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  Goal of Reorganization of District Leadership is Student Achievement

 
 

The leadership structure of Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has undergone some reorganization.

Ms. Kim Echols recently was named the new assistant superintendent for human resources and technology. In addition, Dr. Bessie Karvelas, who is principal at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, was named the interim assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction and students and family services.

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  Semester 1 Final Exam Schedule  
 


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  Madrigal Singers to Host 42nd Madrigal Dinner on December 10

 
 

Proviso West High School will be the scene of lords and ladies, court jesters, and royalty at the 42nd annual Madrigal Singers Dinner Fine Arts Fest at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 10 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 treated to music, dance, and drama in the Proviso West Little Theater followed by a three-course meal and raffle prizes in the "Royal Dining Hall." 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 to Host Town Hall Meetings in Villages

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education and Dr. Jesse J. Rodríguez, superintendent for District 209, will host a series of town hall meetings in each of the 10 villages that are within the district, continuing with Westchester on Monday, December 5 - Westchester Public Library (10700 Canterbury Street in Westchester).

The town hall meetings, which will each take place between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., are an opportunity for parents and community members in each village to meet with Board members and Dr. Rodríguez, ask questions, and learn more about the direction of District 209.

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  Proviso District Convenes Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council

 
 

Students from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy attended the first Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council session on October 14 at the district’s administrative offices.

The Student Advisory Council, comprised of 17 selected students from District 209’s three high schools, was instituted by Superintendent Dr. Jesse J. Rodriguez as a way to get feedback on how the schools are run according to the schools’ main stakeholders as well as a way to provide lessons in leaderships to the students and build the District.

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  Check Out These Ways to Keep Up with Proviso High Schools Online

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 continues to expand its reach on social media.

Recently the district established itself on Instagram (www.instagram.com/provisod209). The photo-sharing service, which is a popular app on smartphones, is another way to share the good news happening regularly at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

“We are always looking for new and exciting ways to tell the stories about the accomplishments of our students,” said Mr. Rob Daniel, community and public relations coordinator for District 209. “By expanding to Instagram and continuing our use of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, other avenues, we hope to reach as many people as possible with our message.”.

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  Visit PMSA at Open House on December 1

 
 

During a series of open houses this fall, prospective students for the 2017-2018 school year and their families can learn about the programs and activities available at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, with the final one scheduled for Thursday, December 1, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Applications for admission are being accepted in November and December, with a January 15, 2017, 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 who were unable to attend the previous open houses can visit the school on December 1.

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  Univision Chicago pays visit to District 209

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 and its new superintendent, Dr. Jesse J. Rodríguez, will be the subject of a new report from Spanish-language television station, Univision Chicago (WGBO-TV Channel 66) in the coming weeks.

Ms. Ligia Granados, a reporter and presenter with Univision, and cameraman, Mr. Rafael Varela, recently visited all three schools in District 209 as part of an interview with Dr. Rodríguez. Dr. Rodríguez, a native of Puerto Rico, spoke on the good work being done in the schools by both students and faculty.

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  Next Parent University at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church on November 29

 
 

The next community-based edition of Proviso Township High Schools District 209’s Parent University will take place at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 1100 North 22nd Avenue in Melrose Park, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29.

In this weeknight edition of Parent University, parents can learn more about paying for college and how the financial aid process work. They also can learn more about the benefits of attending a community college and participate in a panel discussion on issues affecting Latino students and their families, all in a smaller environment.

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  Special Screening of 'Our Families, Our Future' at PMSA on November 17

 
 

Proyecto de Acción de los Suburbios del Oeste (PASO) will host a screening of the award-winning documentary, "No Le Digas a Nadie (Don’t Tell Anyone)," at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, 8601 West Roosevelt Road in Forest Park, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 17.

"No Le Digas a Nadie," which won a George Foster Peabody Award earlier this year, tells the story of Angy Rivera, an undocumented immigrant who became the first undocumented youth advice columnist.  Following the film screening, there will be a panel discussion featuring Ms. Rivera and other undocumented community leaders.

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  Superintendent Tours “One Proviso”

 
 

An aim of Dr. Jesse J. Rodríguez, superintendent of Proviso Township High Schools District 209, during his first days on the job is work toward a united Proviso.

