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  Proviso East Parents and Alumni Invited to Follow-Up Visioning Meeting on June 16

 
  Parents and alumni of Proviso East High School are invited to a follow-up visioning meeting for the school at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 16, in the Proviso East Auditorium.

The meeting is hosted by Dr. Patrick Hardy, principal at Proviso East, and it is open to parents and alumni. Light refreshments will be served.

Dr. Hardy said that the meeting is a chance to connect further with parents and alumni.

“This will gauge what they are looking for,” Dr. Hardy said. “We’re looking for people to bring their energy, minds, and history of the school.”

Dr. Hardy said that the time will be a working meeting with those in attendees continuing work on contributions to the school’s improvement plan.

 
  District 209 Board of Education Elects New Officers

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education has elected new officers.

Mrs. Teresa McKelvy was elected as the new Board President at a special meeting on May 6. In addition, Mr. Daniel J. Adams was elected as the Board’s vice president, while Mr. Brian Cross will be the new secretary for the Board.

Mrs. McKelvy said that it is her goal to “ensure a smooth transition” for the new superintendent in July and that she wants to continue being a part of the work of educating students in the district’s three high schools.

 
  Proviso Seniors Awarded For Achievements

 
 

Members of the Class of 2016 at Proviso East High Schools, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy won numerous awards in recognition of their achievements at ceremonies throughout May.

The awards included recognition for achieving at least a 3.0 grade point average, awards from the students’ respective schools, and scholarships from community groups. The scholarships contributed to the total amount of $32.5 million that the seniors have been awarded from community groups, colleges, and universities to continue their education.

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  Proviso East Track Star to Compete in National All Star Meet

 
 

Joshua Terry, a recent graduate of Proviso East High School, will compete in the Seniors All Stars Track Meet at the University of Dubuque (Iowa) on Saturday, June 11.

The meet brings together all-star track athletes from Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa. An all-state qualifier in the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash and a member of the qualifying 4x100-meter relay team for Proviso East at the state meet on May 27, Joshua will compete at the Seniors All Stars Meet in the 4x100-meter relays and 100-meter dash. He may also compete in the 200-meter race as well.

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  District 209 Congratulates Class of 2016

 
 

Family and friends joined with 880 members of the Class of 2016 as they said “goodbye” to Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy at commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 21, at UIC Pavilion.

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

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  Proviso Graduating Seniors Top $32.5 Million in Scholarships

 
 

Members of the Class of 2016 at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy have been awarded more than $32.5 million in scholarships from colleges, universities, and local organizations.

College-bound students from Proviso East High School earned a total of $7.1 million in scholarships and grants, continuing a trend of rising award numbers. Graduating seniors at Proviso West High School earned more than $11.4 million in scholarships, again topping the previous years’ marks. Graduating seniors from Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy won a total of more than $14 million in scholarships. The $32.6 million in awards were presented to the students based on criteria such as academics, community service, and activities.

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  Community Provides Positive Presence on Last Day of School at Proviso East

 
 

Faculty and staff members at 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 2015-2016 school year on Tuesday, May 24.

With many wearing special T-shirts for the occasions or in the case of members of the Proviso Township Ministerial Alliance Network (PTMAN) their clerical collars, community members that included Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins, Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin, and Maywood Village Trustee Isiah Brandon stood at the exits of Proviso East High School and points in the surrounding area to wish the students a safe and happy summer. This was the second year that community members have come out to meet with students as they left the school for the summer.

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  Proviso East, Proviso West Compete in High-Energy Battle of the Bands

 
 

The Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School marching bands and drumlines took on a strong field at the 14th annual Proviso East Battle of the Bands in the Proviso East Fieldhouse on May 28.

The Proviso West band had a strong showing in the competition, winning first place overall along with best auxiliary and best drumline in Division II. In Division I, Mumford High School from Detroit, Michigan, won first place overall and best percussion, while Mount Auburn International Academy of Cincinnati, Ohio, was awarded first place for best auxiliary and second place overall. Also performing at the Battle of the Bands were Horace Mann Elementary of Chicago and Pulaski International School of Chicago.

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  Proviso East Art Students Showcase Work in Show

 
 

Art students at Proviso East High School showcased some of their recent work in the school’s annual spring art show May 5 and 6 in the school’s Social Room.

More than 120 students from Proviso East’s Art 1, Art 2, Ceramics 1, Ceramics 2, and photography classes participated, said Ms. Marcia La Porte, an art teacher at Proviso East. Ms. La Porte, along Ms. Erin Krause and Ms. Daphne Hill, are the teachers of the classes.

Ms. La Porte added that everyone was equally recognized in the show.

For photos of the art show, please click here.

 
  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 2016 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 14 at PMSA.

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  Proviso East Girls’ Basketball Team Accomplishments Celebrated

 
 

The Proviso East High School girls’ basketball team’s 2015-2016 season was celebrated at a special banquet in the team’s honor on May 17 at Alpine Banquets in Westchester.

At the dinner attended by Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209; Mrs. Teresa McKelvy, president of the District 209 Board of Education; and Mrs. Theresa L. Kelly, member of the District 209 Board of Education, the team’s accomplishments during the recent season were recognized and awarded. The Lady Pirates finished the season with a 27-4 overall record and a regional championship. This include a perfect 12-0 record in West Suburban Conference Gold Division play, landing them the conference championship as well.

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  SAVE THE DATE: Proviso East Battle of the Bands on May 28

 
 

Marching bands, drum lines, and a super performance will be the entertainment when Proviso East High School hosts its 14th annual Battle of the Bands at noon on Saturday, May 28.

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, Trotwood-Madison High School (Ohio), Oak Park High School (Michigan), Warrensville (Ohio) High School, among others.

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  District 209 Students: Sign Up for Summer School

 
 

Students in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 wishing to take summer school can register beginning on Monday, March 28.

Summer school classes are scheduled to be held at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy from June 6 through July 18, with the summer program divided between a first semester that will take place June 6 through June 23, and a second semester from June 27 through July 18, with all classes taking place between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Summer school components will be credit recovery; enrichment courses including the college tour, summer reading, and acceleration courses with prior approval; and freshman transition for incoming freshmen.

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  PMSA Staff, Student Honored For Helping Classmate

 
 

Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, said that the recognition of four PMSA teachers and a PMSA senior at the May 10 Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education’s regular meeting at PMSA was “most unusual” in that it was not “academic in nature but humanistic and filled with heartfelt emotion that has touched us all.”

PMSA wellness teachers, Mrs. Jessica Schaub, Mr. Vincent Stubstad, and Mr. Peter Zak, along with Victoria Mota, a PMSA senior, and Dr. John Wardisiani, a PMSA science teacher and PMSA Key Club sponsor, were honored by the Board for their work in creating “Michelle’s Mile,” which took place on April 22.

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  Retirees and Employees of District 209 Honored for Service and Accomplishments

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 thanked and honored 58 of its faculty and staff – including 12 who are retiring – at the annual Staff Retirement and Recognition Dinner on May 4 at The Drake in Oak Brook.

The faculty and staff members were celebrated at the special dinner for their extraordinary contributions to the district. They included 38 employees who have served in the district for at least 15 years, three who earned a graduate degree during the past year, and six faculty and staff members who made a special contribution and effort to the district and its schools during the 2015-2016 school year.

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  Proviso East Track Student-Athlete Signs with Clarke University

 
 

Ajah Morgan, a senior at Proviso East High School and a member of the Proviso East girls’ track team, will continue her track career and studies at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, this fall.

In a ceremony in the Proviso East Auditorium on May 11, Ajah, flanked by her parents and teammates, signed her letter of intent to attend Clarke University, a NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) school.

Having also considered Marquette University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois State University, and Western Illinois University, she said that she plans to major in athletic training.

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  District 209 Appreciates Our Teachers!

 
 

The week of the May 2 through 6 is designated as Teacher Appreciation Week.

This is the week we set aside to recognize those who have dedicated their lives in educating our children, and to honor those who have impacted our lives and pushed us to better lives.

In Proviso Township High Schools District 209, this has been a week of celebrations at each of our schools, with an official proclamation from the Board of Education honoring our teachers.

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  Proviso East DECA Chapter Honors Members

 
 

The Proviso East Chapter of DECA had its senior appreciation lunch on April 27 at Proviso East High School to celebrate the DECA 2016 students for their hard work and commitment to the organization this year.

Marketing leadership recognition awards were given to all the students in the Proviso East chapter, said Mrs. Monica Evans, a Proviso East business teacher and advisor of the chapter.

“They were instrumental in helping me to implement the four points of the DECA diamond insignia: civic consciousness, leadership training, vocational understanding, and social intelligence through collaboration, teamwork, and bringing in new ideas,” she said.

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  Proviso East “Sons and Daughters” to Speak on Friday, April 29

 
 

Proviso East High School Drama will present the play, “Sons and Daughters,” at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 29, in the Proviso East Auditorium.

