PMSA Honored by Cook County Board of Commissioners
October 7, 2016 10:58 AM
The number one ranking among suburban Cook County high schools by Chicago magazine earned Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy more honors, as it was recognized by the Cook County Board of Commissioners at its regular meeting on Wednesday, October 5.
Commissioner Richard Boykin, whose First District includes Proviso Township, presented a resolution recognizing PMSA for the ranking at the meeting. In the resolution, it noted PMSA for employing a "multi-faceted approach to its curriculum" and it benefitting from "an instructional emphasis on mathematics, science, and technology." In addition, the resolution noted the school’s diversity, its students being awarded "tens of millions of dollars in scholarships" and it receiving numerous local, regional, and national honors, including the "bronze ranking from U.S. News and World Report in its "Best High Schools" issue.
"This is truly an outstanding achievement for a school that just founded a decade ago," Mr. Boykin said. "One of the things that makes this truly inspiring is that 58 percent of the students at Proviso Math and Science Academy come from low-income families, and yet, regardless of economic background, the graduation rate at Proviso Math and Science Academy is a perfect 100 percent. Education really is the great equalizer on the ladder to success. What the administration and teachers and students at Proviso Math and Science Academy have shown us is that creating a culture of academic discipline, hard work, and dedication matters more than financial resources."
Ms. Toni Preckwinkle, president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, also congratulated PMSA for the recognition.
"This is wonderful, especially since you achieved this honors in competition against other districts that are much wealthier and can afford to spend considerably more per pupil than you can," she said.
Receiving the honor were Dr. Bessie Karvelas, principal at PMSA, and Dr. Jesse J. Rodríguez, superintendent of District 209.
"Our hard work and perseverance continues to be recognized," Dr. Karvelas said. "I would like to again thank our teachers for their hard work. They are leaders in their own right and I am honored and blessed to work with such a collaborative team of teacher leaders. Kudos to all my PMSA staff and to my wonderful assistant principal, Mr. Bill Breisch."
Dr. Rodríguez said that the recognition for PMSA was a win for all of Proviso Township High Schools District 209.
"PMSA works in collaboration with Proviso East and Proviso West in defeating the odds and creating opportunities for all students," Dr. Rodríguez said. "This is a great honor for our district, and I appreciate the Cook County Board of Commissioners for recognizing the great schools that we have."