Friday, September 6, 2019

Principal's Weekly Blog 09/06/2019

Friday Focus:  Student Drop-off

Thank you for your patience as we transitioned to a new drop off system this week.  There was a long backup for the first few days, but it has gotten better. We are working with BGPD and Cook County (Dundee is a county road) on longer lights exiting the parking lot in the morning.  
Here again is the map, reminder there is no car drop off in the bus lanes going to door 7 between 7:45 and 8:15.  Please pull as far forward as you can when dropping off students along the theater.  

Upcoming Dates

September 11
Buffalo Grove Parent Association (BGPA) Meeting 7:00 pm Community Room
September 12
Board of Education Meeting 7:00 pm at Forest View Education Center
September 17
D214 Career Nights - Arts, Communication & Human Services at Prospect
September 26
D214 Career Nights - Careers in Health & Natural Resources at Wheeling
September 30
Non-Attendance Day - Building Closed
October 2
Directions College & Career Fair 6-8:00 pm at Forest View Education Center
October 3
Board of Education Meeting 7:00 pm at Forest View Education Center
October 5
Homecoming Dance
October 9
Non-Attendance Day - Building Closed
October 14
Institute Day - Students not in attendance
October 15
2nd Quarter Begins
D214 Career Nights - Careers in Engineering, Industrial Technology, Business and Computers at Rolling Meadows
October 16
Buffalo Grove Parent Association (BGPA) Meeting 7:00 pm Community Room
October 23
Underclass Picture Day Retakes
D214 College & Career Ready! Night
4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Forest View Educational Center. Each session runs for 45 minutes and will be repeated after 6:30 p.m.

Did You Miss Picture Day?
It’s not too late to order photos of your student. Visit and use the Picture Day ID code EVTQCHB69. If your student was absent and did not have a photo taken or needs a retake, underclass retakes are scheduled for October 23.

by Friday, September 13
This October 16th, every junior will have the option to take either the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) or a practice PSAT. 

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test measures skills in three academic areas: critical reading, writing and language, and math.  This test also provides juniors entry into the prestigious National Merit® Scholarship Program, conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, increased access to other scholarship and recognition programs, and the option to receive information from colleges and scholarship services and recognition programs, such as the National Hispanic Recognition Program.  

Students wishing to take the PSAT/NMSQT test should register online. CLICK HERE to register or go to the BGHS website under “Trending” by Friday September 13, 2019. The cost is $30.00. Fee waiver information is available through the Assessment Center. 
**No late registration will be accepted** 

Juniors that do not register for the PSAT/NMSQT will automatically be taking a practice PSAT test during the same time frame.  No registration is necessary for the practice test.

2019 Directions Special Needs College & Career Fair
October 2, 2019 6:00-8:00pm
The fair showcases post-secondary options for students with special needs hosted by High School District 214, Township High School District 211, Barrington Unit School District 220, Harper College, and St. Viator High School. Representatives from colleges and post-secondary institutions will be available to distribute literature and discuss their programs. The 2019 Directions College and Career Fair will be held at District 214 Forest View Educational Center at 2121 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights. To obtain further information or for special accommodations, please visit:

Back Those Bison!
Varsity Home Sports and Fine Arts for the Coming Week
September 6
4:30 pm
Girls Tennis Quad vs. Fremd, Niles West, and Mundelein
September 10
3:30 pm
Girls Golf vs. Wheeling
6:00 pm
Girls Volleyball vs. Schaumburg
September 12
3:30 pm
Boys Golf vs. Conant
4:45 pm
Girls Tennis vs. Prospect
6:30 pm
Boys Soccer vs. Conant
September 13
7:00 pm
Football vs. Highland Park
September 14
8:00 am
Girls Tennis 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

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, September 10
4th Period:  Bradley University
5th Period:  Harper College
6th Period:  Elmhurst College
Wednesday, September 11
5th Period:  University of Minnesota
6th Period:  Hope College
Thursday, September 12
4th Period:  Bowling Green State University
5th Period:  Kansas State University
Friday, September 13
4th Period: St. Olaf College
5th Period:  St. Louis University
6th Period:  University of Cincinnati

BGHS in the News

Boys soccer: Buffalo Grove bounces back to beat Glenbrook North
The Daily Herald, August 31, 2019
Buffalo Grove rebounded from its disappointing loss to Mid-Suburban League rival Barrington on Thursday to earn a hard-fought 2-1 boys soccer victory over Glenbrook North Saturday afternoon. Jakub Szydlowski provided the game-winner at 60 minutes, but it was the overall effort from teammate Brian Perez that made the difference at Robert Naughton Field in Northfield. Read Story

Buffalo Grove HS alumnus donates $1 million to support school's innovation lab
The Daily Herald, September 3, 2019
A Buffalo Grove High School alumnus has donated $1 million to support the creation of a state-of-the-art robotics, manufacturing and biomedical health care innovation lab at the school. Working with the District 214 Education Foundation, Class of 1988 alumnus Stephen Yacktman and his wife Ellyn donated the $1 million in June. Read Story

Buffalo Grove grad Ghim earns PGA Tour card with nail-biter finish
The Daily Herald, September 3, 2019
Wheaton's Kevin Streelman will have Chicago area company on the PGA Tour next season. Doug Ghim, former Arlington Heights resident and Buffalo Grove High School graduate, has earned playing privileges for the circuit's 2019-20 campaign. Ghim did it by finishing in the Top 25 money winners in the Korn Ferry Tour Playoffs, a three-tournament competition matching the top players on the Korn Ferry (formerly circuit and the PGA Tour players who failed to qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Read Story

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Staff Spotlight

1. What is your name? Susan Sangwa 

2. What department do you teach in/How long have you been teaching at BG?  I work in the English and EL division as the Division head, and I teach World Literature to sophomores.  This is my first year with the Bison family!

3. Where did you go to high school? Waubonsie Valley High School

4. What part of working at BG do you find the most rewarding?  Hands down, the best part of teaching is learning from students.  Whether it's learning about technology, a new turn of phrase, or about them as people, I look forward to learning from them just as much, if not more, than they learn from me. 

5. What is something unique about you?  Early in my teaching career, I also worked as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service.  I'm a huge outdoors-woman, and feel we all need to connect more with the world and nature around us.  

6. What are you currently reading, and/or do you have a favorite author or podcast? I am currently reading Whistling Vivaldi: how stereotypes affect us and what we can do by Claude M. Steele.  It's a great nonfiction read that makes you reflect on your own unconscious biases and the world around us as well.  My favorite author is toss up between Oscar Wilde and Henry David Thoreau. I genuinely think my life was changed after reading both Dorian Gray and Walden

7. What activities or clubs do you coach/sponsor? I don't currently sponsor or coach, but I have started to attend the Harbor committee meetings and am looking forward to attending LASO once it gets started this year.