“Sons and Daughters” is a play of monologues that touches on young students dealing with different issues. Among the monologues are those from a girl dealing with low self-esteem, a girl with high aspirations, and a girl meeting her birth mother for the first time. In addition, four non-dramatic performances in the form of poetry also will be presented.

Tickets to “Sons and Daughters” are $5 each for adults and $2 each for students, and they will be sold at the door. Doors to the Proviso East Auditorium open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. performance.

 
  Proviso East Senior Savannah Clark Signs with Miami Dade College

 
 

Savannah Clark is ready for college, said Dr. Brian Colbert, assistant principal for athletics and activities at Proviso East High School.

“Savannah has shown first as a student she is prepared to go to college and second as an athlete she is ready to go to college,” he said.

Savannah, a senior forward on the Proviso East girls’ basketball team, will continue her education and playing career at Miami Dade College in Miami, Florida, this fall. Her success at Proviso East, which included averaging 13.5 points per game as she helped to lead the Lady Pirates to a 27-4 overall record and a regional championship, was celebrated at a signing ceremony with family and friends looking on.

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  Retired Proviso East Teacher, Coach Named to Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame

 
 

Mr. Glenn Lid, who retired in 2014 as a science teacher at Proviso East High School and the longtime freshman wrestling coach at Proviso East, recently was inducted into the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Hall of Fame.

Mr. Lid, who has been the freshman wrestling coach at Proviso East since 1979, was inducted in a ceremony on April 16 at the William Tell Holiday Inn in Countryside. He was among 17 inductees in the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016.

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  District 209 to Host Staff Retirement and Recognition Dinner on May 4

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host its annual Staff Retirement and Recognition Dinner on Wednesday, May 4, at The Drake, 2301 York Road in Oak Brook.

Twelve retiring employees and more than 35 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 and dinner will take place between 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. A ceremony to honor the employees to be recognized will take place during the dinner.

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  District 209 Board of Education Honors Proviso West “Sea Panthers,” Teachers

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education recognized five Proviso West High School students for their achievements in a regional technology competition and 12 Proviso West teachers for their roles in advancing the Advanced Placement program at the school at their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 12, at Proviso West.

Luigi Cabantog, Zavier Donati, Luis Ortega, Jesus Pena, and Jose Solano, all Proviso West sophomores, recently qualified to compete at the National Naval Sea Perch Competition sponsored by the U.S. Navy May 20 and 21 at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The qualification came after the team, nicknamed the “Sea Panthers,” placed second at the Chicago Regional Sea Perch Competition at the Great Lakes Naval Station in Great Lakes, Illinois. The five students are either cadets in the Proviso West Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) program or students in the school’s Project Lead the Way pre-engineering program, said Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West.

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  Proviso East Football Player/PMSA Senior Signs with Carthage College

 
 

Kameron James, a senior at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy and a quarterback and defensive back for the Proviso East High School football team, will continue his playing career and studies at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, this fall.

Kameron, flanked by family and friends, officially signed his letter of intent in a ceremony in the PMSA main office on March 31. Having also considered Robert Morris University in Chicago; St. Norbert University in DePere, Wisconsin; Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Kentucky; he said that he chose Carthage following an overnight visit to the school.

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  Five D209 Students Go To Washington

 
 

Five District 209 students – four from Proviso East High School and one from Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy – recently spent a few days in Washington, D.C., as Youth Delegates to the 2016 Congressional City Conference.

Anahi Soto, a Proviso East freshman; Dominique Wallace, a Proviso East junior; Noah Salazar, a Proviso East junior; Terrell Jenkins, a Proviso East senior; and Marquan Jones, a PMSA senior, attended the conference March 5 to 9 as representatives of the Village of Maywood. They were accompanied by Ms. Avelira Gonzalez, District 209 teacher recruitment mentor and induction program coordinator, and Mr. Isiah Brandon, a Maywood village trustee.

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  Proviso East Girls’ Basketball Coach Named Co-Coach of the Year

 
 

The postseason honors continue to roll in for the Proviso East High School girls’ basketball team.

Mr. Ezra PridGeon, head coach of the Proviso East girls’ basketball team, has been named the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association’s (IBCA) High School Girls Co-Coach of the Year for District 7. He will be honored at the IBCA’s annual Hall of Fame banquet on April 30 at Illinois State University.

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  Proviso East Students Get the Healthy Facts at Student Health Fair

 
 

Healthy eating. The effects of drinking and driving. Self-esteem and body image.

Those were a few of the health topics about which students at Proviso East High School learned a little more at the annual Student Health Fair in the Proviso East Memorial Hall on March 30 and 31. The health fair, sponsored by Loyola University’s School-Based Health Center at Proviso East, provided information on a variety of health topics, including HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, being safe on the Internet, drug use, and stress relief. Students learned information about how to avoid dangerous behaviors and how to promote healthier ones as they roamed from table to table.

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  Proviso East Parents and Alumni Invited to Visioning Meeting on April 14

 
  Parents and alumni of Proviso East High School are invited to a visioning meeting for the school at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, in the Proviso East Auditorium.

The meeting is hosted by Dr. Patrick Hardy, principal at Proviso East, in his first formal meeting with parents and alumni. The evening will include a special performance by students, with light refreshments served.

Dr. Patrick Hardy, principal at Proviso East, said that the meeting is a chance to connect with parents and alumni.

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  District 209 Is Now On Facebook

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is now on Facebook.

The District 209 Facebook page, which can be found at facebook.com/provisod209,is the latest way for parents, students, teachers, staff members, and other stakeholders in District 209 to keep up with the latest news from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy. The Facebook page is another way that the District is working to build bridges to success by increasing communication avenues, boosting its presence on the web, and connecting with stakeholders across multiple platforms.

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  Learn About How Americans Eat and Buy Food at March 31 Event at Proviso East

 
 

The Proviso East High School Wellness Committee and Proviso Partners for Health will sponsor a screening and discussion of the film, “Food Patriots,” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, in the Proviso East High School Auditorium, 807 South First Avenue in Maywood.


Click the image above to download the flyer.

The film tells the story of a family who decide to raise chickens in their backyard and grow their own food after their son’s battle with a foodborne superbug. Following the film, there will be a discussion on how Americans eat and buy food.

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  District 209 to Host Teacher Recruitment Fair on April 16

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is hiring!

District 209 will host a Teacher Recruitment Fair to fill positions at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at the District 209 offices at PMSA, 8601 West Roosevelt Road in Forest Park.

District 209 is looking to fill immediate vacancies for 2016-2017 school year. Open positions include:

  • School Psychologists
  • ELL/Bilingual Teachers
  • Teachers in all Content Areas
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  Dr. Jesse Rodriguez Appointed as Next Proviso Township High Schools Superintendent

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jesse Rodriguez as District 209’s next superintendent.

Dr. Rodriguez brings 20 years of education experience to the position, having taught high school Spanish and served as an administrator in the Milwaukee Public Schools. This includes three years as an assistant principal and four years as a principal. Most recently, he has been a regional superintendent in the Milwaukee Public Schools, overseeing more than 30 schools. Fluent in both English and Spanish, he also served as president of the Wisconsin Association for Bilingual Education for four years.

Dr. Rodriguez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and Spanish, with a minor in secondary education, from Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He also has a Master of Science degree in educational leadership and research and service from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in leadership, learning, and research and service, also from Cardinal Stritch.

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  Proviso East, Proviso West Boys Earn All-Conference, All-Area, All-State Basketball Honors

 
 

Six players from the Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School boys’ basketball teams have received postseason honors, including all-state, all-area, and all-academic honors.

Antonio Williams, a senior guard at Proviso East, was named third team all-state on the 2015-2016 all-state team as well as to the Chicago Sun-Times’ all-area team. He also was named to the West Suburban Conference all-conference team after leading the Pirates to a 19-8 record and a regional championship this past season. The Sun-Times had this to say about Antonio:

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  French-Speaking World on Display at Proviso East Festival de la Francophonie

 
 

French students at Proviso East High School showcased their research into the French-speaking world at the fourth annual Festival de la Francophonie on Monday, March 28, in the Proviso East social room.

Participating students presented posters with facts about the country that they had researched, which included Madagascar and Rwanda in Africa, Laos and Cambodia in Asia, Canada and the state of Louisiana in North America, and French-speaking European nations such as Switzerland and Belgium. Many also gave samples of food that were representative of their researched nation, including Khmer fried rice from Cambodia, Belgian waffles, and Vietnamese egg rolls.

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  Proviso East NJROTC Presents the Colors for the Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs

 
 

The Proviso East High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) Color Guard recently participated in a ceremony for the Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs.

In a ceremony at the James Thompson Center in Chicago on February 19, the Proviso East NJROTC joined with the Department of Veterans Affairs in honoring the Tuskegee Airmen and Mr. Jesse White, the Illinois Secretary of State who also is a veteran. The ceremony was part of the state’s celebration of Black History Month. The cadets had the opportunity to meet with veterans in attendance to thank them for their service. In addition, Gov. Bruce Rauner was in attendance, and told NJROTC leaders that he was very pleased with how the cadets conducted themselves.

