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  Bulletin: PTHS 209 to Hold Public Hearing on Amended Budget

 
 

On Tuesday, June 21st 2011, at a joint Board of Education and Financial Oversight Panel (FOP) meeting, PTHS 209 will hold a public hearing to discuss the amended Fiscal Year 2011 budget.

Due to modifications that have occurred throughout the year to the current year’s budget, an amended budget must be adopted. The approval process is the same as with the regular budget adoption. Amendments to the original budget include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Updates to grant budgets (revenue and expenditures) that occurred during the year. Final allocations were loaded.
  • Line item transfers between accounts requested by budget managers throughout the year.
All questions regarding the PTHS 209 Tentative Budget are welcomed and should be submitted to the Superintendent, Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart prior to the hearing date by calling (708-338-5910) or email ncollins-hart@pths209.org. To review the amended budget, please click here.

The final amended Fiscal Year 2011 budget will be voted on June 21st, following the public hearing.

 
  Proviso West NJROTC Senior Students to Continue Pursuit of Excellence with Over 700K in College Scholarships

 
 

Proviso West High School’s NJROTC students are known for being the best. They are one of the top units in the country. They excel in all areas—including academics. This year NJROTC seniors helped raise the bar as they accepted over $700K in college scholarships.

“We are very very proud of them,” said Proviso West NJROTC instructor Chief Ingram. “This is what it’s all about. Their success makes it all worthwhile.”

Out of 54 seniors in Proviso West’s NJROTC program, 40 of them are heading off to college. Five of them will serve their country in the armed forces. As of May 19th, the NJROTC grand total topped $771,000 in scholarships. Two students, Lakeshia Brock and Bianca Barajas, earned 4 year NJROTC scholarships valued at $180K each.

“This is really a great opportunity to have,” said Lakeshia. “NJROTC has helped me to earn money for college, and it’s really prepared me for what’s next. I am so grateful. I’m ready for college, and I’m looking forward to continuing in NJROTC.”

Lakeshia is headed to Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee to study computer science. Bianca attend the University of Illinois Chicago to study nursing and become a naval officer.

“This has been good for me,” she said. “NJROTC has helped me pay for school. I can’t believe I am going to become an officer in the Navy. It is a really great opportunity, and I’m looking forward to it.”

Talking with the group of 54 seniors the consensus is consistent. They say Proviso West’s NJRTOC Unit is the best. It has helped to prepare them for college and the workforce by instilling traits and values that will last a lifetime.

Congratulations students!  We are very proud of you!

 
  PTHS 209 Top Scholars Welcomed into PTHS 209’s Academic Hall of Fame

 
 

Proviso Township High School’s top graduates worked hard to make the grade. Now, in addition to being treated to a special luncheon by the Board of Education, the District’s top scholars will enter PTHS 209’s Academic Hall of Fame.

“These students represent the potential, the dedication, and the scholarly excellence that we hope to foster in everyone,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, who encouraged and dined with the top grads during their scholar’s luncheon at the John Hancock in Chicago. “There are many bright students in each of our schools, but these selected few are the top of the class. We want to congratulate them, and we encourage them to continue to excel academically. They are proud ambassadors of our schools and our communities.”

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  Proviso West Students Place Top in the National Stock Market Game Competition

 
 

Proviso West High School’s business students placed 2nd and 3rd in the National Stock Market Game against 136 student teams across the nation.

“This is the first year we’ve placed out of 136 students across the region,” said Ms. Sassetti. “This year we spent two weeks doing research on companies, and that made all the difference in the world. Students put a lot into it. They researched their corporations and how the corporations got started. That’s why they did so well. It’s amazing.”

The Stock Market Game is an online education program used in thousands of classrooms nationwide to help teach math, social studies, business, economics, and language skills while focusing on the importance of long-term savings and investments. During the game, students hone their math skills while engaging in analytical thinking and teamwork. The class was divided into 5 teams. Over the last 4 months, the students managed a simulated stock market portfolio. Out of over 700 schools, Proviso West students took 2nd and 3rd place—leaving only one spot to chance.

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  PTHS 209 BOE Honors its Top Scholars with Annual Scholars Luncheon

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools’ Board of Education and the Superintendent have partnered with Around the Clock Transportation again this year to honor the top graduating achievers of each high school.

On May 19, six of the top graduating scholars (valedictorians, salutatorians, and research scholars) from Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA will attend the annual Superintendent’s Scholars Luncheon at the world renowned John Hancock Center in downtown Chicago.  PTHS 209 superintendent, Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, will join the students for lunch and a limousine ride as a token of appreciation and reward for their exemplary academic achievement.

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  Proviso West NJROTC Nothing But the Best: Unit Receives NJROTC’s Highest Honor

 
 

Proviso West High School’s NJROTC program and cadets have once again achieved Distinguished Unit status - the highest possible designation that the United States Navy can award a school. The unit accepted their recognition only after meeting strictly specified criteria of excellence.

“Distinguished unit means that we are in the top ten percent of NJROTC units in the country,” said Proviso West NJROTC instructor Chief Ingram. “This is based on academics, community service, student growth, and how we perform in various events. Each year we have to work harder and harder to maintain [distinguished unit status]. We keep working hard. We try to expose the kids to different things, and we are very very proud of them.”

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  Proviso West to Host Visual Arts Festival

 
 

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  Proviso Township High School Prepares for Class of 2011 Graduation

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is preparing to celebrate the commencement of hundreds of students from across the community. Proviso’s class of 2011 will soon walk across the stage to accept their high school diplomas.

“This is a very exciting time for us each year,” said PTHS 209 Board President and Proviso Alum, Chris Welch. “Families from across the Proviso community, teachers, administrators, and the entire school board will be there to stand and congratulate these students on this momentous occasion in their lives. We wish them all the best, and we look forward to recognizing their accomplishments in the future.”

On Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 both Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools will hold their commencement ceremonies at the UIC Pavilion (525 South Racine Avenue Chicago, IL).  Proviso West’s 2011 graduation ceremony will begin at 1:00 p.m. Proviso East’s 2011 graduation ceremony will take place that evening at 6:00 p.m.

Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy will celebrate their graduating class of 2011 on May 28th, 10:00 a.m. at Dominican University (7900 W. Division Street River Forest, IL).

Proviso Township High Schools students have been awarded millions of dollars in college scholarships with some attending the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country.

Congratulations seniors! We are extremely proud of you!

 
  Proviso West Students Get a Glimpse into Their Futures with Career and Education Fair

 
 

Proviso West High School worked to help their sophomore and freshmen students get a glimpse of the future by hosting a career and college fair. On Thursday, April 28th the Proviso West field house was filled with professionals, organizations, colleges, and teachers who hoped to help students chart their future course.

 “This is a great way to show them various opportunities and make them aware of the many choices that are out there,” said Proviso West math teacher and fair participant, Mr. Harman. “We have culinary schools, Loyola University, Kendall College—all of these great choices. If we can encourage them in the right direction, that’s good.”

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  PTHS 209 Prepares for Summer School with New Program Components and New Learning Technology

 
 

PTHS 209’s Summer School program is new and improved with more curriculum offerings, more use of educational technology, and greater opportunities for student learning and advancement.

This year summer school will be offered at Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools for students district wide who need to make up class credits and for students who would like additional skill development, academic acceleration and enrichment.

“Summer school this year has a few new and exciting components,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “As we work toward school improvement, we are also working to offer our students more resources to support their academic growth and advancement. We are particularly excited about our acceleration and enrichment programs which will allow our students to continue to participate in learning activities throughout the summer. We are also excited about our graduation initiative, Project TAPESTRY, which will allow some participating students to attend summer school at no cost.”

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  THANK YOU! Proviso Township High Schools to Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week

 
 

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”
Henry Adams

Each year PTHS 209, along with schools and districts across the nation, use the first week in May as a time to express gratitude and appreciation for the outstanding work that teachers do each day. This year, PTHS 209 will celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week May 2nd – May 6th 2011. Teacher Appreciation Day is Tuesday, May 3rd.

