Important COVID-19 Announcements



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Fenton Updates


 The Fenton High School campus remains closed to the public until further notice, with only a few exceptions outlined on this page. All classes are diverted to E-Learning activities. All events are cancelled or postponed.

Please utilize the links below to navigate the variety of information contained on this webpage:




Meal Distribution

Drive Thru Food Pickup

Fenton High School is distributing free meals in bundles on Tuesdays and Thursdays to anyone age 18 and younger (or their parents). The food is free of charge and can be picked up using Fenton’s bus lane at any time between 8:30 and 10 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on either day. Tuesdays will consist of three breakfasts and three lunches. Thursdays will consist of four breakfasts and four lunches. For those who cannot make it during the daytime hours, there will also be a 4 to 6 p.m. distribution on Tuesdays only. 

This extension of the USDA Summer Meals Program is scheduled through December 31, 2020. Fenton families can still apply for the federal Free or Reduced Price Meal program by submitting an application on the MealTime Apply Online website. Completed paper applications can be dropped off at our main office. Click here to download the application in English. Haga clic aquí para descargar la aplicación en Español. If you have questions about the application for free or reduced price meals, call the District 100 office at 630-860-6258.



For those in need, one valuable community resource for food is the Bensenville-Wood Dale Food Pantry, which distributes food Saturday mornings 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.



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Fenton Email Communications
Clear and timely communication is a high priority at Fenton. Listed below are copies of emails sent to the Fenton community.

The links below can take you directly to any of the correspondences:




September 9, 2020

Wednesday Words Update

Dear Fenton Families,

Food services is a major component in our Safety and Wellness priority at Fenton High School. As you read in my letter last week, the Illinois State Board of Education in collaboration with the USDA are extending waivers for Summer Meals programs through the end of this calendar year (December 31).

That means breakfast and lunch are free for anyone 18 years old and younger. Parents/guardians can pick up food for their children. To save you some time now that classes are in session, Fenton will provide three breakfasts and three lunches on Tuesdays and four of each on Thursdays. Our times will stay the same -- drive through our bus lane between 8:30 and 10 a.m. or between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Similarly, Fenton will once again be hosting our Food For Families event. Food For Families is offered in partnership with the Bensenville-Wood Dale Food Pantry and it rotates between Fenton, Bensenville School District 2, and Wood Dale School District 7. The first Food For Families distribution is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22. Food For Families will operate like the mobile food pantries we had this summer: cars will drive through our bus lane and pop their trunks as they approach our teams.

Food For Families typically involves student volunteers. That is not the case this year. Until further notice, Fenton’s community service graduation requirement is on hold. Our adult staff will manage the sorting and distribution of goods. That is not an easy task, but Fenton is passionate and committed about serving our community and providing for our students and families in Bensenville and Wood Dale.

Stay safe and don’t forget the 3 W’s - wear your mask, watch your distance, and wash your hands frequently.


Let’s go Bison!

James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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September 2, 2020

Wednesday Words Update

Dear Fenton Families,


I have three updates I'd like to share:
  1. We are continuing to update you when we receive new guidance from our regulating agencies. The DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) recently provided supplementary guidance related to the Illinois Department of Public Health metrics. The new guidance establishes three levels of community transmission risk based on a variety of factors including weekly cases, positivity rates, and rate of community spread; the color-coded levels include Minimal (yellow), Moderate (orange) and Substantial (red). DuPage County is currently in the “Moderate/Orange” level. We are currently reviewing the document.


  2. The Illinois State Board of Education in collaboration with the USDA are extending waivers for Summer Meals programs through the end of this calendar year, December 31, 2020. This will allow schools participating in the Child Nutrition Programs to continue serving free reimbursable meals to all children 18 years and younger. The flexibilities include:

    • Serve meals at no cost

    • Allowing parents and guardians to pick-up meals for their children.


  3. Last Friday, Wynndalco Enterprise of DuPage donated 50 laptops to Fenton families in need. President and founder David Andalcio personally delivered the laptops to Fenton. This is a perfect example of how schools, community, and business collaborate to improve the lives of our families.

Please continue to observe the 3 W’s:
  • Wear a Mask;

  • Watch your Distance;

  • Wash your Hands.


Viva los Bison!

James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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August 31, 2020

Remote Learning Update

Dear Fenton Families,

We are glad to have you back and hope you are doing well. The following is an update regarding our fall learning plans.

Fenton High School will continue with our improved Remote Learning 2.0 Plan until at least October 16 (the end of First Quarter). We will continue to monitor the health crisis and make appropriate decisions as needed.

As this 2020-21 school year continues, our priorities remain constant:
  1. Safety and Wellness for our students, their families, and staff.

  2. Learning: Provide a rigorous and engaging learning experience for our student whether we are in a remote learning or hybrid learning environment.

  3. Communication: Communicate with our students, parents, and community partners in a timely and accurate manner.

The teachers and administrators who worked tirelessly to create these plans are continuing to make modifications as needed, while regularly monitoring and consulting the guidance provided by our partners at the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Department of Public Health, DuPage County Health Department, DuPage County Regional Office of Education, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unfortunately, there is still much we don’t know about COVID-19, thus Fenton is expecting new guidelines throughout the year and we are committed to revising or adding to our precautions as necessary.

As a reminder, below are some highlights of the Remote Learning 2.0 Plan:
  • Synchronous Learning -- Students gather in the same virtual space at the same time to connect with their teachers and one another.

  • Asynchronous Learning -- Students engage with assigned materials and projects independently at their preferred time of day.

  • Parent Communication -- Teachers have set time in their schedule to communicate with parents via email, telephone calls or other forums. The schedule below shows general time frames, but each individual teacher will provide more specific availability.

  • Student Support -- Teachers are devoting considerable time to following up with students outside of class and assisting with more individualized needs. Students are expected to be available and responsive throughout the school day.

  • Attendance -- Student attendance is being taken daily.

  • Grading -- Teachers are once again issuing grades. Back in March Governor Pritzker mandated a No Harm Grading Policy due to the abrupt state-wide school closings. That mandate has since been lifted.

  • Food Service for students is provided all five days

  • If you have any questions and/or concerns (attendance, grading, logistics, etc.) please contact us at fentonhelp@fenton100.org.

  • If you have any questions and/or concerns regarding technology or connectivity, please contact us at chromezone@fenton100.org.


Sincerely,

James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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August 27, 2020

Fenton's Welcome Back



Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fenton High School canceled the parent Open House scheduled for tonight. Instead, Fenton's teachers and administration produced a Welcome Back video you can watch from home when time permits.

We appreciate and value the partnership we have with each and every parent, and we hope you find the video to be informative and uplifting.

To view the video, click on the YouTube preview above or on the following link: https://youtu.be/uhO-3IDQ3N0


Let's Go Bison!



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August 26, 2020

Wednesday Words Update

Dear Fenton Families,

I want to share portions of an article with you regarding Remote Learning. The article is from the Institute of Digital Media and Child Development - Helping children lead healthy lives in a digital world. In summary, the article provides 10 tips for parents navigating online education:

With COVID-19 causing widespread school closures, children across the country are being given alternate resources, some online, to study outside of the classroom. Temporary solutions being devised for remote education range from online classroom tools like Google Classroom, to Zoom and podcasts by teachers.

“This is a stressful, unpredictable time for everyone, including families, parents and children. You can help your children by providing them with a structure and routine, and being a positive force in their education,” says Dr. Pamela Hurst-Della Pietra, President of Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development.

With that in mind, Children and Screens has put together 10 tips for families as they adjust to the new reality of learning at home.

1. DIGITAL QUARANTINE: Consider limiting your children’s use of cell phones and tablets until their schoolwork is done satisfactorily, so that it can receive their undivided attention.

2. MAKE SPACE FOR LEARNING: Your children will achieve their best work in a quiet, comfortable, and dedicated space devoted to learning. Ideally, this will be a different set-up than where they normally play games or watch television.

3. MONITOR THE (COMPUTER) MONITOR: In this new learning milieu, you can help by monitoring your children’s levels of interest and engagement. The simplest way to do this? Observation. Look at your child’s eyes to see if they’re following along with the screen. Check if they’re taking notes or zoning out. Ask questions at the end of a lesson. While this may require taking an hour off from work or stepping out for an early lunch, it’s important to confirm that your children are indeed learning.

4. DIGITAL RECESS: Encourage your children to get up, get some fresh air, go for a walk during the regularly scheduled school break times so they are not sedentary for the entire day.

5. FACETIME: In-person interaction is ideal for kids, but until it’s safe for them to return to school, encourage your children to video chat or text message with friends rather than simply scrolling through social media news feeds. You don’t want your children to feel socially isolated, but at the same time be cautious of the risk of becoming overly reliant upon their devices.

6. KEEP IT OLD SCHOOL: Overuse of screen time can have adverse impacts on young brains. If available, request textbooks from your child’s school along with other print materials in order to offset the amount of screen time. Stimulate self-expression by having discussions with your children about what they are doing, and also encourage creative writing and imaginative storytelling.

7. WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER: Remember that you’re not alone in this journey. Check in with other parents to see what they’ve found effective or to ask if they need help. It is important that we all work together as a community for the good of our children and families.

8. PLAN YOUR WORK AND WORK YOUR PLAN: Good planning can relieve stress for both children and parents. Check in with your kids about their plans and help them develop a written schedule not only for the day, but for the week as a whole. Help them prioritize and learn to create goals, tasks, and deadlines, just like adults do when they go to work. Offer incentives for healthy behaviors.

9. THIS AIN’T NO VACATION: Even though staying home from school might feel like a holiday, remind your kids that they’re not on vacation.

10. DON’T FORGET TO HAVE FUN: Plan off-screen activities for the whole family. Between school and work obligations, it’s rare for parents and children to have this much time together, so turn it into an opportunity for bonding. Write predictions for a TV show that the whole family watches. Organize a tournament, family card games, charades, or chess, or get outside for a hike or walk together after school.


Second, attendance is important. If students are not present, they are not learning If a student is not able to participate in any part of the virtual school day, his or her parents must call Fenton’s attendance line to report the absence. The attendance phone number is (630) 860-4948.

Lastly, if you need help or need assistance with anything, please contact us at fentonhelp@fenton100.org.



Let’s go Bison!

James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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August 19, 2020

Wednesday Words Update

Dear Fenton Families,

We are off to a great start this year! I’m excited by all the lessons and student engagement I’m seeing in our virtual classes. I have a number of updates that fall under one or more of Fenton’s steady priorities of...
  1. Safety and Wellness for our students, their families, and staff.

  2. Learning: Provide a rigorous and engaging learning experience for our students whether we are in a remote learning or hybrid learning environment.

  3. Communication: Communicate with our students, parents, and community partners in a timely and accurate manner.

As for the news:

Attendance:
Our goal is 100% attendance everyday. Parents are still required to call Fenton’s attendance phone number and leave a message if their student is unable to participate in any part of the school day. This new Remote Learning 2.0 program requires students to join live, interactive video classes with their teachers and classmates. It’s important to communicate with us when a student cannot participate. The attendance phone number is (630) 860-4948.

Behind-the-Wheel:
Great news! Mr. Koranda and Mr. Farrell sent an email about behind-the-wheel instruction to all juniors, seniors, and their parents on Tuesday evening. Fenton will offer behind-the-wheel starting the week of August 24 and will do so in full compliance with all Illinois Secretary of State and Illinois Department of Public Health safety requirements, which include:
  • Student temperatures will be taken prior to entering the vehicle;

  • Only two students and one instructor per vehicle;

  • Face coverings required to be worn at all times;

  • Eating and drinking in the vehicle is not allowed;

  • Windows will be open whenever possible;

  • Unnecessary stops during training will be avoided;

  • Car occupants must complete hand hygiene with soap and water or hand sanitizer before and after driving. Hand sanitizer will be available in the vehicle; and

  • Clean and disinfect critical contact surfaces.

Families that are interested in signing up for behind-the-wheel should review the criteria in Tuesday’s email from Fenton High School. If you qualify for behind-the-wheel, click the link in that email and submit the necessary information.

Survey:
Fenton will be sending our families a survey tomorrow regarding a Fully Remote Learning option during our Hybrid Learning schedule. Please keep an eye out for that email and share your thoughts with us.

