Proviso West Honors Graduating Students at Senior Night Awards Banquet
Before Proviso West High School seniors crossed the stage on Sunday, they were honored for their excellence at the Proviso West Senior Scholarship and Awards Ceremony. The ceremony took place on Tuesday, May 22nd at the Best Western in Hillside.
More than 45 senior students were recognized for earning scholarships and for their academic, athletic and artistic achievements.
Board of Education Honors PTHS 209’s Top Achievers 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 graduates of Proviso East, Proviso West, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.
Last week, each school’s valedictorians, salutatorians, and research scholars were invited to attend the Annual Scholars Luncheon at the world renowned John Hancock Center in downtown Chicago. The Board of Education treated the district’s top achievers to the luncheon as a small reward for their exemplary academic achievements.
Proviso West Students Take First Place in Triton Culinary Competition
With a huge spoon in hand and big shoes to fill, Proviso West High School culinary students put together a recipe for success that earned them first place in the 2012 Des Plaines Valley Region Culinary Cook-Off.
The cook-off was held on May 5th at Triton College. Proviso West senior, Myrail Harris, and junior, Mario Munoz, competed against two other teams from West Leyden and East Leyden High Schools. Fans of “Iron Chef,” “Chopped” and other popular TV cooking shows saw similar features in Triton’s competition. Though the task was tough, the culinary skills of Proviso West students set them above the rest.
“It was shocking at first to realize that we’d won,” said Myrail. “Then I was really happy because we worked hard to win. That was everything that we had been working toward. We wanted to come in first place.”
PTHS 209 Celebrates Teachers During Teacher Appreciation Week
"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."
Each year school districts across the country use the first week of May as an opportunity to honor teachers for their contributions to education. This year PTHS 209 joined National Teacher Appreciation Week by honoring educators at each school. All week, teachers were treated to an array of sentiments to express just how much they are honored and valued every single day.
Thank you PTHS 209 faculty. You are a vital part of Proviso Rising.
Proviso West to Host Yearbook Signing Party
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PTHS 209 Honors Faculty and Staff for High Achievements
On May 4, 2012 Proviso Township High Schools District 209 held its annual Retirement Dinner Banquet. During the banquet, PTHS 209 celebrated this year’s retirees. They also honored faculty and staff members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
PTHS 209 Scholar of Excellence: Proviso West Student a Shining Star
Proviso West High School senior, Miki Grace, is a shining star. She has been pegged by school leadership as a scholar who is destined to make the Proviso community proud.
Miki lives in Bellwood. She ranks in the top of her class with a 3.2 G.P.A. and boasts an ACT score above the state average. She has been a varsity cheerleader and played varsity softball. She masters the trumpet as a member of the symphonic marching band and the Proviso West Jazz Band. Miki is also a member of Girls’ League, Proviso West’s Student Government Association, and president of the National Honor Society.
“I would say that being busy helps me to excel in school,” said Miki. “I don't have a lot of free time, so it forces me to manage my time well, plan my studies, and do my homework. Staying active really keeps me on top of my school work.”
A Call for Peace: PTHS 209 Students Participate in 12th World Summit
Proviso Township High Schools students recently joined world-renowned peacemakers and activists from across the globe as they gathered in Chicago for the Annual World Summit.
The 12th Annual World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates was held April 23-25th. The summit was held in North America at the UIC Forum for the first time in history, and six Proviso Township High Schools students had an opportunity to attend. The students joined dozens of dignitaries and human rights activists, including the Dalai Lama; Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union; Frederik Willem de Klerk, former president of South Africa; Lech Walesa, former president of Poland; and Oscar Arias Sanchez, former president of Costa Rica.
During the summit, world leaders talked with students from across the state about how they can continue to support human rights, justice and environmental causes. The summit also encouraged students to adopt ideals of peace–whether it is in the rest of the world or in their own communities.
Society of Women Engineers Recognizes PTHS 209’s Top Math & Science Students
This week, over 50 Proviso Township High Schools students were honored and celebrated by the Women’s Society of Engineers for their outstanding achievements in science and mathematics.
The honors and awards were designed to celebrate the best and brightest girls in Proviso who excel in math, science, and technology. The partnership with the Society of Women Engineers also introduces students to the field of engineering.
“It is important that we continue to encourage and inspire future women engineers,” said Jeniene Wiseman, a member of the Society of Women Engineers and an engineer with Northrop Grumman Corporation, an American global aerospace and defense technology company. Weisman talked with students about her role as an engineer and delivered the program’s keynote address.
PTHS to Offer Summer Enrichment to Help Accelerate Student Achievement
Starting this summer, Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will offer its honors students an opportunity to accelerate learning by enrolling in an on-line Apex Honors Acceleration Program.
Apex Learning is the leading digital curriculum provider of blended and virtual learning for the nation’s public school districts. Schools across the country are successfully using Apex Learning digital curriculum to meet the needs of students—from building foundational skills to creating opportunities for advanced coursework. The curriculum helps to build students’ skills as they prepare for high school and college courses by providing a rigorous, honors college prep curriculum online.
PTHS 209 and West Suburban Senior Services to Host 4th Annual Grandparents’ Day June 2nd
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 4th Annual Grandparents’ Day. The event will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 pm, at the Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy (8601 Roosevelt Road, Forest Park Illinois).
Each year the Proviso Township High Schools Board of Education works in partnership with WSSS to honor grandparents across the Proviso community. Grandparents’ Day is designed to honor and show appreciation for all of the senior citizens and grandparents of Proviso Township and the surrounding areas. It is a day of fun, support information, and relaxation.
Proviso Township High Schools Prepares for All School Testing: Test Dates April 24th & April 25th
Proviso Township High Schools students will begin high stakes testing next week. Students across the state take standardized tests each spring to evaluate their knowledge at their grade levels.
On Tuesday, April 24th and Wednesday, April 25th juniors will take the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE). Freshmen and sophomores will take EXPLORE and PLAN tests on Tuesday.
“We are preparing students for testing next week,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent, Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “We are holding rallies to get our students motivated. We are also soliciting parent help in ensuring that students are well rested and well prepared for test day. It is important that parents be involved with these dates. With support and planning, parents can help our students succeed.”
Thank you! Proviso Township High Schools to Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week May 7th - May 11th
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”
Each year school districts across the country use the first week in May as an opportunity to honor teachers for their contributions to education. This year, National Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated from May 7th-May 11th, and PTHS 209 is joining the celebration.
“We believe that teaching is one of the most important professions of all time,” said PTHS 209 superintendent, Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “Students thrive and achieve their dreams with the help of excellent teachers. A week is not nearly enough time to express our gratitude, but we are going to honor teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. We celebrate them and want to make sure that they know how much we value their incredible hard work and dedication to the students of District 209.”
Proviso West Fashionista Wins Prom Dress in Princess Closet Competition
With prom season only a month away, Proviso West High School hallways are filled with excited chatter about dates, curfews, party plans, and—for some—that all-important question of “what dress are you wearing?”
Proviso West teacher, Ms. Jesukaitis, helped students to put that energy to work in her fashion technology class. The class is filled with senior girls. She had each of the students design their dream prom dress and submit their design in a competition that would help cut the cost of prom for parents and allow students to win the prom dress of their dreams. One of her students, Virginia Carter, won the competition and will now have her design brought to life.
“It was a tough competition for the class based on a unique design and a 100-word essay about specific design elements,” said Ms. Jesukaitis. “Virginia stood out from all of the Chicago Public Schools students and students in our neighboring schools. She displayed great insight in her essay, and her design reflected a modern twist. We are really proud of her. I can't think of a better way to make her senior year more memorable.”
Graduation Date Set: PTHS’s Class of 2012 Prepares to Walk the Stage
Proviso seniors have worked hard to make the grade; now plans for their commencement ceremonies have been set.
“Our seniors have spent years preparing for graduation day,” said PTHS 209 superintendent, Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “They have earned millions of dollars in college scholarships, and many of them have already made a commitment to continue their education and pursue their dreams. We look forward to celebrating with them and their parents on May 27th. It is going to be a great day for many families in Proviso and we are very proud to honor this group of students as they go on to the next step of their lives.”
