Friday, May 14, 2021

Principal Wardle's Blog 05/14/2021

 Friday Focus:   

Congratulations to the Class of 2021 Orchestra members honored at their concert last weekend. If you missed the concert, you can watch it HERE.




The Bison Impact:  

  • In the closest election in BG history, the student body has chosen next year's Student Council Executive Board officers.  Congratulations to Ariella Duvel (Corresponding Secretary),  Hailley Sullivan (Recording Secretary), Reilly Allen (Treasurer), Madeline Das (Vice President), and Hwando Jang (President).

  • Congratulations to our newly elected Class of 2022 officers for the 2021-22 school year:  Troy Kowalski (President), Alexis Kalamaris (Vice President), Zoyia Khan (Treasurer), and Jack Demirjian (Secretary)

  • Congratulations to our newly elected Class of 2023 officers for the 2021-22 school year:  Maya Semmelman (President), Erin Knauf (Vice President),  Aleksandra Oteana (Treasurer), and Christine Yuan (Secretary).

  • Congratulations to our newly elected Class of 2024 officers for the 2021-22 school year:  Maya Belorusski (president), Mahek Goel (Vice President), Kaden Khayyata (Treasurer), and Sachi Patel (Secretary).

  • Congratulations to the All Conference Soccer players Danny Alfaro (CB, Fr.), Alexis Escobar (F, Sr.), Charlie Mancilla (GK, Jr.), Brian Perez (MF, Sr.), Mario Torres (MF, So.) and Jakub Szydlowski (CDM/AM, Sr.)

  • Congratulations to Girls Lacrosse on their first-ever game this week! BG defeated Elk Grove for the first win in school history for girls lacrosse! Fight on!

  • Congrats to our All Area Football players Ian luyando and Ayden Anderson, as well as honorable mentions Pasquale Dellaquila, Tommy Dierbach, Trystan Anderson, Matthew Wolverton, and Scott Murray!

  • Congratulations to our Class of 2021 Boys Tennis players celebrating Senior Night this week!


Spring Orchestra Concert on YouTube  

If you didn’t get a chance to attend the Spring Orchestra concert last weekend, you can still watch it on YouTube HERE


Bison Academy - Extra Support to Finish Strong

Saturday, May 15th: 8:30 am - 11:00 am

Tuesday, May 24th: 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

This Saturday will be our next installment of the Bison Academy, providing tutoring and extra support in a wide variety of classes.  We will have teachers and National Honors Society students that will be able to provide support in just about every class we offer at BGHS.

The Saturday Bison Academy will run from 8:30 am - 11:00 am in the Library or via Zoom HERE. Saturday Bison Academy is a drop-in service. Students can come and go as they see fit.  

Upcoming Dates

Date

Event

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

Bison Academy (academic support)  8:30-11:00 am BGHS Library 

or  via Zoom HERE

Spring Band Showcase 7:00 pm

May 19

Graduation rehearsal and awards ceremony. Live stream links:

Primary Link: https://vimeo.com/546047891

Backup: https://vimeo.com/bgnetwork

Commencement Ceremony 7:00 pm in Grant Blaney Stadium

https://vimeo.com/543747748

May 20

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

May 21

Senior Activity Day

Theater Awards 7:00 pm in the Theater

May 22

Senior Prom Masquerade Grant Blaney Stadium Click HERE for Prom info

May 24

Bison Academy (academic support) 3:30-6:00 pm BGHS Library

or  via Zoom HERE

May 24-28

Final Exam Week

May 28

Last Day of School

 

Class of 2021 Calendar of Events

Click HERE for the Class of 2021 Calendar of Events

 

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


District 214 Honors Dance Concert 7:00 pm TONIGHT

CLICK HERE to Watch


Staff Spotlight

What is your name? Taylor Franzen

 

What department have you/ do you work in? I'm a police officer with the Buffalo Grove Police Department, assigned to Buffalo Grove High School as the Police Liaison/School Resource Officer.

 

How long have you been working at BG?  This is my first year as the Police Liaison at BG. I've been a police officer with Buffalo Grove Police Department since August of 2018. Prior to that, I was an officer with the University of Illinois Police Department for three years.

