Friday, February 24, 2017

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog 02/24/2017

Friday Focus  -  World Languages Dept. organizes Flamenco Music day

Vuelta con flores.jpgOn Wednesday February 22nd, World Language and ESL classes attended a Flamenco Music and Dance Lecture Performance in our BG theater.  Three performers including a guitarist, a singer and a flamenco dancer presented an interactive demonstration involving students as a group throughout the performance. The performers explained how the Flamenco originated many years ago with the gypsies in Southern Spain and how it continues to be an important part of today's culture.  Students were introduced to various types of Flamenco and also participated in a "Palmas" demonstration clapping out rhythms while the artists performed. In addition, seven students were invited up to the stage to learn some dance moves with the performers.  The performance ended with a question and answer session. Funding received from our District 214 Arts Unlimited organization made this event possible. Claudia teaches 2.jpg

Upcoming Dates

February 28
District Honors Music Festival 7:30pm at Rolling Meadows High School
March 2
Orange Late Start - 9:30am
March 24
Early Dismissal - 1:50pm
March 27-31
Spring Break
March 31
Last Day of 3rd Quarter
April 3
Teacher Inservice Day (students not in attendance)
April 4
First Day of 4th Quarter (classes resume after Spring Break)

Celebrating Our Success!
  • Congratulations to the following students who qualified for Illinois Music Educators Association ALL-STATE honors!
    Henry Allen for Honors Choir
    Janelle Finton for Honors Band
    Meghan Griffin for All-State Orchestra IMG_2365.JPG
  • Jessica State.jpgCongratulations BACK-TO-BACK State Bowling Champion, JESSICA SOSKICH! Jessica is only the 2nd girl in IHSA history to win back-to-back championships.  The whole school joined in celebrating Jessica with Breakfast with the Champion, featuring bagels and donuts for all! Jessica.jpg

  • Congratulations to Varsity Basketball players, seniors Mac Camardo and Colin Calcagno, and  junior Jack Vaselany on earning MSL All-Conference! C5MjwHOVMAAfKmO.jpgC5Mj1klUcAAfi-5.jpgC5MjyheVMAAqzCl.jpg
  • Congratulations to the Varsity Boys Basketball team on defeating Wheeling 49-29 to win 2nd in the MSL East!

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

March 2
Orchesis Show
March 3
Orchesis Show

March 4
Boys Varsity Track & Field Meet
Orchesis Show
March 7
Concert Band Festival
March 9
Winter Choral & Orchestra Concert
March 10
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For underlevel and away sporting events and the most current information for BGHS activities, please go to: Buffalo Grove High School Comprehensive Calendar

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BGHS in the News

Camardo helps lead Buffalo Grove comeback
The Daily Herald, February 18, 2017
Buffalo Grove 49, Wheeling 29: The Wheeling boys basketball team controlled the tempo and the game in the first quarter Friday against visiting Buffalo Grove. The final three quarters were a completely different story. Read Story

Buffalo Grove student represents Illinois in arts competition
The Daily Herald, February 20, 2017
Buffalo Grove High School senior Sabrina Kenoun is the IHSA nominee for the National Federation of State High Schools Association Heart of the Arts award, which recognizes individuals who exemplify the positive ideals of performing arts. The NFHS is the national leadership organization for high school athletic and performing arts activities. The Heart of the Arts Award generally recognizes individuals who have overcome adversity or gone above and beyond their peers. Read Story

Girls bowling: Buffalo Grove's Soskich repeats despite runner-up Richae's rally
The Daily Herald, February 18, 2017
Buffalo Grove senior Jessica Soskich showed the heart of a champion Saturday at Cherry Bowl Lanes in Rockford. Especially when it mattered most. Soskich, the defending individual state champ, held off a field of rivals on the final game of the day in the state finals to win the crown again. Read Story

Buffalo Grove OL Jack Merrill puts academics first, picks U. Chicago
Chicago Tribune, February 13, 2017
In an age of high school football players holding out for scholarship offers from better programs, Buffalo Grove senior Jack Merrill chose a different path. The senior offensive lineman committed to the University of Chicago, a private research institution known more for its academic distinction than Division III football prowess, at the end of December.  Read Story

Buffalo Grove's Jessica Soskich repeats as state bowling champion
Chicago Tribune, February 20, 2017
When it comes to bowling, Jessica Soskich has a clear philosophy: Focus on the next frame, and block out everything else. That philosophy — along with an abundance of natural talent — helped Soskich to do something only one other girls bowler has ever done in the history of Illinois high school bowling. Read Story

Buffalo Grove's Jessica Soskich Wins State Again
Journal-Topics, February 20, 2017
Over 120 bowlers tried to unseat Buffalo Grove’s Jessica Soskich, but none were successful for the second straight year at Cherry Bowl in Rockford. Last Saturday, Soskich became the first back-to-back state champion in girls bowling since Rockford East’s Liz Berg in 1998 and 1999. Winnebago’s Ellen Morrison (2005, 2007) is the only other two-time champion in IHSA history since girls bowling started in 1979-80. Soskich’s individual championship is also the eighth overall from the Journal-area.  Read Story

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Staff Spotlight

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1. What is your name?  Kate Goebel
2. What department have you/ do you work in? Math/Science Department
Chemistry, ELL Chemistry, ELL Prep Chemistry, and Biology (I've also taught Honors Chemistry and Physical Science)

3. How long have you been working at BG? This is my 12th year.

4. Where did you go to high school? Plainfield High School (now known as Central...but it was the only high school in Plainfield when I attended)
5. What part of working at BG do you find the most rewarding?  Science tends to be a hard subject for many students, especially Chemistry. I try to provide multiple opportunities for students to learn and grow. My favorite part is when the light bulb goes on, or when the students' eyes widen and brighten because they've found the confidence in themselves they might not have had when they started.  It doesn't happen in everyone, but when it does, it's the best part of the job. It's something they can carry with them as they tackle other obstacles in their life.

I also really enjoy my colleagues.  We are lucky to get the chance to learn and grow from each other, which I think keeps us all constantly improving for our students and unified in support of one another.  I feel very blessed to work in the department that I'm in.
6. What is something unique about you?  I love Olympic Weightlifting...which I think many misunderstand as power lifting or body building. I got into it a few years ago, competed in a few local competitions, and medaled in some. I also received my coaching certification so that I can help others. I actually just programmed and coached a BG alum through his first competition. He did great, and is fired up to continue moving forward. One of my goals after I have my daughter is to compete at a local competition in the fall.

7. What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor? None currently. In the past I coached cheerleading, helped run the Freshman Advisory Program, and ran an after school tutoring program.  I currently work at Elite Athletic Development in Arlington Heights twice a week coaching different health and fitness classes.  What is great about that job is that more and more BG athletes are coming to us during their off seasons to get stronger.  I might not be coaching at school currently, but it's wonderful that I work at a place that can contribute to the athletes of the programs at BG.