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  District 209 to Host Freshman Transition Program August 15-16

 
 

Members of the Class of 2020 will be able to participate in District 209’s Freshman Transition Program August 15 and 16 at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

The Freshman Transition Program is designed to provide incoming freshmen with the support that they will need for a successful start to their high school careers and to help them be comfortable in their new settings. This is in addition to the traditional Freshman Orientation, which will occur on August 19 and is the first day of attendance for all freshmen.

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  Incoming Freshmen Need Immunizations, Physicals Before First Day of School

 
  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will welcome back all students for the 2016-2017 school year on August 22.

However, before reporting back to school, all students in the district must have at least a ninth-grade Illinois physical and up-to-date immunizations on file.

Parents need to ensure that their students’ physicals are complete and include details of the students’ health history. Parents also must answer all of the questions on the physical form, sign and date the form, and complete the diabetes screening questions that are attached.

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  SAVE THE DATE: Parent University is Back on September 24

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host its latest edition of Parent University from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

Parents can participate at the school their student attends. With Parent University being held at each school, it is an opportunity for parents and students to learn more about the school and its staff and activities.

The activity is part of the district’s parent enrichment through Title I and the Board of Education’s goal of improving stakeholder involvement. This event is planned in collaboration with the District and the Strengthening Proviso Youth Committee.

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  Immigration Documentation Information to Be Held at Proviso West on August 18

 
 

Families of students who arrived in the United States when they were younger can get more information about eligibility requirements for students to remain in the country at an information session under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programat 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, at Proviso West High School.

The information session is one of several information sessions and legal clinics on securing required immigration paperwork taking place throughout the summer.

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Dr. Jesse Rodríguez Become New Superintendent of District 209

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 officially welcomed Dr. Jesse Rodríguez as its superintendent this week.

“I am excited and honored to be the superintendent for District 209,” Dr. Rodríguez said. “The staff and community have been very welcoming, and I look forward to working with them in creating fruitful and successful learning opportunities for our students.

Dr. Rodríguez said that he wants to spend much of his first year learning more about Proviso High Schools and its students, teachers, staff, and students as well as the community. He outlined his plans, which can be found on the District 209 website.

“Our collective plan will build on the strengths of PTHS 209 and identify the most powerful strategies for addressing our challenges as opportunities while addressing the significant achievement gaps directly with perseverance and firmness,” he said. “It is critical that we learn as much as possible quickly, assessing data to determine what is and is not working in our school district.”

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  Explore Test to Be Given to Incoming Freshmen July 7

 
  Incoming freshmen who have yet to take the Explore placement test can take the exam this summer.

The placement test will be administered at Proviso West High School at 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 7. All incoming freshmen who do not have an Explore score are required to attend. All test-takers should bring a pencil and a calculator and plan to be at the test for two to two and a half hours.

For more information, please contact the Proviso counseling office at (708) 338-5907.

 
  District 209 Schools, Offices Closed for Independence Day

 
 

Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy as well as the administrative offices of Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will be closed for the Independence Day holiday on Monday, July 4.

This includes schools being closed on Friday, July 1, due to summer hours.

All schools and offices in District 209 will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, July 5.

Have a great weekend!

 
  District 209 Academic Hall of Famers, Superintendent Honored by Board of Education

 
 

The valedictorians and salutatorians from Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School and the research scholars of distinction from Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy were honored for their achievements by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at its regular meeting on Tuesday, June 14, at PMSA.

The following students were noted for their academic achievements, extracurricular activities at school, and other successes:

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District 209’s Bond Rating Increases Again

 
  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has had its underlying bond rating raised to an “A” outlook from its previous rating of “A-” by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services.

This is the second time that the rating has taken a hike in recent years. According to a summary issued by Standard & Poor’s on the rating increase, it reflected their view of the district’s available fund balance of $36.9 million as being “very strong” with “very strong” reserves. The outlook of additional revenue coming into the district with the expiration of tax-increment fund districts within District 209 also bolsters the district’s financial outlook, according to Standard & Poor’s.

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  District 209 Board of Education Elects New Officers

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education has elected new officers.

Mrs. Teresa McKelvy was elected as the new Board President at a special meeting on May 6. In addition, Mr. Daniel J. Adams was elected as the Board’s vice president, while Mr. Brian Cross will be the new secretary for the Board.

Mrs. McKelvy said that it is her goal to “ensure a smooth transition” for the new superintendent in July and that she wants to continue being a part of the work of educating students in the district’s three high schools.

 
  Proviso Seniors Awarded For Achievements

 
 

Members of the Class of 2016 at Proviso East High Schools, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy won numerous awards in recognition of their achievements at ceremonies throughout May.

The awards included recognition for achieving at least a 3.0 grade point average, awards from the students’ respective schools, and scholarships from community groups. The scholarships contributed to the total amount of $32.5 million that the seniors have been awarded from community groups, colleges, and universities to continue their education.

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  District 209 Congratulates Class of 2016

 
 

Family and friends joined with 880 members of the Class of 2016 as they said “goodbye” to Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy at commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 21, at UIC Pavilion.

The seniors at the three schools graduated with pomp and circumstance during the ceremonies that were a mixture of congratulations for their efforts and hard work, happiness for graduating, and sadness in leaving friends and high school behind them as they move on to a new chapter in their lives.

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  Proviso Graduating Seniors Top $32.5 Million in Scholarships

 
 

Members of the Class of 2016 at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy have been awarded more than $32.5 million in scholarships from colleges, universities, and local organizations.

College-bound students from Proviso East High School earned a total of $7.1 million in scholarships and grants, continuing a trend of rising award numbers. Graduating seniors at Proviso West High School earned more than $11.4 million in scholarships, again topping the previous years’ marks. Graduating seniors from Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy won a total of more than $14 million in scholarships. The $32.6 million in awards were presented to the students based on criteria such as academics, community service, and activities.

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  PMSA Bands Wow at Spring Concert

 
 

The Concert and Symphonic Bands at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy wowed the audience in the PMSA Auditorium at their annual spring concert on May 5 in the school’s auditorium.

The beginning concert band, many of whom had not played an instrument before the recently completed school year, according to band director, Mr. Steven Gooden, showed how much they had learned in performing Scott Watson’s “Regal Fanfare and March,” Rob Romeyn’s “Sword of Fire,” and Pierre LaPlante’s “In the Forest of the King.”

In addition, the symphonic band showed their stuff with renditions of A.J. Weidt’s “Pink Lemonade,” Mitchell Peters’ “Yellow After the Rain,” Elliot del Borgo’s “Chester Variations,” and Percy Grainger’s “Molly on the Shore.” The performance included a solo on the marimba by Akeelah Taylor, a PMSA junior.

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  Top Students Inducted Into District 209 Academic Hall of Fame

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 honors academic excellence.

With that goal in mind, the top six students of the Class of 2016 at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy were honored recently by being named to the District 209 Academic Hall of Fame.

On May 19, the scholars were taken by limousine to lunch at the Signature Room at the 95th, located on top of the John Hancock Center in Chicago. They also were presented gifts, and notified that they would be placed in the Academic Hall of Fame for District 209. They also are to be recognized by the Board of Education and given plaques and certificates recognizing their achievements at the Board’s next regular meeting on June 14 at PMSA.

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  PMSA Juniors Present Final Research Projects at Symposium

 
 

Members of the Class of 2017 at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy showed what they had learned in their year of research at the 2016 Junior Research Symposium on May 17 at PMSA.

The projects by the nearly 150 juniors covered a variety of topics, including whether some people are more prone to divorce in their marriages, the limits of media, sexual and gender double standards, and the influence of social media on grades.

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  Immigration Documentation Information Session to Be Held at Proviso East on May 26

 
 

Families of students who arrived in the United States when they were younger can get more information about eligibility requirements for students to remain in the country at an information session under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 26, at Proviso East High School.

The information session will be one of several information sessions and legal clinics on securing required immigration paperwork taking place throughout the summer, with information and assistance from the Mexican Consulate, P.A.S.O., and the Gift of Light Foundation.

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  SAVE THE DATE: Proviso East Battle of the Bands on May 28

 
 

Marching bands, drum lines, and a super performance will be the entertainment when Proviso East High School hosts its 14th annual Battle of the Bands at noon on Saturday, May 28.

The Proviso East Battle of the Bands will bring together marching bands and drum lines from around the Chicago area. Expected to perform along with the host Proviso East marching band will be Proviso West High School, Trotwood-Madison High School (Ohio), Oak Park High School (Michigan), Warrensville (Ohio) High School, among others.

