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  Bulletin: PTHS 209 to Hold Public Hearing on Amended Budget


On Tuesday, June 21st 2011, at a joint Board of Education and Financial Oversight Panel (FOP) meeting, PTHS 209 will hold a public hearing to discuss the amended Fiscal Year 2011 budget.

Due to modifications that have occurred throughout the year to the current year’s budget, an amended budget must be adopted. The approval process is the same as with the regular budget adoption. Amendments to the original budget include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Updates to grant budgets (revenue and expenditures) that occurred during the year. Final allocations were loaded.
  • Line item transfers between accounts requested by budget managers throughout the year.
All questions regarding the PTHS 209 Tentative Budget are welcomed and should be submitted to the Superintendent, Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart prior to the hearing date by calling (708-338-5910) or email To review the amended budget, please click here.

The final amended Fiscal Year 2011 budget will be voted on June 21st, following the public hearing.

  Research Symposium


On Monday, May 16th, Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy students presented their Annual Research Symposium to peers, teachers, education partners, and the entire Proviso Township High Schools community.

  PTHS 209 Top Scholars Welcomed into PTHS 209’s Academic Hall of Fame


Proviso Township High School’s top graduates worked hard to make the grade. Now, in addition to being treated to a special luncheon by the Board of Education, the District’s top scholars will enter PTHS 209’s Academic Hall of Fame.

“These students represent the potential, the dedication, and the scholarly excellence that we hope to foster in everyone,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, who encouraged and dined with the top grads during their scholar’s luncheon at the John Hancock in Chicago. “There are many bright students in each of our schools, but these selected few are the top of the class. We want to congratulate them, and we encourage them to continue to excel academically. They are proud ambassadors of our schools and our communities.”

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  PMSA Hosts Blood Drive to Help LifeSource Save Lives


Every two seconds someone needs blood. Blood is needed daily for surgeries and medical procedures, cancer treatments, and emergencies. The need here in the Chicagoland area is great. So PMSA students stepped up to the plate this week to do their part by hosting their annual mobile blood drive.

On Wednesday, May 11th, students, teachers, and community members filled PMSA’s multi-purpose room to donate and to learn more about the process and need for blood donation.

“We come to PMSA each year with our blood drive in order to educate students and to encourage them to start donating at a young age so that it continues throughout their lives,” said LifeSource supervisor Joanne Vasquez. “The event is always a success.”

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  PTHS 209 BOE Honors its Top Scholars with Annual Scholars Luncheon


Proviso Township High Schools’ Board of Education and the Superintendent have partnered with Around the Clock Transportation again this year to honor the top graduating achievers of each high school.

On May 19, six of the top graduating scholars (valedictorians, salutatorians, and research scholars) from Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA will attend the annual Superintendent’s Scholars Luncheon at the world renowned John Hancock Center in downtown Chicago.  PTHS 209 superintendent, Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, will join the students for lunch and a limousine ride as a token of appreciation and reward for their exemplary academic achievement.

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  PMSA to Present 4th Annual Research Symposium with Outstanding Community Partners May 16th


Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy is known for its flagship mentorship program where students are partnered with professionals from various fields for a full year of research and study.  At the end of each year, as a culmination of these studies, PMSA hosts a research symposium which brings mentors, students, and the community together.

“Our Research Symposium is truly a celebration of our students’ work efforts in inquiry-based learning, and establishing meaningful real-world connections,” said Interim PMSA Principal Dr. Frankiewicz. “During the Symposium, our students are able to proudly demonstrate their achievements to their peers, teachers, mentors, and our Board of Education. This program is a part of what makes the Proviso Math and Science Academy the type of high school that helps students develop to their fullest potential as exceptional students and research scholars.”

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  Proviso Township High School Prepares for Class of 2011 Graduation


Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is preparing to celebrate the commencement of hundreds of students from across the community. Proviso’s class of 2011 will soon walk across the stage to accept their high school diplomas.

“This is a very exciting time for us each year,” said PTHS 209 Board President and Proviso Alum, Chris Welch. “Families from across the Proviso community, teachers, administrators, and the entire school board will be there to stand and congratulate these students on this momentous occasion in their lives. We wish them all the best, and we look forward to recognizing their accomplishments in the future.”

On Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 both Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools will hold their commencement ceremonies at the UIC Pavilion (525 South Racine Avenue Chicago, IL).  Proviso West’s 2011 graduation ceremony will begin at 1:00 p.m. Proviso East’s 2011 graduation ceremony will take place that evening at 6:00 p.m.

Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy will celebrate their graduating class of 2011 on May 28th, 10:00 a.m. at Dominican University (7900 W. Division Street River Forest, IL).

Proviso Township High Schools students have been awarded millions of dollars in college scholarships with some attending the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country.

Congratulations seniors! We are extremely proud of you!

  PTHS 209 Prepares for Summer School with New Program Components and New Learning Technology


PTHS 209’s Summer School program is new and improved with more curriculum offerings, more use of educational technology, and greater opportunities for student learning and advancement.

This year summer school will be offered at Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools for students district wide who need to make up class credits and for students who would like additional skill development, academic acceleration and enrichment.

“Summer school this year has a few new and exciting components,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “As we work toward school improvement, we are also working to offer our students more resources to support their academic growth and advancement. We are particularly excited about our acceleration and enrichment programs which will allow our students to continue to participate in learning activities throughout the summer. We are also excited about our graduation initiative, Project TAPESTRY, which will allow some participating students to attend summer school at no cost.”

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  THANK YOU! Proviso Township High Schools to Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week


“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”
Henry Adams

Each year PTHS 209, along with schools and districts across the nation, use the first week in May as a time to express gratitude and appreciation for the outstanding work that teachers do each day. This year, PTHS 209 will celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week May 2nd – May 6th 2011. Teacher Appreciation Day is Tuesday, May 3rd.

“This is a special week in District 209,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “It is very important that we recognize the dedication and commitment of our teachers at every opportunity. They are the staple and lifelines of our mission here, and they touch so many lives each day.  A week is not nearly enough time to express our gratitude, but we are going to honor them, celebrate them, and make sure they know how much we value their service.”

Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated during the first full week of May. National Teacher Appreciation Day is celebrated on the Tuesday of that week. These celebrations provide an opportunity to both express appreciation and publicly recognize the important work of teachers. District 209 will have a snack and chat party to celebrate the teachers of each school. Dr. Collins-Hart will visit Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA during faculty and staff lunch hours (10:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.). In addition, individual school activities will be held throughout the week to honor PTHS 209 teachers.

Teacher Appreciation Week Schedule:

PMSA: Appreciation Dessert and Dialogue with the Supt. Friday May 6, 2011.

