PMSA Student Takes Gold Medal at ACT-SO Competition
Kelechi Agwuncha, a rising 10th grader at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, has been creating sculptures since 5th grade. When she decided to compete in the DuPage County Afro-American Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics Competition (ACT-SO), she used her love of sculpture to create something that would speak for itself. Her sculpture, Vexation, won a gold medal at the competition.
The DuPage County Branch of ACT-SO hosts students in DuPage, Will, Kane, Kendall and parts of Cook County. They all participate in the local competition which showcases the talents of young people in the African-American community and celebrates their accomplishments. Students compete in five categories including: sciences, humanities, business, performing arts and visual arts.
Board of Education Honors PTHS 209’s Top Achievers 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 graduates of Proviso East, Proviso West, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.
Last week, each school’s valedictorians, salutatorians, and research scholars were invited to attend the Annual Scholars Luncheon at the world renowned John Hancock Center in downtown Chicago. The Board of Education treated the district’s top achievers to the luncheon as a small reward for their exemplary academic achievements.
PMSA Student Named 'Super Teen' by NextStepU Magazine
Nick Tarleton is a Super Teen. That designation has been made official by the national publication, Next StepU Magazine. If you ask some of the teachers, administrators, and staff of Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, they may be inclined to agree.
“The Super Teen award is given to students who exemplify academic achievement and a commitment to community service,” said David Mammano, founder and CEO of NextStepU Magazine.
Nick Tarleton is a Super Teen award winner. The national contest awards extraordinary teens who have worked to stand out from hundreds of applicants by taking on leadership roles in their communities, overcoming adversity or demonstrating dedication and perseverance. Nick’s mom, Ms. Tarleton, admits that the description fits her son perfectly.
PTHS 209 Celebrates Teachers During Teacher Appreciation Week
"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."
Each year school districts across the country use the first week of May as an opportunity to honor teachers for their contributions to education. This year PTHS 209 joined National Teacher Appreciation Week by honoring educators at each school. All week, teachers were treated to an array of sentiments to express just how much they are honored and valued every single day.
Thank you PTHS 209 faculty. You are a vital part of Proviso Rising.
PMSA to Host 5th Annual Research Symposium
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PTHS 209 Honors Faculty and Staff for High Achievements
On May 4, 2012 Proviso Township High Schools District 209 held its annual Retirement Dinner Banquet. During the banquet, PTHS 209 celebrated this year’s retirees. They also honored faculty and staff members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
A Call for Peace: PTHS 209 Students Participate in 12th World Summit
Proviso Township High Schools students recently joined world-renowned peacemakers and activists from across the globe as they gathered in Chicago for the Annual World Summit.
The 12th Annual World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates was held April 23-25th. The summit was held in North America at the UIC Forum for the first time in history, and six Proviso Township High Schools students had an opportunity to attend. The students joined dozens of dignitaries and human rights activists, including the Dalai Lama; Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union; Frederik Willem de Klerk, former president of South Africa; Lech Walesa, former president of Poland; and Oscar Arias Sanchez, former president of Costa Rica.
During the summit, world leaders talked with students from across the state about how they can continue to support human rights, justice and environmental causes. The summit also encouraged students to adopt ideals of peace–whether it is in the rest of the world or in their own communities.
Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy to Host 5th Annual Research Symposium May 14th
Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy offers one of the best research mentorship programs on the map. Each year, for a full year, students partner with professionals from various fields in order to complete intense research and study. At the end of the year, students host a research symposium for the entire community where they stand with mentors and present their scientific findings. This year’s event will be held on Monday, May 14th.
“Thanks to all of our mentors, PMSA’s mentorship program and Research Symposium are undoubtedly shining lights in our school system,” said PTHS 209 superintendent, Dr. Collins-Hart. “Here we have high school students who work alongside professionals. They enter laboratories across the state, work with engineers, doctors, scientists, educators, government officials, and other professionals from nearly every field. Our students gain great exposure in education and the workplace. They experience the working world while also producing the kind of research that is comparable to college and career level studies. Each year during the symposium, we look forward to them showcasing their hard work and their research findings.”
Society of Women Engineers Recognizes PTHS 209’s Top Math & Science Students
This week, over 50 Proviso Township High Schools students were honored and celebrated by the Women’s Society of Engineers for their outstanding achievements in science and mathematics.
The honors and awards were designed to celebrate the best and brightest girls in Proviso who excel in math, science, and technology. The partnership with the Society of Women Engineers also introduces students to the field of engineering.
“It is important that we continue to encourage and inspire future women engineers,” said Jeniene Wiseman, a member of the Society of Women Engineers and an engineer with Northrop Grumman Corporation, an American global aerospace and defense technology company. Weisman talked with students about her role as an engineer and delivered the program’s keynote address.
Building Bridges to Success: PMSA Builds Stronger Dual Credit Curriculum
Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy is helping its students and parents build bridges to success by offering more college-level coursework that could translate into advanced learning, college cost savings, and an early start on earning transferrable college credits.
PMSA has begun a partnership with Triton College that allows them to align curriculum with college-level coursework and offer PMSA students more dual credit opportunities. Next school year, PMSA students will be able to select more classes that simultaneously earn both college and high school credit.
PTHS to Offer Summer Enrichment to Help Accelerate Student Achievement
Starting this summer, Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will offer its honors students an opportunity to accelerate learning by enrolling in an on-line Apex Honors Acceleration Program.
Apex Learning is the leading digital curriculum provider of blended and virtual learning for the nation’s public school districts. Schools across the country are successfully using Apex Learning digital curriculum to meet the needs of students—from building foundational skills to creating opportunities for advanced coursework. The curriculum helps to build students’ skills as they prepare for high school and college courses by providing a rigorous, honors college prep curriculum online.
PTHS 209 and West Suburban Senior Services to Host 4th Annual Grandparents’ Day June 2nd
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 4th Annual Grandparents’ Day. The event will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 pm, at the Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy (8601 Roosevelt Road, Forest Park Illinois).
Each year the Proviso Township High Schools Board of Education works in partnership with WSSS to honor grandparents across the Proviso community. Grandparents’ Day is designed to honor and show appreciation for all of the senior citizens and grandparents of Proviso Township and the surrounding areas. It is a day of fun, support information, and relaxation.
Proviso Township High Schools Prepares for All School Testing: Test Dates April 24th & April 25th
Proviso Township High Schools students will begin high stakes testing next week. Students across the state take standardized tests each spring to evaluate their knowledge at their grade levels.
On Tuesday, April 24th and Wednesday, April 25th juniors will take the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE). Freshmen and sophomores will take EXPLORE and PLAN tests on Tuesday.
“We are preparing students for testing next week,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent, Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “We are holding rallies to get our students motivated. We are also soliciting parent help in ensuring that students are well rested and well prepared for test day. It is important that parents be involved with these dates. With support and planning, parents can help our students succeed.”
Thank you! Proviso Township High Schools to Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week May 7th - May 11th
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”
Each year school districts across the country use the first week in May as an opportunity to honor teachers for their contributions to education. This year, National Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated from May 7th-May 11th, and PTHS 209 is joining the celebration.
“We believe that teaching is one of the most important professions of all time,” said PTHS 209 superintendent, Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “Students thrive and achieve their dreams with the help of excellent teachers. A week is not nearly enough time to express our gratitude, but we are going to honor teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. We celebrate them and want to make sure that they know how much we value their incredible hard work and dedication to the students of District 209.”
PMSA to Host 5th Annual Research Symposium - May 14
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Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy Robotics Program Ranks Top in the Region
During spring break this year, 51 Robotics Teams from seven states across the Midwest came together to “duke it out” in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. It was a varsity tournament for the mind, and Proviso’s Monty Pythons reigned supreme.
