Friday, August 28, 2015

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog

Friday Focus - #OneBG
At our back to school assembly this Wednesday morning, I talked to the student body about one of my favorite places in the world - the Rocky Mountain National Park.  The focus was on the Aspen tree - which is the largest single organism in the park because each tree is connected by one root system, making whole sections of the park a single tree with thousands of individual sprouts.  In times of drought and times of difficulty, such as a forest fire, the first vegetation to recover is the Aspen Tree, because the support system sends needed nourishment to the part that is hurting or in distress.   This is how I see Buffalo Grove High School.  We are one body, one large connected group that supports, celebrates, encourages, and stands by each other. #OneBG, our school pride hashtag, means exactly that, that we stand together.  

My hope is that each of your students has an incredible experience here at BG this year, from the administration down to each teacher, coach, sponsor, and peer.  Is that difficult, yes, but it is the goal of our admin that each student and faculty member is cared for individually.  

Upcoming Dates

September 2 & 3
Yearbook Pictures for Freshman/Sophomores/Juniors
September 3
Blue Late Start – 8:30am
September 7
Labor Day – NO SCHOOL
September 9
Parent Open House – 7:00pm
September 10
Blue Late Start – 8:30am
September 14
Rosh Hashanah – NO SCHOOL
September 17
Orange Late Start – 9:30am
September 23
Yom Kippur – NO SCHOOL
September 24
Blue Late Start – 8:30am
October 1
Blue Late Start – 8:30am
October 8
Orange Late Start – 9:30am
October 10
Homecoming Dance
October 12
Columbus Day – NO SCHOOL

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

August 28
Varsity Football Game vs. Niles West @ Home
September 1
Girls Varsity Golf vs. Conant & Prospect @ BG Golf Course
Girls Varsity Cross Country Meet vs. Hoffman Estates @ Willow Stream Park
Boys Varsity Cross Country Meet vs. Hoffman Estates @ Willow Stream Park
September 3
Boys Varsity Golf vs. Schaumburg @ BG Golf Course
Girls Varsity Tennis vs. Barrington @ Home
Girls Varsity Golf vs. New Trier @ BG Golf Course
Girls Swimming & Diving vs. Barrington @ Home
Girls Varsity Volleyball vs. Libertyville @ Home
September 4
Girls Varsity Tennis vs. Fremd, Mundelein, Niles West @ Home
September 5
Boys Varsity Golf Invite @ BG Golf Course
September 6
Marching Band @ Buffalo Grove Days Parade

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 High School Kicks Off New School Year  
The Daily Herald, August 27, 2015
Buffalo Grove High School celebrated with its annual first day assembly where students kicked off the year with help from the band, cheerleaders and the school mascot.  

Buffalo Grove High School is ranked among best in the country!
The Chicago Tribune, August 19, 2015
A number of suburban schools made new lists of the best high schools in the nation. Newsweek on Wednesday released a list of the top 500 in America. The rankings include Buffalo Grove High School!  Read story

Every District 214 student gets an iPad this year
The Daily Herald, August 24, 2015
Each of the more than 12,000 students at Northwest Suburban High School District 214 will have their own iPad when school starts this week.  Read story

Grant brings STEM classes to Buffalo Grove middle school students
The Daily Herald, August 11, 2015
Middle school students who are slated to go to Buffalo Grove High School will get to start their STEM education early, thanks to a new grant. Read story

Staff Spotlight

1. What is your name? Lana O’Brien

2. What area of the building do you work in?  I am the Administrative Assistant to the Principal, Jeff Wardle, and I work in the Main Office.  If you call the main office phone I am usually the person answering the phone.

3. How long have you been working at BG?  About two months--I started July 1.  Before working at BG, I worked in the district office at Arlington Heights School District 25.

4. Where did you go to high school?  I went to Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook.

5. What part of your job to you find the most rewarding?  I enjoy helping people, especially working with all of the students.

6. What is something unique about you?
I am a first generation American--my dad was born in the Ukraine, and my mom was born in Italy.  Also, I am addicted to Arnold Palmers! (iced tea & lemonade), but I’m very picky about it and have to make a certain way (⅓ lemonade and ⅔ iced tea).

7. What activities or clubs do you coach/sponsor?  What are your outside interests?  I don’t coach now, but I used to coach both boys and girls volleyball when my kids were in middle school.  I love the outdoors--I like to camp, hike, and kayak.  I also LOVE sports--I’m a die-hard Cub’s fan, and I follow college football, especially the Iowa Hawkeyes, where I went to college!