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  Proviso West Soccer Players Sign With Morton College

 
 

The two captains of the Proviso West High School girls’ soccer team will continue playing their sport in college next year.

Alexia Teran, senior midfielder, and Nemesis Rosales, a senior defender, recently signed letters of intent to attend Morton College in Cicero. Morton College is a community college based in Cicero and is a member of the Illinois Collegiate Skyway Conference.

Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, said that the Proviso West community is proud of Alexia and Nemesis.

“This is a great opportunity for these students to be able to continue their education after graduation,” he said. “To be able to do so with the support of their schools and their families is an asset that all students need in order to succeed.”

Congratulations!

 
  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 Friday, June 5, in order to take summer classes. Summer school classes will run from June 8 through July 9 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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  Proviso West Graduates Mark Years of Achievement

 
 

The Class of 2015 of Proviso East High School said "goodbye" to their home for the last four years at their commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 23, at the UIC Pavilion.

The seniors 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.

Ulises Rodriguez, the class valedictorian, encouraged his fellow graduates to strive for success after high school.

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  Proviso West NJROTC Named a Distinguished Unit With Honors

 
 

The Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps unit at Proviso West High School has been designated as a Distinguished Unit with honors for its area.

The Proviso West unit is part of Area Three, which includes schools from Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. This is the first time in its 12 year history that the program has been recognized in this way. As a distinguished unit with honors, Proviso West ranks as one of the best NJROTC units in the country. The unit continues to shine among area NJROTC units, having earned Distinguished Unit status in 2012 and Unit Achievement status in 2013 and 2014.

Our cadets earned this award based on their academic performance, their military drill, and their community service. The Distinguished Unit ribbon will be awarded to every cadet in the program for their outstanding efforts this year. The unit will also receive a ribbon that the unit guide-on will be able to carry this year at all the drill competitions.

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  Proviso West Freshman Learn About Careers at Career Exploration Fair

 
 

Around 500 Proviso West High School freshmen had an opportunity to ignite their curiosity about different careers at the school’s Career Exploration Fair on May 7.

According to Ms. Kate Foster, college and career counselor at Proviso West, the career fair featured more than 30 industries including science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers, information technology, public safety (EMT and Fire), marketing, finance, business, transportation, education, construction trades, various construction trades, landscape design and architecture, real estate, government, and health and human services as well as three branches of the military. There also were several guest speakers who discussed their careers.

The various careers represented at the fair are pathways that students can pursue through post-secondary training or education, Ms. Foster said.

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  Top Students Inducted Into District 209 Academic Hall of Fame

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 honors academic excellence.

With that goal in mind, the top six students of the Class of 2015 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.

On May 19, the scholars were taken by limousine to lunch at the Signature Room at the 95th, located on top of the John Hancock Center in Chicago. They also were presented gifts, and notified that they would be placed in the Academic Hall of Fame for District 209. They also are to be recognized by the Board of Education and given plaques and certificates recognizing their achievements at the Board’s next regular meeting on June 9.

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  Proviso East, Proviso West Bands Rock the House, Pay Tribute, at Proviso East Battle of the Bands

 
 

The 13th annual Proviso East High School Battle of the Bands at the Proviso East football field on May 16 was part competition, and part tribute to the man who started the annual tradition.

It was an afternoon of competing musical talents and fun for the approximately 300 people who came to watch. The Battle of the Bands featured performances by not only the host Proviso East Marching Band, but also the Proviso West marching band and drum line, the Rich Central High School marching band and drum line, the Windy City All Star Alumni Band, the Ella Flagg Young School Band, and the Proviso East High School Alumni Band, as well as the Proviso East Pirateer Dancers provided entertainment between acts.

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  District 209 To Host District-Wide End-of-Year Celebration, Picnic on June 2

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education will host a district-wide end-of-year celebration and picnic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, at Proviso East High School.

The celebration and picnic, which will be for faculty and staff from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, will be a way for the district to celebrate the successful completion of the school year, said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. It also will be an opportunity to set a positive tone for the next school year.

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  Six Proviso West Student-Athletes to Continue Sports in College

 
 

Six Proviso West High School student-athletes – three each from the boys’ basketball and football teams – have signed letters of intent to continue playing their chosen sports in college next year.

Mr. Calvin Davis, assistant principal for athletics and activities at Proviso West, said that the student-athletes need to make sure that they are good students, and the six student-athletes who signed are just that. He said that their opportunities to continue playing their sport in college were part of a strategy to find more scholarships for students.

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  Detour in Front of Proviso East to Continue Through End of School Year

 
 

Students, faculty, staff, parents, and other visitors to Proviso East High School, 807 South First Avenue in Maywood, will need to find an alternate route to the school beginning on Monday, April 20, due to construction.

The work will require the closing of First Avenue between Lake Street and Madison Street to through traffic, with traffic to be detoured. Northbound traffic on First Avenue will be detoured west on Madison Street to Fifth Avenue before heading east on Lake Street and continuing north on First Avenue. Southbound traffic will be detoured east on Lake Street to Fifth Avenue, heading south before going east on Madison Street and continuing south on First Avenue.

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  District 209 Schools, Offices Closed for Memorial Day

 
  Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy as well as the administrative offices of Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 25.

All schools and offices in District 209 will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, May 26.

Have a great weekend!

 
  24 PMSA Students Honored by Board of Education for Academic Excellence

 
 

Twenty-four Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy students were honored for excellence by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at its regular meeting on Tuesday, May 12, at PMSA.

The students were honored for excellence ranging from perfect attendance during the current school to earning a perfect score on the ACT college entrance exam to earning more than $1.2 million in scholarships, said Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA.

Nadia Love, a PMSA senior, earned $1,286,212 in scholarships, Dr. Karvelas said. A recipient of the National Achievement Scholarship Award, Nadia was the PMSA student who earned the highest amount of scholarship money.

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  Retirees and Employees of District 209 Honored for Service and Accomplishments

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 thanked and honored 100 of its faculty and staff – including 14 who are retiring – at the annual Staff Retirement and Recognition Dinner on May 8 at The Clubhouse in Oak Brook.

The faculty and staff members were celebrated at the special dinner for their extraordinary contributions to the district. They included 37 employees who have served in the district for at least 15 years, nine 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 2014-15 school year.

Receiving particular recognition was Ms. Molly Cavanaugh, who is marking 60 years of service with the District, including the last 56 at Proviso West High School as the principal’s secretary.

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  13th Annual Proviso East Battle of the Bands on Saturday, May 16

 
 

Marching bands and drum lines will be the entertainment at noon when Proviso East High School hosts its 13th annual Battle of the Bands.

The Proviso East Battle of the Bands will bring together marching bands and drum lines from around the Chicago area. Expected to perform along with the host Proviso East marching band will be Proviso West High School, the Proviso East Alumni Band, marching bands from Chicago, and the Roosevelt Middle School (Bellwood) marching band as well as several area high school drum lines.

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  Proviso West Senior Named to National SADD Board

 
 

A Proviso West High School senior has been named to the SADD National Student Leadership Council for the 2015-2016 school year.

Limni Jimenez joins nine other students who were chosen from a nationwide pool of high qualified applicants, according to a press release from SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), a national peer-to-peer prevention, education and activism organization. The group will represent the hundreds of thousands of SADD students in chapters across the country.

Limni has served the current school year on the Illinois state SADD student advisory board.

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  Proviso West Students Win at Danny K. Davis Art Contest

 
 

Ten Proviso West High School students have been named winners in the 34th Annual 7th Congressional District Danny K. Davis High School Art Competition - An Artistic Discovery.

The winners were Angelina Cano, Jarikssa Hernandez, Brenda Martinez, Jasmine Mendez, Rayshall Ruiz, Samuel Garcia-Sandoval, Kyle Blue-Smith, Arley Teran, Erick Urbano and David Vela. They were among 85 student entries.

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  District 209 Administrators Raise Money for Autism Awareness

 
 

Central office administrators with Proviso Township High Schools District 209 raised more than $1,000 in support of families impacted by autism and other developmental disorders at the sixth annual The Answer Inc. Walk-a-Thon on May 2 at Proviso East High School.

