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Student Activities Calendar - 2016-2017


Proviso Township Madrigal Singers

Choral Director for PE & PW: Mrs. Salina Watson - - 708-202-6342

A group of select/auditioned student singers who present the annual Madrigal Dinner, a musical/dramatic presentation that highlights the costume, music, drama, food, and other characteristics of the Renaissance period.

The Madrigal Singers presented the 32nd Annual Madrigal Dinner during the month of December and sang at various programs throughout the school year.

NJROTC - Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps


Mural - Proviso West Yearbook

Shirley Magee -
Karen Jones -

A yearbook, also known as an annual is a book to record, highlight, and commemorate the past year of a school. The yearbook fulfills some standard roles: it is a memory book, a history book, a record book, and/or a reference book. It can be a public relations tool for the school. The PWHS Mural yearbook is all of the above, we have added three adjectives to the list of things a yearbook should be. They are honest, thorough and accurate. The beauty of the yearbook is that the students can choose to cover the topics in student life that reflect their student body without feeling an obligation to cover every aspect of their lives.

Profile - Proviso West Student Newspaper

Shirley Magee -
Tameka Caldwell -

The Profile is a student newspaper run by students at Proviso West High School. The paper traditionally covers local and primarily school news. The school newspaper is an extracurricular activity. The school newspaper sparks and sustains a youth media platform. The newspaper also helps to convey to students a deeper appreciation for news literacy, reading and critical thinking skills. These skills are a valuable asset, no matter what career path a student may choose. The newspaper helps to orient students as reporters in the school community. It helps the students to focus on the needs and preferences of its audience, mainly other students, and their responsibilities as reporters. When student understand the role that the school paper plays in the daily life of the school, the student will develop a sense of the newsworthiness of stories in the context of other scholastic publication.

DECA/Marketing Field Trip

Chicago White Sox DECA Night 9/20/06
Students had an opportunity to meet the Chicago White Sox marketing staff and learn about ticket sales, marketing of team merchandise, team marketing strategy. Students were able to relate concepts learned in Marketing and DECA class to the sports industry. Students also were able to watch a game versus the Detroit Tigers from the bleacher section along with many other DECA students from other schools.

DECA Leadership Conference 9/26/06
Students attended a DECA Area Leadership Conference at Elgin Community College. Students were able to break off into various sessions and listen to speakers give advice on Job hunting, marketing, sports marketing, choosing a business career, listen to successful entrepreneurs and also motivational speakers. DECA programs from area schools were present including Proviso East.

Chicago Auto Show 2/15/07
DECA/Marketing students were able to attend the 2007 Chicago Auto Show and learn first hand about trade shows, promotions, marketing techniques. Students were given a scavenger hunt to find answers to marketing questions which helped enforce classroom learning.

Pictures from Summer 2007 White Sox game

The SEED Club

Dave Blood -
Bozena Suwary -

Is actively promoting a school-wide paper recycling program.  We are competitors in a State-wide Envirathon, which tests the student’s knowledge of trees, animals, renewable energy and other topics. We also sponsor a cell phone recycling service that doubles as a fund-raiser.  We also, participate in many school-wide activities, including sponsorship of an Earth day Trivia contest.  We are also famous for our chocolate "Mudd" fund raisers.

Fall & Spring Play
Drama Club

Carissa Gillespie, Fall/Spring Play Director -
Robert Wortel, Technical Director -

  • Attended Goodman Theatre Young Actors Workshops 2009,2010,2011,2012
  • A Raisin in the Sun 2010
  • For Colored Girls 2011
  • Sankofa 2010
  • Black History Month Production 2009-2012
  • The Colored Museum 2012
  • Defining...AIDS 2012
  • Assist with Women's History Month Program

Student Council

Sponsor: Heather Wickey -

Student Council is a group made up of Proviso West’s school leaders. All students are welcome, and the officers in other clubs within the school are encouraged to join. We are in charge of all Homecoming activities. We are also a service club. We host blood drives, a yearly clothing drive, activities for the community, and fundraise to send money to organizations in need. We do a yearly benefit show for a worthy cause. Students involved in Student Council leave high school understanding what it means to be a leader and how to make the world a better place.

