Saturday, September 27, 2008

$700 Billion Bailout Facts...

Did you know the USA has spent close to $700 Billion in Iraq since 2003? Could the money spent in Iraq been better used here at home? Did you that $700 billion is $175Billion more than what was spent on all levels of education last year? Where are the priorities of the Republicans?

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Updated...Proviso East Classes Scheduled To Resume Wednesday At East!!!

Proviso East High School will re-open tomorrow, Wednesday (Sept. 24).

Proviso East will be following the "First Day of the Week Schedule." Teachers and staff are to report as regularly scheduled. Students are to arrive by 9:00 am.

There will be no breakfast served on Wednesday (Sept. 24).

"Today we received the certificate of occupancy that allows us to re-open our school," said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. "I would like to thank the Proviso East administrative team for their strong leadership during this very challenging time. Our parents, students, and community have been very supportive and patient during this process, and the teamwork displayed by Proviso West and PMSA has been phenomenal. The faculty and staff are prepared, and we are excited to get our students back into the classroom."

Board President Emanuel "Chris" Welch commended all of the administrators and staff who have worked tirelessly to get Proviso East back on track. "We are greatful to have such hardworking, dedicated staff on our team."

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Rock of Ages Baptist Church Leaving Maywood!!!

Sources tell the Proviso Insider web log that the Rock of Ages Baptist Church in Maywood is preparing to leave Maywood after 58 years in the community. Sources say the Rev. Marvin E. Wiley announced at the Sunday services on September 21, 2008, that the church is looking for 25 acres of land and will leave Maywood asap. According to sources, the church announced last year that it desires to expand the church and build additional parking lots. However, the Maywood Village leadership has continued to block the church's development plans unnecessarily. With the Rock of Ages Baptist Church being one of the bright spots in Maywood, violence in that town remain at an all time high. Gangs, drugs, prostitution, and corruption are rampant! The Maywood Village officials need to get there acts together! If not, Maywood's voters should throw them out in April 2009!!!!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Early Childhood Center To Open In Bellwood...

Due to the leadership of Board President Tommie Miller and the SD88 Board of Education, the Proviso Herald reports that a school that has been closed for seven years will reopen next week to house Bellwood School District 88's growing preschool population.

Lincoln Primary Early Childhood Center, 3519 Wilcox St., Bellwood, will open Sept. 22. The school was closed in 2001 due to a termite infestation.

The school will house about 130 students ranging in age from three to five-years-old along with 25 faculty and staff members.

Gwen Frasier, director of personnel and day-to-day business at School District 88, said the school never reopened because the district's preschool population was spread out among the districts other schools, but now things have changed.

"We've had steady growth to the point where we can offer the same early childhood program throughout the district," she said. "The need was to have a site in Bellwood."

The termite problem at the school was corrected, but Frasier said other repairs had to be done to open it up to students due to the lengthy closing. "We did the flooring, put in new carpeting, painted, put in new windows," she said.

The district also put up new fencing, landscaped the property and paved the parking lot, Frasier said.

Prior to opening up the school to the public a short program will take place at 10 a.m. Parents and students will have an opportunity to take a tour of the school and meet the teachers and administrators following the short program.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Proviso East To Remain Closed For the Week...

Proviso East High School will remain closed for this week (Sept. 15, 2008- Friday, Sept. 19, 2008) due to damage caused by flooding.

"We are working to get our students back in class as soon as humanly possible," said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. "The environmental team has come into Proviso East and begun to work on making the building operational. As much as we want to resume education for our students, it is not safe to have students in the building until the area is decontaminated and the boiler room is repaired. "

We are anticipating that parents will receive updated information regarding when classes will resume no later than Friday, Sept. 19, 2008. More information regarding this will be distributed as it becomes available.

Two major occurrences during the storm are affecting school operations. The boiler room was flooded with over 10 feet of water-- which affects the hot water supply in the building and a diesel tank containing approximately 500 gallons of fuel was overturned when water rushed through pipes underground. The environmental team has begun assessing, cleaning, and decontaminating the flooded areas.

"This is a large job," said a representative from the team of specialists working on the project. "We will coordinate any and all repairs and work around the clock to get the kids in school as soon as possible."

