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  Board of Education Honors Top Scholars

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education honored four of its top scholars at its regular meeting on Tuesday, June 10, at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy (PMSA).

The Board honored LaDarius Sapho as valedictorian and Ashanti Stanton as salutatorian at Proviso East High School. Also honored were Marco Herrera and Carlos Aceves as research scholars of distinction at PMSA for their development of a program that can determine what parts a computer will need to remain fully functional for their senior research mentorship project. Each were presented a plaque and recognized in front of a gathered audience.

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  District 209 Seniors Top $21 Million Mark in Scholarships

 
 

Graduating seniors in Proviso Township High Schools were awarded more than $21 million in scholarships from colleges, universities, and local organizations in 2014.

College-bound students from Proviso East High School earned a total of $4.4 million in scholarships and grants, topping $4 million in awards won for the second consecutive year. Graduating seniors from Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy won a whopping total of $11.66 million in scholarships, which is more than the $9.24 awarded last year. At Proviso West High School, members of the Class of 2014 won $5.58 million in scholarships from various organizations, again topping the $5 million mark. The $21.64 million in awards were presented to the students based on criteria such as academics, community service, and activities.

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  Proviso West NJROTC Earns Unit Achievement Status Again

 
 

The Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) unit at Proviso West High School has earned Unit Achievement status again.

The Proviso West unit, led by Commander Gerard Egler, was one of nine schools in the area to earn the achievement. The unit continues to shine among area NJROTC units, having earn Distinguished Unit status in 2012 and Unit Achievement status last year.

According to area Commander George Clifford, who oversees area NJROTC programs, the competition among all area units competing for Distinguished Unit status and Unit Achievement status was close.

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  District 209 Offices, Schools To Begin Summer Hours

 
 

Offices and schools in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will operate under summer hours beginning Monday, June 16.

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 office hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, August 4.

 
  Proviso West Students Take Third at Triton Culinary Competition

 
 

A duo of Proviso West High School students won third place recently at the fifth annual Des Plaines Valley Region Culinary Cook-Off at Triton College.

The team of Christian Naugle and David Vela competed with five other teams in a close contest. They missed first place by a mere four points out of a possible 100 points and second place by two points, said Ms. Georgina Roney, a Proviso West family and consumer science teacher who advised Christian and David. The finish continued a trend of strong finishes by Proviso West students in the culinary competition, with Proviso West having finished in the top three in four of the last five years.

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  Proviso West Grad Makes History

 
 

When he graduated from Proviso West High School in 2009 with plans to play football in college, Kwamane Liddell did not think that he would one day make history.

Last month, he did just that, becoming the first African-American male to graduate from the College of Nursing at Southern Illinois University (SIU).

“It was a lot of studying and a lot of work,” Kwamane said.

While at Proviso West, Kwamane played football and was a member of the wrestling team. He earned a football scholarship to McKendree University in downstate Lebanon, Illinois, where he was a biology major.

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  District 209 Congratulates Class of 2014

 
 

Nearly 920 members of the Class of 2014 said “goodbye” to Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy at commencement ceremonies held on Saturday, May 24, at the Rosemont Theatre.

The 913 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.

Mr. Daniel J. Adams, president of the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education, encouraged the graduates to pursue whatever they did in life with passion.

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  District 209 to Begin Transition for Removal from Financial Oversight

 
  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is beginning a transition that could see the end of the state-appointed Financial Oversight Panel’s (FOP) supervision by summer 2016.

At a special joint meeting of the District 209 Board of Education and the FOP on Tuesday, May 27, Dr. Craig Schilling, chairman of the FOP, presented a tentative timeline that, if successful, would see the FOP exit from its oversight of the District in June 2016.

“The last year has been really good,” Dr. Schilling said. “I think we’re making progress.”

District 209 has been under the supervision of the FOP since 2008, when the District voluntarily requested that the State intervene due to its financial deficit. During the summer of 2012, the District was unsuccessful in its appeal to the State to be removed from oversight; in fact, the State implemented a new statute which gave the FOP greater authority. Over time, the District’s budget deficit has decreased from approximately $14 million in 2007 to balanced budgets in every year since fiscal year 2010, placing the District in the State of Illinois’ highest category, “financial recognition.”

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  District 209 Students: Sign Up for Summer School Now

 
 

Students in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 wishing to take summer school can register now.

Students wishing to take classes for summer school need to register before the end of the day on June 6 in order to take summer classes. Summer school classes will run from June 9 through July 10 from 8 a.m. to 1:10 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Parents are encouraged to sign up their students for summer school as soon as possible to help with determining class sizes.

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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 eight students of the Class of 2014 at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy were honored recently by being named to the District 209 Academic Hall of Fame.

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  District 209 Unveils Exciting New Programs at Forum

 
 

There are several exciting new programs that are being introduced in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 for the 2014-15 school year.

The new programs were discussed at a community forum for program changes on Wednesday, May 21, at the District’s offices at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy. The programs include those that could lead to future college credit and being prepared for a career. They are the Project Lead the Way pre-engineering program, which will be introduced for 25 students at Proviso West High School in the new school year, and a cosmetology and barber program for 40 students from Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School. Attendees also learned about the new freshman summer transition program, new special education programs, and what to expect when the Common Core Standards and the new PARCC state assessment go into effect in the 2014-15 school year.

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  Proviso East, Proviso West Compete Well in Battle of the Bands

 
 

The Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School marching bands and drumlines took on a strong field at the 12th annual Proviso East Battle of the Bands in the packed Proviso West gymnasium on May 17.

While two-time defending champion Trotwood-Madison (Ohio) High School again took home the top prize in Division 1, Proviso West won several prizes of its own in Division 2, including first place for best auxiliary and best drumline in the overall contest. Proviso also won first place in the drumline competition and won second place in the overall competition, just behind visiting Oak Park (Michigan) High School.

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  Proviso East, Proviso West Art Students Shine in Contests

 
 

Art students from Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School recently took home honors at area high school art competitions.

Students from both schools were selected to compete in the 34th Annual Danny K. Davis Seventh Congressional Art Competition on May 2 at the United Center in Chicago. A committee of six judges chose the winners and prizes were awarded to first though sixth places.

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  Proviso West Counselor Named State Club Sponsor of the Year

 
 

Mr. Charles Jalove, a guidance counselor at Proviso West High School, recently was named the winner of the Illinois Directors of Student Activities (IDSA) Sponsor of the Year Award.

Mr. Jalove is the faculty sponsor of several clubs and events at Proviso West, overseeing the Key Club as well as the school’s overnight sports night in the fall. He received the award at a banquet in April.

“It’s nice being recognized,” he said. “I am appreciative. I’m trying to teach the kids that there are people who support us. We don’t strive for this. We’re striving to help the kids.”

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  District 209 Board of Education Honors Students for Academic Excellence

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education honored 17 students for their academic excellence and achievements at its meeting on Tuesday, May 13, at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

The Board recognized Jennifer Ramirez, a senior at Proviso East High School, and Izaura Ocampo, a senior at Proviso West High School, for being named the valedictorian of their respective graduating classes. In addition, Stephanie Gonzalez and Crystal Magallon were honored for being named the salutatorians of their classes at Proviso East and Proviso West, respectively. The four students were presented a plaque in recognition of their accomplishment.

“The Board of Education of District 209 honors academic excellence,” said Ms. Kim Echols, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for District 209. “These students will become a part of District 209’s academic hall of fame.”

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  Learn About New Educational Programs in District 209 at Forum on May 21

 
  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will discuss the exciting new programs being introduced in our schools at a community forum on Wednesday, May 21, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The forum will take place at the District’s offices in the Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy Auditorium, 8601 West Roosevelt Road in Forest Park.

“We are coming into an exciting time in our District where we are able to offer our students new programs to boost their academic achievement and enrich their education,” said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. “With the changing landscape that is occurring in college and career readiness, we need to be able to offer our students new opportunities to grow and to learn, and I believe that these programs will do just that.”

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  District 209 Honors Employees and Retirees for Accomplishments and Service

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 thanked and honored 87 of its faculty and staff – including 14 who are retiring – at the annual Staff Retirement and Recognition Dinner on May 9 at Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse in Oak Brook.

The faculty and staff members were celebrated at the special dinner for their extraordinary contributions to the district. They included 23 employees who have served in the district for at least 15 years, 11 who earned a graduate degree during the past year, and 43 faculty and staff members who made a special contribution and effort to the district and its schools during the 2013-14 school year.

“This is a special time for you and your accomplishments,” said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209.

Mr. Daniel J. Adams, president of the District 209 Board of Education, said that the faculty and staff being honored are appreciated.

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  Proviso West Student Named to State SADD Student Board

 
  A Proviso West High School student recently was named to the Illinois Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Student Advisory Board.

Limni Jimenez, a junior at Proviso West, will serve on the state SADD student advisory board during the 2014-15 school year with other high school students from across Illinois, beginning with a retreat in June in Champaign. According to a letter that Limni received from Ms. Robyn L. Block, the Illinois SADD coordinator, the student group will formulate recommendations on SADD policies and activities and coordinate the 2014 DomeShift Youth Advocacy Day. Limni also could be asked to represent SADD at conferences, media events, and public occasions.