Homecoming Pep Assembly/Game
Homecoming Dance
Blood Drives
Clothing and Book Drive
Spring Dance
Benefit Talent Show

National Honor Society

Sponsor: Shannon Scott -

National Honor Society, one of the oldest national organizations for high school students, is comprised of those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Character. Throughout their time in NHS members hone and demonstrate leadership skills and excellent character through various projects.

NHS service projects include fundraising and volunteering opportunities which benefit local and international charities, such as Toys for Tots, Sarah’s Inn, and Heifer International. NHS spirit projects include annual Valentine events for all students, teacher appreciation, and homecoming decorating.

NHS values its members, who typify a highly motivated student of excellent character, highly involved in school and community.

To become a member students must first demonstrate academic excellence through GPA. Students then complete the NHS candidate packet which: outlines their involvement with school teams and clubs, indicates school service hours completed, testifies to their dedication to service through a well-crafted essay along with a completed service project, and includes recommendation letters from teachers. Selected candidates are then formally welcomed into NHS in an induction ceremony conducted by current National Honor Society officers and members.
Class NHS service hours completed Fundraised for charities Boxes of food for food pantry
2017 2,020 $3,300 22
2016 1,121 $2,200 8
2015 555 $540  

S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions)

Sponsor: Karen Sassetti -

SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) is a nation-wide service club.  It's goal is to remind students to always make the right decisions.  SADD Club accomplishes this goal
through a variety of activities.  Some examples are:  every year the last week of October is Red Ribbon Week.  SADD Club decorates the school with red ribbons and this year every student received a red wrist band as a reminder to stay away from drugs.  This year we are collecting for the "Pasta for Patients" campaign.  All proceeds will go to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. We also bring in a driving simulator to remind students about the dangers of drinking and driving.  At the annual Taste of Proviso SADD Club reads victim impact statements.  We also participate in a "Kick Butts" campaign to remind students not to smoke.

Meetings are after school on Thursdays.

Chess Team

Joseph Rosko -
Ernest Travis -

Events: We compete in the West Suburban Conference from October through February, the IHSA State Championship held in February, and we also participate in the annual Fenton Invitational held during November of every year. The students teach chess and provide role models for community youths at the public library during the school year. We also provide summer chess training at the local library through a community organization.

Key Club

Sponsor: Charles Jalove -

Sept 22nd Kiwanis Peanut Drive
Nov 20-Dec 15 Breakfast with Santa, Giving Tree, Clothing Drive, Christmas Baskets
Feb 2 – 493 lbs of Food to Ronald McDonald House
May 11& 12 Westchester Relay For Life Walk (Cancer)
Sept 29th & Jan26 – Sports Nite – Lock In

Class of 2013

Sponsor: Hillary Gray-Jones -

Class of 2013 is a group designated for senior students whose original year of graduation is 2013. The group meets weekly to discuss fund raising ideas for senior prom, post-prom and other senior activities. We also organize community service and other events that promote a positive school culture.

Community service activities: PSAE test promotion (designing signs, school and community decorations, etc.), Holiday food drive (2012, 2013), Valentines with the elderly (2012), and other events soon to follow.

Past and current events: Taste of Proviso (2012), Future Focus College Fair (9/12’), Homecoming (2012, 2013), Open Mic Night (10/12’), Battle of the Classes Talent Showcase (12-5-12), Teachers vs. Students Basketball Game (3/13’), Throwback Spring Dance (3-13’), Senior Prom - Drury Lane (Oakbrook, IL) 5-17-13, Senior Post-Prom - Mystic Blue Cruise 5-17-13, Graduation Day 5-26-13.

