More than 720 parents at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy got a look at what their students are learning at the annual "Back to School Night" on Thursday, September 3.
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. The two-hour evening open house is 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, more than 720 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 ask our parents to continue to remain involved in our schools and invested in their children’s education."
At Proviso East, parents and several students visited classes, meeting with teachers and learning more about what is happening in the classroom. They also got to meet Proviso East’s new principal, Dr. Patrick Hardy, who said that parent support was needed for the students and the school to be successful.
"I believe we have some of the best students this side of heaven," Dr. Hardy said. "I believe they’re intelligent, and I believe we can make this place a place where you can’t say those other things."
More than 400 parents had a similar experience at Proviso West, being able to visit their students’ classrooms and meet with different program coordinators from both inside and outside District 209, including new District 209 ELL coordinator, Dr. Jeremy Burnham, and representatives from Triton College. They also learned about the current programs and changes at Proviso West from administrators, including the new free breakfast and lunch policy for students, and continuing programs such as the Project Lead the Way pre-engineering program, Advanced Placement courses, and Title I programs.
"We’re excited to meet them and let them see the classrooms of their students," said Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West. "We’re excited for them to meet their students’ teachers and see what their day is like."
Many parents who attended said that they found the evening to be helpful in knowing about their students’ schools and the classes that they are learning.
"With my daughter being a freshman, I wanted to get to know her teachers and build a relationship with the teachers," said Luis Pagan, whose daughter, Alyssa Pagan, is a freshman at Proviso East. "It’s being a part of her next four years and to see her grow."
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Additional reporting and photos contributed by Madeline Orellana, a junior at Proviso West High School.