Proviso Weekly Update: Safety Forum, District NJROTC Cadets at Leadership Academy, Parent University and More

District 209 Hosts Police, Community Officials at Safety Forum:

“Proviso Township High Schools District 209 hosted police and community leaders at a School and Community Safety Forum on July 16 at Proviso Math and Science Academy.

“The forum was designed as a way to discuss different ways that the district, area law enforcement, and the community at large can promote the safety of students and the community and develop partnerships to accomplish common goals. The forum featured 13 police officials and community leaders from the villages that comprise the district. They provided their perspectives on dealing with safety issues in the community and ways to protect students and community members in light of recent high-profile incidents.

“‘I’m really pleased at the support you’re showing for the safety of our children,’ said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, at the forum. ‘I’ve felt very supported by the village officials and police chiefs. It’s not about the blame game. It’s about partnering.'”

“As a whole, the panelists said that the schools and the community are safe overall. Sam Pulia, village president of Westchester, said that the police department provides special watches and patrols for schools.

“‘Having a police officer on site at least part of the time provides a sense of security,’ he said.”

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District 209 Cadets Get Competitive Edge at Leadership Academy:

Four cadets from Proviso West High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) and two cadets from the Proviso East High School NJROTC program recently participated in the 12th Annual NJROTC Leadership Academy at Naval Station Great Lakes near North Chicago.

From June 23 to 29, they joined more than 140 NJROTC cadets from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and West Virginia in learning leadership traits, technical shipboard tasks, and sailing as well as math and science concepts.

‘They pick up the leadership skills and teach other cadets,’ said Mr. Patrick Falsey, an NJROTC instructor at Proviso East. ‘It’ll give them a role model to follow. It’s always a reward for good cadets. It’ll expose them to how other schools do business.’

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August 10 Parent University Coming to District 209:

“Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host a Parent University from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 10, at the district offices at Proviso Math 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.

“The Parent University has been planned in collaboration between the district and the Proviso Strengthening College and Career Readiness Committee, which is a partnership among the following groups: District 209, Triton College, Community Alliance, Loyola University Medical Center, Neighborhood United Methodist Church, Casa Esperanza, and Resurrection Project.

The Parent University is a workshop designed to prepare parents to help their students in high school and beyond. Among the tentative workshop topics will be the following:

  • Navigating high school.
  • College and career readiness.
  • Sessions specifically about Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and PMSA, conducted by each school’s administrators.”

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District 209 to Host Freshman Transition Program August 12-13:

“Members of the Class of 2017 will be able to participate in a freshman transition program August 12 and 13 at Proviso East High School, Proviso Math and Science Academy, and Proviso West High School.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 16.

‘High school is a time in a student’s life where they will be making important decisions that will affect the rest of their lives,’ said Dr. Collins-Hart. ‘Getting a good start to those years will help them be better learners and be better prepared to graduate successfully from high school. We want our students to feel good about our schools and be comfortable in their new settings. The additional time in the schools before the regular school year will help with that.
During the course of the two-day program, the students will learn tips for becoming a successful high school student, different ways to get involved in activities at their school, and how to begin preparing for life after high school. They also will learn how to develop positive relationships with each other and school staff, play games, have an ice cream social, learn about high school life, and have discussions about their concerns, anxieties, and needs as they move into high school.
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