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  Notice on International Baccalaureate Status

“Proviso Math and Science Academy is a candidate school* for the Diploma Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Proviso Math and Science Academy believes is important for our students. For more information about the International Baccalaureate Organization, please visit

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Career-related Certificate). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.”

  PMSA Senior Wins QuestBridge Scholarship


A senior at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy will be attending Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, next year on a full-ride scholarship.

Azher Jaweed was awarded a full QuestBridge Scholarship valued at $64,000 over four years from National College Match. It is a shining point in a journey that has taken Azher from Moghlapura outside of Hyderabad, India, to Bellwood and eventually PMSA. “I could not have gone to a better school,” Azher said of PMSA.

The QuestBridge recognition is part of a nationwide program designed to help high school seniors from low-income families gain admission to some of the most selective colleges in the United States. The program also helps the students earn full, four-year scholarships to pay for their education, as in Azher’s case. The colleges that are partners in the QuestBridge program include Ivy League schools such as Yale University and Princeton University as well as selective universities that are closer to home such as Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Notre Dame, according to the program’s website.


  More Than 200 Parents Learn More About PMSA at Open House


More than 200 parents and prospective students learned more about Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy at the school’s final open house for the year on December 4.

Those in attendance learned about the entrance and application requirements, met with teachers and administrators, and learned more about the curriculum and what activities are available for their students.

Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA, told the parents that the school is one of the top academic schools in the nation, according to a ranking released by Newsweek magazine in September. She added that the number of advanced placement classes at PMSA has climbed from 110 to 440 in one year, with more opportunities available also through dual credit courses and the International Baccalaureate program, in which PMSA currently is a candidate school that is pursuing authorization to become an "International Baccalaureate world school."


  PMSA Choir Brings Holiday Joy to School Hallways, Offices


The Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy choir brought some holiday cheer to the hallways and offices of their school with short holiday concerts on Tuesday, December 16.

Led by Mr. Matthew Brown, PMSA choir director, the students performed classic Christmas songs such as "Jingle Bells," "Carol of the Bells," and "Sleigh Ride" for school and district workers based in their building in the school’s lobby. It was the seventh year that PMSA choir students have performed the holiday music in what has become a tradition for the last full day of classes before semester final exams.

The 85 students had learned and performed the songs for their winter concert on December 10.

For a video of their performance in the PMSA main office, please click here.

  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 (, on our Twitter account (, on local television and radio stations, and at


  District 209 to Host Next Joint Meeting with Elementary Schools on January 22


Board of Education members and administrators from Proviso Township High Schools District 209 and area elementary school districts will meet at a joint articulation meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at the District 209 offices at PMSA, 8601 West Roosevelt Road in Forest Park.

The meeting follows the first joint meeting in July 2014 where the school board members discussed issues of common interest such as the preparation of students who move on from the feeder schools to Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy and how all of the districts can work together to support each other in serving Proviso Township students. This meeting will continue on that work with a focus on coordinating school calendars and curriculum and content.


  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.


  Parents, Be Sure to Fill Out Your Lunch Applications


Parents of students at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy are encouraged to fill out their free and reduced price meal applications for their students by the end of 2014.

Students in families who earn an income up to 100 percent of the federal poverty line are eligible to receive free breakfasts and lunches at school, while those in families who earn an income up to 185 percent of the federal poverty are eligible to receive breakfast and lunch at school at a reduced cost.


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