Friday, August 16, 2019

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog 08/16/2019

Friday Focus: Opening Day
I love starting the school year with our annual All-School Assembly!  This year was no different, our band got everyone cheering, and Student Council President Marcin Czaplinski encouraged us all to respond to adversity “Like a Coffee Bean”, turning into something even better as we respond to hardship.  

Click HERE to watch the BGHS Opening Day video that was shown at the assembly today.  It is a great video, showing 47 years of BGHS history!  

The Parent Newsletter is posted online at the start of each quarter throughout the school year. The Parent Newsletter is an excellent resource full of important information on upcoming events and activities, notifications, deadlines, graduation, District 214 news, and more. Click Here for the 2019-20 First Quarter Parent Newsletter.

Upcoming Dates

August 23
Bison Jamboree showcasing all Fall athletes 4:00-8:00 pm
August 29
Open House 7:00-9:00 pm
September 2
Labor Day - No School. Building Closed
September 12
Board of Education Meeting 7:00 pm at Forest View Education Center
October 3
Board of Education Meeting 7:00 pm at Forest View Education Center

Back Those Bison!
Varsity Home Sports and Fine Arts for the Coming Week
August 22
3:30 pm
Boys Golf vs. Fremd & Rolling Meadows at BG Golf Club
August 23
4:00 pm
Bison Jamboree
August 27
4:45 pm
Girls Tennis vs. Palatine
6:00 pm
Girls Volleyball vs. Niles North
August 30
7:00 pm
Football vs. Downers Grove North
August 31
10:30 am
Boys Golf Varsity Tournament at BG Golf Club
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

BGHS in the News
Middle, high school and veteran musicians rock Metropolis
The Daily Herald, June 4, 2019
The walls of the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre resounded May 19 with a multigenerational jazz concert when the South Middle School and Buffalo Grove High School jazz bands joined the Sounds of the Big Band group to create an evening of entertainment. Read Story

Buffalo Grove High gets its largest gift ever, $1 million, to develop high-tech science lab
The Daily Herald, July 24, 2019
Buffalo Grove High School this week announced the largest single gift received in its 46-year history: $1 million that will be used to create a robotics, manufacturing and biomedical health care innovation lab. The donation by Class of 1988 alumnus Stephen Yacktman and his wife, Ellyn, to the Northwest Suburban High School District 214 Education Foundation will go toward state-of-the-art lab equipment and supplies.

Buffalo Grove grads mentor the next generation of Bison at baseball camp
Chicago Tribune, August 3, 2019
The baseball field next to Greenbrier Elementary School in Arlington Heights is a place of many memories for Riley Rundquist and his friends. Rundquist attended Greenbrier and often gathered with his friends at the field to play baseball. One of those friends was Mac Camardo, a neighbor who lived a few houses away.  Read Story

Nate Cole comfortable as a leader, go-to scorer for Buffalo Grove boys basketball
Chicago Tribune, July 18, 2019
Buffalo Grove’s Nate Cole attacked his expanded role with little fear. A year ago, Cole spent the summer making the transition from a role player to a scoring threat. He no longer could be a player who scored a few points a game. He had to be a player who was comfortable taking big shots. Read Story

Wheeling teen trumpeter travels world with national jazz ensemble
The Daily Herald, July 23, 2019
Last year, 17-year-old trumpet player Janelle Finton of Wheeling came across an advertisement while scrolling through her Facebook feed. The ad mentioned auditions for National Youth Orchestra Jazz, a Carnegie Hall-based ensemble composed of 23 young musicians ages 16-19. Not expecting to get in, Finton signed up for a slot to gain audition experience. Read Story

Illinois Residents Take Park in Pan-American Maccabi Games
The Chicago Jewish News, August 13, 2019
Fifteen thousand spectators attended the event in which 3,800 athletes participated. You must be Jewish or Israeli to qualify for the Maccabi Games. Twenty Illinois residents were part of the USA delegation as players and coaches in juniors, youth, open and masters divisions. One of the medal winners was Nika Kononov, 15, a junior at Buffalo Grove High School. She won five medals, including a gold in clubs apparatus, and led Team USA in the sport of rhythmic gymnastics. She said she was exhilarated to be able to represent her country in the games. Read Story

Looking for More?
Click Here for BGHS’s Daily Announcements
Click Here for the First Quarter Parent Newsletter
Click Here for BG's student newspaper, The Charger
Click Here for The oneBG Podcast
Click Here for One Grove Gallery exhibits and information
Click Here for the detailed daily BG Activity/Athletics Calendar

Staff Spotlight

Dr. Johnson (right) works with the Math/ Science Division
Assistant Arlene Sikora as the year begins
1. What is your name? My name is Dr. Angel Johnson

2. What department have you/do you work in? I have the pleasure to serve as the Mathematics and Science Division Head and teach Algebra.

3. How long have you been working at BG?  I am beginning my first year at BG! 

4. Where did you go to high school?  I attended John F. Kennedy High School located on the Southwest Side of Chicago

5. What part of working at BG do you find the most rewarding?  Teaching is such a fulfilling career.  It presents opportunities to assist students to “beat the odds”.  For me, witnessing struggling students soaring to heights that they thought were unreachable is overwhelmingly rewarding. 

6. What is something unique about you?  Before becoming a teacher, I worked in the private sector for several years.

7. What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor? Currently, I do not coach or sponsor any club.  However, I am totally committed to support all clubs and teams!