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  43 Proviso Students Win Math and Science Awards

 
 

Forty-three 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 East High School.

Along with receiving their awards, the honored students were able to thank those math and science teachers who had inspired them during their education. The appreciated teachers included Ms. Sandretta Lindsay and Ranjana Desai, Proviso East math teachers; Dr. Bozena Suwary, a Proviso West science teacher; and Mr. Alvaro Serna, a science teacher at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

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  Proviso East, Proviso West Students Learn About Careers From the Professionals

 
 

Dr. Charlene Hill said that she has heard “all kinds of stories” in her career as a psychotherapist.

Now in private practice, she encouraged the students in Ms. Martina McEllistrim’s social studies class at Proviso East High School to pursue their education and career in fields where they can get a job.

“You have to be prepared when you leave school,” Dr. Hill said. “(But) what you want to do today may not be what you end up doing.”

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  Proviso East “A Team” Continues to Grow

 
 

The Straight A Club at Proviso East High School continues to grow.

Fifty students were recognized at a ceremony in the Proviso East Social Room on February 12 for earning a 4.0 grade point average during the second quarter of the 2015-2016 school year. Each student received a formal recognition during a presentation attended by their parents. The students also received lunch.

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Proviso West Band to Host Battles of the Bands Versus King, Proviso East March 19

 
 

The Proviso West High School Marching Band will host two Battles of the Bands on Saturday, March 19, in the school’s main gymnasium.

The first Battle of the Bands will be against King College Prep at 2 p.m. and will feature the Proviso West Marching Band, the Proviso West Panth’rettes, the Dancing Diamonds, the Twirling Diamonds and the Proviso West Cheerleaders. Joining them on the floor will be the King College Prep Marching Band and the King Cheerleaders.

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  Proviso East Scholars, Girls’ Basketball Team Celebrated by Board of Education

 
 

Twenty Proviso East High School students along with the Proviso East girls’ basketball team were honored for their achievements by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at the Board’s regular meeting on Tuesday, March 8, at Proviso East.

Nineteen students were recognized for their role in the school’s performance expectation 2016 ACT Prep Program and “Strive for Five Campaign.” As part of the program, the students either had perfect attendance in the ACT Prep Program, showed growth in the practice exam scores of two to four points, and/or showed subject area growth of five to nine points.

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  Postseason Honors for Members of Proviso East, Proviso West Girls’ Basketball Teams

 
 

Several members of the girls’ basketball teams at Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School have received all-conference honors for the recently completed 2015-2016 season.

Savannah Clark, a senior forward at Proviso East; Caprice Hairston, a junior guard/forward at Proviso East; Damaris Green, a senior guard at Proviso East; and Cinia McCray, a senior guard at Proviso East, were named to the West Suburban Conference’s All-Conference Team. They helped lead the Lady Pirates to a 27-4 overall record and a regional championship. Their season also included a perfect 12-0 conference record as Proviso East won the West Suburban Conference Gold Division title and the Oswego East Holiday Tournament in December.

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  State Testing Begins on Tuesday, March 15

 
 

The testing season for students in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will begin on Tuesday, March 15, followed by the start of the administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments on Wednesday, March 16.

Juniors will take the official ACT college entrance exam on Tuesday, March 15, with March 29 scheduled as the makeup test date. The exam, which is funded by the district, will be administered in the morning. Other students who will not take the exam will arrive early in the afternoon for a shortened school day, with bus schedules adjusted accordingly.

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  Parent-Teacher Conferences on March 17

 
  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 17, at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

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

“We are looking forward to a record turnout this year,” said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent for District 209. “Parent-Teacher Conferences are a good way for parents to meet with teachers and build partnerships that will promote student success.”

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  Rapper Phenom Encourages Proviso East Students to Make Good Decisions

 
 

Rapper Phenom had a basic message for students at Proviso East High School.

“Failure to make a decision is a decision,” he said.

The Chicago-based Phenom, whose real name is Teh’Ray Hale, spoke mainly to freshmen and sophomores at Proviso East on February 25 as part of the school’s observance of Black History Month. Invited by the Proviso East African-American Heritage Club, Phenom spoke on his experiences growing up in Chicago and later becoming a rapper who has worked with artists including Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper. He also has done community service work, including one job where he was interviewed by a group that included First Lady Michelle Obama.

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  Chicago Tribune: Proviso East Fieldhouse Named One of Best High School Basketball Venues in Illinois

 
 

The Fieldhouse at Proviso East High School has been named one of the 20 best high school basketball venues in the state of Illinois by the Chicago Tribune.

In a list that included the Hinsdale Central High School Gym and the North Campus Fieldhouse at Lyons Township High School, the list of “Gym Dandies” featured 20 venues built between 1921 and 1974, with 17 of the venues on the list at least 50 years old. In addition, 16 of the 20 venues can seat at least 2,000 fans.

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  Maywood Seniors Share Wisdom in Visit to Proviso East

 
 

Ms. Constance Riales said that she has learning her family’s history for some time.

During the course of her research, she said that she managed to add names to a family tree of more than 4,000 people, including the names of the owners of her ancestors who had been slaves..

“You have to be patient,” Ms. Riales said the students in Ms. Dylester Palm’s social studies class at Proviso East High School. “You have to be consistent and you have to love it.”

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  District 209 Schools, Offices Closed 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 Casimir Pulaski Day holiday on Monday, March 7.

In addition, there will be no student attendance on Tuesday, March 8, for a building institute day.

All schools and offices in District 209 will reopen for regular business hours on Wednesday, March 9, on the Monday late start schedule.

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  Proviso High Schools Partners with Faith Community to Encourage Every Student to Be in School Every Day

 
  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is partnering with the Proviso Township Ministerial Alliance Network (PTMAN) to stress the importance of regular school attendance and to encourage Every Student to be in school Every Day.

The Illinois School Code requires parents/guardians of students between the ages of 6 and 17 encourage their students to be in school every day. Students are considered chronically truant if they are absent without valid cause for at least 5 percent of the preceding 180 school days. This equals only nine absences per year, or about one absence per month.

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  Proviso High Schools Class of 2016 Graduation Times Set

 
 

The times of the graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2016 at the three schools of Proviso Township High Schools District 209 on Saturday, May 21, have been set.

The graduation ceremony for each school will take place at the following times:

Proviso West High School – 10 a.m.
Proviso East High School – 2 p.m.
Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy – 6 p.m.

All three ceremonies will take place at the UIC Pavilion, 525 South Racine Avenue in Chicago.

 
  Proviso High Schools Board Honors PMSA State Scholars

 
 

The 23 Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy seniors who recently were named Illinois State Scholars were honored by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at the Board’s regular meeting on Tuesday, February 9, at PMSA.

Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA, said the 23 seniors should be commended for their “outstanding commitment to their education.” The 23 students are among nearly 19,000 students from the Class of 2016 across the state and 37 students from District 209 to receive the designation from the Illinois State Assistance Commission. According to ISAC, Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors, hailing from 652 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’s Joshua Terry, Proviso West’s Rhashaun Epting Sign to Study and Play Football at Colleges

 
 

Joshua Terry, a senior safety on the Proviso East High School football team, and Rhashaun Epting, a senior linebacker on the Proviso West High School, signed their letters of intent to attend and play football at the University of Central Missouri and the University of New Mexico, respectively, on February 3.

The signings were part of National Signing Day on February 3, in which football players across the country officially indicated the colleges for which they will compete and attend next year. Student-athletes were allowed to begin sending their letters of intent at 7:01 a.m. that day as college football teams signed most of their next freshman class.

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  Proviso East’s Cinia McCray Nominated for McDonald’s All-American Game

 
 

Cinia McCray, a Proviso East High School senior, recently was nominated for selection to the 2016 McDonald’s All-American Game.

Cinia, a guard on the Proviso East girls’ basketball team, averaged 20.3 points per game as she led the Lady Pirates to a 27-4 record this season and a berth in the sectional title game. While she was not named to the roster that will play in the McDonald’s All-American Game on March 30 at the United Center in Chicago, she said that she was honored to be nominated and plans to attend the game to root for friends on the team.

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  PARCC, Paying For College, Among Lessons at Latest Parent University

 
 

Parents from Proviso Township High Schools District 209 and beyond learned more about topics ranging from understanding the new PARCC exams to the college financial aid process at the District’s sixth Parent University on Saturday, January 30, at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

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 and explain the resources and services available for success. The University is part of the District’s parent involvement through Title I and the Board of Education’s goal of improving stakeholder involvement. It was planned in collaboration with the District and the Strengthening Proviso Youth committee.

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  Parents Learn More About School at Bring Your Parents to School Day

 
 

Parents at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy got a lesson about their students’ lives at school as they attended Bring Your Parents to School Day on Tuesday, February 2.

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.

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Parent University is Back on January 30

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host its latest edition of Parent University from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at the district offices at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, 8601 W. 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 Strengthening Proviso Youth Committee.

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  Students, “Bring Your Parents to School” on February 2

 
 

What is a typical day at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy like?

