Friday, March 12, 2021

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog 03/12/2021

 Friday Focus:  

Our talented A Cappella students will compete in the ICHSA Virtual A Cappella Competition tonight at 7:00pm. Each of our five BG A Cappella ensembles, Major Detour, Minor Renovation, Modern Melodies, Gold Standard and Triple Threat, created video submissions for the competition.  While it is definitely not the same as going to a competition and singing live on a big stage, we are excited that they are still able to participate.  


The ICHSA Varsity Vocals Great Lakes Regions 1, 2, 3 & 4 Competition will live stream tonight at 7:00pm.  You will find the link at the Varsity Vocals YouTube page HERE.


Our ensemble groups will compete in the following Regions:

Region 1 ~ Minor Renovation & Modern Melodies

Region 2 ~ Major Detour and Gold Standard

Region 4 ~ Treble Threat


All Regions will stream consecutively starting at 7:00pm CST.

The Bison Impact:  

  • Congratulations to the following Art students who had the opportunity to show their work in this year's virtual version of the Harper Area High School Art Show: Audrey Yang (pencil) – 1st place; Maryam Yelda – 2nd place, and Ellis Chamorro – 3rd place. Honorable Mentions went to Audrey Yang (acrylic), Khushi Gandhi, Victoria Panasiuk, Aryahi Deorukhkar. You can view their work here:

  • Congratulations to the Scholastic Bowl team, the 2021 Regional Champs!

  • Congratulations to the Varsity Coed Cheerleaders on winning the IHSA Cheerleading Sectional last weekend!  They advance to the IHSA State Cheerleading Championship this Saturday.  The competition is virtual and will be shown on the NFHS Network.

  • Congratulations to the Bison Bowlers on winning the MSL East title!

  • Congratulations to our latest Bison DECA State Champions Audrey Kim & Audrey Ro (Integrated Marketing Campaign) and Zoyia Khan & Ally Robertson (Innovation Plan). 

  • Congratulations to DECA Individual event finalists Brooke Bickhaus (Food Marketing); Patrick Knauf (Marketing Communications); Katrin Kostanyan (Quick Serve Restaurant Management).

  • Congratulations to DECA Team finalists Dan Feder & Peter Baker (Financial Services); Minjin Khuchitbaatar & Jaclyn Rende (Business Law & Ethics), Emily Antonetti & Anna Lang (Hospitality Services).

  • Congratulations to DECA Written event finalists:  Maya Belorusskiy & David Hill (Community Giving Project); Matthew Allaire & Lola Geraghty (Startup Business Plan); and Milly Amesquita (Personal Consulting-Finance Career).

  • Congratulations to DECA Individual event finalists: Veronika Manukian (Business Services Marketing), Pam Bolis (Entrepreneurship), Angelica Groszek (Hotel & Lodging Management), and Anusha Patel (Human Resources Management).

  • Congratulations to DECA Principles event finalists:  Austeja Dauneckis (Business Management & Admin), Allison Liigsoo (Finance), and Olivia Larkowski (Hospitality & Tourism).

  • Congratulations to the Varsity Boys Swimming & Diving Team on winning the MSL East for the first time since 2012!  Both BG and Prospect were undefeated going into the last dual meet of the season. The team beat Prospect 94-92! 

  • Congratulations to the Frosh/Soph Boys Swimming & Diving Team on placing 5th at their Conference Championship meet on Saturday. Top Finishers for the Bison were: Justin Adrowski, 1st in Diving; Christian Chernick, 2nd in Diving; James Sauer: 6th in Diving; Justin Adrowski, Carter Wright, Matt Olaru, Jakub Niedojadlo, 4th in Medley Relay; Matt Olaru, 4th in 200 Free and 3rd in 100 Fly; and Jakub Niedojadlo, 1st in BOTH the 50 free and 100 free!

  • Congratulations to the Class of 2021 Badminton teammates celebrating Senior Night this week!

  • Congratulations to the Class of 2021 Basketball players celebrating Senior Night this week!

  • Congratulations to Basketball players Kam Craft and Kyle Brosnahan on being voted All-Conference! Well deserved and well earned.

Upcoming Dates



March 12

End of 3rd Quarter

March 15

4th Quarter Begins

March 17

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) for all Juniors 8:35-11:35 am.  All Freshman, sophomore and senior students remote learning for blocks 0, 5 and 1. Blocks 7 and 8, all students will attend classes as they usually do (either in person or remotely)

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

April 2

Non-Attendance Day - Building Closed

April 5

In-person learning begins

April 8

Access Testing for EL students only  -  All other students/classes are remote learning for the full day

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

April 13

State SAT Testing for all Juniors - no classes for students not testing

April 14

Buffalo Grove Parent Association meeting 7:00 pm

April 29

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

Back Those Bison!