Ask for Help:
Please contact your teacher or send an email to fentonhelp@fenton100.org if you have any questions or needs. This is an extremely unusual school year, but we are always here to support our students and parents. It’s important that students don’t fall behind, so please make sure you’re familiar with all your assignments, class expectations, and the tools available to you. Ask for help if you’re uncertain about anything. No one will think less of you.

Technology Support:
Student Chromebooks are important now more than ever. Report any issues or request assistance, such as internet connectivity, as soon as possible so you can stay connected with your classes. Fenton’s technology department is hard at work every day helping students. If you need tech support, send an email to Chromezone@fenton100.org and a staff member will respond.

Fenton Athletics:
Golf, Cross Country, and Tennis teams started conducting practices today. These teams will follow the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) safety guidelines. We are still waiting for IDPH to approve the Illinois High School Association’s (IHSA) Return to Play Plan or provide any other guidance relating to the IHSA plan in order for our teams to compete with other schools.

Free and Reduced Price Meals:
Fenton has resumed serving free and reduced price breakfast and lunch using our bus lane for a grab-and-go style distribution. Just like every other year, students who are eligible for free or reduced price meals need to register for the federal meal program.

Fenton families can apply for the federal Free or Reduced Price Meal program by submitting an application on the MealTime Apply Online. You can also print an application and deliver the completed form to our front office. Click here to download the application in English. Haga clic aquí para descargar la aplicación en Español.

If you have questions about the application for free or reduced price meals, call the District 100 office at 630-860-6258.



Remember The Three W’s
  1. Wear your mask

  2. Watch your distance

  3. Wash your hands


Let’s go Bison!

James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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August 18, 2020

Fenton High School Behind-the-Wheel Information


Fenton High School will begin offering behind-the-wheel instruction starting the week of August 24th. If a student plans to participate in behind-the-wheel instruction at Fenton, please be aware of the following:

Behind-the-wheel will take place in full compliance with all Illinois Secretary of State and Illinois Department of Public Health safety requirements, which include
  • Student temperatures will be taken prior to entering the vehicle;

  • Only two students and one instructor per vehicle;

  • Face coverings required to be worn at all times;

  • Eating and drinking in the vehicle is not allowed;

  • Windows will be open whenever possible;

  • Unnecessary stops during training will be avoided;

  • Car occupants must complete hand hygiene with soap and water or hand sanitizer before and after driving. Hand sanitizer will be available in the vehicle; and

  • Clean and disinfect critical contact surfaces.

In order to begin scheduling students with instructors, please be aware of the following:
  1. Students should complete the form at this link if you plan to participate in behind-the-wheel instruction at Fenton: (All students have been emailed the link.) by Friday, August 21st. The form asks for the student’s Fenton student ID#, the first and last name of the student, and the date the permit was issued to the student by the Illinois Secretary of State (this information can be found on the permit), and the student’s date of birth. In order to fill out the form, the student must be logged into the Fenton High School Google account.

  2. Students will be scheduled for driving times in order based on student birthdate.

  3. Instructors will contact families directly to schedule students into available driving times.

  4. The cost for behind-the-wheel is $200, and must be paid prior to the first behind-the-wheel session. Once the student is scheduled the teacher will contact the bookstore and the fee amount will be added to the student account to be paid online.

  5. Students must meet their instructor for behind-the-wheel at the main entrance, Door #1. It is extremely important that students arrive for their behind-the-wheel instruction on-time. Instruction must take place with 2 students, and cannot take place with only 1 student.


Thank You.



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August 12, 2020

Wednesday Words Update

Dear Fenton Families,

School is back! It is unbelievable that the 2020-2021 school year is here. And we are ready to launch our Remote Learning 2.0 and to welcome all of our students. I am asking each one of you to continue to be supportive, positive, and flexible. We are going to be ok and we will get through this together. We continue to live in a COVID-19 global pandemic, and will remain consistent with our priorities:
  1. Safety and Wellness for our students, their families, and staff

  2. Learning: Provide a rigorous and engaging learning experience for our student whether we are in a remote learning or hybrid learning environment.

  3. Communication: Communicate with our students, parents, and community partners in a timely and accurate manner.

We at Fenton are building upon the successes of 2019-20. In particular, the “Great Class of 2020.” Some of those success include:
  • Our graduation and attendance rates remain high, 93%

  • 9th Grade On-Track to Graduate is 97%

  • 38 graduates earned the Illinois Seal of Biliteracy

  • 27 graduates were Illinois State Scholars

  • Victor Aristakessian was given Bensenville’s prestigious volunteer award

  • Governor JB Pritzker visited Fenton to announce his proposed expansion of a grant program, referencing Fenton as a prime example of improving accessibility and performance in Advanced Placement classes

  • Malien Tingpalpong won a speech state championship (second consecutive year Fenton has had a speech state champion)

  • Staff members Cameron Kopp, Deomara Velez, and Demetrea Danigeles received Those Who Excel awards from the Illinois State Board of Education

  • Counselor Paul Welsh received the Government Relations Award from the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)

  • We began the process addressing our aging facilities

  • We created a joint Portrait of a Graduate with Bensenville School District 2 and Wood Dale School District 7,

  • We came together as one to continue quality learning amid a global pandemic,

  • We distributed more than 73,000 meals during the pandemic

  • Underwent a district wide equity audit to better serve all of our students

Our staff and administrators did a phenomenal job this summer of planning for all COVID-19 related scenarios (Remote Learning 2.0; Hybrid Learning; In-Person Learning) in this new 2020-21 school year. We expect to achieve just as much or more this year.

Whether your students are learning remotely from home, here at Fenton, or in a hybrid mix, we truly hope they are able to focus on the lessons our amazing teachers have prepared.

Below are a few tips for starting the year strong, in whatever format we find ourselves in.
  • Create a Routine: Establishing and sticking to a routine for your children is a great way to keep them motivated, engaged, and productive.


  • Create a To-Do-List: Be deliberate and intentional by creating a daily and weekly to-do-list.


  • Minimize Distractions: Buckle down, keep focused and stay on task. Put away the video games, cell phones, and squeeze out all the work out of you during your work hours.


  • Create a Workstation: Designate a place for working at home and corner it off. That way, when you are there, your brain is ready to focus on the work. And when you need a break or the end of the work day comes, walking away will help you mentally leave work behind until the break is over or the next day.


  • Practice Self-care: Take care of yourself by eating properly, getting enough exercise, and sleep.


  • Free and Reduced Price Meals: Beginning on the first day of classes (Today, Wednesday, August 12) Fenton will resume serving free and reduced price breakfast and lunch using our bus lane for a grab-and-go style distribution. Just like every other year, students who are eligible for free or reduced price meals need to register for the federal meal program.

  • Fenton families can apply for the federal Free or Reduced Price Meal program by submitting an application on the MealTime Apply Online. You can also print an application and deliver the completed form to our front office. Click here to download the application in English. Haga clic aquí para descargar la aplicación en Español.

    If you have questions about the application for free or reduced price meals, call the District 100 office at 630-860-6258.


  • Ask for help: If you are uncertain about a topic and/or do not understand, email the teacher and/or email us at fentonhelp@fenton100.org


Specifically, when school is occurring in the building or when you are visiting the building for any reason, we strongly encourage everyone abide by the three Ws:
  • Wear a mask

  • Watch your distance between others

  • Wash your hands

Please continue to monitor your email and our social media accounts for more updates as the school year progresses.

Go BISON!

James Ongtegco, Superintendent



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August 7, 2020

Remote Learning 2.0 Frequently Asked Questions




We cannot wait to see our students on August 12 when Fenton High School starts the 2020-21 school year virtually with our Remote Learning 2.0 Plan.

Michelle Papanicolaou, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, created a video to answer a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) about Fenton High School's Remote Learning 2.0 Plan. Please click on the YouTube preview above or on the following link: https://youtu.be/Mt2PDwSoRf8

If parents have any additional questions or comments, Fenton is holding its second Virtual Town Hall meeting on Saturday, August 8 from 9 to 10 a.m. A link to join the meeting will be posted on the homepage of our website, fenton100.org



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August 5, 2020

Wednesday Words Update

Dear Fenton Families,

As you read last week, Fenton High School will begin the 2020-21 school year on Wednesday, August 12 using our improved Remote Learning 2.0 Plan. We have a Hybrid Learning Plan ready for a target date of September 14th. I cannot wait for the school year to start.

I’m including much of the same details below for you to reference while you plan for the upcoming few weeks. Take note, we updated the athletics situation since last week.

If you have any questions, we are hosting a Virtual Town Hall meeting Thursday, August 6 from 6 to 7 p.m. and another Virtual Town Hall on Saturday, August 8 from 9 to 10 a.m. We hope to see you there. We will review our Fall Start, Safety, and what to expect the next couple of weeks.

Will there be hiccups and bumps on the road? Yes, I have no doubt there will be a few and that is ok. We are living under a pandemic and we have to continue being flexible, patient, and supportive.


OUR PRIORITIES REMAIN CONSTANT:

 

  • Safety and Wellness for our students, their families, and staff.

  • Learning: Provide a rigorous and engaging learning experience for our student whether we are in a remote learning or hybrid learning environment.

  • Communication: Communicate with our students, parents, and community partners in a timely and accurate manner.

The teachers and administrators who worked tirelessly to create these plans were regularly monitoring and consulting the guidance provided by our partners at the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Department of Public Health, DuPage County Health Department, DuPage County Regional Office of Education, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unfortunately, there is still much we don’t know about COVID-19, thus Fenton is expecting new guidelines throughout the year and we are committed to revising or adding to our precautions as necessary.


REMOTE LEARNING 2.0 STARTS AUGUST 12
Students should watch their Fenton email accounts for instructions about their first day of classes. Fenton has and will continue to modify our academic delivery based on your feedback and student outcomes. Teachers have started enhancing their remote learning classes and will continue learning and implementing best practices for a remote learning model. This situation is uncharted territory and we are exploring it together. The task forces that created each plan will continue to meet throughout the fall and monitor student success. These two task forces went to great lengths to bolster and enhance the remote learning experience. It will not be the same as last year. Here is what’s new:
  • Synchronous Learning -- Students gather in the same virtual space at the same time to connect with their teachers and one another.

  • Asynchronous Learning -- Students engage with assigned materials and projects independently at their preferred time of day.

  • Parent Communication -- Teachers have set time in their schedule to communicate with parents via email, telephone calls or other forums. The schedule below shows general timeframes, but each individual teacher will provide more specific availability.

  • Student Support -- Teachers will devote considerable time to following up with students outside of class and assisting with more individualized needs. Students are expected to be available and responsive throughout the school day.

  • Attendance -- Student attendance will be taken daily.

  • Grading -- Teachers will once again be issuing grades. Back in March Governor Pritzker mandated a No Harm Grading Policy due to the abrupt state-wide school closings. That mandate has since been lifted.

  • Food Service for students will be provided

Fenton will start the 2020-21 school year with Remote Learning
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If at any point students, parents, or teachers visit Fenton for assistance or when Hybrid Learning begins, everyone will be required to wear a face covering and keep at least six feet apart. Fenton has installed a multitude of hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the building and plastic shields on many of our staff’s desks for additional safety.



HYBRID LEARNING HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Hybrid Learning schedule will still contain important elements of Remote Learning.

  • Students will be split into either the Blue Cohort or Orange Cohort, and they will attend classes in-person on their assigned two days.

  • When students are not at Fenton, they will continue with asynchronous activities from home. Because Hybrid Learning shares so much with the Remote Learning 2.0 Plan, it is important for students to start the year strong and ask any questions right away to ensure the two models can transition smoothly.

  • As we get closer to our transition into Hybrid Learning, there will be further communication with more details.

Fenton's Hybrid Learning Schedule 2020
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ATHLETICS AND ACTIVITIES 
(updated)
The Fenton sports teams below will participate in IHSA events this fall (August 10th).
  1. Girls Tennis
  2. Girls Cross Country
  3. Boys Cross Country
  4. Boys Golf



We know you have many questions. Therefore, we will continue to communicate with you via video and Virtual Town Hall meetings.


Let’s GO BISON!

James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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August 5, 2020

Virtual Town Hall Meetings and New Update Videos




We cannot wait to see our students on August 12 when Fenton High School starts the 2020-21 school year virtually with our Remote Learning 2.0 Plan.