“This is a special week in District 209,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “It is very important that we recognize the dedication and commitment of our teachers at every opportunity. They are the staple and lifelines of our mission here, and they touch so many lives each day.  A week is not nearly enough time to express our gratitude, but we are going to honor them, celebrate them, and make sure they know how much we value their service.”

Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated during the first full week of May. National Teacher Appreciation Day is celebrated on the Tuesday of that week. These celebrations provide an opportunity to both express appreciation and publicly recognize the important work of teachers. District 209 will have a snack and chat party to celebrate the teachers of each school. Dr. Collins-Hart will visit Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA during faculty and staff lunch hours (10:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.). In addition, individual school activities will be held throughout the week to honor PTHS 209 teachers.

Teacher Appreciation Week Schedule:

Proviso West:Appreciation Celebration and Dialogue with the Supt. Tues. May 3, 2011

 
  PTHS 209 Prepares for 3rd Annual Grandparents' Day May 14th

 
 

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  Building Bridges to Success: PTHS 209’s School Improvement Survey

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools is continuing its restructuring and school improvement efforts with the help of students, parents, teachers, and the entire Proviso community. The District has posted school improvement surveys on pths209.org and all school sites, to collect data on how parents, teachers, students, and administrators view PTHS schools. The data will be used to help the District determine how they can better serve each stakeholder.

"Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is committed to continual school improvement," said Ed Moyer, PTHS 209's Executive Director of Assessment & Planning. "As an important part of this process, we are gathering data from our parents, students, teaching staff, and administrators regarding perceptions of our schools. We hope to get a great number of responses and then use that information to make informed decisions about how we can improve."

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  ARAMARK Foods Joins PTHS 209 for Grandparents’ Day!

 
 

One of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” has signed on as a sponsor of PTHS 209 Grandparents’ Day. ARAMARK Food Service, who also provides nutritious meals for Proviso students, will provide food, refreshments, and nutrition information at the District’s 3rd annual event on May 14th, 2011.

“We work in PTHS 209 each day to provide quality nutritious meals for the students of Proviso, and now we are glad to support the grandparents,” said Robert Carter, Food Service Director for ARAMARK. “We are happy to join Grandparents’ Day and assist in community outreach that promotes health, nutrition, and community partnerships.”

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  West 40 Implements Project TAPESTRY at Proviso High Schools

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools is ramping up drop-out prevention efforts with the help of West 40. West 40 is among only 29 agencies in the nation to receive a five-year federal High School Graduation Initiative Grant designed to aide local high schools in drop-out prevention. They are using the grant to develop and implement Project Tapestry at West Leyden, Proviso East and Proviso West high schools.

“This is an exciting opportunity for everyone involved,” said Gretchen Alexander, Project TAPESTRY director.

West 40’s Project TAPESTRY will establish programs and services designed specifically for students who are at risk of dropping out of school. The program will work to provide a venue for students who have left school to re-enroll and remain through graduation. Approximately 500 students will be served during each year of the grant.

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  The Proviso West Madrigal Singers: Talent with No Limits

 
 

Proviso West’s Madrigal Singers have been known to wow the crowds in musical displays of incredible talent. This year is no different.

The choral group recently received a Certificate of Recognition for "Outstanding Musicianship" during the VanderCook College of Music Choral Fest. They also received a Certificate of Recognition from the Illinois House of Representatives, via Representative Karen Yarbrough, for volunteering their talents at the 10th Annual Senior Valentine's Day Community Luncheon. In addition to high levels of recognition, the group outshined the competition at this year’s IHSA solo/ensemble music contest. The Proviso West Madrigal Singers earned a score of 39.5 out of a possible 40 and a Division 1 Rating of "Superior" which is the highest rating given for a superior vocal performance for their rendition of "My Luve's Like a Red."  The Proviso West Treble Ensemble earned a score of 39.9 out of 40, and a Division 1 Rating of "Superior," again, the highest rating given for a superior vocal performance for their rendition of "The Water is Wide." Students received Division 1 blue-ribboned GOLD medals.

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  Loyola School of Nursing Joins PTHS 209 in Celebrating Grandparents’ Day!

 
 

On May 14th PTHS will celebrate the grandparents of Proviso Township by hosting its 3rd Annual Grandparents’ Day. This year Loyola School of Nursing has agreed to join the Board of Education and West Suburban Senior Services in supporting the highly anticipated event which offers seniors a day of fun, health screenings, entertainment, and information.

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“We have had a school based health center within Proviso East for over ten years,” said Diana Hackbarth RN, PhD, and Project Director for Proviso East’s Loyola University School Based Health Center. “The school of nursing at Loyola University of Chicago is pleased to participate in Grandparents’ Day as we seek further outreach in the Proviso communities.”

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  Proviso West to Host Windy City Band Competition

 
 

On April 23rd, 2011 one of the baddest bands in the land, The Proviso West Marching Panthers, will host an inaugural “Windy City Band Brawl,” a marching band competition featuring high school bands from across the Chicagoland area. All proceeds will help raise funds for area high school bands.

The event will be held at the UIC Forum at 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60607.  The extravaganza kicks off at 3:00 p.m. Dancers will dance, horns will blow, and drums will beat to claim ultimate bragging rights. Thus far, performers in the competition include: Proviso West High School Marching Band (Hillside, IL), Proviso East High School Marching Band (Maywood, IL), Percy L. Julian High School Marching Band (Chicago, IL), Martin Luther King College Prep Marching Band (Chicago, IL).

For more information on the “Windy City Band Brawl,” contact Ms. Bell at VBell@pths209.org. Tickets for this event may be purchased at all participating high schools.

Who:

Proviso West High School Marching Band (Hillside, IL), Proviso East High School Marching Band (Maywood, IL), Percy L. Julian High School Marching Band (Chicago, IL), Martin Luther King College Prep Marching Band (Chicago, IL)

What:

Windy City Band Brawl

When:

April 23rd 2011 @ 3:00 p.m.

Where:

UIC Forum (725 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL.)

Why:

To raise money for area high school bands.

Cost:

$20

 
  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Salutes 2010-2011 Retirees

 
 

Each year District 209 salutes a distinguished group of retirees who have dedicated years of service to the education of students and to the growth and development of PTHS 209. This year, Proviso Township High Schools will honor twenty-four retiring faculty and staff with an elegant night of dinner and dancing. Please join us as we celebrate this year’s retirees (click here for the complete list).

The celebration dinner will be held on Friday, May 6, 2011 at the Doubletree Hotel in Oak Brook. PTHS 209 celebrates those who have offered major contributions to the lives of Proviso students. Invited guests are asked to RSVP with PTHS 209’s Human Resources office no later than Monday, April 25, 2011.

 
  Proviso West Students Help Fight Hunger Around the World

 
 

Proviso West High School Key Club students are joining forces with the nation’s fastest growing hunger relief charity, “Feed My Starving Children” (FMSC).

On May 2nd students will travel to Aurora, Illinois to help members of the organization package rice, soy, meal, vitamins, vegetables and chicken stock for starving children around the world. The FMSC volunteer experience strengthens curriculum efforts focusing on citizenship, social service, asset building and other positive aspects of character development. Key Club sponsor, Mr. Jalove, volunteered at FMSC and then decided to get Proviso West students involved. He said he looks forward to Key Club members lending a hand and having a global impact.

“A month ago I went and helped out this organization with my family,” said Mr. Jalove. “I was amazed by the love of all of the individuals who gave their time for this cause. I volunteered my time for two hours and realized the number of children that I helped. These food packages go all around the world, and this organization allows children starting at the age of eight to help fill bags of food for the less fortunate. A bag of food is food for a week.”

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  PTHS 209 Building Bridges to Success: Parents Committees Begin to Support School Improvement

 
 

This week Proviso parents and stakeholders who joined the School Improvement Grant (SIG) Committee met for the first time to put their heads together and begin efforts that could mean more funding for school improvement in District 209.

