Top Graduates and Research Scholars from PTHS 209’s Class of 2009!


Proviso East Class of 2009 Valedictorian, Clameirdre Prince (left), of Broadview is graduating at the top of her senior class with a 4.3 G.P.A. Prince has received a full Chancellor’s Scholarship to Purdue University and plans to major in engineering.

Proviso East Class of 2009 Valedictorian Dinishia Wolford (right), of Broadview, is also graduating at the top of her senior class with a 4.3 G.P.A. Upon graduation, Dinishia will attend Marquette University to become a Nurse.

“These two students are extremely bright and determined young ladies,” said Proviso East Principal Milton Patch. “During their time here at Proviso East, they have remained active, and positive. I know they will be successful at whatever they do and make their families and communities proud while continuing to display Pirate Pride.”

  Proviso East to Host Volleyball Camp and a Free Baseball Camp

  Proviso East High School will hold summer volleyball and baseball camps for Middle and High School students to get involved, have fun, and stay active over the summer.

The Proviso East Girls’ Volleyball program will sponsor the summer camp for girls in 5th through 8th grades. The program will be held from June 15th to June 19th.

Volleyball Campers will learn basic skills such as passing, setting, and serving. On the last day of camp the girls will showcase their skills in a variety of games and will also receive a t-shirt.

There will also be volleyball camp for high school students from June 15th to June 18th. Space is limited. To Register for Volleyball camp or if you have questions, please contact Coach Emily Tonon at or call 708-449-9588.

A free summer Baseball Camp will also be held at Proviso East for 8th grade students. Baseball Camp starts on June 12th. Uniforms will be provided. Campers are asked to bring gloves, hats, and baseball spikes. For more information on Baseball Camp, contact Coach Lid at

  Proviso East Auto Shop to Expand Auto Program and Student Enrichment


Proviso East’s Auto Shop plans to expand its auto program and increase opportunities for student enrichment.

The auto shop’s academic program has given students the opportunity to learn real-world skills through individual practical training in their classes and senior instructors, Dan Cox and Carl Fedele hope to offer more.

“Next school year, we want to start a student Auto Club for after school hours with projects to help increase our students’ automotive engineering skills,” said Fedele. “This is something where they can show pride and workmanship in what they’ve learned.”

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  Proviso East High School to Host Battle of the Bands This Saturday


The Proviso East High School Marching Band will host its 7th Annual "Spring High Stepping Battle of the Bands" this Saturday, May 23, 2009. The Battle of the Bands begins at 12:00 noon and ends at 5 p.m. The cost is $5.00 at the gate.

There is also a parade at 10am that morning. The parade leaves from the Maywood Police Station.

Please come out and show your support for the band and for Proviso Township High Schools.

  Proviso Township High Schools to Celebrate the Graduating Class of 2009!


Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will celebrate the commencement of over 950 graduating students from the class of 2009 on May 24th and May 30th.

Proviso East High School will award diplomas to 304 students who have been offered over $1.9 million in college scholarships. Proviso East’s commencement ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 24th at 6:00 p.m. at the UIC Pavilion.

Some PTHS Students will go on to some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the United States.

Congratulations Students! PTHS 209 is extremely proud of you.

  Proviso East Hosts Girl Talk Conference “From Girlhood 2 Womanhood”


Proviso East High School’s all girl empowerment group, Girl Talk, hosted their annual Girl Talk Conference this week to help encourage and inspire the young ladies of Proviso East High School.

This year’s theme was “From Girlhood 2 Womanhood.” The girls attended sessions with a variety of topics such as: depression, poetry writing, skin and make up, credit maintenance and repair, dating violence, and life after Proviso.

Ms. Geraldine Smith, of 102.3 F.M. is host of the radio talk show, A Pleasant Encounter, where she encourages women to understand who they are and prosper. Smith spoke to the ladies of Proviso East about believing in themselves, overcoming obstacles, and supporting one another.

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  PTHS 209 Says ‘THANK YOU’ to the Educators of Proviso Township HS


Proviso Township High Schools District 209 celebrated the hard work and dedication of teachers in PTHS 209 in honor of teacher appreciation week.

“This is an important week,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “We want to recognize the hard work, dedication, and commitment that our teachers show everyday to the students of 209. What they do is vitally important to shaping our future leaders and our district as a whole.”

Collins-Hart visited with teachers of each school for dessert and a Superintendent Chat where teachers expressed their excitement over improved curriculum initiatives, the positive impact the busing program has had on attendance, and their desire for higher standards & expectations and community unity.

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  Congratulations! Proviso East Student Ricah Taylor Receives Art Scholarship

  Proviso East Senior Ricah Taylor was recently awarded this year’s art scholarship from The West Suburban Artists Guild (WSAG), which promotes art appreciation, knowledge, and encouragement of all forms of visual creativity.

Taylor, whose photograph was chosen from over 200 pieces of artwork that were given ribbons in the Triton College High School Art Show this past January, won the High School Student award which includes an Art Scholarship.

As a high school award winner, Taylor is also eligible for a year's free membership in the WSAG.

