January 1, 2020

Welcome Back Students, Parents, Staff, and Community Members!

On behalf of the Board of Education and administrators, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you back from winter break and wish you a Happy New Year. Let’s make 2020 an amazing year by doing what’s best for our students. Students will resume school on Monday, January 6th. Classes start at 10:00 a.m. Below are a few topics I want to summarize and make you aware of.


5EssentialsTell us what you think about Fenton and how we can improve by participating in Fenton’s 5 Essentials of Education Survey, which is managed by the University of Chicago. As parents, this opportunity will allow you to share your thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a confidential survey about your child’s school. Please visit and select the appropriate survey to begin. We are aiming for 100% participation from our Fenton families.


Our district architect, STR, is conducting a comprehensive facility audit of our campus. This audit includes but is not limited to bricks and mortar, grounds and drainage, heating and air conditioning, electrical and technology, plumbing, classrooms and kitchens, roofs, hallways, and entrances. STR architects will present their preliminary and final findings on January 29 and February 25 respectively.

2020 CENSUS: Everyone Counts!

CensusThe United States Constitution requires that every person living in the U.S. is counted every 10 years for the purpose of ensuring fair representation and distribution of resources. The process begins this spring. The census provides foundational information that will be used to make policy decisions for 10 years. Billions of dollars in federal funding are distributed based on population and demographics data collected in the census and Fenton, like many other school districts and municipalities, rely on those funding resources. In March, every household will receive a mailing from the U.S. Census Bureau with instructions to visit their website. You can also complete the census by telephone or mail. This is essentially a routine population count, so please participate without hesitation. National Census Week will take place the week of March 23, and Census Day will be celebrated on April 1st. Fenton is planning on hosting a Census Night in the spring for anyone who needs assistance or wants more information.


On January 1, 2020, people 21 years and older will be able to legally use limited quantities of cannabis or cannabis-infused products. No person under 21, which includes our students, is allowed to purchase, use, possess, transport, grow, or consume cannabis. Fenton is a Smoke-Free and Drug-Free campus. Violations will receive disciplinary actions. Fenton will continue to teach the negative effects of drugs, such as cannabis and alcohol.

Again, welcome back and bring on 2020! Let’s make Fenton an awesome place for our students to learn and thrive, parents to connect with educators, and staff to work and grow.

James Ongtengco 


August 6, 2019

Welcome Back and Bienvenido Students, Parents and Community Members!  On behalf of the Board of Education and staff at Fenton, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome each one of you to the 2019-2020 School Year.  It is going to be a great year! 

AP District of the Year

We accomplished many things this past year: Advanced Placement District of the Year, IHSA State Speech Champions, improved student success rates, enhanced after-school programming, balanced budget, implementation of our Strategic Plan, initiated Summer Matters program for our students new to the United States, provided relevant 

Speech State Champions

In addition to our accomplishments, we are excited to be a new member of the Upstate Eight Conference (UEC). Since its founding in 1963, the UEC has been one of the strongest athletic conferences in the state.  We are proud of the success we had in the Metro Suburban Conference for the last 13 years and are looking forward to future success in the Upstate Eight.
 professional development to staff, formed a Fenton PTO, and received the 21st Century Grant which funds our new after school and Saturday enrichment student programs.

Fitness CenterFacilities’ improvements this summer included resurfacing the parking lot,  replacing the floors and adding new LED lighting in the fitness center, replacing the floors by the fieldhouse, improving LED lighting in the auto shop, resolving the drainage issue by the practice field, and repairing a section of the roof.  Lastly, all incoming 9th graders will receive Chromebooks.

Our amazing students will be back at Fenton on Wednesday, August 14th, heading to class, stepping on stage, and/or taking the field!  I’m excited to be part of their incredible journey and excited to see our seniors, juniors, and sophomores show our freshmen “The Bison Way” in action all day, every day. Inside the walls of Fenton High School is a safe, caring, and empathetic environment.  We believe in each other and respect everyone. We grow together and we hold each other to high expectations. We work together so that our students become leaders and innovators of the future.



James Ongtengco





Strategic Plan Themes On behalf of the Board of Education and staff at Fenton, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the 2018-2019 School Year.  I hope your summer was a time where you found the opportunity to relax, reflect, and have fun with your family and friends.