PTHS is applying for a grant that could award up to $2 million (per year each—over three years) for Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools. The grant will help District 209 implement improvement plans, restructuring and reform efforts that include comprehensive interventions to produce gains in student achievement. Parents have been asked to serve as pillars in the school improvement process by providing insights into how the school can become better for their students.

“Parents are key components to the grant development and school improvement process,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “They must be a part of the process and a part of the discussion about the needs of the school, the needs of their students, and what they would like to see incorporated into our school improvement efforts. They must be a part of the solution. They are a vital part of the conversation about how we can move forward and continue to improve the lives of their children and the overall community.”

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  Proviso West Student Art on Display at North Riverside Mall Theatre

 
 

As you wait in line for your movie ticket at Classic Cinemas, check out the Proviso West student art display!

The North Riverside Mall Theatre, located at 7501 West Cermak Road in North Riverside, IL, is featuring creative and original drawings and sculptures by the art students of Proviso West High School.

The exhibit is currently on display and reflects the students’ amazing artistic creations. The creative work on display was produced in art classes led by PW art teacher Mr. Shipley.

“The students have been working extremely hard, and their talent is definitely apparent in this display,” he said.

The items on exhibit include self-portraits, scratchboard collages, perspective drawings, as well as various clay constructed pots.

This prime display area is rotated monthly to showcase artwork by area students and area professionals. Artists at Proviso West High School have earned a gallery space for their work at the North Riverside Mall for the entire month of March.

 
  PTHS 209 Prepares for 3rd Annual Grandparents’ Day May 14th

 
  Proviso Township High Schools District 209's Board of Education and West Suburban Senior Services (WSSS) cordially invite the seniors of Proviso Township to their 3rd Annual Grandparents’ Day on Saturday, May 14, 2011 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.

Grandparents’ Day is designed to honor all of the seniors and grandparents of Proviso Township by offering a day of fun, information, and relaxation. Grandparents are being treated to party bingo, a stepper dance party, door prizes, light refreshments, health screenings, and more.  In addition, WSSS staff will share information about services and assistance available to grandparents who are raising grandchildren.

Grandparents’ Day is a part of the Board of Education’s community support and community outreach initiatives.  West Suburban Senior Services has been assisting senior citizens in the near West Cook County suburbs township for over 30 years. WSSS and the PTHS 209 Board of Education come together each year to celebrate and honor the senior citizens of Proviso Township.

If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please call 708.338.5901.

 
  PTHS Building Bridges to Success: PW Parents Come Together to Talk School Improvement

 
 

Proviso West parents are getting involved, rolling up their sleeves, and lending a hand toward school improvement. On March 2nd Proviso West High School hosted its first parent information meeting on the Proviso West School Improvement Plan (SIP).

At least 75 parents filled the Proviso West cafeteria to learn more about the school’s improvement efforts and to sign up for SIP committees to help. Each member of the school improvement team outlined the school’s plan for success. Proviso West High School has created a school improvement plans using the state’s Rising Star platform for continuous school improvement. That platform includes 19 research-based indicators based on best practices that have been effective in other schools and districts.

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  Making the Grade: Reminder of New Classification Requirements Starting with the Class of 2014

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools is making sure that students make the grade in core subject areas before being classified for the next grade level. In ongoing efforts of school improvement and overall reform, PTHS officials are requiring that students fully grasp English, math, science, and social studies at their classified grade level before advancing to the next grade level. The change begins with the current freshmen--the class of 2014.

“As a school district we are steadily working to prepare our students for the enhanced curriculum they will be taught at each grade level, but we also have to work to prepare them for college and the workforce,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “The new prerequisite requirements emphasize building students’ skills in specific content areas to ensure that they have the prerequisite knowledge for success at the next level.”

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  PTHS 209 Scholars of Excellence: PW Football Players to Go On to Major Universities

 
 

Six Proviso West scholar athletes are taking their talent, skill, and love for the game on to higher learning institutions where they have each received full tuition football scholarships.

Proviso West senior Jevar Glover of Maywood and Julius Johnson of Bellwood both received full scholarships to St. Josephs University. Proviso West senior Jarret Moore of Bellwood received a full scholarship to North Park University.  Jeremy Robinson of Bellwood received a full scholarship to Robert Morris College. Proviso West senior Rasheen Lemon received a full scholarship to Northern Illinois University, and PMSA senior Malik Thurman received a full football scholarship to Ferris State University.

When the super six come together, they are like family. Each one is jovial and excited about the others’ success. Nonetheless, you can also pick up on the competition between them.  It may be that competitive spirit and their desire to be the best individually, that makes them come together in the classroom and on the field.  It has also paved the way for long sought after higher learning opportunities.

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  Proviso West to Host School Improvement Plan Meeting March 2nd
 
 

Proviso West High School is laying the groundwork and moving forward with school improvement efforts designed to better meet student learning needs, monitor student data, foster a collaborative teaching environment, increase parental involvement, and build strong community coalitions to support improvement efforts.

On March 2nd 2011, Proviso West High School will hold its first parent information meeting focused on the new school improvement plan. The meeting will take place in the Proviso West Cafeteria from 6:00 pm – 7:00 p.m.

Over the past few years Proviso West High School has worked to develop a school improvement plan that focuses on quality education and high levels of student achievement. These plans include goals designed to improve student achievement along with the steps necessary to accomplish those goals. The process of developing each school improvement plan includes the input and involvement of building and district staff along with student, community, and parental support. During the meeting, Proviso West school improvement team members will solicit parent and community volunteers to serve on the school improvement planning team.

To learn more about Proviso West High School’s School Improvement Plan meeting, please contact the main office at 708-449-6400.

 
  PTHS Scholars of Excellence: Proviso West Student to Attend HOBY Leadership Seminar

 
 

Inspiring, educational, compassionate, energizing, motivating, and life-changing are some of the words that students, schools, parents, alumni, volunteers and supporters use to describe Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY).  Each year high school students from across the globe participate in the program that is designed to foster strong leadership skills and service in high school students. Only one sophomore from each school is selected. At Proviso West High School that sophomore is Nicole Miller of Maywood.

“This is a nice opportunity for me to show leadership skills and to branch out and learn more,” said Nicole. “I hope that I’ll get more knowledge about what leadership is so that I may become a better leader.”

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  Harvard University Announcement: No Tuition and No Student Loans


 
 

Harvard University announced over the weekend that from now on, undergraduate students from low-income families will pay no tuition.

In making the announcement, Harvard's president Lawrence H. Summers said, "When only ten percent of the students in elite higher education come from families in the lower half of the income distribution, we are not doing enough. We are not doing enough in bringing elite higher education to the lower half of the income distribution."

If you know of a family earning less than $60,000 a year with an honor student graduating from high school soon, Harvard University wants to pay the tuition. The prestigious university recently announced that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families can go to Harvard for free... no tuition and no student loans!

To find out more about Harvard offering free tuition for families making less than $60,000 a year, visit Harvard's financial aid website at: http://www.fao.fas.harvard.edu or call the school's financial aid office at (617) 495-1581.

 
  Teachers on the Move—Proviso West Teacher Receives International Recognition

 
 

Ms. Suwary has taught chemistry and physics in the same classroom at Proviso West High School for 16 years. She knew she loved teaching. She knew she loved her students, but she did not know she would receive international recognition for her contributions as an educator.

Ms. Suwary was recently awarded a Ministry of National Education Medal from Poland. She was nominated by teachers from the Polish School in Schaumberg where she has served over the years as a volunteer teacher, a principal, and a board member. Though Ms. Suwary has been teaching at Proviso for 16 years, she also taught in Poland for three years, in Greece for two years, and at the Emilia Plater Polish School here in Illinois. She also worked with the University of Poland to develop a textbook for sixth graders, all while pursuing her Doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Argosy University. Still, when Ms. Suwary got notification from Poland, she was shocked and very emotional.

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  PTHS Seniors—Apply for Aide and Scholarships Today!

