Thursday, January 21, 2016

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog 1/22/2016

Friday Focus  -  The Harbor TV

On January 5th, we launched the first installment of a series of school culture videos and follow-up discussions in every classroom, with every student.  The following was read to all students, followed by the first video installment, which is also posted below for you to see.  As we continue this semester, I will link the new videos in this blog, with the hopes that follow-up conversations can continue at home.  We are truly partners in this endeavor to create a positive school culture for all students at Buffalo Grove.  

This morning marks a significant time in the life of our school.  This morning we begin . . . The Harbor.  Many of your fellow students have brought this program to the attention of the administration and staff at Buffalo Grove High School, and today, we are excited to bring this to the entire student body as the first of several installments this semester.  

The goal of The Harbor is simple: to create an environment here at Buffalo Grove that advocates for and fosters an environment where each and every student will feel safe, will understand their significance in the life of our school, and provide strength to stand up for fellow students at your school when their significance and safety are at risk.  These three, . . . a safe environment, a place for significance, and strength as a family, . . . are the foundation of a school environment that we all desire to be a part of.  It is what can define us as we pursue a collective OneBG.  

This can and will happen with your help and support.  As you watch these videos, and discuss them within the environment of a classroom and teacher that you are familiar with, I hope you will embrace these messages as a way to begin a BG that is known for acceptance, empathy, and support for each ONE that is a part of our school family.  

And now your teacher will show you the first video entitled "Judgement", followed by a class discussion about the topic. Enjoy Harbor TV.  Let’s use this opportunity to make a difference in our school.  

The Harbor - Judgement Video

Upcoming Dates

January 20-22
Final Exams, First Semester Ends on January 22
January 25
Institute Day - NO SCHOOL
February 15
Presidents’ Day - NO SCHOOL
March 18
Spring Break Begins at Close of Classes, 1:50pm Dismissal
March 28
First Day of Classes after Spring Break

Celebrating Our Success!

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Congratulations to BG alum, Selena Groh, on being recognized by CollegeBoard for her outstanding achievement on the 2015 AP Microeconomics exam.  Selena is one of only 54 students in the world to earn every point possible on the AP Microeconomics exam, receiving a maximum score on each section of the exam.

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Congratulations to BG Coach Dave Sczepanski on being inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame as a “Friend of Basketball”.  Coach Zepo has coached boys basketball at BG for 29 years.
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Congratulations to the Expressions for being named Grand Champions along with Best Band and Vocals at the Kansas City Show Choir Competition!

Buffalo Grove's Varsity Girls Basketball team won its fifth game in four days and won the championship of the Martin Luther King tournament at Lake Forest High School on Monday.

Congrats to Varsity Girls Gymnasts, Diandra Duenser and Isabelle Samson! Vault Medalists at the Prospect Invite!

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

January 22
Boys Varsity Wrestling vs. Hersey
January 23
Boys Varsity Swimming & Diving Invitational vs. Cary Grove
Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Elk Grove
January 26
Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Elk Grove
January 28
Variety Show
January 29
Boys Varsity Swimming & Diving vs. Hersey
Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Rolling Meadows
Variety Show

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's Hospitality Program Earns National Acclaim
The Daily Herald, January 15, 2016
Buffalo Grove High School's Hospitality Program has been recognized as one of the best in the country. The program has been named to the 2016 Elite 50, an annual selection of the top 50 secondary school hospitality programs in the nation by the National Center for Hospitality Studies. Read Story

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Staff Spotlight
Christine Lindbloom enjoys a light moment with her
student before the final exam

1.  What is your name?   Christine Lindbloom.

2.  What department have you/do you work in? I teach in the Math/Science Department.  This year I teach Honors Advanced Algebra and Honors Geometry.

3.  How long have you been working at BGHS?   This year is my 17th year at BG.

4.  Where did you go to high school?  I went to Fremd High School in Palatine.

5.  What part of working at BG do you find the most rewarding? There are really two parts of teaching at BG that I find most rewarding.  The first is watching my students obtain success when they work hard for it.  Secondly, I find it very rewarding to know how much I have learned and grown from working with my students and colleagues.   

6.  What is something unique about you? I am a survivor!!!  

7.  What activities or clubs to do you coach/sponsor?  Currently I am not a coach/sponsor, but I enjoy supporting all the great teams and clubs here at BG.