Proviso West High School Welcomes New Members to the National Honor Society
Congratulations to the newly inducted members of Proviso West High School’s National Honor Society (NHS). The selected members have shown strong dedication to their communities and their school by displaying the four pillars of the National Honor Society: scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
Investing in the Future: PTHS 209 Board of Education Approves College Tour for ACT Prep Students
Proviso Township High Schools Board of Education is boosting its investments in the future by approving the “Let’s Excel College Tour” for students who have worked to improve their college entrance scores by participating in ACT test prep classes.
The “Let’s Excel College Tour” is designed to offer additional support to students who have successfully completed the Cambridge ACT Test Prep program, which is offered by District 209 at no cost. The tour will allow students to further explore the college entrance process while visiting several prominent colleges and universities.
More Time in Class and More Time on Task: PW Principal Enforces New Tardy Prevention Initiative
Proviso West High School principal, Dr. Kirkwood, and other administrators are working to boost student achievement at Proviso West by advocating more time in class and more time on task. For them, that means clearing the halls, enforcing a new tardy prevention program, and getting the entire school involved in ensuring that students are ready in the right places to learn.
“Last month we launched our first tardy prevention program,” said Dr. Kirkwood. “We have to get students into the classrooms on time. That is where the learning begins. By looking at our student data, we have found that student tardiness is greater during first and seventh period of the day. We are working to improve our schools and our classrooms. This is a part of that process.”
The Proviso West Girls League Plays Cupid: Offers Support to Proviso Senior Citizens
On Valentine’s Day the Proviso West Girls League played Cupid to over 150 of Proviso Township senior citizens.
Eighteen Proviso West Girls League students, along with Proviso West teachers and club sponsors, Ms. Casteel and Ms. Gillespie, volunteered to assist 7th District State Representative Karen Yarbrough as she hosted her annual Proviso Township Valentine's Day Luncheon.
The Girls League worked as greeters during the popular community event. They assisted in serving lunch, beverages, and dessert. The students also impressed and entertained the crowd with their rousing rendition of “Hit the Road, Jack” and “Night and Day” while being backed a Ray Charles impersonator.
The event took place at Mariella's Banquet Hall in Maywood, Illinois.
Celebrating Our History Together: District 209 Brings Frederick Douglass to Life
On Tuesday, February 28th, Proviso Township High Schools closed out Black History Month with an honorable tribute to the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass.
District 209 hosted this event as a district-wide Black History Month Program. All three events showcased student talent. They also welcomed a star guest from the hit stage play, Dream Girls. Kevin McILvainebrought the legacy of Frederick Douglass to life—giving students a modern day history lesson through the arts.
“We were very proud to present this joint Black History Program which welcomed all of our students in each of our schools to celebrate history together,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “Our administrators worked very hard to bring the talented Mr. Kevin McILvaine to our school for a one-of-a-kind performance that engaged our students and taught us all a little bit more about Black History.”
Panther Pride: Proviso West Girls Basketball Team Works Hard in Regionals
Girls basketball | 4A Proviso West Regional: Proviso West tops Lyons for a shot at No. 2 Young
By Colleen Kane, Chicago Tribune reporter
Proviso West sophomore Mikaela Boyd slipped out of her shoe while she had the ball midway through the fourth quarter of Wednesday's Class 4A regional semifinal against Lyons.
Closely guarded by a Lyons defender, she dribbled around with the shoe off for several seconds before kicking the ball out of a dangerous corner. Jasmine Jackson finished the possession with a layup.
Nothing was going to ruin Proviso West's focus on advancing to the regional final against Young. Jackson scored 21 points, and Boyd added 11 points and six steals to lead the host Panthers to a 54-37 victory against West Suburban Silver rival Lyons, which won the previous meeting between the teams in January.
PTHS 209 Continues to Offer Free Tutoring Programs to Help Boost Student Achievement
Proviso Township High Schools is continuing to work to promote higher achievement by offering Supplemental Educational Services (SES).
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Supplemental Educational Services are free tutoring services. The program offers students extra help in academic subjects such as reading, language arts, and mathematics.
“The goals of our SES program is to ensure that we provide students with resources to increase their academic achievement, provide options to parents to help them ensure that their children receive a quality education, and to provide support for the district as we work toward the goals outlined in our school improvement plans,” said Dr. Cheryl Pruitt, PTHS 209 Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. “Our students and parents have various tutoring options that are available to students at no charge. We encourage our students and parents to take full advantage of the opportunity to improve student skills and raise overall achievement.”
PTHS Seniors—Apply for College Aid and Scholarships Today!
PTHS seniors, if you are planning to attend college during the 2012-2013 academic year and would like financial assistance, it is time to prepare your 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 locate college funding sources and higher education information. Each school also has counselors who are ready and available to help students apply for aid, college acceptance, and scholarships.
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Scholar of Excellence: Proviso West Student Award-Winning Artist
When Proviso West sophomore, Renaldo “Rey” Rodriguez, was just a baby, his family taught him how to speak and communicate through art. His father, who is also an artist, began to draw pictures of animals, food items, and everyday images to help encourage Rey to speak. Little did he know, that would fuel the talent of a young artistic genius.
Once Rey began to speak, he began to draw, and the rest is history.
“I started doing art when I was very young,” said Rey. “My father taught me everything. He is a great teacher in my life. I entered my first art contest in the 4th grade for a Chicago newspaper. I won second place. After that, I just began to do more contests. Soon enough, I entered the Metra Contest. I’ve won that one every year.”
Proviso West Star Back In Chicago, Joins Northwestern
by: CBS2 Chicago
EVANSTON, Ill. (CBS) – Northwestern announced the addition of wide receiver Kyle Prater to the Wildcats program. A product of Proviso West High School, Prater formerly was enrolled at the University of Southern California.
A standout wide receiver during his high school career, Prater was named a Parade and Super Prep All-American as well as the Super Prep All-Midwest Offensive MVP in 2009. As a senior, Prater recorded 64 receptions for 1,151 yards (18.0 yards per catch) with 13 touchdowns. His junior season, he caught 60 balls for 948 yards and nine scores.
Proviso West Students Honored in Principal's Awards Banquet
At Proviso West High School, student success and academic achievement are the name of the game. On Thursday, January 12th, the school hosted its very first Principal’s Honors Awards Banquet where over 400 Proviso West students were celebrated for being at the top in student achievement.
“These honorees help Proviso West shine as a lighthouse institution of learning,” said Proviso West principal, Dr. Roudell Kirkwood, as he welcomed the students and thanked parents for their support. “The academic success of our students affects our school and our communities. These students have excelled. This is the administration's opportunity to recognize them for their outstanding academic performance.”
Internship Alert: Princeton University Seeking Students for All-Expense-Paid Summer Program
Princeton, one of the most prestigious higher learning institutions in the country, is now seeking junior students to apply for The Princeton University Summer Journalism Program.
The program's goal is to diversify college and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism. All expenses, including students' travel costs to and from Princeton, are paid for by the program.
Proviso West Students Win Big at Elmhurst Art Show
Proviso West's art students outshined the competition again this year at the 13th Annual Elmhurst College High School Art Exhibit.
Hundreds of works were submitted by 10 high schools in every medium: painting, print, sculpture, video and computer art, photography, and more. Seven Proviso West art students took home awards. One student also won a $2,000 scholarship to attend Elmhurst College.
Proviso West Coach to be Inducted into Track & Field Hall of Fame Jan. 14th
In Proviso West’s history, the school has won four state trophies in track and field. There was one in 1997, one in 1998, one in 1999, and the other in 1968. The man behind each of those wins will soon be honored by the Illinois Track & Cross Country Coaches Association (ITCCCA).
After nearly 48 years as a teacher at Proviso West and 25 years as a track and field coach, Coach Michael Brazier will be inducted into the ITCCCA Hall of Fame for his contribution to the sport of track and field and for his contributions to the lives of his students.
“ITCCCA is deeply honored to induct Mike Brazier into its Coaches’ Hall-of-Fame,” said ITCCCA officials as they released the names of this year’s inductees. “Mike has been the head girls’ track and field coach at Proviso West for twenty-five years. He has taught at the school for over 45 years. He has always stressed hard work, good citizenship, and sportsmanship. His style is quiet, firm, positive, and encouraging. Mike Brazier is very deserving of recognition and entry into the Coaches’ Hall-of-Fame.”
Congratulations to PTHS 209’s First Semester Honor Roll Students!