Class of 2014

Sponsor: Mrs. Julie Hantson -

1) Homecoming Parade (Oct 2012, Sept 2013)
2) "Neon Dance Party" (Nov 2012)
3) Prom 2014 (May 2014 - Navy Pier)
4) Fundraising (Year Round)
5) Community Service (Year Around)

Class of 2015

Mr. David Mekhiel -
Mr. Satyam Contractor -

The objective of the class of 2015 is to represent the class and have activities to raise money for prom.
Community Service - We help our students in our club search for service project opportunities.
Planned events - There will be several planned dances and other events throughout the year that the students can enjoy.

Class of 2016

Sponsor: Diane Kalkowski -

The Class of 2016 meets weekly to plan various fundraising activities and community service projects.  They attend all home varsity football and basketball games and sell school spirit temporary tattoos.

Meetings are every Friday at 7:15 a.m. in Room C221.


Girls' League

Claudia Holland -
Carissa Gillespie -

  • Visited Reinassance Home to decorate at Christmas (TBA)
  • Participated in Homecoming (9/2012)
  • Participated in Walk for Diabetes (2/2007)
  • Collected food/clothing/teen moms for homeless (10/2011 and 12/2012)
  • Participated in "Taste of Proviso" (12/2012)
  • Women’s History Month Program (2010, 2011, 2012, TBA)
  • Volunteered for Karen Yarbrough’s Annual Senior Citizen Luncheon (2011, 2012)
  • All School/World’s Finest Candy Fundraiser (2012)
  • Participants in the Beyond Beautiful Conference sponsored by PIP (2010-2012)
  • Volunteered w/ Key Club “Feed the Children” (2012)
  • “Connecting to the Community” Worked with Memorial Park District/Spartans Football Teams during football season.

Book Club

Sponsor: Shannon Scott -

Book club meets once a week in the library to discuss books and provide input on collection development. 

Book club also competes regularly in holiday and pep school-sponsored decorating contests, and was the winner of the 2012 homecoming hallway decorating contest.

Proviso Interpretive Praise (PIP)

Ms. Karen Jones -
Ms. Kristina Denton -

Proviso Interpretive Praise gives glory and honor to the highest Power through the art of liturgical interpretive dance and music and mime.  Our expectation is to encourage all people through their performances with their expression of gratitude.  PIP has had the opportunity to minister in Boca Raton, Florida, McDonald's Corporation, Chicago Gospel Fest, Village of Bellwood, and numerous churches and other events across the Chicago land area.

Upcoming Events:
Beyond Beautiful Conference-March 2013
PIP Annual Show-May 2013

Cheeleaders (Varsity and Junior Varsity)

Sponsor: Carla Williams -

Attend all cheerleading events including practices, games and other cheerleading activities.        
Promote school spirit for football, boys basketball and girls basketball teams
Maintain good academic standards
Demonstrate school spirit, upholding the goals and ideals of the school and community as a whole as well as the philosophies and objectives of an academic student activity.

Recent Activities:
Fall pep assembly
Service Project:  Feed My Starving Children
Fundraiser:  Sweetest Day Photo Shoot

Upcoming Events:
Lake Zurich High School 13th Annual Cheerleading Competition (1/5/13)


Time Travelers

Sponsors: Mr. Rex Nyquist -

Time Travelers are a group of students who enjoy history, reading, movies, and museums. We meet after school on Wednesdays from November thru February, and during third period from March through May.

