Friday, January 10, 2020

Principal Wardle's Blog 01/10/2020

Friday Focus:  CAF Night Class of 2024
This Monday Night we welcomed over 500 incoming Freshmen to CAF (Curriculum and Activities Fair), the official start of High School!   We are so excited for the Class of 2024.  

The Bison Impact:  
  • We are incredibly proud to announce that our very own Orchestra Director, Elizabeth Bennett, has been named a top ten finalist for the Grammy Music Educator of the Year Award! Ms. Bennett was one of 3,300 nominees from throughout the United States from both public and private schools, K-college. Congratulations Elizabeth Bennett!
  • Congratulations to the cast and crew of our Fall play, The Amish Project, selected to perform at the Illinois Theater Fest this weekend! They will be performing tonight at ISU.
  • Congrats to the Varsity Girls Gymnastics team who scored a 133 on their way to victory over Elk Grove and Wheeling at our meet on Wednesday!
  • Congratulations to our Class of 2020 Gymnasts celebrating Senior Night this week!
  • Congrats to the Boys Basketball team on starting off the new year with a 66-57  win over Barrington! They have won 9 of their last 10 games.
  • Congratulations to Kendra Lee on joining the 1000 Point Club! Kendra is the 15th girl in Bison history to reach the milestone!
  • Congratulations to our Varsity Coed Cheerleaders on taking 1st place at the Rolling Meadows invite!
  • Congratulations to our JV Cheerleaders! First place out of 25 at the Rolling  Meadows Invite!
  • Congratulations to both the Freshman and Sophomore Boys Swimming and Diving teams! Both levels took 2nd place at the December 21st meet!

Upcoming Dates

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
January 12
8:00 am
Competitive Cheerleading Invite 
January 13
7:00 pm
Boys Basketball vs. Cary-Grove
January 15
4:45 pm
Bowling vs. Hoffman Estates
January 16
7:30 pm
Girls Basketball vs. Barrington
January 17
4:45 pm
Boys Swimming & Diving vs. Hoffman Estates
6:00 pm
Wrestling vs. Rolling Meadows
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
BG High School Students Champion Collecting 2,000 Coats For Charity
Journal-Topics, January 9, 2020
Students in the Environmental Club at Buffalo Grove High School are supporting the environment differently this year, by hosting a coat donation event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. Around 20 students participate in the Environmental Club on a year-round basis, and the students are the propelling force for the event. With over 45 volunteering, their goal is to collect, sort and distribute over 2,000 coats to select organizations. “This distribution day is one of the first times we can truly see the direct impact we have on the community,” Buffalo Grove High School student Veronika said. “Instead of coats, we can see smiling faces. This event is all about bringing together the local community and giving back, right after the holidays.” Read Story

Buffalo Grove music teacher named finalist for Grammy Award
The Daily Herald, January 7, 2020
Buffalo Grove High School teacher Elizabeth Bennett is one of 10 nationwide finalists for a Grammy Music Educator Award, Recording Academy officials announced Monday. Bennett, director of orchestras at Buffalo Grove, was among more than 3,300 music teachers initially nominated for the seventh annual award. The award recognizes educators who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education, and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools, officials said. Read Story

2020 Music Educator Award Finalists Announced Recognizing 10 Top Teachers, January 6, 2020
The Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum have narrowed down a field of more than 3,300 initially nominated music teachers from across all 50 U.S. States to 10 finalists for the 2020 Music Educator Award. This year's 10 finalists come from 10 cities across nine states. Initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states. The annual Music Educator Award recognizes teachers who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. Read Story

Buffalo Grove High School orchestra instructor finalist for Grammy's '2020 Music Educator Award'
ABC7 Eyewitness News, January 6, 2020
BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. (WLS) -- A suburban schoolteacher who's helped put some talented musicians in the spotlight is now taking center stage. Buffalo Grove High School's orchestra instructor, Elizabeth Bennett, is being honored as one of the nation's 10 best music educators, and could even win a Grammy. "It is both humbling and exciting," Bennett said. Bennett, a Northwestern University music graduate, has been nominated as one of 10 finalists nationwide for the Grammy's "2020 Music Educator Award." Watch Video and Ready Story