“A panel of leaders in the field chose you from a group of extremely talented and capable students,” Ms. Block said in the letter to Limni. “Your talents and abilities, coupled with your leadership and compassion, make you well qualified to hold this important position.”

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  District 209 Students Learn Corporate Law at McDonald’s

 
 

Proviso East and West students met recently for McDonald's Corporation's Street Law Symposium at McDonald’s corporate headquarters in Oak Brook.

Students, who were greeted by senior legal counsel, Jennifer Cohn and Edward Lance, in the morning, were quizzed on their knowledge of the McDonald's brand. Following introductions, students were split into small groups where they attended workshops on real estate, marketing, compliance, and tort law.

Those students attending the compliance workshop learned about the changing face of social media and the digital marketplace. Many students were surprised to find that their digital shadow will follow them for the rest of their lives.

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  Proviso West Chess Team Branches Out to Teaching Game to Youngsters

 
 

The Proviso West High School chess team has been branching out this year, bringing the game of chess to area youth every week at the Bellwood Public Library.

Members of the team have been making the trip to the Bellwood library every week for the last two years, teaching the game to children ages 5 to 14. Born out of a desire to serve the community, the Proviso West students have been able to show youngsters a new game and a new way to think.

“Not only are we introducing them to chess, we’re helping them learn to think and how to focus,” said Christian Rivera, a Proviso West senior.

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  Proviso West Inducts 21 Students Into National Honor Society

 
 

The Proviso West High School National Honor Society (NHS) inducted 21 new members at its spring ceremony on April 15 at Proviso West High School.

To be inducted into the National Honor Society, a student needs to have at least four semesters in which they earn a grade point average of at least 3.0 of a possible 4.0. The students who meet this criterion are then contacted and invited to submit an application in which they answer questions about their leadership skills and community service as well as write an essay on why they believe they should be inducted.

The 21 new members bring the total number of Proviso West students inducted into the National Honor Society to 53 for the 2013-14 school year. Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, said that he was proud of the new inductees.

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  Thank You, District 209 Teachers, for All You Do

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will be joining with school districts across the country to say “thank you” to teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 5 to 9.

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 make it possible for students to thrive and to pursue their dreams,” said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. “We want to make sure that our teachers know how much we appreciate all that they do and to celebrate what they do.

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  State Testing Goes Well Again in District 209

 
  One of the goals of the District is to ensure that students fully participate in both days of state tests in order to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

This year, like last year, our schools again hit the mark. At Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, 98 percent of the juniors took the test on Wednesday, April 23, while 97 percent of the juniors at Proviso East High School and 95 percent of Proviso West High School’s juniors were in attendance that day. Similar numbers were reported for the second day of state testing on Thursday, April 24. The numbers will be even higher after those students who missed the testing days take the exams on May 7 and 8, the official state make-up days. Each school is expected to meet 95 percent in order to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). In 2013, 95.5 percent of the District's juniors participated on both ACT and PSAE testing days.

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  Proviso West Key Club Donates 1,500 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 collected 1,500 pounds of canned and non-perishable food from early January through early March, according to Charles Jalove, a counselor at Proviso West and the club’s sponsor. He said that 750 pounds of that food was collected through the Cook County Farm Bureau, with another 750 pounds delivered directly to the Maywood Ronald McDonald House.

“There were 18 boxes of food,” Mr. Jalove said. “The cause is it helps people who are less fortunate who come to the Ronald McDonald House. There is always food for them. We’re showing them that we’re a caring community.”

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  Seniors Offer Tips for Acing State Tests

 
  In April 2013, juniors at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy took the ACT and the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE).

The same group of students, now seniors preparing to graduate in May, had some advice for this year’s class of juniors as they prepare to take the ACT/PSAE on April 23 and 24.

Ladarius Sapho, a Proviso East senior, increased his ACT score five points from the practice ACT that he took earlier in the year. While he said that it is important to eat a healthy breakfast on both days to make sure that you are not hungry during the tests, he also recommended that it is important just to have confidence in yourself on each question. He said that the juniors should be mindful of the time allotted for each portion of the tests and approach the questions accordingly.

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  219 Proviso West Students Honored For Making Honor Roll

 
 

Making the honor roll can be a matter of perseverance, said Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West High School, to Proviso West honor roll students and their families.

“We are celebrating the success of these students,” he said. “It’s that ability to withstand being knocked down in life, and having the fortitude to get up and try again.”

The remarks came at the annual Proviso West High School Honor Roll Recognition Program on April 9 in the school’s gymnasium. The program recognized the 219 students who had made the A and B Honor Roll during the first semester and the recently completed third quarter of the current school year. Those on the A Honor Roll currently maintain a grade point average of 3.5 to 3.99, while those on the B Honor Roll have a grade point average of 3.0 to 3.499.

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  Have a Voice in Proviso Township High Schools Through 5Essentials Survey

 
  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is joining with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in providing an opportunity for teachers, students, and parents to have another voice in their schools through the Illinois 5Essentials Survey: Organizing Schools for Improvement.

From now, through April 25, teachers, students, and parents are asked to share their thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about their school. To access the survey, please visit survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois. A link to the survey is also available at www.pths209.org.

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  Board of Education Honors Proviso West Students, Teacher for Math and Science Achievements

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education honored 19 Proviso West High School students and a Proviso West science teacher for their excellence in math and science.

Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, recognized 13 students who had been recognized for their outstanding performance in math and science by the National Society of Women Engineers (NSWE) and six students who had been recognized for their outstanding performance in science by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). The students had received their recognition from the NSWE and AAPT with students from Proviso East High School and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy at a ceremony at Proviso West on March 17.

He also recognized Dr. Bozena Suwary, a Proviso West science teacher, for her efforts.

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  Parents Can Encourage Students to Do Their Best on State Tests

 
  It has been said that it takes a village to raise a child.

The same thinking can be applied to students at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics Academy who will take the ACT and Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE) state tests on April 23 and 24, respectively. Students who do well tend to have their parents and others who are encouraging them to do their best.

“Research has shown that students who are encouraged often by parents, family members, teachers, and the community at-large achieve more in the classroom and on standardized tests," said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent for District 209. "We are thankful for the parents who actively encourage their students and our schools, and we encourage everyone to do everything that they can to ensure that students do their best on state tests.”

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  District 209 Students Lead as Election Judges for Primaries

 
 

Students from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy had a role in helping with this year’s primary elections on March 18.

Part of the Student Election Judge Program with the Cook County Clerk’s Office, the 39 students from District 209 were among hundreds of suburban Cook County high school students who manned polling stations across the county as election judges. Working in schools, churches, libraries, and anywhere else where registered voters could cast their vote for their party’s nominee for governor, senator, and other offices, the students did everything from verifying voters’ identities and registration to preparing ballots for voters to cast their selections.

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  District 209 Teachers Grow in Skills at National Conference

 
 

Ensuring that teachers and administrators develop their professional skills on a regular basis is a key component of maintaining a skilled faculty and staff for any school district.

Several faculty and administrators from Proviso Township High Schools District 209 recently attended the ASCD Conference in Los Angeles, California. Conducted by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the conference brought together teachers and administrators from school districts around the country to learn new ways to inspire students to achieve greatness in their classroom.

Ms. Kisha Lang, assistant principal for educational services at Proviso East High School, was among the District 209 staff to attend the conference. Much of the time was focused on instruction in the classroom as well as creating the proper culture and climate in each classroom. Ms. Lang said that the lessons will help administrators such as her be better evaluators of the instruction in a classroom.

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  Proviso Students Prepare For State Tests With Prep Classes

 
 

On April 23 and 24, juniors at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy will take the ACT and Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE).

To prepare for the high-stakes tests, the students and their teachers have been working hard to learn tips and develop skills through a variety of test prep classes and programs.

“Our goal as a district is to meet or exceed the state average on these exams," said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. “With these additional preparations for our students, we are giving them the tools that they can use to perform at higher levels on the state tests.”

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  34 Proviso Students Awarded for Math and Science Excellence

 
 

Thirty-four Proviso Township High Schools District 209 students were honored for their excellence in math and science by the Society of Women Engineers and the American Association of Physics Teachers in a ceremony on March 17 at Proviso West High School.

The honorees represented some of the top students in the District, all of whom were helped along the way by their teachers, said Mr. Bob Hurley, a science teacher at Proviso East High School and an organizer of the ceremony.

“This is the most wonderful night of the year for us,” he told the crowd of parents, teachers, and students. “They are here as top-rated students because somebody told them they can do good things. Science is a collaborative effort.”

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  Proviso West Graduate Branches Out With Memorable Interview, Internship

 
  A 2011 graduate of Proviso West High School is making the most of her time after high school.

