Friday, April 8, 2016

Principal's Weekly Blog 04/08/2106

Friday Focus  -   Reflections on the past week - Leaving a Legacy
Screen Shot 2016-04-07 at 3.27.10 PM.pngIn the past 7 days, I have attended two funerals of loved ones of the Buffalo Grove Family.  Each one fulfilling the roles of a mom or a dad, brother or sister, husband or wife. At each event, the memories that are shared are of the times that were spent together.  Holidays, times around the dinner table, sitting on laps and reading, funny things that were said, vacations, personality quirks that made life fun and unique.  
This past week I have been forced to ponder, “How will I be remembered?”,  “What will be said when my time comes?”  It’s a great and sobering dose of reality and reorientation of priorities.  As a principal, I feel reinvigorated to pursue and lead a high school that has a place for all of our students, that truly provides a Hope and Future to all students.  One that gives our students the life skills of analysis, persuasion, deductive reasoning, inquiry, grows emotional intelligence, and develops metacognition.  That grows each student’s belief in themselves and a the difference they can make in this world.  I appreciate going on this journey with each staff member, student, and the families that they represent.  Go Bison!

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 14
Blue Late Start - 8:30am
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!

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Girls Track & Field athletes, sophomores Elise Perkins and Nya Carr, and junior Lindsey Prommer represent the first time ever BG Pentathletes.  The ladies competed in the Wheeling Pentathlon (hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump, and 800m events) which was held for the first time last year. Elise took 3rd in shot, and Nya took 5th in high jump and 7th overall.  Congratulations ladies!

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This year BGHS Geometry in Construction classes will be building all of the interior and exterior walls for the home being constructed for Cody Evans.  Cody is the recipient of the fundraising efforts through A Soldier's Journey Home. This Monday, April 11th BG will host a Community Build Day to work with our partner, Bosch Tools, on this project.
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Congrats to our Boys Gymnastics Senior athletes!
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Congrats to our Boys Water Polo Senior athletes!

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Congratulations to our Track & Field Senior athletes!

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

April 8
Baseball vs. Notre Dame
Boys Water Polo Triple Dual vs. McHenry & Mundelein
Girls Soccer vs. Hoffman Estates
April 9
Girls Track & Field Invitational
April 11
Boys Baseball vs. Elk Grove
Boys Water Polo vs. Hersey
April 12
Boys Tennis vs. Conant
Boys Volleyball vs. Wheeling
April 13
Girls Softball vs. Conant
Girls Water Polo vs. Elk Grove
April 14
Boys Tennis vs. Fremd
Spring Musical - Sweeney Todd (tickets online or at the door)
April 15
Spring Musical - Sweeney Todd (tickets online or at the door)
April 16
Boys Track & Field Invitational
Boys Baseball Double Header vs. Glenbrook South
Spring Musical - Sweeney Todd (tickets online or at the door)

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 water polo program turning around with new pool
Chicago Tribune, March 31, 2016
Buffalo Grove's pool still has that new-pool feeling.  The school's boys water polo team played without a home venue during the 2014 season, finishing with a 12-19 record. Buffalo Grove's inaugural season in the new pool didn't go well. The Bison compiled a record of 8-22 with a 3-7 mark in the Mid-Suburban East last season.  The Bison are just now recovering from low roster numbers posted two years ago, which affected last season's team.  Read Story

More money for career programs in Northwest suburban high schools

The Daily Herald, April 2, 2016
When Sarah Aljanabi went to her counselor at Buffalo Grove High School during her sophomore year to talk about career options, she thought pharmacy sounded interesting. But she didn't really know what it entailed. "I knew I wanted to be in health care, but I wasn't sure which career would be best for me," Aljanabi said. Read Story

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Staff Spotlight

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1.What is your name? Jim Farrell

2. What department do you teach in/ what courses do you teach?  Social Studies/World Language.  I teach Human Geography, Psychology and Econ I.

3. How long have you been working at BG? This is my 8th year at Buffalo Grove and 16th year in D214.

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

5. What part of working at BG do you find the most rewarding?  I really enjoy the challenge of trying to make my class as enjoyable for students as possible, while teaching strong content and life lessons that my students will remember when they leave my classroom.

6. What is something unique about you?  I really love to travel and experience all life has to offer because it is a big world. Life is about the things you do, not the stuff you have. Watching the sunset into the ocean in Cabo San Lucas is something special to see.

7.What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor?  I have coached football, boys and girls track, as well as chaperoned the BGHS Europe trip during my 8 years here.