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  • Amy Walsh, a fourth-grade teacher at Tioga Elementary School in Bensenville, is one of 11 finalists for the state's Teacher of the Year Award. “I love that moment when kids understand something, when you see that light in their eyes,” she says.

    Distrtict 2's Amy Walsh is a candidate for state's Teacher of the Year Oct 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    Listen to Amy Walsh talk about teaching for, oh, maybe two minutes, and you can sense the energy, the commitment, the passion. It's the kind of feeling you get when you happen across someone who's doing exactly what they want to do in exactly the right setting and, best of all, you know they're really, really good at it. A fourth-grade teacher in Bensenville Elementary District 2, Walsh is one of 11 finalists for the state's 2013-14 Teacher of the Year honor. "I just want to teach," she says.

     
  • Editorial: School funding key in dealing with poverty levels Sep 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    As student poverty levels increase, suburban school leaders and parents of schoolchildren need to lobby legislators to get districts' full share of funding, a Daily Herald editorial says.

     
  • Illinois State Report Card data for 83 school districts shows West Chicago District 33 and Bensenville District 2 are two districts with the biggest poverty growth.

    Suburban school districts see jump in low-income student populations Sep 3, 2013 12:00 AM
    Suburban school districts are experiencing steady and perhaps staggering growth in low-income student populations. Illinois State Report Card data for 83 school districts shows West Chicago District 33 and Bensenville District 2 are two districts with the biggest poverty growth. “Poverty makes it more a challenge to get students prepared, and it takes additional resources to assist those students,” the state board of education spokesman said.

     
  •  State School Superintendent Chris Koch chats with Nicole Marcinkus, a seventh-grader at Peacock Middle School in Itasca, on Monday.

    DuPage school districts honored in Itasca Apr 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    Twenty DuPage County schools were recognized in Itasca on Monday for being named to the 2012 Illinois Honor Roll, which celebrates schools showing substantial academic improvement.

     
  • Endorsements: Bossier, Reyes, Quinn for Bensenville Dist. 2 school board Mar 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Daily Herald endorses Kathleen Bossier, Luis Ryes and Nancy Quinn for the Bensenville District 2 Board of Education.

     
  • Luis Reyes, running for Bensenville District 2 School Board (4-year Terms)

    Luis Reyes: Candidate ProfileFeb 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Candidate information for Luis Reyes, running for Bensenville District 2 School Board (4-year Terms)

     
  • Matthew Vassar, running for Bensenville District 2 School Board (4-year Terms)

    Matthew Vassar: Candidate ProfileFeb 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Candidate information for Matthew Vassar, running for Bensenville District 2 School Board (4-year Terms)

     
  • Kathleen Bossier, running for Bensenville District 2 School Board (4-year Terms)

    Kathleen Bossier: Candidate ProfileFeb 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Candidate information for Kathleen Bossier, running for Bensenville District 2 School Board (4-year Terms)

     
  • Nancy Quinn: Candidate ProfileFeb 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Candidate information for Nancy Quinn, running for Bensenville District 2 School Board (4-year Terms)

     
  • Donna Prunotto, running for Bensenville District 2 School Board (4-year Terms)

    Donna Prunotto: Candidate ProfileFeb 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Candidate information for Donna Prunotto, running for Bensenville District 2 School Board (4-year Terms)

     
  • District 2 brick sale offers piece of Bensenville history Dec 12, 2012 12:00 AM
    Bensenville Elementary District 2 will sell bricks for $25 from the former Chippewa School building in a fundraiser this weekend. "I think that building means a lot to many people in Bensenville, and many who grew up here, who want to keep that memory alive," a school offical said.

     
  •  Beginning in 2014, students statewide will begin taking new standardized tests that will ask them to demonstrate how they solved a problem, instead of just providing the answer. The approach is a key piece of the “Common Core” standards initiative adopted by Illinois and 47 other states.

    Tough new ‘Common Core’ tests designed to better prepare students Oct 31, 2012 12:00 AM
    State education officials say the current method of testing students isn't properly measuring their progress, but they're hoping the implementation of a new set of internationally benchmarked learning standards in English and math will change that. The so-called "Common Core" standards have been adopted by Illinois and 47 other states in an attempt to better prepare students for higher education and beyond.

