Friday, March 6, 2015

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog

Friday Focus
Today I spent the day at Apple, Inc offices in Chicago with the District Leadership Team. While we were not allowed to take pictures or tweet out content, I can say that it was an incredible day of personal and professional growth, as well as a day of insight into the future of technology in the educational setting. Our presenters were all former educators, and were phenomenal. I am so excited to work in a district that recognizes that students' lives growing up are different from ours as teachers and administrators, and that teaching and learning can be greatly enhanced as we Modify and ReDesign our teaching through technology. Learning is not so much about content as it is about context. Content is available 24/7. It's the skill of putting that content into a useful context is what gives today's student the tools they need for their future.
I work with an incredible staff that is ready to test boundaries with technology, teaching, and learning in the years to come. I'm excited to lead this passionate team.

BGPA Communication and Link
Lou's Pizza Factory and BGPA** (Buffalo Grove Parent's Association) will be having an ONGOING fundraiser EVERY Sunday through Thursday.  Lou's Pizza Factory has delicious antipasti, pastas (including gluten free), flat and pan pizzas, salads, sandwiches, desserts, and drinks.  They are just a few blocks east of BGHS - located at 719 E. Dundee Rd. in Arlington Heights.  If you mention BGPA, Lou's Pizza Factory will not charge sales tax and they will be donating 25% of their income to the BGPA!  Tell your friends, relatives, and neighbors.  This is valid for Dine in, Carryout, or Delivery.  Any questions, please contact BGPA member, Lisa Groh at or (847) 682-1200.  Thank you for your continuing support of BGPA to help our students!

March 20 Spring Vacation Begins at Close of Classes
March 30 First Day of Classes after Spring Vacation
April 3 Non-Attendance Day - No School
April 6 Institute Day - Students NOT in Attendance
May 25 Memorial Day - No School
May 31 Commencement Exercises
June 5 Last Day of Classes

Upcoming Dates/ Big Events Semester 2
March 9 Winter Sports Awards, 7:00 pm, Gym
March 10 Orchesis - District Dance Show, 7:00 pm, Theater
March 18 Financial Aid Night, 7:00 pm, Forest View Educational Center Theater
March 19 Blood Drive sponsored by Senior Class, 7:30 am - 3:00 pm, Gym
March 30 Summer School, Drivers Ed, Sports Camps - Online Registration Begins

Back Those Bison - Varsity Home Sports and Fine Arts for the coming week
March 6 & 7 Orchesis Show, 7:30 pm, Theater
March 7 Boys Track Scarpino Invite, 10:00 am, Fieldhouse
March 9 Winter Sports Awards, 7:00 pm, Gym
March 10 Orchesis - District Dance Show, 7:00 pm, Theater
March 11 Boys Water Polo vs. Hoffman Estates, 4:30 pm, Pool
March 12 Concert Band Festival, 7:30 pm, Theater
March 13 Girls Track vs. Cary-Grove, Lake Zurich, Wauconda, 4:30 pm, Fieldhouse
March 13 Expressions Preview Concert, 7:00 pm, Theater

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

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.    

BG in the news
BG Expressions wins Indiana Competition

Staff member/ student of the week
Mr. Linhart on Cardigan Wednesday!
1. What is your name? Brian Linhart

2. What department do you teach in/ what courses do you teach? Student Services/School Counselor

3. How long have you been teaching at BG? This is my second 2nd year

4. Where did you go to high school? West Leyden (sports teams are Leyden, East/West combine)

5. What part of teaching to you find the most rewarding? Helping the students at BG.  It's a passion of mine.  What's really cool is how "help" is defined differently for every student.  Whether it be the students I meet with only during our Core curriculum and to schedule classes, to those who I have a standing weekly appointment with, and whether it is from an academic perspective or a social emotional issue.  Being a factor, big or small, in helping a student is more rewarding than any paycheck I have every received.

6. What is something unique about you? I work Mike Krzyzewski's Basketball Camp at Duke University every summer.

7. What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor? I coached girls basketball last year, I am in charge of the Bison Advisory Mentors, and I run our school's St. Baldrick's event.