Forest Park, IL...
More than 900 parents got a look at what their students are learning at the annual "Back to School Night" on Thursday, September 5, at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Math and Science Academy.
The two-hour evening open house was designed to build relationships between parents and schools and introduce parents to their students’ teachers, said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. At this event, parents learned about the Title I programs at the schools, visited classrooms, met teachers and found out what their students will be learning.
"It was an opportunity for the parents to come and meet the teachers and the administration and discuss ways they can help their students be successful in their high school careers," Dr. Collins-Hart said. "We were pleased with the turnout, and we ask our parents to continue to remain involved in our schools and invested in their children’s education."
The Back to School Night is one of several initiatives through the Board of Education to promote more outreach to the parents and the community. Ms. Readith Ester, a board member, said that she was happy with the performance of the teachers and administrators that evening.
"I want to commend the teachers and administration for a job well done," she said.
Parents who attended said that they wanted to learn more about the students’ schools this year.
Inya Davis, whose daughter, Miracle, is a sophomore at Proviso West, said that she wanted to support her daughter.
"This is a big year for her," Ms. Davis said. "I need to know what’s in store for her. You’ve got to have a support system for them."
Keta Hodges, who has a daughter who is a junior at Proviso East, said that she saw several new faces at the event, and was impressed with what she saw and heard.
"It exceeded my expectations to meet the teachers and get familiar with what the kids are learning," Ms. Hodges said.
Teachers had similar thoughts about the evening.
Mrs. Darlene Delaney, a French and mentorship teacher at PMSA, said that she appreciated being able to meet with parents.
"Face-to-face meetings tend to make getting information across to them easier," Mrs. Delaney said. "I also enjoy getting to see the student’s little brothers and sisters. I think it sets a good example."
Parents will get another opportunity to meet with teachers at the annual Bring Your Parents to School Day on Tuesday, October 1.