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PTHS Building Bridges to Success: PW Parents Come Together to Talk School Improvement

Proviso West parents are getting involved, rolling up their sleeves, and lending a hand toward school improvement. On March 2nd Proviso West High School hosted its first parent information meeting on the Proviso West School Improvement Plan (SIP).

At least 75 parents filled the Proviso West cafeteria to learn more about the school’s improvement efforts and to sign up for SIP committees to help. Each member of the school improvement team outlined the school’s plan for success. Proviso West High School has created a school improvement plans using the state’s Rising Star platform for continuous school improvement. That platform includes 19 research-based indicators based on best practices that have been effective in other schools and districts.

“The No Child Left Behind Act is driving a lot of what is happening in our school and in schools across the country,” said Proviso West Assistant Principal Dan Johnson as he spoke with PW parents. “There are a lot of things that we could be doing better, and we need your support to get it done. We need to have a school improvement plan that makes our children as well prepared for life and for testing as they can possibly be. That is why we exist here—to serve the children, educate them, and maximize their opportunities.”

The school improvement team gave a preview of goals that include: new innovative curriculum designed to meet students’ individual needs, more monitoring of classroom instruction, higher levels of engagement for students, more time on task, alignment of student learning activities with learning objectives, and a concentrated effort to provide more information to parents in order to support learning at home. They are also focusing on more supportive conversations and communication between parents and teachers. They announced plans to create a “Parent Center” at Proviso West High School designed to welcome parents into the school in order to provide accurate and up-to-date information on school and student progress.

“One of the things that I’m really happy about in this school improvement plan is that it really focuses on parent involvement,” said Ms. Gillepsie, PW English teacher and school improvement plan member. “With the parent center, I truly believe that having a place where parents can get up-to-date information can improve the school and the community all around. The most important thing is being involved. As a parent and as educators, we need to be involved.”

Parents asked questions, voiced their ideas, and signed up for various committees that support the District’s school improvement efforts. They also turned to each other echoing the importance of parent involvement in student success.

“We [parents] have to be optimistic about the programs that are being implemented here, and we have to really be involved,” said Proviso West parent Carlinda McGrew, who has a sophomore attending Proviso West. “I am taking accountability for my child’s education to help him and to support the staff. We have to be optimistic about this program and move forward. This is to help our students become more successful in life.  We have to get more involved and give these school improvements a chance to work. These are our children. They are our investment, and we have to step up.”

The development of Proviso West’s School Improvement Plan is a great milestone in the District’s overall restructuring and reform efforts. Parents have been asked to join the process of school improvement planning to help better serve and support the students of District 209. To learn more about the Proviso West School Improvement Plan, or to find out how to get involved,   please contact PW Assistant Principal Dan Johnson at 708.202.6311 or via email at DJohnson@pths209.org.

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