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  Summer School Off to a Strong Start

 
 

Summer school in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 began on Monday, June 10, and is off to a great start with almost 700 students enrolled in classes, including the district’s Summer Reading Program.

At Proviso East High School, 214 students are taking courses in English, social studies, science, math, driver’s education, band, and NJROTC, up from 158 students enrolled last year. Proviso West High School has 457 students taking classes in English, math, science, social studies, physical education, and driver’s education as well as several electives. This is up from the 348 students who were enrolled during summer 2012. Most of the students enrolled at both schools are taking the classes, which run now through July 11, to recover credit and to meet promotion and graduation requirements.

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  East Students, Faculty, Staff Honored At School Board Meeting

 
 

A group of 24 students, faculty, and staff at Proviso East High School were honored for their work and achievements at the regular Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, June 11, at Proviso East.

Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, recognized the honorees for their work in different areas at the school. Mr. Andre Zabrodsky, chairman of the Proviso East math department was among those honored. Mr. Valente credited Mr. Zabrodsky for “going over and beyond the call of duty by integrating the Common Core into all of the math instruction.”

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  False Media Accounts of Fights Corrected

 
 

On the last day of the 2012-13 school year on Friday, May 31, at about 9:30 a.m., several students from Proviso East High School were reported in local media to have been involved in a series of fights outside of the school. The media incorrectly placed the fights at the school and on school property.

Contrary to the media reports, the disturbance did not happen at the school. They in fact happened past the corner of Ninth Avenue and Madison Street, almost a mile from Proviso East High School. Based on videos posted on social media, the fighting then occurred at Ninth and Madison and further away from the school at 11th Avenue and Madison Street. None of the fighting in the videos occurred on the school grounds.

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  Chicago Tribune Corrects Error in Story on Last Day of School Fighting

 
 

The Chicago Tribune issued a correction on June 13 to its June 9 story, “High school year ended with a big fight.

The correction acknowledged that despite initial media reports, the fighting took place off school property.

We thank the Chicago Tribune for remedying the error.

 
  District 209 Seniors Win Scholarships Totaling Almost $20 Million

 
 

Graduating seniors in Proviso Township High Schools were awarded nearly $20 million in scholarships from colleges, universities, and local organizations.

College-bound students from Proviso East High School earned a total of $4.7 million in scholarships and grants, topping last year’s figure of $3.3 million, said Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East. Graduating seniors from Proviso Math and Science Academy won a whopping total of $9.24 million in scholarships, which is more than the $8.4 million awarded last year. At Proviso West High School, 57 members of the Class of 2013 won $6.05 million in scholarships from various organizations, topping last year’s total of $3.9 million. The $19.99 million in awards were presented to the students based on criteria such as academics, community service, and activities.

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  East Student Wins Project SEED Scholarship

 
  A Proviso East High School graduating senior recently was awarded a scholarship of up to $5,000 for the chemical research she did last year.

Kristen Alanis won the award for her participation in the Project SEED research program at Loyola University during the summer of 2012. The award comes from the American Chemical Society, which sponsors Project SEED.

During the summer, Kristen worked on a project titled, “Revealing reaction mechanisms via atomically-resolves images of metal surfaces.” With two other students from Niles West High School and Whitney Young Magnet High School in Chicago, she worked on growing bacteria.

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  District 209 Offices, Schools to Have Summer Hours

 
  Offices and schools in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will operate under summer hours that will include being closed on Fridays.

Beginning on Monday, June 3, all district offices and schools will be open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Offices and schools will be closed on Fridays.

District 209 will return to regular school years hours on Monday, July 29.

 
  Antony Greenhow Wins Common Roots Initiative Scholarship

 
  Antony Greenhow, a senior at Proviso East High School, recently was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Common Roots Initiative.

This is the fourth consecutive $1,000 award that the group, which was formed by Proviso East alumni to raise money to give back to the school, has presented since it began offering financial assistance to students and teachers in 2012.

Jennifer Cassell, the group’s secretary and chairperson of the 2013 scholarship committee, said that Antony’s application stood out from a quality group of students.

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  Battle of the Bands Comes to Proviso East

 
 

The Proviso East High School marching band took on all comers at its 11th annual Battle of the Bands at the Proviso East football field on May 25.

