Board of Education Recognizes Teacher Who Won State Award


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

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

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


  District 209 Board of Education Approves New ACT Testing Program

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

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

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

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

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

  New Math Curriculum, Literacy Program Helping Proviso West Students


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

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

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


  District 209 Students Represent Schools as Infinite Scholars


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

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

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


  District 209 Schools Welcome Parents on Bring Your Parents to School Day


Parents at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy got a look into the lives of their students on Wednesday, October 1, on Bring Your Parents to School Day.

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

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


  Proviso West Art Students Plant Pinwheels for Peace


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

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

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


  District 209 Schools, Offices Closed for Columbus Day

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

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

Have a great weekend!

  Proviso West Football to Air on High School Cube Friday


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

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

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

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