BSD2's Community Newsletter | June 13, 2018
HEADED TO HIGH SCHOOL
Blackhawk’s eighth graders complete their BSD2 careers!
Blackhawk Middle School’s eighth graders celebrated the completion of their District 2 careers during their promotion ceremony held June 5 at Fenton High School.

Among the more than 230 eighth graders who participated in the ceremony, the following students were recognized with special awards:

  • BLACKHAWK FACULTY MEMORIAL AWARD | Mark Sisco and Chrystyna Prokulevich

  • BENSENVILLE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION AWARD | Jennifer Aguilar

  • FENTON EDUCATION ASSOCIATION AWARD | Evan Kaspari and Jennifer Aguilar

  • PRINCIPAL’S AWARD | Yael Monzalvo and Jennifer Quintanilla

  • HAWKS RECOGNITION | Michelle Agyemang and Juliana Belluomini

  • SERVICE ABOVE SELF AWARD | Oscar Torres and Hema Patel

Congratulations to these students and to all of Blackhawk’s Class of 2018! We look forward to seeing all that you will accomplish in the years to come!

COMMITMENT OF A CAREER
Retiring W.A. Johnson teacher among BSD2 staff recognized for their years of service.
When the 2017-18 school year came to an end June 6, Ildiko Mason, a fourth-grade teacher at W.A. Johnson School, quietly completed her 30-year career with Bensenville School District 2.

Mrs. Mason announced her retirement several days after the District’s annual Commitment of a Career reception, which honors the District’s retirees and recognizes staff from all across the District for their years of service to the BSD2 community.

However, Mrs. Mason was among the 65 staff members recognized at the reception and featured in the special tribute video above.

THANK YOU to all our honorees for their commitment to District 2, and congratulations to Mrs. Mason on your retirement!
THANK YOU!
District 2 celebrates another great year with its volunteer Project CARE mentors.
Project CARE is an academic mentoring program in which members of the District 2 community volunteer to help students refine skills they’re being taught by their classroom teachers. CARE volunteers give just one hour of their time each week to mentor K-8 students in reading, math, science, and other subjects.

This year, 355 Project CARE mentors volunteered to provide approximately 7,370 hours of academic support. Together, they touched the lives of about 2,200 BSD2 students. District 2 celebrated their service during a special thank you luncheon held May 22 at Salt Creek Golf Club.

During the luncheon, the District thanked key CARE partners, such as Bensenville Community Public Library, Bridgeway of Bensenville, College of DuPage, Elmhurst College, Fenton High School, and Semblex Corporation.

The District also honored three students for their outstanding service as CARE mentors -- Dalila Ramirez of Elmhurst College, Michael Le Claire of College of DuPage, and Trisha Butz of Fenton High School. It also recognized Dr. Michael Savage, Elmhurst College’s Director of Service Learning, for his contributions to the CARE program, and CARE mentor Betty Brauer for celebrating an upcoming milestone birthday by donating books to the library in the classroom she has mentored for the past three years.
To volunteer with Project CARE or for more information, please contact Lara Schwarz, Community Liaison and Project CARE Coordinator, at 630-766-2605, ext. 3202 or lschwarz@bsd2.org .
DEAR DUNCAN
Bensenville Arts Council grant brings award-winning Mexican-American author to Tioga.
Award-winning Mexican-American author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh visited students at Tioga School on May 17.

Mr. Tonatiuh is the creator of such popular children’s books as:

  • Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin
  • Diego Rivera: His World and Ours
  • Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote: A Migrant's Tale
  • Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Méndez & Her Family's Fight for Desegregation
  • Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras
  • The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes. 

During his visit, Mr. Tonatiuh shared some of these stories, which relate to the Latino experience and touch on such issues as social justice, art, history, and immigration. He also showed students how he creates the illustrations in his books, all of which are influenced by Pre-Columbian art.

Mr. Tonatiuh’s visit was made possible by a generous $1,200 grant from the Bensenville Arts Council.
CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!
Johnson students carry out 5,000 acts of kindness in 15 days!
Signs all over the school told W.A. Johnson students “Something Awesome is Happening,” and on May 4, they learned exactly what that something was.

Motivational speaker Miguel Rodriguez visited the school on behalf of Think Kindness , a not-for-profit organization that provides kindness programs and curriculum to schools across the country.

During his visit, Mr. Rodriguez shared his childhood story of struggling to fit in as the only first-generation Mexican-American kid growing up in suburban northwest Pennsylvania. Along the way, he also led Johnson’s students in a number of lively musical numbers.

Most importantly, though, he left them with a challenge: to carry out 5,000 acts of kindness in just 15 days!

Over the next three weeks, Johnson students set out to document every act of kindness they performed at school, home, and in the community. When they sent their journals to Think Kindness, sure enough, they had met their goal!
UP AND RUNNING!
Tioga’s annual Fun Run raises funding while promoting fitness.
The entire Tioga School community converged on Diorlo Park on the sunny morning of May 18 for the school’s 5th Annual Fun Run.

Students and staff were cheered on by family members, classmates, and colleagues as they completed the quarter-mile course.

In addition to promoting fitness, the Tioga Fun Run raises funding for field trips, school-wide assemblies, and year-end celebrations.
BLACKHAWK BONANZA!
Both students and staff took the stage on the last day of school to show that BMS has talent!
At Blackhawk, the last day of school is known as “Mega Fun Day,” and the school’s annual talent show, Blackhawk Bonanza, is always part of that fun.

This year, 16 acts featuring both students and staff took the stage before a packed house in Blackhawk’s auditorium. Check out some of the best performances below:
Seventh grader Alexa M. performed "If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys.
The BMS Dance Team fired up the crowd with an awesome performance.
Sixth grader Fernando R. showcased his self-taught EDM skills.
PERA*LYZED -- a rock band comprised of BMS staff Sarah Taylor, Beth Moritz, Adam Long, Bill Winters, Mariso Miko, and Dr. Perry Finch -- perform "Zombie" by the Cranberries.
Seventh grader Amelia C. performed "Joanne" by Lady Gaga.
Seventh grader Kamila G. showcased her ballet skills by dancing "The Little Humpback Horse."
Marisa Miko, Blackhawk Middle School's music teacher, performed 'How Far I'll Go" from Moana.
Bensenville School District 2
210 S. Church Street
Bensenville, IL 60106
 630-766-5940