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  Bulletin: PTHS 209 to Hold Public Hearing on Amended Budget

 
 

On Tuesday, June 21st 2011, at a joint Board of Education and Financial Oversight Panel (FOP) meeting, PTHS 209 will hold a public hearing to discuss the amended Fiscal Year 2011 budget.

Due to modifications that have occurred throughout the year to the current year’s budget, an amended budget must be adopted. The approval process is the same as with the regular budget adoption. Amendments to the original budget include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Updates to grant budgets (revenue and expenditures) that occurred during the year. Final allocations were loaded.
  • Line item transfers between accounts requested by budget managers throughout the year.
All questions regarding the PTHS 209 Tentative Budget are welcomed and should be submitted to the Superintendent, Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart prior to the hearing date by calling (708-338-5910) or email ncollins-hart@pths209.org. To review the amended budget, please click here.

The final amended Fiscal Year 2011 budget will be voted on June 21st, following the public hearing.

 
  Featuring the Proviso East Art Students!

 
 

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  PTHS 209 Top Scholars Welcomed into PTHS 209’s Academic Hall of Fame

 
 

Proviso Township High School’s top graduates worked hard to make the grade. Now, in addition to being treated to a special luncheon by the Board of Education, the District’s top scholars will enter PTHS 209’s Academic Hall of Fame.

“These students represent the potential, the dedication, and the scholarly excellence that we hope to foster in everyone,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, who encouraged and dined with the top grads during their scholar’s luncheon at the John Hancock in Chicago. “There are many bright students in each of our schools, but these selected few are the top of the class. We want to congratulate them, and we encourage them to continue to excel academically. They are proud ambassadors of our schools and our communities.”

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  South Carolina State University Taps into Proviso East Band Talent—Offers Students Over 600K in Scholarships

 
 

Students in the Proviso East High School Marching Band are known across the country for their extraordinary talent, skills, and performances. This year one major university has tapped into that talent by offering nine seniors over $600K in scholarships.

Each year the band director, Mr. Wright, takes students to perform and audition during South Carolina State’s homecoming. This year university officials worked with Mr. Wright to make sure that some of those students continue in music and education.

“This is the kind of thing that happens every year,” said Wright. “We have had so many students from the band go on to receive full scholarships. We are talking about thousands and thousands of dollars. I feel blessed by that.”

Proviso East senior Angela Martin will join South Carolina State as a dancer. Jessica Doyle will go on to play the French horn. Tim Jackson and Charday Martin will play the saxophone. Monte Johnson will continue on the trumpet. Antonio Marks will play the tuba. DaVonche Taylor will play the baritone, and Telvin Taylor will continue on the trombone. Proviso East’s drum major Remon Sanders will also join South Carolina State’s drum line.

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  Proviso East Band Competition

 
 

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  PTHS 209 BOE Honors its Top Scholars with Annual Scholars Luncheon

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools’ Board of Education and the Superintendent have partnered with Around the Clock Transportation again this year to honor the top graduating achievers of each high school.

On May 19, six of the top graduating scholars (valedictorians, salutatorians, and research scholars) from Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA will attend the annual Superintendent’s Scholars Luncheon at the world renowned John Hancock Center in downtown Chicago.  PTHS 209 superintendent, Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, will join the students for lunch and a limousine ride as a token of appreciation and reward for their exemplary academic achievement.

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  Proviso East Scholar of Excellence: Top Grads Head off to College with Big Goals

 
 

For the graduating class of 2011, two Proviso East High School students are shining as the top of their class. Both boast G.P.A.’s above 4.0 on a 4.0 scale. They say it feels good to be number one and number two as they prepare to walk the stage.

Asha McAllister of Maywood participated in nearly all aspects of drama, theatre, and student life at Proviso East. She is in drama club and a preventive theater troupe called “Youth Reality.” Asha has also worked with the school newspaper, and she serves as a member of the Proviso East National Honor Society. Now, she can add valedictorian to her resume.

“It’s definitely nice,” said Asha. “It’s nice that all the hard work has paid off. I’m excited and ready to graduate. This is an amazing time.”

Asha has accepted a full scholarship to attend Kenyon College in Ohio. She hopes to become a writer of young adult literature.

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  Proviso Township High School Prepares for Class of 2011 Graduation

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is preparing to celebrate the commencement of hundreds of students from across the community. Proviso’s class of 2011 will soon walk across the stage to accept their high school diplomas.

“This is a very exciting time for us each year,” said PTHS 209 Board President and Proviso Alum, Chris Welch. “Families from across the Proviso community, teachers, administrators, and the entire school board will be there to stand and congratulate these students on this momentous occasion in their lives. We wish them all the best, and we look forward to recognizing their accomplishments in the future.”

On Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 both Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools will hold their commencement ceremonies at the UIC Pavilion (525 South Racine Avenue Chicago, IL).  Proviso West’s 2011 graduation ceremony will begin at 1:00 p.m. Proviso East’s 2011 graduation ceremony will take place that evening at 6:00 p.m.

Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy will celebrate their graduating class of 2011 on May 28th, 10:00 a.m. at Dominican University (7900 W. Division Street River Forest, IL).

Proviso Township High Schools students have been awarded millions of dollars in college scholarships with some attending the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country.

Congratulations seniors! We are extremely proud of you!

 
  McDonald’s Corporation Helps Proviso East Students Learn About Law and Career Opportunities

 
 

When Proviso East students pull up their chairs in Mrs. Piemonte’s class, they are prepared to learn the ways of the world including:  constitutional democracy and the fundamental principles upon which laws are founded. They also learn and develop the skills necessary to participate as competent and responsible citizens, and the willingness to use democratic procedures for making decisions and managing conflict. Last week the students took their studies out of the classroom and into the real world with a field trip to McDonald’s Corporation.

Mrs. Piemonte wanted to show the students how their studies in the classroom apply in the corporate world. She and Jennifer Cohn, senior counsel in the legal department and chair of the Street Law Program, designed a field trip to help inspire students and expose them to various opportunities in law and the workforce.

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  PTHS 209 Prepares for Summer School with New Program Components and New Learning Technology

 
 

PTHS 209’s Summer School program is new and improved with more curriculum offerings, more use of educational technology, and greater opportunities for student learning and advancement.

This year summer school will be offered at Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools for students district wide who need to make up class credits and for students who would like additional skill development, academic acceleration and enrichment.

“Summer school this year has a few new and exciting components,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “As we work toward school improvement, we are also working to offer our students more resources to support their academic growth and advancement. We are particularly excited about our acceleration and enrichment programs which will allow our students to continue to participate in learning activities throughout the summer. We are also excited about our graduation initiative, Project TAPESTRY, which will allow some participating students to attend summer school at no cost.”

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  THANK YOU! Proviso Township High Schools to Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week

 
 

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”
Henry Adams

Each year PTHS 209, along with schools and districts across the nation, use the first week in May as a time to express gratitude and appreciation for the outstanding work that teachers do each day. This year, PTHS 209 will celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week May 2nd – May 6th 2011. Teacher Appreciation Day is Tuesday, May 3rd.