The team raised $1,115 for the walk-a-thon, the totals of which were still tabulated at press time, said Ms. Deb Vines, director of The Answer, Inc. fundraising walk raised money to send children and adults with developmental disorders to special camps in June. The walk-a-thon also raised money for other programs to benefit families impacted by autism. The team consisted of Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209; Dr. Diane Deckert, director of assessment and planning for District 209; Mr. Dan Johnson, director of truancy/Title I coordinator for District 209; Ms. Sharon Palmer, director of accounting for District 209; and Mr. Rob Daniel, community and public relations coordinator for District 209.

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  337 Proviso West Students Recognized for Earning Honor Roll Status

 
 

More than 330 Proviso West High School students were recognized for achieving honor roll status during the first semester and the third quarter of the 2014-15 school year at a ceremony in the school’s gymnasium on April 16.

The ceremony, before a gymnasium packed with parents and other supporters that included Mrs. Theresa Kelly, a member of the District 209 Board of Education, recognized those students who had earned either A Honor Roll or B Honor Roll. 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. In addition, four students – Aaliyah Akins, Devon Jackson, Annette Kwasniewski, and Sonali Rajput, were honored for being named to the All A’s Honor Roll.

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  Support District 209 and The Answer in Raising Awareness of Autism

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is partnering with The Answer, Inc., in The Answer’s sixth annual Walk-a-Thon Fundraiser on Saturday, May 2, at Proviso East High School.

The fundraising walk, which will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on May 2, will raise money to send children and adults with developmental disorders to special camps in June. The walk-a-thon also will raise money for other programs to benefit families impacted by autism. In 2014, the walk raised $8,000 that enabled The Answer, which is based in Forest Park, to sponsor 25 children and young adults as they attended the Special Camps for Special Citizens Horseback Riding camp in Winfield, Illinois.

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  District 209 to Host Staff Retirement and Recognition Dinner on May 8

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host its annual Staff Retirement and Recognition Dinner on Friday, May 8, at The Clubhouse, 298 Oakbrook Center, in Oakbrook.

Fifteen retiring employees and more than 20 current employees at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy will be recognized for their service to the District and their achievements at the dinner.

The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. A ceremony to honor the employees to be recognized will take place after dinner.

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  Proviso West Inducts 12 New Members into National Honor Society

 
 

The Proviso West High School National Honor Society (NHS) inducted 12 new members at its spring ceremony on April 16 in the Proviso West Little Theater.

To be inducted into the National Honor Society, a student, who is either a current junior or senior, 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.

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  Board of Education Honors Proviso West State Scholars

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education honored the 10 Proviso West High School seniors who were recognized as Illinois State Scholars and the number one ranked high jumper in the state at its regular meeting on April 14 at Proviso West.

Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, said that the 10 Illinois State Scholars scored in the 95th percentile on the ACT college entrance exam. According to ISAC, Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors, hailing from 671 different high schools across the state. Selection is based on SAT, ACT or Prairie State Achievement Exam scores, and/or class rank at the end of the junior year. High school guidance counselors work with ISAC to determine the winners.

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  Proviso West NJROTC Competes at Regional SeaPerch Competition

 
 

A group of Proviso West High School students at Proviso West competed at the Regional SeaPerch Competition on March 14 at Naval Station Great Lakes, with one squad winning honors.

SeaPerch is a Navy outreach program that is encouraging high school and middle school students to explore the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Most of the students from Proviso West who competed are part of the school’s Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp (NJROTC) unit. However, two freshman students who are not part of NJROTC, D’Naria Busby and Luigi Cabantog, competed because of they are enrolled in Proviso West’s pre-engineering course.

“We didn’t just want to make this a NJROTC representation, but as a partnership with the engineering class as well,” said Chief Alfonzo Whitten, an NJROTC instructor at Proviso West. “They were very enthusiastic about competing, being S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematic) motivated students that gave it their all and had fun doing it.”

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  Proviso West, PMSA Students Strut Their Stuff in Fashion Shows

 
 

Students and parents at Proviso West High School and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy were able to get a sense of the latest fashions for prom and elsewhere at fashion shows at the schools on March 30 and April 2, respectively.

The Proviso West show was presented in the school’s Little Theater as part of Senior Parent Night by the fashion technology taught by Ms. Connie Jesukaitis on March 30. Three days later, PMSA hosted its third annual student-run fashion show before a large crowd in the cafeteria.

Ms. Jesukaitis said that along with the prom fashions from Windsor at Yorktown Mall and Black Tie Tux in Glen Ellyn, Proviso West students who are enrolled in District 209’s cosmetology class through Ms. Roberts’ Beauty Academy did the hair and makeup for the 11 student models.

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  Proviso West Senior Selected for Naval Academy, $180,000 Navy Scholarship

 
 

Patricia Vazquez considers herself a focused person.

“I’m committed to what I like to do,” the Proviso West High School senior said. “I set my eyes on the goal and I don’t stop until I get it.”

That determination has helped Patricia in her studies and her participation in the Proviso West Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp (NJROTC) program, first earning an $180,000 scholarship from the Navy. Most recently, she learned that she had earned an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy.

“I’m ecstatic,” Patricia said. “It’s a great opportunity.”

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  Proviso West, PMSA Students Win Ron Edmonds Scholarships

 
 

Four District 209 students – two each from Proviso West High School and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy – recently were named winners of the 2015 Ron Edmonds Scholarship by the Superintendents’ Commission for the Study of Demographics and Diversity.

Mark Martinez, a senior at Proviso West, was awarded the $1,500 Dr. Ron Edmonds Scholarship Award at a banquet on March 26 in Tinley Park. In addition, Peyton Greenwood, a senior at Proviso West, and Kelechi Agwuncha and Stefan King, seniors at PMSA, were named winners of the Ron Edmonds Book Award, which is a $1,000 award.

According to the commission, the award is made available to students of color or students of poverty who are currently high school seniors planning to go to college. Each student was judged on criteria that included a cumulative grade point average of at least a “C;” three letters of support from an educator, pastor, parent, or community leader; and a letter of acceptance from the college or university of their choice. They also were judged on their one-page response to the question, “How can I make a difference in the education of students through my chosen profession?”

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  Proviso West Fashion Students Learn Ease of Starting Their Own Business

 
 

It can be relatively easy to start your own business, Ms. Shawn Sargent said to a class of Proviso West High School fashion technology students on Monday, March 23, at Proviso West.

“I take my drawings and designs and have them printed on fabrics,” said Ms. Sargent, an artist and the owner of Shawn Sargent Designs in Glen Ellyn. “Hopefully I can give some different ways of getting their work out and that it’s not that hard to start a business.”

Ms. Connie Jesukaitis, a family and consumer science teacher at Proviso West, said that Ms. Sargent’s talk coincided with the class’ unit on printing production, one that included a section on fashion entrepreneurship.

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  Proviso West, Proviso East Lady Hoopsters Earn Postseason Honors

 
 

Several members of the girls basketball teams at Proviso West High School and Proviso East High School have been named to all-area and all-conference teams.

Da’Tasia Almon, a senior guard at Proviso East, was named to the Chicago Sun-Times’ girls basketball all-area team, while Mariah Henry, a sophomore guard at Proviso West, and Taylor Pate, a senior center, were named to Suburban Life Media’s all-area girls basketball team. In addition, Cinia McCray, a junior guard at Proviso West, was honorable mention on the Sun-Times’ girls basketball all-area team, while Coleanna Funches, a senior forward at Proviso West, was honorable mention on Suburban Life Media’s all-area girls basketball team.

Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that the girls deserved the honors that they have received.

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  Proviso West NJROTC Students Learn Life-Saving Skills

 
 

The students in the Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp (NJROTC) program at Proviso West High School learned lessons on March 12 that could potentially save someone’s life.

The cadets learned how to perform Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED), and how to perform the Heimlich maneuver on a choking victim. Doing the teaching on this day were hospital corpsmen from Naval Station Great Lakes near North Chicago.

Petty Officer Daisy Blanchard, an instructor in the Proviso West NJROTC program, said that the lessons were part of a unit on survival training that includes learning how to survive in the water and other emergency actions.

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  Give Feedback on District 209 Schools Through 5Essentials Survey Through March 20, Earn Incentives

 
  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is once again 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 March 20, 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 also is available at www.pths209.org.

Parents who attend the quarterly parent-teacher conferences from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, at Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA can take the survey online at computers that will be provided. The survey should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete.

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  Parent-Teacher Conferences on March 19

 
  Parents can learn more about their students’ progress at school and pick up their students’ report cards at the quarterly Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, March 19, at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on March 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“Parents are a vital component to a student’s success in school,” said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent for District 209. “Parent-Teacher Conferences are a good way for parents to meet with teachers and learn more about how their students are doing in their classes.”