Congratulations to the Proviso Township High Schools 2011-2012 First Semester Honor Roll Scholars! You are among the top students in the district, and you are a vital part of Proviso Rising. Keep up the excellent work!
PTHS Continues to Promote Academic Achievement Through Response to Intervention (RtI)
In the new year and at the start of second semester, Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is continuing to work for the success of each student through Response to Intervention (RtI). RtI is designed to help meet individual student needs and offer specific learning support in order to improve learning outcomes.
RtI was originally introduced in the District 2009. It continues to be an important tool as students enter into second semester. RtI is a method of academic intervention used to provide early, systematic assistance to students who are having difficulty learning. It seeks to prevent academic failure through early intervention, frequent progress measurement, and increasingly intensive research-based instructional interventions for students who continue to have difficulty. PTHS officials says RtI helps to ensure that each student stays on track and up to-speed according to their grade level.
PW 2011 Holiday Tournament a Success: Bigger and Brighter Plans for 2012
This year’s Proviso West Holiday Tournament was a true festival of sport, competition, and surprises, with grand performances and history making victories, but the best is yet to come. The Proviso West Holiday Tournament has announced plans to expand its Christmas Classic from 16 to 32 teams starting next year.
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Triton Hosts Essay Competition on Cyberbullying for High School Seniors
District 209 students have been invited to enter a Triton College Library Essay Contest for the chance to win a Triton College tuition waiver, goods, or cash prizes.
Senior students are asked to submit an essay addressing strategies that could prevent the rise of cyberbullying. The essay must also address why it may be necessary to alter social networking websites and communication tools to make them safer for everyone. The essay should be three to five pages long, neatly typed in English, and double-spaced in 12-point font with 1.5-inch margins.
Essays will be judged on writing and idea quality, creativity, organization and development of the ideas and presentation (including vocabulary, spelling, punctuation and grammar). The first prize winner will get a three-credit hour tuition waiver to use toward a Triton College class and $300 in cash. Second place will win a Kindle Touch 3G. The third place winner will receive a $50 gift card from Amazon.com.
PW Key Club Students Spread the Holiday Spirit By Helping Community Members in Need
Proviso West Key Club makes it their mission to serve the community and to help those in need. This holiday season has been no exception. Students have hosted weekly events and daily food drives to make sure that every family in Proviso has an opportunity to enjoy the spirit of the Holiday Season.
Thus far, the Key Club has hosted a food drive to provide food baskets for local families. They have also set up a “Giving Tree” to accept names of children and adults who do not have a family with which to share the holidays. Students encourage each staff member to buy a gift for someone on the tree in order to spread holiday cheer. Last but not least, students hosted their annual Breakfast with Santa for young children to play Christmas games and to meet with St. Nick and a few of his elves. Students say they have been very busy this season, but all of their efforts are designed to uplift and support the local community.
Internship Alert: Bank of America Student Leaders Program Now Accepting Applications for Paid Internship Opportunity
Bank of America is now looking for new students to enroll in its Neighborhood Excellence Student Leaders Program. The program offers students an 8-week paid internship that includes leadership mentoring to help develop students’ life skills, strengthen their overall understanding of civic responsibility, and bolster their commitment and efforts to improve their communities.
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“As part of our commitment to strengthening communities through lending, investing and giving, Bank of America is looking for tomorrow’s community leaders today,” said Bank of America representative, Jennifer Streder. “We would like to identify outstanding young people who are passionate about making a difference in the community.”
"The Family Admissions Workshop is the start of a great journey of learning and achievement for our students that we hope will continue throughout their lives," said PTHS 209 Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Cheryl Pruitt. "We want to meet with parents to show them how the ACT pep class can enhance students' overall learning. It will not only prepare them for college, but it will also help them to improve in all of their classes and in state required testing. We want to do everything that we can to support our students and to improve their opportunities to earn scholarships and attend their college of choice."
Proviso West to Host Financial Aid Night Wednesday, Dec. 7th
At Proviso West High School, supporting and promoting higher education is a top priority. On Wednesday, December 7th, from 6-8 p.m., the Proviso West Panthers will host Financial Aid Night for parents and students.
“We want to do all that we can to help our parents and our students become college ready,” said Proviso West principal, Dr. Kirkwood. “The most important thing about Financial Aid Night is to have parents look at their options and different ways that they may be able to finance their children’s education. We want to show them what opportunities are available to assist their students in seeking a college education.”
Proviso West High School Welcomes New Members to the National Honor Society
Congratulations to the newly inducted members of Proviso West High School’s National Honor Society (NHS). The selected members have shown strong dedication to their communities and their school by displaying the four pillars of the National Honor Society: scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
Congratulations! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising!
Proviso West High School and the West Suburban Conference Celebrates Scholar Athletes
Proviso West High School students recently received recognition from the West Suburban Conference for their achievements as scholarly athletes for the fall athletic season. Each season the West Suburban Conference honors high school juniors and seniors who participated in the West Suburban Conference while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. Those students are recognized as “All-Academic” and deemed the top high school athletes and scholars in the western suburbs.
Congratulations to the following PW All-Academic students:
Girls Cross Country:
You are a vital part of Proviso Rising!
Proviso West High School to Host 37th Annual Madrigal Dinner
PTHS 209's Madrigal Singers cordially invite you and the entire Proviso Township Community to attend the 37th Annual Madrigal Dinner Fundraiser, featuring performances by the most talented choral students of our time.
The Madrigal Singers are a highly select group of high school performers who amaze and delight the crowds each year during their Madrigal Dinner performance. The Madrigal Singers appear in elegant period costume and bring the music, drama, food, and spirit of an Old English Renaissance Christmas. They put on quite a show while performing an extensive repertoire of chamber choral music spanning the past eight centuries.
The Dinner will take place Saturday, December 10th and Sunday, December 11th 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 (18 and over). All attendees must purchase tickets and register no later than Monday, December 5, 2011.
All proceeds benefit the Madrigal Choir Program and activities.
Please contact Mrs. Salina Watson, [Sponsor of Choral Activities] at (708)-202-6342 for more information. We look forward to seeing you!
"For Seniors Only" College Fair
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Proviso West Senior Photos, November 21st
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Proviso West to Host Legendary Holiday Tournament: Ticket Sales Begin Nov. 14
The largest and most popular basketball tournament in the state of Illinois is back! You don’t want to miss the Proviso West High School Holiday Tournament. Tickets for the 51st annual PW tourney go on sale Monday, November 14th.
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. Season ticket books can be purchased both on-line and in-person at the District 209 business office [8601 West Roosevelt Road in Forest Park, 1st Floor]. Tickets will be sold in a season package as well as by individual sessions. Individual advanced session tickets are not available on-line and can only be purchased in-person.
PTHS 209 to Hold Explore Testing at Feeder Schools to Determine High School Placement
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is beginning the process of preparing 8th grade students for high school entry by administering the EXPLORE exam at local feeder schools.
EXPLORE is a high school intake measure that gives high school counselors the means to structure class schedules, make appropriate course placement decisions in English and mathematics, and create a pathway for college and career exploration. EXPLORE serves as a baseline for monitoring academic progress and is considered one of the most crucial steps in a students’ high school transition.
Proviso West High School Prepares to Launch School Based Health Center
Proviso West High School is working to offer more support to students, parents, and the Proviso community by developing its own School Based Health Center.
District 209 has developed a partnership with Circle Family HealthCare Network (CFHCN) to provide a community-based health facility that offers medical and preventive health services at no charge for the students of Proviso West.
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Building Bridges to Success: At PTHS 209 Community Service Counts
Proviso Township High Schools is raising the bar when it comes to preparing students for college entry and scholarships, building student character, teaching responsibility, and supporting the Proviso community.
At District 209, you can always count on the National Honor Society, The Key Club, band, student council, or NJROTC to go out into the communities and lend a helping hand. Students can be seen volunteering at the local Veteran’s Hospital, picking up litter along the highway, or packing food bags for the homeless. With a consistent positive reach, community service hours have long been a requirement for all Proviso students.
The Proviso West Panthers were the talk of the town following this year’s homecoming celebration with a field parade and grand fireworks display, but perhaps it was the weeks leading up to homecoming that left the most memorable impression on students. They had a rare opportunity to talk with the original Panthers—the very first class of 1961.