After four years of competing in the engineering and design contest, this year, PMSA students brought home the trophy. They were also ranked 2nd in the Midwest Region.
“Our Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy students did an outstanding job of building their robot from ground zero,” said PMSA principal, Mrs. Echols. “Great mentors along with the students’ skill levels, diligence, and dedication have assisted them in increasing their rank from number 43 in 2011 to number two in 2012. This is a prime example of the commitment of our future engineers and scientists who gain exposure to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)careers at PMSA. We absolutely support their love for science and innovation.”
Proviso Township High Schools Prepares for All School Testing: Test Dates April 24th & April 25th
Proviso Township High Schools students will begin high stakes testing in the coming weeks. Students across the state take standardized tests each spring to evaluate their knowledge at their grade levels.
On Tuesday, April 24th and Wednesday, April 25th juniors will take the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE). Freshmen and sophomores will take EXPLORE and PLAN tests on Tuesday.
“We are preparing students for testing in a few weeks,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent, Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “We are holding rallies to get our students motivated. We are also soliciting parent help in ensuring that students are well rested and well prepared for test day. It is important that parents be involved with these dates. With support and planning, parents can help our students succeed.”
Graduation Date Set: PTHS’s Class of 2012 Prepares to Walk the Stage
Proviso seniors have worked hard to make the grade; now plans for their commencement ceremonies have been set.
“Our seniors have spent years preparing for graduation day,” said PTHS 209 superintendent, Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “They have earned millions of dollars in college scholarships, and many of them have already made a commitment to continue their education and pursue their dreams. We look forward to celebrating with them and their parents on May 27th. It is going to be a great day for many families in Proviso and we are very proud to honor this group of students as they go on to the next step of their lives.”
Perfect Pair: Two PMSA Students Earn Rare Perfect Scores on SAT Subject Exams
It is very rare that Proviso Township High Schools celebrates a “perfect pair.” That is two students scoring a perfect 100 on any SAT subject exam.
Perhaps these two have made history.
Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy senior, Cristian Saucedo, of Maywood scored a perfect 100 on his SAT Math Exam. Marvin Gomez of Melrose Park scored a perfect 100 in Spanish.
“Marvin and Christian are absolutely in an elite group of students,” said PMSA principal, Mrs. Echols. “Very few students score a perfect score on the SAT subject area test. We are so proud of our students’ outstanding accomplishments. We attribute this score to their due diligence, hard work and dedication. Way to go Cristian and Marvin!”
Investing in the Future: PTHS 209 Board of Education Approves College Tour for ACT Prep Students
Proviso Township High Schools Board of Education is boosting its investments in the future by approving the “Let’s Excel College Tour” for students who have worked to improve their college entrance scores by participating in ACT test prep classes.
The “Let’s Excel College Tour” is designed to offer additional support to students who have successfully completed the Cambridge ACT Test Prep program, which is offered by District 209 at no cost. The tour will allow students to further explore the college entrance process while visiting several prominent colleges and universities.
District Board of Education and PMSA Principal Honor PMSA Key Club Students for Making a Positive Difference in the Community
At February’s regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting, the board joined Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy principal, Mrs. Echols, in honoring PMSA Key Club students for their outstanding contributions to the community.
Since the start of the school year, the PMSA Key Club has worked to have a positive impact in the Proviso community and across the globe. Mrs. Echols invited all Key Club students and their parents to Proviso’s monthly board meeting to say, “Thank you on behalf of District 209.”
“I would like to honor Mrs. Grady and the 49 members of Key Club for making a difference in the lives of others,” said PMSA principal, Mrs. Echols. “These 49 amazing students, under the leadership of Mrs. Grady, have participated in on-going community service projects that make our communities better, safer, and stronger. These students do an amazing job of representing our school and what we are all about.”
Celebrating Our History Together: District 209 Brings Frederick Douglass to Life
On Tuesday, February 28th, Proviso Township High Schools closed out Black History Month with an honorable tribute to the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass.
District 209 hosted this event as a district-wide Black History Month Program. All three events showcased student talent. They also welcomed a star guest from the hit stage play, Dream Girls. Kevin McILvainebrought the legacy of Frederick Douglass to life—giving students a modern day history lesson through the arts.
“We were very proud to present this joint Black History Program which welcomed all of our students in each of our schools to celebrate history together,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “Our administrators worked very hard to bring the talented Mr. Kevin McILvaine to our school for a one-of-a-kind performance that engaged our students and taught us all a little bit more about Black History.”
PMSA Teachers Selected to Participate in Prestigious Research Program
Mrs. Beidas and Mr. Wardisiani, two Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy teachers, have been selected to participate in a prestigious summer fellowship to help enhance science education for their classrooms, their school, and fellow teachers in District 209.
The Frontiers Fellowship in Physiology is the American Physiological Society’s (APS) flagship program for the professional development of middle and high school science teachers. The program’s main goals are to provide methods and materials that promote the integration of inquiry, equity, and technology into the classrooms and into professional development programs. The program also builds ongoing working relationships between research scientists and high school teachers through laboratory research, interactive workshops and online communications. It helps to increase teachers' skills in developing, assessing, and utilizing web-based curricular materials and resources. Those skills and resources are usually brought back to participants’ home school to help enhance programming.
In each program, teachers and physiologists from across the country work collaboratively to improve science education at middle and high school levels. Congratulations, Mrs. Beidas and Mr. Wardisiani! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising.
PTHS 209 Continues to Offer Free Tutoring Programs to Help Boost Student Achievement
Proviso Township High Schools is continuing to work to promote higher achievement by offering Supplemental Educational Services (SES).
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Supplemental Educational Services are free tutoring services. The program offers students extra help in academic subjects such as reading, language arts, and mathematics.
“The goals of our SES program is to ensure that we provide students with resources to increase their academic achievement, provide options to parents to help them ensure that their children receive a quality education, and to provide support for the district as we work toward the goals outlined in our school improvement plans,” said Dr. Cheryl Pruitt, PTHS 209 Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. “Our students and parents have various tutoring options that are available to students at no charge. We encourage our students and parents to take full advantage of the opportunity to improve student skills and raise overall achievement.”
Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy students outshined the competition at this year’s Triton College High School Art Competition—demonstrating how students who excel in math and science also excel in the arts.
“It never ceases to amaze me how talented our students are in areas outside of math and science,” said PMSA guidance counselor, Christine Jandak. “Although some of these seniors want to major in areas such as psychology, literature, and art therapy, I know that they will continue to foster their artistic talents throughout their lives. We are so proud of all of our students.”
The annual art show features over 700 students from the Triton College area community. Over a dozen Proviso East art students won ribbons in this year’s contest. Students submitted entries in every category including: photography, fiber arts, computer art, ceramics, and photography.
PTHS Seniors—Apply for College Aid and Scholarships Today!
PTHS seniors, if you are planning to attend college during the 2012-2013 academic year and would like financial assistance, it is time to prepare your 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 www.pths209.org to help students and parents locate college funding sources and higher education information. Each school also has counselors who are ready and available to help students apply for aid, college acceptance, and scholarships.
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Catalyst for Greatness: PMSA Boasts 20 Illinois State Scholars
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) has announced this year’s state scholars—seniors who rank in the top 10 percent in the state of Illinois. The Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy boasts 20 state scholars in this year’s graduating class.
The State Scholar Program recognizes Illinois high school students for outstanding academic achievement. Their selection is based on ACT and SAT I test score results and students’ individual class rank at the end of their junior year of high school. State scholar designation provides honorary recognition for the state’s top students. While PMSA has always been known as a catalyst for greatness, the number of students on this year’s ranking gives further confirmation.
