Monday, August 18, provided a smooth start to the 2014-15 school year, as students adjusted to their new schedules, new teachers, and new uniforms.
Students made their way to class, experiencing everything that the first day of school provides in finding their way to new classes and meeting new classmates and their teachers.
"We are off to a successful start to the new school year," said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. "The students look smart in their new uniforms. It is our intent to continue this smooth start as we focus on our goals for this year, including working together to raise student achievement and provide students the successful school experience that they need to achieve."
At Proviso East High School, students, teachers, and staff started the school year still adjusting following a fire that damaged several rooms in the south section of the building in May. While restoration work continues on several of the damaged rooms, other parts opened to classes, including Ms. Martina McEllistrim’s first period English class.
"I’m delighted to be back," she said. "I love being here. Our classrooms are ready and they’re looking clean, looking bright. It’s a nice way to start the year with these clean classrooms, a fresh start."
Mr. Tony Valente, principal at Proviso East, said that students have come to school ready to learn.
"The first day of school went remarkably well," he said. "We have a good group of students. Our students, and especially our juniors, are focused and ready to succeed in their classes and on the upcoming tests.
At Proviso West High School, students also are ready to achieve in the new year.
"Our students arrived today ready to learn," said Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West. "They certainly looked the part and their attitudes showed that they’re ready to be productive members of the Proviso West family."
Anastasia Jude, a Proviso West junior, said that along with planning to be on the tennis team again this year, she plans to study hard in her classes.
"I’m going to get better grades than last year," she said.
Ilse Sanchez, Ariana Fierro, and other seniors at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy looked ahead to their senior year. Ariana said that she was looking ahead to events including spirit week. Ilse said that she was looking ahead to new classes that were added this year.
"I want to see how the curriculum is since they added a lot of (Advanced Placement) classes," Ilse said.
Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA, said that the first day of school went smoothly and that PMSA students are focused on success in the new school year.
"They’re all ready to go and buckle down," she said. "They’re focused on the challenges of PMSA."
Welcome back, students!