November 7, 2018 

Message from the Principal:


I cannot believe we are done with our first quarter. It has gone by so quickly!

Several weeks ago our junior students took the PSAT/NMSQT test.  This test is used to measure where are students are currently in their learning at FHS. This test can determine eligibility and qualification for the National Merit Scholarship Program.  We believe that allowing every junior student to participate in this test provides an equity factor for all of our students.  

Our teachers continue to work in their professional learning communities (PLCs) to address student achievement as well as receive training on how to embed social-emotional learning into each curriculum. These are consistent practices at FHS.

November brings new learning opportunities for our students and our staff.  While December will be filled with assessing the learning that has occurred during the first semester.  

Our fall athletic season was a success and now we have moved into the winter season which will take us into 2019.  Our fall play gave our students and staff the forum to show off their many talents. If you did not get a chance to see the play, please mark your calendars and don’t miss the Spring Musical (Working) which will be performed from April 25th – April 27th.  

One of our initiatives within our Strategic Plan is to embed social-emotional learning into our curriculum. We started this process by creating a mission statement. We call that mission: “The Bison Way”. The Bison way is Students and adults at Fenton High School create a safe, caring, empathetic environment where we believe in each other, respect diversity, communicate openly, grow together and hold each other to high expectations to become the leaders and innovators of the future.  

We will continue to act according to the Bison Way and we will continue to educate our students and
staff with the Bison Way in mind.

With Bison Pride and Respect,

Jovan Lazarevic
Associate Superintendent/Principal

Harvest Table Taste Test

This Friday, November 9th there will be a Harvest Table taste test in the cafeteria during lunch periods. Students can stop by and taste a variety of fall foods, including beet and jicama sticks and roasted squash and mushrooms. Our staff will be working hard to show new options for healthy foods.

Remember to stop by and try something new.


Artist in Residence

Artist in Residence this Fall working with Art Classes. Bensenville Art Council approved a grant last Spring for Mikey Anderson, the Fiber and Material artist currently studying Art Therapy at SAIC. Mr. Anderson started  his art workshops in October with Ms. Zima’s art classes and will conclude in December. Mr. Anderson’s art workshops focus on Social Issues which students chose to express their voice on then will make a quilt together which will be featured at the Spring Art Shows.

Mr. Anderson’s art mission is to “ expand the community’s knowledge of fiber based craft modalities and to amplify the student’s voices through art making inspired by activism. The need is to offer more art making opportunities for the students informed by Social Justice.”


Student Artwork from Fenton High School and Wood Dale Junior High School is on display October 31 - November 13. The exhibit features student artwork selected by their teachers.

The public is invited to admire the artwork and enjoy refreshments while awards are presented at the Library.


Reception & Awards
November 13, 2018
7:00 - 8:30 pm



Bensenville Wood Dale Rotary Coat Drive/Bensenville Toy Drive

Since 2001, Bensenville-Wood Dale Rotary has provided more than 10,000 local children and families in need with warm coats, mittens, hats, and scarfs for the winter. This year, in partnership with Operation Warm, Rotary is aiming to raise $8,000 to buy 400 new coats for children of all ages and sizes, and we are seeking sponsors to support this effort. Donations can be made online at  

Make the holidays a little brighter for the families right here in Bensenville by donating new and unwrapped toys, new or gently used coats and new hats, scarves and non-perishable food items at Fenton High School before December 1.

Food for Families for the 2018-2019

Does your family need food?

Fenton High School, in partnership with Bensenville School District 2, Wood Dale School District 7, the Bensenville/Wood Dale Food Pantry, and Northern Illinois Food Bank, will continue to offer perishable and non-perishable food to families from 4-6 p.m. on the following dates this school year:

At Fenton -  January 15, April 16

At Wood Dale Jr. High (655 N. Wood Dale Road) November 20; February 19; and May 14, 2019.

At Tioga School (212 W. Memorial Road) December 11 and March 19, 2019

The Bensenville & Wood Dale Food Pantry is also available onWednesdays and Saturdays from 8:30 to 11am. (to be eligible, a family member must show proof of residency in Bensenville or Wood Dale area.)

Cold and flu season has arrived!