  PTHS 209 Prepares for 3rd Annual Grandparents' Day May 14th


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  Laugh Out Loud! PMSA’s Comedy Improv Wins High School League Championship


If you ever want to laugh out loud, take a peek into Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy Improv practices or shows. The students recently competed in the “ComedySportz” Chicago High School League, and the crowd confirmed—they are the funniest in the Chicago-land area.

The group of ten competed in “ComedySportz” with five other local high schools. They came out on top in the tournament, and on April 10th they competed against Loyola Academy for the championship.

“ComedySportz” is a professional comedy improvisational theater company in Chicago. They provide trainers who visit participating schools to talk with students, lead workshops, and teach them the art of improv comedy.

“Improv teaches a lot of things,” said PMSA improv sponsor, Ms. Emunds. “It teaches listening skills, teamwork, cooperation, communication, performance, and teamwork. It also encourages students to think on their feet. They were really a team competing. I think they’re the best.”

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  Building Bridges to Success: PTHS 209’s School Improvement Survey


Proviso Township High Schools is continuing its restructuring and school improvement efforts with the help of students, parents, teachers, and the entire Proviso community. The District has posted school improvement surveys on and all school sites, to collect data on how parents, teachers, students, and administrators view PTHS schools. The data will be used to help the District determine how they can better serve each stakeholder.

"Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is committed to continual school improvement," said Ed Moyer, PTHS 209's Executive Director of Assessment & Planning. "As an important part of this process, we are gathering data from our parents, students, teaching staff, and administrators regarding perceptions of our schools. We hope to get a great number of responses and then use that information to make informed decisions about how we can improve."

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  ARAMARK Foods Joins PTHS 209 for Grandparents’ Day!


One of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” has signed on as a sponsor of PTHS 209 Grandparents’ Day. ARAMARK Food Service, who also provides nutritious meals for Proviso students, will provide food, refreshments, and nutrition information at the District’s 3rd annual event on May 14th, 2011.

“We work in PTHS 209 each day to provide quality nutritious meals for the students of Proviso, and now we are glad to support the grandparents,” said Robert Carter, Food Service Director for ARAMARK. “We are happy to join Grandparents’ Day and assist in community outreach that promotes health, nutrition, and community partnerships.”

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  PMSA Student to Perform Solo at Chicago Symphony Center

  Russell Kerns is a senior at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy. He has a 3.9 G.P.A. and scored a 32 on his ACT exam. Russell plays golf and tennis at Proviso West High School. He also plays the saxophone as a member of PMSA’s orchestra. That is how he was offered the opportunity of a lifetime—a chance to play solo at Chicago’s famous Symphony Center, home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

On May 16th Russell will perform on the big stage during Merit School of Music’s 2011 MeritFest. Though he has been playing the saxophone since 6th grade, Russell says this performance is something special.

“This is going to be the most important thing I’ve done in my life so far,” said Russell. “Not a lot of saxophonists get to play there because the saxophone isn’t an orchestral instrument. The Symphony is also one of the most important music halls in the world.”

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  Loyola School of Nursing Joins PTHS 209 in Celebrating Grandparents’ Day!


On May 14th PTHS will celebrate the grandparents of Proviso Township by hosting its 3rd Annual Grandparents’ Day. This year Loyola School of Nursing has agreed to join the Board of Education and West Suburban Senior Services in supporting the highly anticipated event which offers seniors a day of fun, health screenings, entertainment, and information.

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“We have had a school based health center within Proviso East for over ten years,” said Diana Hackbarth RN, PhD, and Project Director for Proviso East’s Loyola University School Based Health Center. “The school of nursing at Loyola University of Chicago is pleased to participate in Grandparents’ Day as we seek further outreach in the Proviso communities.”

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  PMSA Students Shine in Regional Design Competition


If you can dream it, you can build it. That is what Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy students worked to prove at this year’s Regional Rube Goldberg High School Design Contest, where they competed against over 30 high school engineering teams across the mid-west.

On March 11, five PMSA seniors from Mr. Bonecutter’s engineering & design class took a field trip to the University of Illinois - Champaign/Urbana to compete in the regional contest as a part of the University’s 2011 Engineering Open House. The students worked with their classmates to build a Rube Goldberg Machine that uses 20 steps to complete the ultimate task of watering a plant. The team imagined, designed, and engineered the entire project to be presented at the competition.

“The goal of our participation was for the class to work together in teams to design and build a device according to strict specifications and with a set deadline,” said Mr. Bonecutter. “Their machine performed admirably, and the class considered their Rube Goldberg effort a great success.”

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  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Salutes 2010-2011 Retirees


Each year District 209 salutes a distinguished group of retirees who have dedicated years of service to the education of students and to the growth and development of PTHS 209. This year, Proviso Township High Schools will honor twenty-four retiring faculty and staff with an elegant night of dinner and dancing. Please join us as we celebrate this year’s retirees (click here for the complete list).

The celebration dinner will be held on Friday, May 6, 2011 at the Doubletree Hotel in Oak Brook. PTHS 209 celebrates those who have offered major contributions to the lives of Proviso students. Invited guests are asked to RSVP with PTHS 209’s Human Resources office no later than Monday, April 25, 2011.

  PMSA Students Chosen to Participate in One of the Top Pre-College Research Programs in the Nation

  Three Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy juniors have been selected to participate in what has been described as one of the top pre-college research programs in the nation. Markethia Jacob, Joneshia Yates, and Tazjaye Carpenter were chosen out of 900 college and high school applicants around the world.

The program is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Platteville College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science. It invites students to a three-day journey of research and discovery.  Students are paid a stipend and invited to stay on the University of Wisconsin campus. During their stay, they learn more about the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), conduct research in science laboratories, get involved with hands-on experiments in STEM fields, interact with college students, and work side-by-side with university faculty and staff.

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  PTHS 209 Building Bridges to Success: Parents Committees Begin to Support School Improvement


This week Proviso parents and stakeholders who joined the School Improvement Grant (SIG) Committee met for the first time to put their heads together and begin efforts that could mean more funding for school improvement in District 209.

PTHS is applying for a grant that could award up to $2 million (per year each—over three years) for Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools. The grant will help District 209 implement improvement plans, restructuring and reform efforts that include comprehensive interventions to produce gains in student achievement. Parents have been asked to serve as pillars in the school improvement process by providing insights into how the school can become better for their students.

“Parents are key components to the grant development and school improvement process,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “They must be a part of the process and a part of the discussion about the needs of the school, the needs of their students, and what they would like to see incorporated into our school improvement efforts. They must be a part of the solution. They are a vital part of the conversation about how we can move forward and continue to improve the lives of their children and the overall community.”

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  PMSA Students Raise over $1K in Jump Rope for the Heart


Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy freshmen jumped rope for the cause and collected over $1,000 to support lifesaving heart and stroke research.