Congratulations Ricah!

  Proviso East Students Get New Chemistry Equipment


Proviso East’s Science Department has received new science technology equipment that helps students grasp science lessons through integrated technology.

Lab quest is considered one of the most powerful and intuitive interfaces for science education. It engages students with hands-on science in the classroom or in the field. Using this technology, Proviso East science students are analyzing graphs, changing scientific variables, and utilizing various sensors through a hand held computer. The computer records the data, and instantly generates graphs that can be manipulated in a variety of ways to help students make the visual and mathematical connections to the variable being studied.

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  Come out to Show Your Support for the PEHS Marching Band!


Come show support for the Proviso East Marching Pirates by purchasing tickets to “Save the Music Concert Fund-Raiser”.

The Proviso East Marching Band has been invited to represent the state of Illinois at one of the most prestigious marching band events in the nation—the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The proceeds from this event will be used to support the band’s performance at the 76th Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic in (New Orleans, LA) December 2009.

The Allstate Sugar Bowl, which is sponsored by the Bowl Games of America, is by invitation only and is a wonderful opportunity for our students.

You may purchase tickets in the band office Memorial Hall Room 328.

**Save the Music Concert**

Saturday, May 2, 2009
PEHS Field House
12 noon – 5 p.m.
Advance Tickets: $7 or $10 at the door
Featuring: Chicago Artists
Johnny P., Do or Die & others

Food & Beverages will be sold along with a raffle drawing of FANTASTIC PRIZES!

  Proviso East High School to Welcome the Class of 2013


The faculty, staff, and administration of Proviso East High School are looking forward to the arrival of their new freshman class, the Class of 2013.

“We know that this is an exciting time for students and their families,” said Proviso East Assistant Principal Dan Johnson. “We look forward to welcoming our new students and their parents.”

Proviso East’s newest parents and students are invited to begin their high school adventure by attending the Class of 2013 Welcome Evening on Thursday, May 7, 2009—from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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  PE SENIORS Sign Up for the Doors of Opportunity Program

  Proviso East Seniors should sign up in the Career Center to participate in the DOORS of OPPORTUNITY Program sponsored by the Proviso East Alumni.

The alumni will provide scholarship opportunities to students including those that do not have a 3.00 GPA, and will share information on their career choices, and mentor students to explain various options for their future.

All seniors are welcome to attend.

The event will take place Tuesday, April 28th, 5th thru 8th periods.

Please be sure to sign up in advance, in the Career Center.

  PTHS 209 Students: Prepare for Testing


Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will have mandatory state testing on April 22nd and April 23rd.

“Students across the nation take standardized tests each spring to evaluate their knowledge at their grade levels,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “It is important for parents to be involved with these dates because with planning, parents can help their students succeed.”

Parents can lend students a hand by ensuring that students eat a balanced dinner before test day, and a good breakfast on test day. It’s also important for students to get a good night’s sleep and be on time or even early to school on test day. Also, it helps for parents to talk to their children about the test and its importance.

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  Proviso East Students Learn Valuable Skills in Automotive


Proviso East Students learn real-world skills and will soon be able to earn college credit, in the Proviso East automotive program, which provides expert training in auto mechanics and allows students to turn their hobbies into careers.

“This program teaches you everything—basic car maintenance, what makes the car work, and how it works, and how to fix it when it doesn’t work,” said Proviso East Junior Sergio Romero. “I have a passion for cars. One day I hope to own my own repair shop. So, in this class even though we’re students, we’re learning for our futures.”

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  Congratulations! Proviso East Welcomes New Members to the National Honor Society


Congratulations to the newly inducted members of Proviso East's National Honor Society. The selected members have shown strong dedication to their community and their school by displaying the four pillars of the National Honor Society: scholarship, leadership, service, and character.


Amanda Bradley, Maywood
Cortez Bynum, Maywood
Travis Cammon, Maywood
Jessica Doyle, Maywood
Breanca Hammond, Forest Park
Anna Iannelli, Melrose Park
Destiny Johnson, Broadview
Royal Johnson, Melrose Park
Tandra Malden, Maywood
Shanaria McCall, Maywood
Tishana McCauley, Maywood
Aaron McGaha, Maywood
Melton Darius, Maywood
Faustino Padilla, Melrose Park
Adriana Rivas, Melrose Park
Avery Rodney, Melrose Park
Shenty Rosado, Melrose Park
Davache Taylor, Broadview
Ricah Taylor, Maywood
Aniya Vazquez, Maywood
Tiffani Wallace, Maywood
Jeria Winston, Maywood

  Congratulations to Proviso Township High Schools’ Third Quarter Honor Roll Students


Congratulations to Proviso's 2008-2009 Third Quarter Honor Roll Students! Keep up the excellent work! You are the top students in the district, and you are a vital part of Proviso Rising!

Click here to see complete list for Proviso East and Proviso West Honor Roll Students.

Congratulations students and parents on a job well done.


Proviso East Band Students Gain College Acceptance + Big Scholarships


During Spring Break the Proviso East Marching Pirates performed at South Carolina State to welcome the new President of the University. After a spectacular performance, five Proviso East band members walked away with college acceptance, and big time scholarships.