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  District 209 Students: Sign Up for Summer School

 
  Students in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 wishing to take summer school can register beginning on Monday, March 28.

Summer school classes are scheduled to be held at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy from June 6 through July 18, with the summer program divided between a first semester that will take place June 6 through June 23, and a second semester from June 27 through July 18, with all classes taking place between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Summer school components will be credit recovery; enrichment courses including the college tour, summer reading, and acceleration courses with prior approval; and freshman transition for incoming freshmen.

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  PMSA Staff, Student Honored For Helping Classmate

 
 

Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, said that the recognition of four PMSA teachers and a PMSA senior at the May 10 Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education’s regular meeting at PMSA was “most unusual” in that it was not “academic in nature but humanistic and filled with heartfelt emotion that has touched us all.”

PMSA wellness teachers, Mrs. Jessica Schaub, Mr. Vincent Stubstad, and Mr. Peter Zak, along with Victoria Mota, a PMSA senior, and Dr. John Wardisiani, a PMSA science teacher and PMSA Key Club sponsor, were honored by the Board for their work in creating “Michelle’s Mile,” which took place on April 22.

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  PMSA Seniors Tackle Wide Range of Subjects for Mentorship Research Projects

 
 

Topics ranged from computer science and sociology to marketing and health at the ninth annual Senior Research Symposium at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy on May 10.

At the end of the day, though, it was projects on the effect of alcohol exposure on proteins in the healing of bone fractures and a comparison of vegan, vegetarian, and meat-eating diets that led to Lizbeth Garcia and Sol Beltran, respectively, being named the Research Scholars for the Class of 2016.

“They did really well,” said Mr. Matthew Brown, a PMSA teacher and a coordinator of the symposium, of the seniors’ projects. “There is a lot of high level work and a good variety of work. They’ve had good experiences with the research.”

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  Retirees and Employees of District 209 Honored for Service and Accomplishments

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 thanked and honored 58 of its faculty and staff – including 12 who are retiring – at the annual Staff Retirement and Recognition Dinner on May 4 at The Drake in Oak Brook.

The faculty and staff members were celebrated at the special dinner for their extraordinary contributions to the district. They included 38 employees who have served in the district for at least 15 years, three who earned a graduate degree during the past year, and six faculty and staff members who made a special contribution and effort to the district and its schools during the 2015-2016 school year.

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  District 209 Appreciates Our Teachers!

 
 

The week of the May 2 through 6 is designated as Teacher Appreciation Week.

This is the week we set aside to recognize those who have dedicated their lives in educating our children, and to honor those who have impacted our lives and pushed us to better lives.

In Proviso Township High Schools District 209, this has been a week of celebrations at each of our schools, with an official proclamation from the Board of Education honoring our teachers.

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  PMSA Students Walk Michelle’s Mile to Benefit Classmate

 
 

Students at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy walked together on April 22 to continue to help a classmate who was stricken with a life-threatening autoimmune respiratory condition.

During “Michelle’s Mile,” students pledged money toward how many laps or miles they could complete during their wellness class period that day. The money, which totaled $1,487 after all pledges were collected, will go toward the medical bills for Michelle Harris, a senior at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

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  Dr. Bessie Karvelas Wins High School Principal of the Year Award

 
 

Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, has been named High School Principal of the Year for the West Cook Region by the Illinois Principals Association.

Dr. Karvelas, who has been principal at PMSA since 2013, received the award at the IPA’s West Cook Region’s administrators’ breakfast on April 22 in Countryside. She was joined by the Middle School Principal of the Year, Dr. F. Daniel Chick of McClure Junior High School in Western Springs; the Elementary School Principal of the Year, Dr. Jennifer Ban of John V. Leigh School in Norridge; and the Assistant Principal of the Year, Ms. Lisa Deborah Oi of St. Therese Chinese Catholic School in Chicago.

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  PMSA Senior/Proviso West Football Player Signs with Concordia

 
 

At a ceremony in the main office at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy on April 15, Jose Jimenez sat at a table with baseball caps in front of him.

“It has been decided that I will stay in Chicago,” the PMSA senior and Proviso West football player said to friends and teachers gathered as he grabbed the cap from Concordia University Chicago. “I’m going to sign with Concordia University in Chicago.”

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  District 209 to Host Staff Retirement and Recognition Dinner
on May 4


 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host its annual Staff Retirement and Recognition Dinner on Wednesday, May 4, at The Drake, 2301 York Road in Oak Brook.

Twelve retiring employees and more than 35 current employees at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy will be recognized for their service to the District and their achievements at the dinner.

The reception and dinner will take place between 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. A ceremony to honor the employees to be recognized will take place during the dinner.

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  District 209 Board of Education Honors Proviso West “Sea Panthers,” Teachers

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education recognized five Proviso West High School students for their achievements in a regional technology competition and 12 Proviso West teachers for their roles in advancing the Advanced Placement program at the school at their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 12, at Proviso West.

Luigi Cabantog, Zavier Donati, Luis Ortega, Jesus Pena, and Jose Solano, all Proviso West sophomores, recently qualified to compete at the National Naval Sea Perch Competition sponsored by the U.S. Navy May 20 and 21 at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The qualification came after the team, nicknamed the “Sea Panthers,” placed second at the Chicago Regional Sea Perch Competition at the Great Lakes Naval Station in Great Lakes, Illinois. The five students are either cadets in the Proviso West Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) program or students in the school’s Project Lead the Way pre-engineering program, said Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West.

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  Proviso East Football Player/PMSA Senior Signs with Carthage College

 
 

Kameron James, a senior at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy and a quarterback and defensive back for the Proviso East High School football team, will continue his playing career and studies at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, this fall.

Kameron, flanked by family and friends, officially signed his letter of intent in a ceremony in the PMSA main office on March 31. Having also considered Robert Morris University in Chicago; St. Norbert University in DePere, Wisconsin; Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Kentucky; he said that he chose Carthage following an overnight visit to the school.

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  Five D209 Students Go To Washington

 
 

Five District 209 students – four from Proviso East High School and one from Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy – recently spent a few days in Washington, D.C., as Youth Delegates to the 2016 Congressional City Conference.

Anahi Soto, a Proviso East freshman; Dominique Wallace, a Proviso East junior; Noah Salazar, a Proviso East junior; Terrell Jenkins, a Proviso East senior; and Marquan Jones, a PMSA senior, attended the conference March 5 to 9 as representatives of the Village of Maywood. They were accompanied by Ms. Avelira Gonzalez, District 209 teacher recruitment mentor and induction program coordinator, and Mr. Isiah Brandon, a Maywood village trustee.

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  District 209 Is Now On Facebook

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is now on Facebook.

The District 209 Facebook page, which can be found at facebook.com/provisod209, is the latest way for parents, students, teachers, staff members, and other stakeholders in District 209 to keep up with the latest news from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy. The Facebook page is another way that the District is working to build bridges to success by increasing communication avenues, boosting its presence on the web, and connecting with stakeholders across multiple platforms.

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  District 209 to Host Teacher Recruitment Fair on April 16

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is hiring!

District 209 will host a Teacher Recruitment Fair to fill positions at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at the District 209 offices at PMSA, 8601 West Roosevelt Road in Forest Park.

District 209 is looking to fill immediate vacancies for 2016-2017 school year. Open positions include:

  • School Psychologists
  • ELL/Bilingual Teachers
  • Teachers in all Content Areas
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  Dr. Jesse Rodriguez Appointed as Next Proviso Township High Schools Superintendent

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jesse Rodriguez as District 209’s next superintendent.

Dr. Rodriguez brings 20 years of education experience to the position, having taught high school Spanish and served as an administrator in the Milwaukee Public Schools. This includes three years as an assistant principal and four years as a principal. Most recently, he has been a regional superintendent in the Milwaukee Public Schools, overseeing more than 30 schools. Fluent in both English and Spanish, he also served as president of the Wisconsin Association for Bilingual Education for four years.

Dr. Rodriguez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and Spanish, with a minor in secondary education, from Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He also has a Master of Science degree in educational leadership and research and service from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in leadership, learning, and research and service, also from Cardinal Stritch.

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  Proviso East, Proviso West Boys Earn All-Conference, All-Area, All-State Basketball Honors

 
 

Six players from the Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School boys’ basketball teams have received postseason honors, including all-state, all-area, and all-academic honors.

Antonio Williams, a senior guard at Proviso East, was named third team all-state on the 2015-2016 all-state team as well as to the Chicago Sun-Times’ all-area team. He also was named to the West Suburban Conference all-conference team after leading the Pirates to a 19-8 record and a regional championship this past season. The Sun-Times had this to say about Antonio:

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  PMSA Junior Helps Team Win State Figure Skating Championship

 
 

A junior at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy recently was part of the first-place team at the Skating Council of Illinois state high school competition on February 21 at Oakton Ice Arena and on March 20 at Homewood-Flossmoor.

