Friday Focus - National Merit Scholarship students announced!
Buffalo Grove High School is extremely proud to announce the commended scholars and semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Over 1.6 million students took the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last October and entered a nationwide competition for recognition and awards.
The Buffalo Grove High School semifinalists are Colin Groh, Benjamin Justie, and Sarah Smith. A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SATⓇ scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. Our three semifinalists are part of only 16,000 semifinalists nationwide.
Officials also named eighteen Buffalo Grove High School students as commended scholars. These students will be recognized for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the qualifying test. The commended scholars are Kiarra Akiyoshi, Danielle Allaire, Divya Bhati, Daniel Ferriss, Erika Jaszka, Lauren Komrska, Yin Kwok, Sarah Levato, Jordan McDonald, Jack Metzger, Edward Moder, Alexander Morain, Andrew Pocklington, Caitlin Roser, Leonard Rule, Linnea Rylander, Maxim Sharipov, Oleksandra Tsibere. These scholarship recipients will join only 315,000 other distinguished young people nationwide who have earned the Merit Scholar title.
Parents Needed for District 214 Focus Group!
As part of High School District 214's continued effort to expand access to early college credits, District 214 is considering new opportunities that could include online learning through a major university. We are looking to hear from 15-20 parents of Buffalo Grove High School juniors regarding this idea, potential challenges, and other opportunities that enhance student success.
This focus group would meet for roughly 45-minutes, beginning at 6:00pm prior to the BGPA meeting in the Community Room on Wednesday, October 19, and light refreshments will be provided. The ideal candidates would be parents of juniors who are not enrolled currently in Advanced Placement classes but would be interested in other options for earning early college credit.
If you would like to participate in this focus group, please R.S.V.P. to my assistant, Debbie Jacks at (847) 718-4011 or firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, October 12.
We hope to see you there!
Parent Night - Life of an Athlete Program
John Underwood is coming back to our community! John, founder of the Human Performance Project and Life of an Athlete program, will be joined by veteran Navy SEAL, Jason, who is an Applied Performance Sciences expert. Together they will be presenting to staff and students across the district on how sleep, nutrition, substance use, blue light, motivation, and accountability impact a student's body and ability to perform at their best.
November 1st is your time to hear this message as John Hersey High School hosts a district wide parent presentation by John and Jason from 7-9pm. Come learn more about this new Human Performance Project being initiated throughout our community.
See the attached flyer for more details or register here.
COLUMBUS DAY - Building Closed
NON-ATTENDANCE DAY - Building Closed
Blue Late Start 8:30am
Board of Education Workshop 6:30pm at BGHS
FAFSA Completion Night at Wheeling High School 6:30-9:00pm
School Picture Make-up Day
PSAT/NMSQT testing 7:30am
Parent Focus Group 6:00pm (See note above. Must RSVP to (847) 718-4011)
Buffalo Grove Parent Association (BGPA) meeting 7:00pm Community Room
Parent Night - Human Performance Project/Life of an Athlete Program
7:00-9:00pm at Hersey (See information. Registration required.)
Celebrating Our Success!
Congratulations to our Varsity Football team on their decisive Homecoming victory over Hersey 42-14!
Congrats to our Varsity Girls Tennis team for finishing 8-0 and winning the MSL East!
Congratulations to our Varsity Boys Soccer seniors and their families on Senior Night!
Back Those Bison - Varsity Home Sports and Fine Arts for the Coming Week
Boys Soccer Crossover
Girls Swimming & Diving vs. Hersey
Boys Soccer vs. Zion Benton
Multicultural Show in BGHS Theater
Girls Swimming & Diving vs. Libertyville
Girls Varsity Tennis State vs. Stevenson
Fall Choir Concert
Varsity Football 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
District 214 High School Students Lead Self-Empowerment Program
The Daily Herald, October 4, 2016
In the spring of 2016, Elevate, a student-led empowerment program that encourages healthy life choices, was implemented at Buffalo Grove High School.
Elevate is patterned after John Underwood's nationally-renowned, Life of an Athlete program, which was presented at the high school in early 2016. A Parent Night is coming up for District 214 parents to learn more about these empowerment programs, and how their students can benefit from them. Read Story
District 214 High School Students Lead Self-Empowerment Program
Chicago Tribune, October 4, 2016
The 'Elevate' program encourages students to make healthy and positive lifestyle choices, and is supported by Buffalo Grove High School and northwest suburban nonprofit, Link Together Coalition. In the spring of 2016, Elevate, a student-led empowerment program that encourages healthy life choices, was implemented at Buffalo Grove High School. Elevate is patterned after John Underwood's nationally-renowned, Life of an Athlete program, which was presented at the high school in early 2016. A Parent Night is coming up for District 214 parents to learn more about these empowerment programs, and how their students can benefit from them. Read Story
Complete effort powers Buffalo Grove
The Daily Herald, October 1, 2016
During pregame festivities, newly elected Buffalo Grove homecoming king Daniel Ferriss said he was looking forward to the upcoming game against visiting Hersey, calling the Bison-Huskies rivalry "intense." Never was that more true than Friday night at Grant Blaney stadium, especially from the perspective of BG. Finally coming up with the big game on defense that it had been looking for all season, Buffalo Grove shut down Hersey's offense in a 42-14 homecoming win. Read Story
Buffalo Grove's Jack Pontarelli summons the strength to play
The Chicago Tribune, September 21, 2016
Buffalo Grove football coach Jeff Vlk never questioned Jack Pontarelli's toughness or courage. All he had to do was ask last season's varsity wrestling coach — himself. Vlk coached Pontarelli last season in wrestling until stepping down to take the football job. But Vlk acknowledged that despite his background with Pontarelli, he wondered if the tough-as-nails senior defensive back could play against Vernon Hills on Friday, Sept. 16, due to an illness. Read Story
BG’s Wolf Swings For Success
Journal-Topics, October 5, 2016
For Gavin Wolf, the sport that he loves -- golf -- is helping make the Buffalo Grove Bison senior a better overall person. “I am improving a lot and learning to love golf more and more every day,” Wolf said. “Golf is the biggest passion in my life right now.” Read Story
Click Here for BGHS’s Daily Announcements
2. What department have you/ do you work in? Aquatics Assistant and Help Desk Tech.
3. How long have you been working at BG? This is my first year with BGHS. I worked with and transferred from Wheeling High School for just under 2 years in security and worked summers with the Help Desk at Wheeling and Prospect High School.
4. Where did you go to high school? Roosevelt High School.
5. What part of working at BG do you find the most rewarding? The positive reinforcement of the constant learning on the job and helping staff and students with their needs. I also have to add: I cannot say enough about the support and camaraderie I've experienced since I've been here- it is so refreshing.
6. What is something unique about you? I have a passion in the Martial Arts which I have been involved in since High School.
7. What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor? I presently do not coach or sponsor but I am open to future opportunities. I do however assist during the testing dates and assist Security during games.