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  Summer School Off to a Strong Start

 
 

Summer school in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 began on Monday, June 10, and is off to a great start with almost 700 students enrolled in classes, including the district’s Summer Reading Program.

At Proviso East High School, 214 students are taking courses in English, social studies, science, math, driver’s education, band, and NJROTC, up from 158 students enrolled last year. Proviso West High School has 457 students taking classes in English, math, science, social studies, physical education, and driver’s education as well as several electives. This is up from the 348 students who were enrolled during summer 2012. Most of the students enrolled at both schools are taking the classes, which run now through July 11, to recover credit and to meet promotion and graduation requirements.

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  District 209 Seniors Win Scholarships Totaling Almost $20 Million

 
 

Graduating seniors in Proviso Township High Schools were awarded nearly $20 million in scholarships from colleges, universities, and local organizations.

College-bound students from Proviso East High School earned a total of $4.7 million in scholarships and grants, topping last year’s figure of $3.3 million, said Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East. Graduating seniors from Proviso Math and Science Academy won a whopping total of $9.24 million in scholarships, which is more than the $8.4 million awarded last year. At Proviso West High School, 57 members of the Class of 2013 won $6.05 million in scholarships from various organizations, topping last year’s total of $3.9 million. The $19.99 million in awards were presented to the students based on criteria such as academics, community service, and activities.

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  Proviso West Track Star Earns Track Scholarship

 
 

Jabria Stainback has been a mainstay on the Proviso West High School track team for the last few years, competing in numerous events.

This fall, she will take her talents on the track and in the classroom to the University of St. Francis in Joliet.

Jabria, 18 and a senior at Proviso Math and Science Academy, signed her letter of intent to St. Francis on April 12 as Steve Lawrence, associate head track coach at St. Francis, and Jabria’s family looked on in the PMSA main office. She said that she had considered the University of Iowa and Illinois State University, but she felt very welcome at St. Francis.

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  Proviso West Students Place at Danny K. Davis Art Show

 
 

Five students at Proviso West High School were recently honored for their art work at the 33rd annual 7th Congressional District Danny K. Davis High School Art Competition at the United Center.

The five students included Ashlee Wright, a senior who was awarded fourth place out of 85 entries in the contest. For her efforts, she received a $100 savings bond, six passes to the Art Institute of Chicago, two tickets to a Chicago Bulls game, and an award certificate.

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  District Offices, Schools Begin Summer Hours

 
  Offices and schools in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will operate under summer hours that will include being closed on Fridays.

Beginning on Monday, June 3, all district offices and schools will be open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Offices and schools will be closed on Fridays.

District 209 will return to regular school years hours on Monday, July 29.

 
  District 209 Congratulates the Class of 2013

 
 

Nearly 900 members of the Class of 2013 said “goodbye” to Proviso East High School, Proviso Math and Science Academy, and Proviso West High School at commencement ceremonies held on Sunday, May 26, at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

The 898 seniors at the three schools graduated with pomp and circumstance during the ceremonies that were a mixture of congratulations for their efforts and hard work, happiness for graduating, and sadness in leaving friends and high school behind them as they move on to a new chapter in their lives.

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  Board of Education Honors Top Scholars, Staff, and Community Partners

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education honored the district’s top students as well as distinguished staff and community partners at the last regular Board meeting of the school year in May.

The board first recognized the achievements of its top scholars. From Proviso East High School, it was valedictorian Brittany Buckner and salutatorian Stephany Galindo. From Proviso West High School, it was valedictorian Chinemerem Katherine Oduh and salutatorian Tania Sosa. The honorees at PMSA were the top research scholars from Proviso Math and Science Academy, Christina Bolek and Erin Belk.

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  Top District 209 Students Named to Academic Hall of Fame

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 honors academic excellence.

With that goal in mind, the top two students of the Class of 2013 at Proviso East High School, Proviso Math and Science Academy, and Proviso West High School were honored recently by being named to the District 209 Academic Hall of Fame.

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  District 209 Honors Retirees, Long-Time Employees

 
 

Proviso Township High School District 209 said, “Thank you” and “A job well done” to 60 of its employees – including 12 who are retiring at the end of the school year. The employees were recognized at the annual Faculty and Staff Retirement and Recognition Dinner on May 16 at the Midwest Conference Center in Northlake.

