PMSA Honored by Cook County Board of Commissioners


The number one ranking among suburban Cook County high schools by Chicago magazine earned Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy more honors, as it was recognized by the Cook County Board of Commissioners at its regular meeting on Wednesday, October 5.

Commissioner Richard Boykin, whose First District includes Proviso Township, presented a resolution recognizing PMSA for the ranking at the meeting. In the resolution, it noted PMSA for employing a “multi-faceted approach to its curriculum” and it benefitting from “an instructional emphasis on mathematics, science, and technology.” In addition, the resolution noted the school’s diversity, its students being awarded “tens of millions of dollars in scholarships” and it receiving numerous local, regional, and national honors, including the “bronze ranking from U.S. News and World Report in its “Best High Schools” issue.


  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. The next meetins will in Melrose Park on Thursday, October 27.

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.


  Visit PMSA at Open House on November 3


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 first one scheduled for Thursday, November 3, 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 open house on October 6 also can visit the school on November 3 and December 1, both of which take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.


  Pythons Glow with PMSA Spirit During Homecoming Week


Students and staff at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy celebrated Python Spirit during its Homecoming Week September 26 to 30.

Homecoming Week featured themed days including PJ Day, LumberJack Day, Mismatched Tacky Day, Character Day, and finally, Spirit Day where students wore the colors of their respective classes.

In addition, students and staff enjoyed a pep rally on September 30, and the annual Proviso East vs. Proviso West football game and PMSA Homecoming Dance on Saturday, October 1, with the theme of “Glowing with PMSA Spirit.”

  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.


  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.


  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.


  PMSA Art Students Commit “Random Acts of Culture” in Hallways


Throughout September 2016, students at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy have been committing "Random Acts of Culture" whether through song or art.

As you walk through the halls of PMSA, you will see some exciting artwork created by our students. These charcoal portraits were created in by PMSA’s Visual Art 2 classes, using the “blind contour drawing” technique. In it, the artist looks only at her subject (a fellow student) and carefully draws the edges of every shape that he sees. They are called “blind” because they are done without looking down at the paper – which is why you see distortion in the features.


  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.


  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.

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