The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education honored four of its top scholars at its regular meeting on Tuesday, June 10, at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy (PMSA).
The Board honored LaDarius Sapho as valedictorian and Ashanti Stanton as salutatorian at Proviso East High School. Also honored were Marco Herrera and Carlos Aceves as research scholars of distinction at PMSA for their development of a program that can determine what parts a computer will need to remain fully functional for their senior research mentorship project. Each were presented a plaque and recognized in front of a gathered audience.
"These students have shown themselves to be well deserving of their honors," said Mr. Daniel J. Adams, president of the District 209 Board of Education. "We are proud of them, and we wish them well in all of their future endeavors."
LaDarius, Ashanti, Marco, and Carlos will join four other scholars as the 2014 inductees in the District 209 Academic Hall of Fame. Jennifer Ramirez and Izaura Ocampo were recognized as valedictorians at Proviso East and Proviso West, respectively, by the Board at its May meeting, while Stephanie Gonzalez of Proviso East and Crystal Magallon of Proviso West were honored as salutatorian of their respective schools.
The Board and audience also got an up-close look at the uniforms that students will be required to wear beginning with the start of the 2014-15 school year with the help of some of the students who will be wearing them. Cinia McCray and Willie Greenwood, who will be juniors at Proviso East next year; Tajohanae Ashcraft and Joel Zesati, who will be a sophomore and senior, respectively, at Proviso West, and Khushi Suri and Santiago Hernandez, who will be seniors at PMSA, modeled the polo shirts and khaki bottoms that will be required of all students.
Board members also learned more about the curriculum review and alignment process that has been developed by administrators and teachers as the District’s curriculum shifts to the Common Core Standards in the 2014-15 school year. Dr. Bobb Darnell, a consultant who has been working with the District during the last year on curriculum review, said that the intent is to look at what is being taught in schools and ensure that it is relevant to students’ needs. That in turn will help increase achievement, reduce achievement gaps, develop college and career readiness, and expand learning opportunities for students.
"When you have a documented and aligned curriculum, you are assuring that it is aligned to the Common Core Standards," said Mrs. Kim Echols, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for District 209. "The goal is to create common assessments. Everyone will be assessed fairly."
The curriculum review and alignment process will continue over the summer and into the next school year, Mrs. Echols said.