Lucas Rosa was part of a combined five-student team with Hinsdale Central High School at the competition. In the contest, the team members were judged on a series of figure skating maneuvers including jumps, spins, and flips. The team did well enough to earn first-place trophies at both contests.

“My friends and I put a team together and each does a part,” he said. “You don’t want to let the team down. Every one of us skated consistently.”

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  PMSA Senior’s Success in Classroom, Sports Leads to Acceptance to Ivy League School

 
 

Marquan Jones said that his time at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy has helped to provide a way to succeed.

Thanks to an “A” grade point average and a slew of extracurricular activities including organizing the annual Black History Program at PMSA in February and playing sports at Proviso East High School, Marquan was accepted to Cornell University, an Ivy League school in Ithaca, New York, that is among the most selective in the United States.

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  43 Proviso Students Win Math and Science Awards

 
 

Forty-three Proviso Township High Schools District 209 students were honored for their excellence in math and science by the Society of Women Engineers and the American Association of Physics Teachers in a ceremony on March 9 at Proviso East High School.

Along with receiving their awards, the honored students were able to thank those math and science teachers who had inspired them during their education. The appreciated teachers included Ms. Sandretta Lindsay and Ranjana Desai, Proviso East math teachers; Dr. Bozena Suwary, a Proviso West science teacher; and Mr. Alvaro Serna, a science teacher at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

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PMSA Students Lead the Way as Judges in Illinois Primary

 
 

A group of students from Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy played a role in the March 15 primary election.

Part of the Student Election Judge Program with the Cook County Clerk’s Office, the PMSA students were among hundreds of suburban Cook County high school students who manned polling stations across the county as election judges. Working in schools, churches, libraries, and anywhere else where registered voters could cast their vote for their party’s nominee for governor, senator, and other offices, the students did everything from verifying voters’ identities and registration to preparing ballots for voters to cast their selections.

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Proviso West Band to Host Battles of the Bands Versus King, Proviso East March 19

 
 

The Proviso West High School Marching Band will host two Battles of the Bands on Saturday, March 19, in the school’s main gymnasium.

The first Battle of the Bands will be against King College Prep at 2 p.m. and will feature the Proviso West Marching Band, the Proviso West Panth’rettes, the Dancing Diamonds, the Twirling Diamonds and the Proviso West Cheerleaders. Joining them on the floor will be the King College Prep Marching Band and the King Cheerleaders.

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  Proviso East Scholars, Girls’ Basketball Team Celebrated by Board of Education

 
 

Twenty Proviso East High School students along with the Proviso East girls’ basketball team were honored for their achievements by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at the Board’s regular meeting on Tuesday, March 8, at Proviso East.

Nineteen students were recognized for their role in the school’s performance expectation 2016 ACT Prep Program and “Strive for Five Campaign.” As part of the program, the students either had perfect attendance in the ACT Prep Program, showed growth in the practice exam scores of two to four points, and/or showed subject area growth of five to nine points.

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  Postseason Honors for Members of Proviso East, Proviso West Girls’ Basketball Teams

 
 

Several members of the girls’ basketball teams at Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School have received all-conference honors for the recently completed 2015-2016 season.

Savannah Clark, a senior forward at Proviso East; Caprice Hairston, a junior guard/forward at Proviso East; Damaris Green, a senior guard at Proviso East; and Cinia McCray, a senior guard at Proviso East, were named to the West Suburban Conference’s All-Conference Team. They helped lead the Lady Pirates to a 27-4 overall record and a regional championship. Their season also included a perfect 12-0 conference record as Proviso East won the West Suburban Conference Gold Division title and the Oswego East Holiday Tournament in December.

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PMSA Students Turn Out to Help Classmate in Need

 
 

Michelle Harris, a senior at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, currently is in Kentucky waiting for a new lung necessitated by an autoimmune respiratory condition.

A lung transplant can mean thousands of dollars in medical bills, so her classmates at PMSA knew that they had to do something to help out, even if just a little bit.

Through a series of fundraisers since they returned from winter break in January, students have raised more than $1,000 that they plan to send to Michelle’s family.

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  State Testing Begins on Tuesday, March 15

 
 

The testing season for students in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will begin on Tuesday, March 15, followed by the start of the administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments on Wednesday, March 16.

Juniors will take the official ACT college entrance exam on Tuesday, March 15, with March 29 scheduled as the makeup test date. The exam, which is funded by the district, will be administered in the morning. Other students who will not take the exam will arrive early in the afternoon for a shortened school day, with bus schedules adjusted accordingly.

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  Parent-Teacher Conferences on March 17

 
  Parents can learn more about their students’ progress at school and pick up their students’ report cards at the quarterly Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, March 17, at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“We are looking forward to a record turnout this year,” said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent for District 209. “Parent-Teacher Conferences are a good way for parents to meet with teachers and build partnerships that will promote student success.”

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  PMSA Students Showcase Black History in Program

 
 

Students at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy got a review of black history and culture from some of their classmates at the school’s annual Black History Program on February 19.

Performed twice as part of the observance of Black History Month, the program covered highlights of black history and culture from the slave trade to current issues facing the African-American community. This included dance, quotes from notable historical figures, and lesser-known facts.

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  PMSA Students Perform in Concert at Northwestern University

 
 

Three Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy students recently participated in the Northshore Concert Band’s “Lifetime of Music” concert at Northwestern University’s Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.

Abel Limon, a PMSA senior on flute; Alexandra Damato, a PMSA junior on tenor saxophone; and Akeelah Taylor, a PMSA junior on percussion, performed “Second Suite” by Gustav Holst and “Hands Across the Sea” by John Phillip Sousa during their performance on January 31. Their appearance, initiated by PMSA music teacher, Mr. Steve Gooden, was part of the Northshore Concert Band’s “Lifetime of Music” initiative designed “to provide a rewarding musical experience to young musicians as well as expose them to the performance opportunities that await them beyond college, whether or not they choose to pursue music as a career,” according to the band’s website.

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  District 209 Schools, Offices Closed for Pulaski Day

 
  Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy as well as the administrative offices of Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will be closed for the Casimir Pulaski Day holiday on Monday, March 7.

In addition, there will be no student attendance on Tuesday, March 8, for a building institute day.

All schools and offices in District 209 will reopen for regular business hours on Wednesday, March 9, on the Monday late start schedule.

Have a great weekend!

 
  Proviso High Schools Partners with Faith Community to Encourage Every Student to Be in School Every Day

 
  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is partnering with the Proviso Township Ministerial Alliance Network (PTMAN) to stress the importance of regular school attendance and to encourage Every Student to be in school Every Day.

The Illinois School Code requires parents/guardians of students between the ages of 6 and 17 encourage their students to be in school every day. Students are considered chronically truant if they are absent without valid cause for at least 5 percent of the preceding 180 school days. This equals only nine absences per year, or about one absence per month.

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  District 209 Students to Begin Testing in March

 
 

Students in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 soon will be in the annual testing season with the ACT college entrance exam and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams scheduled to begin in March.

Juniors will take the official ACT exam on Tuesday, March 15, with March 29 scheduled as the makeup test date. The exam, which is funded by the district, will be administered in the morning. Other students who will not take the exam will arrive early in the afternoon for a shortened school day, with bus schedules adjusted accordingly.

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  Proviso High Schools Class of 2016 Graduation Times Set

 
 

The times of the graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2016 at the three schools of Proviso Township High Schools District 209 on Saturday, May 21, have been set.

The graduation ceremony for each school will take place at the following times:

Proviso West High School – 10 a.m.
Proviso East High School – 2 p.m.
Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy – 6 p.m.

All three ceremonies will take place at the UIC Pavilion, 525 South Racine Avenue in Chicago.

 
  PMSA Achieves International Baccalaureate World School Status

 
  Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy is officially an International Baccalaureate World School.

On February 16, PMSA officially became the newest member of an ever growing global community of 4,267 schools offering the International Baccalaureate in 147 different countries. Students will be able to take the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) at the school, with the first cohort commencing their studies in August 2016.

“We wanted to offer our students a more holistic education which will instill in them the skills, knowledge, and outlook to succeed in the 21st century, both in their local community and in the wider world,” said Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA. “At the same time, we wanted to give our teachers the opportunity to be a part of an international network of experts leading the field in education. We are delighted to become an IB World School and we look forward to reaping the many benefits of the program.”

