Friday, March 16, 2018

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog 03/16/2018

Friday Focus - Salute to Staff winners!

Last week, we celebrated our annual Salute to Staff. This year’s winners for Outstanding Contributions to Education went to teachers Julie Santeford, Kevin Miller, and Michelle Price; educational support personnel Danielle Branch, Maria Dzien, and April Wegrzyn; and our first operations recipient, Jose’ Soto. Also recognized were National Coach of the Year for Spirit, Jeff Siegal (not pictured) and Illinois Coach of the Year for Boys Gymnastics, Zack Crandall. Elizabeth Bennett was also recognized as the BG nominee for the Dr. Elizabeth A. Ennis Innovator Award for her work with our Fine Arts and Orchestra programs.

Nancy Conlin received the Sue Moon Service to Colleagues Award.  This award is given annually to a person who exemplifies caring, sharing, and service to fellow staff members beyond ordinary expectations.

Staff celebrating 5 years as a Bison: Rob Hartwig, Laura Heissel, Miguel Parra-Garcia, Rich Mele, Robin Christie, Debbie Jacks, Jeff Bott, Caroline Wootton, Bill Montemayor, Erin O’Donnell, Brian Linhart, Milan Vuckovich, and Mike Naughton (not pictured Susan Cochrane, Teresa Nunez, and James Petruzzi).

Staff celebrating 10 years as a Bison: Kimberley Kolodziej, Corinne Larson, Clint Peterson, Jim Farrell, Jeanna Boros, Elizabeth Bennett, and Sandy Beguin (not pictured James Bragg, Peter Eriksson, Donna Piet, and Ortencia Silva).  

Staff Celebrating 15 years as a Bison: Kevin Trow, Rich Schram, Brian Foecking, Kevin Schrammel, David Haubrich, Tom Sullivan, Paige Fullhart, Barb Sittner, Kate Cahill, Kimberley Cherf, Lily Justiniano, and Lisa Raucci (not pictured James Kepp, Joyce Lapham, and Nancy Moore).

Staff celebrating 20 years as a Bison:  Barbara Meyer, Cindy Igyarto, and Joanna Marshall (not pictured Karen Szejka).

Staff celebrating 25 years as a Bison:  Heidi Haen

Staff celebrating 30 years as a Bison: Chet Pierce
Celebrating Our Success!
  • Congratulations to our students on the BG/H/W Varsity Hockey on defeating the Renegades (Addison Trail, Fenton, Montini & Willowbrook high schools) 2-1 in the state semi-finals and advancing to the State Championship Game! Come out and support them on March 24, 2018 at 5:00 at the United Center. Tickets are $5.00.
  • The BGHS WYSE team competed at the North Chicago Sectional on Monday. Congratulations to Lucie Greene, who qualified for the State Finals at the University of Illinois on April 17th!
  • The Honors Orchesis Concert was Wednesday night (3/14) at Hersey H.S. Each District 214 school brought three dances that highlight exceptional student choreography.  This year BG’s featured works were choreographed by Orchesis dancers Ally Burhop, Caroline Hendler, Michelle Oku, Jenna Stasik, Jamie Wahout.
  • Congratulations to sophomore Wrestler, Michael Goubine, who finished 3-2 at frosh/soph State competition. One win away from earning a medal. Great effort!

Upcoming Dates

March 21
BGPA Meeting 7:00 pm Community Room
March 22
Board of Education Meeting 7:00 pm at Forest View Educational Center
March 23
2:10 pm Early Dismissal - Spring Break Begins
April 2
Institute Day - No School
April 3
Classes Resume
April 10
District 214 College Fair 6:00-8:30 pm at Forest View Educational Center
April 15
Girls Fight Back 12:00-1:30 pm followed by a Community Education Self Defense class 1:30-2:30 pm at FVEC. Open to all female D214 students, female guardians, and female staff members. FREE ADMISSION to both!

Click here to purchase tickets to BG’s production of Les Miserables

We are Collecting Supplies for BG Gives Back
We are collecting the following items from March 12-23 in 2nd Period classes for our 2nd Annual BG Gives Back service projects on Friday, April 6. The class that collects the most wins an exciting prize!