 
 

PTHS seniors, if you are planning to attend college during the 2011-2012 academic year, it’s time to prepare for the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)the application for federal, state and college-based financial aid.

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has created a scholarship resource section on www.pths209.org to help students and parents better locate college funding sources and information. Each school also has counselors who are ready to help students apply for aid, acceptance, and scholarships.

At Proviso East High School the career center is open Tues-Friday from 10:00 am-3:15pm. On Mondays they are open from 10:50 am to 3:15 pm for students to get FAFSA and college application help.  At PMSA there is a FAFSA workshop for parents and students on Thursday, February 24th from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. in the LRC. PMSA students can also stop by the counseling office at any time. At Proviso West High School, there are FAFSA workshops in the career center (room D103) for students and parents every Wednesday from 12:41 p.m.-3:15 p.m. (6-8 period).

FAFSA forms are for college-bound high school seniors and their parents. For students, it is important to submit the FAFSA before the college’s priority date as some financial aid is awarded first-come first-serve. To determine the priority date at a college, contact the school’s financial aid office.

Parents and students can begin their financial aid search by visiting the FAFSA website at www.fafsa.ed.gov or visit PTHS 209’s scholarship resource link here.

 
  Proviso West Students Win Big at Elmhurst Art Competition

 
 

Each year Proviso West High School students enter the Elmhurst College High School Art Exhibit, and each year Proviso West students win big.

This was the 12th annual event. Student artwork was placed on display from January 5th to January 19th at Elmhurst College. The award reception was held on January 12th, and Proviso West students had a terrific showing. The Panthers took home 9 Ribbons.

Proviso West sophomore Meleeza Pidu and Proviso West junior Maritzabel Barajas took home Ribbons for Excellence. Proviso West junior Grisel Reyes and Proviso West senior Cesar Camarillo won Ribbons of Distinction. Proviso West junior Beatriz Campos won Judge’s Choice. Proviso West senior Camesha Sims, sophomore Melissa Astorga, and freshman Veronica Ayala were awarded Ribbons for Honors. Perhaps the biggest winner was Proviso West senior Emmanual Dunagan who took home a Special Award Ribbon and a $2,000 talent scholarship to attend Elmhurst College as an art major.

Congratulations Proviso West art students! Keep up the excellent work!

 
  Congratulations to PTHS 209 First Semester Honor Roll Students!

 
 

Congratulations to Proviso Township High Schools’ 2010-2011 First Semester Honor Roll Students! Keep up the excellent work! You are among the top students in the district, and you are a vital part of Proviso Rising!



Click here to see the complete list of honor roll students for Proviso West High School.

Congratulations students and parents on a job well done!

 
  The Beyond Beautiful Conference - March 5, 2011

 
 

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  PTHS 209 Superintendents and Board Chair Meet with Students to Build Bridges to Success

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 board president, superintendent, and the acting principal at Proviso West High School met with  Proviso West student leaders to discuss recent changes, school improvement, and how they can work together to build bridges to success.

Last week, student leaders of Proviso West High School requested a meeting with Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, their new principal Dr. Cheryl Pruitt, and the President of PTHS 209’s Board of Education, Chris Welch. The board chair and administrators answered student questions about the change in school leadership, their curriculum, schedule changes, prom, graduation, and ACT test prep. The group talked about the reasons for recent changes, the focus on higher student achievement, and the need to work together as a school community to set the right tone and move in a positive direction.

“These students were absolutely remarkable,” said Collins-Hart after speaking with the group. “I commend them on their dedication, their leadership, and their desire to make these transitions smoother for themselves and the entire student body. That’s leadership. We all agreed that it is going to take all of us to help move our school system forward. We will be working together very closely to make our school improvement efforts successful.”

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  Proviso West High School Forges Ahead: Will Host School Improvement Plan Meeting

 
 

Proviso West High School is forging ahead with school improvement efforts designed to better meet student learning needs, monitor student data, foster a collaborative teaching environment, increase parental involvement, and build a strong community coalition to support improvement efforts.

“When we talk about school improvement we are talking about putting the systems and processes in place to help better support our teachers, our students, and our parents,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “I have met with the faculty, staff, and students of Proviso West to collaborate on how we can effectively implement our school improvement plans and work together to move our school system forward.”

Over the past few years Proviso West High School has worked to develop a school improvement plan that focuses on quality education and high levels of student achievement. These plans include goals designed to improve student achievement along with the steps necessary to accomplish those goals. Led by the building principal, the process of developing each school improvement plan includes the input and involvement of building and district staff along with student, community, and parental support. On Wednesday, February 2nd Proviso West High School will host a School Improvement Plan Informational Meeting for parents.

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  Proviso West’s Book Club is Off to See the Wizard

 
 

Through the pages and lines that are bound in time, Proviso West Book Club students leap beyond the borders of their classrooms and into worlds unknown. But this week, they’ll give the pages a rest and venture into downtown Chicago to see the Wizard.

The book club has finished its second book of the year, Wicked, by Gregory McGuire. The novel presents the untold stories of the witches of Oz. Now, the students will take a district sponsored trip to Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre to see the mystical novel brought to life on the Broadway stage.

“This will be my second play with the book club,” said Proviso West junior Rubi Reducindo. “I love plays. Wicked is a great musical. I’ve heard about it everywhere. I’m so excited.”

Proviso West senior Eleczar Rosales said, “Yes. We are beyond excited. Wicked has been one of our favorite books. We’re so excited.”

Book Club students aren’t the only ones excited. Book Club sponsor Mr. Colwell says he is delighted that the district is sponsoring a great trip for a group of great students.

“We are really excited for them,” said Colwell. “These are some wonderful students. They are a prime example of what education makes.”

After visiting the wizard, Proviso West Book Club students say they will be ready to find their next literature adventure. To learn more about Proviso West’s Book Club, please contact Mr. Colwell at scolwell@pths209.org.

 
  PTHS Parents and Students Get Motivated for ACT Prep

 
 

On Wednesday, January 19th hundreds of PTHS 209 parents and students poured into PMSA, Proviso East, and Proviso West High Schools to get motivated, informed, and signed up for free ACT test prep courses.

PTHS 209 is offering free ACT and college test prep to junior students. Cambridge Educational Services will tutor students each Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The program is designed to help students prepare for college entrance exams, develop a winning strategy for gaining college admissions, and raise achievement through the development of test taking skills.

On January 19th, PTHS hosted a motivational workshop to inform parents and students about test prep. The workshop also helped to motivate students and parents to reach various educational goals including going on to college.

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  Proviso West Students Go Beyond Classroom Borders to Experience a Taste of India

 
 

Proviso West’s world civilization teachers are working to reach students and expand learning beyond the walls of their classrooms with the 3rd Annual Taste of India.

Each year Proviso West students spend a week studying the culture, religion, and societal structure of early civilizations.  In their study of India, the lesson culminated with an actual taste that takes students beyond the borders and into the worlds of their studies.

“We try to have our students connect what they learn in the classroom to the world at large,” said world civilizations teacher Mr. Colwell. “This is the third time we’ve done a Taste of India. During the event, students sample Indian food and make it a part of their overall studies. It’s just an interesting way to help our students connect to the curriculum. We want to enrich their experiences and have them connect their studies to things, people, and places outside of the classroom.”

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  PTHS 209 Expands Partnership with Lewis University to Promote Higher Learning and Careers in Aviation

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools is developing an expanding partnership with Lewis University to promote higher learning, careers in aviation, and greater opportunities for PTHS students.

The PTHS 209 and Lewis University partnership gives students an opportunity to take tuition free summer classes, study in University labs, earn transferable college credit, and explore careers in aviation.

“We are continuing to develop the type of partnerships and collaborations that offer our students greater opportunities,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “Community partnerships are one of the major components that help us support our students as they strive to become the leaders of tomorrow. Our goal is to promote educational excellence, and to assist our students in reaching their future goals.”

