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  Semester 1 Final Exam Schedule

 
 
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  Madrigal Singers to Host 42nd Madrigal Dinner on December 10

 
 

Proviso West High School will be the scene of lords and ladies, court jesters, and royalty at the 42nd annual Madrigal Singers Dinner Fine Arts Fest at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 10 at Proviso West High School.

The shows are a fundraiser for the Proviso East and Proviso West choral music departments that reenact a 15th-century royal court. Guests will be treated to music, dance, and drama in the Proviso West Little Theater followed by a three-course meal and raffle prizes in the "Royal Dining Hall." During this time, those in attendance will be entertained with Madrigal-style harmonies, dances, comedic and dramatic sketches, and traditional holiday vocal music.

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  Proviso West Counselor Wins Those Who Excel Award

 
 

Mrs. Kate Foster, college and career counselor at Proviso West High School, was awarded an Award of Recognition at the Illinois State Board of Education’s Those Who Excel Awards Banquet on Saturday, October 22, in Normal.

Mrs. Foster was among 250 educators from across Illinois to be honored at the dinner. Other awards presented at the Those Who Excel Awards banquet included Awards of Excellence, Meritorious Service, and Special Recognition, as well as the Illinois Teacher of the Year, which went to Ricky Castro, an English as a Second Language teacher at Elk Grove High School.

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  Goal of Reorganization of District Leadership is Student Achievement

 
 

The leadership structure of Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has undergone some reorganization.

Ms. Kim Echols recently was named the new assistant superintendent for human resources and technology. In addition, Dr. Bessie Karvelas, who is principal at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, was named the interim assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction and students and family services.

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  District 209 to Host Town Hall Meetings in Villages

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education and Dr. Jesse J. Rodríguez, superintendent for District 209, will host a series of town hall meetings in each of the 10 villages that are within the district, continuing with Westchester on Monday, December 5 - Westchester Public Library (10700 Canterbury Street in Westchester).

The town hall meetings, which will each take place between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., are an opportunity for parents and community members in each village to meet with Board members and Dr. Rodríguez, ask questions, and learn more about the direction of District 209.

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  Proviso District Convenes Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council

 
 

Students from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy attended the first Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council session on October 14 at the district’s administrative offices.

The Student Advisory Council, comprised of 17 selected students from District 209’s three high schools, was instituted by Superintendent Dr. Jesse J. Rodriguez as a way to get feedback on how the schools are run according to the schools’ main stakeholders as well as a way to provide lessons in leaderships to the students and build the District.

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  Proviso West to Host Strategic Planning Meetings, First One on Thursday, October 27

 
  Parents, students, and community members are invited to participate in a series of strategic planning sessions for the Proviso West High School strategic plan beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, at Proviso West High School.

The meetings, which will take place on October 27, November 17, and December 14, are times for parents and community to provide feedback to guide the creation of the Proviso West High School Vision 2020 Strategic Plan.

All sessions will take place between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the student cafeteria at Proviso West High School.

For more information, please contact the school at (708) 449-6400.

 
  Check Out These Ways to Keep Up with Proviso High Schools Online

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 continues to expand its reach on social media.

Recently the district established itself on Instagram (www.instagram.com/provisod209). The photo-sharing service, which is a popular app on smartphones, is another way to share the good news happening regularly at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

“We are always looking for new and exciting ways to tell the stories about the accomplishments of our students,” said Mr. Rob Daniel, community and public relations coordinator for District 209. “By expanding to Instagram and continuing our use of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, other avenues, we hope to reach as many people as possible with our message.”.

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  Visit PMSA at Open House on December 1

 
 

During a series of open houses this fall, prospective students for the 2017-2018 school year and their families can learn about the programs and activities available at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, with the final one scheduled for Thursday, December 1, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Applications for admission are being accepted in November and December, with a January 15, 2017, 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 who were unable to attend the previous open houses can visit the school on December 1.

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  Univision Chicago pays visit to District 209

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 and its new superintendent, Dr. Jesse J. Rodríguez, will be the subject of a new report from Spanish-language television station, Univision Chicago (WGBO-TV Channel 66) in the coming weeks.

Ms. Ligia Granados, a reporter and presenter with Univision, and cameraman, Mr. Rafael Varela, recently visited all three schools in District 209 as part of an interview with Dr. Rodríguez. Dr. Rodríguez, a native of Puerto Rico, spoke on the good work being done in the schools by both students and faculty.

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  Next Parent University at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on November 29

 
 

The next community-based edition of Proviso Township High Schools District 209’s Parent University will take place at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 1100 North 22nd Avenue in Melrose Park, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29.

In this weeknight edition of Parent University, parents can learn more about paying for college and how the financial aid process work. They also can learn more about the benefits of attending a community college and participate in a panel discussion on issues affecting Latino students and their families, all in a smaller environment.

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  Special Screening of 'Our Families, Our Future' at PMSA on November 17

 
 

Proyecto de Acción de los Suburbios del Oeste (PASO) will host a screening of the award-winning documentary, "No Le Digas a Nadie (Don’t Tell Anyone)," at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, 8601 West Roosevelt Road in Forest Park, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 17.

"No Le Digas a Nadie," which won a George Foster Peabody Award earlier this year, tells the story of Angy Rivera, an undocumented immigrant who became the first undocumented youth advice columnist.  Following the film screening, there will be a panel discussion featuring Ms. Rivera and other undocumented community leaders.

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  Superintendent Tours “One Proviso”

 
 

An aim of Dr. Jesse J. Rodríguez, superintendent of Proviso Township High Schools District 209, during his first days on the job is work toward a united Proviso.

Dr. Rodríguez, along with members of the district’s administration, visited Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School on July 11. During their visit, they learned more about the summer school program currently ongoing along with various aspects of the schools’ programs and facilities.

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  Proviso High Schools Moving Forward

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 can look forward to different approaches to education, district administrators said at the District 209 Board of Education’s regular meeting on July 12 at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

In his first meeting as the district’s superintendent, Dr. Jesse J. Rodríguez was welcomed by Mrs. Teresa D. McKelvy, president of the Board of Education, and applause from other Board members and the audience.

“We look forward to working with you and hearing your new ideas,” Mrs. McKelvy said.

Dr. Rodríguez said that he looked forward to hearing plans from others in the district and in the community to make District 209 great.

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  NOTICE

 
 


Proviso West High School will be CLOSED on Friday, August 5, 2016, due to electrical repairs.

 
  Proviso High School Students to Wear Shirts with School Logos

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education approved several changes to the student uniform description at its July 2016 regular meeting, including a change that allows for wearing of polo shirts with logos purchased from either the school or an approved vendor. The district is currently in the process of identifying a vendor to provide student uniform items, especially polo shirts and other items with approved school logos.

The approved changes to the student uniform description also included the elimination of the white and black polo options. Students will be required students to wear polo shirts, cardigans, sweaters, sweatshirts, and fleece tops in their respective school colors (royal blue for Proviso East, red for Proviso West, and purple for PMSA) either without logos, or with a logo when purchased from the school or an approved vendor.

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  District 209 Applauds State Board of Education’s Decision to Replace PARCC Exam with SAT

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 applauds the recent announcement by Dr. Tony Smith, Illinois State Superintendent of Education, that the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams will no longer be required for high school students in Illinois.

The PARCC exams will be replaced with the Scholastic Aptitude Test, or SAT, which will also serve as a college entrance exam. This goes along with the Illinois State Board of Education’s decision to fully fund the administration of the SAT to high school juniors rather than the ACT college entrance exam.

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  Panther Pride Celebrated at Proviso West Homecoming

 
 

Proviso West High School students past and present celebrated Homecoming 2016 September 19 through 24 as a time of remembering high school days past and present and celebrating school pride.

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

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  Proviso West Class of 1976 Presents Scholarship to School

 
 

Members of the Proviso West High School Class of 1976 will sponsor an $850 scholarship for a deserving Proviso West student.

Ms. Beth May, Ms. Maria Tortoriello, and Ms. Judy Hartley, 1976 Proviso West alumnas, presented the check to Ms. Kate Foster, college and career counselor at Proviso West, and Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, on Monday, October 3, at Proviso West. The money was raised in raffles conducted during the alums’ 40th class reunion in September.

Thank you to the Proviso West Class of 1976 for their generous gift!

 
  Parents Learn Much at Parent University

 
 

Parents of students at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy learned more about how to help their students at their own schools during Parent University on Saturday, September 24.

The Parent University, which took place simultaneously at all three campuses, was a series of workshops and a panel discussion designed to prepare parents to help their students in high school and beyond and explain the resources and services available for success. It included workshops on topics including Paying for College, services for students with disabilities, services for English Language Learners, and life skills for high school and beyond.

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  Parent University Goes on the Road on October 24

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host a community-based edition of Parent University from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, October 24, at Proviso Missionary Baptist Church, 1116 South Fifth Avenue in Maywood.

In this weeknight edition of Parent University, parents can learn more about paying for college and how the financial aid process work. They also can gain insights on how to talk to their students about different topics including school, relationships, and tragedies in the news, all in a smaller environment. This is the first of several smaller community-based Parent University events that are planned for the 2016-2017 school year. Planned in collaboration with the District and the Strengthening Proviso Youth Committee, the activity is part of the district’s parent enrichment through Title I and the Board of Education’s goal of improving stakeholder involvement.

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  Proviso West Defeats Proviso East in East-West Game

 
 

It was a muddy and wet affair as Proviso West High School football team defeated Proviso East High School 16-0 at Proviso West High School on Saturday, October 1, in the two schools’ annual game.

Both touchdowns scored during the game came on defensive fumble returns by Zyon Jones, a Proviso West senior linebacker, and Tyrese Christian, a Proviso West junior defensive back.

For photos of Saturday’s game, please click here.

 
  Proviso East Students Honored by Board of Education

 
 

Two Proviso East High School students were honored for their achievements by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at the Board’s regular meeting on September 13 at Proviso East.

Jennifer Perez, a Proviso East senior, was named the third-place winner in the annual "Be Heard: One Vote Can Change the World Essay Contest" sponsored by Cook County Commissioner, Richard Boykin, in June. She won a $500 cash prize and she was recognized with the other winners in the contest by the Cook County Board of Commissioners at their meeting on July 13.

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  District 209 to Provide 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 PSAT 8/9 exam from September 26 to October 7, 2016.

The PSAT 8/9 exam is a high school intake measure that gives high school counselors information 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. The PSAT 8/9 exam serves as a baseline for monitoring academic progress and is considered one of the most crucial steps in determining a student’s readiness for high school.

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  Bilingual Parents Advisory Council to Meet on October 26 at PMSA

 
 

The next meeting of the District 209 Bilingual Parents Advisory Council will take place at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26, at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

The agenda of the meeting, which will take place in the PMSA student cafeteria, includes electing the BPAC board and officers. In addition, we will be adding to our definition of what Dual Language Programming is through our review of research.

All are welcome.

 
  District 209 Parents Go Back to School

 
 

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 8.

