Proviso East, Proviso West, PMSA Host Back to School Night on September 4
September 1, 2014 01:00 PM
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will welcome parents and students to a new school year with "Back to School Night" from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 4, at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.
The "Back to School Night" is an annual event that is designed to build relationships between parents and schools and introduce parents to their students’ teachers, said Mrs. Kim Echols, the District’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. At this event, parents may visit classrooms, meet teachers and find out what their students will be learning.
"It’s 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," Mrs. Echols said.
Mr. Daniel Adams, President of the Board of Education, said that parents will learn much about their students’ school at Back to School Night. He emphasized that this event is part of the Board’s ongoing efforts to promote more outreach to the parents and the community.
"It is always beneficial for a student when their parents are invested in their education," Mr. Adams said. "Visiting the school on Back to School Night is a good way for parents to learn about their students’ classes and to learn about ways they can help their students be successful in their studies."
Parents who attended last year’s Back to School Night said that they wanted to learn more about what is happening in the students’ schools.
"I need to know what’s in store for her," said Ms. Inya Davis, whose daughter was a sophomore at Proviso West last year. "You’ve got to have a support system for them."
Ms. Keta Hodges, whose daughter was a junior at Proviso East last year, said that she 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.
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that Back to School Night is a good chance to teachers to get information to parents and guardians.
"Face-to-face meetings tend to make getting information across to parents easier," Dr. Collins-Hart said. "By providing an opportunity for them to become more familiar with their students’ schools, parents are able to see what their students are doing in their classes and what supports are available for their students to achieve success."