A group of 17 Proviso East High School teachers and staff members were honored by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at its regular meeting on Tuesday, September 10, at Proviso East High School.
Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, said that a group of 13 teachers and staff members helped make this year’s inaugural Freshman Transition program a success. More than 180 incoming freshmen attended the program at East on August 12 and 13.
"They planned it and organized a great two days," Mr. Valente said.
The Board also recognized Mr. Alexander Aschoff, coach of the Proviso East boys and girls golf team, for reviving the teams in all competitive levels in one year; Mr. David Chatman, a Proviso East physical education teacher; and Ms. Mary Creer, the chair of the Proviso East physical education department, for volunteering their time to help provide educational experiences outside of the classroom. Also honored was Mrs. Katherine Madock, a Proviso East dean, for her work in partnering with the Loyola School-Based Health Center to provide interventions such as anger management and stress management for students.
"We thank you for all you do," said Mr. Daniel Adams, Board President. "We cannot succeed without our teachers."
Students from Proviso Math and Science Academy also were recognized for their work. Ms. Debra Vines, executive director of The Answer Inc., an autism awareness and support agency, said that a group of 16 PMSA students raised $625 for the Walking for the Answer Autism and Special Needs Walkathon that took place on May 11 at Proviso East High School. She said that she was impressed by the enthusiasm and support that the students provided in helping with the walkathon, which raised money to send children and adults with autism to horseback riding camp at White Pines Ranch in Oregon, Illinois.
"They wanted to be totally involved," Ms. Vines said. "They were so excited to do it. They want to know all about autism."
The Board also approved a move of the Class of 2014 Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA graduation ceremonies to the Rosemont Theatre in Rosemont. The theatre will comfortably accommodate 4,400 friends and families for the three ceremonies, which had taken place at the UIC Pavilion at the University of Illinois at Chicago since 2006.
The graduation ceremonies for the three schools are scheduled for Saturday, May 24, 2014.