Parents 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 2. 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.

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  PMSA Students Win Big at Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast
 
 

Two Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy students were winners at the 15th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast at the Best Western Chicago Hillside Hotel in Hillside on Monday, January 18.

This included the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2016 Dream Award at the breakfast from the Hillside Human Resources Commission, which hosted the breakfast with the Village of Hillside. The nominee needed to be involved in activities that support the dream of Dr. King including working hard in school, church, and the community to be a better citizen and helping people in need. That award went to K’winece Ray, a sophomore at PMSA. She thanked the people who had helped her, including her parents and her English teacher at PMSA, Ms. Erin Mason.

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  Proviso High Schools Named to AP District Honor Roll

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has been named to the sixth annual AP District Honor Roll for increasing access to Advanced Placement course work while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.

To be included on the list, which includes 425 school districts in the United States and Canada and 15 school districts in Illinois, a school district had to have met the following criteria based on data from 2013 through 2015:

Increased participation or access to AP.

Increased or maintained the percentage of exams taken by African-American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students.

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  37 District 209 Students Named as Illinois State Scholars

 
 

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

The 37 students are among nearly 19,000 students from the Class of 2016 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 652 different high schools across the state. Selection is based on SAT, ACT or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment 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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  District 209 Board of Education Honors Proviso West State Scholars, Golden Apple Nominees

 
  The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education honored the nine Proviso West High School students who have been named Illinois State Scholars as well as three Proviso West teachers who have been nominated for the prestigious Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching Award at its regular meeting on Tuesday, January 12, at Proviso West.

Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, said that the nine students, all seniors, had scored above the 95th percentile on the ACT and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment in being named Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. Selection is based on SAT, ACT or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment 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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  55th Edition of Proviso West Holiday Tournament a Thriller

 
  The 55th edition of the Proviso West Holiday Basketball Tournament showed that it is the Chicago area’s most competitive holiday tournament with four days of competitive basketball by some of the very best high school teams in the Chicagoland area on December 26 through 30.

This included the host Proviso West Panthers, who won the tournament’s consolation title with a thrilling 37-35 win over Hillcrest on December 30, culminating a streak of three straight wins. They were led by the 15 points a game during the tournament by junior guard Emmanuel Cross along with the 9.8 rebounds per game by junior forward Elijah Gibson.

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  Proviso East NJROTC Impresses at Annual Military Inspection

 
 

The Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) unit at Proviso East High School learned at a ceremony on December 10 from Commander Darryl Person, senior naval science instructor at Proviso East, that they had passed their annual military inspection.

The inspection on December 10 takes place annually and involves area commanders inspecting the school’s NJROTC building. It culminated that evening with the pass in review ceremony, in which the cadets showed what they had learned to parents and others including District 209 Superintendent, Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart and District 209 Board of Education President, Mrs. Theresa Kelly, who were each recognized during the ceremony.

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  Proviso East Band, Former Director, Wow Crowd at Winter Concert

 
 

A new year and a new director has made little difference for the Proviso East High School bands, who again wowed a large crowd, with a little help from its longtime former band director, at its Annual Winter Holiday Concert on December 14 in the school’s auditorium.

The concert, beginning, jazz, and marching bands, under the direction of Mr. Cletus Seals, performed a medley of holiday favorites as well as jazz and marching bands favorites in front of more than 200 people. The beginning and concert bands performed Christmas songs such as “This Christmas,” “Jingle Bells,” and “Winter Wonderland.”

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  Proviso High Schools Named to AP District Honor Roll

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has been named to the sixth annual AP District Honor Roll for increasing access to Advanced Placement course work while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.

To be included on the list, which includes 425 school districts in the United States and Canada and 15 school districts in Illinois, a school district had to have met the following criteria based on data from 2013 through 2015:

Increased participation or access to AP.

Increased or maintained the percentage of exams taken by African-American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students.

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  Madrigal Singers Celebrate Holidays, Medieval-Style

 
 

It was a night of lords and ladies, court jesters, and royalty at the 41st annual Madrigal Singers Holiday Show on December 12 and 13 at Proviso West High School.

The show featured students from Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School reenacting a 15th–century royal court. Performing in a dinner-theater atmosphere, with the Proviso West cafeteria transformed into a castle, the students served dinner and performed Madrigal-style harmonies and traditional Christmas carols.

Watson said that the Madrigal Singers in medieval times were singers hired by royals such as the queen to entertain at court. In Proviso Township High Schools District 209, it is a select group of student singers, picked through auditions and recommendations and often singing a cappella style.

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  District 209 Students Keep Pace with State on PARCC Exams

 
  Students in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 who took the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams narrowed the gap between the district and the state in meeting or exceeding standards.

According to the results, 28.1 percent of Proviso students who took the English language arts exam met or exceeded standards, compared to 34.7 percent of students across the state. On the math exam, 13.2 percent of students met or exceeded standards, compared to 18.7 percent of Illinois students.

This was a narrower gap between the district and state averages compared to the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) in 2014, the last year that the PSAE assessments were given, although much improvement is needed. In 2014, 39.1 percent of District 209 met or exceeded standards on the reading portion of the exam, compared to 56.3 percent across the state, while on the math portion, 37.5 percent of District 209 met or exceeded standards compared to 52.4 percent of Illinois students.

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  Santa Shares Stage with Literacy at Proviso East Breakfast with Santa

 
 

Santa Claus was the star of the morning as 67 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 12 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. Ashley Glickman, a Proviso East English teacher and an organizer of the breakfast. Each child who attended received a free pancake 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.

Dr. Patrick Hardy, principal at Proviso East, said that Breakfast with Santa will help to encourage children to read throughout their time in and out of school.

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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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  District 209 Board of Education Recognizes Proviso East High Honor Roll Students

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education recognized the achievements of 17 Proviso East High School students who earned a place on the "High" Honor Roll during the first quarter at its regular meeting on December 8 at Proviso East.

The students earned a grade point average of at least a 4.0 to earn a place on the High Honor Roll. Dr. Patrick Hardy, principal at Proviso East, said that despite challenges, the students showed their ability to succeed through their hard work and determination.

"They have the grades to prove it," he said. "This is only for the first quarter. We simply ask that you be relentless in your pursuit of excellence and that what you’re doing becomes contagious."

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  Proviso East, Proviso West Students Shine at West Suburban Conference Leadership Conference

 
 

Student leaders from Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School recently attended the West Suburban Conference Leadership Conference at the Rosemont Convention Center on November 24.

The West Suburban Conference Leadership Conference, sponsored by the 14 schools that make up the West Suburban Conference, is designed to develop leaders among student-athletes and members of other school activities, according to Ms. Cina McCray, activity coordinator at Proviso East. At the conference, student meet with student leaders from the other schools in the conference and collaborate on their ideas for future events in their own schools. They also share information about their particular sports or activities, including the good and bad aspects, how to participate well, and what to do and not to do in developing their respective activities.

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  20 Proviso East Students Named to Straight A Club

 
 

Twenty Proviso East High School students were named to the school's Straight A Club as a result of earning straight A’s in all of their classes during the first quarter.

The students were recognized in a special ceremony in the Proviso East auditorium on December 4. In the ceremony, each student were given a certificate and a letter of commendation. They also were treated to lunch at the school.

The Straight A Club is a new group designed to encourage students who earn straight A's in a quarter or semester to continue to do so and inspire others to follow suit, said Ms. Paula Howard, a freshman guidance counselor at Proviso East. She said the group, formed in part with other guidance counselors along with Dr. Patrick Hardy, principal at Proviso East, and Mr. Fred Aguirre, assistant principal for student supports at Proviso East, was a way to appreciate the students for their efforts and achievement.

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  Proviso Students Attend UTI STEM Invitational

 
 

Thirty-three students from Proviso East High School and six students from Proviso West High School attended the Universal Technical Institute "STEM" Invitational for careers in automotive, electronics, diesel, motorcycle repair, and watercraft repair on December 1.

Proviso students performed very well on the STEM project pre-test given that morning, and they will likely receive scholarships from UTI once they enroll.

Mr. John Hinkus and Mr. Joe Santorto, UTI representatives, indicated that the Proviso students are truly prepared with the highest level of skills needed to attend Universal Technical Institute's Elite Mercedes Benz and Maybach training programs.

Submitted by Mr. Frank Bexes, automotive technology teacher at Proviso East High School.

 
  Proviso East Culinary Students Compete in Cake Decorating

 
 

Students in Ms. Jessica Olsen’s advanced foods class at Proviso East High School recently competed against each other in a cake decorating contest.

Ms. Olsen said that the contest was determined bya vote of faculty and staff members on December 3 after the students had worked on the cakes during their sixth-period class as part of a unit on desserts.

In the end, the cake made by David Curry and Brandon Smith was declared the winners of the vote.

Congratulations!

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  Have Breakfast with Santa at Proviso East on December 12

 
 

The Proviso East High School chapter of the National Honor Society will host its third annual Breakfast with Santa in the Proviso East cafeteria from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, December 12, in the Proviso East cafeteria with the theme of “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.”

