Thursday, September 11, 2014

Principal's Weekly update

BG Daily Announcements
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 Events Coming Up
Not My Kid!?  
You won’t want to miss this evening filled with information from a panel of experts, knowledgeable about our youth’s exposure to alcohol and other drugs, and how we, as parents, can keep our kids drug and alcohol-free.
The communities of Deerfield, Highland Park and Lake Forest recently hosted similar events and there wasn’t an open seat in the house!  Come see why!
Date:  Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
Time:  7-9 p.m.
Location:  Performing Arts Center,
               Stevenson High School,
             Park in Lot B, enter through circle drive
RSVP:  Click here so we can save you a seat!
Sponsored by:  STAND STRONG, a community coalition dedicated to keeping our youth drug and alcohol-free.

BGPA (Buffalo Grove Parent Association)  
- a message from BGPA co-presidents Karla Meyer and Janet Reed
The Buffalo Grove Parent Association (BGPA) will kick off the new school year with it's first meeting on Sept. 17th at 7pm in the community room ( immediately to the right after entering the circle drive doors). The featured guest will be BG's new principal Jeff Wardle. Come hear his vision for BGHS and have any questions you may have answered.

Looking for spirit wear? It will be available at all home football games as well as the BGHS website (parent groups)  New this year: navy and orange BGHS scarves!
Missed buying a student directory at Open House? They can be purchased in the main office. $5 for BGPA members, non members $10.

“Edu-talk” (What are with all these acronyms?)
What is R.T.I.?
Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs. There are 3 Tiers to any RTI program at a school.  Tier 1 of the RTI process begins with high-quality instruction and universal screening of all children in the general education classroom. When this is not working, the general education teacher has a number of interventions they attempt to use with the student to keep their learning on track.  Extra tutoring, preferential seating in class, a call home to parents, use of the Literacy Lab, etc, are all examples of Tier 1 interventions. 

If all of these do not work, a Tier 2 intervention kicks in.  In Tier 2, struggling learners are provided with interventions at increasing levels of intensity to accelerate their rate of learning. These services may be provided by a variety of personnel, including general education teachers, special educators, and specialists. Progress is closely monitored to assess both the learning rate and level of performance of individual students. Educational decisions about the intensity and duration of interventions are based on individual student response to instruction. Some of these examples at BGHS include Referred Study, Compass Learning, and assigned tutoring.  

If these are still not working, a student would move to Tier 3, which means a case study would be done to determine eligibility for Special Education Status.  RTI is designed for use when making decisions in both general education and special education, creating a well-integrated system of instruction and intervention guided by child outcome data.

Upcoming Dates/ Big Events
BGPA Meeting, Wednesday, September 17, 7:00 pm, Community Room
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

District 214 Calendar
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 12, Football vs. Conant, 7:30 pm, Stadium
Saturday, Sept 13, Girls Tennis, Bison Invite, 8:00 am, Tennis Courts
Sunday, Sept 14, Expressions Fall Preview Show, 7:00 pm, Theater
Tuesday, Sept 16, Girls Golf vs. Rolling Meadows, 3:30 pm, BG Golf Course
Tuesday, Sept 16, Boys Soccer vs. Barrington, 6:30 pm, Stadium
Thursday, Sept 18, Boys Golf vs. Hoffman Estates, 3:30 pm, BG Golf Course
Thursday, Sept 18, Girls Tennis vs. Elk Grove, 4:30 pm, Tennis Courts
Friday, Sept 19, Football vs. Fremd, 7:30 pm, Stadium

For Under-level and Away sporting events, Academic Competitions, and the most current information for B.G. activities, please go to:

BG in the news

Staff member of the week

Interview with: Mary Negley

Teaching Area: Math Department. I teach Honors PreCalculus and AP Calculus BC.

How long have you been teaching at BG? 30 Years

Where did you go to high school? Immaculate Conception High School in Elmhurst

What part of teaching to you find the most rewarding?  I love seeing the students progress through their high school math career and gain confidence in their abilities to enter the collegiate setting or the business world.
I also enjoy the "aha!" moment that comes when students truly understand the mathematics behind why a process works. I wish for this in every class.

What is something unique about you?  I have been teaching long enough at BGHS that I have taught some of my fellow teachers when they attended BGHS!

What outside activities do you coach/ sponsor?  I used to coach volleyball at BGHS. I coached for 16 years, including 6 years as the head girls volleyball coach.