Monday, December 16, 2019

Principal's Weekly Blog 12/13/2019

Friday Focus:  Final Exam Information
Final exams will take place next week Wednesday, December 18 through Friday December 20.  Each final exam has been scheduled for seventy-five (75) minutes. Students are encouraged to bring study materials to use in case evaluations are completed before the end of the scheduled periods. Students must stay in the testing room for the entire seventy-five minutes. Students are not required to be at school unless scheduled for a final exam. If a student has study hall, advisory, or a class for which they’ve already taken the final exam, they are expected to attend unless excused by a parent.

The cafeteria will be open for breakfast only on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 7:30–8:15 a.m. There will be no lunches served on the exam days. Buses will operate as usual each morning for students with bus passes. Buses will leave BGHS on December 18 and 19 at 12:35 pm; activity buses leave at 2:00 pm; athletic buses leave at 3:00 pm. Buses will leave BGHS on December 20 at 11:10 am; activity buses leave at 2:00 pm; athletic buses leave at 3:00 pm.

The Bison Impact:  
  • Congratulations to Football players Ayden Anderson and Max Oberman named to the Northwest Suburban All-Area Team! Congratulations to Trysten Anderson and Mark Antonetti named Honorable Mention!

Upcoming Dates

December 18
First Semester Final Exams Periods 1, 2, 6 (Dismissal at 12:25 pm)
December 19
First Semester Final Exams Periods 3, 7, 4 (Dismissal at 12:25 pm)
December 20
First Semester Final Exams Periods 8, 5 (Dismissal at 11:00 am)
December 23 - Jan 3
Winter Break
January 6
Institute Day - Students Not in Attendance
CAF Night - Class of 2024 Curriculum and Activities Fair 5:30-8:30 pm
January 7
Classes Resume - First Day of 3rd Quarter
January 9
Junior Parent Night 7:00 pm in the Theater
January 15
Buffalo Grove Parent Association (BGPA) Meeting 7:00 pm
January 16
Board of Education Meeting at Forest View Educational Center 7:00 pm
January 20
Martin Luther King Jr Day - Building Closed
February 13
Parent Teacher Conferences
February 14
In-Service Day - Students Not in Attendance
February 17
President’s Day - Building Closed

Back Those Bison!
Varsity Home Sports and Fine Arts for the Coming Week
6:00 pm
Wrestling vs. Prospect
7:00 pm
Winter Celebration Concert - Musical Interpretation of Elf $5
9:00 am
Wrestling Rex Lewis Tournament

4:00 pm
Winter Celebration Concert - Musical Interpretation of Elf $5
6:00 pm
Boys Basketball vs. Hersey
7:30 pm
Girls Basketball vs. Hersey
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

BGPA Scholarship Applications Now Available
Applications for the Buffalo Grove Parent Association (BGPA) $1,000 scholarships are now available online on Naviance or a hard copy can be picked up in the College & Career Center through April 1, 2020. Any Class of 2020 graduating senior planning to attend a baccalaureate or technical program is eligible to apply. The scholarship value is $1,000 per selected applicant. The signed application with all of the attachments is due at the end of the school day on April 1, 2020. Applications submitted after April 1, 2020 will not be accepted. The scholarships will be distributed at the Principal’s Awards Ceremony on May 7, 2020.

CLICK HERE for a paper copy of the BGPA Scholarship Application.
CLICK HERE for the link to the Naviance page. Login is required.

BGHS in the News
Northwest Suburbs All-Area Team
The Daily Herald, December 6, 2019
Ayden Anderson, Buffalo Grove Anderson was a big-play threat for Buffalo Grove. His longest reception this season was a 94-yard touchdown against MSL East champion Rolling Meadows. With 811 receiving yards on the season, he averaged 15 yards per catch. He finished with a total of 8 touchdowns, including a kickoff return.
Max Oberman, Buffalo Grove Offense, defense, special teams ... Oberman did it all for Buffalo Grove. "Max was somewhat of a utility knife for us this year," Buffalo Grove coach Jeff Vlk said. "There really wasn't anything he couldn't do. He made an impact on offense, defense and special teams and truly has elite speed."

Buffalo Grove runs past Hoffman Estates
The Daily Herald, December 9, 2019
Buffalo Grove finished a stretch of three games in four nights with a convincing 64-31 Mid-Suburban League boys basketball crossover victory at Hoffman Estates Monday. After leading the host Hawks 19-16 after the first quarter, the Bison (6-2) put the game away outscoring Hoffman 39-13 in the middle two quarters. Read Story

Buffalo Grove overcomes Wheeling
The Daily Herald, December 6, 2019
Nate Cole was spot on with his analysis. "Part of being on a team, there's always some internal conflict," Cole said. Maybe that's the experience in him talking. The Buffalo Grove senior forward has been on his share of basketball teams over the years. He's seen the dynamics, the chemistry and the personalities of many different teams. But this Buffalo Grove team, which could be rife with the drama of a power struggle between a young star and the old guard, is a little different from others. Read Story

Looking for More?
Click Here for BGHS’s Daily Announcements
Click Here for the Second 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

1. What is your name? Stefanie McCleish 

2. What department do you teach in/ How long have you been teaching at BG? I teach in the English Department and I’ve been at BG for eight years.

3. Where did you go to high school? I went to high school at Victor J. Andrew in Tinley Park.

4. What part of teaching do you find the most rewarding? I love sharing my passions of writing, reading, and journalism with my students. There are very few careers out there that allow you to truly do what you love each day. I feel very lucky in that regard.  My recent passion project has been to build a classroom library of diverse books. It has been so amazing to see my students really fall back in love with reading. 

5. What is something unique about you? I LOVE to party plan and craft!  Give me a theme and I will use every pun in the book to make it come to life.  I have done so many different themes for my kid’s birthdays including sharks, bumble bees, two-ti-fruity, etc.  If I wasn’t an educator I would love to be a party planner. 

6. What are you currently reading, and/or do you have a favorite author or podcast?   I ALWAYS have at least five books stacked up on my nightstand. My favorite genre is mystery/thriller like One of Us is Lying, Sadie, and We Were Liars,  however, my favorite books from this past year include Margaret Atwood’s sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, Testaments and I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson.  Next up in my stack is a book recommended to me by a student called The Grace Year by Kim Liggett. 

 7. What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor? I am the adviser for The Charger student newspaper.