Students in Proviso West’s sophomore class volunteered their Saturday morning to meet the class of 1961 and give them a tour of their old stomping grounds. This class was the very first to walk the halls of Proviso West High School. They chose the school colors, the mascot, and the motto. Fast forward nearly 50 years later, the original class had an opportunity to meet and chat with the students who continue to carry their legacy. Students say it was an experience that they will never forget.
Scholar of Excellence: Proviso West NJROTC Student Takes the Lead
If you ask teachers to describe Vashthai Wallace, a Proviso West senior, they may say she is polite, sharp, very opinionated, and out spoken. What else could you expect from the Regimental Commander of one of the largest and best NJROTC units in the country?
Vashthai has participated in NJROTC every year since becoming a freshman at Proviso West. This year, as a senior, she stepped into a major leadership position as Regimental Commander. In that role, she helps train fellow cadets in her battalion. She plans some of NJROTC’s major events such as: regiment day, the military ball, and their annual military inspection. She also helps coordinate the unit’s volunteer efforts at Northwestern University, Hines Veterans Hospital, and across the community.
“I have learned so much through NJROTC,” said Vashthai. “It has helped me learn to work with people. It has taught me time management, leadership, and discipline. It has really given me a positive paradigm shift. One of the biggest things that I’ve learned is just to be a good example, and to lead by example.”
Proviso West High School Brings Friday Night Lights for 51st Homecoming Celebration: Oct 7
This Friday, October 7th 2011, Proviso West High School will bring out the “Friday Night Lights,” fireworks, and 102.7 KISS FM for a grand homecoming celebration.
“Homecoming is a very special time of year for our students, our alumni, and our faculty and staff,” said Proviso West principal, Dr. Kirkwood. “It is a time for reunions and celebration. We aren’t having a full parade this year due to the night game, but we can still celebrate in grand fashion. We are ready for Downers Grove, and we are ready for a great Homecoming week.”
This year, due to the night scheduled game, Proviso West High School will have their homecoming parade around the field. Line-up begins at 6:15 p.m. Step-off is at 6:30. Following the parade, the Proviso West sophomores take the field in a match-up against Downers Grove North. Though the parade has been tailored, this year’s homecoming will have a special touch. There will be a fireworks show during half-time—a special addition by Proviso West Principal, Dr. Kirkwood.
This week, October 3rd - Oct. 7th, the celebration began. Student Panthers, faculty, staff, and alumni came together to celebrate 51 years of Panther pride. During the week Proviso West has hosted spirit week, and a pep rally. On Friday, they will have a faculty and alumni cook-out, giveaways, a P.T.O. adult dance, and a Panthers’ field parade.
For those who may miss the game and fireworks show live, the event will stream online at iHigh.com.
PTHS 209 to Host Bring Your Parent to School Day Tuesday, Oct 4
On Tuesday, Oct. 4th Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host another one of its largest parent involvement initiatives of the year, "Bring Your Parent to School Day." "Bring Your Parent to School Day" is an annual event designed to give parents and teachers an opportunity to connect, discuss class curriculum, discuss class goals, and develop a better understanding of overall expectations.
During "Bring Your Parent to School Day," (from 7:50 a.m.-3:20 p.m.) parents follow their students’ schedules, chat with teachers, and get a closer look at their students’ educational needs and school environment. The event follows PTHS 209’s "Back to School Night," which took place on September 22nd. Both events promote parental involvement and student success.
Proviso West High School Brings Friday Night Lights for 51st Homecoming Celebration: Oct 7
On Friday, October 7th 2011, Proviso West High School will bring out the “Friday Night Lights” and 102.7 KISS FM for a grand homecoming celebration.
Next week, October 3rd - Oct. 7th, the celebration begins. Student panthers, faculty, staff, and alumni come together to celebrate 51 years of panther pride. Proviso West will host spirit week, a pep rally, a faculty and alumni cook-out, giveaways, a P.T.O. adult dance, and a Panthers’ Field Parade. This year, due to the night scheduled game, Proviso West High School will have their homecoming parade around the field. Line-up begins at 6:15 p.m. with step-off at 6:30. Following the parade, Proviso West sophomores will take the field in a match-up against Downers Grove North.
For more information, or to get involved with Proviso West’s homecoming celebration, please contact Mr. Jenkins at firstname.lastname@example.org, or dial 708.202.6347.
Building Bridges to Success: PTHS Opens Professional Learning Library for Faculty and Staff
Proviso Township High Schools is continuing to Build Bridges to Success. On Tuesday, October 11th District 209 will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of its very first faculty and staff Professional Learning Library.
The library creates a hub for teachers filled with resource materials that support professional growth and teaching excellence.
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Hosts Record Breaking “Back to School Night”
On Thursday, September 22nd over one thousand Proviso Township High Schools parents filled PTHS halls and classrooms for this year’s “Back to School Night.” District 209 teachers, staff, and administrators welcomed parents as key players in raising achievement and promoting student success.
“Our parents play a vital role in our school system,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “It was a joy to see the number of parents who came out to visit our schools and support their students. The showing was phenomenal.”
Proviso Township High Schools Hosts 2nd Annual Volley for the Cure!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and on Thursday, October 6th, Proviso East and Proviso West High School volleyball teams will join forces in support of the cause. The teams plan to host their 2nd annual “Dig Pink” rally, Volley for the Cure where students play volleyball to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Every October, “Dig Pink” takes place in high school gyms across the country. At PTHS, the Lady Panthers of Proviso West will host the Lady Pirates of East as they work together to raise funds for breast cancer research. All levels will play in the Field House on Thursday, October 6th. The freshman game begins at 4:30 p.m. The sophomore game begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 6:30 p.m. There will also be several raffle opportunities and games during the evening.
District 209 volleyball players will wear pink and black t-shirts instead of their regular jerseys to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Admission is five dollars for adults and one dollar for students. Entrance to the event is free with a breast cancer awareness t-shirt ($10). T-shirts will be available for pre-sale with the athletes or at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Please come out to support the Lady Pirates and the Lady Panthers as they Volley for the Cure. For additional information, or to find out how to donate to “Dig Pink,” please email Proviso East’s volleyball coach, Emily Tonon, at email@example.com.
Proviso West High School Career Center Helps Prep Students for their Futures
Proviso West High School is pushing academic excellence, promoting student achievement, and working to increase student support through its college and career center.
Proviso West’s college and career center is designed to provide resources for students and parents in all phases of the post-secondary planning process. It is located on the first floor in room D103. If you walk by at any time of day, you will see students, teachers, and the career center counselor engaged in dialogue that helps students chart a course for their futures.
Triton College to Host Future Focus College Fair September 27nd
Triton College and area high schools will cosponsor the annual Future Focus college fair from 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the Robert M. Collins Center on the east side of Triton's campus, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove.
The free fair enables interested individuals to speak with representatives from more than 150 four-year colleges and universities from across the country about admission procedures, program offerings, tuition expenses and financial aid. Participants also can attend financial aid mini-sessions or speak with representatives from local banks.
More than 4,000 people have attended each Future Focus, and Triton encourages community members with questions about college to stop by this year's fair. Free trolley shuttle service will be provided from Triton's parking lots to the Robert M. Collins Center.
For more information on Future Focus, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3130.
PTHS 209 Launches Improved Website—News, Events, Language Translations, and More
Proviso Township High Schools has launched a new and enhanced website with language translation capabilities, more news visibility, and more information to keep Proviso stakeholders informed and connected to PTHS 209.
Though some features of the website are still under construction, there are many new active tools and features that parents and students may find helpful today. Through the enhanced PTHS 209 website, parents and students will be able to translate content from English to Spanish, Italian, Polish and 54 other languages. Parents and students can also view important upcoming dates, a scroll of the latest news in PTHS 209, educational resources, scholarship resources, and a full faculty and staff directory that makes it easier to contact Proviso administrators, faculty, and staff.
Visit the new website at www.pths209.org. Also remember to follow PTHS on Twitter (@PTHS) and on Facebook (Proviso Township High Schools) for more information, news, and alerts. If you have questions about the new website content, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For IT and technical questions, please contact PTHS 209 Technical Support at TechSupport@pths209.org.
PTHS 209 to Host Two Events: Bring Your Parent to School Day Oct 4 Following Back to School Night Sept 22
On Tuesday, Oct. 4th Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host one of its largest parent involvement initiatives of the year, “Bring Your Parent to School Day.” “Bring Your Parent to School Day” is an annual event designed to give parents and teachers an opportunity to connect, discuss class curriculum, discuss class goals, and develop a better understanding of overall expectations.
