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Community Leaders Banquet Q&A

Q: How do we continue to justify the operation of PMSA in this day of budget constraints?

A: We continue to operate PMSA under the same justifications that we continue to operate our other two schools. PMSA is a viable educational institution that offers quality programs that are in high demand. Aside from our strong commitment to PMSA parents and students, in its first few years PMSA has also celebrated many accomplishments that justify its continued operation. The parents and students who attend PMSA are valued as much as the parents and students of Proviso East and West. Therefore, we will continue to honor our commitment to them and to our students as a whole by adjusting to economic restraints and continuing to provide the best education possible. When PTHS 209 opened PMSA in 2005 we made a commitment to our parents, our teachers, our students, and our community. That commitment is one that we intend to honor.

Q: Why did PMSA have such a low graduation rate for their first class? The first class boasted 150, yet only 106 actually graduated.

A: PMSA is unique at the outset by virtue of it being a selective enrollment school. Based on our records, in the class of 2009 only 19 students withdrew from the program. Eight students were in-district transfers who left PMSA to attend either Proviso East or Proviso West High School. Nine students transferred to other public schools in the state of Illinois and two went on to a private school. PMSA’s class of 2009 had a remarkable showing on their tests results and in scholarships. The class of 2009 (which consisted of 106 students) earned $5.6 million in college scholarships. This is a testament to PMSA’s students, teachers, administrators, and academic program.

Q: How can we support students in this day and age without necessary service personnel to support their emotional development?

A: The district is seeking to partner with the community and other resource entities in order to thoroughly support our students’ needs in this area.

Q: Why are so many of our veteran teachers leaving the district?

A: We don’t have any data to support that veteran teachers are leaving the district at higher rates. There are natural occurrences that cause veteran teachers to leaves such as retirement incentives. But, thus far we have not noticed a trend.

Q: The majority of 209 students are prepared at feeder elementary districts of Proviso. Please highlight your thoughts on D-209 reaching out to develop an educational strategy for K-12 (especially 6-8). Collaboration of Supt., School Boards, Principals, Teachers, etc.

A: This year our curriculum instruction staff has been involved with the K-12 articulation committee with our feeder school district administrators. We also have a bridge program for incoming 9th graders plus, we routinely assess 8th grade students and provide that data back to the feeder schools. We are certainly open to expanding the possibilities.

Q: What is it that the community can do to support the Board of Education?

A: Thank you for asking. Community support is a vital part of Proviso Rising. We encourage parents, community members, and stakeholders to take an active role in making our schools and our communities better. They may do this by attending monthly board meetings, supporting student achievement, becoming an advocate for excellence and an advocate for the school district. There are many programs and extracurricular activities that could use parent and community support. We also have an array of partnerships with outside organizations to help support us in the important work that we do. But we are always looking for more help and more participation.

--PTHS 209 Administration


Q:  Hi, I am a parent that is looking forward to Proviso providing transportation. It is good to see some of the improvements that the district is making. As far as transportation, this is something that will help a lot of parents and students. But Proviso has been implementing budget cuts. I read something that said transportation costs millions. Don’t get me wrong….we really would like to have this service but how can we afford it?

--PTHS 209 Parent

A:  This is an excellent question. The process of preparing to provide transportation for PTHS 209 students has fully considered everything from the district’s current budget to cost issues and parent and community concerns.  Transportation for D-209 is a reimbursable expense. 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 by providing transportation. The waiver allows PTHS 209 to be reimbursed by the Illinois State Board of Education for busing students to and from school.

--PTHS 209 Administration


Q:  Hi - I am very interested in bus transportation for my son and I think this is great thing for the district to offer. As a working single parent that struggles to get my son to school on time, as well as, getting the younger siblings dressed and ready for school, this service would be very much appreciated! Do you know when this is going to begin and what we need to do to get the service started?