Dr. Rodríguez, along with members of the district’s administration, visited Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School on July 11. During their visit, they learned more about the summer school program currently ongoing along with various aspects of the schools’ programs and facilities.

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  Proviso High Schools Moving Forward

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 can look forward to different approaches to education, district administrators said at the District 209 Board of Education’s regular meeting on July 12 at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

In his first meeting as the district’s superintendent, Dr. Jesse J. Rodríguez was welcomed by Mrs. Teresa D. McKelvy, president of the Board of Education, and applause from other Board members and the audience.

“We look forward to working with you and hearing your new ideas,” Mrs. McKelvy said.

Dr. Rodríguez said that he looked forward to hearing plans from others in the district and in the community to make District 209 great.

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  Proviso High School Students to Wear Shirts with School Logos

 
 

The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education approved several changes to the student uniform description at its July 2016 regular meeting, including a change that allows for wearing of polo shirts with logos purchased from either the school or an approved vendor. The district is currently in the process of identifying a vendor to provide student uniform items, especially polo shirts and other items with approved school logos.

The approved changes to the student uniform description also included the elimination of the white and black polo options. Students will be required students to wear polo shirts, cardigans, sweaters, sweatshirts, and fleece tops in their respective school colors (royal blue for Proviso East, red for Proviso West, and purple for PMSA) either without logos, or with a logo when purchased from the school or an approved vendor.

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  District 209 Applauds State Board of Education’s Decision to Replace PARCC Exam with SAT

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 applauds the recent announcement by Dr. Tony Smith, Illinois State Superintendent of Education, that the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams will no longer be required for high school students in Illinois.

The PARCC exams will be replaced with the Scholastic Aptitude Test, or SAT, which will also serve as a college entrance exam. This goes along with the Illinois State Board of Education’s decision to fully fund the administration of the SAT to high school juniors rather than the ACT college entrance exam.

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  Parents Learn Much at Parent University

 
 

Parents of students at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy learned more about how to help their students at their own schools during Parent University on Saturday, September 24.

The Parent University, which took place simultaneously at all three campuses, 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. It included workshops on topics including Paying for College, services for students with disabilities, services for English Language Learners, and life skills for high school and beyond.

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  Parent University Goes on the Road on October 24

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host a community-based edition of Parent University from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, October 24, at Proviso Missionary Baptist Church, 1116 South Fifth Avenue in Maywood.

In this weeknight edition of Parent University, parents can learn more about paying for college and how the financial aid process work. They also can gain insights on how to talk to their students about different topics including school, relationships, and tragedies in the news, all in a smaller environment. This is the first of several smaller community-based Parent University events that are planned for the 2016-2017 school year. Planned in collaboration with the District and the Strengthening Proviso Youth Committee, the activity is part of the district’s parent enrichment through Title I and the Board of Education’s goal of improving stakeholder involvement.

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  Proviso West Defeats Proviso East in East-West Game

 
 

It was a muddy and wet affair as Proviso West High School football team defeated Proviso East High School 16-0 at Proviso West High School on Saturday, October 1, in the two schools’ annual game.

Both touchdowns scored during the game came on defensive fumble returns by Zyon Jones, a Proviso West senior linebacker, and Tyrese Christian, a Proviso West junior defensive back.

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  Proviso East Students Honored by Board of Education

 
 

Two Proviso East High School students were honored for their achievements by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at the Board’s regular meeting on September 13 at Proviso East.

Jennifer Perez, a Proviso East senior, was named the third-place winner in the annual "Be Heard: One Vote Can Change the World Essay Contest" sponsored by Cook County Commissioner, Richard Boykin, in June. She won a $500 cash prize and she was recognized with the other winners in the contest by the Cook County Board of Commissioners at their meeting on July 13.

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  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 PSAT 8/9 exam from September 26 to October 7, 2016.

The PSAT 8/9 exam 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. The PSAT 8/9 exam 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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  Bilingual Parents Advisory Council to Meet on October 26 at PMSA

 
 

The next meeting of the District 209 Bilingual Parents Advisory Council will take place at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26, at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

The agenda of the meeting, which will take place in the PMSA student cafeteria, includes electing the BPAC board and officers. In addition, we will be adding to our definition of what Dual Language Programming is through our review of research.

All are welcome.

 
  District 209 Parents Go Back to School

 
 

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 8.