In order to help prevent the spread of illness, we recommend that your child stay home from school if experiencing cold or flu symptoms. To decide whether or not to send your child to school, please consider the following guidelines:

Consider keeping your child at home if he or she has any of the following symptoms:

  • Very stuffy nose and/or cough.
  • Mild sore throat with no fever or no known exposure to strep throat.
  • Headache
  • Mild stomach ache

Definitely keep your child home if he or she has the following symptoms:

  • Fever greater than 100° by mouth.  Student must be fever free without medication for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours.
  • Continuous coughing that is not relieved with cough
  • medicine.
  • Diagnosed with strep throat.  Student may return to school 24 hours after starting antibiotics.
  • General fatigue, discomfort, chills, weakness or muscle aches.

Helpful tips for staying healthy:

  • Frequent handwashing is the BEST way to prevent the spread of germs.  Wash your hands often with soap and water or hand sanitizer.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use an elbow or arm if no tissue is available.
  • Do not share drinks or food.
  • Get plenty of rest, eat healthy and drink lots of water.
  • Avoid people who are sick and stay home when you are sick.

Thank you,

Jill Wisnewski, RN      Ida Claytor,CNA  
District Nurse            Health Assistant

Athletics Update

Fenton Moves to Upstate 8 in 2019-20

Fenton was invited to present in August, Athletic Director Todd Becker, Assistant AD Mark Kos, and Principal Jovan Lazarevic made a formal presentation to the UEC on September 20 and were informed of the acceptance on September 24, 2018. The Fenton Board of Education approved the move on October 24th.

The Upstate Eight Conference will offer more opportunities for athletic teams and clubs to compete. The schools included in the UEC are Bartlett, East Aurora, Elgin HS, Larkin, Glenbard East and Glenbard South, South Elgin, Streamwood and West Chicago. Fenton coaches and students look forward to new challenges, and opportunities to compete for conference championships in more events including some of the levels of sports where there have not been levels in the past. Becker said, “Finally we’re going to have a conference for some of our sports, for (such sports as) boys’ volleyball, badminton, and swimming that the Metro Suburban didn’t have for some of these sports.”

“As a founding member of the Metro Suburban Conference we leave with many great memories, but are very excited to provide our student-athletes the opportunities to compete at all levels for conference championships across our athletic programs as the newest member of the Upstate 8,” Mark Kos said.

2018 Fenton Boys Soccer

Congratulations to Fenton Boys Soccer who made it to the Elite 8 in IHSA Class 2A Soccer.


Volley for a Cure

The Girls Volleyball team hosted a Volley for a Cure event and raised $2000 for  breast cancer research and all proceeds will go to the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Center in Chicago.

Thanks to the Fenton Community for all your support!

The Road to State - Cross Country

Ruth Kirkwood (Sr.) ran at IHSA State Cross Country on Saturday November 3 with a time of 20:39.

Sam Elizondo ran his personal best of 15:52 and finished 66th out of 200 runners. Sam said, “I was sad that my teammates  weren’t able to run with me and hope that the next year will include the entire team.”

2018 Boys Golf is Metro Surburban Conference Champs

Congratulations to Fenton Boys Golf capturing the 2018 Metro Suburban Conference Championship and Nik Fischer (Sr.) and Marcus Astorga (Sr.) who qualified for 2A sectionals.

November Family Fitness Challenge

...from the FHS Wellness Committee

Since the fall weather and holidays are upon us., share with us, through social media, how your family will battle the holidays through fittness and food challenges.

Use the hashtag: #FHSFamilyFitness and share your ideas.

Chicago White Metal Casting

Fenton Administration and Applied Technical Department recognized Eric Treiber and Chicago White Metal Casting as 2018 Business Partnership for all they do to support Fenton through their donations, scholarships and internships.

Thank you CWM.


Veterans Day 11/11/18

In the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, an armistice was signed between Allied nations and Germany during “The Great War,” or World War I. This armistice agreed upon on November 11, 1918 is generally considered as the end of “the war to end all wars.” Veteran’s day was originally named armistice day. It received it’s former name in 1938.  After World War II and Korean conflict, veteran’s pushed for the day to become Veteran’s Day. In 1954, armistice day became Veteran’s day.

The legal holiday is designated to thank all men and women of all branches of our military for their service to the United States of America.  

If you know of someone who is a veteran, please take a moment to thank them sometime this week.  At Fenton we say THANKS to Mr. Lazarevic, Mr. Carzoli, Ms. Mullins, Mr. Ramirez and Mrs. Jalowiec.

Alumni News

​​​​​​​Class of 2015

Fenton Grad Laura Sanchez ‘15 is well on her way to being accepted into medical school and, ultimately, embarking on a career in medical research reports Monmouth College.  Congratulations Laura!

Class of 2012

Ray Bunker ‘12 is training with the US Greco team for the World Championships in Hungary as an alternate.