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. Jesse J. Rodríguez, superintendent of District 209. At this event, parents learned about programs at the schools, visited classrooms, met teachers, and found out what their students will be learning.

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  Celebrate Proviso West Homecoming September 19-24

 
 

Proviso West High School will celebrate its Homecoming Week the week September 19 to 24.

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 23, and the Homecoming dance on Saturday, September 24.

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  Superintendent Visits PAEC

 
 

Dr. Jesse J. Rodríguez, superintendent of Proviso Township High Schools District 209, recently visited the Proviso Area for Exceptional Children (PAEC) campus.

The August 29 tour of the school, which provides services for students from District 209 and surrounding districts, allowed Dr. Rodríguez to learn more about the programs that are provided. It also gave him an opportunity to make connections with District 209 students.

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  Parent University is Back on September 24

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host its latest edition of Parent University from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

Parents can participate at the school their student attends. With Parent University being held at each school, it is an opportunity for parents and students to learn more about the school and its staff and activities.

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 Strengthening Proviso Youth Committee.

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Proviso’s Technology Initiative has taken off under district leadership.

Dr. Jesse J. Rodríguez, superintendent for District 209, is an advocate for student-centered learning and realizes the importance of 21st century skills. Members of the district leadership team, Mrs. Kim Echols, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for District 209, and Ms. Tracy Avant-Bey, director of instructional technology for the district, continue to work helping teachers and students get the technology they need to ensure optimal learning.

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  Meet with Principal Hawthorne and Team September 14

 
  Come meet Principal Oscar Hawthorne and the school leadership team on Wednesday, September 14, at 6:30 pm in the Proviso West Cafeteria for Coffee with the Principal.

As part of the school visioning process, this initial discussion of school data, academic programming, and student supports will share current schoolwide progress and set the stage for development of the Vision 2020 Strategic Plan which will be unique to the Proviso West community.

Please come and join us!

 
  EARLY DISMISSAL
at Proviso West High School


 
  The safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priority. Due to the excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service, all students at Proviso East, Proviso West, and the Proviso Evening School will be dismissed at 1:25 p.m. today. All students will have lunch before they leave. In addition, all after-school activities, clubs, tutoring, and athletic practices are cancelled. The budget presentation at Proviso West at 6 p.m. will be held as scheduled.

Classes will resume at their scheduled time tomorrow with first period at 7:50 a.m.

We thank you for your patience and cooperation. Please contact your student's principal if you have any questions.

 
  Proviso Students Welcomed Back on First Day of 2016-2017 School Year

 
 

It was a smooth start to the 2016-2017 school year as students at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy adjusted to their new schedules and new teachers, and for freshmen and new students, their new buildings.

Students experienced everything that the first day of school provides in finding their way to new classes and meeting new classmates and their teachers through activities that helped them learn what is expected of them in their classes.

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  District 209 Welcomes Back Faculty and Staff at District Institute Day

 
 

Unity and collaboration were the themes as new District 209 superintendent, Dr. Jesse J. Rodríguez spoke of Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA coming together as “One Proviso” at the annual District Institute Day on August 17 at Proviso East High School.

The day included warm greetings for teachers and staff returning for the 2016-2017 school year, some professional development, and a little bit of fun. Throughout the day, they heard from each other in various training workshops that, depending on their job, included CPR training, updates on new laws, and new strategies for helping students succeed.

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  Incoming Freshmen Learn the Ropes at Proviso’s Freshman Transition Program

 
 

The Class of 2020 in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 attended the fourth annual Freshman Transition Program at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy on August 15 and 16.

About 550 students attended 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. Jesse J. Rodríguez, superintendent of District 209. This is in addition to the traditional Freshman Orientation, which took place on Friday, August 19.

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  District 209’s New Teachers Get Oriented to New Schools

 
 

The 32 new teachers of Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy were welcomed to District 209 at the annual New Teacher Orientation on August 15 and 16 at PMSA.

During the two-day orientation, the teachers learned the ropes of working in Proviso Township High Schools, attending sessions of instruction that works and effective classroom management strategies to how to use the PowerSchool system and emergency procedures in their buildings.

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  SAVE THE DATE: Parent University is Back on September 24

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host its latest edition of Parent University from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

Parents can participate at the school their student attends. With Parent University being held at each school, it is an opportunity for parents and students to learn more about the school and its staff and activities.

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 Strengthening Proviso Youth Committee.

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  District 209 to Host Budget Presentation on September 7 at Proviso West

 
  Are you aware of how the District spends your tax dollars? And if you are not a resident in the community, are you aware of how the funds are allocated?

The Office of the Superintendent invites you to attend an informative presentation on the 2016-2017 Proviso Township High Schools District 209 budget from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7 in the student cafeteria at Proviso West High School. The presentation will cover areas of the budget including the district’s revenue resources and in what areas that tax dollars are spent.

Come inspect what you expect.

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  Proviso East, Proviso West, PMSA Host Back to School Night on September 8

 
 

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 8, 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. At this event, parents may visit classrooms, meet teachers and find out what their students will be learning.

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  District 209 to Host Town Hall Meetings in Villages

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education and Dr. Jesse J. Rodríguez, superintendent for District 209, will host a series of town hall meetings in each of the 10 villages that are within the district, beginning with Maywood on Thursday, September 22.

The town hall meetings, which will each take place between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., are an opportunity for parents and community members in each village to meet with Board members and Dr. Rodríguez, ask questions, and learn more about the direction of District 209.

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  Immigration Documentation Legal Clinic to Be Held at PMSA on September 10

 
 

Families of students who arrived in the United States when they were younger can get more information about eligibility requirements for students to remain in the country at a legal clinic under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

The information session is one of several information sessions and legal clinics on securing required immigration paperwork taking place throughout the summer.

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  Students May Register for School, Pick Up Textbooks August 8-12

 
  From August 8 through 12, students who did not participate in early registration at Proviso Township High Schools District 209’s three schools may register for the 2016-2017 school year. During registration, students may pick up their textbooks, student identifications, bus routes, and class schedules.

At Proviso West 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 8, Wednesday, August 10, and Friday, August 12. The school also will be open for registration from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9, and Thursday, August 11. 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.

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  District 209 to Host Freshman Transition Program August 15-16

 
 

Members of the Class of 2020 will be able to participate in District 209’s Freshman Transition Program August 15 and 16 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 and to help them be comfortable in their new settings. This is in addition to the traditional Freshman Orientation, which will occur on August 19 and is the first day of attendance for all freshmen.

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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 2016-2017 school year on August 22.

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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  SAVE THE DATE: Parent University is Back on September 24

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host its latest edition of Parent University from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

Parents can participate at the school their student attends. With Parent University being held at each school, it is an opportunity for parents and students to learn more about the school and its staff and activities.

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 Strengthening Proviso Youth Committee.

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  Immigration Documentation Information to Be Held at Proviso West on August 18

 
 

Families of students who arrived in the United States when they were younger can get more information about eligibility requirements for students to remain in the country at an information session under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programat 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, at Proviso West High School.

The information session is one of several information sessions and legal clinics on securing required immigration paperwork taking place throughout the summer.

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Dr. Jesse Rodríguez Become New Superintendent of District 209

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 officially welcomed Dr. Jesse Rodríguez as its superintendent this week.

“I am excited and honored to be the superintendent for District 209,” Dr. Rodríguez said. “The staff and community have been very welcoming, and I look forward to working with them in creating fruitful and successful learning opportunities for our students.

Dr. Rodríguez said that he wants to spend much of his first year learning more about Proviso High Schools and its students, teachers, staff, and students as well as the community. He outlined his plans, which can be found on the District 209 website.

“Our collective plan will build on the strengths of PTHS 209 and identify the most powerful strategies for addressing our challenges as opportunities while addressing the significant achievement gaps directly with perseverance and firmness,” he said. “It is critical that we learn as much as possible quickly, assessing data to determine what is and is not working in our school district.”

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  Explore Test to Be Given to Incoming Freshmen July 7

 
  Incoming freshmen who have yet to take the Explore placement test can take the exam this summer.

The placement test will be administered at Proviso West High School at 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 7. All incoming freshmen who do not have an Explore score are required to attend. All test-takers should bring a pencil and a calculator and plan to be at the test for two to two and a half hours.

For more information, please contact the Proviso counseling office at (708) 338-5907.

 
  District 209 Schools, Offices Closed for Independence 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 Independence Day holiday on Monday, July 4.

This includes schools being closed on Friday, July 1, due to summer hours.

All schools and offices in District 209 will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, July 5.

Have a great weekend!

 
  District 209 Academic Hall of Famers, Superintendent Honored by Board of Education

 
 

The valedictorians and salutatorians from Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School and the research scholars of distinction from Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy were honored for their achievements by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at its regular meeting on Tuesday, June 14, at PMSA.

The following students were noted for their academic achievements, extracurricular activities at school, and other successes:

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District 209’s Bond Rating Increases Again

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

This is the second time that the rating has taken a hike in recent years. According to a summary issued by Standard & Poor’s on the rating increase, it reflected their view of the district’s available fund balance of $36.9 million as being “very strong” with “very strong” reserves. The outlook of additional revenue coming into the district with the expiration of tax-increment fund districts within District 209 also bolsters the district’s financial outlook, according to Standard & Poor’s.

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  District 209 Board of Education Elects New Officers

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education has elected new officers.

Mrs. Teresa McKelvy was elected as the new Board President at a special meeting on May 6. In addition, Mr. Daniel J. Adams was elected as the Board’s vice president, while Mr. Brian Cross will be the new secretary for the Board.

Mrs. McKelvy said that it is her goal to “ensure a smooth transition” for the new superintendent in July and that she wants to continue being a part of the work of educating students in the district’s three high schools.

 
  Proviso Seniors Awarded For Achievements

 
 

Members of the Class of 2016 at Proviso East High Schools, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy won numerous awards in recognition of their achievements at ceremonies throughout May.

The awards included recognition for achieving at least a 3.0 grade point average, awards from the students’ respective schools, and scholarships from community groups. The scholarships contributed to the total amount of $32.5 million that the seniors have been awarded from community groups, colleges, and universities to continue their education.

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  Proviso West Wrestler Qualifies For National Tournament

 
 

After failing to qualify for the Illinois state wrestling tournament in February, Jaleel Hollingsworth, a sophomore at Proviso West High School, considered not wrestling.

But after winning the state Greco-Roman wrestling tournament in April, Jaleel qualified for and will be competing for Team Illinois at the Asics/Vaughan Cadet and National Wrestling tournament in Fargo, North Dakota, July 16 through 23.

On April 23, he dominated the state Greco-Roman wrestling tournament by winning the championship with two pins and two technical falls, which means that the match ended because he scored 10 points more than his opponent. On his way to the championship, he beat a two-time Folkstyle state place winner and Cadet National’s All-American. He wrestled last year’s Greco-Roman state champion and Cadet National’s All-American during the first round.