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  Proviso High Schools Board Honors PMSA State Scholars

 
 

The 23 Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy seniors who recently were named Illinois State Scholars were honored by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at the Board’s regular meeting on Tuesday, February 9, at PMSA.

Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA, said the 23 seniors should be commended for their “outstanding commitment to their education.” The 23 students are among nearly 19,000 students from the Class of 2016 across the state and 37 students from District 209 to receive the designation from the Illinois State Assistance Commission. According to ISAC, Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors, hailing from 652 different high schools across the state. Selection is based on SAT, ACT or Prairie State Achievement Exam scores, and/or class rank at the end of the junior year. High school guidance counselors work with ISAC to determine the winners.

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  Proviso East’s Joshua Terry, Proviso West’s Rhashaun Epting Sign to Study and Play Football at Colleges

 
 

Joshua Terry, a senior safety on the Proviso East High School football team, and Rhashaun Epting, a senior linebacker on the Proviso West High School, signed their letters of intent to attend and play football at the University of Central Missouri and the University of New Mexico, respectively, on February 3.

The signings were part of National Signing Day on February 3, in which football players across the country officially indicated the colleges for which they will compete and attend next year. Student-athletes were allowed to begin sending their letters of intent at 7:01 a.m. that day as college football teams signed most of their next freshman class.

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  PARCC, Paying For College, Among Lessons at Latest Parent University

 
 

Parents from Proviso Township High Schools District 209 and beyond learned more about topics ranging from understanding the new PARCC exams to the college financial aid process at the District’s sixth Parent University on Saturday, January 30, at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

The Parent University was a series of workshops and a panel discussion designed to prepare parents to help their students in high school and beyond and explain the resources and services available for success. The University is part of the District’s parent involvement through Title I and the Board of Education’s goal of improving stakeholder involvement. It was planned in collaboration with the District and the Strengthening Proviso Youth committee.

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  Parents Learn More About School at Bring Your Parents to School Day

 
 

Parents at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy got a lesson about their students’ lives at school as they attended Bring Your Parents to School Day on Tuesday, February 2.

The parents who attended the day were able to gain insights into a typical day for their students at school. They followed their students’ class schedules, joining everything from math, English, and science classes to lunch.

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Parent University is Back on January 30

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host its latest edition of Parent University from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at the district offices at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, 8601 W. Roosevelt Road in Forest Park.

The activity is part of the district’s parent enrichment through Title I and the Board of Education’s goal of improving stakeholder involvement. This event is planned in collaboration with the District and the Strengthening Proviso Youth Committee.

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  Students, “Bring Your Parents to School” on February 2

 
 

What is a typical day at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy like?

Parents will be able to learn about that as well as have opportunities to meet with their students’ teachers on Bring Your Parents to School Day on Tuesday, February 2. Bring Your Parents to School Day is one of District 209’s largest parent involvement initiatives of the year. This event is part of the Board of Education’s ongoing efforts to promote more outreach to the parents and the community.

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  PMSA Students Win Big at Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast
 
 

Two Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy students were winners at the 15th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast at the Best Western Chicago Hillside Hotel in Hillside on Monday, January 18.

This included the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2016 Dream Award at the breakfast from the Hillside Human Resources Commission, which hosted the breakfast with the Village of Hillside. The nominee needed to be involved in activities that support the dream of Dr. King including working hard in school, church, and the community to be a better citizen and helping people in need. That award went to K’winece Ray, a sophomore at PMSA. She thanked the people who had helped her, including her parents and her English teacher at PMSA, Ms. Erin Mason.

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  Proviso High Schools Named to AP District Honor Roll

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has been named to the sixth annual AP District Honor Roll for increasing access to Advanced Placement course work while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.

To be included on the list, which includes 425 school districts in the United States and Canada and 15 school districts in Illinois, a school district had to have met the following criteria based on data from 2013 through 2015:

Increased participation or access to AP.

Increased or maintained the percentage of exams taken by African-American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students.

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  37 District 209 Students Named as Illinois State Scholars

 
 

Thirty-seven seniors from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy have been named as Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois State Assistance Commission (ISAC).

The 37 students are among nearly 19,000 students from the Class of 2016 to receive the designation, which was first introduced in 1958. According to ISAC, Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors, hailing from 652 different high schools across the state. Selection is based on SAT, ACT or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment scores, and/or class rank at the end of the junior year. High school guidance counselors work with ISAC to determine the winners.

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  PMSA Ranked Among Top Illinois High Schools By National Website

 
 

Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy recently was listed as the 11th best high school in the state of Illinois by SchoolDigger.com, a national school ranking site.

The site uses data from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and compares schools from across the country. According to the data, PMSA ranked above 98.2 percent of Illinois’ high schools with an average proficiency rating of 78.5 percent on the English Language Arts portion of the PARCC exam. In the rankings, PMSA climbed to 11th out of the 612 ranked high schools in Illinois, up from 27th out of 669 in 2014.

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  District 209 Board of Education Honors Proviso West State Scholars, Golden Apple Nominees

 
  The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education honored the nine Proviso West High School students who have been named Illinois State Scholars as well as three Proviso West teachers who have been nominated for the prestigious Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching Award at its regular meeting on Tuesday, January 12, at Proviso West.

Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, said that the nine students, all seniors, had scored above the 95th percentile on the ACT and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment in being named Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. Selection is based on SAT, ACT or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment scores, and/or class rank at the end of the junior year. High school guidance counselors work with ISAC to determine the winners.

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  55th Edition of Proviso West Holiday Tournament a Thriller

 
  The 55th edition of the Proviso West Holiday Basketball Tournament showed that it is the Chicago area’s most competitive holiday tournament with four days of competitive basketball by some of the very best high school teams in the Chicagoland area on December 26 through 30.

This included the host Proviso West Panthers, who won the tournament’s consolation title with a thrilling 37-35 win over Hillcrest on December 30, culminating a streak of three straight wins. They were led by the 15 points a game during the tournament by junior guard Emmanuel Cross along with the 9.8 rebounds per game by junior forward Elijah Gibson.

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  PMSA National Honor Society Inducts New Class

 
 

The National Honor Society chapter at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy inducted 45 seniors as its latest class at its second annual induction ceremony on December 9 in the PMSA auditorium.

To be inducted into the National Honor Society at PMSA, a student needs to have a grade point average of at least 3.7 of a possible 4.0. The students who meet this criterion are then contacted and invited to submit a packet in which they answer questions about their leadership skills and community service. Students are also requested to provide the names of two teachers who will be asked to answer questions regarding the students’ character.

In addition to the 45 seniors inducted into the “Gold Society,” 42 juniors and 36 sophomores were inducted into the “Silver Society” and “Bronze Society,” respectively.

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  Madrigal Singers Celebrate Holidays, Medieval-Style

 
 

It was a night of lords and ladies, court jesters, and royalty at the 41st annual Madrigal Singers Holiday Show on December 12 and 13 at Proviso West High School.

The show featured students from Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School reenacting a 15th–century royal court. Performing in a dinner-theater atmosphere, with the Proviso West cafeteria transformed into a castle, the students served dinner and performed Madrigal-style harmonies and traditional Christmas carols.

Watson said that the Madrigal Singers in medieval times were singers hired by royals such as the queen to entertain at court. In Proviso Township High Schools District 209, it is a select group of student singers, picked through auditions and recommendations and often singing a cappella style.

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  District 209 Students Keep Pace with State on PARCC Exams

 
  Students in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 who took the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams narrowed the gap between the district and the state in meeting or exceeding standards.

According to the results, 28.1 percent of Proviso students who took the English language arts exam met or exceeded standards, compared to 34.7 percent of students across the state. On the math exam, 13.2 percent of students met or exceeded standards, compared to 18.7 percent of Illinois students.

This was a narrower gap between the district and state averages compared to the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) in 2014, the last year that the PSAE assessments were given, although much improvement is needed. In 2014, 39.1 percent of District 209 met or exceeded standards on the reading portion of the exam, compared to 56.3 percent across the state, while on the math portion, 37.5 percent of District 209 met or exceeded standards compared to 52.4 percent of Illinois students.

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  PMSA Choir Displays Holiday Spirit

 
 

Members of the Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy brought a little holiday cheer to their classmates and teachers as well as school and district workers based in their building in a series of mini-concerts on Tuesday, December 15.

Led by Mr. Matthew Brown, PMSA choir director, the students performed traditional and more recent Christmas songs such as "Sleigh Ride," "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," and "Jingle Bell Rock" for school and district workers based in their building in the school’s lobby.

It was the eighth year that PMSA choir students have performed the holiday music in what has become a tradition for the last full day of classes before semester final exams.

