Friday, March 22, 2019

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog 03/22/2019

Friday Focus:  One Grove Gallery New Exhibit

We are honored to present photographs by Candace Wark and Shirley Nannini in One Grove Gallery. They have shown their work in over 50 group, gallery, museum, and solo shows throughout the United States. We are lucky to include our gallery as one of them.

Combining their unique and diverse backgrounds of a mechanical and aerospace engineer with a developing photographer, Candace and Shirley started a collaboration that resulted in the foundation of Wind Flow Photography. Their stunning images capture the interaction of wind and light to create unique photographs that illustrate a single moment in time that can never be reproduced.

The show will be up until April 23, 2019.

To learn more visit their website at

Celebrating Our Success!
  • Congratulations to Carter Gledhill and Lauryn Lintner, recognized at the Illinois Principal’s Association-North Cook Student Recognition Breakfast last week!
  • Congratulations BG Debate Senior Ben Morain for making Octafinals and the Allstate Team for an additional speaker award at State last week!
  • Congratulations to Basketball players Nate Cole and Kam Craft named to the Northwest suburbs All-Area Boys Basketball Team! Congratulations to Michael Nowakowski and Tom Trieb named Honorable Mention!
  • Congratulations to Track & Field’s Jon Peici, Indoor Champ in 400m dash and new indoor school record holder! 52.05!

Upcoming Dates

March 21
Board of Education Meeting 7:00 pm at Forest View Educational Center
March 25-March 29
Spring Break
April 1
Classes Resume after Spring Break
April 6
BG Gives Back - Seeds of Hope Volunteer Event Click HERE to Sign Up
April 9
District 214 College Fair 6:30-8:30 pm at Forest View Educational Center
April 11
Board of Education Meeting 7:00 pm at Forest View Educational Center
April 17
Buffalo Grove Parent Association (BGPA) Meeting 7:00 pm
April 19
Non-Attendance Day - Building Closed
April 22
Institute Day - Students not in Attendance

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, April 2
4th Period:  DePaul University
6th Period:  University of Missouri
Wednesday, April 3
4th Period:  Bradley University
6th Period:  Northland College
Thursday, April 4
4th Period:  Elmhurst College

District 214 College Fair
Tuesday, April 9
6:30-8:30 pm
Forest View Educational Center
The D214 College Fair will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Forest View Educational Center in Arlington Heights from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.
Click HERE to view the D214 College Fair list of attending schools.
Click HERE to view and/or print a list of questions to ask at a college fair, as suggested by the Associated Colleges of the Midwest.
Click HERE for a simple chart to help you record and evaluate schools you are considering

Back Those Bison!
Varsity Home Sports and Fine Arts for the Coming Week
April 1
4:45 pm
Boys Tennis vs. Lake Park
April 2
4:45 pm
Softball vs. Cary Grove
4:45 pm
Boys Track & Field vs. Elk Grove and Wheeling
5:45 pm
Girls Water Polo vs. Lake Forest
6:00 pm
Boys Volleyball vs. Prospect
April 3
5:45 pm
Girls Water Polo vs. Hersey
April 4
4:45 pm
Badminton vs. Wheeling
April 5
4:45 pm
Softball vs. New Trier
4:45 pm
Boys Water Polo vs. Libertyville
April 6
11:00 am
Softball Double Header vs. St. Viator
12:00 pm
Girls Track & Field Varsity Invite
Please call our Sports/Weather Hotline at (847) 718-4213 for sports status updates.
For underlevel and away sporting events and the most current information for BGHS activities, please go to: Buffalo Grove High School Comprehensive Calendar

BG Gives Back Volunteer Opportunity
BGHS strongly believes in the importance of service and our Interact club is very excited to present our 4th Quarter All School BG Gives Back Event! Come and help pack seeds to help end world hunger and poverty!  Students and community members will be packing seeds to be sent to families all over the world. These seeds will provide both food and income for these impoverished families, allowing them to afford housing, medical care, and schooling.  Grab your friends and sign up for 1 shift to help make the world a better place! If you have any questions, contact Mrs.Lala at, Mrs. Raucci at, or Ms. Sang at

When: Saturday, April 6th
Time:   9:00-10:30 am   OR 11:00 am-12:30 pm  (Sign up for 1 shift)
Where: BGHS Cafeteria
Who: All BG students and their families, staff and their families, as well as members of our community are invited to participate.  Children age 5 and older are also welcome. The maximum amount of people per shift is 250. The link to sign up will close when a shift reaches capacity.
How Long Will It Take: 1.5 Hours
What do I need to bring? Nothing~  Just yourself!   
Sign Up: Please CLICK HERE to sign up


BGHS in the News

District 214 needs mentors to help students explore careers
The Daily Herald, March 18, 2019
When it comes to teaching students, working with mentors from outside the classroom can be invaluable. Studies show that high school students who have been mentored are more likely to be engaged in high school overall and to graduate from college or other postsecondary training. To encourage this kind of student growth and confidence, High School District 214 has launched a program to connect students with mentors who can help them succeed in high school and beyond. Read Story

Boys water polo: Buffalo Grove surges past Warren
The Daily Herald, March 15, 2019
It may be hard to imagine being in a swimming pool and needing a wake up call, but that's just what Buffalo Grove's boys water polo team was desperate for.
Aidan Nix supplied it in a huge way. Read Story

Boys volleyball: Scouting the Northwest suburbs
The Daily Herald, March 16, 2019
Outlook: Buffalo Grove did graduate a pair of all-MSL performers, but Soifer also was on that all-conference list and headlines a list of returning players for Kosiek's Bison squad. "We are excited for a competitive season," said Kosiek. "Ethan is returning to the outside-hitting position and was a consistent offensive leader last season. He will be joined by Teddy in the middle, in addition to the Gross brothers on the outside and setting positions, respectively. Orton will assist the offense as well as a returning junior. Read Story

The Northwest suburbs All-Area Boys Basketball Team
The Daily Herald, March 14, 2019
Nate Cole Buffalo Grove: A sophomore on varsity last year, Cole was a role player who scored a few points per game. This year, his role was much different, and the Bison relied on him heavily for his production. "Nate increased his points per game by over 10 points this year," Buffalo Grove coach Keith Peterson said.
Kam Craft Buffalo Grove: Just a freshman, Craft made an immediate impact for Buffalo Grove. He scored a season- and career-high 31 points against Grayslake Central in his very first high school game. Craft also had 30 points later in the season against Schaumburg. "Kam is a very skilled and gifted scorer," Buffalo Grove coach Keith Peterson said. Read Story

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Staff Spotlight

1. What is your name? Scott Kopecky

2. What department have you/do you work in?  I teach in the Math/Science division, biology and AP environmental science.  

3. How long have you been working at BG? I started in 2003, so this is year 15.

4. Where did you go to high school?  I went to Maine South.

5. What part of working at BG do you find the most rewarding? I love working with kids. It keeps me young and I am always learning new things from students. I feel it is important to expose students to science and make them think critically about issues they will be facing as they enter adulthood. Science is one career path that will always need more people involved. If students develop an interest in science at an early age, it will open many doors in the future for them.

6. What is something unique about you? I am an avid bike rider. I often commute to work by bike which is about 14 miles each way. My sons race BMX, and I have started to as well.  We are an outdoors family. We fish, mountain bike and camp as much as possible.

7. What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor?  I am the Varsity Boys Water Polo Coach.