Friday, May 1, 2020

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog 05/01/2020

Friday Focus
Buffalo Grove High School CTE Fashion Students Produce Face Masks
Journal-Topics, April 22, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a groundswell of grassroots community efforts and the class of Career and Technical Education Fashion students from Buffalo Grove High School are helping out in a big way. Family & Consumer Science teacher Ronna Pflanz, who was looking for a way to help and involve her students, hit on the idea of sewing and assembling face masks. Twenty students are working from their homes, with materials delivered to them by Pflanz, who later picks up and distributes the completed masks. Students who have sewing machines at home are making masks, while others are cutting fabric and doing prep work. Read Story

The Bison Impact:  
  • Congratulations to the DECA officers elected to represent our Chapter for the 2020-21 school year:   Matt Allaire (President),  Sophie Veytsman (Vice President),  Alyssa Weede (Treasurer), and Kyle Stefani (Secretary).
  • Congratulations to the Senior Class Board officers newly elected to represent the Class of 2021 for the 2020-21 school year:  Amelia Stoesser (President),  Lindsay Semmelman (Vice President), Claire Schneider (Treasurer), and Leah Limber (Secretary). 
  • Congratulations to the Junior Class Board officers newly elected to represent the Class of 2022 for the 2020-21 school year:  Grace Veller (President), Troy Kowalski (Vice President), Zoyia Khan (Treasurer), and Jaclyn Rende (Secretary). 
  • Congratulations to the Sophomore Class Board officers newly elected to represent the Class of 2023 for the 2020-21 school year:  Molly Abrams (President), Erin Knauf (Vice President), Maya Semmelman (Treasurer), and Sarah Mora (Secretary).

The Charger Reports on Life in Quarantine
Life in Quarantine: How our students and staff are spending their time
Daniella Agre, Entertainment Editor
The Charger, April 28, 2020
Hi Bison! Due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, we have been asked to do our part to protect ourselves and loved ones and engage in self quarantine. For the first few weeks, we were more easily able to find activities to occupy our day…or night for most of us. But as this goes on we run out of cookies to bake, home projects to improve, and drawers to organize. If you’ve reached your wits end and are desperately in need of some Quarantine inspo don’t worry, here are some of the activities our fellow Bison have been keeping busy with: Read Story

Lockdown measures put the safety of going outdoors in question
Mark Anbinder, Editor-in-Chief
The Charger, April 23, 2020
It isn’t hard to perceive that in the wake of a global pandemic, many state governments are urging their citizens to stay at home and are closing most businesses. As a recreational activity, many people choose to go on outside strolls, runs or bike rides in an attempt to escape the locked cage that their homes have become and to curb boredom. Many states like New York, which has been hit harder by the disease relative to other states have implemented programs that allow people to leave their homes only if they need to get food, take care of a relative or go to an essential job as long as they follow social distancing recommendations. Illinois has embraced a similar plan and allows its citizens to leave their homes to go get groceries, pick up prescriptions and go for walks, among other daily duties.  Read Story

Upcoming Dates

May 18
Principal’s Awards - Streamed online. Check back for link/information
May 20
Commencement - Details TBD
May 25
Memorial Day
May 29
Last Day of School
June 20
Deadline for AP Seniors to send AP exam scores to their college for free

BGHS in the News
You can learn math and English online, but how about pottery? Hands-on education challenged after COVID-19 closes schools
Chicago Tribune, April 28, 2020
But adaptability can go only so far. Sean Murrin’s automotive classes at Buffalo Grove High School have had to switch to webinars and online training modules since students no longer have access to a garage. Murrin said that could be a drawback for kids seeking to get professional certification right out of high school, though most of his seniors plan to continue their education in college or trade school. Read Story

Dist. 214 Donates PPE Buffalo Grove Fire Department
Journal-Topics, April 28, 2020
Buffalo Grove High School Principal Jeff Wardle (right) on April 14 donated protective face shields to Buffalo Grove Fire Chief Mike Baker (left) and the crew at Fire Station 27. Skilled teachers from Buffalo Grove and Wheeling high schools created the personal protective equipment (PPE) by using 3D printers. Both schools are aiming to create more than 2,000 face shields a week in a partnership with Harper College. The goal is to continue to provide needed PPE for individuals working on the front lines during the coronavirus pandemic.  Read Story

Buffalo Grove tabs Kelly as new girls basketball coach
The Daily Herald, April 24, 2020
A new era of Buffalo Grove girls basketball got underway this week when Martha Kelly was named head coach. For the past six years, Kelly was girls basketball varsity assistant and junior varsity coach for the Bison. Read Story

District 214 Covid-19 Information Center

District 214 has a Covid-19 Information Center page on the website. As new information concerning COVID-19 and its effect on District 214 becomes available, it is posted on this site. This webpage provides links to COVID-19 information from federal, state, and local public health agencies. 

CLICK HERE to visit the District 214 Covid-19 Update Information Center
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