Friday, March 6, 2020

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog 03/06/2020

Friday Focus:
Need a quiet place to study or complete missing work?
Need help raising a grade? 
This Saturday, March 7th, Buffalo Grove High School will be hosting The Bison Academy from 8:30 am to 11:00 am in the Library.  The Bison Academy is a service provided by Buffalo Grove High School to help students raise a grade, make up missing work due to absences, or just find a quiet place to complete work.

A small selection of BG staff and National Honor Society tutors are available at The Bison Academy. Though help at the honors and AP level is not always available, The Bison Academy can provide an environment for collaboration, guidance, and support. Students will also have access to the computer lab and other school supplies that they may need to complete projects.  Some students have difficulties completing work in a regular school class period. The extended time and helpful support at The Bison Academy provide an excellent option for those students. If your child needs some additional time, please consider this SATURDAY option.

If you or your child are interested, please make contact through your child's teachers so they can leave the appropriate work to be completed and provide additional guidance. Contact can also be made through counselors, who can then share the plan with your child's teacher. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Raucci (847-718-4269) for more information or clarification. We look forward to helping your BG student!

The Bison Impact:  
  • Congratulations to the Boys Basketball team on their 83-69 win over Hersey on Tuesday. The Bison move to 24-7 and tie for the 2nd most wins in school history! BG advances to the Regional Championship game vs. Prospect tonight at Grant Community High School at 7:00 pm. Fight on!
  • Congratulations to Boys Freshman Track & Field on taking 3rd place at the Freshmen Invite. Mario Torres won the 2 Mile and 1 Mile. Congrats to Tommy Spiegelman with the longest freshman long jump in BG History!
  • Congratulations to Blue Crew for making it to the IHSA State Final Four for the  Student Section Showdown. This is the second time in three years that Blue Crew has made it to the State Finals!

Upcoming Dates

March 9
Winter Sports Awards 7:00 pm
March 11
Buffalo Grove Parent Association (BGPA) Meeting 7:00 pm Community Room
March 13
Last Day of 3rd Quarter
District 214 Comedy Sportz 7:00 pm at Elk Grove High School
March 16
4th Quarter Begins
District 214 Arts Showcase at Metropolis Theater 7:00 pm
March 17
District 214 Dance Showcase at Elk Grove High School
March 19
Board of Education Meeting 7:00 pm  at Forest View Educational Center
March 20
Early Dismissal 2:10 pm - Spring Break begins at the close of classes
March 23-27
Spring Break - No School
March 30
Classes Resume

Second Annual Arts Spotlight Monday, March 16
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights
You’re enthusiastically invited to join outstanding student artists and the District 214 Education Foundation for the Second Annual Arts Spotlight the evening of Monday, March 16 at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. This event will celebrate some of our top student talent in the areas of 2D art; dance; speech; vocal performance and instrumental performance. Each District 214 school will be represented with onstage acts, and student artwork will be on display in the lobby.

Steve Colella, who oversees Wheeling High School’s fine and performing arts and also is a District 214 and Broadway alumnus, will emcee the evening’s program. The event, hosted by the District 214 Education Foundation in partnership with the District's Fine and Performing Arts departments, will support the District 214 Arts Fund, empowering opportunities for career exploration and success in the arts.


Tickets are available now at The cost is $25. Tickets will be $30 at the door.  Appetizers from local restaurants are included; a cash bar is available. CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

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.

Back Those Bison!
Varsity Home Sports and Fine Arts for the Coming Week
March 7
8:00 am 
Boys Track & Field Varsity Invite
March 9
7:00 pm
Winter Sports Awards
March 10
7:00 pm
Concert Band Festival featuring BGHS, JHHS, and WHS
March 11
5:45 pm
Boys Water Polo vs. Palatine
March 12
5:45 pm
Boys Water Polo vs. Mundelein
7:00 pm
Winter Choral & Orchestra Concert
March 13
4:45 pm
Girls Track & Field vs. Lake Zurich & Cary Grove
March 16
6:00 pm
District 214 Arts Showcase at the Metropolis Theater
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
Craft on fire again as Buffalo Grove bounces Hersey
The Daily Herald, March 3, 2020
It's almost track season. Not that the players on the Buffalo Grove boys basketball team would notice a difference from basketball season. For the Bison, it's run, run, run whenever they can. Basketball shoes could easily be substituted for track shoes. "We are better at playing fast than slow," Buffalo Grove sophomore guard Kam Craft said. Buffalo Grove likes a fast pace. The Bison like to push tempo, to get up and down the floor and to score points in a hurry. And that's what they did with apparent ease on Tuesday in their 83-69 victory in a Class 4A regional semifinal at Grant. Read Story

Robots ‘rumble’ in SD214 competition to test students’ grasp of engineering, technology
Chicago Tribune, March 3, 2020
Three Buffalo Grove High School seniors — David Lender, Anthony Makuch and Martin Waz — said they took three months to build their Dr. Phil robot --named after their engineering teacher, not the television personality. “It’s all about the design,” said Lender, who plans to study engineering at Purdue University next year. “We have to experiment for a while to get it right. Building it isn’t that hard.” Read Story

Kolodziej steps down at Buffalo Grove
The Daily Herald, February 28, 2020
In his eight seasons as the Buffalo Grove girls basketball coach, Steve Kolodziej emphasized the importance of his teams feeling as a family. Now, the head of Buffalo Grove's student success, safety and wellness division, Kolodziej is going to spend more time with his family. Read Story

Looking for More?
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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? Mike McCabe

2. What department do you teach in/ How long have you been teaching at BG?  I currently teach in the social science department and have been teaching at BG for 16 years of my 21 year career.

3.  Where did you go to high school?  John Hersey High School

4. What part of teaching do you find the most rewarding? When students get really excited about a topic that we are covering in class and want to carry the discussion further.  It is a great event when you can actually see a student opening up their mind to a new topic and really enjoying the experience.

5. What is something unique about you?  Although I was born in Chicago and grew up in Arlington Heights, my favorite place to be is far away from large populations.  I have always been an outdoors man and love to run, bike, hunt and fish in remote areas.

6. What are you currently reading, and/or do you have a favorite author or podcast?  I am currently reading an older fiction book called Excavation by James Rollins. 

7. What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor?  I am currently the coach of the newly formed Mock Trial Team.