Featuring the Trotwood-Madison (Ohio) High School marching band and the Rich Central High School drum line, it was an afternoon of competing musical talents and fun for the approximately 300 people who came to watch. The Battle of the Bands included a parade in Maywood to the school, followed by performances that included the Proviso East High School Alumni Band and the Jesse White Tumblers. In addition, DJ K-Blaze, also known as Kendrick Campbell, a Proviso East graduate, members of music fraternities Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha, and the Proviso East Pirateer Dancers provided entertainment between acts.

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  District 209 Congratulates the Class of 2013

 
 

Nearly 900 members of the Class of 2013 said “goodbye” to Proviso East High School, Proviso Math and Science Academy, and Proviso West High School at commencement ceremonies held on Sunday, May 26, at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

The 898 seniors at the three schools graduated with pomp and circumstance during the ceremonies that were a mixture of congratulations for their efforts and hard work, happiness for graduating, and sadness in leaving friends and high school behind them as they move on to a new chapter in their lives.

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  Board of Education Honors Top Scholars, Staff, and Community Partners

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education honored the district’s top students as well as distinguished staff and community partners at the last regular Board meeting of the school year in May.

The board first recognized the achievements of its top scholars. From Proviso East High School, it was valedictorian Brittany Buckner and salutatorian Stephany Galindo. From Proviso West High School, it was valedictorian Chinemerem Katherine Oduh and salutatorian Tania Sosa. The honorees at PMSA were the top research scholars from Proviso Math and Science Academy, Christina Bolek and Erin Belk.

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  Top District 209 Students Named to Academic Hall of Fame

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 honors academic excellence.

With that goal in mind, the top two students of the Class of 2013 at Proviso East High School, Proviso Math and Science Academy, and Proviso West High School were honored recently by being named to the District 209 Academic Hall of Fame.

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  District 209 Honors Retirees, Long-Time Employees

 
 

Proviso Township High School District 209 said, “Thank you” and “A job well done” to 60 of its employees – including 12 who are retiring at the end of the school year. The employees were recognized at the annual Faculty and Staff Retirement and Recognition Dinner on May 16 at the Midwest Conference Center in Northlake.

The faculty and staff members were celebrated at the special dinner for their extraordinary contributions to the district. They included 25 employees who have served in the district for at least 15 years, four who earned a graduate degree during the past year, and 19 faculty and staff members who made a special contribution and effort to the district and its schools.

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  Proviso East Girls Learn in Girl Talk

 
 

Girls at Proviso East High School have been learning a little more about themselves this school year, thanks to Girl Talk.

Girl Talk was formed in 2009 as a way for girls to come together and learn, said Mrs. Risa Caudle, a Proviso East special education chemistry teacher who started the group. From May 13 to 17 during the lunch periods, the club held a week-long series of activities based on themes such as “Phenomenal Woman (Appreciation Day)” and “Pretty and Pink – What Do Guys Really Think?” During these days, which included a “Girls Just Want to Have Fun Luau,” the girls held panel discussions on various topics including the do’s and don’ts of fashion. They also performed in a poetry slam, and played games.

“I started this organization called Girl Talk where they can come in and talk to me and I can talk to them,” Mrs. Caudle said. “I can bridge that communication gap. My goal is always to increase motivation and to increase their self-esteem through programming.”

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  District 209 Schools Improve Participation Level on State Tests

 
  One of the goals of the District has been to ensure that students fully participate in both days of state tests. This is a minimum requirement to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

This year, schools really hit the mark. At least 95 percent of the juniors at all three schools in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 took the ACT/PSAE during the last month.

At Proviso East High School, 97 percent of the juniors took the exams during the regular testing dates on April 23 and 24 as well as the make-up dates on May 7 and 8. Proviso West High School had a final count of 95.7 percent of its juniors taking the tests on the same dates. Proviso Math and Science Academy had 100 percent participation, said Mr. Ed Moyer, executive director of assessment and planning for the district. Each school is expected to meet 95 percent in order to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

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  East Students Serve and Learn on Service Learning Day

 
 

Freshmen and sophomores at Proviso East High School gave a helping hand to the community on May 9 as they took part in the school’s second annual Service Learning Day.

About 650 students helped out in several projects at Proviso East and as far away as Chicago. They did everything from making blankets for veterans and planting trees on the Proviso East campus to helping out at area food pantries. One volunteer group even participated in removing the invasive garlic mustard plant and monitoring macro invertebrate at Thatcher Woods. Students also helped make cat toys at CatVando, a cat shelter in Maywood, read to students at District 89 schools, and helped to clean up and other tasks at the Ronald McDonald House.