“We performed in front of a very large audience,” said Proviso East Band Director Reginald Wright. “The Vice President and the President of the University, the faculty and staff of South Carolina State, and all of the music department personnel were present. After the performance, a few of our students auditioned on the spot, and some of them were awarded full scholarships.”

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Proviso East Students Art Work on Display at the Forest Park Library


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  Go Green! Get on the Bus!


Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has improved attendance and even gone green by putting its pilot transportation program in full swing.

PTHS 209’s transportation program was launched at Proviso East on January 18th and at Proviso West on February 18th. So far, the program is showing promise of high ridership and improved attendance.

“This program has been twelve years in the making,” said Proviso West Principal Alexis Wallace as she ushered students off of the bus and into the school building. “It has been a long time coming. Now that it is here, our students should take advantage of it. The program allows students to get to school in the morning on time without worrying about who’ll drop them off or how they’ll get home. It just takes away one of the major anxieties of the day.”

Proviso East High School's average attendance rate has jumped from 68% to 83% since the launch of PTHS 209’s transportation program.

Attendance was measured over a fourteen day period from January 22nd to February 8th. The numbers represent a 15% increase from last year when there was no free transportation being offered.

“The transportation initiative was implemented to improve the quality of life for PTHS students, to ensure their safety, and to help boost attendance and boost student achievement by getting students to school and into the classroom where learning takes place,” said PTHS 209 Board President Chris Welch. “Never in Proviso’s history has there been such a large scale free transportation program.”

Thus far, PTHS 209 has transported thousands of students to and from school. Transportation and attendance numbers are growing daily. And for Proviso students who have joined the “go green” movement, PTHS 209’s transportation program creates a prime opportunity.

School bus transportation is not only the safest form of transportation for school age students, but it also reduces traffic congestion around schools, helps parents save money on gasoline, helps reduce carbon emissions, and helps reduce the number of cars on the road.

So, go green! Get on the bus. To find the school bus stop near you please contact Proviso East’s Transportation Hotline at 708.202.1825 or Proviso West’s Transportation Hotline at 708.202.6299.

  Nominate Your Favorite Instructor for a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching


Over 25 Years of Rewarding and Inspiring Great Teaching

The National Science Foundation currently is accepting nominations and applications for the 2009 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) program.

PAEMST is the highest recognition that a kindergarten through 12th-grade mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. This program recognizes teachers for their contributions to teaching and learning and their ability to help students make progress in mathematics and science. Awardees serve as models for their colleagues, inspiration to their communities, and leaders in the improvement of mathematics and science education.

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  PTHS 209 Now Offers Online Educational Resources for Students

  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has launched an educational resource link on the “Students” page of to provide easy access to resources that may help support student learning.

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  PTHS 209 Launches Scholarship Resource Link for Parents & Students


Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has launched a scholarship resource section on to help students and parents better locate resources and funding to support students’ higher education.

“Too often parents and students are not aware of scholarship opportunities that could lessen the financial burden on families,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “So we’re happy to make this resource an addition to our website. We will also continue to look for other resources to add to our website that may benefit our students and parents.”

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PTHS 209 Scholars of Excellence: Celebrating Women’s History Month - Young Women Pushing Forward


Maria Cruz, of Melrose Park, is a junior at Proviso East High School. Cruz ranks number one in her class. She’s a member of Proviso East’s National Honor Society, Club Mix, and the animation organization Anime.

She takes Honors Physics, Honors French, Honors Algebra/Trigonometry, AP Chemistry, and Honors American Studies. Cruz says she’s proud to celebrate women’s history.

“They didn’t think that women would be anything,” said Cruz. “But we have shown that women are not only as great as men, but we can be even greater. Every young woman can shine. It all depends on how much you push yourself.”

Cruz’s favorite classes are math, science, biology, and art.

Proviso East’s Fine Arts Teacher Marcia La Porte said, Maria is an exceptional person, student, and artist. “I have known Maria as a student since first semester freshman year. She is a very creative and intuitive young woman. She strives for excellence in everything she does.”

Maria hopes to attend Columbia College Chicago to study Fine Arts & Fiction Writing.

  Join PTHS 209 and West Suburban Senior Services for Grandparents' Day!


Proviso Township High Schools District 209 and West Suburban Senior Services invite the seniors of Proviso Township to a Saturday of entertainment, information, and relaxation March 14th, 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm, at the Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy (PMSA), First Avenue and Roosevelt Road in Forest Park.

Activities begin with refreshments from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm. Seniors are encouraged to come out, mingle, and enjoy the fun.

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  Proviso East Students Share Chemistry Lessons


Proviso East's AP Chemistry students recently participated in a chemistry exchange with AP Chemistry students at Niles West High School. The students of Proviso East took a field trip to Niles West High to shadow their AP chemistry students for a day.

Proviso East Chemistry Teacher Glen Lid said the event was designed for students to have a stimulating learning and cultural experience.

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Below is a picture slide-show of the chemistry exchange.