“This is a special week in District 209,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “It is very important that we recognize the dedication and commitment of our teachers at every opportunity. They are the staple and lifelines of our mission here, and they touch so many lives each day.  A week is not nearly enough time to express our gratitude, but we are going to honor them, celebrate them, and make sure they know how much we value their service.”

Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated during the first full week of May. National Teacher Appreciation Day is celebrated on the Tuesday of that week. These celebrations provide an opportunity to both express appreciation and publicly recognize the important work of teachers. District 209 will have a snack and chat party to celebrate the teachers of each school. Dr. Collins-Hart will visit Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA during faculty and staff lunch hours (10:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.). In addition, individual school activities will be held throughout the week to honor PTHS 209 teachers.

Teacher Appreciation Week Schedule:

Proviso East: Appreciation Celebration and Dialogue with the Supt. Mon. May 2, 2011

 
  PTHS 209 Prepares for 3rd Annual Grandparents' Day May 14th

 
 

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  Building Bridges to Success: PTHS 209’s School Improvement Survey

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools is continuing its restructuring and school improvement efforts with the help of students, parents, teachers, and the entire Proviso community. The District has posted school improvement surveys on pths209.org and all school sites, to collect data on how parents, teachers, students, and administrators view PTHS schools. The data will be used to help the District determine how they can better serve each stakeholder.

"Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is committed to continual school improvement," said Ed Moyer, PTHS 209's Executive Director of Assessment & Planning. "As an important part of this process, we are gathering data from our parents, students, teaching staff, and administrators regarding perceptions of our schools. We hope to get a great number of responses and then use that information to make informed decisions about how we can improve."

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  ARAMARK Foods Joins PTHS 209 for Grandparents’ Day!

 
 

One of the “World’s Most Admired Companies” has signed on as a sponsor of PTHS 209 Grandparents’ Day. ARAMARK Food Service, who also provides nutritious meals for Proviso students, will provide food, refreshments, and nutrition information at the District’s 3rd annual event on May 14th, 2011.

“We work in PTHS 209 each day to provide quality nutritious meals for the students of Proviso, and now we are glad to support the grandparents,” said Robert Carter, Food Service Director for ARAMARK. “We are happy to join Grandparents’ Day and assist in community outreach that promotes health, nutrition, and community partnerships.”

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  West 40 Implements Project TAPESTRY at Proviso High Schools

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools is ramping up drop-out prevention efforts with the help of West 40. West 40 is among only 29 agencies in the nation to receive a five-year federal High School Graduation Initiative Grant designed to aide local high schools in drop-out prevention. They are using the grant to develop and implement Project Tapestry at West Leyden, Proviso East and Proviso West high schools.

“This is an exciting opportunity for everyone involved,” said Gretchen Alexander, Project TAPESTRY director.

West 40’s Project TAPESTRY will establish programs and services designed specifically for students who are at risk of dropping out of school. The program will work to provide a venue for students who have left school to re-enroll and remain through graduation. Approximately 500 students will be served during each year of the grant.

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  Teachers on the Move: Proviso East Reading Chair Awarded Doctor of Education

 
 

When teachers work to become better, the whole world becomes better around them. From professional learning communities to higher education, Proviso East teachers are on the move working to make a difference in the lives of the students they serve.

Ms. Reiger has taught at Proviso East High School for over 20 years. She has taught English and reading, and now she serves as Reading Department Chairman. She has also served as a Creating Independence Through Student-Owned Strategies (CRISSsm) Trainer, a Content Area Reading Specialist (CARS), and Literacy Coordinator. She has been involved with the School Improvement Planning Committee, the District Improvement Planning Committee, and she has served as a part of the North Central Accreditation Team (NCA). After all of her contributions as an educator, Ms. Reiger hopes to give a little bit more. She has recently completed her doctorate in Higher Education and Organizational Leadership from Benedictine University—another tool in her educational tool box.

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  Hit a Home Run for Health - Proviso East to Host Health Fair

 
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  Loyola School of Nursing Joins PTHS 209 in Celebrating Grandparents’ Day!

 
 

On May 14th PTHS will celebrate the grandparents of Proviso Township by hosting its 3rd Annual Grandparents’ Day. This year Loyola School of Nursing has agreed to join the Board of Education and West Suburban Senior Services in supporting the highly anticipated event which offers seniors a day of fun, health screenings, entertainment, and information.

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“We have had a school based health center within Proviso East for over ten years,” said Diana Hackbarth RN, PhD, and Project Director for Proviso East’s Loyola University School Based Health Center. “The school of nursing at Loyola University of Chicago is pleased to participate in Grandparents’ Day as we seek further outreach in the Proviso communities.”

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  Proviso East Lady Pirates Headed for Higher Education

 
 

The Lady Pirates basketball team made Proviso East history this year in more ways than one. They won their first sectional final. Over three years their winning record is 73-16. They have won two regional championships and seven consecutive conference titles. Now the leaders on the court, the seven seniors leaving the team, all plan to head to institutions of higher education—most on full scholarships.

Jasmine Jordan plans to study forensic science. Ashri Broadwater, Andrea Harris, and Ricquia Jones have their sights set on physical therapy. Keosha Parks is a hopeful business major. Ivory Crawford wants to study architecture, and Ashley Broadwater is headed into the criminal justice field. The sensational seven have been playing basketball with each other and against each other since the 5th grade. They all came from Proviso feeder schools to Proviso East High School, and now they are headed to college to further their athletic and academic careers.

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  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Salutes 2010-2011 Retirees

 
 

Each year District 209 salutes a distinguished group of retirees who have dedicated years of service to the education of students and to the growth and development of PTHS 209. This year, Proviso Township High Schools will honor twenty-four retiring faculty and staff with an elegant night of dinner and dancing. Please join us as we celebrate this year’s retirees (click here for the complete list).

The celebration dinner will be held on Friday, May 6, 2011 at the Doubletree Hotel in Oak Brook. PTHS 209 celebrates those who have offered major contributions to the lives of Proviso students. Invited guests are asked to RSVP with PTHS 209’s Human Resources office no later than Monday, April 25, 2011.

 
  The Proviso East Players to Present an Extraordinary Production of Fences

 
 

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  PTHS 209 Building Bridges to Success: Parents Committees Begin to Support School Improvement

 
 

This week Proviso parents and stakeholders who joined the School Improvement Grant (SIG) Committee met for the first time to put their heads together and begin efforts that could mean more funding for school improvement in District 209.

PTHS is applying for a grant that could award up to $2 million (per year each—over three years) for Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools. The grant will help District 209 implement improvement plans, restructuring and reform efforts that include comprehensive interventions to produce gains in student achievement. Parents have been asked to serve as pillars in the school improvement process by providing insights into how the school can become better for their students.

“Parents are key components to the grant development and school improvement process,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “They must be a part of the process and a part of the discussion about the needs of the school, the needs of their students, and what they would like to see incorporated into our school improvement efforts. They must be a part of the solution. They are a vital part of the conversation about how we can move forward and continue to improve the lives of their children and the overall community.”