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  Be Ready the Next Time School is Closed

 
  It is important that parents and students in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 know what to expect if there is an emergency school closing.

If weather or any other circumstances keep District 209 from holding school on any given day, parents will receive an automated phone call and email from the District. School closing information will also be found prominently placed on the District 209 website (www.pths209.org), on our Twitter account (www.twitter.com/pths209), on local television and radio stations, and at www.emergencyclosings.com.

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  District 209 Board of Education Recognizes Proviso East High Honor Roll Students

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education recognized the achievements of 17 Proviso East High School students who earned a place on the "High" Honor Roll during the first quarter at its regular meeting on December 8 at Proviso East.

The students earned a grade point average of at least a 4.0 to earn a place on the High Honor Roll. Dr. Patrick Hardy, principal at Proviso East, said that despite challenges, the students showed their ability to succeed through their hard work and determination.

"They have the grades to prove it," he said. "This is only for the first quarter. We simply ask that you be relentless in your pursuit of excellence and that what you’re doing becomes contagious."

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  PMSA ACT Average Score Among Tops in State

 
 

The average score on the ACT college entrance exam by the Class of 2015 at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy was among the top averages in the state and the Chicagoland area, according to an analysis by the Chicago Tribune.

Members of the Class of 2015 at PMSA earned an average composite score of 22.6 out of a possible 36, with most of the students taking the exam in April 2014 during their junior years. This placed PMSA 65th out of the 666 high schools in Illinois and tied for 31st out of the 261 high schools with an ACT score in the Chicagoland area, according to the Tribune’s analysis.

The 22.6 also was above the state average ACT composite score of 20.5, according to the Tribune, and the national average ACT composite score of 21. The ACT composite score is the average of the four parts of the exam that is English, reading, math, and science.

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  PMSA Theater 2 Class Performs in Theater Showcase

 
 

The Theater 2 class at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy performed scenes from the play, "It’s Not Me, It’s You," in a theater showcase in the PMSA Auditorium on December 2.

Ms. Mary Scherer-Emunds, theater teacher at PMSA, said that the Theater 2 class is a new performance class and the Theater Showcase is a performance that is scheduled for once a quarter.

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  Take Survey on Qualities and Characteristics of District 209’s Next Superintendent

 
  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has begun a search for a new superintendent, and you can provide input in the process.

Students, faculty, staff members, parents, and community can provide that input in a survey that is now on the District 209 website in English and in Spanish. In the survey, you can provide input on the qualities and characteristics desired in the new superintendent. The results from this and earlier community meetings will be used to develop the Leadership Profile, which will be used by consultants BWP and Associates of Libertyville to recruit and screen potential candidates. All surveys are held confidential, and must be completed by December 18, 2015.

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  Madrigal Singers to Host 41st Madrigal Dinner December 12 and 13

 
  Proviso West High School will be the scene of two days of lords and ladies, court jesters, and royalty at the 41st annual Madrigal Singers Dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 12, and a matinee at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 13, at Proviso West High School.

The shows are a fundraiser for the Proviso East and Proviso West choral music departments that reenact a 15th–century royal court. Guests will be served a three-course candlelight meal in a dinner-theater atmosphere, with the cafeteria transformed into a castle. During this time, those in attendance will be entertained with Madrigal-style harmonies, dances, comedic and dramatic sketches, and traditional holiday vocal music.

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  District 209 Invites Staff and Community to Provide Input in Superintendent Search

 
  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has begun a search for a new superintendent.

To facilitate that search, the Board of Education interviewed superintendent search firms and chose BWP and Associates from Libertyville, Illinois, to conduct the search.

The Board now invites staff and community to provide input in the process in two ways.

First, BWP consultants will conduct focus groups on Tuesday, December 8.  Selected students and all faculty and staff are invited to participate during the day at each school.   In addition, parents and community are invited and encouraged to attend an open community meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Proviso East High School, 807 South First Avenue in Maywood.

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  Proviso West Soccer Player Named to Chicago Fire All-Academic Team

 
 

A member of the Proviso West High School boys’ soccer team has been named to the 2015 Chicago Fire Boys’ All-State All-Academic second team.

Manuel Sida, who is a senior at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy and a midfielder on the Proviso West boys’ soccer team, was the most valuable player for the Panthers, said coach, Mr. Carlos Villanueva. He was one of 106 student-athletes from across the state of Illinois to be named to one of the All-State All-Academic Teams.

“It’s always good to be recognized,” Manuel said. “My family and my coach helped me and told me to push myself.”

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  Proviso West Student Tailors Help Madrigal Singers Prepare for Show

 
 

The Proviso Madrigal Singers will be hosting their annual Madrigal Dinner Concert, with a little help from their classmates at Proviso West.

Students in Ms. Connie Jesukaitis’ fashion technology classes are doing the alterations on the outfits that the Madrigal Singers will be wearing in their show, lengthening and shortening pants hems and dress lengths where needed.

Ms. Salina Watson, choir director, said that she had previously used a professional tailor to do the alterations for the students. She said that this year, she wanted to cut costs and provide students “some experience and exposure to teamwork.”

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  PMSA Counselor Honored by Board of Education

 
 

A guidance counselor at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy was recognized for her work by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at its regular meeting on Tuesday, November 10, at PMSA.

Ms. Amy Paulus recently won an Award of Recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education as part of the ISBE’s Those Who Excel Awards Program on October 17 in Normal. Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA, said that Ms. Paulus is a hard worker who is continually asked to sponsor student programs such as the National Honor Society.

“She is considered gifted and talented within her own right,” Dr. Karvelas said of Ms. Paulus said. “Her valuable expertise, her commitment, her loyalty to the administration, to the students, to the faculty and to the school add to the foundation that helps support PMSA.

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  Board of Education Committee Meeting Report for October 2015

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education held several committee meetings during the month of October. Please note that no official actions are taken during committee meetings – only discussions.

Education Committee – October 22

The meeting focused on the work done by subgroups examining the Empower 3000 literacy program and the APEX program used for credit recovery and summer school.

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  District 209, Proviso East, Honored for Best Practices

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 and Proviso East High School recently were honored by the Des Plaines Valley Region (DVR) Education for Employment for “Best Practices” for two of their career and technical education programs.

District 209 received its recognition for its Cohort Learning Model in the Human Services/Performance Care category for its barber school and cosmetology program. The programs are conducted in collaboration with the Erskine Reeves Barber Academy and Ms. Roberts’ Beauty Academy in Hillside, respectively, and were started during the 2014-2015 school year. Combined, they currently have about 60 students from Proviso East and Proviso West enrolled.

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  School and District Report Cards Released by State, PARCC Tests Not Included

 
  The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has released the 2015 State, School, and District Report cards. However, results for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams that students took last year have not yet been released.

The Online Report Card, found at illinoisreportcard.com, showed that District 209 schools made gains in several areas.

The district’s graduation rate climbed by three percentage points to 74 percent, according to the report. This included a three-point gain in the graduation rate at Proviso East High School (61 percent) and a four-point gain at Proviso West High School (74 percent). The state average is 85 percent, down a percentage point from the previous year.

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  Proviso Students Learn About Careers in Health Care, Other Fields

 
 

Ms. Shaneah Taylor said at a recent Career Spotlight Series talk that a health care career is something that can be pursued from different fields of study.

“Your interests and your passions can come into play in a health care career,” she said to a group of students from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, and other area high schools at PMSA recently.

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  District 209 Schools, Offices Closed for Veterans Day

 
  Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy as well as the administrative offices of Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will be closed for the Veterans Day holiday on Wednesday, November 11.

All schools and offices in District 209 will reopen for regular business hours on Thursday, November 12.

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

 
 

Local feeder schools within Proviso Township High Schools District 209 are beginning the process of preparing eighth-grade students for high school entry by administering the EXPLORE exam from October 26 to November 6, 2015.

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

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  State Board of Education Honors District 209 Educators

 
 

Seven educators from Proviso Township High Schools District 209 were honored with Awards of Recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education on October 17 in Normal as part of the ISBE’s Those Who Excel Awards Program.

Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, was received an Award of Recognition in the School Administrator category, while Ms. Amy Paulus, guidance counselor at PMSA, was honored in the Student Support Personnel category, and Mrs. Devon Harris, a special education at Proviso West High School, was recognized in the Classroom Teacher category. In addition, an Award of Recognition in the Team category went to the English 3 Team from Proviso East High School, made up of Ms. Elizabeth Walker, the team leader and now assistant principal for educational services at Proviso East; Ms. Katz, the special education liaison on the team, and Ms. Glickman and Mr. Alexander, Proviso East English teachers. They were among more than 250 educators from across Illinois to be recognized at the banquet at the Marriott Bloomington-Normal Hotel in Normal just off of the Illinois State University campus.

