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Next Year’s Freshmen Say “Hello” to Proviso West

April 14, 2016 09:02 AM
"Good morning, future Panthers!"
That was the greeting from Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West High School, to a group of eighth-graders from MacArthur Middle School in Berkeley in the school’s Little Theater on March 24. The eighth-graders were visiting Proviso West as part of Proviso West’s "Step-Up Days," a day where classes of current eighth-graders visit Proviso West to learn more about the academics and the activities are like during their school day.
"We wanted our incoming freshmen and their families to walk around and experience Proviso West," Mr. Hawthorne said. "We’ve learned our feeder schools and parents appreciate coming as early as possible."
Ms. LaToya McIntosh, assistant principal for student supports at Proviso West and organizer of the Step-Up Days, said that the visits allowed for the students to see that Proviso West is not as big and imposing as it may appear. This was accomplished through insights provided by current Proviso West freshman and senior students, demonstrations by groups including the Project Lead the Way pre-engineering class and the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC), and sitting in on a freshman support class, where they learned a lesson on "Seven Habits of Effective Teens."
"We wanted the kids to see what we have to offer here," Ms. InIntosh said. "This was more of an intimate setting since it was geared toward their school."
Ms. McIntosh said that students from the other feeder schools would be visiting Proviso West in a similar fashion, with additional help from students in the Proviso West National Honor Society.
At the March 24 session, the incoming freshmen were asked what dream they had for their careers. Answers ranged from hotel owner and chef to professional football player and surgeon. Mr. Hawthorne said that Proviso West offers different classes and activities to stimulate students’ interests and to further their future career goals. He said that they need to be involved in the school.
"Connect with somebody so they know you and you know them," Mr. Hawthorne said.
We look forward to seeing you, Class of 2020! 


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