Almost 500 parents joined in the celebration of the annual Bring Your Parents to School Day at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Math and Science Academy in October.
The parents who attended the day were able to gain insights into a typical day for their students at school. They followed along their students’ class schedules, joining everything from math and English classes to lunch.
"Bring Your Parents to School Day" has been a tradition in District 209 since 2002, when it was first introduced by then-Board of Education President, Mrs. Theresa L. Kelly. The event is one of District 209’s largest parent involvement initiatives of the year. This event is part of the Board of Education’s ongoing efforts to promote more outreach to the parents and the community.
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that the day-long event was quite a success.
"Parents who attended Bring Your Parents to School Day received an education in terms of what their students are experiencing on a daily basis in our schools," she said. "Parent involvement is key to a student’s education, and we are hopeful that more parents will be able to be involved in their students’ school in any way possible. The day also provided us with constructive feedback from our parents."
The day at PMSA began in the auditorium with performances by the school’s drum line and choir and comments from Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal; Mr. William Breisch, assistant principal for teaching and learning; and Ms. Amy Binn-Calvey, president of the PMSA PTO. Dr. Karvelas called the day "a celebration" of the school.
Ms. Peggy Raddatz went with her daughter, Ava, to her classes, including her first-period journalism class. She said that the day was bittersweet for her.
"It’s our last time," said Ms. Raddatz, who was among the 238 parents who attended the day at PMSA. "I love coming here. I can’t imagine why any parent wouldn’t want to come. All I feel is pride for our school."
At Proviso West, 141 parents witnessed and in some cases, took part in their students’ class activities. One such activity for some parents was helping their students measure velocity in Dr. Bozena Suwary’s physics honors class. Using tachometers, the students and parents calculated how fast they could walk a short distance.
Ms. Countess Grant, whose son, Eric, is a junior in the class, said that she was impressed with the level of instruction that she saw.
"The honors classes are kind of tough," she said. "It was interesting because they have to use the motion detector and see how it works."
About 100 parents attended Bring Your Parents to School Day at Proviso East. Among them was Ms. Anna Hampton, whose daughter, Moriah, is a junior. She was able to be with Moriah as she took her physical education class.
"Everything’s great," Ms. Hampton said of the day. "We went to gym and saw her work out. It’s a nice program because it keeps the teenagers in good health."
Thank you to all of the parents who took the time to join us for a day at school! It is this type of parent involvement that will help our schools to grow and improve.