The Class of 2014 worked with fellow students, parents, teachers, and the Proviso community to raise funds to donate to the American Heart Association. During the “Jump Rope for the Heart Campaign,” the students jumped rope for donations while learning about the circulatory system, the parts and function of the heart, nutrition, the risk factors for heart disease, and childhood obesity.

PMSA was awarded a banner from the American Heart Association for donating $1,237. The banner is proudly displayed in PMSA’s multipurpose room.

Congratulations students! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising!

  PMSA Students to Host Comedy Improv


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  PTHS 209 Prepares for 3rd Annual Grandparents’ Day May 14th

  Proviso Township High Schools District 209's Board of Education and West Suburban Senior Services (WSSS) cordially invite the seniors of Proviso Township to their 3rd Annual Grandparents’ Day on Saturday, May 14, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm, at the Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy (PMSA), First Avenue and Roosevelt Road in Forest Park.

Grandparents’ Day is designed to honor all of the seniors and grandparents of Proviso Township by offering a day of fun, information, and relaxation. Grandparents are being treated to party bingo, a stepper dance party, door prizes, light refreshments, health screenings, and more.  In addition, WSSS staff will share information about services and assistance available to grandparents who are raising grandchildren.

Grandparents’ Day is a part of the Board of Education’s community support and community outreach initiatives.  West Suburban Senior Services has been assisting senior citizens in the near West Cook County suburbs township for over 30 years. WSSS and the PTHS 209 Board of Education come together each year to celebrate and honor the senior citizens of Proviso Township.

If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please call 708.338.5901.

  Making the Grade: Reminder of New Classification Requirements Starting with the Class of 2014


Proviso Township High Schools is making sure that students make the grade in core subject areas before being classified for the next grade level. In ongoing efforts of school improvement and overall reform, PTHS officials are requiring that students fully grasp English, math, science, and social studies at their classified grade level before advancing to the next grade level. The change begins with the current freshmen--the class of 2014.

“As a school district we are steadily working to prepare our students for the enhanced curriculum they will be taught at each grade level, but we also have to work to prepare them for college and the workforce,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “The new prerequisite requirements emphasize building students’ skills in specific content areas to ensure that they have the prerequisite knowledge for success at the next level.”

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  PMSA Student Wrestles his Way to 2nd  Place in State Competition

  Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy is known for its math, science, and engineering wiz kids, but the academy also has other hidden treasures—like its student athletes. Malik Thurman of Bellwood is a senior at PMSA, but he also participates in football, track, and wrestling at Proviso West. He recently finished 2nd place in the IHSA wrestling tournament where he competed with other students across the state.

“The state competition was a big deal for me because wrestling is a secondary sport for me,” said Malik. “I really put a lot into football. I just developed a real will to win [in the wrestling competition]. I couldn’t accept losing once I got down there.”

Malik’s victory was the best by any Proviso West wrestler since 1996. In addition to celebrating his big win in the state competition, he has another great accomplishment under his belt. He recently accepted a full athletic scholarship to attend Ferris State University in Michigan.

“It was really exciting to get a full ride scholarship,” he said. “I really worked hard all of my life to get a football scholarship.”

Malik has a 3.2 G.P.A. He scored a 21 on his ACT exam. In the classroom, on the field, and on the wrestling mat he shines as one of PMSA’s scholar athletes. He says his recipe for success is a combination of will, determination, and dedication.

“It’s just a matter of wanting to do it,” said Malik. “It’s about wanting to do it and putting in the work. In sports it’s the will to win. In school, it’s the will to work.”

Congratulations Malik! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising!

  Teachers on the Move: PMSA Teacher Honored as an Outstanding Educator by U of C


If you walk the halls of Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy you will find outstanding teachers at every turn. They are teaching in the hallways. They are inspiring through art, and they are building the skills of math, science, engineering and design. However, few teachers can say they have received the Outstanding Educator Award from The University of Chicago--with the exception of one, Ms. Krejci.

Over the years Ms. Krejci has taught physics, chemistry, advanced biology and genetics.  Last year she received the Claes Nobel Educators of Distinction Award for making a difference in the lives of students. This year one of her former students, Melissa Marquez, who is now attending the University of Chicago, nominated her as an outstanding educator.

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  Harvard University Announcement: No Tuition and No Student Loans


Harvard University announced over the weekend that from now on, undergraduate students from low-income families will pay no tuition.

In making the announcement, Harvard's president Lawrence H. Summers said, "When only ten percent of the students in elite higher education come from families in the lower half of the income distribution, we are not doing enough. We are not doing enough in bringing elite higher education to the lower half of the income distribution."

If you know of a family earning less than $60,000 a year with an honor student graduating from high school soon, Harvard University wants to pay the tuition. The prestigious university recently announced that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families can go to Harvard for free... no tuition and no student loans!

To find out more about Harvard offering free tuition for families making less than $60,000 a year, visit Harvard's financial aid website at: or call the school's financial aid office at (617) 495-1581.

  PTHS Scholar of Excellence: PMSA Student Earns Over 300K in College Scholarships


Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy senior, Evan Harper, of Bellwood has earned the title for which nearly every high school senior across the country strives. She was just named one of the top scholarship earners for her entire senior class. When we asked Evan about her recipe for success—she was sure to give us the answer. Evan has a 3.5 G.P.A. She scored a 24 on her ACT exam. She has nearly 200 community service hours. She is a member of 2011, Youth Encouraging Success and Proviso United. She plays softball and basketball at Proviso West, and she has parents who stayed in her corner and pushed for her success.

“My mom and dad always told me to keep my grades up,” said Evan. “This verifies what my parents were always saying. They say if you work hard and stay focused you’ll be able to write your own ticket.”

PMSA seniors have been offered over $2 million in scholarships so far this year, but Evan alone has been offered over $300,000. William Jewell College, Luther College, Howard University, St. John’s University, Marquette University, The University of Illinois, and Concordia University have all offered Evan thousands of dollars per year to enroll. For Evan’s parents, her college choices and scholarship offers have been overwhelming, but not too surprising.

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  PTHS Seniors—Apply for Aide and Scholarships Today!


PTHS seniors, if you are planning to attend college during the 2011-2012 academic year, it’s time to prepare for the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)the application for federal, state and college-based financial aid.

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has created a scholarship resource section on to help students and parents better locate college funding sources and information. Each school also has counselors who are ready to help students apply for aid, acceptance, and scholarships.

At Proviso East High School the career center is open Tues-Friday from 10:00 am-3:15pm. On Mondays they are open from 10:50 am to 3:15 pm for students to get FAFSA and college application help.  At PMSA there is a FAFSA workshop for parents and students on Thursday, February 24th from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. in the LRC. PMSA students can also stop by the counseling office at any time. At Proviso West High School, there are FAFSA workshops in the career center (room D103) for students and parents every Wednesday from 12:41 p.m.-3:15 p.m. (6-8 period).

