Friday, April 1, 2016

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog 04-01-2016

Friday Focus  -   Social Media via The Harbor
This past Tuesday, using The Harbor series, each first hour class took about an hour to speak to their students about the use (and misuse) of social media in the lives of students.  Social media is a powerful tool for communication, learning, and connecting.  But it can also make us feel isolated, hurt, and left out.  In this episode, which you can watch HERE, a former teacher talked to our students about social media, and our own teachers followed up asking questions such as:

Stand up if . . .

  • I have used social media to connect with my peers
  • I share my accomplishments with my family and friends through social media
  • My social media profiles accurately reflect who I am and what I believe
  • Adults do not understand the importance of social media.
  • I comment on inappropriate posts (contribute to the conversation)
  • I report inappropriate comments/posts.
  • I block a person who consistently makes inappropriate comments.

In the session I attended, nearly every student stood up for the early prompts, but very few for the later prompts.  Students were vulnerable in their answers, admitting they check how many “likes” and “retweets” they get several times a day.  Many feel they are addicted to social media.  At the end, we brainstormed a number of positive uses of social media, ways to “fill the tanks” of our peers, of reporting bullying behavior, or adding a positive comment when we see a negative one.  

As Principal, it is my hope and desire that each of our students feels safe, significant, and strong.  Social Media plays a huge role in that being a reality for many of our students.  I hope you find time this weekend to talk to your student about the many ways to use social media for good, about how social media makes them feel, and how they can contribute to making their high school experience a great one for themselves and their peers.  

Reminder - Parents of Student Athletes:
On Thursday, April 14th John Underwood will be returning and spending the day at Buffalo Grove High School with our student athletes, parents, and coaches. You are invited to attend John Underwood’s presentation for parents the evening of Thursday, April 14th from 7 to 8:30PM in the gym - Registration is required

Booster Scholarship
The Bison Boosters are offering a $1,500 scholarship to one male and one female student athlete.  If you are a senior who competed in a school sponsored sports program during both junior and senior year, you are eligible.  Applications are available at the College and Career Center and are due back to the College and Career Center no later than April 15, 2016.

Upcoming Dates

April 4
Teacher Inservice Day - Students not in attendance
April 5
First Day of Classes - 4th Quarter
May 30
Memorial Day - All Buildings Closed
June 3
Junior/Senior Prom
June 5
Commencement Exercises
June 10
Last Day of Classes

Celebrating Our Success!

On Friday, March 18 at the United Center the BG/H/W Stampede hockey team won the STATE CHAMPIONSHIP for the combined teams division

Congratulations to BG players Nick Christianson, Alec LaFrance, Danny Kurgan, Zakary Herner, Tyler Larsen, Nick Iliescu, Herman Polonski, Tyler Anzelmo, and Ryan Martin!

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Bison Tennis volunteering at Feed My Starving Children.  Their efforts yielded enough to feed 50 children in Haiti for one year!  


Over Spring Break, the Bison Boys Volleyball Team chose to give their time for the goal of “Serve” to Serve. They made fleece blankets, donating them to urban hospitals that do not currently have a blanket program for newborns.

Congratulations to Caitlyn Anderson, quarter finalist in the State Debate Tournament!

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

April 1
Girls Softball vs. Grayslake Central
Girls Soccer vs. Fremd
April 2
Boys Baseball Double Header vs. Niles West
April 4
Boys Water Polo vs. Wheeling
Boys Gymnastics vs. Rolling Meadows
April 5
Boys Track & Field Triangular vs. Elk Grove and Wheeling
Boys Volleyball vs. Elk Grove
April 6
Boys Water Polo vs. Hoffman Estates
April 7
Girls Badminton vs. Prospect
Boys Baseball vs. Notre Dame
Boys Water Polo vs. Lake Forest
April 8
Girls Soccer vs. Hoffman Estates

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's Schnittker aims for more memorable moments in senior season

The Daily Herald, March 19, 2016
Two moments stand out for Buffalo Grove senior Zach Schnittker in his thus-far outstanding high school boys volleyball career. The first is a big victory in last season's Mid-Suburban League championship match. The other moment also involved a big win but featured a very personal component.  Read Story

Dorsey brings family approach to Buffalo Grove softball program

The Daily Herald, March 21, 2016
Considering her family background, Starr Dorsey couldn't miss on a coaching career. "I was raised in a family full of coaches," said Dorsey, who is the new Buffalo Grove softball coach this spring. "Growing up, my grandfather and uncle coached youth and travel ball teams. My mom was my travel ball coach and my dad was a high school football coach. I've lived my entire life surrounded by coaches, so it definitely feels like second nature."  Read Story

Softball: DePhillips pitches Buffalo Grove past Glenbard East

The Daily Herald, March 21, 2016
Buffalo Grove junior Alyssa DePhillips improved to 2-0 by tossing a 3-hitter with 4 strikeouts to lift the Bison to a 3-2 nonconference softball victory at Glenbard East on Monday.  Read Story

Zach Schnittker ready to speak up for Buffalo Grove volleyball
Chicago Tribune, March 24, 2016
Zach Schnittker has been a mainstay on the Buffalo Grove boys volleyball team since he made varsity as a freshman and became a starter his sophomore year.  Read Story

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Staff Spotlight
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Marlyn Rodriguez works with a student in science class

1.What is your name?  Marlyn Rodriguez

2. What department do you teach in/ what courses do you teach?  Instructional Assistant in Special Education.

3. How long have you been working at BG? How long have you been working at BG? I have been at BG a whole 2 days now...LOL , but have been with the district 3 1/2 years.

4. Where did you go to high school?  I went to Gage Park High School in Chicago.

5. What part of working at BG do you find the most rewarding?  Working with a diverse group of students.

6. What is something unique about you?  I'm a huge Gone With the Wind fan.

7.What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor?  Being new at BG, I'm still learning all the different activities that are available.