Breakfast with Santa is designed to promote literacy at home. Each child who attends will receive a free breakfast, a picture with Santa, and a book. All parents will receive a free breakfast along with strategies and ideas to help promote reading in the home.

Proviso East has placed an increased focus on literacy in their curriculum during the last few years. The National Honor Society believes that good reading skills can start with a book and a family reading together.

The National Honor Society takes pride in promoting literacy in our community.

We hope all members of the community can join us for breakfast, books, and Santa.

 
  Take Survey on Qualities and Characteristics of District 209’s Next Superintendent

 
  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has begun a search for a new superintendent, and you can provide input in the process.

Students, faculty, staff members, parents, and community can provide that input in a survey that is now on the District 209 website in English and in Spanish. In the survey, you can provide input on the qualities and characteristics desired in the new superintendent. The results from this and earlier community meetings will be used to develop the Leadership Profile, which will be used by consultants BWP and Associates of Libertyville to recruit and screen potential candidates. All surveys are held confidential, and must be completed by December 18, 2015.

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  Madrigal Singers to Host 41st Madrigal Dinner December 12 and 13

 
  Proviso West High School will be the scene of two days of lords and ladies, court jesters, and royalty at the 41st annual Madrigal Singers Dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 12, and a matinee at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 13, at Proviso West High School.

The shows are a fundraiser for the Proviso East and Proviso West choral music departments that reenact a 15th–century royal court. Guests will be served a three-course candlelight meal in a dinner-theater atmosphere, with the cafeteria transformed into a castle. During this time, those in attendance will be entertained with Madrigal-style harmonies, dances, comedic and dramatic sketches, and traditional holiday vocal music.

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  District 209 Invites Staff and Community to Provide Input in Superintendent Search

 
  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has begun a search for a new superintendent.

To facilitate that search, the Board of Education interviewed superintendent search firms and chose BWP and Associates from Libertyville, Illinois, to conduct the search.

The Board now invites staff and community to provide input in the process in two ways.

First, BWP consultants will conduct focus groups on Tuesday, December 8.  Selected students and all faculty and staff are invited to participate during the day at each school.   In addition, parents and community are invited and encouraged to attend an open community meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Proviso East High School, 807 South First Avenue in Maywood.

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  Proviso East Band Marches in South Carolina State University Homecoming Parade

 
 

The Proviso East High School Marching Band recently traveled to Orangeburg, South Carolina, where they participated in the homecoming parade for South Carolina State University.

Mr. Cletus Seals, the Proviso East band director, is a South Carolina State alum. The trip, which took place during the weekend of October 31, was an opportunity for seniors in the Proviso East band to tour the university, Mr. Seals said. They also were able to meet the band director, Dr. John P. Robinson, and attend a band clinic that gave them the direction of how to best utilize their instruments to attain a more professional sound, he said.

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  New Proviso East Assistant Principal Aims for Building Success at School

 
 

Mr. Fred Aguirre said that he has three principles for success: be there, behave, and perform.

“It sounds easy, but it calls for a lot of accountability,” he said. “If you do them, you’re a better individual.”

Mr. Aguirre said that he wants to see those principles implemented at Proviso East High School as the school’s new assistant principal for student supports. Having started in early November, he comes to Proviso East from Marine Leadership Academy in Chicago, where he most recently was principal. Previously, he had been an assistant principal at Veterans Memorial Middle School in Blue Island and at Richards Career Academy in Chicago. He started his career as a history teacher at Farragut High School in Chicago.

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  Proviso West Student Tailors Help Madrigal Singers Prepare for Show

 
 

The Proviso Madrigal Singers will be hosting their annual Madrigal Dinner Concert, with a little help from their classmates at Proviso West.

Students in Ms. Connie Jesukaitis’ fashion technology classes are doing the alterations on the outfits that the Madrigal Singers will be wearing in their show, lengthening and shortening pants hems and dress lengths where needed.

Ms. Salina Watson, choir director, said that she had previously used a professional tailor to do the alterations for the students. She said that this year, she wanted to cut costs and provide students “some experience and exposure to teamwork.”

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  Proviso East’s Cinia McCray Signs with North Carolina A&T University

 
 

Cinia McCray had many people to thank on November 18 as she formally signed her letter of intent to attend North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina, next year.

“I want to say thank you to everyone for accepting me,” she said. “Everyone accepted me with open arms.”

Cinia, a 5-foot-9 guard and a senior at Proviso East High School, signed her letter of intent at a special ceremony in the Proviso East social room with her parents, Mr. Terrill McCray and Mrs. Cina McCray, and friends, teammates, coaches, and others looking on. Along with being a regular on the honor roll, Cinia also has been a star on the Proviso East girls’ basketball, averaging 17.6 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game as she helped lead the Lady Pirates to a 24-4 overall record during the 2014-2015 season.

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  PMSA Counselor Honored by Board of Education

 
 

A guidance counselor at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy was recognized for her work by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at its regular meeting on Tuesday, November 10, at PMSA.

Ms. Amy Paulus recently won an Award of Recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education as part of the ISBE’s Those Who Excel Awards Program on October 17 in Normal. Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA, said that Ms. Paulus is a hard worker who is continually asked to sponsor student programs such as the National Honor Society.

“She is considered gifted and talented within her own right,” Dr. Karvelas said of Ms. Paulus said. “Her valuable expertise, her commitment, her loyalty to the administration, to the students, to the faculty and to the school add to the foundation that helps support PMSA.

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  Board of Education Committee Meeting Report for October 2015

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education held several committee meetings during the month of October. Please note that no official actions are taken during committee meetings – only discussions.

Education Committee – October 22

The meeting focused on the work done by subgroups examining the Empower 3000 literacy program and the APEX program used for credit recovery and summer school.

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  District 209, Proviso East, Honored for Best Practices

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 and Proviso East High School recently were honored by the Des Plaines Valley Region (DVR) Education for Employment for “Best Practices” for two of their career and technical education programs.

District 209 received its recognition for its Cohort Learning Model in the Human Services/Performance Care category for its barber school and cosmetology program. The programs are conducted in collaboration with the Erskine Reeves Barber Academy and Ms. Roberts’ Beauty Academy in Hillside, respectively, and were started during the 2014-2015 school year. Combined, they currently have about 60 students from Proviso East and Proviso West enrolled.

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  Proviso East Senior Makes the Grade in Classroom, Basketball Court

 
  Kelsee McGowan has a busy life.

The Proviso East High School senior is a member of the Proviso East girls’ basketball team, which included playing in an area fall league. She works part-time at Kids Foot Locker.

Most importantly, however, she is a student. In her first quarter at Proviso East, she earned straight A’s, including three A-pluses in her English, culinary arts, and inter-related co-op classes.

Kelsee said that it is a matter of priorities for her success.

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  School and District Report Cards Released by State, PARCC Tests Not Included

 
  The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has released the 2015 State, School, and District Report cards. However, results for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams that students took last year have not yet been released.

The Online Report Card, found at illinoisreportcard.com, showed that District 209 schools made gains in several areas.

The district’s graduation rate climbed by three percentage points to 74 percent, according to the report. This included a three-point gain in the graduation rate at Proviso East High School (61 percent) and a four-point gain at Proviso West High School (74 percent). The state average is 85 percent, down a percentage point from the previous year.

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  Proviso Students Learn About Careers in Health Care, Other Fields

 
 

Ms. Shaneah Taylor said at a recent Career Spotlight Series talk that a health care career is something that can be pursued from different fields of study.

“Your interests and your passions can come into play in a health care career,” she said to a group of students from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, and other area high schools at PMSA recently.

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  District 209 Schools, Offices Closed for Veterans 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 Veterans Day holiday on Wednesday, November 11.

All schools and offices in District 209 will reopen for regular business hours on Thursday, November 12.

 
  District 209 to Provide 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 October 26 to November 6, 2015.

EXPLORE is a high school intake measure that gives high school counselors information 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 determining a student’s readiness for high school.

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  State Board of Education Honors District 209 Educators

 
 

Seven educators from Proviso Township High Schools District 209 were honored with Awards of Recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education on October 17 in Normal as part of the ISBE’s Those Who Excel Awards Program.

Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, was received an Award of Recognition in the School Administrator category, while Ms. Amy Paulus, guidance counselor at PMSA, was honored in the Student Support Personnel category, and Mrs. Devon Harris, a special education at Proviso West High School, was recognized in the Classroom Teacher category. In addition, an Award of Recognition in the Team category went to the English 3 Team from Proviso East High School, made up of Ms. Elizabeth Walker, the team leader and now assistant principal for educational services at Proviso East; Ms. Katz, the special education liaison on the team, and Ms. Glickman and Mr. Alexander, Proviso East English teachers. They were among more than 250 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.

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  Proviso College Fair Wraps Up College Application Month in District 209

 
 

More than 400 students from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy attended the Proviso College Fair at Proviso West High School on October 27 as Proviso Township High Schools wrapped up its observation of College Application Month.