The faculty and staff members were celebrated at the special dinner for their extraordinary contributions to the district. They included 25 employees who have served in the district for at least 15 years, four who earned a graduate degree during the past year, and 19 faculty and staff members who made a special contribution and effort to the district and its schools.

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  Proviso West Students Win Triton Culinary Contest

 
 

A culinary team from Proviso West High School has won the Des Plaines Valley Region Culinary Cook-Off at Triton College for the second straight year.

The duo of Chantine Adams, a senior, and Shavona Brown, a junior, won first place in the cooking competition, defeating four other teams from East Leyden and West Leyden High Schools in the contest on May 4 at Triton College. They were the second straight team from Proviso West to win the competition, following in the footsteps of Myrail Harris and Mario Munoz, who won in 2012.

“It’s picking students who are interested in this,” said Ms. Georgina Roney, a Proviso West family and consumer science teacher who advised Chantine and Shavona. “[Chantine and Shavona] stood out all year long. Everything they did was nice.”

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  District 209 Schools Improve Participation Level on State Tests

 
  One of the goals of the District has been to ensure that students fully participate in both days of state tests. This is a minimum requirement to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

This year, schools really hit the mark. At least 95 percent of the juniors at all three schools in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 took the ACT/PSAE during the last month.

At Proviso East High School, 97 percent of the juniors took the exams during the regular testing dates on April 23 and 24 as well as the make-up dates on May 7 and 8. Proviso West High School had a final count of 95.7 percent of its juniors taking the tests on the same dates. Proviso Math and Science Academy had 100 percent participation, said Mr. Ed Moyer, executive director of assessment and planning for the district. Each school is expected to meet 95 percent in order to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

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  Proviso West Students Inducted Into Honor Societies

 
 

Thirty-two Proviso West High School students were inducted into the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and French Honor Society in a ceremony on April 11 in the Proviso West cafeteria.

The students met the individual groups’ criteria of being overall honor students as well as meeting leadership and study requirements. Dr. Roudell Kirkwood, principal at Proviso West High School, said that this is the first year that the induction ceremonies for the three societies were combined.

“We wanted to make sure all groups are recognized equally,” he said.

Each group had its own criteria to qualify for induction.

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  District 209 Students Learn About Corporate Law at McDonald’s Headquarters

 
 

American studies students from Proviso East and civics students from Proviso West gathered at Hamburger University at McDonald’s corporate offices in Oak Brook on Monday, April 29, to participate in “Law Day Symposium: Street Law 2013” presented by McDonald’s legal department.

Approximately fifty students met with Jennifer Cohn and Edward Lance IV in the morning to experience life as a lawyer working for McDonald’s Corporation. Students were divided into small groups in the morning to get an in-depth look into the various aspects in McDonald’s legal department.  Students attended sessions on ethics, tort, zoning and property, and marketing and intellectual property law. David Eurioles, a Proviso East junior, said that in his session on civil law he learned how to be able to extract information from a minute detail for a court case. Not only were students examining the trials and tribulations of civil lawsuits, but they were able to understand how much time and energy is spent both protecting and promoting the McDonald’s brand throughout the world.

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  New Board of Education Sworn In

 
 

Four members of the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education—including new member Teresa McKelvy—were sworn in at a special board meeting on Monday evening at Proviso Math and Science Academy.

Mrs. McKelvy and incumbents Daniel Adams, Brian Cross, and Kevin McDermott were re-elected to the board on April 9. Ms. McKelvy said that she was appreciative of her opportunity to serve on the board of education.

“I’m excited about this new role, and I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Mrs. McKelvy said.

Mrs. McKelvy replaces former board president and 12-year board member Emanuel “Chris” Welch, who opted to not run for re-election after he was elected as state representative for the 7th District. Mr. Welch said that he was proud of the accomplishments that were made during his time on the board, including opening PMSA in 2005, balancing the budget, and starting a bus transportation program.

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  High Achieving Students Honored at Proviso West

 
 

More than 400 students at Proviso West High School were honored for qualifying for the honor roll and dean’s list during the first semester last month at the second annual Principal’s Honor Banquet in the school’s gymnasium.

According to Dr. Roudell Kirkwood, principal at Proviso West High School, 432 students earned at least a 3.0 grade point average during the first semester. This qualified them for either the Bronze Honor Roll (250 students maintained a 3.0 to 3.49 grade point average for the full semester), Silver Dean’s List (104 maintained a 3.5 to 3.99 grade point average for the full semester), or Gold Principal’s Scholar List (78 maintained a 4.0 or above grade point average for the full semester).

