Thursday, April 9, 2020

Principal Wardle's Weekly BLog 04/09/2020

Friday Focus:
Congratulations to senior Dagmara Sobolak! Dagmara is the first student from Buffalo Grove High School to earn the National Community Service Merit Award from the United Nations Association-USA this school year. Dagmara is already listed in the digital feed of awardees, which also highlights the UN Global Goal that each student has made and their impact via community service.
Three tiers of award levels exist to celebrate students who make the decision to invest energy and effort into helping others: Merit (20 hours of community service across 4 activities this school year), Honor (40 hours of community service across 8 activities this school year), and Ambassador (100 hours of community service across 12 activities this school year).
There may be other BGHS students who qualify for these awards.  There is still time to apply before the April 15, 2020 deadline.  Digital Awards and the National Press Release will be issued in May.  There are no fees to the students to receive the awards or apply for consideration. More Information on the award format can be found HERE, or via email at
The Bison Impact:  Congratulations to Photography students Arina Georgiievska and Madeline Dracopoulos, chosen from more than 450 high school photographers to have their photographs featured in Perspective Gallery's show, 2020 Student Perspectives. Normally these students would be featured in their Evanston gallery, however due to the current situation they will instead be featured on the gallery's website, FaceBook, and Instagram, with hopes for a future in-person show. Keep an eye out for their work! CLICK HERE for the Perspective Gallery or look for it on Instagram at
SAT/ACT and AP Exam Updates
Please visit the BGHS Assessment Center webpage for continued updates on AP exams, Illinois State testing, ACT and SAT exams. This page is updated as new information is made available, so please check back often. CLICK HERE to visit the BGHS Assessment Center webpage. If you have any questions, please contact our assessment team, Supervisor Julie Chybicki-Zimmer or Assessment Assistant Robin Christie .

BGHS Art Teacher, Jordie Field, has started #appreciationletterproject on Instagram. If you are looking for a positive activity, please join! No art experience required, just a willingness to show appreciation!  Create a thank you letter or art to show appreciation and thank all those who serve us daily. Click HERE to see what others have created.

BG Music Teachers Create Original Song
Listen to the incredible work by the BGHS Music Teachers, Henry Kappler (Band), Elizabeth Bennett (Orchestra), and Debora Utley (Choir) in collaboration with former BG student, Janelle Finton. CLICK HERE to listen to this original song and recording. If you're inspired, consider giving to #214Cares: Our campaign to help District 214 students and families in dire need at this time. Click HERE to give directly to

Upcoming Dates

April 10
Non-Attendance Day
April 16
Board of Education Meeting 7:00 pm Forest View Educational Center
May 25
Memorial Day
May 29
Last Day of School

BGHS in the News
School districts donate high-demand N95 masks, other PPE items to hospitals and first responders: ‘We’re happy to do whatever we can to assure a healthy community
Chicago Tribune, April 6, 2020
Suburban school districts have donated thousands of gloves, masks and gowns to hospitals and first responders facing shortages of the personal protective equipment amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Since schools will be continuing remotely until at least April 30, per Governor J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order, school nurses and officials decided to donate their inventories of equipment to local hospitals and fire departments that need it now. Read Story

District 214 donating PPE to Northwest Community Hospital
The Daily Herald, April 7, 2020
HIgh School District 214 is taking yet another step to address the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health care professionals by donating to Northwest Community Hospital its supply of PPE and hand soap. Read Story

Help D214 Students and Families in Need
Those wishing to support our D214 students and families directly amid the C-19 pandemic should do so using the official D214 Foundation online giving page at, or CLICK HERE.

The Foundation has committed to a dollar-for-dollar $10,000 match for the initial $10,000 raised, and we know we'll go beyond.

Funds will assist with needs at many levels, and distribution will be coordinated in part through the Foundation's Student Needs Task Force, a group of volunteers who help meet student needs throughout the year. These allocations will be made based on requests from principals in consultation with counselors. This effort is focused on addressing direct, real, pressing needs of students who need assistance now. Funds collected will be prioritized based on need.

Please spread the word and invite neighbors, friends, parents and others to use this Foundation page to give here. You can share the link directly via social media. All donations are tax-deductible.

Resources for D214 Families
A Comprehensive List of Local Food Supplies:

Remote Learning:

Additional Resources:
Here are some resources that I’ve found helpful from Deb Heitner, author of Raising Digital Natives:
Looking for More?
Click Here for the Fourth Quarter Parent Newsletter
Click Here for BGHS’s Daily Announcements
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