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  Proviso College Fair Wraps Up College Application Month in District 209

 
 

More than 400 students from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy attended the Proviso College Fair at Proviso West High School on October 27 as Proviso Township High Schools wrapped up its observation of College Application Month.

Seniors at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy have focused on applying for college during the month of October. The focus on completing the college applications was part of District 209’s participation in Illinois College Application Month. Organized by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, Illinois College Application Month is an annual event designed to promote the completing of college applications by high school seniors across the state.

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  PMSA Counseling Department to Host Parent Night On November 2

 
  The counseling department at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy will host a meeting for all freshmen, sophomores, and juniors and their parents/guardians at 6 p.m. on Monday, November 2, in the PMSA auditorium.

The meeting will cover the scheduling process for the 2016-2017 school year and other important information. Guidance counselors also will be able to answer questions.

It is highly recommended that all freshmen, sophomores, and juniors and their parents/guardians attend this meeting. For more information, please contact Ms. Connie Paprocki, counselor for grades 9-11, A-L, at 708-338-4174; Ms. Stephanie Gockley, counselor for grades 9-11, M-Z, at 708-338-4177; or Ms. Amy Paulus, counselor for grades 12 and Pre-IB, at 708-338-4173.

 
  Proviso West Girls’ Volleyball Team Appreciates Teachers

 
 

Nine teachers from Proviso West High School and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy were honored by the Proviso West girls’ volleyball team at its Teacher Appreciation Night on October 1.

Before their match against East Aurora, the team recognized the following teachers:

  • Mr. Francis Lattyak, Proviso West science teacher
  • Mr. Mathew Fierer, Proviso West science teacher
  • Ms. Diana Medina, Proviso West social studies teacher
  • Mr. Sergio Castillo, Proviso West math teacher
  • Mr. Jerry Jenkins, Proviso West art teacher
  • Dr. Alvaro Serna, PMSA science teacher
  • Dr. Greta Mitchell-Williams, PMSA science teacher
  • Ms. Mahera Beidas, PMSA science teacher
  • Ms. Erin Mason, PMSA English teacher

This is the second year that the Proviso West girls’ volleyball team has honored District 209 teachers with tokens of their appreciation, said Mr. Jenkins, who also is the girls’ volleyball coach at Proviso West.

Congratulations to all!

 
  Community Meeting Focuses on Proviso Youth

 
 

More than 70 community leaders from across Proviso Township gathered at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy on Thursday, October 15, to discuss ways to strengthening youth in Proviso.

Organized by the Strengthening Proviso Youth committee in collaboration with Proviso Township High Schools District 209, the meeting examined different ways that leaders and organizations including libraries, schools, and individual communities can engage youth to be their very best.

"There were 70 leaders who by their presence and participation demonstrated that they are committed to helping all Proviso youth grow up in a safe, supportive, and thriving community and become career or college ready," said Ms. Pat Shehorn, chair of the Strengthening Proviso Youth committee. "They showed amazing energy and commitment, and we thank them for their support."

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  Proviso West Teacher Honored By Board of Education

 
 

A Proviso West High School special education teacher was honored by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at its regular meeting on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at Proviso West High School.

Mrs. Devon Harris has been designated for the Award of Recognition in the Illinois State Board of Education Those Who Excel education awards program. Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, said that she has been instrumental in making significant changes to improve the academic performance and career readiness of special education students at Proviso West.

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  District 209 Barber School Program is a Success

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 barber school program with Erskine Reeves Barber Academy is a success, Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent for District 209, told the Board of Education at its regular meeting on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at Proviso West High School.

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 received an update on the district’s barber school program through Erskine Reeves Barber Academy at the meeting. Board members heard an update on the program through a report by Mrs. Kim Echols, District 209 assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and a video (which can be seen here). Dr. Collins-Hart said that the program has been successful.

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  Immunization Reminder: Proof of Immunization or Religious Exemption Due by October 15

 
  Effective August 3, 2015, parents and legal guardians who object to vaccinating their students for religious reasons are required to submit a Certificate of Religious Exemption, signed by a health care provider, as stated in Public Act 99-024. Previously, a parent could simply submit a statement of objection.

The Certificate of Religious Exemption form is available at on the Illinois State Board of Education website: www.isbe.net/research/pdfs/immun-exam-gdlns-religious-exempt.pdf.

The requirement for a Certificate of Religious Exemption will take effect October 16. This date means any students who enroll after October 15 or who have not yet provided proof of immunization must provide a Certificate of Religious Exemption. However, students who have already gone through the process would not be required to revisit a health care provider.

Additional information and some best practices on immunizations are available on the agency website at www.isbe.net/research/pdfs/immunization-guidance.pdf.

 
 

On Thursday, October 8, the girls’ volleyball teams from Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School played each other in their annual match versus each other at Proviso West.

While Proviso West won the match, the real winners were both teams and cancer research at “Volley for a Cure.”

“Volley for a Cure” was originally started at Proviso West seven years ago, according to Mr. Jerry Jenkins, Proviso West girls’ volleyball head coach, as Proviso West designated one game each season as a fundraiser for cancer research. This was in honor of Ms. Diana Medina, a Proviso West assistant coach and a breast cancer survivor. The event eventually evolved to the annual match against Proviso East in a show of unity against a common foe during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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  Applications for Loyola Health Professions Program Now Available

 
 

Students at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy can apply to Loyola University Medical Center’s Health Professions and Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP) now through October 19.

HPREP is dedicatedtoalleviating health care disparities by encouraging high school students from underrepresented groups to pursue careers as health professionals. Starting on October 31, the Loyola HPREP program takes place on Saturday mornings at the Stritch School of Medicine. In the program, students engage in a variety of structured activities that include hands on-workshops, panel discussions, and clinical skills training.

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  Parent-Teacher Conferences on October 15

 
  Parents can learn more about their students’ progress at school and pick up their students’ report cards at the quarterly Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, October 15, at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on October 15 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“We are looking forward to a record turnout this year,” said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent for District 209. “Parent-Teacher Conferences are a good way for parents to meet with teachers and build partnerships that will promote student success.”

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  Parent University Highlights New Topics

 
 

Parents from Proviso Township High Schools District 209’s three schools learned a little more about succeeding in high school at the District’s fifth Parent University on Saturday, October 3, at Proviso East High School.

The Parent University was a series of workshops and a panel discussion designed to prepare parents to help their students in high school and beyond and explain the resources and services available for success. The University was part of the District’s parent involvement through Title I and the Board of Education’s goal of improving stakeholder involvement. It was planned in collaboration with the District and the Strengthening Proviso Youth committee.

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  PMSA Gets Surprise Donation from Local Business

 
 

Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy received a surprise from a business in the community on Bring Your Parents to School Day on October 1.

As part of the welcome of parents in the school’s auditorium, the PMSA theater department was set to perform a 30-minute skit, Edgar Lee Masters’ “Spoon River Anthology.” Before the performance began, Mr. Jeffrey Bates, manager of Ultra Foods in Forest Park, walked into the auditorium with his team to present a check for $500. The money could be spent any way school officials deemed fit, he said.

“It is our way of giving back to our community,” said Mr. Bates, who stayed for the students’ performance.

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  Schools Welcome Parents on Bring Your Parents to School Day

 
 

Parents got a taste of life at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy on Thursday, October 1, as they accompanied their students to class on Bring Your Parents to School Day.

The parents who attended the day were able to gain insights into a typical day for their students at school. They followed their students’ class schedules, joining everything from math, English, and science classes to lunch.

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  Proviso West Defeats Proviso East in East-West Game

 
 

The Proviso West High School football team defeated Proviso East High School 20-0 at Proviso East High School on Saturday, October 3, in the two schools’ annual rivalry game.

The win is the Panthers’ seventh straight in the series with the Pirates.

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  District 209 Schools, Offices Closed for Columbus Day

 
  Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy as well as the administrative offices of Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will be closed for the Columbus Day holiday on Monday, October 12.

All schools and offices in District 209 will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, October 13.

Have a great weekend!

 
  SAVE THE DATE: Parent University Returns on October 3

 
 

Mark your calendars for football and Parent University on October 3!

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host its latest edition of Parent University from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at Proviso East High School, 807 South First Avenue in Maywood. The activity is part of the district’s parent enrichment through Title I and the Board of Education’s goal of improving stakeholder involvement.