  20 Scholarships Available to PTHS 209 Students!


FULL SCHOLARSHIPS are available for 20 Proviso East or West JUNIOR students interested in pursuing a health related career program as offered by Triton College.

Beginning this summer, students accepted into the program will start a 30 hr paid work week with hands-on training in their health field of interest at Westlake Hospital.

The hands-on training for an 8 hour work week will continue through out the student’s senior year. Upon graduation, each student will receive full Triton College tuition as well as other expenses deemed necessary for their successful completion of a health career program.  This may include expenses for books, fees, uniforms, etc.

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  Proviso East Sees Improved Attendance After Transportation Launch


Proviso East High School's average attendance has jumped from 68% to 83% since the launch of East's transportation program.

Attendance was measured over a fourteen day period from January 22nd to February 8th. The numbers this year represent a 15% increase from last year when there was no free transportation being offered.

  Proviso West to Host College Fair


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  Scholar of Excellence: Proviso East Student…Motivated and Focused


Travis Cammon of Maywood is a junior at Proviso East High School. Cammon maintains a 3.7 G.P.A., is enrolled in Honors English, Honors Math, and Honors Science. He’s also captain of the Proviso East wrestling team. Cammon’s mother, Nikia Cammon, who is a 1992 graduate of Proviso East says Travis is a model son, determined to achieve his goals.

“I am very proud of him for his curricular and extra-curricular activities,” said Miss Cammon. “He has overcome a lot. And I am really proud of the way he has remained focus on his future and on what he wants in life.”

Cammon says he wants to show the world that it doesn’t matter where you come from, but it’s where you finish that counts.

Cammon is hoping to attend college in Omaha, Nebraska or Upper Iowa to become a lawyer.

Congratulations Travis! You are a PTHS 209 Scholar of Excellence.

  Proviso East Band Pushing for 2010 All State Sugar Bowl


The Proviso East Band is actively fund raising to participate in the 2010 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans next January.

The Sugar Bowl, in New Orleans, Louisiana, has a long and storied tradition of being one of College Football's greatest venues. It is one of the most prestigious marching band events in the nation. The Proviso East Marching Pirates were chosen to represent the state of Illinois in this year's Sugar Bowl. Due to lack of funds the band did not go, but the Bowl Games of America (BGA) left the invitation open for 2010. Cameron Hill, Director of Special Events for the Bowl Games of America (BGA) explained why the Proviso East Band was chosen in the first place.

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  Something You Should Know: HARVARD UNIVERSITY Offers Free Tuition to Low-Income Families


Harvard University has announced that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families can go to Harvard for free... no tuition and no student loans!

If you know of a family earning less than $60,000 a year with an honor student graduating from high school soon, Harvard University wants to pay the tuition.

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  Proviso East Students to Perform "The Meeting," a critically acclaimed play about Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X


What: "The Meeting," a play based on a fictional meeting between Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X

Description: What would have happened if Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X had met and discussed their philosophies and contrasting approaches to gaining equal rights for African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement? That is the question that author and playwright Jeff Stetson explores in this dramatic, critically acclaimed play. "The Meeting" has earned numerous awards, including eight NAACP Theatre Awards and the Louis B. Mayer Award.

When: February 6 & 7th at 7:00 p.m.

The Proviso East Auditorium

Cost: $7.00 for adults and $2.00 for students (to be paid at the door)

For more information, contact Miss McAllister, at 708.202.1611.

  Get on the Bus! Proviso East Busing a Success


Proviso East's transportation program began with success this week as over 600 students loaded free buses for the first time in the history of  PTHS 209.

Proviso East's highly anticipated transportation program began on Tuesday, January 20th. On this day, First Student yellow buses pulled on to Madison Street to provide the service that some Proviso East students and parents say they'd been waiting for. Proviso East parent Regina Smith says she was one of those parents.

"We used to have to pay for transportation and then pay for lunch, and that can get really expensive," said Smith. "If we didn't pay for transportation, we'd worry about which way was the safest for my son to walk. Now, with the bus program my son's bus stop is right at the corner of my house. I can watch him get on and get off the bus. It's convenient and it's a lot easier and safer for my son to get from point A to point B. I definitely appreciate that."

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  Proviso East Students Clean House at Triton College Art Competition


Congratulations! Ten students at Proviso East High School won 11 awards in the Triton College High School Art competition held on January 21st, 2009.

Winners by Category:

Faustino Padilla, Yellow Ribbon
Jasmine Carter, Red Ribbon
Ricah Taylo, Red Ribbon
Ariel Pickens, Yellow Ribbon
Daniel Rodriguez, Red Ribbon
Francisco Gonzalez, Yellow Ribbon
Nicholas Red Yellow, Ribbon

Maria Cruz, Red Ribbon

Asha McAllister, Blue Ribbon
Faustino Padilla, Yellow Ribbon
Juan Lanares, Yellow Ribbon

The statewide competition featured artwork from over 700 students. Only 200 students were awarded ribbons.  The students' artwork will be on display at Triton's Art Gallery in the Fine Arts Building (room J-107) from January 21st- February 13th.  There will also be a reception for award winners and their families on February 11, 2009 from 6-9 p.m.