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  Proviso East Students Culminate African-American History Month at the West Town Museum

 
 

Proviso East High School students began celebrating Black History Month by creating graphic design portraits of Maywood Civil Rights Pioneers. They ended the month with a tour and lecture at Maywood’s own West Town Museum of Cultural History.

About 20 Proviso East High School students participated in a field trip to the West Town Museum as a culmination of their studies on the segregation and discrimination periods, from 1880-1910. This period included the Plessy vs. Ferguson Supreme Court Decision, the Springfield, Illinois Race Riots and the founding of the N.A.A.C.P.

The field trip began with a welcome by West Town Museum Curator, Jeri Woodard, who also gave a brief overview of the history and purpose of the museum. Executive Director, Mrs. Northica Stone, and Woodard talked with students about the history of their neighborhood, how the civil rights movement impacted their lives, and how the civil rights movement impacted the Maywood community. Students were also introduced to the museum’s various Black History exhibits.

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  PTHS 209 Prepares for 3rd Annual Grandparents’ Day May 14th

 
  Proviso Township High Schools District 209's Board of Education and West Suburban Senior Services (WSSS) cordially invite the seniors of Proviso Township to their 3rd Annual Grandparents’ Day on Saturday, May 14, 2011 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.

Grandparents’ Day is designed to honor all of the seniors and grandparents of Proviso Township by offering a day of fun, information, and relaxation. Grandparents are being treated to party bingo, a stepper dance party, door prizes, light refreshments, health screenings, and more.  In addition, WSSS staff will share information about services and assistance available to grandparents who are raising grandchildren.

Grandparents’ Day is a part of the Board of Education’s community support and community outreach initiatives.  West Suburban Senior Services has been assisting senior citizens in the near West Cook County suburbs township for over 30 years. WSSS and the PTHS 209 Board of Education come together each year to celebrate and honor the senior citizens of Proviso Township.

If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please call 708.338.5901.

 
  Making the Grade: Reminder of New Classification Requirements Starting with the Class of 2014

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools is making sure that students make the grade in core subject areas before being classified for the next grade level. In ongoing efforts of school improvement and overall reform, PTHS officials are requiring that students fully grasp English, math, science, and social studies at their classified grade level before advancing to the next grade level. The change begins with the current freshmen--the class of 2014.

“As a school district we are steadily working to prepare our students for the enhanced curriculum they will be taught at each grade level, but we also have to work to prepare them for college and the workforce,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “The new prerequisite requirements emphasize building students’ skills in specific content areas to ensure that they have the prerequisite knowledge for success at the next level.”

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  Proviso East High School Hosts Parent University and Health Fair

 
 

This week, Proviso East High School hosted its very first Parent University and Health Fair for the parents, students, and feeder communities of Proviso East High School.

Parent University offers health and wellness education, health screenings, seminars, and information to help parents better support their students. The event is an extension of Proviso East’s school-based health center which provides easy access to health-care services for students. On Wednesday, February 23rd the center took its first steps toward expanding its offerings to parents as well.

“We have had our school based health center here for about ten years, “said Diana Hackbarth, who coordinated the event. “We were talking about how we can get more parents active and involved. We want to engage parents more. So we worked with Mr. Patch to develop our very first Parent University.”

The School Based Health Center transformed Proviso East High School into a health center and information hub. They mailed invitations to all current Proviso East parents and feeder school parents. The event offered classes on a range of health and wellness topics including: healthy cooking on a budget, helping your child prepare for college, substance use and abuse in adolescents, prevention of gang affiliation and peer pressure, electronics at home and setting limits, recognizing depression in teens, and overall fitness. They also offered health screenings, fitness tips, and free child care during the event.

“The health fair was really good,” said Zena Banks, who has a ninth grader at Proviso East. “I am glad I came tonight. I really wanted to be here to see all that is being offered. There is a lot of information here. I had my blood pressure checked. I got great nutrition information. I really hope to see this again next year.”

Ms. Hackbarth says the fair was all about getting parents involved, promoting good health, and supporting the Proviso community.

 
  Proviso East Students Work with Local Community to Celebrate Black History and to Honor Community Leaders

 
 

Proviso East High School art students are partnering with the Village of Maywood and The West Town Museum of Cultural History to honor the pioneers, civil rights leaders, and African American History makers of Maywood.

This year the Village Of Maywood's Special Events Commission and The West Town Museum of Cultural History will present its 2nd Annual “Honoring our African American Pioneers.”  The exhibit will feature a photo montage of some of the community’s first African American clubs, organizations, and civil rights leaders from the 1890's to the 1960's. The exhibit was created by the digital studio class at Proviso East High School. Students found photos of Maywood pioneers and created a digital art exhibit in their honor.

“It feels great to work on this project because we are honoring people who helped change the world as a whole,” said Proviso East senior Belinda Sanchez. “We get to be the ones to show our community who they are.”

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  Harvard University Announcement: No Tuition and No Student Loans


 
 

Harvard University announced over the weekend that from now on, undergraduate students from low-income families will pay no tuition.

In making the announcement, Harvard's president Lawrence H. Summers said, "When only ten percent of the students in elite higher education come from families in the lower half of the income distribution, we are not doing enough. We are not doing enough in bringing elite higher education to the lower half of the income distribution."

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

To find out more about Harvard offering free tuition for families making less than $60,000 a year, visit Harvard's financial aid website at: http://www.fao.fas.harvard.edu or call the school's financial aid office at (617) 495-1581.

 
  Proviso East Students Trump the Competition at Triton College Art Show

 
 

Proviso East High School students trumped the competition in this year’s Triton College High School Art Competition. Over a dozen students won ribbons in the local contest that features over 700 students from across the Triton College community.

The following students were awarded ribbons for demonstrating creativity, skill, and artistic ability through their artwork:

Photography Category:
Yellow Ribbons: Andrea Wolford, Raudel Cantu, Jessica Cepeda, Steffon Hampton, DeShawn Johnson, Charity DuBose, Zulma Hernandez, Neil Collier, Angel Alvarez, and Jamel Davis

Red Ribbons: Jordan Daniels, Susana Acevedo, Brittany Mouzon

Blue Ribbon: Jamel Davis

Computer Art Category:
Yellow Ribbon: Belinda Sanchez

Red Ribbon: Belinda Sanchez, Andrea Wolford

This local 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) until February 16th. There will also be a reception for award winners and their families on February 16, 2011 from 6-9 p.m.

Congratulations students on a job well done!

 
  PTHS Seniors—Apply for Aide and Scholarships Today!

 
 

PTHS seniors, if you are planning to attend college during the 2011-2012 academic year, it’s time to prepare for the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)the application for federal, state and college-based financial aid.

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has created a scholarship resource section on www.pths209.org to help students and parents better locate college funding sources and information. Each school also has counselors who are ready to help students apply for aid, acceptance, and scholarships.

