Friday, September 2, 2016

Principal Wardle's weekly blog 9/2/2016

Friday Focus  -  Our incredible Custodial and Maintenance Crew
This past Wednesday night, our building had over 2000 parents attend our open house event.  It was a great night for parents and teachers to connect and establish the incredibly important partnership of educating our students.  
Behind the scenes, our entire C.M.A. staff came in at one time to clean the building thoroughly for all of our parents, and then clean again overnight for students the next day.  The building was spotless for both occasions.  
I am so honored to work with this incredibly hard working crew, who tirelessly make our building learning-ready every single day.  Thank you CMA!  #OneBG
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What Every Parent Needs to Know
Link Together Coalition and High School District 214 are both pleased to offer this exciting lecture and discussion program.  These sessions will help parents navigate and respond appropriately to their children’s growth and development, anticipate and respond correctly to their children’s behavior, proactively prevent problems, develop mutually respectful relationships, explore fair discipline, maintain effective communication and use problem-solving strategies with their children.  Bob Leece, Student Assistance Coordinator at Buffalo Grove High School, has trained thousands of parents over the past thirty years.  

Tuesdays  9/20-10/25 (no class 10/11)  7:00-9:00pm
Rolling Meadows High School Library
5 sessions $20

To register:  email your name and phone number to

Upcoming Dates

September 5
LABOR DAY - Building Closed
September 8
Blue Late Start - 8:30am
Freshman Parent Welcome Night 7:00pm (theater)
September 14
District 214 Fall Blood Drive 8:00-2:00pm (Forest View Educational Center)
September 15
Orange Late Start - 9:30am
September 29
District 214 Financial Aid Night 7:00pm (Rolling Meadows High School)
October 3
NON-ATTENDANCE DAY - Building Closed
October 10
COLUMBUS DAY - Building Closed
October 12
NON-ATTENDANCE DAY - Building Closed

Celebrating Our Success!

Congratulations to Girls Tennis for starting their conference season against Hoffman Estates with a 7-0 win!

Congratulations to Girls Volleyball for winning their first home match of the season against Grayslake Central!

Congratulations to Boys Soccer on their hard fought win against Waukegan 2-1!

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

September 2
Girls Tennis Quad vs. Fremd, Mundelein, and Niles West
Boys Football vs. Hoffman Estates
September 3
Boys Golf Invitational (Buffalo Grove Golf Course)
September 6
Girls Tennis vs. Schaumburg
September 7
Boys Golf vs. Barrington
September 8
Girls Swimming vs. Palatine
Girls Tennis vs. Conant
September 9
Football vs. Deerfield
September 27
Expressions Fall 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
Boys soccer: Adams, Buffalo Grove score bounce-back victory
The Daily Herald, August 31, 2016
Kyle Adams' first-half scoring double was enough to help Buffalo Grove break a three-game losing streak as the Bison boys soccer team brushed aside Waukegan 2-1 Wednesday afternoon at Duke Childs Field in Winnetka to end pool play at the Northside College Showcase with a record of 1-2-0.  Read Story

Buffalo Grove Bison Football Preview
Buffalo Grove has a new head coach and a new drive in 2016 after a rough 2015 season.
Journal-Topics, August 22, 2016
Jeff Vlk replaces Mike DiMatteo (9-27 in four years at BG) and hopes to right the ship after the Bison dropped their final eight games of the season to finish 1-8 overall (0-5 in conference). Buffalo Grove scored at least 13 points in each game, with a high of 45, but they also allowed eight teams to score 35 points or more.  Read Story

Pollakov's baseball odyssey is a lesson is persistence
The Daily Herald, September 1, 2016
Steve Pollakov did not end his college baseball career with an eye-catching resume.The 2010 Buffalo Grove High School graduate hit .182 at three schools in four years. But that was just one of the obstacles that did not deter Pollakov from making a pitch to play professional baseball. "You can't be afraid of the word no," Pollakov said. "That came from my dad and his background in sales. You never know unless you try. Read Story

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Staff Spotlight

1. What is your name?  Henry Kappler

2. What department do you teach in/ what courses do you teach? I teach Harmony and Arranging, Concert Band, Symphonic Band and Jazz Band 1 in the English/Fine Arts department.

3. How long have you been working at BG? This is my first year at BG, but my 8th year of teaching.

4. Where did you go to high school?  I went to high school at Jersey Community High School in the Metro East Suburbs of St. Louis.

5. What part of working at BG do you find the most rewarding?  I am in love with the journey. It would be very easy to focus on the product or performance in my classes, but I put most of my effort into the process of learning musicality and developing great character. The best part about being involved in music and being a music director is having the opportunity to expose students to great content and delving deep within ourselves to produce something excellent. After every performance there is a melancholy moment when you realize that you are done with a certain set of pieces, but there is also quite a bit of excitement about the beginning of the next journey.  

6. What is something unique about you?  I'm an Air Force brat and because of that I've lived quite a few places. South Korea, Illinois, Missouri, New York, South Dakota, Texas, South Carolina to name a few. I'm very excited to settle down with my family here and lay down some roots!

7.What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor?  I'm lucky to be the director of the amazing students of the Bison Pride Marching and Pep Bands. I also direct our top jazz band and will be conducting the musical pit orchestra this year.