Welcome to the Superintendent's Office
Jesse J. Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Message from the Superintendent
Dear Proviso Families,
I am excited to welcome you and your child to the 2018-2019 school year! Our focus on your child’s achievement continues as our top priority as we collectively engage and prepare them for their future post-secondary opportunities and life. I personally thank you for your support throughout the school year and want you to know that I value your partnership. Engaging our PTHS D209 parents, families and community leaders with transparent and consistent communication is important to the success of our District.
Following is essential information regarding programs and policy updates for the 2018-2019 school year. Principals have sent you detailed information that will help you prepare for the new school year. Please contact them directly with questions and/or ideas as legendary service is our primary goal.
The Board of Education set a clear direction relative to our partnerships with parents with the idea that together we will achieve more for our students. You will be receiving a School-Parent Compact which defines how the parent, the entire school staff, and the student will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement. In addition, it provides us with a guide on how the school and parents will work together to build and develop a partnership to help students achieve their educational outcomes. We encourage you to read and review the compact with your child and make a collective commitment that enhances the educational experience at PTHS D209.
Extended Learning Opportunities for Students (ELOS)
The Board of Education and its partners are excited to announce the introduction of Extended Learning Opportunities for Students (ELOS). Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, there will be an 8-period schedule at Proviso East and Proviso West. During Period 1 (from 8:00 AM -8:50 AM) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, students at Proviso East and Proviso West will have the opportunity to participate in a range of ELOS activities which include: engaging in enrichment activities, receiving small-group and individual instruction from teachers, taking make-up exams and completing classwork, meeting with counselors, utilizing computer labs and library resources, and receiving support for math and literacy skills.
Attendance at ELOS is expected of all students. Again, this is time dedicated to help students succeed and/or extend their learning. Students may choose the ELOS activities that best fit their needs, unless they are specifically assigned to sessions to make up work or participate in interventions. Transportation to ELOS will be provided for student who receive bus service. Proviso East and Proviso West students will receive information regarding transportation, schedule of ELOS activities, and ELOS scheduling in a separate mailing.
Update to Student Appearance Policy
During the 2018-2019 school year, students in Proviso Township High Schools will be required to follow a dress code, which will be published in the student handbook and is available on the district and school websites. The uniform requirement which was previously in effect has been replaced by the dress code. We understand that students are interested in dressing in a way which allows them to represent their individuality, tastes and style. Along with this, however, comes a responsibility for students to ensure that they “dress for success” and avoid dress which may be disruptive to the education process or threatens the health, safety or welfare of others. We ask that you review the dress code with your child and help them to be successful in complying with expectations regarding appropriate dress. We value student agency and voice and recognize that our powerful partnerships with students will produce improved educational and operational outcomes.
Attendance: Every Student, Every Day
Please take this opportunity as the new school year begins to discuss with your child the importance of being in school every day. Research shows that students who miss 10% or more of school days, for any reason, have a greater chance of failing classes and dropping out of school. Data from our school district confirms this research. Please partner with us in ensuring that Every Student is in school Every Day. For more information, please visit www.attendanceworks.com.
As our district and school websites continue to grow, check out all the information available by following us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) and bookmarking our sites! We also remind you to update your email addresses through Power School or by contacting the Main Office at your child’s school, so we can reach you in an emergency or with critical news throughout the school year.
With our team of education professionals and your commitment to your child’s education, I know that together, as ONE PROVISO, we can create a powerful partnership and, as a result, Proviso East, Proviso West and Proviso Math and Science Academy will become destination schools for the residents of Proviso Township.
Jesse J. Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools