Top Graduates and Research Scholars from PTHS 209’s Class of 2010!

  Proviso West Class of 2010 Valedictorian Jyoti Kanda (left), of Westchester, is graduating at the top of her senior class with a 4.59 G.P.A. Kanda will attend Elmhurst College in Illinois to study nursing.

Proviso West Class of 2010 Valedictorian Akeila Sharp (right), of Broadview, is also graduating at the top of her senior class with a 4.59 G.P.A. Sharp will attend college in New York to study medicine and neo-natal care.

Proviso West Class of 2010 Salutatorian Candace Williams (center), of Bellwood, is graduating at the top of her class with a 4.52 G.P.A. Williams plans to attend Ohio State or Western Illinois University to study accounting.

“Our students never cease to amaze me,” said Proviso West Principal Alexis Wallace. “These young ladies have are moving on to do great things. I cannot tell you how proud I am of their success.”

Congratulations! You are PTHS 209 Scholars of Excellence!

  PTHS 209 to Host 2nd Annual Community Leaders Banquet—State of the District Address


PTHS 209 will host its 2nd Annual Community Leaders Banquet—State of the District Address on July 29, 2010 to inform and to unite the community and the school district in promoting education and success.

Community leaders throughout Proviso Township and the state of Illinois will be honored as special guests and welcomed to discuss the school district’s goals, progress, and accomplishments.

“The PTHS 209 Board of Education will host some of our greatest community partners and community leaders,” said PTHS 209 Board President Chris Welch. “We hope to forge partnerships and re-affirm all of our commitments to the success of our students, our schools, and our communities. We look forward to discussing District 209’s progress and the work that lies ahead.”

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  Proviso West Students Place 2nd in IHA Culinary Cook-Off


On May 1, 2010, students from Proviso West High Schools’ culinary arts program competed with five other local high school teams in the 2010 IHA DVR Culinary Cook-Off at Triton College. Students were challenged to compete and prepare two elegant meals to be judged by two Triton professional chefs. It was a close competition, but in the end Proviso West students were victorious. They took home second place.

“The whole competition was a fun learning experience,” said Proviso West junior Gabriel Maldanado. “We learned different techniques on how to make things. It felt great to come in second place, and it was a dramatic win because we got it by only one point.”

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  PTHS 209 BOE Honors its Top Scholars with Annual Scholars Luncheon


Proviso Township High Schools’ Board of Education partnered with Around the Clock Transportation to honor the top graduating achievers from each high school with a special Superintendent’s Scholars Luncheon.

On May 20, 2010 seven of the top graduating scholars (Valedictorians, Salutatorians, and Research Scholars) of PTHS 209 enjoyed lunch at the world renowned John Hancock Center, in downtown Chicago with PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. The luncheon was a reward to congratulate the students on their exemplary academic achievement.

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  Proviso Township High Schools to Celebrate the Graduating Class of 2010!


Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will celebrate the commencement of over 900 graduating students from the Proviso community as they walk across the stage to receive their 2010 diplomas.

PTHS will hold three different ceremonies in honor of the class of 2010.  On Sunday, May 23rd, 2010 Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools will hold their annual commencement ceremonies at the UIC Pavilion (525 South Racine Avenue Chicago, IL) Proviso West’s graduation will begin at 1:00 p.m. Proviso East’s graduation will take place at 6:00 p.m.

The Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy will celebrate their graduating class on May 29th, 10:00 a.m. at Dominican University (7900 W. Division Street River Forest, IL).

Proviso Township High Schools students will go on to some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country. Thus far, students have been awarded over $10 million in college scholarships, with many offers still coming in.

Congratulations seniors! We are extremely proud of you!

  PTHS 209 Board of Education Approves East Coast College Tour


Proviso Township High Schools will host an East Coast College tour as the culminating activity to celebrate students’ success in voluntarily completing ACT preparation courses.

“At PTHS 209, we partnered with Cambridge Educational Services in order to offer our students free ACT test preparation,” said PTHS 209 Assistant Superintendent Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Cheryl Pruitt. “We want to prepare them for college, prepare them for testing, and prepare them for their everyday course work. Over 117 students signed up and took advantage of this program. Now we want to reward them and go the extra mile to help get them ready for their college choice by taking them on a tour of some of the best colleges and universities in the country. In just one week students will have an opportunity to experience great cities and several colleges and universities.”

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  Proviso West and Proviso East High Schools Awarded NCA Accreditation


Proviso West and Proviso East High Schools were recently awarded accreditation by the North Central Association (NCA) Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement for their efforts in striving for greatness, maintaining quality educational programming, and continuing with steady improvement.

Founded in 1895, NCA accredits over 8,500 public and private schools in 19 states, the Navajo Nation, and the Department of Defense Schools. The NCA crediting process fosters quality, encourages academic excellence, and works to evaluate and improve teaching and learning.  The process is designed to engage the entire school community in a continuous self-evaluation, reflection, and improvement by inviting external scrutiny and the constructive feedback of peers.  Both Proviso West and Proviso East welcomed NCA evaluations this month as a part of their quest to better serve the students of Proviso Township. After a thorough evaluation, both schools were awarded accredited status.