At Proviso East High School the career center is open Tues-Friday from 10:00 am-3:15pm. On Mondays they are open from 10:50 am to 3:15 pm for students to get FAFSA and college application help.  At PMSA there is a FAFSA workshop for parents and students on Thursday, February 24th from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. in the LRC. PMSA students can also stop by the counseling office at any time. At Proviso West High School, there are FAFSA workshops in the career center (room D103) for students and parents every Wednesday from 12:41 p.m.-3:15 p.m. (6-8 period).

FAFSA forms are for college-bound high school seniors and their parents. For students, it is important to submit the FAFSA before the college’s priority date as some financial aid is awarded first-come first-serve. To determine the priority date at a college, contact the school’s financial aid office.

Parents and students can begin their financial aid search by visiting the FAFSA website at www.fafsa.ed.gov or visit PTHS 209’s scholarship resource link here.

 
  Teachers on the Move: Proviso East Educator Earns National Teaching Certification

 
 

When you walk into Ms. Josefek’s class on the first floor of Proviso East High School, one thing that stands out is the high expectations. Posted on the left side of the chalk board, the expectations are: be ready to learn, be prepared, be respectful, and be on time. For Ms. Josefek, one of her major goals is that she be ready to teach. She recently earned her National Teaching Certification.

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is designed to improve teaching and student learning. Like board-certified doctors and accountants, teachers who achieve National Board Certification have met rigorous standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review. National Board Certified Teachers are deemed highly accomplished educators who meet high and rigorous standards. Though the process for becoming a nationally certified teacher was rigorous and extensive, Josefek says it all fits into her larger focus on student success.

“I would say that student success is always at the top of my list of greatest accomplishments,” she said. “I always want to improve myself and see how I can become better in the classroom. When I become better, I help my students become better. That is the greatest part. I always get really overwhelmed by their success. It is all about the kids—seeing and celebrating their successes.”

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  Congratulations to PTHS 209 First Semester Honor Roll Students!

 
 

Congratulations to Proviso Township High Schools’ 2010-2011 First Semester Honor Roll Students! Keep up the excellent work! You are among 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!

 
  PTHS 209 Scholar of Excellence—East Student Excels in the Classroom and Beyond

 
 

Proviso East senior Jessica Doyle, of Maywood, is a positive force in her school and in the community. Now, as a senior, she’s planning to take her positive attitude, strong work ethic, and Pirate Pride all the way to college.

Doyle maintains a 3.5 G.P.A. She is a member of the National Honor Society, DECA, student council, the marching band, the volleyball team, and the softball team. She also works part time for a popular clothing retailer in Melrose Park. Though Doyle has already opened three college acceptance letters, she is waiting for one from Hampton University. She has been accepted to South Carolina State, Central State, and Virginia State. She has also been offered two academic scholarships. With the support of her parents and her strong work ethic, Doyle says she is prepared. She plans to use Proviso East High School as her launching pad to success.

“All of my academic classes and my extracurricular activities have made my high school life a great experience,” said Doyle. “My AP courses have really prepared me for college. I didn’t have to take them as a graduation requirement, but I took them so that I could be ready. My mother helped me keep my grades up. She always said that grades come before anything. So, I just plan to stay focused and work really hard.”

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  Proviso East High School Opens New Tutoring Center “The Think Tank”

 
 

Proviso East principals, faculty, and staff have come together to create a new tutoring center  for students to learn, study, seek extra helps, and improve academic performance. They call it “The Think Tank.”

This week, Proviso East principal Milton Patch and assistant principal Dan Johnson announced the opening of their new after school tutoring center. The “Think Tank” is located on the second floor of the high school across from the library. Tutoring will be available for all students Monday- Friday from 3:15 p.m. (after school) until 4:30 p.m.

“The whole idea is to make this a place where kids will want to come,” said Proviso East Principal Mr. Patch. “We are offering them a one-on-one setting where they can get help.”

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  PTHS Parents and Students Get Motivated for ACT Prep

 
 

On Wednesday, January 19th hundreds of PTHS 209 parents and students poured into PMSA, Proviso East, and Proviso West High Schools to get motivated, informed, and signed up for free ACT test prep courses.

PTHS 209 is offering free ACT and college test prep to junior students. Cambridge Educational Services will tutor students each Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The program is designed to help students prepare for college entrance exams, develop a winning strategy for gaining college admissions, and raise achievement through the development of test taking skills.

On January 19th, PTHS hosted a motivational workshop to inform parents and students about test prep. The workshop also helped to motivate students and parents to reach various educational goals including going on to college.

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  Student Scholars: Proviso East Welcomes New Members to the National Honor Society

 
 

Congratulations to the newly inducted members of Proviso East High School’s National Honor Society (NHS). The selected members have shown strong dedication to their communities and their schools by displaying the four pillars of the National Honor Society: scholarship, leadership, service, and character.


Kristen Alanis
Brittany Buckner
Oneal Collier
Diamond Courts
Isiah Dunn
Selena Edwards
Daisy Espinoza
Luis Garcia
Maria Garcia
Antony Greenhow
Ariel Griffin
Angelique Hampton
Natalie Hudson

Shauntia James
Deshawn Johnson
Kentrell Lawrence
Destiny Lee
Rosemary Littleton
Denisse Lopez-Garza
Chris Perez
Shannon Perryman
Beverly Sanchez
Demetrius Warren
Tikhiya Williams
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  PTHS 209 Expands Partnership with Lewis University to Promote Higher Learning and Careers in Aviation

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools is developing an expanding partnership with Lewis University to promote higher learning, careers in aviation, and greater opportunities for PTHS students.

The PTHS 209 and Lewis University partnership gives students an opportunity to take tuition free summer classes, study in University labs, earn transferable college credit, and explore careers in aviation.

“We are continuing to develop the type of partnerships and collaborations that offer our students greater opportunities,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “Community partnerships are one of the major components that help us support our students as they strive to become the leaders of tomorrow. Our goal is to promote educational excellence, and to assist our students in reaching their future goals.”

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  Bulletin—School Closings: PTHS 209 Registers with Emergency Closing Center

 
 

Snow and inclement weather during the winter months sometimes makes school closings or delays unavoidable. In the event of inclement weather, as well as for emergency closings during the school year, Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will make every attempt to notify parents and students. PTHS 209 will use the district’s websites, robo-calls, and e-blasts. We will also utilize the Emergency Closing Center (ECC) which provides the status of Chicago land area schools, businesses, daycare centers & organizations to various media outlets.

For up-to-date information please check PTHS 209’s website and the Emergency Closing Center web site at www.emergencyclosings.com.

Parents should register to PTHS 209’s e-mail/newsletter listing and to the Emergency Closing Center e-mail alert system. By registering with PTHS 209 and ECC, you can be notified via e-mail if our school district closes or has delays.

Register for D-209’s e-blast at PTHS209.org (or see the PTHS 209 E-Newsletter Sign Up form on this page). To register for the ECC alerts visit www.emergencyclosings.com.

 
  PTHS 209 Kicks off 2011 with a Focus on Rigor and Relevance

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 welcomed teachers, faculty, and staff back to a new year and the second semester with a phenomenal District Institute Day. On Wednesday, January 5th, teachers attended workshop and sessions on closing the achievement gap, classroom management, effective teaching practices, curriculum mapping, and creating more rigor and relevance in classroom instruction.

