More than 575 incoming students attended the second annual Freshman Transition Program at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy on August 11 and 12.
The two-day program was well-attended, with 585 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 15.
"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. "We want our students to feel good about our schools and be comfortable in their new settings. 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 new student uniform dress code. Students said that they believed that they were better prepared for high school with the extra time in the school.
"It helped because it calmed my nerves," said Journey Fountain, a freshman who said that she plans to play volleyball at Proviso East. "It helped me know where everything is after our tour. I now just have to learn where my classes are."
At Proviso West, the incoming freshmen heard what is expected of them from their dean, Mr. Edgar Rivera, including following the new dress code and working hard to be successful. For Krystal Reygoza, she said that she was enjoying learning about the school and meeting fellow freshmen.
"It is fun meeting new people," said Krystal, who plans to be in the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC).
Incoming freshmen at PMSA had many of the same activities, learning where their classes are in the building and meeting some of their teachers. Jonathan Gurga, a PMSA freshman, said that he was looking forward to some of the games that students will play in physical education classes in the school’s multi-purpose room.
"We’ve been walking around the school, getting to know the other freshmen," said Jonathan, whose brother, Joshua Ocampo, also attends PMSA. "I liked the multi-purpose room because of the handball games we’ll get to play."
Welcome to Proviso, Class of 2018!