Proviso 209 Update: Graduation, Battle Of The Bands, Summer School Enrollment, Parent University Returns, New Programming, More

Monday, June 2, 2014

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District 209 Congratulates Class of 2014

Proviso East Grad
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May 30, 2014 03:00 PM

Nearly 920 members of the Class of 2014 said “goodbye” to Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy at commencement ceremonies held on Saturday, May 24, at the Rosemont Theatre.

The 913 seniors at the three schools graduated with pomp and circumstance during the ceremonies that were a mixture of congratulations for their efforts and hard work, happiness for graduating, and sadness in leaving friends and high school behind them as they move on to a new chapter in their lives.

Mr. Daniel J. Adams, president of the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education, encouraged the graduates to pursue whatever they did in life with passion.

“Whatever you do, pursue it with gusto and passion,” he said. “But as you go out into the world, whether it is college or the workforce, remember that life is about personal responsibility. Whatever you put into life is what you get out of it.”

Students who spoke at the ceremonies also encouraged their fellow graduates to do great things.

To read more about this year’s graduation ceremonies, click here.

Proviso East High School Honors Two Valedictorians and Two Salutatorians

May 23, 2014 02:58 PM

Congratulations are in order for four Proviso East High School students who have been named valedictorians and salutatorians, along with the rest of the Proviso East High School Class of 2014. Consistent with the high honor of being named valedictorians and salutatorians, all four of these excellent students have been invited to speak at the graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 24.

The students are as follows:

  • Jennifer Ramirez, who was named valedictorian.
  • LaDarius Sapho, who was named valedictorian.
  • Stephanie Gonzalez, who was named salutatorian.
  • Ashanti Stanton, who was named salutatorian.

Please join us in celebrating their outstanding achievements and give them best wishes as they move to the next chapters of their lives.

The naming of the valedictorian and salutatorian in the District is governed by administrative procedures of the District as required by board policy. The practice of naming the valedictorian and salutatorian that was followed this year has been followed historically. However, the District is honoring four committed students this year.

Once again, the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education, administration, and its staff ask that you join the community in recognizing these outstanding students.

Parent University Returns on August 9

Parent University
Photo courtesy of District 209.

May 30, 2014 02:45 PM

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, August 9, 2014, at the district offices at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, 8601 West 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.

The Parent University is a workshop designed to prepare parents to help their students in high school and beyond. The planned workshop topics include:

  • Paying for college, trade schools, or certificate programs
  • Transitioning to high school
  • Resources available for your child
  • Helping students with disabilities
  • Assisting students who English language learners
  • Important changes in your students’ education with the Common Core Standards.

“Those who attended our previous Parent Universities 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 a.m., followed at 8:30 a.m. by the start of the information sessions. In addition, there will be a free community resource fair.

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 East, Proviso West Compete Well in Battle of the Bands

Battle of the Bands
Photo courtesy of District 209.

May 23, 2014 02:45 PM

The Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School marching bands and drumlines took on a strong field at the 12th annual Proviso East Battle of the Bands in the packed Proviso West gymnasium on May 17.

While two-time defending champion Trotwood-Madison (Ohio) High School again took home the top prize in Division 1, Proviso West won several prizes of its own in Division 2, including first place for best auxiliary and best drumline in the overall contest. Proviso also won first place in the drumline competition and won second place in the overall competition, just behind visiting Oak Park (Michigan) High School.

“The kids really enjoyed themselves,” said Mr. Sam Atcher, band director at Proviso West. “It was a way for us to learn from the other bands and to elevate ourselves as a result of that.”

The Battle of the Bands was moved indoors to the gymnasium at Proviso West due to construction on the field house at Proviso East and the threat of rain. However, that did not stop the bands from performing a high-energy show from the roughly 1,000 people in attendance.

Mr. Reginald Wright, band director at Proviso East, said that the Proviso East performed well as the final show of the day. They did not compete officially as the host school.

To read more about the 2014 Battle of the Bands, click here.

District 209 Students: Sign Up for Summer School Now

Summer School
Photo courtesy of District 209.

May 30, 2014 02:50 PM

Students in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 wishing to take summer school can register now.

Students wishing to take classes for summer school need to register before the end of the day on June 6 in order to take summer classes. Summer school classes will run from June 9 through July 10 from 8 a.m. to 1:10 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Parents are encouraged to sign up their students for summer school as soon as possible to help with determining class sizes.

Offerings for summer school will be credit recovery and enrichment activities such as the college tour, band camps, summer reading, and acceleration courses for credit with prior approval. The summer reading and acceleration courses will be held at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, while students taking credit recovery classes will go to either Proviso East High School or Proviso West High School, based on their attendance area.

The summer school fee is $100.00 per half-credit for all courses for in-district students. Drivers’ Education Behind the Wheel is $150.00. All fees must be paid in advance. Session I will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Session II will be held from 10:40 a.m. to 1:10 p.m.

For more information about summer school or to register, please contact your school’s main office or your students’ counselor.

District 209 Unveils Exciting New Programs at Forum

Photo courtesy of District 209.

May 23, 2014 02:55 PM

There are several exciting new programs that are being introduced in Proviso Township High Schools District 209 for the 2014-15 school year.

The new programs were discussed at a community forum for program changes on Wednesday, May 21, at the District’s offices at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy. The programs include those that could lead to future college credit and being prepared for a career. They are the Project Lead the Way pre-engineering program, which will be introduced for 25 students at Proviso West High School in the new school year, and a cosmetology and barber program for 40 students from Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School. Attendees also learned about the new freshman summer transition program, new special education programs, and what to expect when the Common Core Standards and the new PARCC state assessment go into effect in the 2014-15 school year.

“We have a vision and we are doing things,” said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. “This is an exciting time. We are providing opportunities for our students.”

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