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  Proviso East Bands Built Into a Winner Under Reginald Wright

 
 

When Mr. Reginald Wright started as the band director at Proviso East High School in the fall of 1992, the marching band had just 15 students.

Since that first year, the band has grown in numbers and stature, with 90-plus members who continue to make it one of the premier groups in the region, if not the nation.

“I have a lot of high expectations for the kids and I took them to places where they could be inspired,” Mr. Wright said.

Mr. Wright is retiring at the end of the current school year, bringing to an end a 45-year career that began in his native South Carolina and has seen him work with great programs there and in the Chicago area.

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  Community Shows Positive Presence on Proviso East Last Day of School

 
 

Faculty, staff members, and members of the Board of Education of the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 and specifically Proviso East High School teamed up with members of the community to present a Positive Presence for Proviso East students as they completed the last day of the 2014-15 school year on Wednesday, June 3.

Wearing special T-shirts for the occasions, District and school administrators; Mrs. Theresa Kelly, Board President; Ms. Claudia Medina, Board Secretary; Mr. Ned Wagner, Board member; and about 40 community members that included Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins stood at the exits of Proviso East High School and points in the surrounding area to wish the students a safe and happy summer.

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  District 209 Students: Sign Up for Summer School Now

 
 

Students in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 wishing to take summer school can register now.

Students wishing to take classes for summer school need to register before the end of the day on Friday, June 5, in order to take summer classes. Summer school classes will run from June 8 through July 9 from 8 a.m. to 1:10 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Parents are encouraged to sign up their students for summer school as soon as possible to help with determining class sizes.

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  Congratulating the Proviso East Class of 2015

 
 

The Class of 2015 of Proviso East High School said "goodbye" to their home for the last four years at their commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 23, at the UIC Pavilion.

The seniors 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.

Ulises Rodriguez, the class valedictorian, encouraged his fellow graduates to strive for success after high school.

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  Proviso East Teacher, Student Win Common Roots Scholarships

 
 

A Proviso East teacher and a Proviso East graduating senior have each won a $1,000 scholarship from Common Roots Initiative.

Mr. Manuel Almazan, a Proviso East science teacher, received the $1,000 CRI Spring 2015 Teacher Scholarship to support his classroom initiatives, according to a press release from CRI. He was chosen based on his teaching style and his dedication to “helping students understand and relate to science.” Mr. Almazan, who teaches chemistry and biology and bilingual classes in each of those subjects, plans to use the scholarship money to purchase science teaching/science kits, which will help strengthen concepts learned in textbooks.

Also winning a CRI Student Scholarship was Carolina Trujillo, a Proviso East graduating senior and Maywood resident. Carolina, who plans to pursue a career in educational studies, has been a member of the Proviso East National Honor Society, art club, and math club. She plans to attend Dominican University.

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  Proviso East Students Learn Healthy Concepts at Student Health Fair

 
 

Students at Proviso East High School recently picked up some tips and information on living a healthy lifestyle and avoiding poor health choices at a student health fair held in the Proviso East Fieldhouse.

The health fair, sponsored by Loyola University’s School-Based Health Center at Proviso East, provided information on a variety of health topics, including the effects of energy drinks, the dangers of drunken driving, suicide, drug use, and stress relief. Students learned information about how to avoid dangerous behaviors and how to promote healthier ones.

“We were learning about diseases and stuff,” said Brandon Morgan, a Proviso East sophomore. “I’m glad I came and learned some new stuff and paid attention to it because it was good information.”

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  District 209 To Host District-Wide End-of-Year Celebration, Picnic on June 2

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education will host a district-wide end-of-year celebration and picnic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2, at Proviso East High School.

The celebration and picnic, which will be for faculty and staff from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, will be a way for the district to celebrate the successful completion of the school year, said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. It also will be an opportunity to set a positive tone for the next school year.

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  Detour in Front of Proviso East to Continue Through End of School Year

 
 

Students, faculty, staff, parents, and other visitors to Proviso East High School, 807 South First Avenue in Maywood, will need to find an alternate route to the school beginning on Monday, April 20, due to construction.

The work will require the closing of First Avenue between Lake Street and Madison Street to through traffic, with traffic to be detoured. Northbound traffic on First Avenue will be detoured west on Madison Street to Fifth Avenue before heading east on Lake Street and continuing north on First Avenue. Southbound traffic will be detoured east on Lake Street to Fifth Avenue, heading south before going east on Madison Street and continuing south on First Avenue.

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  Top Students Inducted Into District 209 Academic Hall of Fame

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 honors academic excellence.

With that goal in mind, the top six students of the Class of 2015 at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy were honored recently by being named to the District 209 Academic Hall of Fame.

On May 19, the scholars were taken by limousine to lunch at the Signature Room at the 95th, located on top of the John Hancock Center in Chicago. They also were presented gifts, and notified that they would be placed in the Academic Hall of Fame for District 209. They also are to be recognized by the Board of Education and given plaques and certificates recognizing their achievements at the Board’s next regular meeting on June 9.

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  Proviso East, Proviso West Bands Rock the House, Pay Tribute, at Proviso East Battle of the Bands

 
 

The 13th annual Proviso East High School Battle of the Bands at the Proviso East football field on May 16 was part competition, and part tribute to the man who started the annual tradition.

It was an afternoon of competing musical talents and fun for the approximately 300 people who came to watch. The Battle of the Bands featured performances by not only the host Proviso East Marching Band, but also the Proviso West marching band and drum line, the Rich Central High School marching band and drum line, the Windy City All Star Alumni Band, the Ella Flagg Young School Band, and the Proviso East High School Alumni Band, as well as the Proviso East Pirateer Dancers provided entertainment between acts.

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  District 209 Schools, Offices Closed for Memorial Day

 
  Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy as well as the administrative offices of Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 25.

All schools and offices in District 209 will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, May 26.

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  24 PMSA Students Honored by Board of Education for Academic Excellence

 
 

Twenty-four Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy students were honored for excellence by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at its regular meeting on Tuesday, May 12, at PMSA.

The students were honored for excellence ranging from perfect attendance during the current school to earning a perfect score on the ACT college entrance exam to earning more than $1.2 million in scholarships, said Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA.

Nadia Love, a PMSA senior, earned $1,286,212 in scholarships, Dr. Karvelas said. A recipient of the National Achievement Scholarship Award, Nadia was the PMSA student who earned the highest amount of scholarship money.

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  Retirees and Employees of District 209 Honored for Service and Accomplishments

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 thanked and honored 100 of its faculty and staff – including 14 who are retiring – at the annual Staff Retirement and Recognition Dinner on May 8 at The Clubhouse in Oak Brook.

The faculty and staff members were celebrated at the special dinner for their extraordinary contributions to the district. They included 37 employees who have served in the district for at least 15 years, nine who earned a graduate degree during the past year, and 43 faculty and staff members who made a special contribution and effort to the district and its schools during the 2014-15 school year.

Receiving particular recognition was Ms. Molly Cavanaugh, who is marking 60 years of service with the District, including the last 56 at Proviso West High School as the principal’s secretary.

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  13th Annual Proviso East Battle of the Bands on Saturday, May 16

 
 

Marching bands and drum lines will be the entertainment at noon when Proviso East High School hosts its 13th annual Battle of the Bands.

The Proviso East Battle of the Bands will bring together marching bands and drum lines from around the Chicago area. Expected to perform along with the host Proviso East marching band will be Proviso West High School, the Proviso East Alumni Band, marching bands from Chicago, and the Roosevelt Middle School (Bellwood) marching band as well as several area high school drum lines.

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  Proviso East’s Kameron Irvin Wins More Student-Athlete Honors

 
 

A Proviso East High School senior student-athlete has picked up more honors before the end of the year.

Kameron Irvin, who lettered in football, wrestling, and track, recently was recognized as an All State Academic Team nominee by the Illinois High School Association (IHSA). 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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  District 209 Administrators Raise Money for Autism Awareness

 
 

Central office administrators with Proviso Township High Schools District 209 raised more than $1,000 in support of families impacted by autism and other developmental disorders at the sixth annual The Answer Inc. Walk-a-Thon on May 2 at Proviso East High School.

The team raised $1,115 for the walk-a-thon, the totals of which were still tabulated at press time, said Ms. Deb Vines, director of The Answer, Inc. fundraising walk raised money to send children and adults with developmental disorders to special camps in June. The walk-a-thon also raised money for other programs to benefit families impacted by autism. The team consisted of Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209; Dr. Diane Deckert, director of assessment and planning for District 209; Mr. Dan Johnson, director of truancy/Title I coordinator for District 209; Ms. Sharon Palmer, director of accounting for District 209; and Mr. Rob Daniel, community and public relations coordinator for District 209.

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  Four Proviso East Student-Athletes Sign with Colleges

 
 

Four Proviso East High School student-athletes have signed their letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers in college next school year.

At a special ceremony in the Proviso East social room on April 15, DaTasia Almon, Diamond Copeland, and Jasmine Levy of the Proviso East girls’ basketball team signed their letters of intent with Miami Dade College, Roosevelt University, and Northeastern Oklahoma A&M University, respectively. In addition, Mia Herrod, a Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy senior who played for the Proviso East girls’ volleyball team, signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Charleston in West Virginia.

