Friday, May 8, 2020

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog 05/08/2020

Friday Focus
College Board Class of 2021 Scholarships
Our current Junior students now have the opportunity to potentially earn a scholarship while planning for college. The College Board Scholarship program is open to all class of 2021 students (current juniors). For every college planning action that students complete between now and February 2021, they can earn chances at scholarships, from $500 to $2,000.  Students who complete every step are eligible for a $40,000 scholarship.

College Board has introduced COVID-19 resources designed to help juniors stay on track with college planning and earn scholarships at home. Every junior can take the following actions at home:

Sign up for College Board Opportunity Scholarships
Build a college list on BigFuture by July 31 to be eligible for a $500 scholarship
Practice for the SAT to be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship

Congratulations to junior Bridget Reynolds on already earning a $1,000 College Board scholarship!

A Special Announcement for seniors who attended Ivy Hill School!
Seniors and Graduates of Ivy Hill Elementary School

Our Senior Walk will be virtual this year but we'd like to celebrate YOU!
Please send a picture of your 1st day of school at Ivy Hill - whether it be Kindergarten or 5th grade - as well as your Senior picture.  If you have a favorite teacher you'd like to give a "shout out" to or if you have a favorite Ivy Hill memory, we'd love to hear about it!

Send all this information to by May 15th.  We will contact you with a viewing link by May 30th.

Congratulations and Best Wishes from the Ivy Hill Staff

The Bison Impact:  
  • Congratulations to senior Frank Adams named Outstanding Youth Leader by the Link Together Coalition for his hard work, dedication and willingness to help! 
  • Congratulations to Marissa Fauci for making the Iowa State Cheerleading Team.
  • Congrats to Senior Joe Apicella who will be going to play LaCrosse for North Central College!

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
Buffalo Grove High School Earns Award For Music Program
Journal-Topics, May 4, 2020
Buffalo Grove High School has been honored with the SupportMusic Merit Award from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. The SupportMusic Merit Award recognizes schools that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify, Buffalo Grove answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities and support for the music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas. Read Story

Buffalo Grove Names New Gymnastics Coaches
Journal-Topics, May 1, 2020
Buffalo Grove High School announced that Stephanie Schrader is departing as head girls gymnastics coach and will be succeeded by the pair of Allison Leslie and Kristen Prokup.  Helping the Bison pair out is new assistant coach Amy Rivera, the departing head gymnastics coach at Elk Grove. Rivera will also serve as a math teacher at Buffalo Grove. Read Story

Buffalo Grove High fashion students sew face masks
The Daily Herald, May 1, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a groundswell of grass-roots community efforts and innovation likely unmatched since World War II. Everyone who can find a way to pitch in is doing so, and that includes a class of Career and Technical Education Fashion students from Buffalo Grove High School. Family & Consumer Science teacher Ronna Pflanz, looking for a way to help and involve her students, hit on the idea of sewing and assembling face masks. 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