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  Proviso West Hosts ‘Beyond Beautiful Conference’


The Proviso West interpretive praise dancers (PIP) opened the doors of Proviso West High School to girls from across the community as they hosted their very first “Beyond Beautiful Girls’ Conference.”

PIP welcomed over 70 young ladies to the all-girls’ conference, held on a Saturday. The conference was designed to teach life skills and offer students an open invitation to discuss self-esteem, self-love, and respect.

“Teenage girls can face a lot of issues,” said PIP sponsor Karen Jones. “Some struggle with low self-esteem, a lack of motivation, and peer pressure. The mission and purpose of this conference was to inspire, motivate, encourage, and educate our young ladies in a comfortable atmosphere where they could express themselves freely.”

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  Proviso West NJROTC Commanders to Host Leadership Academy


Proviso West’s NJROTC Unit will host the Naval Leadership Academy in June for future students and future cadets to help build student leadership skills, foster discipline, and to prepare students for leadership roles in their schools, NJROTC units, and beyond.

NJROTC students from across the country attend the academy. As head of one of the top NJROTC Units in the state, Proviso West’s Commander Jerry Egler will help facilitate training this year.

“The NJROTC Leadership Academy is a very demanding and challenging program that trains the best all around leaders,” said Proviso West’s NJROTC Commander Jerry Egler. “It promotes discipline, military bearing, physical fitness, and will help students develop basic military and leadership skills. Attending students will return as leaders in their units, and leaders in society.”

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  Proviso West Students Collect Shoes for Haiti and Chile


Proviso West High School is ramping up charity efforts to support Haiti and Chile after two devastating earthquakes left many individuals and families homeless, injured, and without. The students have partnered with the shoe charity Soles4Souls to collect gently used shoes for children and families in need.

“Haiti and Chile still hurt months after the earthquake,” said Proviso West teacher Constance Jesukaitis. “We found research that states over 1.5 billion pairs of shoes are just sitting in American closets unused. So we’re working with Soles4Souls to help our friends in Haiti and Chili by simply giving a pair of shoes.”

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  Bulletin: Proviso West to Host NJROTC Military Ball 2010


Proviso West High School will host its highly anticipated NJROTC Military Ball on Friday, April 16th at Ashton Place, 341 75th Street, Willow Brook, IL 60527.

The NJROTC Military Ball is a celebration of teamwork and camaraderie drawn from ancient naval customs and traditions. Some of the highlights of this year’s ball include: a reception line, parading of the Royal Court (as nominated by their peers), POW/MIA ceremonial readings, dinner, dancing, and music.

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  PTHS 209 and West Suburban Senior Services to Host 2nd Annual Grandparents’ Day!


Proviso Township High Schools District 209's Board of Education, West Suburban Senior Services, and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Glen Ellyn Area Alumnae Chapter cordially invite the seniors of Proviso Township to a Saturday of entertainment, information, and relaxation on April 24, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm, at the Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy (PMSA), First Avenue and Roosevelt Road in Forest Park.

Seniors will be treated to food, fun, entertainment, free health screenings, and various workshops. There will be blood pressure checks, diabetes education, health workshops, refreshments, party bingo, door prizes, and more.  The grandparents of Proviso Township are encouraged to come out, mingle, and enjoy the fun. This event marks PTHS 209 and West Suburban Senior Services' 2nd Annual Grandparents' Day, which is designed to celebrate and honor the grandparents within our community.

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  Scholar of Excellence: Proviso West SCOTY Recipient: Keeping Proviso Rising


Congratulations to Proviso West Senior Khristian Willis who was selected as West 40’s School Citizen of the Year.

Willis serves as Proviso West’s student council president. He is a member of the Key Club, Youth Alive, the Student Advisory Board, and the NJROTC Drill Team. Willis said he works to bring innovative ideas to Proviso West through his leadership and extracurricular activities which helped set him apart as this year’s SCOTY Award winner.

“This is a great honor,” said Willis. “I’m really humbled by this award. I am also extremely honored that someone would recommend me as School Citizen of the Year. I just try to be an overall good student. I have been able to bring lots of new ideas to my school through the student council. NJROTC has also really helped me foster my leadership skills.”

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  PTHS 209 Incorporates Technology to Support Student Learning


Proviso Township High Schools is working to support and promote student learning by integrating more technology into classrooms district wide.

Recently, the PTHS 209 Board of Education approved wireless internet access for Proviso West and Proviso East High Schools. PMSA is already equipped for wireless access. Teachers are also being trained on new technology to integrate into their daily lessons. In science, students are being introduced to state-of-the-art electronic resources to experience real-world learning through the use of hand-held interface computers. Students are using computers that can connect to various probes and sensors.  These include: thermometers probes, CO2 sensors, O2 gas sensors, PH sensors and motion detectors that are used in real scientific laboratories around the world. This encourages higher levels of thinking through data collection, inquiry, analysis, and synthesis of scientific information.

PTHS students say technology makes learning a greater adventure.

