Friday, April 16, 2021

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog 04/16/2021

 Friday Focus:  

Best Communities for Music Education Award

Buffalo Grove High School has been recognized by the NAMM Foundation with a Best Community for Music Education Award. The NAMM Foundation recognizes communities for the outstanding efforts of teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who are making music part of a well-rounded education for every child in their community. The NAMM Foundation advances active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs.


Founded in 2006, The NAMM Foundation represents the generosity and philanthropy of the music products industry. A supporting organization of NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants, the NAMM Foundation is funded through trade association activities and donations. You can find out more  on their website,


The Bison Impact:  

  • Congratulations to our Homecoming royalty court members...Tommy Dierbach, Jack Franz, Nick Passannante, Alex Santiago, Brandon Wydra, Leah Limber, Gianna Palano, Jenna Rickman, Claire Schneider and Lindsay Semmelman!

  • Congratulations to Varsity Boys Soccer, MSL East Champions!

  • Congratulations to Danny Alfaro, Alex Escobar, Charlie Mancilla, Mario Torres, Jakub Szydlowski, and Co-player of the East Brian Perez, named to the MSL Boys Soccer All-Conference team!

  • Congratulations to Swimmers Alex Santiago, Matt Stelmaszak, Tommy Tsiftilis and Luke Czeryba who made the All State team with their 400 free relay! Alex was also All State in the 100 and 200 yard freestyle events! 

  • Congratulations to Model UN Best Delegate (first place) winner Zach Duvel on the CBS Survivor committee at GBSMUN last weekend!

  • Congratulations to the Bison Softball team and to Coach Carpenter for earning her first win as our Head Coach! Here’s to many more! Great to see Bison softball back on the field after a two year wait!

  • Congratulations to the BG winners at the Chicagoland Choral Showcase Solo Competition: Classical Solo Competition Outstanding Male Soloist, Holden Wheeler, and Outstanding Female Soloist, Samantha Macauley; Broadway/Pop Solo Competition Outstanding Female Soloist, Ruth Ramos.

  • Congratulations to Connor Thiessen who will be continuing his baseball career next year at Oakton Community College!

  • Congratulations to Susie Kirsh, who will continue playing soccer next year at Judson University!

  • Congrats to Ella McBride who will continue her volleyball career at Lock Haven University next year!

  • Congratulations to Ayden Anderson who will be playing football for Cornell University in the fall!

  • Congratulations and good luck to Angelica Parda who will be continuing her cheerleading career at Roosevelt University next fall.

  • Congratulations to the Class of 2021 Soccer players celebrating Senior Night last week!

  • Congratulations to Kam Craft on being named to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-state list for the 2nd year in a row!  

Upcoming Dates



April 22-24

Spring Musical, Little Women 7:00 pm 

April 29

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

May 3-7

Prom ticket sales 8:30-9:30 am in the Main Foyer CLICK HERE for info

May 8

Spring Orchestra Concert 7:00 pm

May 11

Spring Choral Showcase 7:00 pm

May 12

Buffalo Grove Parent Association meeting 7:00 pm

May 13

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

May 15

Spring Band Showcase 7:00 pm

May 19

Commencement Ceremony 7:00 pm in Grant Blaney Stadium

May 20

Commencement Ceremony Rain Date 7:00 pm in Grant Blaney Stadium

May 22

Senior Prom Masquerade Grant Blaney Stadium Click HERE for Prom info

May 24-28

Final Exam Week

May 28

Last Day of School


Staff Spotlight

What is your name?  Sharon Horwath

What department do you teach in/ How long have you been teaching at BG? I teach French in the Social Science and World Languages Department.  I have been a Bison for 4 years and this is my 9th year in the district.

Where did you go to high school? I went to Hoffman Estates High School. 

What part of teaching do you find the most rewarding?  I feel fortunate that teaching French allows me to get to know the students, their interests and their talents.  It is amazing to see students incorporate what they have learned to express themselves. I truly enjoy having students share their own cultures alongside our exploration of francophone cultures.  

What new thing have you learned this year teaching remotely? I have always valued reflection as a tool for growth. The changes in format and class time over the last year have shifted the pace and focus of learning. Students have been given more opportunities to create, reflect and revise their work. This shift has positively impacted the development of their language skills as well as their confidence.  I am glad that this reflective practice has proven beneficial to the students as well.

What are you currently reading, and/or do you have a favorite author or podcast?  I enjoy the variety of podcasts from RFI (Radio France Internationale).

What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor? I sponsor French Club and French Honor Society.

What is something unique about you? I am game for almost any game, activity or sport.  Some favorites include cards, air hockey, white water rafting and most recently, pickleball.


Orchesis Auditions

Interested in AUDITIONING for Orchesis 21-22 year? Please fill out the interest form. Click HERE for the Orchesis interest form. 

Click HERE for the Orchesis tryout packet.



Click HERE for the Coed Cheerleading tryout packet


Bisonettes Tryouts May 3-6

Interested in trying out for the Bisonettes Dance Team? CLICK HERE for information on Bisonettes tryouts.

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


BGHS In the News

Prospect, Buffalo Grove set to meet for all the MSL East marbles

The Daily Herald, April 14, 2021

It has been close to 10 years since either Prospect or Buffalo Grove have won the Mid-Suburban East football championship. On Friday, when the two unbeaten teams meet at Buffalo Grove at 7 p.m. the winner will go home with a trophy. Read Story


District 214 French teacher earns national honor

The Daily Herald, April 12, 2021

A District 214 educator has been honored as recipient of the 2021 AATF Dorothy S. Ludwig Excellence in Teaching Award at the secondary level. This award, given annually by the American Association of Teachers of French to only one teacher in the U.S., recognizes highly successful French teachers who also participate in conferences, are leaders in the foreign language field and serve in their professional organizations. Read Story


Scouting Week 5 football games in the Northwest suburbs

The Daily Herald, April 15, 2021

Outlook: The game of the year in the Mid-Suburban East. The winner will play for the MSL Championship against Barrington. It should be quite an offensive show with Prospect averaging nearly 46 points per game and Buffalo Grove 33.5. Quarterback play for both teams has been impressive all season with Prospect's Alex "Gary" Moeller, who just committed to a PWO at Wisconsin and Buffalo Grove's Ian Luyando. Prospect's Luke Zardzin had 4 touchdowns last week and ran for 152 yards. Buffalo Grove leans on Cornell commit Ayden Anderson, who has scored 4 touchdowns in the last two games. Read Story


Looking for More?

Click Here for the New BGHS Website

Click Here for the 4th Quarter Parent Newsletter

Click Here for the New Block Schedule

Click Here for the Blue & Orange Calendar

Click Here for the D214 School Calendars

Click Here for the D214 Scholarship Applications

Click Here for the BGPA Scholarship Application and Information

Click Here for BG's student newspaper, The Charger

Click Here for the NEW Unspoken Herd Podcast

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