“We have a huge lineup,” said Marcia LaPorte, a Proviso East art teacher who helped to coordinate the Service Learning Day. “These kids are going places, and they’re experiencing hands-on learning.”

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  District 209 Students Learn About Corporate Law at McDonald’s Headquarters

 
 

American studies students from Proviso East and civics students from Proviso West gathered at Hamburger University at McDonald’s corporate offices in Oak Brook on Monday, April 29, to participate in “Law Day Symposium: Street Law 2013” presented by McDonald’s legal department.

Approximately fifty students met with Jennifer Cohn and Edward Lance IV in the morning to experience life as a lawyer working for McDonald’s Corporation. Students were divided into small groups in the morning to get an in-depth look into the various aspects in McDonald’s legal department.  Students attended sessions on ethics, tort, zoning and property, and marketing and intellectual property law. David Eurioles, a Proviso East junior, said that in his session on civil law he learned how to be able to extract information from a minute detail for a court case. Not only were students examining the trials and tribulations of civil lawsuits, but they were able to understand how much time and energy is spent both protecting and promoting the McDonald’s brand throughout the world.

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  New Board of Education Sworn In

 
 

Four members of the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education—including new member Teresa McKelvy—were sworn in at a special board meeting on Monday evening at Proviso Math and Science Academy.

Mrs. McKelvy and incumbents Daniel Adams, Brian Cross, and Kevin McDermott were re-elected to the board on April 9. Ms. McKelvy said that she was appreciative of her opportunity to serve on the board of education.

“I’m excited about this new role, and I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Mrs. McKelvy said.

Mrs. McKelvy replaces former board president and 12-year board member Emanuel “Chris” Welch, who opted to not run for re-election after he was elected as state representative for the 7th District. Mr. Welch said that he was proud of the accomplishments that were made during his time on the board, including opening PMSA in 2005, balancing the budget, and starting a bus transportation program.

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  East Students Learn About Vocations at VOTECH Fair

 
 

Proviso East High School junior and senior students got an opportunity to learn more about various careers at the fifth annual VOTECH Fair last month in the school’s field house.

Forty-five colleges, trade groups, and military branches were represented at the fair, providing information to interested students and answering questions. Mark Ondracek, a Proviso East guidance counselor who helped to organize the fair, said that it was an opportunity to show students the different careers that are available.

“Our focus is to provide different opportunities that don’t require a four-year formal education,” Ondracek said. “These are career opportunities that students don’t think about or may not be exposed to.”

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  District 209 to Say "Thank You" to Teachers During Teacher Appreciation Week

 
  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will be joining with school districts across the country to honor teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week May 6 to 10.

Every year during National Teacher Appreciation Week, District 209 works to say thanks and show appreciation for the great work that teachers throughout the district do each day.

“Teachers are the backbone of our educational institutions,” said Dr. Nettie-Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. “Students are able to thrive and pursue their dreams thanks to teachers. A week is not enough time to celebrate everything teachers do, but we want to make sure that they know how much they are valued and how much we appreciate all that they do especially during this week.”

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  May 30 and 31 Slated for Make-Up Days

 
  The District 209 make-up days for the two school days that were cancelled last week due to the flood will be May 30 and 31.

District 209 officials closed school for students and teachers on April 18 and 19 due to the flood eventt. May 30 and 31 are the first two emergency days on the District’s calendar.

Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that further details related to the make-up days, including schedules for exams, will be forthcoming. Questions about the details can be directed to building principals or the superintendent’s office.

 
  East Student-Athlete Nominated to All-State Academic Team

 
  Cristian Aguirre said that he has to work pretty hard to do well in the classroom while competing on the Proviso East High School football and volleyball teams.

“You just have to know how to manage your time between sports, class, and homework,” said Cristian, 17, and a Proviso East senior.

That hard work led Cristian, a kicker on the football team and a member of the East volleyball team, to be the school’s nominee for the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) All-State Academic Team. Every IHSA member school was invited to nominate one female student and one male student. Nominees needed to possess a minimum 3.50 grade point average on a 4.0 scale after their seventh semester, have participated in at least two IHSA-sponsored sports or activities during each of the last two years, and demonstrated outstanding citizenship, according to the IHSA website.