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  Scholar of Excellence: Proviso West Student Receives Golden Apple Scholarship


Proviso West High School is home to many great scholars, and they have recently congratulated their newest Golden Apple Scholar. Proviso West senior Davinese Johnson has been chosen as one of 100 students in the state of Illinois to join the prestigious league of Golden Apple selects.

Over 1,000 students across the state of Illinois applied to become a Golden Apple Scholar. Golden Apple selects as many as 100 high school and college students each year from public and non-public schools and universities throughout Illinois. Nominees are asked to complete a written application, provide ACT scores, write several essays, and furnish transcripts to Golden Apple. From the completed applications, Golden Apple award-winning teachers choose finalists to be interviewed. They select a new group of students who each receive $23,000 in scholarship aid. The application process is rigorous and competitive. Only top applicants make the grade.

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  Proviso West Students Support the Troops


Sergio Aguirre graduated from Proviso West High School in 2004. He was in the very first class of NJROTC students at West. Today, he is a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps serving in Afghanistan.

Aguirre is the inspiration behind a thriving “Support the Troops” program at Proviso West High School. Aguirre’s father, and his sister, who is currently a member of NJROTC at Proviso West, formed a partnership with the Village of Berkley, the company Data Mark, the American League, and Proviso West High School to send over 100 carts of personal goods and care products to troops serving overseas in Iraq and in Afghanistan.

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  Proviso West Welcomes New Members to the National Honor Society


Congratulations to the newly inducted members of Proviso Township High Schools National Honor Society (NHS). The selected students have shown strong dedication to their communities and their schools by displaying the four pillars of the NHS: scholarship, leadership, service, and character.




Desmond Allen


Randy Ballenger


Gladis Barba

Melrose Park

Dominique Bynum


Rocio Carrera

Melrose Park

Kevin Collins


Ramon Diaz

Melrose Park

Lisa Eiland


Jade Keel


Patrick McElwee


Morgan Miller


Sonia Reyes


Angelique White


William Wong





Ivonne Amial

Stone Park

Kanitral Averhart


Bianca Barajas


Wendy Belmonte


Noemi Brito


Yazmine Brown


Bria Bynum


Germaine Dorsey


Annakarina Driskell


Alante English


Jose Galeas


De'Vante Hallom


Amber Kiefer


Joshua Lazenby


Tyeshia Lewis


Janay McClinton


Andrew Molley


Camille Myers


Lourdes Ortega


Bisael Ramos


Christopher Ramos


Nayeli Salgado


Latoyia Sias


Riki Starr


Miriam Valentin


Thomas-Jamal Williams


Vanessa Zepeda

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  Proviso West Panthers on Top!


Big news from PW athletics!

Girls Basketball: The Proviso West girl’s basketball team won the West Suburban Silver Division championship. On Friday, February 12th the PW Panthers defeated Downers Grove North 57 to 26. The win gives the Lady Panthers a conference record of 11 and 1 and an overall record of 24 and two. This is the first Girl’s basketball conference championship since 1992.

“The Lady Panthers are on the prowl,” said Proviso West girl’s basketball coach Jerry Jenkins. “They’re playing some good basketball.”

The girls began at the IHSA Regionals Wednesday, Feb. 17th at West Chicago. Congratulations and Good Luck Panthers!

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Wrestling: The Proviso West wrestling team qualified four wrestlers for the state tournament this past weekend in Champaign.

Proviso West students Malik Thurman (152 pounds), James Burns (160 pounds), Khari Washington (171 pounds), and Rasheen Lemon at (189 pounds) qualified in the  extremely tough De La Salle sectional. Thurman, Burns and Lemon are first time qualifiers while Washington is a third time state qualifier. It has been 20 years since Proviso West had four wrestlers qualify for the state finals.

“This is very, very special,” said Proviso West wrestling coach and Proviso East alum Vernon Hanson. “The most we’ve ever qualified is two students in one season. This year we’ve doubled it. That just really shows that hard work pays off. These guys are a special group.”

Congratulations and Good Luck Panthers!

  Proviso West NJROTC Students Make the Grade in Their Annual Inspection


Once again, Proviso West NJROTC students made the grade during their Annual Military Inspection. The students achieved a satisfactory rating from the Naval Service Training Command in school system program support, cadet performance, their academic program, and cadet mentoring.

“Proviso West NJROTC performed flawlessly throughout this entire inspection and continues to operate at a high level of overall achievement,” said NJROTC area manager, Commander C.B.  Clifford. “Cadet enrollment continues to grow, making the unit now one of the largest in the entire country. The cadets are well trained, motivated, and they are actively leading the unit.”

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  Proviso West Concert Choir to Perform at Choral Fest


The Proviso West High School Concert Choir will join schools from across the state of Illinois as they participate in VanderCook College of Music’s Choral Festival.

Choral Fest evaluators provide constructive and practical suggestions to help each ensemble improve its performance. After the performance, each ensemble works with a clinician for 30 minutes on the performance music.

“This is another opportunity for students to demonstrate the musical skills and techniques they’ve learned in class,” said Proviso West choir sponsor Salina Watson. “At VanderCook our students will be evaluated from a college perspective. The event can also help prepare them as they apply for music scholarships.”

