Proviso 209 Update: D209 Students Make Gains in ACT Scores and Graduation Rates, East Homecoming Recap, District Seeks Public Feedback on Uniform Policy

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District 209 ACT Scores Approaching State Average

November 1, 2013:

The performance of students in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is approaching that of the rest of the state’s students on the ACT college entrance exam.

Students from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Math and Science Academy averaged a 17 out of a possible 36 on the reading portion of the ACT, an increase of one point from 2012. District students also averaged an 18 on the mathematics portion of the exam, and a 17 on the science portion.

Despite being below the state average of 20 out of 36 on the three portions of the exam and below the college readiness benchmark on the exam, District 209 students continued to approach the performance students in the rest of the state of Illinois. This includes the upward trend that both District and state students performed on the reading portion of the test.

Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that he District goal is to always meet or exceed the state average.

“This is a move in the right direction, and is the result of our teachers and administration working together to improve student performance across the board,” she said. “But we still have work to do and we need to make a trend of improvement in all areas across multiple years. We hope to continue this positive progress and efforts that we have been doing to continue to move forward in the education of our students.”

Students at the District’s three schools have been active again this year in a series on preparation programs to prepare for this year’s ACT and Prairie State Achievement Exam, which will be held on April 23 and 24, 2014. Junior students will be eligible to apply to participate in the Cambridge ACT Prep Program based on their scores on the ACT Practice Exam that they took in October. The program, which meets on Saturdays, provides practice and test-taking tips. In addition, all juniors will participate in test prep activities in their classes and the Cambridge ScoreCelerator workshop, which is designed to boost their test scores. Also, all teachers in core area subjects will participate in the Cambridge TestDemystifier professional development workshop.

District 209 Schools Make Gains in Graduation Rates

November 1, 2013

Schools in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 have increased their graduation rates.

According to the recently released State Report Card by the Illinois State Board of Education, Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Math and Science Academy all reported improved graduation rates. At Proviso East, 67.8 percent of the Class of 2013 graduated, up by nearly 10 percent from 2012. At Proviso West, 74.4 percent of its seniors graduated, up by 8.4 percent from the previous year, while 100 percent of the seniors at PMSA graduated.


Proviso East and Proviso West have continued to see their graduation rates increase since state officials changed the way it reported graduation rates in 2011. The average graduation rate across the state in 2012, the last year that has been released by the Illinois Board of Education, was 82.3 percent. The District goal is to always meet or exceed the state average.

Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that the District’s students were improving despite declines statewide.

“The increase in the graduation rates at all three District 209 schools is the result of purposeful efforts on the part of our teachers and administration working together toward improved student performance,” he said. “In light of the decline in graduation rates statewide, this improvement is a significant accomplishment.”

In addition to the improvements in reading scores and graduation rates, the District also saw positive gains in addressing the Board of Education’s goal of enhancing and improving educational programming. The following improvements are noted:

 To read more about these programs, click here

Proviso East Celebrates School Pride at Homecoming 2013

November 8, 2013

Former and current students along with faculty, staff and the Proviso East High School community celebrated Homecoming October 21 through 26.

It was a week of activities and spirit days that culminated with the annual homecoming parade led by Mickey and Minnie Mouse as the grand marshals, the football game, and the annual Homecoming dance as Proviso East celebrated the theme, “A Whole New World.”

Proviso East Homecoming Parade

“We had a great week celebrating Pirate Pride and everything that is great about Proviso East,” said Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East.  “Proviso East has always been a great school, and we need to be sure to continue to mark those achievements of past students as well as current students.”

The week began with a series of spirit days, including School Daze (wear your favorite college gear), International World Day (dress in ethnic wear or the flag colors of a country), Disney World Day, Back to the Future, and Blue and White Day (the school’s colors). Friday, October 25, was marked by a pep rally filled with games such as class musical chairs, performances by the marching band and Pirateers, and the introduction of the football team.

The Homecoming Court, including the Homecoming King and Queen, were also crowned and recognized. Winning this year’s crown as Homecoming King and Homecoming Queen were Donald Glover and Stephanie Gonzalez. Stephanie said that she was surprised at being named homecoming queen.
P.E. Homecoming King and Queen

“Look at me now,” she said. “I’m wearing the crown.”

Donald said that it was exciting to be named as homecoming king.

“It’s a pleasure to be homecoming king,” he said. “I get to represent Proviso East in a positive way.”

For more photos of the Homecoming events, click here!

District 209 Seeks Feedback for Proposed Student Uniform Policy

November 1, 2013

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is exploring a new student uniform policy that would go into effect for the 2014-15 school year. The District is seeking input from students, parents, faculty, staff members, and other members of the community.

A committee of administrators, faculty, staff members, and students from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Math and Science Academy has been meeting since the beginning of the current school year to iron out details for the proposed policy. Under the preliminary proposed policy, students would wear a long-sleeved or short-sleeved black, white, or school-colored knit polo shirt without logos with plain khaki shorts or trousers when school is in session.

“The education of students has been, is, and always will be the number one priority of this District,” said Mr. Daniel J. Adams, president of the Board of Education. “Under this policy, we are creating an environment that will be more conducive to learning and remove many of the distractions that can interfere with that learning process. We are confident that students wearing uniforms will help produce a better environment for learning and teaching.”

The policy does provide exceptions for students enrolled in Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) classes, exceptions on designated dress-up or jersey days for student-athletes, and exceptions on days selected by building administrators to build school spirit such as Homecoming Week.

To determine the final policy, input from students, parents, faculty, staff members, and other members of the community is being sought now through December 19. The Board of Education will be presented a final policy for consideration in January.

Please visit and follow the links to the preliminary draft student uniform policy and a short survey, the results of which will be used to modify the proposed policy for final consideration by the Board of Education.

 Draft Proposals – PDF Files


You may access the survey by clicking here.

Clic aquí para completar la encuesta. VFP


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