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  District 209 Congratulates Class of 2016

 
 

Family and friends joined with 880 members of the Class of 2016 as they said “goodbye” to Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy at commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 21, at UIC Pavilion.

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

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  Proviso Graduating Seniors Top $32.5 Million in Scholarships

 
 

Members of the Class of 2016 at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy have been awarded more than $32.5 million in scholarships from colleges, universities, and local organizations.

College-bound students from Proviso East High School earned a total of $7.1 million in scholarships and grants, continuing a trend of rising award numbers. Graduating seniors at Proviso West High School earned more than $11.4 million in scholarships, again topping the previous years’ marks. Graduating seniors from Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy won a total of more than $14 million in scholarships. The $32.6 million in awards were presented to the students based on criteria such as academics, community service, and activities.

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  Proviso East, Proviso West Compete in High-Energy Battle of the Bands

 
 

The Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School marching bands and drumlines took on a strong field at the 14th annual Proviso East Battle of the Bands in the Proviso East Fieldhouse on May 28.

The Proviso West band had a strong showing in the competition, winning first place overall along with best auxiliary and best drumline in Division II. In Division I, Mumford High School from Detroit, Michigan, won first place overall and best percussion, while Mount Auburn International Academy of Cincinnati, Ohio, was awarded first place for best auxiliary and second place overall. Also performing at the Battle of the Bands were Horace Mann Elementary of Chicago and Pulaski International School of Chicago.

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  Proviso West’s Unidos Club Showcases Latino Culture in Show

 
 

Hispanic culture was on full display in Proviso West High School’s Little Theater on May 6 when the school’s Unidos club performed different aspects in song and dance.

The performance, done in conjunction with the marking of the Cinco de Mayo holiday the day before, was an exhibition of Latin culture. Members of the student club, sponsored by Ms. Diana Medina, a Proviso West social studies teacher, performed everything from Tejano music to hip hop throughout the day and in a special evening performance.

“By performing, we wish and hope that all students embrace the talents of every culture and take note that it is worthwhile to come together because there are unique and special cultures in all races,” Ms. Medina said. “Instead of focusing on our differences, we should focus and come together as individuals and appreciate all of our talents.”

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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 2016 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 14 at PMSA.

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  Immigration Documentation Information Session to Be Held at Proviso East on May 26

 
 

Families of students who arrived in the United States when they were younger can get more information about eligibility requirements for students to remain in the country at an information session under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, at Proviso East High School.

The information session will be one of several information sessions and legal clinics on securing required immigration paperwork taking place throughout the summer, with information and assistance from the Mexican Consulate, P.A.S.O., and the Gift of Light Foundation.

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  SAVE THE DATE: Proviso East Battle of the Bands on May 28

 
 

Marching bands, drum lines, and a super performance will be the entertainment when Proviso East High School hosts its 14th annual Battle of the Bands at noon on Saturday, May 28.

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, Trotwood-Madison High School (Ohio), Oak Park High School (Michigan), Warrensville (Ohio) High School, among others.

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  District 209 To Host District-Wide End-of-Year Celebration, Picnic on May 23

 
  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, May 23, at Proviso West 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.

Faculty and staff from the District’s three schools can celebrate with hamburgers, hot dogs, brats, chips, pickles, cookies, watermelon, water, and soda.

“Come celebrate you,” Dr. Collins-Hart said.

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  District 209 Students: Sign Up for Summer School

 
  Students in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 wishing to take summer school can register beginning on Monday, March 28.

Summer school classes are scheduled to be held at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy from June 6 through July 18, with the summer program divided between a first semester that will take place June 6 through June 23, and a second semester from June 27 through July 18, with all classes taking place between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Summer school components will be credit recovery; enrichment courses including the college tour, summer reading, and acceleration courses with prior approval; and freshman transition for incoming freshmen.

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  PMSA Staff, Student Honored For Helping Classmate

 
 

Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, said that the recognition of four PMSA teachers and a PMSA senior at the May 10 Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education’s regular meeting at PMSA was “most unusual” in that it was not “academic in nature but humanistic and filled with heartfelt emotion that has touched us all.”

PMSA wellness teachers, Mrs. Jessica Schaub, Mr. Vincent Stubstad, and Mr. Peter Zak, along with Victoria Mota, a PMSA senior, and Dr. John Wardisiani, a PMSA science teacher and PMSA Key Club sponsor, were honored by the Board for their work in creating “Michelle’s Mile,” which took place on April 22.

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  Retirees and Employees of District 209 Honored for Service and Accomplishments

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 thanked and honored 58 of its faculty and staff – including 12 who are retiring – at the annual Staff Retirement and Recognition Dinner on May 4 at The Drake in Oak Brook.

The faculty and staff members were celebrated at the special dinner for their extraordinary contributions to the district. They included 38 employees who have served in the district for at least 15 years, three who earned a graduate degree during the past year, and six faculty and staff members who made a special contribution and effort to the district and its schools during the 2015-2016 school year.

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  Proviso West Girls’ Soccer Wins Match at Toyota Park

 
 

The Proviso West High School girls’ soccer team got a taste of the big time on April 16 when the team took on Taft High at Toyota Park in Bridgeview.

In front of more than 500 fans, the Lady Panthers ultimately won the game 2-1 on the strength of goals from Francis Montoya and Samantha Giron. Samantha scored the game-winner with a 35-yard direct kick, said Mr. Carlos Villanueva, Proviso West girls’ soccer coach.

Toyota Park is the home of Major League Soccer’s Chicago Fire and the National Women’s Soccer League’s Chicago Red Stars. The Proviso West-Taft match was played following the Chicago Fire’s match against the Montreal Impact.

Congratulations, Lady Panthers!

 
  District 209 Appreciates Our Teachers!

 
 

The week of the May 2 through 6 is designated as Teacher Appreciation Week.

This is the week we set aside to recognize those who have dedicated their lives in educating our children, and to honor those who have impacted our lives and pushed us to better lives.

In Proviso Township High Schools District 209, this has been a week of celebrations at each of our schools, with an official proclamation from the Board of Education honoring our teachers.

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  Proviso West Senior Wins $180,000 Navy Scholarship

 
 

Prince Young, a senior at Proviso West High School and a member of the school’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC), has been awarded an $180,000 scholarship from the U.S. Navy.

When he found out about the award, it came on the same day that the Proviso West NJROTC unit was conducting its change of command ceremony to bring in new officers for next year.

“I had to stand up in front of the entire unit,” Prince said. “I got to talk about thanking everyone. I said never give up, because the fruits of the labor are amazing.”

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  28 Inducted Into Proviso West National Honor Society

 
 

With those words, 28 new members were inducted into the Proviso West High School National Honor Society (NHS) at its spring ceremony on April 14.

The ceremony was conducted in front of a packed Proviso West Little Theater and included Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. It featured the inductees signing their membership pledge and receiving their membership card and a rose after being reminded of a member’s main qualities, including scholarship, leadership, service, and character, by the Society’s student leadership.

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  Proviso West McTeachers’ Night Raises $750 for Prom

 
 

"McTeachers’ Night" at the Hillside McDonald’s raised a total of $750 on April 21 to benefit the prom at Proviso West High School.

The three-hour event involved several Proviso West teachers and administrators that included Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, collecting donations and working at the drive-through window. The event, sponsored by the Proviso West Class of 2016 and supported by the Hillside Police Department and the Hillside Fire Department, raised $400 in sales and $350 in cash donations, to benefit students who could not afford to attend prom on May 13 at the Hyatt O’Hare in Rosemont.

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  PMSA Senior/Proviso West Football Player Signs with Concordia

 
 

At a ceremony in the main office at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy on April 15, Jose Jimenez sat at a table with baseball caps in front of him.

“It has been decided that I will stay in Chicago,” the PMSA senior and Proviso West football player said to friends and teachers gathered as he grabbed the cap from Concordia University Chicago. “I’m going to sign with Concordia University in Chicago.”

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  380-Plus Proviso West Honor Roll Students Celebrates at Ceremony

 
 

More than 380 Proviso West High School students were recognized for achieving honor roll status during the first semester and the third quarter of the 2015-2016 school year at a ceremony in the school’s gymnasium on April 14.

The ceremony, before a gymnasium packed with parents and other supporters that included Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, 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, five students – Devon Jackson, Annette Kwasniewski, Auriana Peoples-Hargrett, Sonali Rajput, and Storm Turk – were honored for being named to the All A’s High Honor Roll for all three quarters.

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  Proviso West Seniors Learn About College Life Firsthand

 
 

Eighty-six members of the Class of 2016 at Proviso West High School spent a day learning about life in college during a visit to Triton College.

Split between April 12 and April 14, the students 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.

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  Dinner at Hillside McDonald’s Benefits Proviso West Prom on April 21

 
 

Students, staff, families, and others from Proviso West High School will celebrate “McTeacher’s Night” at McDonald’s of Hillside, 4012 Roosevelt Road in Hillside, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 21.

The annual fundraiser features Proviso West “taking over” their local McDonald’s, with a percentage of sales going directly to support school needs. This year’s McTeacher’s Night will benefit students who cannot afford to go to prom.

“This was a great social and fundraising event for our parents and students,” said Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, said of last year’s McTeacher’s Night. “The manager and staff were tremendous.”

This year’s McTeacher’s Night at the McDonald’s of Hillside is sponsored by Proviso West High School and the Proviso West Class of 2016.

 
  District 209 to Host Staff Retirement and Recognition Dinner on May 4

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host its annual Staff Retirement and Recognition Dinner on Wednesday, May 4, at The Drake, 2301 York Road in Oak Brook.

Twelve retiring employees and more than 35 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 and dinner will take place between 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. A ceremony to honor the employees to be recognized will take place during the dinner.

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  District 209 Board of Education Honors Proviso West “Sea Panthers,” Teachers

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education recognized five Proviso West High School students for their achievements in a regional technology competition and 12 Proviso West teachers for their roles in advancing the Advanced Placement program at the school at their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 12, at Proviso West.

Luigi Cabantog, Zavier Donati, Luis Ortega, Jesus Pena, and Jose Solano, all Proviso West sophomores, recently qualified to compete at the National Naval Sea Perch Competition sponsored by the U.S. Navy May 20 and 21 at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The qualification came after the team, nicknamed the “Sea Panthers,” placed second at the Chicago Regional Sea Perch Competition at the Great Lakes Naval Station in Great Lakes, Illinois. The five students are either cadets in the Proviso West Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) program or students in the school’s Project Lead the Way pre-engineering program, said Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West.

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  Next Year’s Freshmen Say “Hello” to Proviso West

 
 

“Good morning, future Panthers!”

That was the greeting from Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West High School, to a group of eighth-graders from MacArthur Middle School in Berkeley in the school’s Little Theater on March 24. The eighth-graders were visiting Proviso West as part of Proviso West’s “Step-Up Days,” a day where classes of current eighth-graders visit Proviso West to learn more about the academics and the activities are like during their school day.

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  Proviso West Drama Students to Discuss “Defining Moments” in Spring Play

 
 

A defining moment can be that moment when a person’s life is changed forever by a simple act, oftentimes during the teenage years.