--PTHS 209 Parent

A:  We are still working out the logistics of the transportation program. We are hoping to have everything up and running in January, at the start of the semester. The transportation program is an effort to improve student achievement, and the quality of life for our students by ensuring that they get to school safely and on time. We understand that parents face many challenges when trying to get their children to school. So, during this process we are asking for input from parents. Feedback is very important to ensure that the service fits the needs of parents and students. Right now, we are asking parents to fill out our PTHS 209 transportation survey. Please click here and complete your survey today! We will also be mailing registration forms to parents soon so that they may register their students for busing.

--PTHS 209 Administration


Q: I had already registered for parent connect but was never able to pick up my password. Could it possibly be emailed to me? Thanks.

--PTHS 209 Parent

A: Good question! We have received a number of emails from parents who registered for Parent Connect, but have not gotten their password. It is important to note that, for privacy and security reasons, parents must pick up their Parent Connect passwords from the school principalís office. If you have registered for Parent Connect and do not have a password please stop in to visit your studentís principal. If you are unable to go to the school for your password pick-up, please contact the principalís office directly. This is designed to protect the studentís privacy. We want to ensure that we only provide access to student records to authorized individuals (i.e., parents/guardians).

--PTHS 209 Administration



Q: Hi- I am very interested in bus transportation for my son and I think this is great thing for the district to offer. As a working single parent that struggles to get my son to school on time, as well as, getting the younger siblings dressed and ready for school, this service would be very much appreciated! Do you know when this is going to begin and what we need to do to get the service started?

--PTHS 209 Parent

A: We are still working out the logistics of the transportation program. We are hoping to have everything up and running in January, at the start of the semester. The transportation program is an effort to improve student achievement, and the quality of life for our students by ensuring that they get to school safely and on time. We understand that parents face many challenges when trying to get their children to school. So, during this process we are asking for input from parents. Feedback is very important to ensure that the service fits the needs of parents and students. Right now, we are asking parents to fill our PTHS 209 transportation survey. Please click here and complete your survey today!

--PTHS 209 Administration



Q: When is back to school night?

--PTHS 209 Parent

A: We have been receiving a lot of inquiries from active parents about "Back to School Night." The event was cancelled due to flooding in and around the schools and has not been re-scheduled yet. Faculty and administrators are working together to re-schedule the event as soon as possible. Please standby. We really appreciate your involvement and concern. We will definitely keep you posted as to the rescheduling of this event.

--PTHS 209 Administration



Q: I would like to know, how do I log on to the school web site to check my son’s grades? Could you please send me the information, and the correct web site? Thanks.

--PTHS 209 Parent

A: Utilizing our ParentConnect database can help parents stay involved and informed of their student’s progress throughout the school year. Using ParentConnect, parents are able to check on their student’s grades, assignments, attendance, and discipline issues. We encourage all parents to take advantage of the information and become a member of ParentConnect. Parent participation and involvement is vital to the success of each student in Proviso Township High Schools. After all, this database was created with parents and students in mind. Here’s how it works:

To access a student’s information the parent or guardian must first register:

Go to http://pconnect.pths209.org

Click on Register.

Fill out the form and then click the Submit button.
(You may have to scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the Submit button.)

When you see the prompt “Your registration has been submitted” then you have successfully registered.

The username and password information will be sent to the student’s assistant principal’s office for pick up. It may take up to 2 business days for a new account to be created.

Once you receive your login information:

Go to http://pconnect.pths209.org

Click on Login.

Enter your login information.

Once logged in, a new password can be selected by clicking on Settings at the top right-hand corner of the page.

After logging into your ParentConnect, along the left-hand side of the screen a number of pencil-shaped tabs are displayed.  Each pencil tab contains different information about your student:

Student Info:  Brief summary of assignments, grades and discipline.

Assignments:  Assignment due today & tomorrow. Click on the arrow to change the display to include the full week, next week, this month, or the entire year.  Clicking on the Schedule button on this page displays a table of all the student’s classes, and his/her current grade.  Click on “Current Grade” to view all assignments associated with that class.

