Proviso Weekly Update: Principal Meet and Greets, New Administrators Introduced, Parent University

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District to Host Principle Meet and Greets:

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host a series of Principal Meet and Greets August 12 through 15 to introduce students, parents, and the community to their principals.

Proviso Math and Science Academy will host its Principal Meet and Greet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, August 12, while the event at Proviso West High School, with its new principal, Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14. Proviso East High School students and parents can meet with Mr. Tony Valente, principal, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 15.

Each principal will be charged with executing their individual school improvement plans and boosting student achievement. During the Principal Meet and Greet, each principal will have an opportunity to meet parents, students, teachers, and Proviso stakeholders. They will outline the goals and plans for each of their schools and welcome the community to what is expected to be a fantastic new school year.

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District Introduces New Administrators:

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will begin the 2013-14 academic year with new faces in administration at two of its three schools.

Mr. Oscar Hawthorne is the new principal at Proviso West High School after working the last four years as assistant superintendent and principal at Evanston Township High School. He is joined by Mr. Calvin Davis as assistant principal for athletics and activities and Mr. Joseph Kosina as assistant principal for educational services.

Mr. Hawthorne
Mr. Oscar Hawthorne

Mr. Hawthorne was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. From there, he received a football and chorus scholarship to Kentucky State University where he majored in social studies education. Upon graduation, he took jobs teaching history and social studies before becoming dean of students and later assistant principal at Thornton Fractional North High School in Calumet City. After stops at Rich South High School in Richton Park and Streamwood High School, he moved on to Evanston Township High School.

Mr. Hawthorne said that he opted for the principal’s job at Proviso West for a chance to return to working directly with students. For more on Mr. Hawthorne, click here.

Mr. Davis
Mr. Calvin Davis

Mr. Calvin Davis, the new assistant principal for athletics and activities, comes to Proviso West after working the last 29 years in the Chicago Public Schools, including the last nine years as director of sports administration. He has been a coach, social studies teacher, and an assistant principal during his tenure in Chicago.

Mr. Joseph Kosina, the new assistant principal for educational services, is a familiar face at Proviso West, having been at the school for the last 16 years. He most recently was the chairman of the English department and has been a lead facilitator in the District’s Literary Initiative.

Mr. Kosina
Mr. Joseph Kosina

Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that she is very excited about the team that has been assembled at Proviso West.

“Mr. Hawthorne, Mr. Davis, and Mr. Kosina bring a variety of skills and experiences to their new positions,” she said. “I am confident that they will be able to work well with the staff, parents, students, and other stakeholders to help make Proviso West an even better school. We are expecting great things under their leadership.

“Proviso Math and Science Academy also will have a new principal. At a special board meeting on August 1, the District 209 Board of Education approved the appointment of Dr. Bessie Karvelas as the new principal at PMSA. Dr. Karvelas, who has worked in the Chicago Public Schools, including most recently as principal at Hubbard High School, is slated to assume her responsibilities the week of August 5, pending final approval by the Financial Oversight Panel.

August 10th, 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, The Need to Know Group, Resurrection Project, and the Education Committee of Community Alliance.

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