Congratulations students on a job well done!

Photo above: Artwork by Proviso East's Asha McAllister

  Proviso East Launches Transportation Program & Transportation Hotline


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Proviso East Transportation Q&A: Click here to find answers to frequently asked transportation questions.

  Congratulations to Proviso Township High Schools' First Semester Honor Roll Students!


Congratulations to Proviso's 2008-2009 First Semester Honor Roll Students!  Keep up the excellent work! You are the top students in the district and you are a vital part of Proviso Rising!

Click here to see complete honor roll list for Proviso East and Proviso West.

Congratulations students and parents on a job well done.

  PTHS 209 Bus Service Begins!

Proviso Township High Schools has launched its transportation program!

The program begins at Proviso East on Jan. 20th and at Proviso West on Feb. 17th.

Proviso East parents are encouraged to check the mail for bus route information and to contact the school if bus route information is not received by January 15th.

Students are asked to arrive at their designated bus stop locations five (5) minutes before the scheduled pick-up time in the morning. At the end of the school day (after dismissal) the buses will leave Proviso East at approximately 3:25 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Proviso East Principal Mr. Milton Patch at 708-202-1611. Proviso West parents can look for their students' bus route information to be mailed no later than Friday, January 23rd.

La Secundaria Proviso East tiene gusto en informarle que el servicio de transportación empezara el 20 de Enero.  Usted recibira por correo información acerca de las rutas del bus escolar, le pedimos que este pendiente. Si usted no recibe esta información antes del 15 de Enero, por favor comuniquese con nosotros.

  PTHS 209 to Host Back to School Night
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On January 15, 2009 from 6pm-8pm, Proviso Township High Schools will host "Back to School Night."

During "Back to School Night" parents will have an opportunity to meet and dialogue with teachers, principals, and other parents.

"This is a great way for parents to become more actively involved in their children's education and for our schools to welcome our parents and show them how much their support is valued," said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. "This event will encourage teachers and parents to develop positive relationships. It will also be encouraging for students to see how invested their parents are in their education."

Proviso's "Back to School Night" is designed to provide parents with the insights and tools they may need to help their children become more successful in school.

Collins-Hart said, "We are encouraging parents to make the 2009 turnout one of the best ever"

**NOTE: This event was originally scheduled for Sept 25th, but had to be rescheduled due to flooding.

  Proviso East Girl Talk Provides Prime Support


Girl Talk, an all girls club at Proviso East, works to be a beacon of light and support for young girls. On Wednesday, December 10th Girl Talk provided the ultimate support for female students through "Girl Talk: What's Your Size," an event to provide free bras, bra fittings, and breast cancer awareness.

During the event, young women of Proviso East had an opportunity to be fitted for a bra by a professional. They also learned how to do breast self exams.

"It was important to me to teach the young ladies of Girl Talk how to do breast self exams," said Dawn Boyd, a Proviso East Alum and school nurse. "If the young ladies learn how to do breast self exams it helps them develop healthy habits that may save their lives in the future."

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PTHS 209 Scholar of Excellence: Proviso East Student Positive Attitude and Positive Actions


Kiara Goodwin is a senior at Proviso East High School. She's Vice President of DECA, she's a member of the 2009 class council, she has two jobs, and she's a library volunteer and tutor. Goodwin manages the life of an active, working student and class leader.

"Kiara is the happiest face in Proviso East High School, and she is involved in everything in the school," said Proviso East Principal Milton Patch. "She has been that way since she was a freshman. She has incredible ambition and a positive attitude."

Goodwin says during her time at East, she's always remembered to be on time and stay humble.

Goodwin has applied to the University of Minnesota, Perdue University, Lafayette College, and Marquette University. She hopes to become an obstetrician or a child psychologist.

Congratulations Kiara! You are a PTHS 209 Scholar of Excellence!

Proviso East Marching Band Shines in Thanksgiving Day Parade


Congratulations to the Proviso East Marching Band for their outstanding performance in the 75th Annual McDonalds's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The Marching Pirates led the nationally televised parade as the Official McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade Band.

Proviso East Science Students Join the Cook County Forest Preserve Keeper Corps


Proviso East High School students have become a part of the Cook County Forest Preserve Keeper Corps by adopting a piece of land to call their own.

Nearly 50 high schools in Cook County have adopted a Forest Preserve site. Students use the preserve for learning, exploration, and to do their part in conserving the environment.

"There are about 68,000 acres of Forest Preserve in Cook County," said Cassie Hatszfeld of the Forest Park Preserve. "We depend on volunteers like the students at Proviso East to help us take care of the land and improve the habitat by doing litter clean-up and restoration. Students learn team work, they learn how to help improve their community, and they also do a great deal for the environment."

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  Congratulations to Proviso East Marching Band!

  The PEHS Marching Band participated in the Rich Central Battle of the Bands in October and placed 1st in Division 3A. The Marching Pirates also won: Best Horn Line (Winds), Best Percussion (Drums), and Best Auxiliary (Dancers/Flag Girls).