Fenton is launching a new series of videos called "Fenton 100 in 100 Seconds." Communication is one of our top priorities, and we hope this new forum is helpful. Today's inaugural video recaps our fall learning plans: the Remote Learning 2.0 Plan and the Hybrid Learning Plan. Please click on the YouTube preview to the right or on the following link: https://youtu.be/1lZMkKWqwCY

Similarly, Fenton has scheduled two Virtual Town Hall meetings for parents to join and learn about the upcoming school year. Please ask any and all questions you might have. The first Virtual Town Hall meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 6 from 6 to 7 p.m. and another Virtual Town Hall on Saturday, August 8 from 9 to 10 a.m. Links to join each meeting will be posted on the homepage of our website, fenton100.org


Let’s GO BISON!

James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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July 30, 2020

Starting 2020-21 with Remote Learning 2.0



Dear Fenton Families,

We hope you are safe and have found happiness over the summer.

Fenton High School will begin the 2020-21 school year using our improved Remote Learning 2.0 Plan. We have a Hybrid Learning Plan ready for a target date of September 14th.


OUR PRIORITIES REMAIN CONSTANT:
  • Safety and Wellness for our students, their families, and staff.

  • Learning: Provide a rigorous and engaging learning experience for our student whether we are in a remote learning or hybrid learning environment.

  • Communication: Communicate with our students, parents, and community partners in a timely and accurate manner.

The teachers and administrators who worked tirelessly to create these plans were regularly monitoring and consulting the guidance provided by our partners at the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Department of Public Health, DuPage County Health Department, DuPage County Regional Office of Education, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Unfortunately, there is still much we don’t know about COVID-19, thus Fenton is expecting new guidelines throughout the year and we are committed to revising or adding to our precautions as necessary.



REMOTE LEARNING 2.0 STARTS AUGUST 12
Students should watch their Fenton email accounts for instructions about their first day of classes. Fenton has and will continue to modify our academic delivery based on your feedback and student outcomes. Teachers have started enhancing their remote learning classes and will continue learning and implementing best practices for a remote learning model. This situation is uncharted territory and we are exploring it together. The task forces that created each plan will continue to meet throughout the fall and monitor student success. These two task forces went to great lengths to bolster and enhance the remote learning experience. It will not be the same as last year. Here is what’s new:
  • Synchronous Learning -- Students gather in the same virtual space at the same time to connect with their teachers and one another.

  • Asynchronous Learning -- Students engage with assigned materials and projects independently at their preferred time of day.

  • Parent Communication -- Teachers have set time in their schedule to communicate with parents via email, telephone calls or other forums. The schedule below shows general timeframes, but each individual teacher will provide more specific availability.

  • Student Support -- Teachers will devote considerable time to following up with students outside of class and assisting with more individualized needs. Students are expected to be available and responsive throughout the school day.

  • Attendance -- Student attendance will be taken daily.

  • Grading -- Teachers will once again be issuing grades. Back in March Governor Pritzker mandated a No Harm Grading Policy due to the abrupt state-wide school closings. That mandate has since been lifted.

  • Food Service for students will be provided

Fenton will start the 2020-21 school year with Remote Learning
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If at any point students, parents, or teachers visit Fenton for assistance or when Hybrid Learning begins, everyone will be required to wear a face covering and keep at least six feet apart. Fenton has installed a multitude of hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the building and plastic shields on many of our staff’s desks for additional safety.



HYBRID LEARNING HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Hybrid Learning schedule will still contain important elements of Remote Learning.

  • Students will be split into either the Blue Cohort or Orange Cohort, and they will attend classes in-person on their assigned two days.

  • When students are not at Fenton, they will continue with asynchronous activities from home. Because Hybrid Learning shares so much with the Remote Learning 2.0 Plan, it is important for students to start the year strong and ask any questions right away to ensure the two models can transition smoothly.

  • As we get closer to our transition into Hybrid Learning, there will be further communication with more details.

Fenton's Hybrid Learning Schedule 2020
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ATHLETICS AND ACTIVITIES 

The Illinois High School Association and Governor Pritzker’s office are still working through the possible options for the fall seasons. More information will be provided at a later time.



We know you have many questions. Therefore, we will continue to communicate with you via video and Virtual Town Hall meetings.


Let’s GO BISON!

James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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July 29, 2020

Congratulations Class of 2020!

Dear Fenton Families,

I’m excited to share some photos from last weekend’s drive thru Graduation Procession for the Class of 2020.

It’s been a long time since we’ve had so many students on campus, and it was incredible to see all the happy parents, grandparents, and siblings.

The flowers were beautiful. The balloons were spectacular. Billy the Bison was on hand for exciting photos with our graduates and their families. Hearing the names and seeing students walk across the stage was so exhilarating.

Saturday was full of laughter and it was a great escape from the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a day filled with Bison pride and joy. Our graduates and their parents worked very hard for four years to earn that moment on stage.

I want to give a shout out to Principal Lazarevic for researching the safest options out there, and then a HUGE shout out to Assistant Principal Roberts, Mrs. Ilsa Trujillo, and the rest of their team for putting the event together.

I’m so excited to have given these families the recognition they deserve. Enjoy the photos.



Go BISON!

James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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July 22, 2020

Wednesday Words Update

Dear Fenton Families,


We are continuing our efforts to anticipate as many situations as possible while planning for the upcoming 2020-21 school year, which starts August 12th. We will have more information soon. As a reminder, Fenton has a parent survey about the fall semester and it will remain active until July 24 (see next article for links to the survey). Thank you for your patience and flexibility.

But in the meantime, Fenton is excited to have a second chance at closing out the 2019-20 school year. Myself and others will be welcoming the Class of 2020 back on campus for a drive through Graduation Procession on Saturday, July 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mr. Lazarevic and Mrs. Roberts sent an email with the exact schedule earlier this week.

The families that are able to attend will drive through Fenton's bus lane and take turns exiting their cars to walk across a portable stage and pose for photos in front of our main entrance.

This event is very important to me, and I hope to see as many families as possible. Fenton’s teachers, administrators, and support staff agonize day-in and day-out over how to best prepare our students for the world that lays ahead. We take immense pride and joy in seeing the growth from year-to-year, and graduation is a bittersweet moment when we let go of 350 well-rounded individuals who are ready to seek and overcome the next great challenge.

More importantly, we know this event is extremely important to our parents and guardians. You are vital partners in this process, and you put your heart and soul into everything that relates to your children. We want you to enjoy the moment and feel the pride while watching your child walk across our stage.

Whether you have a cap and gown or not, please stop by on Saturday. You’ve earned it.

If you misplaced or didn’t get Mr. Lazarveic’s email with the schedule and guidelines, please send an email to communications@fenton100.org and we’ll send you another copy.



Go BISON!

James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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July 15, 2020

Wednesday Words Update

Dear Fenton Families,


The 2020-21 School School Year is a short four weeks away, and we’re so excited to see and hear from everyone again. In fact, we’d like to hear from our parents a little sooner.

Below are three links to a parent survey that will help inform us about your needs and comfort levels. All responses are anonymous, but our contact information is listed on the survey if you would like us to address a topic that specifically impacts your family.

Fenton High School has two task forces discussing scenarios for learning at our school next year:
  • Remote Learning 2.0

  • Hybrid Learning, and

  • In-Person

As we evaluate potential decisions relating to each of those scenarios, we need as much information as possible.

Fenton has always valued feedback from our vital partners at home, but your voice is needed now more than ever.


Please complete this survey by July 24th.



English:

https://forms.gle/ZpXYr3nkfAk2WLiw8



Español:

https://forms.gle/NKXLvizZBbr9dam49



Polskie:

https://forms.gle/N8Eu1xZTeNVJJQSr7



Thank you for your patience and support. Stay safe.


Go BISON!

James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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July 8, 2020

Wednesday Words Update

Dear Fenton Families,

I hope you and your family are well and safe. As the 2020-21 School Year approaches, we continue to work diligently in planning for a safe return to school. Below are a few topics of note:


School Calendar and Re-Opening Plan
  • Our 2020-21 School Calendar is still in effect. Click here to view the relevant dates. First day of class is Wednesday, August 12, 2020.


  • Our goal is to get students back in the building in a safe and logical manner. The safety and wellness of our students, staff, and families is our top priority. We are still working on our Reopening School Plan.

Parent Survey

We are kicking-off a Parent Survey regarding the next school year. Keep an eye out for a separate email by Friday, July 10. Please complete the survey.


Sports and Athletics

As you have seen and/or heard, there are some schools that started their athletic conditioning and there are some that have not. As of today, Fenton is working with the IHSA and Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines to research safe options for possibly hosting athletic workouts in the near future. We will keep you posted.


Graduation Class of 2020

We have not forgotten. In addition to the virtual graduation, we will host a drive-in graduation format on July 25th. We know this is not the traditional graduation we were all hoping for, and it falls short of our expectations. However, due to Phase 4 guidelines and for safety reasons this is our best option. Principal Lazarevic will reach out to our seniors and their parents in the next couple of days and provide the next steps.



As you can imagine, schools are under a lot of pressure. We appreciate your support and flexibility as we navigate this evolving situation together.

Please stay safe by doing the 3 W’s: Wash your Hands, Wear your Mask, Watch your Distance.



Let’s Go BISON!

James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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July 1, 2020

Wednesday Words Update


Dear Fenton Families,

We continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and how it is affecting the school landscapes. What I want to remind our families is that we are in this situation together, and by working together we will get through it.

Our three priorities that we established in the spring remains the same today and moving on to the fall semester:

Priority 1 - Feed and care for the safety, health, and welfare of our students and families. As of yesterday, Fenton staff have distributed over 54,500 meals to our families. Also, we have purchased Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), hand sanitizers, gloves, thermometers, and desk shields for a safe return to school.

Priority 2 - Provide continuity of learning.
Thank you to the staff involved with the Remote Learning Task Force for their guidance while creating our Remote Learning 2.0 plan. We are on our way to bolstering Remote Learning. In addition, we are working on a Hybrid Learning Schedule for the fall semester. A hybrid schedule is a combination of Remote Learning and In-Person Learning days. We will share the schedule and our “Reopening School Plan” once it is completed and vetted.

Priority 3 - Communicate clearly and in a timely manner.
Last week, Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois Department of Public Health (ISBE and IDPH) released their Phase 4 Guidance for schools. The guidance has been tweaked three times so far. I am expecting more tweaking from these regulatory agencies in the weeks to come. With that said, our number one priority at Fenton is the safety and wellness of our students, staff, and families.

Below are links to the ISBE/IDPH Phase 4 Guidance:

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/Part-3-Transition-Planning-Phase-4.pdf

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/FAQ-Part-3-Transition-Guidance.pdf


Key takeaways from the guidance:
  • Face coverings are required in the school

  • Social distancing is required in the school

  • 5 hours of instruction are required during Phase 4

  • Schools will go back to their traditional grading practices

I want to thank you for all of your support and flexibility throughout this crisis. We have a lot of work to do before the start of the school year. We will work diligently. Let’s continue to be flexible and supportive.

Stay safe, wear a mask, wash your hands, and practice social distancing!


Let’s go BISON!

James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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June 24, 2020

COVID-19 Update

Dear Fenton Families,

I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well. Yesterday, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) released guidance for schools on the 2020-21 school year.

This 60-page document has been much anticipated and we hope it will help answer critical questions all of us share about what the 2020-21 school year will look like in terms of remote learning, in-person learning, scheduling, transportation, meals, wearing masks, social distancing and other measures intended to keep everyone safe and healthy, while also re-engaging students in the learning process. We also understand that the guidance does not have all the answers to our questions and concerns. There are unique circumstances for different school districts.

I am aware of the urgent need to communicate with families about what to expect next school year. Right now, we don’t have all the answers to those questions as this document was released to school districts at the same time it was released to the public. Therefore, we kindly ask for your patience as our team thoroughly reviews this detailed guidance and implements the suggestions into our district’s own transition plan to re-open our school. We will share our re-opening plan when it is developed.

As you may know, our district formed transition teams earlier this month and has already been discussing scenarios regarding re-opening our school: Remote Learning 2.0, Hybrid Learning, and In-Person. This ISBE and IDPH guidance will assist those conversations, and I’m confident our district can put forth a re-opening plan that prioritizes the health, wellness, and safety of our students, families, and staff while maintaining an engaging learning environment.

Thank you again for your patience, understanding, and flexibility as our entire district together navigates a situation that none of us could have imagined.