We accomplished many things this past year, most notably a Strategic Plan and Mission Statement for our district for the next three years:The mission of Fenton High School is to cultivate successful, passionate learners through rigor, relevance, and relationships.  Our work will always center on students and their academic and social emotional growth.  The six Strategic Plan Themes will be utilized to support student growth, and move our district towards being one of the best high school districts in the State. It goes without saying that the plan is meaningless if it is not implemented collaboratively with all stakeholders. Therefore, I ask all of you to embrace and support our plan.

Chromebook for studentsIn addition to the Strategic Plan Themes, the summer has been busy with facility work, professional development and curriculum work, technology updates, hiring of new staff, and analysis and reflection of our past year. One of the things I reflected on was my 2017 Welcome Back Letter to all of you. It stated that Fenton will work to improve our District’s graduation rate, Freshmen-On-Track (graduate in four years), state assessments, and success rate in the classrooms. I am happy to report that our graduation rate, Freshmen-On-Track, state assessment scores, and classroom success rates have increased.   

Paving bus lanesFacilities improvements this summer included resurfacing of the stadium track and front gym, replacing the floors in the auditorium hallway and four classrooms, repaving and restriping the parking lots, and repaving the bus lanes. Technology projects included upgrading the entire wireless system throughout the building, updating PowerSchool to the new PowerTeacher Pro, and distributing new Chromebooks to all ninth graders.

Basketball floor was refinishedOur students will be back in the Fenton hallways, classrooms, athletic fields, and stage on Monday.  I am looking forward to seeing all of them and be part of their journey this school year. It is going to be a great year.   

Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships.


James Ongtengco


En nombre de la Junta de Educación y el personal de Fenton, me gustaría aprovechar esta oportunidad para darle la bienvenida al año escolar 2018-2019. Espero que en su verano haya tenido la oportunidad de relajarse, reflexionar y divertirse con su familia y amigos.

Strategic Plan ThemesEste año pasado logramos muchas cosas, especialmente un Plan Estratégico y una Declaración de Misión para nuestro distrito los próximos tres añosLa misión de Fenton High School es cultivar aprendices exitosos y apasionados a través del rigor, la relevancia y las relaciones. Nuestro trabajo siempre se centrará en los estudiantes y su crecimiento académico y social emocional. Las seis Temas del Plan Estratégico se utilizarán para apoyar el crecimiento estudiantil, y moverán a nuestro distrito a ser uno de los mejores distritos escolares del estado. No hace falta decir que el plan no tiene sentido si no se implementa en colaboración con todos los interesados. Por lo tanto, les pido a todos ustedes que acepten y apoyen nuestro plan.

Además de las Temas del Plan Estratégico, el verano ha estado ocupado con el trabajo en los edificios, el desarrollo profesional y el trabajo curricular, las actualizaciones tecnológicas, la contratación de nuevo personal y el análisis y la reflexión del año pasado. Una de las cosas en las que reflexioné fue sobre mi Carta de Bienvenida de 2017 a todos ustedes. Estableció que Fenton trabajará para mejorar la tasa de graduación de nuestro distrito, Freshmen-On-Track (graduarse en cuatro años), las evaluaciones estatales y la tasa de éxito en las clases. Es mi placer informarle que nuestra tasa de graduación, Freshmen-On-Track, puntajes de evaluación estatal y las tasas de éxito en las clases han aumentado.

Las mejoras a los edificios este verano incluyeron la repavimentación de la pista del estadio y el gimnasio, el reemplazo de los pisos en el pasillo del auditorio y cuatro salones de clases, la repavimentación y la nueva distribución de los estacionamientos, y la repavimentación de los carriles de autobuses. Los proyectos tecnológicos incluyeron la actualización de todo el sistema inalámbrico en todo el edificio, la actualización de PowerSchool al nuevo PowerTeacher Pro y la distribución de nuevos Chromebooks a todos los alumnos de noveno grado.

Nuestros estudiantes estarán de regreso en los pasillos, clases, campos de atletismo y escenario de Fenton el lunes. Espero verlos a todos y ser parte de su viaje este año escolar. Va a ser un gran año.

Rigor, relevancia y relaciones.

James Ongtengco


James Ongtengco, Superintendent

James Ongtengco Superintendent
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