The faculty and administration would like to urge parents to take advantage of this time which has been set aside specifically for the parents and teachers to confer. Both the parents and teachers bring special insights and understandings of the student to a conference, and if these two perspectives can be brought into focus, everyone gains, especially the student.

Students will be in attendance on the regular class schedule on March 19, but they will have a shortened schedule on Friday, March 20, with dismissal at 2:10 p.m. at Proviso East and Proviso West and at 2:25 p.m. at PMSA.

 
  49 Proviso Students Win Math and Science Awards

 
 

Forty-nine 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 9 at Proviso West High School.

Mr. Bob Hurley, a retired science teacher at Proviso East High School and an organizer of the ceremony, now in its 22nd year, said that the student winners of the awards should mention them in their applications for college and scholarships and resumes.

“The counselors in the colleges are going to recognize these awards,” he said. “These are nationally recognized.”

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Proviso East Honor Roll Students, State Scholars Recognized by Board of Education

 
 

Fourteen Proviso East High School students were recognized for achieving high honor roll status during the first semester of the 2014-15 school year and three Proviso East students for being named Illinois State Scholars at the Board of Education’s regular meeting on Tuesday, March 10, at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, said that the students who made the high honor roll earned a grade point average of at least 3.7. He said that achieving students have opportunities to earn incentives such as tickets to Chicago Bulls games.

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  Proviso West Senior Jumps To Number One Ranking in State

 
 

The 50th Annual Proviso West Boys Track Invitational on February 28 proved to be memorable for more than just being the golden anniversary of the event’s first running, at least for Jamante Steward, a Proviso West senior.

Jamante claimed the number one ranking in the state of Illinois among high jumpers when he jumped over the bar that was six feet, 10 inches high. Not only did the jump win him a first-place finish in the meet, it secured him the top ranking in the state and the number five ranking among high school high jumpers in the nation.

This was all from someone who only started on the track team last year, during which time he placed fourth at the state meet.

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  First Round of PARCC Testing March 12 through April 2

 
  Students in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will soon take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment along with other high school students in Illinois as well as third- through eighth-graders.

This test represents a significant shift across the state, and the culmination of five years of statewide work, beginning with the adoption of the new Illinois Learning Standards in English language arts and mathematics in 2010. This test, unlike the one that Illinois students took last year, is more engaging, interactive, and meaningful and will better prepare students for life and careers in the 21st century.

Change, especially large-scale systemic change such as this one, is never easy. We fully expect there will be challenges as schools administer this test in the coming weeks. But that does not mean we should change course or lower our expectations.

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  Proviso High Schools Celebrate Black History Month

 
 

Students, faculty, and staff at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy celebrated the history and cultures of African-Americans throughout February during a series of assemblies and activities marking Black History Month.

Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that it was important for students to learn about the history of African-Americans and to celebrate the contributions 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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  Class of 2019 Visits Proviso West

 
 

Volleyball. Newspaper. NJROTC. Academics.

These were just a few of the things that eighth-graders and their families learned about Proviso West High School at the school’s Future Panther Night on February 26. It was an evening for members of the Class of 2019 to be more familiar with the school that they will call their own for the next four years.

“We just wanted them to walk around and experience Proviso West and put a name with a face,” said Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West. “This was about students making connections with each other. Proviso West has much to offer to students and we wanted our incoming freshmen to learn more about them.”

The soon-to-be freshmen and their parents were able to visit tables set up by Proviso West’s activities and sports teams in the gymnasium. They 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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  District 209 Students Prepare for State Tests

 
 

Students at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High Schools, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy will begin a season of high stakes testing on Tuesday, March 3, when juniors take the ACT college entrance exam.

This year’s testing will be different from years past, however.

The Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE) is gone, replaced by the new PARCC, or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, assessments. The PARCC exams are part of the implementation of the new Common Core Standards that went into effect in the District this school year.

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  Proviso West Key Club Donates 1,880 Pounds of Food

 
 

The Proviso West High School Key Club recently collected 1,880 pounds of canned and non-perishable food and pop tabs from early January through the middle of February for the Ronald McDonald Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

Mr. Charles Jalove, a counselor at Proviso West and the club’s sponsor, said that the food will benefit programs through the Cook County Farm Bureau and area Ronald McDonald Houses.

“I believe it is a true community service project that we can help the less fortunate in our community,” Mr. Jalove said. “We also show parents that have to stay at the Ronald McDonald houses that the youth of Proviso West do care. It makes me proud of our youth and students at West and that I can teach the youth that they can make a difference.”

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  District 209 Schools, Offices Closed March 2 for Pulaski Day

 
 

Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy as well as the administrative offices of Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will be closed for the Pulaski Day holiday on Monday, March 2.

All offices in District 209 will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, March 3. This is a reminder that the originally scheduled building institute day with no student attendance has been moved to Tuesday, March 10. This is due to March 3 and 4 having been designated by the state as standardized testing days, with students taking the ACT Plus Writing exam on March 3 and the ACT WorkKeys exam on March 4.

Under the change, students will now be in school on March 3, but will not attend class on March 10. On March 3, juniors will report to school at the normal time of 7:50 a.m. and depart after testing. Buses will pick up freshmen, sophomores, and seniors five hours later than usual on March 3 and four hours later than usual on March 4. Their day will follow a modified bell schedule.

A building institute day for faculty and staff training will take place on March 10.

Have a great weekend!

 
  Proviso West Seniors Get a Look at College Life

 
 

One hundred sixteen seniors at Proviso West High School spent last week getting a look at life in college and what it takes to go there when they visited Triton College in River Grove.

The students, in groups of about 40, spent a day at Triton College, taking the ACT Compass test for the college to evaluate which courses the students should take, touring several areas of the community college campus, applying for admission to Triton, and learning more about the college and its costs.

The day-long visits were part of Proviso West’s school improvement plan to ensure that all graduating seniors have a plan for after high school, whether it is college, a career, or military, said Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West. Working with Ms. Kate Foster, the college and career placement counselor at Proviso West, the students learned about an option they can take.

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  Proviso East, Proviso West hoopsters to play ball in college

 
 

Two District 209 basketball players – one from Proviso East High School and one from Proviso West High School – will continue playing basketball in college next year after signing letters of intent this year.

Taylor Pate, a senior center at Proviso West, will move on to Hampton, Virginia, where she will attend Hampton University and play basketball. Diamond Copeland, a senior forward at Proviso East, will attend Roosevelt University in Chicago next year, where she will play for the women’s basketball team.

Taylor averaged a double-double during the 2014-15 regular season, averaging 13.4 points per game and 12.4 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-4 senior had also considered Loyola (Chicago) and DePaul University, but ultimately Hampton.

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  District 209 Board, Senator Lightford Honor PMSA State Scholars

 
 

Twenty-four students from Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy were honored by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education and State Sen. Kim Lightford at the joint Board-Financial Oversight Panel meeting on Tuesday, February 10, at PMSA.<

The 24 PMSA seniors were among 28 District 209 seniors recognized as Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. According to ISAC, Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors, hailing from 671 different high schools across the state. Selection is based on SAT, ACT or Prairie State Achievement Exam scores, and/or class rank at the end of the junior year. High school guidance counselors work with ISAC to determine the winners.

“I commend these 24 seniors for their outstanding commitment to their education,” said Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA. “These students have dedicated themselves to their studies and have embraced the rigor of our curricula that is associated with academia.”

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  District 209 Barber Program Aims to Be Cut Above the Rest

 
 

Nineteen students from Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School are learning the right way to give a shave and a haircut in District 209’s new barber program.

The students have been training at the Erskine Reeves Barber Academy in Hillside since the start of the second semester in January. Students upon completion of the program at the end of the 2015-16 school year will be able to get certified and licensed as barbers with the possibility of going into business for themselves.

“Everybody needs a haircut,” said Mr. Reeves, the owner of the barber academy and a 1997 Proviso West graduate.

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  Pirates, Panthers Provide Heat in Rivalry Week Games

 
 

The annual Rivalry Week basketball games between Proviso East and Proviso West were heated affairs, as the large crowds were treated to exciting, nail-biting contests in both the girls’ and boys’ games in the Proviso East Fieldhouse.