“I was ecstatic to learn that 20 PMSA seniors have been named Illinois State Scholars,” said PMSA principal, Mrs. Echols. “We are all so proud of our students’ accomplishments. This type of recognition places them with an elite group of students who have worked extremely hard during the past four years. This is a prime example of hard work paying off. Kudos to each of them on a job well done!”
PMSA Students Reach $3 Million in College Scholarships with More to Come
The Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy has a 100 percent college acceptance rate. Academy students receive millions of dollars in scholarship offers each year, and this school year has been no exception. With only 166 students, the class of 2012 recently announced that they have collectively earned $3 million in scholarships thus far.
While the students are proud of their $3 million achievement, they say their main goal is to beat last year’s numbers.
“This is a great achievement,” said PMSA senior, Brent Williams, of Maywood. He recently accepted a $40,000 Presidential Scholarship to Purdue University. “We are still working harder than ever to reach that goal of seven million.”
Internship Alert: Princeton University Seeking Students for All-Expense-Paid Summer Program
Princeton, one of the most prestigious higher learning institutions in the country, is now seeking junior students to apply for The Princeton University Summer Journalism Program.
The program's goal is to diversify college and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism. All expenses, including students' travel costs to and from Princeton, are paid for by the program.
PMSA Principal Honored by the Academy's Class of 2012
Last week PMSA's Principal, Mrs. Echols, thought she was attending PMSA's first Prom Fashion Show as a supporter and guest in the audience. She had no idea that she was the finale. Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy seniors offered a grand surprise when they closed the show by welcoming Mrs. Echols to the stage. The students then gave Mrs. Echols a huge thank you for being what they call an awesome principal.
Students awarded Echols with a poster-size card signed by each member of the class of 2012. In the card, students expressed their sincere gratitude and appreciation.
"We really appreciate that when you email her she gives an immediate response and works to solve the problem," said PMSA senior, Karthika Nair. "She has made our school more driven and organized. She makes us know that we really are at a foundation of learning."
Scholar of Excellence: PMSA Student Selected to Prestigious POSSE Program Receives Full Scholarship
With a 3.7 G.P.A. and an ACT score well above the state average, Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy senior, Charles Griggs, is on his way. He recently competed with nearly 5,000 students from across Chicagoland to become a part of the prestigious POSSE program. Through the program, Charles has secured a leadership scholarship of over $54,000 per year to attend Middlebury College in Vermont. At Middlebury, Charles will take on environmental studies and bio-chemistry with the goal of becoming a doctor.
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Griggs as he marveled at the great possibilities that a scholarship such as this affords. “It is one that encourages me, inspires me, and motivates me to do more. I want to take full advantage of this [scholarship opportunity]. I look forward to developing a greater appreciation for academics, and I’m looking forward to seeing what college is like.”
Since 1989, The POSSE Foundation has identified, recruited and trained 3,665 public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential to become POSSE Scholars. These students—many of whom might have been overlooked by traditional college selection processes—receive four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships from POSSE’s partner institutions of higher education. Most importantly, studies show that POSSE Scholars graduate at a rate of 90 percent and make a visible difference on campus and throughout their professional careers. The POSSE program will offer leadership training and support for Charles as he finishes his senior year and prepares for the next step to Middlebury. Middlebury College is one of the most highly regarded liberal arts colleges in the country. That is where Charles Griggs can begin to live out his dream—a dream that his parents always hoped would come true.
PTHS Continues to Promote Academic Achievement Through Response to Intervention (RtI)
In the new year and at the start of second semester, Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is continuing to work for the success of each student through Response to Intervention (RtI). RtI is designed to help meet individual student needs and offer specific learning support in order to improve learning outcomes.
RtI was originally introduced in the District 2009. It continues to be an important tool as students enter into second semester. RtI is a method of academic intervention used to provide early, systematic assistance to students who are having difficulty learning. It seeks to prevent academic failure through early intervention, frequent progress measurement, and increasingly intensive research-based instructional interventions for students who continue to have difficulty. PTHS officials says RtI helps to ensure that each student stays on track and up to-speed according to their grade level.
Triton Hosts Essay Competition on Cyberbullying for High School Seniors
District 209 students have been invited to enter a Triton College Library Essay Contest for the chance to win a Triton College tuition waiver, goods, or cash prizes.
Senior students are asked to submit an essay addressing strategies that could prevent the rise of cyberbullying. The essay must also address why it may be necessary to alter social networking websites and communication tools to make them safer for everyone. The essay should be three to five pages long, neatly typed in English, and double-spaced in 12-point font with 1.5-inch margins.
Essays will be judged on writing and idea quality, creativity, organization and development of the ideas and presentation (including vocabulary, spelling, punctuation and grammar). The first prize winner will get a three-credit hour tuition waiver to use toward a Triton College class and $300 in cash. Second place will win a Kindle Touch 3G. The third place winner will receive a $50 gift card from Amazon.com.
Building Bridges to Success: PMSA Awarded $1,000 for New Technology from Best Buy
Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy recently received the Best Buy Teach@15 Award which affords the school a $1,000 gift card from BEST BUY to purchase new technology and equipment.
“At Best Buy, we take our commitment to our communities seriously,” said Best Buy’s Senior Vice President of Communications, Paula Prahl. “We know that a strong, healthy community is a great place to live and work. The strength of the community is dependent on the strength of its schools. By accepting this award, the school and administrators agree to purchase products to be used by and to benefit the students in the classroom.”
Internship Alert: Bank of America Student Leaders Program Now Accepting Applications for Paid Internship Opportunity
Bank of America is now looking for new students to enroll in its Neighborhood Excellence Student Leaders Program. The program offers students an 8-week paid internship that includes leadership mentoring to help develop students’ life skills, strengthen their overall understanding of civic responsibility, and bolster their commitment and efforts to improve their communities.
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“As part of our commitment to strengthening communities through lending, investing and giving, Bank of America is looking for tomorrow’s community leaders today,” said Bank of America representative, Jennifer Streder. “We would like to identify outstanding young people who are passionate about making a difference in the community.”
"The Family Admissions Workshop is the start of a great journey of learning and achievement for our students that we hope will continue throughout their lives," said PTHS 209 Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Cheryl Pruitt. "We want to meet with parents to show them how the ACT pep class can enhance students' overall learning. It will not only prepare them for college, but it will also help them to improve in all of their classes and in state required testing. We want to do everything that we can to support our students and to improve their opportunities to earn scholarships and attend their college of choice."
Community Service Counts: PMSA Students Raise Money to Support UNICEF
Ethiopia, Indonesia, Nigeria, Haiti—these are just a few of the countries that may benefit from the fundraising efforts of Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy students who raised funds to help eliminate disease and support lifesaving programs.
Last month PMSA Key Club students sent a “big check” to “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” (United Nations Children's Fund). Established as one of the longest-running youth initiatives in America, with more than $164 million raised to date, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF remains an inspiration for the young (and the young at heart) to further the cause of children everywhere.
Congratulations! PMSA Moves on to Next Phase of Glee Competition
A few weeks ago we asked that you vote for Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy students in the Glee Give a Note Competition. There were over 400 entries from music programs from across the country, all competing for a chance to win thousands of dollars in funding for their music programs. At the end of the day, voters decided who would move into the second phase of the competition. Thanks to your votes, PMSA’s choral music program was selected.
Now, in the second phase, PMSA has an even greater chance to win.
GLEE will award $1 million dollars in prize money to music programs throughout the United States. Each Grand Prize winner will receive $50,000 cash for their school’s music program. Each First Prize winner will receive $25,000 cash for their school music program. Each Second Prize winner will receive $10,000 cash for their school music program. A total of 73 prizes will be offered worth $1 million. The winners will be announced on December 15, 2011.