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  Support District 209 and The Answer in Raising Awareness of Autism

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is partnering with The Answer, Inc., in The Answer’s sixth annual Walk-a-Thon Fundraiser on Saturday, May 2, at Proviso East High School.

The fundraising walk, which will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on May 2, will raise money to send children and adults with developmental disorders to special camps in June. The walk-a-thon also will raise money for other programs to benefit families impacted by autism. In 2014, the walk raised $8,000 that enabled The Answer, which is based in Forest Park, to sponsor 25 children and young adults as they attended the Special Camps for Special Citizens Horseback Riding camp in Winfield, Illinois.

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  District 209 to Host Staff Retirement and Recognition Dinner on May 8

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host its annual Staff Retirement and Recognition Dinner on Friday, May 8, at The Clubhouse, 298 Oakbrook Center, in Oakbrook.

Fifteen retiring employees and more than 20 current employees at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy will be recognized for their service to the District and their achievements at the dinner.

The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. A ceremony to honor the employees to be recognized will take place after dinner.

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  Proviso East French Students Showcase Knowledge at Festival de la Franco Phonie

 
 

French 2 students at Proviso East High School recently said “Bonjour” to their fellow students as they introduced them to the French-speaking world at the third annual Festival de la Franco Phonie.

Taking place in the school’s social room, the students dressed in the clothing of their chosen country, whether it was France itself, French-speaking nations in Europe, or any of the countries in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean that is or was a French territory. They also had to present a poster with information about their country, and bring a food representative of that nation as a prop.

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  Proviso East Chemistry Teachers Showcase Skills at National Conference

 
 

Mr. Glenn Lid, a longtime Proviso East High School chemistry teacher who retired in 2014, and Mr. Alexander Aschoff, a current Proviso East chemistry teacher, performed a series of chemistry demonstrations at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference in March at McCormick Place in Chicago.

They were part of the workshop, “Morning of Chemistry: The Best of ChemWest,” that featured science teachers from across the Midwest who are part of a networking group, Mr. Aschoff said. Mr. Lid and Mr. Aschoff had been invited by Flinn Scientific, a chemical supplies company, and Mr. Mike Heinz, the science department chair at Downers Grove North High School, to demonstrate scientific principles for students from grades six to 12.

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  Four Proviso East Football Players Sign with University of Dubuque

 
 

Four Proviso East High School football players will continue their playing days and their education at the University of Dubuque (Iowa) next year.

Terry Alm, an offensive lineman, Marcus Givens, a wide receiver, Kameron Irvin, a defensive back and kick returner, and Kahlil Richardson, a defensive end, signed letters of intent to attend the University of Dubuque and play football there in a signing ceremony on April 2 at Proviso East.

The University of Dubuque program is an NCAA Division III program that competes in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The Spartans, who also feature a Proviso West High School graduate, Craig Lottie, finished the 2014 season with a 4-6 record.

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  Board of Education Honors Proviso West State Scholars

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education honored the 10 Proviso West High School seniors who were recognized as Illinois State Scholars and the number one ranked high jumper in the state at its regular meeting on April 14 at Proviso West.

Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, said that the 10 Illinois State Scholars scored in the 95th percentile on the ACT college entrance exam. According to ISAC, Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors, hailing from 671 different high schools across the state. Selection is based on SAT, ACT or Prairie State Achievement Exam scores, and/or class rank at the end of the junior year. High school guidance counselors work with ISAC to determine the winners.

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  Proviso East NJROTC Fares Well at Annual Inspection

 
 

Commander Joseph Hankins, the area manager for Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp (NJROTC) based at Great Lakes Naval Station, had a simple statement to make regarding the Proviso East High School NJROTC unit’s inspection on March 26.

“You passed your inspection,” he announced to applause from the gathered crowd of cadets, administrators, dignitaries, and parents at the Pass in Review ceremony in the Proviso East Fieldhouse. “Great job. The hard work showed.”

The Proviso East unit of 119 student cadets demonstrated its ability to perform to standards as its platoons paraded in front of school and NJROTC leadership as part of the Pass in Review ceremony. In attendance were parents and dignitaries including Mayor Edwenna Perkins of Maywood and Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. The inspection had included the NJROTC building being inspected by area commanders.

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  Proviso East, Proviso West Hoopsters Named to Area, Conference Teams

 
 

Five boys’ basketball players from Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School have received conference and area recognition for their play during the 2014-2015 season.

Khalil Walker, a senior guard at Proviso West, and Lorenzo Moore, a senior forward at Proviso West, were named honorable mention on the Suburban Life Media’s all-area boys’ basketball team.

In addition, Khalil and a fellow Proviso West senior guard, Jamonte Robinson, were named to the West Suburban West Suburban Silver Division All-Conference Team. Joining them on the West Suburban Gold Division All-Conference Team from Proviso East are Kalin Fisher, a senior guard, and Tyler Chisom, a sophomore forward.

Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that the boys deserved the honors that they have received.

“The boys have been great assets to their respective basketball programs and role models for other students at Proviso East and Proviso West,” he said. “We are proud of them, and we look forward to seeing and hearing further good things from them.”

 
  Proviso East Basketball Star Selected for All-Star Game

 
 

Kalin Fisher, a senior guard at Proviso East High School, has been selected to play in the fifth annual South Side vs. West Side Hoops Classic on May 15 at the Ratner Center on the University of Chicago campus.

The all-star game showcases the best seniors in Chicago, according to a letter from Chicago United Ventures, the group organizing the game. The group also said that the game is designed to “carry on a legacy of all of the greats that have passed through” Chicago. Jevon Carter, a Proviso East star and 2014 graduate now attending West Virginia University, played in the 2014 edition of the game.

Kalin said that he considered it a great honor to be selected for the game.

“There are a lot of great players in the state and it’s great to be chosen,” he said.

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  Proviso East Drumline, Dancers Win at Chicago Competition

 
 

The Proviso East High School drumline “Hitt Squad” and the PYT Dancers from Proviso East won honors at the T. Williams Divas and Gents Dance and Drumline Competition on March 7 at Percy L. Julian High School in Chicago.

The “Hitt Squad” won first place in the percussion division. Also competing were Rich South High School, Curie High School, the host Julian High School, and community drumlines BlackSteel, Legacy Drumline, and Kaos Drumline.

The PYT Dancers claimed three honors in their portion of the competition, winning first place in the best captain solo and the best stands routine. They also won second place in the field show category. Also competing were the Dancing Dolls from Julian High School, the Majestic Diamonds from Saginaw, Michigan, and the Dynamic Dancing Condorettes from Curie High School.

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  Proviso East, Proviso West Lady Hoopsters Earn Postseason Honors

 
 

Several members of the girls basketball teams at Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School have been named to all-area and all-conference teams.

Da’Tasia Almon, a senior guard at Proviso East, was named to the Chicago Sun-Times’ girls basketball all-area team, while Mariah Henry, a sophomore guard at Proviso West, and Taylor Pate, a senior center, were named to Suburban Life Media’s all-area girls basketball team. In addition, Cinia McCray, a junior guard at Proviso West, was honorable mention on the Sun-Times’ girls basketball all-area team, while Coleanna Funches, a senior forward at Proviso West, was honorable mention on Suburban Life Media’s all-area girls basketball team.

Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that the girls deserved the honors that they have received.

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  Give Feedback on District 209 Schools Through 5Essentials Survey Through March 20, Earn Incentives

 
  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is once again joining with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in providing an opportunity for teachers, students, and parents to have another voice in their schools through the Illinois 5Essentials Survey: Organizing Schools for Improvement.

From now through March 20, teachers, students, and parents are asked to share their thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about their school. To access the survey, please visit survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois. A link to the survey also is available at www.pths209.org.

Parents who attend the quarterly parent-teacher conferences from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, at Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA can take the survey online at computers that will be provided. The survey should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete.

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  Parent-Teacher Conferences on March 19

 
  Parents can learn more about their students’ progress at school and pick up their students’ report cards at the quarterly Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, March 19, at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on March 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“Parents are a vital component to a student’s success in school,” said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent for District 209. “Parent-Teacher Conferences are a good way for parents to meet with teachers and learn more about how their students are doing in their classes.”

The faculty and administration would like to urge parents to take advantage of this time which has been set aside specifically for the parents and teachers to confer. Both the parents and teachers bring special insights and understandings of the student to a conference, and if these two perspectives can be brought into focus, everyone gains, especially the student.

Students will be in attendance on the regular class schedule on March 19, but they will have a shortened schedule on Friday, March 20, with dismissal at 2:10 p.m. at Proviso East and Proviso West and at 2:25 p.m. at PMSA.

 
 

Proviso East Honor Roll Students, State Scholars Recognized by Board of Education

 
 

Fourteen Proviso East High School students were recognized for achieving high honor roll status during the first semester of the 2014-15 school year and three Proviso East students for being named Illinois State Scholars at the Board of Education’s regular meeting on Tuesday, March 10, at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, said that the students who made the high honor roll earned a grade point average of at least 3.7. He said that achieving students have opportunities to earn incentives such as tickets to Chicago Bulls games.