The keynote presenter for the morning session was Dr. Willard Daggett. The Six Principles of Failure is not an Option was also a theme for the day.

“Relevance makes rigor possible,” said Dr. Daggett, CEO of the International Center for Leadership in Education. “We’re going to have to figure out how to connect with students. Learning is an active process. If we want students to be active, they have to be engaged.”

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Proviso Township High Schools to Host ACT Motivational Workshop for Parents and Students January 19th

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools will soon offer free Cambridge ACT prep classes for students again this year. On January 19th each school will host a motivational meeting to inform parents about the program and to get students excited about their academic goals.

“The motivational workshop is the continuation of a great journey of learning and achievement for our students as they develop into life-long learners,” said PTHS 209 Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Cheryl Pruitt. “We are very excited about the results students achieve when they participate in ACT test prep. Last year we saw significant gains. So it is important for us to continue to offer this program in order to support our students as they and their parents prepare for the next step in life after high school.”

PTHS 209 is working to add a strong dose of motivation into the lives of their students. At the Motivational Workshop students are given an extra boost to encourage them to reach greater personal and academic goals. Expert presenters and powerful speakers are being sent directly to Proviso Township High Schools to address students face-to-face.

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  Proviso East to Host Monthly Parent Involvement Meeting with a Focus on Home Literacy

 
 

Proviso East High School is continuing its Parent School Partnership Program (PSP) meetings in order to offer parents more information, greater resources, and a stronger bridge to connect with the school community.

On Wednesday December 15th (6 p.m. – 8 p.m.), Proviso East High School will host its December PSP meeting at Borders book store in Oak Park (1144 Lake St.). This month’s topic is home literacy and how it can be used to support academic achievement.

“Home literacy is very important for student success,” said Proviso East Principal Milton Patch. “Students who embrace reading for enjoyment often become strong readers and lifelong learners. They begin to read for information, which in turn improves their capacity in school.”

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  Proviso Township High Schools to Host ACT Motivational Workshop for Parents and Students

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools will soon offer free Cambridge ACT prep classes for students again this year. On January 19th each school will host a motivational meeting to inform parents about the program, and to get students excited about their academic goals.

“The motivational workshop is the continuation of a great journey of learning and achievement for our students as they develop into life-long learners,” said PTHS 209 Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Cheryl Pruitt. “We are very excited about the results students achieve when they participate in ACT test prep. Last year we saw significant gains. So it is important for us to continue to offer this program in order to support our students as they and their parents prepare for the next step in life after high school."

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  Proviso East Students Help Maywood to Welcome the Christmas Spirit

 
 

Proviso East High School’s art students are working with the Village of Maywood to welcome the spirit of Christmas while promoting literacy and education.

The Village of Maywood collaborated with Proviso East High School to create its second annual winter holiday window display featuring seven books written and illustrated by children’s author Ezra Jack Keats. The exhibit—“A Snowy Day”—will be unveiled on Saturday, December 4th at 5 PM at the holiday display cases located adjacent to Maywood Village Hall (40 Madison Street in Maywood).

Proviso East students Shermari Jones, Caitlyn Sable, Adrienne Doss, Mikieon Hargrett, and Christopher Perez worked to create the magical display. Inspired and organized by Maywood Special Events Commission chair, Dawn William-Rone, “A Snowy Day” will feature original drawings and illustrations created by Proviso East High Schools’ students with the help of Fine Arts Department teacher Emily Tonon. Students say they look forward to sharing their works of art with families across the Maywood community.

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  Proviso East Marching Band to Lead Chicago’s 77th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade

 
 

The Proviso East Marching Pirates, Santa Clause, Barnum and Bailey Circus, Ronald McDonald and a cast of over 77 performers will wow the crowds once again this year at Chicago’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 25, 2010.

The Marching Pirates were chosen for a second time to be the high school band to lead the Thanksgiving Day Parade down State Street.  Each year the holiday extravaganza draws over 300,000 spectators. About 72 million viewers watch from their homes on cable television nationwide.  The McDonald's Thanksgiving Day parade is one of only three parades in the country to be covered live on national television—which once again places the Proviso East band on a national stage.

“For our students to be exposed to a different environment when they perform is always a great opportunity,” said Proviso East band assistant Wardell Dobbins who graduated from Proviso East in 2003. “For the school to receive that kind of national exposure is not only good for the band, but it’s also good to see something this positive from our community.”

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  PTHS 209 to Offer Cambridge ACT Prep Courses 2nd Year

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will continue to offer free Cambridge ACT test prep for students seeking to increase their test taking skills and levels of achievement on the ACT.

Cambridge Educational Services is the nation’s premier provider of school-based test preparation and supplemental curriculum services. PTHS 209’s Cambridge Test Prep is designed to help students build skills, raise test scores, and better grasp tested curriculum.

This year, Cambridge Educational Services will offer ACT and testing tutoring at Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA on Saturday mornings. 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.

To learn more about how to register your student for test prep, please contact your school’s main office.

 
  Lessons in History: Proviso East to Host Hiroshima Survivor

 
 

Proviso East High School students have been studying nuclear chemistry this semester and now they’ll get a real live history and chemistry lesson from a survivor of the first atomic blast that occurred over Hiroshima, Japan in 1945.

On Thursday, Nov. 18th at 6pm Proviso East High School will welcome students and the Proviso community for an up close and personal interview with Iwao Nakanishi. Nakanishi lives in Japan as a survivor of the blasts at Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Iwao Nakanishi was 15-years-old when the bomb went off in August 1945. Students will interview Nakanishi via video conference in the Proviso East Auditorium.

Nuclear chemistry is the subfield of chemistry dealing with radioactivity, nuclear processes and nuclear properties. Proviso East students have studied  the chemistry of radioactive elements such as the actinides, radium and radon together with the chemistry associated with equipment (such as nuclear reactors) which are designed to perform nuclear processes. They’ve also studied the chemical effects resulting from the absorption of radiation within living animals, plants, and other materials.

On Nov. 18th students will get a deeper lesson in history and chemistry as Nakanishi takes them back to that faithful day in 1945. Parents, students, and community members are all welcome to attend. Mark your Calendars for Lessons in History: Proviso East Students Welcome a Hiroshima Survivor.

 
  http://west.pths209.org/images/spacer.gifPTHS 209 to Host Madrigal Dinner 36th Annual Madrigal Dinner & Fundraiser

 
 

PTHS 209's Madrigal Singers cordially invite the Proviso Township Community to attend its 36th Annual Madrigal Dinner & Fundraiser, featuring the Madrigal Singers of PTHS 209.

The Madrigal Singers are a highly select group of high school performers. Each year they help to lift the Christmas spirit in Proviso by 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.

This year’s dinner will be held Sat., Dec. 18 and Sun. Dec. 19, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at Proviso West High School. Tickets are $23.00 for students, alumni, and senior citizens. Tickets are $25.00 for adults (21 and over). All attendees must purchase tickets and register no later than Monday, December 6, 2010.