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  Sterling Brown Named to Sun-Times All-Area Boys’ Basketball Team

 
  Sterling Brown, a Proviso Math and Science Academy senior who recently led Proviso East to the Illinois High School Association boys’ basketball state finals for the second straight year, has been named to the Chicago Sun-Times All-Area Boys’ Basketball Team.

Sterling, who will attend and play basketball at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas next year, averaged 12.7 points per game and 11 rebounds per game as he led the Pirates to a fourth-place finish in the state tournament. He said that he felt proud that he was named to the team.

“It feels good to be listed among the best players in the area,” said Sterling, who also was named to the Chicago Tribune’s All-State Third Team. “I’m going out considered one of the best [players] of the area.”

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  State Testing Goes Well in District 209

 
  State testing is being considered a success in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 this past week.

More than 90 percent of the District’s 918 juniors took the ACT and the PSAE on April 23 and 24. The District is working to reach at least the 95 percent make-up window as required by the state through an aggressive outreach to students who missed the test. The make-up period is very important. This followed a massive prep and public awareness campaign at all three district schools that stressed the importance of not only showing up for the exams, but being ready and taking them seriously.

“These exams were far-reaching and obviously important for our district, but I would say that overall, testing went well,” said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. “Many thanks deservedly go out to our faculty and staff for all of the hard work they put into making this a success.”

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  30 Students Honored for Outstanding Math and Science

 
 

Thirty students from Proviso East, Proviso West and Proviso Math and Science Academy were honored by the Society of Women Engineers and the American Association of Physics Teachers on Monday, April 8, at Proviso West High School.

Mr. Bob Hurley, a science teacher at Proviso East High School and organizer of the ceremony, said that the awards are a big deal for the givers and the recipients.

“These are nationally recognized awards,” he told the crowd of parents, teachers, and students. “By putting this down, it will help you on your college application.”

As part of the evening, the students were able to thank teachers who had been instrumental in their accomplishments, some reaching back to their elementary and junior high school days.

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  East Students Win at Triton Art Show

 
  Fifteen Proviso East High School students participated in the annual Triton High School Art Show at Triton College in River Grove, with four students winning awards.

Kori Jacobs, Christian Lopez, and Keonte Woods each won a Red Ribbon Award in photography. In addition, Devonta Crews received an Award of Excellence from the West Suburban Art League for his photos of engine parts. He also received a certificate of recognition and a gift certificate to Blick Art Supplies.

Marcia LaPorte, a Proviso East art teacher, said that the school has sent students to display their art work at the Annual District High School Art Competition at Triton College in every year of its existence.

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  Proviso East NHS Inducts 40 New Members

 
 

The Proviso East High School National Honor Society (NHS) had 40 new members inducted at a special dinner and ceremony on February 28.

The students were inducted in a ceremony that was completely student-led and organized. Destiny Lee, a senior and NHS secretary, said to the roughly 200 parents, friends and students in attendance that this was a truly wonderful accomplishment for the inductees. She also said that earning the right to be inducted into NHS is a major achievement.

The ceremony also included Destiny, Antony Greenhow, a senior and NHS president; Melanie Garcia-Paz, a junior; and Stephanie Gonzalez, a junior, leading the crowd through the candle-lit ceremony. They explained the importance of the NHS pillars of service, character, leadership, and scholarship. After taking the NHS pledge, each student was called by name to receive their certificate from Ms. Ashley Glickman, the NHS sponsor, and Ms. Kisha Lang, Proviso East assistant principal for educational services.

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  Find Out More About the ACT/PSAE

 
 

More information is available about the ACT/PSAE on the website of Proviso Township High Schools District 209 at www.pths209.org/academics/actpsae.

The website includes a schedule of events for the two days of testing at the district’s three schools and information for parents in both English and Spanish.

 
  Prep Programs Help Prepare Students for Tests

 
 

Schools in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 are offering different programs to help juniors prepare for the upcoming ACT/PSAE on April 23 and 24.

Robert Modiest, 16, a Proviso Math and Science Academy (PMSA) junior, said the constant drilling during the KeyTrain sessions is helping him to become a better test-taker.

“It gives you practice problems,” he said. “It focuses on reading and math, but there are other things. It’s repetitive, but it helps me. If you keep doing stuff over and over, it helps.”