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  49 Proviso Students Win Math and Science Awards
 
 

Forty-nine Proviso Township High Schools District 209 students were honored for their excellence in math and science by the Society of Women Engineers and the American Association of Physics Teachers in a ceremony on March 9 at Proviso West High School.

Mr. Bob Hurley, a retired science teacher at Proviso East High School and an organizer of the ceremony, now in its 22nd year, said that the student winners of the awards should mention them in their applications for college and scholarships and resumes.

“The counselors in the colleges are going to recognize these awards,” he said. “These are nationally recognized.”

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  Proviso East Cheerleaders Win First Place at National Contest

 
 

The Proviso East High School cheerleading squad won several awards, including a first place honor, at the National Cheerleaders Association (NCA) Wildcard Classic in Louisville, Kentucky, on February 21.

The team won first place in the Game Time Competition, which included a dance to the school fight song, a time out dance, cheering, and non-tumbling performance. For its efforts, the team brought home three large red megaphones, an NCA champion banner, and an NCA plaque.

Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, said that he was proud of the team.

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  First Round of PARCC Testing March 12 through April 2

 
  Students in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will soon take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment along with other high school students in Illinois as well as third- through eighth-graders.

This test represents a significant shift across the state, and the culmination of five years of statewide work, beginning with the adoption of the new Illinois Learning Standards in English language arts and mathematics in 2010. This test, unlike the one that Illinois students took last year, is more engaging, interactive, and meaningful and will better prepare students for life and careers in the 21st century.

Change, especially large-scale systemic change such as this one, is never easy. We fully expect there will be challenges as schools administer this test in the coming weeks. But that does not mean we should change course or lower our expectations.

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  Proviso High Schools Celebrate Black History Month

 
 

Students, faculty, and staff at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy celebrated the history and cultures of African-Americans throughout February during a series of assemblies and activities marking Black History Month.

Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that it was important for students to learn about the history of African-Americans and to celebrate the contributions of African-Americans.

“Learning about the past and learning particularly about black history is necessary for us to grow and move forward in a positive manner,” she said. “I commend our faculty, staff, and students for devoting the time to learning about an important part of our history and culture.”

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  Proviso East Students Learn Lessons from Maywood Seniors

 
 

Lifelong Chicago area resident Mr. Otto Hardy had a simple piece of advice for students at Proviso East High School.

“If you don’t get an education, you have nothing to offer,” he said. “If you believe it, you can achieve it.”

Mr. Hardy was among 18 members of the Maywood Senior Club to visit Proviso East on February 23. During their visit, they took a tour of the school, including the newly renovated science laboratories, spoke to classes about their experiences during the Civil Rights movement, watched a performance of the Proviso East jazz band, and ate a lunch prepared by culinary students at Proviso East.

“This is our high school,” said Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East. “We have a long tradition, and we’ve had a lot of great alumni. I want our kids to hear from our seniors. That’s the best way to learn history, by it being handed down.”

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  Proviso East Jazz Band Performs at Regional Superintendent’s Conference

 
 

The Proviso East High School jazz band was four area high school groups to perform at the annual regional conference of the Superintendents’ Commission for the Study of Demographics and Diversity January 29 through 30 at the Tinley Park Convention Center in Tinley Park.

The Proviso East jazz band provided the entertainment during before and during lunch before several hundred school district superintendents and other school administrators on January 29. The conference was attended primarily by elementary and secondary superintendents of Chicago area school districts that focused on, among other items, researching educational opportunities for minority students.

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  District 209 Students Prepare for State Tests

 
 

Students at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High Schools, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy will begin a season of high stakes testing on Tuesday, March 3, when juniors take the ACT college entrance exam.

This year’s testing will be different from years past, however.

The Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE) is gone, replaced by the new PARCC, or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, assessments. The PARCC exams are part of the implementation of the new Common Core Standards that went into effect in the District this school year.

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  34 Inducted Into National Honor Society at Proviso East

 
 

The Proviso East High School National Honor Society (NHS) inducted 34 new members at its spring ceremony on February 24 at Proviso East High School.

To be inducted into the National Honor Society, a student needs to have at least four semesters in which they earn a grade point average of at least 3.0 of a possible 4.0. The students who meet this criterion are then contacted and invited to submit an application in which they answer questions about their leadership skills and community service as well as write an essay on why they believe they should be inducted.

During the ceremony, which was attended by Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, and Ms. Readith Ester, a District 209 Board of Education member, the National Honor Society’s leadership spoke of the main qualities of a member of the society: scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Ms. Marcia LaPorte, a Proviso East art teacher and the faculty advisor for the Proviso East National Honor Society chapter, said that the current members and the new members embodied those qualities through programs such as the annual Breakfast with Santa in December and the new community garden.

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  District 209 Schools, Offices Closed March 2 for Pulaski Day

 
 

Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy as well as the administrative offices of Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will be closed for the Pulaski Day holiday on Monday, March 2.

All offices in District 209 will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, March 3. This is a reminder that the originally scheduled building institute day with no student attendance has been moved to Tuesday, March 10. This is due to March 3 and 4 having been designated by the state as standardized testing days, with students taking the ACT Plus Writing exam on March 3 and the ACT WorkKeys exam on March 4.

Under the change, students will now be in school on March 3, but will not attend class on March 10. On March 3, juniors will report to school at the normal time of 7:50 a.m. and depart after testing. Buses will pick up freshmen, sophomores, and seniors five hours later than usual on March 3 and four hours later than usual on March 4. Their day will follow a modified bell schedule.

A building institute day for faculty and staff training will take place on March 10.

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  Proviso East Automotive Program Featured on WGN News

 
 

Students and instructors in the automotive program at Proviso East High School were featured in a segment on the WGN-TV News on February 20.

The nearly three-minute feature, reported by Ms. Sarah Jindra, a WGN-TV traffic reporter, detailed what the program covers and its need for donations of vehicles on which students can learn. The story told of how the 250 students in the mechanics class have only three vehicles on which to work. The others had been either been damaged beyond repair by debris from a fire at Proviso East in May 2014 or stolen from the school’s lot.

Interviewed in the story were Mr. Frank Bexes and Mr. Dan Cox, the class’ instructors, as well as several students.

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  Proviso East Senior Finds Academic, Athletic Success

 
 

Kameron Irvin said that he is not one to quit on anything.

“I don’t like to give up,” the Proviso East senior said. “When times get hard, I keep pushing. I don’t like to give in.”

That never-quit attitude has pushed Kameron to new heights this year, as he is wrestling for a state title this week at the Illinois State Wrestling Tournament in Champaign. In addition, he also has done the job in the classroom, holding a 3.68 weighted grade point average while not only wrestling, but also playing defensive back on the Proviso East football team and preparing to be a sprinter on the Pirates’ track team.

“It’s just staying focused,” Kameron said of his approach to balancing academics and athletics. “I just try to motivate myself and keep pushing. It’s just stay on track and do what’s right.”

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  Proviso East, Proviso West hoopsters to play ball in college

 
 

Two District 209 basketball players – one from Proviso East High School and one from Proviso West High School – will continue playing basketball in college next year after signing letters of intent this year.

Diamond Copeland, a senior forward at Proviso East, will attend Roosevelt University in Chicago next year, where she will play for the women’s basketball team. Taylor Pate, a senior center at Proviso West, will move on to Hampton, Virginia, where she will attend Hampton University and play basketball.

Diamond helped lead the Lady Pirates to a 24-3 overall record and a perfect 12-0 conference record as she averaged 8.9 points per game during the regular season. She said that she liked the coach at Roosevelt who recruited her, Ms. Robyn Scherr-Wells, and the family atmosphere at the NAIA program.

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  District 209 Board, Senator Lightford Honor PMSA State Scholars

 
 

Twenty-four students from Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy were honored by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education and State Sen. Kim Lightford at the joint Board-Financial Oversight Panel meeting on Tuesday, February 10, at PMSA.<

The 24 PMSA seniors were among 28 District 209 seniors recognized as Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. According to ISAC, Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors, hailing from 671 different high schools across the state. Selection is based on SAT, ACT or Prairie State Achievement Exam scores, and/or class rank at the end of the junior year. High school guidance counselors work with ISAC to determine the winners.

“I commend these 24 seniors for their outstanding commitment to their education,” said Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA. “These students have dedicated themselves to their studies and have embraced the rigor of our curricula that is associated with academia.”

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  District 209 Barber Program Aims to Be Cut Above the Rest

 
 

Nineteen students from Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School are learning the right way to give a shave and a haircut in District 209’s new barber program.

The students have been training at the Erskine Reeves Barber Academy in Hillside since the start of the second semester in January. Students upon completion of the program at the end of the 2015-16 school year will be able to get certified and licensed as barbers with the possibility of going into business for themselves.

“Everybody needs a haircut,” said Mr. Reeves, the owner of the barber academy and a 1997 Proviso West graduate.

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  Pirates, Panthers Provide Heat in Rivalry Week Games

 
 

The annual Rivalry Week basketball games between Proviso East and Proviso West were heated affairs, as the large crowds were treated to exciting, nail-biting contests in both the girls’ and boys’ games in the Proviso East Fieldhouse.

