Friday, January 18, 2019

Principal's Blog 01/18/2019

Friday Focus:   Careers in Music Series
This is the second year in BG's "Careers in Music Series," which features professionals in various music careers.  Our second presentation of the 18-19 school year featured the legendary Charles Heath Trio. This jazz trio consists of three musicians that travel around the country performing, educating, and composing.  The trio (piano, bass, drumset) performed for the students of BGHS, worked with the state-bound BGHS Jazz Ensemble, and spoke to the students about succeeding with a career in music and how possible it is to do so!  The trio spoke of the necessity of being your own entrepreneur and creating opportunities for yourself. They also spoke of those who may not be pursuing a career in music but how their role of support is necessary for the culture and society of today.  The trio reiterated what all presenters have said: It is absolutely possible to have an incredibly successful career in music! Pursue your passion and do it with gusto!

This year's "Careers in Music Series" was made possible by board accounts from D214, as well as grants from Arts Unlimited and the District 214 Education Foundation.

Celebrating Our Success!
  • BGHS is very proud to have hosted Freedom Riders: A Conversation and Exhibit, a traveling exhibit and conversation on the Riders' bravery and transformational progress within the civil rights movement. Wednesday’s event featured a discussion with Thomas Armstrong, an original Freedom Rider who now makes his home in the southwest suburbs, and Robert Allare, professor of history at Harper College. Over 250 members of the community attended. Teacher Ami Relf was instrumental in bringing this event to BG. Thanks also to Dr. Jill Maraldo, Diane Baldwin, Matt Myers, Stef McCleish, Kim Miklusak, and Joan Dabe.
  • Congratulations Coed Cheer MSL Champions!
  • Congratulations to our first time MSL East Champion Bowlers!
  • Congratulations to our Freshman Girls Gymnasts on winning the MSL East Championship! Emily Antonetti, Chloe Fickett, Chloe and Lily Wintergerst, and Kristen Smith!
  • Congratulations to the BGHS JV Girls Gymnastics Team on their 2nd Place finish at the Prospect Invite this week!
  • Congratulations to the BG Scholastic Bowl team for finishing 3rd at the 24 team Fenton Tournament! Fight on Scholastic Bison!
  • Congratulations to Scholastic Bowl member Justin Wytmar on being named top individual scorer at the 24 team Fenton High School Scholastic Bowl tournament with an average of 121 points per match!
  • Congratulations to Divers Ben Goldberg, 1st place and new pool record, Emanuel Yalda 4th place, and Alex Musat 6th place at the Highland Park Invite!
  • Congratulations to Class of 2019 Girls Basketball players celebrating Senior Night this week! Bison got that W!
  • Freshman Leadership Academy gave back by volunteering at Feed My Starving Children this week!
  • Congratulations to Varsity Coed Cheer on winning 1st place at the Niles West Tournament!
  • Congratulations to Wrestlers Eli Shereshovech, Dane Cottrell, and Emanuilon Apostolov on winning their weight class at the Hoffman tournament!
  • Congratulations to Wrestler Andrew Ruby on finishing 3rd at Hoffman!
  • Congratulations to Wrestler Trevon West on finishing 5th at Batavia!
  • Congrats to Wrestler Alejandro Mejia on taking 4th in a loaded Batavia field!
  • Congratulations to Wrestler Michael Goubine on taking 3rd place at Batavia.
  • Congratulations to Gymnasts Sofiya Savytska 3rd place and Chloe Fickett 4th place on floor at the Prospect JV Invite!
  • Congratulations to Gymnasts Lily Fickett on placing 2nd and Emily Antonetti on placing 3rd on beam at the Prospect Invite!
  • Congrats to Gymnast Iskra Popova, 4th on the bars at the Prospect JV Invite!
  • Congrats to Gymnast Emily Antonetti, 5th in All-around at Prospect JV Invite!
  • Congratulations to Gymnasts Olivia Tangorra on placing 3rd on bars, 4th on floor and 5th in the All-Around at the Prospect Invite!
  • Congrats to JV Vault Champion Chloe Fickett and 4th place Sofiya Savytska!

Upcoming Dates

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 7
Board of Education Meeting at Forest View Educational Center 7:00pm
February 18
President’s Day - Building Closed
February 20
Buffalo Grove Parent Association (BGPA) Meeting 7:00pm
Hispanic Family Night at Wheeling High School
February 23
Turnabout Dance
March 15
End of 3rd Quarter
March 18
First Day of 4th Quarter
March 25-March 29
Spring Break
April 1
Classes Resume after Spring Break

Jazz Showcase Concert TONIGHT!
Jazz Showcase concert tickets are $10 at the door.