The Proviso West High School Drama Club tackles the effect of HIV and AIDS on teens with its spring play, “Defining Moments,” April 15 and 16 in the Proviso West Little Theater. “Defining Moments” is a drama that follows a group of high school friends as they deal with the aftermath of learning that small decisions can have life-altering consequences.

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  District 209 Is Now On Facebook

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is now on Facebook.

The District 209 Facebook page, which can be found at facebook.com/provisod209, is the latest way for parents, students, teachers, staff members, and other stakeholders in District 209 to keep up with the latest news from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy. The Facebook page is another way that the District is working to build bridges to success by increasing communication avenues, boosting its presence on the web, and connecting with stakeholders across multiple platforms.

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  District 209 to Host Teacher Recruitment Fair on April 16

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is hiring!

District 209 will host a Teacher Recruitment Fair to fill positions at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at the District 209 offices at PMSA, 8601 West Roosevelt Road in Forest Park.

District 209 is looking to fill immediate vacancies for 2016-2017 school year. Open positions include:

  • School Psychologists
  • ELL/Bilingual Teachers
  • Teachers in all Content Areas
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  Dr. Jesse Rodriguez Appointed as Next Proviso Township High Schools Superintendent

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jesse Rodriguez as District 209’s next superintendent.

Dr. Rodriguez brings 20 years of education experience to the position, having taught high school Spanish and served as an administrator in the Milwaukee Public Schools. This includes three years as an assistant principal and four years as a principal. Most recently, he has been a regional superintendent in the Milwaukee Public Schools, overseeing more than 30 schools. Fluent in both English and Spanish, he also served as president of the Wisconsin Association for Bilingual Education for four years.

Dr. Rodriguez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and Spanish, with a minor in secondary education, from Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He also has a Master of Science degree in educational leadership and research and service from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in leadership, learning, and research and service, also from Cardinal Stritch.

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  Proviso West Sophomore Selected to Illinois SADD Student Advisory Board

 
 

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

Luigi Cabantog, a sophomore at Proviso West, will serve on the state SADD student advisory board during the 2016-2017 school year with other high school students from across Illinois. According to a letter that he received from Ms. Robyn L. Block, the Illinois SADD coordinator, the student group will formulate recommendations on SADD policies and activities and coordinate the 2016 DomeShift Youth Advocacy Day on November 7 and 8 in Springfield. Luigi also could be asked to represent SADD at conferences, media events, and other public occasions.

Luigi, who joined the Proviso West chapter of SADD during his freshman year, said that he was honored with being selected.

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  Proviso East, Proviso West Boys Earn All-Conference, All-Area, All-State Basketball Honors

 
 

Six players from the Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School boys’ basketball teams have received postseason honors, including all-state, all-area, and all-academic honors.

Antonio Williams, a senior guard at Proviso East, was named third team all-state on the 2015-2016 all-state team as well as to the Chicago Sun-Times’ all-area team. He also was named to the West Suburban Conference all-conference team after leading the Pirates to a 19-8 record and a regional championship this past season. The Sun-Times had this to say about Antonio:

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  Proviso West NJROTC “Sea Panthers” Invited to National SeaPerch Competition

 
 

A team of Proviso West High School students will compete in the 2016 National SeaPerch Challenge at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on May 20 and 21.

The “Sea Panthers,” comprised of science students and Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) cadets, will be among 150 teams from across the country competing in categories that are judged on a poster board presentation and a technical event where they will be judged on their ability to navigate several obstacles.

The Sea Panthers qualified for the national contest after winning second place for their presentation of their vehicle and third place in the overall competition at the Chicago Regional Sea Perch Competition on March 19 at Great Lakes Naval Station.

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  Three Proviso West Teachers Nominated for Golden Apple Award

 
 

Three Proviso West High School teachers have been nominated for the prestigious Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Ms. Tracy Jackowiak, a special education teacher; Ms. Michelle Lucas-Duckins, a science teacher; and Dr. Bozena Suwary, a science teacher, were each nominated for the award. According to the website of the Golden Apple Foundation, which presents the award, the Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching recognize and honor outstanding teachers for their role in building a stronger, better-educated society.

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  Proviso West NJROTC Has Great Performance at Regional Contest

 
 

The Proviso West High School Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) won several awards at the Chicago Regional SeaPerch Competition on March 19 at Great Lakes Naval Station.

The Office of Naval Research sponsored the Chicago Regional SeaPerch Competition held at Great Lakes Naval Station on March 19. Sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, student groups from Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Wisconsin competed to see who had mastered the building and maneuvering of their own underwater vehicles, known as “SeaPerch.” The SeaPerch Competition consisted of three challenges: the finesse challenge, obstacle course, and poster board presentation. The Proviso West NJROTC won second place for their presentation of their vehicle and third place in the overall competition.

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  43 Proviso Students Win Math and Science Awards

 
 

Forty-three 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 East High School.

Along with receiving their awards, the honored students were able to thank those math and science teachers who had inspired them during their education. The appreciated teachers included Ms. Sandretta Lindsay and Ranjana Desai, Proviso East math teachers; Dr. Bozena Suwary, a Proviso West science teacher; and Mr. Alvaro Serna, a science teacher at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

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  Proviso East, Proviso West Students Learn About Careers From the Professionals

 
 

Dr. Charlene Hill said that she has heard “all kinds of stories” in her career as a psychotherapist.

Now in private practice, she encouraged the students in Ms. Martina McEllistrim’s social studies class at Proviso East High School to pursue their education and career in fields where they can get a job.

“You have to be prepared when you leave school,” Dr. Hill said. “(But) what you want to do today may not be what you end up doing.”

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Proviso West Band to Host Battles of the Bands Versus King, Proviso East March 19

 
 

The Proviso West High School Marching Band will host two Battles of the Bands on Saturday, March 19, in the school’s main gymnasium.

The first Battle of the Bands will be against King College Prep at 2 p.m. and will feature the Proviso West Marching Band, the Proviso West Panth’rettes, the Dancing Diamonds, the Twirling Diamonds and the Proviso West Cheerleaders. Joining them on the floor will be the King College Prep Marching Band and the King Cheerleaders.

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  Proviso East Scholars, Girls’ Basketball Team Celebrated by Board of Education

 
 

Twenty Proviso East High School students along with the Proviso East girls’ basketball team were honored for their achievements by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at the Board’s regular meeting on Tuesday, March 8, at Proviso East.

Nineteen students were recognized for their role in the school’s performance expectation 2016 ACT Prep Program and “Strive for Five Campaign.” As part of the program, the students either had perfect attendance in the ACT Prep Program, showed growth in the practice exam scores of two to four points, and/or showed subject area growth of five to nine points.

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  Postseason Honors for Members of Proviso East, Proviso West Girls’ Basketball Teams

 
 

Several members of the girls’ basketball teams at Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School have received all-conference honors for the recently completed 2015-2016 season.

Savannah Clark, a senior forward at Proviso East; Caprice Hairston, a junior guard/forward at Proviso East; Damaris Green, a senior guard at Proviso East; and Cinia McCray, a senior guard at Proviso East, were named to the West Suburban Conference’s All-Conference Team. They helped lead the Lady Pirates to a 27-4 overall record and a regional championship. Their season also included a perfect 12-0 conference record as Proviso East won the West Suburban Conference Gold Division title and the Oswego East Holiday Tournament in December.

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  Proviso West Students, Parents Get Taste of Prom with Fashion Show

 
 

Prom season will soon be upon us, and students and parents at Proviso West High School got a taste of the fashions that go with it with the school’s second annual fashion show on February 23 in the school’s Little Theater.

Presented as part of Senior Parent Night by the fashion technology class taught by Ms. Connie Jesukaitis, student models showcased prom fashions from Windsor at Yorktown Mall and Black Tie Tux in Glen Ellyn.

Those who attended the Senior Parent Night and the fashion show said that they were excited by what they saw.

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  State Testing Begins on Tuesday, March 15

 
 

The testing season for students in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will begin on Tuesday, March 15, followed by the start of the administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments on Wednesday, March 16.

Juniors will take the official ACT college entrance exam on Tuesday, March 15, with March 29 scheduled as the makeup test date. The exam, which is funded by the district, will be administered in the morning. Other students who will not take the exam will arrive early in the afternoon for a shortened school day, with bus schedules adjusted accordingly.

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  Parent-Teacher Conferences on March 17

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

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

“We are looking forward to a record turnout this year,” said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent for District 209. “Parent-Teacher Conferences are a good way for parents to meet with teachers and build partnerships that will promote student success.”

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  Proviso West Juniors Learn About Leadership at College of DuPage Conference

 
 

Select members of the Class of 2017 at Proviso West High School attended a Black Student Leadership Conference at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn on February 23.

These students sat among 300 participants and engaged in workshops and activities with other high achieving students who represented schools from both Chicago and the western suburbs.  Across the day, participants engaged in breakout sessions that covered topics that included the college admissions process and career exploration. In addition, they watched a presentation encouraging them to “find their turbo button” from the conference’s keynote speaker, Mr. Mawi Asgedom, an refugee from Ethiopia who later graduated from Harvard University and became an author.

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

 
  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.

Beginning Monday, January 11, and through March 11, 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, and at the top of this webpage.

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  Proviso West Welcomes Class of 2020 on Future Panther Night

 
 

It was an evening of visiting with future teachers and future classmates, learn about academics and activities, and receiving a big welcome for the Proviso West High School Class of 2020 and their families at Future Panther Night at Proviso West on February 23.

The eighth-graders and their families were able to learn more about the school’s academics, support services, activities, and sports teams. They also could begin to think about registering for classes. The soon-to-be freshmen were able to visit tables set up by Proviso West’s activities and sports teams in the gymnasium. They also could hear presentations from the school’s department heads and meet teachers.

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  District 209 Schools, Offices Closed 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 Casimir Pulaski Day holiday on Monday, March 7.

In addition, there will be no student attendance on Tuesday, March 8, for a building institute day.

All schools and offices in District 209 will reopen for regular business hours on Wednesday, March 9, on the Monday late start schedule.

Have a great weekend!

 
  Proviso High Schools Partners with Faith Community to Encourage Every Student to Be in School Every Day

 
  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is partnering with the Proviso Township Ministerial Alliance Network (PTMAN) to stress the importance of regular school attendance and to encourage Every Student to be in school Every Day.

The Illinois School Code requires parents/guardians of students between the ages of 6 and 17 encourage their students to be in school every day. Students are considered chronically truant if they are absent without valid cause for at least 5 percent of the preceding 180 school days. This equals only nine absences per year, or about one absence per month.

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  District 209 Students to Begin Testing in March

 
 

Students in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 soon will be in the annual testing season with the ACT college entrance exam and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams scheduled to begin in March.

Juniors will take the official ACT exam on Tuesday, March 15, with March 29 scheduled as the makeup test date. The exam, which is funded by the district, will be administered in the morning. Other students who will not take the exam will arrive early in the afternoon for a shortened school day, with bus schedules adjusted accordingly.