I will be in touch. In the meantime, stay safe and enjoy your summer.


Sincerely,

James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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June 17, 2020

Wednesday Words Update:
Happy Father's Day!


Dear Fenton Families,

This weekend is a special time for all our fathers. I wish you all a wonderful Father’s Day and I thank you for all your work inside and outside the home whether it be in health care, education, construction, manufacturing, small businesses, technology, civil service, and so on. I encourage you to continue to support your children’s education and learning and assist them to achieve their goals by developing their plans and cultivating their dreams and aspirations.

I am fortunate that my father is alive, lives only an hour away, and I can visit him on a consistent basis. He celebrated his 82nd birthday last April. There are many things I admire about my dad; however, the three that stand out most is his perseverance, deep belief in God’s love, and his unconditional love for my mom. The latter was so important for me to see and witness during my childhood, teenage years, and adulthood. For me, the key to having a loving and united family is to consistently love my wife unconditionally. The love that my mom and dad have is contagious, and affects and unites the entire family. I learned this from my dad.

I know that not everyone is as fortunate to have their fathers with them. I want to thank everyone who is playing that role and setting a good example in your own unique way. As your partner, we can’t mentor this next generation without you. Stay strong. Keep loving. You are doing a great job.

During this time of crisis, COVID-19 and social justice, let’s all stay united in building a more loving, just, empathetic, and caring home, Fenton, Bensenville and Wood Dale.

Happy Father’s Day Weekend!


Let’s Go Bison.

-- James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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June 10, 2020

Wednesday Words Update

Dear Fenton Families,

I hope everyone is resting and staying safe during Phase 3 of Restore Illinois: wearing a mask, washing their hands, and social distancing. Our highest priority at Fenton High School is safety and wellness for our students, their families and staff.

The administration is forward thinking and working on three learning scenarios for the upcoming school year.
  • Remote Learning 2.0

  • Hybrid Learning (Remote Learning 2.0 and In-Person)

  • In-Person Learning

We are currently working on Remote Learning 2.0. Why are we using the terminology Remote Learning 2.0? Because we are bolstering Remote Learning by providing professional development to our teachers, improving our connectivity and other technology tools, improving learning for our students, and improving our parent communication.

In addition, we have and will continue to collect and utilize student, parent, and staff feedback through surveys/ThoughtExchange to bolster Remote Learning 2.0. We will work with our staff via a Task Force to bolster Remote Learning 2.0. The end result is a better Remote Learning experience for our students, parents, and staff. I have informed our staff that we will start the school year with Remote Learning 2.0. In addition, during Hybrid learning, which is an ebb and flow of Remote Learning and In-Person, Remote Learning will be the foundation and default of Hybrid Learning because it is the most medically safe platform for our students to learn until we have a mitigating medicine and/or vaccine for COVID-19. That is the main reason why Fenton invests so much energy in bolstering Remote Learning.

The administration along with staff will start working on Hybrid and In-Person Learning in the next couple of weeks. We are hopeful that more guidelines will come from the state, the Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois Board of Education, DuPage County Public Health, and the Center of Disease Control and Prevention so we can plan accordingly.

I want to conclude by thanking all of our Fenton essential workers for their work in distributing food. As of June 10th, Fenton has distributed approximately 42,000 meals to families. Yesterday, Fenton sponsored a mobile food pantry from the Northern Illinois Food Bank. We distributed food (meat, veggies, fruits, milk, and dry food) to more than 200 families. This is something to be proud about.


Let’s go Bison!

James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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June, 3, 2020

Wednesday Words Update

Dear Fenton Families,


For the last several days, the topic during our family meals has been about racism, institutional racism, and the horrific death of Mr. George Floyd from Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is disheartening and painful to explain to my kids how real and ubiquitous racism is in America. There are so many people hurting right now, and my heart and prayers are with them. This sadness and the events that led to these emotions should not exist in our country. Everyone deserves respect and human rights.

Fenton is committed to equity and social justice. We take great pride in serving all of our families of many races, ethnicities, religions, socio-economic statuses, physical capabilities, and languages. We live equity and social justice inside and outside of our classrooms and offices on a daily basis. Let's continue to love and care for each other, our students, our parents, and love the folks who might disagree with us. Let’s continue to live the BISON WAY and raise the next generation that will end institutional racism and oppression.

As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."

Fenton stands with justice, good character, kindness, and equity. Our mission is Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships … through our commitment and collective efforts in kindness and good character I am confident that we will create a more just, caring and loving society.


Sincerely y un abrazo fuerte!

James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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May 27, 2020

Wednesday Words Update


Dear Fenton Families,


With the school year now finished, we at Fenton are preparing for summer school and our staff is operating the building under a summer schedule. The most notable change is that Fenton is closed on Fridays.

This is not a typical summer, though. We are still navigating a global pandemic. Fenton will continue to distribute meals throughout the summer.

Food will be distributed Monday thru Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon. We will continue to prepare weekend packs, which now include breakfast and lunch for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

We encourage all of our families to make use of our service during this time of skyrocketing unemployment, underemployment, and weak global economy.

As of today, Fenton has distributed 40,254 meals. I want to thank all of the teams that provide this service: our Fenton staff and those from our cafeteria contractor, Arbor Management Inc.

In addition to the meals produced at Fenton, we have continued to build a stronger relationship with the Bensenville-Wood Dale Food Pantry. Like Fenton, the Food Pantry is a pillar in our community. It operates its own distribution on Saturday mornings and donates food to Fenton’s distribution when resources are available. We are grateful for this partnership and shared mission.

Families in need have yet another option: Fenton is hosting two mobile food pantries from the Northern Illinois Food Bank. The trucks are scheduled to be outside our building between 4:00 and 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 29 and again on Tuesday, June 9 between 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. These deliveries were paid for by Bensenville School District 2 and by an anonymous donor.

We want our families and our communities to be healthy and safe. Please utilize these services and/or share with families who will benefit from these services.


Let’s go Bison!

James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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May 20, 2020

Wednesday Words Update


The last few months have been complicated and unsettling for everyone. For schools, like many other institutions, these are uncharted waters and unprecedented times. We sincerely thank all of the essential workers: healthcare workers, first responders, grocery staff, municipal leaders, and all other essential workers for their heroic daily acts. A special thank you to all of our students, parents, and staff for their support and flexibility. The struggle will continue but we will persevere together through empathy and collaboration.

Below are a few important topics that we at Fenton want to communicate:

Congratulations to our Seniors, Class of 2020! The staff at Fenton High School is saddened that we could not have more time with the Class of 2020. We pride ourselves on building relationships with our students and their families. The Class of 2020 is full of champions, innovators, leaders, communicators, team builders, and hard workers. We are proud of them all! COVID-19 didn’t stop the Class of 2020 from succeeding, and I’m excited to see what else they overcome and achieve in the future. Congratulations, Class of 2020. We are all proud of you.

Food Distribution is our Priority. Fenton made a firm decision to feed its community during the COVID-19 global pandemic. A small but dedicated team prepared and distributed breakfasts and lunches between 10 a.m. and noon on most weekdays. We are making and distributing thousands of meals per week. I’m forever grateful to those who volunteered to assume this mission. Fenton remains committed to our food distribution program throughout the summer semester. Please visit the “COVID-19 Announcements” page on our website for the up-to-date schedule.

Safety is Paramount. Fenton has supported Illinois’ stay-at-home order, however, there are certain instances when we need to be in public. In late April, Applied Technology Teacher Mrs. Lauren Lemm designed and built 38 plastic face shields for Fenton’s essential workers to wear while interacting with the public. I applaud her for the painstaking mathematics involved with designing, 3D printing, and assembling the shields. This example of ingenuity is a small glimpse into the great work our teachers do with students on a daily basis, but in this case her efforts were more cost effective and quicker than looking for face shields on the open market. Fenton’s commitment to safety will continue. We have been planning ahead to that unknown time when students can return to the building, and we intend to keep our students, parents, and staff safe.

I want to thank our community partners at the City of Wood Dale, Village of Bensenville, Wood Dale School District 7, Bensenville School District 2, Wood Dale Park District, Bensenville Park District, Wood Dale Public Library, Bensenville Public Library, and both of our police and fire departments for working collaboratively during these unprecedented times. Also, I want to thank all of the residents of Wood Dale and Bensenville for their support of our students, our parents, and our school programs. Your collective support makes Fenton a stronger and better school.


James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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May 13, 2020

Wednesday Words Update


Fenton Class of 2020! On behalf of the Board of Education, I would like to congratulate each of you on your upcoming graduation on May 17th. The commencement ceremony on Sunday is a rich tradition at Fenton where we honor all of the seniors for meeting the necessary requirements mandated by the State of Illinois and Fenton Community High School District 100.

It is also a time when we give credit to our loving and dedicated parents, guardians, grandparents, abuelas, tios and tias, for preparing their Fenton student to be successful each and every day for the last 12 years. Graduation is your day too. Mil gracias a todos.

Seniors, The Great Fenton Class of 2020! I want to stress the word GREAT. ESTUPENDA. This class is great because it has accomplished remarkable things during their years at Fenton. You are great because of your academic, athletic, and artistic accomplishments, in the classrooms, on stage, on the athletic fields, on local and championship platforms.

You are great because of the thousands of hours you gave back to our community by volunteering at our food drives, blood drives, reading to grammar school students, cleaning up parks, and volunteering in local, state, national, and international organizations.

You are great because unlike any other graduating class, you have achieved during COVID-19 and set an example for your younger classmates.

You are great because you have embraced the challenges, frustrations, and fear of the Global Pandemic.

You told yourself that this virus cannot stop me. It cannot diminish my dreams. It cannot stop my innate tendencies to discover my purpose in life. You said that the stay-at- home, social distancing, and mask-wearing mandates will not stop me from reaching my destiny, my fulfillment, and my happiness. And you know that the global pandemic, this crisis, COVID-19 is temporary, will not last, and it will be defeated.

You are great because this adversity and what you learned from it will make a better health care provider, emergency responders, teachers, computer engineers, business owners, soldier, adult, husband, wife, mother, father, brother and sister.

The Great Class of 2020, you will do great things. Haran cosas grades. Take what you have learned and experienced these last 12 years to change the world, change politics, change how we treat the poor, and change how we utilize our natural resources and our planet.

Bison. You are the heart of a high school that embraces diversity, equity and social justice ... whether you were born in the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, Poland, Russia, Philippines or another country. It does not matter; you are a Bison for life.

The Great Class of 2020. Be the example and catalyst for peace, love, fairness, and justice wherever your journey takes you. Take risks, stand up with a resolved smile when you fall, and live your life filled with a focused passion and unconditional kindness.

Thank you Great Class of 2020 for being unique, resilient, and strong. It has been a true honor for all of the adults at Fenton to have walked, skipped and ran alongside you over these years. We are proud of what you have become and wish you the very best as you move on to the next state of your life. Thank you. Un abrazo fuerte to all of you. Go Bison!


James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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May 6 2020

Wednesday Words Update


Dear Fenton Families,

I hope you are doing well and keeping safe. As you all know, this is Staff Appreciation week and I wanted to give our amazing staff another round of applause for all of their hard work and dedication to our students and Fenton Families. The world is a better place because of our Fenton Staff.

As you may be aware, on May 5, Governor Pritzker released “Restore Illinois,” a five-phased plan to reopen Illinois. I encourage you to read the entire Restore Illinois framework. This is an initial framework based upon regional healthcare availability, and it recognizes the distinct impact COVID-19 has had on different regions of our state as well as regional variations in hospital capacity. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) will direct Fenton on how and when we will return to normal operations. We are currently in Phase 2, according to the DCHD, and we must be in Phase 5 to reopen fully.

The final phase, “Phase 5 Illinois Restored” is full resumption of school for large high schools like Fenton. Here is what needs to be in place to bring students back to school in full, all 1,500 students:
  • Testing, tracing and treatment are widely available throughout the state.

  • Either a vaccine is developed to prevent additional spread of COVID-19, a treatment option is readily available that ensures health care capacity is no longer a concern, or there are no new cases over a sustained period.

  • All sectors of the economy reopen with new health and hygiene practices permanently in place.
    Large gatherings of all sizes can resume.

  • Public health experts focus on lessons learned and building out the public health infrastructure needed to meet and overcome future challenges.

  • Healthcare equity is made a priority to improve health outcomes and ensure vulnerable communities receive the quality care they deserve.