LeMonica Gale is studying sports management with a minor in public relations at Columbia College in Chicago. During the three years since she graduated from Proviso West, she has interned with Proviso West alum and former Chicago Bear Ray McElroy at his Hope of Earth Foundation. She also has interviewed Simeon Wright, who is the cousin of Emmitt Till, an African-American teen who was killed in 1955 after he had allegedly flirted with a white woman.

“It was hard to listen (to the story) and type at the same time,” she said of interviewing Wright.

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  Proviso Students Have Incentives to Do Well on ACT/PSAE

 
 

When juniors in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 take the ACT and Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE) on April 23 and 24, they will have incentives to do their best on the tests beyond just getting good scores.

Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy will once again provide a series of prizes to students as incentive to give their best on the exams. The prizes have ranged from gift cards and bicycles to a 32-inch flat screen television – all paid for using proceeds from fundraisers or donations.

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  Eligible Proviso East, Proviso West Students Can Get Extra Help with Classes

 
  Students at Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School can receive extra help in approved subject areas if they meet certain income guidelines.

Students at those schools who are eligible to receive a free or reduced-price lunch also are eligible to be part of a free supplemental educational services program as a result of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. These programs, which have been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education, will provide students with tutoring that is coordinated with what is being taught in school.

“Eligible students at Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School have several options to receive extra assistance in their classes,” said Mrs. Kim Echols, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for District 209. “It is important that eligible students take advantage of these opportunities to help them achieve academic success.”

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  Proviso Madrigal Singers Shine Way to Superior Rating at State Contest

 
 

Thirteen students from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy earned the highest rating and other honors at the Illinois High School Association solo-ensemble music contest at Hinsdale South High School on March 8.

The students helped the Proviso Madrigal Singers earn a judges’ score of 38.5 out of 40. This earned the Proviso singers, who were led by Ms. Salina Watson, choral music director at Proviso East and Proviso West, a “Superior Rating,” which is the highest rating, and a blue-ribboned gold medal. They were the following:

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  Proviso West Auto Tech Program Grows

 
 

Teachers at Proviso Township High Schools District 209 are always looking for ways to motivate their students to think ahead to what they will be doing after they graduate from high school.

On March 12, students in Mr. Carl Fedele’s auto tech class at Proviso West High School learned about one of their options, with a visit from representatives from Lincoln College of Technology (Lincoln Tech), a vocational technical school based in Melrose Park.

The visit was one of the latest lessons that approximately 60 auto tech students have been receiving at Proviso West this year. Mr. Fedele, who is master certified by the National Institute for Auto Service Excellence (ASE), said that he restarted the class three years ago, seven years after a similar program at Proviso East High School was reborn. The program at Proviso West has grown from its beginnings in the school’s maintenance garage to a class where students can learn everything about repairing vehicles ranging from balancing and rotating tires to repairing engines. This is all completed with tools from new tool boxes and four shop cars that the students work on. Students also are required to write one research paper every quarter for the class.

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  Proviso Township High Schools to Take Part in Pilot PARCC Program

 
  Selected students in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will be part of a pilot program to administer the new PARCC state assessments this spring.

The PARCC, or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, assessments are part of the implementation of the new Common Core Standards, which go into effect in the District in the 2014-15 school year.

“I think it will be good practice for us,” said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent for District 209. “It give us some idea of the preparations needed when the test is actually administered.”

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  ACT/PSAE Is Important for Students, Proviso Township High Schools

 
  When juniors at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy take the ACT and the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) on April 23 and 24, respectively, the testing will carry much significance for Proviso Township High Schools District 209, its schools, and for the students themselves.

Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that the results of the state testing are listed on the state report card and are displayed both locally and statewide. They also are used to compare students, staff, and the quality of education in the Proviso community to those in other communities.

“Those test scores are for the large part used by the public to judge whether a school is graduating students who are academically proficient,” Dr. Collins-Hart said. “The score on the ACT also is a permanent part of a student’s record.

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  District 209 Board of Education Recognizes Proviso East Honor Roll Students

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education recognized 17 Proviso East High School students for their excellent performance in the classroom at its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 11, at Proviso East.

Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, first recognized Martyina Graham, who recently was awarded a Golden Apple Scholarship. Golden Apple Scholars are named based on their achievement and the student’s plans to become a teacher. Illinois Golden Apple Scholars receive $2,500 during each of their first two years, and $5,000 for their junior and senior years to attend one of 53 public and private universities in Illinois.

“This is very prestigious for our school,” Mr. Valente said. “We’re very proud of her accomplishments.”

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  Proviso West NJROTC Engineers Boats

 
 

On February 26, juniors in the Proviso West High School Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) unit hit the pool to test out the boats that they had designed and built.

With outstanding results, the model boats, each powered by remote control, floated up and down the lanes of the pool at Proviso West, showcasing the design and engineering that went into their construction.

Chief Al Whitten, a junior naval science instructor at Proviso West, said the building of the boats is the culmination of a unit during the third quarter where students learned about the importance of a strong navy. He said that the students learned what goes into the design, engineering, and eventual construction of a ship. The students then built their own Navy ship with a remote control that would be tested in the water.

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  Be Ready for ACT/PSAE on April 23 and 24

 
  Juniors at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy will join students across the state when they take the ACT and Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE) on April 23 and 24, respectively.

A campaign to stress the importance of the state tests to students and their parents has been underway during the school year to continue the improvement that we have seen in recent years. Schools have been offering ACT prep classes throughout the year, among other measures. They are also providing incentives to students to do their best.

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  Parents, Students Alert: Social App

 
  Schools around the country, including those in Proviso Township High Schools District 209, are warning parents about a popular social media app that is being said to being used by some students to anonymously post hurtful and inappropriate comments.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Yik Yak has been described as a mix between SnapChat and Twitter. Users can scroll through a live feed of anonymous posts from their area, with the site itself reading, “No profiles, no password, it’s all anonymous.”

This has led to concern in several schools across the nation about its use in cyberbullying and in verbally abusing students, faculty, and staff. It also has been used in the making of threats, including at a high school in Massachusetts where bomb threats made using the app caused the evacuation of the school. At least two other Chicago area high schools have warned parents about the Yik Yak app, which, according to its website, requires users to be at least 17 years old.

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  Proviso Students Celebrate Black History Month

 
 

African-American history and culture, music, and tributes to historically black colleges and universities were all part of the celebrations marking Black History Month at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy on February 26 through 28.

Students, teachers, and staff celebrated the rich history of African-Americans in a series of assemblies that included poetry, dance, music, and drama. Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that it was important for students to learn about the history of African-Americans.

“Learning about the past and learning particularly about black history is necessary for us to grow and move forward in a positive manner,” she said. “I commend our faculty, staff, and students for devoting the time to learning about an important part of our history and culture.”

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  Proviso West ELL Students Get Lessons in Business

 
 

Students in Ms. Karen Sassetti’s English Language Learners (ELL) class at Proviso West High School have been learning this year that being successful in business and life is about having a plan.

The lesson has been driven home throughout the year by their participation in Econ Illinois’ Stock Market Game, in which teams of students create stock portfolios. The lesson also was repeated by state Senator Kimberly Lightford, who visited the class on February 28 to talk about her experiences as the youngest African-American woman ever elected to the Illinois Senate.

“I want to encourage you to take this lesson that your teacher is giving you and run with it,” Sen. Lightford said to the class. “If you start now with self-confidence, it will take you far.”

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  Proviso West Class of 2018 Welcomed at Future Panther Night

 
 

Mark Martinez had a few words of advice for area eighth-graders who are preparing to attend Proviso West High School next school year.

“This school has it all,” said Mark, a Proviso West junior. “The teachers are ready to help you. High school can be the best years of your life. All it takes is the right attitude.”

Mark, a member of the Proviso West Principal’s Leadership Team, was among the speakers at Future Panther Night at Proviso West High School on Tuesday, February 25. The eighth-graders and their families were able to learn more about the school’s academics, support services, activities, and sports teams. They also could begin to think about registering for classes.

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  Standard & Poor’s Increases District 209’s Bond Rating

 
  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has had its underlying bond rating raised to an “A- stable outlook from its previous rating of BBB+” by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services.

According to a summary issued by Standard & Poor’s on the rating increase, it reflected their view of the “district’s improved financial position,” particularly with “very strong” reserves in the general and working cash funds.”

Ehlers and Associates, the District’s financial advisors, reviewed bond issues with both ratings and they noted that the difference can save taxpayers as much as $20,000 per year in interest costs.

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  Dr. Collins-Hart Honored by State House of Representatives

 
 

Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of Proviso Township High Schools District 209, recently was honored by the State of Illinois House of Representatives for her service to the District and education.

State Representative Emanuel “Chris” Welch, the former president of the District 209 Board of Education, presented Dr. Collins-Hart with a certificate of recognition from the Illinois House of Representatives at the Board of Education’s regular meeting on February 11 at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy. The certificate recognized her for her continued years of service to the District and commemorated her for her “effort, dedication, and hard work that led to success.” It was signed by Mr. Michael Madigan, Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives.

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  Proviso Students! Improve Your Dining Experience by Taking a Survey

 
 

There is still a chance for students at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy to help improve their breakfast and lunch experiences at school by taking the District’s annual dining survey.

