Friday, September 19, 2014

Principal's Weekly Blog

Welcome to the second edition of the Principal’s weekly blog.  I hope you find this information informative, timely, and relevant.  

The purpose of this blog is to keep you informed of weekly activities and feel "in-the-loop" with what is going on in our school and in the world of education.  Additionally, the Friday Focus will highlight special upcoming events.  I am very excited about this Friday's Focus, John Underwood is a very sought after speaker and communicator.  

Have a wonderful weekend!  

Daily announcements link
Buffalo Grove High School provides daily announcements to the students to keep them informed of current and upcoming events. To provide you with more information, the Student Announcements are now online. The announcements will be online for 10 days.    

Friday Focus - special communication to parents
We welcome John Underwood, Founder and Director of the Life of an Athlete Human Performance Project, to our D214 community. John’s experience as a former NCAA All-American, International distance runner and World Masters Champion, an Olympian coach and advisor of over two dozen athletes, and three diplomas in International Olympic Solidarity has led him to his expertise in athletic performance, specializing in recovery, peaking training, and lifestyle impact on mental and physical performance. His “Life of an Athlete” program has gained international prominence.This presentation is designed for all student-athletes, parents, and coaches. Topics to be address include:

• Maximizing athletic training
• Healthy lifestyles
• Brain science for athletes
• Proper sleep/nutrition
• Chemical health

Please join us! Tuesday October 14, 7:00 pm at Rolling Meadows High School. All
High School, Middle School, Park District, and Private athletic coaching center coaches,
student-athletes, and parents are welcome for this once in a lifetime opportunity!
Please register to attend at:

John Underwood’s presentation is brought to you by Link Together, our community coalition
supporting drug and alcohol free youth. For more information, please visit:

BGPA Communication and link
We had our first meeting last night, Thanks to all who attended.  The next meeting is October 15th at 7pm.  

What are the CCSS? - Common Core State Standards
The Common Core is a set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA). These learning goals outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade. The standards were created to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life, regardless of where they live. Forty-three states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) have voluntarily adopted and are moving forward with the Common Core.
Recognizing the value and need for consistent learning goals across states, in 2009 the state school chiefs and governors coordinated a state-led effort to develop the Common Core State Standards. Designed through collaboration among teachers, school chiefs, administrators, and other experts, the standards provide a clear and consistent framework for educators.
The Common Core is informed by the highest, most effective standards from states across the United States and countries around the world. The standards define the knowledge and skills students should gain throughout their K-12 education in order to graduate high school prepared to succeed in entry-level careers, introductory academic college courses, and workforce training programs.
The standards are:
  1. Research- and evidence-based
  2. Clear, understandable, and consistent
  3. Aligned with college and career expectations
  4. Based on rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher-order thinking skills
  5. Built upon the strengths and lessons of current state standards
  6. Informed by other top performing countries in order to prepare all students for success in our global economy and society

Upcoming Dates/ Big events Semester 1
Bison Boosters Comedy Night, Saturday, September 20, 7:00 pm, Theater
HOMECOMING - Week of October 6 -- Soccer/Football Games Friday, October 10; Dance Saturday, October 11

Non-Attendance Day - Thursday, September 25, 2014 - No School
Columbus Day - Monday, October 13, 2014 - No School
Institute Day - Monday, October 27, 2014 - Students Not in Attendance
Non-Attendance Day - Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - No School
Thanksgiving Vacation - Thursday, November 27 & Friday, November 28, 2014 - No School
Winter Vacation Begins at Close of Classes - Friday, December 19, 2014
First Day of Classes after Winter Vacation - Monday, January 5, 2015
End of First Semester - Friday, January 16, 2015

Back Those Bison - Varsity Home Sports and Fine Arts for the coming week
Friday, Sept 19, Football vs. Fremd, 7:30 pm, Stadium
Monday, Sept 22, Girls Golf vs. Highland Park & Prospect, 3:30 pm, BG Golf Course
Tuesday, Sept 23, Boys Golf vs. Wheeling, 3:30 pm, BG Golf Course
Tuesday, Sept 23, Girls Tennis vs. Hersey, 4:30 pm, Tennis Courts
Tuesday, Sept 23, Girls Volleyball vs. Elk Grove, 6:00 pm, Gym
Tuesday, Sept 23, Boys Soccer vs. Schaumburg, 6:30 pm, Stadium
Wednesday, Sept 24, Girls Golf vs. Palatine, 3:30 pm, BG Golf Course
Saturday, Sept 27, Girls Swimming/Diving-Bison Invite, 8:00 am, Pool

For underlevel and away sporting events and the most current information for B.G. activities, please go to:

Staff member/ student of the week

Interview with:  Billy Montemayor

Teaching Area: I teach in the Physical Education department.  I teach two Freshman PE classes and two Net/Team Sports classes.  I also teach one referred study class.  

How long have you been teaching at BG?   This is my first year teaching PE at BG, but it is my second year in the building.  

Where did you go to high school?  Elk Grove High School

What part of teaching to you find the most rewarding?  The part of teaching I find most rewarding is the relationships I am able to create with the students.  It is awesome when a student approaches me for advice, or wants to talk about a sport or activity they participated in the night before.  To develop that type of a relationship over time with a student is very rewarding.  

What is something unique about you?  I am a huge Dave Matthews Band fan.  Every summer, I travel to multiple venues with a group of friends to see them play live.  

What outside activities do you coach/ sponsor? I am the head Freshman football coach, and I also coach the Sophomore baseball team in the Spring.