FAFSA forms are for college-bound high school seniors and their parents. For students, it is important to submit the FAFSA before the college’s priority date as some financial aid is awarded first-come first-serve. To determine the priority date at a college, contact the school’s financial aid office.

Parents and students can begin their financial aid search by visiting the FAFSA website at or visit PTHS 209’s scholarship resource link here.

  PMSA PTO Lends Students a Hand


Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is stepping in to lend PMSA students and teachers a hand.

Earlier this month the PTO donated over $500 worth of athletic and wellness equipment to benefit PMSA’s entire student body. Last year, the wellness class lost a lot of its exercise ropes, balls, and outdoor game equipment. When PMSA’s wellness teacher, Ms. McCormick, sent the PTO a “wish list letter,” the active parent team came to the rescue.

“As a wellness department, we have to be very creative to keep students interested,” McCormick said. “We didn’t have much equipment for the students to use. We submitted the PTO request form and they gave us everything we asked for. We were so happy that they came through for us. We put together a thank you sign and had the entire school sign it.”

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  PMSA’s Monty Pythons Gear Up for the Big Competition


PMSA’s Monty Pythons are gearing up for this year’s Regional Robotics Competition where their science, engineering, and team building skills will be put to the ultimate test.

The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Midwest Regional is an intense three-day competition that showcases robots developed and operated by dozens of high school robotics teams from all over the world.  This year, the Monty Pythons are ready. They are armed with power club sponsors, a strong team, and a robot made of steel. After putting in a great deal of hard work, students say they are looking forward to the competition.

“This has been the best build season of our Robotics career,” said PMSA junior Blake Comenduley. “I wired that thing, and I know what it can do. We’re a lot further ahead than we were last year during this time.  We all came together. PMSA students of all grade levels are here on the team. It’s been fun, and we are going to do well. Our robot is built like a tank.”

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  PTHS Parents and Students Get Motivated for ACT Prep


On Wednesday, January 19th hundreds of PTHS 209 parents and students poured into PMSA, Proviso East, and Proviso West High Schools to get motivated, informed, and signed up for free ACT test prep courses.

PTHS 209 is offering free ACT and college test prep to junior students. Cambridge Educational Services will tutor students each Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The program is designed to help students prepare for college entrance exams, develop a winning strategy for gaining college admissions, and raise achievement through the development of test taking skills.

On January 19th, PTHS hosted a motivational workshop to inform parents and students about test prep. The workshop also helped to motivate students and parents to reach various educational goals including going on to college.

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  PMSA Students to Attend UIC’s Med School Day and Get a Glimpse of Medical and Health Care Professions


Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy is filled with aspiring doctors, nurses, engineers, and scientists who will soon be greeted by the leader of Illinois’ Nursing Association. The following day, students will gain a better understanding of life as a med student at UIC’s Annual Med School Day.

On Friday, January 21st (8:15 a.m. - 8:55 a.m.) PMSA’s anatomy and physiology class will host a presentation by Mr. Danny Fraczkowski, the current Director at Large of Illinois’ Nursing Association. Fraczkowski will introduce PMSA students to “Nursing:  A World of Opportunity.” On Saturday, January 22nd PMSA students will travel to UIC’s College of Medicine where they will learn more about life as a medical student. At UIC, students will participate in anatomy and pathology labs, hands-on demonstrations and presentations, and various health and medical workshops.

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  PTHS 209 Expands Partnership with Lewis University to Promote Higher Learning and Careers in Aviation


Proviso Township High Schools is developing an expanding partnership with Lewis University to promote higher learning, careers in aviation, and greater opportunities for PTHS students.

The PTHS 209 and Lewis University partnership gives students an opportunity to take tuition free summer classes, study in University labs, earn transferable college credit, and explore careers in aviation.

“We are continuing to develop the type of partnerships and collaborations that offer our students greater opportunities,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “Community partnerships are one of the major components that help us support our students as they strive to become the leaders of tomorrow. Our goal is to promote educational excellence, and to assist our students in reaching their future goals.”

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  Bulletin—School Closings: PTHS 209 Registers with Emergency Closing Center


Snow and inclement weather during the winter months sometimes makes school closings or delays unavoidable. In the event of inclement weather, as well as for emergency closings during the school year, Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will make every attempt to notify parents and students. PTHS 209 will use the district’s websites, robo-calls, and e-blasts. We will also utilize the Emergency Closing Center (ECC) which provides the status of Chicago land area schools, businesses, daycare centers & organizations to various media outlets.

For up-to-date information please check PTHS 209’s website and the Emergency Closing Center web site at

Parents should register to PTHS 209’s e-mail/newsletter listing and to the Emergency Closing Center e-mail alert system. By registering with PTHS 209 and ECC, you can be notified via e-mail if our school district closes or has delays.

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  PTHS 209 Kicks off 2011 with a Focus on Rigor and Relevance


Proviso Township High Schools District 209 welcomed teachers, faculty, and staff back to a new year and the second semester with a phenomenal District Institute Day. On Wednesday, January 5th, teachers attended workshop and sessions on closing the achievement gap, classroom management, effective teaching practices, curriculum mapping, and creating more rigor and relevance in classroom instruction.

The keynote presenter for the morning session was Dr. Willard Daggett. The Six Principles of Failure is not an Option was also a theme for the day.

“Relevance makes rigor possible,” said Dr. Daggett, CEO of the International Center for Leadership in Education. “We’re going to have to figure out how to connect with students. Learning is an active process. If we want students to be active, they have to be engaged.”

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Proviso Township High Schools to Host ACT Motivational Workshop for Parents and Students January 19th


Proviso Township High Schools will soon offer free Cambridge ACT prep classes for students again this year. On January 19th each school will host a motivational meeting to inform parents about the program and to get students excited about their academic goals.

“The motivational workshop is the continuation of a great journey of learning and achievement for our students as they develop into life-long learners,” said PTHS 209 Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Cheryl Pruitt. “We are very excited about the results students achieve when they participate in ACT test prep. Last year we saw significant gains. So it is important for us to continue to offer this program in order to support our students as they and their parents prepare for the next step in life after high school.”

PTHS 209 is working to add a strong dose of motivation into the lives of their students. At the Motivational Workshop students are given an extra boost to encourage them to reach greater personal and academic goals. Expert presenters and powerful speakers are being sent directly to Proviso Township High Schools to address students face-to-face.

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  Proviso Township High Schools to Host ACT Motivational Workshop for Parents and Students


Proviso Township High Schools will soon offer free Cambridge ACT prep classes for students again this year. On January 19th each school will host a motivational meeting to inform parents about the program, and to get students excited about their academic goals.