The girls kicked off the week on Thursday, February 5, as Proviso East held on after a furious second-half rally from a deficit of as many as 16 points by the Lady Panthers to secure the 68-65 victory. They were led by Diamond Coleman, who led the Pirates with 17 points. She also was one of four Proviso East players with double-doubles, with her 17 points and 10 rebounds leading along with Cinia McCray (11 points/11 rebounds), Jasmine Levy (10 points/10 rebounds), and Savannah Clark (10 points/11 rebounds).

Proviso West was paced by the play of Mariah Henry, a sophomore guard who led all scorers with 19 points.

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  Celebrating National School Counselors Week at Proviso High Schools

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 celebrated the work of its school counselors February 2 through 6 during National School Counseling Week.

The week, sponsored nationally by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), was designed to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within American school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

“Often school counselors are so busy people don’t get to see what they do,” said Ms. Antoinette Rayburn, District guidance department chair. “This week was designed to highlight the impact they have on student success.”

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  District 209 Schools, Offices Closed for Presidents’ Day

 
  Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy as well as the administrative offices of Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will be closed for the Presidents’ Day holiday on Monday, February 16.

All schools and offices in District 209 will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, February 17.

Have a great weekend!

 
  Parents Get a Grasp on College Financial Aid, Other Topics at Parent University

 
 

More than 100 people learned about college financial aid, the Common Core Standards, the new PARCC assessments, and other topics at the latest edition of Parent University on January 31 at the District 209 offices at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

Parent University, produced in partnership with the Strengthening Proviso College and Career Readiness Committee, is a series of workshops 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 in attendance learned about finding ways to pay for college, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and learned more about the new Common Core Standards and the new PARCC assessments, what resources are available for students with disabilities, and what services are available for English Language Learners at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and PMSA. They also were able to meet with representatives from several different colleges and community organizations at a college and community resource fair.

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  Proviso West Engineers New Class Through Project Lead the Way

 
 

It was a typical afternoon for the students in Mr. Matthew Dillard’s Project Lead the Way pre-engineering class at Proviso West High School as they worked through the design of a car windshield.

It was one of many components for the overall project that is being completed on the computer-aided design (CAD) programs on the laptop computers, said Kayla Banks, a Proviso West freshman and a student in the class.

“We’re creating the parts, then putting them together,” she said as she calculated the numbers used in the design.

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  Progress Reports Rescheduled for February 17

 
 

The posting of student progress reports for the third quarter has been rescheduled for February 17.

The reason behind the rescheduling of the sending of the progress reports is due to the cancellation of school on January 7 through 9 and on February 2.

Parents may review their students’ progress reports on PowerSchool on Tuesday, February 17.

 
  Parent University Returns on January 31, 2015

 
 

Parents and their students can learn more about their education in high school and how to be ready for life beyond at the next edition of Parent University on January 31, 2015, at the district offices at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host its latest edition of Parent University from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at the district offices at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, 8601 W. Roosevelt Road in Forest Park.

Parent University is a series of workshops designed to prepare parents to help their students in high school and beyond. The event also features resources that are available to parents for their children, and students from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy can earn one hour of community service credit for each of their parents who attend.

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  District 209 Joins With Feeder School Districts at Articulation Meeting

 
 

Board of Education members and administrators from Proviso Township High Schools District 209 and its seven feeder school districts continued the work that they began last summer at their second joint articulation meeting on January 22 at the District 209 offices at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

The meeting was designed as a way for the eight school districts in Proviso Township to discuss ways that students can be better served from kindergarten through graduation from high school at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, or PMSA. Participating in the summit from the District 209 Board of Education were Mr. Daniel Adams, the Board’s president, and Board member, Mrs. Theresa Kelly, along with several administrators including Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent. Other area school districts represented by Board members and administrators were Berkeley School District 87, Bellwood School District 88, Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview School District 89, Forest Park School District 91, Lindop School District 92, Westchester Public Schools District 92.5, and Hillside School District 93.

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  Proviso Students Make Life Beautiful in Cosmetology Program  
 

The afternoon of Monday, January 26, was a typically busy day for the students of the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 cosmetology program at Ms. Roberts’ Beauty Academy in Hillside.

In one end of the workroom, several girls styled hair on the heads of mannequins. In another end of the room, the girls practiced applying a facial (a treatment that involves applying lotions and creams designed to cleanse the skin on the face) on each other.

For 21 students from Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School, this was a normal afternoon of instruction and practice with the goal of one day obtaining a state license as a beautician.

“They learn hair, skin, and nails,” said Ms. Pam Reed, an instructor at Ms. Roberts’. “In order to be able to give a service, you have to receive the service. It also gives them an experience that they may not have had before.”

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  Students, “Bring Your Parents to School” on February 3

 
 

Parents may ask what their students do during a typical day at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

They will be able to learn about that as well as have opportunities to meet with their students’ teachers on Bring Your Parents to School Day on Tuesday, February 3. 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.

“Successful students need their parents to be invested in their education,” said Mr. Daniel Adams, president of the Board of Education. “Through Bring Your Parents to School, parents can learn more about what their students’ day is like at school, and learn how they can help their students be even more successful.”

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  Proviso East, Proviso West Students Learn About Health Care Careers

 
 

Dr. Melissa Simon said that she is able to help people in different ways as a doctor, including research and helping to write laws on health care.

“As a physician, you can do more than just work in a clinic or a hospital,” said Dr. Simon, an obstetrician/gynecologist and a professor of clinical gynecology at Northwestern University. “You can impact health in pretty much any career.”

Dr. Simon was the guest speaker on January 21 at Proviso West High School in the Career Spotlight Series through the Des Plaines Valley Education for Employment Regional Delivery System (DVR). The series sent students from participating schools that included Proviso West, Proviso East, Leyden, Oak Park-River Forest, and Riverside-Brookfield to lectures and programs on careers such as health care, finance, manufacturing, and engineering. The programs were presented by people currently working in those fields, such as Dr. Simon in the medical field.

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  Proviso West Students Honored at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast

 
 

Four Proviso West High School students were recognized for their achievements at the 14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast at the Best Western Chicago Hillside Hotel in Hillside on Monday, January 19.

Briana Wilson, a Proviso West senior was announced as the winner of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Student Award by the Hillside Human Relations Commission. The commission, along with the Village of Hillside, sponsored the breakfast that honored the life and legacy of Dr. King. According to the nomination letter from Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, Briana has demonstrated a “tremendous amount of grit” while a student at Proviso West as she improved her grades to a 3.45 grade point average and a ranking in the top 15 percent of students in the Class of 2015.

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  District 209 Students and Parents Can Pay Fees Online

 
 

Parents and students at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy are now able to pay fees online.

The new Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Web Store is a partnership between the District and RevTrak, a national credit card payment processor. Through the new system, parents can pay for their students’ registration fees and physical education fees using their Discover, MasterCard, or Visa credit cards or debit cards, all from their home or work computer. They also can update their email or billing address and view past purchases.

The link can be found on the District’s website at www.pths209.org as well as the individual school websites under the “Online Payments” link.

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  District 209 Honors Straight-A, Top Engineering Students at Proviso West

 
 

Nineteen Proviso West High School students and the teacher of the new pre-engineering class at Proviso West were honored by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at its regular meeting on Tuesday, January 13, at Proviso West.

Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, recognized nine students for achieving academic excellence as they earned straight A’s for the first semester of the 2014-15 school year. They were Aaliyah Akins, Andrea Ayala, Luigi Cabantog, Devon Jackson, Annette Kwasniewski, Estefany Lopez, Sarah Scott, Precious Tonya, and Jazmin Verdin.

“This is a talented group of students,” Mr. Hawthorne said. “They worked hard this semester.”

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  District 209 to Begin Evening School

 
  The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education has approved the start of an evening school for students who are struggling with truancy and behavior issues, with a planned start date of January 21.

Mr. Dan Johnson, director of truancy/alternative programs for the District, said that the Proviso Evening School, which will be run in cooperation with West 40 Intermediate Service Center, would consist of two aspects. The DREAM School Truancy Program is designed for students from Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School with truancy issues and will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, while the Proviso Evening Alternative for Continuing Education (PEACE) Evening Alternative School Program for students who have a need for a more personalized learning environment in order to redirect behavior for academic success will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Proviso West Holiday Tournament a “Huge Success”

 
 

Many media outlets called the Proviso West Holiday Basketball Tournament the most competitive in the state of Illinois.