Personal Hygiene Items: High quality razors, deodorant, shower gels, body lotion, shampoo/conditioner (smaller sizes), mouthwash, foot powder/sprays, sunscreen, chapstick, eye wash, icy hot/cold patches, dental floss.
Pocket sized food & snacks:  Healthy snacks, beef jerky, protein bars, granola bars, sunflower seeds, fruit snacks, Girl Scout cookies (a favorite!), instant soup mixes, ramen noodles.
Candy & Gum: Brand name chewing gum, Lifesavers rolls, hard candy.
Heat Tolerant Candy: Swedish Fish, Skittles, individually wrapped licorice, Airheads.
Pocket-Sized Powdered Drinks:  Propel powder packs, protein drink powder, packets of hot chocolate, instant coffee, lemonade, Emergen-C.
Miscellaneous: Quart and gallon-sized zip bags, stationary, envelopes, dice, hacky sacks, travel-sized games, socks.

SOLE HOPE - Used jeans

BERNIE’S BOOK DRIVE - Children’s books

COMMUNITY THREADS - Clean, used clothing

COMMUNITY FOOD DRIVE - Non-perishable food items

NICU - Books for the parents, children’s books, hair ties, fuzzy socks, slippers, gum, chapstick, pillow cases, craft supplies (knitting, scrapbooks), journals, notepads, pens, mandala coloring books, puzzles/games for the parents, tote bags.

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

March 16
4:30 pm
Girls Badminton Karen Douglas Invitational
7:00 pm
Jazz Showcase
March 17
8:00 am
Girls Badminton Lucky Clover Invitational
March 19
4:45 pm
Girls Soccer vs. Prairie Ridge
5:45 pm
Boys Water Polo vs. Prospect
March 20
6:00 pm
Boys Volleyball vs. Fremd
March 21
4:45 pm
Softball vs. Glenbrook South
5:45 pm
Girls Water Polo vs. Rolling Meadows
6:00 pm
Boys Volleyball vs. Lake Zurich
March 22
4:45 pm
Girls Soccer vs. Crystal Lake South
March 23
4:45 pm
Baseball vs. South Elgin

For underlevel and away sporting events and the most current information for BGHS activities, please go to: Buffalo Grove High School Comprehensive Calendar

Attention Juniors, Seniors and Parents!  Representatives from the following schools will be on campus to meet with students next week:
College Representative Visit Scheduled
Tuesday, March 20
4th Period:  Texas A&M
5th Period:  Bradley University
Wednesday, March 21
4th Period:  Penn State University Park
5th Period:  University of Tampa
6th Period:  Lake Forest College

BGHS in the News

Boys water polo: Buffalo Grove opens East action by topping Hersey
The Daily Herald, March 12, 2018
Buffalo Grove took an important first step toward an attempted repeat championship in the Mid-Suburban East by handling visiting Hersey 14-7 on Monday in boys water polo.  Read Story

BG grad Borenstein hopes business decision finally pays big dividends
The Daily Herald, March 7, 2018
Zach Borenstein has become well-versed in how the game of professional baseball becomes a business. The former Buffalo Grove star experienced it with the organization which drafted him, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and then with the one which traded for him, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Read Story

Buffalo Grove Rotary Offers College Scholarships to Buffalo Grove, Stevenson HS Students
Chicago Tribune, March 12, 2018
Applications to qualify for one-time grants of up to $2,000 are due June 1, 2018. Students must be pursuing a 4-year degree and be accepted into a bachelor's degree college program. The Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove is again offering one-time grants of up to $2,000 to assist prior graduates or graduating seniors from Buffalo Grove and Stevenson High Schools with college expenses. Read Story

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Staff Spotlight

1. What is your name? Lily Justiniano

2. What department have you/do you work in and what do you do? I am a School Counselor in Student Services

3. How long have you been working at BG? I have been working at BG for the past 15 years.

4. Where did you go to high school? I went to Addison Trail High School

5. What part of working at BG do you find the most rewarding?  The most rewarding part of counseling is developing relationship and watching students grow and be proud that I was part of that process.  When students trust you enough to share their lives with you and know that you will follow through with helping them, is extremely rewarding.  I love that I am able to offer students a place where they feel safe and will be heard.
6. What is something unique about you?  Hmm..  I married my high school sweetheart.. My husband, Pat, graduated from BG, and my daughter, Kayla, is currently a freshman here.  It is a unique experience working at a school that your child attends. I am seeing things in a different lens this year, and I feel that it has given me more insight as a counselor.

7. What activities or clubs do you follow? I sponsor Class Board (sophomore and LASO.