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  Proviso West High School SADD CLUB to Organize Olive Garden’s Pasta for Pennies Benefiting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society


Students at Proviso West High School are participating in Olive Garden’s Pasta for Pennies program benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), which raises funds to find cures for leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma research and for patient services. The program teaches students the value of helping others as they work for a good cause.

The Proviso West High School Pasta for Pennies program will run from late January to the end of February. The club collecting the most money in the school will receive a congratulatory pasta party from Olive Garden.

Since 1993, millions of dollars have been raised in pennies and other spare change by more than 10 million elementary, middle and high school students nationwide for LLS. In Illinois, over $394,000 was raised in 2009 alone, including $650 by Proviso West High School.

For information on the programs and services available from the Illinois Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, call (312) 651-7350 or visit

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  Proviso Teachers Get More Professional Training and More High Tech Class Equipment to Promote Student Learning


Proviso Township High Schools’ teachers are enhancing their skills and bringing more high technology equipment into their classrooms to promote student learning and student engagement.

This week 16 PTHS biology teachers spent two days learning how to use labquest, CO2 gas sensors, temperature sensors, and oxygen sensors in order to incorporate the new equipment and knowledge into their curriculum.  The training is a part of PTHS’s overall focus on improving curriculum and instruction, and increasing the levels of engagement for PTHS students.

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  PTHS 209 Superintendent and Students Honored by Operation Uplift


Proviso Township High Schools Superintendent, current PTHS students, and PTHS alum were celebrated for their excellence, leadership, and service at Operation Uplift’s 22nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Luncheon held on January 16th.

“This event gave us an opportunity to once again observe the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was the inspiration that promoted the beginnings of our self-help organization in 1968,” said Operation Uplift President Northica Stone. “Since Dr. King’s life was spent being an anchor of hope, peace, and empowerment, I congratulate each of our honorees who are great examples of that in our community. Their contributions and achievements will become their legacy.”

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  Proviso West Students Recognized as Illinois State Scholars


The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) recognized 19,345 high school students from 752 different schools from across the state as 2010 “Illinois State Scholars.” Five of those students attend Proviso West High School.

Proviso West students Ximena A. Bustios, Jesus Godinez, Jyoti Kanda, Akeila M. Sharp, and Candace C. Williams rank in the top ten percent of high school seniors in the state of Illinois. Their selection as Illinois State Scholars is based on their SAT, ACT and/or Prairie State Achievement Exam scores, and their class rank.

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  Congratulations! PTHS 209 Welcomes New Members to the National Honor Society


Congratulations to the newly inducted members of Proviso Township High Schools National Honor Society (NHS). The selected members have shown strong dedication to their communities and their schools by displaying the four pillars of the NHS: scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

Proviso West:

Shannon Barry

Jasmine McCoy

Clarisse Biascan

Destiny McKinney

Bettina Brown

Chietha Moore

Claudia Carranza

Saer Ndiaye

Gabriela Franco

Carolina Perez

Roberto Gamez

Christian Rodriguez

Ruth Gonzalez

Zuleyma Rodriguez

Mohammed Junaid

Amtul Sara

Marcela Lara

Ana Villegas

Ignacio Marchan

Raquira Welch

Proviso East:

Sherrita Bailey

Katrina Jones

Richard Cardenas

Angelica Lott

Julie Cardosa

Alfonso Padilla

Demarius Davis

Adrianna Rueda

Righteaus Durr

Alexandra Rueda

Kierra Faulkner

Hector Santiago

Maritza Gonzalez

Ashli Satterfield

Corliss Gossett

Jenita Smith

Precious Gossett

Amanda Snoozy

Precious Greer

Monica Tellez

Miracle Ham

Stacey Welch

Andrea Harris

Ashante White

Lashannon Hinkle

Brittany Williams

Knekola Hogue

Andrea Wolford

Ky’Stunnia Jackson


Congratulations students! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising!

  PTHS 209 Partners with West 40 to Help Boost Student Achievement


Proviso Township High Schools will partner with West 40 in a program designed to help school districts in west Cook County to improve students’ mathematical skills.

LSRI and West 40 will work with 11 school districts in west Cook County on a cross-district, mathematics-improvement initiative that is built around preparation for algebra in the middle grades and the teaching of algebra in eighth and ninth grades.

The program was welcomed into PTHS as a part of a comprehensive mathematics-improvement initiative developed to help improve student success rates in algebra through more effective middle-school mathematics instruction and more effective teaching of algebra.

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  PTHS’s Joe Spagnolo to Enter Sports Hall of Fame


Joe Spagnolo is a living legend at Proviso Township High Schools, who will soon be recognized as a legend in the state of Illinois. He’s been elected to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame as a Friend of Basketball.