In recognition of their hard work, a banquet was held in their honor, with the students encouraged to bring their parents. Dr. Kirkwood said that it was a “gala event” that recognized the students’ achievements.

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  District 209 to Say "Thank You" to Teachers During Teacher Appreciation Week

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will be joining with school districts across the country to honor teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week May 6 to 10.

Every year during National Teacher Appreciation Week, District 209 works to say thanks and show appreciation for the great work that teachers throughout the district do each day.

“Teachers are the backbone of our educational institutions,” said Dr. Nettie-Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. “Students are able to thrive and pursue their dreams thanks to teachers. A week is not enough time to celebrate everything teachers do, but we want to make sure that they know how much they are valued and how much we appreciate all that they do espeically during this week.”

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  May 30 and 31 Slated for Make-Up Days

 
  The District 209 make-up days for the two school days that were cancelled last week due to the flood will be May 30 and 31.

District 209 officials closed school for students and teachers on April 18 and 19 due to the flood event. May 30 and 31 are the first two emergency days on the District’s calendar.

Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that further details related to the make-up days, including schedules for exams, will be forthcoming. Questions about the details can be directed to building principals or the superintendent’s office.

 
  West Students Recognized For High Attendance at Tutoring Sessions

 
 

Thirteen Proviso West High School students were recognized for their high attendance at Sylvan Learning Centers’ tutoring sessions earlier this semester at an award ceremony May 1 at the school.

The students attended a minimum of 90 percent of the tutoring sessions, which were held twice a week for eight weeks in January through the middle of March at Proviso West. As a reward, they were given tablet computers.

With the extra help in reading and later math, the students told of raising their grades and being ready for the ACT/PSAE that took place on April 23 and 24.

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  State Testing Goes Well in District 209

 
  State testing is being considered a success in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 this past week.

More than 90 percent of the District’s 918 juniors took the ACT and the PSAE on April 23 and 24. The District is working to reach at least the 95 percent make-up window as required by the state through an aggressive outreach to students who missed the test. The make-up period is very important. This followed a massive prep and public awareness campaign at all three district schools that stressed the importance of not only showing up for the exams, but being ready and taking them seriously.

“These exams were far-reaching and obviously important for our district, but I would say that overall, testing went well,” said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. “Many thanks deservedly go out to our faculty and staff for all of the hard work they put into making this a success.”

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  30 Students Honored for Outstanding Math and Science

 
 

Thirty students from Proviso East, Proviso West and Proviso Math and Science Academy were honored by the Society of Women Engineers and the American Association of Physics Teachers on Monday, April 8, at Proviso West High School.

Mr. Bob Hurley, a science teacher at Proviso East High School and organizer of the ceremony, said that the awards are a big deal for the givers and the recipients.

“These are nationally recognized awards,” he told the crowd of parents, teachers, and students. “By putting this down, it will help you on your college application.”

As part of the evening, the students were able to thank teachers who had been instrumental in their accomplishments, some reaching back to their elementary and junior high school days.

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  West Freshmen Chip In with ‘Project Cleanup’

 
 

Friday, April 5, was a day off for students and most teachers through Proviso Township High Schools District 209.

However, for five members of the Class of 2016 student council at Proviso West High School, it was a day of service, as they cleaned up areas around their campus in Hillside as part of “Project Cleanup.” It is a national event in which nonprofit groups could win up to $5,000 for cleaning a particularly distressed area.

Ms. Diane Kalkowski, a Proviso West special education teacher and the faculty sponsor for the Class of 2016, said that they had to send in a before- and after-photo to illustrate the work that they had completed.

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  Find Out More About the ACT/PSAE

 
 

More information is available about the ACT/PSAE on the website of Proviso Township High Schools District 209 at www.pths209.org/academics/actpsae.

The website includes a schedule of events for the two days of testing at the district’s three schools and information for parents in both English and Spanish.

 
  Prep Programs Help Prepare Students for Tests

 
 

Schools in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 are offering different programs to help juniors prepare for the upcoming ACT/PSAE on April 23 and 24.

Robert Modiest, 16, a Proviso Math and Science Academy (PMSA) junior, said the constant drilling during the KeyTrain sessions is helping him to become a better test-taker.

“It gives you practice problems,” he said. “It focuses on reading and math, but there are other things. It’s repetitive, but it helps me. If you keep doing stuff over and over, it helps.”

Robert is among the several hundred students in District 209 who are using various prep programs to gear up for the upcoming ACT/PSAE. The programs, which are offered both during the school day and on Saturdays, are designed to help junior students improve their performance and to help faculty determine which students need more help. The tests are important in measuring a student’s readiness not only for college, but for a future career as well.

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  Jameer Thurman Places Third at State Wrestling Finals

 
 

The athletic successes continue for Jameer Thurman.

Thurman, a senior at Proviso Math and Science Academy, recently placed in third place at 195 pounds for Proviso West in the IHSA State Wrestling Finals. This follows a successful football season at Proviso West where he starred as a defensive back and helped lead the Panthers to a fourth straight appearance in the state playoffs.

Thurman, 18, said that he approached the wrestling finals as something fun to do. Crediting his coaches for his success, he said that he wanted to end his high school wrestling career well.

“I wanted to end my wrestling career on a high note,” he said. “Third place in state was what I was thinking about.”

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  Proviso West Key Club Collects 1,000 Pounds of Food

 
 

Ronald McDonald Houses in the Chicago area will be getting a great deal of extra food, thanks to the efforts of the Proviso West High School Key Club.

The club, through the Cook County Farm Bureau in Countryside, collected 1,025 pounds of canned and non-perishable food between January 4 and early February, according to Charles Jalove, a counselor at Proviso West and the club’s sponsor. He said that the approximately 40 students in the Key Club collected about one-fifth of the total amount of food collected in the Farm Bureau’s drive.

“It’s the kids,” Mr. Jalove said. “They realized there are less fortunate people in the world. They try to help others by doing this.”

Among the 1,025 pounds of food collected were canned food and juice boxes. One student brought in 17 boxes of ramen noodles, Jalove said. He also said that the collection was aided by contributions from the Kiwanis Club of Westchester and food left over from the Key Club’s Christmas Basketball Project in December.

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  District 209 to Host Public Forum on Special Education

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host a public forum on special education at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at Proviso Math and Science Academy.

The forum, conducted by the Illinois Board of Education Division of Special Education Services, will focus on the needs of students in special education programs in the district and state requirements for implementing the programs.  Included will be an explanation of the focused monitoring review process, for which Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools have been selected, as well as an overview of the state’s general supervision system. The program will be conducted in both English and Spanish.

The public forum will last about 90 minutes, with time set aside for questions from the audience.

 
  Harrell Named Board of Education Vice President

 
 

Francine Harrell was named the new vice president of the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at the board’s regular meeting on Wednesday, February 20, at Proviso Math and Science Academy.

Mrs. Harrell was nominated by board member, Brian Cross, and approved in an overwhelming vote. She takes over for Dan Adams, who became board president in January after Chris Welch stepped down after 10 years in the position.

“I think it’s great,” Mr. Adams said of Mrs. Harrell’s appointment. “She’s a great board member.”

Mrs. Harrell, who has been on the board since 2011, will serve as vice president until at least April, when the school board will hold its organizational meeting following the April 9 election.

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  Students Learn About a Piece of Black History in The Meeting  
 

Students, faculty and the community in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 got an education about civil rights icons, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, February 19 to 21. The event culminated with a performance of The Meeting, a one-act play about a fictional meeting between the two leaders.

The performance of The Meeting was the culmination of three days of workshops about the lives of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, as part of District 209’s celebration of Black History Month. Starring noted actors Kevin McIlvaine as Malcolm X and Edward D. Richardson as King, The Meeting is a one-act play set in 1965 in Malcolm’s hotel room in Harlem. The duo debated about how to achieve racial harmony, with King advocating peaceful resistance, and Malcolm pushing for economic independence, human rights, unity and solidarity.

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  West Student Wins $180,000 Scholarship

 
 

LaQuan McMahan has been active in the Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) during his high school career at Proviso West High School.

It paid off for the Proviso West senior recently, when he found out he had been awarded an $180,000 scholarship from the Navy. He plans to major in civil engineering at Marquette University in Milwaukee.

Getting to this point, however, was a tough road for McMahan, 17. Last year, his mother, Rosalee Robinson, passed away, and he said that he has been living with his grandmother since. However, he pressed on, and ultimately won the scholarship.

“It was an overwhelming feeling,” McMahan said. “I feel a sense of pride and I feel she’s proud of me.”

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  Black History Performance Connects History, Community, and Curriculum

 
  What if civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X had met? What would that meeting have looked like?

Theater-goers will get a chance to imagine that at the performance of The Meeting by Jeff Stetson. The performance will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 21, at the Proviso East High School auditorium as part of District 209’s celebration of Black History Month. Starring noted actors Kevin McIlvaine as Malcolm X and Edward D. Richardson as King, The Meeting is a one-act play set in 1965 in Malcolm’s hotel room in Harlem. The duo debate about how to achieve racial harmony, with King advocating peaceful resistance, and Malcolm pushing for economic independence, human rights, unity and solidarity.

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  Proviso West Cheerleaders Make History at State Contest

 
 

The Proviso West High School Competition Cheer Team made history in its first ever state contest, winning first place in its division.

The team competed in the Illinois High School Association Invitational Cheerleading Competition on January 5 at Lake Zurich High School as one of 20 teams competing across ten divisions. Competing in the small varsity division, the Proviso West team consisted of 12 members from both its junior varsity and varsity squads.

Carla Williams, the team’s coach, said that the win was the result of hard work and practice.

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  District 209 Student-Athletes Commit to Colleges  
 

Six student-athletes from District 209 schools officially signed their letters of intent with the colleges of their choice on February 6. The signings were part of National Signing Day, in which football players across the country officially indicated the colleges for which they will compete and attend next year.

Proviso East had five players commit to colleges, including Antony Greenhow, a defensive end who will attend Southern Illinois University, and Rashad Williams, an offensive tackle who will go to the University of North Dakota. In addition, Adonis Barker, a safety, Darnell Toney, a linebacker, and Langdon Johnson, a running back, will all attend Robert Morris University in Chicago. Also, Jameer Thurman, a senior at Proviso Math and Science Academy who played defensive back at Proviso West, faxed in his letter of intent to Indiana State University earlier in the day.

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  School Improvement Team Addresses School Improvement at Board Forum

 
 

Administrators, teachers, and students from Proviso West High School presented information on ways to improve the school at a community forum on Monday, February 4, at the school.

The forum, which was sponsored by the Board of Education, featured Dr. Roudell Kirkwood, principal at Proviso West, and Dan Johnson, assistant principal at Proviso West, discussing the steps the school is taking to raise student achievement on state tests and other areas. Dr. Kirkwood said under the school’s “Rising Star” program, administrators and faculty look at 104 indicators in impacting areas including student achievement, school culture, and parent and community involvement. This includes the school maintaining a database that has information such as a student’s test scores and behavior.

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  West Students Give Blood in Service to Community

 
 

Dozens of students and teachers at Proviso West High School contributed to a blood drive sponsored by the Student Council on Thursday, January 31, in the school’s field house.

The Student Council sponsors four blood drives each school year, with this most recent drive the third of this year and conducted by Heartland Blood Centers, based in Aurora.

“We advertise,” said Ms. Heather Wickey, a Proviso West math teacher and the Student Council faculty sponsor. “Students 16 and up can donate. The kids are giving back to do this.”

Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that students deserve credit for serving the community.

“Any part of a student’s education has to include community service,” she said. “Serving the community is a noble endeavor and students deserve credit any time they do work for the benefit of others.”

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  PTHS Board of Education to Host School Improvement Forums

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education will host a series of community forums on school improvement in February in District 209 Schools.

Parents, students, community members and other stakeholders in the district will get a chance to hear from district administrators on school improvement efforts and initiatives in the district. Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent, said that the beginning of the session will have each principal and his or her school improvement team as well as faculty and staff representatives speak about their efforts in school improvement and student achievement. There will be a question/answer/discussion period.

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  Medina Named a "Most Inspirational Teacher"

 
 

Diana Medina has spent her entire teaching career at Proviso West High School, and during that time she has become well liked by her students.

The respect of her students was formalized for the social studies teacher in late November when she received notification that she had been named a “most inspiring teacher” by one of her former students who now attends Western Illinois University in Macomb.

“An incoming student in an anonymous survey nominated you as an inspirational teacher,” said the certificate that Ms. Medina received from the office of Jack Thomas, president of Western Illinois University. She also received a plaque in recognition of the award.

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  District 209, Feeder Schools Set Momentum for State Education Changes

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 joined with its feeder school districts on Thursday, January 17, to inform the public about the coming changes in how students and schools will be evaluated.

The community forum took place at Proviso Math and Science Academy. It was designed to explain the transition for elementary and middle school students from the Illinois Standard Achievement Test, or ISAT, which measures the achievement of third- through eighth-graders in reading and math and fourth- through seventh-graders in science, to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, assessments. Illinois is scheduled to adopt in spring 2015 the new statewide testing that will assess the new, more rigorous national Common Core Standards, to which testing for high school juniors, the Prairie State Achievement Examination, or PSAE, is already well-matched. The forum featured area administrators explaining the changes as well as an opportunity for the nearly 100 community members who attended to ask questions about the tests.

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  PTHS District 209 a Major Presence at MLK Birthday Events

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 was heavily represented at events honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. over the weekend celebrating his birthday.

The events included two teachers and a student from Proviso East High School being honored for their service and community involvement. The awards were presented by Operation UpLift at its 25th Annual Birthday Awards Luncheon of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Saturday, January 19, at the Diplomat West in Elmhurst.

Semaj Hunter, 15 and a junior at Proviso East, won the Leon S. Brown “21” Youth Award, for his volunteerism, academic achievement, peer leadership and role modeling influence for area youth. Lawrence Broughton, a social studies teacher at Proviso East, received the Dr. Margaret T. Burroughs Lifetime Achievement Award for his longtime work as a commissioner with the Maywood Park District. In addition, Reginald Wright, the director of bands at Proviso East, won a Surprise Award honoring his work with area youth in the music programs from the Operation UpLift Board of Directors at the ceremony.

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  36 District 209 Students Tabbed As State Scholars

 
 

Thirty-six students from Proviso Township High Schools District 209 have been selected as State Scholars for 2013-14 by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, or ISAC.

The students were selected for their outstanding academic achievement. The State Scholar Program recognizes students attending approved high schools in Illinois with the honorary designation.

About 10 percent of graduates from approved high schools in Illinois are announced as State Scholars each year. According to ISAC, to qualify for the program, students must perform in the top half of their high school class at the end of the third semester prior to graduation [typically the end of their junior year in high school] or score in the 95th percentile on the ACT, SAT, or PSAE.

The students from District 209 continue a tradition of excellence in receiving the honors for their achievements from outside agencies.

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  Proviso West Students' Art Shown at Elmhurst College

 
 

Art students at Proviso West High School recently had their work on display at Elmhurst College.

The exhibit of the 46 Proviso West students’ work was part of Elmhurst College’s 14th Annual High School Art Exhibit, which took place from January 11 to 23. The exhibit at the Elmhurst College campus included examples of drawings, photography, sculpture and other media by students from 10 area high schools. With student artwork displayed from floor to ceiling, it was part of a celebration of young artists and public high school art programs, a press release from the college said.

Sean Shipley, an art teacher at Proviso West, said that it was an easy decision to participate.

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  Forum on State Testing, State Survey, and College and Career Readiness Standards Changes Set for January 17 at PMSA

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 and West 40 Intermediate Service Center No. 2 will host a Parent and Community Forum on state testing, the upcoming state survey, and the new college and career readiness standards from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on January 17 in the auditorium at Proviso Math and Science Academy, 8601 W. Roosevelt Road in Forest Park.

The forum will focus heavily on the planned change from the Illinois Standard Achievement Test, or ISAT, which measures the achievement of third- through eighth-graders in reading and math and fourth- through seventh-graders in science, to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, assessments. Illinois is scheduled to adopt the new statewide testing in spring 2015 that will assess the new, more rigorous national Common Core Standards, to which testing for high school juniors, the Prairie State Achievement Examination, or PSAE, is already well-matched.

The event also will address upcoming changes to the state report cards, the Five Essentials Survey, and other academic measuring tools that are being brought more in line with the new standards and the high school testing. This is in order to provide a more accurate picture of how a student is performing academically.

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Students’ Success in Stock Market Game Leads to Award for Proviso West Teacher

 
 

Stocks, corporations and entrepreneurs are among the English words that students in Karen Sassetti’s English as a Second Language, or ESL, class at Proviso West High School have been learning recently.

Last year, that led to a second-place finish among suburban high schools in Econ Illinois’ Stock Market Game Program for the Proviso West team. Ms. Sassetti, who formerly taught business education at Proviso West, was honored last semester with a 3M Star in the Classroom Award. She received a certificate from the Illinois General Assembly and the Illinois House of Representatives in recognition of her work in promoting economics among youth.

“My students know these companies, and they have a good feeling on which companies will do well,” said Ms. Sassetti, who currently has a team in first place in the division again this school year. “I’m amazed at the portfolios they put together.”

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  Proviso West Teacher Named a 'Hero in the Classroom'

 
  Gail Suffredin, a special education teacher at Proviso West High School, received a big surprise when she was led into the school's Little Theatre last semester.

That was when, in front of many of her students and colleagues, she learned that she had been named as that week's Symetra Hero in the Classroom. Sponsored in part by the Chicago Bears and Gallagher Benefit Services, she said that she was shocked to find out about the award, which honors two Chicago-area teachers each week during the NFL season.

"I was very excited, but it was almost too much for me to take," Suffredin said. "It was really overwhelming. I was proud to bring some positive notoriety to our school."

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  Expanded Proviso West Holiday Basketball Tournament a Success

 
 

The title game of the 52nd edition of the Proviso West Holiday Basketball Tournament on December 31 between Proviso East and Morgan Park in the school’s main gym was an “entertainment experience,” according to Joe Spagnolo, the tournament’s director.

Players were introduced in dimmed lights to the Alan Parsons Project’s “Sirius,” the same music the Chicago Bulls use in their player introductions at the United Center. Jim Cornelison, who sings the national anthem at Chicago Blackhawks games and occasionally at Chicago Bears games, did the same at the Holiday Tournament championship game. A large video board hung over center court, much like at a large college or professional arena.

While the Pirates ultimately lost their title defense 82-57, it was still a successful tournament, with more than 20,000 people attending games between December 22 and December 31, said Dr. Roudell Kirkwood, principal at Proviso West High School, who credited everyone involved with making the tournament a success.

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  48 Proviso West Students Inducted Into National Honor Society

 
 

Forty-eight students at Proviso West High School were recognized for their high academic achievement and leadership skills when they were inducted into the National Honor Society on November 15.

“These 48 students are the best of the best,” said Dr. Roudell Kirkwood, principal at Proviso West High School. “But we know there are more (qualified) students.”

At the induction ceremony which took place at Proviso West High School, the students received a certificate recognizing their achievements, a National Honor Society lapel pin, and a National Honor Society pen. They then sat down to a banquet in their honor with their parents.

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  District 209 Students Continue Legacy of Earning Scholarship Dollars By Trying Out for the Bands

 
 

Ashley Martin, 17 and a Proviso East High School Senior, was nervous as she held up her trumpet for the audition.

With the reassurances of Rob Johnson, a 2007 Proviso East High School graduate and now the band director at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi, Martin played through her audition flawlessly.

“I think it went ok,” she said afterward.

Martin was among a group of students from Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools to come back to school on December 20 during winter break to audition for college band directors from Alcorn State University, South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, and Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. The prize for coming to school on the first day of winter break: a chance not only to earn a spot on a college band, but to potentially earn a full-ride scholarship for college.

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  Proviso West Holiday Basketball Tournament Begins Saturday

 
 

The Proviso West Holiday Basketball Tournament has long been considered one of the top high school basketball tournaments in the country.

It can now add largest to its titles, as it has grown from 16 teams to 32 teams.

The 52nd edition of the traditional holiday hoops tournament tips off in the Sports Arena at Proviso West at 9 a.m. on Saturday, December 22, with a game between Oswego and Lincoln Park. It will be the first of 61 games over a nine-day period, culminating with the tournament’s championship game at 4 p.m. on December 31.

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  Madrigal Singers Host Holiday Party, 15th-Century Style

 
 

It was a night of lords and ladies, court jesters and royalty at the 38th annual Madrigal Singers Holiday Show on December 8 and 9 at Proviso West High School.

The show, according to Salina Watson, the Madrigal Singers sponsor, featured students from Proviso West High School and Proviso Math and Science Academy reenacting a 15th–century royal court. Performing in a dinner-theater atmosphere, with the cafeteria transformed into a castle, the students served dinner and performed Madrigal-style harmonies and traditional Christmas carols.

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  Proviso West High School Key Club Serves to Spread Holiday Cheer

 
 

The Proviso West High School Key Club has been doing its part to spread holiday cheer around the community.

The service club, with more than 40 active members and sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Westchester, has been working in the community in recent weeks to ensure that those who are less fortunate can have a happy holiday.

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  Proviso West Commemorates Patriot Day

 
  Students Lead Ceremony to Remember Victims of 9/11

In a Patriot Day ceremony led by students in the NJROTC program, faculty, staff and students gathered at the Proviso West flagpole on Tuesday, September 11 to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks on America in 2001. Cadets Bedford, Buckley and Hopson recounted for the participants the events of 9/11.

