PTHS District 209..
.Parents, students, and community members met with principals at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Math and Science Academy on August 12 through 15.
Each principal is charged with executing their individual school improvement plans and boosting student achievement. During the Principal Meet and Greet, each principal, including new principals at Proviso West and PMSA, outlined the goals and plans for each of their schools and welcomed the community to what is expected to be a fantastic new school year.
At PMSA on August 12, Dr. Bessie Karvelas, the new principal, spoke of the need for parents and students to work together with the school to make PMSA a great school.
"I am here to go from good to great with your students," she said. "It’s truly important for us to do this together."
At Proviso West, Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, the new principal, spoke about the impact that teachers can have on a student, saying two high school teachers in his native Flint, Michigan, taught him the value of education. He said that he wanted to have that impact on students at Proviso West.
"When we say it doesn’t matter what you walk in with in terms of background and what you can do, we’re serious," Mr. Hawthorne said. "We’re looking forward. We’re expecting more of students than they are of themselves."
Mr. Tony Valente, who has been principal at Proviso East since 2011, highlighted recent achievements at Proviso East such as higher graduation rates and improved reading scores. He said that more good things are coming to Proviso East if parents made certain to work with their students.
"Keep your kids involved," he said. "You’re going to like the changes you’ll see at Proviso East."
Parents who attended the meet and greets said that they appreciated being able to meet with the principals.
Mr. Avery Thurman, a PMSA parent, said that he believed he learned about the direction that Dr. Karvelas wants to take the school.
"It’s important to see the views of this principal and see where she came from," he said.
Ms. Blanca Ceballos, who has a daughter who is a sophomore at Proviso West, said that she was feeling confident about the school year after meeting Mr. Hawthorne and the two new assistant principals, Mr. Calvin Davis and Mr. Joseph Kosina.
"I feel like we’re going to have a good year," Ms. Ceballos said.
Ms. Shirley Brown said that she came away with what she was looking for.
"It was very informative," she said.