The girls kicked off the week on Thursday, February 5, as Proviso East held on after a furious second-half rally from a deficit of as many as 16 points by the Lady Panthers to secure the 68-65 victory. They were led by Diamond Coleman, who led the Pirates with 17 points. She also was one of four Proviso East players with double-doubles, with her 17 points and 10 rebounds leading along with Cinia McCray (11 points/11 rebounds), Jasmine Levy (10 points/10 rebounds), and Savannah Clark (10 points/11 rebounds).

Proviso West was paced by the play of Mariah Henry, a sophomore guard who led all scorers with 19 points.

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  Celebrating National School Counselors Week at Proviso High Schools

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 celebrated the work of its school counselors February 2 through 6 during National School Counseling Week.

The week, sponsored nationally by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), was designed to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within American school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do. National School Counseling Week highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

“Often school counselors are so busy people don’t get to see what they do,” said Ms. Antoinette Rayburn, District guidance department chair. “This week was designed to highlight the impact they have on student success.”

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  District 209 Schools, Offices Closed for Presidents’ Day

 
  Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy as well as the administrative offices of Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will be closed for the Presidents’ Day holiday on Monday, February 16.

All schools and offices in District 209 will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, February 17.

Have a great weekend!

 
  Parents Get a Grasp on College Financial Aid, Other Topics at Parent University

 
 

More than 100 people learned about college financial aid, the Common Core Standards, the new PARCC assessments, and other topics at the latest edition of Parent University on January 31 at the District 209 offices at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

Parent University, produced in partnership with the Strengthening Proviso College and Career Readiness Committee, is a series of workshops designed to prepare parents to help their students in high school and beyond. The University was part of the District’s parent involvement through Title I and the Board of Education’s goal of improving stakeholder involvement.

Those in attendance learned about finding ways to pay for college, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and learned more about the new Common Core Standards and the new PARCC assessments, what resources are available for students with disabilities, and what services are available for English Language Learners at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and PMSA. They also were able to meet with representatives from several different colleges and community organizations at a college and community resource fair.

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  Progress Reports Rescheduled for February 17

 
 

The posting of student progress reports for the third quarter has been rescheduled for February 17.

The reason behind the rescheduling of the sending of the progress reports is due to the cancellation of school on January 7 through 9 and on February 2.

Parents may review their students’ progress reports on PowerSchool on Tuesday, February 17.

 
  Parent University Returns on January 31, 2015

 
 

Parents and their students can learn more about their education in high school and how to be ready for life beyond at the next edition of Parent University on January 31, 2015, at the district offices at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host its latest edition of Parent University from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at the district offices at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, 8601 W. Roosevelt Road in Forest Park.

Parent University is a series of workshops designed to prepare parents to help their students in high school and beyond. The event also features resources that are available to parents for their children, and students from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy can earn one hour of community service credit for each of their parents who attend.

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  District 209 Joins With Feeder School Districts at Articulation Meeting

 
 

Board of Education members and administrators from Proviso Township High Schools District 209 and its seven feeder school districts continued the work that they began last summer at their second joint articulation meeting on January 22 at the District 209 offices at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

The meeting was designed as a way for the eight school districts in Proviso Township to discuss ways that students can be better served from kindergarten through graduation from high school at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, or PMSA. Participating in the summit from the District 209 Board of Education were Mr. Daniel Adams, the Board’s president, and Board member, Mrs. Theresa Kelly, along with several administrators including Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent. Other area school districts represented by Board members and administrators were Berkeley School District 87, Bellwood School District 88, Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview School District 89, Forest Park School District 91, Lindop School District 92, Westchester Public Schools District 92.5, and Hillside School District 93.

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  Proviso Students Make Life Beautiful in Cosmetology Program  
 

The afternoon of Monday, January 26, was a typically busy day for the students of the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 cosmetology program at Ms. Roberts’ Beauty Academy in Hillside.

In one end of the workroom, several girls styled hair on the heads of mannequins. In another end of the room, the girls practiced applying a facial (a treatment that involves applying lotions and creams designed to cleanse the skin on the face) on each other.

For 21 students from Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School, this was a normal afternoon of instruction and practice with the goal of one day obtaining a state license as a beautician.

“They learn hair, skin, and nails,” said Ms. Pam Reed, an instructor at Ms. Roberts’. “In order to be able to give a service, you have to receive the service. It also gives them an experience that they may not have had before.”

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  Students, “Bring Your Parents to School” on February 3

 
 

Parents may ask what their students do during a typical day at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

They will be able to learn about that as well as have opportunities to meet with their students’ teachers on Bring Your Parents to School Day on Tuesday, February 3. Bring Your Parents to School Day is one of District 209’s largest parent involvement initiatives of the year. This event is part of the Board of Education’s ongoing efforts to promote more outreach to the parents and the community.

“Successful students need their parents to be invested in their education,” said Mr. Daniel Adams, president of the Board of Education. “Through Bring Your Parents to School, parents can learn more about what their students’ day is like at school, and learn how they can help their students be even more successful.”

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  Proviso East, Proviso West Students Learn About Health Care Careers

 
 

Dr. Melissa Simon said that she is able to help people in different ways as a doctor, including research and helping to write laws on health care.

“As a physician, you can do more than just work in a clinic or a hospital,” said Dr. Simon, an obstetrician/gynecologist and a professor of clinical gynecology at Northwestern University. “You can impact health in pretty much any career.”

Dr. Simon was the guest speaker on January 21 at Proviso West High School in the Career Spotlight Series through the Des Plaines Valley Education for Employment Regional Delivery System (DVR). The series sent students from participating schools that included Proviso West, Proviso East, Leyden, Oak Park-River Forest, and Riverside-Brookfield to lectures and programs on careers such as health care, finance, manufacturing, and engineering. The programs were presented by people currently working in those fields, such as Dr. Simon in the medical field.

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  District 209 to Host Next Joint Meeting with Elementary Schools on January 22

 
 

Board of Education members and administrators from Proviso Township High Schools District 209 and area elementary school districts will meet at a joint articulation meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 22, 2015, at the District 209 offices at PMSA, 8601 West Roosevelt Road in Forest Park.

The meeting follows the first joint meeting in July 2014 where the school board members discussed issues of common interest such as the preparation of students who move on from the feeder schools to Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy and how all of the districts can work together to support each other in serving Proviso Township students. This meeting will continue on that work with a focus on coordinating school calendars and curriculum and content.

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  District 209 Students and Parents Can Pay Fees Online

 
 

Parents and students at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy are now able to pay fees online.

The new Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Web Store is a partnership between the District and RevTrak, a national credit card payment processor. Through the new system, parents can pay for their students’ registration fees and physical education fees using their Discover, MasterCard, or Visa credit cards or debit cards, all from their home or work computer. They also can update their email or billing address and view past purchases.

The link can be found on the District’s website at www.pths209.org as well as the individual school websites under the “Online Payments” link.

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  District 209 Honors Straight-A, Top Engineering Students at Proviso West

 
 

Nineteen Proviso West High School students and the teacher of the new pre-engineering class at Proviso West were honored by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at its regular meeting on Tuesday, January 13, at Proviso West.

Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, recognized nine students for achieving academic excellence as they earned straight A’s for the first semester of the 2014-15 school year. They were Aaliyah Akins, Andrea Ayala, Luigi Cabantog, Devon Jackson, Annette Kwasniewski, Estefany Lopez, Sarah Scott, Precious Tonya, and Jazmin Verdin.

“This is a talented group of students,” Mr. Hawthorne said. “They worked hard this semester.”

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  District 209 to Begin Evening School

 
  The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education has approved the start of an evening school for students who are struggling with truancy and behavior issues, with a planned start date of January 21.

Mr. Dan Johnson, director of truancy/alternative programs for the District, said that the Proviso Evening School, which will be run in cooperation with West 40 Intermediate Service Center, would consist of two aspects. The DREAM School Truancy Program is designed for students from Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School with truancy issues and will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, while the Proviso Evening Alternative for Continuing Education (PEACE) Evening Alternative School Program for students who have a need for a more personalized learning environment in order to redirect behavior for academic success will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Proviso West Holiday Tournament a “Huge Success”

 
 

many media outlets called the Proviso West Holiday Basketball Tournament the most competitive in the state of Illinois.

The 54th edition of the tournament, held December 20 through 27 at Proviso West High School, lived up to the billing.

This year’s tourney was pared down from the previous two years, running four full days instead of eight, and with 18 teams, including host Proviso West and Proviso East, competing instead of 32 teams. The 18 teams provided an exciting tournament for the more than 13,000 fans who attended as they saw top-ranked Stevenson High School (Lincolnshire) repeat as tournament champions when they defeated St. Joseph High (Westchester), 69-60, in the title game.

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  March Building Institute Day Moved to March 10

 
  The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education approved a change to the current school year calendar that will shift a planned building institute day where there is no student attendance to March 10.

The building institute day with no student attendance had been scheduled for March 3. However, March 3 and 4 have been designated by the state as standardized testing days, with students taking the ACT Plus writing portion on March 3. Under the change, students will now be in school on March 3, but will not attend class on March 10. A building institute day for faculty and staff training will take place on March 10.

In addition, the Board approved the 2015-16 school calendar.

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  District 209 Schools, Offices Closed for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 
  Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy as well as the administrative offices of Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will be closed for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on Monday, January 19.

In addition, there will be no student attendance on Tuesday, January 20, for a building institute day.