Robert is among the several hundred students in District 209 who are using various prep programs to gear up for the upcoming ACT/PSAE. The programs, which are offered both during the school day and on Saturdays, are designed to help junior students improve their performance and to help faculty determine which students need more help. The tests are important in measuring a student’s readiness not only for college, but for a future career as well.

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  East NJROTC Puts Best Foot Forward for Inspection

 
 

It was a morning of formality, marching and living up to military standards for the Proviso East High School Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp (NJROTC) on Thursday, March 7, in the school's fieldhouse and NJROTC building.

Featuring dignitaries from across District 209 and the NJROTC program, the Proviso East unit demonstrated its ability to perform to standards. Platoons paraded in front of school and NJROTC leadership as part of the Pass in Review Ceremony. The NJROTC building was later inspected by area commanders before a luncheon.

"You put your best foot forward," Commander George Clifford, Area 3 NJROTC Manager, told the cadets at the ceremony.

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  Proviso East Goes to State For Second Straight Year

 
 

The Proviso East High School boys’ basketball team made its second straight trip to the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) boys’ basketball state finals last week.

The Pirates sealed the super-sectional title at Hinsdale Central High School on March 12, with a 62-52 win over West Aurora High School. While the state title hopes ended with losses to Simeon Academy of Chicago March 15 in the semifinal game and to Edwardsville in the consolation game March 16, Donnie Boyce, head coach, said that he liked how the players demonstrated teamwork, discipline and sacrifice as the season progressed.

“I thought it was a great accomplishment to make it back to state,” he said. “I’m very proud of how the team played.”

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  District 209 to Host Public Forum on Special Education

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host a public forum on special education at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at Proviso Math and Science Academy.

The forum, conducted by the Illinois Board of Education Division of Special Education Services, will focus on the needs of students in special education programs in the district and state requirements for implementing the programs.  Included will be an explanation of the focused monitoring review process, for which Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools have been selected, as well as an overview of the state’s general supervision system. The program will be conducted in both English and Spanish.

The public forum will last about 90 minutes, with time set aside for questions from the audience.

 
  Harrell Named Board of Education Vice President

 
 

Francine Harrell was named the new vice president of the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at the board’s regular meeting on Wednesday, February 20, at Proviso Math and Science Academy.

Mrs. Harrell was nominated by board member, Brian Cross, and approved in an overwhelming vote. She takes over for Dan Adams, who became board president in January after Chris Welch stepped down after 10 years in the position.

“I think it’s great,” Mr. Adams said of Mrs. Harrell’s appointment. “She’s a great board member.”

Mrs. Harrell, who has been on the board since 2011, will serve as vice president until at least April, when the school board will hold its organizational meeting following the April 9 election.

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  Students Learn About a Piece of Black History in The Meeting  
 

Students, faculty and the community in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 got an education about civil rights icons, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, February 19 to 21. The event culminated with a performance of The Meeting, a one-act play about a fictional meeting between the two leaders.

The performance of The Meeting was the culmination of three days of workshops about the lives of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, as part of District 209’s celebration of Black History Month. Starring noted actors Kevin McIlvaine as Malcolm X and Edward D. Richardson as King, The Meeting is a one-act play set in 1965 in Malcolm’s hotel room in Harlem. The duo debated about how to achieve racial harmony, with King advocating peaceful resistance, and Malcolm pushing for economic independence, human rights, unity and solidarity.

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  Proviso East Girls' Basketball Team Wins Fourth Straight Regional Title

 
 

The Proviso East High School girls’ basketball team won its fourth consecutive regional championship, its eighth regional title and seventh in the last eight years.

The winning of the title came after the Lady Pirates defeated Riverside Brookfield, 52-50, on February 14 in the River Forest Sectionals in the IHSA State Playoffs. It was the culmination of a winning streak that started with a 49-26 win over Reavis on February 11 and continued on February 13 with a 71-64 win over Trinity of River Forest.

The run deep into the sectional playoffs came despite the team finishing the regular season with a 12-13 overall record. Ezra PridGeon, the team’s coach, said that much of the record came from the team’s youth as it returned only two seniors from last year’s team.

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  School Improvement Team Addresses Ways to Improve Proviso East at Board Forum

 
 

Administrators, teachers, and students from Proviso East High School presented information on ways to improve the school at a community forum held at Proviso East on Monday, February 11.

