Friday, February 15, 2019

Principal's Blog 02/15/2019

Friday Focus:   

BGHS Students Win Arlington Heights Police Department Speed Awareness Video Education (S.A.V.E.) Challenge
Earlier this week, the Arlington Heights Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit, along with the S.A.V.E. Challenge sponsors: Napleton’s Auto Group, Jennifer Burnidge State Farm and Arlington Heights CrimeStoppers, presented the Arlington Heights Police Department's Speed Awareness Video Education Challenge award to Buffalo Grove High School students, Jacob Schoen, Mitchell Mueller, Carrington Cottrell, Ellisa Johnson, Charlie Buehler, Peter Buehler, and Brandon Vondracek.

Last Fall, the Arlington Heights Police Department invited high school students in Township High School District 214 to produce a public service announcement video outlining the dangers and consequences of speeding in a “creative, clear and impactful manner”. During January, the public was able to vote for the video that best presented the message. The video by Buffalo Grove High School students won with 48% of over 1,000 votes. The video will be utilized by the Arlington Heights Police Department for various traffic educational campaigns throughout the year.

Celebrating Our Success!
  • Congratulations to Zoe Robertson, selected to the 2018-19 Northwest suburban Leadership Team. The Leadership Team recognizes high school students who excel in volunteerism and community service. Zoe was nominated for her outstanding work with volunteer and community organizations and for the leadership she has shown in those endeavors. A panel of judges, all educators, selected the team from a large number of nominations, all from the Northwest suburbs. Zoe and other team members will be featured in a special edition of the Daily Herald’s Neighbor section on Thursday, March 7, 2019. The section will feature profiles of the winning Team members as well as those named to the Honorable Mentions roster.
  • BG Bowling team qualifies for state after finishing 4th at the IHSA Sectional!
  • Shout out to our talented Symphonic Band students on their excellent performance this week. D214 guest conductor Alfred Watkins dedicated Wednesday’s Symphonic Band Concert to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS students upon the one year anniversary of their loss.
  • Congrats to Divers Ben Goldberg 3rd place (all conference) and Evan Nguyen 6th place at the Varsity Conference MSL Dive meet!
  • Congrats to BG Scholastic Bowl for winning all 3 MSL matches at the Wheeling Competition on Thursday!

Upcoming Dates

February 18
President’s Day - Building Closed
February 20
Buffalo Grove Parent Association (BGPA) Meeting 7:00pm
Ask the College Night 7:00pm at Forest View Educational Center
February 21
Hispanic Family Night at Wheeling High School 6:45-8:30pm
Board of Education Meeting 7:00pm at Forest View Educational Center
February 23
Turnabout Dance 7:30-10:30pm
February 27
Understanding Teen Stress & Anxiety: How to Raise a Healthy, Confident & Successful Adult with presenter Jacqueline Rhew 7 to 8:30 pm at Hersey
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

Ask the College Night
February 20 7:00 pm
Forest View Educational Center
Please join us for Ask the College Night on February 20th at 7pm in the Forest View Educational Center Theatre. Learn what it would be like to attend five different types of institutions: a four-year in-state public school, a four-year in-state private school, a four-year out-of-state public school, a four-year out-of-state private school, and our local community college. Each presenter will share what it is like to attend their type of institution and you will have the opportunity to ask each representative any questions you may have about the schools.
Participating Schools:  University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Illinois College, Harper College

Understanding Teen Stress & Anxiety: How to Raise a Healthy, Confident & Successful Adult
February 27 7:00 pm
Hersey High School
Please join us for Understanding Teen Stress & Anxiety: How to Raise a Healthy, Confident & Successful Adult with presenter Jacqueline Rhew on Wednesday, February 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at John Hersey High School. To register or learn more, call 847-718-7700 or visit This series is sponsored by District 214's Community Education and Professional Learning and Student Services Department.

Back Those Bison!
Varsity Home Sports and Fine Arts for the Coming Week
February 16
10:00 am
Girls Track & Field vs. Mundelein
February 19
7:30 pm
Boys Basketball Crossover vs. Hoffman Estates
February 20
4:45 pm
Boys Track & Field Meet vs. Conant, Deerfield, Round Lake
For underlevel and away sporting events and the most current information for BGHS activities, please go to: Buffalo Grove High School Comprehensive Calendar

Get Involved! Spring Sports are Starting!

BGHS in the News

Buffalo Grove HS students win police safe driving video contest
The Daily Herald, February 12, 2019
Arlington Heights police recognized a group of Buffalo Grove High School students Tuesday for producing a public service announcement to promote safe driving in the community. Read Story

Short-handed Buffalo Grove rallies, edges Libertyville
The Daily Herald, February 13, 2019
Down its top two scorers, down nearly the entire night at Libertyville, Buffalo Grove's boys basketball team never got down mentally. And then the Bison rose. Read Story

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Staff Spotlight

1. What is your name?  Charles "Chip" Mahlman

2. What department have you/do you work in?  Currently serving in the Test Make-Up Center, associated with World Language/Social Science/ELL.

3. How long have you been working at BG? This is my 28th. year working at the home of the Bison.

4. Where did you go to high school?  I attended Cleveland Heights High School in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

5. What part of working at BG do you find the most rewarding? I enjoy seeing the students grow and change into young adults during the four years they are with us here at B.G.H.S.  I also enjoy the collegial interaction with faculty and staff here at B.G..

6. What is something unique about you? As Pete Duffer has been known to tell his students, I'm the only one here that was born in Hawaii, grew up in Cleveland, went to college in Nebraska, and settled in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago.  I'm inclined to believe him.

7. What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor?  I am currently an assistant coach for the Speech Team, and the director of the Variety Show. In the past I have served as Fine Arts Coordinator, Theater Manager, and Technical Director for plays and musicals.