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Proviso East Vision Statement

"Proviso East High School is committed to enhancing student learning experiences through collaboration, utilization of best practices, data analysis, and professional development."


 
  Congratulations to PTHS 209’s Class of 2012!

 
 

You are a vital part of Proviso Rising!

 
 

Proviso East Student Named Golden Apple Scholar: Earns Full Scholarship to Become Future Educator

 
 

Proviso East High School senior, Isiah Dunn III, says that he has been inspired by many excellent teachers in Pirate Country. From his track coach Mr. Marc Jones, to his science teacher Mr. Glenn Lid, Isiah has learned what it means to have an impact on students’ lives. That is why he has worked to become one of Illinois’ Golden Apple Scholars.

The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois program recruits and prepares bright and talented high school graduates for careers as teachers. As a Golden Apple Scholar, Isiah will receive $2,500 per year of tuition assistance for his freshmen and sophomore years and $5,000 per year for his junior and senior years.

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  Proviso East Rocks the House at 10th Annual Battle of the Bands Competition

 
 

Students, parents, teachers, and community members of Proviso Township High Schools District 209 came out to show their Pirate Pride during Proviso East’s 10th Annual Battle of the Bands competition.

“Our students in the Proviso East Marching band always exemplify superb musical talent, dedication, skill, and discipline,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent, Dr. Collins-Hart. “It brings us and our entire community a great deal of pride to see them perform and to see just how amazing our students can be.”

Proviso East seniors took to the field for the last time to help Proviso East’s Marching Band rock the house. There are 22 graduating seniors in the band, and 16 of them have earned full music scholarships to colleges and major universities. Proviso East Band Director, Mr. Wright, said that though everyone enjoys a good band battle, the number of college scholarships received each year is the major win.

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  Board of Education Honors PTHS 209’s Top Achievers 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 graduates of Proviso East, Proviso West, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

Last week, each school’s valedictorians, salutatorians, and research scholars were invited to attend the Annual Scholars Luncheon at the world renowned John Hancock Center in downtown Chicago. The Board of Education treated the district’s top achievers to the luncheon as a small reward for their exemplary academic achievements.

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  Proviso East Fab 5 Academics + Athletics: Girls’ Basketball Players Prepare for College with Full Scholarships

 
 

We call them the Fab Five. Five Proviso East High School seniors led the Lady Pirates basketball team to many victories on the basketball court. Now, the young ladies are taking their talents to the collegiate level. All have been offered full four-year scholarships with major colleges and universities.

Proviso East twin sisters Jaliria Wells and Jakeisha Wells have signed with the University of Arkansas. Jaliria hopes to study business marketing while Jakeisha has an interest in forensic science and criminal justice. Proviso East senior, Demetria Watson will attend Missouri Baptist University to study sports management and criminal justice. Tiara Johnson will attend Milwaukee Technical College to study veterinarian medicine. Kalea Parks plans to attend Drury University as a business major.

The ladies say that they are excited, privileged, and prepared for study and competition at the next level.

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  PTHS 209 Celebrates Teachers During Teacher Appreciation Week

 
 

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."

~Henry Adams

Each year school districts across the country use the first week of May as an opportunity to honor teachers for their contributions to education. This year PTHS 209 joined National Teacher Appreciation Week by honoring educators at each school. All week, teachers were treated to an array of sentiments to express just how much they are honored and valued every single day.

Thank you PTHS 209 faculty. You are a vital part of Proviso Rising.



 
 

Proviso East High School to Host Summer Basketball Camp

 
 

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  PTHS 209 Honors Faculty and Staff for High Achievements

 
 

On May 4, 2012 Proviso Township High Schools District 209 held its annual Retirement Dinner Banquet. During the banquet, PTHS 209 celebrated this year’s retirees. They also honored faculty and staff members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty.

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  A Call for Peace: PTHS 209 Students Participate in 12th World Summit

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools students recently joined world-renowned peacemakers and activists from across the globe as they gathered in Chicago for the Annual World Summit.

The 12th Annual World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates was held April 23-25th. The summit was held in North America at the UIC Forum for the first time in history, and six Proviso Township High Schools students had an opportunity to attend. The students joined dozens of dignitaries and human rights activists, including the Dalai Lama; Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union; Frederik Willem de Klerk, former president of South Africa; Lech Walesa, former president of Poland; and Oscar Arias Sanchez, former president of Costa Rica.

During the summit, world leaders talked with students from across the state about how they can continue to support human rights, justice and environmental causes. The summit also encouraged students to adopt ideals of peace–whether it is in the rest of the world or in their own communities.

 
  Proviso East School Based Health Center Celebrates 10 years of Excellent Student Service

 
 

Health is a critical factor in student success. With that in mind, a decade ago, Loyola School of Nursing partnered with Proviso East High School to open the district’s first in-house health center. This year, Loyola School of Nursing is celebrating their ten-year anniversary of quality care.

“Ten years ago, we saw a need to help students in the community make informed choices about their health,” said Diana Hackbarth, RN, PhD, FAAN, professor and program director. “Having a full-service health center staffed by nurse practitioners, physicians, social workers and dietitians within the school allows students to get health care when they need it instead of missing school for appointments. Since then, we have expanded health promotion programs in classrooms, after school, and in neighboring elementary schools, helping thousands of students live healthier lives through the center.”

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  Proviso East to Host Battle of the Bands

 
 

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  Proviso East Teacher Inducted into National Teachers Hall of Fame

 
 

Teachers in Proviso Township High Schools know that simply believing in a student can be the catalyst for them achieving their dreams. That is why one Proviso East chemistry teacher, Mr. Glenn Lid, has been recognized nationwide. After 33 years in Proviso Township High Schools, Lid will be inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame.

“It is outstanding that we have teachers in our schools who are being recognized at the national level,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent, Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “Mr. Lid sets a great example, and we are extremely proud of his accomplishments. He is a role model for the profession and, he exemplifies what is best about teaching.”

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  Society of Women Engineers Recognizes PTHS 209’s Top Math & Science Students

 
 

This week, over 50 Proviso Township High Schools students were honored and celebrated by the Women’s Society of Engineers for their outstanding achievements in science and mathematics.

The honors and awards were designed to celebrate the best and brightest girls in Proviso who excel in math, science, and technology. The partnership with the Society of Women Engineers also introduces students to the field of engineering.

“It is important that we continue to encourage and inspire future women engineers,” said Jeniene Wiseman, a member of the Society of Women Engineers and an engineer with Northrop Grumman Corporation, an American global aerospace and defense technology company. Weisman talked with students about her role as an engineer and delivered the program’s keynote address.

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  PTHS to Offer Summer Enrichment to Help Accelerate Student Achievement

 
 

Starting this summer, Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will offer its honors students an opportunity to accelerate learning by enrolling in an on-line Apex Honors Acceleration Program.

Apex Learning is the leading digital curriculum provider of blended and virtual learning for the nation’s public school districts. Schools across the country are successfully using Apex Learning digital curriculum to meet the needs of students—from building foundational skills to creating opportunities for advanced coursework. The curriculum helps to build students’ skills as they prepare for high school and college courses by providing a rigorous, honors college prep curriculum online.

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  PTHS 209 and West Suburban Senior Services to Host 4th Annual Grandparents’ Day June 2nd

 
 

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 4th Annual Grandparents’ Day. The event will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 pm, at the Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy (8601 Roosevelt Road, Forest Park Illinois).

Each year the Proviso Township High Schools Board of Education works in partnership with WSSS to honor grandparents across the Proviso community. Grandparents’ Day is designed to honor and show appreciation for all of the senior citizens and grandparents of Proviso Township and the surrounding areas. It is a day of fun, support information, and relaxation.

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  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 school by displaying the four pillars of the National Honor Society: scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

Congratulations to the following students:

Isabel Atempa
Casandra Calixte
Norma Chavez
Teonikka Fancher
Yecica Flores
Stephanie Gonzalez
Octese Higgins
Taeveon Johnson

Marcela Lomeli
Cheyenne Pearson
Toya Pendleton
Jennifer Ramirez
Lucina Rosales
Gabriela Martinez-Salgado
Olivia Smith
Ashanti Stanton

You are a vital part of Proviso Rising!

 
  Proviso Township High Schools Prepares for All School Testing: Test Dates April 24th & April 25th

 
  Proviso Township High Schools students will begin high stakes testing next week. Students across the state take standardized tests each spring to evaluate their knowledge at their grade levels.

On Tuesday, April 24th and Wednesday, April 25th juniors will take the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE). Freshmen and sophomores will take EXPLORE and PLAN tests on Tuesday.

“We are preparing students for testing next week,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent, Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “We are holding rallies to get our students motivated. We are also soliciting parent help in ensuring that students are well rested and well prepared for test day. It is important that parents be involved with these dates. With support and planning, parents can help our students succeed.”

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  Thank you! Proviso Township High Schools to Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week May 7th - May 11th

 
 

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

Each year school districts across the country use the first week in May as an opportunity to honor teachers for their contributions to education. This year, National Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated from May 7th-May 11th, and PTHS 209 is joining the celebration.

“We believe that teaching is one of the most important professions of all time,” said PTHS 209 superintendent, Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “Students thrive and achieve their dreams with the help of excellent teachers. A week is not nearly enough time to express our gratitude, but we are going to honor teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. We celebrate them and want to make sure that they know how much we value their incredible hard work and dedication to the students of District 209.”

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  Proviso East Basketball Legacy Lives On: Team Takes State Runner-up in Class 4A Championship

 
 

Some called it the “Return of the Three Amigos.” The Proviso East Basketball players, turned NBA stars, made a big impression on the state basketball tournament in 1991. Over two decades later, two of the three, Donnie Boyce and Sherell Ford, would become the coaches of this year’s team, taking the players down state for the first time in 20 years.

But Proviso East’s performance in the state championship was more than a return for Proviso East basketball legends; it also marked the return of a great basketball legacy that rightly belongs in Pirate Country.

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  Graduation Date Set: PTHS’s Class of 2012 Prepares to Walk the Stage

 
  Proviso seniors have worked hard to make the grade; now plans for their commencement ceremonies have been set.

“Our seniors have spent years preparing for graduation day,” said PTHS 209 superintendent, Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “They have earned millions of dollars in college scholarships, and many of them have already made a commitment to continue their education and pursue their dreams. We look forward to celebrating with them and their parents on May 27th. It is going to be a great day for many families in Proviso and we are very proud to honor this group of students as they go on to the next step of their lives.”

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Congratulations to the Proviso East Pirates Boys' Basketball Team!

 
 

Congratulations to the Proviso East Pirates Boys' Basketball Team for their excellent achievement in becoming State Runner-up for 4A Boys Basketball!

Congratulations Pirates! We are all proud of you!



 
  Supersectional: Carter Leads Proviso East Past West Aurora

 
 

By Phil English Special to the Tribune

The final score of Proviso East's 62-51 victory over West Aurora on Tuesday night didn't really tell the story of the Class 4A supersectional game at Hinsdale Central.

Though the game was never really in doubt — the Pirates never trailed — they allowed it to be closer than might have been expected of a 31-0 team. But Proviso East, in search of the school's first basketball title since 1992, still advanced to a 4A semifinal against Rockford Auburn at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

"The expectations are kind of unfair, but we've got to live by what people expect of us. We just have to live by the hype," said senior guard Paris Burns, who had 12 points. "We've been looking forward to this since the Proviso West tournament. Actually before that, when we found out coach Donnie (Boyce) would be our coach."

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  PEHS School Base Health Center to Host Annual Student Health Fair  
 

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  Investing in the Future: PTHS 209 Board of Education Approves College Tour for ACT Prep Students

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools Board of Education is boosting its investments in the future by approving the “Let’s Excel College Tour” for students who have worked to improve their college entrance scores by participating in ACT test prep classes.

The “Let’s Excel College Tour” is designed to offer additional support to students who have successfully completed the Cambridge ACT Test Prep program, which is offered by District 209 at no cost. The tour will allow students to further explore the college entrance process while visiting several prominent colleges and universities.

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Proviso East to Host Community Champions Awards and Resource Fair March 15th

 
 

On Thursday, March 15th at 6:00 p.m. Proviso East High School will open its doors to the Proviso Community as they host the inaugural Community Champion (CC) Awards and Resource Fair.

“The Community Champions Project was created with a dual purpose,” said CC founder and event coordinator, VaLarie Humphrey. “The initial purpose is to bring recognition to the students that are doing the right thing by staying in school and being successful. The second purpose of the project is to bring together, in a common location, a multitude of resources for the community, the children, and their families.”

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Donnie Boyce Takes Proviso East Down Memory Lane, and So Far, Undefeated

 
 

21 years after helping Chicago Proviso East win a state title as one of the "Three Amigos," rookie coach Boyce guides Pirates toward unbeaten season.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012
By: Paul Bowker | MaxPreps.com

MAYWOOD, Ill. — Donnie Boyce is home again. And what a nostalgic ride at Proviso East (Maywood, Ill.) it has become this season for Pirates head coach Boyce, a former NBA player and the third-leading scorer of all time at the University of Colorado.

The Pirates, ranked No. 12 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25, are 28-0 entering an Illinois Class 4A sectional semifinal tonight against Roselle Lake Park. They are five wins away from achieving the school's first state championship in boys basketball since back-to-back Class AA titles in 1991 and ‘92.

Boyce was a part of the Proviso East “Three Amigos” squad that delivered a 32-1 record and a 65-55 win over Peoria Manual in the 1991 championship game. And don't think for a second that the 1991 team doesn't come up in Boyce's conversations with his team at Proviso East basketball practices.

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Proviso East Congratulates High Achievers at 2012 Honors Assembly

 
 

At Proviso East High School, student success and academic achievement are the name of the game. On Thursday, February 9th, the school hosted their 2012 Honors Assembly. Hundreds of students were celebrated for being at the top in student achievement.

“We are here today to celebrate,” said Proviso East principal, Mr. Valente. “I’d like to congratulate our first semester students who achieved high academic status. We know that every student can succeed academically if they put their minds to it. We have awesome students, we have wonderful teachers, and this is just a great place to go to school.”

The Proviso East honors assembly included a remarkable showcase of talent from Proviso East students and staff. There were also band performances, poetry performances, and a dance performance by the Proviso East Pirateers.

Each honoree recognized because they achieved honor roll status for the first semester of the 2011-2012 school year.

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Congratulations students for your excellent achievements. You are a vital part of Proviso Rising.

 
 

Celebrating Our History Together: District 209 Brings Frederick Douglass to Life

 
 

On Tuesday, February 28th, Proviso Township High Schools closed out Black History Month with an honorable tribute to the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass.

District 209 hosted this event as a district-wide Black History Month Program. All three events showcased student talent. They also welcomed a star guest from the hit stage play, Dream Girls. Kevin McILvainebrought the legacy of Frederick Douglass to life—giving students a modern day history lesson through the arts.

“We were very proud to present this joint Black History Program which welcomed all of our students in each of our schools to celebrate history together,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “Our administrators worked very hard to bring the talented Mr. Kevin McILvaine to our school for a one-of-a-kind performance that engaged our students and taught us all a little bit more about Black History.”

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Proviso East Alumni Offers $1,000 Scholarship to an Eligible Proviso East Student and Teacher

 
 

Proviso East Alumni and Common Roots Initiative (CRI) founders plan to offer a $1,000.00 scholarship to an eligible Proviso East student and a Proviso East teacher. The extra financial resources are intended to provide financial support for their college and career goals.

Common Roots Initiative (CRI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that gives financial support to educators and college-bound students. As an independently-run public charity, CRI aims to provide at least two scholarships to a college-bound student and high school teacher from the west suburban Cook County area by the end of 2012. Because the organization’s founders are graduates of Proviso East High School, Proviso East applicants have priority.

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PTHS 209 Continues to Offer Free Tutoring Programs to Help Boost Student Achievement

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools is continuing to work to promote higher achievement by offering Supplemental Educational Services (SES).

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Supplemental Educational Services are free tutoring services. The program offers students extra help in academic subjects such as reading, language arts, and mathematics.

“The goals of our SES program is 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 plans,” said Dr. Cheryl Pruitt, PTHS 209 Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. “Our students and parents have various tutoring options that are available to students at no charge. We encourage our students and parents to take full advantage of the opportunity to improve student skills and raise overall achievement.”

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  Proviso East Students Excel at Triton Art Show

 
 

Proviso East High School students outshined the competition again at this year’s Triton College High School Art Competition.

The annual art show features over 700 students from the Triton College area community. Over a dozen Proviso East art students won ribbons in this year’s contest. Students submitted entries in every category including: photography, fiber arts, computer art, ceramics, and photography.

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  PTHS Seniors—Apply for College Aid and Scholarships Today!

 
  PTHS seniors, if you are planning to attend college during the 2012-2013 academic year and would like financial assistance, it is time to prepare your 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 locate college funding sources and higher education information. Each school also has counselors who are ready and available to help students apply for aid, college acceptance, and scholarships.

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  2nd Annual Proviso Idol Finals!

 
 

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Building Bridges to Success: Proviso East Student Advisory Council Works to Improve Pirate Country

 
 

At Proviso East High School, building bridges to success incorporates the community, parents, civic leaders, and the most important element of all—students.

This year Proviso East principals are ramping up their efforts to build a coalition with students at the center. The Student Advisory Council was formed to provide feedback to school administration on critical issues impacting the students and the learning environment at Proviso East. The students and the principals all work together for the betterment of Pirate Country.

“We want to provide our students with a voice,” said Proviso East assistant principal, Mrs. Lang. “We want our students to know that we are listening to them. We begin to implement different things as they tell us what they would like to see. It provides that connection. They know that they can come to us. We have an open door policy. We welcome their voices in helping to build our school community. We want our students to have an active role in that.”

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Operation Uplift Honors Proviso East Student

 
 

Each year the Maywood community organization, Operation Uplift, honors young people during their annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Awards Luncheon. This year’s honoree was Proviso East sophomore, DaMarco Green. He was presented with the Leon S. Brown Youth Award for his superb leadership and service to the Maywood community.

“DaMarco Green has done a number of volunteer services throughout our community,” said Ms. Northica Stone, President and CEO of Operation Uplift. “He has even influenced his peers to join him in his efforts. He has the desire to help and do positive things for his community. As a sophomore, he has displayed great influence and leadership ability.”

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‘Amigo’ Boyce Leading Proviso East To Potential Championship

 
 

By: Ryan Baker, CBS2 News

MAYWOOD, Ill. (CBS) — Donnie Boyce, one of the legendary "Three Amigos," is back as basketball coach at Proviso East.

From Doc Rivers to Dee Brown, the pipeline of hoop legends from Proviso East High School is long and quite illustrious.

You’ll find Donnie Boyce’s name on that prestigious list. His career has come full circle by returning to his alma mater as the head coach. The undefeated Pirates are 16-0 in his first season on the job.