The 24-question survey is available now through March 7. It covers a variety of topics related to dining at schools in Proviso Township High Schools District 209, ranging from food choices to how often students eat meals provided at the school. The survey is available online at www.studentvp.com/209 and can be taken in a classroom, computer lab, or school library as well as at home on a smart phone or another computer.

The survey is being conducted by the District’s food service contractor, Aramark.

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  Proviso High School Students to Wear Uniforms Starting in 2014-15

 
 

Students at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy will be required to wear uniforms beginning in the 2014-15 school year.


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Under the policy, students will wear a short-sleeved or long-sleeved black, white, or school-colored knit polo shirt without logos with plain khaki shorts or trousers when school is in session. The policy does provide exceptions for students enrolled in Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) classes, exceptions on designated dress-up or jersey days for student-athletes, and exceptions on days selected by building administrators to build school spirit such as Homecoming Week.

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  Be Safe as You Walk To and From School

 
 

We want to make you aware of an incident that occurred in a neighboring school district Wednesday morning.

At approximately 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, an adult white male in his mid-20's unsuccessfully attempted to lure a student from Julian Middle School on the 100 block of Madison Street in Oak Park into his dark blue minivan while she was walking to school. The student immediately ran to the school and reported the incident to the building staff. The Oak Park Police Department is currently investigating the incident and searching for the offender.

Incidents like this remind us all about the safety precautions our students should take when they are walking around our area, whether it is to/from school or on the weekends. Below are safety guidelines that have been compiled for our students with the assistance of area police:

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  Torch Club Builds Up Young Men at Proviso West

 
 

Young men at Proviso West High School are getting more support to set and achieve healthy goals, thanks to the Torch Club.

The Torch Club is a group that meets during lunch periods and is designed to bring students “out of darkness,” said Dr. Sherman Blade, a guidance counselor at Proviso West and a sponsor of the group. He said that the group helps to build up the young men’s social and emotional health and to help them learn how to make good decisions.

“If they knew what the outcomes will be, their decisions might be different,” Dr. Blade said. “They can become aware of what could happen.”

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  Proviso Students Get Out the Vote, Register Early

 
 

Students at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy and Proviso West High School got a jump on the 2014 election season by registering to vote during voter registration drives at their schools recently.

At the two drives, more than 120 students registered to vote in the coming elections. Among them were 17-year-old students who will be eligible to vote for the first time in the primary election on March 18 if they turn 18 years old in time for the general election on November 4. This is due to a new law that went into effect on January 1.

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  Make-up Days Slated for June 3 and 4

 
 

The last day of the 2013-14 school year in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will be June 4.

District officials designated June 3 and 4 as make-up days after schools were closed for students, faculty, and staff on January 27 and 28.

The District already had designated May 30 and June 2 as make-up days following the closure of school on January 6 and 7.

 
  Proviso East, Proviso West Student-Athletes Commit to Colleges

 
 

Several star student-athletes at Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School officially signed their letters of intent with the colleges of their choice on February 5.

The signings were part of National Signing Day, the first day that football players can officially commit to a college.

Lawrence Griffin, a quarterback at Proviso East who attends Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, signed with Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Oklahoma. In a ceremony at Proviso West, parents, students, coaches, and administrators celebrated signings by Denzel Tolliver, a tight end who will attend Northern Illinois University on a full scholarship next fall; Hakeem Zeb, a wide receiver/defensive back who will attend Lindenwood University-Belleville in Belleville, Illinois; and Ed Christian, a linebacker who will attend Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Michigan. In addition, Charles Scott, a running back, was recognized as he weighs options from the University of Illinois and Northwestern University, while Mikaela Boyd, a basketball guard, was honored as she has signed with the University of Toledo (Ohio).

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  Board of Education Honors PMSA Students, Teacher, Village Trustee for Service

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education honored students, a teacher, and a Melrose Park village trustee for their service at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 11, at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA, recognized Ms. Michele Vogt-Schuller, a social studies teacher at PMSA, and students Karen Basurto, Gabriel Garcia, and Lizbeth Hernandez, for their efforts in working with the Maywood Library Advisory Committee in finding a federal grant to keep the Maywood Public Library after it closed for two weeks in October 2013. They also have been working with the library’s administration and board to sustain the library, including developing programs for area youth. They had worked on helping to get the library reopened with Mrs. Theresa L. Kelly, a Board member, and State Representative Emanuel "Chris" Welch, the former president of the District 209 Board of Education. Mr. Welch said that Ms. Vogt-Schuller and the students played vital roles in helping the library reopen.

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  Proviso West Students to Represent School at Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar

 
 

Two Proviso West High School sophomores will attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Seminar this summer, one thanks to the help of her English teacher.

Ashley Nash and Lizette Capili will represent Proviso West at the seminar at Loyola University in Chicago. The seminar, according to the HOBY website, will allow the students to “participate in hands-on leadership activities and meet state leaders in areas such as business, government, education, media and the non-profit sector.” In addition, they will work with fellow high school sophomores from other schools in the region on developing their leadership skills.

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  Proviso Students! Improve Your Dining Experience by Taking a Survey

 
 

Students at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy can help improve their breakfast and lunch experiences at schools by taking the District’s annual dining survey starting on Monday, February 10.

The 24-question survey will cover a variety of topics related to dining at schools in Proviso Township High Schools District 209, ranging from food choices to how often students eat meals provided at the school. The survey will be offered online at www.studentvp.com/209 and can be taken in a classroom, computer lab, or school library as well as at home on a smart phone or another computer.

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  Proviso West Hosts Proviso East in Basketball Showdown on Saturday

 
 

It will be a day of rivalry basketball at Proviso West High School on Saturday, February 8, when the Panthers host the Proviso East High School Pirates.

The Lady Panthers and Lady Pirates lead off the varsity slate of games at 1 p.m. in the main gymnasium, followed by the boys at 2:30 p.m.

Earlier games include the freshman A and B games in the East and West gymnasiums, respectively, and the sophomore game in the main gymnasium, all at 10 a.m. The sophomore girls’ game will be played in the main gym at 11:30 a.m., followed by the varsity game.

Tickets to the games are $4 for adults and $3 for students, and are available at the door.

 
  Proviso Township High Schools Celebrate Bring Your Parents to School Day

 
 

Parents at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy got a look into the lives of their students on Tuesday, February 4, on Bring Your Parents to School Day.

The parents who attended the day were able to gain insights into a typical day for their students at school. They followed their students’ class schedules, joining everything from math and English classes to lunch.

"Bring Your Parents to School Day" has been a tradition in District 209 since 2002, when it was first introduced by then-Board of Education President, Mrs. Theresa L. Kelly. The event is one of District 209’s largest parent involvement initiatives of the year. This event is part of the Board of Education’s ongoing efforts to promote more outreach to the parents and the community.

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  Proviso Parents Learn About Success in High School, Preparing for College at Parent University

 
 

Parents in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 learned about how their students can succeed in high school and be ready for college at the District’s second edition of Parent University on Saturday, February 1, at the District’s offices at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

The Parent University is part of the district’s parent enrichment through Title I and the Board of Education’s goal of improving stakeholder involvement. It was a collaboration between the district and the Proviso Strengthening College and Career Readiness Committee, which is a partnership among the following groups: District 209, Triton College, Community Alliance, Loyola University Medical Center, Neighborhood United Methodist Church, Casa Esperanza, The Need to Know Group, Resurrection Project, and the Education Committee of Community Alliance.

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  “Bring Your Parents to School Day” February 4

 
 

Parents at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Math and Science Academy will be able to gain insights into their students' day at school on "Bring Your Parents to School Day" on Tuesday, February 4.

"Bring Your Parents to School Day" is one of District 209's largest parent involvement initiatives of the year. This event is part of the Board of Education's ongoing efforts to promote more outreach to the parents and the community.

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  Parent University is Back on February 1

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host its latest edition of Parent University from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at the district offices at Proviso Math and Science Academy, 8601 W. Roosevelt Road in Forest Park. The activity is part of the district’s parent enrichment through Title I and the Board of Education’s goal of improving stakeholder involvement.

The Parent University has been planned in collaboration between the district and the Proviso Strengthening College and Career Readiness Committee, which is a partnership among the following groups: District 209, Triton College, Community Alliance, Loyola University Medical Center, Neighborhood United Methodist Church, Casa Esperanza, The Need to Know Group, Resurrection Project, and the Education Committee of Community Alliance.

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  District 209 Staff Member Honored for Community Service

 
 

A Proviso Township High Schools District 209 central office staff member was honored for her community service at the 13th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast at the Hillside Best Western on Monday, January 20.

Mrs. Althea Busby, executive assistant to the superintendent, was awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2014 Dream Award at the breakfast for her “personal commitment to human relations and social justice,” said Mr. Samuel Jones, a member of the Hillside Human Resources Commission, which hosted the breakfast with the Village of Hillside. The nominee needed to be involved in activities that support the dream of Dr. King including working hard in school, church, and the community to be a better citizen and helping people in need, he said.

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  Proviso West Students’ Art Wins Ribbons at Elmhurst College

 
 

Eleven art students at Proviso West High School recently won prize ribbons for their work at Elmhurst College’s 15th Annual High School Art Exhibit.

Sixty-four Proviso West students had art work displayed in the Elmhurst College high school art exhibit, which took place from January 10 to 22. The exhibit at the Elmhurst College campus included examples of drawings, photography, sculpture, and other media by students from 10 area high schools.

Izaura Ocampo, a Proviso West senior, won a special award ribbon for her photo of a split tree branch. She also won a $2,000 talent scholarship to attend Elmhurst College in any art major.

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  Board of Education Honors Proviso West Student, Staff

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education honored a Proviso West High School student, two teachers, and a staff member for their performance and service at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 14, at Proviso West High School.

Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, recognized the following students, faculty, and staff from Proviso West.

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  Proviso West Inducts 32 Students Into National Honor Society

 
 

The Proviso West High School National Honor Society (NHS) inducted 32 new members at its fall ceremony on December 11 at Proviso West High School.

To be inducted into the National Honor Society, a student needs to have at least four semesters in which they earn a grade point average of at least 3.0 of a possible 4.0. The students who meet this criterion are then contacted and invited to submit an application in which they answer questions about their leadership skills and community service as well as write an essay on why they believe they should be inducted.

Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, said that the students represent some of the best at Proviso West.

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  Proviso West NJROTC Earns High Marks in Inspection

 
 

The Proviso West High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (NJROTC) unit welcomed seven active duty officers from Naval Station Great Lakes to their annual personnel inspection held in the high school indoor field house on December 6.

The officers were on hand to conduct the personnel inspection and give the more than 350 cadets an opportunity to take part in an actual Navy inspection.

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  Proviso West Holiday Basketball Tournament a Success

 
 

The 53rd edition of the Proviso West Holiday Basketball Tournament was a showcase of some of the best high school basketball the Chicago area has to offer.

More than 20,000 people attended games between December 21 and December 31, which ended with last year's Class 4A state runner-up, Stevenson High School, claiming the tournament title with a 69-57 win over Morgan Park High. Morgan Park had won the Class 3A state title and the Proviso West Holiday Tournament title last year. Proviso East High School finished in fifth place after its 59-51 win over Fenwick earlier in the day on December 31. In addition, Jevon Carter, a senior at Proviso East, was named to the second team of the All-Tournament Team.

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  Prize Patrol Moves Through Proviso West

 
 

Students at Proviso West High School have another reason to do their best in getting to class on time and to do well on state testing.

The Proviso West Prize Patrol has been making the rounds at the school at different times during the first semester, awarding gift cards and other prizes to students who either met or exceeded state standards on the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE) last spring or who have not been tardy to class for a quarter.

“This is an ongoing effort to recognize students who are not only excelling academically, but making good choices,” said Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West.

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  Proviso West Holiday Basketball Tournament is “The Place to Be” December 21-31

 
 

Some of the Chicagoland area’s best high school boys’ basketball teams will compete in the 53rd edition of the Proviso West Holiday Basketball Tournament December 21 through 31.

The first of 61 games will tip off at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 21, with Libertyville playing Homewood-Flossmoor in the Sports Arena at Proviso West. Proviso East, who won the tournament in 2011, will play its first game at 6:30 p.m. on December 21 when it takes on Dunbar, while host Proviso West will play at 3:45 p.m. on December 26 against Rockford Auburn. Other notable teams playing in this year’s tournament include Morgan Park, the defending tournament champion and Class 3A state champion, and Stevenson, last year’s state championship runner-up, along with Benet Academy, Oswego, and Maine South.

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  District 209 Goes Green, Saves Green with Recycling Program

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is helping the earth one plastic bottle and piece of paper at a time, thanks to its new recycling program.

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In the District’s new “Recycling 101” program with Groot Industries, the District’s waste contractor, students, faculty, and staff are recycling paper, plastic, and various metals and glass instead of simply throwing it away. The recyclable items include newspapers, books, aluminum cans, plastic bottles, and cardboard boxes.

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  Proviso East Students, Teachers Honored at Board Meeting

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education honored several students and teachers from Proviso East High School for their performance and service to the school at its regular meeting on Tuesday, December 10, at Proviso East.

Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, said that the following students were nominated for honorary awards from the University of Rochester: Conrad Blash, for winning the Bausch and Lomb Science Award; Ivan Garcia, for winning the Frederick Douglas and Susan B. Anthony Award; and Takyra Silmon, for winning the George Eastman Young Leaders Award. In addition, students Devonta Brown, Ivan Garcia, Teonikka Fancher, and LaDarius Sapho were recognized for winning National Honor Society Certificates of Merit. Also, Jevon Carter was recognized for his recent acceptance of a full four-year Division I scholarship to attend school and play basketball at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.V.

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  Get Information About ACT at Cambridge Parent Night on December 16

 
 

Parents of students at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Math and Science Academy can learn about the ACT college entrance exam that their students will take in the spring at the Cambridge Parent Night at 6:30 p.m. Monday, December 16, at every school.

The workshops will cover the ACT and strategies for taking the exam successfully. The session also will include information about different preparations that students can do to prepare for the test, including ACT Prep sessions that they can attend beginning in January.

Juniors will take the ACT on April 23, 2014.

 
  New Proviso West Health Clinic is “About Access”

 
 

The new school-based health clinic at Proviso West High School will provide more access to quality health care for students, said District 209 administrators at the grand opening of the clinic at Proviso West on Saturday, November 9.

The facility, located in the newly-christened Alexis Wallace Corridor of the school and run by Circle Family HealthCare Network of Chicago, will provide a variety of prevention focused services such as physical exams, immunizations, mental and emotional health services, and drug and alcohol assessments.

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  Veterans Receive Salute at Proviso West

 
 

Students at Proviso West High School saluted area veterans at the school’s second annual Veterans Day Assembly on November 8.

Thirty-five veterans of our nation’s military, including 10 teachers and staff members at Proviso West, were honored for their service during the two assemblies in the school’s gymnasium. Produced by the Proviso West Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) unit, the recognition was an opportunity to thank the veterans for the freedom that their service helped to provide, said Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West.

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  State of the District - Schools Cannot Do It Alone

 
 

Community leaders came together to focus on raising test scores and finding ways for the community to work together to accomplish that goal at the Fourth Annual State of the District Community Banquet on Tuesday, December 3, at Proviso Math and Science Academy.

Around 60 leaders from Proviso Township High Schools District 209, its feeder school districts, and the communities that it serves got an update on the direction that the District is heading.

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  Proviso West Madrigal Singers To Host Holiday Party, 15th-Century Style, on December 14

 
 

Proviso West High School will host a day of lords and ladies, court jesters, and royalty at the 39th annual Madrigal Singers Dinner at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on December 14 at Proviso West High School.

The shows are a fundraiser for the Proviso West choral music department that reenact a 15th-century royal court. Performing in a dinner-theater atmosphere, with the cafeteria transformed into a castle, guests will be served a four-course candlelight meal of baked turkey or roast beef with sides by students from Proviso West’s foods classes. During this time, those in attendance will be entertained with Madrigal-style harmonies, dances, comedy and dramatic sketches, traditional Christmas carols, and instrumental music.

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  Have Breakfast with Santa at Proviso East on December 14

 
  The Proviso East High School chapter of the National Honor Society will host Breakfast with Santa in the Proviso East cafeteria from 9 a.m. to noon on December 14.

Breakfast with Santa is designed to promote literacy at home.  Each child who attends will receive a free breakfast, a picture with Santa, and a book. All parents will receive a free breakfast along with strategies and ideas to help promote reading in the home.

Proviso East has placed an increased focus on literacy in their curriculum for the last three years. Last year, Proviso East High School boosted the percentage of students who met or exceeded state standards on the reading portion of the state tests by 11.5 percent from 2012. The National Honor Society believes that these types of changes can start with a book and a family reading together.

The National Honor Society still needs additional support from the community to make this event possible.  For more information, contact Ms. Ashley Glickman, National Honor Society sponsor, at (708)404-4313 or aglickman@pths209.org.

We hope all members of the community can join us for breakfast, books, and Santa.

 
  Thank You to the Villages of the Melrose Park and Broadview

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 would like to thank the villages of Melrose Park and Broadview for their generous gifts to the District.

The Village of Melrose Park made a donation of $330 of Amazon.com gift cards, while the Village of Broadview contributed seven vehicles for use in the automotive technology program at Proviso East High School.

Facilitated by Arturo Mota, a village trustee in Melrose Park, three businesses and residents contributed gift cards from Amazon.com for use in the District. The businesses were Carnitas Don Alfredo in Melrose Park, with the contribution of a $100 gift card; Aracely’s Bakery in Franklin Park, with a $30 gift card; and Howard Mota, who donated a $200 gift card.

