The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education recognized 17 Proviso East High School students for their excellent performance in the classroom at its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 11, at Proviso East.
Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, first recognized Martyina Graham, who recently was awarded a Golden Apple Scholarship. Golden Apple Scholars are named based on their achievement and the student’s plans to become a teacher. Illinois Golden Apple Scholars receive $2,500 during each of their first two years, and $5,000 for their junior and senior years to attend one of 53 public and private universities in Illinois.
"This is very prestigious for our school," Mr. Valente said. "We’re very proud of her accomplishments."
Sixteen students also were recognized for maintaining a grade point average of at least a 4.0, for which they were named to the High Honor Roll. They were the following:
Mr. Valente also recognized two Proviso East teachers who were named Teachers of the Month: Mr. Clinton Alexander, an English teacher, and Ms. Elizabeth Walker, also an English teacher.
Mrs. Kim Echols, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, said that registration packets will be mailed to students who will attend Proviso Township High Schools in 2014-15 on Monday, March 17. All of the schools also will host a registration night for next year’s incoming freshmen in May, she said.
In addition, Dr. Patrice Reiger, chair of the Proviso East English department, and Ms. Catherine Josephs, a Proviso East English teacher, reported on the progress of the Empower 3000 literacy program at Proviso East. Under Empower 3000, students can read up to 17,000 non-fiction articles online, each adjusted to the student’s current reading level. Dr. Reiger said that in using the program, the average reading level for the participating 241 students rose by 15 percent between September and the end of February. This is partially due to the rigor of the curriculum and of the articles that the students are reading, she said.
"They’ve changed over the year," Dr. Reiger said. "They’re more rigorous."
Mrs. Francine Harrell, a Board member, said that she is a fan of the program.
"I think that it’s going to be great for our students who are coming," she said. "I expect to see everyone at Proviso East, Proviso West, and Proviso Math and Science Academy to go to college."