Thursday, January 21, 2021

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog 01/22/2021

 Friday Focus:  Senior Portraits & Underclass Retakes

Prestige Portraits will be at BGHS during school hours for senior portraits and retakes January 12 through February 2. Lifetouch/Prestige Portraits sent a postcard to every senior with their scheduled appointment date and time. Please contact Prestige Portraits directly at 630-910-6800 (option 5) to schedule or change senior portrait appointments or with any questions.

LifeTouch will be at BGHS for freshman, sophomore and junior student portraits and retakes on February 9, 10, and 11. Please check your email for more detailed information on how to schedule a time to have your student yearbook/ID photo taken.

Please note that ALL portraits for seniors and underclassmen are mailed directly to the student’s home. No individual student portraits are ever received at the school building.

Upcoming Dates



February 9-11

Picture Days - Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors *check email to schedule

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

March 4

Board of Education Workshop at Wheeling H.S. 6:30 pm

March 10

Buffalo Grove Parent Association meeting 7:00 pm

March 12

End of 3rd Quarter

March 15

4th Quarter Begins

March 18

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

March 22-26

Spring Break

March 29

Classes Resume after Spring Break

Spring Musical Auditions & Tech Crew Information

Little Women Auditions

For this audition you need to choose a song based in musical theater and record 1 minute of you performing the song.  These videos are due on January 29th and you can turn them in through this Google Form.  After viewing the auditions, directors (Ms. Utley, Ms. Wells, and Ms. Stenzel) may call for a call back the following week for cold readings.  

We are planning on producing this show May 20th-23rd live and outdoors.  Of course, like most things these days, we are prepared to adapt in all ways possible.  

Musical Synopsis:

“Based on Louisa May Alcott's life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested – her friend, Professor Bhaer, tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself. Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.” -MTI

 You can reach out to any of us, if you have questions:

Ms. Stenzel at

Ms. Wells at

Ms. Utley at

Join the Tech Crew!

If you are interested in costumes, lighting, audio, props, or set construction for the Spring Musical, come join the Tech Crew! Please email Mr. Tschammer at for details. 

Chinese Culture Club

Please contact Ms. Melissa Moy at for more information on the Chinese Cultural Club and for the Zoom link to join the meetings.

Staff Spotlight

What is your name? Thaddeus John (T.J.) Brooks 

What department do you teach in/ How long have you been teaching at BG? I work in the Social Science/Foreign Language Department and this is my 18th year at BGHS and 22nd year in the district.

Where did you go to high school? I went to St Viator High School (class of 93).

What part of teaching do you find the most rewarding? I really enjoy watching students grow in thought. Watching/listening to students (especially today) linking themes in history and applying that to current historical moments is something really cool to see.

What new thing have you learned this year teaching remotely? Teaching remotely is a very challenging method and has kept me on my toes. I am really impressed at how resilient our students have been adapting to such an unprecedented time in history.  

What are you currently reading, and/ or do you have a favorite author or podcast?  I am currently reading “Is this anything” by Jerry Seinfeld 

What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor? I coach Sophomore Boys Basketball and JV Tennis

What is something unique about you? When I was 10 my brother and I bought the original Jordan’s at Randhurst mall (I had the red and black and my brother had the red and white).  The next week MJ came to the mall to sign autographs where my brother and I were able to get our shoes signed.  My mom threw the shoes out while I was in college not knowing that they would be worth $$$$.  So somewhere in a landfill are original Jordans signed by MJ (good luck finding them).

BGHS in the News

BG Mourns Loss of Legend, Grant Blaney

Journal & Topics, January 20, 2021

Blaney, 86, died Jan. 12 after battling cancer, his longtime friend and fellow coach Rich Roberts told the Journal & Topics. Those who’ve attended a soccer or football game at Buffalo Grove High School have probably seen the name Grant Blaney. In September 2011, the school’s outdoor stadium was officially rebranded as Grant Blaney Stadium in his honor. Blaney started the football program at Buffalo Grove in 1973 as a JV team, but Prospect wanted to face the Bison as a varsity opponent that year. Blaney’s new team accepted the challenge and defeated the Knights, giving the program it’s first win. Read Story

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