All proceeds from the event will help fund various choral music programs and PTHS 209 student activities.

Please contact Mrs. Salina Watson [Sponsor of Choral Activities] at (708)-202-6342 or at swatson@pths209.org for more information or to make reservations.

We look forward to seeing you!

 
  Proviso East High School Students Celebrate National Chemistry Day

 
 

Proviso East High School celebrated National Chemistry Day, “aka” Mole Day, at Loyola University with students from across Illinois. The group of students traveled to Loyola on Saturday, October 23rd to celebrate Mole Day and to perform chemistry lessons in what they called “Chem Idol”. The fun-filled event helped Proviso East chemistry teachers take hand-on learning to new heights.

“During National Chemistry Day the kids actually got a chance to demonstrate chemical principles learned in class in an entertaining way to large groups of people,” said Proviso East chemistry teacher Glenn Lid. “They practiced what we’d learned in the classroom by executing their experiments well, practicing lab safety, and they presented their chemistry materials to other students. They also were able to work in the chem labs at Loyola, view demonstration booths from Nalco, Kraft, Engineering Society, The Society of Women in Chemistry, and demos from other local high schools.”

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  PTHS 209 to Host Curriculum Forums to Discuss Upcoming Changes

 
 

Two major curriculum changes are in the making for District 209 students. Current 9th graders (Class of 2014) will see new prerequisites to promotion, and all District 209 students will have more instructional time beginning next school year.

The new model of courses will fully afford students the opportunity to earn their required credit hours while placing a stronger emphasis on the core curriculum.

The District is working to better prepare students for the next level of college, testing, and the workplace by requiring success in core classes as prerequisites for promotion to the next grade classification. The new requirements emphasize building students’ skills in specific content areas to ensure that students have the prerequisite knowledge for success at the next level.

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  Proviso Township High Schools are Fully Connected to the WorldWide Web through Wireless Access

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools is continuing to enhance learning and incorporate technological initiatives to support teachers and students in the classrooms.  This week Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools finished the final phase of wireless internet access configuration. Now, district-wide wireless internet access can become yet another classroom tool.

“Internet technology has become such an essential component in education and in everyday life,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “Now it is up to us as educators to continue to find innovative ways to bring that technology into classrooms and use the World Wide Web to open the doors for infinite learning possibilities. We want to prepare our students for jobs and the world that awaits them outside of Proviso. This technology will be a great tool in assisting us in that process.”

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  PTHS 209 Offers On-line Educational Resources for Students

 
  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 now offers a web list of educational resources on the "Students" page of pths209.org to provide easy access to learning and research resources that may help support student achievement.

Through www.pths209.org, students can access online dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, translators, conversion tables, and many other research sources.

To access the student learning resource link click here!

 
  Proviso East Student and Basketball Star to Sign with Illinois University

 
 

Proviso East High School student and basketball star Ivory Crawford will sign on to play ball at Illinois University on November 10th   at 1:00 p.m., with a 4-year scholarship worth over $100 thousand.

Crawford, a 5-9 guard, averaged about 16 points and four rebounds per game last season for the Pirates, who finished 24-5 and won the Class 4A Regional Championship in 2009. She was recruited heavily by Rutgers University, DePaul, The University of Alabama, and Missouri, but Crawford chose to stay in her home state. On October 18th, she gave a verbal agreement to the Fighting Illini. She says the school “just fits” and that she’s looking forward to joining the team.

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  PTHS 209 Awarded Multi-Million Dollar Grant to Improve Academic Performance and Support Dropout Prevention

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is one of several school districts across the country set to benefit from a five-year $100 million education grant. The grant is designed to shore up efforts to help reform schools, improve educational outcomes for students, and create programs that support dropout prevention.

These funds have been awarded as a part of the U.S. Department of Education’s High School Graduation Initiative. West 40 applied for the grant on behalf of Proviso Township High Schools and Leyden.  Now, this year, the two school systems will divide over $1.4 million toward school improvement and dropout prevention programs.

“These grants will help our local communities and states in working towards President Obama’s goal of once again having the highest college completion rate in the world by the end of the decade,” said U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. “To achieve this goal, high schools must ensure more students graduate and are prepared for success in college and careers.”

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  Proviso East High School to Celebrate Homecoming and 100th Anniversary

 
 

Congratulations to Proviso East High School! On Friday, October 15, 2010 the Proviso East Pirates will celebrate homecoming and 100 years of service to the Proviso community.

Proviso East was founded in 1910. For the past 100 years the school has created a storied and spirited legacy. A few of the school’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, philanthropist and co-founder of BET Sheila Johnson, NBA players Doc Rivers, Jim Brewer, Michael Finley, Steven Hunter, and Shannon Brown; self-made millionaire Christopher Gardner (The Pursuit of Happyness), PTHS 209 Board Members Robert Cox and Theresa Kelly; Senator Kim Lightford, and Cook County Recorder of Deeds Eugene Moore.

There is no doubt that East is home to some of the country’s brightest scholars, athletes, trail-blazers, and community servants. The Friends of Proviso East Alumni Organization has planned a host of events to commemorate this special occasion. PTHS 209 students, faculty, staff, and the Board of Education will all be on hand to celebrate this historic event.

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  Proviso East High School to Host Parent School Partnership Meeting Oct 20th

 
 

Proviso East High School will host its monthly Parent School Partnership Program (PSP) meeting on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.). This month’s topic is curriculum and how parents can help their students succeed.

Studies show that school age children spend 70% of their waking hours (including weekends and holidays) outside of school.  The most consistent predictors of  a student’s academic achievement and social adjustment are parent expectations of the student’s academic attainment and satisfaction with their student’s education at school. Through this PSP meeting, parents may develop a better understanding of school expectations and curriculum in various subjects. They will also learn how they can help support and promote student achievement.

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  PTHS 209 to Host Supplemental Education Services Fair During Report Card Pick-Up

 
 

On Thursday, October 28th, 2010, Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools will host a Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Fair during report card pick-up and parent teacher conferences. The fair will offer parents more information on educational assistance and tutoring programs available.

Educational Service providers tutor 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 have an opportunity to tour the fair and choose the service provider that best suits their students’ needs.

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  Proviso Parents Gain Student Insights at Bring Your Parent to School Day

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools’ parents stepped up and ruled the day at this year’s “Bring Your Parents to School Day.” On Monday, October 4th PTHS 209 welcomed parents from across the Proviso community to spend a day in their students’ shoes, talk with their students’ teachers, and get active, informed, and more involved. Some parents jumped at the opportunity to spend the day with their young Panthers, Pirates, or Pythons.

“I love Bring Your Parents to School Day,” said Proviso West parent, Tammy Miller. “I come every year, and it gives me an opportunity to chat with teachers, see classes in session, and I get to see what my child goes through on a regular school day. It’s exciting for me. I make it a point to be here each year.”

During “Bring Your Parents to School Day,” parents followed their students’ schedules.  At lunchtime PMSA parent Laurie Stokes took a seat in the cafeteria to eat lunch with her daughter, Johanna Stokes. She says the day gave her great insight into what school life and classes are all about.