During “Bring Your Parent to School Day,” (from 7:50 a.m.-3:20 p.m.) parents follow their students’ schedules, chat with teachers, and get a closer look at their students’ educational needs and school environment. The event follows PTHS 209’s “Back to School Night,” on September 22nd. Both are designed to promote parental involvement and to support overall student success.
PTHS 209 Hosts Supplemental Educational Service During Back to School Night: Offers Free Tutoring Programs to Help Raise Achievement
On Thursday, September 22nd, 2011, during “Back to School Night,” Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools will host a Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Fair to offer parents information on free tutoring and educational assistance available for District 209 students.
Supplemental Educational Service providers tutor students in reading, language arts, and mathematics. Various providers will set up in each school during “Back to School Night” to give parents and students an opportunity to sign up for tutoring. Through PTHS 209’s supplemental educational services, students can receive extra help before or after school, on weekends, during intercessions, or during the summer-- at no cost to the family. On September 22nd, parents will have an opportunity to tour the fair and choose the service provider that best suits their students’ needs.
Building Bridges to Success: Proviso Township High Schools Boosts Communications Via Facebook and Twitter!
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is working to build bridges to success by increasing communication avenues, boosting its presence on the web, and connecting with stakeholders across multiple platforms. To support that effort, PTHS 209 recently signed on to Facebook and Twitter.
“It is extremely important for us to keep an open line of communication with Proviso stakeholders who have a vested interest in the progress and success of our school system,” said PTHS 209 Board President, Chris Welch. “Hopefully, by utilizing these cost effective methods of communication, we can have a more informed, involved, and active following. Parents are on the web, teachers are on the web, our alumni are on the web, and of course, our students are on the web. We hope that they will find us so that we can all stay connected and continue to inform.”
Proviso West Principal Pushes Parent Involvement and Academic Excellence
With test scores on the rise and a new school year, Proviso West principal, Dr. Kirkwood, is working with students, teachers, and parents to be an agent of change with a focus on social responsibility and academic excellence.
Dr. Kirkwood started the year with a spotlight on parent involvement, establishing strong student and teacher connections, and enforcing policies that encourage students to put academics first.
“We want our students to know that they have to concentrate on academics,” said Kirkwood. “We want our parents to know that they are welcome in our schools and that we need them to be a part of the positive improvements occurring at Proviso West and across our school system.”
PTHS 209 to Show a Preview of Technology and Enhanced Learning Environment Through the Promethean ActivBus
Proviso Township High Schools is constantly working to engage students with hands-on-learning that is fun, interesting, and interactive. As a part of that effort, next week, PTHS 209 will offer teachers, parents, and the Proviso community a comprehensive view of some of the technologies being used in District 209.
On Monday, September 12th, PTHS will be visited by the education technology Promethean ActivBus. The bus is a 36' long custom RV that is equipped with a model interactive classroom complete with duel pen boards and an interactive tool wall. It will demonstrate what an interactive classroom can look and sound like.
Proviso Art Teachers Honored by Congressman Danny Davis as Outstanding Educators
Proviso Township High Schools’ teachers were honored by Illinois Congressman Danny Davis for their outstanding work as educators.
Photo L To R: Salina Watson (West), Emily Tonon (East), Jerry Jenkins (West), and Rosa Llerena (East)
Mr. Jenkins (of Proviso West), Ms. Llerena (of Proviso East), Ms. Tonon (of Proviso East), and Mrs. Watson (of Proviso West) were recognized during the 7th Congressional District 15th Annual Education Recognition Ceremony. They were lauded for their efforts as educators and for their commitment to the youth of Proviso Township High Schools.
Building Bridges to Success: PTHS 209 to Host Back to School Night September 22nd
On Thursday, Sept 22, 2011, Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will welcome parents and students to a new school year with “Back to School Night.”
“Back to School Night,” is a highly anticipated annual event that gives parents, students, and teachers an opportunity to connect, discuss academic goals, and better understand each school and each class’ expectations. It also gives parents an opportunity to meet school staff, and become more familiar with school procedures.
Get Active. Get Informed. Sign-Up for PTHS 209’s Weekly E-Newsletter Today
Proviso Township High Schools is working to keep students, parents, and the community up-to-date and informed through its weekly e-newsletter.
The weekly Proviso Rising Newsletters are sent to inboxes each Friday afternoon and highlights the entire latest and greatest news district wide. To sign up for the Proviso Township High Schools weekly e-newsletter and receive weekly updates, school closing information, special event info, the latest news, and other important information, visit www.pths209.org and complete the e-newsletter web sign-up form. You may also e-mail a request to receive the e-newsletter to the PTHS 209 Community and Public Relations Office at email@example.com.
School is Back In Session! Parents, Begin Your Check-Ups in PowerSchool Today
Proviso Township High Schools is back in session, and parents can already begin to monitor student attendance and academic progress using the online parent access portal, PowerSchool.
Using PowerSchool, parents can view and monitor student attendance, grades, and academic performance. Each parent or guardian can register for PowerSchool online. Parents will then be issued a username and password that will allow them to view their students’ information.
“It is extremely important that parents play an active role in monitoring and supporting their students’ success,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “PowerSchool is an online system that helps our parents and students stay up to speed and connected to our teachers and everything that is happening in our classrooms. It serves as a window into each class. It is also an excellent communication tool for teachers and parents. We hope that our parents will utilize PowerSchool and really get involved in making this school year a success for their individual students.”
The system, found on each school’s homepage, is designed to keep parents and guardians active and informed. 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. It also allows parents to communicate with teachers more frequently.
New parents can click here to reach the PowerSchool Parent Login. If parents received login information for their students in previous years, that registration and login information is still valid. Parents/guardians who have more than one student in the district will have separate passwords for each student. Students will also receive their own login to PowerSchool.
For help accessing PowerSchool Parent Access, please contact email PTHS 209’s tech support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proviso Principals Rally Support and Outline Their Visions of Proviso Rising
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 began the new school year with an open door Principal Meet and Greet for the Proviso community and various community stakeholders.
On August 9th - August 11th, new PTHS principals opened the schools doors, articulated their visions, and garnered parent and community support for Proviso Rising. Mrs. Kim Echols serves as principal of Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy. Dr. Roudell Kirkwood serves as principal of Proviso West High School, and Mr. Tony Valente serves as principal of Proviso East High School. All three principals have a long history of educational leadership, service, and dedication to student success. They began their first school year at PTHS with an open dialogue expressing their goals, expectations, and plans for the new school year.
From the Desk of PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart
Greetings PTHS 209 Parents and Students,
Welcome Back to the 2011-2012 School Year! This week freshman orientation and the first day of school were huge successes. Next week is the first full week of school for ALL students. Here are a few updates and reminders:
School has resumed on regular schedule. During regular schedule, class starts at 7:50 a.m., and the day ends at 3:20 p.m. On a “late start schedule,” which is the first day of each week, school begins at 8:55 a.m. and ends at 3:20 p.m. It is important for all students to be on time. We are pushing for record attendance each day in order to maximize the potential of each student.
Bus service will continue for Proviso East and Proviso West students again this year. Bus stop information is available on the web at www.PTHS209.org, or you may contact the Transportation Hotline if you have questions regarding bus stop pick-up locations. Proviso East’s Transportation Hotline number is 708.202.1825. Proviso West’s Transportation Hotline number is 708.202.6299.
All fall sports and practices will resume as scheduled. Activity buses will be available again this year to transport PMSA students to East and West after school. However, transportation home from extracurricular activities will not be available for any student.
All parents are encouraged to check into their students’ PowerSchool to begin monitoring student progress and attendance from day one.
If you have any other questions regarding the start of school, please contact your school’s main office (Proviso East: 708.344.7000, Proviso West: 708.449.6400, PMSA: 708.338.4100). Thank you very much for all that you will do to help make this school year a success. We are looking forward to working with you and for you. Let us make 2011-2012 our best school year yet.
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart
PTHS 209 Superintendent
PTHS to Welcome Incoming Freshmen for Orientation August 17th at 7:50 a.m.
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will welcome incoming freshmen for orientation on Wednesday, August 17th at 7:50 a.m.