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  Bulletin—School Closings: PTHS 209 Registers with Emergency Closing Center

 
 

Snow and inclement weather during the winter months sometimes makes school closings or delays unavoidable. In the event of inclement weather, as well as for emergency closings during the school year, Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will make every attempt to notify parents and students. PTHS 209 will use the district’s websites, robo-calls, and e-blasts. We will also utilize the Emergency Closing Center (ECC) which provides the status of Chicago land area schools, businesses, daycare centers & organizations to various media outlets.

For up-to-date information please check PTHS 209’s website and the Emergency Closing Center web site at www.emergencyclosings.com.

Parents should register to PTHS 209’s e-mail/newsletter listing and to the Emergency Closing Center e-mail alert system. By registering with PTHS 209 and ECC, you can be notified via e-mail if our school district closes or has delays.

Register for D-209’s e-blast at PTHS209.org (or see the PTHS 209 E-Newsletter Sign Up form on this page). To register for the ECC alerts visit www.emergencyclosings.com.

 
  PTHS 209 Kicks off 2011 with a Focus on Rigor and Relevance

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 welcomed teachers, faculty, and staff back to a new year and the second semester with a phenomenal District Institute Day. On Wednesday, January 5th, teachers attended workshop and sessions on closing the achievement gap, classroom management, effective teaching practices, curriculum mapping, and creating more rigor and relevance in classroom instruction.

The keynote presenter for the morning session was Dr. Willard Daggett. The Six Principles of Failure is not an Option was also a theme for the day.

“Relevance makes rigor possible,” said Dr. Daggett, CEO of the International Center for Leadership in Education. “We’re going to have to figure out how to connect with students. Learning is an active process. If we want students to be active, they have to be engaged.”

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Proviso Township High Schools to Host ACT Motivational Workshop for Parents and Students January 19th

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools will soon offer free Cambridge ACT prep classes for students again this year. On January 19th each school will host a motivational meeting to inform parents about the program and to get students excited about their academic goals.

“The motivational workshop is the continuation of a great journey of learning and achievement for our students as they develop into life-long learners,” said PTHS 209 Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Cheryl Pruitt. “We are very excited about the results students achieve when they participate in ACT test prep. Last year we saw significant gains. So it is important for us to continue to offer this program in order to support our students as they and their parents prepare for the next step in life after high school.”

PTHS 209 is working to add a strong dose of motivation into the lives of their students. At the Motivational Workshop students are given an extra boost to encourage them to reach greater personal and academic goals. Expert presenters and powerful speakers are being sent directly to Proviso Township High Schools to address students face-to-face.

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  Proviso West Announces First Round Pairings for 2010 Holiday Tournament

 
 

High school basketball just got more exciting with the latest match-up announcement for the Proviso West Annual Holiday Basketball Tournament (December 27th- Dec 30th).

Eight teams with a combined record of 31-4 make up the top seeds for the 50th Annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament. Opening round action begins at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, December 27th in the Proviso West Sports Arena. First day action will be split into two four game sessions. First round matchups are as follows:

Session 1
Game One – T.F. North vs. New Trier, 9:00 a.m.
Game Two – Benet Academy vs. Von Steuben, 10:30 a.m.
Game Three – Glenbrook North vs. Morton, 12:15 p.m.
Game Four – Hillcrest vs. Saint Joseph, 1:45 p.m.

Session 2
Game Five – Homewood-Flossmoor vs. Saint Patrick, 3:45 p.m.
Game Six – Proviso West vs. Foreman, 5:15 p.m.
Game Seven – Morgan Park vs. Fenwick, 7:00 p.m.
Game Eight – Proviso East vs. Hinsdale Central, 8:30 p.m.

Advanced tickets remain on sale on both the www.pwhoops.com website and in the District Business Office at the Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy (8601 Roosevelt Road). Get your tickets today.

 
  Proviso Township High Schools to Host ACT Motivational Workshop for Parents and Students

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools will soon offer free Cambridge ACT prep classes for students again this year. On January 19th each school will host a motivational meeting to inform parents about the program, and to get students excited about their academic goals.

“The motivational workshop is the continuation of a great journey of learning and achievement for our students as they develop into life-long learners,” said PTHS 209 Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Cheryl Pruitt. “We are very excited about the results students achieve when they participate in ACT test prep. Last year we saw significant gains. So it is important for us to continue to offer this program in order to support our students as they and their parents prepare for the next step in life after high school."

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  Proviso West Students Master Business Skills through National Stock Market Game

 
 

Proviso West High School’s business students are mastering math and engaging in analytical thinking and teamwork while developing core skills from the business world by participating in The Stock Market Game with other students across the region.

The Stock Market Game is an online education program used in thousands of classrooms nationwide to help teach math, social studies, business, economics, and language skills while focusing on the importance of long-term savings and investments. Students in Mrs. Karen Sassetti’s Business Ownership class at Proviso West are currently enrolled in the state of Illinois’ Stock Market Game. The class was divided into 5 teams. Over the last 4 months, the students have managed a simulated stock market portfolio. One of the student teams reached 2nd place in the region—out of over 700 schools.

“It’s getting exciting,” said Sassetti. “This game has reinforced essential skills and concepts in critical thinking, decision-making and cooperation, independent research, saving and investing. With just a few weeks left in the game, we are concentrating on getting our teams to the number one spot. I’m very proud of the work that my students put into this. The students did so well with it and they learned a great deal.”

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Proviso West's Annual Military Inspection to Showcase Cadet Excellence

 
 

Proviso West High School’s NJROTC Unit will host its Annual Military Inspection on Friday, December 3rd. The Annual Military Inspection is designed to evaluate the accomplishments of the NJORTC Unit in the areas of program support, administration, instruction, reports and records, and military performance. It also gives students an opportunity to showcase their skills, discipline, and knowledge of military customs.

“This is one of the biggest events of the year,” said NJROTC student and Executive Officer Lakeshia Brock. We have been preparing for this since the start of the school year. It’s a summary of how well NJROTC has done throughout the year. It shows us and the inspectors that we have been working hard. This is our final grade. All of us are working together as one to make the grade during this inspection.”

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Proviso West Theatre Presents a Raisin in the Sun Dec 9th

 
 

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  PTHS 209 to Offer Cambridge ACT Prep Courses 2nd Year

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will continue to offer free Cambridge ACT test prep for students seeking to increase their test taking skills and levels of achievement on the ACT.

Cambridge Educational Services is the nation’s premier provider of school-based test preparation and supplemental curriculum services. PTHS 209’s Cambridge Test Prep is designed to help students build skills, raise test scores, and better grasp tested curriculum.

This year, Cambridge Educational Services will offer ACT and testing tutoring at Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA on Saturday mornings. The classes will come equipped with instructors, testing materials, and learning materials to help students improve their ACT scores, increase their opportunities for college admissions and scholarships, and to boost their overall academic achievement.

To learn more about how to register your student for test prep, please contact your school’s main office.

 
  http://west.pths209.org/images/spacer.gifPTHS 209 to Host Madrigal Dinner 36th Annual Madrigal Dinner & Fundraiser

 
 

PTHS 209's Madrigal Singers cordially invite the Proviso Township Community to attend its 36th Annual Madrigal Dinner & Fundraiser, featuring the Madrigal Singers of PTHS 209.

The Madrigal Singers are a highly select group of high school performers. Each year they help to lift the Christmas spirit in Proviso by 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.

This year’s dinner will be held Sat., Dec. 18 and Sun. Dec. 19, 2010 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 (21 and over). All attendees must purchase tickets and register no later than Monday, December 6, 2010.

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 or at swatson@pths209.org for more information or to make reservations.

We look forward to seeing you!

 
  Proviso West Legendary Holiday Tournament Tickets Go on Sale November 8th

 
 

For the first time ever, fans can purchase advanced individual session tickets

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 Chicagoland. Tickets for the 50th Annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament will go on sale Monday, November 8.

Each year Chicago's top boys' basketball teams are matched for four exciting days of high school basketball. This year’s Holiday Tournament is scheduled for December 27th, 28th, 29th, and 30th at Proviso West High School’s Sports Arena.

