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Top Graduates and Research Scholars from PTHS 209’s Class of 2010!
Proviso East Class of 2010 Valedictorian, Darvis PridGeon (right), of Bellwood is graduating at the top of his senior class with a 4.58 G.P.A. PridGeon has received several scholarships and will attend Lawrence University in Wisconsin to study architecture.
Proviso East Class of 2010 Salutatorian Maria Cruz (left), of Melrose Park, is also graduating at the top of her senior class with a 4.56 G.P.A. Cruz will attend Columbia College Chicago to study fine arts and possibly fiction writing.
“These two students are extremely smart, talented, and determined young individuals,” said Proviso East Principal Milton Patch. “During their time here at Proviso East, they have displayed a positive attitude and they have worked hard to maintain scholarly excellence. I know they will be successful at whatever they do and make their families and communities proud while continuing to display Pirate Pride.”
Congratulations! You are PTHS 209 Scholars of Excellence!
PTHS 209 to Host 2nd Annual Community Leaders Banquet—State of the District Address
PTHS 209 will host its 2nd Annual Community Leaders Banquet—State of the District Address on July 29, 2010 to inform and to unite the community and the school district in promoting education and success.
Community leaders throughout Proviso Township and the state of Illinois will be honored as special guests and welcomed to discuss the school district’s goals, progress, and accomplishments.
“The PTHS 209 Board of Education will host some of our greatest community partners and community leaders,” said PTHS 209 Board President Chris Welch. “We hope to forge partnerships and re-affirm all of our commitments to the success of our students, our schools, and our communities. We look forward to discussing District 209’s progress and the work that lies ahead.”
PTHS 209 BOE Honors its Top Scholars with Annual Scholars Luncheon
Proviso Township High Schools’ Board of Education partnered with Around the Clock Transportation to honor the top graduating achievers from each high school with a special Superintendent’s Scholars Luncheon.
On May 20, 2010 seven of the top graduating scholars (Valedictorians, Salutatorians, and Research Scholars) of PTHS 209 enjoyed lunch at the world renowned John Hancock Center, in downtown Chicago with PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. The luncheon was a reward to congratulate the students on their exemplary academic achievement.
Proviso East SCOTY Award Winner Headed to Central State University
Ariana Novak is this year’s School Citizen of the Year (SCOTY) award winner for Proviso East High School. She is a scholar athlete with a 4.0 grade point average and a leadership presence on the girls’ basketball team and the track and field team. She’s also an active member of Proviso East’s National Honor Society, the National Society for High School Scholars, and the educational group, The Happiness Club. Now, after receiving offers from Howard University, the University of Michigan, and Yale, Novak accepted an admissions offer from Central State University in Ohio.
“My uncle graduated from Central State,” said Novak. “He is smart and successful. That helped me in my college choice. I’m going to go there and continue to play basketball.”
Proviso Township High Schools to Celebrate the Graduating Class of 2010!
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will celebrate the commencement of over 900 graduating students from the Proviso community as they walk across the stage to receive their 2010 diplomas.
PTHS will hold three different ceremonies in honor of the class of 2010. On Sunday, May 23rd, 2010 Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools will hold their annual commencement ceremonies at the UIC Pavilion (525 South Racine Avenue Chicago, IL) Proviso West’s graduation will begin at 1:00 p.m. Proviso East’s graduation will take place at 6:00 p.m.
The Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy will celebrate their graduating class on May 29th, 10:00 a.m. at Dominican University (7900 W. Division Street River Forest, IL).
Proviso Township High Schools students will go on to some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country. Thus far, students have been awarded over $10 million in college scholarships, with many offers still coming in.
Congratulations seniors! We are extremely proud of you!
PTHS 209 Board of Education Approves East Coast College Tour
Proviso Township High Schools will host an East Coast College tour as the culminating activity to celebrate students’ success in voluntarily completing ACT preparation courses.
“At PTHS 209, we partnered with Cambridge Educational Services in order to offer our students free ACT test preparation,” said PTHS 209 Assistant Superintendent Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Cheryl Pruitt. “We want to prepare them for college, prepare them for testing, and prepare them for their everyday course work. Over 117 students signed up and took advantage of this program. Now we want to reward them and go the extra mile to help get them ready for their college choice by taking them on a tour of some of the best colleges and universities in the country. In just one week students will have an opportunity to experience great cities and several colleges and universities.”
Proviso West and Proviso East High Schools Awarded NCA Accreditation
Proviso West and Proviso East High Schools were recently awarded accreditation by the North Central Association (NCA) Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement for their efforts in striving for greatness, maintaining quality educational programming, and continuing with steady improvement.
Founded in 1895, NCA accredits over 8,500 public and private schools in 19 states, the Navajo Nation, and the Department of Defense Schools. The NCA crediting process fosters quality, encourages academic excellence, and works to evaluate and improve teaching and learning. The process is designed to engage the entire school community in a continuous self-evaluation, reflection, and improvement by inviting external scrutiny and the constructive feedback of peers. Both Proviso West and Proviso East welcomed NCA evaluations this month as a part of their quest to better serve the students of Proviso Township. After a thorough evaluation, both schools were awarded accredited status.
Proviso East Auto Shop Students Use Skills for Careers
Proviso East auto shop students are learning real-world skills and using their lessons for higher education and careers, thanks to new high-tech grant funded equipment that has turned the Proviso East garage into a real live automotive repair shop.
