Friday, November 9, 2018

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog 11/09/2018

Friday Focus:  How do you talk to your teen about not drinking alcohol?
Three out of four youth say parents are the number one influence in their life when it comes to making decisions about drinking, however 41% of Wheeling Township teens say their parents have “not talked to them” or they “do not remember having a conversation” about not using alcohol.* Your own actions along with communicating about substance use both send strong messages to your child. Don’t assume your child already knows how you feel about underage drinking.  Talking to them and making your position clear can make a significant difference when it comes to preventing substance abuse. But remember, parents who do not discourage underage drinking may have an indirect influence on their children's alcohol use. Believe it or not, your children listen to you. So it is important to talk with them early and often. Here are some conversation tips from our experts:

  • Show you disapprove of underage drinking.
  • Show you care about your child’s happiness and well-being.
  • Show you’re a good source of information about alcohol
  • Show you’re paying attention and you’ll notice if your child drinks.
  • Build your child’s skills and strategies for avoiding underage drinking.

Need help starting the conversation? click here for more information.
*2018 Wheeling Township Illinois Youth Survey

Celebrating Our Success!
  • Congratulations to the BGHS MSL Football All-Conference award winners Carter Gledhill, Sean Jacobs, Luke Muscarello and Connor Adams!
  • Shout out to our Speech Team on kicking off the 2018-19 season this weekend at Wheeling!
  • Congrats to our talented Band students who performed at the Fall Band Concert this week.

Upcoming Dates

November 14
Buffalo Grove Parent Association (BGPA) Meeting 7:00 pm in A214
Future Ready Parent Series:  Successful Parenting – Raising Independent Children into Adulthood  7 to 8 p.m. at the Forest View Educational Center Click Here for Info
November 21
Non-Attendance Day - Building Closed
November 22
Thanksgiving Day  - Building Closed
November 23
Non-Attendance Day - Building Closed

Need Extra Help? Saturday School Tomorrow!
Our next Saturday School of the year is this coming Saturday, 11/10, from 8:30 am to 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!
Get Involved!

Click Here for a list of all BG Activities and Clubs
Click Here for a list of all Athletic Teams

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, November 13
4th Period:  Sacred Heart University (CT)
5th Period:  Purdue University - Calumet Campus (IN)
6th Period:  Cornell College (IA)
Wednesday, November 14
4th Period:  Lincoln College (IL)
5th Period:  Texas A&M University
6th Period:  The University of Alabama (Roll Tide!)
Thursday, November 15
5th Period: Olivet Nazarene University (IL)
6th Period: Northern Michigan University

Stay Connected!
Online Course for Parents:  Instructional Technology in District 214
Interested in learning more about your student’s classroom and experiences with technology? Participate in this free, online course and learn how to stay connected! The course is designed to support parents in the District 214 community by providing tools and resources to enhance their understanding about technology use and applications.

This FREE online course contains six units. Participants will work at their own pace through the course materials. There are no face-to-face meetings for this course. All activities will be completed online and participants will receive feedback and guidance from the instructors. Course topics include: Classroom Instruction, iPads in the Classroom, Digital Balance, Digital Citizenship, Social Media, and When All Else Fails...
No login/setup is required for this newly designed course.  Click here to access the course.

Those who complete the course by going through all of the material and completing the journal response forms will receive a certificate of completion in the mail and their names will be presented to the Board of Education and District 214 Superintendent, Dr. David Schuler! Questions? Contact Laura Monahan at or Gabriella Stetz Jackson at
Back Those Bison!
Varsity Home Sports and Fine Arts for the Coming Week
November 13
7:00 pm
Choral Extravaganza -  Dear Evan Hansen in Concert
November 15
6:00 pm
Varsity Girls Basketball Tournament
November 16
7:00 pm
Faculty Follies
November 17
10:00 am
Varsity Girls Basketball Tournament
November 30
10:54-1:26 pm
Dance Mini-Concert during all lunch periods
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 High School's work to revamp career prep curriculum receives statewide recognition
Chicago Tribune, November 2, 2018
When a student survey revealed Buffalo Grove High School offered only a handful of courses geared toward certain careers in technology and fine arts, Principal Jeff Wardle sent his teachers back to school. After all, those careers, such as engineering, coding and graphic arts, were the ones that students said they were most interested in pursuing.“It was not a full pathway,” Wardle said of the course offerings. “Our staff is amazing, and they knew that to offer a four-year plan in these subjects, they would need some good training to really understand the skills our students must have in order to work in these industries.”Read Story

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Staff Spotlight

1. What is your name?  Rich Schram

2. What department have you/do you work in? Math/Science; I am currently teaching Physics 519 and AP Physics 1

3. How long have you been working at BG?  This is my 16th year at BG and my 20th year as a high school teacher.

4. Where did you go to high school?  I graduated from Schaumburg High School in 1994.

5. What part of teaching at BG do you find the most rewarding? I very much enjoy working with students in physics. In particular, I love working with students that start the year with some difficulty and then with they start to realize that with the right effort and approach, they can comprehend the material and find success in a very challenging subject.

6. What is something unique about you? I am an avid keeper of aquariums and have placed in the top 10 in the 2017 AGA International Biotope Competition. Keep an eye out for my 2018 submission to the International Biotope Design Competition announced on December 1!

7. What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor?  This is my 11th year as the Student Council Advisor at BG. Additionally, this year I started an aquarium club at the school that I am really excited about.