Future Pirates Visit Proviso East

February 16, 2017 03:12 PM
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Eighth-grade students from Irving Elementary School, Forest Park Middle School, Stevenson Middle School and Lindop Elementary were invited to Proviso East High School to experience a day in the life of a Proviso Pirate. Students from these schools were welcomed by the Proviso East Band, Proviso East Flag Team, and Proviso East Pirateers as they walked into the school's field house. Half of the field house was filled with eighth-grade students who were excited to join the event and meet Proviso East administrators, staff, and students.
 
Mr. Clinton Alexander, activities coordinator, and Dr. Patrick Hardy, principal at Proviso East, welcomed all the students. Mr. Alexander explained that the purpose of Shadow Day is to help students become familiar with Proviso East before orientation, build relationships with Proviso East students and staff, and learn about the direction of the school.
 
Beginning Fall 2017, Proviso East will launch a Career Academy program. Students will start in the Freshmen Academy, where they will be provided with the support and skills needed to succeed in high school. In the Freshmen Academy, students will also learn about the program of studies within the Arts and Communications Academy, Business and Human Services Academy, and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Academy. Once students have a better understanding of the career paths, student expectations, and student outcomes, they choose the academy that will best suit them, and follow that program of study for the next three years.
 
Mrs. Bertha Ruiz, Career Academy Coordinator, informed students about the Career Academy program and stated, "The Career Academy Program provides you with a rigorous, relevant, and individualized education. Your high school experience will include internship, job shadowing and mentoring opportunities. You will also have the option to earn industry certifications, AP credit, Dual Credit, endorsements, and licensures. These educational opportunities allow our students to be proactive and ready for post-secondary decision that may include college, university, or career pathways."
 
Mr. Fred Aguirre, assistant principal at Proviso East, gave students advice on transitioning from eighth grade to high school. "My discussion to you is around being able to make an adjustment from junior high to high school. The students here have shown tremendous academic success in that one-third of our student population achieved a 3.0 GPA average or better. This year, there were 25 new student organizations. I lead the Anime Club which includes anything anime, comic book or video game related. I would encourage you to immerse yourself in the school by getting involved in extracurricular activities."
 
In addition to learning about student programs, eighth grade students were informed about student organizations and athletic programs through student led presentations. Proviso East students took ownership of this event by designing school banners, welcoming students, assembling giveaways, and serving as student ambassadors who led campus tours for the eighth-grade students. The twenty-eight Proviso East Seniors who volunteered as student ambassadors received hours of training from Mr. Chris Suqua, security officer and Proviso East Alumnus.
 
We want to thank the students from Irving Elementary School, Forest Park Middle School, Stevenson Middle School and Lindop Elementary for visiting our school and we hope to see you in the Fall!
 
For more photos from Proviso East Shadow Day please click here
 
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