Buffalo Grove garners two wins
The Daily Herald, December 30, 2019
Gio Jackson and Alejandro Mejia laugh when they call themselves a dynamic duo, but the best wrestlers from Buffalo Grove have every right to do so. The Bison stars led their club to a pair of victories over visiting Geneva and Romeoville Monday in their home gym to move BG over .500 (9-7-0) in advance of the new year. Read Story

Lee nets 1,000th point in Buffalo Grove win
The Daily Herald, December 30, 2019
In the same high school where Naperville Central's Candace Parker became the first Illinois female high school player to dunk, Kendra Lee made some history herself for Buffalo Grove's girls basketball team. The senior forward became the 15th Bison to score 1,000 points when BG posted a 56-46 win over Hampshire in its last game of the 37th annual Komaromy Classic at Dundee-Crown High School on Monday. Lee scored 17 points with 6 rebounds and a pair of steals as the Bison raised their record to 9-7 and completed play in the 16-team tourney at 2-2. Read Story

Freshman Kora Kipley doing a balancing act with Buffalo Grove basketball, travel soccer
Chicago Tribune, December 29, 2019
A month into her first high school basketball season, Buffalo Grove freshman point guard Kora Kipley had a moment players dream about their whole career. With the Bison trailing by one and time winding down in its Dec. 20 home game against rival Hersey, Buffalo Grove senior guard Megan Fontanetta drove across the lane and passed to Kipley at the top of the key. As time expired, the lefty banked in the game-winning jump shot from 20 feet to give Buffalo Grove a 45-44 triumph. Kipley slapped the floor in celebration before she was mobbed by teammates. Read Story

No sophomore slump: Buffalo Grove’s Kam Craft focused on becoming a complete player
Chicago Tribune, December 28, 2019
Few freshman boys basketball players had a season like the one Kam Craft had in 2018-19. Craft averaged 20 points and seven rebounds for Buffalo Grove. That performance led to an obvious question for the 6-foot-5 shooting guard: What’s next? The answer: Expanding his game beyond putting points on the board. “He’s always been a great scorer,” Bison coach Keith Peterson said. “Now he’s becoming a playmaker.” Read Story

Matt Brunelli puts in the work to give Buffalo Grove a boost
Chicago Tribune, December 21, 2019
Matt Brunelli waited for his chance to be a varsity contributor. But he did not wait idly. The senior guard slowly worked his way up through the program to become a key starter for a Bison team flying under the radar this season. Brunelli spent his first two years of high school playing at the lower levels of the program, starting with the freshman team before moving to the sophomore squad. As a junior, he was the second or third varsity player off the bench. This season, Brunelli is a vital contributor for a team with eight wins in its first 10 games. Read Story

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Staff Spotlight

1. What is your name? Arlene Sikora

2. What department have you/ do you work in?  I have worked in Student Services in the Nurse’s Office and College and Career, as well as Social Studies/World Language/EL. I am currently the Math/Science Division Assistant.

3. How long have you been working at BG?  This is my 14th year working at BG.

4. Where did you go to high school? I went to high school at Maine West in Des Plaines.

5. What part of working at BG do you find the most rewarding? I really enjoy all aspects of working at BG. The staff are a tremendous group of people, we are like family.  I enjoy interaction with students as well. Having mints on my desk always brings in a few visitors and I like to encourage a quick chat with them. My job keeps me quite busy as I feel it is very important for the teachers in my area to have everything they need to teach class and help the students succeed. I like to keep things as organized as possible so others can do their job with ease. 

6. What is something unique about you?  My dog, Zeus, is a therapy dog.  We visit the hospital 2-3 times a month as well as schools and other places where someone might be hurting emotionally or physically. This volunteer work is very rewarding.  I was the Bison Booster President when our school received the Lights on the Football/Soccer/Marching Band Field.

7. What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor?  What activities at BG do you follow? I try to support most of the fundraising efforts at BG and enjoy attending musical events, and plays.  I check out calculators to students and try to keep them working! I have participated in many staff committees over the years. I assist students in the comfort closet.  I have some helpers in the copy room, I show students how to use the copy machines and refill supplies. When my children went to BGHS I attended many, many events, concerts, competitions and dances.