The auto shop at Proviso East has been equipped with an electronic automobile encyclopedia, a wheel balancer, rim changer, an air compressor, and top of the line automotive tools. The new equipment was purchased through Proviso’s technical education improvement grant. The auto shop is now up to speed with all of the latest technology and automotive equipment.
“This is my sixth year here as auto shop instructor and this is the first year that our program has been full scale with all of the equipment that you’ll see in a regular everyday auto shop,” said instructor Dan Cox. “We have one of the most equipped student auto shops in the state of Illinois.”
Congratulations to the dynamic and talented young ladies of Proviso East’s cheerleading squad. They recently competed in the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) Championship Competition in Louisville, Kentucky and took home awards for leadership and outstanding performances.
NCA Championships provide cheer teams the opportunity to compete in top-rate competitions while continuing to promote school spirit. This year Proviso East competed against cheer squads from across the country. The squad competed in four different categories including: Game Day, Fight Song, Time Out Dance, and Performance. In the end, they were crowned NCA champions.
Proviso East High School Partners With Loyola to Focus on Nutrition
Proviso East High School and Loyola University recently partnered to offer the students of Proviso East an information packed health fair with a keen focus on health education and nutrition.
Proviso East’s school-based health center which is run by Loyola and supported by federal, state and private foundation funding, provides easy access to health-care services for students. The partnership helps to enhance school performance by educating and improving the health of students.
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 students will take the PSAE exam on April 28th and April 29th 2010.
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 is also important for students to get a good night's sleep, and to be on time on test day.
Students will test according to their earned classification in school. All students who are testing should report to their assigned testing locations by 8:00 am. It is important to note that cell phones and other electronic devices cannot be used in the testing areas and should be left at home or in students’ lockers.
Proviso East Student’s Artwork to Fly in Washington D.C.
Amanda Snoozy is a Proviso East High School senior and self proclaimed art addict. She and her entire class recently participated in an art competition held by the Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA) where students competed to have their artwork displayed on a poster honoring National Youth Art Month. Snoozy’s artwork was chosen over the work of 300 students in the state of Illinois. Now her artwork will be combined with that of students from across the country and fly as a part of a National Youth Art Month flag at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.
“One of the greatest things about artwork is being able to share it with others,” said Illinois Youth Art Chairman Nick Hostert. “It’s not often that students have an opportunity to have their artwork showcased on a local, regional, and national scale. Students’ artwork was circulated to all 700 IAEA members as well as Illinois State Senators, the Illinois House of Representatives, our U.S. Senators, and Congressmen. Additionally, the artwork poster will be converted into a flag that will fly nationally in Washington D.C.”
PTHS 209 and West Suburban Senior Services to Host 2nd Annual Grandparents’ Day!
Proviso Township High Schools District 209's Board of Education, West Suburban Senior Services, and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Glen Ellyn Area Alumnae Chapter cordially invite the seniors of Proviso Township to a Saturday of entertainment, information, and relaxation on April 24, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm, at the Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy (PMSA), First Avenue and Roosevelt Road in Forest Park.
Seniors will be treated to food, fun, entertainment, free health screenings, and various workshops. There will be blood pressure checks, diabetes education, health workshops, refreshments, party bingo, door prizes, and more. The grandparents of Proviso Township are encouraged to come out, mingle, and enjoy the fun. This event marks PTHS 209 and West Suburban Senior Services' 2nd Annual Grandparents' Day, which is designed to celebrate and honor the grandparents within our community.
PTHS 209 Incorporates Technology to Support Student Learning
Proviso Township High Schools is working to support and promote student learning by integrating more technology into classrooms district wide.
Recently, the PTHS 209 Board of Education approved wireless internet access for Proviso West and Proviso East High Schools. PMSA is already equipped for wireless access. Teachers are also being trained on new technology to integrate into their daily lessons. In science, students are being introduced to state-of-the-art electronic resources to experience real-world learning through the use of hand-held interface computers. Students are using computers that can connect to various probes and sensors. These include: thermometers probes, CO2 sensors, O2 gas sensors, PH sensors and motion detectors that are used in real scientific laboratories around the world. This encourages higher levels of thinking through data collection, inquiry, analysis, and synthesis of scientific information.
PTHS students say technology makes learning a greater adventure.
Proviso East Students Celebrate Black History Through Gospel and Dance
Proviso East High School students celebrated Black History Month through song, dance, and various guest speakers who taught the importance of values, heritage, integrity, and excellence.
On Tuesday February 23rd students were visited by Najwa Dance Corps, a living and performing archive of dance history with a repertoire that spans the eras of the African-American heritage. On Thursday, February 25, 2010, Proviso East High School hosted their annual Black History Month Assembly, entitled “An Appreciation of Gospel.” Students took a stroll through the history of gospel music. They performed praise dances and musical selections, as the culminating event for Black History Month.
“I felt uplifted as the performances blended together my heritage and my spirit,” said Proviso East High School junior Jarius Cleveland.
The Proviso East Gospel Choir, directed by Mr. Pierre Blanch, was accompanied by the Jazz Band and the P.R.E.S.T.I.G.E. Dancers who performed their way through popular gospel tunes from the early 1800s to present day. During the program, students had an opportunity to learn about the significance of gospel music in black history.
Scholars of Excellence: Proviso East Students Recognized as AP Scholars of Distinction
Two exceptional seniors at Proviso East High School have earned AP Scholar of Distinction Awards in recognition of their high achievements on AP Exams.