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  District 209 Seeks Feedback for Proposed Student Uniform Policy

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is exploring a new student uniform policy that would go into effect for the 2014-15 school year. The District is seeking input from students, parents, faculty, staff members, and other members of the community.

A committee of administrators, faculty, staff members, and students from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Math and Science Academy has been meeting since the beginning of the current school year to iron out details for the proposed policy. Under the preliminary proposed policy, students would wear a long-sleeved or short-sleeved black, white, or school-colored knit polo shirt without logos with plain khaki shorts or trousers when school is in session.

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Draft Proposals - PDF Files

Student Uniform Preliminary Draft Proposal
Propuesta de uniforme para estudiante

Surveys

You may access the survey by clicking here.
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  PMSA Staff Members and Student Recognized for Success

 
 

Five staff members at Proviso Math and Science Academy and a PMSA student were recognized for their achievements and work at Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education meeting Tuesday night at PMSA.

The Board honored Mr. William Breisch, assistant principal; Mr. John Wardisiani, chair of the mathematics and science department at PMSA; Ms. Patricia Howard, chair of the PMSA social studies department; Mr. Matthew Brown, PMSA performing arts teacher; and Mr. Brandon Gale, security director at PMSA, for their work thus far this year. The Board also honored Khushi Suri, a PMSA junior who recently was appointed to the Illinois State Board of Education Student Advisory Council.

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  PMSA Admissions Open House Dates

 
  The Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy is hosting Admissions Open House events in November and December.

Please click the image above or the links below to download a printable flyer.

Click here to download the English flyer.
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Click here to download the Application Booklet.

 
  Proviso West Students Learn Science Through Fire

 
 

Monica Delacerda stood holding a bunch of bubbles in front of her chemistry teacher, Dr. Bozena Suwary, at Proviso West High School, ready for a lesson on the density of air.

It was a scene repeated with students in Dr. Suwary’s physics honors and chemistry classes throughout the day on Halloween Day as she used flaming bubbles and other examples including a smoking pumpkin and beaker to provide lessons on physical and chemical changes. For the bubbles, the flame of which lasted for approximately two seconds before going out, Dr. Suwary used a mixture of dishwashing soap, glycerin, and water that was then filled with methane gas.

“Students learn by observation and they learn by example,” said Dr. Suwary, who has performed the demonstrations on Halloween for the last several years. “I’m trying to pick items that they’re familiar with, but are somehow new.”

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  Proviso East, Proviso West Volleyball Teams Volley for a Cure

 
 

October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the volleyball teams at Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School did their part to help with their annual Volley for a Cure game at Proviso West High School on October 10.

The day included a ceremony before the game, won by Proviso East, and honoring breast cancer survivors among faculty and staff at their respective schools. Proceeds from a raffle at the game, which raised around $70, will benefit the American Cancer Society.

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  District 209 Schools Make Gains in Graduation Rates

 
 

Schools in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 have increased their graduation rates.

According to the recently released State Report Card by the Illinois State Board of Education, Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Math and Science Academy all reported improved graduation rates. At Proviso East, 67.8 percent of the Class of 2013 graduated, up by nearly 10 percent from 2012. At Proviso West, 74.4 percent of its seniors graduated, up by 8.4 percent from the previous year, while 100 percent of the seniors at PMSA graduated.

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  Proviso East, Proviso West Make Gains in Reading Scores

 
 

Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School have made gains in their scores on the PSAE.

According to the recently released State Report Card by the Illinois State Board of Education, Proviso East High School boosted the percentage of students who met or exceeded state standards on the reading portion of the state tests by 11.5 percent from 2012. This is the school’s highest rate since 2007. Proviso West High School juniors raised the percentage of students who met or exceeded state standards on the reading portion of the state tests by 5.9 percent, as well as seeing a slight increase in the percentage of students who met or exceeded state standards on the math portion of the test. Since the inception of No Child Left Behind in 2003, Proviso East’s highest percentage of students meeting or exceeding state standards on the reading portion of the state tests was 33 percent in 2005. For Proviso West, the highest percentage of students meeting or exceeding state standards on the reading portion was 36 percent, also in 2005.

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  District 209 ACT Scores Approach State Average

 
  The performance of students in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is approaching that of the rest of the state's students on the ACT college entrance exam.

Students from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Math and Science Academy averaged a 17 out of a possible 36 on the reading portion of the ACT, an increase of one point from 2012. District students also averaged an 18 on the mathematics portion of the exam, and a 17 on the science portion.

Despite being below the state average of 20 out of 36 on the three portions of the exam and below the college readiness benchmark on the exam, District 209 students continued to approach the performance students in the rest of the state of Illinois. This includes the upward trend that both District and state students performed on the reading portion of the test.

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  State Releases New Versions of the Report Card for School Districts

 
 

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has released the 2013 State, School, and District Report cards.

As in previous years, the ISBE will release the comprehensive version of these report cards required by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) on its website, www.isbe.net. This version of the report cards includes each school and district’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Status and Federal and State Improvement Statuses.

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  Proviso West Choir Sings Praises with Fisk University Chorus

 
 

Choir students from Proviso West High School got a taste of what performing in college could be like when the Fisk University Chorus visited Proviso West High School on Friday, October 18.

The choir from Fisk University, a historically black college located in Nashville, Tennessee, performed a series of gospel choruses for the students in the Proviso West Little Theater, with the Proviso West Concert Choir joining them for the last two songs. Dr. Christopher Duke, music director at Fisk, said that in the seven years that the college's chorus has been visiting Proviso West, two students – one each from Proviso East and Proviso West – have eventually attended Fisk. Several students from Proviso East attended the morning concerts as well.

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  District 209 to Provide Make-Up High School Placement Exams for Eight-Graders

 
 

Local feeder schools within Proviso Township High Schools District 209 are beginning the process of preparing eighth-grade students for high school entry by administering the EXPLORE exam during the next month.

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.

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  Parents Celebrate Bring Your Parents to School Day at Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA

 
 

Almost 500 parents joined in the celebration of the annual Bring Your Parents to School Day at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Math and Science Academy on October 1.

The parents who attended the day were able to gain insights into a typical day for their students at school. They followed along their students’ class schedules, joining everything from math and English classes to lunch.

"Bring Your Parents to School Day" has been a tradition in District 209 since 2002, when it was first introduced by then-Board of Education President, Mrs. Theresa L. Kelly. The event is one of District 209’s largest parent involvement initiatives of the year. This event is part of the Board of Education’s ongoing efforts to promote more outreach to the parents and the community.

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  Board of Education Recognizes Proviso West Students, Teachers

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education honored 28 Proviso West High School students and teachers at its regular meeting on Tuesday, October 8, at Proviso West.

Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, said that 14 students from Proviso West achieved academic excellence by earning straight A’s during the second semester of the 2012-13 school year. They were the following: Antonio Belmonte, Danny Belmonte, Maribel Cordero, Jennifer Le, Valeria Martinez, Cinia McCray, Juan Orosco, Guadalupe Orozco, Abheshaik Parendkar, Jessica Pop, Mirsa Rivas, Miles Royal, Dante Shaw, and Linda Zaragoza.

Mr. Hawthorne also recognized and thanked 14 teachers and staff members for their work on the Freshman Transition Program, which took place on August 12 and 13. He said that the teachers and staff members facilitated small group sessions and provided technical support for the two-day program.

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  Proviso West Physics Students Launch Into Catapults

 
 

Mr. Francis Lattyak’s physics students at Proviso West High School had the task before them: build a trebuchet-style catapult to launch a projectile.

On October 11, the students tested their designs outside behind the school buildings. Using what they learned about motion and gravity, they tweaked their catapults to be the team that launched a tennis ball the furthest.

“The objective is to look at projectile motion and get some hands-on experience with it,” Mr. Lattyak said. “They’re going to analyze projectile motion and the motion of direction.”

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  School Pride Shows at Proviso West Homecoming 2013

 
 

Homecoming 2013 at Proviso West High School September 30 through October 5 was a time of remembering high school days past and present and celebrating school pride.

Students, teachers, and staff along with the Proviso West community celebrated the school’s annual Homecoming with a week of activities that culminated with the homecoming football game and dance.

“It was an incredible event that really brought our community, students, and staff together to celebrate the proud traditions of Proviso West High School,” said Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West. “Our students were fantastic throughout Homecoming Week.”

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  Proviso West, Proviso East Football to Air on High School Cube

 
 

Fans of Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School football will have the opportunity to watch the teams’ final two games of the 2013 season either in person or online on High School Cube.

The Panthers will face Downers Grove North High School at 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 18, at Proviso West High School in the Panthers’ final home game of the season. The game will be on High School Cube (click to link to the game) and available on the internet, iPhones, iPads and Droid devices with a replay and highlight clips available.

Proviso East’s road game at Downers Grove South High School (click to link to the game) also will be broadcast on High School Cube. Game time also will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 18.

The Pirates will make their last appearance of the season on High School Cube (click to link to the game) next Saturday, October 26, when it takes on Leyden High School in its annual Homecoming Game. Proviso West’s final game of the season against Lyons Township High School on Friday, October 25, also will be available on High School Cube (click to link to the game).