Seniors at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy have focused on applying for college during the month of October. The focus on completing the college applications was part of District 209’s participation in Illinois College Application Month. Organized by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, Illinois College Application Month is an annual event designed to promote the completing of college applications by high school seniors across the state.

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  IHSA Recognizes Proviso East Football Team for Sportsmanship

 
 

It may not have been the result that they were seeking on the football field at their homecoming game against Addison Trail on October 17, but the Proviso East High School football team has earned praise for their sportsmanship from the state athletic commission.

The Illinois High School Association commended the Proviso East football team for “Sporting A Winning Attitude” during their home finale on October 17. According to the report submitted by Mr. Gerald Blum, who was the lead official at that game, the Proviso East players “played very hard,” acknowledged good plays by the opposing team, and “would offer a hand to help the Addison Trail players up.” In addition, Mr. Blum said that the entire team was very respectful when they addressed the officials.

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  Proviso East Celebrates Pirate Pride at Homecoming

 
 

Former and current students along with faculty, staff, and the Proviso East High School community celebrated Homecoming October 13 through 17.

It was a week of activities and spirit days that culminated with the annual homecoming parade, the football game, and the annual Homecoming dance as Proviso East celebrated the theme, "Candy Land."

"We had a great week celebrating Pirate Pride and everything that is great about Proviso East," said Dr. Patrick Hardy, principal at Proviso East. "Proviso East is a great school, and we need to be sure to continue to mark those achievements of past students as well as current students."

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  Former NFL Star Returns Home to Proviso East

 
 

Mr. Jerome Sally said that Proviso East High School is home.

“This is where it all began, out here on this field,” he said on Saturday, October 17, at the Proviso East Homecoming football game.

Mr. Sally, a 1977 Proviso East graduate who went on to star at the University of Missouri and the National Football League, was in town on Saturday as part of the NFL’s Super Bowl High School Honor Roll initiative that recognizes “schools and communities that contributed to Super Bowl history and positive impacted the game of football” as part of its lead-up to Super Bowl 50, which will be played in February 2016 in Santa Clara, California. Mr. Sally’s seven-year NFL career included playing on the 1986 New York Giants, who won Super Bowl XXI.

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  Community Meeting Focuses on Proviso Youth

 
 

More than 70 community leaders from across Proviso Township gathered at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy on Thursday, October 15, to discuss ways to strengthening youth in Proviso.

Organized by the Strengthening Proviso Youth committee in collaboration with Proviso Township High Schools District 209, the meeting examined different ways that leaders and organizations including libraries, schools, and individual communities can engage youth to be their very best.

"There were 70 leaders who by their presence and participation demonstrated that they are committed to helping all Proviso youth grow up in a safe, supportive, and thriving community and become career or college ready," said Ms. Pat Shehorn, chair of the Strengthening Proviso Youth committee. "They showed amazing energy and commitment, and we thank them for their support."

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  Proviso West Teacher Honored By Board of Education

 
 

A Proviso West High School special education teacher was honored by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at its regular meeting on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at Proviso West High School.

Mrs. Devon Harris has been designated for the Award of Recognition in the Illinois State Board of Education Those Who Excel education awards program. Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, said that she has been instrumental in making significant changes to improve the academic performance and career readiness of special education students at Proviso West.

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  District 209 Barber School Program is a Success

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 barber school program with Erskine Reeves Barber Academy is a success, Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent for District 209, told the Board of Education at its regular meeting on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at Proviso West High School.

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 received an update on the district’s barber school program through Erskine Reeves Barber Academy at the meeting. Board members heard an update on the program through a report by Mrs. Kim Echols, District 209 assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and a video (which can be seen here). Dr. Collins-Hart said that the program has been successful.

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  Immunization Reminder: Proof of Immunization or Religious Exemption Due by October 15

 
  Effective August 3, 2015, parents and legal guardians who object to vaccinating their students for religious reasons are required to submit a Certificate of Religious Exemption, signed by a health care provider, as stated in Public Act 99-024. Previously, a parent could simply submit a statement of objection.

The Certificate of Religious Exemption form is available at on the Illinois State Board of Education website: www.isbe.net/research/pdfs/immun-exam-gdlns-religious-exempt.pdf.

The requirement for a Certificate of Religious Exemption will take effect October 16. This date means any students who enroll after October 15 or who have not yet provided proof of immunization must provide a Certificate of Religious Exemption. However, students who have already gone through the process would not be required to revisit a health care provider.

Additional information and some best practices on immunizations are available on the agency website at www.isbe.net/research/pdfs/immunization-guidance.pdf.

 
  Actor to Proviso East Students: “You Are Beautiful. You Are Powerful. You Are Worthwhile.”

 
 

Actor Tommy Ford had a message for students at Proviso East High School on Friday, October 9.

“You are beautiful,” he said. “You are powerful. You are worthwhile.”

Mr. Ford, known for his work on television programs such as “Martin” and movies such as “Harlem Nights,” spoke to the students in four assemblies about his life growing up in Los Angeles without a father and later in the entertainment industry. Using part humor and part motivation, he said that everyone has the power to choose and the power to change their life.

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On Thursday, October 8, the girls’ volleyball teams from Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School played each other in their annual match versus each other at Proviso West.

While Proviso West won the match, the real winners were both teams and cancer research at “Volley for a Cure.”

“Volley for a Cure” was originally started at Proviso West seven years ago, according to Mr. Jerry Jenkins, Proviso West girls’ volleyball head coach, as Proviso West designated one game each season as a fundraiser for cancer research. This was in honor of Ms. Diana Medina, a Proviso West assistant coach and a breast cancer survivor. The event eventually evolved to the annual match against Proviso East in a show of unity against a common foe during October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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  Applications for Loyola Health Professions Program Now Available

 
 

Students at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy can apply to Loyola University Medical Center’s Health Professions and Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP) now through October 19.

HPREP is dedicatedtoalleviating health care disparities by encouraging high school students from underrepresented groups to pursue careers as health professionals. Starting on October 31, the Loyola HPREP program takes place on Saturday mornings at the Stritch School of Medicine. In the program, students engage in a variety of structured activities that include hands on-workshops, panel discussions, and clinical skills training.

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  Parents Sought for Proviso Bilingual Parents Advisory Committee

 
  Parents interested in the Proviso Township Bilingual Parents Advisory Committee (BPAC) will have an opportunity to learn more about the group at Parent-Teacher Conferences on October 15 at Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School.

Those interested in joining the BPAC can learn more at Proviso West in room B209 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and at Proviso East between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. in room 105.

For more information, please contact Dr. Jeremy Burnham, ELL Coordinator for District 209 via email or at 708-202-1647 or 708-202-6261.

All families are welcomed to participate.

 
  Parent-Teacher Conferences on October 15

 
  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 15, at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on October 15 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“We are looking forward to a record turnout this year,” said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent for District 209. “Parent-Teacher Conferences are a good way for parents to meet with teachers and build partnerships that will promote student success.”

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  Parent University Highlights New Topics

 
 

Parents from Proviso Township High Schools District 209’s three schools learned a little more about succeeding in high school at the District’s fifth Parent University on Saturday, October 3, at Proviso East High School.

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 and explain the resources and services available for success. The University was part of the District’s parent involvement through Title I and the Board of Education’s goal of improving stakeholder involvement. It was planned in collaboration with the District and the Strengthening Proviso Youth committee.

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  Schools Welcome Parents on Bring Your Parents to School Day

 
 

Parents got a taste of life at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy on Thursday, October 1, as they accompanied their students to class 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.

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  Proviso West Defeats Proviso East in Game

 
 

The Proviso West High School football team defeated Proviso East High School 20-0 at Proviso East High School on Saturday, October 3, in the two schools’ annual game.

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

For photos of Saturday’s game, please click here.

 
  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 12.

All schools and offices in District 209 will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, October 13.

Have a great weekend!

 
  SAVE THE DATE: Parent University Returns on October 3

 
 

Mark your calendars for football and Parent University on October 3!

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host its latest edition of Parent University from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at Proviso East High School, 807 South First Avenue in Maywood. The activity is part of the district’s parent enrichment through Title I and the Board of Education’s goal of improving stakeholder involvement.

The Parent University is a series of workshops designed to prepare parents to help their students in high school and beyond. 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. In addition, those who complete three sessions will earn a voucher good for free admission to the Proviso West at Proviso East varsity football game at 1:30 p.m. on October 3 as well as a free hot dog.

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  Proviso East NJROTC Wins Three Trophies at PT Meet

 
 

The Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp (NJROTC) unit at Proviso East High School claimed three trophies at the annual Danielle Dennis-Town physical fitness meet at Bloom Trail High School in Chicago Heights.

Tyjuan Johnson, a Proviso East freshman, led the way, winning a third-place individual medal as he completed 142 sit-ups. That finish, along with a third-place trophy in the dodge ball portion of the meet, paced Proviso East to a fifth-place finish overall. It was the first overall trophy at a PT meet for Proviso East in nine years, according to Commander Darryl Person.

