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

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

  Board of Education Recognizes Teacher Who Won State Award


A Proviso West High School English teacher who recently won a state award was recognized by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at its regular meeting on Wednesday, October 15, at Proviso West.

Ms. Lindsey Coppola has been designated a winner of the Award of Recognition by the Illinois State Board of Education’s Those Who Excel selection committee. Ms. Coppola will be honored with another District 209 instructor, Ms. Erin Mason, an English teacher at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, at the Those Who Excel Banquet in Normal on October 25.

Mr. Joseph Kosina, a Proviso West assistant principal, read from a letter by Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, saying that Ms. Coppola has been instrumental in “implementing significant change to improve academic performance and college readiness for our students.” He added that students and parents are committed to her and recognize her as a role model.


  District 209 Board of Education Approves New ACT Testing Program

  The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education approved the order of the ACT Aspire testing program for students.

The ACT Aspire testing program would be used primarily with freshmen and sophomores, said Mrs. Kim Echols, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for District 209. She said that the program would help to prepare students for the ACT college entrance exam that they take as juniors and also help teachers identify areas where they need help.

“The ACT Aspire consists of a continuum of interim and summative assessments for students in grades 9 and 10,” Mrs. Echols said. “It is aligned with (the new) Common Core Standards and is administered online.”

Students taking part in the testing program will take two tests each in English, reading, mathematics, and science, with the Aspire test administered at the end of the school year in a school computer lab with their classroom teacher.

Mrs. Echols also said the material in the ACT Aspire program can be used for juniors who need extra help in preparing for the ACT as they also take part in the ACT Cambridge prep program before they take the college entrance exam in the spring.

  District 209 Students Represent Schools as Infinite Scholars


Eighty-five students from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy attended the Chicago Annual Fall Scholarship Fair on September 26 at Frederick Douglass Academy High School in Chicago, with several obtaining acceptance to many of the colleges.

The scholarship fair, sponsored by Infinite Scholars Program, Inc., featured more than 50 colleges and universities, ranging from regional schools such as Ferris State University and the University of Northern Iowa to historical black colleges and universities such as Jackson State University in Mississippi and Stillman College in Alabama.

To qualify to attend the scholarship fair, a high school student needed to have at least a 3.0 grade point average, their ACT score, a resume, two letters of recommendation, and a 250-word essay explaining why a higher education is important to them.


  District 209 Schools Welcome Parents on Bring Your Parents to School Day


Parents at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy got a look into the lives of their students on Wednesday, October 1, 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.

Bring Your Parents to School Day has been a tradition in District 209 since 2002, when it was first introduced by then-Board of Education President, Mrs. Theresa L. Kelly. The event is one of District 209’s largest parent involvement initiatives of the year, and is part of the Board of Education’s ongoing efforts to promote more outreach to the parents and the community.


  PMSA Principal, Staff Members Take ALS Ice Bucket Challenge


On the morning of Thursday, August 28, Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, received a challenge that she said that she could not turn down.

The challenge: Take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The challenge, which went viral on social media including Facebook during the summer, involves the dumping of a bucket of ice water on someone's head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS – commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). It also encourages participants to make donations to research.

Dr. Karvelas said that she decided to take the challenge that day after school, partially based on challenges from Khushi Suri, a PMSA senior, as well as her son’s girlfriend. She also said that a close friend of her family has ALS.


  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 13.

All schools and offices in District 209 will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, October 14.

Have a great weekend!

  Visit PMSA at Open Houses


During a series of open houses this fall, prospective students for the 2015-16 school year and their families can learn about the programs and activities available at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, with the first one on Wednesday, October 8, from 6:30 p.m. Applications for admission are being accepted in November and December, with a January 15, 2015, 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 8 also can visit the school on November 12 and December 4, both events also occurring from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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