West Weekly Update
October 6, 2023
Proviso West Newsletter
A message from Ms. Elizabeth Martinez, Principal
Dear Proviso West Community,
I hope this message finds you in good health and high spirits. As we come together as a community, I want to take a moment to share a message of positivity and encouragement. First and foremost, I want to express my deep appreciation for all students, family, faculty, and staff who are so committed to our mission. Our community thrives because of the collective strength, resilience, and kindness that you embody. In the face of challenges, you have shown remarkable unity and support towards one another, and for that, we should all be proud.
It is important to recognize the progress we have made. Despite the obstacles we have faced, we have and will continue to triumph over adversity. We have united to support those in need, lending a helping hand and spreading compassion throughout our community. By celebrating and embracing our diversity, we have fostered an inclusive and welcoming environment for all. I am inspired by the countless acts of generosity and selflessness that have taken place within our school. Whether it's volunteering your time, offering a listening ear, or simply sharing a smile, your actions have a profound impact on the lives of those around you. These small acts of kindness ripple outwards, creating a wave of positivity that extends far beyond our immediate surroundings.
Let us continue to build upon this momentum; we have unlimited potential. Let us strive to create opportunities for growth and success, not only for ourselves but for each student we touch. We are #ONE Proviso. By nurturing a culture of learning, innovation, and collaboration, we will provide a foundation of excellence and achievement for our students. Remember, each one of you has a unique contribution to make. Your skills, talents, and ideas are invaluable. You are empowered to step forward, share your voice, and pursue your passions. We can accomplish incredible feats and create a brighter future by leaning on one another.
In closing, I want to express my unwavering belief in the power of our community. Let us continue to support and uplift one another, spread kindness and positivity, and embrace the limitless possibilities we are capable of. Together, we will make a difference. Together, we will thrive.
With gratitude and optimism,
Ms. Elizabeth Martinez
Proviso West Principal
The district's transportation department has been working with First Student to establish bus routes for the 2023-2024 school year for all students at all three campuses.
The routes for our families is posted on the district website. (Please check the site for updates)
Families are encouraged to download the FirstView app to track their student's bus for its exact location. The Proviso West code is QZ7Y. See instructions below.
Athletics & Activities
Proviso West has over 60 clubs and teams to engage a student’s interest and help them to be involved and connected to the school community.
Joining a club or sports team also assist students in meeting new people and making friends. Participation in extracurricular activities help students gain meaningful experiences that can be beneficial in the future. Involvement in a club or playing on a team looks great on applications when applying for college or a job. It is also a great opportunity to earn community service hours because many clubs sponsor community service projects.
Studies show that participation in team sports and extracurricular activities improve confidence and self-esteem. All students are encouraged to participate.
Proviso West Clubs and Organizations
Proviso's Technology Department has been hard at work this summer, ensuring that all technology resources and support are ready and available for the start of the school year. Below is a list of common links, building IT staff, and application-specific contacts.
District 209 has made tutoring accessible to all students through PAPER! This tutoring resource provides FREE Academic Support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
PowerSchool Teachers: https://pschool.pths209.org/teachers
PowerSchool Substitutes: https://pschool.pths209.org/subs/
PowerSchool Students: https://pschool.pths209.org/
PowerSchool & Clever: Mr. DeJuan Moon firstname.lastname@example.org
Schoology & Other Instructional Applications: Ms. Felicia Lee email@example.com
Proviso West IT Support: Mr. Victor Chielo firstname.lastname@example.org (Room D202)
Parent Coordinator: Gail Hibbler email@example.com (Room E134) (708-427-8247)
One Goal - Research & Theoretical Studies Department
The OneGoal class is a three-year commitment for students planning on going to college.
Students form a cohort in their Junior year. Year 1 assists them in setting goals, preparing for the SAT, choosing a post-secondary pathway, researching colleges, and designing a "best fit" list.
As Seniors, Year 2 focuses on helping students complete college applications, narrow down college choices; and getting to graduation. Proviso then follows these students into their first year of college to support them through the transition from high school to college so they can obtain the one outcome according to the OneGoal website: "College Graduation. Period."
In addition to college, OneGoal also helps students who are headed toward a career pathway as well, and will assist students in finding ways to enter a skilled trade or career after high school graduation, and support them as they make their transition from high school to trade school.
News in the Classroom
Business Education Class
In Ms. Casto’s 3rd period, Business students embark on a transformative journey. They begin by studying the essence of true entrepreneurship and the traits of successful visionaries.
Hands on Project
As an engaging hands-on project, students were assigned to research a chosen entrepreneur and develop a presentation to share in front of the class for a 5-minute timeframe. As each student took the stage, they brought to life the stories of successful trailblazers.
Empowering Future Entrepreneurs
With this foundational knowledge in place, students are now transitioning into a deeper exploration of the essential qualities that drive entrepreneurs to thrive in the business world. Ms. Casto praised their dedication and efforts and couldn’t be more proud of their "entrepreneurial spirit!”
09 - Indigenous People's Day
12 - Parent Advisory Council (PAC) Meeting 6pm PW Parent Center Enter Door 1
16 - Freshmen Picture Day (Photos will be taken in PW Library during scheduled English class)
16 - PTO Meeting
17 - Sophomore Picture Day (Photos will be taken in PW Library during scheduled English class)
18 - Juniors Picture Day (Photos will be taken in PW Library during scheduled English class)
24 - PSAT/NMSQT Testing
25 - Half Day Inservice (11:15 Dismissal)
27 - Senior Picture Day (Last Name A-L)
30 - Senior Picture Day (Last Name Ma-Z)