Spagnolo is a Proviso West Alum who has served Proviso Township High Schools and its students for over 30 years, imparting a legacy of leadership, service, and commitment. Active and committed for more than a quarter of a century, Spagnolo has been a staple in PTHS serving as coach, official, athletic administrator and information technology specialist. He is executive director of one of the nation’s top tournaments, the Proviso’s West Annual Holiday Basketball Tournament. In 2000 Spagnolo was named to Proviso West Holiday Tournament's All-Time All Tournament Team as one of the 40 most influential individuals of the event, which included Illinois basketball legends such as Isiah Thomas, Kevin Garnett, Doc Rivers and Mark Aguirre. His induction into the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame is only the latest of his honors.

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  Proviso West Students Highly Engaged with New Classroom Technology


Proviso West science students are highly engaged and spending more time on task using new integrated technology.

Proviso West’s science department is utilizing LabQuest which is considered one of the most powerful and intuitive interfaces for science education. PW science teachers are using this new equipment to help students grasp their science lessons.

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  PTHS 209 Takes Bold Steps Toward School Improvement


Proviso Township High Schools is implementing new strategies and improving alliances in an aggressive campaign to support students and raise overall academic achievement.

Prep Academy, SRA Reading, benchmark assessments, Target Teach, free tutoring services, increased teacher training and additional learning materials have been put into place in order to create a strong foundation for school improvement. Also beginning second semester, the District is also planning to implement test prep and an after school program.

“The PTHS 209 Board of Education has clearly identified goals for improving our schools in every area,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “Our recent test results were also indicators of where we need to improve. We know our challenges. We know that there is no magic button that will help us gain instant results. But, we also know that we have great teachers, we have eager students, and we have some great things in place to help us increase student achievement.”

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  PTHS 209 Scholar of Excellence: PW Student Rising to the Top


Crytsal Hutson of Berkley, a senior at Proviso West High School, stands as a scholar, an athlete, and a dreamer with big goals.

Hutson ranks in the top 12 of her senior class with a 4.0 grade point average. She takes AP English and Literature, AP statistics, and AP chemistry.  Hutson is also a member of Proviso West’s infamous 20+ Club, for students who have scored a 20 or above on their ACT exams. She is captain of the Proviso West Panthers’ volleyball team, a member of the basketball team, the marching band, the track team, PAWS, Key Club,  and of course, the National Honor Society.

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  PTHS Students to Get Civics Lessons First Hand


Proviso Township High Schools students will get a modern civics lesson first hand by participating in Cook County’s Student Election Judge Program.

“Our students will work closely with and receive training from the Cook County Clerk’s Office,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “I encourage all of our students to participate and learn as much as they can about the elections process and the important roles they play as responsible and informed citizens.”

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PTHS 209 Hosts SES Fair for Parents


On October 29th 2009, Proviso Township High Schools hosted a Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Fair for the parents of PTHS.

The fair, which was scheduled during report card pick-up, gave parents an opportunity to register their students for free tutoring services. Parents were able to choose from over 10 SES providers from across the state of Illinois.

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  Proviso West to Host Media Night for Holiday Tournament


On December 7, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. Proviso West High School will host its 49th Annual Media Night for their historic holiday basketball tournament in the Proviso West Sports Arena.

“We gladly invite all of our local media reps to this year’s media night,” said PW Sports Director Mark Schneider. “We will announce pairings, review tournament information, and have our coaches’ interview sessions.”

Each year Chicago's top boys' basketball teams are matched for four exciting days of high school basketball. The Proviso West 49th Annual Holiday Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, December 26 (preliminary round); Monday, December 28 (quarterfinals); Tuesday, December 29 (semi-finals); Wednesday, December 30 (third place and championship games).

This year’s teams include: Proviso West, Proviso East, Evanston, Fenwick, Foreman, Glenbrook North, Hillcrest, Hinsdale Central, Homewood-Flossmoor, Morton, New Trier, Saint Joseph, Saint Patrick, Thornton Fractional North, Von Steuben, and Whitney Young High Schools.

To learn more about the 49th Annual Media Night please contact coordinator Sean Shipley at or visit

  Proviso West Panthers Advance in Playoffs: Next Game Fri, Nov 6th


Proviso West High School’s football team will host its first Illinois High School Association (IHSA) football playoff game in school history, on Friday, November 6th.

The Panthers will play against Glenbrook South High School at 7 p.m. this Friday, November 6. Tickets are $5 and will go on sale at 6:00 that evening. The Panthers advanced to this Friday’s game by defeating Taft High School 46-0 on Friday, October 30.

Please join Proviso West as they make Panther History! Go Panthers!

  VA Hospital Donates 15K in Science Equipment to Proviso West Students


Hines Veterans Hospital recently donated over $15,000 in scientific and office equipment to Proviso West High School’s Science Department.

“All of this science equipment will be a great addition to our classrooms,” said Proviso West Science Department Chairman Darryl McDonald. “Some of these items cost thousands of dollars. In a time where it is difficult to purchase new equipment, we are certainly grateful for their support.”

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  Proviso West Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.) Promotes Red Ribbon Week


Proviso West High School celebrated Red Ribbon Week Oct 17th-Oct 23rd with the help of S.A.D.D.

