District 209 Teachers Honored by State Board of Education


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

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

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


  Proviso West SADD Club Students Attend Dome Shift in Springfield


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

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

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


  Visit PMSA at Open House on November 12


During a series of open houses this fall, prospective students for the 2015-16 school year and their families can learn about the programs and activities available at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, with the next one on Wednesday, November 12, from 6:30 p.m. Applications for admission are being accepted in November and December, with a January 15, 2015, deadline.

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


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

  Local feeder schools within Proviso Township High Schools District 209 are beginning the process of preparing eighth-grade students for high school entry by administering the EXPLORE exam from November 4 to 17, 2014.

EXPLORE is a high school intake measure that gives high school counselors about the student’s academic achievement to structure class schedules, make appropriate course placement decisions in English and mathematics, and create  a  pathway for college and career exploration. EXPLORE serves as a baseline for monitoring academic progress and is considered one of the most crucial steps in a students’ high school transition.

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


  SAVE THE DATE: Parent University is Back on January 31


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

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 College and Career Readiness Committee.

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


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