The 1991 state champions from Proviso East is one of the Chicago area’s most storied high school basketball teams. They were led by the talented trio of Boyce, Michael Finley and Sherell Ford – a trio affectionately known as the “Three Amigos.”

Boyce is trying to end the Pirates’ 20-year title drought since the “Three Amigos” were the pride of Maywood. His players weren’t even born when he was in his glory days.

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  Proviso East Students Get Civics Lesson from a True Civic Leader

 
 

Each year Proviso East civics students participate in the Mikva Challenge, a learning initiative that helps develop the next generation of civic leaders, activists and policy makers. Mikva teaches students about government, the political process, and how they fit into the world around them. This week, students involved in the Mikva Challenge received a special lesson from their very own 7th District Congressman, Danny K. Davis.

“In order for our society to be livable, there must be rules, rights, and ways of doing things,” he explained to students in first period civics. “We have to have rules and regulations. People elect politicians to help make and enforce those rules. Our country starts at one place, and changes keep occurring.”

The congressman spoke with students about the role of the legislative branch of government, the appropriation of funds, taxes, advocacy, and how they can become a part of the civic process. He also stressed the importance of education.

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  Scholar of Excellence: Proviso East Student Shines as Academic Scholar, Community Servant, and Top Athlete

 
 

Standing at 6’3 and over 200 pounds, Proviso East junior, Antony Greenhow of Maywood, is a force to be reckoned with on the football field. According to CBS sports analysts, the defensive end ranks 17th in the list of the top 30 athletes in the state of Illinois for the class of 2013. Greenhow’s athletic prowess is duly admired. Those abilities coupled with his academic achievements, musical talent, volunteer service efforts, and overall character make him stand out as a top athlete and a PTHS 209 Scholar of Excellence.

Greenhow maintains a 3.7 G.P.A. He is currently participating in PTHS 209’s Cambridge ACT Test Prep on Saturdays to help boost his test scores. He is a member of the football team, baseball team, and track team. He is also a member of the National Honor Society. He is president of the Young People’s Division at his church, Canaan A.M.E. where he volunteers to clean the church on weekends and serves as an assistant to the minister. The young man sings too. He often volunteers to sing for local organizations to earn more community service hours. He is a member of Maywood’s Youth on the Move, and he also mentors young men in the community. With a full schedule and the drive to succeed, Greenhow says his support system is what keeps him forging ahead.

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  Internship Alert: Princeton University Seeking Students for All-Expense-Paid Summer Program

 
 

Princeton, one of the most prestigious higher learning institutions in the country, is now seeking junior students to apply for The Princeton University Summer Journalism Program.

The program's goal is to diversify college and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism. All expenses, including students' travel costs to and from Princeton, are paid for by the program.

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  Proviso East Student Council Helps Kids in Need Through "Project Night Night"

 
 

According to statistics, 1 in 50 American children will face homelessness in his or her lifetime. With that in mind, Proviso East's student council is working to help support homeless children and promote education and literacy through the national charity campaign, Project Night Night.

"Project Night Night is an effort that brings us students together in making blankets and packages for children in homeless shelters," said Proviso East senior and student council member, Shontae Chambers. "We want to work to help needy kids in our area. It's a good cause that the children can appreciate. We just want to do all that we can to give back."

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  Building Bridges to Success: Wal-Mart Donates Laptop Computers to Proviso East

 
 

The support of the community is vital in PTHS 209’s efforts to continue to build bridges to success. So when Wal-Mart in Forest Park announced that they would donate three brand new HP computers to support Proviso East High School’s digital arts classes District 209 offered grand thanks.

“When you have an organization in your community as large as Wal-Mart supporting education and supporting the students here, you can only give thanks,” said PTHS 209 Board President Chris Welch. “Their support means a great deal to our students, our faculty, and our staff. We are proud to say that we have such supportive relationships with businesses in our community. From Wal-Mart, to Best Buy, to ARAMARK—we are grateful for their support and their overall contributions.”

When Mark Dennison, manager of the Wal-Mart store in Forest Park, heard that Proviso East students needed more computers to complete their project for the Village of Maywood, he responded immediately. Dennison’s electronics manager, Jamal Whitney, is a 1993 graduate of Proviso East High School. Mr. Dennison talked with Jamal and the two began to prepare new computers for delivery.

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  Pirates Win First Proviso West title since '91

 
 

By Scott Powers, ESPN

HILLSIDE, Ill. -- When Donnie Boyce was hired prior to the season, his promise was to return Proviso East’s program to the heights it reached during his playing days.


[photo courtesy Mike Helfgot, Chicago Tribune]

On Friday, his words met the Pirates’ actions when No. 2 Proviso East defeated No. 11 New Trier 68-55 in the Proviso West holiday tournament championship before 2,780 fans. It was the Pirates’ first title since they won it in consecutive years in 1990 and 1991. Boyce was a senior on the 1990 team.

Trashaun Carroll and No. 2 Proviso East may be Simeon's most formidable challenger for an IHSA title.

“It’s amazing,” said Boyce, whose team improved to 11-0. “To be able to win it as a player and then come back my first year coaching, it’s unbelievable. I’m just really pleased with the effort my team gave this whole tournament.”

Proviso East set the tone for Friday’s win in the opening minutes of the game. The Pirates jumped on New Trier with their intense full-court pressure and disrupted the Trevians’ offense while creating their own scoring opportunities.

Proviso East built a 23-10 after one quarter. Senior Keith Carter, who earned tournament MVP honors, had six of his 15 points in the first quarter.

“That was key,” Carter said. “We had started slow the first three [tournament] games. That made us fight hard.”  Read more…

 
  Congratulations to PTHS 209’s First Semester Honor Roll Students!

 
 

Congratulations to the Proviso Township High Schools 2011-2012 First Semester Honor Roll Scholars!  You are among the top students in the district, and you are a vital part of Proviso Rising. Keep up the excellent work!

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  PTHS Continues to Promote Academic Achievement Through Response to Intervention (RtI)

 
  In the new year and at the start of second semester, Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is continuing to work for the success of each student through Response to Intervention (RtI). RtI is designed to help meet individual student needs and offer specific learning support in order to improve learning outcomes.

RtI was originally introduced in the District 2009. It continues to be an important tool as students enter into second semester. RtI is a method of academic intervention used to provide early, systematic assistance to students who are having difficulty learning. It seeks to prevent academic failure through early intervention, frequent progress measurement, and increasingly intensive research-based instructional interventions for students who continue to have difficulty. PTHS officials says RtI helps to ensure that each student stays on track and up to-speed according to their grade level.

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  Triton Hosts Essay Competition on Cyberbullying for High School Seniors

 
 

District 209 students have been invited to enter a Triton College Library Essay Contest for the chance to win a Triton College tuition waiver, goods, or cash prizes.

Senior students are asked to submit an essay addressing strategies that could prevent the rise of cyberbullying. The essay must also address why it may be necessary to alter social networking websites and communication tools to make them safer for everyone. The essay should be three to five pages long, neatly typed in English, and double-spaced in 12-point font with 1.5-inch margins.

Essays will be judged on writing and idea quality, creativity, organization and development of the ideas and presentation (including vocabulary, spelling, punctuation and grammar). The first prize winner will get a three-credit hour tuition waiver to use toward a Triton College class and $300 in cash. Second place will win a Kindle Touch 3G. The third place winner will receive a $50 gift card from Amazon.com.

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Proviso East Assistant Principal Receives Omega Psi Phi Educator of the Year Award

 
 

Proviso East assistant principal, Mrs. Lang, is an educational leader. She is devoted to her students, her profession, and her desire to help Proviso East High School rise to the top. That is a part of the reason she was recently named Omega Psi Phi’s 2011 Educator of the Year.

“One of the cardinal principles of our fraternity is scholarship,” said Omega Psi Phi representative, Larry Smith. “We put a great emphasis on education. There were nominations of 13 educators in total in the West Suburbs from Rockford to Dupage County. We chose Mrs. Lang based on her relationship with her students, her rapport with those within the community, and her effectiveness as a leader and as an educator. She has a proven track record. She is effective wherever she goes, and we are honored to recognize Mrs. Lang for the work that she has done and for the impact she’s had.”

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Internship Alert: Bank of America Student Leaders Program Now Accepting Applications for Paid Internship Opportunity

 
 

Bank of America is now looking for new students to enroll in its Neighborhood Excellence Student Leaders Program. The program offers students an 8-week paid internship that includes leadership mentoring to help develop students’ life skills, strengthen their overall understanding of civic responsibility, and bolster their commitment and efforts to improve their communities.

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“As part of our commitment to strengthening communities through lending, investing and giving, Bank of America is looking for tomorrow’s community leaders today,” said Bank of America representative, Jennifer Streder. “We would like to identify outstanding young people who are passionate about making a difference in the community.”

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PTHS 209 to Host Junior Parent Night to Offer Students a Golden Opportunity to Take Free ACT Test Prep

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools will offer free Cambridge ACT prep classes for students again this year. On December 15th, each school will host a Family Admissions Workshop to inform parents on how prep classes can help students reach their academic goals. This informational session will offer limited seats for students to enroll in ACT© prep classes to prepare for the test in April.

"The Family Admissions Workshop is the start of a great journey of learning and achievement for our students that we hope will continue throughout their lives," said PTHS 209 Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Cheryl Pruitt. "We want to meet with parents to show them how the ACT pep class can enhance students' overall learning. It will not only prepare them for college, but it will also help them to improve in all of their classes and in state required testing. We want to do everything that we can to support our students and to improve their opportunities to earn scholarships and attend their college of choice."