“The motivational workshop is the continuation of a great journey of learning and achievement for our students as they develop into life-long learners,” said PTHS 209 Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Cheryl Pruitt. “We are very excited about the results students achieve when they participate in ACT test prep. Last year we saw significant gains. So it is important for us to continue to offer this program in order to support our students as they and their parents prepare for the next step in life after high school."

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  PMSA Students to Jump Rope for the Heart


Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy students are pulling together again this year to “Jump Rope for the Heart.” Jump Rope for Heart is sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). The program engages students in jumping rope while raising funds to support lifesaving heart and stroke research.

During the campaign students also learn about the circulatory system, the parts and function of the heart, nutrition, the risk factors for heart disease, and childhood obesity.

"While some kids are born with heart problems, others are at risk of developing them because of poor nutrition and lack of physical activity,” said PMSA health and wellness teacher, Ms. Pickers, who will guide the students in Jump Rope for the Heart. “Sadly, childhood obesity has reached epidemic proportions. The students at PMSA want to make a difference for their family members and those people in the community that have this disease. The funds that our students will raise are vital for protecting today's children and future generations from the struggles of heart disease and poor health."

The event will run for one week beginning on February 14th and ending on February 18th 2011. Last year with the help of students, parents, and the Proviso community more than 400 PMSA students raised over $3,000 for the cause. Students will receive thank-you gifts based on the amount of money they raise. They will also hold marathons to “Jump Rope for the Heart.”

To find out how you can support PMSA students and the American Heart Association, please contact Ms. Pickers at


PTHS 209 Scholar of Excellence: At PMSA Character Counts


Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy senior Vantaseia Joe is working to leave her mark on the world one volunteer hour at a time. The academic scholar was recently awarded the Cook County Sheriff’s Youth Service Medal of Honor as recognition for volunteering more than 100 hours of community service.

“The Sherriff awards students like Vantaseia medals of honor to recognize them for all of the good things that they do,” said the Director of the Cook County Sherriff’s Youth Services Department, Joanne Bishkek. “It is important for us to recognize students who are involved in community service. This is the 23rd year we’ve given this award. We want to recognize young people for all of the positive things they do. When young people are involved in positive activities it keeps them on the right track. The more we can recognize them for those positive behaviors the more they are likely to remain involved.”

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  PMSA’s Go Green Club to Launch Recycling Program


Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy’s Go Green Club is working to help the Proviso community reduce its carbon footprint, reduce waste, and support the health of our planet through recycling.

Members of PMSA’s Go Green Club say it is their job to help make a difference, so students are stepping up to the plate.

“We don’t really have a program in our community that does things like this,” said PMSA junior Eddie Hudson. “Our school promotes us as students who are making a difference. So that is what we’re doing—making a difference.”

The students ordered recycling bins for the school’s parking lot and for the halls of PMSA. They also plan to have recycle drop-off assignments each Friday morning. The students will wait at the parking lot recycling bins for community members to bring their goods. The students will then help unload the materials from cars and place them into the bins. Their project is two-fold. This recycling program benefits the earth, but it also raises money for PMSA.

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  PTHS 209 to Offer Cambridge ACT Prep Courses 2nd Year


Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will continue to offer free Cambridge ACT test prep for students seeking to increase their test taking skills and levels of achievement on the ACT.

Cambridge Educational Services is the nation’s premier provider of school-based test preparation and supplemental curriculum services. PTHS 209’s Cambridge Test Prep is designed to help students build skills, raise test scores, and better grasp tested curriculum.

This year, Cambridge Educational Services will offer ACT and testing tutoring at Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA on Saturday mornings. The classes will come equipped with instructors, testing materials, and learning materials to help students improve their ACT scores, increase their opportunities for college admissions and scholarships, and to boost their overall academic achievement.

To learn more about how to register your student for test prep, please contact your school’s main office. 209 to Host Madrigal Dinner 36th Annual Madrigal Dinner & Fundraiser


PTHS 209's Madrigal Singers cordially invite the Proviso Township Community to attend its 36th Annual Madrigal Dinner & Fundraiser, featuring the Madrigal Singers of PTHS 209.

The Madrigal Singers are a highly select group of high school performers. Each year they help to lift the Christmas spirit in Proviso by performing a repertoire of chamber choral music spanning the past eight centuries. The Madrigal Singers appear in elegant period costume and bring the music, drama, food, and spirit of an Old English Renaissance Christmas.

This year’s dinner will be held Sat., Dec. 18 and Sun. Dec. 19, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at Proviso West High School. Tickets are $23.00 for students, alumni, and senior citizens. Tickets are $25.00 for adults (21 and over). All attendees must purchase tickets and register no later than Monday, December 6, 2010.

All proceeds from the event will help fund various choral music programs and PTHS 209 student activities.

Please contact Mrs. Salina Watson [Sponsor of Choral Activities] at (708)-202-6342 or at for more information or to make reservations.

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  PMSA Students Help Build a Playground for Broadview


PMSA students are literally leaving their mark on their communities as they work to build a better place for the children of Broadview.

In early October, 14 PMSA students joined students from Lindop School District 92, PAEC, Proviso East, and Proviso West High Schools to help the Broadview Park District build a brand new playground.

PMSA gave an artistic hand. They painted and drew signs and pictures for the park.

“The students that came over from PMSA actually have their artwork displayed all around the park,” said Katrina Thompson, Executive Director of the Broadview Park District. “It was just amazing that they came over. They came over on a Saturday to give back to their community. To give back to the community and to have their work displayed years after the fact is just phenomenal. We always get a lot of good volunteers from PMSA. Hopefully, we’ll be building another park soon. We want all of the kids from Proviso to come out and help again.”

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  PTHS 209 to Host Curriculum Forums to Discuss Upcoming Changes


Two major curriculum changes are in the making for District 209 students. Current 9th graders (Class of 2014) will see new prerequisites to promotion, and all District 209 students will have more instructional time beginning next school year.

The new model of courses will fully afford students the opportunity to earn their required credit hours while placing a stronger emphasis on the core curriculum.

The District is working to better prepare students for the next level of college, testing, and the workplace by requiring success in core classes as prerequisites for promotion to the next grade classification. The new requirements emphasize building students’ skills in specific content areas to ensure that students have the prerequisite knowledge for success at the next level.

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  PMSA Begins 2010-2011 Admissions Season with Open Houses


Proviso Math and Science Academy (PMSA) hosted its first open house on Wednesday, October 20th, for parents and students interested in admissions for the 2010-2011 school year. This event marked the beginning of the admissions season for Proviso’s premier selective enrollment institution.