For the first time in history, Holiday Tournament fans can purchase advanced tickets for single session games. Advanced session tickets will also be available throughout the tournament for patrons who wish to return to the event.

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  Proviso West SADD Club Helps Students Honor Red Ribbon Week

 
 

October 23 - 31, 2010

Proviso West High School students joined schools and other organizations across the country in honoring Red Ribbon Week which promotes drug-free schools and drug free communities.

It can start with the smallest gesture: a child pinning a red ribbon to his shirt, a girl wearing a red ribbon wristband, a classroom planting red tulips, a business displaying a red ribbon banner, a community hosting a red ribbon family event. Though these acts are simple, their significance is tremendous. Each red ribbon has the potential to reach a student in a profound way. For Proviso West students and members of Proviso West’s SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Club, the ribbon re-affirms their commitment to living a healthy lifestyle and staying united for drug-free youth.

The Proviso West SADD Club celebrated national Red Ribbon Week with a week-long series of events. The students distributed red bracelets and pencils to PW students as daily reminders to make the right decisions. They also decorated the front of the school building with red ribbons. All of PW teachers wore red ribbons as well. Additionally many students entered a state wide contest with posters and essays about their commitment to remain drug-free.

Red Ribbon Week is sponsored by the National Family Partnership (NFP) and is an ideal way for people and communities to unite and take a visible stand against substance abuse. The NFP helps citizens across the country come together to keep children, families and communities safe, healthy and drug-free, through parent training, networking and sponsoring the National Red Ribbon Campaign.

 
  PTHS 209 to Host Curriculum Forums to Discuss Upcoming Changes

 
 

Two major curriculum changes are in the making for District 209 students. Current 9th graders (Class of 2014) will see new prerequisites to promotion, and all District 209 students will have more instructional time beginning next school year.

The new model of courses will fully afford students the opportunity to earn their required credit hours while placing a stronger emphasis on the core curriculum.

The District is working to better prepare students for the next level of college, testing, and the workplace by requiring success in core classes as prerequisites for promotion to the next grade classification. The new requirements emphasize building students’ skills in specific content areas to ensure that students have the prerequisite knowledge for success at the next level.

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  Proviso West Panthers Make Football History Again Entering Playoffs

 
 

The Proviso West Panther football team is on the prowl. They have once again made history with their 34-20 victory over Hinsdale Central this past Friday night. Now, for the second consecutive year, the Panthers are headed to the playoffs.

This is only the second playoff appearance in Proviso West history, according to PW’s athletic director Mark Schneider. The victory against Hinsdale was the Panther’s first win against them since 1993.

Now with a historic win, back-to-back playoff appearances, heart, skill, and confidence, the football team is keeping its eye on the prize.

“The biggest thing for me, as a senior, was that we’ve never beat Hinsdale,” said PW tackle Davonta Eiland. “This year the football team was confident about it and we just played Panther football like we were supposed to. I wasn’t surprised. This year we had the confidence to beat them. As for the playoffs, I think if we come and play like we’ve been playing for these past two weeks, we’re going to win it. We’ve just got to keep or heads on straight stay humble, stay focused, and listen to our coaches. If we continue to do that, we’ll go as far as we can go.”

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  Proviso Township High Schools are Fully Connected to the WorldWide Web through Wireless Access

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools is continuing to enhance learning and incorporate technological initiatives to support teachers and students in the classrooms.  This week Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools finished the final phase of wireless internet access configuration. Now, district-wide wireless internet access can become yet another classroom tool.

“Internet technology has become such an essential component in education and in everyday life,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “Now it is up to us as educators to continue to find innovative ways to bring that technology into classrooms and use the World Wide Web to open the doors for infinite learning possibilities. We want to prepare our students for jobs and the world that awaits them outside of Proviso. This technology will be a great tool in assisting us in that process.”

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  PTHS 209 Offers On-line Educational Resources for Students

 
  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 now offers a web list of educational resources on the "Students" page of pths209.org to provide easy access to learning and research resources that may help support student achievement.

Through www.pths209.org, students can access online dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, translators, conversion tables, and many other research sources.

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  Proviso West Student Excels in Westlake Scholarship Program

 
 

Proviso West senior Rabi Alhassan came to Proviso as an immigrant from West Africa. She came with her single mother, sisters, and a dream to become a nurse. Alhassan faced lots of adversity coming to America. She says she had to work hard to adapt to a new country and a new learning environment.  Still, two years later, Alhassan is thriving at Proviso West and as a participant in Westlake Hospital’s Scholarship Program.

“Ever since I was little, nursing has been my passion,” said Alhassan. “The program is challenging, but I know I can do it. Nursing is what I enjoy doing so it’s not hard for me. This program has meant everything.”

The Westlake Scholarship Program is only available to Proviso Township High Schools students. It provides a pathway to education, hands-on work experience, and employment opportunities for those interested in the medical field. Through the program, students explore career paths in nursing, radiology, respiratory care, nuclear medicine, surgical technology or ultrasound. Each day Alhassan works as a paid student at the hospital. There she explores various aspects of the medical field. The program also puts her through nursing school. She says that she works and learns each day. Then she comes home to study. One of the highlights, she says, is constant learning, and working with other professionals in the field of medicine. Her favorite is Dr. Marta Alvarado, the Westlake Scholarship Program Coordinator and a 1971 graduate of Proviso East High School.  Alvarado says Rabbi is a true asset to the hospital and the scholarship program.

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  PTHS 209 Awarded Multi-Million Dollar Grant to Improve Academic Performance and Support Dropout Prevention

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is one of several school districts across the country set to benefit from a five-year $100 million education grant. The grant is designed to shore up efforts to help reform schools, improve educational outcomes for students, and create programs that support dropout prevention.

These funds have been awarded as a part of the U.S. Department of Education’s High School Graduation Initiative. West 40 applied for the grant on behalf of Proviso Township High Schools and Leyden.  Now, this year, the two school systems will divide over $1.4 million toward school improvement and dropout prevention programs.

“These grants will help our local communities and states in working towards President Obama’s goal of once again having the highest college completion rate in the world by the end of the decade,” said U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. “To achieve this goal, high schools must ensure more students graduate and are prepared for success in college and careers.”

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  Proviso West Band Wins 1st in Indiana’s Circle City Classic—and 3rd at Windy City Classic

 
 

The Proviso West Marching Panthers are celebrating wins at every turn as stellar students wow the crowds from across Chicago to Indianapolis.

The band competed in the Circle City Classic Battle of the Bands in Indiana on October 2nd. They took home 1st place, and because of their big win, the band will perform during the Classic’s half time at Lucas Stadium next year. The band also won third place in the Chicago Football Classic on September 18, 2010. Students say it was their commitment and enthusiasm that set them apart from the competition.

“We won first place in Indianapolis, and at the Windy City Classic we won third,” said Alante English, a trombone player and senior band member.  “It was a big accomplishment. We had a lot of energy and everyone in the band was working together and having fun. The judges said that’s what set us apart from the other bands.”

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  PTHS 209 to Host Supplemental Education Services Fair During Report Card Pick-Up

 
 

On Thursday, October 28th, 2010, Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools will host a Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Fair during report card pick-up and parent teacher conferences. The fair will offer parents more information on educational assistance and tutoring programs available.

Educational Service providers tutor students in reading, language arts, and mathematics. Students can receive extra help before or after school, on weekends, during intercessions or during the summer at no cost to the family. Parents will have an opportunity to tour the fair and choose the service provider that best suits their students’ needs.

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  Proviso Parents Gain Student Insights at Bring Your Parent to School Day

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools’ parents stepped up and ruled the day at this year’s “Bring Your Parents to School Day.” On Monday, October 4th PTHS 209 welcomed parents from across the Proviso community to spend a day in their students’ shoes, talk with their students’ teachers, and get active, informed, and more involved. Some parents jumped at the opportunity to spend the day with their young Panthers, Pirates, or Pythons.