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  Proviso East Art Students Help Bring the Holiday Spirit to the Village of Maywood

 
 

Proviso East High School’s art students are working on a spectacular Disney art window display to showcase their talent, promote literacy, and help Maywood residents welcome the holiday spirit.

Each year Ms. Tonon’s art students partner with the Maywood Special Events Commission for their “Bringing Books to Life Series.” Students draw and recreate the characters of popular children’s books. Then, they work together for weeks to piece the characters together for display in the windows of Maywood Village Hall. Maywood’s Special Events Commission came up with the idea as a way to get Proviso East High School students more involved in the Maywood community.

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  Proviso East Class of 1956 Offers NHS College Scholarship

 
 

Proviso East High School Alumni have done it again. This time it is the class of 1956 who have stepped up to support the success of today’s young Pirates.

The class of 1956 will offer a $3,000 scholarship for one lucky Proviso East senior who is a member of the National Honor Society.

“We had money that we had been carrying over from reunion to reunion,” said Proviso East Class of 1956 secretary, Judy Berg. “After our 50th reunion, we decided that the gift should go back to our school. The class officers and 50th reunion committee members have decided to offer a one-time scholarship to a National Honor Society senior.”

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  Proviso Junior Parent Night

 
 

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Proviso East Senior Signs Letter of Intent: Accepts Full Athletic Scholarship to St. Louis University

 
 

As the story goes, Proviso East senior Keith Carter grew up sitting in the stands at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament and marveling at the talent on the floor. Ever since Carter was young, he has dreamed of starring on the same court as his hoops heroes. This week, Carter, his mother, and Proviso East basketball coach Donnie Boyce all gathered in the Proviso East Board Room to help make that dream come true.

On Monday, November 14th, Keith Carter signed his official letter of intent to accept a full athletic scholarship to play basketball with St. Louis University. Standing 6 feet tall, Carter is a four-year starting point guard with the Proviso East Pirates. He was deemed the No. 9 ranked player in the Hoops Report's Class of 2012 player rankings in Illinois. He led Proviso East to a 22-win season a year ago, and because of his leadership and talent, the Pirates are expected to be among the top five teams in the state of Illinois this coming season. Needless to say, hopes have always been high for what Carter could achieve after high school. On the day of his official signing, his mother was the first to congratulate him on taking a leap and making his dreams come true.

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Proviso East High School Celebrates Scholar Athletes

 
 

Proviso East High School students recently received recognition from the West Suburban Conference for their work as scholarly athletes during the fall athletic season. Each season the West Suburban Conference honors juniors and seniors who participated in the conference while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. Those students are deemed the top high school athletes and scholars in the western suburbs.

Congratulations to the following Proviso East All-Academic students:

Football:
John Jackson
William Powell
Phillip Wells

Boys Cross Country:
Isiah Dunn

Girls Cross Country:
Amanda Seals

Soccer:
Angel Tafoya
Andres Calzada

Volleyball:
Stacey Welch
LaShannon Hinkle

You are a vital part of Proviso Rising!

 
  "For Seniors Only" College Fair

 
 

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  Proviso East High School’s Health Center Works with Students and Teachers to Celebrate Food Day and Health Awareness

 
 

Every day, in high schools across the country, students are left to make food choices that could impact their overall health. That is why the Proviso East School Based Health Center called each student to class to celebrate Food Day, to promote healthy eating, and to begin a dialogue around food choices and health awareness.

Organizations across the country celebrated Food Day on October 24, 2011. The school based health center scheduled events that entire week to support and educate students on urban farming, agriculture, the connection between food and the community, global food production, and how all of these things affect their daily lives.

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  PTHS 209 to Hold Explore Testing at Feeder Schools to Determine High School Placement

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is beginning the process of preparing 8th grade students for high school entry by administering the EXPLORE exam at local feeder schools.

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

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  Proviso East Principal Highlighted as Outstanding Triton Alum

 
 

Tony Valente, 1990 Triton graduate, Associate in Science

Tony Valente is a doer. While others around him were envisioning what they could accomplish, Valente set out to make success happen. “Knowing you can do something is vastly different than actually doing something,” he said. “I didn’t want to be a person who claimed he could do something but not have any evidence of achievement.” Having the “proof” is important to Valente as it is a testament to the hard work and dedication his Italian parents instilled in him as he grew up watching them struggle to provide for the family after immigrating to America. Today as principal and instructional leader of Proviso East High School in Maywood, Valente transfers his motivation to succeed into his school, overseeing curricular and co-curricular activities and fostering the importance of a high school education.

Valente graduated from Triton College in 1990 with an Associate of Science degree with a business emphasis. Transferring to Northern Illinois University, he received his Bachelor of Science in History Education and recently completed his Ed.S. in Educational Leadership also from Northern. Valente received his master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Northeastern Illinois University.

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  College Prep Fair for Latino Families

 
 

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  Proviso East Student Health Center to Offer Free Flu Vaccinations for Students  
 

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  Thank You! Proviso East High School Accepts Donation from the Class of 1971

 
 

Proviso East High School is known for its awesome alumni. They are a part of the fabric of Proviso East High, and they continue to help the school cement its legacy by giving back.

Recently the class of 1971 hosted their 40th year class reunion where they put their heads together to make a major contribution to their alma mater. The class donated $750.00 to help support the students, faculty, staff, and fans of Proviso East High School.

“Our intent from the early planning stages of our reunion was to raise money to give back to the school,” said Proviso East alum, Chuck Merydith, who served as chairman for the class of 1971’s reunion. “We wanted to contribute to a cause at the school, and Principal Valente was really helpful and appreciative of our efforts.”

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  Building Bridges to Success: At PTHS 209 Community Service Counts

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools is raising the bar when it comes to preparing students for college entry and scholarships, building student character, teaching responsibility, and supporting the Proviso community.

At District 209, you can always count on the National Honor Society, The Key Club, band, student council, or NJROTC to go out into the communities and lend a helping hand. Students can be seen volunteering at the local Veteran’s Hospital, picking up litter along the highway, or packing food bags for the homeless. With a consistent positive reach, community service hours have long been a requirement for all Proviso students.

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  Proviso East High School to Celebrate Homecoming This Saturday!

 
 

The Proviso East Pirates are polishing their cannon and preparing for a grand celebration at this year’s homecoming, Saturday October 15th.

On October 10, 2011 the festivities begin. The Proviso East Student Council is planning a variety of events for the 2011 Homecoming and Spirit Week. This year’s homecoming theme is “Hollywood Premiere.” Students will participate in a pep-rally, homecoming court, and various dress-up days including: “Old School Hollywood”, “Guess Who Celebrity Day”, and “Blue & White Day.”  The events culminate on Saturday, October 15th, with the school’s annual parade and homecoming game.

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Saturday’s parade line-up begins at 8:00 a.m. in Proviso East’s student parking lot. The parade steps off at 9:00am.

Parade Route:
Student Parking Lot --> School St. / Warren St. --> Washington Ave. --> 9th Ave --> Madison St. --> 1st Ave --> Student Parking Lot

Following the parade, Proviso East High School will face Leyden in a football game. The varsity game begins at 1:30 p.m. To learn more, or to find out how to get involved, please contact the Proviso East High School activity coordinator, Lynn Harris, at lharris@pths09.org.

 
  Teachers on the Move: Proviso East Science Teacher Helps Students Meet the Challenge

 
 

Mr. Beidas doesn’t teach as many classes as he taught in the past, but he still has a great impact on students. After 18 years as a teacher at Proviso East High School, he now serves as chairman of the science department. Still, as you sit in his office, you will see students tapping on his door one by one. They come to see him—to get help with their science coursework, for encouragement, or just to be in his presence.

“He really helps me out, and he is very encouraging,” said Proviso East sophomore DeAndre Bady. DeAndre comes to see Mr. Beidas on his lunch period each day. “Even when you think you can’t do something, he helps you know that you can.”

Though DeAndre is not one of Mr. Beidas’ students, he is a regular presence in the department chair’s tutoring sessions.  That is no wonder.  If you sit in the physics teacher’s classroom, you see hands raised, students engaged, and minds opening to the world of physics and beyond. Students say Mr. Beidas is one of the best. His enthusiasm is contagious, and though the smart boards of his classes are filled with strange lines and big numbers, students follow every step.

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  PTHS 209 to Host Bring Your Parent to School Day Tuesday, Oct 4

 
 

On Tuesday, Oct. 4th Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host another one of its largest parent involvement initiatives of the year, "Bring Your Parent to School Day." "Bring Your Parent to School Day" is an annual event designed to give parents and teachers an opportunity to connect, discuss class curriculum, discuss class goals, and develop a better understanding of overall expectations.

During "Bring Your Parent to School Day," (from 7:50 a.m.-3:20 p.m.) parents follow their students’ schedules, chat with teachers, and get a closer look at their students’ educational needs and school environment. The event follows PTHS 209’s "Back to School Night," which took place on September 22nd. Both events promote parental involvement and student success.

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  Building Bridges to Success: PTHS Opens Professional Learning Library for Faculty and Staff

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools is continuing to Build Bridges to Success. On Tuesday, October 11th District 209 will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of its very first faculty and staff Professional Learning Library.

The library creates a hub for teachers filled with resource materials that support professional growth and teaching excellence.

