More than 575 incoming students attended the third annual Freshman Transition Program at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy on August 10 and 11.
The two-day program was well-attended, with about 580 students attending the sessions at all three schools. The Freshman Transition program is designed to provide incoming freshmen with the support that they will need for a successful start to their high school careers, said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. This is in addition to the traditional Freshman Orientation, which takes place on Friday, August 14.
"Getting a good start to the high school years helps students be better learners and be better prepared to graduate successfully from high school," Dr. Collins-Hart said. "The additional time in the schools before the regular school year will help our students to feel good about our schools and be comfortable in their new settings."
During the course of the two-day program, the students learned tips for becoming a successful high
school student, different ways to get involved in activities at their school, and how to begin preparing for life after high school. They also learned how to develop positive relationships with each other and school staff, played games, had an ice cream social, learned about high school requirements, and had discussions about their concerns, anxieties, and needs as they move into high school.
At Proviso East, discussed topics included study tips, where to find resources, what activities in which they could take part, and what they can wear with the District's student uniform dress code. Students said that they believed that the extra time in school helped be ready for high school.
"It was good so we can be prepared for high school," said Taylor Hart, a Proviso East freshman.
At Proviso West, the incoming freshmen heard what is expected of them and toured the school. Keon
Pope, a Proviso West freshman, said that he appreciated learning where everything was located in his new school.
"I’m learning how to be a freshman," he said." I’m trying to figure out where we’re going."
Incoming freshmen at PMSA had many of the same activities, learning where their classes are in the building, learning about issues such bullying, and meeting some of their teachers and fellow classmates.
"I’m looking forward to making new friends who will encourage me to study," said Breanna Sanchez, a PMSA freshman.
Welcome to Proviso, Class of 2019!