“In partnership with the parents and community of Proviso Township, PMSA continues to offer a supportive and comprehensive learning environment for students with an emphasis on responsibility, math, science, and leadership,” said PMSA interim principal Dr. Clotilde Frankiewicz. “The academy also provides a comprehensive liberal arts program widely respected and accepted as a member of the National Consortium of Specialized Secondary Schools in mathematics, science, and technology. We are proud to say that students who journey through PMSA leave with a framework of academic tools and life tools that support them in analyzing and explaining real-world phenomena.”

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  Proviso Township High Schools are Fully Connected to the WorldWide Web through Wireless Access


Proviso Township High Schools is continuing to enhance learning and incorporate technological initiatives to support teachers and students in the classrooms.  This week Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools finished the final phase of wireless internet access configuration. Now, district-wide wireless internet access can become yet another classroom tool.

“Internet technology has become such an essential component in education and in everyday life,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “Now it is up to us as educators to continue to find innovative ways to bring that technology into classrooms and use the World Wide Web to open the doors for infinite learning possibilities. We want to prepare our students for jobs and the world that awaits them outside of Proviso. This technology will be a great tool in assisting us in that process.”

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  PTHS 209 Offers On-line Educational Resources for Students

  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 now offers a web list of educational resources on the "Students" page of to provide easy access to learning and research resources that may help support student achievement.

Through, students can access online dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, translators, conversion tables, and many other research sources.

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  PMSA Celebrates Another National Merit Scholar:
Student Ranks in top 5%


PMSA senior Morgan Osborn is standing out as one of the Academy’s top scholars.  He was recently commended by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) for scoring in the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students in the nation on his PSAT exam.

The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students from across the country enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).  Osborn is one of 34,000 students throughout the United States being recognized for his academic ability and for being among the nation’s highest achievers.

“The young people named Commended Students, have demonstrated outstanding academic potential by their strong performance,” commented a spokesperson for NMC. “We hope that this recognition will enhance their educational opportunities and that they will continue to diligently pursue their professional goals.”

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  PTHS 209 Awarded Multi-Million Dollar Grant to Improve Academic Performance and Support Dropout Prevention


Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is one of several school districts across the country set to benefit from a five-year $100 million education grant. The grant is designed to shore up efforts to help reform schools, improve educational outcomes for students, and create programs that support dropout prevention.

These funds have been awarded as a part of the U.S. Department of Education’s High School Graduation Initiative. West 40 applied for the grant on behalf of Proviso Township High Schools and Leyden.  Now, this year, the two school systems will divide over $1.4 million toward school improvement and dropout prevention programs.

“These grants will help our local communities and states in working towards President Obama’s goal of once again having the highest college completion rate in the world by the end of the decade,” said U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. “To achieve this goal, high schools must ensure more students graduate and are prepared for success in college and careers.”

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  PMSA Graduate Excels at West Point


Congratulations! After hard work and study, PMSA Alum and West Point Cadet Shaun Asaro, of Berkeley, has completed Cadet Basic Training (CBT) at the U.S. Military Academy.

Asaro entered West Point on June 29, 2010 shortly after graduating from PMSA. He has now successfully completed seven weeks of CBT, one of the most challenging events a cadet will encounter over the course of their four years at the academy.

The initial military training program provides cadets with basic skill discipline, pride, cohesion, confidence and a high sense of duty to prepare them for entry into the Corps of Cadets. Asaro began classes on August 19, 2010. The West Point curriculum offers 45 majors balancing physical sciences and engineering with humanities and social sciences leading to a Bachelor of Science degree.

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  PMSA to Host Fall Choral Concert


On Tuesday October 19th, the Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy Choral Group will rock the house at their very first concert of the year. The Fall Chorus Concert features 95 talented PMSA students. They will come together to perform  an array of musical ballads including the traditional spiritual, “Let me Ride,” and songs from the popular stage production Wicked.

Students have practiced over the last seven weeks for what is sure to be another outstanding production.

“The students have grown, they’ve progressed, and they have really come together as a team in a very short amount of time,” said choral director and music teacher Mr. Matthew Brown. “They’ve shown true team work, and they’ve put together a spectacular performance.”

Doors open to the Math and Science Academy on October 16th at 6:00 p.m. The event lasts until 8:30 p.m. Admission is $1.00. Funds raised during the event will help support PMSA’s music program.  The group will also sell poinsettias at the door.

  Proviso Parents Gain Student Insights at Bring Your Parent to School Day


Proviso Township High Schools’ parents stepped up and ruled the day at this year’s “Bring Your Parents to School Day.” On Monday, October 4th PTHS 209 welcomed parents from across the Proviso community to spend a day in their students’ shoes, talk with their students’ teachers, and get active, informed, and more involved. Some parents jumped at the opportunity to spend the day with their young Panthers, Pirates, or Pythons.

“I love Bring Your Parents to School Day,” said Proviso West parent, Tammy Miller. “I come every year, and it gives me an opportunity to chat with teachers, see classes in session, and I get to see what my child goes through on a regular school day. It’s exciting for me. I make it a point to be here each year.”

During “Bring Your Parents to School Day,” parents followed their students’ schedules.  At lunchtime PMSA parent Laurie Stokes took a seat in the cafeteria to eat lunch with her daughter, Johanna Stokes. She says the day gave her great insight into what school life and classes are all about.

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  Bulletin—School Closings: PTHS 209 Registers with Emergency Closing Center


With fall comes the changing of leaves and with winter comes Illinois’ infamous falling snow which sometimes makes school closings or delays unavoidable.

In the event of inclement weather, as well as for emergency closings during the school year Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will make every attempt to notify parents and students. PTHS 209 will use the district’s websites, robo-calls, e-blasts, and via the Emergency Closing Center (ECC) which provides the status of Chicago land area schools, businesses, daycare centers & organizations.

For up-to-date information please check PTHS 209’s website and the Emergency Closing Center web site at Parents should also consider registering for PTHS 209’s e-mailing list and the Emergency Closing Center e-mail alert system. By registering at the ECC site you can have them notify you by e-mail if our school district closes or has delays. You can also register for D-209’s e-blast at

It only takes a moment to sign up. This may be the most convenient way to receive immediate and up to date emergency closing information.

  PMSA Appoints Interim Principal Dr. Clotilde Frankiewicz


Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy has a new interim principal. Dr. Clotilde Frankiewicz, PMSA’s former assistant principal, has been asked to take the helm at PMSA while the search for a permanent replacement continues. Frankiewicz has been with PMSA since its inception. She has also been a key component in making the academy what it is today.

“Dr. Frankiewicz has been a staple at PMSA since the school first opened its doors in 2005,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “I am pleased that she has agreed to step up to this role and serve in the interim position. Her leadership will help to ensure  stability as we continue the search process. With Dr.  Frankiewicz  at the helm our students, faculty, and staff will remain confident that the excellence for which PMSA is known will continue.”