 

Where did you go to high school? I went to St. Joseph-Ogden High School, a school much smaller than BG in east-central Illinois.

 

What part of working at BG do you find the most rewarding? The most rewarding part of working at BG has been getting to know the staff and students here. The staff have all been so welcoming and supportive, and truly make this a great school to work for. As a police officer, the most rewarding part of my job has always been making a difference in the lives of others. At BGHS I've been able to make genuine connections with some students already, and I'd like to think I've positively impacted their lives.

 

What are you currently reading, and/ or do you have a favorite author or podcast? Right now I'm reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Reading was something I didn't come to appreciate until the end of high school, so I've been reading the Harry Potter series for the first time this year. My absolute favorite podcast is Crime Junkie. I've listened to every episode (both the regular feed and the patreon feed) at least twice. I think everyone could learn valuable lessons on personal safety, and how we should treat each other, just by listening to the show. Fun fact, they've also covered a case I worked on when I was at UIPD!

 

What is something unique about you? I come from a very musical family--my dad's cousin was the drummer for Static-X, my sister was nominated for a Grammy, and both my younger siblings will be attending a Fine Arts high school in California this fall. I play guitar and ukulele, so that's my contribution to the fam.

 

What activities or clubs do you coach/ sponsor?  What activities at BG do you follow? I coach JV Softball at BG and follow softball the closest. Outside of softball season, I'm part of the Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) club at BG.


BGHS In the News

Boys soccer: Mid-Suburban League all-conference team

Daily Herald, May 5, 2021

Buffalo Grove -- Danny Alfaro (CB, Fr.), Alexis Escobar (F, Sr.), Charlie (Mancilla (GK, Jr.), Brian Perez (MF, Sr.), Mario Torres (MF, So. Jakub Szydlowski (CDM/AM, Sr.)

Read Story

 

Meet the All-Area Football Team for the Northwest suburbs

Daily Herald, May 8, 2021

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 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


Thursday, May 6, 2021

Principal Wardle's Weekly Blog 05/07/2021

 The Bison Impact:  

  • Congratulations to Boys Water Polo on defeating Hersey to clinch the MSL East Championship! They will face Conant in the conference championship next week. 

  • Congratulations to Brian Perez on being selected ALL STATE by the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association! 

  • Congratulations to Gymnast Ben Valak on winning floor and parallel bars at Sectionals. Ben qualified for State on floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings, vault, parallel bars, and the all-around!

  • Congratulations to Boys Gymnastics on finishing 3rd in the IHSA Sectional with a season high score of 140.2!

  • Congratulations to Football players Ayden Anderson (Sr., DB/WR), Trystan Anderson (Jr., DL/OL), Ian Luyando (Sr., QB), Pasquale Dellaquila (Sr., DB/QB), Thomas Dierbach (Sr., LB/OL), Matthew Wolverton (Jr., LB/OL), Scott Murray (Jr., DB/QB) named to the MSL All-Conference Team!

  • Congratulations to the Class of 2021 Boys Water Polo players celebrating Senior Night last week!

  • Congratulations to the Class of 2021 Boys Gymnasts celebrating Senior Night last week!


Orchesis Show 2021 Iridescent


In case you missed the amazing performance of the  2021 Orchesis Show Iridescent, you can still watch it on the BGNetwork Vimeo page HERE.


Bison Academy - Extra Support to Finish Strong

Saturday, May 15th: 8:30 am - 11:00 am

Tuesday, May 24th: 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

The Bison Academy is a service provided by Buffalo Grove High School to help students raise a grade, make up missing work due to absences, or just find a quiet place to complete work. A small selection of BG staff and National Honor Society tutors are available at The Bison Academy. Though help at the honors and AP level is not always available, the Bison Academy can provide an environment for collaboration, guidance, and support. Students will also have access to the computer lab and other school supplies that they may need to complete projects. 