“We are very excited about the start of this new school year,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “We look forward to welcoming all of our new students next Wednesday with freshmen orientation. This is a day specifically designed for our new students to get them comfortable, acclimated, and prepared for a wonderful new school year.”
Proviso East, Proviso West, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy will open the doors for incoming freshmen beginning at 7:50 a.m. on Wednesday. The day ends at 3:20 p.m. Bus service will be available for Proviso East and Proviso West High School students.
During orientation, students will have an opportunity to tour their new school buildings, check their schedules for accuracy, test locker assignments, and hear a presentation about their schools, standards, and expectations. Students will also have an opportunity to meet and greet their new principals and peers during an ice cream social.
For questions about freshmen orientation, please contact your school’s main office (Proviso East: 708.344.7000, Proviso West: 708.449.6400, PMSA: 708.338.4100). School resumes for all students on Thursday, August 18th at 7:50 a.m. The first full day of school for all students also ends as a normal day at 3:20 p.m. Bus service will be available for Proviso East and Proviso West High School students. If there are questions regarding bus stop pick-up locations, please contact Proviso East’s Transportation Hotline at 708.202.1825 or Proviso West’s Transportation Hotline at 708.202.6299.
PTHS BACK TO SCHOOL NOTICE: First Day Exclusion Policy
On August 18th, 2011 Proviso Township High Schools will welcome all students back for the 2011-2012 school year. Freshmen orientation is set for Wednesday, August 17th.
Before reporting back to school, all PTHS 209 students must have at least a 9th grade Illinois physical and up-to-date immunizations on file.
In an effort to ensure the health and safety of all PTHS 209 students, and to ensure immediate compliance with state law and Illinois School Code, PTHS 209 has a “First Day Exclusion Policy.” Under this policy, no student will be admitted on the first day of school without having their 9th grade Illinois physical and current immunizations on file. Parents must be sure their students’ physicals are complete and includes details of the students’ health history. Parents must answer ALL of the questions on the physical form, sign and date the form, and complete diabetes screening questions attached. These things must be completed in order for students to begin the first day of school. Students will not be able to attend school until the physicals are complete and immunizations are current.
In previous years, students and parents had until Oct 15th to complete immunizations and back-to-school physicals. This is no longer the case. In order to ensure compliance with state policy and to avoid disruption in the school year, PTHS 209 students must have a current health exam (9th grade physical) and current immunizations before being admitted to school on the first day.
Proviso East students may contact their School Based Health Center for an appointment at 708.202.9522. Proviso West Students and PMSA students may contact available clinics within the area. Please ensure that your student is current and up to date before school starts.
Freshmen Orientation – Wednesday, August 17th @ 7:50 a.m.
First Day of School District wide – Thursday, August 18th @ 7:50 a.m.
PTHS BACK TO SCHOOL NOTICE: School Bus Service Starts
It’s the start of a new year, and PTHS 209 will continue to offer free transportation to all students at Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools.
The 2011-2012 school year resumes on Thursday, August 18th for all students. The PTHS 209 transportation program will resume on the first day of school. PTHS 209 parents and guardians will receive their designated bus stop information during textbook pick-up.
During the school year, all students are asked to arrive at their designated bus stop locations at least five (5) minutes before the scheduled pick-up time in the morning. At the end of the school day (after dismissal) the bus will leave at approximately 3:30 p.m. PTHS 209 will continue the shuttle bus from Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy to Proviso East, Proviso West High Schools for athletics. However, there will be no after school activity buses for Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools.
If you have any questions about PTHS 209 transportation program, bus stops, or locations please contact Proviso East’s Transportation Hotline (beginning on August 9th) at 708.202.1825 or Proviso West’s Transportation Hotline at 708.202.6299.
Please see text book pick-up dates below.
Registration and Textbook Pickup
August 8 – 12, 2011
Proviso East High School 807 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL 60153 Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday
12 (noon) – 6:00 p.m.
Proviso Math and Science Academy
8601 W. Roosevelt
Forest Park, IL 60130 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Proviso West High School
4701 W. Harrison
Hillside, IL 60162 Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday
12 (noon) – 6:00 p.m.
PTHS 209 to Kick off School Year and Welcome Faculty & Staff with Institute Day
On August 15th Proviso Township High Schools will welcome back its faculty and staff with their annual Back-to-School Institute day.
“We are looking forward to a dynamic Institute Day on August 15th.” said PTHS 209 Superintendent, Dr. Collins-Hart. “All of our faculty and staff should join us at Proviso East at 7:30 a.m. for registration and a continental breakfast, followed by an opening welcome at 8:00 a.m. We will introduce our district concept of reading across the curriculum. We will also introduce our plans for next year which include an increased emphasis on instructional support and accountability throughout the organization. We will highlight our emphasis on review of lesson plans, daily instructional monitoring, improved attendance of staff and students, developing a leadership cadre and mentorship program, systematically using student assessment data, and aggressively implementing our school improvement plans. It is going to be a fantastic school year.”
Institute Day serves as training for PTHS 209 faculty and staff. It also sets the tone for the new school year. The day begins at 7:30 a.m., and the program starts at 8:00 a.m. Please click here for more program information.
Welcome Back Teachers! PTHS 209 to Offer Curriculum Planning to Help Support Teacher Success
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction is gearing up for an exhilarating start to the 2011-12 school year. In order to help you best prepare for the start of a new year, the Office of Curriculum and Instruction will sponsor a 1-day curriculum planning opportunity for teachers new to the district as well as some teachers who have been scheduled to teach a new course.
According to Project Lead, a 2009 report funded by the Jones Foundation, 50 percent of all certified public school teachers permanently leave the teaching profession before the end of their fifth year of teaching. In an effort for Proviso to retain our highly qualified personnel, the 1-day curriculum planning will provide an opportunity for these teachers to develop their teaching skills through inquiry and support. The idea is that if teachers are provided intense support in curriculum and instruction from the outset, they will become more effective sooner, thereby improving student success.
PTHS 209 to Host Principal Meet and Greets Aug 9-Aug 11
This school year, Proviso Township High Schools’ has welcomed three new principals to join the ranks of Proviso Rising. On August 9th-11th, school officials will welcome the community to a Principal Meet and Greet. Principals will meet Proviso stakeholders and outline their vision for the future.
Mrs. Kim Echols serves as principal of Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy. Dr. Roudell Kirkwood serves as principal of Proviso West High School, and Mr. Tony Valente serves as principal of Proviso East High School. All three principals have a long history of educational leadership, service, and dedication to student success.
Each principal will be charged with executing their individual school improvement plans and boosting student achievement. During the Principal Meet and Greet, each principal will have an opportunity to meet parents, students, teachers, and Proviso stakeholders. They will outline the goals and plans for each of their schools and welcome the community to what is expected to be a fantastic new school year. Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart will also briefly discuss the school district’s goals for the upcoming year. Refreshments will be served.
Save the Date:
Tuesday, August 9th
Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy Principal Meet and Greet Location: PMSA Auditorium Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 10th
Proviso East High School Principal Meet and Greet Location: Proviso East Auditorium Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 11th
Proviso West High School Principal Meet and Greet Location: Proviso West’s Little Theater Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
PTHS 209 Community Leaders Banquet Filled
After receiving an overwhelmingly positive response from the community, Proviso Township High Schools’ 3rd Annual Community Leaders Banquet—State of the District Address is full. The district is no longer accepting RSVP’s. Only those names listed as an RSVP will be allowed entry.
“We have been thrilled with the response that we have received from so many of our community leaders,” said PTHS 209 Board President, Chris Welch. “From our local representatives to our town’s greatest mayors, we look forward to the dialogue, the open communication, and the partnership and commitments that begin here, but reach throughout Proviso Township and beyond.”
Each year the PTHS 209 Community Leaders Banquet outlines the District's blue print, goals, accomplishment, and challenges. The event rolls out the red carpet for community leaders and Proviso stakeholders to join the conversation and form partnerships to address the changes, improvements, and goals of District 209. It also unites key players in promoting educational success.
The State of the District Address will be given by PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. NBA LA Lakers’ Shannon Brown, will serve as guest speaker and as one of PTHS 209’s famous and accomplished alums. The event will close with discussion and Q&A. The PTHS 209 3rd Annual Community Leaders Banquet will be held on Thursday, July 28, 2011 on the first floor of Proviso’s Mathematics and Science Academy (8601 Roosevelt Road in Forest Park, IL). The reception begins at 6:30 pm.