The forum, which was sponsored by the Board of Education, included Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, and Ms. Kisha Lang, assistant principal educational services at Proviso East, discussing the steps the school is taking to raise student achievement on state tests and other areas. With the programs in place, Mr. Valente said that despite the low performance of the school on the ACT/PSAE, he felt encouraged because many students were close to being considered proficient.

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  Black History Performance Connects History, Community, and Curriculum

 
  What if civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X had met? What would that meeting have looked like?

Theater-goers will get a chance to imagine that at the performance of The Meeting by Jeff Stetson. The performance will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 21, at the Proviso East High School auditorium as part of District 209’s celebration of Black History Month. Starring noted actors Kevin McIlvaine as Malcolm X and Edward D. Richardson as King, The Meeting is a one-act play set in 1965 in Malcolm’s hotel room in Harlem. The duo debate about how to achieve racial harmony, with King advocating peaceful resistance, and Malcolm pushing for economic independence, human rights, unity and solidarity.

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  District 209 Student-Athletes Commit to Colleges  
 

Six student-athletes from District 209 schools officially signed their letters of intent with the colleges of their choice on February 6. The signings were part of National Signing Day, in which football players across the country officially indicated the colleges for which they will compete and attend next year.

Proviso East had five players commit to colleges, including Antony Greenhow, a defensive end who will attend Southern Illinois University, and Rashad Williams, an offensive tackle who will go to the University of North Dakota. In addition, Adonis Barker, a safety, Darnell Toney, a linebacker, and Langdon Johnson, a running back, will all attend Robert Morris University in Chicago. Also, Jameer Thurman, a senior at Proviso Math and Science Academy who played defensive back at Proviso West, faxed in his letter of intent to Indiana State University earlier in the day.

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  East National Honor Society Collects Old Cell Phones, Printer Cartridges to Recycle

 
 

Looking for a place to get rid of that old cell phone, or inkjet printer cartridge?

Look no further than the Proviso East High School National Honor Society.

The students in the National Honor Society (NHS) are collecting old cell phones, inkjet printer cartridges, small electronic devices, and toners to recycle. The items that are collected are sent to the Funding Factory, which then credits the NHS a cash value for each object.

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  East Students Serve with Quilts for Veterans

 
 

It was a snowy Wednesday afternoon, and Ramontae Kendall was busy sewing a thread through a quilt in the family and consumer sciences classroom at Proviso East High School.

The Proviso East junior, who played football last fall, said that the men in his family typically do not sew or do any quilting. Yet here he was, working a thread through a piece of cloth to attach it to the base for the first time in his life.

“It’s hard because my hands are big,” said Kendall, 17.

Kendall is among the six to eight students at Proviso East who have been working with Ms. Karen Golin, a family and consumer sciences teacher, after school on Wednesday making quilts as part of a community service project.

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  Proviso East to Host Presentation on Change in Curriculum

 
  Proviso East High School will host a presentation about the changeover to the new Common Core curriculum at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 7, at the school, 807 S. First Avenue in Maywood.

The presentation, which will take place in the Social Room, will cover the transition from the current curriculum to the new Common Core curriculum. Illinois is scheduled to adopt in spring 2015 the new statewide testing that will assess the new, more rigorous national Common Core Standards.

 
  PTHS Board of Education to Host School Improvement Forums

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education will host a series of community forums on school improvement in February in District 209 Schools.

Parents, students, community members and other stakeholders in the district will get a chance to hear from district administrators on school improvement efforts and initiatives in the district. Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent, said that the beginning of the session will have each principal and his or her school improvement team as well as faculty and staff representatives speak about their efforts in school improvement and student achievement. There will be a question/answer/discussion period.

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  Auto Shop Classes Send Students to College and Beyond

 
 

When Dan Cox returned to his alma mater at Proviso East High School in 2002 to teach auto shop, the program had been lying dormant for the last 20 years.

He said that he was determined to change that.

“I had a vision for this program because of what it was in the ‘70s,”said Mr. Cox, a 1975 Proviso East graduate.

In the 10 years since his return, the automotive program at the school has blossomed from 80 students enrolled to around 300 this year at both Proviso East and Proviso West. The instructors – Mr. Cox, Carl Fedele and Frank Bexes – are all master certified by the National Institute for Auto Service Excellence (ASE). The auto shop at Proviso East, tucked away behind the football field off Madison Street, is fully equipped and operational for students to handle auto repairs ranging from wheel balancing to rebuilding engines.