The 54th edition of the tournament, held December 20 through 27 at Proviso West High School, lived up to the billing.

This year’s tourney was pared down from the previous two years, running four full days instead of eight, and with 18 teams, including host Proviso West and Proviso East, competing instead of 32 teams. The 18 teams provided an exciting tournament for the more than 13,000 fans who attended as they saw top-ranked Stevenson High School (Lincolnshire) repeat as tournament champions when they defeated St. Joseph High (Westchester), 69-60, in the title game.

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  March Building Institute Day Moved to March 10

 
  The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education approved a change to the current school year calendar that will shift a planned building institute day where there is no student attendance to March 10.

The building institute day with no student attendance had been scheduled for March 3. However, March 3 and 4 have been designated by the state as standardized testing days, with students taking the ACT Plus writing portion on March 3. Under the change, students will now be in school on March 3, but will not attend class on March 10. A building institute day for faculty and staff training will take place on March 10.

In addition, the Board approved the 2015-16 school calendar.

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  District 209 Schools, Offices Closed for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 
  Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy as well as the administrative offices of Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will be closed for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on Monday, January 19.

In addition, there will be no student attendance on Tuesday, January 20, for a building institute day.

All schools and offices in District 209 will reopen for regular business hours on Wednesday, January 21.

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  Proviso West Junior Attends Medical Conference

 
 

A Proviso West High School junior attended the National Academies’ Congress of Future Medical Leaders at the Armory in Washington, D.C., November 14 to 16.

Kennedy Reed was among the 4,600 students from across the country and 11 international schools to attend the conference, which featured speeches from notables including Dr. Boris Lushniak, former acting U.S. Surgeon General; Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the National Institute of Health; and Dr. Michael Barratt, an astronaut with NASA. Attendees discussed the current leading medical research, received advice on what they can expect in medical school, heard stories from patients who are considered living medical miracles, and learned more about cutting-edge technology and the future in medical technology.

“I learned that everything should lead to what you want to be,” Kennedy said. “They said to keep working at what I’m doing and you’ll get through.”

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  Tickets for Proviso West Holiday Basketball Tournament on Sale Now

 
 

Tickets are now available for purchase for the 54th Annual Proviso West Holiday Basketball Tournament, which will take place December 20 through 27 and is expected to be the most competitive high school basketball tournament in the Chicago area.

The 18-team field will include Stevenson High School, which finished third in the state tournament in 2013-14 and won last year’s tournament, St. Joseph High School, and Fenwick High School, all of whom advanced far into the state playoffs in 2013-14. Proviso East and Proviso West round out the field.

A reserved season ticket for all nine sessions, including the third place and championship games on December 27, can be purchased online for $55 at the tournament website at www.provisoht.com. Individual reserved tickets are available for $10 per session, with individual general admission tickets available at $8 per session.

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  Be Ready the Next Time School is Closed

 
  It is important that parents and students in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 know what to expect if there is an emergency school closing.

If weather or any other circumstances keep District 209 from holding school on any given day, parents will receive an automated phone call and email from the District. School closing information will also be found prominently placed on the District 209 website (www.pths209.org), on our Twitter account (www.twitter.com/pths209), on local television and radio stations, and at www.emergencyclosings.com.

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  Parents, Be Sure to Fill Out Your Lunch Applications

 
 

Parents of students at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy are encouraged to fill out their free and reduced price meal applications for their students by the end of 2014.

Students in families who earn an income up to 100 percent of the federal poverty line are eligible to receive free breakfasts and lunches at school, while those in families who earn an income up to 185 percent of the federal poverty are eligible to receive breakfast and lunch at school at a reduced cost.

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  Proviso West NJROTC “Family” Earns High Honors at Annual Inspection

 
 

It was a family atmosphere as the Proviso West High School Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp (NJROTC) put its best foot forward at its Annual Military Inspection on Friday, December 5.

A packed Proviso West Field House of parents and other supporters saw the more than 300 cadets demonstrate the discipline and precision that they have learned during their time in the program. The ceremony’s attendees include Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of Proviso Township High Schools District 209, and Mrs. Theresa L. Kelly, a District 209 Board of Education member. They witnessed performances by the NJROTC unit’s drill teams and a pass in review of the cadets.

The inspecting officer, Commander Mike Kerley, said that a family atmosphere in the Proviso West NJROTC program and hard work has translated into a great program where 60 cadets were awarded Circle "10" awards at the December 5 ceremony.

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  Proviso West Inducts 30 Students Into National Honor Society

 
 

The Proviso West High School National Honor Society (NHS) inducted 30 new members at its fall ceremony on November 12 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 he was proud of the new inductees.

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  District 209 Administrators Present on Outreach Efforts at State Conference

 
  Administrators from Proviso Township High Schools District 209 presented on the District’s effort to reach out to parents and the community at the Joint Annual Conference sponsored by the Illinois Association of School Boards, Illinois Association of School Administrators, and the Illinois Association of School Business Officials on Friday, November 21, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago.

Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent for District 209; Mrs. Kim Echols, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for District 209; and Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West High School, along with Mrs. Pat Shehorn, chair of the Strengthening Proviso College and Career Readiness Committee, spoke on "Successful Outreach to Parents and the Community."

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  District 209 Schools Make Gains in State Test Scores

 
 

All three schools in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 - Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy - have made gains in their scores on both the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) and the ACT college entrance exam.

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 and math portions of the state tests by 31.3 percent from 2013, including a 72.7 percent increase on the math portion. In addition, the percentage of Proviso East students meeting or exceeding state standards on the reading portion has more than doubled since 2012.

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  Visit PMSA at Open House on December 4

 
 

During a series of open houses this fall, prospective students for the 2015-16 school year and their families can learn about the programs and activities available at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, with the next one on Thursday, December 4, from 6:30 p.m. Applications for admission are being accepted in November and December, with a January 15, 2015, deadline.

Attending an open house is not a requirement for admission, but it is recommended. During the open houses, the students and their families will see a presentation about the classes and programs at PMSA, take a tour of the school, and meet with faculty, staff members, and students.

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  District 209 to Provide Make-Up High School Placement Exams for Eighth-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 from November 4 to 17, 2014.

EXPLORE is a high school intake measure that gives high school counselors about the student’s academic achievement 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.

“The EXPLORE exam is an important tool to help us understand the skill levels of next year’s freshman class and how we can be ready to meet their academic needs,” said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. “With the data and information from these exams, we can be better prepared to put our incoming students on the right path to academic achievement and high school success.”

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  District 209 Teachers Honored by State Board of Education

 
 

Two District 209 teachers – one from Proviso West High School, the other from Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy – was honored with Awards of Recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education on October 25 in Normal as part of the ISBE’s Those Who Excel Awards Program.

Mrs. Lindsey Coppola, a Proviso West English teacher, received an Award of Recognition in the Classroom Teacher category, while Ms. Erin Mason, a PMSA English teacher, won an Award of Recognition in the Early Career Educator category. They were among more than 230 educators from across Illinois to be recognized at the banquet at the Marriott Bloomington-Normal Hotel in Normal just off of the Illinois State University campus. They were accompanied at the banquet by Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, and Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA, as well as their families.

“Every day, our teachers, staff, and administrators are hard at work providing a quality education to our students,” said Dr. Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. “Mrs. Coppola and Ms. Mason being recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education shows the great work that is being done at Proviso West and PMSA, and we are always pleased when others recognize it. I thank the ISBE for its recognition of two quality educators from our schools.”

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  Proviso West SADD Club Students Attend Dome Shift in Springfield

 
 

Six students from Proviso West High School’s SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Club attended the fifth annual Dome Shift 2014 Youth Advocacy Day in Springfield on October 20 and 21.

They were among 250 students from across Illinois to attend the event, which brought the students together to meet with each other and later state legislators on safe driving issues. After attending workshops and peer leadership training, the students marched to the Capitol to meet with legislators.

Mrs. Karen Sassetti, an ELL teacher at Proviso West and the club’s sponsor who accompanied the students on the trip, said that the two-day event benefited the Proviso West students as well as all other who attended. In addition to meeting hundreds of like-minded students from across Illinois, students participated in sessions such as “What do You Consider Lethal?” which empowered students to be a positive influence among their peers as they learned to avoid situations when driving which cause them to be distracted.

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  Proviso West Senior Makes the Grade on ACT

 
  Mark Martinez said that as he prepped for the ACT college entrance exam in April 2014, he expected that he would do well.

