Friday, January 26, 2018

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog 01/26/2018

Friday Focus - Vocal Jazz and Chamber Orchestra perform in Peoria after being selected as all-state performers!
It was a special day yesterday as both groups performed in front of large audiences at the Illinois Music Educators Conference in Peoria, IL.  Led by our very own Deb Utley and Elizabeth Bennet, we also welcomed guest conductor and arranger Paul Langford, composer and conductor Russell Scarbrough, and poet and BGHS english teacher Kate Hutchinson.  Congratulations to both of these amazing groups of musicians!  

Heart Smart EKG Screening Coming to BG      
In 2005, Max Schewitz died without warning from a hidden heart condition. He was just 20.  Now, the Max Schewitz Foundation Heart Smart EKG screening helps find at-risk children so they can seek treatment and not share Max’s fate.

Buffalo Grove High School will host a screening, offered to all students, on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Testing includes an EKG for all participants.   Only students with permission will be tested.  Testing costs $15 per student, but is free for students who are registered with the school to receive free or reduced lunch. Please register your student online at or on our BG website under quicklinks.

Please take advantage of this opportunity.

Celebrating Our Success!
  • Congratulations to Hailey Szydlowski on being named Honorable Mention to the Daily Herald Northwest Suburban 2017-18 Leadership Team!
  • Congratulations to Varsity Swimmers, Kevin Carr and Kenny Velu on swimming their lifetime bests at the Fred Palffy Invite at BG last Saturday.   Daniel Verdico was also a top 6 winner...2nd in the 500 freestyle and 6th in the 100 breastroke!
  • Congratulations to Diver, Ben Goldberg, on placing 2nd in the diving competition at the Fed Palffy Invite last Saturday at BG.
  • Congrats to our Winter Guard on their first ever performance this week!
  • Congratulations to our Senior Bowlers celebrating Senior Night this week!
  • Congratulations to sophomore gymnast, Dagmara Sobolak, All-around Medalist and 4th on uneven bars in the MSL Conference meet at Elk Grove!
  • Celebrating our amazing Vocal Jazz, Chamber Orchestra and All-State musicians down in Peoria this weekend.

Upcoming Dates

January 26
Last day to schedule Parent Teacher Conferences online
February 1
Parent Teacher Conferences 6:00-8:30 pm
February 2
In-Service Day - No School
Parent Teacher Conferences 8:30-11:30 am
February 8
Board of Education Meeting 7:00 pm at Forest View Educational Center
February 16
Non-Attendance Day - No School
February 19
President’s Day - No School (Building Closed)
February 21
BGPA Meeting 7:00 pm Community Room
February 22
Board of Education Meeting 7:00 pm at Forest View Educational Center
February 24
Daddy Daughter Dance 6:30-9:30 pm $30/family
March 23
1:50 pm Dismissal - Spring Break Begins
April 2
Institute Day - No School
April 3
Classes Resume

Save the date!

Daddy-Daughter Dance
Buffalo Grove High School’s 2020 Class Board will sponsor its annual Daddy-Daughter Dance for the high school attendance area’s K-6th grade girls and their fathers. Proceeds will help fund Prom and Senior Day. Dads and their daughters will enjoy a semi-formal evening full of music and dancing, as well as games, crafts, a photo booth, refreshments and more. The cost is $30 for each family. Click here for more info.

Bison Boosters Las Vegas Night
The Bison Boosters are hosting their annual Las Vegas Night on Saturday, March 3, 2018 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. Click here for more details

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

January 26
4:45 pm
Boys Swimming & Diving vs. Prospect
January 31
6:00 - 9:00 pm
Choir & Orchestra Solo and Ensemble
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Senior Art Show
February 2
6:00 pm
Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Hersey
7:30 pm
Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Hersey
February 8
7:00 pm
Orchesis Show tickets available at the door
February 9
7:30 pm
Orchesis Show
February 10
7:30 pm
Orchesis 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 swimming: Cary-Grove sets a record-breaking tone at Buffalo Grove
The Daily Herald, January 20, 2018
Buffalo Grove's Fred Palffy Invitational served two main purposes for a fine blend of 16 high school boys swimming and diving teams on Saturday afternoon. To the elite competitors, the meet serves as a nice simulation of what they can expect in the upcoming conference, sectional and state meets. Read Story

Meet the 2017-18 Daily Herald Leadership Team
The Daily Herald, January 18, 2018
In their short lives they have raised thousands of dollars for local charities, developed ways their school and community can be supportive of each other, and worked tirelessly to improve conditions for children around the globe.  These suburban teens far exceed expectations with their dedication to community and making the world a better place. They are the 2017-18 Daily Herald Leadership Team -- high school students who empower themselves to make change in the world through volunteerism and encouraging volunteer efforts in others. Read Story

Northwest Suburban Leadership Team, 2017-2018
The Daily Herald, January 18, 2018
Buffalo Grove student, Scott Mahon, named to the Northwest Suburban Leadership Team 2017-18. Read Story

Honorable mentions: Northwest Suburban Leadership Team, 2017-2018
The Daily Herald, January 18, 2018
Buffalo Grove student, Hailey Szydlowski, named to the Northwest Suburban Leadership Team 2017-18. Read Story

Siegal Named National Coach of the Year
Journal-Topics, January 16, 2018
The most-decorated head coach in state history was recently named 2016-17 National Coach of the Year for spirit by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association.  "This is an unbelievable honor that I share with my coaching staff and all the student-athletes that I have coached over the years,” said Buffalo Grove cheerleading head coach Jeffrey Siegal.  Read Story

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Staff Spotlight

1. What is your name? Danielle Branch

2. What department have you/do you work in and what do you do? I am the English and Fine Arts Department Division Assistant.

3. How long have you been working at BG? This is my 4th year at BG.

4. Where did you go to high school?  I went to Elk Grove H.S., also in district. (I won't say when I graduated.)
5. What part of working at BG do you find the most rewarding?  I find problem solving to be most rewarding. I am a division assistant in the department. Whether it's coming up with a new approach, looking through a different lens, or researching the answer to a question for a staff member.

6. What is something unique about you? Something unique about me.... The first thing that comes to mind is that I am adopted. I was reunited with my maternal birth family 10 years ago. The latter is not an experience many adoptees my age will come to know. I am very fortunate.

7. What activities or clubs do you follow?  I am not the sponsor of any activities or sports. I do love to support the teachers within my department for all that they do to bring enrichment to BG. I attend most plays, and enjoyed the excitement of this past football season, (I don't normally do sports), and I most recently enjoyed the Vocal Jazz and Chamber Orchestra Concert.