriety — and his own relative obscurity — as motivation. The Buffalo Grove senior distance runner has been eclipsed by the brilliance of Kevin Salvano, the Notre Dame-bound runner who captured the Class 3A state cross-country championship last fall.  "Because of Kevin, Tom has always been known as the other guy," Buffalo Grove track coach Tim Podulka said. "He has been a tireless and selfless worker who has contributed greatly to the cross-country and track success."  Read Story

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Staff Spotlight

FullSizeRender (23).jpg1. What is your name? Lauren Stenzel.

2. What department do you teach in/ what courses do you teach?  English/Fine Arts Department.  I teach Honors Written and Oral Communication, World Literature and Composition, College Speech Communication.

3. How long have you been working at BG? 15 years :)

4. Where did you go to high school? John Hersey High School

5. What part of working at BG do you find the most rewarding?  Working with teenagers keeps me on my toes and engages me every day.  I love to see students learn to appreciate what being a citizen of the world looks like when they engage with their peers and the texts we encounter.  The more I teach my students, the more I learn from them.  I feel lucky to have a job that can offer these opportunities.  

6. What is something unique about you?  Although I teach English, I also have a minor in Vocal Performance.  Any chance I get to sing, I take it!

7.What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor?  I direct the Winter Play and co-direct the Spring Musical.  

Friday, May 27, 2016

Principal Wardle's Blog 05/27/2016



Friday Focus  - Educator Prep Program rollout

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It allows high school students, as early as freshman year, to declare their intention to become teachers, and supports them through high school and then college, through to employment as an educator in a primary or secondary school in our own community.  Here, 25 students sign letters of intent to be the first ones enrolled in this program, including 3 students from Buffalo Grove!  

Upcoming Dates

Date
Event
May 30
Memorial Day - All Buildings Closed
June 2
Blue Late Start - 8:30am
June 3
Junior/Senior Prom - Early Dismissal 1:50pm
June 5
Commencement Exercises
June 8-10
Final Exams
June 10
Last Day of Classes


Celebrating Our Success!

Please join us in saluting Sven Cederberg, part of the security team at Buffalo Grove High School. Sven was nominated by a parent, who noted he sees his job truly as an extension of the school, and genuinely cares for every single student. During our interview with him, we found him to be a wealth of stories that clearly illustrated his passion for his work and his love for Buffalo Grove High School. You can watch his story.

Congratulations to Varsity Baseball player, Cedric Cavazos, on signing to play baseball for University of Northwestern St Paul!


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Congratulations to our Regional Champion Boys Volleyball team!


The Bison badminton squad completes service project for Lutheran General children's unit.
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Back Those Bison - Varsity Home Sports and Fine Arts for the Coming Week

Date
Time
Event
May 31
TBD
Varsity Softball Sectional

7:00pm
Expressions Senior Night
June 1
TBD
Varsity Softball Sectional
June 2
7:00pm
Senior Honors Band Concert
June 4
TBD
Varsity Softball Sectional

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 students win contest with idea born in laundry

The Daily Herald, May 24, 2016
A team from Buffalo Grove High School wowed a group of investors last week at the Northwest Suburban High School District 214 Startup Showcase -- and wound up with $2,500 in startup money for their business concept.

Boys volleyball: True to form, Buffalo Grove rallies to victory

The Daily Herald, May 25, 2016
Call them the never-say-die Bison. Or maybe the comeback kids would be more appropriate.  Wednesday night at the boys volleyball regional championship match in Buffalo Grove, a completely in-synch Deerfield team had BG on the ropes with an 18-13 first-set lead. Read Story


Softball: Buffalo Grove advances to regional semifinal

The Daily Herald, May 23, 2016
No. 14-seeded and host Buffalo Grove advanced to the semifinals of the Warren Class 4A softball regional with a 13-3 six-inning triumph over No. 19 Wheeling in the play-in game Monday.  The Bison (9-19) will face No. 3 Warren at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.  


Click Here for BGHS’s Daily Announcements





Staff Spotlight

FullSizeRender (20).jpg1. What is your name? Stephanie Schrader.

2. What department do you teach in/ what courses do you teach? Math/Science I teach AP Physics 1, General Physics and General Biology.

3. How long have you been working at BG? 14 years.

4. Where did you go to high school? Palatine HS.

5. What part of working at BG do you find the most rewarding?  Teaching subjects where students want to learn more on their own, like astronomy, leading to lifelong learning.  This is one of my main goals in coaching gymnastics also - having my athletes love the sport!

6. What is something unique about you?    I am left handed, I have 3 daughters, my husband also teaches biology and physics.

7.What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor?  Head Girls Gymnastics.