All schools and offices in District 209 will reopen for regular business hours on Wednesday, January 21.

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  Proviso East Choir, Bands Wow Audience at Winter Concert

 
 

The Proviso East High School choir, concert band, jazz band, and marching bands wowed a large crowd at its Annual Winter Holiday Concert on December 4 in the school’s auditorium.

The students performed a selection of Christmas favorites as well as jazz and marching band favorites in front of more than 200 people. Among the selections performed were traditional Christmas carols such as "Joy to the World" and Beethoven’s "Joyful, Joyful" and more modern songs such as Donnie Hathaway’s "This Christmas" and "Give Love on Christmas Day" by Michael Jackson sung by the choir and "Winter Wonderland" by the concert band. The jazz band performed a series of jazz favorites by Michael Sweeney and Benny Golson, among others, while the marching band, led by drum major Davon Morrow, performed selections from the 2014-15 marching season.

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  Santa Brings Joy, Books at Proviso East’s Breakfast With Santa

 
 

Santa Claus was the star of the morning as more than 50 children received free books, pancakes, and a chance to talk with Santa at the Proviso East High School National Honor Society’s Breakfast with Santa on December 13 in the school’s cafeteria.

The breakfast, sponsored by the Proviso East chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS), was designed to promote literacy at home, said Ms. Marcia LaPorte, a Proviso East art teacher and sponsor of the Proviso East chapter of NHS. Each child who attended received a free breakfast, a picture with Santa, and several books. All parents also received a free breakfast along with strategies and ideas to help promote reading in the home.

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  Be Ready the Next Time School is Closed

 
  It is important that parents and students in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 know what to expect if there is an emergency school closing.

If weather or any other circumstances keep District 209 from holding school on any given day, parents will receive an automated phone call and email from the District. School closing information will also be found prominently placed on the District 209 website (www.pths209.org), on our Twitter account (www.twitter.com/pths209), on local television and radio stations, and at www.emergencyclosings.com.

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  Parents, Be Sure to Fill Out Your Lunch Applications

 
 

Parents of students at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy are encouraged to fill out their free and reduced price meal applications for their students by the end of 2014.

Students in families who earn an income up to 100 percent of the federal poverty line are eligible to receive free breakfasts and lunches at school, while those in families who earn an income up to 185 percent of the federal poverty are eligible to receive breakfast and lunch at school at a reduced cost.

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  District 209 Board of Education Honors Proviso East Football Players, Educational Leaders

 
 

Coaches and members of the Proviso East High School football team as well as two guidance counselors and two teachers were honored by the Proviso Township High School District 209 Board of Education at the Board’s regular meeting on December 9 at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

The recognition, which took place during the Board’s joint meeting with the Financial Oversight Panel, recognized the students and staff members for their performance and service to the school.

The football team, led by Mr. David Odom, head coach, were honored for their display of exemplary sportsmanship during their last regular season game at Leyden on October 24. At the game, they allowed an opposing player with autism to score a touchdown on the first play. Video of the play, which was highlighted in the Chicago Tribune, later went viral and was featured on ESPN’s "Sportscenter."

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  28 District 209 Students Named as Illinois State Scholars

 
 

Twenty-eight seniors from Proviso East High School and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy have been named as Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois State Assistance Commission (ISAC).

The 28 students are among 18,800 students from the Class of 2015 to receive the designation, which was first introduced in 1958. According to ISAC, Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors, hailing from 671 different high schools across the state. Selection is based on SAT, ACT or Prairie State Achievement Exam scores, and/or class rank at the end of the junior year. High school guidance counselors work with ISAC to determine the winners.

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

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  Proviso East Students See President Obama Speak in Chicago

 
 

A group of Proviso East High School students were among the more than 1,800 people who packed the Copernicus Center in Chicago to see President Barack Obama speak on immigration and other topics on November 25.

Mrs. Martina McEllistrim, a Proviso East social studies teacher, took a group of seven Proviso East students who were chosen from social studies classes to attend the speech. She said that the decision to attend the speech with the students came two days earlier when she saw a link on Facebook on how to get tickets to the speech. She said that she lives near the Copernicus Center, so she was able to secure tickets for herself and seven students.

"I had asked several of the teachers (in the Proviso East social studies department) to nominate a student they thought would be really interested in this," Mrs. McEllistrim said.

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  District 209 Administrators Present on Outreach Efforts at State Conference

 
  Administrators from Proviso Township High Schools District 209 presented on the District’s effort to reach out to parents and the community at the Joint Annual Conference sponsored by the Illinois Association of School Boards, Illinois Association of School Administrators, and the Illinois Association of School Business Officials on Friday, November 21, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago.

Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent for District 209; Mrs. Kim Echols, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for District 209; and Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West High School, along with Mrs. Pat Shehorn, chair of the Strengthening Proviso College and Career Readiness Committee, spoke on "Successful Outreach to Parents and the Community."

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  District 209 Schools Make Gains in State Test Scores

 
 

All three schools in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 - Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy - have made gains in their scores on both the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) and the ACT college entrance exam.

According to the recently released State Report Card by the Illinois State Board of Education, Proviso East High School boosted the percentage of students who met or exceeded state standards on the reading and math portions of the state tests by 31.3 percent from 2013, including a 72.7 percent increase on the math portion. In addition, the percentage of Proviso East students meeting or exceeding state standards on the reading portion has more than doubled since 2012.

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  Proviso East Students Learns the Ins and Outs of Job Interviews

 
 

Lilly Bahena said that she would be a good employee in a job involving customer service.

“I have a lot of experience with customers,” the Proviso East High School senior said. “I enjoy working with other people.”

The explanation from Lilly, however, came in a mock job interview with Mr. Dean Lodovico, the chairman of the Proviso East special education department, as part of Proviso East’s family and consumer sciences cooperative education program. The mock interviews that took place on October 7 paired students with faculty members at Proviso East to help the students practice answering the questions that are part of a typical job interview.

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  Visit PMSA at Open House on December 4

 
 

During a series of open houses this fall, prospective students for the 2015-16 school year and their families can learn about the programs and activities available at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, with the next one on Thursday, December 4, from 6:30 p.m. Applications for admission are being accepted in November and December, with a January 15, 2015, deadline.

Attending an open house is not a requirement for admission, but it is recommended. During the open houses, the students and their families will see a presentation about the classes and programs at PMSA, take a tour of the school, and meet with faculty, staff members, and students.

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  District 209 to Provide Make-Up High School Placement Exams for Eighth-Graders

 
  Local feeder schools within Proviso Township High Schools District 209 are beginning the process of preparing eighth-grade students for high school entry by administering the EXPLORE exam from November 4 to 17, 2014.

EXPLORE is a high school intake measure that gives high school counselors about the student’s academic achievement 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.

“The EXPLORE exam is an important tool to help us understand the skill levels of next year’s freshman class and how we can be ready to meet their academic needs,” said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. “With the data and information from these exams, we can be better prepared to put our incoming students on the right path to academic achievement and high school success.”

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  New Proviso East Assistant Principal Aims for Excellence

 
  Dr. Brian Colbert, as the new assistant principal for student life and athletics at Proviso East High School, has one primary goal for his new school: excellence on both the playing field and in the classroom.

“The grand plan is to really continue to strive back to creating excellence in all sports, because they have outstanding athletic ability from our students in all sports,” he said. “It’s to make Proviso East a state competitor at all sports. But it’s to prepare our kids to be student-athletics, so that they have the academic skills that when they get to college, they can be successful.”

Dr. Colbert assumed the new position on October 16, coming to Proviso East after three years as the athletic director at North Chicago High School. He said that he always had much respect for the athletics program at Proviso East, even while starring on the basketball team at Zion-Benton Township High School in the late 1970s.

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  Proviso East Marching Band Wins Again At Rich Central

 
 

The Proviso East High School Marching Band won several top honors at the Rich Central High School Battle of the Bands on October 18 in Olympia Fields.

“The Marching Musical Machine of the Mid West” took home trophies for best percussion, best auxiliary, and best winds. The band also claimed first place in the AAA Show band division.

Mr. Reginald Wright, band director at Proviso East, said that although he saw room for improvement with the band, he believes that it did a great job in winning the competition in its division.

“The interest of our students is high and can be shown in their willingness to attend early bird class in the morning at 6:45 a.m. until 7:45 a.m. before school,” he said. “I believe a higher standard of musical ability can be achieved with continuous practices and rehearsals.”

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  Proviso East Football Team Helps Opposing Student with Autism Achieve Dream

 
 

It had been a tough season for the Proviso East High School football team going into its final game on October 24 at Leyden High School in Northlake, but the student-athletes showed that they were winners as they helped an opposing player with autism achieve his dream of scoring a touchdown in a varsity football game.

Josh Padilla, a senior at Leyden High School, is autistic. According to a story that ran on October 26 in the Chicago Tribune, Josh took a handoff from his quarterback and ran 66 yards to the end zone in a play coordinated with the Pirates’ coaching staff, including head coach, Mr. David Odom. The Proviso East defense ran after him, cheering him on the entire way and celebrating when Josh reached the end zone.

