Thursday, December 1, 2016

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog 12/02/2016





Friday Focus  - Academic Competitions find success!
Congratulations to the following Math Team students on their outstanding performance at the Wednesday, November 16th competition:
  • Freshman team placed 1st!
  • Oralist, Gabby Yordanova, placed 2nd
  • Highest scoring Freshman:  Sanskar Siddarth
  • Highest scoring sophomore:  Matt Jakimovski
  • Highest scoring senior:  Divya Bhati



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Congratulations to Eddie Moder for being for being selected to the All Tournament Team at the Scholastic Bowl kickoff.














We’ve Got Spirit!
The BGPA is selling spiritwear! You can find the link on the BGHS website homepage under “Quick Links” or click here.

The BGPA is selling 2016-17 BGHS Student Directories for $5.00.  They are available for sale in the Main Office.  See Mrs. Jacks if you would like to purchase one.

Upcoming Dates

Date
Event
December 8
Blue Late Start - 8:30am
December 15
Blue Late Start - 8:30am
December 16
Early Dismissal at 1:50pm
Winter Break begins at close of classes
January 3
First day of classes after Winter Break
January 16
Martin Luther King Day - Building Closed
January 18-20
Semester 1 Final Exams


Celebrating Our Success!

Congratulations to senior, Henry Johnston, on achieving the rank of Eagle Scout in Boy Scout Troop 140.  Less than 2% of all boys in scouting achieve the rank of Eagle. Henry demonstrated leadership and commitment to Scouting by earning at least 21 merit badges, becoming proficient in life skills, showing strength in character and holding leadership positions within the troop. Henry’s final achievement toward completing this rank was to organize and lead a project for the betterment of the community. Henry’s project of building racks for the supply of mattresses that are used by the homeless at a local church is evidence not only of his dedication and hard work, but more importantly, his compassion for humanity. Congratulations Henry!

Congratulations to Jorge Jaime Rivera for being selected as a National Hispanic Scholar by College Board! Jorge scored in the top 2.5% among Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT test takers in our region.


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

Date
Time
Event
December 2
6:00pm
Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Wheeling
7:00pm
Elephant & Piggie’s “We are in a play” (Children’s Show) $5
7:30pm
Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Wheeling
December 3
10:30am
Elephant & Piggie’s “We are in a play” (Children’s Show) $5
December 4
2:30pm
Elephant & Piggie’s “We are in a play” (Children’s Show) $5
December 5
4:45pm
Girls Bowling vs. Conant (Arlington Lanes)
December 8
4:30pm
Girls Bowling vs. Schaumburg (Arlington Lanes)
December 9
4:30pm
Boys Swimming & Diving vs. Hersey
6:00pm
Wrestling Dual vs. Prospect
December 10
7:00am
Boys Swimming & Diving Meet
9:30am
Varsity Wrestling Tournament
December 12
7:00pm
Winter Choral Concert
December 13
7:30pm
Winter Band Concert
December 14
7:00pm
Senior Art 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

Girls basketball season preview: Buffalo Grove Bison
Chicago Tribune, November 18, 2016
Coach: Steve Kolodziej, entering fourth season
Projected starters (2014-15 stats): Sr. G Maddie Welter (13.7 ppg), Jr. F Sammy Stejskal (12.5 ppg), Sr. Amanda Kowalski (4.0 ppg), Jr. F Natali Dimitrova, So. G Alyssa Floro   Last season: 21-11, lost in a Class 4A sectional semifinal to Fremd, 63-47
By the numbers  Read Story

Buffalo Grove High musical lets orchestra run wild
The Daily Herald, November 22, 2016
The Buffalo Grove High School Theater Arts Program presents an all-age showstopping performance of "Elephant & Piggie's We are in a Play!" from Friday, Dec. 2, through Sunday, Dec. 4.  Read Story

Boys basketball season preview: Buffalo Grove Bison
Chicago Tribune, November 23, 2016
With plenty of returning talent, the Buffalo Grove boys basketball team will implement a new offensive system in 2015-16. Pioneer Press broke down the Bison for our season preview:  Read Story