Our administrative team started planning for the fall semester a couple of weeks ago. This plan might need to include Remote Learning components and a phased re-opening, as permitted by health officials and the Illinois State Board of Education. Therefore, a few goals we hope to accomplish during the summer is to bolster Remote Learning, bolster Social Emotional Learning, and bolster COVID-19 safety procedures. We will continue to communicate our progress as they develop.

When will we get to Phase 5? I don’t know. No one knows. However, when we get there, Fenton will be ready. Fenton will continue to problem solve, plan ahead, and anticipate what lies ahead of us. We will continue to work diligently to serve our students, staff, and community.

Let’s keep rowing. Let’s stay safe. And thank you for all of your support!


-- James Ongrengco, Superintendent



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May 4, 2020

May 4 COVID-19 Update:
Updates on Graduation, Prom, This Summer


Dear Fenton Families,

I hope you and your family are safe and healthy.

It’s Staff Appreciation Week. I want to take a moment to say: We love and appreciate our staff! Students will remember all of the wonderful things you bring into their lives now and in the future. Thank you for your commitment and dedication to our students, families, and communities under this time of crisis. All of us are the product of incredible educators like you.

Below are news in regards to graduation, prom, summer school, and summer activities:
  • As a reminder, Fenton will hold a virtual graduation on Sunday, May 17th for the Class of 2020. Seniors received an email from Principal Lazarevic explaining the graduation protocols and other pertinent information for seniors.

  • We have scheduled a tentative in-person graduation for Saturday, July 25th. This will take place pending that the Stay-at-Home order has been lifted and it is safe to have mass gatherings again. Safety regarding the spreading of the virus is the key factor. If it is not safe, we will schedule an in-person graduation in December. In other words, we will have an in-person graduation when it is safe. When that might be is unknown.

  • Fenton is canceling prom this year. It is unsafe to hold a dance this spring and summer. I know this is heartbreaking for many of our students but the safety and wellness of our students and their families is our top priority.

  • Summer school, summer sport camps, and summer activity camps will be held remotely this year. More information will come out shortly, stay tuned.


I would like to end this letter by again saluting our staff for their dedication to our students and families. You are all heroes because of your dedication to others.
  • Counselors, social workers, and psychologist who are on the front line of our trauma-informed and SEL
    Mrs. Wisnewski for keeping us updated regarding DuPage Public Health, CDC, and Illinois Department of Health

  • Mrs. Rieger for hosting a Digital Art Show

  • Mr. George for recognizing the Class of 2020 through Senior Band Spotlights

  • The Remote Learning Task force composed of teachers and administrators who spearheaded the transition from E-Learning to Remote Learning

  • Mr. Berago, Mrs. Pahl, Mr. Baker for leading our remote learning technology application

  • Mr. Ruiz for insisting to assist with food distribution

  • The staffs of Districts 2 and 7, who are our partners in feeding our communities

  • Mrs. Lemm for constructing the face shields for staff during food distribution

  • Mr. Hetrea for connecting families in need to district resources

  • Officer Nelson and our Arbor staff for their tireless commitment to our students being fed

  • Mrs. Wright for providing remote learning resources to our staff

  • Mrs. Bray for creating motivational videos for our students

  • Custodians and grounds crew for keeping our campus sanitized/disinfected, organized and clean

  • Mrs. DiGrazia, Ms. Selucky, and counselors for assisting families that lost a loved one

  • Mrs. Williams for recognizing the Class of 2020 through Choir Senior Spotlights

  • To our ELL/Bilingual teachers and teachers’ assistant for contacting all of our EL students and making sure they have appropriate amounts of resources

  • Mrs. Connor for sending the weekly Trauma Informed Monday Moment

  • And to our staff as a whole for donating enough money to get a Mobile Food Pantry from the Northern Illinois Food Bank to support our families. You make Fenton a wonderful place for everyone.

Thank you for your unselfish act of kindness. Let’s keep rowing together.


Stay safe!

James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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April 29, 2020

Wednesday Words Update


Dear Fenton Families,

I hope you and your family are safe and healthy.

As you are aware, Governor Pritzker has extended the Stay-at-Home order for the month of May. We anticipated the governor’s decision and I support his decision because it keeps our students safe from the COVID-19 virus.

With that said, Fenton will hold a virtual graduation for the Class of 2020 on Sunday, May 17th. A virtual graduation is needed in May to declare that the Class of 2020 has met all graduation requirements, to document that seniors have graduated on their transcripts, and to officially matriculate the Class of 2020 into colleges, universities, and military. More information in regards to caps and gowns and other pertinent information regarding the virtual graduation will be emailed to seniors and parents early next week.

Will there be an in-person graduation? Yes. The details are still being worked out, so please stay tuned for more information. So far, we are planning a tentative in-person graduation in late July pending that the Stay-at-Home order has been lifted and it is safe to have mass gatherings again. If the Stay-at-Home order is not lifted in July and/or it is not safe, we will schedule an in-person graduation in November or December. In other words, we will have an in-person graduation when it is safe. When that might be is unknown.

Until then, we still have a few weeks of learning and I continue to be impressed with the different projects and discussions I see and hear about. We have some talented students and passionate teachers here at Fenton. In particular, I was inspired by the notes Ms. Rebecca Norris mailed to her students’ homes. They said: “Don’t study because you need to. Study because knowledge is power. Study because they can never take it away from you. Study because you want to know more. Study because it enhances you. Study because it grows you.” As a lifelong educator, I could not agree more. I urge you to maintain your thirst for knowledge, both now in these last few weeks of school and after Fenton. Like Ms. Norris said, knowledge is power and no one can take that from you!

Keep up the good work and stay safe.


Let’s go Bison!

James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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April 22, 2020

Wednesday Words Update


Dear Fenton Families:

On April 17th, Governor Pritzker announced that remote learning in Illinois will extend through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. For me, like many of our students, staff, and parents, this is very sad and not having students here at Fenton learning, competing, signing, socializing, eating, and being silly is absolutely heartbreaking. In addition to the sadness, folks are frustrated by the uncertainty of events and activities, unemployment, and lack of testing, mitigating meds and a vaccine.

However, these past 40 days have proven our Fenton community is more resilient, compassionate, and dynamic than maybe what we previously realized. This is evident in our remote learning collaboration and dynamic interactions between students and teachers, dedication of feeding and caring for the safety, health and welfare of our students and families, and timely and honest communication with students, parents, and community members. Thank you Fenton Family.

As we embrace the new norm and remote learning for the remainder of the school year, I want to share with you ideas I read from leadership coach Ms. Lolly Daskal. As a father of a large family, it is frustrating and a hair-pulling experience for me, even as an educator, to organize my children’s remote learning day and to keep them focused, motivated, and accountable. So, below are some ideas parents can implement at home. Please review and discuss with your children.

  • Create a Routine: Establishing and sticking to a routine for your children is a great way to keep them motivated, engaged, and productive

  • Create a to-do-list: Be deliberate and intentional by creating a daily and weekly to-do-list. A list of priorities is a map of what is important and what is really important. A list provides satisfaction when you cross out items as you complete them.

  • Minimize distractions: Buckle down, keep focused and stay on task. Put away the video games, cell phones, and squeeze out all the work out of you during your work hours.

  • Create a workstation: Designate a place for work and corner it off. That way, when you are there, your brain is ready to focus on the work. And when you need a break or the end of the work day comes, walking away will help you mentally leave work behind until the break is over or the next day.

  • Practice self-care: Take care of yourself by eating properly, getting enough exercise, and sleep. You will be more energized, productive, and fun to be with.

  • Ask for help: If you are uncertain about a topic and/or do not understand, email your children’s teacher and/or email us at fentonhelp@fenton100.org

I know this is not the school year that any of us imagined for our children; therefore, I want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we deal with this unprecedented situation together. This period of remote learning offers all of us new ways to learn and grow, empathize and be flexible, and out of this pandemic, we will be stronger as a community.


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James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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April 17, 2020

April 17 COVID-19 Update:
Remote Learning to Continue Remainder of The School Year



Dear Fenton Parents and Community Members:

I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well. Today, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced that remote learning in Illinois will be extended through the end of the 2019-20 school year.

Although in-person learning has been suspended for the remainder of the year, at Fenton High School, I assure you our entire staff remains committed to learning and engaging with all students through remote learning, as well as continuing with our food distribution program.

Like you, we are saddened by the reality that our school community will not be able to reconvene in person this school year due to this public health crisis. So many of you have worked so hard to learn and grow in both the classroom and in extracurricular activities that today’s announcement may feel like a step back.

However, the final chapter of this school year hasn’t been written yet. These past few weeks have proven our school community is more resilient, more capable and more compassionate than maybe what we previously realized. I’m confident our collective strength will shine through during the remainder of the school year, and we will emerge even stronger.

Having said that, today’s announcement will affect multiple scheduling changes in our district. Please be patient as we work as a district to get information to you in the next several weeks.

I know this is not the school year that any of us imagined, but I want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we have dealt with this unprecedented situation together. This period of Remote Learning offers us new ways to learn and grow, and out of this Pandemic, we will emerge stronger. Plans will be underway soon for the return to in-person learning next school year.

It’s important we continue to work together and support our students. I can't thank you enough for all that you are doing as we all work together through this. To hear more and ask your own questions, please join me in a COVID-19 Town Hall Webinar Saturday at 9 a.m. Check www.fenton100.org, for a link.


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April 15, 2020

Wednesday Words Update


Dear Fenton Families:

I hope you and your family are safe and healthy. My cousin, his wife and daughter have COVID-19. It is a stressful time for my family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families whose loved ones are sick and/or have died. Also, we salute all of the essential workers at Fenton, Bensenville, Wood Dale, and all over the world. Your courage and leadership are second to none. With this said, let’s continue social distancing and staying at home.

Below are a few thoughts that I shared with the Fenton administration team, and now I would like to share with all of you. The message is that there is light at the end of the tunnel and crisis like COVID-19 brings forth the common good. We will get through this.


Crisis is an event that we cannot control; however, we control our thoughts and actions.
Crisis is seasonal; it cannot last.
Crisis shakes the foundation we thought was sound.
Crisis forces us to change our behavior.
Crisis brings collaboration, humanity, empathy, and creativity.
Crisis tests our leadership skills and faith.
Crisis brings forth the common good.



Remote Learning Parent/Guardian Survey
We want to know how you are doing and your experience with remote learning. Please complete our survey by clicking here for English and clicking here for Spanish.

Superintendent COVID-19 Webinar - Saturday, April 18, 9:00 to 9:45 a.m.
The Superintendent Webinar will replace Coffee with the Superintendent. We will discuss how COVID-19 has affected Fenton students, staff, families, and school events. This is an opportunity for students, parents, and community members to ask questions. Check our homepage, www.fenton100.org, for a link and instructions on how to join the webinar.

Remote Learning Plan
As stated in the Wednesday Words last week, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) provided recommended guidelines in regards to Remote Learning. Therefore, we created a remote learning task force, composed of teachers and administrators, which created a Remote Learning Plan for Fenton that incorporated ISBE recommendations. To see the plan in its entirety, click here for the English version, and click here for the Spanish version.

Graduation and Prom
We are currently discussing prom and graduation, and understand how important it is to students and parents. As you can imagine, these two events are difficult to plan under COVID-19. We thank you for your patience.

Food Distribution
We have distributed approximately 13,000 meals so far. We are asking people to wear masks when they pick-up meals, and if you are driving, please wear a mask and open up your vehicle’s trunk so we can quickly place the meals in your vehicle. This will expedite the pick-up and keep everyone safe.

Questions, Recommendations and/or Concerns
If you have any questions and/or recommendations, please email us at fentonhelp@fenton100.org.


Let’s Go Bison!

James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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April 14, 2020

Remote Learning Parent Survey


Dear Fenton Families,

Our staff wants to make sure it is meeting the needs of our students and their families during this challenging situation. Feedback is extremely valuable as we continue with our Remote Learning Plan.

Please take a few moments and complete a brief survey about your experiences.

You can take the survey by clicking here. We ask that you complete the survey by Monday, April 20.


Thank you and Go Bison!
James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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April 13, 2020

April 13 COVID-19 Update:
Fenton's Remote Learning Plan


Dear Fenton Families,

I hope you had a restful and relaxing weekend and Easter, and are staying healthy and safe. Last week, Fenton distributed over 5,500 meals and today distributed 400 meals. We will get through this together: empathy, flexibility, and collaboration.