“Overall, it was a confidence thing,” the Proviso West High School senior said.

That confidence let Mark to earn a 33 out of a possible 36 on the ACT. The honors student said that he expected to earn the perfect 36 score when he came to school to take the exam.

“I’ve just been excellent in doing what I want to do,” he said. “You have to have confidence in yourself.”

That excellence and confidence, however, did not come without work.

As he took the ACT prep classes and practice exams offered at Proviso West and throughout District 209, Mark discovered that he had a tendency to rush through the exam, often missing important points. He said that with the help of his teachers, particularly Mr. Sergio Castillo, a Proviso West teacher, he learned the importance of pacing himself.

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  Final Football Games of Season for Proviso East, Proviso West 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 games of the 2014 season either in person or online on High School Cube.

The Proviso West Panthers’ final game of the season will be on Friday, October 24, at 7:30 p.m., when they take on Lyons Township High School at Proviso West Stadium. Tickets are available for the game at $4 for adults and $3 for all students who present an ID. The game will also be shown live and will be available for viewing after the game here.

The Proviso East Pirates also will make their last appearance of the season on High School Cube on Friday, October 24, at 7:30 p.m., when they travel to Leyden High School. The game will be on High School Cube and be available on the internet, iPhones, iPads and Droid devices with a replay and highlight clips available.

Good luck to both the Pirates and the Panthers!

 
  Parents, Learn More at Parent-Teacher Conferences on October 16

 
  Parents can learn more about their students’ progress at school and pick up their students’ report cards at the quarterly Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, October 16, at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on October 16 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 
  Board of Education Recognizes Teacher Who Won State Award

 
 

A Proviso West High School English teacher who recently won a state award was recognized by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at its regular meeting on Wednesday, October 15, at Proviso West.

Ms. Lindsey Coppola has been designated a winner of the Award of Recognition by the Illinois State Board of Education’s Those Who Excel selection committee. Ms. Coppola will be honored with another District 209 instructor, Ms. Erin Mason, an English teacher at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, at the Those Who Excel Banquet in Normal on October 25.

Mr. Joseph Kosina, a Proviso West assistant principal, read from a letter by Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, saying that Ms. Coppola has been instrumental in “implementing significant change to improve academic performance and college readiness for our students.” He added that students and parents are committed to her and recognize her as a role model.

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  District 209 Board of Education Approves New ACT Testing Program

 
  The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education approved the order of the ACT Aspire testing program for students.

The ACT Aspire testing program would be used primarily with freshmen and sophomores, said Mrs. Kim Echols, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for District 209. She said that the program would help to prepare students for the ACT college entrance exam that they take as juniors and also help teachers identify areas where they need help.

“The ACT Aspire consists of a continuum of interim and summative assessments for students in grades 9 and 10,” Mrs. Echols said. “It is aligned with (the new) Common Core Standards and is administered online.”

Students taking part in the testing program will take two tests each in English, reading, mathematics, and science, with the Aspire test administered at the end of the school year in a school computer lab with their classroom teacher.

Mrs. Echols also said the material in the ACT Aspire program can be used for juniors who need extra help in preparing for the ACT as they also take part in the ACT Cambridge prep program before they take the college entrance exam in the spring.

 
  New Math Curriculum, Literacy Program Helping Proviso West Students

 
 

The new Agile Minds math curriculum and Empower 3000 literacy program are having a positive impact on students at Proviso West High School, teachers and administrators told the District 209 Board of Education at its regular meeting on Wednesday, October 15, at Proviso West High School.

The two programs have been in place since the beginning of the year, with more than 25 teachers in the mathematics and English departments participating in and using the programs.

Ms. Heather Wickey, chair of the Proviso West math department and math teacher at Proviso West, showed a video of students learning about slopes in one lesson from the Agile Minds curriculum. She also said that teachers who were surveyed generally said that they believed that the curriculum was impacting students positively.

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  District 209 Students Represent Schools as Infinite Scholars

 
 

Eighty-five students from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy attended the Chicago Annual Fall Scholarship Fair on September 26 at Frederick Douglass Academy High School in Chicago, with several obtaining acceptance to many of the colleges.

The scholarship fair, sponsored by Infinite Scholars Program, Inc., featured more than 50 colleges and universities, ranging from regional schools such as Ferris State University and the University of Northern Iowa to historical black colleges and universities such as Jackson State University in Mississippi and Stillman College in Alabama.

To qualify to attend the scholarship fair, a high school student needed to have at least a 3.0 grade point average, their ACT score, a resume, two letters of recommendation, and a 250-word essay explaining why a higher education is important to them.

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  District 209 Schools Welcome Parents on 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 Wednesday, October 1, 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, English, and science 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, and 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 West Art Students Plant Pinwheels for Peace

 
 

On the morning of Monday, September 22, art students at Proviso West High School gathered in the school’s courtyard, all carrying homemade pinwheels.

The goal was to promote peace as part of the Pinwheels for Peace.

“You’re saying that you still believe in peace and your artwork says it,” said Mr. Sean Shipley, a Proviso West art teacher, to the students as they planted their pinwheels in the ground in the design of a peace symbol. “The idea is that this will grow.”

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  District 209 Schools, Offices Closed for Columbus Day

 
  Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy as well as the administrative offices of Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will be closed for the Columbus Day holiday on Monday, October 13.

All schools and offices in District 209 will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, October 14.

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  Proviso West Football to Air on High School Cube Friday

 
 

Fans of Proviso West High School football will have an opportunity to watch the Panthers’ next home game either in person or online on High School Cube Friday.

The Panthers will face Glenbard West High School at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 10, at the Proviso West High School Stadium. The game against the Hilltoppers will be on High School Cube and will be available on the internet, iPhones, iPads and Droid devices. A replay of the entire game and highlight clips will be available immediately following the game.

Tickets for the game are $3 for all students with an ID and $4 adults.

 
  FOP: D209 to Be Commended for Work on Staffing, Is “On the Right Track”

 
  The chairman of the state-appointed Financial Oversight Panel (FOP) that oversees the finances of Proviso Township High Schools District 209 said that the District is “on the right track,” especially in terms of managing class size and its budget.

Dr. Craig Schilling, chairman of the FOP, said at FOP’s regular meeting and at a joint meeting with the District 209 Board of Education on Tuesday, September 30, that he liked how staffing decisions have been made at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy since the beginning of the current school year. He told administrators and the D209 Board that keeping staffing levels at about 260 teachers allowed for savings that can be used for other purposes in the District.

“I like how the staffing was done,” Dr. Schilling said. “I think we’re on the right track.”

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  District Processes to Address School Safety

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 wishes to reassure parents, students, and community members that the safety and welfare of students is a top priority in our schools.

There is no additional information to report about the precautionary lockdowns that took place at Proviso West High School on September 24 and at Proviso East High School on September 25. In response to those incidents, the District reviewed the security measures currently in place, including:

  • Walkthrough metal detectors
  • Visual check of bags
  • Full-time police resource officers
  • Security staff
  • External door lockdown systems at all schools
  • Camera systems
  • Background check system for visitors
  • Anonymous tip lines
  • Drills for lockdown, fire, and severe weather
  • An effective school/police partnership

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  Visit PMSA at Open House on October 8

 
 

During a series of open houses this fall, prospective students for the 2015-16 school year and their families can learn about the programs and activities available at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, with the first one on Wednesday, October 8, from 6:30 p.m. Applications for admission are being accepted in November and December, with a January 15, 2015, deadline.

Attending an open house is not a requirement for admission, but it is recommended. During the open houses, the students and their families will see a presentation about the classes and programs at PMSA, take a tour of the school, and meet with faculty, staff members, and students. Those unable to attend the open house on October 8 also can visit the school on November 12 and December 4, both events also occurring from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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  Proviso West Defeats Proviso East in Rivalry Game

 
 

The Proviso West High School football team defeated Proviso East High School 28-14 at Proviso West High School on Saturday, September 27, in the two schools’ annual rivalry game.

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

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  Students, “Bring Your Parents to School” on October 1

 
 

Parents at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy will be able to gain insights into their students’ day at school at the annual “Bring Your Parents to School Day” on Wednesday, October 1.

“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.

“Successful students need their parents to be invested in their education,” said Mr. Daniel Adams, president of the Board of Education. “Through ‘Bring Your Parents to School,’ parents can learn more about what their students’ day is like at school, and learn how they can help their students be even more successful.”

