Friday, January 11, 2019

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog 01/11/2019

Friday Focus:   BGHS to Host Freedom Riders Exhibit

On Wednesday, January 16, the District 214 Education Foundation and Buffalo Grove High School will host an opportunity to view a powerful traveling exhibit on the Freedom Riders and hear personally from a Rider in a conversation on civil rights and how he helped shape history. The event, held the week before Martin Luther King Day, is open to all, and we encourage you to register. Though it is free, seating is limited. Click HERE to register for the Freedom Riders event.

The Freedom Riders took their name from the Rides in which they participated in 1961: bus and train trips through the Deep South focused on integrating segregated bus terminals. The national traveling exhibit tells the harrowing and inspirational story of six months that changed America, using photos, news coverage and first-hand accounts of the Rides and the protests to examine the event from the perspectives of the Riders, the Kennedy administration and the international community.

The January 16 District 214 event will feature Thomas Armstrong, a Mississippi native who became a Freedom Rider while in college, and Robert Allare, a Harper College history professor and civil rights expert. Armstrong and Allare will talk publicly with Buffalo Grove High School English Teacher Ami Relf at 6:30 p.m. January 16; Armstrong's 2011 book, "Autobiography of a Freedom Rider: My Life as a Foot Soldier for Civil Rights," will be for sale, and the exhibit will be open for viewing, starting at 6 p.m. The event, in the school's library, will conclude by 8 p.m.

The District 214 Education Foundation supports innovative education, lifelong learning and student success beyond the limits of conventional support for public education. To learn more, visit For questions on the event, contact the school, (847) 718-4014.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Celebrating Our Success!
  • Congratulations to the BG Jazz Ensemble, honored at the 72nd Annual Midwest Clinic at the International Band and Orchestra Conference at McCormick Place in December.
  • Our Orchestra students had the opportunity to perform at the All-State Area for the Chicago Wolves game over break.
  • Congratulations to JV Cheer on placing 2nd at the Lake Zurich tournament!
  • Congrats to Football player, Sean Jacobs, for making  2nd Team Pioneer Press All-Area Defensive team.  

Upcoming Dates

January 16
BGPA Meeting 7:00 pm
January 17
BOE Meeting 7:00 pm at Forest View Educational Center
January 21
Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Building Closed
January 31/Feb 1
Parent Teacher Conferences - Thurs 1/31 5:30-8:30 pm and Fri 2/1 8:30-11:30 am
February 1
In-Service Day  - Students Not in Attendance
February 18
President’s Day - Building Closed
February 23
Turnabout Dance

As you may be aware there has been a significant increase in teen vaping in our local communities over the last few years. Last week, the Arlington Heights Village Board voted to raise the age from 18 to 21 to purchase all tobacco/vaping products, effective immediately. This ordinance is already in effect in Buffalo Grove, so now both communities will be able to work hand in hand. This effort is one piece of prevention to keep our middle and high school students safe from these products. Educating ourselves and our students about the dangers of vaping are also important steps we can take to help reduce teen use. This link provides more information about vaping.
We encourage you to have a conversation with your student about avoiding these products.

Our local prevention coalition, Link Together, along with the Arlington Heights Police Department, American Heart Association, and the Arlington Heights Board of Health were a part of this process.
Back Those Bison!
Varsity Home Sports and Fine Arts for the Coming Week
January 11
4:45 pm
Boys Swimming & Diving vs. Schaumburg
6:00 pm
Boys Basketball vs. Hersey
7:30 pm
Girls Basketball vs. Hersey
January 12
2:00 pm
Girls Basketball vs. Glenbrook North
January 14
4:30 pm
Bowling vs. Hersey at Arlington Lanes
January 15
7:30 pm
Girls Basketball vs. Prospect
January 18
4:45 pm
Boys Swimming & Diving vs. Elk Grove
6:00 pm
Boys Basketball vs. Elk Grove
6:00 pm
Jazz Showcase Dinner Click HERE for tickets and info
7:30 pm
Girls Basketball vs. Elk Grove
January 19
6:00 am
Boys Swimming & Diving Meet
For underlevel and away sporting events and the most current information for BGHS activities, please go to: Buffalo Grove High School Comprehensive Calendar

Join the Buffalo Grove High School Music Department for an evening of award-winning jazz performances and great food. The evening will feature the BGHS Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Band, Jazz Combos and By Popular Demand, with special guests the Cooper Middle School Jazz Band. A catered dinner and beverages are included in the ticket price.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children and students. Children under the age of 3 will be admitted for free. Tickets WILL NOT be available at the event and must be purchased by January 11th.