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  Proviso High Schools Class of 2016 Graduation Times Set

 
 

The times of the graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2016 at the three schools of Proviso Township High Schools District 209 on Saturday, May 21, have been set.

The graduation ceremony for each school will take place at the following times:

Proviso West High School – 10 a.m.
Proviso East High School – 2 p.m.
Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy – 6 p.m.

All three ceremonies will take place at the UIC Pavilion, 525 South Racine Avenue in Chicago.

 
  Proviso High Schools Board Honors PMSA State Scholars

 
 

The 23 Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy seniors who recently were named Illinois State Scholars were honored by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at the Board’s regular meeting on Tuesday, February 9, at PMSA.

Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA, said the 23 seniors should be commended for their “outstanding commitment to their education.” The 23 students are among nearly 19,000 students from the Class of 2016 across the state and 37 students from District 209 to receive the designation from the Illinois State Assistance Commission. According to ISAC, Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors, hailing from 652 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 East’s Joshua Terry, Proviso West’s Rhashaun Epting Sign to Study and Play Football at Colleges

 
 

Joshua Terry, a senior safety on the Proviso East High School football team, and Rhashaun Epting, a senior linebacker on the Proviso West High School, signed their letters of intent to attend and play football at the University of Central Missouri and the University of New Mexico, respectively, on February 3.

The signings were part of National Signing Day on February 3, in which football players across the country officially indicated the colleges for which they will compete and attend next year. Student-athletes were allowed to begin sending their letters of intent at 7:01 a.m. that day as college football teams signed most of their next freshman class.

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  PARCC, Paying For College, Among Lessons at Latest Parent University

 
 

Parents from Proviso Township High Schools District 209 and beyond learned more about topics ranging from understanding the new PARCC exams to the college financial aid process at the District’s sixth Parent University on Saturday, January 30, at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

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 and explain the resources and services available for success. The University is part of the District’s parent involvement through Title I and the Board of Education’s goal of improving stakeholder involvement. It was planned in collaboration with the District and the Strengthening Proviso Youth committee.

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  Parents Learn More About School at Bring Your Parents to School Day

 
 

Parents at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy got a lesson about their students’ lives at school as they attended Bring Your Parents to School Day on Tuesday, February 2.

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.

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  Fifteen Proviso West Students Win at Elmhurst College Art Show

 
 

Fifteen art students at Proviso West High School recently won prize ribbons for their work at Elmhurst College’s 17th Annual High School Art Exhibit.

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

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Parent University is Back on January 30

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host its latest edition of Parent University from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at the district offices at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, 8601 W. Roosevelt Road in Forest Park.

The activity is part of the district’s parent enrichment through Title I and the Board of Education’s goal of improving stakeholder involvement. This event is planned in collaboration with the District and the Strengthening Proviso Youth Committee.

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  Students, “Bring Your Parents to School” on February 2

 
 

What is a typical day at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy like?

Parents 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 2. Bring Your Parents to School Day is one of District 209’s largest parent involvement initiatives of the year. This event is part of the Board of Education’s ongoing efforts to promote more outreach to the parents and the community.

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  PMSA Students Win Big at Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast
 
 

Two Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy students were winners at the 15th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast at the Best Western Chicago Hillside Hotel in Hillside on Monday, January 18.

This included the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2016 Dream Award at the breakfast from the Hillside Human Resources Commission, which hosted the breakfast with the Village of Hillside. The nominee needed to be involved in activities that support the dream of Dr. King including working hard in school, church, and the community to be a better citizen and helping people in need. That award went to K’winece Ray, a sophomore at PMSA. She thanked the people who had helped her, including her parents and her English teacher at PMSA, Ms. Erin Mason.

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  Proviso High Schools Named to AP District Honor Roll

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has been named to the sixth annual AP District Honor Roll for increasing access to Advanced Placement course work while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.

To be included on the list, which includes 425 school districts in the United States and Canada and 15 school districts in Illinois, a school district had to have met the following criteria based on data from 2013 through 2015:

Increased participation or access to AP.

Increased or maintained the percentage of exams taken by African-American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students.

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  Proviso West NJROTC Honored at Annual Military Inspection

 
 

“You passed this inspection, so great job.”

Those words from commander Joseph Hankins continued what was a big night for the NJROTC unit at Proviso West High School on December 11, as the cadets showcased what they are made of during the annual military inspection.

The annual inspection involves area commanders inspecting the school’s NJROTC area. It culminated that evening with the pass in review ceremony, in which the cadets showed what they had learned to parents and others including district 209 superintendent, Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart and District 209 Board of Education President, Mrs. Theresa Kelly, who were each recognized during the ceremony.

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  37 District 209 Students Named as Illinois State Scholars

 
 

Thirty-seven seniors from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy have been named as Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois State Assistance Commission (ISAC).

The 37 students are among nearly 19,000 students from the Class of 2016 to receive the designation, which was first introduced in 1958. According to ISAC, Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors, hailing from 652 different high schools across the state. Selection is based on SAT, ACT or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment 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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  District 209 Board of Education Honors Proviso West State Scholars, Golden Apple Nominees

 
  The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education honored the nine Proviso West High School students who have been named Illinois State Scholars as well as three Proviso West teachers who have been nominated for the prestigious Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching Award at its regular meeting on Tuesday, January 12, at Proviso West.

Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, said that the nine students, all seniors, had scored above the 95th percentile on the ACT and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment in being named Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. Selection is based on SAT, ACT or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment 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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  55th Edition of Proviso West Holiday Tournament a Thriller

 
  The 55th edition of the Proviso West Holiday Basketball Tournament showed that it is the Chicago area’s most competitive holiday tournament with four days of competitive basketball by some of the very best high school teams in the Chicagoland area on December 26 through 30.

This included the host Proviso West Panthers, who won the tournament’s consolation title with a thrilling 37-35 win over Hillcrest on December 30, culminating a streak of three straight wins. They were led by the 15 points a game during the tournament by junior guard Emmanuel Cross along with the 9.8 rebounds per game by junior forward Elijah Gibson.

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  Parents, Learn About Online Safety at Proviso West on January 21

 
  Parents can learn ways to protect their children on the Internet in a special cyber-safety workshop at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 21, at Proviso West High School.

Produced by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, the workshop will show the different social media avenues available today including YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook, among others and how they can be used inappropriately, including posting photos or videos that may be violent or pornographic. The workshop is open to parents of students in kindergarten through high school.

In addition, Proviso West students will receive instruction on cyberbullying and internet safety this year.

Parents with questions on the workshop or on protecting students online can contact the Proviso West main office at (708) 449-6400.

 
  Proviso High Schools Named to AP District Honor Roll

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has been named to the sixth annual AP District Honor Roll for increasing access to Advanced Placement course work while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.

To be included on the list, which includes 425 school districts in the United States and Canada and 15 school districts in Illinois, a school district had to have met the following criteria based on data from 2013 through 2015:

Increased participation or access to AP.

Increased or maintained the percentage of exams taken by African-American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students.

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  Madrigal Singers Celebrate Holidays, Medieval-Style

 
 

It was a night of lords and ladies, court jesters, and royalty at the 41st annual Madrigal Singers Holiday Show on December 12 and 13 at Proviso West High School.

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

Watson said that the Madrigal Singers in medieval times were singers hired by royals such as the queen to entertain at court. In Proviso Township High Schools District 209, it is a select group of student singers, picked through auditions and recommendations and often singing a cappella style.

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  District 209 Students Keep Pace with State on PARCC Exams

 
  Students in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 who took the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams narrowed the gap between the district and the state in meeting or exceeding standards.

According to the results, 28.1 percent of Proviso students who took the English language arts exam met or exceeded standards, compared to 34.7 percent of students across the state. On the math exam, 13.2 percent of students met or exceeded standards, compared to 18.7 percent of Illinois students.

This was a narrower gap between the district and state averages compared to the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) in 2014, the last year that the PSAE assessments were given, although much improvement is needed. In 2014, 39.1 percent of District 209 met or exceeded standards on the reading portion of the exam, compared to 56.3 percent across the state, while on the math portion, 37.5 percent of District 209 met or exceeded standards compared to 52.4 percent of Illinois students.

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  Got Toys? Proviso West NHS Gets into the Giving Spirit

 
 

After fundraising for the month of November, several members of the Proviso West National Honor Society took a field trip to Toys for Tots on December 4 to donate toys and volunteer time.

Students first stopped at Toys R Us where they spent $1,300 on toys for Toys for Tots. They carefully selected toys for a variety of age groups, including some toys they fondly remember playing with as children.

After their spending spree, the group then continued on to the Marine Corps Reserve Training Center in Chicago which also functions as the area Toys for Tots distribution center. There, students met with marines who explained the distribution process and put the students to work. After dropping off their NHS toy shopping spree donation, members spent an afternoon sorting donated toys by age and gender. After sorting, students split into small teams to fulfill donation requests from area charities.

Overall, NHS students had a great time helping out and enjoyed giving their time and effort to a cause that would benefit area children over the holiday season.

Article and photos submitted by Ms. Shannon Scott, Proviso West High School librarian and sponsor of Proviso West National Honor Society.

 
  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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  District 209 Board of Education Recognizes Proviso East High Honor Roll Students

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education recognized the achievements of 17 Proviso East High School students who earned a place on the "High" Honor Roll during the first quarter at its regular meeting on December 8 at Proviso East.

The students earned a grade point average of at least a 4.0 to earn a place on the High Honor Roll. Dr. Patrick Hardy, principal at Proviso East, said that despite challenges, the students showed their ability to succeed through their hard work and determination.

"They have the grades to prove it," he said. "This is only for the first quarter. We simply ask that you be relentless in your pursuit of excellence and that what you’re doing becomes contagious."

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  Proviso East, Proviso West Students Shine at West Suburban Conference Leadership Conference

 
 

Student leaders from Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School recently attended the West Suburban Conference Leadership Conference at the Rosemont Convention Center on November 24.

The West Suburban Conference Leadership Conference, sponsored by the 14 schools that make up the West Suburban Conference, is designed to develop leaders among student-athletes and members of other school activities, according to Ms. Cina McCray, activity coordinator at Proviso East. At the conference, student meet with student leaders from the other schools in the conference and collaborate on their ideas for future events in their own schools. They also share information about their particular sports or activities, including the good and bad aspects, how to participate well, and what to do and not to do in developing their respective activities.

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  Honor Roll Students Recognized at Proviso West

 
 

Five hundred seven Proviso West High School students were recognized for making the honor roll during the first quarter of the 2015-2016 school year in a special ceremony on December 1 in the Proviso West gymnasium.

Recognized were those students who had earned either High Honor Roll, A Honor Roll, or B Honor Roll during the first quarter. 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.

Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, said that the ceremony was a way of acting another layer of recognition while also encouraging them to continue to work hard on success in the classroom.