Grades:  Progress report or report card grades.

Attendance:  Current month’s attendance for the student.

Discipline:  Lists any discipline issues.

School Info:  Shows address and phone number of the student’s school.

We hope this information is helpful. If you have additional questions about how to navigate through ParentConnect, please send an e-mail to TechSupport@pths209.org.

--PTHS 209 Administration


Q: Hi, Just want to say I am glad Proviso saw the need to beef up security and have more officers in the school. What about at the bus stop, when the children catch the PACE bus to go home?

--PTHS 209 Parent

A: At PTHS 209 student safety is among our top priorities. Parents and the community expect the school system to provide a safe learning environment and we aim to meet this responsibility by continuously analyzing ways to improve our security and increase safety. Although the district is not responsible for the PACE busing system, security staff and administrators do ensure that all students are loaded onto the PACE buses safely after school. In addition, we also work with the Village Police Departments to ensure that officers are present at the close of school each day. We are extremely grateful for the support of our local police departments and for the support of the community in implementing new safety measures. Let’s continue to work together toward the betterment of our community and student and community safety.

--PTHS 209 Administration



Q: Last week I heard citizen comment about crowded class rooms at Proviso East. Someone mentioned that one class has as many as 40 students in a class. Has this matter been investigated and if so, what is being done about it?

--PTHS 209 Parent

A: The class that has 40 students has two teachers and is a team teaching arrangement. The actual ratio of that class is 20:1. This matter was investigated immediately. At PTHS 209 we have great responsibility to our parents and students. An over-crowded classroom is a concern to PTHS 209 administration just as it is to our parents and students. At PTHS 209 we are dedicated to providing all of our students with a quality education. We want students to be engaged in effective classroom instruction and we adjust scheduling and staffing to avoid over-crowding.

--PTHS 209 Administration



Q: Why are the websites not updated daily, weekly or monthly? I went on the site yesterday and it still had the 2006-07 honor roll list. If you want to get more parents involved, the PTHS website should be updated daily. Give parents a reason to visit it everyday. I Love the newsletter though!

--PTHS 209 Parent

A: Thank you! We are so glad that you enjoy the newsletter and find it useful and informative. Both the newsletter and the website are designed with parents and the community in mind. We hope to communicate with you as often as possible by using the newsletter and website. We have been working diligently to make the website meet the standards and expectations of all of our parents and students with daily and weekly updates. We are also working on improving the website behind the scenes (at no cost!). So, stay tuned. We believe that you will be more satisfied with our web and communication updates this school year. We want to stay connected to you and keep you informed. More regular updating of the website is a priority for everyone, and we will be committing ourselves to making this happen on a regular basis. Look for updates next week and every week. Stay tuned for more improvements with you in mind. Thanks for asking!

--PTHS 209 Administration



Q: Thank you for posting the question/information on the 50% reimbursement for student registration. I'm quite sure many parents benefited from this information. When I contacted the school to inquire about the refund, I was informed that I was not eligible. Although I have left message for the principal to contact me regarding this matter, I was hoping that the requirements for this refund could be listed as a follow up to the question in the newsletter.

When I received my registration paperwork last year, I read it and was under the assumption that the parent would be eligible to receive a credit if they attended/ participated in 1-2 functions for the year; i.e, parent conference, back to school night, bring your parent to school, etc. I attended all parent/teacher conferences for the year in addition to back to school night and my husband attended bring your parent to school. If there were additional functions that parents were required to attend in order to receive this benefit, then I was not made aware. I'm sure many other parents may have encountered the same problem or not been made aware.