     
  • Majority of DuPage districts fail to meet federal standards Oct 31, 2012 12:00 AM
    Out of 30 school districts in the Daily Herald's DuPage County coverage area, 24 failed to make adequate yearly progress in 2012 as defined by the No Child Left Behind act. In many “failing” districts, officials say AYP has risen to an almost unattainable level. “All districts in the state will fail to meet state targets at some point when the target is 100 percent,” said Lori Bein, superintendent of Roselle District 12.

     
  • Blackhawk Middle School program aims to teach tolerance Oct 26, 2012 12:00 AM
    Blackhawk Middle School students in Bensenville will participate in a national Mix It Up at Lunch program on Monday, Oct. 29, as part of the school's anti-bullying and teaching tolerance program.

     
  •  Eric Moreno, seated, puts away school supplies in his new fourth-grade classroom at Tioga School in Bensenville during the first day of classes.

    Bensenville students dazzled by new-look schools Aug 22, 2012 12:00 AM
    Students in Bensenville Elementary District 2 got a sneak peek at their new digs earlier this week, but it didn't detract from their sense of wonder Wednesday when they returned for the first day of classes. Entering additions at Tioga and Johnson schools, they marveled at the size and amenities, enjoyed sunny hallways and even worried about finding their way around. "I'm going to get lost, there's no doubt about it," said Lilly Sweeny, 10.

     
  • Hundreds volunteer to build Dist. 2 playground Jul 31, 2012 12:00 AM
    To prepare for the merger of their two Bensenville schools, hundreds of students and parents from Mohawk and W.A. Johnson Elementary will volunteer this weekend to build a new playground. The playground will be built Saturday by more than 200 volunteers from Bensenville District 2 and Foresters Life Insurance Company, which is underwriting the majority of the cost for the roughly $100,000 park. The effort will be led by organizers from the nonprofit group Kaboom!, which aims to provide a place to play within walking distance of every child in America.

     
  • Perry Finch

    District 2 names more co-principals May 8, 2012 12:00 AM
    Administrative changes are continuing in Bensenville Elementary District 2, as the district moves to upgrade its curriculum and streamline its schools. This week, officials said Blackhawk Middle School will be lead by two co-principals in the 2013-14 school year, following the model announced late last month for Tioga School, too.

     
  • David Rojas

    Bensenville school hires new co-prinicpal Apr 20, 2012 12:00 AM
    Tioga School in Bensenville will now have two co-principals, after David Rojas was named this week to the dual post. This adds to a series of major shifts happening in Bensenville Elementary District 2, where neighboring Chippewa School with merge with Tioga next fall, and Mohawk and Johnson schools will merge shortly afterward.

     
  •  Blackhawk Middle School student Ashley Garza, 13, died from cancer Tuesday. Ashley collected flowers last month from Bensenville and Wood Dale moms who played a charity basketball game to help defray medical costs related to her treatment.

    Family remembers ‘bravest’ Bensenville teen Apr 11, 2012 12:00 AM
    While Ashley Garza of Bensenville fought cancer for more than a year, her mother said the 13-year-old coped through humor and sass. "To our family Ashley was the bravest, bravest little girl ever," said Concha Garza. "She fought so hard and wanted to kick cancer in the butt, as she used to say. She made us laugh sometimes when we were crying about her being sick." Ashley, a seventh-grader at Blackhawk Middle School in Bensenville, died Tuesday due to complications from the disease.

     
  •  Mohawk School in Bensenville earned its second major honor of the academic year this week when it won the Spotlight School Award. In November, Principal Madelyn Devers celebrated with her students after the school won a National Blue Ribbon School award from the U.S. Department of Education.

    Another award for Mohawk in Bensenville Feb 1, 2012 12:00 AM
    This academic year, Mohawk Elementary School in Bensenville is starting a collection of prestigious, statewide honors. This week Mohawk, part of Bensenville School District 2, earned the Spotlight School Award from the Illinois State Board of Education. This is the second major award for Mohawk since September, when it was named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

     
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