Friday, February 3, 2017

Principal's Weekly Blog 02/03/2017

Friday Focus  -  BG Parent Association supports new Academic Areas.
A big thank you to the BGPA for supporting our new student academic and blended learning spaces!  


Upcoming Dates

February 9
Blue Late Start - 8:30am
February 16
Blue Late Start - 8:30am
Ask the College Night - FVEC 7:00pm
February 18
Turnabout Dance
February 20
Presidents Day - NO SCHOOL
February 23
Blue Late Start - 8:30am
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)

Bison Boosters Las Vegas Night
The Bison Boosters are hosting their annual Las Vegas Night to be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Ditka's, 2000 West Euclid Avenue, Arlington Heights at 7:00pm. Last year's event was a near sell out so get your tickets today at and help support the 28 athletic programs of Buffalo Grove High School. Booster Invite 2017 Vegas Night vFinal1 copy.pdf

Celebrating Our Success!

  • Congratulations to Girls Varsity Gymnast, Teresa Riles! Teresa placed 5th in All-Around, 4th in Floor, 4th in Vault at Regionals Monday. She next competes at the Fremd Sectional next week.

  • Congratulations to our Competitive Co-ed Cheer Team on placing 3rd at Sectionals and qualifying for State for the 7th year in a row! FullSizeRender (8).jpg

  • Congratulations to Bison Chess Team for placing 4th in the MSL Conference. Congratulations to Nathan Finkelshteyn for placing 2nd first board, Jaime Lugo 3rd second board, and Jason Barrette 2nd sixth board. Chess.jpg

  • Congratulations Girls Varsity Bowling team for a 3rd place finish at conference and to conference medalists Jessica Soskich, Caitlin Howard, and Rebecca Herrera!

  • Congratulations to Girls Varsity Bowlers on their Senior night win against Fenton!C3i7bXFWYAEgAaA.jpg

  • Congratulations to our Boys Swimming & Diving team on an incredible meet against Rolling Meadows with 57 personal records for our swimmers and divers! Bison came out on top against Meadows!

  • CK.jpgCongratulations to senior Nick Christianson and junior Connor Kelly on being named to the Illinois Hockey All-State Team.  They are the only two players on the BG, Hersey, Wheeling combined team who earned All-State Honors. Only 40 players are chosen altogether statewide. They take the ice in the All-State game on February 13 at 8:30 in Bensenville. NC.jpg

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

February 3
Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Elk Grove
Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Elk Grove
February 4
Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Highland Park
February 7
Varsity Girls Basketball MSL Crossover vs. TBD
February 10
Varsity Boys Basketball vs Rolling Meadows
February 15
Symphonic Band Festival (BGHS, WHS, JHHS) BGHS Theater

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 moves ahead with a victory
The Daily Herald, January 27, 2017
Buffalo Grove's boys basketball program received bad news Thursday when it learned that guard and leading scorer Jack Vaselaney would most likely be lost for the rest of the season with mononucleosis.  But instead of rolling over Friday against host Hersey, the Bison showed how they can push forward.  Read Story

Cheerleading: Eight Qualify For State
Journal-Topics, January 30, 2017
Buffalo Grove has won the coed state championship the last two seasons and three out of the last four. The Bison came in second place in 2014 to Conant. Read Story

Northwest suburban high schools promote health, food accessibility for students
Chicago Tribune, February 1, 2017
Last fall, students at Buffalo Grove High School started Elevate, a group of about 100 student athletes who promote healthy decision-making in food, sleep, and drug and alcohol use. Matt Myers, the girls athletic director at Buffalo Grove High School, said the school already has healthy food options, but students in Elevate believed they should be promoted more on campus. Read Story

Athlete of the Month Northwest February challenge
Chicago Tribune, January 31, 2017
Vote for BG’s very own, Georgette Topalis!
The polls are now open. This month's winners will receive a commemorative plaque, his or her school will receive $250 and they will be featured in next week's edition of the Pioneer Press. Good luck to all of our challenge nominees and voters! Read Story

Buffalo Grove High School prepares to defend state cheerleading title
The Daily Herald, February 2, 2017
Buffalo Grove High School's cheerleading squad is hoping for a three-peat at this weekend's IHSA state championships in Bloomington. Three is a significant number for another reason -- three of the members of this year's crew are siblings: senior Karson McEwen, junior Kennedy McEwen and freshman Bobby McEwen. Read Story

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Staff Spotlight

1. What is your name?  Robin Paul
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2. What department have you/ do you work in? I am in the English/Fine Arts Department and the World Languages/Social Science/ELL Department.  I teach AP English Literature  and ELL 1 and 2.  My students in both my ELL and my AP classes are very diverse, heralding from places including  Belarus, Poland, Moldova, Japan, Korea and Guatemala--to name a few of their homelands.

3. How long have you been working at BG?  I have been at Buffalo Grove for 19 years.  For the first two years I worked in the CTE  Department as a Career Mentor.  Two years later, I moved to the E/FA as an English/Reading teacher.  Before arriving at BG, I taught at two middle schools and another high school .  I also taught preschool for 4 years.  So I have taught students from age 2-19!

4. Where did you go to high school? Joliet Central High School, home of the Steelmen.
5. What part of working at BG do you find the most rewarding?  I find creating a classroom community where students feel valued, respected and safe as one of the most rewarding parts of my job.  Once I have my classroom humming along, students then can make strides in their literacy development.  Students making sense out of print and writing clearly and concisely are rewarding moments. I am always amazed by my students' insights and humor.
6. What is something unique about you?  Three of my aunts were nuns--Sisters of St Francis from Joliet.  I spent a lot of my early years in convents!  But I think my aunts were one of my biggest influences in my life --  and not just because I like to wear black!  They all were teachers, and after Sisters Pauline, Verna and Anne Marie completed their classroom years,  they all continued serving their community  as musicians, chaplains, and caregivers.

7. What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor? I sponsor the BGHS Book Club.  Many students love to read books--and talk about the stories while eating snacks.