Saturday, February 10, 2018

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog 02/09/2018

Friday Focus - BG Bands welcome Arnald Gabriel
District 214 is excited to host retired US Air Force Colonel Arnald Gabriel as a guest conductor for the District 214 Symphonic Band Festival.  An icon of the band world,  Col. Arnald D. Gabriel retired from the United States Air Force in 1985 following a distinguished 36 year military career, at which time he was awarded his third Legion of Merit for his service to the United States Air Force and to music education throughout the country.

He served as Commander/Conductor of the internationally renowned U.S. Air Force Band, Symphony Orchestra, and Singing Sergeants from 1964 to 1985. In 1990, he was named the first Conductor Emeritus of the USAF Band at a special concert held at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC.

A combat machine gunner with the United States Army’s famed 29th Infantry Division that stormed Normandy in France during WWII, Gabriel received two awards of the Bronze Star Medal, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the French Croix de Guerre. On November 10, 2016, Gabriel was awarded Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, France's highest distinction.  

At 92 years of age, Col. Gabriel continues to be an amazing musician, conductor and teacher. You can learn more about Col. Gabriel’s outstanding career in the military and music education at

Col. Gabriel will work with the Symphonic Bands from Buffalo Grove, Hersey and Wheeling High Schools on both February 14th and 15th.  The District 214 Symphonic Band Festival will be held on February 15th at 7:30pm at Buffalo Grove High School.

Celebrating Our Success!
  • On Friday, Feb 2nd, the BGHS WYSE team competed at the Oakton Regional.
    Special recognition goes to: Emily Bondarenko, 3rd place Chemistry; Regional Chemistry Co-Champions Marko Konjevic and Evan Cochrane, both Sectional qualifiers; Saru Garg, 3rd place Biology (tie), Julia Babinec, #3rd place Biology (tie) Lucie Greene, 2nd place Biology and a Sectional qualifier.  Great job WYSE team!
  • Celebrating National Signing Day this week and our athletes who will continue their playing careers in college:  Football players Zack Sheasby (U of Wisconsin-Platteville), Justin Gold (Northern Michigan) and Patrick Conlon (Drake), and Soccer player, Michael Botello (Carthage).
  • Congrats to sophomore Bowler, Rebecca Howard, for qualifying for next week’s Sectional hosted by BG. Fight On!
  • Congratulations to the BG Co-Ed Cheer Team for finishing 7th in the IHSA State Coed Cheerleading competition! BG is very proud of your efforts!
  • So proud of our Bisonettes for placing 14th in the Small Pom Division at the National Dance Team Championship in Walt Disney World.
  • Congratulations to the BG Wrestling team on their 6th place finish at Regionals. Congrats to Tommy Konwent and David Rizzo who each took 2nd, and Andrew Polk took 3rd at Regionals. All three move on to Sectionals!
  • Congrats to Gymnastics Sectional Qualifiers Dagmara Sobolak (bars, beam, floor, All-around), Madison Morelli (bars), and Kara Tyner (All-around)!
  • Congrats to Kendra Lee on selection to the MSL All Conference Girls Basketball Team! Earned! Deserved! Dedicated!

Upcoming Dates

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
D214 “Ask the College Night” 7:00 pm at Forest View Educational Center
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

February 9
7:30 pm
Orchesis Show
February 10
7:30 pm
Orchesis Show
February 15
4:45 pm
Varsity Boys Track & Field vs. Grayslake North and Waukegan
7:30 pm
D214 Symphonic Band Festival
February 17
10:00 am
Varsity Girls Track & Field vs. Mundelein
February 22
7:30 pm
Variety Show
February 23
7:30 pm
Variety 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

Daddy Daughter Dance Ahead At Buffalo Grove
Journal-Topics, February 2, 2018
Buffalo Grove High School will host a Daddy Daughter Dance in February. Buffalo Grove High School’s 2020 Class Board will sponsor its 6th annual Daddy-Daughter Dance for attendance area for girls 4 year-old through 6th grade and their dads from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24 in the school’s gymnasium, located at 1100 W. Dundee Rd. in Buffalo Grove. Read Story

Column: Many ways upcoming in Buffalo Grove area to give back
Chicago Tribune, February 7, 2018
Buffalo Grove High School's Bison Boosters are gearing up for their biggest fundraiser of the year. The group's popular "Las Vegas Night Fundraiser" will be from 7 to 11 p.m. March 3 at Ditka's, 2000 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights. Read Story

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Staff Spotlight

1. What is your name? Mark Schaetzlein

2. What department have you/do you work in and what do you do? I serve as the Assistant Principal for Student Activities at Buffalo Grove High School.

3. How long have you been working at BG? This is my 24th year at BG (9 years as a math teacher and 15 years as Assistant Principal).

4. Where did you go to high school?  Maine South High School
5. What part of working at BG do you find the most rewarding? When it comes to the world of co-curricular activities, every day is unique and unpredictable. That stated, my favorite part of the job is when we as a school come together to celebrate the vast achievements of our talented student body. From Fine Arts, to Athletics, to Student Government, to Competitive Activities and all things in between, this school has something for everyone. There is no better feeling than to see a student reach their goals through extracurricular activities. Get involved, make your mark and remember to always Fight On!!!

6. What is something unique about you? Having completed my student teaching here at BG in the spring of 1994, I am one of the few staff members to connect with the original administration and staff of the school. This uniqueness affords me the unofficial title of school historian, a job I take seriously as we plan our commemorative celebrations like BG's 40th anniversary and District 214's centennial celebration a few years back. You are all part of a rich history of Bison success and we must remember that we are but temporary stewards of this great school! On a personal note, the name Schaetzlein translates to "little treasure" (how appropriate), I played the sousaphone in the Marching Illini (yep, it's a tuba) and I am a big Elvis fan. Oh wait, nothing unique about that.... Who doesn't like Elvis?

7. What activities or clubs do you oversee? Well, this one is easy..... EVERYTHING!