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  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Hosts Record Breaking “Back to School Night”

 
 

On Thursday, September 22nd over one thousand Proviso Township High Schools parents filled PTHS halls and classrooms for this year’s “Back to School Night.” District 209 teachers, staff, and administrators welcomed parents as key players in raising achievement and promoting student success.

“Our parents play a vital role in our school system,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “It was a joy to see the number of parents who came out to visit our schools and support their students. The showing was phenomenal.”

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  Proviso Township High Schools Hosts 2nd Annual Volley for the Cure!

 
 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and on Thursday, October 6th, Proviso East and Proviso West High School volleyball teams will join forces in support of the cause. The teams plan to host their 2nd annual “Dig Pink” rally, Volley for the Cure where students play volleyball to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Every October, “Dig Pink” takes place in high school gyms across the country. At PTHS, the Lady Panthers of Proviso West will host the Lady Pirates of East as they work together to raise funds for breast cancer research. All levels will play in the Field House on Thursday, October 6th. The freshman game begins at 4:30 p.m. The sophomore game begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the varsity game at 6:30 p.m. There will also be several raffle opportunities and games during the evening.

District 209 volleyball players will wear pink and black t-shirts instead of their regular jerseys to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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

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

 
  PTHS 209 Scholar of Excellence: Proviso East Boasts Award Winning Science Student

 
 

Margarito Diaz appears to be a quiet and humble senior at Proviso East High School, but to his teachers
he is much more. They know Margarito as a science wiz with a knack for problem solving, team
building, and complex analysis.

"Margarito has exhibited a real keen sense for science," said Proviso East chemistry teacher, Mr. Lid.
"He learns quickly, he analyses very well, and he does a good job of solving complex problems. He has
really come into his own. He's one of our strongest science students, and he has such a great future in
the field."

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  Triton College to Host Future Focus College Fair September 27nd

 
 

Triton College and area high schools will cosponsor the annual Future Focus college fair from 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the Robert M. Collins Center on the east side of Triton's campus, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove.

The free fair enables interested individuals to speak with representatives from more than 150 four-year colleges and universities from across the country about admission procedures, program offerings, tuition expenses and financial aid. Participants also can attend financial aid mini-sessions or speak with representatives from local banks.

More than 4,000 people have attended each Future Focus, and Triton encourages community members with questions about college to stop by this year's fair. Free trolley shuttle service will be provided from Triton's parking lots to the Robert M. Collins Center.

For more information on Future Focus, call (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3130.

 
  PTHS 209 Launches Improved Website—News, Events, Language Translations, and More

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools has launched a new and enhanced website with language translation capabilities, more news visibility, and more information to keep Proviso stakeholders informed and connected to PTHS 209.

Though some features of the website are still under construction, there are many new active tools and features that parents and students may find helpful today. Through the enhanced PTHS 209 website, parents and students will be able to translate content from English to Spanish, Italian, Polish and 54 other languages. Parents and students can also view important upcoming dates, a scroll of the latest news in PTHS 209, educational resources, scholarship resources, and a full faculty and staff directory that makes it easier to contact Proviso administrators, faculty, and staff.

Visit the new website at www.pths209.org. Also remember to follow PTHS on Twitter (@PTHS) and on Facebook (Proviso Township High Schools) for more information, news, and alerts. If you have questions about the new website content, please contact tkennedy@pths209.org. For IT and technical questions, please contact PTHS 209 Technical Support at TechSupport@pths209.org.

 
  Building Bridges to Success: Proviso East Principal to Speak with Maywood Chamber of Commerce about Working Together to Support Students and Education

 
 

PTHS 209 launched the 2011-2012 school year with the theme, Building Bridges to Success. With that goal in mind, Proviso East High School principal, Tony Valente, is connecting with the community to garner support for Proviso East students and to help keep Proviso rising.

Valente has been invited to speak to local community and business leaders at the Maywood Chamber of Commerce General Meeting on Sept. 19th. Valente will outline his vision for Proviso East High School including ways in which Proviso East and the Chamber may collaborate more effectively to promote education and student success.

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  PTHS 209 to Host Two Events: Bring Your Parent to School Day Oct 4 Following Back to School Night Sept 22

 
 

On Tuesday, Oct. 4th Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host one of its largest parent involvement initiatives of the year, “Bring Your Parent to School Day.” “Bring Your Parent to School Day” is an annual event designed to give parents and teachers an opportunity to connect, discuss class curriculum, discuss class goals, and develop a better understanding of overall expectations.

During “Bring Your Parent to School Day,” (from 7:50 a.m.-3:20 p.m.) parents follow their students’ schedules, chat with teachers, and get a closer look at their students’ educational needs and school environment. The event follows PTHS 209’s “Back to School Night,” on September 22nd. Both are designed to promote parental involvement and to support overall student success.

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  PTHS 209 Hosts Supplemental Educational Service During Back to School Night: Offers Free Tutoring Programs to Help Raise Achievement

 
 

On Thursday, September 22nd, 2011, during “Back to School Night,” Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools will host a Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Fair to offer parents information on free tutoring and educational assistance available for District 209 students.

Supplemental Educational Service providers tutor students in reading, language arts, and mathematics. Various providers will set up in each school during “Back to School Night” to give parents and students an opportunity to sign up for tutoring. Through PTHS 209’s supplemental educational services, students can receive extra help before or after school, on weekends, during intercessions, or during the summer-- at no cost to the family. On September 22nd, parents will have an opportunity to tour the fair and choose the service provider that best suits their students’ needs.

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  Building Bridges to Success: Proviso Township High Schools Boosts Communications Via Facebook and Twitter!

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is working to build bridges to success by increasing communication avenues, boosting its presence on the web, and connecting with stakeholders across multiple platforms. To support that effort, PTHS 209 recently signed on to Facebook and Twitter.

“It is extremely important for us to keep an open line of communication with Proviso stakeholders who have a vested interest in the progress and success of our school system,” said PTHS 209 Board President, Chris Welch. “Hopefully, by utilizing these cost effective methods of communication, we can have a more informed, involved, and active following. Parents are on the web, teachers are on the web, our alumni are on the web, and of course, our students are on the web. We hope that they will find us so that we can all stay connected and continue to inform.”

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Proviso East High School Class of 1996 Prepares for 15-Year Reunion

 
 

The Proviso East High School Class of 1996 is preparing to host their 15-year reunion beginning Saturday, September 17, 2011.

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  PTHS 209 to Show a Preview of Technology and Enhanced Learning Environment Through the Promethean ActivBus

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools is constantly working to engage students with hands-on-learning that is fun, interesting, and interactive. As a part of that effort, next week, PTHS 209 will offer teachers, parents, and the Proviso community a comprehensive view of some of the technologies being used in District 209.

On Monday, September 12th, PTHS will be visited by the education technology Promethean ActivBus. The bus is a 36' long custom RV that is equipped with a model interactive classroom complete with duel pen boards and an interactive tool wall. It will demonstrate what an interactive classroom can look and sound like.

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  Proviso Art Teachers Honored by Congressman Danny Davis as Outstanding Educators

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools’ teachers were honored by Illinois Congressman Danny Davis for their outstanding work as educators.


Photo L To R: Salina Watson (West), Emily Tonon (East), Jerry Jenkins (West), and Rosa Llerena (East)

Mr. Jenkins (of Proviso West), Ms. Llerena (of Proviso East), Ms. Tonon (of Proviso East), and Mrs. Watson (of Proviso West) were recognized during the 7th Congressional District 15th Annual Education Recognition Ceremony. They were lauded for their efforts as educators and for their commitment to the youth of Proviso Township High Schools.

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  Building Bridges to Success: PTHS 209 to Host Back to School Night September 22nd

 
 

On Thursday, Sept 22, 2011, Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will welcome parents and students to a new school year with “Back to School Night.”

“Back to School Night,” is a highly anticipated annual event that gives parents, students, and teachers an opportunity to connect, discuss academic goals, and better understand each school and each class’ expectations. It also gives parents an opportunity to meet school staff, and become more familiar with school procedures.

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  Proviso East Alum Featured in Black Enterprise Magazine

 
 

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  Proviso East Volleyball Star Arielle Wilson Hosts First Athletic Camp for Girls

 
 
 
  Get Active. Get Informed. Sign-Up for PTHS 209’s Weekly E-Newsletter Today

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools is working to keep students, parents, and the community up-to-date and informed through its weekly e-newsletter.

The weekly Proviso Rising Newsletters are sent to inboxes each Friday afternoon and highlights the entire latest and greatest news district wide. To sign up for the Proviso Township High Schools weekly e-newsletter and receive weekly updates, school closing information, special event info, the latest news, and other important information, visit www.pths209.org and complete the e-newsletter web sign-up form. You may also e-mail a request to receive the e-newsletter to the PTHS 209 Community and Public Relations Office at tkennedy@pths209.org.

 
  School is Back In Session! Parents, Begin Your Check-Ups in PowerSchool Today

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools is back in session, and parents can already begin to monitor student attendance and academic progress using the online parent access portal, PowerSchool.

Using PowerSchool, parents can view and monitor student attendance, grades, and academic performance. Each parent or guardian can register for PowerSchool online. Parents will then be issued a username and password that will allow them to view their students’ information.

“It is extremely important that parents play an active role in monitoring and supporting their students’ success,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “PowerSchool is an online system that helps our parents and students stay up to speed and connected to our teachers and everything that is happening in our classrooms.  It serves as a window into each class.  It is also an excellent communication tool for teachers and parents.  We hope that our parents will utilize PowerSchool and really get involved in making this school year a success for their individual students.”