The PEHS Band won a total of four large trophies. This was indeed an honor for the PEHS Band members and Band Director, Reginald Wright, Dr. Webb, Mrs. Woodard and Stan Gibson.

Congratulations Marching Pirates! Keep up the excellent work!

  Proviso Township High Schools to Host 34th Annual Madrigal Dinner & Fundraiser


PTHS 209's Madrigal Singers cordially invites the Proviso Township Community to attend its 34th Annual Madrigal Dinner & Fundraiser, featuring the Madrigal Singers of both Proviso East and Proviso West High School.

The Madrigal Singers are a highly select group of high school singers. They entertain and amaze while performing a repertoire of chamber choral music spanning the past eight centuries. The Madrigal Singers appear in elegant period costume and bring the music, drama, food, and spirit of an Old English Renaissance Christmas.

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  Proviso East Kicks off Holiday Food Drive


Proviso East's NHS, Student Council, the Senior Class and Club Mix are working together with Proviso East Alumni and PLCCA to bring about the biggest and best Holiday Food Drive yet.

Community members, students, and faculty are being asked to donate non-perishable food items to fill holiday baskets. Monetary donations will also be accepted and used to purchase turkeys and/or Jewel food cards.

The following items will be used to fill baskets: stuffing, mac and cheese, pineapple, soups, gravy, mixed vegetables, and cranberries.

‘Tis the season to give! Please bring all donations to room 105.

  Congratulations! Proviso East Welcomes New Members to the National Honor Society


Congratulations to the newly inducted members of Proviso East's National Honor Society. The selected members have shown strong dedication to their community, their school, and education by displaying the four pillars of the National Honor Society: scholarship, leadership, service, and character.


Adrienne Anderson, Broadview
Deja Anderson, Maywood
Elaina Buckner, Maywood
Samantha De Los Rios, Melrose Park
Amara Dillard, Maywood
Dominique Gaines, Maywood
Clifford Grant III, Maywood
Adrian Hampton, Forest Park
Asha McAllister, Maywood
Antoinette Oliver, Maywood
Jasmine Pendleton, Broadview
Clameirdre Prince, Broadview
Maureen Raspado, Melrose Park
Derion Scroggins, Maywood
Caittlin Williams, Maywood
Jasmine Woodson, Maywood
Brianna Wren, Broadview
Baron Xu, Forest Park
David Xu, Forest Park

You are a vital part of Proviso Rising!

  The Proviso East NHS Joins 5K Run to Help Raise Money for Education


The Proviso East National Honor Society recently participated in the 12th Annual Golden Apple 5K Run, which rose over $12,000 to support educational initiatives.

The Golden Apple 5K Run takes place every year in Forest Park, Illinois. This year, the education run attracted over 388 participants from across the state and rose over $12,000. The money raised during the Golden Apple run will be used to support current and aspiring teachers.

Proviso East National Honor Society members Darvis PridGeon, Jarrett Artis, DeShaun Adams, Dinishia Wolford, Angela Hamilton, Deja Anderson, Brandon Minor, Jamie Tramil, and Elaina Buckner participated in the run. They were organized and supported by Proviso East faculty: Meghan Cahill, Glenn Lid, Ezra PridGeon, and PTHS 209 Board Member Robert Cox. All joined the race representing the Proviso East Mighty Pirates.

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  Congratulations to Proviso Township High Schools' Honor Roll Students!


Congratulations to the nearly 900 Proviso Township High School Students that made the 2008-2009 First Quarter Honor Roll! The PTHS 209 Board of Education and PTHS 209 Administrators are so proud of your accomplishment! You are the top students in the district and you are a vital part of Proviso Rising!

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Congratulations students and parents on a job well done.

  Proviso East Teacher Looks for New Ways to Inspire Science Students


Proviso East Chemistry teacher Glen Lid has been teaching at Proviso East since 1979. He refers to his students as “Lid’s Kids.” This is a name they don’t mind because he shows extreme dedication to them and the sciences by continuously searching for innovative ways to teach and inspire.

Lid attends workshops at Fermilab, in Batavia, Illinois, to learn advance topics in teaching chemistry and how to do more creative demonstrations for students to improve the use of science and technology within his classroom.

Fermilab is the largest U.S. laboratory for research in high-energy physics and is second only to CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, in the world. Fermilab offers training to teachers from some of the greatest minds in the field of science.

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  PTHS 209 Scholar of Excellence: Proviso East Senior Star Academic and Star Athlete


Brandon and Principal Mr. PatchBrandon Minor is a senior at Proviso East High School. With a 3.2 G.P.A. and as a starter on the Proviso East Varsity Football Team, Minor manages a life as an active student, athlete, and scholar.

He is a member of Proviso East's National Honor Society, Zephyrs Track Club, and he’s a three-time homecoming king. While attending Proviso East, Minor is also enrolled in Barbizon Modeling and Acting School. On Sundays, he teaches Sunday school and is a videographer for his church, Life Christian Center, in Bellwood.