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  District 209, Feeder Schools Set Momentum for State Education Changes

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 joined with its feeder school districts on Thursday, January 17, to inform the public about the coming changes in how students and schools will be evaluated.

The community forum took place at Proviso Math and Science Academy. It was designed to explain the transition for elementary and middle school students from the Illinois Standard Achievement Test, or ISAT, which measures the achievement of third- through eighth-graders in reading and math and fourth- through seventh-graders in science, to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, assessments. Illinois is scheduled to adopt in spring 2015 the new statewide testing that will assess the new, more rigorous national Common Core Standards, to which testing for high school juniors, the Prairie State Achievement Examination, or PSAE, is already well-matched. The forum featured area administrators explaining the changes as well as an opportunity for the nearly 100 community members who attended to ask questions about the tests.

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  PTHS District 209 a Major Presence at MLK Birthday Events

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 was heavily represented at events honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. over the weekend celebrating his birthday.

The events included two teachers and a student from Proviso East High School being honored for their service and community involvement. The awards were presented by Operation UpLift at its 25th Annual Birthday Awards Luncheon of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Saturday, January 19, at the Diplomat West in Elmhurst.

Semaj Hunter, 15 and a junior at Proviso East, won the Leon S. Brown “21” Youth Award, for his volunteerism, academic achievement, peer leadership and role modeling influence for area youth. Lawrence Broughton, a social studies teacher at Proviso East, received the Dr. Margaret T. Burroughs Lifetime Achievement Award for his longtime work as a commissioner with the Maywood Park District. In addition, Reginald Wright, the director of bands at Proviso East, won a Surprise Award honoring his work with area youth in the music programs from the Operation UpLift Board of Directors at the ceremony.

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  36 District 209 Students Tabbed As State Scholars

 
 

Thirty-six students from Proviso Township High Schools District 209 have been selected as State Scholars for 2013-14 by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, or ISAC.

The students were selected for their outstanding academic achievement. The State Scholar Program recognizes students attending approved high schools in Illinois with the honorary designation.

About 10 percent of graduates from approved high schools in Illinois are announced as State Scholars each year. According to ISAC, to qualify for the program, students must perform in the top half of their high school class at the end of the third semester prior to graduation [typically the end of their junior year in high school] or score in the 95th percentile on the ACT, SAT, or PSAE.

The students from District 209 continue a tradition of excellence in receiving the honors for their achievements from outside agencies.

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  Forum on State Testing, State Survey, and College and Career Readiness Standards Changes Set for January 17 at PMSA

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 and West 40 Intermediate Service Center No. 2 will host a Parent and Community Forum on state testing, the upcoming state survey, and the new college and career readiness standards from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on January 17 in the auditorium at Proviso Math and Science Academy, 8601 W. Roosevelt Road in Forest Park.

The forum will focus heavily on the planned change from the Illinois Standard Achievement Test, or ISAT, which measures the achievement of third- through eighth-graders in reading and math and fourth- through seventh-graders in science, to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, assessments. Illinois is scheduled to adopt the new statewide testing in spring 2015 that will assess the new, more rigorous national Common Core Standards, to which testing for high school juniors, the Prairie State Achievement Examination, or PSAE, is already well-matched.

The event also will address upcoming changes to the state report cards, the Five Essentials Survey, and other academic measuring tools that are being brought more in line with the new standards and the high school testing. This is in order to provide a more accurate picture of how a student is performing academically.

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  Beidas Wins $1,000 Teacher Scholarship for Aviation Classes

 
  Students in Ed Beidas’ aviation and physics classes at Proviso East High School will get a boost in their education, thanks to the Common Roots Initiative.

Mr. Beidas was awarded a $1,000 teacher scholarship in December from the group, which was formed by Proviso East alumni to raise money to give back to the school. He is the second recipient of the award, following Glenn Lid, a Proviso East chemistry teacher who won a $1,000 teacher scholarship in spring 2012.

Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East High School, said that it was right that Mr. Beidas won the award.

“Mr. Beidas works diligently with our students to ensure they achieve,” Mr. Valente said. “He’s a student-centered teacher who wants what’s right for his kids, and I’m glad the award went to him.”

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  Proviso East Teacher Earns National Board Certification

 
  Every teacher needs to get recertified at different times during their career.

When the time came for Daphne Hill, an art teacher at Proviso East High School, three years ago, she decided to aim higher than Illinois state certification. She aimed for national board certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. In late November, she was informed that she had achieved her goal.