For Dr. Frankiewicz her transition to interim principal comes as naturally as her dedication to the students at PMSA. She says she looks forward to her new role.

“I would like to thank Dr. Collins-Hart and our Board of Education for this opportunity to assist our students, parents, and faculty in achieving the high expectations of the Proviso Math and Science Academy,” said Dr. Frankiewicz.  “My goal is for all of our students to excel at their highest potential and to continue to encourage that academic excellence becomes a part of their life-long learning experiences.”

  Proviso East and Proviso West Volleyball Teams to Volley for the Cure


On October 7, 2010, Proviso East High School’s volleyball team is joining forces with Proviso West to hold their first annual "Dig Pink" rally.  Proviso Township High Schools will Volley for the Cure in an event designed to promote October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Dig Pink is the name of the breast cancer awareness rally that takes place in gyms all over the country during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is October. Matches at the high school and college levels all over the nation are a part of this movement. At PTHS, the Lady Pirates will host the Lady Panthers of Proviso West.

Admission is five dollars for adults and one dollar for students. Entrance to the event is free if you wear or buy a breast cancer awareness t-shirt ($10) which will be available for pre-sale with the athletes or at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Proviso volleyball players will wear pink/ black t-shirts instead of their regular jerseys to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There will also be several raffle opportunities and games during the evening.  All levels will play in the Field House on Thursday, October 7th. The freshman game begins at 4:30 p.m. The sophomore game begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by the varsity game at approximately 6:30/7:00.

Please come out to support the Lady Pirates and the Lady Panthers as they Volley for the Cure. For questions or to find out how to donate for “Dig Pink,” please email Proviso East volleyball coach Emily Tonon at

  PMSA Students Study at Urbana-Champaign’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences


Five Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy students are expanding their reach, exploring the sciences, and developing greater interests in engineering careers. These students are participating in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences’ Research Apprentice Program (RAP).

Students from around the country participate in RAP. The program is two-fold. RAP I is an intensive three-week career exploration and academic enrichment experience which focuses on career awareness activities related to business, science and engineering career pathways in  the food, human, and environmental science fields. RAP II provides an intensive seven-week laboratory and academic enrichment experience for rising high school juniors and seniors with interests in those same fields. Students are placed in laboratories where they conduct projects designed to build their interest in math, science, engineering and business.

PMSA juniors Nicholas Tarleton, Leea Driskell, and Joseph Murray participated along with PMSA seniors Charles Grigs, and Charles Murray. They all say the program has opened the doors for opportunity and set them on a path to success.

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  Active Parents = Successful Students – PTHS 209 to Host Bring Your Parent to School Day


On Monday, Oct. 4th Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will open its doors for “Bring Your Parent to School Day,” a highly anticipated event that  gives parents, students, and teachers an opportunity to connect, discuss student progress, class  goals, and overall expectations.

The event follows PTHS 209’s “Back-to-School Night” which is also designed to promote parental involvement and student support.  During “Bring Your Parent to School Day,” parents follow their students’ schedule, chat with teachers, and gain a better understanding of their students’ educational needs and school environment.  PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart also attends to chat with parents at each individual school.

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  PMSA Implements Pre-Engineering Program


Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy is now implementing a pre-engineering program and making educational partnerships to ensure they continue to offer rigorous and relevant instruction that focuses on truly integrating math, science, technology, and engineering into real-world problem solving settings.

“We are really excited to bring this program and partnership into our school to help our students follow their interests in engineering careers,” said PMSA Principal Ed Moyer. “We anticipate that the rigor and quality of the program will provide a great foundation that helps prepare our students for their next steps in college and the real world.”

PMSA has adopted proven programs designed through professional Business & Industry resources such as the National Science Foundation. They also follow curriculum as designed by the associated organizations Project Lead the Way (PLTW) and Engineering by Design from the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA).  Project Lead the Way focuses on offering STEM courses which to integrate math, science, technology and engineering into rigorous, real-world problem solving settings.

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  PMSA Students and the Village of Forest Park Welcome Home U.S. Troops


On Thursday, Sept. 2nd, Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy students lined the streets of Roosevelt Road waving flags, saluting, and saying thank you to more than a dozen U.S. troops returning home from the Iraq war.

The entire school came out to anchor the hero’s welcome which was reserved for members of the local 318th Army Reserve Public Affairs Unit. Hundreds of Forest Park residents lined the streets to salute our community’s very own hometown heroes. For many of the troops, the return home follows tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan. After being deployed three times in seven years, these troops were among the last under Operation Iraqi Freedom to leave Iraq. PMSA students say they were happy to welcome them home for good.

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  PTHS 209 Students Gain Hands-on Training and Scholarships Through  Triton/Westlake Scholarship Program


Nearly 20 juniors from Proviso Township High Schools are on the path to successful medical careers through participation in the Westlake Scholarship Program which provides a pathway to education, hands-on work experience, and employment opportunities for Proviso students who are  interested in the medical field.

The program was created to encourage students interested in health care professions. Through the program students explore career paths in nursing, radiology, respiratory care, nuclear medicine, surgical technology or ultrasound. Students rotate and train at Westlake Hospital in those departments. They are expected to stay in the program until they graduate with an Associate Degree in a Health Career Program at Triton College. The scholarship pays for Triton College tuition, fees, books, uniforms, and wages earned while working part-time at Westlake Hospital.

“We have Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA students in the program each year,” said Dr. Marta Alvarado, who is the Westlake Scholarship Program Coordinator and a 1971 graduate of Proviso East High School. “They are the only three schools allowed in the program. It’s been good working with Proviso students. The program has worked well. We promote and nurture their interest in health careers. We train them to hire them at Westlake. This is our way of investing in the community that we serve. We are investing in our community by investing in Proviso students.”

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  PMSA Student Doodles for Google


Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy may be filled with math, science, and robotics wiz kids but now, according to Google, they can add artistic genius to their list of student accolades.

PMSA Senior Crystal Galloway entered into a national competition to “Doodle 4 Google,” a competition where K-12 students work their artistic will upon Google’s homepage logo. Galloway was one of 400 State Finalists whose doodle was chosen from a total of 33,000 entries from across the country. The theme was, “If I Could Do Anything, I Would….” Galloway’s doodle illustrated that if she could—she would rebuild the world.

“The world has a lot of bad things going on in it,” said Galloway. “So if I could rebuild it, I would. My sketch is a woman sitting on top of the “o” re-creating the world.”

PMSA Principal Ed Moyer congratulated Galloway on her accomplishment saying she is a great example of the level of creativity and talent flourishing in PMSA.