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  Panther Pride Shows During Proviso West Homecoming

 
 

Panther Pride was shown during Homecoming 2014 at Proviso West High School September 15 through 20.

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 wonderful to see our community come out and support the wonderful spirit we have,” said Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West. “Our students led all of the planning and they reaped the benefits of that planning.”

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  Precautionary Lockdown at Proviso West High School

 
  A lock down was instituted by the Hillside Police Department as a precaution at Proviso West High School at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24.

During lunch, a single bullet was found on the floor in the cafeteria. As a result, a search of the building was completed by school personnel and a police canine unit. No weapons were found, however, a handful of students were questioned by police.

Students were dismissed at 3:58 p.m. After-school athletic activities were cancelled with the exception of varsity tennis and junior varsity tennis who were both scheduled for matches.

We do not believe that any student or staff member was in imminent danger. However, these measures were being taken to ensure the safety and security of our students and staff.

 
  Pirates and Panthers to Face Off in Annual Rivalry Game on Saturday

 
 

The Battle of Proviso football game comes to Proviso West High School on Saturday, September 27, as the Proviso East High School Pirates take on the Proviso West High School Panthers.

Game time is at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $3 each for students and seniors, and $4 each for adults. Proviso West won last year’s rivalry game at Proviso East, with the Panthers defeating the Pirates, 34-13.

Fans who cannot make it to the game can watch it online on High School Cube. The contest will be accessible on the internet, iPhones, iPads and Droid devices with a replay and highlight clips available.

Other upcoming games on High School Cube include Proviso West’s next home game on Friday, October 10, versus Glenbard West, and Proviso East’s last game of the regular season at Leyden on Friday, October 24.

 
  District 209 Board of Education Honors Proviso East Staff for Service

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education honored seven current Proviso East High School staff members, a former guidance counselor, and local police and fire departments for their service to the school at the Board’s regular meeting on Tuesday, September 16, at Proviso East.

Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, commended the Maywood Fire Department for their work in putting out a fire at the school in May. The fire caused damage to classrooms and led to classes being cancelled for two days and the move of teachers and classes to other parts of the Proviso East campus for the rest of the 2013-14 school year and the first part of the current school year.

"They helped us in our time of need … to save our school," Mr. Valente said of the Maywood Fire and Police Departments.

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  Proviso West NJROTC, Teachers Remember Fallen on 9/11

 
 

On a gray morning on September 11, the Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) unit, other students, and faculty and staff at Proviso West High School paused to remember who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, on New York and Washington, D.C.

The NJROTC cadets remembered the fallen at its third 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. Several teachers, staff members, and students attended the ceremony before school.

“Students need to know their history,” said Master Chief Will Goggins, a Proviso West NJROTC instructor who oversaw the ceremony with the NJROTC cadets. “The kids are looking forward to it and the rest of the staff is starting to come out.”

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  Celebrate Proviso West Homecoming September 15-20

 
 

Proviso West High School will celebrate its Homecoming Week the week September 15 to 20.

Fireworks, a football game, a dance, and more will all be part of the festivities as the Proviso West students, alumni, and the Proviso West community celebrate Panther Pride. A week of activities will culminate with the Homecoming football game versus Hinsdale Central High School and parade on Friday night, September 19, and the Homecoming dance on Saturday, September 20.

“Homecoming is an opportunity for the entire Panther family to connect to the proud tradition and spirit of our school,” said Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West.

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  District 209 Parents Get Look at Schools on Back to School Night

 
 

Parents at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy got a look at what their students are learning at the annual "Back to School Night" on Thursday, September 4.

The Back to School Night is one of several initiatives through the Board of Education to promote more outreach to the parents and the community. The two-hour evening open house is 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, more than 550 parents learned about the Title I programs at the schools, visited classrooms, met teachers, and found out what their students will be learning.

“It was an opportunity for the parents to come and meet the teachers and the administration and discuss ways they can help their students be successful in their high school careers,” Dr. Collins-Hart said. “We were pleased with the turnout, and we ask our parents to continue to remain involved in our schools and invested in their children’s education.”

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  Proviso East, Proviso West, PMSA Host Back to School Night on September 4

 
 

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 4, at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

The “Back to School Night” is an annual event that is designed to build 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 may 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 discuss ways they can help their students be successful in their high school careers,” Mrs. Echols said.

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  Proviso West Student Becomes Magazine Cover Girl

 
  Lesly Sanchez wants to become a model.

The Proviso West High School junior took a step in that direction during the past year as she began modeling quinceañera dresses and landed the cover of Quinceañera magazine.

“I was nervous because I didn’t have much experience,” Lesly said. “But it showed me a lesson of trying and believing in myself and here I am.”

She said that she enjoys performing, including singing. She said that she wanted to get into modeling, and discovered the Quinceañera magazine Cover Girl contest on Facebook. The contest, which included a pageant in November 2013, awarded the winner a professional photo shoot as well an interview and a story in the magazine, which is aimed at Latina girls preparing to celebrate their 15th birthday.

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  State Education Board to Host Back-to-School Webinar for Parents on September 9

 
 

The Illinois PTA and Dr. Christopher Koch, State Superintendent of Education in Illinois, will host a Back-to-School Webinar for Parents at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 9.

The session will include a discussion of how and why the new Illinois Learning Standards drive new instructional approaches and lesson plans for teachers, the new state PARCC exams that students will take for the first time during the 2014-15 school year, and a discussion of state initiatives to promote how parents can work with the school community to achieve student success.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and are encouraged to log in a few minutes early to establish connections, especially if it is their first time attending a live “Go to Webinar” from their computer or mobile device. To log in and to register, please click here.

The discussion is expected to last approximately one hour.

 
  24 Proviso East Greats to Be Inducted Into Sports Hall of Fame

 
  Proviso East High School will honor 24 of its past athletics greats in two induction ceremonies for its Sports Hall of Fame at its first two home football games on August 30 and September 6.

The first group will be honored at a reception and induction ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 30, in the Proviso East Social Room, followed by a ceremony during halftime of the varsity football game versus Maine West High School. A second group will have a similar reception and ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 6, also in the Proviso East Social Room, with a ceremony to follow during halftime of the varsity football game versus York High School.

Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, said that the 24 Hall of Fame inductees were selected by a committee of community members, former Proviso East athletes and coaches, and administrators. Each inductee had to be nominated by a member of the community or a committee member.

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  Proviso East, Proviso West Football to Be Shown on High School Cube

 
 

Fans of Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School football will get more opportunities to follow their favorite teams in action as District 209 will again partner with High School Cube this season.

High School Cube will broadcast several games for both schools, including Proviso East’s home games on August 30, September 6, and September 13, and all of Proviso West’s home games on August 29, September 19, October 10, and October 24. High School Cube also will broadcast the annual Proviso East-Proviso West rivalry game at Proviso West High School on September 27 as well as select away games for both schools.

“We have many talented student-athletes at Proviso East, Proviso West, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, and we need to find ways of showing their talents in different venues and areas,” said Mr. Rob Daniel, community and public relations coordinator for District 209. “With High School Cube and their partnerships with other media such as the Chicago Sun-Times and USA Today, we can accomplish this and broaden the scope in which we delivering the good news about our district to the community.”

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  District 209 Students, Teachers Off to Successful Start to 2014-15 Year

 
 

Monday, August 18, provided a smooth start to the 2014-15 school year, as students adjusted to their new schedules, new teachers, and new uniforms.

Students made their way to class, experiencing everything that the first day of school provides in finding their way to new classes and meeting new classmates and their teachers.

“We are off to a successful start to the new school year,” said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. “The students look smart in their new uniforms. It is our intent to continue this smooth start as we focus on our goals for this year, including working together to raise student achievement and provide students the successful school experience that they need to achieve.”

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  District 209 Educators Honored by Congressman Davis

 
 

Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East High School, and Ms. Carla Williams, a guidance counselor at Proviso West High School, recently were honored as outstanding educators by Representative Danny K. Davis in Chicago.

Mr. Valente and Ms. Williams were recognized at a ceremony and dinner in Chicago on August 2 at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago. They had been nominated for the award by Mr. George Pappas, a Proviso East guidance counselor, and Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, respectively.

Mr. Pappas said that Mr. Valente, who was named Outstanding Principal by Representative Davis, has played a major role in gains seen at Proviso East, including increases in the school’s graduation rate and test scores, as well as the overall environment.

