Friday, December 11, 2020

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog 12/10/2020

 Friday Focus:  

🗞💻During this unprecedented year, we have not been able to publish a print edition of our BGHS student newspaper, The Charger. However, the Charger students have been hard at work writing articles, conducting interviews via zoom, and continuing finding ways to get the job done!  Did you know that you can keep up with all the latest news on The Charger website? Here is some new content you will find:


New Freshman Mentor Program provides connections for incoming freshmen

It’s Time to Put on Music, it’s Time to Light the Lights: BG’s Elizabeth Bennett is Nominated for Grammy, Again

Kappler's creativity aids interest in composing podcast music

DECA prepares for virtual State competition

Em & M’s Book Nook: Disability Visibility

Additional shutdowns could mean more trouble for businesses

Cancel culture skyrockets as TikTok and Twitter use progresses

Aquaphobia: When water makes anxiety come in waves

Artist of the Month: Lady Gaga

“Educated: A Memoir” tells powerful story of growth

Movies with Mikayla: The Witches

The Bison Impact:  

  • Congratulations to Photo 1 art student Khushi Gandhi who received Honorable Mention in Drexel University's High School Photo Contest. You can view her work HERE and it is also featured in the Digital Cyanotypes photo display in the main office stairwell area (middle panel, lower right). All contest winners' works are visible on the site and all the work is outstanding.

Winter Play Premiers TONIGHT at 7:00 PM

Synopsis: Stuck Here Together will keep you cuddled under your favorite blanket as Lou and Cheryl, a pair of grandparents, and their grandchildren, Noah, David, and Rachel, take you on a road trip through the great state of Illinois. These grandparents know how to travel and decide that Illinois is the best place to unplug from your phone and just listen to the voices on the radio. Their grandchildren, reluctantly resign to their rule.

You will be entertained by new contemporary stories written and performed by BG students.  Your heartstrings will be pulled as you listen to the real words of those who have lived here and experienced the changes our great state has endured.  You will laugh at the unfortunate Illinoisans who have been charged with crimes due to the "Wacky Laws" in some towns.  And, you may hear from a former president.  Plus, loads more!  

All the work is original and allows the audience to sit back, unplug our eyes from a screen, and enjoy the stories that unfold.  

CLICK HERE to listen on the BG Network Vimeo Page

CLICK HERE to listen through the BG Theater Arts Podcast Page

CLICK HERE to listen on Spotify 

CLICK HERE for the Stuck Here Together program

Winter Celebration Intro Video

The Music Department will be sharing the joy of music in this season virtually and we would love for you to join us and enjoy the content our students have worked to create. We will be sharing a new video daily on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram through December 19th. Follow the hashtag #BGWinterCelebration and follow the accounts below to see their performances:

Fine Arts: Twitter - @BGHSFineArts

Band: Facebook - @bisonpridebands • Twitter - @bgbisonpride •  Instagram - @bghsbisonpride

Choir: Facebook - BG Bison Choirs • Twitter & Instagram @BGBisonChoir 

Orchestra: Facebook - BGHS Orchestras • Twitter - @BGHSOrchestras • Instagram - @bghsorchestra

Upcoming Dates



December 14-18

Finals Week - Please consult course syllabus and teacher for details

December 18

End of 2nd Quarter

Winter Break begins at close of classes

January 4

In-Service Day - Students Not in Attendance

January 5

Classes Resume (remote learning)

First Day of 3rd Quarter

January 18

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Non-Attendance Day/Building Closed

January 19

In-person hybrid learning resumes

January 20

Buffalo Grove Parent Association meeting 7:00 pm

January 21

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

BGPA Scholarship Application Now Available

The Buffalo Grove High School Parent Association (“BGPA”) and donor Mrs. Jackie Sell are pleased to award scholarships to recognize the achievement of our students. The winners will be selected based on school and community involvement, leadership, motivation, and academics, as well as a compelling personal essay. All graduating BGHS Class of 2021 seniors are eligible for this scholarship. Additionally, scholarship Applicants must plan to attend a post-secondary or technical school as a full-time or part-time student and must meet District 214’s requirements to participate in and to be awarded a diploma at commencement in 2021. The Scholarship is an outright gift and will be announced and disbursed at the Principal’s Awards Assembly on May 6, 2021.