The College Board is a not-for-profit membership organization whose mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. Each year, the College Board serves seven million students and their parents, 23,000 high schools, and 3,800 colleges through major programs and services in college readiness, college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning.
The College Board recognizes and honors students based on high levels of achievement on their AP Exams. Proviso East seniors Baron Xu and Guoren Xu have been awarded the National AP Scholar of Distinction Award for scoring high marks on their AP exams.
Katrina Jones of Broadview is a junior at Proviso East High School who works to keep her grades high while remaining active as a proud Proviso East Marching Pirate.
Jones was recently inducted into the Proviso East National Honor Society. She is a member of the Proviso East class council. She also plays the saxophone and the clarinet in both the Proviso East Marching Band and the Jazz Band.
“Overall Katrina is doing really well,” said Rose Jones, Katrina’s grandmother. “I always encourage her to do better and push a little harder. I think she’s progressing well as a young person.”
Jones says that in order to excel, she has really had to learn the importance of balancing coursework and extracurricular activities. “I try to study hard and never let my grades slip,” said Jones. “I also find it easy to ask my teachers for help.”
Jones said she loves the teachers at Proviso East because they work so hard to make sure that students learn and understand the lessons taught in class. “Our teachers know how to explain things so that we understand them, and they know how to have fun,” said Jones. “They’re always helpful.”
Jones hopes to attend the University of Illinois at Chicago to study physical therapy.
Congratulations Katrina! You are a PTHS 209 Scholar of Excellence.
Circuit Court Judge Visits Proviso East Students
Judge Michael Brown of the Circuit Court of Cook County spent his day off work speaking with the civics classes of Proviso East High School. He is one of several guests that have come this year to help motivate, encourage, and inform Proviso East students.
The Circuit Court of Cook County stands as one of the largest unified court systems in the world. More than 400 judges work within the court’s 14 divisions and districts, and they serve 7.1 million residents of Cook County.
Judge Michael Brown came to Proviso East on Friday, February 12th to provide the students with a general understanding of how the Cook County judicial system works. He shared his life as a public servant and the students were inspired by his candid responses to their questions about his day-to-day activities in the courtroom. Judge Brown is seen as a role-model to students who identified with his modest beginnings.
Mr. Lawrence Broughton, longtime friend and social studies instructor at East, was responsible for inviting Judge Brown to visit.
Thanks Judge Brown! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising!
Proviso East Students Work to Understand Policy and Politics
Election season sparked the interest of Proviso East students who are working to make a difference in their communities through participation in the political process.
Proviso East students have joined Mikva Challenge Suburban, a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization that works to develop the next generation of civic leaders. The students have been participating in workshops, attending forums, and working with community leaders to better understand politics and how it impacts their daily lives. Students participated in the recent election by helping candidates place election signs, manning phone lines, acting as election judges, and helping individuals get registered to vote.
Proviso East Students Win Big at Local Art Competition
Proviso High School art students won big this year in the local Triton High School Art Competition.
Yellow Ribbons were awarded in the category of Computer/Design to Tia Payton-Essie and Faustino Padilla. Red ribbons were also awarded in the category of Photography to Faustino Padilla and Chris Perez. Yellow ribbons were awarded in the category of Photography to Andy Brito, Rishaad Alexander, Emmanuel Fuentes, Jibri Mason and Faustino Padilla.
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The Triton High School Art Competition is held every year for local high school students. Nearly 12 schools within Triton’s residential area participated. High school students submitted nearly 700 pieces of artwork in all media categories including: photography, printmaking, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, painting, drawing, mixed media, and computer-generated art. This year 10 pieces of art by Proviso East students were awarded ribbons. Their artwork will be on display at the Triton art gallery for the next four weeks.
Triton College will host a gala reception on February 10, 2010 from 6-9 p.m. to honor the participating student artists and their families and friends. The artwork from the show will also be displayed at the Forest Park Public Library in the Month of April for all to see. More details to come.
Congratulations Students! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising!
On January 25th, Proviso Township High Schools began providing Supplemental Educational Services (SES) to support the academic achievement of PTHS students.
SES is a free tutoring and academic acceleration program offered to support students in improving their skills in reading, language arts, and mathematics. Through SES, students can receive extra help after school, on weekends, and during intercessions at no cost to the family.
“The goals of our SES program are to ensure that we provide students with resources to increase their academic achievement, provide options to parents to help them ensure that their children receive a quality education, and to provide support for the district as we work toward the goals outlined in our school improvement plan,” said Dr. Cheryl Pruitt, PTHS 209 Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. “We encourage our parents and students to sign–up and take advantage of this opportunity. We are offering students extra help at every turn in order to better prepare them for work in the classroom and beyond.”
The SES features representatives from various educational assistance providers. PTHS will continue to offer free tutoring services at Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools. Parents must complete an SES application to register their students. To see a description of the tutoring programs available and to sign-up, please click here.
Proviso East Students Recognized as Illinois State Scholars
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) recognized 19,345 high school students from 752 different schools from across the state as 2010 “Illinois State Scholars.” Six of those students attend Proviso East High School.
Proviso East seniors: Maria Cruz, Angelica Lott, Darvis PridGeon, Ashli Satterfield, Guoren Xu, and Bangren Xu rank in the top ten percent of high school seniors in the state of Illinois. Their selection as Illinois State Scholars is based on their SAT, ACT and/or Prairie State Achievement Exam scores, and their class ranks.