Calendar of Events:

November 28 – Learn about service opportunities with Seed Club and for Taste of

December 5 – movie, The Great Debaters (first hour)
December 6 – Taste of Proviso, 630PM
December 12 – movie, The Great Debaters (second hour)

January 9 – meet in Main Library to choose book(s) for Book Club
January 16 – Book Discussion
January 23 – Book Discussion (return books)
January 30 – Fundraiser plan

February 6 – movie, Glory (first hour)
February 13 – movie, Glory (second hour)
February 21 – decorate room or Social Studies window

(Meetings shift from after school Wednesdays to Third Period on February 27)

February 27 – meet in Library for second book

March 6 – Book Discussion
March 13 – Book Discussion (return books)
March 20 – film in Little Theater, to be announced

April 3 – film, Selma Lord Selma (first hour)
April 10 – film, Selma Lord Selma (second hour)
April 17 – elect officers for 2013-14
May 2 – end of year luncheon, information re: Awards night

Math Club

Mr. Simak -
Mr. Castillo -

Math Club meets twice per week after school focusing on solving complex math problems in preparation for its main competition in the West Suburban Math League.  To accomodate student athletes, we also meet by appointment before school.  This year's WSML meet will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at Morton.  Math Club members may earn community service hours doing peer tutoring after school.

Individuals participate in the following competitions:
Algebra 2

In addition, there are three team competitions each for the freshman/sophomore and varsity teams.  At the 2012 WSML meet, we placed 3rd in algebra 2 and 4th in algebra.

French Society & Club

Sponsor: Mr. Dorleans -

French Honor Society and Le Cercle Français merged, becoming the sole organization inside Proviso West High Schools to promote the study of the French language and the francophone culture. It celebrates student academic achievement in French and all other subjects while shaping student character, instilling a sense of leadership and service respectively through character education, leadership training, and preparation for service and learning.

Throughout the academic year, we are involved students in the following activities:

  • Induction, an annual ceremony that celebrates student achievement and membership into the society and club
  • Community Service
  • Proviso West Homecoming Service and Parade
  • The Taste of Proviso
  • French movies viewing and discussions
  • Francophone culture roundtable sharing
  • French games
  • A yearly trip to Europe
  • Trip to colleges that promotes the study of the French language and culture
  • Field Trip to “Alliance Française of Chicago” where students attend a cooking class then watch several movies that enhance a deep understanding of the francophone culture.
  • Mardi-gras celebration awareness around the school
  • French Celebration awareness in the month of November
  • Fundraising twice a year
  • Senior Graduation celebration and recognition

Multicultural / African-American Club

Mr. Dorleans -
Ms. Watson -

African-American Club

AFRICAN-AMERICAN club promotes positive aspects of the AFRICAN-AMERICAN CULTURE. The club strives to enhance the dignity, pride, self-respect, and motivation of YOUTH by increasing their knowledge of their heritage and their culture.

Multicultural Club

MULTICULTURAL CLUB educates the student body, staff, and Community about world cultures, fosters cultural sensitivity, preaches reconciliation of cultural differences, and facilitates collaboration with mutual respect between students and educators. The club promotes global literacy Services through Service Learning Projects (SLP) in the community and throughout the world.  The MULTICULTURAL CLUB members see themselves as GLOBAL CITIZENS.


We, AFRICAN-AMERICAN and MULTICULTURAL members, collaborate to perform similar activities and duties for the benefit of school wide members.  We partner with other institutions in the community to make a difference in the community at large by:

  • Serving during the celebration of Homecoming
  • Participating in the Homecoming parade
  • Participating in the Taste of Proviso
  • Creating and implementing service-learning projects
  • Celebrating the African-American heritage in the month of February
  • Celebrating diversity through organizing an annual ethnic festival in the month of April/May
  • Organizing field trips that teach several aspects of world cultures, including the African-American culture, featuring the continent of Africa and its subcultures
  • Viewing documentaries and sustaining live roundtable discussions
  • Reproducing the Underground Railroad
  • Bringing in guest speakers to aid students in understanding of African-American issues by discussing them, along with possible solutions
  • Organizing field trips to museums
  • Organizing field trips to colleges
  • Making tutoring available to assist failing club members and other students
  • Recruiting members every quarter
  • Involving students in choosing club officers
  • Teaching character development and leadership through various workshops

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