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  Proviso East Students Do Research with American Chemical Society’s Project SEED

 
 

Two Proviso East High School students, Aniya Vasquez and Christopher Perez, were recognized for their intellectual ability, their enthusiasm, and their love for science through their selection into the highly competitive, Project SEED Program at Northwestern University and at the Illinois Institute of Technology (I.I.T.).

Perez and Vasquez worked with Project SEED for eight weeks this past summer. They both received a $3000 stipend.  As a culmination of their experiences, on September 24th the students presented their summer research at Loyola University to a community of scholars.

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  Bulletin—School Closings: PTHS 209 Registers with Emergency Closing Center

 
 

With fall comes the changing of leaves and with winter comes Illinois’ infamous falling snow which sometimes makes school closings or delays unavoidable.

In the event of inclement weather, as well as for emergency closings during the school year Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will make every attempt to notify parents and students. PTHS 209 will use the district’s websites, robo-calls, e-blasts, and via the Emergency Closing Center (ECC) which provides the status of Chicago land area schools, businesses, daycare centers & organizations.

For up-to-date information please check PTHS 209’s website and the Emergency Closing Center web site at www.emergencyclosings.com. Parents should also consider registering for PTHS 209’s e-mailing list and the Emergency Closing Center e-mail alert system. By registering at the ECC site you can have them notify you by e-mail if our school district closes or has delays. You can also register for D-209’s e-blast at PTHS209.org.

It only takes a moment to sign up. This may be the most convenient way to receive immediate and up to date emergency closing information.

 
  Proviso East High School Calls Parents to Action: Active Parents = Successful Students

 
 

Proviso East High School is launching a new parent action initiative to promote parental engagement and community support for the success of Proviso East students.

“The Proviso East Parent School Partnership (PSP) Program was established to provide a forum for sharing information with our parents that will better enable them to support their children in school,” said Proviso East Principal Milton Patch. “We want to bring the parents into the school each month, provide a meaningful program on the selected topic, and give parents access to teachers, administrators and outside partners. Research shows that this kind of meaningful exchange of information and open access to school personnel can help lead to improved outcomes for students. Our belief is that success in educating students depends to a large degree on creating and nurturing meaningful relationships with parents.”

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  Proviso East and Proviso West Volleyball Teams to Volley for the Cure

 
 

On October 7, 2010, Proviso East High School’s volleyball team is joining forces with Proviso West to hold their first annual "Dig Pink" rally.  Proviso Township High Schools will Volley for the Cure in an event designed to promote October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Dig Pink is the name of the breast cancer awareness rally that takes place in gyms all over the country during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is October. Matches at the high school and college levels all over the nation are a part of this movement. At PTHS, the Lady Pirates will host the Lady Panthers of Proviso West.

Admission is five dollars for adults and one dollar for students. Entrance to the event is free if you wear or buy a breast cancer awareness t-shirt ($10) which will be available for pre-sale with the athletes or at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Proviso volleyball players will wear pink/black t-shirts instead of their regular jerseys to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There will also be several raffle opportunities and games during the evening.  All levels will play in the Field House on Thursday, October 7th. The freshman game begins at 4:30 p.m. The sophomore game begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by the varsity game at approximately 6:30/7:00.

Please come out to support the Lady Pirates and the Lady Panthers as they Volley for the Cure. For questions or to find out how to donate for “Dig Pink,” please email Proviso East volleyball coach Emily Tonon at etonon@pths209.org.

 
  Proviso East High School Prepares for Centennial Celebration

 
 

Congratulations to Proviso East High School! On October 15, 2010 the Proviso East Pirates will celebrate homecoming and 100 years of service to the Proviso community.

Proviso East was founded in 1910. For the past 100 years the school has created a storied and spirited legacy. A few of  the school’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, philanthropist and co-founder of BET Sheila Johnson, NBA players Doc Rivers, Jim Brewer, Michael Finley, Steven Hunter, and  Shannon Brown; self-made millionaire Christopher Gardner (The Pursuit of Happyness), PTHS 209 Board Members Robert Cox and Theresa Kelly; Senator Kim Lightford, and Cook County Recorder of Deeds Eugene Moore.

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  Active Parents = Successful Students – PTHS 209 to Host Bring Your Parent to School Day

 
 

On Monday, Oct. 4th Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will open its doors for “Bring Your Parent to School Day,” a highly anticipated event that  gives parents, students, and teachers an opportunity to connect, discuss student progress, class  goals, and overall expectations.

The event follows PTHS 209’s “Back-to-School Night” which is also designed to promote parental involvement and student support.  During “Bring Your Parent to School Day,” parents follow their students’ schedule, chat with teachers, and gain a better understanding of their students’ educational needs and school environment.  PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart also attends to chat with parents at each individual school.

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  Proviso East Teacher Named Illinois Science Teacher of the Year

 
 

A first year science teacher at Proviso East High School recently received an award coveted by many teachers during their career. Kathleen Fritsch was named and honored by the Illinois Science Teacher Association (ISTA) as Science Teacher of the Year.

“Since very few 1st year teachers win this award, I am quite honored to have been chosen as Teacher of the Year,” said Fritsch. “It reinforces that teaching is my true career path.”

Each year teachers across the state of Illinois are nominated by their peers to be recognized as Teacher of the Year. At Proviso East, Ms. Fritsch was nominated by fellow science teachers Mr. Glenn Lid and Mr. Alex Aschoff who say “Kathy’s classroom is vibrant and she teaches like a veteran.”  Her students agreed.

“I love how Ms. Fritsch provides information on how we can find things and understand things better,” said Proviso East junior Precious Jude. “It’s also fun to do our lab work. We get to talk and work in groups, and Ms. Fritsch helps us figure out things together.”

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  Proviso East Alum Ariel Wilson Named Candidate for Inaugural Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for Volleyball

 
 

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Senior Penn State women’s volleyball middle hitter Arielle Wilson (Broadview, Ill.) was named a candidate for the inaugural Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for women’s volleyball on Thursday. Wilson is one of four Penn State student-athletes nominated for the award that recognizes athletes with notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

Wilson, one of 30 candidates in the sport of women’s volleyball, and joins four Penn State student-athletes as nominees in their respective sports. Other Nittany Lion candidates include, women’s soccer player Danielle Toney (Northville, Mich.), men’s soccer player Andres Casais (Caracas, Venezuela) and Stefen Wisniewski (Bridgeville) of football.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

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  Proviso East Praised by Illinois NCA for its Dedication to Raising Student Achievement

 
 

Proviso East High School has been granted accreditation from the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) for the next five years beginning in 2010. Proviso East was commended by NCA officials for its dedication to student achievement.

“I offer my congratulations to Proviso East High School’s administrators and staff for this accomplishment,” said Illinois NCA State Director, Susie Morrison. “Their dedication to achieving AdvancED/ NSA CASI accreditation demonstrates an ongoing commitment to making a difference in the lives of students, and to helping each and every student reach their full potential. Their commitment to raising student achievement should be commended.”