Congratulations PMSA students, and good luck!
Proviso Junior Parent Night
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Top 50 and Climbing: PMSA Honors Its Top Achievers
Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy has been ranked by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Chicago Tribune as one of the top 50 achieving high schools in the state of Illinois. On Monday, November 14th, PMSA students, faculty, and parents gathered for “The PSAE Student Success Banquet” to thank and congratulate the seniors who made PMSA’s ranking possible.
“We are here this evening to honor 33 outstanding seniors for exceeding state standards in one or more areas on the Prairie State Achievement Exam,” said PMSA principal, Mrs. Echols, who organized the school’s very first banquet to honor PSAE achievers. “It is because of the academic talent of these students that PMSA has ranked as one of the top 50 high schools in the state of Illinois.”
Congratulations! Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy Ranks Top in the State
The PMSA Pythons have done it again! Students were tested, performed, and demonstrated just why Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy is one of the top high schools in the state of Illinois.
For nearly a decade, the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times have ranked hundreds of high schools across the state of Illinois based on their test scores and student performance. This year, PMSA ranked among the state's top 50 high schools.
"It is an absolute honor for PMSA to be ranked as one of the top 50 schools in the state of Illinois," said PMSA principal, Mrs. Echols. "Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy is a very diverse school with a very talented pool of students, faculty, and staff. We don't want to be just good, we want to be great. We have an unyielding focus on student achievement, exceeding educational standards, and working diligently to push PMSA all the way to the top."
PMSA Students Selected to Participate in SAT Initiative that Tracks Student Progress and Promotes College and Career Readiness
At PTHS 209 preparing students for college and the workforce is key. At Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, students will get an extra boost. The school was recently selected to participate in a pilot high school SAT Readistep Research initiative which is designed to track and monitor student learning, progress, and college readiness while offering tools, data, and resources to improve instruction.
Readistep is the first step on the College Board’s College Readiness Pathway. It is an integrated series of assessments that include the PSAT/NMSQT and the SAT. Together, data from these assessments measure students’ progression of skills, and it helps schools and school districts make targeted interventions at critical points in a student’s educational career.
PTHS 209 to Hold Explore Testing at Feeder Schools to Determine High School Placement
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is beginning the process of preparing 8th grade students for high school entry by administering the EXPLORE exam at local feeder schools.
EXPLORE is a high school intake measure that gives high school counselors the means 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.
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PMSA to Compete in National Glee Contest! Vote Now
Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy music students are putting their talents in a competition that could yield the school up to $50,000 in cash and prizes, but they need your help.
PMSA’s music students have entered their choral music video into the GLEE Give A Note music competition which supports music education across the country. Hundreds of school music groups have entered for the chance to win funds to support their music education programs. The school with the most online votes will take home the grand prize. The PMSA Academy Singers, The PMSA Gospel Voices, The PMSA Concert Band, and the musical and theatrical productions have entered the competition as a team hoping for the best.
Building Bridges to Success: At PTHS 209 Community Service Counts
Proviso Township High Schools is raising the bar when it comes to preparing students for college entry and scholarships, building student character, teaching responsibility, and supporting the Proviso community.
At District 209, you can always count on the National Honor Society, The Key Club, band, student council, or NJROTC to go out into the communities and lend a helping hand. Students can be seen volunteering at the local Veteran’s Hospital, picking up litter along the highway, or packing food bags for the homeless. With a consistent positive reach, community service hours have long been a requirement for all Proviso students.
PMSA Students Garner Major Community Support in Breaking Guinness World Record
Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy students garnered major support from across the Proviso Community as they joined First Lady Michelle Obama and students around the world in the national fitness campaign, Let’s Jump!
Let's Jump! is the National Geographic Kids movement to get kids outdoors and to encourage an active, healthy lifestyle. This week, people around the world joined together towards the same goal: to set a Guinness World Record® for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. The challenge was to have more than 20,000 people from around the world jumping jacks for one minute. Efforts in the United States began at the White House.
“It’s pretty cool to be a part of something like this,” said PMSA freshman, Julie Ortiz. “We are a part of something that is happening across the nation, and we’re promoting a great cause.”
PMSA Students Put on a Show for Bring Your Parents to School Day
Drumlines, poetry, comedy improv, musical performances and the PMSA Drill Team gave audience members a laugh and a thrill during Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy’s Bring Your Parent to School Day.
On Tuesday, October 4th, after a long day in math, arts, and science classes, PMSA parents were treated to “class A” performances by students on the big stage. The Academy hosted PMSA Idol where parents enjoyed an amazing showcase of student talent.
PTHS 209 to Host Bring Your Parent to School Day Tuesday, Oct 4
On Tuesday, Oct. 4th Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host another one of its largest parent involvement initiatives of the year, "Bring Your Parent to School Day." "Bring Your Parent to School Day" is an annual event designed to give parents and teachers an opportunity to connect, discuss class curriculum, discuss class goals, and develop a better understanding of overall expectations.
During "Bring Your Parent to School Day," (from 7:50 a.m.-3:20 p.m.) parents follow their students’ schedules, chat with teachers, and get a closer look at their students’ educational needs and school environment. The event follows PTHS 209’s "Back to School Night," which took place on September 22nd. Both events promote parental involvement and student success.
Building Bridges to Success: PTHS Opens Professional Learning Library for Faculty and Staff
Proviso Township High Schools is continuing to Build Bridges to Success. On Tuesday, October 11th District 209 will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of its very first faculty and staff Professional Learning Library.
The library creates a hub for teachers filled with resource materials that support professional growth and teaching excellence.
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Hosts Record Breaking “Back to School Night”
On Thursday, September 22nd over one thousand Proviso Township High Schools parents filled PTHS halls and classrooms for this year’s “Back to School Night.” District 209 teachers, staff, and administrators welcomed parents as key players in raising achievement and promoting student success.
“Our parents play a vital role in our school system,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “It was a joy to see the number of parents who came out to visit our schools and support their students. The showing was phenomenal.”
Proviso Township High Schools Hosts 2nd Annual Volley for the Cure!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and on Thursday, October 6th, Proviso East and Proviso West High School volleyball teams will join forces in support of the cause. The teams plan to host their 2nd annual “Dig Pink” rally, Volley for the Cure where students play volleyball to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Every October, “Dig Pink” takes place in high school gyms across the country. At PTHS, the Lady Panthers of Proviso West will host the Lady Pirates of East as they work together to raise funds for breast cancer research. All levels will play in the Field House on Thursday, October 6th. The freshman game begins at 4:30 p.m. The sophomore game begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 6:30 p.m. There will also be several raffle opportunities and games during the evening.
District 209 volleyball players will wear pink and black t-shirts instead of their regular jerseys to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Admission is five dollars for adults and one dollar for students. Entrance to the event is free with a breast cancer awareness t-shirt ($10). T-shirts will be available for pre-sale with the athletes or at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Please come out to support the Lady Pirates and the Lady Panthers as they Volley for the Cure. For additional information, or to find out how to donate to “Dig Pink,” please email Proviso East’s volleyball coach, Emily Tonon, at email@example.com.
Teacher Spotlight: PMSA Teacher Helps Students Excel Through the Arts
Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy may be known for its math and science whiz kids, but with the help of one PMSA teacher, students also excel in the arts.
Ms. Scherer-Emunds has taught theater at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy for six years. She has even taught afterschool theater at Proviso West. Scherer is also sponsor for the award winning PMSA Improv Comedy Troupe. On any given day her class transforms into a scene from Little Red Riding Hood, Shakespeare, or some other funny fairytale that gives her students a creative outlet to express themselves through theater.
Triton College to Host Future Focus College Fair September 27nd
Triton College and area high schools will cosponsor the annual Future Focus college fair from 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the Robert M. Collins Center on the east side of Triton's campus, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove.