District 214 Women in Sports Summit
On Saturday, February 2nd the District 214 Athletic Departments and Girls’ Athletic Directors are planning a Girls & Women in Sport Summit at Forest View Educational Center from 2:00pm-4:30pm. This February marks the 33rd anniversary of annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day, a national observance celebrating the extraordinary achievements of women and girls in sports. This year’s NGWSD theme is #LeadHerForward, to honor the many ways that sports push girls and women to achieve excellence and realize their boundless potential. The celebration will consist of keynote speakers Mary Wise, Head Volleyball Coach, University of Florida and Tanya Raquel Prewitt-White, Sport Psychologist, University of Illinois-Chicago. The presentation will also include a panel of former District 214 student athletes who also were college athletes or are currently working in athletics. All current District 214 female student-athletes and coaches are invited to attend.

Back Those Bison!
Varsity Home Sports and Fine Arts for the Coming Week
January 18
Boys Swimming & Diving vs. Elk Grove
Boys Basketball vs. Elk Grove - Theme Navy Out!
Jazz Showcase Dinner - Tickets $10 at the door (concert only)
Girls Basketball vs. Elk Grove - Theme Navy Out!
January 19
Boys Swimming & Diving Meet
January 23
Bowling vs. Schaumburg
January 25
Boys Swimming & Diving vs. Rolling Meadows
January 26
4:30 pm
Boys Basketball vs. Palatine
For underlevel and away sporting events and the most current information for BGHS activities, please go to: Buffalo Grove High School Comprehensive Calendar

K-8 Orchesis Dance Clinics January 26

Bisonettes Winter Dance Camp

BGHS in the News

Determined Trieb making the most of his senior season at Buffalo Grove
The Daily Herald, January 17, 2019
A serious car crash. A fall from two stories or higher. That's the kind of catastrophic event that would cause an injury of the magnitude of Tom Trieb's broken hip. But the Buffalo Grove senior wasn't in a car accident, and he didn't take a fall from 20-plus feet. Trieb, a 6-foot-2, 240-pound running back who is built like a truck, broke his hip in a football game this past fall, in an unusually forceful fall that drove his right leg violently into the ground. Trieb, who had already committed to play college football at Northern Illinois before the season even started, had just caught a 40-yard pass. He had a defender on his back and that added to the force of the impact of his leg into the ground. Read Story

'You need to try to right that wrong': Freedom Rider urges Buffalo Grove students to fight racism
The Daily Herald, January 16, 2019
In 1961, Thomas Armstrong sat in a whites-only waiting room at a Jackson, Mississippi, bus station as he and three other Tougaloo College students tried to board a bus for New Orleans. They were arrested and taken to jail instead. Read Story

Buffalo Grove nips Glenbrook North
The Daily Herald, January 12, 2019
Buffalo Grove went into Northbrook and stole a nonconference boys basketball game away from Glenbrook North Saturday. The Bison forced 5 turnovers in the final 2½ minutes to rally to beat Glenbrook North 58-55. "The toughness the guys showed was impressive," Buffalo Grove coach Keith Peterson said. "They kept fighting back and fighting back." Read Story

Constable: American Girl model from Arlington Heights morphs into Power Ranger
The Daily Herald, January 12, 2019
Facing numerous possibilities for life after high school, Jacqueline Scislowski of Arlington Heights was sure of one thing. "I was going to get yellow for my dorm room. I always loved the color yellow," the 18-year-old says. Instead of buying yellow bath towels to match a yellow comforter for her college dorm room, Scislowski is spending part of a gap year in New Zealand, where she plays the Yellow Power Ranger in "Power Rangers Beast Morphers," the 26th and 27th seasons of the iconic worldwide television series, which debuts soon on Nickelodeon. Read Story

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Staff Spotlight

1. What is your name?  Kate Smith

2. What department have you/do you work in? I teach in the Social Science department.  I teach AP Psychology and Human Geography

3. How long have you been working at BG? I have been teaching at BG for 14 years.

4. Where did you go to high school? I went to high school at HD Jacobs High School.

5. What part of working at BG do you find the most rewarding? I find it very rewarding to incorporate my natural positivity and enthusiasm into my curriculum.  I love my job and I hope my students can share a bit of my passion about learning!

6. What is something unique about you? I have 4 chickens and 2 dogs.  I really enjoy animals and nature.

7. What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor? I help sponsor the Right Mind Club and am a member of the Harbor and BG Gives Back committees.