The acknowledgement and accreditation comes after an intense evaluation of the school’s educational programs, processes, and overall school climate.

To achieve accreditation, schools must meet high standards; engage in continuous improvement; and demonstrate quality assurance through external review by a team of professionals aimed at increasing student performance.  The accreditation process is voluntary and requires periodic review.

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  PTHS 209 Students Gain Hands-on Training and Scholarships Through  Triton/Westlake Scholarship Program

 
 

Nearly 20 juniors from Proviso Township High Schools are on the path to successful medical careers through participation in the Westlake Scholarship Program which provides a pathway to education, hands-on work experience, and employment opportunities for Proviso students who are  interested in the medical field.

The program was created to encourage students interested in health care professions. Through the program students explore career paths in nursing, radiology, respiratory care, nuclear medicine, surgical technology or ultrasound. Students rotate and train at Westlake Hospital in those departments. They are expected to stay in the program until they graduate with an Associate Degree in a Health Career Program at Triton College. The scholarship pays for Triton College tuition, fees, books, uniforms, and wages earned while working part-time at Westlake Hospital.

“We have Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA students in the program each year,” said Dr. Marta Alvarado, who is the Westlake Scholarship Program Coordinator and a 1971 graduate of Proviso East High School. “They are the only three schools allowed in the program. It’s been good working with Proviso students. The program has worked well. We promote and nurture their interest in health careers. We train them to hire them at Westlake. This is our way of investing in the community that we serve. We are investing in our community by investing in Proviso students.”

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  Proviso East Student Awarded $180K Naval Scholarship

 
 

One Proviso East High School graduate from the class of 2010 has made history as the very first Proviso East student to be offered a Naval Academy Scholarship covering full tuition and offering a career as a U.S. Naval Officer.

Class of 2010 graduate Ashli Satterfield, who was a member of East’s NJROTC, stood at attention on Friday, August 27th with her fellow cadets as a representative from the United States Navy presented a “big check” for $180,000.

“Each year the United States Navy awards four-year Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Scholarships to superbly qualified high school students throughout the country,” said U.S. Navy Senior Chief Regina Hawley. “The Naval Service Training Command takes great pleasure in presenting this four year naval reserve scholarship to Ashli Satterfield in recognition of her superior achievement.”

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  PTHS 209 Helps Parents Monitor Student Progress: Switches from Parent Connect to Power School Parent Access

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools is using PowerSchool Parent Access to keep parents connected, informed, and up to speed on their students’ progress.

PowerSchool Parent Access helps to provide parents, guardians, students, and teachers with a tool that will assist in communicating grades, attendance records, assignments, teacher comments, and school announcements on an ongoing basis. PowerSchool Parent Access replaces the schools’ previous system ParentConnect. Like ParentConnect, PowerSchool is web-based. It can be accessed from any computer that is connected to the Internet. Parents who were already registered through ParentConnect will receive their user names and password via email. New users will be able to register and begin accessing PowerSchool online once the program is fully launched.

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  Ready for Some Football! PTHS Kicks off Athletic Season

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools is back in session and students and coaches are ready to begin yet another spectacular athletic season.

To see the full athletic schedules for Proviso East High School click here—for Proviso West High School click here.

LET’S GO PTHS 209!

 
  PTHS 209 Students Back to Class and Ready for a New School Year

 
  Proviso Township High Schools has kicked off a new school year and welcomed back students from across the Proviso community. They all filed in on buses, and filled parking lots and auditoriums on Monday ready for a new year.

New and returning students received text books, confirmed schedules, and signed up for sports and extra curricular activities of all kinds.

“It feels good to be back in school,” said Autumn Winters, a freshman at Proviso West High School. Winters is from McArthur Middle School in Berkley. She says she is most excited about sports and all of the clubs and special programs offered at Proviso West, but she also says balancing grades and extra curricular activity are at the top of her priority list.

 “I am joining the track team,” she said. “The biggest focus for me this year will be managing my grades and running track. I’m also looking forward to joining the animation club Anime.”

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  PTHS 209 Reaches Out to Parents and Students: “Let’s Begin School Year with Record Attendance”

 
 

School starts on Monday, August 23rd at 9:15 a.m. and PTHS officials are encouraging parents to help ensure that all students attend on the first day of school in order to set the tone for what is bound to be a spectacular new year.

Proviso Township High Schools students from across 10 feeder communities are preparing to return to school with improved curriculum, more classroom technology, and more programs that promote student achievement and academic success.

“We are extremely excited to begin this new school year and to welcome back the students of Proviso Township High Schools,” said Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “We have implemented a number of programs and initiatives to support our students academically. We have new technology in our classrooms, we have new technical and career based materials, we have enhanced our curriculum, and we have great teachers who are eager to get back to one of the most important jobs in the world. This year we are focusing on rising to the next level of student achievement, accountability, and professionalism. We are raising the expectations for our students and for ourselves. We need parents and students to work together to get to school and to get there on time so that we may do the rest.”

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  Flood Update: Proviso East Operations Hampered by Flood Waters

 
  Proviso Township High Schools is taking persistent pro-active health and safety measures to support Proviso East High School as they experience altered operations at the start of the school year due to damage caused by recent flooding.

Over the summer break Proviso East High School’s boiler room was flooded. This impacted the school’s ability to provide hot water and prepare food in-house for the breakfast and lunch programs. According to PTHS 209 Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations, Dr. Nikita Johnson, the school has made alternate provisions to ensure a smooth start with a focus on health and safety. Proviso East will re-open for the 2010-2011 school year operating under a post-flood operation plan, which sets forth health and safety guidelines and restrictions for students, faculty, and staff.

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  PTHS 209 to Kick off School Year and Welcome Faculty & Staff with Institute Day

 
 

On August 18th Proviso Township High Schools will welcome back its faculty and staff with their annual back-to-school institute day.

Institute day serves as training for PTHS 209 faculty and staff. It also sets the tone for the new school year.

“This year our focus and our overall theme is Proviso Rising to the Next Level of Student Achievement, Accountability, and Professionalism,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “Our message this year is one of great appreciation for the progress that we have made with the understanding that it is time to accelerate our progress. It is all about taking our school system to the next level. We have to continue to do all that we can to support student achievement, and do more and differently than we have done.  We also have to sharpen our skills as administrators and educators. It’s not only about our students; we too must rise to the next level of professionalism and accountability. When professionalism and accountability improve, so will student achievement.”

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  PTHS Honors East Alum and 2X NBA Champion Shannon Brown

 
 

On Friday, July 16th Proviso Township High Schools called in the marching band and threw the confetti to celebrate and honor two-time NBA champion, academic scholar, and Proviso East Alum Shannon Brown.

Brown, a 2003 graduate of Proviso East High School, won the 2010-2011 NBA playoffs as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. This was Brown’s second consecutive win in his NBA career. Proviso East Principal Milton Patch hosted the event while Brown was in town for his annual basketball camp at Proviso East High School. The PTHS 209 Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, Village of Maywood officials, and Brown’s own basketball campers came together to honor him for his success as a professional athlete and for his efforts as a community role model.

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