The flag was raised to half-staff, followed by a moment of silence and the playing of Taps. The ceremony ended with the releasing of balloons and a sharing of President Obama’s Patriot Day proclamation to “reclaim the abiding spirit of compassion by serving their communities in the days and weeks ahead.”

 

 

 

By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001 (Public Law 107-89), the Congress has designated September 11 of each year as Patriot Day, and by Public Law 111-13, approved April 21, 2009, has requested the observance of September 11 as an annually recognized National Day of Service and Remembrance.

 
  Teachers Meet Before School to Work on Improving Student Achievement

 
  ‘Friday Morning Club’ Collaborates on Data Analysis

More than twenty Proviso West teachers gathered together in the Library before school on Friday, September 14th to collaboratively review student testing information and develop strategies for more effectively teaching specific skills. This was the second meeting of the group, this year, which included representatives from the English, Math, Science and PE departments. According to Associate Principal Dan Johnson, the goal is to have this group meet before school every other Friday to work on important issues related to improving student achievement. “This process really started last year, and we’re very excited to see it expand and improve this year,” said Mr. Johnson.

English teacher Megan Delaney indicated that she is participating because “It makes our teaching more effective. If it’s guided at areas of need, we can impact scores and help students achieve.” When asked what she thought the benefit was of having teachers from the various departments participate, Sherry Bates, also in the English department said “Hopefully, we’ll be able to combine strategies. We see the same students and can share strategies, ideas and methods.”

Proviso West Principal Dr. Roudell Kirkwood says that he is “excited about the prospect of building leadership capacity within each department, and grateful for the dedication of the teachers participating in this effort.”

The next meeting is scheduled for Friday, September 28 at 7:00 am in the Proviso West Library. Teachers interested in participating are encouraged to attend.

 
  Keeping Students Healthy: Proviso West High School to Host Cardiac Screening for Students

 
 

Proviso West High School is partnering with the Midwest Heart Foundation/Advocate Charity Foundation to bring the Young Hearts for LifeŽ (YH4L) Cardiac Screening Program to Proviso West High School on September 27 & 28, 2012.

Midwest Heart Foundation/Advocate Charity Foundation, a 501(c) 3 non-profit public charity foundation, provides free cardiac screenings which include an ECG (electrocardiogram) and may include an echocardiogram to identify high school students at risk for sudden cardiac death and to increase the public's awareness of this issue. To date over 75,000 students have been screened as a result of the Young Hearts for LifeŽ Cardiac Screening Program.

Participation in the program requires parental permission. To register your student for the screening, and to learn more about the Young Hearts for LifeŽ program, please visit www.midwestheart.org. Students may also be registered for screening using the registration forms they have received in their PE, Health and NJROTC classes.

The program sponsors are also looking for adult volunteers to assist with the screening. Interested individuals may contact Ms. Carlinda McGrew at 708-502-5778 or at carlinda36@yahoo.com.

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  BACK TO SCHOOL NOTICE: First Day Exclusion Policy

 
 

On August 20th, 2012 Proviso Township High Schools will welcome all students back for the 2012-2013 school year. Freshmen orientation is set for Friday, 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.

This fall, students entering grade 9 will be required to provide proof of Tdap vaccinations along with the required school physical forms. Students entering this grade without one of the following will be subject to exclusion:

1. Proof of Tdap vaccination,
2. An approved medical or religious exemption on file with the school,
3. An appointment to receive the Tdap shot during the school year.

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 – Friday, August 17th at 7:50 a.m.
First Day of School District wide – Monday, August 20th at 7:50 a.m.

 
  BACK TO SCHOOL NOTICE: Registration, Bus Service and Textbook Pickup

 
 

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 2012-2013 school year resumes on Monday, August 20th 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 6th from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) at 708.202.1825 or Proviso West’s Transportation Hotline at 708.202.6299.

Please see textbook pick-up dates below.

Registration and Textbook Pickup
August 6 – 10, 2012

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
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. each day
Monday - Freshmen
Tuesday - Sophomores
Wednesday - Juniors
Thursday - Seniors
Friday - All grade levels, make-up day

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 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 Friday, 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 on Friday, August 17th, 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 Friday. 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 Monday, August 20th 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 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. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Richard Ramsey, will present "Closing the Achievement Gap" to all faculty and staff. 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.

 
 
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