Proviso West Students against Destructive Decisions were busy during Red Ribbon Week working to spread a message of drug prevention and community awareness. This year's theme was “Drug Free is the Key” and SADD students decorated the front of the school with Red Ribbons—the symbol of zero tolerance of illegal drugs and a commitment to a drug free lifestyle. They put up posters around the school and distributed red ribbons for students to wear all week. SADD students also distributed curriculum activities to teachers to reinforce the importance of Red Ribbon Week.

Great job S.A.D.D. You are an important part of “Proviso Rising!”

  PTHS 209 to Host Madrigal Dinner 35th Annual Madrigal Dinner & Fundraiser


PTHS 209's Madrigal Singers cordially invite the Proviso Township Community to attend its 35th Annual Madrigal Dinner & Fundraiser, featuring the Madrigal Singers of PTHS 209.

The Madrigal Singers are a highly select group of high school performers. They entertain and amaze while performing a repertoire of chamber choral music spanning the past eight centuries. The Madrigal Singers appear in elegant period costume and bring the music, drama, food, and spirit of an Old English Renaissance Christmas.

The Dinner will be held Sat., Dec. 19 and Sun. Dec. 20, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. at Proviso West High School.  Tickets are $23.00 for students, alumni, and senior citizens. Tickets are $25.00 for adults over 18 years of age. All attendees must purchase tickets and register no later than Monday, December 7, 2009.

All proceeds from the event will help fund various choral music programs and PTHS 209 student activities.

Please contact Mrs. Salina Watson, [Sponsor of Choral Activities] at (708)-202-6342 for more information. We look forward to seeing you!

  Proviso West NJROTC on Community Service Mission—Adopts a Highway


Proviso West NJROTC is continuing in excellence through community service by participating in the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) program.

AAH brings citizen volunteers into partnerships with IDOT to help pick up trash and keep community roadsides clean. The program also educates and encourages students to be more conscious of their environment. For Proviso West’s NJROTC, the Adopt-A-Highway program also gives them an opportunity to play a larger role in helping their community.

“This means a lot to us because it gives us an opportunity to step out and do some things we haven’t done before,” said PW Senior and NJROTC Chief Kevyn Evans. “This gives us an opportunity to do more community service and humanitarian work. Anything and everything we can do for the community is a big plus for us.”

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  Proviso West Teachers use the World Wide Web to Keep Students on Track

  Proviso West science teachers came together to help keep students on track by creating a website that allows students to download lessons, catch up on assignments, take quizzes, and review their homework on the world-wide web.

“This was created so that our students can have access to class lectures, homework assignments, notes, and even some of the books online,” said science instructor John Wardisiani. Wardisiani helped develop the site with science department chair Darryl McDonald, and instructors Dr. Alvaro Serna and Rodney Noble.

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  PTHS 209 to Celebrate Red Ribbon Week

  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will join schools across the United States in celebration of Red Ribbon week, the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country.

This year, PTHS will celebrate Red Ribbon Week October 17th - 25th. During Red Ribbon Week, teachers and staff emphasize drug prevention and awareness. Each school hosts activities to encourage students to have a commitment to drug prevention and education and a personal commitment to live drug free lives. The ultimate goal is to create a drug free America.

Red Ribbon Week is also an opportunity for parents to talk with students and reinforce the importance of education and the consequences of drug use.

  PTHS 209 Prepares for Legendary Holiday Tournament

  The largest and most popular basketball tournament in the state of Illinois is back! You don’t want to miss the premiere boys’ basketball event in Chicago land, the Proviso West Holiday Tournament.

Each year Chicago's top boys' basketball teams are matched for four exciting days of high school basketball. The Proviso West 49th Annual Holiday Tournament is scheduled for December 26th, 28th, 29th, and 30th at Proviso West High School in the Sports Arena.

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  Proviso Students Invited to Teachers of Tomorrow Conference

  On Saturday, October 24th, 2009, Proviso’s Golden Apple Teachers of Distinction and Golden Apple Teachers across Illinois will host a “Teachers of Tomorrow” Conference to inspire students to pursue teaching careers, and to encourage teachers who are new to the field.

“This workshop is the perfect opportunity to find out what being a teacher is all about and how to become one,” said Proviso East Golden Apple Teacher Glen Lid. “The Golden Apple Teachers of Illinois have been recognized as those who light knowledge on fire. Their techniques are imaginative and energetic. We need more well trained and passionate teachers, now more than ever before. Teachers touch the future.”

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  Proviso West 51st Homecoming Celebration!


  Proviso West NJROTC Prepares for the Competition


Over the summer, Proviso West NJROTC conducted their annual marksmanship camp to prepare for competition with schools across the nation.

A talented and dedicated group of cadets performed much needed maintenance, reviewed basic procedures and conducted NJROTC training. The team competes at the local level in shoulder-to-shoulder events, and at the national level in postal events. Proviso West’s NJROTC is one of the best in the region and is recognized as one of the premier units of 52 units in the Midwest. PW NJROTC has been twice awarded “Distinguished Unit with Academic Honors.”

