Parents from Proviso Township High Schools District 209’s three schools and a few of its feeder schools learned a little more about succeeding in high school at the District’s third Parent University on Saturday, August 9, at the District 209 administrative offices at PMSA.
The Parent University was a series of workshops and a panel discussion designed to prepare parents to help their students in high school and beyond. The University was part of the District’s parent involvement through Title I and the Board of Education’s goal of improving stakeholder involvement, and was planned in collaboration with the District and the Proviso Strengthening College and Career Readiness Committee.
The Parent University was a very positive event in which we were able to reach out to parents in our district," said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. "We had a great deal of good information presented, and we are planning to continue this type of outreach in the future."
Those in attendance learned about finding ways to pay for college, what resources are available to them at Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, and the Common Core Standards that are being implemented in the District in the upcoming school year.
Parent University was particularly popular with parents of incoming freshmen who were eager to learn more about helping their students succeed in high school.
"I think it is wonderful what they are trying to do to get everyone on the same page so they’ll be ready for college or vocational," said Ms. Coretta Washington, mother of a freshman at Proviso East. "I appreciate it because the more information we have, the more we can support them."
Ms. Donna Greer, who has a student who will be a freshman at PMSA this year, said that she appreciated learning about ways of paying for college and on transitioning to high school.
"Those are things that I as a parent can do now to get them ready," she said. "I think it was very useful. This is something that should be mandatory."
For Ms. Countess Grant, Parent University was a way in helping her son, who will be a senior at Proviso West this fall, get ready for life after high school.
"I thought that it was very informative," she said. "I’m glad that I brought my son with me because it gives him an idea of what the real world will be and how important it is for grades."