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  District 209 Leadership Focuses on Restorative Justice

 
 

With the start of the 2015-16 school year, Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has instituted a different approach to discipline through restorative justice.

The program was discussed at the first leadership cadre of the school year on September 16 at PMSA. Leadership cadre brings together administrators and other leaders, including teachers, from across District 209 to discuss and learn about topics that can benefit the district’s schools.

According to Ms. Antoinette Rayburn, District 209 guidance department chair, restorative justice is a “holistic approach to discipline” to use other means of restoring the student on the right path before resorting to other consequences. Those alternatives include counseling, peer “peace circles” where students talk amongst themselves, and other methods.

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  Visit PMSA at Open House on October 8

 
 

During a series of open houses this fall, prospective students for the 2016-17 school year and their families can learn about the programs and activities available at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, with the first one scheduled for Thursday, October 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Applications for admission are being accepted in November and December, with a January 15, 2016, 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. Those unable to attend the open house on October 4 also can visit the school on November 5 and December 3, both of which take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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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 East High School on Saturday, October 3, 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, 28-14.

An added bonus for this game will be that parents can receive free admission as well as a voucher for a free hot dog, drink, and snack at the game by participating in the Parent University from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 3, also at Proviso East. Parents can learn about topics ranging from paying for college and resources for success to discussions on issues affecting young men of color and Latino students and families. For more information, contact Rob Daniel at 708-338-5903 or rdaniel@pths209.org.

Other upcoming home games for the Proviso East and Proviso West football teams are Proviso West’s homecoming game on Friday, October 9, versus and Proviso East’s homecoming versus Addison Trail on Saturday, October 17.

 
  Cast Your Vote for Proviso East Auto Class Today!

 
 

Automotive students at Proviso East High School are competing in the Quaker State Best in Class Challenge nationwide competition, and they need your votes to move on.

Sponsored by Quaker State and Popular Mechanics magazine, high school automotive classes from across the country are competing to which class can best tune, restore, and customize a $3,000 used car into a "a fine-tuned, pristine, and exceedingly cool ride," according to the website. Classes can advanced in one of five markets (Atlanta, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; Northern New Jerseyl Orlando, Florida; and Chicago, in which Proviso East is competing) based on the number of votes. Votes can be cast at Popular Mechanics’ website, which you can click here. Proviso East’s automotive class is taught by Mr. Frank Bexes.

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

 
 

What is a typical day at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy like?

Parents 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 Thursday, 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.

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  Proviso East, Proviso West NJROTC Pause to Remember Victims of September 11, 2001, Terrorist Attacks

 
 

Most students at Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School are too young to remember the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., that took place on September 11, 2001.

The Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp (NJROTC) at the two schools took time out at the hour the planes first hit the World Trade Center in New York on the morning of September 11, 2015, to observe a moment of silence and to honor the nearly 3,000 people who died that morning 14 years ago.

At Proviso East, it was the first time for the school’s NJROTC in observing the moment as a unit. Commander Darryl Person, the senior naval science instructor at Proviso East, said that it was a moment of remembrance of the event, particularly because of its continuing impact on the United States.

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  District 209 Administrators Receive Training in Literacy Program

 
 

Administrators throughout Proviso Township High Schools District 209 have been receiving training in the best methods of administering the District’s literacy program.

On August 27, a group of district administrators attended a training session on administering the Empower 3000 literacy program. Under Empower 3000, now in its third year at Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School, students can read up to 17,000 non-fiction articles online, each adjusted to the student’s current reading level. The program allows students to work on skills such as vocabulary and critical thinking.

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  Be Sure to Get Immunizations, Physicals Before Starting School
 
  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 welcomes back all students for the 2015-16 school year.

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, including the Tdap vaccination for ninth-graders and meningococcal conjugate vaccination (MCV) for seniors.

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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  New Certificate of Religious Exemption Form Requirements

 
  Effective August 3, 2015, parents and legal guardians who object to vaccinating their students for religious reasons are required to submit a Certificate of Religious Exemption, signed by a health care provider, as stated in Public Act 99-024. Previously, a parent could simply submit a statement of objection.

The Certificate of Religious Exemption form is available at on the Illinois State Board of Education website here.

The requirement for a Certificate of Religious Exemption will take effect October 16. This date means any students who enroll after October 15 or who have not yet provided proof of immunization must provide a Certificate of Religious Exemption. However, students who have already gone through the process would not be required to revisit a health care provider.

Additional information and some best practices on immunizations are available on the agency website at www.isbe.net/research/pdfs/immunization-guidance.pdf.

 
  District 209 Parents Go Back to School

 
 

More than 720 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 3.

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 720 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 ask our parents to continue to remain involved in our schools and invested in their children’s education.”

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  State Education Board to Host Back-to-School Webinar for Parents on September 23

 
  The Illinois PTA and Dr. Tony Smith, State Superintendent of Schools in Illinois, will host a Back-to-School Webinar for Parents at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23.

Dr. Smith and Mr. Matthew Rodriguez, president of the Illinois PTA, will discuss statewide education initiatives and how parents and schools can work together to help their students succeed. Dr. Smith will outline his five key area of focus to guide the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), including finances, quality education, district autonomy, competency-based learning, and how school districts and schools are the centers of healthy communities.

The upcoming score report release for the first administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam and how the results compare to those of previous state tests also will be discussed.

To log in and to register, please click here.

The discussion is expected to last approximately one hour.

 
  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education Joins With State, Other Districts on Vision 20/20 Plan

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education approved joining with the state education group Vision 20/20 in focusing on continuous improvement, recognizing the diversity of struggling schools, and eliminating achievement gaps.

The Board approval follows the signing in August by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner of a second legislative bill sponsored by the Vision 20/20 group. The bill allows for local flexibility, promotes shared accountability, and is sensitive to local district improvements, according to Vision 20/20, which brings input from more than 3,000 stakeholders to press for more action statewide and locally to benefit the education of Illinois’ 2 million students. This includes taking into consideration a school district’s professional practice to improve student performance as well as the current model of looking at state assessment scores in reading and mathematics.

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  All-School Testing Day at Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA September 15

 
 

Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Math and Science Academy will participate in all-school testing on September 15.

The testing will be administered in four parts: English, mathematics, reading, and science, during the course of the testing session. Freshmen, sophomores, and junior will take a practice ACT, which will prepare them to eventually take the ACT college entrance exam. Juniors will take the ACT in the spring.

Dr. Diane Deckert, director of assessment and planning for the District, said that the tests are used to determine the quality of the programs at the District’s schools and the needs of the students. She said that students should take the tests seriously and be prepared for them.

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  District 209’s Dr. Collins-Hart Announces Resignation as Superintendent

 
  Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of Proviso Township High Schools District 209, has announced her resignation as superintendent, effective June 30, 2016.

Dr. Collins-Hart, currently in her eighth year as superintendent of District 209, said that she leaves with great memories of the people with whom she has worked and the accomplishments that have been made during her tenure.

“While facing numerous challenges, I feel honored to have been able to serve the students in our district,” she said. “But challenges are meant to be faced, and we are definitely moving in the right direction. As I reflect on my tenure in the district, I marvel at where we were when I arrived and where we are today.”

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  District 209 Staff Excel With State Awards

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 staff members will be honored with four awards in the 2015 Illinois State Board of Education’s Those Who Excel education awards.

The English 3 team of Ms. Elizabeth Walker, Ms. Ashley Glickman, Mr. Clinton Alexander, and Ms. Susan Katz from Proviso East High School has won an Award of Recognition in the Team category, while Mrs. Devon Harris, a special education teacher at Proviso West High School, won an Award of Recognition in the Classroom Teacher category. In addition, Ms. Amy Paulus, a guidance counselor at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, and Dr. Bessie Karvelas, PMSA principal, won Awards of Recognition in the Student Support Personnel and School Administrator categories, respectively.

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  New Proviso East Principal Starts with Words of Encouragement, Vision

 
 

Dr. Patrick Hardy looked out into the crowd of students and teachers that filled the auditorium at Proviso East High School.

“Good morning,” he said, with the greeting returned by the students.

With those words on Tuesday, September 1, Dr. Patrick Hardy introduced himself to the students and staff of Proviso East High School as the school’s new principal. During the two 40-minute assemblies, he talked about his background and hyped up the students, including praising the seniors.

Dr. Hardy also outlined his vision, saying that students were responsible for how they do. Part of that vision also was encouragement to students and teachers to let go of any “baggage” they may be carrying that would stop them from succeeding, a principle he demonstrated using students volunteers and bricks.

For more on this story, please view a video of highlights from Dr. Hardy’s introduction assembly by click here.

 
  District 209 Schools, Offices Closed for Labor 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 Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 7.

All schools and offices in District 209 will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, September 8.

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  Proviso Students Get More Breakfast, Lunch Options (and For Free)

 
 

Students in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 have more healthy options for breakfast and lunch this new school year, and they do not have to pay for it.