The system, found on each school’s homepage, is designed to keep parents and guardians active and informed. 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. It also allows parents to communicate with teachers more frequently.

New parents can click here to reach the PowerSchool Parent Login. If parents received login information for their students in previous years, that registration and login information is still valid. Parents/guardians who have more than one student in the district will have separate passwords for each student. Students will also receive their own login to PowerSchool.

For help accessing PowerSchool Parent Access, please contact email PTHS 209’s tech support at techsupport@pths209.org.

 
  Proviso Principals Rally Support and Outline Their Visions of Proviso Rising

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 began the new school year with an open door Principal Meet and Greet for the Proviso community and various community stakeholders.

On August 9th - August 11th, new PTHS principals opened the schools doors, articulated their visions, and garnered parent and community support for Proviso Rising. Mrs. Kim Echols serves as principal of Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy. Dr. Roudell Kirkwood serves as principal of Proviso West High School, and Mr. Tony Valente serves as principal of Proviso East High School. All three principals have a long history of educational leadership, service, and dedication to student success. They began their first school year at PTHS with an open dialogue expressing their goals, expectations, and plans for the new school year.

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  From the Desk of PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart

 
 

Greetings PTHS 209 Parents and Students,

Welcome Back to the 2011-2012 School Year! This week freshman orientation and the first day of school were huge successes. Next week is the first full week of school for ALL students. Here are a few updates and reminders:

  • School has resumed on regular schedule. During regular schedule, class starts at 7:50 a.m., and the day ends at 3:20 p.m. On a “late start schedule,” which is the first day of each week, school begins at 8:55 a.m. and ends at 3:20 p.m. It is important for all students to be on time. We are pushing for record attendance each day in order to maximize the potential of each student.
  • Bus service will continue for Proviso East and Proviso West students again this year. Bus stop information is available on the web at www.PTHS209.org, or you may contact the Transportation Hotline if you have questions regarding bus stop pick-up locations. Proviso East’s Transportation Hotline number is 708.202.1825. Proviso West’s Transportation Hotline number is 708.202.6299.
  • All fall sports and practices will resume as scheduled. Activity buses will be available again this year to transport PMSA students to East and West after school. However, transportation home from extracurricular activities will not be available for any student.
  • All parents are encouraged to check into their students’ PowerSchool to begin monitoring student progress and attendance from day one.
If you have any other questions regarding the start of school, please contact your school’s main office (Proviso East: 708.344.7000, Proviso West: 708.449.6400, PMSA: 708.338.4100). Thank you very much for all that you will do to help make this school year a success. We are looking forward to working with you and for you.  Let us make 2011-2012 our best school year yet.

Sincerely,

Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart
PTHS 209 Superintendent

 
  PTHS to Welcome Incoming Freshmen for Orientation August 17th at 7:50 a.m.

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will welcome incoming freshmen for orientation on Wednesday, August 17th at 7:50 a.m.

“We are very excited about the start of this new school year,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “We look forward to welcoming all of our new students next Wednesday with freshmen orientation. This is a day specifically designed for our new students to get them comfortable, acclimated, and prepared for a wonderful new school year.”

Proviso East, Proviso West, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy will open the doors for incoming freshmen beginning at 7:50 a.m. on Wednesday. The day ends at 3:20 p.m. Bus service will be available for Proviso East and Proviso West High School students.

During orientation, students will have an opportunity to tour their new school buildings, check their schedules for accuracy, test locker assignments, and hear a presentation about their schools, standards, and expectations. Students will also have an opportunity to meet and greet their new principals and peers during an ice cream social.

For questions about freshmen orientation, please contact your school’s main office (Proviso East: 708.344.7000, Proviso West: 708.449.6400, PMSA: 708.338.4100). School resumes for all students on Thursday, August 18th at 7:50 a.m.  The first full day of school for all students also ends as a normal day at 3:20 p.m. Bus service will be available for Proviso East and Proviso West High School students.   If there are questions regarding bus stop pick-up locations, please contact Proviso East’s Transportation Hotline at 708.202.1825 or Proviso West’s Transportation Hotline at 708.202.6299.

 
  PTHS BACK TO SCHOOL NOTICE: First Day Exclusion Policy

 
 

On August 18th, 2011 Proviso Township High Schools will welcome all students back for the 2011-2012 school year. Freshmen orientation is set for Wednesday, August 17th.

Before reporting back to school, all PTHS 209 students must have at least a 9th grade Illinois physical and up-to-date immunizations on file.

In an effort to ensure the health and safety of all PTHS 209 students, and to ensure immediate compliance with state law and Illinois School Code, PTHS 209 has a “First Day Exclusion Policy.” Under this policy, no student will be admitted on the first day of school without having their 9th grade Illinois physical and current immunizations on file. Parents must be sure their students’ physicals are complete and includes details of the students’ health history. Parents must answer ALL of the questions on the physical form, sign and date the form, and complete diabetes screening questions attached. These things must be completed in order for students to begin the first day of school. Students will not be able to attend school until the physicals are complete and immunizations are current.

In previous years, students and parents had until Oct 15th to complete immunizations and back-to-school physicals. This is no longer the case. In order to ensure compliance with state policy and to avoid disruption in the school year, PTHS 209 students must have a current health exam (9th grade physical) and current immunizations before being admitted to school on the first day.

Proviso East students may contact their School Based Health Center for an appointment at 708.202.9522. Proviso West Students and PMSA students may contact available clinics within the area. Please ensure that your student is current and up to date before school starts.

Freshmen Orientation – Wednesday, August 17th @ 7:30 a.m.
First Day of School District wide – Thursday, August 18th @ 7:50 a.m.

 
  PTHS BACK TO SCHOOL NOTICE: School Bus Service Starts

 
 

It’s the start of a new year, and PTHS 209 will continue to offer free transportation to all students at Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools.

The 2011-2012 school year resumes on Thursday, August 18th for all students. The PTHS 209 transportation program will resume on the first day of school. PTHS 209 parents and guardians will receive their designated bus stop information during textbook pick-up.

During the school year, all students are asked to arrive at their designated bus stop locations at least five (5) minutes before the scheduled pick-up time in the morning. At the end of the school day (after dismissal) the bus will leave at approximately 3:30 p.m. PTHS 209 will continue the shuttle bus from Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy to Proviso East, Proviso West High Schools for athletics. However, there will be no after school activity buses for Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools.

If you have any questions about PTHS 209 transportation program, bus stops, or locations please contact Proviso East’s Transportation Hotline (beginning on August 9th) at 708.202.1825 or Proviso West’s Transportation Hotline at 708.202.6299.

Please see text book pick-up dates below.

Registration and Textbook Pickup
August 8 – 12, 2011

Proviso East High School
807 South First Avenue
Maywood, IL 60153

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday
12 (noon) – 6:00 p.m.

Proviso Math and Science Academy
8601 W. Roosevelt
Forest Park, IL 60130
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Proviso West High School
4701 W. Harrison
Hillside, IL 60162
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday and Thursday
12 (noon) – 6:00 p.m.

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

 
 

On August 15th Proviso Township High Schools will welcome back its faculty and staff with their annual Back-to-School Institute day.

“We are looking forward to a dynamic Institute Day on August 15th.” said PTHS 209 Superintendent, Dr. Collins-Hart. “All of our faculty and staff should join us at Proviso East at 7:30 a.m. for registration and a continental breakfast, followed by an opening welcome at 8:00 a.m. We will introduce our district concept of reading across the curriculum. We will also introduce our plans for next year which include an increased emphasis on instructional support and accountability throughout the organization. We will highlight our emphasis on review of lesson plans, daily instructional monitoring, improved attendance of staff and students, developing a leadership cadre and mentorship program, systematically using student assessment data, and aggressively implementing our school improvement plans. It is going to be a fantastic school year.”

Institute Day serves as training for PTHS 209 faculty and staff. It also sets the tone for the new school year. The day begins at 7:30 a.m., and the program starts at 8:00 a.m. Please click here for more program information.

 
  Welcome Back Teachers! PTHS 209 to Offer Curriculum Planning to Help Support Teacher Success

 
 

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction is gearing up for an exhilarating start to the 2011-12 school year. In order to help you best prepare for the start of a new year, the Office of Curriculum and Instruction will sponsor a 1-day curriculum planning opportunity for teachers new to the district as well as some teachers who have been scheduled to teach a new course.

According to Project Lead, a 2009 report funded by the Jones Foundation, 50 percent of all certified public school teachers permanently leave the teaching profession before the end of their fifth year of teaching. In an effort for Proviso to retain our highly qualified personnel, the 1-day curriculum planning will provide an opportunity for these teachers to develop their teaching skills through inquiry and support. The idea is that if teachers are provided intense support in curriculum and instruction from the outset, they will become more effective sooner, thereby improving student success.

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  PTHS 209 to Host Principal Meet and Greets Aug 9-Aug 11

 
 

This school year, Proviso Township High Schools’ has welcomed three new principals to join the ranks of Proviso Rising. On August 9th-11th, school officials will welcome the community to a Principal Meet and Greet. Principals will meet Proviso stakeholders and outline their vision for the future.

Mrs. Kim Echols serves as principal of Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy. Dr. Roudell Kirkwood serves as principal of Proviso West High School, and Mr. Tony Valente serves as principal of Proviso East High School. All three principals have a long history of educational leadership, service, and dedication to student success.

