It was a day of new beginnings as faculty and staff in Proviso Township High Schools gathered for the District’s annual District Institute Day at Proviso East High School on August 13.
In the school’s auditorium, newly renovated following a fire at Proviso East in May, teachers and staff members heard from Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent for District 209; Mr. Glenn Singleton, a consultant who spoke on matters of race in education; and Mr. Daniel Adams, president of the District 209 Board of Education.
"We look forward to a prosperous year," Mr. Adams said. "As a team, we can make Proviso rise. We can make Proviso one of the premier school districts in the state."
Dr. Collins-Hart said that teachers and staff members in District 209 do great things. She said that the District has seen progress in test scores and graduation rates in recent years, and several new academic programs have been added for this year. She said that it is a credit to teachers and staff members in helping students to achieve and the District continue to grow.
"That is some progress," she said. "You have used the resources we have available. This school community can come together around students, which is what we do well."
Teachers said that they were looking forward to starting the new school year, which begins with the first day of school on Monday, August 18.
Mr. Reginald Wright, band director at Proviso East, said that he has high hopes for the new school year.
"I’m looking forward to students improving the way they learn and the band’s improvement and continued success," he said.
Ms. Kate Foster is a new guidance counselor at Proviso West. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she said that she is looking forward to working with the diverse population of students at Proviso West.
"I’m looking forward to building relationships with students," she said. "I just want to work to try to find some support so we can help kids start improving success and try to find ways they can improve academically and personally."