As stated in the Wednesday Words last week, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) provided recommended guidelines in regards to Remote Learning. Therefore, we created a remote learning task force, composed of teachers and administrators, which created a Remote Learning Plan for Fenton that incorporated ISBE recommendations. This plan will mirror aspects of our E-Learning plan that our students, parents, and staff have been working under. Below is a quick overview of the topics that the Remote Learning Plan describes. To see the plan in its entirety, click here.

Remote Learning Plan Topics
  • Attendance & Participation

  • Grading

  • Assignments

  • Assessments

  • Teacher Availability

  • Daily Schedule

  • IEP & 504 Communication

  • Social Emotional Support

  • Connectivity

  • Questions, Concerns, Celebrations...


Be safe. Let’s go Bison!

James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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April 8, 2020

Wednesday Words Update


Dear Fenton Families:

I hope this message finds you healthy and well. As I mentioned on my last correspondent with you, we are building a new Fenton. A virtual Fenton High School, and the way we will get through this is through empathy, flexibility, and collaboration.

Our Remote Learning Task Force continues to work on bolstering our remote learning days and implementing recommendations from the state. This group is composed of teachers and administrators, and it is discussing topics such as grading, instruction, technology, assessments, trauma informed, social emotional learning, “no harm grade guideline,” etc. Once the final plan is completed, we will email it to all Fenton families.

Students: We ask that you continue to stay engaged. Review assigned work and complete work by the due dates. Continue to ask clarifying questions to your teachers when you need help or don’t understand. Please be respectful to yourself, teachers and peers.

Seniors, Class of 2020: We can only imagine how difficult this time is for you, your friends and your families, and this is not the senior experience we want for you. I encourage you to stay positive. As a reminder, we are waiving the Community Service Hours graduation requirement for the Class of 2020; therefore, do not worry about finding new service hours. Also, We are currently discussing graduation and prom, and will keep you updated.

Food Distribution: We will continue to provide food to our families. Please stop by Fenton if you need food tomorrow, Thursday, April 9th from 10:00 a.m. to noon. We will not distribute food on Friday because of Good Friday/Easter Holiday. We will be distributing extra food tomorrow to cover Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Thank you for all of your support. Stay healthy and safe.


Let’s Go Bison.

James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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April 4, 2020

April 4 COVID-19 Update: Welcome Back



Dear Fenton Families,

I hope you had a restful and relaxing spring break. As the COVID-19 situation continues, let’s do our part by staying at home, washing our hands, and staying engaged. We truly appreciate your cooperation and flexibility during this time of crisis and uncharted waters. We miss you and are thinking about you.

As stated in the Wednesday Words last week, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) provided recommended guidelines in regards to remote learning. Therefore, we created a remote learning task force, composed of teachers and administrators, to create a remote learning plan that will incorporate appropriate ISBE recommendations. We believe this plan will mirror many aspects of our E-Learning plan that our students, parents, and staff have been working under. We anticipate that the plan will be completed by the end of this week and we will email the plan to all Fenton families.

In many ways, we are building a new Fenton. A virtual Fenton High School. This is new for all of us: students, parents, staff, and community. For one, I feel like a first year teacher and administrator, and I bet the rest of the teachers feel the same way. For our students and parents, I can only imagine how difficult this can be. I’m worried about our families who lack resources, shelter, and a shoulder to lean on at home. The only way Bison Country will get through this is through love, empathy, flexibility, and collaboration.

Here’s our game plan for the month of April:
  • Monday, April 6 - Thursday, April 9

    • Students continue E-Learning: students continue to check in for attendance during 2nd and 7th periods. Check all Google Classrooms and engage in the activities and learning.

    • Task Force to create remote learning plan, incorporate ISBE recommendations

    • Email remote learning plan to families

    • Food Distribution from 10 a.m. to noon

    • Love, empathy, flexibility, and collaboration


  • Friday, April 10 (Good Friday/Easter Weekend)

    • No school

    • Thursday food distribution will include food for Friday, Saturday and Sunday

    • Love, empathy, flexibility, and collaboration


  • Remote Learning: April 13 - May 1

    • Student continue learning remotely

    • Remote learning with incorporated ISBE recommendations goes into effect

    • Food distribution Monday - Friday, from 10 a.m. to noon

    • Love, empathy, flexibility, and collaboration


  • After May 1, to be determined by the state

    • Love, empathy, flexibility, and collaboration

Be safe! And let’s build this virtual high school in harmony.

James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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April 1, 2020

Wednesday Words Update: Remote Learning/E-Learning resumes April 6, Stay at Home order extended



Dear Fenton Families:

I hope you are enjoying your Spring Break through rest and relaxation. Let’s continue to do our part to stop this virus by staying at home, washing our hands, and seeking medical help if we are sick. Everyone has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for your support, flexibility and patience as we navigate this crisis together.

Yesterday, Governor JB Pritzker officially extended his Stay at Home order and the need for all school districts to continue remote learning until April 30th. In addition, we received guidance from the Governor and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) regarding remote learning. We are reviewing this information, which includes what the requirements (i.e., grading, attendance, schedule, and other school expectations) are for remote learning. Fenton’s E-Learning plan, in general, will mirror the remote learning plan with a few changes. Learning has never stopped at Fenton and it will continue.

Some FYIs:

Student Responsibilities: Review assigned work and complete work by the due dates. Continue to ask clarifying questions to your teachers when you need help or don’t understand. Please be respectful to yourself, teachers and peers.

Community Service Hours: The Class of 2020 will be waived from this graduation requirement. Shout-out to the seniors that have fulfilled this requirement already.

Graduation: Fenton is planning to host a Class of 2020 Graduation. When? I don’t know yet.

April Activities: April activities have been cancelled or postponed. Coaches and activity sponsors will notify their participants.

Standardized Testing: The SAT/PSAT planned for April 14, 2020 has been canceled. For many students, this SAT was the only free opportunity to take a college entrance exam. Plans are underway to reschedule this exam for current juniors to take the SAT in the fall. As soon as we hear what the final plans are, we will share them with you.

Advanced Placement Testing: College Board will continue with Advanced Placement (AP) testing. Click here for more information.

Remote Learning Days: Remote Learning Days count as student attendance and do not have to be made-up.

If you have any questions, please email us at fentonhelp@fenton100.org.

Again, stay at home, focus on your mental and physical health, and stay positive. We salute all of the frontline people here at Fenton, grocery stores, civic leaders, public transportation staff, and emergency responders. Our thoughts and prayers go to the individuals and their families who are sick and/or lost a loved one.


Let’s go Bison!

James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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March 31, 2020

March 31 COVID-19 Update:
Governor extends Stay at Home order and E-Learning


Dear Fenton Families,

This afternoon, Governor JB Pritzker officially extended his Stay at Home order and the need for all school districts to continue remote learning/E-Learning until April 30th. We anticipated this event and Fenton is ready.

As you know, I directed our staff to prepare for remote learning until May 4th. This directive along with our E-Learning program, 1-to-1 initiative, technology training for staff, Personalized Learning, and Social Emotional Learning initiatives will serve us well during this time of crisis.

Our teachers and administrators are working diligently to provide effective remote learning instruction and strategies under these unprecedented times. Fenton teams are working through other details, such as instruction, grading, attendance procedures and other pertinent expectations.

Fenton’s priorities remain the same:

Priority 1: Feed and care for the safety, health, and welfare of our students and families.

Priority 2: Provide for continuity of learning via remote learning/e-learning.

Priority 3: Communicate clearly and in a timely manner.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding. Let’s continue to do our part of flattening the curve by staying home, social distancing, and washing your hands.


Let’s go Bison!

James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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March 27, 2020

March 27 COVID-19 Update


Dear Fenton Families,

I want to wish you a restful and relaxing spring break. We appreciate all of your support and understanding in these challenging times. Thank you for staying at home and practicing social distancing to help flatten the curve.

When do we re-open our doors to students? I don’t know. No one knows. With that said, Fenton needs to prepare and plan during this time of uncertainty. Thus, I directed our Fenton staff this afternoon to tentatively follow the plan below until further notice:
  1. Plan on implementing E-learning/Remote Learning until Monday, May 4th
  2. Plan on canceling and/or postponing student activities for the month of April
  3. Remain flexible as we continue to receive guidance from ISBE
Lastly, I want to inform you that the Illinois State Board of Education has suspended state testing. This means that state testing (SAT) scheduled April 14th and the Illinois Science Assessment scheduled for April 15th has been suspended.

Stay safe and thank you for your continued support!


Let’s Go Bison!

James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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March 25, 2020

Wednesday Words Update:
Fenton’s Priorities, Spring Break, Parent Homework



Dear students, parents, staff and community.


Thank you for doing your part in flattening the curve by staying at home (it saves lives), social distancing, and washing your hand. In addition, please take care of your mental and physical health.

Thank you essential businesses and services: Police Stations, Fire Stations, Hospital and Clinics, Gas stations, Transportation Services, Grocery Stores/Food Banks, and Post Offices.

Fenton’s priority remains the same:

Priority 1 - Feed and care for the safety, health, and welfare of our students and families. We will continue to distribute food until this crisis is over, which includes Spring Break. We have distributed 3,000 meals since we have closed the school. Shout outs to Arbor Food Service, Officer Matt Nelson, and administrators who are making this happen.

Priority 2 - Provide for continuity of learning via E-learning. Huge shoutout to our teachers. We salute your creativity, flexibility, and engaging lessons.

Priority 3 - Communicate clearly and in a timely manner. We will continue to send messages like this throughout the week. In time of crisis, I believe the more communication about pertinent crisis information the better.

Students
Students thank you for staying engaged, collaborating with your peers and teachers, and staying connected. Your educational responsibility is doing your school work as best you can. In time of crisis, we need you to do your part even when it is difficult and/or your friends are telling you not to.

If your tasks are difficult, talk to your parents, guardian, counselor, or one of your teachers. We will assist. I’m also asking all of you to stay positive on social media and limit your use. Spend time with your siblings, parents, and guardians by talking, playing, and helping around the house and/or apartment.

Parents
Thank you for your support and patience. We know this is a difficult time. We are committed to providing your children the best education we can provide at this time. I encourage you to talk, spend time, and love your children through this difficult time. Personally, I have three loud and energetic teenage boys at home, and after a stressful day at work it is so easy to sit down and checkout by watching television or yelling at them for being obnoxious. I try to fight these urges by changing my mindset before I step inside the house. I’m proud to say that my daughters are much more civilized and have higher levels of soft skills than my sons.

Parent Homework: due date weekend.
Please complete the United States Census 2020. It took me twelve minutes to complete the census for my family of eight. The results of the 2020 Census will be used to direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services. It will help our community prepare to meet transportation and emergency readiness needs. Lastly, it will determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and our political representation at all levels of government. Information you submit is confidential.

Spring Break
Next week is Spring Break, a time of rest and relaxation. There will be no E-Learning work assigned during Spring Break (March 30 - April 3). Outside of food distribution times, the Fenton campus is closed. Please stay at home.

When Will School Reopen?
We do not know. We are working with the State of Illinois, Illinois State Board of Education, DuPage Public Health Department, DuPage Regional Office of Education, and DuPage superintendents. The bottom line is that we will open the school when it is safe for students and staff. Unfortunately, the Curve has not flatten and COVID-19 cases are rising. Nine days ago, there were no positive cases of COVID-19 in DuPage. Currently, there are 19 positive cases. Please be patient. Fenton will continue to deliver the three priorities described above.


In closing, thank you for your continued support. Stay at home, it saves lives. We are all in this together.


Let’s GO BISON!

James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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March 22, 2020


COVID-19 Update: Our Plans for E-Learning & Meal Distribution



Dear Fenton Families,

Happy Sunday! We all need to do our part by staying at home, social distancing, washing your hands, and taking care of our physical and mental health. We need to flatten the curve one step at a time and we must adjust to this new normal.

We salute the grocery workers, healthcare providers, first responders, and all of the folks in the front line of this pandemic.

Week one of school closure is over and we look forward to the next two weeks. Below is a summary of how the next two weeks will look like regarding food distribution and E-learning.

Week of March 23rd

  • E-learning continues for students.

  • Meal distribution from 10:00 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.