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. Jesse J. Rodríguez, superintendent of District 209. At this event, parents learned about programs at the schools, visited classrooms, met teachers, and found out what their students will be learning.

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  Proviso East Automotive Class Named Semi-Finalists in Contest

 
 

Students in the Intro Automotive class at Proviso East High School have been named semi-finalists in the Quaker State Best in Class automotive competition, and they need YOUR help to advance in the contest.

From now through September 25, approximately 55 semi-finalist schools will be responsible for securing as many votes as possible to be nominated for the "Best in Class Challenge." The team with the most votes from each of the five markets will then become finalists and will move on to the next stage of the competition comprised of six weeks of automotive challenges beginning October 11. The Proviso East class are competing against 12 other high schools in the Illinois.

To start casting votes (1 per person, per day) and to read the complete program rules, visit www.QuakerState.com/BestInClass.

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  Superintendent Visits PAEC

 
 

Dr. Jesse J. Rodríguez, superintendent of Proviso Township High Schools District 209, recently visited the Proviso Area for Exceptional Children (PAEC) campus.

The August 29 tour of the school, which provides services for students from District 209 and surrounding districts, allowed Dr. Rodríguez to learn more about the programs that are provided. It also gave him an opportunity to make connections with District 209 students.

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  Students, “Bring Your Parents to School” on October 6

 
 

Parents will have an opportunity to learn what a typical day at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy as well as meet with their students’ teachers on Bring Your Parents to School Day on Thursday, October 6.

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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  Parent University is Back on September 24

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host its latest edition of Parent University from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 24, 2016, at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.

Parents can participate at the school their student attends. With Parent University being held at each school, it is an opportunity for parents and students to learn more about the school and its staff and activities.

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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  Proviso’s Technology Initiative Takes Off

 
 

Proviso’s Technology Initiative has taken off under district leadership.

Dr. Jesse J. Rodríguez, superintendent for District 209, is an advocate for student-centered learning and realizes the importance of 21st century skills. Members of the district leadership team, Mrs. Kim Echols, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for District 209, and Ms. Tracy Avant-Bey, director of instructional technology for the district, continue to work helping teachers and students get the technology they need to ensure optimal learning.

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  EARLY DISMISSAL
at Proviso East High School


 
  The safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priority. Due to the excessive heat warning issued by the National Weather Service, all students at Proviso East, Proviso West, and the Proviso Evening School will be dismissed at 1:25 p.m. today. All students will have lunch before they leave. In addition, all after-school activities, clubs, tutoring, and athletic practices are cancelled. The budget presentation at Proviso West at 6 p.m. will be held as scheduled.

Classes will resume at their scheduled time tomorrow with first period at 7:50 a.m.

We thank you for your patience and cooperation. Please contact your student's principal if you have any questions.

 
  Proviso Students Welcomed Back on First Day of 2016-2017 School Year

 
 

It was a smooth start to the 2016-2017 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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  District 209 Welcomes Back Faculty and Staff at District Institute Day

 
 

Unity and collaboration were the themes as new District 209 superintendent, Dr. Jesse J. Rodríguez spoke of Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA coming together as “One Proviso” at the annual District Institute Day on August 17 at Proviso East High School.

The day included warm greetings for teachers and staff returning for the 2016-2017 school year, some professional development, and a little bit of fun. Throughout the day, they heard from each other in various training workshops that, depending on their job, included CPR training, updates on new laws, and new strategies for helping students succeed.

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

 
 

The Class of 2020 in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 attended the fourth annual Freshman Transition Program at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy on August 15 and 16.

About 550 students attended 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. Jesse J. Rodríguez, superintendent of District 209. This is in addition to the traditional Freshman Orientation, which took place on Friday, August 19.

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  District 209’s New Teachers Get Oriented to New Schools

 
 

The 32 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 15 and 16 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.

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  District 209 to Host Budget Presentation on September 7 at Proviso West

 
  Are you aware of how the District spends your tax dollars? And if you are not a resident in the community, are you aware of how the funds are allocated?

The Office of the Superintendent invites you to attend an informative presentation on the 2016-2017 Proviso Township High Schools District 209 budget from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7 in the student cafeteria at Proviso West High School. The presentation will cover areas of the budget including the district’s revenue resources and in what areas that tax dollars are spent.

Come inspect what you expect.