“I am extremely proud of our students,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie-Collins-Hart. “Their consistent display of academic excellence is reflective of the type of success we want to see for all of our students. I know that these students will continue to excel and represent Proviso Township High Schools as future community leaders and academic scholars.”
ISAC also saluted the students for their academic achievements.
“Excellent high school grades are tremendously important for laying the groundwork for future college success,” said ISAC Executive Director Andrew Davis. “Illinois State Scholars are the best and the brightest in our state’s high schools, and we salute them, their families and their teachers on this achievement.”
Congratulations students! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising!
PTHS 209 Board Approves More Test Prep for All Three Schools
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will offer ACT and overall testing preparation after school and during school to help support PTHS students and their futures.
PTHS 209’s Board of Education recently approved a partnership with Cambridge Educational Services who will offer free ACT Prep Classes at all PTHS schools. Staff from Cambridge will work with students to help them prepare for the ACT test and raise their test scores.
“As Principals, we have discussed how important it is to enhance our students’ overall learning,” said Proviso West Principal Alexis Wallace. “We want to prepare them for college, prepare them for testing, and prepare them for their everyday course work. We know that our students’ grades and ACT test scores will have a major impact when they are applying for college entrance and scholarships. So we are giving them the support and the tools they need to succeed.”
Cambridge Educational Services will offer ACT and testing tutoring at Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA during and after school. The classes will come equipped with instructors, testing materials, and learning materials to help students improve their ACT scores, increase their opportunities for college admissions and scholarships, and to boost their overall academic achievement.
Proviso East Celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. with Illinois Congressman Danny Davis
Illinois Congressman Danny K. Davis visited Proviso East High School to help students, faculty, and staff celebrate the historic life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
On Tuesday, January 19th, Congressman Davis talked with students about how they can make a difference by living an honorable life by committing to be the best they can be. Davis praised the students for their dedication to community service and asked that they remember those who have helped them along their way.
After discussions with Congressman Davis, the Dr. King celebration continued with student remarks and choral renditions of Dr. King’s favorite songs. The PEHS marching and jazz bands performed, under the direction of Mr. Reginald Wright. Also, the newly formed gospel choir, directed by Pierre Blanche, brought the audience to their feet in honor and celebration of Dr. King’s legacy.
The event was sponsored by the Proviso East African American Heritage Club.
Proviso Teachers Get More Professional Training and More High Tech Class Equipment to Promote Student Learning
Proviso Township High Schools’ teachers are enhancing their skills and bringing more high technology equipment into their classrooms to promote student learning and student engagement.
This week 16 PTHS biology teachers spent two days learning how to use labquest, CO2 gas sensors, temperature sensors, and oxygen sensors in order to incorporate the new equipment and knowledge into their curriculum. The training is a part of PTHS’s overall focus on improving curriculum and instruction, and increasing the levels of engagement for PTHS students.
PTHS 209 Superintendent and Students Honored by Operation Uplift
Proviso Township High Schools Superintendent, current PTHS students, and PTHS alum were celebrated for their excellence, leadership, and service at Operation Uplift’s 22nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Awards Luncheon held on January 16th.
“This event gave us an opportunity to once again observe the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was the inspiration that promoted the beginnings of our self-help organization in 1968,” said Operation Uplift President Northica Stone. “Since Dr. King’s life was spent being an anchor of hope, peace, and empowerment, I congratulate each of our honorees who are great examples of that in our community. Their contributions and achievements will become their legacy.”
Scholar of Excellence: Proviso East Student to be Honored by National Football Foundation for Athletics and Academics
Proviso East Senior Darvis PridGeon of Bellwood will be recognized by the National Football Foundation (NFF) for his excellence in academics and athletics.
“Darvis’ accomplishments on the football field, in the classroom, and in the community are very impressive,” said NFF Volunteer President Christopher P. Kearney.
PridGeon ranks at the top of his senior class with a 4.5 G.P.A. He is also a constant on Proviso East’s honor roll list and he is Vice President of the National Honor Society. In addition to academic excellence, PriDgeon was Proviso East’s 2009 football team captain, 2009 team academic player of the year, 2009 most improved player, All-West Suburban Conference Player, and an All-West Suburban Conference Academic Award Recipient. He also volunteers to tutor other students in math and science.
Congratulations! PTHS 209 Welcomes New Members to the National Honor Society
Congratulations to the newly inducted members of Proviso Township High Schools National Honor Society (NHS). The selected members have shown strong dedication to their communities and their schools by displaying the four pillars of the NHS: scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
Congratulations students! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising!
Proviso East Band Performs for Community Journalists
PTHS 209 Partners with West 40 to Help Boost Student Achievement
Proviso Township High Schools will partner with West 40 in a program designed to help school districts in west Cook County to improve students’ mathematical skills.
LSRI and West 40 will work with 11 school districts in west Cook County on a cross-district, mathematics-improvement initiative that is built around preparation for algebra in the middle grades and the teaching of algebra in eighth and ninth grades.
The program was welcomed into PTHS as a part of a comprehensive mathematics-improvement initiative developed to help improve student success rates in algebra through more effective middle-school mathematics instruction and more effective teaching of algebra.
Joe Spagnolo is a living legend at Proviso Township High Schools, who will soon be recognized as a legend in the state of Illinois. He’s been elected to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame as a Friend of Basketball.