NBA Stars Bring WoodStars Summer Carnival and Music Fest to Proviso East High School
Two of Proviso East's famed NBA Alumni are teaming up to present one of the largest summer carnivals and music festivals in Proviso area history. The event was originally scheduled to be held at Proviso West High School, but has since been relocated to the home school of both alums, Proviso East.
Beginning Thursday, July 28th, Michael Finley (NBA Veteran) and Shannon Brown (LA Lakers) will join forces to offer the Proviso community an outdoor family carnival and music concert designed to raise over $1 million dollars for renovations at Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools.
"It is the mission of these two alumni to commit to a fundraising goal of $1 million to begin the upgrades and renovations needed to assist in preserving the integrity of the school they represent," said WoodStars Events Director, Keoki Allen.
The event will take place on the grounds of Proviso East High School July 28-31st. The alumni are working to make this the most successful event in Proviso alumni fundraising history.
The WoodStars Summer Carnival and Music Festival will host some of the country's top performers including: Faith Evans, Carl Thomas, MC Lyte, Nelly, and Chicago's own Teresa Griffin. The event will also offer over 20 adult and children's rides, various games, and vendors. All proceeds will benefit the Shannon Brown and Michael Finley Foundation's renovation fund. For more information, please visit www.WoodStarsFestival.com.
Thank you, Michael Finley and Shannon Brown! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising.
Proviso Students Shine in UIC's QuarkNet Program
Proviso Township High School District students from Proviso East, Proviso West, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy have come together for a high energy learning experience with the University of Illinois at Chicago's summer QuarkNet program.
The week-long summer adventure seeks to involve high school teachers and their students in cutting-edge research on the structure of matter and the fundamental forces of nature. It helps students sharpen their physics and exploratory skills over the summer. During the program, scientists work with students and teachers on physics projects that enhance students' abilities in science and discovery. They collect data, use scientific equipment, take field trips, and study various aspects of space and matter.
"We have learned so much during this program," said Proviso East junior, Daisy Espinoza. "We've learned about galaxies, the stars, and constituents that revolve around us. It's been great experiencing QuarkNet, learning new things, and getting more into physics. This has been a good opportunity. We've studied data and worked with detectors. It's been wonderful."
Proviso Township High Schools' teachers Robert Hurley(Proviso East), Bozena Suwary (Proviso West), and Dr. Cynthia Daniels (PMSA), work with the students daily and act as coaches in the program.
"The greatest ideas in the history of the world have been made by relatively young people," said Mr. Hurley. "So we want to expose our students to high-energy physics, scientific discovery, and research so that they have the ability to develop solutions that impact their environment."
Students Daisy Espinoza (East), Meleeza Pidu (West), Maribel Heredia (PMSA), Konstantin Kuksenko (East), Taben Miller (PMSA) and Tania Sosa (West) are Proviso's student participants. They say that in addition to learning how they can impact their environments, this summer experience has been an exciting journey of learning, building their scientific acumen, and forging new friendships.
"I joined the QuarkNet program to learn something new and to explore different aspects of physics," said Taben. "It has really opened the doors for different ways of learning and different ways of studying physics."
Tania added, "The program has been really good. We've met people from all across Proviso Township High Schools and from schools around Illinois. It's fun that we're getting to work together and see the city of Chicago. We're working on a college campus too. It's just been a great experience."
The workshop will conclude with each school's team presenting their initial research findings before their peers and the UIC QuarkNet Center mentor, Professor Mark Adams. The QuarkNet program will also continue into the new school year.
Great job, students and teachers. Keep up the excellent work!
Proviso Players Take Part in NW Suburban Baseball Tourney
Proviso East's Reuben Esquivel called it "a great opportunity." Proviso West's Taivion Williams couldn't agree more.
The great opportunity to which both varsity baseball players referred was taking part in the annual Northwest Suburban Baseball Tournament. It's a two-day event in which all-star teams from eight different suburban conferences showcased next year's best seniors.
Esquivel and Williams represented the Proviso East Pirates and Proviso West Panthers on the West Suburban Conference team. Other participating conferences included the DuPage Valley, East Suburban Catholic, Central Suburban, Fox Valley, North Suburban, Upstate Eight and Mid Suburban.
The District 209 duo was joined on the West Suburban squad by Proviso East coach Glenn Lid, who has been involved with the Northwest Suburban tourney for the past 13 years and was asked to be a coach for the first time this year.
"It's always a privilege," Lid said. "I've had a kid represent our team every year, and most of the kids that play in this (tournament) go on to play in college, without question. It's an incredible opportunity."
Each team played two games in the round-robin format—one on Friday and one on Saturday. Prior to Friday's games, team members were timed in the 60-yard dash. Coaches and scouts from various colleges and universities throughout the Midwest were also on hand both days.
Williams said he was timed at seven seconds flat in the 60. "It's very eye-opening to see how many good players there are in Illinois," he said, "and see how you match up and compete against them. I just love baseball and I'm glad to be here."
Williams, an outfielder for the Panthers in 2011 (8-27 record), is confident Proviso West can be a better team in 2012. He also could do some pitching for West next spring.
"We have a lot of guys coming up that have a lot of potential," he said. "Our seniors have been in the weight room already this off-season. We have the potential to do way better than last year."
Getting better during the off-season includes playing plenty of games over the summer. In addition to competing in the Northwest Suburban tourney, Williams is playing for his Proviso West summer league team, and for a district travel team based out of Burbank and West Lawn. "It's the only way to get better," he said.
Esquivel is also playing on two summer league teams: the Lyons travel team and the Cubs RBI team. The latter team is funded by the Chicago Cubs. Esquivel and Williams were playing together in the outfield at one point (center and left field, respectively) during Friday's game — a victory by the West Suburban Conference over DuPage Valley. On Saturday, the West Suburban Conference — which produced five regional championship teams and one that won the state
4A championship, Lyons Township — faced the North Suburban Conference. Esquivel tripled off the fence in the game, scored a run and made a catch in right field.
"It's a great opportunity and I'm happy to be here to show my talents and see what I can do," Esquivel said.
"Everything is done in real good order," Lid said. "They've got the 60-yard dash. They've got the kids stretching before they run. There's an arm strength test, and they have it organized for the infielders (who go through timed pre-game warmups). So they're covering all the bases."
Esquivel, who's been on varsity since his freshman year, was Proviso East's team MVP and an all-conference player in 2011. "He played shortstop; he played center field. He's a really good center fielder," Lid said. "He has good arm strength. He can develop into a good pitcher. We've got to work on his control and his curve ball. He's got a real good natural swing, and I'm real confident he's going to play at the college level."
Like Williams, Esquivel believes his team will be improved next spring. The Pirates are coming off a 5-29 season.
"We've got a bunch of younger kids coming up and they're good ballplayers," he said. "We've just got to work on our defense. I'm doing a bit better than I was freshman year, so I know how it is for the young kids playing with us. Hopefully they can help us out a lot on varsity."
Proviso Township High Schools Welcomes Three New Principals to “Build Bridges to Success”
After years of working to raise student achievement through restructuring and overall school improvement, Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has welcomed new principals to Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.
“These individuals have committed to the work of raising overall achievement in each of our schools,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “They are adding their skills, talents, and leadership abilities to the fire of Proviso’s Rising. We welcome these educational leaders as we continue to raise the bar across our school system.”
Dr. Roudell Kirkwood will serve as principal of Proviso West High School. Mr. Tony Valente will serve as principal of Proviso East High School. Mrs. Kim Waller will serve as principal of Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy. All three principals have a long history of educational leadership, service, and dedication to student success. At the start of the school year, PTHS 209 will host a Principal Meet and Greet at each school where the new principals will outline their goals and vision for Proviso Rising.
Each principal will be charged with executing their individual school improvement plans and boosting student achievement. At June’s regularly scheduled Board of Education Meeting, they received a warm welcome from the Board of Education, fellow administrators, and PTHS staff.
“We are glad to welcome our new principals aboard,” said PTHS 209 Board President, Chris Welch. “Over the years we have implemented some great programs that help support student achievement, and we look forward to them joining our mission to raise levels of achievement. Now that the baton has been passed, we can continue the work of moving our school system forward and building true bridges to success.”