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  PTHS 209 Teachers and Staff Are Ready for a Successful 2014-15

 
 

It was a day of new beginnings as faculty and staff in Proviso Township High Schools gathered for the District’s annual District Institute Day at Proviso East High School on August 13.

In the school’s auditorium, newly renovated following a fire at Proviso East in May, teachers and staff members heard from Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent for District 209; Mr. Glenn Singleton, a consultant who spoke on matters of race in education; and Mr. Daniel Adams, president of the District 209 Board of Education.

“We look forward to a prosperous year,” Mr. Adams said. “As a team, we can make Proviso rise. We can make Proviso one of the premier school districts in the state.”

Dr. Collins-Hart said that teachers and staff members in District 209 do great things. She said that the District has seen progress in test scores and graduation rates in recent years, and several new academic programs have been added for this year. She said that it is a credit to teachers and staff members in helping students to achieve and the District to continue to grow.

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  Parents Get Education About High School at Parent University

 
 

Parents from Proviso Township High Schools District 209’s three schools and a few of its feeder schools learned a little more about succeeding in high school at the District’s third Parent University on Saturday, August 9, at the District 209 administrative offices at PMSA.

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, and was planned in collaboration with the District and the Proviso Strengthening College and Career Readiness Committee.

“The Parent University was a very positive event in which we were able to reach out to parents in our district,” said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. “We had a great deal of good information presented, and we are planning to continue this type of outreach in the future.”

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  Incoming Freshman Learn About Schools at Freshman Transition

 
 

More than 575 incoming students attended the second annual Freshman Transition Program at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy on August 11 and 12.

The two-day program was well-attended, with 585 students attending the sessions at all three schools. 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 takes place on Friday, August 15.

"Getting a good start to the high school years helps students be better learners and be better prepared to graduate successfully from high school," Dr. Collins-Hart said. "We want our students to feel good about our schools and be comfortable in their new settings. The additional time in the schools before the regular school year will help our students to feel good about our schools and be comfortable in their new settings."

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  Be Ready for High School and Beyond Through Parent University on Saturday, August 9

 
 

Parents and students can be better prepared for high school and beyond at the Proviso Township High Schools District 209’s Parent University on Saturday, August 9.

District 209 will host its latest edition of Parent University from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 9, 2014, at the district offices at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, 8601 West 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. This event is planned in collaboration with the District and the Proviso Strengthening College and Career Readiness Committee.

The Parent University is a series of workshops designed to prepare parents to help their students in high school and beyond. The event also features resources that are available to parents for their children, and students from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy can earn one hour of community service credit for each of their parents who attend.

Those in attendance can learn about the following topics:

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  District 209 to Host Freshman Transition Program August 11-12

 
 

Members of the Class of 2018 will be able to participate in a freshman transition program August 11 and 12 at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

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 will occur on August 15.

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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 2014-15 school year on August 18.

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.

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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  Students May Register for School, Pick Up Textbooks August 4-8

 
  From August 4 through 8, students who did not participate in early registration at Proviso Township High Schools District 209’s three schools may register for the 2014-15 school year. During registration, students may pick up their textbooks, student identifications, bus routes, and class schedules.

At Proviso East High School, students and their parents may complete registration and pick up their needed items from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, August 4, Wednesday, August 6, and Friday, August 8. The school also will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5, and Thursday, August 7, for registration. Counselors will be on hand to answer any questions concerning classes. In addition, parents may also purchase the mandatory gym uniform for physical education classes. Shirts are $10 each, and a pair of shorts cost $10 each.

Proviso West High School will operate on a similar schedule, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Textbooks, identifications, and schedules will be available for pickup as well.

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  District 209 Brings Together Area Schools to Seek More Ways to Serve Proviso Students

 
 

Board of Education members from Proviso Township High Schools District 209 and six of its seven school districts said that they want to find more ways that they can work together to serve Proviso Township students.

The joint articulation meeting on July 21 at the District 209 administrative offices at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy was designed as a way for the eight school districts in Proviso Township to discuss ways that students can be better served from kindergarten through graduation from high school at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, or PMSA.

"This was very good," said Mr. Brian Cross, vice president of the District 209 Board of Education. "It’s good to see a lot of buy-in from everyone. I hope that we all try to focus on the nearly 19,000 students who attend public schools in Proviso Township."

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  Dr. Collins-Hart Wins Top Ladies of Distinction Award

 
  Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of Proviso Township High Schools District 209, recently was awarded the Orchid Award from Top Ladies of Distinction's West Suburban Chicago Chapter.

Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., is an international, professional, and humanitarian organization with a membership of more than 3,000 women. The Orchird Award honors “extraordinary women who are bold in service,” according to the program from a luncheon honoring Dr. Collins-Hart and other award winners in May.

Dr. Collins-Hart was nominated for the award by Mrs. Kim Echols, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for District 209 and a fellow member of Top Ladies of Distinction's West Suburban Chicago Chapter. Ms. Mary Clements, chair of the 2014 Orchid Awards for Top Ladies of Distinction's West Suburban Chicago Chapter, said that Dr. Collins-Hart's nomination stood out for her service, particularly in her development of literacy projects at her former school district in North Carolina and at District 209.

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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.

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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Click here to download the official District Uniform Policy

Click here to download the Proviso West uniform description

 
  Proviso West Football Team Competes in National 7-on-7 Tournament

 
 

Members of the Proviso West High School football team competed for a national title this week at the National Football League’s National 7-on-7 Tournament in Indianapolis.

The Panthers represented the Chicago Bears competed against some of the best high school teams and players from across the country in the tournament. This opportunity came after they had defeated Dunbar High School in the Junior Player Development Championship game played in June at the Bears’ training center in Lake Forest, Halas Hall.

The all-expense trip for 12 student-athletes and two coaches included games plus character development training through speaker series, breakout sessions, and group activities as part of the National Football League’s High School Player Development program. The games were played at the training facilities of the Indianapolis Colts on July 14 and 15.

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  District 209 to Host Joint Meeting with Elementary Schools on July 21

 
  Board of Education members from Proviso Township High Schools District 209 and area elementary school districts will meet at a joint articulation meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 21, at the District 209 offices at PMSA, 8601 West Roosevelt Road in Forest Park.

The school board members will discuss issues of common interest at the summit. This includes particular focus on the preparation of students who move on from the feeder schools to Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy. The attendees also will examine ways that all of the districts can work together to support each other in serving Proviso Township students.

“This summit is an excellent opportunity for Boards of Education in Proviso Township to come together and work together on issues that affect all of us,” said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. “We expect to come out of this meeting with a greater understanding of the needs of all of our school districts and a better understanding of how we can work together to meet those needs.”

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  Calvin Davis Wins Coaches’ Administrator Award

 
  Mr. Calvin Davis, the assistant principal for athletics and activities at Proviso West High School, recently was named the winner of the Administrator of the Year Award from the Chicago Public League Basketball Coaches Association (CPLBCA).

Mr. Davis was honored at a ceremony in Cicero in May with the award as part of its annual Hall of Fame Recognition brunch. He had been a teacher and administrator in the Chicago Public Schools for 29 years before coming to Proviso West in July 2013. His tenure included nine years as director of sports administration, where he oversaw the athletic, physical education, and driver’s education programs.

He said that the award was recognition of his years working in the Chicago Public Schools.

“I think that it was a great show of respect and appreciation for the work that I had done over the years for athletic programs in the city,” Mr. Davis said. “I was very humbled, and it was a nice gesture.”

Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, said that Mr. Davis was deserving of the award.

“Calvin Davis is a great administrator who enjoys working to get the best out of students,” Mr. Hawthorne said. “This is a great honor, and he is deserving of this award.”

Congratulations, Mr. Davis!

 
  Proviso Students Get Extra Help During Summer

 
 

Students in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 have been getting extra help in achieving excellence in high school, thanks to a series of summer programs.

Five hundred ninety-four students at Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School have been participating in credit recovery classes that help them catch up on the classes needed for graduation. Also, in addition to the third year of the freshman reading program at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, 77 incoming freshmen at Proviso East and Proviso West have been participating in a new freshman summer support program designed to help them learn the necessary skills needed to succeed in high school.

“We are always looking for new ways to help our students achieve academic success, especially for those transitioning to high school,” said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. “With these programs, we are taking the steps in the right direction in helping our students to achieve and be better prepared to learn what they need to know for success in high school and in life.”

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