The free fair enables interested individuals to speak with representatives from more than 150 four-year colleges and universities from across the country about admission procedures, program offerings, tuition expenses and financial aid. Participants also can attend financial aid mini-sessions or speak with representatives from local banks.
More than 4,000 people have attended each Future Focus, and Triton encourages community members with questions about college to stop by this year's fair. Free trolley shuttle service will be provided from Triton's parking lots to the Robert M. Collins Center.
For more information on Future Focus, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3130.
PTHS 209 Launches Improved Website—News, Events, Language Translations, and More
Proviso Township High Schools has launched a new and enhanced website with language translation capabilities, more news visibility, and more information to keep Proviso stakeholders informed and connected to PTHS 209.
Though some features of the website are still under construction, there are many new active tools and features that parents and students may find helpful today. Through the enhanced PTHS 209 website, parents and students will be able to translate content from English to Spanish, Italian, Polish and 54 other languages. Parents and students can also view important upcoming dates, a scroll of the latest news in PTHS 209, educational resources, scholarship resources, and a full faculty and staff directory that makes it easier to contact Proviso administrators, faculty, and staff.
Visit the new website at www.pths209.org. Also remember to follow PTHS on Twitter (@PTHS) and on Facebook (Proviso Township High Schools) for more information, news, and alerts. If you have questions about the new website content, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For IT and technical questions, please contact PTHS 209 Technical Support at TechSupport@pths209.org.
PTHS 209 to Host Two Events: Bring Your Parent to School Day Oct 4 Following Back to School Night Sept 22
On Tuesday, Oct. 4th Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host one of its largest parent involvement initiatives of the year, “Bring Your Parent to School Day.” “Bring Your Parent to School Day” is an annual event designed to give parents and teachers an opportunity to connect, discuss class curriculum, discuss class goals, and develop a better understanding of overall expectations.
During “Bring Your Parent to School Day,” (from 7:50 a.m.-3:20 p.m.) parents follow their students’ schedules, chat with teachers, and get a closer look at their students’ educational needs and school environment. The event follows PTHS 209’s “Back to School Night,” on September 22nd. Both are designed to promote parental involvement and to support overall student success.
PTHS 209 Hosts Supplemental Educational Service During Back to School Night: Offers Free Tutoring Programs to Help Raise Achievement
On Thursday, September 22nd, 2011, during “Back to School Night,” Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools will host a Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Fair to offer parents information on free tutoring and educational assistance available for District 209 students.
Supplemental Educational Service providers tutor students in reading, language arts, and mathematics. Various providers will set up in each school during “Back to School Night” to give parents and students an opportunity to sign up for tutoring. Through PTHS 209’s supplemental educational services, students can receive extra help before or after school, on weekends, during intercessions, or during the summer-- at no cost to the family. On September 22nd, parents will have an opportunity to tour the fair and choose the service provider that best suits their students’ needs.
Building Bridges to Success: Proviso Township High Schools Boosts Communications Via Facebook and Twitter!
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is working to build bridges to success by increasing communication avenues, boosting its presence on the web, and connecting with stakeholders across multiple platforms. To support that effort, PTHS 209 recently signed on to Facebook and Twitter.
“It is extremely important for us to keep an open line of communication with Proviso stakeholders who have a vested interest in the progress and success of our school system,” said PTHS 209 Board President, Chris Welch. “Hopefully, by utilizing these cost effective methods of communication, we can have a more informed, involved, and active following. Parents are on the web, teachers are on the web, our alumni are on the web, and of course, our students are on the web. We hope that they will find us so that we can all stay connected and continue to inform.”
PTHS 209 Scholar of Excellence: PMSA Student to Seek Product Patent, More Mentorship, and Musical Genius
Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy senior Kendra Wheeler is far from an ordinary student, and with a 4.0 G.P.A, an ACT score well above the state average, a power mentorship, and extreme musical talent, Kendra is well on her way to achieving her dreams.
Kendra is currently a member of the student council, PMSA’s Go Green Club, and the Key Club. She is also a member of the honors saxophone quartet at Merit School of Music. As if that weren’t enough, Kendra also has an original engineering invention to her credit. She is working on her very own interactive metronome in her two year mentorship at Northrop Grumman Corporation. The device measures the sound waves from musical instruments. She hopes to have it completed by the end of this school year in order to seek an official patent. She is also pushing for another mentorship opportunity with Flash Point Academy to help her refine her skills in sound engineering.
PTHS 209 to Show a Preview of Technology and Enhanced Learning Environment Through the Promethean ActivBus
Proviso Township High Schools is constantly working to engage students with hands-on-learning that is fun, interesting, and interactive. As a part of that effort, next week, PTHS 209 will offer teachers, parents, and the Proviso community a comprehensive view of some of the technologies being used in District 209.
On Monday, September 12th, PTHS will be visited by the education technology Promethean ActivBus. The bus is a 36' long custom RV that is equipped with a model interactive classroom complete with duel pen boards and an interactive tool wall. It will demonstrate what an interactive classroom can look and sound like.
PMSA Principal Pushes Pythons: Ramps up Student and Teacher Support
With a new school year, a new principal, and hundreds of new students added to the Python family, Mrs. Waller-Echols and PMSA teachers are rolling up their sleeves to help students and staff excel and raise the bar of achievement. In the coming weeks, school officials plan to offer more student and teacher support through in-house tutoring and teacher development.
“I am extremely honored to work with talented and highly skilled teachers who are committed to excellence,” said the principal of PMSA, Mrs. Echols. “We are working together to begin some great tutoring and teacher support initiatives that are based on instructional strategies and best practices. We are working to improve and increase rigor in the classroom, working to improve student achievement, and working to improve classroom management. We will incorporate differentiated instructional strategies, peer coaching, and interdisciplinary teaching, all with the goal of going from good to great.”
Building Bridges to Success: PTHS 209 to Host Back to School Night September 22nd
On Thursday, Sept 22, 2011, Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will welcome parents and students to a new school year with “Back to School Night.”
“Back to School Night,” is a highly anticipated annual event that gives parents, students, and teachers an opportunity to connect, discuss academic goals, and better understand each school and each class’ expectations. It also gives parents an opportunity to meet school staff, and become more familiar with school procedures.
Get Active. Get Informed. Sign-Up for PTHS 209’s Weekly E-Newsletter Today
Proviso Township High Schools is working to keep students, parents, and the community up-to-date and informed through its weekly e-newsletter.
The weekly Proviso Rising Newsletters are sent to inboxes each Friday afternoon and highlights the entire latest and greatest news district wide. To sign up for the Proviso Township High Schools weekly e-newsletter and receive weekly updates, school closing information, special event info, the latest news, and other important information, visit www.pths209.org and complete the e-newsletter web sign-up form. You may also e-mail a request to receive the e-newsletter to the PTHS 209 Community and Public Relations Office at email@example.com.
School is Back In Session! Parents, Begin Your Check-Ups in PowerSchool Today
Proviso Township High Schools is back in session, and parents can already begin to monitor student attendance and academic progress using the online parent access portal, PowerSchool.
Using PowerSchool, parents can view and monitor student attendance, grades, and academic performance. Each parent or guardian can register for PowerSchool online. Parents will then be issued a username and password that will allow them to view their students’ information.
“It is extremely important that parents play an active role in monitoring and supporting their students’ success,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “PowerSchool is an online system that helps our parents and students stay up to speed and connected to our teachers and everything that is happening in our classrooms. It serves as a window into each class. It is also an excellent communication tool for teachers and parents. We hope that our parents will utilize PowerSchool and really get involved in making this school year a success for their individual students.”