Shown in the photo are:
(left to right back row) Carlos Pantoja, Alex Rodriguez, CDR Egler, Brenna Brady, Karina Mancha
(left to right front row) Rudy Villa, Fernanda Garcia, Adrian Rugerio, Ernesto Rodriguez

  PTHS 209 Back-to-School Night a Success!
Bring Your Parent to School Day Oct 8th

  PTHS 209’s “Back-to-School Night” was a rousing success with a record number of parents showing up to support their students’ education. Administrators are hoping for another overflow of parent participation on October 8th as they host “Bring Your Parents to School Day.”

During “Bring Your Parents to School Day,” PTHS parents will follow their students’ schedules and talk with teachers and administrators about expectations, their students’ learning needs, and how they can help support their students’ success.

PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart will circulate through each school to talk with parents, students, and teachers.

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  The Winning Team: PW Players Hope to Make Panther Football History


With less than two days until homecoming and two games away from a spot in the playoffs, the Proviso West Panthers Football Team has their eyes on the prize.

PW began the football season making history with a first time winning streak of 4-0. This caused officials to take a second look at this team of history makers. The win against the Dukes was their first since a 6-0 victory in 1991. Proviso West has only started the season with three consecutive victories two other times, in 1995 and 1965. The last time the Panthers were unbeaten through the first four weeks of the season was in 1961. And though the Panthers lost last week’s football game they certainly haven’t lost focus.

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  Proviso West High School Coach in the Chicago Sun-Times Spotlight


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  Proviso West Pinwheels for Peace 2009


  Proviso West’s Kyle Prater Headed for USC


Proviso West’s Kyle Prater is a 205-pound wide-receiver and academic scholar who received college  offers from every Big Ten school in the country including Penn State, Purdue, Northwestern, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Arizona, and Stanford University.  But on Sept 2nd Prater announced that he has chosen the life of a Trojan, and will attend the University of Southern California (USC).

"My dream one day is to play in the NFL," said Prater, who began to pull on a USC pullover jacket during his announcement. "That's why I picked USC.”

Prater manages a 3.2 G.P.A. and has been rated the number four high school player in The United States of America and one of the country’s top receivers.

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  From The Desk of Principal Alexis Wallace


September, 2009

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s):

The 2009-2010 school year is off to a good start. Early registrants were able to pick up books, ID’s and schedules before the regular registration dates. Nearly 1,000 students took advantage of the opportunity, which greatly improved our regular registration process. Thank you to all for thinking that education is important enough to register early. Thank you for knowing that participating in early registration helps us to save much needed money so that we may reallocate the money to areas of more immediate need.

Everyone at Proviso West is committed to working together with parents and guardians to improve student attendance and to prepare students for careers, college, or the world of work. Regular school attendance and prompt arrival to class are significant factors in a student’s achievement and success in school. Call the Attendance Center at 708.202.6303 (English) and 708.202.6302 (Spanish).

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  Proviso West to Kick-Off PINWHEELS FOR PEACE

  Imagine…“Whirled Peace”

In today’s world, peace needs to become more than just a word. On September 21, 2009, the Art Department of Proviso West HS of Hillside, IL plan to take part in an International art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace by “planting” pinwheels with messages of peace on the Varsity football field.

Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two Art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, of Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives.  In the first year, groups in over 1,325 locations throughout the world were spinning pinwheels on September 21st - there were approximately 500,000 pinwheels spinning throughout the world. Last year (year 3), 2007, over 1.2 million pinwheels were spinning in over 2,500 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America. Locally, Sean Shipley, Art Instructor at Proviso West HS will be coordinating the Pinwheels for Peace project this year.

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  PTHS 209 to Host Back to School Night


On Thursday Sept 17, 2009, Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host “Back to School Night” to give parents, students, and teachers an opportunity to connect, discuss students’ progress, goals, and expectations.

During “Back to School Night”, parents are encouraged to come to school with their children for the evening.

“This is a great way for parents to become more actively involved in their children's education. At Back to School Night, parents will have the opportunity to dialogue with teachers and administrators, and take a closer look and develop a clear understanding of what expectations have been set forth for this new school year,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “It is vitally important that parents take an active role in their students’ success. This event will encourage teachers and parents to develop positive relationships. It will also be encouraging for students to see how invested their parents are in their education.”

According to a summary written by Johns Hopkins University, when parents participate in events like “Back to School Night”, students’ behavior and production improves. PTHS 209’s “Back to School Night” is designed to provide parents with the insight and tools they need to help their children become better students.

Doors open for “Back to School Night” at Proviso East, Proviso West, and at PMSA, on Thursday, Sept 17th, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there!

  Proviso West and PMSA Students Team Up for High Energy Physics


Proviso West and PMSA students sharpened their physics and exploratory skills over the summer through participation in the QuarkNet summer workshop hosted by the University of Illinois at Chicago.

QuarkNet seeks to involve high-school teachers and their students in cutting-edge research on the structure of matter and the fundamental forces of nature. During the summer, scientists work with teachers and students on physics projects that enhance their ability in science and discovery. This year, participants assembled cosmic ray detectors.