 


Week of March 30th

  • Spring Break

  • No E-learning for students. It is a time of rest, relaxation, and a time to take care of our physical and mental health.

  • Meal distribution from 10:00 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday.

 


Let’s Go Bison!

James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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March 21, 2020

COVID-19 Update: FAQs on Stay at Home order



Dear Fenton Families,

On Friday, March 20th, Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-10 requiring all Illinoisans to stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. As you have seen, this situation is evolving rapidly. We want to provide you transparent and timely information. Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from the governor’s office regarding the stay at home order.

Locally, we served 1,350 meals and 70 weekend food packages for our students on Friday. This week in total we distributed approximately 2,500 meals. Fenton will continue to distribute meals between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Monday through Friday next week. I want to take a moment to thank our administrators who are working around the clock to serve and support our students, staff, and families. I also want to thank all of the doctors, nurses, hospital staff, and volunteers who are giving their own lives to save others. And for our civic leaders who have to make important decisions. Let’s support these folks by doing our part: staying at home, social distancing, washing our hands, and taking care of our mental and physical health.

Let’s Go Bison,
James Ongtengco, Superintendent


Frequently Asked Questions



When does the order take effect?
The order will take effect Saturday, March 21st at 5 p.m.

Where does the Stay at Home order apply?
The Governor’s executive order includes the entire State of Illinois. Unless you work for an essential business or are doing an essential activity, you should stay home.

Is this mandatory or just guidance?
This order is mandatory. To help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in Illinois and protect our friends, neighbors, and vulnerable populations, please stay home.

How will this order be enforced?
Staying home is critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19 in your community. The Illinois State Police will work with local law enforcement to enforce this order. Adhering to the order will save lives and it is the responsibility of every Illinoisan to do their part.

Will the Illinois National Guard be enforcing this order?
No. The Illinois National Guard will be supporting logistics, transportation, and medical response efforts. The Guard will not be enforcing this order.

Can I pick up meals being provided by my child’s school?
Yes. Schools that provide free food services to students will continue on a pick-up and take-home basis. However, if you are experiencing symptoms or are currently in isolation, you should stay at home and follow the guidelines provided by your physician.

I work in an essential service. How will the police know I’m allowed to be outside my house?
Law enforcement officials will not stop residents who are on their way to or from work or who are out for necessities, like going to the pharmacy or getting groceries or just taking a walk. Illinoisans should abstain from all nonessential activities. Adhering to the order will save lives and it is the responsibility of every Illinoisan to do their part.

Will grocery stores be open?
Yes, essential services will still be operational including, but not limited to:
  • Grocery stores
  • Gas stations
  • Pharmacies
  • Police stations
  • Fire stations
  • Hospitals, clinics and healthcare operations
  • Garbage/sanitation
  • Public transportation
  • Public benefits (i.e. SNAP, Medicaid) hotlines
A full list can be found in the executive order at coronavirus.illinois.gov

How can I get medical care if I need it?
If you are feeling sick, call your doctor, a nurse hotline, any telehealth hotline set up specifically for COVID-19 (check with your insurance company) or an urgent care center. Do not go to an emergency room unless necessary. Nonessential medical care like eye exams and teeth-cleaning should be postponed. When possible, healthcare visits should be done remotely. Contact your healthcare provider to see what tele-health services they provide.

What is the guidance for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities?
State Operated Developmental Centers, Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Community Integrated Living Arrangements will continue to provide care. All in-home direct care staff are considered essential staff and should continue to support individuals in the home setting.

If you have any specific questions about your support and services, please reach out to your provider or Individual Service Coordination (ISC) Agency. To receive updated information on DDD services, please sign up for our email database, or to update your contact and service information, please visit www.DHS.Illinois.gov.


What if I still have to go to work?
Unless your work is an essential function (i.e. healthcare provider, grocery store clerk, first responder), you should stay home. If you have been designated essential by your employer, you should continue to go to work and practice social distancing.

What if I think my business should be closed but I’m still being asked to operate?
Essential businesses will remain open during the Stay at Home order to provide services that are vital to the lives of Illinoisans. Those businesses include, but are not limited to, pharmacies, certain government offices, day care centers that provide care for the children of essential employees, and restaurants providing take-out meals. If you work for an essential business, you should continue to practice social distancing and should stay at home outside of work hours. If you believe your business is nonessential but are still being asked to show up to work, you may discuss with your employer.

Can I order food/groceries?
Yes, grocery delivery will be available as well as meal-delivery, drive through, and take-out options.

A certain service is essential for me, but the Governor didn’t include it, what do I do?
The Stay at Home order was issued to protect the health, safety and well-being of Illinoisans. While some businesses like fitness centers and salons will be closed, essential services will always be available. For a full list of businesses that will still operate during the order, visit coronavirus.illinois.gov.

Will public transportation and ridesharing be available?
Public transportation and ridesharing should be used for essential travel only. When possible, walk or drive yourself.

Will roads in Illinois be closed?
No, the roads will not be closed in Illinois. You should only travel if it is essential to your work or health.

Can I take a flight out of state?
Planes and any other form of travel should only be used for essential purposes.

What if my home is not a safe environment?
If it is not safe for you to remain home, you are able and urged to find another safe place to stay during this order. Please reach out so we can help. You may call the domestic violence hotline at 1-877-863-6338 or contact your local law enforcement.

What about homeless people who can’t stay at home?
The administration wants to protect the health and safety of all Illinoisans, regardless of where they live. State agencies are partnering with community organizations to provide funding and resources to ensure our homeless population has safe shelter.

Can I visit friends and family?
For your safety, as well as the safety of those in your community, you should remain at home to help fight the spread of COVID-19. You may visit family members who need medical or other essential assistance, such as ensuring an adequate supply of food.

What about my pet?
You are allowed to walk your dog and seek medical care for your pet should they require it. Be sure to practice social distancing while out on walks, maintaining at least 6 feet from other neighbors and their pets.

Does the Stay at Home order mean I can’t take my kids to the park?
State parks will be closed during the Stay at Home order. Families will still be able to go outside and take a walk, run, or bike ride but should continue to practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet away from other people. Playgrounds are closed because they pose a high risk of increasing transmission.

What is the difference between the Stay at Home order and social distancing?
Social distancing is an important first step in preventing the spread of a disease like COVID-19 that allows people to go about their daily activities while taking extra health and safety precautions. The Stay at Home order requires people to remain in their homes unless they have an essential job or are doing an essential task like going to the grocery store or walking a pet.

Can I leave home to go to religious services?
Large gatherings, such as church services, will be cancelled to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Can I leave home to exercise?
Yes. Outdoor exercise like running or taking a walk is perfectly acceptable; however, exercise gyms, fitness centers and associated facilities will be closed to reduce the spread of coronavirus. While exercising outside, you should still practice social distancing by running or walking at least six feet away from other people.

Can I go out to do laundry?
Yes. Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers are considered essential businesses that will remain open. However, if you are experiencing symptoms or are currently in isolation, you should stay at home and follow the guidelines provided by your physician.

Can I take my child to day care?
If you are considered an essential worker under the Order, you can take your child to a day care that is licensed on an emergency basis for the purpose of childcare for essential workers. Licensed day care homes for up to 12 children will be closed but may reopen as an unlicensed day care home for up to 6 children.



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March 20, 2020

COVID-19 Update:Stay at Home order



Dear Fenton Families,

On Friday, March 20th, Governor Pritzker issued an executive order requiring residents to “stay at home” effective Saturday, March 21 at 5:00 pm, through the end of April 7. As part of the Governor’s order, he announced that school will remain closed, with a new tentative reopening date of April 8. We recognize that this development may raise questions about the impact on students, staff, and families as well as the school’s vital role of providing meals to students and families while schools are closed. We anticipate further guidance and details from the Illinois State Board of Education next week.

During this stay at home order, essential school personnel may still report to work as long as they are practicing social distancing. We want you to know the governor’s office has assured school districts that school personnel involved in providing meals will not be in violation of the governor’s executive order and that we can, and should, continue with our program, which has had a tremendous impact in making sure our students are not going hungry while school is closed.

In addition, the governor has made it clear that, while he’s serious about using social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, he wants residents to still be able to work, shop at grocery stores, put gas in their cars, take walks outside and get medication from the pharmacy. Rest assured, we are committed to doing our best to provide meals and deliver continuity of education.

Please use this opportunity to focus on staying safe and helping to slow the spread of the virus. As always, thank you for your patience and support as we all work through the COVID-19 Pandemic. As you have seen, this situation is evolving rapidly. As events unfold, we will continue to communicate in a timely and transparent manner.


Go Bison!

James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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March 18, 2020
 

Wednesday Words Update:
E-Learning, meal distribution, and tech assistance



Dear students, parents, and staff,

Thank you, thank you for supporting each other during these last few days. Let’s continue to stay connected, staying positive, and looking out for folks that need our help. Fenton is committed to supporting our students, parents, staff, and communities. We will continue to communicate with you on a timely manner.

E-learning and Meals: On Monday, our student participation via E-learning was 96% and we served 300 meals. On Tuesday, 96% of our students participated in E-learning and we served 200 meals. We assisted students with Chromebook and WIFI hiccups. This Friday, we are giving more food per student so they have food for the weekend. A colossal SHOUTOUT to our students, staff, administrators, District 2, and the Bensenville and Wood Dale Food Pantry!

Students: Regarding E-learning, please follow the E-learning protocol. Attendance will be taken each day. Our teachers will continue to have an on-line presence and assignment each day. Therefore, stay engaged, connected, and do your best.

Parents: Fenton will continue to serve boxed food and provide technical assistance. Please have a space for your student to do their work, and a schedule for them each day. Most importantly, talk to them about their feelings and their day. At the Ongtengco household, I have four kids on E-learning. From 9 a.m. to noon they are doing school work and/or engaged in learning. Afterwards, they have lunch, do chores around the house, and play outside with their siblings. When I get home, we have dinner and discuss how the day went.

We encourage students and families to: 
  • Avoid excessive media coverage of COVID-19.

  • Take care of their bodies. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep.

  • Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade. Try to do some other activities you enjoy to return to your normal life.

  • Spend time outside - fresh air and exercise is one of the best things you can do over the next few weeks.

  • Connect with others like your teachers. Share your concerns and how you are feeling with friends or family members. Maintain healthy relationships.

  • Use your technology and social media for good purposes - support one another and show that you care for one another.

  • Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking.

  • Keep following the practice of washing your hands regularly and covering your cough or sneeze.



If you have a general question, please email fentonhelp@fenton100.org
If you need assistance with student Chromebooks, please email Chromezone@fenton100.org

Boxed food will be distributed at Fenton’s Drive Thru from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. this week, and from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. next week.

As a member of a larger community, Fenton continues to work with the State, Bensenville and Wood Dale Municipalities, DuPage Regional Office of Education, DuPage Public Health Department, and School Districts 2 and 7. Through deliberate cooperation and unity, we will get through this.


Sincerely,

James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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March 16, 2020

COVID-19 Update: Act of God & E-Learning



Dear students, parents, and staff:

I hope you are all doing well during this challenging time.

One of our goals during this time of crisis is to stay connected with students. Today, we distributed over 200 meals to our students and their families. I expect this number to grow and we will be ready to assist.

We’ve heard some questions regarding the Governor’s declaration that all public schools will close in what are designated as Act of God Days. In summary, Act of God Days are used by school districts when a situation poses a threat to the health and safety of students. Act of God Days are counted toward the school calendar as a student attendance day, and are not required to be made up.

Due to COVID-19, schools are closed and school districts will utilize these Act of God Days on their school calendars. As an Illinois public school district and as directed by the governor, Fenton will continue student learning/continuity of learning during this time through E-Learning.

We ask our students and parents to do their part and to continue to support each other and our school.


Go Bison!

James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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March 14, 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE: Social Distancing, Boxed Food

Good Morning Fenton Families:


I know that everything yesterday moved quickly and there are many questions out there about what comes next for our school community. Please expect to receive more digital communication in the coming days. 


Please take time to read the messages that come your way.


Yesterday’s decision to cancel school for the next few weeks came together very quickly. We have been operating with guidance from the DuPage County Regional Office of Education and the experts at the DuPage County Health Department (their information related to COVID-19 can be found here). They have been explaining to us the CDC guidelines for COVID-19, and how they work to keep us safe. 