The system, found on each school’s homepage, is designed to keep parents and guardians active and informed. 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. It also allows parents to communicate with teachers more frequently.
New parents can click here to reach the PowerSchool Parent Login. If parents received login information for their students in previous years, that registration and login information is still valid. Parents/guardians who have more than one student in the district will have separate passwords for each student. Students will also receive their own login to PowerSchool.
For help accessing PowerSchool Parent Access, please contact email PTHS 209’s tech support at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proviso Principals Rally Support and Outline Their Visions of Proviso Rising
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 began the new school year with an open door Principal Meet and Greet for the Proviso community and various community stakeholders.
On August 9th - August 11th, new PTHS principals opened the schools doors, articulated their visions, and garnered parent and community support for Proviso Rising. Mrs. Kim Echols serves as principal of Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy. Dr. Roudell Kirkwood serves as principal of Proviso West High School, and Mr. Tony Valente serves as principal of Proviso East High School. All three principals have a long history of educational leadership, service, and dedication to student success. They began their first school year at PTHS with an open dialogue expressing their goals, expectations, and plans for the new school year.
From the Desk of PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart
Greetings PTHS 209 Parents and Students,
Welcome Back to the 2011-2012 School Year! This week freshman orientation and the first day of school were huge successes. Next week is the first full week of school for ALL students. Here are a few updates and reminders:
School has resumed on regular schedule. During regular schedule, class starts at 7:50 a.m., and the day ends at 3:20 p.m. On a “late start schedule,” which is the first day of each week, school begins at 8:55 a.m. and ends at 3:20 p.m. It is important for all students to be on time. We are pushing for record attendance each day in order to maximize the potential of each student.
Bus service will continue for Proviso East and Proviso West students again this year. Bus stop information is available on the web at www.PTHS209.org, or you may contact the Transportation Hotline if you have questions regarding bus stop pick-up locations. Proviso East’s Transportation Hotline number is 708.202.1825. Proviso West’s Transportation Hotline number is 708.202.6299.
All fall sports and practices will resume as scheduled. Activity buses will be available again this year to transport PMSA students to East and West after school. However, transportation home from extracurricular activities will not be available for any student.
All parents are encouraged to check into their students’ PowerSchool to begin monitoring student progress and attendance from day one.
If you have any other questions regarding the start of school, please contact your school’s main office (Proviso East: 708.344.7000, Proviso West: 708.449.6400, PMSA: 708.338.4100). Thank you very much for all that you will do to help make this school year a success. We are looking forward to working with you and for you. Let us make 2011-2012 our best school year yet.
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart
PTHS 209 Superintendent
PTHS to Welcome Incoming Freshmen for Orientation August 17th at 7:50 a.m.
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will welcome incoming freshmen for orientation on Wednesday, August 17th at 7:50 a.m.
“We are very excited about the start of this new school year,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “We look forward to welcoming all of our new students next Wednesday with freshmen orientation. This is a day specifically designed for our new students to get them comfortable, acclimated, and prepared for a wonderful new school year.”
Proviso East, Proviso West, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy will open the doors for incoming freshmen beginning at 7:50 a.m. on Wednesday. The day ends at 3:20 p.m. Bus service will be available for Proviso East and Proviso West High School students.
During orientation, students will have an opportunity to tour their new school buildings, check their schedules for accuracy, test locker assignments, and hear a presentation about their schools, standards, and expectations. Students will also have an opportunity to meet and greet their new principals and peers during an ice cream social.
For questions about freshmen orientation, please contact your school’s main office (Proviso East: 708.344.7000, Proviso West: 708.449.6400, PMSA: 708.338.4100). School resumes for all students on Thursday, August 18th at 7:50 a.m. The first full day of school for all students also ends as a normal day at 3:20 p.m.
PTHS BACK TO SCHOOL NOTICE: First Day Exclusion Policy
On August 18th, 2011 Proviso Township High Schools will welcome all students back for the 2011-2012 school year. Freshmen orientation is set for Wednesday, August 17th.
Before reporting back to school, all PTHS 209 students must have at least a 9th grade Illinois physical and up-to-date immunizations on file.
In an effort to ensure the health and safety of all PTHS 209 students, and to ensure immediate compliance with state law and Illinois School Code, PTHS 209 has a “First Day Exclusion Policy.” Under this policy, no student will be admitted on the first day of school without having their 9th grade Illinois physical and current immunizations on file. Parents must be sure their students’ physicals are complete and includes details of the students’ health history. Parents must answer ALL of the questions on the physical form, sign and date the form, and complete diabetes screening questions attached. These things must be completed in order for students to begin the first day of school. Students will not be able to attend school until the physicals are complete and immunizations are current.
In previous years, students and parents had until Oct 15th to complete immunizations and back-to-school physicals. This is no longer the case. In order to ensure compliance with state policy and to avoid disruption in the school year, PTHS 209 students must have a current health exam (9th grade physical) and current immunizations before being admitted to school on the first day.
Proviso East students may contact their School Based Health Center for an appointment at 708.202.9522. Proviso West Students and PMSA students may contact available clinics within the area. Please ensure that your student is current and up to date before school starts.
Freshmen Orientation – Wednesday, August 17th @ 7:50 a.m.
First Day of School District wide – Thursday, August 18th @ 7:50 a.m.
PTHS 209 to Kick off School Year and Welcome Faculty & Staff with Institute Day
On August 15th Proviso Township High Schools will welcome back its faculty and staff with their annual Back-to-School Institute day.
“We are looking forward to a dynamic Institute Day on August 15th.” said PTHS 209 Superintendent, Dr. Collins-Hart. “All of our faculty and staff should join us at Proviso East at 7:30 a.m. for registration and a continental breakfast, followed by an opening welcome at 8:00 a.m. We will introduce our district concept of reading across the curriculum. We will also introduce our plans for next year which include an increased emphasis on instructional support and accountability throughout the organization. We will highlight our emphasis on review of lesson plans, daily instructional monitoring, improved attendance of staff and students, developing a leadership cadre and mentorship program, systematically using student assessment data, and aggressively implementing our school improvement plans. It is going to be a fantastic school year.”
Institute Day serves as training for PTHS 209 faculty and staff. It also sets the tone for the new school year. The day begins at 7:30 a.m., and the program starts at 8:00 a.m. Please click here for more program information.
Welcome Back Teachers! PTHS 209 to Offer Curriculum Planning to Help Support Teacher Success
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction is gearing up for an exhilarating start to the 2011-12 school year. In order to help you best prepare for the start of a new year, the Office of Curriculum and Instruction will sponsor a 1-day curriculum planning opportunity for teachers new to the district as well as some teachers who have been scheduled to teach a new course.
According to Project Lead, a 2009 report funded by the Jones Foundation, 50 percent of all certified public school teachers permanently leave the teaching profession before the end of their fifth year of teaching. In an effort for Proviso to retain our highly qualified personnel, the 1-day curriculum planning will provide an opportunity for these teachers to develop their teaching skills through inquiry and support. The idea is that if teachers are provided intense support in curriculum and instruction from the outset, they will become more effective sooner, thereby improving student success.
This school year, Proviso Township High Schools’ has welcomed three new principals to join the ranks of Proviso Rising. On August 9th-11th, school officials will welcome the community to a Principal Meet and Greet. Principals will meet Proviso stakeholders and outline their vision for the future.
Mrs. Kim Echols serves as principal of Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy. Dr. Roudell Kirkwood serves as principal of Proviso West High School, and Mr. Tony Valente serves as principal of Proviso East High School. All three principals have a long history of educational leadership, service, and dedication to student success.