The touchdown did not count toward the final score of the game, won by Leyden, 49-9. However, since the game, the story has gone viral. Along with Michael Stainbrook’s story in the Tribune, video of the run has appeared on the websites of USA Today and ESPN.com, among others, gaining the praise of those who view it.

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  District 209 Teachers Honored by State Board of Education

 
 

Two District 209 teachers – one from Proviso West High School, the other from Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy – was honored with Awards of Recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education on October 25 in Normal as part of the ISBE’s Those Who Excel Awards Program.

Mrs. Lindsey Coppola, a Proviso West English teacher, received an Award of Recognition in the Classroom Teacher category, while Ms. Erin Mason, a PMSA English teacher, won an Award of Recognition in the Early Career Educator category. They were among more than 230 educators from across Illinois to be recognized at the banquet at the Marriott Bloomington-Normal Hotel in Normal just off of the Illinois State University campus. They were accompanied at the banquet by Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, and Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA, as well as their families.

“Every day, our teachers, staff, and administrators are hard at work providing a quality education to our students,” said Dr. Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. “Mrs. Coppola and Ms. Mason being recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education shows the great work that is being done at Proviso West and PMSA, and we are always pleased when others recognize it. I thank the ISBE for its recognition of two quality educators from our schools.”

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  Proviso East Auto Tech Program Receives Vehicle Donations

 
 

Students in the auto tech program at Proviso East High School have been working on eight newer cars this semester, thanks to donations from the College of DuPage and other donors.

The program was in need of newer vehicles on which students could learn to perform maintenance and repairs. Mr. Frank Bexes, an instructor in the program at Proviso East, said that over the summer he put out the word to area businesses and other schools in search of the vehicles. He and Mr. Dan Cox, an instructor in the program as well, also contacted WGN Radio, who broadcast the need on its programs.

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  Proviso East Students “Celebrate My Drive”

 
  Students, faculty, parents, staff, and the community can help Proviso East High School promote safe driving and compete for a chance at a $100,000 grant from State Farm Insurance’s "Celebrate My Drive" Program.

“Celebrate My Drive” was created by State Farm in 2012 to promote the concept that “safe driving is a lifelong commitment from the state.” According to the National Institutes of Health, auto accidents are the number one cause of death among teens in the United States, with a teen’s first year of having their driver’s license being the most dangerous.

“This is about celebrating this big, new life of freedom that comes with a driver’s license,” the description of the campaign at the program’s website at CelebrateMyDrive.com said. “Part of that life means making smart choices behind the wheel, which is why we’re spreading the message of 2N2® – 2 eyes on the road, 2 hands on the wheel. It’s a simple habit that can reduce distracted driving and help new drivers build confidence on the road.”

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  Final Football Games of Season for Proviso East, Proviso West to Air on High School Cube

 
 

Fans of Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School football will have the opportunity to watch the teams’ final games of the 2014 season either in person or online on High School Cube.

The Proviso West Panthers’ final game of the season will be on Friday, October 24, at 7:30 p.m., when they take on Lyons Township High School at Proviso West Stadium. Tickets are available for the game at $4 for adults and $3 for all students who present an ID. The game will also be shown live and will be available for viewing after the game here.

The Proviso East Pirates also will make their last appearance of the season on High School Cube on Friday, October 24, at 7:30 p.m., when they travel to Leyden High School. The game will be on High School Cube and be available on the internet, iPhones, iPads and Droid devices with a replay and highlight clips available.

Good luck to both the Pirates and the Panthers!

 
  Bomb Threat at Proviso East Unfounded

 
  A threat of a bomb at Proviso East High School on Monday, October 20, proved to be unfounded following an investigation.

The threat was called into the Maywood Police Department. The Maywood Fire Department ordered the alarms pulled and the building evacuated. Maintenance and security staff at Proviso East assisted the Cook County bomb squad through the building to clear it before staff and students were allowed to reenter the building at about 1:45 p.m. All students, faculty, and staff are safe.

During the course of the incident, First Avenue between Madison Street and Washington Boulevard was blocked off by the Maywood Police Department.

Classes will continue to normal release time on a shortened schedule for the rest of the day.

 
  Board of Education Recognizes Teacher Who Won State Award

 
 

A Proviso West High School English teacher who recently won a state award was recognized by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at its regular meeting on Wednesday, October 15, at Proviso West.

Ms. Lindsey Coppola has been designated a winner of the Award of Recognition by the Illinois State Board of Education’s Those Who Excel selection committee. Ms. Coppola will be honored with another District 209 instructor, Ms. Erin Mason, an English teacher at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, at the Those Who Excel Banquet in Normal on October 25.

Mr. Joseph Kosina, a Proviso West assistant principal, read from a letter by Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, saying that Ms. Coppola has been instrumental in “implementing significant change to improve academic performance and college readiness for our students.” He added that students and parents are committed to her and recognize her as a role model.

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  District 209 Board of Education Approves New ACT Testing Program

 
  The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education approved the order of the ACT Aspire testing program for students.

The ACT Aspire testing program would be used primarily with freshmen and sophomores, said Mrs. Kim Echols, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for District 209. She said that the program would help to prepare students for the ACT college entrance exam that they take as juniors and also help teachers identify areas where they need help.

“The ACT Aspire consists of a continuum of interim and summative assessments for students in grades 9 and 10,” Mrs. Echols said. “It is aligned with (the new) Common Core Standards and is administered online.”

Students taking part in the testing program will take two tests each in English, reading, mathematics, and science, with the Aspire test administered at the end of the school year in a school computer lab with their classroom teacher.

Mrs. Echols also said the material in the ACT Aspire program can be used for juniors who need extra help in preparing for the ACT as they also take part in the ACT Cambridge prep program before they take the college entrance exam in the spring.

 
  District 209 Students Represent Schools as Infinite Scholars

 
 

Eighty-five students from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy attended the Chicago Annual Fall Scholarship Fair on September 26 at Frederick Douglass Academy High School in Chicago, with several obtaining acceptance to many of the colleges.

The scholarship fair, sponsored by Infinite Scholars Program, Inc., featured more than 50 colleges and universities, ranging from regional schools such as Ferris State University and the University of Northern Iowa to historical black colleges and universities such as Jackson State University in Mississippi and Stillman College in Alabama.

To qualify to attend the scholarship fair, a high school student needed to have at least a 3.0 grade point average, their ACT score, a resume, two letters of recommendation, and a 250-word essay explaining why a higher education is important to them.

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  District 209 Schools Welcome Parents on Bring Your Parents to School Day

 
 

Parents at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy got a look into the lives of their students on Wednesday, October 1, on Bring Your Parents to School Day.

The parents who attended the day were able to gain insights into a typical day for their students at school. They followed their students’ class schedules, joining everything from math, English, and science classes to lunch.

Bring Your Parents to School Day has been a tradition in District 209 since 2002, when it was first introduced by then-Board of Education President, Mrs. Theresa L. Kelly. The event is one of District 209’s largest parent involvement initiatives of the year, and is part of the Board of Education’s ongoing efforts to promote more outreach to the parents and the community.

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  Parents, Learn More at Parent-Teacher Conferences on October 16

 
  Parents can learn more about their students’ progress at school and pick up their students’ report cards at the quarterly Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, October 16, at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on October 16 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 
  Proviso East Celebrates School Pride at Homecoming 2014

 
 

Former and current students along with faculty, staff and the Proviso East High School community celebrated Homecoming September 29 through October 4.

It was a week of activities and spirit days that culminated with the annual homecoming parade, the football game, and the annual Homecoming dance.

“We had a great week celebrating Pirate Pride and everything that is great about Proviso East,” said Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East. “Proviso East has always been a great school, and we want to recognize the achievements of past students as well as those of current students.”

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  District 209 Schools, Offices Closed for Columbus Day

 
  Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy as well as the administrative offices of Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will be closed for the Columbus Day holiday on Monday, October 13.

All schools and offices in District 209 will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, October 14.

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  FOP: D209 to Be Commended for Work on Staffing, Is “On the Right Track”

 
  The chairman of the state-appointed Financial Oversight Panel (FOP) that oversees the finances of Proviso Township High Schools District 209 said that the District is “on the right track,” especially in terms of managing class size and its budget.

Dr. Craig Schilling, chairman of the FOP, said at FOP’s regular meeting and at a joint meeting with the District 209 Board of Education on Tuesday, September 30, that he liked how staffing decisions have been made at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy since the beginning of the current school year. He told administrators and the D209 Board that keeping staffing levels at about 260 teachers allowed for savings that can be used for other purposes in the District.

“I like how the staffing was done,” Dr. Schilling said. “I think we’re on the right track.”

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  District Processes to Address School Safety

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 wishes to reassure parents, students, and community members that the safety and welfare of students is a top priority in our schools.

There is no additional information to report about the precautionary lockdowns that took place at Proviso West High School on September 24 and at Proviso East High School on September 25. In response to those incidents, the District reviewed the security measures currently in place, including:

  • Walkthrough metal detectors
  • Visual check of bags
  • Full-time police resource officers
  • Security staff
  • External door lockdown systems at all schools
  • Camera systems
  • Background check system for visitors
  • Anonymous tip lines
  • Drills for lockdown, fire, and severe weather
  • An effective school/police partnership

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  Proviso West Defeats Proviso East in Rivalry Game

 
 

The Proviso West High School football team defeated Proviso East High School 28-14 at Proviso West High School on Saturday, September 27, in the two schools’ annual rivalry game.

