Proviso 209 Update: Parent University Is Back, 17 Inducted Into Proviso East National Honor Society, and More!

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Parent University Is Back

Mark your calendars!

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host its latest edition of Parent University from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 1, 2014, 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.

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

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.

The Parent University is a workshop designed to prepare parents to help their students in high school and beyond. Among the planned workshop topics this time are the following:


  • Filling out the FAFSA.
  • Financial aid for college, trade schools, or certificate programs.
  • Transition to high school for middle school parents
  • Resources available for your child.
  • Helping your child love to learn and the Common Core Curriculum.
  • Helping students with disabilities.

“Our first Parent University was a success and those who attended learned much about preparing their students for high school,” said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. “We plan to build on that success with more sessions on helping parents be ready for high school and how to be ready for life after graduation.”

Parent information sessions will be conducted in both English and Spanish. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., followed at 9 a.m. by the start of the information sessions.

The District is expecting a great turnout and encourages parents to spread the word. Parents of next year’s freshmen are especially encouraged to attend.

Proviso West Tournament A Success 

The 53rd edition of the Proviso West Holiday Basketball Tournament was a showcase of some of the best high school basketball the Chicago area has to offer.

More than 20,000 people attended games between December 21 and December 31, which ended with last year’s Class 4A state runner-up, Stevenson High School, claiming the tournament title with a 69-57 win over Morgan Park High. Morgan Park had won the Class 3A state title and the Proviso West Holiday Tournament title last year. Proviso East High School finished in fifth place after its 59-51 win over Fenwick earlier in the day on December 31. In addition, Jevon Carter, a senior at Proviso East, was named to the second team of the All-Tournament Team.

To read more on the tournament, click here.

17 Inducted Into Proviso East NHS 

Proviso East Honorees

The Proviso East High School National Honor Society (NHS) had 17 new members inducted at its fall ceremony on December 4 at Proviso East High School.

To be inducted into the National Honor Society, a student needs to have at least four semesters in which they earn a grade point average of at least 3.0 of a possible 4.0. The students who meet this criterion are then contacted and invited to submit an application in which they answer questions about their leadership skills and community service as well as write an essay on why they believe they should be inducted.

Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, said that the inducted students and their families had much of which to be proud.

“These students are yet another example of the great students that we have in our school,” he said. “Being inducted into an organization such as the National Honor Society demonstrates that doing well in the classroom and service to the community work well together.”

The following students were inducted on December 4:

Janely Arroyo
Hector Blanco
Melody Bryant
Tamara Cole
Dalal El Barbarawi
Madly Espinoza
Darnesha Evans
Darius King
Sapphira Love-Coleman
Theresa Meraz
Miguel Ortiz-Jaramillo
Estrella Quintana
Ana Maria Rodriguez
Elizabeth Rodriguez
Keonte Space
Liliana Uriostegui
Charlisa Williams

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