Spagnolo is a Proviso West Alum who has served Proviso Township High Schools and its students for over 30 years, imparting a legacy of leadership, service, and commitment. Active and committed for more than a quarter of a century, Spagnolo has been a staple in PTHS serving as coach, official, athletic administrator and information technology specialist. He is executive director of one of the nation’s top tournaments, the Proviso’s West Annual Holiday Basketball Tournament. In 2000 Spagnolo was named to Proviso West Holiday Tournament's All-Time All Tournament Team as one of the 40 most influential individuals of the event, which included Illinois basketball legends such as Isiah Thomas, Kevin Garnett, Doc Rivers and Mark Aguirre. His induction into the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame is only the latest of his honors.
Proviso East Students Help Maywood Welcome Christmas
Proviso East art students have spent every evening in the month of November painting, drawing, and preparing to turn the windows of Maywood’s Village Hall into the Chronicles of Narnia for the holiday season.
In collaboration with the Village of Maywood's Special Events Commission, Proviso East art students volunteered to work after school to create festive Christmas window displays for the entire community.
“I hope this gives everyone that warm Christmas spirit,” said Proviso East junior and Maywood resident Shermari Jones. “This project was a lot of fun. It not only helped us improve our art skills, but it was also a great cause for our community.”
Proviso East Students Help Maywood Welcome Christmas
Proviso East Art Students are helping the Village of Maywood get into the Christmas spirit by bringing the Chronicles of Narnia alive in a Christmas Window Display.
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In collaboration with the Village of Maywood's Special Events Commission Proviso East art students: Shermari Jones, Maria Cruz, Octinel Chazez, Andy Brito, and Caitlyn Sable have been working to create festive window displays for the community. They are using recycled materials (such as cardboard boxes donated generously by Manager Floyd at the Family Dollar at 10th & Madison).
Students are using skills they have learned in their art classes and are excelling and growing as artists as they transform the books into displays for the community to see and enjoy. The Grand Opening is set for Saturday, December 12th at 5 p.m.
*** The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven fantasy novels for children written by C. S. Lewis. It is considered a classic of children's literature and is the author's best-known work, having sold over 120 million copies in 41 languages. Written by Lewis between 1949 and 1954 and illustrated by Pauline Baynes, The Chronicles of Narnia have been adapted several times, complete or in part, for radio, television, stage, and cinema.
PTHS 209 Takes Bold Steps Toward School Improvement
Proviso Township High Schools is implementing new strategies and improving alliances in an aggressive campaign to support students and raise overall academic achievement.
Prep Academy, SRA Reading, benchmark assessments, Target Teach, free tutoring services, increased teacher training and additional learning materials have been put into place in order to create a strong foundation for school improvement. Also beginning second semester, the District is also planning to implement test prep and an after school program.
“The PTHS 209 Board of Education has clearly identified goals for improving our schools in every area,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “Our recent test results were also indicators of where we need to improve. We know our challenges. We know that there is no magic button that will help us gain instant results. But, we also know that we have great teachers, we have eager students, and we have some great things in place to help us increase student achievement.”
Proviso Township High Schools students will get a modern civics lesson first hand by participating in Cook County’s Student Election Judge Program.
“Our students will work closely with and receive training from the Cook County Clerk’s Office,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “I encourage all of our students to participate and learn as much as they can about the elections process and the important roles they play as responsible and informed citizens.”
Proviso East Band to Participate in Festival of Lights
Proviso East Marching Pirates will participate in the Magnificent Mile’s Annual Festival of Lights on Saturday, November 21 at 5:30 p.m.
For 50 years, the trees along North Michigan Avenue have been illuminated to signal the official kick-off of the holiday season in Chicago and around the nation. Each year, the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival draws approximately one million spectators from around the country.
The procession features more than 30 floats, marching bands and other performers. Mickey Mouse from Disney Parks is the grand marshal who will illuminate more than one million lights on 200 trees along The Magnificent Mile. The event is also nationally televised. Deborah Robertsof ABC’s “20/20” and Good Morning America will be among the hosts of the ABC 7 Chicago special on the Magnificent Mile that will air on Saturday, November 21 from 6-7 pm CST.
To find out how you can participate and help support the Proviso East Marching Band please contact Ms. Pamela Woodard at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 708.202.1642.
PTHS 209 Offers Free Tutoring Programs
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is working with Supplemental Educational Service (SES) providers across the state of Illinois to offer free tutoring and educational support services to Proviso East and Proviso West students.
PTHS 209 has partnered with outside Supplemental Services Education providers to offer students tutoring in reading, language arts and mathematics. Students may receive extra help before or after school, on weekends, during intercessions or during the summer, at no cost to the family. Parents are able to choose the service that best suits their students’ needs. Parents have 10 different service providers from which to choose and may select the program that bests suit their students’ needs.
Proviso East Band Alumni to Host Skate Party Fundraiser
Come out to support the Proviso East High School Marching Band!
The Proviso East Band Alumni Association is hosting a skate party and fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 20th, 2009 to support band activities.
The band is an enriching and broadening experience for PTHS students. It gives them an opportunity to compete for college scholarships, perform in national events, and tour colleges across the country. It has also opened the doors to a brighter future for many of its members.