Each principal will be charged with executing their individual school improvement plans and boosting student achievement. During the Principal Meet and Greet, each principal will have an opportunity to meet parents, students, teachers, and Proviso stakeholders. They will outline the goals and plans for each of their schools and welcome the community to what is expected to be a fantastic new school year. Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart will also briefly discuss the school district’s goals for the upcoming year. Refreshments will be served.
Save the Date:
Tuesday, August 9th
Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy Principal Meet and Greet Location: PMSA Auditorium Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 10th
Proviso East High School Principal Meet and Greet Location: Proviso East Auditorium Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 11th
Proviso West High School Principal Meet and Greet Location: Proviso West’s Little Theater Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
PTHS 209 Community Leaders Banquet Filled
After receiving an overwhelmingly positive response from the community, Proviso Township High Schools’ 3rd Annual Community Leaders Banquet—State of the District Address is full. The district is no longer accepting RSVP’s. Only those names listed as an RSVP will be allowed entry.
“We have been thrilled with the response that we have received from so many of our community leaders,” said PTHS 209 Board President, Chris Welch. “From our local representatives to our town’s greatest mayors, we look forward to the dialogue, the open communication, and the partnership and commitments that begin here, but reach throughout Proviso Township and beyond.”
Each year the PTHS 209 Community Leaders Banquet outlines the District's blue print, goals, accomplishment, and challenges. The event rolls out the red carpet for community leaders and Proviso stakeholders to join the conversation and form partnerships to address the changes, improvements, and goals of District 209. It also unites key players in promoting educational success.
The State of the District Address will be given by PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. NBA LA Lakers’ Shannon Brown, will serve as guest speaker and as one of PTHS 209’s famous and accomplished alums. The event will close with discussion and Q&A. The PTHS 209 3rd Annual Community Leaders Banquet will be held on Thursday, July 28, 2011 on the first floor of Proviso’s Mathematics and Science Academy (8601 Roosevelt Road in Forest Park, IL). The reception begins at 6:30 pm.
NBA Stars Bring WoodStars Summer Carnival and Music Fest to Proviso East High School
Two of Proviso East's famed NBA Alumni are teaming up to present one of the largest summer carnivals and music festivals in Proviso area history. The event was originally scheduled to be held at Proviso West High School, but has since been relocated to the home school of both alums, Proviso East.
Beginning Thursday, July 28th, Michael Finley (NBA Veteran) and Shannon Brown (LA Lakers) will join forces to offer the Proviso community an outdoor family carnival and music concert designed to raise over $1 million dollars for renovations at Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools.
"It is the mission of these two alumni to commit to a fundraising goal of $1 million to begin the upgrades and renovations needed to assist in preserving the integrity of the school they represent," said WoodStars Events Director, Keoki Allen.
The event will take place on the grounds of Proviso East High School July 28-31st. The alumni are working to make this the most successful event in Proviso alumni fundraising history.
The WoodStars Summer Carnival and Music Festival will host some of the country's top performers including: Faith Evans, Carl Thomas, MC Lyte, Nelly, and Chicago's own Teresa Griffin. The event will also offer over 20 adult and children's rides, various games, and vendors. All proceeds will benefit the Shannon Brown and Michael Finley Foundation's renovation fund. For more information, please visit www.WoodStarsFestival.com.
Thank you, Michael Finley and Shannon Brown! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising.
Proviso Students Shine in UIC's QuarkNet Program
Proviso Township High School District students from Proviso East, Proviso West, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy have come together for a high energy learning experience with the University of Illinois at Chicago's summer QuarkNet program.
The week-long summer adventure seeks to involve high school teachers and their students in cutting-edge research on the structure of matter and the fundamental forces of nature. It helps students sharpen their physics and exploratory skills over the summer. During the program, scientists work with students and teachers on physics projects that enhance students' abilities in science and discovery. They collect data, use scientific equipment, take field trips, and study various aspects of space and matter.
"We have learned so much during this program," said Proviso East junior, Daisy Espinoza. "We've learned about galaxies, the stars, and constituents that revolve around us. It's been great experiencing QuarkNet, learning new things, and getting more into physics. This has been a good opportunity. We've studied data and worked with detectors. It's been wonderful."
Proviso Township High Schools' teachers Robert Hurley(Proviso East), Bozena Suwary (Proviso West), and Dr. Cynthia Daniels (PMSA), work with the students daily and act as coaches in the program.
"The greatest ideas in the history of the world have been made by relatively young people," said Mr. Hurley. "So we want to expose our students to high-energy physics, scientific discovery, and research so that they have the ability to develop solutions that impact their environment."
Students Daisy Espinoza (East), Meleeza Pidu (West), Maribel Heredia (PMSA), Konstantin Kuksenko (East), Taben Miller (PMSA) and Tania Sosa (West) are Proviso's student participants. They say that in addition to learning how they can impact their environments, this summer experience has been an exciting journey of learning, building their scientific acumen, and forging new friendships.
"I joined the QuarkNet program to learn something new and to explore different aspects of physics," said Taben. "It has really opened the doors for different ways of learning and different ways of studying physics."
Tania added, "The program has been really good. We've met people from all across Proviso Township High Schools and from schools around Illinois. It's fun that we're getting to work together and see the city of Chicago. We're working on a college campus too. It's just been a great experience."
The workshop will conclude with each school's team presenting their initial research findings before their peers and the UIC QuarkNet Center mentor, Professor Mark Adams. The QuarkNet program will also continue into the new school year.
Great job, students and teachers. Keep up the excellent work!
Proviso Township High Schools Welcomes Three New Principals to “Build Bridges to Success”
After years of working to raise student achievement through restructuring and overall school improvement, Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has welcomed new principals to Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.
“These individuals have committed to the work of raising overall achievement in each of our schools,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “They are adding their skills, talents, and leadership abilities to the fire of Proviso’s Rising. We welcome these educational leaders as we continue to raise the bar across our school system.”
Dr. Roudell Kirkwood will serve as principal of Proviso West High School. Mr. Tony Valente will serve as principal of Proviso East High School. Mrs. Kim Waller will serve as principal of Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy. All three principals have a long history of educational leadership, service, and dedication to student success. At the start of the school year, PTHS 209 will host a Principal Meet and Greet at each school where the new principals will outline their goals and vision for Proviso Rising.
Each principal will be charged with executing their individual school improvement plans and boosting student achievement. At June’s regularly scheduled Board of Education Meeting, they received a warm welcome from the Board of Education, fellow administrators, and PTHS staff.
“We are glad to welcome our new principals aboard,” said PTHS 209 Board President, Chris Welch. “Over the years we have implemented some great programs that help support student achievement, and we look forward to them joining our mission to raise levels of achievement. Now that the baton has been passed, we can continue the work of moving our school system forward and building true bridges to success.”
Dr. Roudell Kirkwood, Mr. Tony Valente, and Mrs. Kim Waller assumed their new posts on July 1, 2011.
Proviso East NBA Champion to Serve as Guest Speaker for 3rd Annual Community Leaders Banquet
Proviso East Alum and NBA Champion Shannon Brown will serve as this year’s guest speaker during PTHS 209’s 3rd Annual Community Leaders Banquet.
Brown, a Proviso East graduate, professional athlete, and two-time NBA Champion with the LA Lakers, is raising the bar of excellence in both the game of basketball and in community service.
This year he will join Proviso Township High Schools’ Board of Education as they welcome fellow community leaders, discuss the state of the school district, and lay out Proviso’s blue print.
The Community Leaders Banquet—State of the District Address will be held on Thursday, July 28, 2011--invitation and RSVP only. The reception begins at 6:30 pm. All participants must RSVP no later than July 15, 2011.
Community leaders throughout Proviso Township and the state of Illinois will be honored as special guests. Following Brown, the State of the District Address will be given by PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. Following the District Address, PTHS 209 Board President Chris Welch will open the floor for Community Leaders’ Q&A.