“I think that Brandon is one of the hardest working young men in the senior class this year,” said Proviso East Principal Milton Patch. “This man is truly determined and his future is unlimited.”

Minor says he hopes to go on to Hampton University, Truman State, or the University of Pennsylvania. His dream is to play in the National Football League and also become a sports trainer and sports broadcaster.

Congratulations Brandon! You are a PTHS 209 Scholar of Excellence!

  Triton to Host Early Assessment Day for PTHS 209 Juniors


Are you a PTHS 209 high school junior? If tomorrow happened to be the first day of college, do you know if you're academically ready? What are your grades in math and English courses? Do you think that you might need a review in certain areas? If so, please mark your calendars for Triton College’s early assessment days on Nov. 6 and Nov 8.

Triton College, in partnership with local school districts, is hosting Early Assessment Day for high school juniors and their parents to increase college preparation and access.

During this event students will have the opportunity to assess their college readiness in math and English by using the COMPASS placement test, developed by ACT Inc.

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  Proviso East High School Awarded Funding for School Improvement Plan


Proviso East High School has been awarded a $350,000 grant from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to help raise student achievement through implementation of the school's improvement plan.

"We have a strong commitment to our restructuring and improvement plan," said Proviso East Principal Milton Patch. "As we realized the district's financial situation, this grant created an opportunity of a lifetime by providing the funding necessary to make our improvement plan come to life. Everything in our school improvement plan has been proven and represents best practices in education. This funding will enable us to bring tools and resources into our school to make our kids more successful."

This competitive grant is being provided through the Title I, Part A, Section 1003(g) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (NCLB). To be considered, eligible schools had to demonstrate, through a proposal, that they have the greatest need and strongest commitment to implement research based strategies and practices that will improve student achievement and move the school out of improvement status.

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  Proviso East's Marching Band Selected to Lead Chicago's Thanksgiving Day Parade


The Proviso East Marching Pirates, one of the top bands in the state of Illinois, has been chosen to lead Chicago's McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27, 2008.

After a five month long search, McDonald's Owners of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana and the Chicago Festival Association announced that Proviso East High School's marching band will be the official McDonald's® Thanksgiving Parade Band.

The band was surprised with a visit and presentation from world-famous Ronald McDonald during halftime at Proviso East's homecoming football game on October 11th.  Proviso East is only the second high school band to ever be selected as the official McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade Band.

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Proviso East Faculty & Staff Team Up For Student Success

  Proviso East faculty and staff have teamed up using professional learning teams, tutoring, and curriculum assessment to maximize student success.

Each week, time is set aside for teachers to collaborate in their departmental professional learning community (PLC) teams and work together on how to improve instruction and student achievement.  Teachers, guidance counselors, deans and social workers use their PLC time to identify students placed at-risk, review curriculum, design common assessments and to support one another in educating students.

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  Proviso East to Celebrate Homecoming


Who’s got the spirit!? Proviso East has the spirit this week, as the Pirates prepare for their 2008-2009 Homecoming Celebration.

The Proviso East Homecoming Parade is Saturday, October 11, 2008.   The theme for this year is, “Love, Peace, and Soul.”

The parade will be leaving from Winfield Scott Park, on 19th Street and Maywood Drive, at 9:30 a.m. The Parade will feature Proviso East clubs, sports teams, alumni, guests, and the Proviso East Marching Pirates.

Proviso East will take the football field, later that day, against Morton Township, at 1:30 p.m.

Please contact Lynn Harris at 708.202.1758 for details and more information.

  Proviso East Students Hold Mock Elections


With the help of the Cook County Clerk’s office, Proviso East students participated in a “mock election” to help them better understand the voting process, the political system, and how the United States government works.

“The mock elections really taught us a lot about what it’s like to vote, and how the voting process works” said Proviso East Senior Alicea Hardiman.  “We learned a lot more about the presidential candidates.  And it [the mock elections] reminded us of how important it is to vote, because we can change the future through voting.”

The Proviso East Cafeteria was set up to look like a polling place.  The Cook County Clerk provided election equipment and replica voting ballots for students to use.  Proviso East students had a chance to learn more about voting from a representative of the Cook County Clerk’s office. Students also had an opportunity to register to vote.

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  PTHS 209 Scholar of Excellence: East Student Attends Triton Classes for Nursing


Ms. Wolford and Mr. PatchDinishia Wolford is a senior at Proviso East High School.  She is the Proviso East yearbook editor, the National Honor Society Secretary, and a member of the Illinois Violence Prevention Youth Advisory Board.

Dinishia, while still in high school, is attending Certified Nursing Assistant classes at Triton College.  She’s second in her class with a 4.3 G.P.A and in enrolled in AP and honors classes in Pre-Calculus, Biology, and Spanish 4. She says she is working to become valedictorian of the class of 2009.

“Dinishia Wolford is a very bright and determined young lady,” said Proviso East Principal Milton Patch, “She displays the optimum in school spirit, and I predict that she will be our next Gates Millennium Scholar.”