 
  Take Another Look at Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is inviting parents and the community to take another look at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Math and Science Academy. This is an ongoing part of the Board of Education’s goal for more outreach to the community.

Beginning in November, the schools will host tours of their buildings one day a month. Visitors will be able to learn more about the school, visit classrooms and other student areas, and get a glimpse of the education that takes place at the school.

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  Proviso West Students Act in Goodman Theatre Summer Youth Program  
 

Three Proviso West High School students were chosen to take part in the Goodman Theatre Summer Youth Program during the summer of 2013.

The Goodman Theatre, recipient of the Special Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, is internationally recognized for its artists, productions and educational programs. The Goodman is committed to producing classic and contemporary works, giving full voice to a wide range of artists and visions.

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  Proviso West Defeats Proviso East in Rivalry Game

 
 

The Proviso West football team defeated Proviso East 34-13 at Proviso East High School on Saturday, September 28, in the two schools’ annual rivalry game.

The win is the Panthers’ fifth straight in the series with the Pirates.

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  Parents Get a Look at Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA on Back to School Night

 
 

More than 900 parents got a look at what their students are learning at the annual “Back to School Night” on Thursday, September 5, at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Math and Science Academy.

The two-hour evening open house was designed to build relationships between parents and schools and introduce parents to their students’ teachers, said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. At this event, parents learned about the Title I programs at the schools, visited classrooms, met teachers and found out what their students will be learning.

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  District 209 Students Tour Mid-Atlantic Colleges

 
 

Students from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Math and Science Academy spent time on the road this past summer as they visited college campuses from Indiana to Maryland.

The student groups from District 209’s three schools visited 10 colleges and universities, ranging from schools such as the University of Notre Dame and the United States Naval Academy to historically black colleges such as Hampton University and Howard University. They also visited historic sites in Washington, D.C., including the Lincoln Memorial and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

The students, all of whom had recently completed their junior years, were eligible for the tours after participating in the ACT Cambridge Test Prep Program during the spring semester. District 209 provided the transportation and hotel accommodations.

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  New Administrators at Proviso West, PMSA, District Offices Add to Strong Team

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 had several new administrators begin in their positions during the summer at both the district and school levels.

In the district offices, three new administrators started their new positions, all familiar faces to the District.

Mrs. Kim Echols, formerly the principal at Proviso Math and Science Academy, became the new assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction on July 1. In her position, she oversees curriculum planning and development for the District's three schools. She said that she is excited to work in a position that allows her to work with all stakeholders in the District, working on tasks such as implementing the Common Core Curriculum.

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  District 209 Promotes Tips Hotline

 
 

Students, parents, community members, and others associated with Proviso Township High Schools District 209 with tips about potential safety issues now have a hotline that they can call.

[Click on the image to download the flyer.]

The tips hotlines will be at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Math and Science Academy. It was an idea that emerged from the School and Community Safety Forum that District 209 hosted on July 16 at its district offices.

They are the following:

  • Proviso East: 708-202-1731
  • Proviso West: 708-202-6351
  • PMSA: 708-338-4188

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  District 209 Communications Department Branches Out

 
 

There are now even more ways to get information regarding the schools of Proviso Township High Schools District 209.

PTHS 209 recently signed on to Twitter. In addition, the District will be partnering with High School Cube to broadcast the home football games for Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School as well as select away games. They are both other ways that the District is working to build bridges to success by increasing communication avenues, boosting its presence on the web, and connecting with stakeholders across multiple platforms.

"It is extremely important for us to keep an open line of communication with stakeholders in District 209 who have a vested interest in the progress and success of our school system," said Mr. Rob Daniel, community and public relations coordinator for District 209. "Hopefully, by utilizing these methods of communication, we can have a more informed, involved, and active following. We hope that parents, teachers, our alumni, and our students will find us so that we can all stay connected and continue to inform."

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  Proviso East, Proviso West, PMSA to Celebrate Homecoming

 
 

Former and current students of Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Math and Science Academy will remember their schools in the next few weeks with their annual Homecoming celebrations.

Parades, football games, dances, and more will all be part of the festivities as the schools celebrate who they are. The following is the schedule of activities for each school:

Proviso West High School – September 27 – October 5

  • September 27: Key Club Sports Lock-In overnighter in the gymnasium and field house.
  • September 30: Code Red Event in recognition of National Red Ribbon Week.
  • October 1: Bring Your Parents to School Day.
  • October 2: Girls Powder Puff Football Game under the lights, 7 p.m.
  • October 3: Student Talent Show, 7 p.m.
  • October 4: Pep Rally, 6th and 7th Period.
  • October 4: Alumni Events and Faculty Tailgate.
  • October 4: Homecoming Football Game and Parade, 7:30 p.m.
  • October 5: Faculty Cup Golf Outing, 9 a.m.
  • October 5: Alumni Tours, 10 a.m.
  • October 5: Homecoming Dance, 6 p.m.

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  Board of Education Honors Faculty and Staff for Achievement, Service

 
 

A group of 17 Proviso East High School teachers and staff members were honored by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at its regular meeting on Tuesday, September 10, at Proviso East High School.

Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, said that a group of 13 teachers and staff members helped make this year’s inaugural Freshman Transition program a success. More than 180 incoming freshmen attended the program at East on August 12 and 13.

“They planned it and organized a great two days,” Mr. Valente said.

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  Proviso West NJROTC Remembers Fallen on Patriots Day

 
 

The Proviso West High School Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) unit had one message on Wednesday, September 11: Remember.

“At 8:46 a.m., American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the north face of the North Tower of the World Trade Center,” said Kyana Rockett, 16 and a junior cadet, to the gathered crowd. “Remember.”

The NJROTC cadets remembered other aspects of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, on New York and Washington, D.C., in its annual Patriots Day ceremony by the flagpole at the Proviso West Circle Drive entrance. Culminating with the raising of the flag to half staff, a moment of silence for the nearly 3,000 people who were killed that day, and the release of balloons in their memory, the ceremony was a way for the students to remember an attack that occurred before any of them had started kindergarten.

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  District 209’s New Teachers Get Support From Schools, Each Other

 
 

The 21 new teachers at Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School are getting extra support as they continue through their first year in their new jobs, thanks to a new teacher support group.

The support group began this year as a way to help teachers new to the district and new to the teaching profession in general, adapt to the school environment, said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209.

“I wanted to make sure that we were providing adequate support for our teachers who are new to the profession and new to the district,” she said. “We wanted to provide an opportunity for them to get together and share ideas about issues they may be facing and what they need to be successful.”

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  District 209 to Host Leadership Cadre on September 18

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host its monthly Leadership Cadre series on Wednesday, September 18, from 4:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Leadership Cadre, which will be conducted on the third Wednesday of the month during the 2013-14 school year, is a workshop designed to develop leadership among the department heads, administrators, and others at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Math and Science Academy who are interested in leadership development.

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  District Moves to Enhanced Photo ID Security System at Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA

 
 

All visitors to Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Math and Science Academy will need a form of photo identification to get into the school buildings.

District 209 officials recently installed Raptor vSoft Visitor Management Software at the security stations at the three schools. The new software will help security track visitors, students, faculty, contractors and volunteers at the school, providing a safer environment for all.

The system works by scanning a state-issued identification such as a driver’s license into the computer. Connected to the Internet, the security personnel can then determine whether the visitor has a criminal record or is listed on a sex offender registry. That information then will allow security to decide whether or not the visitor should be allowed into the school. A sticker bearing the visitor’s name and photo then is printed and must be worn during the visit.

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  Proviso East, Proviso West Football Teams Begin Season This Week

 
 

The Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School football teams have been working hard throughout the summer preparing for the 2013 season, which opens this weekend.

Proviso West will open its season Friday night at 7:30 p.m. on the road at Evanston. Proviso East will open at home at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at home versus Nazareth Academy.

Both teams have been working hard during the summer, hosting practice and workout sessions as well as scrimmages designed to get the players ready for the season.

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  Principals Meet with Parents at Meet and Greets at Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA

 
 

Parents, students, and community members met with principals at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Math and Science Academy on August 12 through 15.

Each principal is charged with executing their individual school improvement plans and boosting student achievement. During the Principal Meet and Greet, each principal, including new principals at Proviso West and PMSA, outlined the goals and plans for each of their schools and welcomed the community to what is expected to be a fantastic new school year.

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  District 209 Schools Make Gains in Graduation Rates, Reading Scores

 
  Schools in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 have made gains in their graduation rates and scores on the PSAE.

According to the recently released Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Status Report by the Illinois State Board of Education, Proviso East High School boosted the percentage of students who met or exceeded state standards on the reading portion of the state tests by 11.5 percent from 2012. This is the school’s highest rate since 2007. Proviso West High School juniors raised the percentage of students who met or exceeded state standards on the reading portion of the state tests by 5.9 percent, as well as seeing a slight increase in the percentage of students who met or exceeded state standards on the math portion of the test. Proviso East also saw the percentage of its students who took the test jump by 7.6 percent to 94 percent, while Proviso Math and Science Academy again had 100 percent of its juniors take the exams. The state requires schools have 95 percent participation for AYP.

