Parents at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy got a look into the lives of their students on Tuesday, February 4, on Bring Your Parents to School Day.
The parents who attended the day were able to gain insights into a typical day for their students at school. They followed their students’ class schedules, joining everything from math and English classes to lunch.
"Bring Your Parents to School Day" has been a tradition in District 209 since 2002, when it was first introduced by then-Board of Education President, Mrs. Theresa L. Kelly. The event is one of District 209’s largest parent involvement initiatives of the year. This event is part of the Board of Education’s ongoing efforts to promote more outreach to the parents and the community.
At Proviso East, Ms. Gabriela Torres, whose daughter, Cecilia Torres is a junior, reminisced about her days as a student there. Walking through the halls on their way to Cecilia’s driver’s education class, she pointed out rooms where she had had classes. She said that she appreciated visiting the school again with students.
"We get to share their experiences," Ms. Torres said. "I graduated from here, and I like being able to see the teachers again."
Mr. Craig Cooper attended classes and lunch with his daughter, Yamari Jimenez, at Proviso West. He sat in Yamari’s world civilization class, learning with the other students about historical figures such as France’s King Louis XIV and Russia’s Peter the Great from the teacher, Ms. Victoria Mazzone.
"I think that it’s a very good gesture to the parents to come in and see what’s going on in the classroom," said Mr. Cooper, who attended Bring Your Parents to School Day last year with his son, Craig Cooper Jr., a 2013 Proviso West graduate. "It builds rapport between the parents and the teachers."
Mr. Shaun Coleman joined his son, Joshua Coleman, a sophomore at PMSA, in his classes, including his English 2 class with Ms. Ashley Allen. He said that he was impressed with what he saw, including the technology in the classrooms.
"It’s different than when I went to high school," said Mr. Coleman, who graduated from Proviso West. "You get to see the kids interact and hopefully be themselves."
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, said that parents learned more about the education that their students are receiving.
"Parents who attended Bring Your Parents to School Day were able to see what their students are learning on a daily basis in our schools," she said. "Parent involvement is key to a student’s education, and we are hopeful that more parents will be able to be involved in their students’ school in any way possible."
Thank you to all of the parents who took the time to join us for a day at school! It is this type of parent involvement that will help our schools to grow and improve.