The Parent University is a series of workshops designed to prepare parents to help their students in high school and beyond. Students from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy can earn one hour of community service credit for each of their parents who attend. In addition, those who complete three sessions will earn a voucher good for free admission to the Proviso West at Proviso East varsity football game at 1:30 p.m. on October 3 as well as a free hot dog.

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  PMSA Students Register to Vote

 
 

Older students at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy got an opportunity to join in the democratic process on Tuesday, September 22, as they could register to vote outside of the school’s cafeteria.

Conducted by deputy registrars who are PMSA students themselves and facilitated in part by PMSA humanities department chair, Ms. Patricia Howard, the voter registration drive was part of a program by the Cook County Clerk's Office as part of National Voter Registration Day.

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  District 209 Leadership Focuses on Restorative Justice

 
 

With the start of the 2015-16 school year, Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has instituted a different approach to discipline through restorative justice.

The program was discussed at the first leadership cadre of the school year on September 16 at PMSA. Leadership cadre brings together administrators and other leaders, including teachers, from across District 209 to discuss and learn about topics that can benefit the district’s schools.

According to Ms. Antoinette Rayburn, District 209 guidance department chair, restorative justice is a “holistic approach to discipline” to use other means of restoring the student on the right path before resorting to other consequences. Those alternatives include counseling, peer “peace circles” where students talk amongst themselves, and other methods.

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  PMSA to Host Senior Parent Night October 7

 
 

The counseling department at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy will host a meeting for all PMSA seniors and their parents/guardians at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7, in the PMSA auditorium.

The meeting will cover the college process for this year, with counselors on hand to answer questions.

It is highly recommended that all seniors and their parents/guardians attend this informational meeting.

For more information, contact Ms. Amy Paulus at 708-338-4173.

 
  Visit PMSA at Open House on October 8

 
 

During a series of open houses this fall, prospective students for the 2016-17 school year and their families can learn about the programs and activities available at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, with the first one scheduled for Thursday, October 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Applications for admission are being accepted in November and December, with a January 15, 2016, deadline.

Attending an open house is not a requirement for admission, but it is recommended. During the open houses, the students and their families will see a presentation about the classes and programs at PMSA, take a tour of the school, and meet with faculty, staff members, and students. Those unable to attend the open house on October 4 also can visit the school on November 5 and December 3, both of which take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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  Pirates and Panthers to Face Off in Annual Rivalry Game on Saturday

 
 

The Battle of Proviso football game comes to Proviso East High School on Saturday, October 3, as the Proviso East High School Pirates take on the Proviso West High School Panthers.

Game time is at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $3 each for students and seniors, and $4 each for adults. Proviso West won last year’s rivalry game at Proviso East, with the Panthers defeating the Pirates, 28-14.

An added bonus for this game will be that parents can receive free admission as well as a voucher for a free hot dog, drink, and snack at the game by participating in the Parent University from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 3, also at Proviso East. Parents can learn about topics ranging from paying for college and resources for success to discussions on issues affecting young men of color and Latino students and families. For more information, contact Rob Daniel at 708-338-5903 or rdaniel@pths209.org.

Other upcoming home games for the Proviso East and Proviso West football teams are Proviso West’s homecoming game on Friday, October 9, versus and Proviso East’s homecoming versus Addison Trail on Saturday, October 17.

 
  PMSA Senior Honored Among Top Hispanic Students Nationally

 
 

A senior at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy has been honored among the top Hispanic high school students in the nation.

Erick Rodriguez received academic recognition in the College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program based on his score on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) that he took during his junior year. He is among 5,000 students selected from among about 250,000 Hispanic high school students for the honor.

“This is my first recognition nationally,” Erick said. “I was very glad and my parents were glad because it’s a nice distinction to have.”

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  Students, “Bring Your Parents to School” on October 1

 
 

What is a typical day at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy like?

Parents will be able to learn about that as well as have opportunities to meet with their students’ teachers on Bring Your Parents to School Day on Thursday, October 1. Bring Your Parents to School Day is one of District 209’s largest parent involvement initiatives of the year. This event is part of the Board of Education’s ongoing efforts to promote more outreach to the parents and the community.

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  District 209 Administrators Receive Training in Literacy Program

 
 

Administrators throughout Proviso Township High Schools District 209 have been receiving training in the best methods of administering the District’s literacy program.

On August 27, a group of district administrators attended a training session on administering the Empower 3000 literacy program. Under Empower 3000, now in its third year at Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School, students can read up to 17,000 non-fiction articles online, each adjusted to the student’s current reading level. The program allows students to work on skills such as vocabulary and critical thinking.

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  Be Sure to Get Immunizations, Physicals Before Starting School
 
  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 welcomes back all students for the 2015-16 school year.

However, before reporting back to school, all students in the district must have at least a ninth-grade Illinois physical and up-to-date immunizations on file, including the Tdap vaccination for ninth-graders and meningococcal conjugate vaccination (MCV) for seniors.

Parents need to ensure that their students’ physicals are complete and include details of the students’ health history. Parents also must answer all of the questions on the physical form, sign and date the form, and complete the diabetes screening questions that are attached.

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  New Certificate of Religious Exemption Form Requirements

 
  Effective August 3, 2015, parents and legal guardians who object to vaccinating their students for religious reasons are required to submit a Certificate of Religious Exemption, signed by a health care provider, as stated in Public Act 99-024. Previously, a parent could simply submit a statement of objection.

The Certificate of Religious Exemption form is available at on the Illinois State Board of Education website here.

The requirement for a Certificate of Religious Exemption will take effect October 16. This date means any students who enroll after October 15 or who have not yet provided proof of immunization must provide a Certificate of Religious Exemption. However, students who have already gone through the process would not be required to revisit a health care provider.

Additional information and some best practices on immunizations are available on the agency website at www.isbe.net/research/pdfs/immunization-guidance.pdf.

 
  State Education Board to Host Back-to-School Webinar for Parents on September 23

 
  The Illinois PTA and Dr. Tony Smith, State Superintendent of Schools in Illinois, will host a Back-to-School Webinar for Parents at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23.

Dr. Smith and Mr. Matthew Rodriguez, president of the Illinois PTA, will discuss statewide education initiatives and how parents and schools can work together to help their students succeed. Dr. Smith will outline his five key area of focus to guide the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), including finances, quality education, district autonomy, competency-based learning, and how school districts and schools are the centers of healthy communities.

The upcoming score report release for the first administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam and how the results compare to those of previous state tests also will be discussed.

To log in and to register, please click here.

The discussion is expected to last approximately one hour.

 
  23 PMSA Students Named As AP Scholars

 
 

Twenty-three students from the Classes of 2015 and 2016 at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy have been named as AP Scholars by the College Board, which administers the Advanced Placement exams.

The students were recognized for at a minimum scoring at least a 3 out of a possible 5 on three or more AP exams during their high school careers. According to the College Board, students were rated based on the following categories:

  • AP Scholar: Granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams
  • AP Scholar with Honor: Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams
  • AP Scholar with Distinction: Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

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  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education Joins With State, Other Districts on Vision 20/20 Plan

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education approved joining with the state education group Vision 20/20 in focusing on continuous improvement, recognizing the diversity of struggling schools, and eliminating achievement gaps.

The Board approval follows the signing in August by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner of a second legislative bill sponsored by the Vision 20/20 group. The bill allows for local flexibility, promotes shared accountability, and is sensitive to local district improvements, according to Vision 20/20, which brings input from more than 3,000 stakeholders to press for more action statewide and locally to benefit the education of Illinois’ 2 million students. This includes taking into consideration a school district’s professional practice to improve student performance as well as the current model of looking at state assessment scores in reading and mathematics.

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  All-School Testing Day at Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA September 15

 
 

Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Math and Science Academy will participate in all-school testing on September 15.

The testing will be administered in four parts: English, mathematics, reading, and science, during the course of the testing session. Freshmen, sophomores, and junior will take a practice ACT, which will prepare them to eventually take the ACT college entrance exam. Juniors will take the ACT in the spring.

Dr. Diane Deckert, director of assessment and planning for the District, said that the tests are used to determine the quality of the programs at the District’s schools and the needs of the students. She said that students should take the tests seriously and be prepared for them.

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  District 209’s Dr. Collins-Hart Announces Resignation as Superintendent

 
  Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of Proviso Township High Schools District 209, has announced her resignation as superintendent, effective June 30, 2016.

Dr. Collins-Hart, currently in her eighth year as superintendent of District 209, said that she leaves with great memories of the people with whom she has worked and the accomplishments that have been made during her tenure.

