Friday, December 8, 2017

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog 12/08/2017

Friday Focus -   On being Thankful
As part of our Harbor/ OneBG campaign, we focused on Gratitude these past few weeks, with each student working with their peers to create a Thankful Turkey for Thanksgiving.  I am personally thankful for our incredible students and families at BGHS, and am inspired everyday in my conversations with so many of you.  

Celebrating Our Success!
  • Congratulations to our Varsity Wrestlers on their decisive 42-29 win over Rolling Meadows this week!
  • Congratulations to our Varsity Football Head Coach, Jeff Vlk, the Chicago Bears Coach of the Week!
  • Congratulations to Varsity Football players  Justin Gold, Sean Jacobs, Max Merriott, and Tom Trieb named to the Northwest All-Area team. Congratulations, as well, to Connor Adams, Ryan Mueller, Matt Prawica, and Zach Sheasby who received Honorable Mention.
  • Congrats to Girls Basketball player, Kendra Lee, on earning Player of the Game at the Chicagoland Showcase last Saturday at Fremd High School.
  • Congrats to Varsity Boys Swimming on kicking off their season with a 98-88 win over Conant. Shout out to the Frosh/Soph team for their 110-67, as well!
  • Congrats to the Girls Gymnastics Team for taking first in all 3 levels Tuesday vs. Weeling. Varsity 126.35 - 115.25, JV 86.15 - 38.7, Frosh 80.0 - 40.
  • Congratulations to our Competitive Spirit Team Seniors celebrating Senior Night this week.
  • Congrats to our Senior Bisonettes also celebrating Senior Night this week.
  • Congrats to our BG Bowlers on their 27-0 win over Palatine Wednesday. The Bison won on all three levels. Rebecca Howard shoots a pair of 230's to lead the way. JV bowlers shoot their high series of their careers!  Great job by all! Fight On Bison Bowlers!

Get Your Bison Spiritwear!
The BGPA will be selling BG spiritwear in the cafeteria next week on Tuesday, December 12, and Thursday, December 14, during all lunch periods.  The BGPA spiritwear website has also been updated and is open for business! Click here to shop online

Upcoming Dates

December 14
Ginger House Build 17 - 6-7:30 pm $20/team of 4 (deadline to sign up 12/8)
December 19
Final Exams - Periods 1, 2, 6
December 20
Final Exams - Periods 3, 7, 4
December 21
Final Exams - Periods 8, 5
Winter Break Begins at the close of classes
January 8
First Day of Classes - 3rd Quarter Begins
January 11
Board of Education Meeting at FVEC 7:00 pm
January 15
Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Building Closed
January 16
CAF Night
January 17
BGPA Meeting 7:00 pm in the Community Room

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

December 8
6:00 pm
Wrestling vs. Wheeling
7:00 pm
Winter Play:  Comedy Sportz (BG vs. Prospect) at BG 7:00 pm
December 9
9:00 am
Wrestling Rex Lewis Invitational
3:00-6:00 pm
Art Expo
7:00 pm
Winter Play:  Comedy Sportz (BG vs. Prospect) at BG 7:00 pm
December 10
2:00 pm
Chamber Orchestra Concert
December 12
6:00 pm
Girls Gymnastics Triangular vs. Elk Grove and Hersey
December 13
4:30 pm
Bowling vs. Wheeling at Arlington Lanes
December 14
7:00 pm
Acting 1 Class Showcase
4:45 pm
Boys Swimming & Diving vs. Hersey
6:00 pm
Girls Basketball vs. Prospect
7:30 pm
Boys Basketball vs. Prospect
December 16
7:00 pm
The Polar Express Winter Music Celebration
December 17
2:00 pm
The Polar Express Winter Music Celebration

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 to perform musical storytelling of 'Polar Express'
The Daily Herald, December 6, 2017
The Buffalo Grove High School Music Department will present the first Winter Celebration, which features a musical storytelling of "The Polar Express." On Saturday, Dec. 16, and Sunday, Dec. 17, the gymnasium will become a concert venue as audience members join together to hear the classic story told through word and sound. Tickets for all ages are $5 and may be purchased at the door, while supplies last, or online at  Read Story

Buffalo Grove students mourn teachers' deaths through music
Chicago Tribune, December 5, 2017
When Emily Bondarenko first played through her piano part in her high school chamber orchestra’s newest piece, the jagged melody and chaotic measures did not seem to go together at all. “It made no sense whatsoever,” said Bondarenko, a junior at Buffalo Grove High School who landed the coveted seat in the orchestra after a decade of piano lessons and persistent practice. “It sounded like the ugliest piece in the world.” But a few days later, when Bondarenko joined the full chamber orchestra for its first rehearsal of the piece called “Solaces,” the seemingly disconnected parts masterfully blended into a moving, turbulent composition. The piece came together just as it was intended by its composer, who wrote it to help the school’s students and staff memorialize and mourn three teachers they had lost. Read Story

Reaching for the Heights presents: Buffalo Grove High School Chamber Orchestra
Journal-Topics, November 20, 2017
Under the direction of Ms. Elizabeth Bennett, this select orchestra will be performing class string literature as well as holiday favorites, Listen carefully to hear the various colors that string instruments can create, not only from soft to loud but also pensive to jolly. The BGHS Chamber Orchestra has been selected to perform at the Illinois Music Educators Conference in January, a state honor for musicians of Illinois. Please register by calling or visiting the Information Desk, 847-259-3500 , or Register online at  Read Story

Comedy Competition Pits Prospect Against BG
Journal-Topics, November 29, 2017
Buffalo Grove and Prospect high schools’ Theater Arts programs present a humorous theatrical competition for this year’s winter play with ComedySportz High School League.  Students from Buffalo Grove and Prospect will participate and compete against each other at each of the performances, set for 7 p.m. Dec. 1-2 at Prospect High School and 7 p.m. Dec. 8-9 at Buffalo Grove. Read Story

HIGHLIGHTS: Buffalo Grove runs by Rolling Meadows, December 2, 2017
Check out the highlights from Buffalo Grove's 66-46 win over Rolling Meadows. Watch Highlights

Northwest all-area team
The Daily Herald, November 30, 2017

MSL victories for Buffalo Grove, Fremd and Prospect
The Daily Herald, December 2, 2017
Jack Vaselaney scored 17 points and Tom Trieb had a season-best 16 to help Buffalo Grove boys basketball team get off to a winning start in Mid-Suburban East play.  The Bison, who also got 14 points from Mac Camardo, improved to 4-1 overall with a 66-46 victory over Rolling Meadows on Friday.  Read Story

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Staff Spotlight

1. What is your name? Stefanie Ronge
2. What department have you/do you work in and what do you do?  I teach in the math/science department - two classes of general chemistry, two class of prep chemistry, and one physics class.

3. How long have you been working at BG? This is my first year at BG! I student taught here a few years ago so I am definitely happy to be back.

4. Where did you go to high school?  I went to Fenton High School - coincidentally Fenton's colors are also blue and orange and their mascot is also a Bison.
5. What part of working at BG do you find the most rewarding? Being able to see students grow and succeed is the BEST part about being a teacher hands down. My students are awesome and seeing them do awesome things always makes me happy.
6. What is something unique about you? As many of you saw at the Faculty Follies, I can rap all of Macklemore's "Can't Hold Us." Sports that I've played and continue to enjoy are soccer, swimming, and basketball. My favorite element is fluorine and I have a healthy obsession with my dog, Chief.

7. What activities or clubs do you follow? I currently am the sponsor for BG's Environmental Club. At my previous school, I helped coach girls soccer and would love to help out with that here at BG in the spring as well.