“I love Bring Your Parents to School Day,” said Proviso West parent, Tammy Miller. “I come every year, and it gives me an opportunity to chat with teachers, see classes in session, and I get to see what my child goes through on a regular school day. It’s exciting for me. I make it a point to be here each year.”

During “Bring Your Parents to School Day,” parents followed their students’ schedules.  At lunchtime PMSA parent Laurie Stokes took a seat in the cafeteria to eat lunch with her daughter, Johanna Stokes. She says the day gave her great insight into what school life and classes are all about.

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  Proviso West Forensic Science Students Integrate Learning

 
 

Proviso West forensic science class and the Forensic Science Club are integrating lessons, expanding science exploration,   connecting subject areas, and creating a fusion of hands-on learning.

Proviso West’s forensic science class blends all of the sciences with core subject areas. Students read, research, hypothesize, interview, compute and use deductive reasoning to propose crime solutions. Then they record data, draw conclusions, and formulate the best method for communicating results. Students work in the classroom during the day and then join the Forensic Science Club in the afternoon to continue the fun and exciting process of learning and discovery.

“In class this year we have been concentrating on the process of identification and collection of evidence,” said forensic science teacher and club sponsor Mr. Wardasiani.  “As a class we have constructed a crime scene where the students process and review evidence.  For the past several weeks our topics have focused on anatomy and physiology as they relate to the process of death analysis.  From rigor mortis, to decomposition, we discuss these topics in class. Then in the club we take it a step further.”

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  Bulletin—School Closings: PTHS 209 Registers with Emergency Closing Center

 
 

With fall comes the changing of leaves and with winter comes Illinois’ infamous falling snow which sometimes makes school closings or delays unavoidable.

In the event of inclement weather, as well as for emergency closings during the school year Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will make every attempt to notify parents and students. PTHS 209 will use the district’s websites, robo-calls, e-blasts, and via the Emergency Closing Center (ECC) which provides the status of Chicago land area schools, businesses, daycare centers & organizations.

For up-to-date information please check PTHS 209’s website and the Emergency Closing Center web site at www.emergencyclosings.com. Parents should also consider registering for PTHS 209’s e-mailing list and the Emergency Closing Center e-mail alert system. By registering at the ECC site you can have them notify you by e-mail if our school district closes or has delays. You can also register for D-209’s e-blast at PTHS209.org.

It only takes a moment to sign up. This may be the most convenient way to receive immediate and up to date emergency closing information.

 
  Proviso East and Proviso West Volleyball Teams to Volley for the Cure

 
 

On October 7, 2010, Proviso East High School’s volleyball team is joining forces with Proviso West to hold their first annual "Dig Pink" rally.  Proviso Township High Schools will Volley for the Cure in an event designed to promote October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Dig Pink is the name of the breast cancer awareness rally that takes place in gyms all over the country during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is October. Matches at the high school and college levels all over the nation are a part of this movement. At PTHS, the Lady Pirates will host the Lady Panthers of Proviso West.

Admission is five dollars for adults and one dollar for students. Entrance to the event is free if you wear or buy a breast cancer awareness t-shirt ($10) which will be available for pre-sale with the athletes or at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Proviso volleyball players will wear pink/ black t-shirts instead of their regular jerseys to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There will also be several raffle opportunities and games during the evening.  All levels will play in the Field House on Thursday, October 7th. The freshman game begins at 4:30 p.m. The sophomore game begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by the varsity game at approximately 6:30/7:00.

Please come out to support the Lady Pirates and the Lady Panthers as they Volley for the Cure. For questions or to find out how to donate for “Dig Pink,” please email Proviso East volleyball coach Emily Tonon at etonon@pths209.org.

 
  Proviso West High School Chorus Presents Mini-Choral Concert Featuring Fisk University

 
 

On Friday, Oct 15th the Choral Music Department of Proviso West High School will host their 4th annual Mini-Choral Concert for students and the Proviso community. The concert will feature the University Chorus of Fisk University from Nashville, Tennessee.

Doors will open to Proviso West’s Little Theater at 10:02 a.m. [3rd period]. Community members, faculty, staff, and students will enjoy a free choral concert by the talented students of Proviso West and the legendary Fisk University Chorus. The melodies and performances of the two choirs are highlighted as one of  the most spectacular choral events of the year.

The concert will be followed by a meet and greet and information session for PW seniors, PW alumni, Fisk University members, and special guests.

All community guests are asked to RSVP with Mrs. Salina Watson (PW Choral Director) at 708-202-6342 no later than Wed. Oct.13th. 

Mini Choral Concert Tentative Schedule:

9:03-9:57 [2nd period] – Arrival & Receiving line for Fisk Students by PW Music Dept, NJROTC & Various PW Club student representatives

10:02-10:35 [Periods 3-4] – Musical Concert & Introductions

10:55-11:43 [Periods 4-5] – Private Meet & Greet Information Session – Fisk Students & PW Seniors/special guests PW designees only in Choir Room.

No cost admission.

 
  Active Parents = Successful Students – PTHS 209 to Host Bring Your Parent to School Day

 
 

On Monday, Oct. 4th Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will open its doors for “Bring Your Parent to School Day,” a highly anticipated event that  gives parents, students, and teachers an opportunity to connect, discuss student progress, class  goals, and overall expectations.

The event follows PTHS 209’s “Back-to-School Night” which is also designed to promote parental involvement and student support.  During “Bring Your Parent to School Day,” parents follow their students’ schedule, chat with teachers, and gain a better understanding of their students’ educational needs and school environment.  PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart also attends to chat with parents at each individual school.

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  Proviso West Launches Forensic Sciences Club

 
 

CSI, Law and Order, The First 48, and House all pique students’ interest in law, science, technology, and medicine. Now the Proviso West Forensic Sciences Club is taking student interest from the television screen into the classrooms and beyond.

Proviso West science teacher and Forensic Sciences Club sponsor, Mr. Wardisiani, says he and other science teachers are working to help students become more active in the process of scientific discovery, and become more science and tech savvy as they explore their real-world careers options. The club will help promote students’ interest in forensic science. They’ll also be exposed to members of the forensic, legal, and medical community.

“The Forensic Sciences Club was developed because of a large interest in the area of Forensic Science,” he said. “Students love CSI and The First 48. The process of investigation, evidence evaluation and chemistry-based analysis of materials has made forensic science a popular course. The club allows students who are interested in forensics careers the opportunity to have greater exposure to clinical applications. This club provides students with the opportunity to better define their own educational experiences and explore areas of interest while taking advantage of the knowledge and experience of instructors in the forensic science field.”

All Proviso West students are welcome to join the Forensic Sciences Club which meets each Wednesday after school.

To learn more about how to join Proviso West’s Forensic Sciences Club, contact Mr. Wardisiani at JWardisiani@pths209.org.

 
  Proviso West Homecoming Pays Tribute to Heroes and Victims of 9/11

 
 

The Proviso West Panthers took the field on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 to celebrate its 51st homecoming, but the attendees and students also took time to honor the fallen heroes, victims, and survivors of 9/11.

“Every day at Proviso West before we do the pledge of allegiance we always remind our students, faculty, and staff that freedom is not free,” said Proviso West Principal Alexis Wallace. “Because of our firm belief in America as the greatest country in the world, and because of the dedication of our troops who are serving to keep us safe and free, we are allowed to be here today. America is a great country, and we solemnly respect those who have died maintaining that belief.”

Famed local singer Teresa Griffin sang the national anthem. A kilted bugler cascaded the sounds of “America the Beautiful.” Then PW senior Michael Sercye, a trumpet player in Proviso West’s marching band, played taps as PW cheerleaders released balloons commemorating the anniversary of a very solemn day in America.

“It was an honor that out of a lot of the musicians at the school they chose me to play taps,” said Sercye. “My uncle and my brother serve in the military.  So it just made me feel special to play the taps. It felt like even though I am not fighting with the troops, I did my American duty by supporting the soldiers. I was really happy about it.”

Following the ceremony the Panther’s football team took the field and claimed victory over the Proviso East Pirates in a 40-0 win.