--PTHS 209 Parent

A: Great question! At PTHS 209 we want to encourage parent participation in student activities. Parents who participate and support their students make a major difference in their academic success. The 50% rebate is offered to parents who participate in four activities over the course of the school year. However, you are only eligible for the 50% rebate if you attended at least one event per quarter. There is no sliding scale for only doing a portion. So the requirement is that parents must have at least four activities totalóone activity per quarter to be eligible for the rebate. The activities can be any event at the school including: back to school night, bring your parent to school, sports activities, parent/teacher conferences, etc. We appreciate that you and your husband have been so active in the PTHS 209 community! Thank you so much. That truly makes a difference. We hope this information was helpful to you and other parents with similar concerns. If you still have more questions or concerns about your rebate please contact your respective school directly. Thank you again!

--PTHS 209 Administration



Q: My son is a student at Proviso West. I need to get his transcript for college applications and summer hiring. Where and when can I get my son's transcript?

-- Proviso West Parent

A: Parents who need student transcripts can contact the registrar's office at their respective schools. Transcripts may be obtained anytime school offices are open. This process should be an easy one. You can either have the transcript mailed or parents can simply stop by the school building to pick it up. It's important to us that parents and guardians have easy access to their student's records. Just give us a call and we'll always be glad to help.

--PTHS 209 Administration



Q: Hi, I am a parent from Proviso East and missed the June board meeting . I am not sure if this was covered in the meeting but I see that we will have to pay a $100.00 fee for athletic/activity participation. Will this be put towards the equipment use for the school for better results for our Football players?

-- Parent

A: At the April meeting, the Board approved a student fee for athletic and activity participation of $25 for activity groups and $35 for athletic teams. This fee is a one time fee regardless of the number of sports/activities that the student participates in. The fee will help to offset the costs of these programs such as uniforms, equipment replacement and repairs, and supplies associated with the particular activity. A list of the student fees is available on the website within the April 2008 Board meeting agenda attachments labeled 2008-2009 Student Fee Schedule.

--PTHS 209 Administration

Q: Hello. When I registered my child for the 2007-2008 school year, the paperwork indicated that a 50% refund would be provided to parents who attended one or more parent functions during the year. Can you please let me know the status of the refund checks? Also instead of sending checks to each parent- would it not have been easier to just credit the account of the student and send checks to those parents whose child would not be returning to school for the 2008-2009 school year?

--Proviso West Parent

A: This is a great question! Many parents may be wondering the exact same thing. There is a 50% refund provided to parents who attend one or more parent functions during the academic school year. We want to encourage parents to be an active part of their child's education and academic success. So, thank you for being an active participant. We attempted to get all refunds to parents on the June bill list. However, not all parent names were submitted in time. Principals had an opportunity to submit remaining names for the July bill list. Parents can get a credit to their student's account instead of a refund. And yes, this could be easier for some. If parents would like to receive a credit to their student's account they should call the Business Office at their respective school to have this notated in the Student Info System. Please call the Business Office of Proviso West at 708.449.6400 (option 4). The Proviso East Business Office may be reached at 708.344.7000 (option 4). We look forward to seeing you again this year at PTHS 209 functions. Active parents make all the difference. So, thank you again for being an active parent and thank you for asking!

----PTHS 209 Administration



Q: Hi, my daughter is a student at Proviso West and I am concerned about the busing situation. My daughter has been riding the bus since freshman year but now the buses are free and are easily filled. The last school year she was placed on standby because the buses were full. Will Proviso be getting more buses in the upcoming school year?

--Proviso West Parent

A: We recognize the issues with crowded buses and we are exploring options with our transportation services. We will continue to keep parents informed as we are able to identify options to reduce crowding on our buses for our students. Currently PTHS 209 is in the process of seeking a hazard waiver from the Illinois Department of Transportation that will allow us to receive state reimbursement for all students who ride the bus to school. Provided that this waiver is granted, the Board of Education will be considering a proposal to increase the number of buses and routes for District 209 entirely. We too want more buses for our students and we are definitely working toward that goal. We'll keep you posted!

--PTHS 209 Administration



To submit your question or concern, send an email to PR@pths209.org with Q&A as your subject line or, leave a voicemail message complete with your contact info at 708-338-4179.

We want to hear from you! Thanks for all that you do to keep Proviso Rising!