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  PTHS 209 Helps Parents Monitor Student Progress: Switches from Parent Connect to Power School Parent Access


Proviso Township High Schools is using PowerSchool Parent Access to keep parents connected, informed, and up to speed on their students’ progress.

PowerSchool Parent Access helps to provide parents, guardians, students, and teachers with a tool that will assist in communicating grades, attendance records, assignments, teacher comments, and school announcements on an ongoing basis. PowerSchool Parent Access replaces the schools’ previous system ParentConnect. Like ParentConnect, PowerSchool is web-based. It can be accessed from any computer that is connected to the Internet. Parents who were already registered through ParentConnect will receive their user names and password via email. New users will be able to register and begin accessing PowerSchool online once the program is fully launched.

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  Community Partnerships: Forest Park P.D. Promotes Student Safety—Lends PMSA a Hand

  The Village of Forest Park and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy have come together to help promote and ensure student safety before, during, and after school.

The Forest Park Police Department is lending PMSA a hand at the start of the school year. They have provided a police officer to direct the flow of traffic in and out of the school parking lot. They donated and set up signs as barriers to make it easier for parents to drop-off and pick-up students. They also patrol and monitor around the building.  These are all pro-active safety measures on behalf of PMSA, the Forest Park P.D., and the Mayor of Forest Park, Anthony Calderone.

“The safety of the students over there is a priority,” said Forest Park Police Chief Jim Ryan. “We have been monitoring and patrolling. We are trying to help parents adjust to the new flow of traffic.  One of our officers even volunteered to direct traffic to get kids in, get parents out, and to keep traffic flowing properly. They are such good people over there [at PMSA] and we are happy to help out. It’s just a great relationship, and they are very easy to work with.”

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  Ready for Some Football! PTHS Kicks off Athletic Season


Proviso Township High Schools is back in session and students and coaches are ready to begin yet another spectacular athletic season.

To see the full athletic schedules for Proviso East High School click here—for Proviso West High School click here.


  PTHS 209 Students Back to Class and Ready for a New School Year

  Proviso Township High Schools has kicked off a new school year and welcomed back students from across the Proviso community. They all filed in on buses, and filled parking lots and auditoriums on Monday ready for a new year.

New and returning students received text books, confirmed schedules, and signed up for sports and extra curricular activities of all kinds.

“It feels good to be back in school,” said Autumn Winters, a freshman at Proviso West High School. Winters is from McArthur Middle School in Berkley. She says she is most excited about sports and all of the clubs and special programs offered at Proviso West, but she also says balancing grades and extra curricular activity are at the top of her priority list.

 “I am joining the track team,” she said. “The biggest focus for me this year will be managing my grades and running track. I’m also looking forward to joining the animation club Anime.”

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  PTHS 209 Reaches Out to Parents and Students: “Let’s Begin School Year with Record Attendance”


School starts on Monday, August 23rd at 9:15 a.m. and PTHS officials are encouraging parents to help ensure that all students attend on the first day of school in order to set the tone for what is bound to be a spectacular new year.

Proviso Township High Schools students from across 10 feeder communities are preparing to return to school with improved curriculum, more classroom technology, and more programs that promote student achievement and academic success.

“We are extremely excited to begin this new school year and to welcome back the students of Proviso Township High Schools,” said Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “We have implemented a number of programs and initiatives to support our students academically. We have new technology in our classrooms, we have new technical and career based materials, we have enhanced our curriculum, and we have great teachers who are eager to get back to one of the most important jobs in the world. This year we are focusing on rising to the next level of student achievement, accountability, and professionalism. We are raising the expectations for our students and for ourselves. We need parents and students to work together to get to school and to get there on time so that we may do the rest.”

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  Proviso Students Invited to Teachers of Tomorrow Conference


On Saturday, September 25th, 2010, Proviso’s Golden Apple Teachers of Distinction and Golden Apple Teachers across Illinois will host a “Teachers of Tomorrow Conference” to inspire students to pursue teaching careers and to help encourage teachers who are new to the field.

“This workshop is a perfect opportunity for our students to find out what being a teacher is all about and how to become one,” said Proviso East Golden Apple Teacher Glen Lid. “The Golden Apple Teachers of Illinois have been recognized as a distinguished group of educators who light knowledge on fire. Their techniques are imaginative and energetic. We need more well trained and passionate teachers, now more than ever before.”

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  PMSA Principal Ed Moyer Promoted to New Administrative Position

  With a host of accomplishments under his belt and a school rated as one of the top high schools in the state of Illinois, PMSA Principal Ed Moyer is transferring his skills to have a greater impact on PTHS 209 district-wide.

Moyer has been promoted to a new administrative position in Proviso Township High Schools where he will serve as Executive Director of Assessment and Planning. In this new role, Moyer reports directly to the Superintendent and will serve as a key figure in planning and implementing various district-wide school and student support initiatives. The new position gives Moyer a higher level of responsibility while providing a higher level of support for District 209. PTHS Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart says the move also helps to fill a huge void in PTHS 209’s infrastructure.

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  PTHS 209 to Kick off School Year and Welcome Faculty & Staff with Institute Day


On August 18th Proviso Township High Schools will welcome back its faculty and staff with their annual back-to-school institute day.

Institute day serves as training for PTHS 209 faculty and staff. It also sets the tone for the new school year.

“This year our focus and our overall theme is Proviso Rising to the Next Level of Student Achievement, Accountability, and Professionalism,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “Our message this year is one of great appreciation for the progress that we have made with the understanding that it is time to accelerate our progress. It is all about taking our school system to the next level. We have to continue to do all that we can to support student achievement, and do more and differently than we have done.  We also have to sharpen our skills as administrators and educators. It’s not only about our students; we too must rise to the next level of professionalism and accountability. When professionalism and accountability improve, so will student achievement.”

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  Important Dates to Remember


Please make a note of the following important dates:

PMSA WINDOW Program Rescheduled:

Thursday, August 19, Friday, August 20,
(During Freshman Orientation Days)

First Day of School:

Incoming PMSA freshmen: Thursday, August 19
Returning PMSA students: Monday, August 23

Early Registration: Now through August 2

Regular Registration: After August 2 (registration fees increase by $100)

  PTHS 209 Summer School Registration Ends June 2: Summer School Begins June 7 [NOTE DATE CORRECTION]


Proviso Township High Schools will offer summer school for students who need to make up class credits, students who failed courses during the school year, and students desiring academic acceleration and enrichment.

Summer School classes will be held Monday through Thursday from June 7, 2010 to July 15, 2010. Session I will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Session II will be held from 10:40 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. In addition to basic make-up courses such as math, science, and history, various acceleration and enrichment courses are also available off campus for credit. They include: Chicago/Illinois History, film & humanities, meteorology, geology, and social-psychology. District 209 will also offer freshmen bridge courses.

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