What Every Parent Needs to Know
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 – February 20, 2019
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Fee $30 per person
D214 Future Ready Parent is an engagement series dedicated to providing comprehensive community topics and education to ensure parent readiness for tomorrow’s challenges. We believe in providing relevant topics that can enrich and engage our community. The next class offered in the series is What Every Parent Needs to Know led by Bob Leece, the Student Assistance Coordinator at Buffalo Grove High School.  With over 30 years experience, Bob has trained thousands of parents through his lecture series giving them practical tools to deal with issues facing today’s middle and high school students. These sessions help parents navigate and respond appropriately to their children’s growth and development, anticipate and prevent behavioral problems proactively, develop mutually respectful relationships, explore fair discipline, maintain effective communication and use productive problem-solving methods. This program is presented in partnership with Link Together Coalition. Buffalo Grove High School Library (enter through Door 7).

BGHS in the News

Buffalo Grove proving there's more to life than just basketball
The Daily Herald, January 8, 2019
Coaches and athletes like numbers. And for the Buffalo Grove boys basketball team, the numbers were favorable. And inspiring. One-hundred eight-seven boxes. 40,392 meals. 11 children fed -- for an entire year. Those are the numbers the Bison helped generate last week when they spent some time working at Feed My Starving Children in Schaumburg. Read Story

Buffalo Grove stuns Schaumburg
The Daily Herald, January 8, 2019
Buffalo Grove's 64-52 Mid-Suburban League crossover boys basketball win Tuesday night was a combination of three things. Kam Craft's scoring, Nathan Cole's fourth-quarter effort and Tom Trieb's determination helped the host Bison cash the winning trifecta ticket. "Our guys just grinded this one out," said Buffalo Grove coach Keith Peterson. "Our execution in the fourth quarter was just great. The way we used the ball and spread it out, it think that might have tired Schaumburg out." Read Story

Buffalo Grove's 4th quarter blitz does in Grayslake North
The Daily Herald, January 5, 2019
A mid-afternoon tip-off on a Saturday in January might lend itself to a slow start for some teams. Not Buffalo Grove. The Bison returned from the holiday break to put up 93 points on visiting Grayslake North in a 93-71 victory but BG had to rally in the fourth quarter to win. Read Story

Pioneer Press 2018 Football All-Area Defense: First Team and Second Team
Chicago Tribune, December 27, 2018
Sean Jacobs
School: Buffalo Grove.
Year: Senior.
Position: Linebacker.
Accolades: All-conference.
Key stats: Made 132 tackles, including nine tackles for loss.

Craft's 25 lead Buffalo Grove over Maine East
The Daily Herald, December 22, 2018
Freshman Kam Craft scored a game-high 25 points Saturday as the Buffalo Grove boys basketball team bounced back from Friday night's loss to Prospect to earn a 70-57 nonconference home win over Maine East. Matt Brunelli and Tom Trieb added 12 points each for the Bison, who are now 7-4 on the season. Read Story

Looking for More?

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Click Here for BG's student newspaper, The Charger

Click Here for The oneBG Podcast

Click Here for the Fine Arts Calendar

Click Here for One Grove Gallery exhibits and information

Click Here for the detailed daily BG Activity/Athletics Calendar

Staff Spotlight

1. What is your name?  Brittany Vesper

2. What department have you/do you work in? I am in Student Services.  I am a School Counselor. I am a generalist and work with all grade levels in the academic, college/career, and social emotional domains.

3. How long have you been working at BG? This is my first year at BG; however I worked as an instructional assistant and coach at BG from 2011-2014.

4. Where did you go to high school? I am a 2005 BG graduate.  BG is home.

5. What part of working at BG do you find the most rewarding? Relationship building with students and staff.  I find it very rewarding when I can connect with students and be any part of making their educational experience a positive one AND help create an environment where they feel safe and supported.  I also believe positive relationships with my co-workers has helped me grow as an educator. I am inspired by the people I work with (kids and adults) daily.

6. What is something unique about you? Something unique...unfortunately I had two back surgeries before the age of 30.  College Soccer will do that to you. Something a little more fun, I am the proud mama of a Little Bison (Maeve)!

7. What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor? I have coached soccer for 7 years, but I am incredibly excited to join the Girls' Softball program this year as the frosh/soph coach!  I am also a part of Buffalo Grove's Harbor.