Each principal will be charged with executing their individual school improvement plans and boosting student achievement. During the Principal Meet and Greet, each principal will have an opportunity to meet parents, students, teachers, and Proviso stakeholders. They will outline the goals and plans for each of their schools and welcome the community to what is expected to be a fantastic new school year. Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart will also briefly discuss the school district’s goals for the upcoming year. Refreshments will be served.

Save the Date:

Tuesday, August 9th
Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy Principal Meet and Greet
Location: PMSA Auditorium
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 10th
Proviso East High School Principal Meet and Greet
Location: Proviso East Auditorium
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 11th
Proviso West High School Principal Meet and Greet
Location: Proviso West’s Little Theater
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

 
  PTHS 209 Community Leaders Banquet Filled

 
 

After receiving an overwhelmingly positive response from the community, Proviso Township High Schools’ 3rd Annual Community Leaders Banquet—State of the District Address is full. The district is no longer accepting RSVP’s. Only those names listed as an RSVP will be allowed entry.

“We have been thrilled with the response that we have received from so many of our community leaders,” said PTHS 209 Board President, Chris Welch. “From our local representatives to our town’s greatest mayors, we look forward to the dialogue, the open communication, and the partnership and commitments that begin here, but reach throughout Proviso Township and beyond.”

Each year the PTHS 209 Community Leaders Banquet outlines the District's blue print, goals, accomplishment, and challenges. The event rolls out the red carpet for community leaders and Proviso stakeholders to join the conversation and form partnerships to address the changes, improvements, and goals of District 209. It also unites key players in promoting educational success.

The State of the District Address will be given by PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. NBA LA Lakers’ Shannon Brown, will serve as guest speaker and as one of PTHS 209’s famous and accomplished alums. The event will close with discussion and Q&A. The PTHS 209 3rd Annual Community Leaders Banquet will be held on Thursday, July 28, 2011 on the first floor of Proviso’s Mathematics and Science Academy (8601 Roosevelt Road in Forest Park, IL). The reception begins at 6:30 pm.

 
  NBA Stars Bring WoodStars Summer Carnival and Music Fest to Proviso East High School

 
 

Two of Proviso East's famed NBA Alumni are teaming up to present one of the largest summer carnivals and music festivals in Proviso area history. The event was originally scheduled to be held at Proviso West High School, but has since been relocated to the home school of both alums, Proviso East.

Beginning Thursday, July 28th, Michael Finley (NBA Veteran) and Shannon Brown (LA Lakers) will join forces to offer the Proviso community an outdoor family carnival and music concert designed to raise over $1 million dollars for renovations at Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools.

"It is the mission of these two alumni to commit to a fundraising goal of $1 million to begin the upgrades and renovations needed to assist in preserving the integrity of the school they represent," said WoodStars Events Director, Keoki Allen.

The event will take place on the grounds of Proviso East High School July 28-31st. The alumni are working to make this the most successful event in Proviso alumni fundraising history.

The WoodStars Summer Carnival and Music Festival will host some of the country's top performers including: Faith Evans, Carl Thomas, MC Lyte, Nelly, and Chicago's own Teresa Griffin. The event will also offer over 20 adult and children's rides, various games, and vendors. All proceeds will benefit the Shannon Brown and Michael Finley Foundation's renovation fund. For more information, please visit www.WoodStarsFestival.com.

Thank you, Michael Finley and Shannon Brown! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising.

 
  Proviso Students Shine in UIC's QuarkNet Program

 
 

Proviso Township High School District students from Proviso East, Proviso West, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy have come together for a high energy learning experience with the University of Illinois at Chicago's summer QuarkNet program.

The week-long summer adventure seeks to involve high school teachers and their students in cutting-edge research on the structure of matter and the fundamental forces of nature. It helps students sharpen their physics and exploratory skills over the summer. During the program, scientists work with students and teachers on physics projects that enhance students' abilities in science and discovery. They collect data, use scientific equipment, take field trips, and study various aspects of space and matter.

"We have learned so much during this program," said Proviso East junior, Daisy Espinoza. "We've learned about galaxies, the stars, and constituents that revolve around us. It's been great experiencing QuarkNet, learning new things, and getting more into physics. This has been a good opportunity. We've studied data and worked with detectors. It's been wonderful."

Proviso Township High Schools' teachers Robert Hurley(Proviso East), Bozena Suwary (Proviso West), and Dr. Cynthia Daniels (PMSA), work with the students daily and act as coaches in the program.

"The greatest ideas in the history of the world have been made by relatively young people," said Mr. Hurley. "So we want to expose our students to high-energy physics, scientific discovery, and research so that they have the ability to develop solutions that impact their environment."

Students Daisy Espinoza (East), Meleeza Pidu (West), Maribel Heredia (PMSA), Konstantin Kuksenko (East), Taben Miller (PMSA) and Tania Sosa (West) are Proviso's student participants. They say that in addition to learning how they can impact their environments, this summer experience has been an exciting journey of learning, building their scientific acumen, and forging new friendships.

"I joined the QuarkNet program to learn something new and to explore different aspects of physics," said Taben. "It has really opened the doors for different ways of learning and different ways of studying physics."

Tania added, "The program has been really good. We've met people from all across Proviso Township High Schools and from schools around Illinois. It's fun that we're getting to work together and see the city of Chicago. We're working on a college campus too. It's just been a great experience."

The workshop will conclude with each school's team presenting their initial research findings before their peers and the UIC QuarkNet Center mentor, Professor Mark Adams. The QuarkNet program will also continue into the new school year.

Great job, students and teachers. Keep up the excellent work!

 
  Proviso Players Take Part in NW Suburban Baseball Tourney

 
 

By MIKE SANDROLINI [West Suburban Journal]

Proviso East's Reuben Esquivel called it "a great opportunity." Proviso West's Taivion Williams couldn't agree more.

The great opportunity to which both varsity baseball players referred was taking part in the annual Northwest Suburban Baseball Tournament. It's a two-day event in which all-star teams from eight different suburban conferences showcased next year's best seniors.

Esquivel and Williams represented the Proviso East Pirates and Proviso West Panthers on the West Suburban Conference team. Other participating conferences included the DuPage Valley, East Suburban Catholic, Central Suburban, Fox Valley, North Suburban, Upstate Eight and Mid Suburban.

The District 209 duo was joined on the West Suburban squad by Proviso East coach Glenn Lid, who has been involved with the Northwest Suburban tourney for the past 13 years and was asked to be a coach for the first time this year.

"It's always a privilege," Lid said. "I've had a kid represent our team every year, and most of the kids that play in this (tournament) go on to play in college, without question. It's an incredible opportunity."

Each team played two games in the round-robin format—one on Friday and one on Saturday. Prior to Friday's games, team members were timed in the 60-yard dash. Coaches and scouts from various colleges and universities throughout the Midwest were also on hand both days.

Williams said he was timed at seven seconds flat in the 60. "It's very eye-opening to see how many good players there are in Illinois," he said, "and see how you match up and compete against them. I just love baseball and I'm glad to be here."

Williams, an outfielder for the Panthers in 2011 (8-27 record), is confident Proviso West can be a better team in 2012. He also could do some pitching for West next spring.

"We have a lot of guys coming up that have a lot of potential," he said. "Our seniors have been in the weight room already this off-season. We have the potential to do way better than last year."

Getting better during the off-season includes playing plenty of games over the summer. In addition to competing in the Northwest Suburban tourney, Williams is playing for his Proviso West summer league team, and for a district travel team based out of Burbank and West Lawn. "It's the only way to get better," he said.

Esquivel is also playing on two summer league teams: the Lyons travel team and the Cubs RBI team. The latter team is funded by the Chicago Cubs. Esquivel and Williams were playing together in the outfield at one point (center and left field, respectively) during Friday's game — a victory by the West Suburban Conference over DuPage Valley. On Saturday, the West Suburban Conference — which produced five regional championship teams and one that won the state 4A championship, Lyons Township — faced the North Suburban Conference. Esquivel tripled off the fence in the game, scored a run and made a catch in right field.

"It's a great opportunity and I'm happy to be here to show my talents and see what I can do," Esquivel said.

"Everything is done in real good order," Lid said. "They've got the 60-yard dash. They've got the kids stretching before they run. There's an arm strength test, and they have it organized for the infielders (who go through timed pre-game warmups). So they're covering all the bases."

Esquivel, who's been on varsity since his freshman year, was Proviso East's team MVP and an all-conference player in 2011. "He played shortstop; he played center field. He's a really good center fielder," Lid said. "He has good arm strength. He can develop into a good pitcher. We've got to work on his control and his curve ball. He's got a real good natural swing, and I'm real confident he's going to play at the college level."

Like Williams, Esquivel believes his team will be improved next spring. The Pirates are coming off a 5-29 season.

"We've got a bunch of younger kids coming up and they're good ballplayers," he said. "We've just got to work on our defense. I'm doing a bit better than I was freshman year, so I know how it is for the young kids playing with us. Hopefully they can help us out a lot on varsity."

 
  Proviso Township High Schools Welcomes Three New Principals to “Build Bridges to Success”

 
 

After years of working to raise student achievement through restructuring and overall school improvement, Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has welcomed new principals to Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

“These individuals have committed to the work of raising overall achievement in each of our schools,” said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “They are adding their skills, talents, and leadership abilities to the fire of Proviso’s Rising. We welcome these educational leaders as we continue to raise the bar across our school system.”

Dr. Roudell Kirkwood will serve as principal of Proviso West High School. Mr. Tony Valente will serve as principal of Proviso East High School. Mrs. Kim Waller will serve as principal of Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy. All three principals have a long history of educational leadership, service, and dedication to student success. At the start of the school year, PTHS 209 will host a Principal Meet and Greet at each school where the new principals will outline their goals and vision for Proviso Rising.