 
  Proviso West High to Celebrate Homecoming: East and West Face-Off

 
 

Let’s get ready to rumble! Join the fun, festivities and celebrations at Proviso West High School’s annual homecoming celebration!

On Friday (Sept. 10th) the Proviso West Panthers kicked off their annual homecoming festivities with bands blaring at the all school pep assembly. The celebration will continue throughout the weekend with the Proviso West homecoming parade, homecoming dance, and a highly anticipated football face-off on Saturday, Sept. 11th.

All Proviso community members are invited to come out and show their school and community spirit. The homecoming parade will begin at McArthur Middle School (1310 N Wolf Rd) at 10:00 a.m. (line-up begins at 9:30 a.m.).  After the parade the Proviso West Panthers will face-off with the Proviso East Pirates in an action-packed game of football.  At halftime, Proviso West will crown this year’s homecoming queen.

Please mark your calendars and join the fun!

Proviso West Homecoming Events

Parade        Saturday, September 11th           at 10:00 AM

Game          Saturday, September 11th          Following the Parade

Dance         Saturday, September 11th           at 6:30 PM

 
  PTHS 209 Students Gain Hands-on Training and Scholarships Through  Triton/Westlake Scholarship Program

 
 

Nearly 20 juniors from Proviso Township High Schools are on the path to successful medical careers through participation in the Westlake Scholarship Program which provides a pathway to education, hands-on work experience, and employment opportunities for Proviso students who are  interested in the medical field.

The program was created to encourage students interested in health care professions. Through the program students explore career paths in nursing, radiology, respiratory care, nuclear medicine, surgical technology or ultrasound. Students rotate and train at Westlake Hospital in those departments. They are expected to stay in the program until they graduate with an Associate Degree in a Health Career Program at Triton College. The scholarship pays for Triton College tuition, fees, books, uniforms, and wages earned while working part-time at Westlake Hospital.

“We have Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA students in the program each year,” said Dr. Marta Alvarado, who is the Westlake Scholarship Program Coordinator and a 1971 graduate of Proviso East High School. “They are the only three schools allowed in the program. It’s been good working with Proviso students. The program has worked well. We promote and nurture their interest in health careers. We train them to hire them at Westlake. This is our way of investing in the community that we serve. We are investing in our community by investing in Proviso students.”

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  Proviso West Students Make Pinwheels for Peace

 
 

Imagine…“Whirled Peace”

Students say, in today’s world, peace needs to become more than just a word.  So on September 21, 2010, the Art Department of Proviso West High School will join schools around the world and take part in the international art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace.

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. Last year, over 3 million pinwheels were spinning in over 3,000 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America.

The project is non-political and gives students an avenue of expression. Students in the Proviso West Art Department will create pinwheels of all shapes and sizes. As part of the creation process, the students will write their thoughts about "war and peace / tolerance/ living in harmony with others" on one side. On the other side, they will draw, paint, collage, etc. to visually express their feelings. The students will assemble these pinwheels and on International Day of Peace they will "plant" their pinwheels around the flagpole at Circle Drive along Wolf Road as a public statement and art exhibit/installation.

On September 21, 2010, keep a lookout for the pinwheels – the spinning of the pinwheels in the wind will spread thoughts and feelings about peace throughout the country and the world!

For more information, go to http://www.pinwheelsforpeace.com or contact Sean Shipley at sshipley@pths209.org.

 
  PTHS 209 Helps Parents Monitor Student Progress: Switches from Parent Connect to Power School Parent Access

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools is using PowerSchool Parent Access to keep parents connected, informed, and up to speed on their students’ progress.

PowerSchool Parent Access helps to provide parents, guardians, students, and teachers with a tool that will assist in communicating grades, attendance records, assignments, teacher comments, and school announcements on an ongoing basis. PowerSchool Parent Access replaces the schools’ previous system ParentConnect. Like ParentConnect, PowerSchool is web-based. It can be accessed from any computer that is connected to the Internet. Parents who were already registered through ParentConnect will receive their user names and password via email. New users will be able to register and begin accessing PowerSchool online once the program is fully launched.

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  Ready for Some Football! PTHS Kicks off Athletic Season

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools is back in session and students and coaches are ready to begin yet another spectacular athletic season.

To see the full athletic schedules for Proviso East High School click here—for Proviso West High School click here.

LET’S GO PTHS 209!

 
  PTHS 209 Students Back to Class and Ready for a New School Year

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools has kicked off a new school year and welcomed back students from across the Proviso community. They all filed in on buses, and filled parking lots and auditoriums on Monday ready for a new year.

New and returning students received text books, confirmed schedules, and signed up for sports and extra curricular activities of all kinds.

“It feels good to be back in school,” said Autumn Winters, a freshman at Proviso West High School. Winters is from McArthur Middle School in Berkley. She says she is most excited about sports and all of the clubs and special programs offered at Proviso West, but she also says balancing grades and extra curricular activity are at the top of her priority list.

 “I am joining the track team,” she said. “The biggest focus for me this year will be managing my grades and running track. I’m also looking forward to joining the animation club Anime.”

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  PTHS 209 Reaches Out to Parents and Students: “Let’s Begin School Year with Record Attendance”

 
 

School starts on Monday, August 23rd at 9:15 a.m. and PTHS officials are encouraging parents to help ensure that all students attend on the first day of school in order to set the tone for what is bound to be a spectacular new year.

Proviso Township High Schools students from across 10 feeder communities are preparing to return to school with improved curriculum, more classroom technology, and more programs that promote student achievement and academic success.

“We are extremely excited to begin this new school year and to welcome back the students of Proviso Township High Schools,” said Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “We have implemented a number of programs and initiatives to support our students academically. We have new technology in our classrooms, we have new technical and career based materials, we have enhanced our curriculum, and we have great teachers who are eager to get back to one of the most important jobs in the world. This year we are focusing on rising to the next level of student achievement, accountability, and professionalism. We are raising the expectations for our students and for ourselves. We need parents and students to work together to get to school and to get there on time so that we may do the rest.”

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  Proviso Students Invited to Teachers of Tomorrow Conference

 
 

On Saturday, September 25th, 2010, 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 help encourage teachers who are new to the field.

“This workshop is a perfect opportunity for our students 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 a distinguished group of educators who light knowledge on fire. Their techniques are imaginative and energetic. We need more well trained and passionate teachers, now more than ever before.”

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  PTHS 209 to Kick off School Year and Welcome Faculty & Staff with Institute Day

 
 

On August 18th Proviso Township High Schools will welcome back its faculty and staff with their annual back-to-school institute day.

Institute day serves as training for PTHS 209 faculty and staff. It also sets the tone for the new school year.

“This year our focus and our overall theme is Proviso Rising to the Next Level of Student Achievement, Accountability, and Professionalism,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “Our message this year is one of great appreciation for the progress that we have made with the understanding that it is time to accelerate our progress. It is all about taking our school system to the next level. We have to continue to do all that we can to support student achievement, and do more and differently than we have done.  We also have to sharpen our skills as administrators and educators. It’s not only about our students; we too must rise to the next level of professionalism and accountability. When professionalism and accountability improve, so will student achievement.”

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  PTHS Joins the Illinois State Board: Launches Summer Reading Pilot Program

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 and The Illinois State Board of Education are encouraging families to read together during the summer months in order to help students of all ages and grade levels maintain their reading skills. In order to help support this effort, PTHS will launch a fun-filled student summer reading program.

“Studies show children who read through the summer months maintain more of their academic skills and are better prepared when school doors open in the fall,” said Dr. Cheryl Pruitt, PTHS 209 Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. “One review of the impact of summer reading found that children can lose up to 60 percent of their skills over a two-month vacation if they don’t read during the summer. We want to prevent that. We are designing our pilot program in a way that supports our students’ achievement and helps build their reading skills. We hope that our students and parents will take advantage of this opportunity. This is something that could provide fantastic academic support for our students. It could also have a positive ripple effect on overall academic achievement.”

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