The win is the Panthers’ sixth straight in the series with the Pirates.

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  Proviso East to Celebrate Homecoming September 29 to October 4

 
 

Proviso East High School will celebrate tradition and pride during its annual Homecoming Week, September 29 through October 4.

The week will feature a week of spirit activities at school to celebrate Pirate Pride, with the main festivities taking place on Friday, October 3, and Saturday, October 4. The festivities include the Homecoming Parade through the streets of Maywood. The parade route will begin at in the student parking lot at First Avenue and Warren Street across from the school, head west on School Street before turning back to Proviso East on Warren Street.

The parade will be followed by the Homecoming football game against Willowbrook High School. The game will be at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 3, notable for being a Friday night game and the 80th anniversary of the opening of Proviso East’s football stadium.

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  Students, “Bring Your Parents to School” on October 1

 
 

Parents at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy will be able to gain insights into their students’ day at school at the annual “Bring Your Parents to School Day” on Wednesday, October 1.

“Bring Your Parents to School Day” is one of District 209’s largest parent involvement initiatives of the year. This event is part of the Board of Education’s ongoing efforts to promote more outreach to the parents and the community.

“Successful students need their parents to be invested in their education,” said Mr. Daniel Adams, president of the Board of Education. “Through ‘Bring Your Parents to School,’ parents can learn more about what their students’ day is like at school, and learn how they can help their students be even more successful.”

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  Proviso East Senior Makes Mark in Literary World

 
 

Dewayne Haslett first began writing stories when he was 12 years old.

Fast forward a few years, and in early September, the Proviso East High School senior released his second novel, “Untouchable.” It is the sequel to his first book, “Invincible,” which follows the story of a teen with amnesia in Detroit who discovers that he has superpowers.

“I can’t relate to a grownup, but I can have a teenager have these experiences,” Dewayne said.

Dewayne said that his first interest was filmmaking. He began making videos when he was 5 years old, and he then began writing stories as he was inspired by life, movies, television, and music, producing two books that were also self-published.

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  Pirates and Panthers to Face Off in Annual Rivalry Game on Saturday

 
 

The Battle of Proviso football game comes to Proviso West High School on Saturday, September 27, as the Proviso East High School Pirates take on the Proviso West High School Panthers.

Game time is at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $3 each for students and seniors, and $4 each for adults. Proviso West won last year’s rivalry game at Proviso East, with the Panthers defeating the Pirates, 34-13.

Fans who cannot make it to the game can watch it online on High School Cube. The contest will be accessible on the internet, iPhones, iPads and Droid devices with a replay and highlight clips available.

Other upcoming games on High School Cube include Proviso West’s next home game on Friday, October 10, versus Glenbard West, and Proviso East’s last game of the regular season at Leyden on Friday, October 24.

 
  Precautionary Lockdown at Proviso East

 
  At approximately 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 25, it was reported that a knife was seen on campus. A lockdown was instituted by officers from the Cook County Sheriff’s Department as a precautionary measure.

The premises were secured and the allegations were unfounded. All students, faculty, and staff are safe.

Proviso East had the presence of additional security and law enforcement as a precautionary measure upon dismissal.

 
  District 209 Board of Education Honors Proviso East Staff for Service

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education honored seven current Proviso East High School staff members, a former guidance counselor, and local police and fire departments for their service to the school at the Board’s regular meeting on Tuesday, September 16, at Proviso East.

Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, commended the Maywood Fire Department for their work in putting out a fire at the school in May. The fire caused damage to classrooms and led to classes being cancelled for two days and the move of teachers and classes to other parts of the Proviso East campus for the rest of the 2013-14 school year and the first part of the current school year.

"They helped us in our time of need … to save our school," Mr. Valente said of the Maywood Fire and Police Departments.

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  Proviso East Alum Speaks on Writing, Bullying

 
 

Dr. Queenella Miller grew up in Maywood, graduating from what is now Proviso East High School in 1958.

She went on to earn five college degrees, including two doctorates, and has been a professor of reading at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. More recently, she published her first book, “Didn’t They Know?”, a fictionalized account of her childhood.

Dr. Miller spoke to the freshman writing class of Ms. Catherine Josephs on Thursday, September 11, during which time she encouraged the students to write.

“Write, write, write, read, read, read,” she said. “Learn how to write. Later on, you may need to put your thoughts on paper and have to present it to the main man.”

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  District 209 Parents Get Look at Schools on Back to School Night

 
 

Parents at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy got a look at what their students are learning at the annual "Back to School Night" on Thursday, September 4.

The Back to School Night is one of several initiatives through the Board of Education to promote more outreach to the parents and the community. The two-hour evening open house is designed to build relationships between parents and schools and introduce parents to their students’ teachers, said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. At this event, more than 550 parents learned about the Title I programs at the schools, visited classrooms, met teachers, and found out what their students will be learning.

“It was an opportunity for the parents to come and meet the teachers and the administration and discuss ways they can help their students be successful in their high school careers,” Dr. Collins-Hart said. “We were pleased with the turnout, and we ask our parents to continue to remain involved in our schools and invested in their children’s education.”

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  Proviso East Football to Air on High School Cube Saturday

 
 

Fans of Proviso East High School football will get another opportunity to watch the Pirates’ next home game either in person or online on High School Cube Saturday.

Fans of Proviso East High School football will get another opportunity to watch the Pirates’ next home game either in person or online on High School Cube Saturday.

The Pirates will face Morton High School at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, September 13, at Proviso East High School. The game against the Mustangs will be on High School Cube and available on the internet, iPhones, iPads and Droid devices with a replay and highlight clips available.

Tickets for the game are $3 for all students with an ID and $4 adults.

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  Proviso East, Proviso West, PMSA Host Back to School Night on September 4

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will welcome parents and students to a new school year with “Back to School Night” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 4, at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

The “Back to School Night” is an annual event that is designed to build relationships between parents and schools and introduce parents to their students’ teachers, said Mrs. Kim Echols, the District’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. At this event, parents may visit classrooms, meet teachers and find out what their students will be learning.

“It’s an opportunity for the parents to come and meet the teachers and the administration and discuss ways they can help their students be successful in their high school careers,” Mrs. Echols said.

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  More Proviso East Greats to Be Inducted Into Sports Hall of Fame on September 6

 
  Proviso East High School will honor 12 of its past athletics greats in an induction ceremony for its Sports Hall of Fame at its home football game on September 6.

The Proviso East greats will be honored at a reception and induction ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 6, in the Proviso East Social Room, followed by a ceremony during halftime of the varsity football game versus York High School. They are being inducted along with 12 other Pirate legends who were honored at ceremonies on August 30.

Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, said that all of the Hall of Fame inductees were selected by a committee of community members, former Proviso East athletes and coaches, and administrators. Each inductee had to be nominated by a member of the community or a committee member.

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  State Education Board to Host Back-to-School Webinar for Parents on September 9

 
 

The Illinois PTA and Dr. Christopher Koch, State Superintendent of Education in Illinois, will host a Back-to-School Webinar for Parents at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 9.

The session will include a discussion of how and why the new Illinois Learning Standards drive new instructional approaches and lesson plans for teachers, the new state PARCC exams that students will take for the first time during the 2014-15 school year, and a discussion of state initiatives to promote how parents can work with the school community to achieve student success.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and are encouraged to log in a few minutes early to establish connections, especially if it is their first time attending a live “Go to Webinar” from their computer or mobile device. To log in and to register, please click here.

The discussion is expected to last approximately one hour.

 
  24 Proviso East Greats to Be Inducted Into Sports Hall of Fame

 
  Proviso East High School will honor 24 of its past athletics greats in two induction ceremonies for its Sports Hall of Fame at its first two home football games on August 30 and September 6.

The first group will be honored at a reception and induction ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 30, in the Proviso East Social Room, followed by a ceremony during halftime of the varsity football game versus Maine West High School. A second group will have a similar reception and ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 6, also in the Proviso East Social Room, with a ceremony to follow during halftime of the varsity football game versus York High School.

Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, said that the 24 Hall of Fame inductees were selected by a committee of community members, former Proviso East athletes and coaches, and administrators. Each inductee had to be nominated by a member of the community or a committee member.

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  Proviso East, Proviso West Football to Be Shown on High School Cube

 
 

Fans of Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School football will get more opportunities to follow their favorite teams in action as District 209 will again partner with High School Cube this season.

High School Cube will broadcast several games for both schools, including Proviso East’s home games on August 30, September 6, and September 13, and all of Proviso West’s home games on August 29, September 19, October 10, and October 24. High School Cube also will broadcast the annual Proviso East-Proviso West rivalry game at Proviso West High School on September 27 as well as select away games for both schools.

“We have many talented student-athletes at Proviso East, Proviso West, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, and we need to find ways of showing their talents in different venues and areas,” said Mr. Rob Daniel, community and public relations coordinator for District 209. “With High School Cube and their partnerships with other media such as the Chicago Sun-Times and USA Today, we can accomplish this and broaden the scope in which we delivering the good news about our district to the community.”