The BGPA Scholarship application  is posted in Naviance, as well the College and Career Website.  CLICK HERE for the link to the scholarship page

All applications will be reviewed with complete anonymity. The completed application (stapled with required attachments and signatures) must be received in the BGHS College/Career Center by the end of school on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. All decisions made by BGPA will be final. Any application not submitted with all attachments or unsigned by the end of school on March 31, 2021, will be rejected.

December SAT and ACT Exams Canceled

The SAT exam scheduled for Saturday, December 5 and the ACT exam scheduled for  Saturday, December 12 have been cancelled at all District 214 high schools. Please contact and for future testing opportunities.

Need a physical library book during remote learning?

You can pick them up at school or we can deliver them to you!

CLICK HERE for the Physical Book Recommendation and Order Form

CLICK HERE for eBook/Audio Book Recommendation and Form

Any questions or concerns? Please reach out to our email

DECA Sponsors Virtual Trick Shot Contest

We all know how hard COVID-19 has hit our athletics department. However, the BGHS DECA Chapter has found a way to get BG moving again! Starting Monday, November 30th, the DECA Club will be hosting a Virtual Trick Shot Contest. Yes, you heard that right. Both students AND teachers who are interested in having some fun (by themselves, with friends, or family) while showing off their best sports skills should fill out the form attached ASAP. Registration to sign up for the event closes Sunday, December 6th, and payment/video submissions will be accepted from Monday, December 7th to Friday, December 18th. The DECA Chapter will be collecting video submission fees for this event, and ALL proceeds will go toward the Good Sports Charity. Plus, there will be prizes (with over $120 in the prize pool)! You will find more information about registration and submission in the form. So, what are you waiting for? Go sign up! Payment (due after registration):

Individual: One person in video-$5.00

Group: 2-6 people in video-$10.00

Team: 7+ people in video-$20.00

Sign-Up Form (Registration open from Monday, November 30th to Sunday, December 6th).

Staff Spotlight

What is your name? Julie Santeford (“Frau”)

What department do you teach in/ How long have you been teaching at BG? World Languages, this is year 17, all at BGHS <3

Where did you go to high school? Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora

What part of teaching do you find the most rewarding? Hard to choose a “most” – but perhaps the most rewarding part of teaching is when I hear from present and graduated students about the ways they’ve used German in their lives: from studying abroad in Vienna for a semester, to talking with a German couple while working at Ace Hardware, to completing an engineering internship with Mercedes Benz in Stuttgart, Germany, or maintaining lifelong friendships with people they met on our Germany exchange, so many of them have been able to use and connect with their time in the German program here at BG.

What new thing have you learned this year teaching remotely? Teaching remotely, I have learned that time learning and bonding together in the physical classroom is irreplaceable and something to treasure. That said, I have also learned that with enough determination, both teachers and students have an amazing ability to “make it work” while learning remotely.

What are you currently reading, and/ or do you have a favorite author or podcast? I am currently reading Polish e-books because I love languages and reading, so it’s a win-win way for me to learn and enjoy at the same time. In general, though, I prefer nonfiction works about sciences (biological, physical, social…). A few favorite authors are Michio Kaku and Brian Greene.

What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor? I sponsor German Club and also an exchange with a school in southern Germany. Mainly, my goal is to promote an interest in German culture and travel in general. Normally this would be a travel year for us … hopefully we can resume our awesome partnership asap!

What is something unique about you? I think it’s a hard question for anyone to answer what makes them unique(!) … but I would have to say – perhaps my nerdy obsession with language learning. There is not enough time in life to learn all I want to learn, so I can often be seen standing in line at the store or walking through the halls flipping through language flashcards… I assume most people think I am texting or browsing social media, but it’s always flashcards!


Back Those Bison!

Varsity Home Sports and Fine Arts for the Coming Week




December 11

7:00 pm

Winter radio play Stuck Here Together premiers - CLICK HERE to listen

December 7-19


Winter Celebration featuring Band, Choir and Orchestra - see info above and check social media platforms to watch

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

Looking for More?

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Click Here for the 2nd Quarter Parent Newsletter

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Click Here for One Grove Gallery exhibits and information

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