PTHS 209 administrators are working diligently on alternative plans to continue with school while clean-up is in progress.

Proviso East's Bring Your Parent to School Day will be rescheduled. The September Board of Education meeting scheduled for September 22, 2008 at Proviso East will be relocated to Proviso Math and Science Academy at 7 p.m..

We ask that parents and staff who have not received information this week to please call your respective building with up to date contact information, including a telephone number and email address. You can also email this information to

Information on school closings can be obtained from the District's website (, from the emergency closing center at or 847-238-1234.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Proviso East Remains Closed, Proviso West and PMSA to Reopen

Proviso West and Proviso Math and Science Academy will re-open tomorrow (Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008). However, Proviso East will remain closed due to flooding. Proviso East maintenance and 12 month administrators are to report as scheduled. Again, PROVISO EAST will remain closed. PMSA and PROVISO WEST will re-open to students and staff as regularly scheduled.

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Proviso Communities Hit Hard By Rain

The Proviso Township communities were all hit hard by the weekend rain. Severe flooding has been reported in Melrose Park, Maywood, Bellwood, Hillside, and Forest Park. The rains have caused at least one district to cancel Monday classes.

Flooding Closes Proviso High Schools

All PTHS 209 schools will be closed Monday (Monday, Sept. 15, 2008) and Tuesday (September 16, 2008) due to issues caused by flooding. Proviso East, Proviso West, and Proviso's Math and Science Academy will be closed to students and staff. Maintenance crews are cleaning up after three days of rain and flooding.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Proviso Math And Science Academy Tests Scores Exceed State Standards!!!

The Proviso Math & Science Academy's test scores not only meet but exceed testing standards for the state of Illinois, according to their Adequate Yearly Progress Report (AYP).

Under the accountability provisions in the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, all public school campuses, school districts, and the state are evaluated for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Districts, campuses, and the state are required to meet AYP criteria on three measures: Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics.

Out of 100 percent of students who were tested in reading and math at PMSA, 77 percent meet or exceed state standards in reading, and 66 percent meet or exceed the standards in math.

"There will be those who say that this great accomplishment should be expected because we are a selective enrollment school," said PMSA Principal Ed Moyer. "But given that this is a brand new school and this is the first year that we've had our kids go through this testing process, for us this is a strong indicator of the quality of our program."

Moyer says that even though the percentages are above average PMSA will continue to strive to have 100 percent of students exceeding the state average.

"We are going to continue to make progress," said Moyer. "Higher scores in math is one of our top priorities. I am so proud of our students and faculty. This is really good--but we want to be great."

PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart said, "This is a great accomplishment for Proviso Township High Schools. I believe that we have the potential to be among the highest performing schools in the state. We are very proud of PMSA and look forward to celebrating this same success throughout the district."

Board President Emanuel "Chris" Welch who led the District in the development of the new high school said, "These scores validate the decision made by the Board of Education in 2003 to move forward witha third high school. Proviso is Rising."

Friday, September 12, 2008

Proviso High Schools Say: Bring Your Parents to School on September 18th!

On Sept 18, 2008, Board President Emanuel "Chris" Welch, Superintendent Nettie Collins-Hart, the Proviso School Board, and the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 will host "Bring Your Parent to School Day." On Sept 25th PTHS 209 will have Back to School Night, which is an abbreviated version of "Bring Your Parent to School Day."

During these events parents are encouraged to come to school with their child and spend the day as a Proviso student.

"This is a great way for parents to become more actively involved in their child's education and to see a school day through the eyes of a student," said PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart. "This event will encourage teachers and parents to develop positive relationships. It will also be encouraging for students to see how invested their parents are in their education."

According to a summary written by Johns Hopkins University when parents participate in "Bring Your Parent to School Day," students' behavior and production improves. PTHS 209's "Bring Your Parent to School Day" and "Back to School Night" is designed to provide parents with the insight and tools they need to help their child become a better student. "Bring Your Parents To School Day" was the thought of by current Board President Emanuel "Chris" Welch six years ago, and it has now been emulated across the country.

