Friday, September 14, 2018

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog 09/14/2018

Friday Focus: New Mental Health Student Committee   

The Mental Health Student Committee is a group of students, working alongside our student services department, whose goal is to raise awareness in the community and spread the message that mental health issues are nothing to be embarrassed about. Last week the students presented to about 50 people on the Link Together Coalition. This week, they met with our administrative team. Mental health is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Their five messages are:
  • Mental health is serious and should not be overlooked
  • There is no shame in mental health illness and it does not make you different from your peers
  • It is okay to talk about and ask for help
  • Nobody is alone - there are many resources available and willing to help
  • Everyone matters and everybody deserves a healthy mind

If you have any questions or concerns about the mental health of your child, please reach out to your son or daughter's counselor at any time! We are here to support you.

Celebrating Our Success!
  • Congratulations to our Class of 2018 Boys Cross Country athletes celebrating Senior Night this week!
  • Congratulations to varsity Boys Soccer on picking up a big MSL East victory over visiting Prospect 3-1 this week!
  • Congrats to Bison Girls Volleyball on winning in two, taking 2nd set 25-16 to defeat Elk Grove this week. Congrats girls!
  • Smiling faces, personal bests, plenty of hardware, and a third place finish for our Frosh/Soph Swimming & Diving at the Bison Stampede Invite.
  • BG Girls Golfers had a great team win for varsity this week! JV team played well and some amazing shots by freshmen Sofia, Caroline and Marisa.  

Upcoming Dates

September 19
Non-Attendance Day (Building Closed)
September 20
BGPA Meeting 7:00-9:00 pm in D110
Board of Education Meeting 7:00-9:00 pm at Forest View Educational Center
D214 Financial Aid Seminar for Seniors at Rolling Meadows H.S. Click Here
September 24
5 Things Great Students & Parents Do and The Growth Mindset with presenter Patrick Donohue, 7- 8 pm at the Forest View Educational Center
September 25
Directions College & Career Fair 6-8:00 pm at FVEC (students with special needs)
September 26
Freshman, Sophomore, Junior Parent Night w/Counselors 7:00 pm Theater
October 1
District 214 College & Career Ready! Night at FVEC Click Here for Info
October 3
Boosters Meeting 7:00 -9:00 pm 7:00-9:00 pm in the Community Room
October 5
Dual Credit Night at Forest View Educational Center 5:30-8:00 pm
October 10
Career Night Arts & Communication @ Elk Grove High School 6:00-8:30 pm
October 15
Institute Day - Students not in Attendance
October 17
BGPA 7:00-9:00 pm in the Community Room
Vaping: What Parents Need to Know 7:00 pm at Hersey, free  Register Here

Saturday School
Our first Saturday School of the year is tomorrow, Saturday, September 15, from 8:30-11:00 am in the Library.  Students should enter through Door #1.  Saturday School is a service provided by Buffalo Grove High School to help students raise a grade, make up missing work due to absences, or just find a quiet place to complete work. A small selection of BG staff and National Honor Society tutors are available at Saturday School. Though help at the honors and AP level is not always available, Saturday School can provide an environment for collaboration, guidance, and support. Students will also have access to the computer lab and other school supplies that they may need to complete projects.

Some students have difficulties completing work in a regular school class period. The extended time and helpful support at Saturday School provide an excellent option for those students. If your child needs some additional time, please consider this Saturday option.

If you or your child are interested, please make contact through your child's teachers so they can leave the appropriate work to be completed and provide additional guidance. Contact can also be made through counselors, who can then share the plan with your child's teacher.

If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Raucci (847-718-4269) for more information or clarification. We look forward to helping your BG student!
Attention Juniors, Seniors and Parents!  Representatives from the following schools will be on campus to meet with students next week. Please pick up a pass from the College and Career Center to meet with a representative.
College Representative Visit Scheduled
Tuesday, September 17
4th Period:  Western Illinois University
5th Period:  Washington University in St. Louis (MO)
6th Period:  Northwestern University
Wednesday, September 18
4th Period:  Carroll University (WI)
5th Period:  Harper College
6th Period:  Benedictine University
Thursday, September 20
4th Period:  College of Wooster (OH)
5th Period:  University of Iowa
6th Period:  University of Toronto

Back Those Bison - Varsity Home Sports and Fine Arts for the Coming Week
September 14
7:30 pm
Football vs. Niles West **USA theme**
September 17
3:30 pm
Girls Golf vs. New Trier
4:45 pm
Boys Soccer vs. Hersey
September 20
3:30 pm
Girls Golf vs. Hersey
6:00 pm
Girls Volleyball vs. Wheeling
September 22
8:00 am
Girls Swimming & Diving Varsity Invite
10:30 am
Boys Soccer vs. Libertyville
For underlevel and away sporting events and the most current information for BGHS activities, please go to: Buffalo Grove High School Comprehensive Calendar

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BGHS in the News

Girls volleyball: Buffalo Grove downs Prospect
The Daily Herald, September 12, 2018
Claire Ferris has yet to settle on a college choice. However, she is planning on studying business and playing volleyball is the opportunity is there. She sure knows how to play the sport at the prep level, where she is often the top attacker for the Buffalo Grove girls volleyball team. Read Story

Under pressure, Buffalo Grove comes up big
The Daily Herald, September 7, 2018
Friday night at Deerfield was a bounce-back game for Buffalo Grove. Especially for the defense. BG shook off the ill effects of last week's 37-0 loss to Barrington by defeating the Warriors 14-7, with the Bison "D" coming up big -- most importantly late in the fourth quarter. BG's defense shut the door on a Deerfield drive with minutes remaining , forcing a turnover to secure the win. Read Story

MSL leader Buffalo Grove tops Prospect
Perez leads Bison with goal and pair of helpers
Chicagoland Soccer, September 11, 2018
BUFFALO GROVE -- Buffalo Grove maintained its spot atop the Mid-Suburban League standings with a 3-1 win over conference rival Prospect in an action-packed battle Tuesday night. The host Bison -- ranked no. 15 in the Chicagoland Soccer Top 25 -- improved to 7-2-1 overall with the victory, and upped their league mark to a perfect 4-0-0. Hersey (3-0-1) and Fremd (2-0-1) remain on Buffalo Grove's heels in the MSL race. Read Story

Girls Tennis Season Outlooks
Journal & Topics, September 11, 2018
“It’s a new season, we need to prove ourselves at every position and every match. Each day is an opportunity to get better. We had a solid season last year finishing 1st in the East and top 3 in the conference. We had some great battles at the sectional tournament and were happy to get a state qualifier in Kina Tamai.” Read Story

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Staff Spotlight

1. What is your name? Michael Tice

2. What department have you/do you work in and what do you do?  I am the Lit Lab Coordinator.

3. How long have you been working at BG?  I am starting my second year.

4. Where did you go to high school? I went to Belvidere High School in Belvidere, Illinois.

5. What part of working at BG do you find the most rewarding? Learning from the students about the world and life.

6. What is something unique about you?  I have enjoyed the first day of school fifty-five times so far. I have taught many subjects at five different high schools including Philosophy, Sociology, World Religions, US History, World History, AP Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Geography, American Studies and Physical Ed.  I had the privilege of teaching at Hoffman Estates, York, Rolling Meadows, Wheeling and now the best, Buffalo Grove High School!

7. What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor? I have coached Football, Wrestling and Baseball over the last forty years. I am currently coaching Baseball at Elk Grove HS.