Proviso 209 Update: Nearly 500 Parents At Bring Your Parent To School Day, Proviso East Celebrates Homecoming and More

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Parents Celebrate Bring Your Parents to School Day

A District 209 parent interacts with a teacher (photo courtesy of District 209)

October 18, 2013 — Almost 500 parents joined in the celebration of the annual Bring Your Parents to School Day at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Math and Science Academy in October.

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

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

Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that the day-long event was quite a success.

“Parents who attended Bring Your Parents to School Day received an education in terms of what their students are experiencing on a daily basis in our schools,” she said. “Parent involvement is key to a student’s education, and we are hopeful that more parents will be able to be involved in their students’ school in any way possible. The day also provided us with constructive feedback from our parents.”

The day at PMSA began in the auditorium with performances by the school’s drum line and choir and comments from Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal; Mr. William Breisch, assistant principal for teaching and learning; and Ms. Amy Binn-Calvey, president of the PMSA PTO. Dr. Karvelas called the day “a celebration” of the school.

Ms. Peggy Raddatz went with her daughter, Ava, to her classes, including her first-period journalism class. She said that the day was bittersweet for her.

“It’s our last time,” said Ms. Raddatz, who was among the 238 parents who attended the day at PMSA. “I love coming here. I can’t imagine why any parent wouldn’t want to come. All I feel is pride for our school.”

To read more parent testimonials, click here.

Proviso East Commences Annual Homecoming Week Festivities

Proviso East Pirate Mascot

October 18, 2013 — Proviso East High School will celebrate 103 years of tradition and pride during its annual Homecoming Week, October 21 through 26.

The week will feature a week of spirit activities at school to celebrate Pirate Pride, with the main festivities taking place on Saturday, October 26. The festivities include the Homecoming Parade through the streets of Maywood. The parade route will begin at Winfield Scott Park at 19th Avenue and Maywood Drive, head north on 19th Avenue to Washington Boulevard, then east to First Avenue, with a final turn on to North Drive to Proviso East High School.

The parade will be followed by the Homecoming football game against Leyden High School and later, the Homecoming dance.

“Proviso East has a long tradition dating back to its opening in 1910,” said Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East. “Homecoming is a great time for all Pirates past and present to come together and celebrate that tradition and the spirit of our school.”

The following is the schedule of activities for Proviso East’s Homecoming festivities:

Proviso East High School – October 21-26
  • October 21-25: Spirit Week.
  • October 26: Homecoming Parade, 10 a.m., starting at Winfield Scott Park and ending at Proviso East High School.
  • October 26: Homecoming Football Game against Leyden High School at the Proviso East Stadium, 1 p.m.
  • October 26: Homecoming Dance in the Proviso East Fieldhouse, 7 p.m.

The Homecoming football game also will be broadcast live on High School Cube (click here to link to the game) and be available on the internet, iPhones, iPads, and Droid devices with a replay and highlight clips available.

PMSA Students Design Art That Works

Students working on a design project

For a couple of weeks in September, students in Mrs. Kathleen Maltese’s art classes at Proviso Math and Science Academy had a task: build a machine that could make art.

The results were contraptions that, with the pull of a string or the drop of a paint-covered object, fall on to a piece of paper.

“It really was about creativity and working with other people,” said June Gianan, a PMSA senior who with her team built a device that by pulling a string with a cork attached to it, dabbed paint on to a piece of paper.

The project was the concept of Ms. Elizabeth Orbán, a student from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago who was completing her student teaching at PMSA. Ms. Orbán said that the PMSA art students had studied Rube Goldberg, an artist who was noted for his drawings of conceptual machines such as the Self-Operating Napkin, and designed machines, then built them. The main rule was that it had to be “a machine that makes art.”

“A lot of them make abstract art,” Ms. Orbán said. “A lot of it is problem solving and how to construct the machines.”

To read more about these creative students, click here. VFP

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