Each principal will be charged with executing their individual school improvement plans and boosting student achievement. At June’s regularly scheduled Board of Education Meeting, they received a warm welcome from the Board of Education, fellow administrators, and PTHS staff.

“We are glad to welcome our new principals aboard,” said PTHS 209 Board President, Chris Welch. “Over the years we have implemented some great programs that help support student achievement, and we look forward to them joining our mission to raise levels of achievement. Now that the baton has been passed, we can continue the work of moving our school system forward and building true bridges to success.”

Dr. Roudell Kirkwood, Mr. Tony Valente, and Mrs. Kim Waller assumed their new posts on July 1, 2011.

 
  Proviso East NBA Champion to Serve as Guest Speaker for 3rd Annual Community Leaders Banquet

 
 

Proviso East Alum and NBA Champion Shannon Brown will serve as this year’s guest speaker during PTHS 209’s 3rd Annual Community Leaders Banquet.

Brown, a Proviso East graduate, professional athlete, and two-time NBA Champion with the LA Lakers, is raising the bar of excellence in both the game of basketball and in community service.

This year he will join Proviso Township High Schools’ Board of Education as they welcome fellow community leaders, discuss the state of the school district, and lay out Proviso’s blue print.

The Community Leaders Banquet—State of the District Address will be held on Thursday, July 28, 2011--invitation and RSVP only. The reception begins at 6:30 pm. All participants must RSVP no later than July 15, 2011.

Community leaders throughout Proviso Township and the state of Illinois will be honored as special guests. Following Brown, the State of the District Address will be given by PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. Following the District Address, PTHS 209 Board President Chris Welch will open the floor for Community Leaders’ Q&A.

 
  PTHS Alums Will Work to Raise $1 Million for Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools

 
 

Two of Proviso East’s famed NBA Alumni are teaming up to present the WoodStar Summer Carnival and Music Festival, a summer event designed to raise over $1 million dollars for renovations at Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools.


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Michael Finley (NBA Veteran) and Shannon Brown (LA Lakers) are joining forces to offer the Proviso community an outdoor family carnival and music concert at Proviso West High School.

“It is the mission of these two alumni to commit to a fundraising goal of $1million to begin the upgrades and renovations needed to assist in preserving the integrity of the school they represent while also giving it a facelift,” said WoodStar Events Director, Keoki Allen.

The event will take place on Proviso West High School grounds July 28-31st. The alumni are working to make this one of the most successful events in Proviso alumni fundraising history. PTHS 209’s Board of Education threw their support behind this initiative and thanked the alumni for their grand gestures and commitments to Proviso Township High Schools.

“Our alumni are a large part of what makes the Proviso community a great place to live and serve,” said PTHS 209 Board President Chris Welch. “Michael Finley and Shannon Brown have always given back to our schools and our communities, but this event is going to be one of the largest gestures we’ve seen in recent history. We just hope they know how much we appreciate their contributions. We are very proud that they call Proviso Township High Schools home.”

The Carnival and Music Festival will host a few of the country’s top performers. It will also offer over 20 adult and children’s rides, various games, and vendors. All proceeds will benefit the Shannon Brown and Michael Finley Foundation’s renovation fund.

Thank you Michael Finley and Shannon Brown! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising.

 
  Proviso East Student Appointed as Science Fair Judge for Washington Irving Elementary

 
  When Proviso East sophomore Adrian Wolford visited Washington Irving Elementary in Chicago with his summer school teacher, Ms. Lucas-Duckins, he had no idea that he would become an official science fair judge at the school’s annual event.

Ms. Lucas-Duckins teaches summer school biology at East. Last week she invited a few of her students to accompany her to Washington Irving Elementary to observe their science fair in order to become more familiar with the scientific process. As Adrian was observing the fair, he began to contribute and offer an analysis as a judge. His spot-on analysis really impressed school officials.

“Adrian really used mastery of the scientific method to judge science fair projects at the Washington Irving Elementary,” said Ms. Lucas-Duckins. “Today was a huge success.”

Now Adrian will have to create a reflection journal entry to explain what he learned, the steps of the scientific method, and how this impacted his learning experience. He’ll also return to Washington Irving Elementary School next year, as an official judge.

Congratulations Adrian! Keep up the excellent work.

 
  Join PTHS 209’s “One World Many Stories” Summer Reading Program Today!

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools and the Bellwood Public Library have created a partnership to offer “One World Many Stories,” a summer reading program that opens the doors of Bellwood Public Library for Proviso students to come in, read, write, dialogue, and explore the wonderful world of literacy.

“This summer reading program opens up a whole new world for the kids,” said Bellwood Library coordinator, Sophie Brown. “We [the schools and public library] are a team. There is a strong connection between library and school. This summer program connects both of them.”

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  Village of Maywood Supports Student Success: Provides Seniors with Laptop Computers

 
 

Proviso East High School students and the Village of Maywood have a long history of successful collaboration and community partnership. Now the Village of Maywood Special Events Commission and the Board of Trustees are thanking a few Proviso East students by providing them with laptop computers.

At the June 7th Village Hall Meeting, Proviso East seniors Caitlin Sabie, Shermari Jones, Adrienne Doss, and Belinda Sanchez were given laptop computers as recognition and thanks from the Village for their contributions to their community. The laptops were sponsored by Mayor Henderson Yarbrough along with Trustees Gil Guzman and Melvin Lightford.

“The Special Events Commission would like to thank the Proviso East students for this wonderful collaboration for the past two years. The students have provided beautiful works of art that have been enjoyed by the entire community," said Maywood Special Events Commission Chairman Dawn Williams-Rone during the meeting.

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  PTHS 209 Plans to Hosts 3rd Annual Community Leaders Banquet

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools’ Board of Education will host its 3rd Annual Community Leaders Banquet—State of the District Address on Thursday, July 28, 2011. The event rolls out the red carpet for community leaders and Proviso stakeholders to address the changes, improvements, and goals of District 209 while uniting the key players in promoting educational success.

Each year at the Community Leaders Banquet, the PTHS 209 Board of Education and superintendent lay out the District’s blue print and steps for the future.

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  PTHS 209 Begins Open Registration for the 2011-2012 School Year Deadline July 15th

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has begun open registration for incoming and returning students who will attend PTHS for the 2011-2012 school year.

“As we congratulate the class of 2011, we embrace those who are continuing at PTHS 209 and those who are new to the district,” said Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. “We have an exciting year ahead, and registration is the very first step to beginning a new school year. When parents and students get registered early, they are more prepared for their first semester of classes. We ask that each parent carefully review registration packets, and send them back to us so that we can begin putting the people and processes in place for a great school year.”

This week parents and guardians were mailed registration packets to help make the process easier and more convenient. Parents and guardians are asked to complete registration information forms and then mail them back in the self-addressed envelope provided, no later than Friday, July 15th. Parents are encouraged to complete registration by mail but, parents may also drop-off registration information at their school’s main office.

Registration fees are not required at this time. All students will be billed for student fees no later than August 23, 2011. District 209 also accepts fee waivers.

Information regarding date and time for your student to pick up his/her textbooks, ID card, schedule and bus route will be mailed to homes by July 27, 2011.

If you have any questions, please contact the Proviso Township High Schools’ Main Offices at Proviso East 708.344.7000, Proviso West 708.449.6400, or PMSA 708.338.4100. To download a registration packet, please click here.

 
  Congratulations to Proviso East High School’s Class of 2011

 
 

On Sunday, May 22nd Proviso Township High Schools’ community gathered at the UIC Pavilion in downtown Chicago to honor and congratulate the class of 2011.

Proviso East High School students have been awarded millions in college scholarships with some attending the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country.

Congratulations seniors! We are extremely proud of you!

 
  PTHS 209 Invests in the Future: Plans Student College Tour

 
 

At the May Board of Education meeting, BOE members voted unanimously to support a second annual college tour for junior students who voluntarily worked to improve their college entrance exam scores with Cambridge’s ACT Test prep.

As a reward for their hard work, and in an effort to promote and encourage higher education, nearly 200 Proviso Township High Schools students will now travel on an extensive college tour June19-June 24.

“We, as a board, see the college tour as a chance to expose our students to the vast options and sea of opportunity that await them as they pursue higher levels of education,” said PTHS 209 Board President Chris Welch. “We want to encourage our students to explore their college options, to seriously think about their futures, and to begin planning today. This tour has the potential to open their eyes to opportunities they may otherwise have not even considered.”

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  PTHS 209 Offers the “One World Many Stories” Summer Reading Program to Promote Literacy  
 

Studies show that children who read throughout the summer months maintain more of their academic skills and are better prepared when schools doors open in the fall. This year, Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is promoting reading and enhanced literacy through implementation of the summer reading program, “One World Many Stories.” The program encourages students and families to read together during the summer months.

“Children can sustain their reading gains and improve reading through the summer months by continuing to be active readers and learners,” said PTHS 209 Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Cheryl Pruitt. “We want to help our students sustain gains and be better prepared for learning in the coming year. This summer reading program is designed to be a fun, active, and engaging program for our students and their entire families.”

PTHS 209’s goal is to offer students an opportunity to learn and strengthen their reading skills. The administration will work with the Bellwood Library to collaborate and implement the program. They are also in talks with corporations to offer students various incentives for their commitment to summer learning.

To learn more about this summer’s reading program please contact Dr. Pruitt’s office at 708.338.5926.

 
 
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