Ray is the 2nd from the right with the other American World team members.

Class of 1968

Fenton Class of 1968 came back for their 50th Reunion on October 5 and enjoyed “Senior Night” at the football game. On Saturday morning the group toured the building for close to two hours. They were in awe of the new construction, the equipment in the classrooms, and amazed at how the building has changed since the last time they were in it.

Ken shared, “the school is better equipping the students for the world after High School is out. Students have so many more opportunities today.”

Music Department News

The Fenton Jazz Ensemble will be performing at the Bensenville Rotary Fundraiser Dinner on Thursday, November 8th at White Pines Golf Club.  The Jazz Ensemble will provide entertainment for the event prior to dinner being served.  

The Fenton High School Music Department is proud to announce that the following students have been selected to participate in this year’s Illinois Music Educators Association District 1 honor ensembles:

  • Band: Alexis Vargas, Clarinet
  • Orchestra: Hannah Ceaser, Bassoon
  • Choir: Karolina Zawitkowska, Soprano I; Barlomiej Sporna, Tenor I; Monika Nevarez Soprano II, Danielle Smith, Alto I, Ann Sofineti Alto II, Nazarii Mykhailenko, Bass I; Daniel Mathew, Tenor I; Megan Jobe, Alto I; Jason Garcia, Tenor I.
  • Jazz: Alexis Vargas, Jazz III Trumpet; Brianne Ketter, Jazz II Trumpet;  Arkadiusz Gadomski, Jazz III Trombone; Julian Klimczyk, Drums Jazz IV; Monika Navarez, Soprano, Vocal Jazz I; Danielle Smith, Alto, Vocal Jazz II; Ann Sofineti, Vocal Jazz II

The jazz festival will be held at Hinsdale South H.S. on November 10.  Concerts are at 3:00 & 3:15.  The concert festival will be held at Oak Park/River Forest H.S. on November 17th with the concert at 4:00 PM.

Over 2000 music students from across Chicagoland prepare a rigorous audition for these esteemed honor ensembles.  After the audition, only the best musicians are chosen to participate in the district festival. This district festival also may qualify them for participation at the state level.  Congratulations to all students who tried out.

Selected musicians will be performing at the Bensenville Park District’s Veteran’s Day Breakfast on November 11th @ 9:30 AM.  Monika Nevarez and Danielle Smith will be singing various patriotic selections and a brass ensemble, consisting of Jonathan Rivera-Hernandez, Arkadiusz Gadomski, Naomi Ziehm, Julia Ladas, Karolina Zawitkowska, Lizbeth Chaidez, Dante Aviles, Bartlomiej Sporna, Maya Cornejo, and Brianna Ketter will also perform patriotic selections.

The Fenton High School Music Department will be hosting the elementary students of Bensenville School District 2 and Wood Dale School District 7 at their annual Elementary Holiday Music Program on Thursday, November 29th from 9:30-10:30 AM.  Elementary age students will hear the Swing Choir, Concert Choir, and Symphonic Wind Ensemble perform in concert. This event is sponsored by Fenton High School & the Bensenville Arts Council.

Important Dates: (New - November Calendar )

  • November 7 - Polish Parent Outreach 6:30pm
  • November 7 - Joint Board of Education Meeting (Districts 2, 7, 100)
    ​​​​​​​at Fenton HS 6:30pm
  • November 10 - ILMEA District 1 Jazz Festival
  • November 10 - Coffee with the Superintendent
  • November 13 - Wood Dale Art Show
  • November 13 - FAFSA Workshop 6-8pm
  • November 15 - Student Council Blood Drive 
  • November 17 - ILMEA District 1 Concert Festival
  • November 20 - Food for Families @ Wood Dale Jr. High

Athletic/Activity Events:


  • BBWL V vs. Hinsdale S A 4:00PM
  • BBWL JV vs. Hinsdale S A 4:00PM


  • BFB V vs. Quarterfinals TBA


  • BBWL V vs. Lake Park Invite A 10:00AM


  • BBWL V vs. Streamwood A 4:30PM
  • BBWL JV vs. Streamwood A 4:30PM
  • GBB V vs. Curie H 5:30PM
  • GBB JV vs. Curie H 7:00PM


  • BBWL JV vs. Naperville C A 4:00PM
  • BBWL V vs. Naperville C A 4:00PM
  • GBB F vs. Hoffman Estates A 5:30PM
  • GBB FB vs. Hoffman Estates A 5:30PM
Posted by schroeder On 29 November, 2018 at 2:28 PM  

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