Proviso East Band Drumline Wins Big at Local Competition
The Proviso East HS Marching Band competed in the Rich Central High School Olympian Marching Band & Drumline Festival on Saturday, October 17, 2009. The PEHS Band placed in the following categories:
Class AAA - Show Style 1st Place
Class AAA - Show Style Best Drum Major
Class AAA - Show Style Best Winds
Class AAA - Show Style Best Percussion
Class AAA - Show Style Best Auxiliary
In the Drumline Competition Proviso East was runner-up. Congratulations Pirates! Keep up the great work!
Proviso East Young Men’s Club Continues to Inspire
Proviso East Men’s Club has launched its group program for the 2009-2010 school year to continue to inspire and encourage the young men of Proviso East High School.
The club is sponsored by the Proviso East Alumni Give Back Program. Through the Young Men’s Club sessions, students hear and dialogue with male alumnus speakers who talk about their lives as youth in Maywood (District 209), the impact that Proviso East High School has made on their lives, and the steps they took to achieve success.
“Often times, I counsel young men who have already experienced or dealt with issues pertaining to youth peer pressures i.e., drug usage, joining a gang, and dealing with anger and emotions,” said Glen Sevier, program coordinator and Proviso East school counselor. “There is a sense, which I feel, from these young men that they don’t have a male mentor that can and or will listen to their problems. I love the proactive conversations they discuss. The young men in the club talk about real issues and how they can work through them.”
Proviso East has been invited to join the Mikva Challenge-Students in Action, a nonpartisan organization that helps develop civic leadership among high school youth.
Mikva challenges high school students throughout Chicago to be active participants in the political process through elections, activism and policy-making programs. Mikva Challenge currently works with 58 schools in the city of Chicago and is expanding their program to area suburban high schools. Proviso East was selected as one of the pilot schools for Mikva’s expansion.
Proviso East 50 Year Class Reunion, Class of 1959! Go Pirates!
Proviso East High School Celebrates Homecoming 2009!
PTHS 209 to Celebrate Red Ribbon Week
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will join schools across the United States in celebration of Red Ribbon week, the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country.
This year, PTHS will celebrate Red Ribbon Week October 17th - 25th. During Red Ribbon Week, teachers and staff emphasize drug prevention and awareness. Each school hosts activities to encourage students to have a commitment to drug prevention and education and a personal commitment to live drug free lives. The ultimate goal is to create a drug free America.
Red Ribbon Week is also an opportunity for parents to talk with students and reinforce the importance of education and the consequences of drug use.
“Proviso Rising” District Foundation Launches 2009-2010 Fundraisers
The Proviso Township High Schools District Foundation has launched its 2009-2010 fundraiser offering fitness passes and all-access VIP passes to PTHS’s talent-packed sporting events.
“We are kicking off some very exciting fundraising efforts this year,” said Assistant Supt. of Finance and Operations, Dr. Nikita Johnson. “It is so important now, more than ever, that we work together to help support the success of our district and our students. All funds raised through the foundation will go right back into the schools to support student activities and programs that matter not only to our students, but also to our communities.”
Proviso Students Invited to Teachers of Tomorrow Conference
On Saturday, October 24th, 2009, Proviso’s Golden Apple Teachers of Distinction and Golden Apple Teachers across Illinois will host a “Teachers of Tomorrow” Conference to inspire students to pursue teaching careers, and to encourage teachers who are new to the field.
“This workshop is the perfect opportunity to find out what being a teacher is all about and how to become one,” said Proviso East Golden Apple Teacher Glen Lid. “The Golden Apple Teachers of Illinois have been recognized as those who light knowledge on fire. Their techniques are imaginative and energetic. We need more well trained and passionate teachers, now more than ever before. Teachers touch the future.”
Proviso East Prepares to Celebrate 100 Years of Excellence!
Proviso East High School has a storied and spirited legacy and is home to some of the brightest scholars, athletes, trail-blazers, and community servants.
Over the years, Proviso East’s notable alumni include: Gemini and Apollo astronaut Eugene Cernan, Naval designer, ship builder and sailing raconteur John Kupris; actor Dennis Franz, philanthropist Frank G. Schaefer, Billionaire philanthropist and co-founder of BET Sheila Johnson, NBA players Doc Rivers, Jim Brewer, Michael Finley, Steven Hunter, LA Lakers NBA Champ Shannon Brown; Self-made Millionaire Christopher Gardner (The Pursuit of Happyness), PTHS 209 Board Member Theresa Kelly, and many more.
Congratulations Pirates, on 100 years of excellence! Mark Your Calendars:
Sat. Oct. 10 Homecoming Parade 8 am Line-up/9 am Step-off Reunion Tour (50 Yr Reunion for Class of 1959) 10 am Alumni Reception (Social Room) 12 Noon Homecoming Game (vs Leyden) Homecoming Dance (Field House) 6-10 pm
PTHS 209 Back-to-School Night a Success!
Bring Your Parent to School Day Oct 8th
PTHS 209’s “Back-to-School Night” was a rousing success with a record number of parents showing up to support their students’ education. Administrators are hoping for another overflow of parent participation on October 8th as they host “Bring Your Parents to School Day.”
During “Bring Your Parents to School Day,” PTHS parents will follow their students’ schedules and talk with teachers and administrators about expectations, their students’ learning needs, and how they can help support their students’ success.
PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart will circulate through each school to talk with parents, students, and teachers.
Proviso East Students to Participate in College Fair
On October 15, 2009 Proviso East High School will join Triton College and other area high schools in hosting the 32nd annual “Future Focus College Fair” from 6:30-8:30 p.m in the Robert M. Collins Center on the east side of Triton's campus (2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove).