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  District 209 Students, Teachers Off to Successful Start to 2014-15 Year

 
 

Monday, August 18, provided a smooth start to the 2014-15 school year, as students adjusted to their new schedules, new teachers, and new uniforms.

Students made their way to class, experiencing everything that the first day of school provides in finding their way to new classes and meeting new classmates and their teachers.

“We are off to a successful start to the new school year,” said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. “The students look smart in their new uniforms. It is our intent to continue this smooth start as we focus on our goals for this year, including working together to raise student achievement and provide students the successful school experience that they need to achieve.”

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  District 209 Educators Honored by Congressman Davis

 
 

Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East High School, and Ms. Carla Williams, a guidance counselor at Proviso West High School, recently were honored as outstanding educators by Representative Danny K. Davis in Chicago.

Mr. Valente and Ms. Williams were recognized at a ceremony and dinner in Chicago on August 2 at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago. They had been nominated for the award by Mr. George Pappas, a Proviso East guidance counselor, and Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, respectively.

Mr. Pappas said that Mr. Valente, who was named Outstanding Principal by Representative Davis, has played a major role in gains seen at Proviso East, including increases in the school’s graduation rate and test scores, as well as the overall environment.

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  PTHS 209 Teachers and Staff Are Ready for a Successful 2014-15

 
 

It was a day of new beginnings as faculty and staff in Proviso Township High Schools gathered for the District’s annual District Institute Day at Proviso East High School on August 13.

In the school’s auditorium, newly renovated following a fire at Proviso East in May, teachers and staff members heard from Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent for District 209; Mr. Glenn Singleton, a consultant who spoke on matters of race in education; and Mr. Daniel Adams, president of the District 209 Board of Education.

“We look forward to a prosperous year,” Mr. Adams said. “As a team, we can make Proviso rise. We can make Proviso one of the premier school districts in the state.”

Dr. Collins-Hart said that teachers and staff members in District 209 do great things. She said that the District has seen progress in test scores and graduation rates in recent years, and several new academic programs have been added for this year. She said that it is a credit to teachers and staff members in helping students to achieve and the District to continue to grow.

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  Parents Get Education About High School at Parent University

 
 

Parents from Proviso Township High Schools District 209’s three schools and a few of its feeder schools learned a little more about succeeding in high school at the District’s third Parent University on Saturday, August 9, at the District 209 administrative offices at PMSA.

The Parent University was a series of workshops and a panel discussion designed to prepare parents to help their students in high school and beyond. The University was part of the District’s parent involvement through Title I and the Board of Education’s goal of improving stakeholder involvement, and was planned in collaboration with the District and the Proviso Strengthening College and Career Readiness Committee.

“The Parent University was a very positive event in which we were able to reach out to parents in our district,” said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. “We had a great deal of good information presented, and we are planning to continue this type of outreach in the future.”

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  Incoming Freshman Learn About Schools at Freshman Transition

 
 

More than 575 incoming students attended the second annual Freshman Transition Program at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy on August 11 and 12.

The two-day program was well-attended, with 585 students attending the sessions at all three schools. The Freshman Transition program is designed to provide incoming freshmen with the support that they will need for a successful start to their high school careers, said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. This is in addition to the traditional Freshman Orientation, which takes place on Friday, August 15.

"Getting a good start to the high school years helps students be better learners and be better prepared to graduate successfully from high school," Dr. Collins-Hart said. "We want our students to feel good about our schools and be comfortable in their new settings. The additional time in the schools before the regular school year will help our students to feel good about our schools and be comfortable in their new settings."

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  Be Ready for High School and Beyond Through Parent University on Saturday, August 9

 
 

Parents and students can be better prepared for high school and beyond at the Proviso Township High Schools District 209’s Parent University on Saturday, August 9.

District 209 will host its latest edition of Parent University from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 9, 2014, at the district offices at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, 8601 West Roosevelt Road in Forest Park. The activity is part of the district’s parent enrichment through Title I and the Board of Education’s goal of improving stakeholder involvement. This event is planned in collaboration with the District and the Proviso Strengthening College and Career Readiness Committee.

The Parent University is a series of workshops designed to prepare parents to help their students in high school and beyond. The event also features resources that are available to parents for their children, and students from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy can earn one hour of community service credit for each of their parents who attend.

Those in attendance can learn about the following topics:

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  District 209 to Host Freshman Transition Program August 11-12

 
 

Members of the Class of 2018 will be able to participate in a freshman transition program August 11 and 12 at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

The freshman transition program is designed to provide incoming freshmen with the support that they will need for a successful start to their high school careers, said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. This is in addition to the traditional Freshman Orientation, which will occur on August 15.

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  Incoming Freshmen Need Immunizations, Physicals Before First Day of School

 
  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will welcome back all students for the 2014-15 school year on August 18.

However, before reporting back to school, all students in the district must have at least a ninth-grade Illinois physical and up-to-date immunizations on file.

Parents need to ensure that their students’ physicals are complete and include details of the students’ health history. Parents also must answer all of the questions on the physical form, sign and date the form, and complete the diabetes screening questions that are attached.

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  Students May Register for School, Pick Up Textbooks August 4-8

 
  From August 4 through 8, students who did not participate in early registration at Proviso Township High Schools District 209’s three schools may register for the 2014-15 school year. During registration, students may pick up their textbooks, student identifications, bus routes, and class schedules.

At Proviso East High School, students and their parents may complete registration and pick up their needed items from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, August 4, Wednesday, August 6, and Friday, August 8. The school also will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5, and Thursday, August 7, for registration. Counselors will be on hand to answer any questions concerning classes. In addition, parents may also purchase the mandatory gym uniform for physical education classes. Shirts are $10 each, and a pair of shorts cost $10 each.

Proviso West High School will operate on a similar schedule, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Textbooks, identifications, and schedules will be available for pickup as well.

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  District 209 Brings Together Area Schools to Seek More Ways to Serve Proviso Students

 
 

Board of Education members from Proviso Township High Schools District 209 and six of its seven school districts said that they want to find more ways that they can work together to serve Proviso Township students.

The joint articulation meeting on July 21 at the District 209 administrative offices at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy was designed as a way for the eight school districts in Proviso Township to discuss ways that students can be better served from kindergarten through graduation from high school at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, or PMSA.

"This was very good," said Mr. Brian Cross, vice president of the District 209 Board of Education. "It’s good to see a lot of buy-in from everyone. I hope that we all try to focus on the nearly 19,000 students who attend public schools in Proviso Township."

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  Dr. Collins-Hart Wins Top Ladies of Distinction Award

 
  Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of Proviso Township High Schools District 209, recently was awarded the Orchid Award from Top Ladies of Distinction's West Suburban Chicago Chapter.

Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., is an international, professional, and humanitarian organization with a membership of more than 3,000 women. The Orchird Award honors “extraordinary women who are bold in service,” according to the program from a luncheon honoring Dr. Collins-Hart and other award winners in May.

Dr. Collins-Hart was nominated for the award by Mrs. Kim Echols, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for District 209 and a fellow member of Top Ladies of Distinction's West Suburban Chicago Chapter. Ms. Mary Clements, chair of the 2014 Orchid Awards for Top Ladies of Distinction's West Suburban Chicago Chapter, said that Dr. Collins-Hart's nomination stood out for her service, particularly in her development of literacy projects at her former school district in North Carolina and at District 209.

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  Proviso High School Students to Wear Uniforms Starting in 2014-15

 
 

Students at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy will be required to wear uniforms beginning in the 2014-15 school year.

Under the policy, students will wear a short-sleeved or long-sleeved black, white, or school-colored knit polo shirt without logos with plain khaki shorts or trousers when school is in session. The policy does provide exceptions for students enrolled in Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) classes, exceptions on designated dress-up or jersey days for student-athletes, and exceptions on days selected by building administrators to build school spirit such as Homecoming Week.

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Click here to download the official District Uniform Policy

Click here to download the Proviso East uniform description

 
  District 209 to Host Joint Meeting with Elementary Schools on July 21

 
  Board of Education members from Proviso Township High Schools District 209 and area elementary school districts will meet at a joint articulation meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 21, at the District 209 offices at PMSA, 8601 West Roosevelt Road in Forest Park.

The school board members will discuss issues of common interest at the summit. This includes particular focus on the preparation of students who move on from the feeder schools to Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy. The attendees also will examine ways that all of the districts can work together to support each other in serving Proviso Township students.

“This summit is an excellent opportunity for Boards of Education in Proviso Township to come together and work together on issues that affect all of us,” said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. “We expect to come out of this meeting with a greater understanding of the needs of all of our school districts and a better understanding of how we can work together to meet those needs.”

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  Proviso Students Get Extra Help During Summer

 
 

Students in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 have been getting extra help in achieving excellence in high school, thanks to a series of summer programs.

Five hundred ninety-four students at Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School have been participating in credit recovery classes that help them catch up on the classes needed for graduation. Also, in addition to the third year of the freshman reading program at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, 77 incoming freshmen at Proviso East and Proviso West have been participating in a new freshman summer support program designed to help them learn the necessary skills needed to succeed in high school.

“We are always looking for new ways to help our students achieve academic success, especially for those transitioning to high school,” said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. “With these programs, we are taking the steps in the right direction in helping our students to achieve and be better prepared to learn what they need to know for success in high school and in life.”

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