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Parent University Returns on January 31

January 29, 2015 03:30 PM
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Parents and their students can learn more about their education in high school and how to be ready for life beyond at the next edition of Parent University on January 31, 2015, at the district offices at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy.
 
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host its latest edition of Parent University from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 31, 2015, at the district offices at Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy, 8601 W. Roosevelt Road in Forest Park.
 
Parent University is a series of workshops designed to prepare parents to help their students in high school and beyond. The event also features resources that are available to parents for their children, and students from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy can earn one hour of community service credit for each of their parents who attend. 
 
Those in attendance can learn about the following topics:
  • How to finance education beyond high school
  • How to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Important changes to your child’s education with the PARCC and the Common Core
  • Services for English Language Learners and Immigration Update
  • Services for students with disabilities
In addition, there will be a college and community resource fair. The fair features 22 colleges and community organizations who will have representatives on hand to answer questions on what they offer.
 
"Those who attended our previous Parent Universities learned much about preparing their students for success in high school," said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209. "We plan to build on that success with more sessions on helping parents be ready for high school and how to be ready for life after graduation."
 
Those planning on attending the workshop on completing the FAFSA will need the following information:
  • Social Security Number or Alien Registration Number if you are not a U.S. citizen
  • Driver’s license number (student only – optional)
  • 2014 federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: If you have not yet filed a 2014 tax return, you may use 2013 information and correct once you have filed.)
  • Bank statements and records of investments including business or farm assets 
  • Records of child support paid or received
  • Other untaxed income such as veterans’ non-education benefits and allowances paid to military or clergy
If your financial situation is outside of the scope outlined above, please bring those records with you and our presenters can advise you on appropriate reporting.
 
In addition, those who are interested in learning more about financial aid for education after high school and completing the FAFSA can attend our Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, February 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Proviso East, Proviso West, or PMSA.
 
Parent information sessions at Parent University will be conducted in both English and Spanish. Registration will begin at 7:45 a.m., followed at 8:15 a.m. by the start of the information sessions in the PMSA auditorium. 
 
The activity is part of the district’s parent enrichment through Title I and the Board of Education’s goal of improving stakeholder involvement. This event is planned in collaboration with the District and the Strengthening Proviso College and Career Readiness Committee. 
 
The District is expecting a great turnout and encourages parents to spread the word. Parents of next year’s freshmen are especially encouraged to attend. Students are also welcome to attend.  
 
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