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  Take Survey on Qualities and Characteristics of District 209’s Next Superintendent

 
  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has begun a search for a new superintendent, and you can provide input in the process.

Students, faculty, staff members, parents, and community can provide that input in a survey that is now on the District 209 website in English and in Spanish. In the survey, you can provide input on the qualities and characteristics desired in the new superintendent. The results from this and earlier community meetings will be used to develop the Leadership Profile, which will be used by consultants BWP and Associates of Libertyville to recruit and screen potential candidates. All surveys are held confidential, and must be completed by December 18, 2015.

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  Madrigal Singers to Host 41st Madrigal Dinner December 12 and 13

 
  Proviso West High School will be the scene of two days of lords and ladies, court jesters, and royalty at the 41st annual Madrigal Singers Dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 12, and a matinee at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 13, at Proviso West High School.

The shows are a fundraiser for the Proviso East and Proviso West choral music departments that reenact a 15th–century royal court. Guests will be served a three-course candlelight meal in a dinner-theater atmosphere, with the cafeteria transformed into a castle. During this time, those in attendance will be entertained with Madrigal-style harmonies, dances, comedic and dramatic sketches, and traditional holiday vocal music.

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  Proviso West Students Bring Holiday Cheer to Hines VA

 
 

Students from Proviso West High School brought some early holiday cheer to veterans who are patients at Hines VA Medical Center in Hines during a visit on November 24.

Decorating common rooms and dining rooms, students from the school’s senior class and choir met with veterans, sang patriotic songs, and gave them small gifts of candy.

Tationna McGee, a Proviso West senior and the senior class president, said that the visit was an expansion of a similar visit made last year.

“We wanted to make the sure that they don’t think we forgot about them,” she said. “We basically wanted to make their day and make them happy. We get to learn what they went through and we get to see a smile on their faces.”

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  Proviso West Student Tailors Help Madrigal Singers Prepare for Show

 
 

The Proviso Madrigal Singers will be hosting their annual Madrigal Dinner Concert, with a little help from their classmates at Proviso West.

Students in Ms. Connie Jesukaitis’ fashion technology classes are doing the alterations on the outfits that the Madrigal Singers will be wearing in their show, lengthening and shortening pants hems and dress lengths where needed.

Ms. Salina Watson, choir director, said that she had previously used a professional tailor to do the alterations for the students. She said that this year, she wanted to cut costs and provide students “some experience and exposure to teamwork.”

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  Proviso West Soccer Player Named to Chicago Fire All-Academic Team

 
 

A member of the Proviso West High School boys’ soccer team has been named to the 2015 Chicago Fire Boys’ All-State All-Academic second team.

Manuel Sida, who is a senior at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy and a midfielder on the Proviso West boys’ soccer team, was the most valuable player for the Panthers, said coach, Mr. Carlos Villanueva. He was one of 106 student-athletes from across the state of Illinois to be named to one of the All-State All-Academic Teams.

“It’s always good to be recognized,” Manuel said. “My family and my coach helped me and told me to push myself.”

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  20 Inducted Into Proviso West National Honor Society

 
 

The Proviso West High School National Honor Society (NHS) inducted 20 new members at its fall ceremony on November 5 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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  Proviso West Honors Veterans at Assembly

 
 

29 veterans of our nation’s armed forces were honored in the fifth annual Veterans Assembly by the Proviso West High School NJROTC on November 5 at Proviso West.

In the ceremony, students who attended heard about the history of Veterans Day and what it means to serve. In addition, attending veterans, including Proviso West NJROTC instructors Will Goggins, Regina Hawley-Williams, Alfonzo Whitten, and Daisy Blanchard, were recognized by the students and celebrated for their service.

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  PMSA Counselor Honored by Board of Education

 
 

A guidance counselor at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy was recognized for her work by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at its regular meeting on Tuesday, November 10, at PMSA.

Ms. Amy Paulus recently won an Award of Recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education as part of the ISBE’s Those Who Excel Awards Program on October 17 in Normal. Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA, said that Ms. Paulus is a hard worker who is continually asked to sponsor student programs such as the National Honor Society.

“She is considered gifted and talented within her own right,” Dr. Karvelas said of Ms. Paulus said. “Her valuable expertise, her commitment, her loyalty to the administration, to the students, to the faculty and to the school add to the foundation that helps support PMSA.

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  Board of Education Committee Meeting Report for October 2015

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education held several committee meetings during the month of October. Please note that no official actions are taken during committee meetings – only discussions.

Education Committee – October 22

The meeting focused on the work done by subgroups examining the Empower 3000 literacy program and the APEX program used for credit recovery and summer school.

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  District 209, Proviso East, Honored for Best Practices

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 and Proviso East High School recently were honored by the Des Plaines Valley Region (DVR) Education for Employment for “Best Practices” for two of their career and technical education programs.

District 209 received its recognition for its Cohort Learning Model in the Human Services/Performance Care category for its barber school and cosmetology program. The programs are conducted in collaboration with the Erskine Reeves Barber Academy and Ms. Roberts’ Beauty Academy in Hillside, respectively, and were started during the 2014-2015 school year. Combined, they currently have about 60 students from Proviso East and Proviso West enrolled.

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  School and District Report Cards Released by State, PARCC Tests Not Included

 
  The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has released the 2015 State, School, and District Report cards. However, results for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams that students took last year have not yet been released.

The Online Report Card, found at illinoisreportcard.com, showed that District 209 schools made gains in several areas.

The district’s graduation rate climbed by three percentage points to 74 percent, according to the report. This included a three-point gain in the graduation rate at Proviso East High School (61 percent) and a four-point gain at Proviso West High School (74 percent). The state average is 85 percent, down a percentage point from the previous year.

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  Proviso Students Learn About Careers in Health Care, Other Fields

 
 

Ms. Shaneah Taylor said at a recent Career Spotlight Series talk that a health care career is something that can be pursued from different fields of study.

“Your interests and your passions can come into play in a health care career,” she said to a group of students from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, and other area high schools at PMSA recently.

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  District 209 Schools, Offices Closed for Veterans 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 Veterans Day holiday on Wednesday, November 11.

All schools and offices in District 209 will reopen for regular business hours on Thursday, November 12.

 
  District 209 to Provide 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 October 26 to November 6, 2015.

EXPLORE is a high school intake measure that gives high school counselors information 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 determining a student’s readiness for high school.

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  State Board of Education Honors District 209 Educators

 
 

Seven educators from Proviso Township High Schools District 209 were honored with Awards of Recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education on October 17 in Normal as part of the ISBE’s Those Who Excel Awards Program.

Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, was received an Award of Recognition in the School Administrator category, while Ms. Amy Paulus, guidance counselor at PMSA, was honored in the Student Support Personnel category, and Mrs. Devon Harris, a special education at Proviso West High School, was recognized in the Classroom Teacher category. In addition, an Award of Recognition in the Team category went to the English 3 Team from Proviso East High School, made up of Ms. Elizabeth Walker, the team leader and now assistant principal for educational services at Proviso East; Ms. Katz, the special education liaison on the team, and Ms. Glickman and Mr. Alexander, Proviso East English teachers. They were among more than 250 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.

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  Proviso College Fair Wraps Up College Application Month in District 209

 
 

More than 400 students from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy attended the Proviso College Fair at Proviso West High School on October 27 as Proviso Township High Schools wrapped up its observation of College Application Month.

Seniors at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy have focused on applying for college during the month of October. The focus on completing the college applications was part of District 209’s participation in Illinois College Application Month. Organized by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, Illinois College Application Month is an annual event designed to promote the completing of college applications by high school seniors across the state.

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  Proviso West Girls’ Volleyball Team Appreciates Teachers

 
 

Nine teachers from Proviso West High School and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy were honored by the Proviso West girls’ volleyball team at its Teacher Appreciation Night on October 1.

Before their match against East Aurora, the team recognized the following teachers:

  • Mr. Francis Lattyak, Proviso West science teacher
  • Mr. Mathew Fierer, Proviso West science teacher
  • Ms. Diana Medina, Proviso West social studies teacher
  • Mr. Sergio Castillo, Proviso West math teacher
  • Mr. Jerry Jenkins, Proviso West art teacher
  • Dr. Alvaro Serna, PMSA science teacher
  • Dr. Greta Mitchell-Williams, PMSA science teacher
  • Ms. Mahera Beidas, PMSA science teacher
  • Ms. Erin Mason, PMSA English teacher

This is the second year that the Proviso West girls’ volleyball team has honored District 209 teachers with tokens of their appreciation, said Mr. Jenkins, who also is the girls’ volleyball coach at Proviso West.

Congratulations to all!

 
  Community Meeting Focuses on Proviso Youth

 
 

More than 70 community leaders from across Proviso Township gathered at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy on Thursday, October 15, to discuss ways to strengthening youth in Proviso.

Organized by the Strengthening Proviso Youth committee in collaboration with Proviso Township High Schools District 209, the meeting examined different ways that leaders and organizations including libraries, schools, and individual communities can engage youth to be their very best.

"There were 70 leaders who by their presence and participation demonstrated that they are committed to helping all Proviso youth grow up in a safe, supportive, and thriving community and become career or college ready," said Ms. Pat Shehorn, chair of the Strengthening Proviso Youth committee. "They showed amazing energy and commitment, and we thank them for their support."

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  Proviso West Teacher Honored By Board of Education

 
 

A Proviso West High School special education teacher was honored by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at its regular meeting on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at Proviso West High School.

Mrs. Devon Harris has been designated for the Award of Recognition in the Illinois State Board of Education Those Who Excel education awards program. Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, said that she has been instrumental in making significant changes to improve the academic performance and career readiness of special education students at Proviso West.

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  District 209 Barber School Program is a Success

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 barber school program with Erskine Reeves Barber Academy is a success, Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent for District 209, told the Board of Education at its regular meeting on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at Proviso West High School.

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 received an update on the district’s barber school program through Erskine Reeves Barber Academy at the meeting. Board members heard an update on the program through a report by Mrs. Kim Echols, District 209 assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and a video (which can be seen here). Dr. Collins-Hart said that the program has been successful.

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  Immunization Reminder: Proof of Immunization or Religious Exemption Due by October 15

 
  Effective August 3, 2015, parents and legal guardians who object to vaccinating their students for religious reasons are required to submit a Certificate of Religious Exemption, signed by a health care provider, as stated in Public Act 99-024. Previously, a parent could simply submit a statement of objection.

The Certificate of Religious Exemption form is available at on the Illinois State Board of Education website: www.isbe.net/research/pdfs/immun-exam-gdlns-religious-exempt.pdf.

The requirement for a Certificate of Religious Exemption will take effect October 16. This date means any students who enroll after October 15 or who have not yet provided proof of immunization must provide a Certificate of Religious Exemption. However, students who have already gone through the process would not be required to revisit a health care provider.

Additional information and some best practices on immunizations are available on the agency website at www.isbe.net/research/pdfs/immunization-guidance.pdf.