Parents who cannot attend "Bring Your Parent to School Day" are encouraged to attend "Back to School Night" on Sept. 25th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Village of Bellwood Hosts 9/11 Ceremony

The Village of Bellwood hosted a 9/11 ceremony on Thursday, commemorating the 7th anniversary of the terrorist attack on our country. The ceremony was attended by village and school officials. Various local ministers addressed the standing room only crowd.

Did you attend the ceremony? What did you think of it? Were there any other ceremonies of this kind in the area?

Monday, September 08, 2008

Bellwood Mayor Frank Pasquale Has Reason To Worry

Sources report that Bellwood Mayor Frank Pasquale has real reason to worry. A telephone poll conducted from August 28th through September 1st of 500 registered voters in bellwood indicate that Bellwood Police Officer Jeannette Johnson has name recognition and would win a head to head election 70% to 30%. Most people polled gave Johnson a 90% name recognition and 90% favorable rating. Pasquale has name recognition but extremely low favorable ratings. With poll numbers like this, and support from numerous elected and financial backers, it looks like Johnson is a serious candidate.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Is Bellwood Mayor Frank Pasquale Too Old and Out of Touch?

Sources report that incumbent Bellwood Mayor Frank Pasquale is preparing to run for re-election in April 2009. These sources report that he will face a formidable opponent in Bellwood Police Officer Jeanette Johnson. Johnson has lived in Bellwood for years, has raised a family there, and will be well funded. Sources say one of the issues that Johnson will push is whether current Mayor Frank Pasquale is too old and out of touch. Pasquale is reportedly close to the same age as Republican Presidential candidate John McCain, and has faced health concerns in the past. Is this an issue that Johnson can make hay with in the race? Why or why not?

Proviso School Board Approves District Transportation Program

Under the leadership of Proviso School Board President Emanuel "Chris" Welch and the Proviso School Board, PTHS 209 is taking the next step toward providing free district wide transportation as part of the Proviso East and West School Improvement Plans.

Over the Summer, District 209 received approval from the Illinois Department of Transportation to classify certain areas around the school district as safety hazards.

This approval allows PTHS 209 to be reimbursed by the Illinois State Board of Education for transportation expenses for students who live within a 1 1/2 mile radius of their home school building.

Now, the district is taking the next step by soliciting transportation bid proposals.

"This is an effort improve the quality of life for our students, to ensure that they get to school safely and on time and ultimately improve PTHS 209's truancy rates," said Dr. Nikita Johnson, Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations. "We are dedicated to improving student achievement and we understand that a big part of that is improving student attendance. With district-wide transportation we eliminate some of the hazards or obstacles that may keep students from getting to school and getting the education they need."

In March, PTHS 209 submitted a transportation hazard waiver that analyzes various hazards that Proviso students face when traveling to and from school. The Illinois Department of Transportation approved the waiver recognizing the need to overcome such obstacles.

The PTHS 209 Board of Education approved a transportation bid at the August meeting.

PTHS 209 will begin the process of establishing bus routes and notifying applicable parents of transportation options once the bids are approved.

Administrators are hopeful that this process will begin no later than the start of second semester.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Proviso School Board Provides Breakfast Program for Students

Under the leadership of Board President Emanuel "Chris" Welch and the Proviso School Board, PTHS 209 is now serving breakfast! Over the summer, the PTHS 209 Board of Education voted to approve a new food service contract that offers students quality breakfast and lunch meals.

PTHS 209 has not offered breakfast programs in the past.

Studies show that children who eat breakfast perform better in school. According to the Kaiser Permanente Health Group and various health studies children who don’t have breakfast get sleepy at school, have a harder time paying attention, and tend to eat more junk food later in the day.

PTHS 209 currently provides free and reduced lunch to students at Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA.

Parents who meet eligibility guidelines are encouraged to apply for this option during the registration process and throughout the school year.

The regular breakfast price is $1.70. Students have the option to use the WINSNAP system, which is similar to a debit card where parents can have money loaded to the student’s account to pay for breakfast and lunch. The card can be replenished regularly. The WINSNAP option also reduces time spent in the cafeteria line and parents can have the comfort of knowing that their students have funds to pay for meals while at school.