If you or your student are interested, please make contact through your child's teachers so they can leave the appropriate work to be completed and provide additional guidance. Contact can also be made through counselors, who can then share the plan with your child's teacher. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Raucci (847-718-4269) for more information or clarification. We look forward to helping your BG student!


Upcoming Dates

Date

Event

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

Bison Academy (academic support)  8:30-11:00 am BGHS Library

Spring Band Showcase 7:00 pm

May 19

Graduation rehearsal and awards ceremony. Live stream links:

Primary Link: https://vimeo.com/546047891

Backup: https://vimeo.com/bgnetwork

Commencement Ceremony 7:00 pm in Grant Blaney Stadium

https://vimeo.com/543747748

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

Bison Academy (academic support) 3:30-6:00 pm BGHS Library

May 24-28

Final Exam Week

May 28

Last Day of School

 

Class of 2021 Calendar of Events

Click HERE for the Class of 2021 Calendar of Events

 

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


Staff Spotlight

What is your name? Isabel Rodriguez


What department do you teach in/ How long have you been teaching at BG? I have been a long-term sub in the World Language department in BG where I taught different levels of Spanish, both native speakers and non-native speakers. Currently, I work as an instructional assistant in the EL department. This is my second year in the district.


Where did you go to high school?  I went to high school in Spain. I had a very different experience than the one my students have. I love the fact that students here have so many options of activities including sports and performance art. There is truly a sense of community and I am glad to be part of it.


What part of teaching do you find the most rewarding?  In my new position, as an instructional assistant, being able to work with students one-on-one and seeing their progress in the different subjects has been the most rewarding aspect of teaching. Also, I work with a very caring team of assistants and together we have communicated with families and we have taken care of our students’ needs, not only educational but also emotional, during this difficult year. This is a very rewarding job.


What new thing have you learned this year teaching remotely? Teaching remotely has taught me that we are social beings and students need to feel part of the high school community in order to be successful. I know it sounds obvious now, but I think we used to take that for granted prior to Covid. Even in this challenging year, we educators have learned how to connect with students via Zoom and we have tried our best to make them feel they were part of our classes and that they were still the most important piece of the school puzzle.


What are you currently reading, and/ or do you have a favorite author or podcast?  I love reading! I don’t really have a favorite author, but I do have a very long list of books that I still need to read. I am currently reading The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa. I don’t normally listen to podcasts, or even the radio. If I listen to something other than music it is probably going to be an audiobook. I’m currently listening to This Close to Okay by Leesa Cross-Smith.


What activities or clubs do you coach/sponsor?  I am not currently sponsoring any activities, but in the past, I have co-sponsored Spanish Club and Human Rights Club. 


What is something unique about you?  Even though I come from a place with warm weather, I don’t like summer and I much prefer winter. 


CrossStitch - BG’s Fashion/Art/Literary Magazine

Student Submissions Wanted 

Attention students interested in submitting entries to CrossStitch, our Fashion, Art, Literary magazine, we are accepting art, photos, short stories, poems, original music, and short movies. Please CLICK HERE to submit works by the May 11th deadline.


BGHS In the News

District 214 honors 2020-21 Distinguished Service Award winners

The Daily Herald, May 3, 2021

Kathy Cole was honored for her leadership in the Buffalo Grove High School Parent Association, Friends of the Orchestra, Buffalo Grove Instrumental Association and in her service as the Bison Booster Vice President. Whether it be setting up restaurant fundraiser nights, collecting and distributing donations for the Summer Break Bach program or helping organize the BGPA fundraising events, Cole is always eager to help. Read Story

 

Mid-Suburban League all-conference team

The Daily Herald, May 4, 2021

All-Conference Team Buffalo Grove -- Ayden Anderson (Sr., DB/WR), Trystan Anderson (Jr., DL/OL), Ian Luyando (Sr., QB), Pasquale Dellaquila (Sr., DB/QB), Thomas Dierbach (Sr., LB/OL), Matthew Wolverton (Jr., LB/OL), Scott Murray (Jr., DB/QB). Read Story

 

Save the Date!

For more information please contact: Rich Oberman richard.oberman@ccsd21.org

 

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 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