Friday, September 11, 2015

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog

Friday Focus - Vienna Exchange Program!
Today we began the 25th anniversary of our exchange program with students from Kundmanngasse Gymnasium in Vienna, Austria.  This annual exchange began in 1990, and has continued with students from Austria coming annually in the fall, and our band, choir, and orchestra students travelling every 3 years to Austria.  

A Huge thank you to Ed Jacobi, Deb Utley, and Elizabeth Bennet for their logistical work on this exchange, and for the host families that are giving the students a taste of life in America!  
Welcome Kundmanngasse Gymnasium students!!

Upcoming Dates

September 12
Back to School Bash at Forest View Educational Center, 10am-2pm
September 14
Rosh Hashanah – NO SCHOOL
September 17
Orange Late Start – 9:30am
Hispanic Parent Night - BGHS Community Room - 6:45pm
September 21
District 214 Education Foundation Golf Outing & Dinner - Rolling Green Country Club
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
October 30
End of First Quarter
November 2
Institute Day - NO SCHOOL

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

September 11
Football Varsity Game @ 7:30pm vs. Schaumburg
September 12
Girls Varsity Tennis Invitational
Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Hoffman Estates
September 15
Boys Varsity Golf vs. Rolling Meadows @ BG Golf Course
Girls Varsity Volleyball vs. Rolling Meadows
September 16
Girls Varsity Tennis vs. Wheeling
Expressions Fall Show in the Theatre
September 17
Girls Varsity Golf vs. Hoffman Estates @ BG Golf Course
Girls & Boys Varsity Cross Country vs. Hersey @ Willow Stream Park
Girls Varsity Swimming & Diving vs. Rolling Meadows
Girls Varsity Tennis vs. Fremd
Girls Varsity Volleyball vs. Hersey
Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Rolling Meadows

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

Alfaro, Baruner pave the way for Buffalo Grove against Hersey
Daily Herald, September 9, 2015
It was too much Alex Alfaro and Drew Brauner on Tuesday night in Mid-Suburban League boys soccer.  Their presence helped visiting Buffalo Grove defeat Hersey 2-0 in an MSL opener for both clubs at Roland Goins Stadium.  Read story

State Champion Buffalo Grove cheerleaders to host cheer clinic
Patch, September 3, 2015
Buffalo Grove High School's 2015 state champion cheerleading team will hold a cheer clinic on Thursday, Sept. 10 at the school, 1100 W. Dundee Rd. in Buffalo Grove. The two-hour event, starting at 6 p.m., is open to children aged 4 to 14.  Read story

BGHS Alumnus Receives Award for Top GPA at Milwaukee College
Buffalo Grove Countryside, August 31, 2015
Buffalo Grove native Adam Bissonnette has been awarded the Walter Froehlich Memorial Award from Marquette University in Milwaukee.  Read Story

Staff Spotlight

1.  What is your name?  Jeff Kondrad

2.  What department do you teach in/ what courses do you teach?  Student Services- School Counselor & Off-Campus Coordinator

3.  How long have you been teaching at BGHS?  I have been working in the Student Services Department for the past 15 school years.  Prior to working at Buffalo Grove High School, I started my District 214 career at Prospect High School.

4.  Where did you go to high school?  I grew up in Orland Park, and graduated from Carl Sandburg High School.

5.  What part of school counseling do you find the most rewarding?  I have had the privilege to advocate for students and families at BGHS since 2001.  As a school counselor, I assist students in the areas of academic success/growth, emotional well-being, and college & career exploration.  Watching a student grow and reach their goals over the course of the 4 years at BGHS truly makes my profession rewarding.  

6.  What is something unique about you?  Prior to having a family, I worked on a Dude Ranch in Telluride, Colorado for 3 summers.  My roles included a mountain bike tour guide and saddling up the horses in the morning.  It was a true "City Stickers" experience in the Rocky Mountains.  While working on the ranch, I did have a unique experience/accomplishment by hiking to the top of one of Colorado's 14,000 footers.

7.  What activities or clubs do you coach / sponsor?  I coached Freshmen Boys Baseball at Buffalo Grove High School until having children.   Nowadays, I assist with my own kids’ travel baseball programs at the U11 and U12 levels in the community where we live.