Dr. Roudell Kirkwood, Mr. Tony Valente, and Mrs. Kim Waller assumed their new posts on July 1, 2011.
Proviso East NBA Champion to Serve as Guest Speaker for 3rd Annual Community Leaders Banquet
Proviso East Alum and NBA Champion Shannon Brown will serve as this year’s guest speaker during PTHS 209’s 3rd Annual Community Leaders Banquet.
Brown, a Proviso East graduate, professional athlete, and two-time NBA Champion with the LA Lakers, is raising the bar of excellence in both the game of basketball and in community service.
This year he will join Proviso Township High Schools’ Board of Education as they welcome fellow community leaders, discuss the state of the school district, and lay out Proviso’s blue print.
The Community Leaders Banquet—State of the District Address will be held on Thursday, July 28, 2011--invitation and RSVP only. The reception begins at 6:30 pm. All participants must RSVP no later than July 15, 2011.
Community leaders throughout Proviso Township and the state of Illinois will be honored as special guests. Following Brown, the State of the District Address will be given by PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. Following the District Address, PTHS 209 Board President Chris Welch will open the floor for Community Leaders’ Q&A.
Proviso West Students Chosen to Participate in Goodman Theater Summer Program
Proviso West High School is home to some of the most talented singers, actors, artists, and performers of this generation. This summer the Goodman Theater is helping to foster that talent by welcoming five Proviso West students into their prestigious summer theater program.
Students from across the Chicagoland area competed to become a part of the Goodman Theater Summer Program which is designed to validate the voices of its participants, get them to examine their own potential for creativity, and introduce them to all elements of the creation of theater, both on stage and behind the scenes. Over 300 students auditioned. Eighty were selected with five of them coming from Proviso West. The students and their Drama Club sponsor say they look forward to what this summer program may bring.
PTHS Alums Will Work to Raise $1 Million for Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools
Two of Proviso East’s famed NBA Alumni are teaming up to present the WoodStar Summer Carnival and Music Festival, a summer event designed to raise over $1 million dollars for renovations at Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools.
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Michael Finley (NBA Veteran) and Shannon Brown (LA Lakers) are joining forces to offer the Proviso community an outdoor family carnival and music concert at Proviso West High School.
“It is the mission of these two alumni to commit to a fundraising goal of $1million to begin the upgrades and renovations needed to assist in preserving the integrity of the school they represent while also giving it a facelift,” said WoodStar Events Director, Keoki Allen.
The event will take place on Proviso West High School grounds July 28-31st. The alumni are working to make this one of the most successful events in Proviso alumni fundraising history. PTHS 209’s Board of Education threw their support behind this initiative and thanked the alumni for their grand gestures and commitments to Proviso Township High Schools.
“Our alumni are a large part of what makes the Proviso community a great place to live and serve,” said PTHS 209 Board President Chris Welch. “Michael Finley and Shannon Brown have always given back to our schools and our communities, but this event is going to be one of the largest gestures we’ve seen in recent history. We just hope they know how much we appreciate their contributions. We are very proud that they call Proviso Township High Schools home.”
The Carnival and Music Festival will host a few of the country’s top performers. It will also offer over 20 adult and children’s rides, various games, and vendors. All proceeds will benefit the Shannon Brown and Michael Finley Foundation’s renovation fund.
Thank you Michael Finley and Shannon Brown! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising.
Join PTHS 209’s “One World Many Stories” Summer Reading Program Today!
Proviso Township High Schools and the Bellwood Public Library have created a partnership to offer “One World Many Stories,” a summer reading program that opens the doors of Bellwood Public Library for Proviso students to come in, read, write, dialogue, and explore the wonderful world of literacy.
“This summer reading program opens up a whole new world for the kids,” said Bellwood Library coordinator, Sophie Brown. “We [the schools and public library] are a team. There is a strong connection between library and school. This summer program connects both of them.”
Proviso West High School to Host all Sport Summer Camps
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PTHS 209 Plans to Hosts 3rd Annual Community Leaders Banquet
Proviso Township High Schools’ Board of Education will host its 3rd Annual Community Leaders Banquet—State of the District Address on Thursday, July 28, 2011. The event rolls out the red carpet for community leaders and Proviso stakeholders to address the changes, improvements, and goals of District 209 while uniting the key players in promoting educational success.
Each year at the Community Leaders Banquet, the PTHS 209 Board of Education and superintendent lay out the District’s blue print and steps for the future.
Proviso West High School’s art students and their teacher, Mr. Shipley, are known for creating wonderful artworks for display across the Chicagoland area. They are listed among the top in artistic leadership rankings in the state of Illinois for Artsonia, the world’s largest children’s web art museum. Now, their talents and artworks will debut on television on June 21st.
The 32nd Annual 7th Congressional District High School Art Competition is scheduled to air on CAN-TV Channel 19 on Tuesday, June 21st, at 7:30 p.m. and again Wednesday, June 22nd, at 2:30 p.m. The airing will feature several of Proviso West’s most talented students including: Jasmine Lillis, William Wong, Beatriz Campos and Emmanual Dunagan.
Congratulations Panthers! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising.
PTHS 209 Begins Open Registration for the 2011-2012 School Year Deadline July 15th
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has begun open registration for incoming and returning students who will attend PTHS for the 2011-2012 school year.
“As we congratulate the class of 2011, we embrace those who are continuing at PTHS 209 and those who are new to the district,” said Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “We have an exciting year ahead, and registration is the very first step to beginning a new school year. When parents and students get registered early, they are more prepared for their first semester of classes. We ask that each parent carefully review registration packets, and send them back to us so that we can begin putting the people and processes in place for a great school year.”
This week parents and guardians were mailed registration packets to help make the process easier and more convenient. Parents and guardians are asked to complete registration information forms and then mail them back in the self-addressed envelope provided, no later than Friday, July 15th. Parents are encouraged to complete registration by mail but, parents may also drop-off registration information at their school’s main office.
Registration fees are not required at this time. All students will be billed for student fees no later than August 23, 2011. District 209 also accepts fee waivers.
Information regarding date and time for your student to pick up his/her textbooks, ID card, schedule and bus route will be mailed to homes by July 27, 2011.
If you have any questions, please contact the Proviso Township High Schools’ Main Offices at Proviso East 708.344.7000, Proviso West 708.449.6400, or PMSA 708.338.4100. To download a registration packet, please click here.
Congratulations to Proviso West High School’s Class of 2011
On Sunday, May 22nd Proviso Township High Schools’ community gathered at the UIC Pavilion in downtown Chicago to honor and congratulate the class of 2011.
Proviso West High School students have been awarded millions in college scholarships with some attending the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country.
Congratulations seniors! We are extremely proud of you!
PTHS 209 Invests in the Future: Plans Student College Tour
At the May Board of Education meeting, BOE members voted unanimously to support a second annual college tour for junior students who voluntarily worked to improve their college entrance exam scores with Cambridge’s ACT Test prep.
As a reward for their hard work, and in an effort to promote and encourage higher education, nearly 200 Proviso Township High Schools students will now travel on an extensive college tour June19-June 24.
“We, as a board, see the college tour as a chance to expose our students to the vast options and sea of opportunity that await them as they pursue higher levels of education,” said PTHS 209 Board President Chris Welch. “We want to encourage our students to explore their college options, to seriously think about their futures, and to begin planning today. This tour has the potential to open their eyes to opportunities they may otherwise have not even considered.”
PTHS 209 Offers the “One World Many Stories” Summer Reading Program to Promote Literacy
Studies show that children who read throughout the summer months maintain more of their academic skills and are better prepared when schools doors open in the fall. This year, Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is promoting reading and enhanced literacy through implementation of the summer reading program, “One World Many Stories.” The program encourages students and families to read together during the summer months.
“Children can sustain their reading gains and improve reading through the summer months by continuing to be active readers and learners,” said PTHS 209 Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Cheryl Pruitt. “We want to help our students sustain gains and be better prepared for learning in the coming year. This summer reading program is designed to be a fun, active, and engaging program for our students and their entire families.”
PTHS 209’s goal is to offer students an opportunity to learn and strengthen their reading skills. The administration will work with the Bellwood Library to collaborate and implement the program. They are also in talks with corporations to offer students various incentives for their commitment to summer learning.
To learn more about this summer’s reading program please contact Dr. Pruitt’s office at 708.338.5926.
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