More fruits and vegetables, less sugary soda and drinks, yogurt, and a renewed emphasis on whole grain and freshly cooked entrees are on the menu. While familiar standbys such as burgers and pizza are still available, healthier entrees that meet new USDA guidelines, said Mr. Robert Carter, food service director for District 209.

“This is to encourage students to start eating healthier,” Mr. Carter said.

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  District 209 Schools Welcome Back Students on First Day of Classes

 
 

It was a smooth start to the 2015-2016 school year as students at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy adjusted to their new schedules and new teachers, and for freshmen and new students, their new buildings.

Students experienced everything that the first day of school provides in finding their way to new classes and meeting new classmates and their teachers through activities that helped them learn what is expected of them in their classes.

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  Proviso High School Students Sweep Boykin Essay Contest Honors

 
 

Two recent Proviso Township High Schools District 209 graduates and a Proviso East High School student recently claimed the top three awards in the “Be Heard: One Vote Can Change the World Essay Contest” sponsored by Cook County Commissioner, Richard Boykin.

Peyton Greenwood, a 2015 Proviso West High School graduate, won the top prize of $1,000 with her essay. Azher Jaweed, a 2015 Proviso Mathematics and Science academy graduate, won second place and $750 with his essay, while Jonathan Dudley, now a senior at Proviso East, won third place and $500. They were honored by Ms. Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Board President, at the Cook County Commissioners meeting on July 1.

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  Proviso East High School Selected to Participate in National Quality Improvement Effort

 
  The Center for School Mental Health has selected Proviso East High School (District 209) as one of seven schools nationwide to participate in Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN).

This network will focus on improving access to high quality and sustainable school-based mental health services, according to a press release. The project is part of a national quality improvement effort and will engage Proviso East High School staff in collaboration with Loyola University Chicago's School-Based Health Center and the Illinois School-Based Health Alliance/EverThrive IL.

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  New Principal Hired at Proviso East

 
 

Proviso East High School has a new principal.

Dr. Patrick Hardy was approved as the new principal at Proviso East by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at its meeting on Tuesday, August 11. He will formally begin at Proviso East on September 1.

He brings more than 18 years of education experience to the position, having taught in the Boston Public Schools and served as principal at Rockford Auburn High School and at Freeport High School. He also was the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for the Freeport Schools. Most recently, he has been a leadership coach with the Network for College Success at the University of Chicago, where his work has focused on training high school principals.

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  District 209 Welcomes Back Faculty and Staff at District Institute Day

 
 

Faculty and staff at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy welcomes the 2015-2016 school year with a warm greeting, some professional development, and a little bit of fun at the annual District Institute Day on August 12 at Proviso East High School.

Throughout the day, they heard from each other as well as Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, as well as Mrs. Theresa L. Kelly, President of the District 209 Board of Education. Mrs. Kelly stressed the importance of working together, while Dr. Collins-Hart encouraged teachers and staff members to believe in themselves as she discussed the progress that has been made at the District’s schools and the work that remains to be done.

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  District 209’s New Teachers Get Oriented to New Schools

 
 

The 28 new teachers of Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy were welcomed to District 209 at the annual New Teacher Orientation on August 10 and 11 at PMSA.

During the two-day orientation, the teachers learned the ropes of working in Proviso Township High Schools, attending sessions of instruction that works and effective classroom management strategies to how to use the PowerSchool system and emergency procedures in their buildings.

They also heard from Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. She encouraged the teachers to participate in the life of their respective schools.

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  Incoming Freshman Learn the Ropes at Proviso’s Freshman Transition Program

 
 

More than 575 incoming students attended the third annual Freshman Transition Program at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy on August 10 and 11.

The two-day program was well-attended, with about 580 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 14.

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  New School Year Brings New Assistant Principals to Proviso East, Proviso West

 
 

There are new assistant principals at Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School, but both are familiar faces in Proviso Township High Schools District 209.

Ms. Elizabeth Walker is the new assistant principal for educational services at Proviso East, while Ms. Latoya McIntosh is the new assistant principal for support services for Proviso West. Both bring years of classroom experience and a familiarity with District 209.

Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent for District 209, said that the new administrators make a strong team even stronger.

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  D209 Students to Get Free Breakfast, Lunch

 
 

Students in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will be able to get breakfast and lunch provided to them at no charge starting with the new school year, regardless of whether they qualified for free or reduced-price lunch in the past.

District 209 will be implementing a new option available to schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2015-2016 school year.  Schools that participate in the CEP are able to provide healthy breakfasts and lunches each day at no charge for all students enrolled in that CEP school during the 2015-2016 school year.  As a result, students and their families at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy will not need to submit lunch applications.

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  Freshman Learning Academy Coming to Proviso East, Proviso West

 
 

Incoming freshmen at Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School will get plenty of help making the transition to high school with the new Freshman Learning Academy at both schools.

Ninth-graders in general experience some difficulty as they move from middle school to high school, with some experiencing social, emotional, physical, and intellectual challenges, said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of Proviso Township High Schools District 209. The program will be required from all freshmen as getting off to a good start during the freshman year is key to success, she said.

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  Students May Register for School, Pick Up Textbooks August 3-7

 
  From August 3 through 7, 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 3, Wednesday, August 5, and Friday, August 7. The school also will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4, and Thursday, August 6, 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, August 3, Wednesday, August 5, and Friday, August 7, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4, and Thursday, August 6. Textbooks, identifications, and schedules will be available for pickup as well.

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  District 209 to Host Freshman Transition Program August 10-11

 
 

Members of the Class of 2019 will be able to participate in a freshman transition program August 10 and 11 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 14.

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  District 209 Students Tour State Colleges

 
 

Students from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy each spent a week in June touring colleges around Chicago and across Illinois.

The students groups from District 209’s three schools visited schools including Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal, and Northern Illinois University in DeKalb as well as Chicago-area schools including Northwestern University, DePaul University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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  District 209 Security Staff Maintains Training

 
 

Members of the security staffs at Proviso Township High Schools District 209’s schools receive continual training in methods in responding to different situations.

That training for the security supervisors and staff members at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy continued during the last week of July at PMSA with training through Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) of Milwaukee.

Throughout the training, staffers learned about nonviolent crisis intervention methods. This included communicating nonverbally through body position, responding to verbal behavior issues, and if necessary, physical interventions.

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  Proviso East, Proviso West Seniors Go Through College Boot Camp

 
 

About 25 students from Proviso East High School and Proviso West High learned more about getting ready for college at a College Preparation Boot Camp on July 27 at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

Presented by the District 209 guidance department, the College Boot Camp was designed to help the top 25 percent of students at Proviso East and Proviso West know what they need to do now to be ready for college in the next year or two.

“The counselors wanted to do something in the summer to get kids geared up for the year,” said Ms. Antoinette Rayburn, the District 209 guidance department chair. “This is getting all of the resources they need to get (to college).”

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  D209 Students Get Opportunities in Summer School

 
 

The 2015 edition of Proviso Township High Schools District 209's summer school came to an end on July 9 with the graduation of seniors at 6 p.m. at Proviso East High School.

The program ran smoothly with more than 450 students enrolled in classes.

Proviso East High School was the setting for the District’s summer school programming. The 250 students from Proviso West High School taking summer courses in English, math, science, social studies, physical education, and driver’s education moved their classes to Proviso East this year due to construction in their building. At Proviso East High School, 202 students took courses in English, social studies, science, math, and driver’s education.

Most of the students enrolled at both schools took the classes to recover credit and to meet promotion and graduation requirements.

“The summer school classes are necessary in providing our students the help they need to continue with their education,” said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. “We need to be sure to provide our students with every resource possible to be successful.”

 
  Board of Education Honors Top Scholars

 
 

The top scholars from the Class of 2015 at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy were honored by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at its regular meeting on Tuesday, June 9, at PMSA.

Honored were the following graduated seniors and top scholars:

Ulises Rodriguez, who was named the valedictorian at Proviso East. He will study music or chemistry at Triton College in the school’s Scholars Program.

Empress Harris, who was named the salutatorian at Proviso East. She will study pharmacology at Triton College in the school’s Scholars Program.

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  Proviso Graduating Seniors Top $25 Million in Scholarships

 
 

Graduating seniors in Proviso Township High Schools were awarded more than $25 million in scholarships from colleges, universities, and local organizations in 2015.

College-bound students from Proviso East High School, who accounted for more than half of Proviso East’s graduating class, earned a total of $7.1 million in scholarships and grants, nearly doubling the totals awarded in previous years. Graduating seniors at Proviso West High School earned nearly $8.2 million in scholarships, again topping the previous years’ marks. Graduating seniors from Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy won a total of nearly $10.4 million in scholarships. The $25.67 million in awards were presented to the students based on criteria such as academics, community service, and activities.

Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that the seniors who were awarded the scholarships had worked hard for the awards.

“These scholarships recognize the efforts that students have put into their academics and other activities,” she said. “These awards continue to show the high academic standards that our students are able to meet. We congratulate them on their success and we wish them well in all of their future endeavors.”

Congratulations to all of our award winners!

 
 
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