 
  Proviso West Celebrates Panther Pride at Homecoming

 
 

Proviso West High School students past and present celebrated Homecoming 2015 October 5 through 10 as a time of remembering high school days past and present and celebrating school pride.

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

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

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On Thursday, October 8, the girls’ volleyball teams from Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School played each other in their annual match versus each other at Proviso West.

While Proviso West won the match, the real winners were both teams and cancer research at “Volley for a Cure.”

“Volley for a Cure” was originally started at Proviso West seven years ago, according to Mr. Jerry Jenkins, Proviso West girls’ volleyball head coach, as Proviso West designated one game each season as a fundraiser for cancer research. This was in honor of Ms. Diana Medina, a Proviso West assistant coach and a breast cancer survivor. The event eventually evolved to the annual match against Proviso East in a show of unity against a common foe during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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  Applications for Loyola Health Professions Program Now Available

 
 

Students at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy can apply to Loyola University Medical Center’s Health Professions and Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP) now through October 19.

HPREP is dedicatedtoalleviating health care disparities by encouraging high school students from underrepresented groups to pursue careers as health professionals. Starting on October 31, the Loyola HPREP program takes place on Saturday mornings at the Stritch School of Medicine. In the program, students engage in a variety of structured activities that include hands on-workshops, panel discussions, and clinical skills training.

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  Parents Sought for Proviso Bilingual Parents Advisory Committee

 
  Parents interested in the Proviso Township Bilingual Parents Advisory Committee (BPAC) will have an opportunity to learn more about the group at Parent-Teacher Conferences on October 15 at Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School.

Those interested in joining the BPAC can learn more at Proviso West in room B209 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and at Proviso East between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. in room 105.

For more information, please contact Dr. Jeremy Burnham, ELL Coordinator for District 209 via email or at 708-202-1647 or 708-202-6261.

All families are welcomed to participate.

 
  Parent-Teacher Conferences on October 15

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

Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on October 15 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“We are looking forward to a record turnout this year,” said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent for District 209. “Parent-Teacher Conferences are a good way for parents to meet with teachers and build partnerships that will promote student success.”

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  Parent University Highlights New Topics

 
 

Parents from Proviso Township High Schools District 209’s three schools learned a little more about succeeding in high school at the District’s fifth Parent University on Saturday, October 3, at Proviso East High School.

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 and explain the resources and services available for success. The University was part of the District’s parent involvement through Title I and the Board of Education’s goal of improving stakeholder involvement. It was planned in collaboration with the District and the Strengthening Proviso Youth committee.

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  Schools Welcome Parents on Bring Your Parents to School Day

 
 

Parents got a taste of life at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy on Thursday, October 1, as they accompanied their students to class 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.

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  Proviso West Defeats Proviso East in East-West Game

 
 

The Proviso West High School football team defeated Proviso East High School 20-0 at Proviso East High School on Saturday, October 3, in the two schools’ annual rivalry game.

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

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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 12.

All schools and offices in District 209 will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, October 13.

Have a great weekend!

 
  SAVE THE DATE: Parent University Returns on October 3

 
 

Mark your calendars for football and Parent University on October 3!

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host its latest edition of Parent University from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at Proviso East High School, 807 South First Avenue in Maywood. The activity is part of the district’s parent enrichment through Title I and the Board of Education’s goal of improving stakeholder involvement.

The Parent University is a series of workshops designed to prepare parents to help their students in high school and beyond. 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. In addition, those who complete three sessions will earn a voucher good for free admission to the Proviso West at Proviso East varsity football game at 1:30 p.m. on October 3 as well as a free hot dog.

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  Proviso West Students Call for Peace Through Pinwheels

 
 

Art students at Proviso West High School made a push for peace on the International Day of Peace on Monday, September 21, as they set decorated pinwheels in the fence surrounding their school.

Placing cups in the holes of the chain link fence to spell “2015” and “peace” along with a peace symbol, the goal was to promote peace as part of the Pinwheels for Peace. Begun as an art installation project by two art teachers in Florida, the idea was to promote peace in a world that in some places has none using pinwheels made in class. The pinwheels contained the written thoughts of the students on war and peace, tolerance, and "living in harmony with others" as well as a visual expression of their feelings.

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  District 209 Leadership Focuses on Restorative Justice

 
 

With the start of the 2015-16 school year, Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has instituted a different approach to discipline through restorative justice.

The program was discussed at the first leadership cadre of the school year on September 16 at PMSA. Leadership cadre brings together administrators and other leaders, including teachers, from across District 209 to discuss and learn about topics that can benefit the district’s schools.

According to Ms. Antoinette Rayburn, District 209 guidance department chair, restorative justice is a “holistic approach to discipline” to use other means of restoring the student on the right path before resorting to other consequences. Those alternatives include counseling, peer “peace circles” where students talk amongst themselves, and other methods.

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  Proviso West to Host Freshman Focus Night for Parents and Students on October 8

 
 

Mark your calendars for Freshman Focus Night on October 8!

Proviso West High School will host a Freshman Focus Night from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 8, 2015, in the Little Theater at Proviso West High School.

During this activity, parents will receive information about strategies for freshman academic success and information that will help ease the transition into high school. The counselors will be discussing essential skills for students including time management, responsibility, self-advocacy, and the resources available.

Parent attendance is vital for student success this year. Students are welcome and encouraged to attend the meeting.

 
  Visit PMSA at Open House on October 8

 
 

During a series of open houses this fall, prospective students for the 2016-17 school year and their families can learn about the programs and activities available at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, with the first one scheduled for Thursday, October 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Applications for admission are being accepted in November and December, with a January 15, 2016, 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 4 also can visit the school on November 5 and December 3, both of which take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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

 
 

The Battle of Proviso football game comes to Proviso East High School on Saturday, October 3, 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, 28-14.

An added bonus for this game will be that parents can receive free admission as well as a voucher for a free hot dog, drink, and snack at the game by participating in the Parent University from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 3, also at Proviso East. Parents can learn about topics ranging from paying for college and resources for success to discussions on issues affecting young men of color and Latino students and families. For more information, contact Rob Daniel at 708-338-5903 or rdaniel@pths209.org.

Other upcoming home games for the Proviso East and Proviso West football teams are Proviso West’s homecoming game on Friday, October 9, versus and Proviso East’s homecoming versus Addison Trail on Saturday, October 17.

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

 
 

What is a typical day at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy like?

Parents 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 Thursday, 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.

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  District 209 Administrators Receive Training in Literacy Program

 
 

Administrators throughout Proviso Township High Schools District 209 have been receiving training in the best methods of administering the District’s literacy program.

On August 27, a group of district administrators attended a training session on administering the Empower 3000 literacy program. Under Empower 3000, now in its third year at Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School, students can read up to 17,000 non-fiction articles online, each adjusted to the student’s current reading level. The program allows students to work on skills such as vocabulary and critical thinking.

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  Be Sure to Get Immunizations, Physicals Before Starting School
 
  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 welcomes back all students for the 2015-16 school year.

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, including the Tdap vaccination for ninth-graders and meningococcal conjugate vaccination (MCV) for seniors.

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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  New Certificate of Religious Exemption Form Requirements

 
  Effective August 3, 2015, parents and legal guardians who object to vaccinating their students for religious reasons are required to submit a Certificate of Religious Exemption, signed by a health care provider, as stated in Public Act 99-024. Previously, a parent could simply submit a statement of objection.

The Certificate of Religious Exemption form is available at on the Illinois State Board of Education website here.

The requirement for a Certificate of Religious Exemption will take effect October 16. This date means any students who enroll after October 15 or who have not yet provided proof of immunization must provide a Certificate of Religious Exemption. However, students who have already gone through the process would not be required to revisit a health care provider.

Additional information and some best practices on immunizations are available on the agency website at www.isbe.net/research/pdfs/immunization-guidance.pdf.

 
  Proviso East, Proviso West NJROTC Pause to Remember Victims of September 11, 2001, Terrorist Attacks

 
 

Most students at Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School are too young to remember the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., that took place on September 11, 2001.

The Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp (NJROTC) at the two schools took time out at the hour the planes first hit the World Trade Center in New York on the morning of September 11, 2015, to observe a moment of silence and to honor the nearly 3,000 people who died that morning 14 years ago.

At Proviso East, it was the first time for the school’s NJROTC in observing the moment as a unit. Commander Darryl Person, the senior naval science instructor at Proviso East, said that it was a moment of remembrance of the event, particularly because of its continuing impact on the United States.

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  District 209 Parents Go Back to School

 
 

More than 720 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 3.

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 720 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 ask our parents to continue to remain involved in our schools and invested in their children’s education.”

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  State Education Board to Host Back-to-School Webinar for Parents on September 23

 
  The Illinois PTA and Dr. Tony Smith, State Superintendent of Schools in Illinois, will host a Back-to-School Webinar for Parents at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23.

Dr. Smith and Mr. Matthew Rodriguez, president of the Illinois PTA, will discuss statewide education initiatives and how parents and schools can work together to help their students succeed. Dr. Smith will outline his five key area of focus to guide the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), including finances, quality education, district autonomy, competency-based learning, and how school districts and schools are the centers of healthy communities.

The upcoming score report release for the first administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam and how the results compare to those of previous state tests also will be discussed.

To log in and to register, please click here.

The discussion is expected to last approximately one hour.

 
  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education Joins With State, Other Districts on Vision 20/20 Plan

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education approved joining with the state education group Vision 20/20 in focusing on continuous improvement, recognizing the diversity of struggling schools, and eliminating achievement gaps.

The Board approval follows the signing in August by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner of a second legislative bill sponsored by the Vision 20/20 group. The bill allows for local flexibility, promotes shared accountability, and is sensitive to local district improvements, according to Vision 20/20, which brings input from more than 3,000 stakeholders to press for more action statewide and locally to benefit the education of Illinois’ 2 million students. This includes taking into consideration a school district’s professional practice to improve student performance as well as the current model of looking at state assessment scores in reading and mathematics.

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  All-School Testing Day at Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA September 15

 
 

Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Math and Science Academy will participate in all-school testing on September 15.

The testing will be administered in four parts: English, mathematics, reading, and science, during the course of the testing session. Freshmen, sophomores, and junior will take a practice ACT, which will prepare them to eventually take the ACT college entrance exam. Juniors will take the ACT in the spring.

Dr. Diane Deckert, director of assessment and planning for the District, said that the tests are used to determine the quality of the programs at the District’s schools and the needs of the students. She said that students should take the tests seriously and be prepared for them.

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  District 209’s Dr. Collins-Hart Announces Resignation as Superintendent

 
  Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of Proviso Township High Schools District 209, has announced her resignation as superintendent, effective June 30, 2016.

Dr. Collins-Hart, currently in her eighth year as superintendent of District 209, said that she leaves with great memories of the people with whom she has worked and the accomplishments that have been made during her tenure.

“While facing numerous challenges, I feel honored to have been able to serve the students in our district,” she said. “But challenges are meant to be faced, and we are definitely moving in the right direction. As I reflect on my tenure in the district, I marvel at where we were when I arrived and where we are today.”