“While facing numerous challenges, I feel honored to have been able to serve the students in our district,” she said. “But challenges are meant to be faced, and we are definitely moving in the right direction. As I reflect on my tenure in the district, I marvel at where we were when I arrived and where we are today.”

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  District 209 Staff Excel With State Awards

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 staff members will be honored with four awards in the 2015 Illinois State Board of Education’s Those Who Excel education awards.

     

The English 3 team of Ms. Elizabeth Walker, Ms. Ashley Glickman, Mr. Clinton Alexander, and Ms. Susan Katz from Proviso East High School has won an Award of Recognition in the Team category, while Mrs. Devon Harris, a special education teacher at Proviso West High School, won an Award of Recognition in the Classroom Teacher category. In addition, Ms. Amy Paulus, a guidance counselor at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, and Dr. Bessie Karvelas, PMSA principal, won Awards of Recognition in the Student Support Personnel and School Administrator categories, respectively.

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  District 209 Schools, Offices Closed for Labor Day

 
  Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy as well as the administrative offices of Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will be closed for the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 7.

All schools and offices in District 209 will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, September 8.

Have a great weekend!

 
  Proviso Students Get More Breakfast, Lunch Options (and For Free)

 
 

Students in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 have more healthy options for breakfast and lunch this new school year, and they do not have to pay for it.

More fruits and vegetables, less sugary soda and drinks, yogurt, and a renewed emphasis on whole grain and freshly cooked entrees are on the menu. While familiar standbys such as burgers and pizza are still available, healthier entrees that meet new USDA guidelines, said Mr. Robert Carter, food service director for District 209.

“This is to encourage students to start eating healthier,” Mr. Carter said.

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  District 209 Schools Welcome Back Students on First Day of Classes

 
 

It was a smooth start to the 2015-2016 school year as students at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy adjusted to their new schedules and new teachers, and for freshmen and new students, their new buildings.

Students experienced everything that the first day of school provides in finding their way to new classes and meeting new classmates and their teachers through activities that helped them learn what is expected of them in their classes.

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  Proviso High School Students Sweep Boykin Essay Contest Honors

 
 

Two recent Proviso Township High Schools District 209 graduates and a Proviso East High School student recently claimed the top three awards in the “Be Heard: One Vote Can Change the World Essay Contest” sponsored by Cook County Commissioner, Richard Boykin.

Peyton Greenwood, a 2015 Proviso West High School graduate, won the top prize of $1,000 with her essay. Azher Jaweed, a 2015 Proviso Mathematics and Science academy graduate, won second place and $750 with his essay, while Jonathan Dudley, now a senior at Proviso East, won third place and $500. They were honored by Ms. Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President, at the Cook County Commissioners meeting on July 1.

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  District 209 Welcomes Back Faculty and Staff at District Institute Day

 
 

Faculty and staff at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy welcomes the 2015-2016 school year with a warm greeting, some professional development, and a little bit of fun at the annual District Institute Day on August 12 at Proviso East High School.

Throughout the day, they heard from each other as well as Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, as well as Mrs. Theresa L. Kelly, President of the District 209 Board of Education. Mrs. Kelly stressed the importance of working together, while Dr. Collins-Hart encouraged teachers and staff members to believe in themselves as she discussed the progress that has been made at the District’s schools and the work that remains to be done.

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  District 209’s New Teachers Get Oriented to New Schools

 
 

The 28 new teachers of Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy were welcomed to District 209 at the annual New Teacher Orientation on August 10 and 11 at PMSA.

During the two-day orientation, the teachers learned the ropes of working in Proviso Township High Schools, attending sessions of instruction that works and effective classroom management strategies to how to use the PowerSchool system and emergency procedures in their buildings.

They also heard from Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. She encouraged the teachers to participate in the life of their respective schools.

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  Incoming Freshman Learn the Ropes at Proviso’s Freshman Transition Program

 
 

More than 575 incoming students attended the third annual Freshman Transition Program at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy on August 10 and 11.

The two-day program was well-attended, with about 580 students attending the sessions at all three schools. The Freshman Transition program is designed to provide incoming freshmen with the support that they will need for a successful start to their high school careers, said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. This is in addition to the traditional Freshman Orientation, which takes place on Friday, August 14.

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  D209 Students to Get Free Breakfast, Lunch

 
 

Students in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will be able to get breakfast and lunch provided to them at no charge starting with the new school year, regardless of whether they qualified for free or reduced-price lunch in the past.

District 209 will be implementing a new option available to schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2015-2016 school year.  Schools that participate in the CEP are able to provide healthy breakfasts and lunches each day at no charge for all students enrolled in that CEP school during the 2015-2016 school year.  As a result, students and their families at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy will not need to submit lunch applications.

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  Students May Register for School, Pick Up Textbooks August 3-7

 
  From August 3 through 7, students who did not participate in early registration at Proviso Township High Schools District 209’s three schools may register for the 2014-15 school year. During registration, students may pick up their textbooks, student identifications, bus routes, and class schedules.

Registration at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day from August 3 to 7. Monday, August 3, will be for freshmen, Tuesday, August 4, will be for sophomores, Wednesday, August 5, will be for juniors, and Thursday, August 6, will be for seniors. Friday, August 7, will be a make-up for those who were unable to come to PMSA on their assigned days.

At Proviso East High School, students and their parents may complete registration and pick up their needed items from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, August 3, Wednesday, August 5, and Friday, August 7. The school also will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4, and Thursday, August 6, for registration. Counselors will be on hand to answer any questions concerning classes. In addition, parents may also purchase the mandatory gym uniform for physical education classes. Shirts are $10 each, and a pair of shorts cost $10 each.

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  District 209 to Host Freshman Transition Program August 10-11

 
 

Members of the Class of 2019 will be able to participate in a freshman transition program August 10 and 11 at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

The freshman transition program is designed to provide incoming freshmen with the support that they will need for a successful start to their high school careers, said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. This is in addition to the traditional Freshman Orientation, which will occur on August 14.

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  District 209 Students Tour State Colleges

 
 

Students from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy each spent a week in June touring colleges around Chicago and across Illinois.

The students groups from District 209’s three schools visited schools including Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal, and Northern Illinois University in DeKalb as well as Chicago-area schools including Northwestern University, DePaul University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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  District 209 Security Staff Maintains Training

 
 

Members of the security staffs at Proviso Township High Schools District 209’s schools receive continual training in methods in responding to different situations.

That training for the security supervisors and staff members at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy continued during the last week of July at PMSA with training through Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) of Milwaukee.

Throughout the training, staffers learned about nonviolent crisis intervention methods. This included communicating nonverbally through body position, responding to verbal behavior issues, and if necessary, physical interventions.

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  Board of Education Honors Top Scholars

 
 

The top scholars from the Class of 2015 at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy were honored by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at its regular meeting on Tuesday, June 9, at PMSA.

Honored were the following graduated seniors and top scholars:

Ebere Agwuncha, who was named the research scholar of distinction at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy. She will major in biomedical engineering at Iowa State University.

Hailey Caffie, who was named the research scholar of distinction at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy. She will study animal science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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  Proviso Graduating Seniors Top $25 Million in Scholarships

 
 

Graduating seniors in Proviso Township High Schools were awarded more than $25 million in scholarships from colleges, universities, and local organizations in 2015.

College-bound students from Proviso East High School, who accounted for more than half of Proviso East’s graduating class, earned a total of $7.1 million in scholarships and grants, nearly doubling the totals awarded in previous years. Graduating seniors at Proviso West High School earned nearly $8.2 million in scholarships, again topping the previous years’ marks. Graduating seniors from Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy won a total of nearly $10.4 million in scholarships. The $25.67 million in awards were presented to the students based on criteria such as academics, community service, and activities.

Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that the seniors who were awarded the scholarships had worked hard for the awards.

“These scholarships recognize the efforts that students have put into their academics and other activities,” she said. “These awards continue to show the high academic standards that our students are able to meet. We congratulate them on their success and we wish them well in all of their future endeavors.”

Congratulations to all of our award winners!

 
  Proviso Students Get Extra Help During Summer

 
 

Students in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 have been getting extra help in achieving excellence in high school, thanks to a series of summer programs.

Five hundred ninety-four students at Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School have been participating in credit recovery classes that help them catch up on the classes needed for graduation. Also, in addition to the third year of the freshman reading program at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, 77 incoming freshmen at Proviso East and Proviso West have been participating in a new freshman summer support program designed to help them learn the necessary skills needed to succeed in high school.

“We are always looking for new ways to help our students achieve academic success, especially for those transitioning to high school,” said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. “With these programs, we are taking the steps in the right direction in helping our students to achieve and be better prepared to learn what they need to know for success in high school and in life.”

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