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  Proviso East, Proviso West, PMSA Host Back to School Night on September 8

 
 

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

The “Back to School Night” is an annual event that is designed to build relationships between parents and schools and introduce parents to their students’ teachers. At this event, parents may visit classrooms, meet teachers and find out what their students will be learning.

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  Students May Register for School, Pick Up Textbooks August 8-12

 
  From August 8 through 12, students who did not participate in early registration at Proviso Township High Schools District 209’s three schools may register for the 2016-2017 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 8, Wednesday, August 10, and Friday, August 12. The school also will be open for registration from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9, and Thursday, August 11. 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.

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  District 209 to Host Freshman Transition Program August 15-16

 
 

Members of the Class of 2020 will be able to participate in District 209’s Freshman Transition Program August 15 and 16 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 and to help them be comfortable in their new settings. This is in addition to the traditional Freshman Orientation, which will occur on August 19 and is the first day of attendance for all freshmen.

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  Incoming Freshmen Need Immunizations, Physicals Before First Day of School

 
  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will welcome back all students for the 2016-2017 school year on August 22.

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

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

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Dr. Jesse Rodríguez Become New Superintendent of District 209

 
 

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 officially welcomed Dr. Jesse Rodríguez as its superintendent this week.

“I am excited and honored to be the superintendent for District 209,” Dr. Rodríguez said. “The staff and community have been very welcoming, and I look forward to working with them in creating fruitful and successful learning opportunities for our students.

Dr. Rodríguez said that he wants to spend much of his first year learning more about Proviso High Schools and its students, teachers, staff, and students as well as the community. He outlined his plans, which can be found on the District 209 website.

“Our collective plan will build on the strengths of PTHS 209 and identify the most powerful strategies for addressing our challenges as opportunities while addressing the significant achievement gaps directly with perseverance and firmness,” he said. “It is critical that we learn as much as possible quickly, assessing data to determine what is and is not working in our school district.”

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  Proviso East Students Tour Colleges

 
 

Five Proviso East Staff and 35 Proviso East students embarked upon an amazing adventure together June 13 through June 17: college exploration.

Our students visited Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia; and Fisk University and Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee, all historically black colleges and universities. In addition, the students visited Georgia Tech University in Atlanta; Purdue University, which is known for its science and engineering programs, in West Lafayette, Indiana; the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee; the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, and Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

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  Explore Test to Be Given to Incoming Freshmen July 7

 
  Incoming freshmen who have yet to take the Explore placement test can take the exam this summer.

The placement test will be administered at Proviso West High School at 8 a.m. on Thursday, July 7. All incoming freshmen who do not have an Explore score are required to attend. All test-takers should bring a pencil and a calculator and plan to be at the test for two to two and a half hours.

For more information, please contact the Proviso counseling office at (708) 338-5907.

 
  District 209 Schools, Offices Closed for Independence 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 Independence Day holiday on Monday, July 4.

This includes schools being closed on Friday, July 1, due to summer hours.

All schools and offices in District 209 will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, July 5.

Have a great weekend!

 
  District 209 Academic Hall of Famers, Superintendent Honored by Board of Education

 
 

The valedictorians and salutatorians from Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School and the research scholars of distinction from Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy were honored for their achievements by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at its regular meeting on Tuesday, June 14, at PMSA.

The following students were noted for their academic achievements, extracurricular activities at school, and other successes:

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District 209’s Bond Rating Increases Again

 
  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has had its underlying bond rating raised to an “A” outlook from its previous rating of “A-” by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services..

This is the second time that the rating has taken a hike in recent years. According to a summary issued by Standard & Poor’s on the rating increase, it reflected their view of the district’s available fund balance of $36.9 million as being “very strong” with “very strong” reserves. The outlook of additional revenue coming into the district with the expiration of tax-increment fund districts within District 209 also bolsters the district’s financial outlook, according to Standard & Poor’s.

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  Proviso East Junior a Winner in Boykin Essay Contest

 
 

A student at Proviso East High School has been named a winner in the annual “Be Heard: One Vote Can Change the World Essay Contest” sponsored by Cook County Commissioner, Richard Boykin.

Jennifer Perez, a junior at Proviso East, was named the third place winner by the county Educational Task Force in the essay contest. She wins a $500 cash prize and she will be recognized with the other winners in the contest by the Cook County Board of Commissioners at their meeting on July 13.

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