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Proviso High Schools Board Honors PMSA State Scholars

February 26, 2016 08:45 AM
The 23 Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy seniors who recently were named Illinois State Scholars were honored by the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education at the Board’s regular meeting on Tuesday, February 9, at PMSA.
Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA, said the 23 seniors should be commended for their "outstanding commitment to their education." The 23 students are among nearly 19,000 students from the Class of 2016 across the state and 37 students from District 209 to receive the designation from the Illinois State Assistance Commission. According to ISAC, Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors, hailing from 652 different high schools across the state. Selection is based on SAT, ACT or Prairie State Achievement Exam scores, and/or class rank at the end of the junior year. High school guidance counselors work with ISAC to determine the winners.
"These students have dedicated themselves to their studies and have embraced the rigor of our curricula that is associated with academia," Dr. Karvelas said of the students. "They have excelled and achieved this honor because of their commitment and dedication to their education.
The following students were recognized by the Board:
  • Charles Calvert
  • Andrea Delgado
  • Jesus Flores
  • Michelle Fulgencio
  • Hannah Galloway
  • Julisa Galvan
  • Lizbeth Garcia
  • Maksim Giljen
  • Alexandra Gomez
  • Kalen Gray
  • Karla Guzman
  • Michael Lemus
  • Angelica Minguez
  • Ashley Mitchell
  • Leslie Mora
  • Andres Munoz
  • Felicia Oduh
  • Vincent Puente
  • Zachary Redis
  • Erick Rodriguez
  • Cristian Roman
  • William Sanchez
  • Cristian Zaragoza
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, also announced during her superintendent’s report that the district is now an International Baccalaureate district, with PMSA now officially becoming an International Baccalaureate school. The International Baccalaureate is a program designed to be academically challenging and provide students with an education that can gain them entry to the most prestigious college and university programs in the world. PMSA has been a pre-IB school since the start of the 2014-2015 school year.
Dr. Karvelas said that many schools that become IB schools typically take three to four years to be accepted as an IB program due to revisions and restructuring of their program.
"My teachers did it in two years," she said. "There were no revisions, no restructuring."
The Board also approved the 2016-2017 school calendar. The first day of classes for all students will be on Monday, August 22, 2016, with freshman orientation on Friday, August 19, 2016. Other dates of note include winter break beginning on Thursday, December 22, 2016, and running through Wednesday, January 4, 2017; spring break scheduled for March 27 through 31, 2017; and the last day of school for all students set for Wednesday, May 31, 2017, if no emergency closing days are used.
In addition, the Board approved the dates, locations, and format of the 2016 summer school.
Summer school classes are currently scheduled to be held at PMSA from June 6 through July 18, with the summer program divided between a Session A that will take place June 6 through 23, and a Session B from June 27 through July 18, with all classes taking place between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Summer school components will be credit recovery; enrichment courses including the college tour, summer reading, and acceleration courses with prior approval; and freshman transition for incoming freshmen.
Students can take two courses during the summer, though only one course per session. The cost to families will be $100 per half credit and $175 for summer school driver’s education. All fees must be paid in advance, with registration for summer school classes taking place March 16 and May 27 for Session A courses and June 5 through 19 for Session B courses.


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