Buffalo Grove's Topalis will take her speedy skills to Winona State
The Daily Herald, November 28, 2016
Georgette Topalis might be even quicker this season than she was a year ago when she made two big dashes down court and scored baskets that iced wins over Hersey's state-ranked girls basketball team. That's because a weight has been lifted from the shoulders of the Buffalo Grove senior. Read Story

Chicago Tribune, November 28, 2016
Buffalo Grove boys basketball coach Keith Peterson wants to alter how the Bison play the game.To be clear, he still values points. But what he values more this season is point prevention."People see us as an offensive team, but we have to change our focus," Peterson said. "Offense is easy, but…  Read Story

Girls bowling: Expect more of the same from Buffalo Grove's Soskich
The Daily Herald, November 26, 2016
Looking back, it all seems so surreal for Buffalo Grove bowler Jessica Soskich. It was turning out to be a stellar season for Soskich, as she was near the top of the Mid-Suburban league in individual average all year long, and as a matter of fact she wound up finishing third overall in the conference when all was said and done. Unfortunately though, bad luck interfered in what is now a well-known story.

Gamber gets career-high 23 to lead BG
The Daily Herald, November 25, 2016
A year from now Megan Gamber plans to be studying elementary education at Illinois State University classrooms.  On Friday, she showed she can already give teaching lessons in scoring points on the basketball floor.Gamber tossed home a career-high 23 points, including four 3-pointers in the second quarter, to help lead Buffalo Grove's girls basketball team to a 63-51 triumph over Barrington in the penultimate round of the Bison Classic. Read Story

Buffalo Grove improves to 3-0
The Daily Herald, November 25, 2016
Buffalo Grove is ready for Stevenson.
They better be. The Bison meet the talented Patriots at 7:30 p.m. Saturday for the championship of the Bison Classic.  Both come in 4-0, with Buffalo Grove's most recent win a 66-38 effort against Christian Liberty on Friday night.  "We wanted to make (Saturday) night a championship," said Buffalo Grove coach Keith Peterson of the match-up between schools that are natural geographic rivals.  Read Story

Buffalo Grove thrives on inside-outside attack
The Daily Herald, November 23, 2016
Buffalo Grove junior guard Jack Vaselaney said the plan for his team was to go inside Wednesday night against Glenbrook South.  "We wanted to pound the ball down to number 54," said Vaselaney in reference to 6-foot-6 center Mac Camardo, "and that would open up the floor for our shooters."  Read Story

Buffalo Grove pulls away from Grayslake Central
The Daily Herald, November 21, 2016
Make no mistake: Buffalo Grove can run; Buffalo Grove can shoot; Buffalo Grove can press, force turnovers and play defense.  Now, can the Bison win consistently?  This young varsity basketball team, sprinkled with many returning veterans, showed experience, savvy and no panic in rallying to a 65-43 win over Grayslake Central to open the season at home in the Bison Classic.  Read Story


Click Here for BGHS’s Daily Announcements


Staff Spotlight
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1. What is your name?  Jim Wizniak

2. What department have you/ do you work in? I have had a variety of jobs in District 214 which include substitute teaching, security at BG, and also as an aide in Special Ed. at BG.  I am currently an Instructional Assistant for Student Services.  In this role, I work with students in referred study hall and compass learning.  

3. How long have you been working at BG?  I am currently in my 3rd year at BG.

4. Where did you go to high school? I went to Buffalo Grove H.S.

5. What part of working at BG do you find the most rewarding?  The part of my job I find most rewarding is being able to assist students in finding success in their classes.  Many students in referred study and compass learning might need extra resources or assistance with their schoolwork and being able to provide them with that brings me great satisfaction.  I also love being able to give back to the community in which I was once a part of as a student.

6. What is something unique about you? I played on the 2008 BG boys volleyball team that took 2nd place in state.  I was also a collegiate volleyball player at Quincy University.


7. What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor? I coach JV girls volleyball and freshman boys volleyball.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog 11/18/2016



Friday Focus  - Skunk Aid joins Mr. Fixit Lou Manfredini on WGN radio
20161112_083713.jpgThis past Saturday, one of our Entrepreneurship groups, the creators of Skunk Aid, and teacher Karen Roberts had the pleasure of being on the Lou Manfredini (Mr. Fixit) show on WGN radio. This was a great opportunity that opened many doors for these students. Their Skunk Aid product is now being sold in two Ace Hardware stores which are owned by Lou and his wife. The radio appearance gave them new exposure, and they have been filling many orders since. If you have a dog, this is a “must have” kit, as it really does work. The time and effort these girls have put into their business is unbelievable for 16,17, and 18 year olds who go to school everyday and participate in activities, as well.