The free fair gives students and parents an opportunity to speak with representatives from more than 150 colleges and universities from across the country about admission procedures, program offerings, tuition expenses, and financial aid. Participants can also attend financial aid mini-sessions or speak with representatives from local banks about college funding options.
“Our college fair has a long tradition of excellence,” said Proviso East Guidance Counselor Bonnie Libka. “This could be one of the most important steps our students take in their future planning. Parents and students have a chance to get many of their college questions answered. So, I truly encourage everyone to attend.”
More than 4,000 people attend the college fair each year. PTHS 209 encourages all students and community members to stop by. A free trolley shuttle service will be provided from Proviso East High School to the “Future Focus College Fair” at Triton College. Interested students are asked to sign up with Mrs. Libka or in Proviso East’s Career Center.
Proviso East Teacher Selected to Serve on Illinois Family & Consumer Science Teacher’s Association Board
Proviso East Family and Consumer Science Teacher, Jennifer Miller, has been appointed to serve her fourth term on the Illinois Family and Consumer Science Teachers Association (IFCSTA) Board as their Public Relations Director.
IFCTA’s mission is to promote family and consumer sciences through education. In doing so, the association seeks to empower students for life and work, strengthen families, and enable communities. Miller’s job is to help communicate the activities, goals, and aspirations of IFCTA. She says she looks forward to continuing to serve the organization and the students of Illinois.
“As a board member I have input on the direction of the organization,” said Miller. “As a member I also have a voice in Springfield, Illinois and Washington DC. The appointment also helps me in my classroom because I get wonderful ideas and I get an opportunity to meet and collaborate with wonderful Family & Consumer Science teachers from around the state. So, being a member helps me professionally to be a stronger teacher.”
Congratulations Ms. Miller! We are very proud of you!
PTHS 209 to Host Supplemental Educational Services Fair for Parents
On Thursday, October 29th, 2009, Proviso East and Proviso West will host a Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Fair to give parents with information on additional educational assistance available to their students’ at no cost.
Supplemental Educational Services refers to extra tutoring help provided to students in reading, language arts and mathematics. Students can receive extra help before or after school, on weekends, during intercessions or during the summer, at no cost to the family. Parents will be able to tour the fair and choose the service that best suits their students’ needs. Free community support services to help support students’ social and emotional needs will also be highlighted at the fair.
Proviso East High School Sets High Expectations for “Time in Class and Time on Task”
Proviso East High School has used its busing program, increased communication with parents, and a new high technology attendance tracking system to help boost student attendance and push for the Superintendent’s model of “more time in class, and more time on task.”
Proviso East administrators have implemented a Plasco Attendance Tracking System, which allows building administrators and security personnel to immediately assess a student’s tardy and truancy rate in order to immediately implement remedial action.
“This system has helped us to better identify which students are late or absent often, why they are late and absent often, and what we can do to help rectify their situations,” said Proviso East Principal Milton Patch. “It readily identifies students who are having problems so that administration can provide solutions. This way, students stay on track, they can get in class, and are better able to receive the quality education being offered here.”
Proviso East’s High School Attendance at an All-Time High
Proviso East High School is right on track with an average attendance rate of 88% for the first two weeks of school, a number not seen in recent history.
School officials say constant communication with students and parents has had a dramatic impact on attendance numbers.
“Students and parents have really complied with the expectation that students are to arrive to school and to class on time or face consequences,” said Proviso East Principal Milton Patch. “Our teachers have been working so hard to improve student learning, and getting them into the classroom in not always easy. So we are grateful to the teachers, the parents, and the students for turning that around—and getting us to these record numbers. This is only the start of what will be a phenomenal school year.”
Proviso East officials say they look forward to continuing to boost student attendance throughout the remainder of the school year.
Proviso East Junior Invited to Oklahoma’s 33rd Sunbelt Baseball Classic
Proviso East Junior and all-star baseball player, Darvis PridGeon, was invited to represent Team Illinois in the famous Oklahoma 33rd Sunbelt Baseball Classic.
The Sunbelt Classic features some of the best baseball players in the region, high school all-stars, recent draftees, and the future of Major League Baseball.
PridGeon was chosen to travel to Oklahoma with Team Illinois after his performance in the Stevenson Junior All-Star Classic where he went 1 for 2 with a double, and played center field for 5 of nine innings.
Proviso East Instructor Selected as Presidential Award Finalist
The Illinois State Selection Committee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Program has selected Glenn Lid, of Proviso East High School, as one of the three state-level finalists in science.
Lid was chosen for demonstrating excellence as an educator and will automatically be a candidate for a state Presidential Award, the highest teacher award in the nation.
ESL Courses Now Offered at Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will now offer English as a Second Language courses (ESL) at Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools in order to support student learning and ensure that students are able to excel in their home schools.
According to the 2000 U.S. Census, close to 1 in 5 United States citizens spoke a language other than English at home. While this does not imply that those people do not also speak English, the census found that roughly 10% spoke English either less than fluently or not at all. The primary language of these individuals was Spanish. Similarly, PTHS 209 has seen an increase in the number of students needing English language support.
JOIN PROVISO TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOLS DISTRICT FOUNDATION!
Calling all alumni, community leaders, business partners and friends! Proviso Township High Schools want YOU to join the District Foundation to help support the activities, dreams, and successes of PTHS 209 students.
