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Visit to Proviso Evening School

February 23, 2017 01:23 PM
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Dr. Jesse J. Rodriguez and students from the Proviso Evening School
© PTHS 209/Cynthia Moreno
The Proviso Evening School, in partnership with the West 40 Intermediate Service Center, provides educational opportunities for students who are struggling with truancy and behavior issues. Two programs offered at the Proviso Evening School are the DREAM School Truancy program and the Proviso Evening Alternative for Continuing Education (PEACE) program. The Proviso East Evening school is located at Proviso East High School.
 
The DREAM School Truancy Program is designed for students from Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School with truancy issues and are in class from 10:30 am. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with online coursework and support services administered. The PEACE program is for students who have a need for a more personalized learning environment in order to redirect behavior for academic success. Students in the PEACE program are in class from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
 
On February 22, 2017 Dr. Rodriguez, superintendent for District 209, visited the Proviso Evening School and met with Mrs. Salandra Wood, principal at the Proviso Evening School. During the visit, Dr. Rodriguez met with the Proviso Evening School students before they went on a field trip to the Crain Communication Building in downtown Chicago and the Cloud Gate Chicago. The field trip is part of "The Circuit" program.
 
A Greater Good Foundation (AGGF) began a three-month mentor program, called, "The Circuit" with the young men of the Proviso Evening School.  AGGF meets with the young men of the Proviso Evening School two times a week in the classroom for Social Emotional Learning and go on six Experiences, or field trips, to do various activities.  Each Experience will be in correspondence with the classroom curriculum they have designed.  The program aims to significantly and positively impact the lives of the young men of Proviso Evening School by helping to develop their mind, body and spirit. 
 
While the students took photos, and interacted with AGGF mentors, Maria-Elena Agrela, Crisis Interventionist/Counselor for Proviso Evening School, explained that, "The goal of this experience is to expose our students to a completely different environment and have them think deeply about what they want in life. Our intention is to help them create a larger vision for their lives, while realizing that majority of people want to experience success to help those they love most."
 
Principal Wood stated, "My staff and I appreciate the fact that Dr. Rodriguez took the time from his busy schedule to visit the Proviso Evening School Program. I have been Principal of the Evening School Program for two years and this is the second time we were visited by the district Superintendent, Dr. Rodriguez, who was very candid, he was a great listener and anyone can see he cares about the students and the District 209 community. My staff and I had an amazing conversation with Dr. Rodriguez discussing the successes of Proviso Evening School as noted:
  • 400 class completions
  • 30 students who graduated from Proviso East and Proviso West
  • Students who successfully transitioned back to their home schools: making the honor roll and participating in various sports
  • Parent meetings conducted twice a month on Thursdays
  • Various speakers from the community providing resources and information to parents and students
  • Relationships formed with students and parents by the Evening School staff
  • Triton College and Greater Good Foundation mentorship with the Proviso Evening School
  • Successful relationships with the Principals, Assistant Principals, Deans, and Counselors at Proviso East and Proviso West
  • Students have shown positive behavior while attending Proviso Evening School
  • Improvement in attendance
Dan Johnson, District 209 Director of Student and Family Services oversees the district's alternative programs. Mr. Johnson said "We are very proud of the Proviso Evening School program and appreciative of the dedication and hard work of the staff. Most importantly, we are amazed at the resilience and efforts of students in the DREAM and PEACE programs. This type of programming is definitely needed to provide pathways to graduation for our at-risk students."
  
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