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  District 209 Schools Welcome Back Students on First Day of Classes

 
 

Students moved through the halls of Proviso West High School as the voice of Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal, began to be heard over the intercom.

“Good morning,” he said. “We all belong to the community that is Proviso West.”

Similar scenes occurred at Proviso East High School and Proviso Math and Science Academy on Monday, August 19, as the district’s students returned to classes for the start of the 2013-14 school year in District 209. It was a smooth start to the new school year, as students adjusted to their new schedules and in the case of Proviso West and PMSA, new principals, Mr. Oscar Hawthorne and Dr. Bessie Karvelas, respectively.

“It was a great start to a new year,” said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. “It is our intent to continue this smooth start as we focus on our goals for this year, including raising student achievement through working together.”

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  District 209 School Board Hears of Good Start to School Year

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 administrators reported a good start to the 2013-14 school year at the regular Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, August 20, at Proviso Math and Science Academy.

Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent, said that students were adjusting to their schedules and the rigor of being back in class after the summer break despite the warm weather.

“The schools have done a good job helping students to adjust,” Dr. Collins-Hart said.

At the August meeting, the Board also noted the signing of legislation that allows all school districts in Illinois to designate the first Monday in October as “Bring Your Parents to School Day.” The bill, sponsored by state Representative Chris Welch, a former District 209 Board of Education president, and state Senator Kimberly Lightford, was signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn on August 10 at the annual Bud Billiken Parade and Picnic in Chicago.

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  District 209 to Host Back to School Night on September 5

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will welcome parents and students to a new school year with “Back to School Night” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 5, at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Math and Science Academy.

The “Back to School Night” is an annual event that is designed to building relationships between parents and schools and introduce parents to their students’ teachers, said Mrs. Kim Echols, the District’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. At this event, parents can visit classrooms, meet teachers and find out what their students will be learning.

“It’s an opportunity for the parents to come and meet the teachers and the administration and find out what they can do to help their students be successful in their high school careers,” Mrs. Echols said.

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  Parents Learn About High School at Parent University

 
 

More than 100 parents attended Parent University at the District 209 offices at Proviso Math and Science Academy on Saturday, August 10.

The Parent University was a series of workshops and a panel discussion designed to prepare parents to help their students in high school and beyond. The University was part of the district’s parent involvement through Title I and the Board of Education’s goal of improving stakeholder involvement. Those who attended were reminded of the need to stay involved in their children’s lives as they progress through high school.

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  585 Students Attend Freshman Transition

 
 

The inaugural Freshman Transition Program was a success in Proviso Township High Schools District 209.

The two-day program was well-attended, with 585 students attending the sessions. At Proviso East High School, 180 students attended, while 261 students attended the two-day session at Proviso West High School. Proviso Math and Science Academy had 144 students attend its session. The Freshman Transition program is designed to provide incoming freshmen with the support that they will need for a successful start to their high school careers, said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. This is in addition to the traditional Freshman Orientation, which occurred on Friday, August 16.

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  PTHS 209 Welcomes Back Faculty and Staff at Annual Institute Day  
 

Faculty and staff in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 came together on Wednesday, August 14, at Proviso East High School to begin the 2013-14 school year at District Institute Day.

During the session, which also included a welcome from Board of Education President, Mr. Daniel Adams, and District 209 Superintendent, Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, faculty and staff learned about the state of district, teaching to the Common Core Standards, and other district initiatives.

Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent, spoke on the year’s theme of “We’re all in this together.” She said that the district has to have a "culture shift" toward accentuating the positive and teamwork together. She referenced how the district came together in March and April in preparation for the ACT/PSAE. That resulted in higher participation rates and scores, particularly at Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School.

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  Incoming Freshmen Need Immunizations, Physicals Before First Day of School

 
  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will welcome back all students for the 2013-14 school year on August 19.

However, before reporting back to school, all students in the district must have at least a ninth-grade Illinois physical and up-to-date immunizations on file.

Under its First Day Exclusion Policy,” no student will be admitted on the first day of school unless their ninth-grade Illinois physical and current immunizations are on file at their respective school. Parents need to ensure that their students’ physicals are complete and include details of the students’ health history. Parents also must answer all of the questions on the physical form, sign and date the form, and complete the diabetes screening questions that are attached.

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  District 209 Introduces New Administrators

 
  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will begin the 2013-14 academic year with new faces in administration at two of its three schools.

Mr. Oscar Hawthorne (pictured) is the new principal at Proviso West High School after working the last four years as assistant superintendent and principal at Evanston Township High School. He is joined by Mr. Calvin Davis as assistant principal for athletics and activities and Mr. Joseph Kosina as assistant principal for educational services.

Mr. Hawthorne was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. From there, he received a football and chorus scholarship to Kentucky State University where he majored in social studies education. Upon graduation, he took jobs teaching history and social studies before becoming dean of students and later assistant principal at Thornton Fractional North High School in Calumet City. After stops at Rich South High School in Richton Park and Streamwood High School, he moved on to Evanston Township High School.

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  PTHS 209 Schools to "Celebrate My Drive"

 
  Administrators at Proviso Township High Schools District 209 schools are signing up their schools to promote safe driving and compete for a chance at a $100,000 grant from State Farm Insurance’s “Celebrate My Drive” Program.

“Celebrate My Drive” was created by State Farm in 2012 to promote the concept that “safe driving is a lifelong commitment from the state.” According to the National Institutes of Health, auto accidents are the number one cause of death among teens in the United States.

“It’s about emphasizing the positives of safe driving,” the description of the campaign at the program’s website at CelebrateMyDrive.com said. “If we can reinforce habits like remembering to think ‘2N2’ whenever teens drive – keeping two eyes on the road and two hands on the wheel – we’ll save lives together.”

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  District 209 Hosts Police, Community Leaders at Safety Forum

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 hosted police and community leaders at a School and Community Safety Forum on July 16 at Proviso Math and Science Academy.

The forum was designed as a way to discuss different ways that the district, area law enforcement, and the community at large can promote the safety of students, decrease violence, and develop partnerships to accomplish common goals. The forum featured 13 police officials and community leaders from the towns that comprise the district. They provided their perspectives on dealing with violence in the community and ways to protect students and community members in light of recent high-profile incidents.

“I’m really pleased at the support you’re showing for safety of our children,” said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, at the forum. “I’ve felt very supportive by the towns and police chiefs. It’s not about the blame game. It’s about partnering.”

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  Proviso Cadets Attend Leadership Academy

 
 

Four cadets from Proviso West High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) and two cadets from Proviso East High School NJROTC program recently participated in the 12th annual NJROTC Leadership Academy at Naval Station Great Lakes near North Chicago.

From June 23 to 29, they joined more than 140 NJROTC cadets from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and West Virginia in learning leadership traits, technical shipboard tasks, and sailing as well as math and science concepts.

“They pick up the leadership skills and teach other cadets,” said Mr. Patrick Falsey, an NJROTC instructor at Proviso East. “It’ll give them a role model to follow. It’s always a reward for good cadets. It’ll expose them to how other schools do business.”

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  Help Raise Money for Proviso West Through Shopping

 
 

Shoppers at local GFS (Gordon Food Service) Marketplace Stores can help earn money for Proviso West High School.
The money from the purchase of Market Day products helps to support various student activities at the school, said Ms. Gail Suffredin, a special education teacher at Proviso West and co-chairperson of the Market Day program at Proviso West. In addition, the Market Day program is a training opportunity for a group of special needs students.

Through the program, Proviso West earns 1 percent of all Market Day product purchases at GFS if the shopper identifies Proviso West as their school of choice. In addition, the school would earn 5 percent of the price of all Market Day items sold anywhere, Ms. Suffredin said.

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  District 209 Continues Process of Renewing Curriculum

 
 

Teachers and curriculum leaders in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 are spending part of their summer renewing the district’s curriculum to be ready for the Common Core and new PARCC exams that begin in the 2014-15 school year.

Throughout June, the group of 44 faculty members has been meeting as part of a curriculum renewal process. The process is designed to align the district’s curriculum in the four core subject areas of English, mathematics, science, and social studies to the Common Core Standards and the new PARCC assessments that will be administered starting in the 2014-15 school year. The process also is designed to ensure that the curriculum is the same at both Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School and to further develop a student’s skills as they progress through high school, said Dr. Leslie R. Wilson, the district’s interim assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

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  District 209 to Host School and Community Safety Forum

 
  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host a community forum with area police officials, community leaders, and mayors from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16, at Proviso Math and Science Academy.

The forum will discuss different ways that the district, area law enforcement, and the community at large can promote the safety of students, decrease violence, and develop partnerships to accomplish common goals. The format of the forum will follow the same as the four other forums hosted by the district this year. There will be a brief presentation, a panel, and a question-and-answer session.

Police officials, mayors, and other community leaders in the communities that District 209 serves have been invited to participate in the forum.

 
 
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