The Proviso Township High Schools Foundation for Educational Excellence has been established to provide additional resources to Proviso Township High Schools District 209. The spirit and participation of Proviso alumni and community members play a vital role in our ability to thrive. Right now we are recruiting members to the foundation to help raise funds to support student activity, growth, and achievement, and to enhance the implementation of educational programs and opportunities available to our students through extracurricular activities.
The district foundation meets every other Wednesday at 5:00pm, PMSA (8601 Roosevelt Road) Room # 518. See upcoming meeting dates below:
To Donate: Please make check payable to PTHS Foundation, all donations can be restricted to support programs of choice by donor.
**All donations are tax deductible.
PTHS 209 Hosts Parade to Honor NBA World Champ, Scholar, and Alum Shannon Brown
Proviso Township High Schools hosted a homecoming parade and celebration in honor of NBA Champ, Academic Scholar, and Proviso East Alum, Shannon Brown.
Brown, a 2003 graduate of Proviso East High School, won the 2008-2009 NBA playoffs as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. Brown is the third consecutive NBA Champ to hale from Proviso East.
On Saturday, July 18th PTHS 209 honored Brown for his success as a professional athlete and a community leader. During the ceremony which followed the parade, supporters praised Brown for being skilled in athletics, but more so for being a good student.
Students from across Proviso Township and surrounding communities enjoyed a summer full of activity, fun, and teamwork through the Proviso East Summer Baseball Camp.
The camp was offered free of charge from June 12th through July 15th. Students ranging from eighth to twelfth grade successfully completed the camp and saw significant improvements in their baseball skill levels.
The team played 10 games over the summer and won more than half.
Proviso Township High Schools to Host Parade in Honor of Alum & NBA World Champ
Come Join Us! This Saturday, July 18th, Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host a parade in celebration of Proviso East Alum and NBA World Champion Shannon Brown, of the LA Lakers.
With winning the 2009 NBA playoffs, Brown, a 2003 graduate of Proviso East High School, has brought home a victory for his family, Proviso East, and the entire PTHS community.
“Brown’s accomplishments, determination, and drive are exemplary of what Proviso students can achieve,” said Proviso East Principal Milton Patch. “This young man continues to give back to his community and represents Maywood with so much pride. He actively demonstrates what PTHS is about—perseverance, fortitude and success.”
Proviso East Science Students Speak to the Cook County Board of Commissioners about Their Work in Improving Their Environment
Proviso East High School’s Science Students recently attended the Cook County Board of Commissioners Meeting to discuss their roles with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.
Last year, Proviso East High School students became a part of the Cook County Forest Preserve Keeper Corps. With their teacher, Ms. Lucas-Duckins, the students adopted a piece of land to preserve and use as a learning ground for science lessons on the environment and biology.
The students were invited to tell the commissioners about their learning experiences. Proviso East students were also featured in the Forest Preserve’s program handbook.
***** The Keeper’s core program is designed to raise awareness about the role young people play in environmental conservation, restoration and preserving natural resources. The program is also designed to spark student interest in the environment and in scientific careers, engage young people and encourage them to explore and learn in the preserves, and ultimately develop a meaningful and lasting stewardship ethic in their communities.
Proviso Township High Schools NJROTC students participated in an intensive Leadership Academy to build their leadership skills, develop discipline, and prepare for leadership roles in their schools, their units, and their communities.
The NJROTC Leadership Academy is a very demanding and challenging program that trains the best all around leaders.
“The basic leadership training experience is designed to promote discipline, military bearing, physical fitness, and help develop basic military skills,” said Proviso West’s NJROTC Commander Jerry Egler. “It is training that will prepare our students for responsibilities in coming school years.”
Winning Streak: Proviso East Alum & Newest NBA World Champ Brings 3rd Consecutive NBA Ring in Proviso East History
Proviso East Alum and Los Angeles Lakers Guard, Shannon Brown, created another historic moment for Proviso Township High Schools by becoming the school’s third consecutive NBA World Champion.
Proviso East Alumni & World Champions Doc Rivers and Shannon Brown show one another support at last year’s NBA Champ parade & celebration
Brown, who is a 2001 graduate of Proviso East High School, has brought home a victory for his family, Proviso East High School, and the entire PTHS community.
“Brown’s accomplishments, determination, and drive are exemplary of what Proviso students can achieve,” said Proviso East Principal Milton Patch. “This young man continues to give back to his community and represents Maywood with so much pride. He actively demonstrates what PTHS is about—perseverance, fortitude and success.”
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Summer School is off to a great start with over 1,000 students enrolled and working toward academic enrichment and educational development.
Students began summer school on June 8th and are taking classes in core areas such as reading, algebra, English, science, and social studies. This year’s summer school will not only allow students to earn necessary credit hours, but will also serve as a bridge to prepare students for curriculum changes to come.
“This summer school session is crucial to getting our students additional help where they need it and understanding the barriers to student learning,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “Next year they will be returning to a more rigorous curriculum. This is our opportunity to identify some of the learning gaps and prepare our students for more challenging course work.”
Proviso Township High Schools’ faculty of Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA are working together all summer long in preparation for curriculum alignment, and the implementation of the school improvement model TargetTeach—which is designed to enhance the academic curriculum and raise the academic achievement of students in District 209. It’s also designed to create rigorous lessons in the class rooms beginning with the 2009-2010 school year.
Summer School classes are being held at Proviso West and Proviso East High Schools Monday through Thursday until July 16, 2009.
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