Friday, October 23, 2020

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog 10/23/2020

 Friday Focus:  

Have you been missing live music?  Of course you have!  Well, let the BGHS Music ensembles fill that void in your life THIS SATURDAY, October 24 between 4:30-6pm!

As part of our annual Pops Concert we will be having a "Drive & Donate" event on Saturday, October 24 here at BGHS.  The event is ongoing and ALL are welcome to attend anytime between 4:30-6pm.  The event will take place in the Bus Lane and you don't even leave your car!  You simply drive through as many times as you'd like and enjoy the music being performed as you drive.  This is a family-friendly event!

The BGHS Orchestras, By Popular Demand Vocal Jazz, and Jazz Ensemble will be performing a variety of music.  Come out and enjoy it all!

This event also serves as a way of collecting food donations for the community, and monetary donations for the BGHS Music Department.  

Please see the flyer below and attached, and feel free to share it far and wide.  Hope to see you Saturday!

The Bison Impact:  

  • Congratulations to Swimmers Stefanie Surdyka for breaking the pool record in the 50 and 100 freestyle, to Emilia Jedryka for breaking the pool record in the 100 backstroke, and to Gianna Gagliano on tying the school record for 100 breaststroke.

  • Congratulations to Varsity Boys Cross Country on their 6th place finish at the MSL conference meet with 10 of 12 runners running BIG personal bests! Congratulations to Mario Torres on his 11th place finish and being named All Conference as a sophomore in his first year on Cross Country!

  • Congratulations to Arina Georgiievska, awarded the Foundations for Teaching Economics (FTE) Certificate of Distinction for their Economics for Leaders Program. Approximately 30 students from around the world participate in the program, through which students gain a better understanding of how to integrate economics into decision-making and explore the correlation between economics and leadership through challenging activities and simulations.

Upcoming Dates



October 25

National Honor Society Induction Ceremony 2:30-4:00 pm in the Stadium

October 27

SAT Exam for Registered Seniors (check your email for details)

October 29

Parent Teacher Conferences

BOE Board of Education Workshop 6:30 pm at Prospect

October 31

Blue Crew Trunk or Treat Event 10:00-Noon  in the BG Parking Lot

November 3

Election Day/Non-Attendance Day - Building Closed 

November 4-11

Underclass Picture Day - more details coming soon

November 12

Board of Education Meeting 7:00 pm at Forest View Educational Center

November 19

Buffalo Grove Parent Association Meeting 7:00 pm

November 25

Non-Attendance Day - Building Closed

November 26

Non-Attendance Day - Building Closed (Thanksgiving Day)

November 27

Non-Attendance Day - Building Closed

AP Exam Registration DEADLINE FRIDAY 10/27

Registration for all Advanced Placement Exams is open now through October 27, 2020. Even though Advanced Placement exams are scheduled for May 3-21, 2021, all registration must be completed this month. Any AP students that are taking the AP Exams must register by October 27.

CLICK HERE to Register for AP Exams or

* Go to the Buffalo Grove HS webpage

* Select the Trending Tile -> Advanced Placement

Please note that College Board imposes a late fee of $40 that will be applied to exam registration received after the 10/27/20 deadline. If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact our Assessment Supervisor, Julie Chybicki-Zimmer (847) 718-4030 or Assessment Assistant, Robin Christie (847) 718-4036.

Attention Seniors and Parents! 

Virtual College Visits for Seniors

The District 214 Post-Secondary Counselors are offering virtual college representative visits for seniors. The representatives available next week are listed on the schedule below. Students check your email, or please contact or in the College & Career Center for the Zoom links if you are interested in attending any of these sessions.

Scheduled Date


College/University Name

Monday, October 26

8:45 AM

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

8:45 AM

Bradley University (IL)

8:45 AM

Iowa State University (IA)

8:45 AM

University of Michigan-Flint(MI)

9:20 AM

Eckerd College (FL)

9:20 AM

Elmhurst University (IL)

9:20 AM

Purdue University Northwest (IN)

9:20 AM

Suffolk University

9:20 AM

Franklin College (IN)

Tuesday, October 27

9:20 AM

Seton Hall University (NJ)

9:20 AM

University of Oregon

Wednesday, October 28

8:45 AM

Knox College (IL)

8:45 AM

Ohio State University-Main Campus (OH)

9:20 AM

McKendree University (IL)

9:20 AM

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (IL)

9:20 AM

Michigan Technological University (MI)

9:20 AM

New Mexico Highlands University (NM)

9:20 AM

Ohio State University-Main Campus

9:20 AM

US Navy

8:45 AM

Xavier University

Thursday, October 29

8:45 AM

Gettysburg College (PA)

8:45 AM

North Central College (IL)

8:45 AM

Northeastern University

8:45 AM

Trine University (IN)

8:45 AM

University of South Alabama (AL)

8:45 AM

National Louis University-Wheeling(IL)

9:20 AM

College of Charleston (SC)

9:20 AM

University of Tampa (FL)

Friday, October 30

8:45 AM

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (IN)

8:45 AM

School of the Art Institute of Chicago (IL)

8:45 AM

Wabash College (IN)

8:45 AM

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (WI)

9:20 AM

Purdue University-Main Campus (IN)

9:20 AM

University of Notre Dame

9:20 AM

Cardinal Stritch University (WI)

9:20 AM

Ohio State University-Main Campus (OH)

In case you missed it: College and Career Ready! Night recorded sessions available CLICK HERE

Back Those Bison!

Varsity Home Sports and Fine Arts for the Coming Week




October 24

4:30 pm

42nd Annual Pops Concert “Drive & Donate” Event outside in the BGHS bus lane in the parking lot (see details above)

For underlevel and away sporting events and the most current information for BGHS activities, please go to: Buffalo Grove High School Comprehensive Calendar

Staff Spotlight

1. What is your name?  Anna Schultes

2. What department do you teach in/ How long have you been teaching at BG?  I teach in the English / EL Department and this is my 12th year at BG

3. Where did you go to high school?  I went to Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński High School in Bialystok, Poland.

4. What part of teaching do you find the most rewarding?  I love connecting with my students, sharing stories and learning from one another.  I learn so much from them every day! It is so rewarding to see students get excited about language learning, as well, but the human connections that we make are truly invaluable.

5. What new thing have you learned this year teaching remotely? So much!  I am continuously impressed by how resilient and gracious our students are. I am frequently reminded of what is most important; yes, as educators we need to convey content, but we also need to show our students a lot of empathy and understanding. We will get through these challenging times together; our collective health and safety is most important.

6. What are you currently reading, and/ or do you have a favorite author or podcast?  - I love nonfiction. It has been my passion for quite a while now, probably since graduate school. I just finished Grit by Angela Duckworth (finally!), and I am currently reading Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey.  There is so much that nonfiction can teach us.  To paraphrase Maya Angelou: when we know more, we do better. 

7. What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor?  I was the co-sponsor of the Feminism Club for a few years, but we are currently on hiatus. I also work quite a bit with other teachers as an instructional coach for English Language Learners. 

8. What is something unique about you? I think my immigrant experience is unique. I've studied and lived in three different countries: Poland, Belgium and the U.S.  I have taught English abroad and am a member of the National Language Service Corps. I am bilingual and a champion of the cognitive benefits of language learning.  There is so much we can learn from one another by sharing our lived experiences and language is an integral part of that. I always strive to share some of these experiences with my students. 

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