"This was a bigger evaluation tool," said Ms. Hill, who has spent her entire 11-year teaching career at Proviso East High School after getting her master's degree from the Art Institute in Chicago. "It makes the kids more reflective of what they've done."

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  Expanded Proviso West Holiday Basketball Tournament a Success

 
 

The title game of the 52nd edition of the Proviso West Holiday Basketball Tournament on December 31 between Proviso East and Morgan Park in the school’s main gym was an “entertainment experience,” according to Joe Spagnolo, the tournament’s director.

Players were introduced in dimmed lights to the Alan Parsons Project’s “Sirius,” the same music the Chicago Bulls use in their player introductions at the United Center. Jim Cornelison, who sings the national anthem at Chicago Blackhawks games and occasionally at Chicago Bears games, did the same at the Holiday Tournament championship game. A large video board hung over center court, much like at a large college or professional arena.

While the Pirates ultimately lost their title defense 82-57, it was still a successful tournament, with more than 20,000 people attending games between December 22 and December 31, said Dr. Roudell Kirkwood, principal at Proviso West High School, who credited everyone involved with making the tournament a success.

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  District 209 Students Continue Legacy of Earning Scholarship Dollars By Trying Out for the Bands

 
 

Ashley Martin, 17 and a Proviso East High School Senior, was nervous as she held up her trumpet for the audition.

With the reassurances of Rob Johnson, a 2007 Proviso East High School graduate and now the band director at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi, Martin played through her audition flawlessly.

“I think it went ok,” she said afterward.

Martin was among a group of students from Proviso East and Proviso West High Schools to come back to school on December 20 during winter break to audition for college band directors from Alcorn State University, South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina, and Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. The prize for coming to school on the first day of winter break: a chance not only to earn a spot on a college band, but to potentially earn a full-ride scholarship for college.

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  Proviso East Teacher Named to IFACSTA Board

 
 

Jennifer Miller said she has always liked to sew.

“I enjoy sewing,” she said. “I grew up sewing, and I wanted to be able to show that.”

That love of sewing grew into a career in teaching sewing and other family and consumer sciences to students. Recently, the Proviso East High School teacher was named to the board of the Illinois Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers' Association, or IFACSTA. On the board, she will serve as historian and past conference planning committee co-chairperson.

IFACSTA is a family and consumer science education group that works to promote family and consumer science education in all subject areas, promoting it across the state, especially to legislators and national representatives. The group also works to establish and maintain high quality career and technical education and family and consumer sciences educational programs from early childhood through adulthood, among other works.

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  District 209 Reviews Security in Light of Connecticut School Shooting

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 wishes to express sympathy and our heartfelt condolences for the victims, the families, as well as fellow residents and colleagues of last Friday’s school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.

Officials with District 209 also wish to reassure parents, students and community members that the safety and welfare of students is a top priority in our schools, and reviews of our security procedures are currently being undertaken.

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  BACK TO SCHOOL NOTICE: First Day Exclusion Policy

 
 

On August 20th, 2012 Proviso Township High Schools will welcome all students back for the 2012-2013 school year. Freshmen orientation is set for Friday, 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.

This fall, students entering grade 9 will be required to provide proof of Tdap vaccinations along with the required school physical forms. Students entering this grade without one of the following will be subject to exclusion:

1. Proof of Tdap vaccination,
2. An approved medical or religious exemption on file with the school,
3. An appointment to receive the Tdap shot during the school year.

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 – Friday, August 17th at 7:50 a.m.
First Day of School District wide – Monday, August 20th at 7:50 a.m.

 
  BACK TO SCHOOL NOTICE: Registration, Bus Service and Textbook Pickup

 
 

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 2012-2013 school year resumes on Monday, August 20th 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 6th from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) at 708.202.1825 or Proviso West’s Transportation Hotline at 708.202.6299.

Please see textbook pick-up dates below.

Registration and Textbook Pickup
August 6 – 10, 2012

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
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. each day
Monday - Freshmen
Tuesday - Sophomores
Wednesday - Juniors
Thursday - Seniors
Friday - All grade levels, make-up day

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 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 Friday, 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 on Friday, August 17th, 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 Friday. 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 Monday, August 20th 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 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. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Richard Ramsey, will present "Closing the Achievement Gap" to all faculty and staff. 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.

 
 
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