The strategy across our community and the State is social distancing.  We ask that you take the following actions based on recommendations by the CDC and the DuPage County Health Department:

  • Avoid gathering in public places - especially in close proximity to others.

  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.

  • Try to keep 6-10 feet between yourself and others - give yourself space.

  • Be at home as much as possible.

  • Try to limit who you and your children interact with to the same people you typically are around.

  • Students and families should not:

    • Gather in large groups -- this is a time to be close with those who are closest to you.

    • Visit each other’s homes or having sleepovers.

    • Share food or drink.

    • Compete in team sporting activities -- use this time to train individually or with someone in the home.

  • Students and families should:

    • Avoid excessive media coverage of COVID-19.

    • Take care of their bodies. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep.

    • Make time to unwind and remind yourself that strong feelings will fade.

    • Try to do some other activities you enjoy to return to your normal life.

    • Spend time outside -- fresh air and exercise is one of the best things you can do over the next few weeks.

    • Connect with others. Share your concerns and how you are feeling with friends or family members. Maintain healthy relationships.

    • Use your technology and social media for good purposes -- support one another and show that you care for one another.

    • Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking.

    • Keep following the practice of washing your hands regularly and covering your cough or sneeze.

On Monday, our students will continue their learning via E-Learning. Also, we are preparing boxed food (grab-and-go style) and will distribute to students Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for the next two weeks at Fenton.

We ask that you partner with us in “flattening the curve,” and helping to stop the outbreak even before it gets into our school community. Please set the example for our children through your actions and put the safety of everyone above our own valued experiences.

I appreciate our partnership in keeping our students and community safe and healthy.

More to come…


James Ongtengco, Superintendent




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March 13, 2020

Important COVID-19 Announcement (School Closure)



To The Fenton Community:

To safeguard the health and wellness of all students and staff, and in an abundance of caution to limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) illness in our community we have decided to move to E-Learning for all students beginning Monday, March 16.

This decision is a serious one not one we are making lightly. We are fully aware of the complications that this will cause in the lives of our students, their families as well as our faculty and staff. We believe however, that as a public school we share in the responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff and the larger Fenton community.

To prepare for what we expect to be a prolonged closure
  • E-Learning Days will begin on Monday, March 16 and will tentatively continue until Spring Break.
  • The purpose of an Emergency E-Learning Day is to continue learning opportunities for students in the event that school needs to close. Teachers and students will use the district’s 1:1 technology resources to provide students with relevant, meaningful and manageable assignments that students can engage in when school has been canceled. More information can be found on the Fenton E-Learning Page.

  • On Monday, March 16 our teachers and staff will continue to work collaboratively preparing for the likelihood of an extended number of e-Learning days.


  • Spring Break will still be observed March 30 to April 3.

  • We will continually assess the situation and communicate to our community any plans for returning to school on April 6.

Here are important details all families should know:
  • We are confident that our students will continue to learn and grow. We have a comprehensive e-learning plan that was approved by the Regional Office of Education and we will work hard to make that plan a success Please visit our -Learning Days web page at https://www.fenton100.org/resources/virtual_backpack to familiarize yourself with the plan.

  • Teachers will be using our learning management systems Google Classroom and Google for Education to facilitate our e-learning days.

  • Attendance will be taken each day, and daily instructions, directions, and activities will be provided by each teacher.

  • During this time, all co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, including athletics, and clubs will be postponed or cancelled until further notice. For further information please contact your coach or club sponsor.

  • Students may stop by the school between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, March 16 to March 20, and March 23 to March 27 to collect items they may have left at school, receive a prepared meal and get assistance with their Chromebook.
While we have not been notified of any staff or students being diagnosed with COVID-19, we believe it is better for schools to close sooner rather than later to slow the spread of the disease.

We will continue to share information and update our community throughout the days and weeks ahead. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate these challenging times.


James Ongtengco, Superintendent



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Questions and Answers (Q&A)


Listed below are several frequently asked questions and Fenton High School’s answers. This section will be updated and expanded as the 2020-21 school year progresses.


Q: If I have a question, who do I contact?
Questions can be sent in an email to fentonhelp@fenton100.org.

Q: Will Fenton provide tech support to students?
Yes. Fenton High School’s Chromezone is staffed Monday through Friday. Students should send a detailed email to chromezone@fenton100.org and someone will respond.

Q: Will Fenton offer food services?
A: Yes. Fenton High School is distributing free meals in bundles on Tuesdays and Thursdays to anyone age 18 and younger (or their parents). The food is free of charge and can be picked up using Fenton’s bus lane at any time between 8:30 and 10 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on either day. Tuesdays will consist of three breakfasts and three lunches. Thursdays will consist of four breakfasts and four lunches. For those who cannot make it during the daytime hours, there will also be a 4 to 6 p.m. distribution on Tuesdays only.  


Q: What should I do if my child is sick or has a doctor’s appointment during Remote Learning?
If a student is not able to participate in any part of the school day, his or her parents must call Fenton’s attendance line to report the absence. The attendance phone number is (630) 860-4948.


Q: Will the grading system be the same? A, B, C.?
Yes. Teachers are again issuing standard grades. Back in March Governor Pritzker mandated a No Harm Grading Policy due to the abrupt state-wide school closings. That mandate has since been lifted.

Q: Will Fenton offer the SAT test this fall?
Yes. Testing will be available for seniors on October 14 at Fenton High School. A signup form will be circulated before then. All juniors will be assigned to an April 13 testing day. Any senior that does not sign up for October 14 will also be assigned to the April 13 testing day at Fenton.

Q: Will Fenton still conduct Parent-Teacher Conferences?
Parent-Teacher Conferences will occur virtually. Details and a signup process will be forthcoming.

Q: Will students still need to complete community service hours?
No. Fenton’s community service graduation requirement has been put on hold until further notice.

Q: Will Fenton offer co-curricular activities or extracurricular activities?
Yes. Most clubs have virtual activities approved by the activities director and already underway. Currently, Fenton’s girls tennis team, boys golf team, and boys and girls cross country teams are practicing and competing against other schools while complying with guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Q: Will there be any enforcement of wearing a mask on the bus?
Yes. Bus drivers will monitor the seating area and require all passengers to wear a mask. Additionally, bus drivers will perform temperature checks and ask COVID-related questions to all students prior to granting access onto the bus.

Q: Will there be temperature checks before students enter the building?
Yes. Student access to the building will be limited to very specific entry points and a staff member will be stationed at those doors to conduct temperature checks and ask COVID-related questions to all students. Staff members will be required to monitor their own health and self-certify that they are symptom free every day.

Q: What will be the procedure if a staff member or student tests positive after having been in the school?
Fenton High School will contact the DuPage County Health Department and comply with their provided guidelines.

Q: Is it possible the entire school could be closed due to a COVID outbreak?
Yes. Fenton High School will limit access to the building as it deems necessary in order to maintain safety for the students, staff, and community. Additionally, Fenton will comply with closure mandates issued by our regulating health agencies and the governor’s office.

Q: Are there any changes to school fees?
Parking fees for the first semester have been waived. Some elective fees may be waived/reduced depending on the materials the teacher will be using. If an athletic program does not run, the fee for that team will not be charged. 

Additionally, Fenton continues to offer a fee waiver application program, and parents may apply for payment installments. For more information on these options, you may contact our Assistant Principal, Eileen Roberts, by sending an email to
roberts@fenton100.org.

Q: What are the plans for drivers education?
Fenton initiated behind-the-wheel on August 24. An email was sent to juniors, seniors, and their parents with a Google form to complete if interested. Scheduling is currently in progress.

Q: Will Fenton be doing testing for special education students?
IEP Teams will communicate directly with parents regarding assessments necessary to identify and support students with Individualized Education Plans. Further questions can be directed to students’ case managers or Nancy Coleman, Director of Special Education (coleman@fenton100.org).

Q: Will any of Fenton’s parent outreach groups be meeting?
The Polish Parent Outreach Group is meeting virtually (for more information contact Katarzyna Sader - sader@fenton100.org).

The Padres Unidos parent group for Latino families is in the process of organizing preferred dates for their virtual meetings (for more information contact Pedro Castro – castro@fenton100.org).

The Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) is independent from Fenton High School. For information on their programming, contact Jon Aguilar – aguilar@fenton100.org




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2020 AP Exam Updates


Advanced Placement


September 2, 2020

Registration for AP Exams
to Open Soon


College Board’s registration for Advanced Placement (AP) exams will take place between September 4 and October 30. Click here to access their registration webpage. Click here to view a list of details, prices, and schedules compiled by Ms. Rachel Georgakis, Fenton’s College and Careers Counselor.








May 5, 2020

Virtual AP Exams Are Next Week
Read Instructions and Be Prepared


The 2020 AP Exams begin next week, starting on May 11 and ending May 20. Students can find the full AP schedule here: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/exam-dates-and-fees. Students taking exams have been sent an email from Ms. McDougal with their individual schedule and additional valuable testing information. Students should read this email thoroughly so that they can acquaint themselves with the AP Exam Demo for testing their technology, read the Exam Day Checklist, check the Exam Day Resource Sheets, and find their AP ID number. If you have questions or need help, please contact your AP teacher or Ms. McDougal at mcdougal@fenton100.org. You can also find helpful information by logging into your College Board account at MYAP.CollegeBoard.org.









April 7, 2020

College Board Releases Schedule for AP Exams


The College Board has decided to administer the 2020 AP Exams online. Each subject area was assigned a day for students across the country to log on and participate. More information about the schedule and testing guidelines can be found on the College Board's website at https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students.

What Do I Need to Do?
Students can view their exam schedule by logging in to TotalRegistration.net with the student email and password. Please see https://support.totalregistration.net/hc/en-us/articles/360046302953-Viewing-students-2020-AP-Exam-Schedule.

Anyone who has questions can contact Ms. Sarah McDougal, Fenton’s College and Career Counselor, by sending an email to mcdougal@fenton100.org.








 
March 24, 2020

College Board outlines plans for AP Exams,
will announce testing dates on April 3


Here is a quick update regarding the College Board’s plan regarding the 2020 AP Exam Administration. There are many details to come so we strongly recommend that students do not take any action until they have all the details to make an educated decision regarding the AP Exams.

Last Friday, the College Board posted this preliminary update https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update.

Here are the highlights regarding the plan for the 2020 AP Exam Administration:
  • There will NOT be any face-to-face AP exams this year

  • Students will take AP exams at home

  • Exams will be 45 minutes

  • Exams will NOT contain multiple-choice questions

  • Exams will be administered online

  • Students will be able to take the exam on one of two separate dates to be announced by the College Board April 3, 2020

  • Exams will be assessing a reduced scope of content, content that would “typically” have been covered before March

  • Students will have the option of canceling their exam(s), and CB will waive the $40.00/exam late fee they would have charged the school
College Board will be providing additional online resources, see https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates#free-ap-classes.

Once additional details are provided by the College Board, we will contact you regarding how you will indicate whether you wish to take your exam on the first date, the second date, or if you wish to cancel. Thank you for your patience and for waiting for further instructions that will be forthcoming in April on how to proceed.

Anyone who has questions can contact Ms. Sarah McDougal, Fenton’s College and Career Counselor, by sending an email to mcdougal@fenton100.org.



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Technology Assistance

Chromebook












For assistance with Chromebooks, please email Chromezone@fenton100.org.

If a student needs to swap out a Chromebook or replace a missing power adapter, stop by campus between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

If you have questions and don't know who to contact, please email fentonhelp@fenton100.org.



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Does your family or someone you know need internet access?

With Fenton utilizing “Remote Learning” internet-based curriculum during the state-mandated Stay at Home Order, it’s very important that students have access to the internet so they can access Google Classroom and participate in class activities. If your family or someone you know needs in-home internet, please review and consider the options available from Comcast and AT&T listed below. Some families could receive discounted prices based on financial need.

Access from AT&T:
Website: https://www.att.com/shop/internet/access/
New service call center: 866-861-6075
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. (EST)
Saturday & Sunday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. (EST)

Access from Comcast: (first 60 days are free)
Website: https://apply.internetessentials.com/
New service call center: 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376)
Hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to midnight (EST), seven days per week.




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Fenton Board of Education
The Fenton Community High School District 100 Board of Education will hold a virtual meeting on August 26. A link to view the YouTube live stream of the meeting will be posted on our homepage. The exact agenda can be found on our Board of Education webpage.


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