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  District 209 Staff Excel With State Awards

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 staff members will be honored with four awards in the 2015 Illinois State Board of Education’s Those Who Excel education awards.

The English 3 team of Ms. Elizabeth Walker, Ms. Ashley Glickman, Mr. Clinton Alexander, and Ms. Susan Katz from Proviso East High School has won an Award of Recognition in the Team category, while Mrs. Devon Harris, a special education teacher at Proviso West High School, won an Award of Recognition in the Classroom Teacher category. In addition, Ms. Amy Paulus, a guidance counselor at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, and Dr. Bessie Karvelas, PMSA principal, won Awards of Recognition in the Student Support Personnel and School Administrator categories, respectively.

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  Proviso East, Proviso West, PMSA Host Back to School Night on September 3

 
 

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 3, 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. 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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  Meet District 209’s New ELL Coordinator at Proviso West Back to School Night

 
  Parents and students attending Back to School Night on September 3 at Proviso West High School will have an opportunity to meet with Dr. Jeremy Burnham, the new English Language Learners (ELL) coordinator for Proviso Township High Schools District 209.

Dr. Burnham will be on hand to answer questions regarding ELL services for students during Back to School Night, which will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 3.

Parents and students are invited to stop by Room E111 to meet with Dr. Burnham as they meet with their students’ teachers.

 
  District 209 Schools, Offices Closed for Labor 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 Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 7.

All schools and offices in District 209 will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, September 8.

Have a great weekend!

 
  Proviso Students Get More Breakfast, Lunch Options (and For Free)

 
 

Students in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 have more healthy options for breakfast and lunch this new school year, and they do not have to pay for it.

More fruits and vegetables, less sugary soda and drinks, yogurt, and a renewed emphasis on whole grain and freshly cooked entrees are on the menu. While familiar standbys such as burgers and pizza are still available, healthier entrees that meet new USDA guidelines, said Mr. Robert Carter, food service director for District 209.

“This is to encourage students to start eating healthier,” Mr. Carter said.

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  District 209 Schools Welcome Back Students on First Day of Classes

 
 

It was a smooth start to the 2015-2016 school year as students at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy adjusted to their new schedules and new teachers, and for freshmen and new students, their new buildings.

Students experienced everything that the first day of school provides in finding their way to new classes and meeting new classmates and their teachers through activities that helped them learn what is expected of them in their classes.

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  Proviso High School Students Sweep Boykin Essay Contest Honors

 
 

Two recent Proviso Township High Schools District 209 graduates and a Proviso East High School student recently claimed the top three awards in the “Be Heard: One Vote Can Change the World Essay Contest” sponsored by Cook County Commissioner, Richard Boykin.

Peyton Greenwood, a 2015 Proviso West High School graduate, won the top prize of $1,000 with her essay. Azher Jaweed, a 2015 Proviso Mathematics and Science academy graduate, won second place and $750 with his essay, while Jonathan Dudley, now a senior at Proviso East, won third place and $500. They were honored by Ms. Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President, at the Cook County Commissioners meeting on July 1.

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  Proviso West Football Team Wins L.T. Bonner Shootout

 
 

The Proviso West High School football team recently won the second annual L.T. Bonner Football 7 on 7 Shootout at Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep High School in Chicago.

The Panthers won the flag football tournament, played with rules forbidding tackling and with no blocking linemen, on July 25 as they defeated Chicago Vocational High School, 31-21, in the title game. They also played Hubbard and Al Raby High Schools of Chicago during the course of the tournament.

The tournament, which also included a football officials’ clinic and was sponsored by the Metropolitan Officials Association, was in honor of L.T. Bonner, a longtime athletic referee and official who passed away in 2014.

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  District 209’s New Teachers Get Oriented to New Schools

 
 

The 28 new teachers of Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy were welcomed to District 209 at the annual New Teacher Orientation on August 10 and 11 at PMSA.

During the two-day orientation, the teachers learned the ropes of working in Proviso Township High Schools, attending sessions of instruction that works and effective classroom management strategies to how to use the PowerSchool system and emergency procedures in their buildings.

They also heard from Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. She encouraged the teachers to participate in the life of their respective schools.

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  District 209 Welcomes Back Faculty and Staff at District Institute Day

 
 

Faculty and staff at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy welcomes the 2015-2016 school year with a warm greeting, some professional development, and a little bit of fun at the annual District Institute Day on August 12 at Proviso East High School.

Throughout the day, they heard from each other as well as Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, as well as Mrs. Theresa L. Kelly, President of the District 209 Board of Education. Mrs. Kelly stressed the importance of working together, while Dr. Collins-Hart encouraged teachers and staff members to believe in themselves as she discussed the progress that has been made at the District’s schools and the work that remains to be done.

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  Classes on First Day of School in District 209 to Begin at 7:50 a.m.

 
  Classes on First Day of School in District 209 to Begin at 7:50 a.m.

Classes will begin at 7:50 a.m. on Monday, August 17, for students at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

In addition, freshmen attending Freshman Orientation on Friday, August 14, will follow the Friday schedule, with classes beginning at 7:50 a.m. and students being dismissed at 3:13 p.m.

All students and staff will follow the regular bell schedule on August 17, the first day of classes for the 2015-16 school year. This means first period will begin at 7:50 a.m., and students will be dismissed for the day at 3:20 p.m.

The first late start day will be on the following Monday, August 24, when classes will begin at 8:55 a.m.

 
  Incoming Freshman Learn the Ropes at Proviso’s Freshman Transition Program

 
 

More than 575 incoming students attended the third annual Freshman Transition Program at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy on August 10 and 11.

The two-day program was well-attended, with about 580 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 14.

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  New School Year Brings New Assistant Principals to Proviso East, Proviso West

 
 

There are new assistant principals at Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School, but both are familiar faces in Proviso Township High Schools District 209.

Ms. Elizabeth Walker is the new assistant principal for educational services at Proviso East, while Ms. Latoya McIntosh is the new assistant principal for support services for Proviso West. Both bring years of classroom experience and a familiarity with District 209.

Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent for District 209, said that the new administrators make a strong team even stronger.

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  D209 Students to Get Free Breakfast, Lunch

 
 

Students in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will be able to get breakfast and lunch provided to them at no charge starting with the new school year, regardless of whether they qualified for free or reduced-price lunch in the past.

District 209 will be implementing a new option available to schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2015-2016 school year.  Schools that participate in the CEP are able to provide healthy breakfasts and lunches each day at no charge for all students enrolled in that CEP school during the 2015-2016 school year.  As a result, students and their families at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy will not need to submit lunch applications.

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  Freshman Learning Academy Coming to Proviso East, Proviso West

 
 

Incoming freshmen at Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School will get plenty of help making the transition to high school with the new Freshman Learning Academy at both schools.

Ninth-graders in general experience some difficulty as they move from middle school to high school, with some experiencing social, emotional, physical, and intellectual challenges, said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of Proviso Township High Schools District 209. The program will be required from all freshmen as getting off to a good start during the freshman year is key to success, she said.

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  Students May Register for School, Pick Up Textbooks August 3-7

 
  From August 3 through 7, 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 West 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 3, Wednesday, August 5, and Friday, August 7. The school also will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4, and Thursday, August 6, 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 East High School will operate on a similar schedule, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, August 3, Wednesday, August 5, and Friday, August 7, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4, and Thursday, August 6. Textbooks, identifications, and schedules will be available for pickup as well.

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  District 209 to Host Freshman Transition Program August 10-11

 
 

Members of the Class of 2019 will be able to participate in a freshman transition program August 10 and 11 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 14.

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  District 209 Students Tour State Colleges

 
 

Students from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy each spent a week in June touring colleges around Chicago and across Illinois.

The students groups from District 209’s three schools visited schools including Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal, and Northern Illinois University in DeKalb as well as Chicago-area schools including Northwestern University, DePaul University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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  District 209 Security Staff Maintains Training

 
 

Members of the security staffs at Proviso Township High Schools District 209’s schools receive continual training in methods in responding to different situations.

That training for the security supervisors and staff members at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy continued during the last week of July at PMSA with training through Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) of Milwaukee.

Throughout the training, staffers learned about nonviolent crisis intervention methods. This included communicating nonverbally through body position, responding to verbal behavior issues, and if necessary, physical interventions.

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  Proviso East, Proviso West Seniors Go Through College Boot Camp

 
 

About 25 students from Proviso East High School and Proviso West High learned more about getting ready for college at a College Preparation Boot Camp on July 27 at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

Presented by the District 209 guidance department, the College Boot Camp was designed to help the top 25 percent of students at Proviso East and Proviso West know what they need to do now to be ready for college in the next year or two.

“The counselors wanted to do something in the summer to get kids geared up for the year,” said Ms. Antoinette Rayburn, the District 209 guidance department chair. “This is getting all of the resources they need to get (to college).”

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  D209 Students Get Opportunities in Summer School

 
 

The 2015 edition of Proviso Township High Schools District 209's summer school came to an end on July 9 with the graduation of seniors at 6 p.m. at Proviso East High School.

The program ran smoothly with more than 450 students enrolled in classes.

Proviso East High School was the setting for the District’s summer school programming. The 250 students from Proviso West High School taking summer courses in English, math, science, social studies, physical education, and driver’s education moved their classes to Proviso East this year due to construction in their building. At Proviso East High School, 202 students took courses in English, social studies, science, math, and driver’s education.

Most of the students enrolled at both schools took the classes to recover credit and to meet promotion and graduation requirements.

“The summer school classes are necessary in providing our students the help they need to continue with their education,” said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. “We need to be sure to provide our students with every resource possible to be successful.”

 
  Board of Education Honors Top Scholars

 
 

The top scholars from the Class of 2015 at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy were honored by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at its regular meeting on Tuesday, June 9, at PMSA.

Honored were the following graduated seniors and top scholars:

Breanna Liddell, who was named the valedictorian at Proviso West. She will study education at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Patricia Vazquez, who was named the salutatorian at Proviso West. She will study engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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  Proviso Graduating Seniors Top $25 Million in Scholarships

 
 

Graduating seniors in Proviso Township High Schools were awarded more than $25 million in scholarships from colleges, universities, and local organizations in 2015.

College-bound students from Proviso East High School, who accounted for more than half of Proviso East’s graduating class, earned a total of $7.1 million in scholarships and grants, nearly doubling the totals awarded in previous years. Graduating seniors at Proviso West High School earned nearly $8.2 million in scholarships, again topping the previous years’ marks. Graduating seniors from Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy won a total of nearly $10.4 million in scholarships. The $25.67 million in awards were presented to the students based on criteria such as academics, community service, and activities.

Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that the seniors who were awarded the scholarships had worked hard for the awards.

“These scholarships recognize the efforts that students have put into their academics and other activities,” she said. “These awards continue to show the high academic standards that our students are able to meet. We congratulate them on their success and we wish them well in all of their future endeavors.”

Congratulations to all of our award winners!

 
 
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