The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education honored 19 Proviso West High School students and a Proviso West science teacher for their excellence in math and science.
Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, recognized 13 students who had been recognized for their outstanding performance in math and science by the National Society of Women Engineers (NSWE) and six students who had been recognized for their outstanding performance in science by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). The students had received their recognition from the NSWE and AAPT with students from Proviso East High School and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy at a ceremony at Proviso West on March 17.
He also recognized Dr. Bozena Suwary, a Proviso West science teacher, for her efforts.
"Particularly for her encouragement of students to go into the fields of science and engineering, we celebrate the work of Dr. Bozena Suwary," Mr. Hawthorne said.
The following students were recognized by the Board:
In addition, Ms. Carissa Gillespie, chair of the Proviso West English department, and Ms. Adenike Natschke, a Proviso West English teacher, reported on the progress of the Empower 3000 literacy program at Proviso West. Under Empower 3000, students can read up to 17,000 non-fiction articles online, each adjusted to the student’s current reading level. Ms. Natschke said that the program allows students to work on skills such as vocabulary and critical thinking, while Ms. Gillespie said that usage of the program has jumped from 454 log-ins in September to 3,378 as of April 7. The number of activities in which students have participated in the program also has increased from 251 in September to 4,126 as of April 7.
"We’re extremely proud that students and teachers are enjoying the program," Ms. Gillespie said.
Ms. Gillespie added that Ms. Karen Sassetti, an English language learners (ELL) teacher at Proviso West, had won an Amazon gift card and a pizza party for her students’ usage and high scores in the Empower 3000 program.
Mrs. Kim Echols, the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for District 209, reported on the curriculum renewal process in the District. She said that along with beginning the authorization process to bring the International Baccalaureate program to PMSA and exploring bringing it to Proviso East and Proviso West, the District also was piloting the Project Lead the Way pre-engineering program at Proviso West in the 2014-15 school year.
Mrs. Echols also said that the District will pilot the Edge reading program for 120 incoming freshmen during summer school, which will run from June 9 to July 10. The students’ progress in the reading curriculum would then be followed throughout their freshman year.