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  High School Football Phenom Kyle Prater to Announce College Choice Sept 2nd

  Proviso West wide receiver Kyle Prater will announce his college decision at a press conference scheduled at the school on Wednesday, September 2.

Prater, a 205-pound wide receiver and academic scholar, has received offers from every Big Ten school in the country including Penn State, Purdue, Northwestern, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Cincinnati and Arizona. But Prater made Panther History when he received his 17th offer from Stanford University. Never before has Stanford University offered a scholarship to a Proviso West student for athletics, although many students have received academic scholarships.

Prater manages a 3.2 G.P.A. and has been rated the number four high school player in The United States of America. He’s also been rated the country’s top receiver. Prater established school records last year with 60 catches for 984 yards and nine touchdowns.  His 263 yard effort against 8A state finals runner-up Hinsdale Central, in October last year, ranks as the seventeenth best single game performance in Illinois high school history.

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  ESL Courses Now Offered at Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools

  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will now offer English as a Second Language courses (ESL) at Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools in order to support student learning and ensure that students are able to excel in their home schools.

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, close to 1 in 5 United States citizens spoke a language other than English at home. While this does not imply that those people do not also speak English, the census found that roughly 10% spoke English either less than fluently or not at all. The primary language of these individuals was Spanish. Similarly, PTHS 209 has seen an increase in the number of students needing English language support.

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  Atten-Hut!  Proviso West NJROTC to Conduct Orientation for New Cadets


Proviso West NJROTC, one of the sharpest, most distinct, and honorable NJROTC units in the mid-west, will host orientation for incoming freshmen Aug 3 to Aug 7, 2009 (8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.).

Proviso West NJROTC is one of the most unique programs offered to high school students with a curriculum designed to instill in students the value of citizenship, service, personal responsibility, integrity, and a sense of accomplishment and leadership.

“The focus of the NJROTC program is to help Cadets become better students and citizens,” said NJROTC instructor and Navy Commander Gerard Egler. “One of our primary goals is to prepare Cadets for college. When students participate in NJROTC it can improve their eligibility for college ROTC scholarships and service academy nominations.”

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  Proviso West to Host Girls and Boys Volleyball Camp


Proviso West High School will host a summer volleyball camp for girls and boys to help students improve their volleyball skills, make new friends, and have fun being active with Proviso West volleyball coaches and other campers.

The volleyball camp is open to middle and high school students (5th to 12th grades). The camp will be held Monday through Thursday July 20th–July 30th, 2009.

Camp for 5th through 8th graders will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Camp for 9th through 12th graders is from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The cost is $35.00.

PW Volleyball Camp will focus on volleyball basics and fundamentals. Campers will learn to improve their techniques and skills in areas including hitting, setting, digging and serving.

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  NFL’s Ray McElroy and Members of the Chicago Bears Football Team Coach Youth at Proviso West


Proviso West High School is hosting its fourth annual Ray McElroy Pro Football Youth Camp directed by Proviso West Alum and NFL member Ray McElroy.

McElroy, who has played professional football for over 10 years, has dedicated his full-time post-career to the enrichment and development of youth by creating programs such as the Ray McElroy Pro Football Youth Camp “Where young men learn from the pros!” Every year he comes back to his community and Alma Mater, Proviso West.

“It's very humbling for me to be able to come back to my community and offer a camp like this," said McElroy. "My family and I have been blessed to attain some level of success in this game. Growing up here and going to school here [at Proviso West High School], I was never offered an opportunity like this. So I am happy to come back and bring the level of professionals into the camp to work with the kids in the community. It’s a gratifying experience and just very humbling.”

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  PTHS 209's NJROTC Students Prepare for Leadership


Proviso Township High Schools NJROTC students participated in an intensive Leadership Academy to build their leadership skills, develop discipline, and prepare for leadership roles in their schools, their units, and their communities.

The NJROTC Leadership Academy is a very demanding and challenging program that trains the best all around leaders.

“The basic leadership training experience is designed to promote discipline, military bearing, physical fitness, and help develop basic military skills,” said Proviso West’s NJROTC Commander Jerry Egler. “It is training that will prepare our students for responsibilities in coming school years.”

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  PTHS 209 Summer School Off to a Great Start


Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Summer School is off to a great start with over 1,000 students enrolled and working toward academic enrichment and educational development.

Students began summer school on June 8th and are taking classes in core areas such as reading, algebra, English, science, and social studies. This year’s summer school will not only allow students to earn necessary credit hours, but will also serve as a bridge to prepare students for curriculum changes to come.

“This summer school session is crucial to getting our students additional help where they need it and understanding the barriers to student learning,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “Next year they will be returning to a more rigorous curriculum. This is our opportunity to identify some of the learning gaps and prepare our students for more challenging course work.”

Proviso Township High Schools’ faculty of Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA are working together all summer long in preparation for curriculum alignment, and the implementation of the school improvement model TargetTeach—which is designed to enhance the academic curriculum and raise the academic achievement of students in District 209. It’s also designed to create rigorous lessons in the class rooms beginning with the 2009-2010 school year.

Summer School classes are being held at Proviso West and Proviso East High Schools Monday through Thursday until July 16, 2009.

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