PMSA Robotics Students Gear Up to Give Back
Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy students are gearing up to give back over the summer by hosting youth STEM (Science, Technology, and Mathematics) programs at Triton College.
PMSA students are sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, JC Penney, Borg Warner, ATS, Dynomax, Interlake Mecalux, Triton College, and Proviso Township High Schools. Over the summer, students spend time taking engineering programs at Triton, participating in local festivals, and mentoring fellow math and science “whiz kids”. This year, the group has expanded to offer three new programs that introduce young people (ages 9-12 years old) to the beauty of science and robotics.
“All of this is about our community—the Proviso community,” said PMSA senior and Robotics member, Ariana Vargas. “We are working to bring all aspects of science and technology to our community. We want to get younger kids involved and interested in STEM. It [STEM] is very important for our futures.”
PMSA senior Eddie Hudson IV agreed. The students will host three separate STEM camps for youth. Their goal is to help younger people remain active over the summer and perhaps develop their interests.
“Our summer programs really just help us to get younger kids interested in STEM,” said Eddie. “It is something that we love, and we want to engage the community and the youth. It’s also a good way to stay active over the summer.”
Starting on June 22nd, PMSA’s Robotics Team will host Summerbotics, Waterbotics, and GADgET. The classes are already filled to capacity.
Congratulations, students. Keep up the excellent work!
Join PTHS 209’s “One World Many Stories” Summer Reading Program Today!
Proviso Township High Schools and the Bellwood Public Library have created a partnership to offer “One World Many Stories,” a summer reading program that opens the doors of Bellwood Public Library for Proviso students to come in, read, write, dialogue, and explore the wonderful world of literacy.
“This summer reading program opens up a whole new world for the kids,” said Bellwood Library coordinator, Sophie Brown. “We [the schools and public library] are a team. There is a strong connection between library and school. This summer program connects both of them.”
PMSA Students Excel in Loyola University’s Pulse Program
Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy’s PULSE (Proviso United with Loyola Students for Educational Enrichment) program presents a world of opportunities for students who hope to pursue careers in the medical field. The program was developed at PTHS 209 in partnership with the Stritch School of Medicine. This year over 45 PMSA students participated in the program vowing to use its many benefits and learning activities as a launch pad for success.
“PULSE has opened many new doors for me,” said PMSA senior Kiran Goyana who used the program to earn a full nursing scholarship to Elmhurst College. “It gave me a lot of experience in what a nursing program is all about. It helped me narrow down what I wanted to be and which college courses were right for me. When it was time to apply for college and scholarships, the PULSE program put me ahead of the game.”
PTHS 209 Plans to Hosts 3rd Annual Community Leaders Banquet
Proviso Township High Schools’ Board of Education will host its 3rd Annual Community Leaders Banquet—State of the District Address on Thursday, July 28, 2011. The event rolls out the red carpet for community leaders and Proviso stakeholders to address the changes, improvements, and goals of District 209 while uniting the key players in promoting educational success.
Each year at the Community Leaders Banquet, the PTHS 209 Board of Education and superintendent lay out the District’s blue print and steps for the future.
Congratulations to Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy Class of 2011
On Saturday, May 28th Proviso Township High Schools’ community gathered at Dominican University to honor and congratulate PMSA’s class of 2011.
Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy students have been awarded over $7 million in college scholarships with some attending the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country.
Congratulations seniors! We are extremely proud of you!
Teachers on the Move: PMSA Teacher Working for Student Success on the ACT
Though the school year is ending, the fantastic work of Proviso teachers goes on. Even over the summer teachers are building curriculum, building bridges, and creating and supporting programs that promote student success. One Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy English teacher has made it his mission to help students reach their college goals through ACT test prep.
Mr. Markus is the Cambridge ACT coordinator at PMSA. His specialty, as a former ACT tutor, is enriching and aligning curriculum with the ACT exam. He holds extra tutoring sessions for students, and he works to get them involved and ready for their next steps in academics.
“I’ve worked with ACT for about eight years,” he said. “I know that test backwards and forwards. So when I came to PMSA, I knew that would be a niche that I could help with.”
PTHS 209 Begins Open Registration for the 2011-2012 School Year Deadline July 15th
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has begun open registration for incoming and returning students who will attend PTHS for the 2011-2012 school year.
“As we congratulate the class of 2011, we embrace those who are continuing at PTHS 209 and those who are new to the district,” said Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “We have an exciting year ahead, and registration is the very first step to beginning a new school year. When parents and students get registered early, they are more prepared for their first semester of classes. We ask that each parent carefully review registration packets, and send them back to us so that we can begin putting the people and processes in place for a great school year.”
This week parents and guardians were mailed registration packets to help make the process easier and more convenient. Parents and guardians are asked to complete registration information forms and then mail them back in the self-addressed envelope provided, no later than Friday, July 15th. Parents are encouraged to complete registration by mail but, parents may also drop-off registration information at their school’s main office.
Registration fees are not required at this time. All students will be billed for student fees no later than August 23, 2011. District 209 also accepts fee waivers.
Information regarding date and time for your student to pick up his/her textbooks, ID card, schedule and bus route will be mailed to homes by July 27, 2011.
If you have any questions, please contact the Proviso Township High Schools’ Main Offices at Proviso East 708.344.7000, Proviso West 708.449.6400, or PMSA 708.338.4100. To download a registration packet, please click here.
PMSA Celebrates Top Scholarship Earners!
Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy is producing the next generation of doctors, engineers, scientists, and research scholars. Three of them are the top scholarship earners for the class of 2011.
With the help of their parents, teachers, and counselors, PMSA seniors Charles Murray, Evan Harper, and Ashley Martinez have collectively earned over one million dollars in college funding.
“These students worked hard over the years to excel in academics and extracurricular activities,” said PMSA counselor, Ms. Paulus. “They applied to many different schools and received some great offers. Their hard work, strong moral character, and excellent recommendations from their teachers have allowed their college dreams to become more attainable.”
PTHS 209 Invests in the Future: Plans Student College Tour
At the May Board of Education meeting, BOE members voted unanimously to support a second annual college tour for junior students who voluntarily worked to improve their college entrance exam scores with Cambridge’s ACT Test prep.
As a reward for their hard work, and in an effort to promote and encourage higher education, nearly 200 Proviso Township High Schools students will now travel on an extensive college tour June19-June 24.
“We, as a board, see the college tour as a chance to expose our students to the vast options and sea of opportunity that await them as they pursue higher levels of education,” said PTHS 209 Board President Chris Welch. “We want to encourage our students to explore their college options, to seriously think about their futures, and to begin planning today. This tour has the potential to open their eyes to opportunities they may otherwise have not even considered.”
PTHS 209 Offers the “One World Many Stories” Summer Reading Program to Promote Literacy
Studies show that children who read throughout the summer months maintain more of their academic skills and are better prepared when schools doors open in the fall. This year, Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is promoting reading and enhanced literacy through implementation of the summer reading program, “One World Many Stories.” The program encourages students and families to read together during the summer months.
“Children can sustain their reading gains and improve reading through the summer months by continuing to be active readers and learners,” said PTHS 209 Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Cheryl Pruitt. “We want to help our students sustain gains and be better prepared for learning in the coming year. This summer reading program is designed to be a fun, active, and engaging program for our students and their entire families.”
PTHS 209’s goal is to offer students an opportunity to learn and strengthen their reading skills. The administration will work with the Bellwood Library to collaborate and implement the program. They are also in talks with corporations to offer students various incentives for their commitment to summer learning.
To learn more about this summer’s reading program please contact Dr. Pruitt’s office at 708.338.5926.
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