Did you know you can watch the Bison athletic events on the BGHS Athletics YouTube channel and Vimeo page?

CLICK HERE for the BGHS Athletics YouTube Channel

CLICK HERE for the BGN Vimeo Page


Yearbook Fundraiser - Senior Baby Ads 

In the past, the yearbook staff has included a Senior Babies section in the BGHS Yearbook for the parents of seniors. This successful fundraiser has allowed us to have an all color yearbook and add new sections to the yearbook. Once again, we would like to offer BGHS families the opportunity to congratulate their graduates in the 2020-2021 yearbook. This year we are offering a ¼ page option along with the traditional ⅛ page format. The bigger ¼ page ad allows for more photos and a longer message to your graduating senior. Jostens is responsible for the payment and production of the Senior Babies section.


  • Search Buffalo Grove High School

  • Create a Josten’s account if you don’t already have one 

  • Click Yearbook Recognition Ad to register and build your Baby Ad.

    • ¼ Page Ad: $90

    • ⅛ Page Ad: $55

Along with your statement, you should include a picture of your son/daughter taken during his or her childhood (ages 1-10).  PLEASE DO NOT SEND RECENT PHOTOS…BABY OR CHILDHOOD PHOTOS ONLYThe image will be professionally sized to fit the designated area.  You can use digital files of your photo or scan/photograph your baby photos to upload to Josten’s. Be careful to avoid reflections and glare spots when photographing glossy photos. Josten’s will crop the photo to fit in the ad space.  

Please consider the following before ordering:

  • Your order must be completed by March 31st to appear in this year’s book! 

  • Make sure to include the first and last name of your child in the message.

  • If you have any issues, questions, or need help please contact Jostens Customer Service 1-800-358-0800

We are very excited about this year’s book and senior baby section!

Your 2020-2021 Yearbook Team

Staff Spotlight

What is your name? Alfonso Cides

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

I have been a teacher at BG for nine years teaching Spanish, mostly for Native Speakers. 

Where did you go to high school? I went to High School in my hometown in Andalusia, Spain.

What part of teaching do you find the most rewarding? I take pride in sharing my language and culture with all my students, but the best moments are when my students connect and value their own heritage as part of a community of hundreds of millions of Spanish-speakers throughout the world.

What new thing have you learned this year teaching remotely? I have learned that we can still effectively teach virtually, but really nothing compares to being in a class full of students. I miss the joy and energy within the classroom and the unique daily connections that bring us together.

What are you currently reading, and/ or do you have a favorite author or podcast? I just finished reading Patria (Homeland) by Fernando Aramburu. This novel shows the different perspectives of regular people experiencing the terrorist violence in the Basque Country.

What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor? I previously have been involved with the Latino Parent group. Now I like to follow our sports teams, and I especially have enjoyed attending events from our talented fine and performing arts programs.

What is something unique about you? As a student myself I was always more dedicated to sports, but I really appreciate people with artistic talents since I lack them. It is never too late, so I just recently decided to start learning to play the guitar!

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Support the Bison Football Fundraiser

The Bison football fundraiser has officially begun. Thank you to all who have supported us so far and thank you to the entire Bison Nation for the support you've shown our program over the years. CLICK HERE to support the Bison Football Fundraiser

BGHS In the News

Craft's 32 points leads Buffalo Grove over Prospect

The Daily Herald, March 6, 2021

Buffalo Grove's boys basketball team had a solid response Saturday in Mount Prospect. The Bison, who suffered a tough loss Friday to Hersey, came back with a full team effort to roll past Prospect 68-41 in the Mid-Suburban East. It was the second win this week for the Bison over Prospect, a team that eliminated Buffalo Grove from the state playoffs a year ago. Read Story


Buffalo Grove's Craft well-rounded on and off the court

The Daily Herald, February 25, 2021

The full picture. That's what Buffalo Grove boys basketball coach Keith Peterson wants you to see when you are looking at junior Kam Craft. A prolific scorer, Peterson says that Craft is more than that. "The greatest thing about him, is to watch him work," Peterson said. "How much time he puts in. How much he is at the gym. He is always last out of the gym. He makes his teammates hang with him. He makes them better." Read Story



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