Friday, December 18, 2020

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog 12/18/2020

 Friday Focus:  

Enjoy the Sounds of the Season! The Music Department is sharing the joy of music this season virtually, and we would love for you to join us and enjoy the content our students have worked to create. We are sharing a new video daily on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram through December 19th. You can always scroll back and watch previously posted videos, as well. 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 and Instagram @BGBisonChoir 

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

Upcoming Dates



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 learning resumes (students who have committed to in-person learning for 3rd Quarter)

January 20

Buffalo Grove Parent Association meeting 7:00 pm

January 21

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

February 11

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

February 17

Buffalo Grove Parent Association meeting 7:00 pm

February 12

Non-Attendance Day

February 15

President’s Day - No School, Building Closed

February 26

In-Service Day - Students Not in Attendance

Senior Portraits & Underclass Retakes

Seniors - check your mail for a postcard from LifeTouch, the District 214 school portrait photographers. Senior Retakes will be happening from mid-January to early-February.  Lifetouch sent a postcard to every senior with their scheduled date and time.

Opportunities for underclassmen portraits and retakes are still being determined, but will likely be scheduled for February. An email will be sent with more detailed information early next semester.

Second Semester Blue & Orange Day Calendar

The Blue and Orange Calendar for second semester is now posted under Quick Links on the Buffalo Grove High School website,

Click Here for the Second Semester Blue & Orange Calendar

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.

Staff Spotlight

What is your name? Melissa Moy

What department do you teach in/ How long have you been teaching at BG?

World Language/Social Science, this is my 11th year.

Where did you go to high school? Robert E. Lee High School in San Antonio, Texas.

What part of teaching do you find the most rewarding? When a student continues to learn and practice classroom learning in College and beyond. I’m always amazed when a student comes back and reports how much he/she has benefited and utilized what they learned in the classroom out in the real world. It’s especially rewarding when a student reports back that something they learned in the classroom changed them forever.

What new thing have you learned this year teaching remotely? I’ve learned that I can multitask much better than previously thought possible. I don’t know how to juggle (literally), but this year I am “juggling” by teaching a class stacked with 3 levels. I’ve learned to teach the same lesson in 3 levels of difficulties and expectation at the same time. In February, I will also be teaching the SAT Math prep course... just a little more multi-tasking.

What are you currently reading, and/ or do you have a favorite author or podcast?   I am currently rereading Leaf by Niggle by J.R.R. Tolkien. My favorite novel is The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. But my favorite author is Jane Austin (Sense & Sensibility; Pride & Prejudice).

What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor? I sponsor the Chinese Culture Clubs at both BG and Hersey.

What is something unique about you? I guess I am unique in that I was an Electrical Engineer in the corporate world for 10 years, and then went on to create and teach a Mandarin language program in District 214... quite a career change!

Back Those Bison!

Varsity Home Sports and Fine Arts for the Coming Week






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

December 7-19


Winter Celebration featuring Band, Choir and Orchestra - follow #BGWinterCelebration on social media platforms to view

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

BGHS in the News

First generation students' path to college aided by D214 Foundation

The Daily Herald, December 16, 2020

College was an enigma to Serena Bekteshi. There was a point when the High School District 214 senior, who will be a first-generation college student, didn't know how to apply, didn't understand what grants were and couldn't quite figure out how scholarships might work. Then, a turning point: the Next Generation Pathway to Completion, a donor-funded program created by the District 214 Education. Ready Story

Looking for More?

Click Here for the New Block Schedule

Click Here for the Blue & Orange Day Calendar

Click Here for the Second Semester Blue & Orange Calendar

Click Here for the D214 School Calendars

Click Here for the 2nd Quarter Parent Newsletter

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

Click Here for the BGPA Bison Spiritwear online store