Upon graduation, Dinishia hopes to attend Emory University in Atlanta to become a Nurse Anesthetist.

Congratulations Dinishia! You are a PTHS 209 Scholar of Excellence!


Proviso East High School Students Happy To Be Back In Class


With team work, strong leadership, and due diligence Proviso East High School has reopened and is now operating under a post-flood operation plan until further notice.

The operation plan sets forth safety guidelines and restrictions for students, faculty, and staff.

On Wednesday morning (Sept 24), after seven days out, students returned to Proviso East with excitement.

“I am so happy to be back in school,” said Proviso East Senior Skyla Paxton.  "I really missed it.  To be able to learn new things is a great experience so it's good to be back where I can use my brain.”

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  Congratulations! Proviso East Grad Arielle Wilson named MVP of the Nittany Lion Invitational

  UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., Sophomore middle hitter Arielle Wilson (Broadview, Ill.) pounded 10 kills on .529 hitting with eight blocks to help the top-ranked Penn State women's volleyball team to a three-set sweep of Villanova (25-20, 25-12, 25-16) Saturday night in front of 3,311 fans. The Nittany Lions remain unbeaten at 6-0.

Wilson was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Nittany Lion Invitational and was joined on the all-tournament team by Holehouse and senior middle hitter Christa Harmotto (Aliquippa, Pa.) as well as Villanova's Dana Tartazky and Maggie Mergen, Long Island's Martina Racic and George Washington's Abby Syverson.

The Nittany Lions take to the road next weekend for the Chicago Classic at Mother McAuley High School. Penn State will face Illinois-Chicago on Friday, Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. CT before taking on Illinois State on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 2:00 p.m. CT. The Nittany Lions end the weekend with Louisville on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 7:30 p.m.

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  Proviso East Wrestling Coach to be Inducted Into National Wrestling Hall of Fame!

  Proviso East’s Wrestling Coach is being inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Coach Bill Cartwright has been coaching the wrestling team at Proviso East since 1970.

This October Cartwright will receive a National Lifetime Service to Wrestling Award. This award is given to persons who have displayed years of dedication to the development of leadership and citizenship in young people through the sport of wrestling.

Cartwright’s Assistant Coach, Glen Lid, says this is a well-deserved recognition.

“Cartwright has quietly and unassumingly become one of the most successful coaches in modern Proviso history,” said Lid. “His legacy lives on in many of his athletes who have gone on to become coaches. That’s what he’s most proud of. Bill treats each wrestler as if they were his own sons. He’s the coach every parent hopes their son will learn from. He expects nothing but gives everything.”

Coach Cartwright attributes his recognition and accomplishments to the wrestling students at Proviso East.

“This is a really nice honor,” said Cartwright. “But the honor is the fact that--it’s the kids that did it. Of course, I was there. But it is their hard work that led to this recognition.”

In nearly 40 years as a coach, Cartwright has had over 400 wins, 75 state qualifiers, 31 placers, and six championships. He’s had 12 conference titles, 11 regional titles, and nine sectional titles. He was nominated six times and voted “Coach of the Year” for the state of Illinois in 1980, 1986 and 1991. Cartwright was also nominated for National Coach of the Year by the Illinois Coaches Association in 1992. He has received numerous awards from the community for his dedication to youth and to Proviso East High School. Yet the awards are not what he is most proud of.

“The one thing that I am most proud of after all these years is the success of the students who have been on the wrestling team,” said Cartwright. “These students have gone on and seen success at every level. Some have gone on to college, some to All-State, some have become school officials, and one has gone on to Wall Street. That is what I am most proud of--their success.”

Cartwright, while continuing to coach at Proviso East, is also trying to spread interest in the sport throughout the Proviso Community by getting students interested before they get to high school.

“Wrestling is not a limelight sport,” said Cartwright. “It is a sport that encourages hard work, discipline, and perseverance.  It’s just a lot of hard work. And it comes from the heart. The kids understand that. The ones who get involved are very successful because it teaches that you have to want to work harder than anyone else. Wrestling encourages that kind of work ethic.”

Cartwright’s name will join a legion of competitors, famous wrestlers, and other great coaches in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

The induction banquet will be held here in Illinois in the month of October. Please contact Glen Lid at if you are interested in attending.

  PROVISO EAST ALUM GIVES BACK: Boys and Girls Club receives computer funds from Doc Rivers

  The Boys and Girls Club of West Cook County has received money for 10 new computers from a hometown hero.

Glenn "Doc" Rivers, coach of the 2008 NBA Champions Boston Celtics, donated $50,000 for the new computers, desks, printers and software. The computers were set up in their new location, now called Rivers Learning Center.
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  Illinois Manufacturing Foudation Offering Training at Proviso East: 12 Slots Available

  The Illinois Manufacturing Foundation (IMF), which offers education and training to help students develop skills and attitudes needed for successful career employment, will be offering free classes and training at Proviso East High School through Sept 20, 2008.
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  PTHS 209 Taking Next Step to District Wide Transportation

  PTHS 209 is taking the next step toward providing free district wide transportation as part of the Proviso East and West School Improvement Plans.
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