What these students are able to do and experience would not be possible without the leadership, support and guidance of all the community members that work with the BGHS Entrepreneurship class, not to mention their fabulous mentor, Mike Schiestel who provides them daily and weekly advice and support.

If you are interested in learning more about their SkunkAid product, please visit their website http://skunkaid.wixsite.com/skunkaid



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We’ve Got Spirit!
The BGPA is selling spiritwear! You can find the link on the BGHS website homepage under “Quick Links” or click here.

The BGPA is selling 2016-17 BGHS Student Directories for $5.00.  They are available for sale in the Main Office.  See Mrs. Jacks if you would like to purchase one.

Upcoming Dates

Date
Event
November 23-25
Non-attendance days/Thanksgiving Break
December 1
Blue Late Start - 8:30am
December 8
Blue Late Start - 8:30am
December 15
Blue Late Start - 8:30am
December 16
Early Dismissal at 1:50pm
Winter Break begins at close of classes
January 3
First day of classes after Winter Break
January 16
Martin Luther King Day - Building Closed
January 18-20
Semester 1 Final Exams


Celebrating Our Success!

A big shout out to the BGHS Speech Team that had four medalists at Prospect's tournament this past weekend: Juan Garcia placed 5th in his first-ever tournament in original oratory, Angella Lee placed 4th in poetry, and Nolan Son and Laurel Hart placed fourth as they placed for the second week in a row in Humorous Duet Acting! Great job!
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Congratulations to Volleyball player Kiarra Akiyoshi who was named to the Daily Herald Northwest All-Area team for the second straight year! Kim Barton, Kanella Kalyviaris, and Hannah Schuler received Special Mention.

Congratulations to the Latino summit scholarship winners Miriam Ortiz and Victoriano Ambriz.

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

Date
Time
Event
November 18
10:00am
Girls Basketball Tournament
November 21
6:00pm
Boys Basketball Tournament
November 22
TBD
Wrestling vs. Maine South
6:00pm
Boys Basketball Tournament
December 2
7:00pm
Elephant & Piggie’s “We are in a play” (Children’s Show) $5
December 3
10:30am
Elephant & Piggie’s “We are in a play” (Children’s Show) $5
December 4
2:30pm
Elephant & Piggie’s “We are in a play” (Children’s Show) $5

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

The Daily Herald, November 17, 2016

To a certain extent, Georgette Topalis is the last one standing.The Buffalo Grove girls basketball team graduated its four other starters from last season's 24-win team. That class won three regional titles as its win total increased gradually from 10 to 15, then 21, then 24. Read Story

BG wins opener; Wachal gets 1,000th point
The Daily Herald, November 18, 2016
Coming off three straight Class 4A regional titles and a Mid-Suburban East title last winter, Buffalo Grove girls basketball coach Steve Kolodziej had his Bison ready for the start of this season as they topped Grayslake Central 58-51 on Thursday night.  Read Story



Click Here for BGHS’s Daily Announcements


Staff Spotlight

FullSizeRender (4).jpg1. What is your name?  Martha Kelly

2. What department have you/ do you work in?  I am in the Math/Science Department where I teach Geometry and Intermediate Algebra

3. How long have you been working at BG?  1 year at BG and the 10th year in District 214.

4. Where did you go to high school? Driscoll Catholic High School

5. What part of working at BG do you find the most rewarding?   I enjoy seeing the light bulb go on.  That moment that you know they understand.  You see the joy in the students' faces, and (with Math especially) they find something that they may not have enjoyed before, but now they do.

6. What is something unique about you? Most people know that I enjoy running, and have run a number of marathons... but I come from a family of teachers.  I have 4 siblings, 3 of which are high school teachers.  One is Math, one is Math and French, and another is History.  I guess we bought into our parents' belief in the importance of an education.

7. What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor? I am the Varsity Girls Cross Country Coach and an Assistant Girls Basketball Coach.