Monday, April 27 - Sunday,  May  3, 2020

Dearest Panthers,

Here is your Panther Bulletin for the week! 

On Thurs., April 23, 2020, Gov. Pritzker extended the "stay at home" order through May 30. If you missed it, please click here; or,  here to see a message directly from our District's Superintendent, Dr. Rodriguez.


Please note the following communication from Principal Abdullah regarding this extended "stay at home" order:

Since Governor Pritzker issued  his latest executive order for mandatory school closures  to extend through May 2020 , in-person classes have been cancelled for the remai nder of the  2019-2020 school year.  Although in-person classes will not resume, all 9th - 12th grade students are still responsible for their course work  through our e-learning platform, Microsoft Teams If students have extenuating circumstances that hinder their ability to complete their e-learning assignments, please email your counselor, social worker or an administrator immediately.   
For our seniors,  I know   it is  unfair  that the final year of your high school career  is ending without the expected celebratory events, and for that, I am so sorry.  If you are upset, embrace those feelings, as you have every right to be disappointed, angry,  sad,  etc.  Senior year was supposed to be filled with wonderful memories like senior prom,  senior  awards banquet, sporting events, graduation, Great America 's Grad Night , etc., and you were denied the opportunity to experience those  memories That  i s  hear t -breaking,  and there are no words that can adequately console you.   Nevertheless,  we will push forward with planning for your future and making the most of a situation that is out side  of our control.  While we know this is not the end of the  high school experience that we all planned and hoped for you, we want to make sure you are on your way to fulfill the plans laid out for the future. We want every single senior to connect with their counselor regarding their Post-secondary Plan to ensure everything is in place for you once you have graduated. In addition, please keep attuned to the College and Career Teams page for relevant information regarding college and financial aid events.  
In addition,  d istrict and Proviso West staff members  are working diligently to plan alternatives to in-person graduation and an alternative prom  cel e bration .   We are doing the best that we can to provide meaningful closure to your senior year, and seniors are encouraged to share their thoughts about this with our Class of 2020 sponsor, Ms. Gray-Jones.  We love the Class of 2020  and will honor your time at Proviso West HS meaningfully, we promise  

Senior Final Exemptions  
S eniors  who have six (6) or fewer days of authorized absences in each class for the entire year, and zero (0) instances of unauthorized absences in any class for the entire year are eligible to be exempt from second semester final exams on a class-by-class basis where they are earning a grade of  B  or better. Students may choose to take the final exams to try to raise their grades, but they will not be penalized if their scores on the final exams lower their grades. Determination of eligibility for exemption from senior final examinations will be based on student attendance records through  March 13, 2020.  F ield trips, school sponsored activities, or religious holidays will not count as absences for the purposes of the exemption provided the school is informed in advance. This is a  Good Attendance Incentive  
AP Exams 
Students  (in grades 9-12)  in AP courses will take online AP exams May 11 - May 22.  
Update to Senior Graduation Requirements 
  • Constitution Exam - Waived  
  • Community Service Hours - Waived   
  • SAT - Waived    
Locker Clean-Out &  Book Return 
We are working closely with district administration to finalize our plan for locker clean-out and book return. Tentatively, seniors will begin this process May 11 th  and students will be assigned in groups of 10 to one - hour timeslots  over a two-week period.  Underclassmen will begin after seniors, in a similar manner.   
I appreciate you all for your resilience throughout these trying times, and I look forward to seeing many of you in the fall.  We will get through this, together.   

Seniors & Scholarship Monies
Seniors, please let the counseling department know how much money you have received in scholarship dollars if you have not already. They need that by Friday, May 1 of this upcoming week.  The senior class is sitting at just over $9,000,000 in scholarship monies, but we suspect there is about $1,000,000 more out there that is unaccounted for. Please get that information to your counselors ASAP!

Summer School Information
Because of the ongoing threat of the spread of COVID-19, the district will be moving forward with running all summer school programs through an online format. Please go here for the District's summer school information.

On that note, in order to AVOID summer school, PLEASE stay on top of the work that that your teachers are providing you now, and if you need help, as always:
  1. Reach out directly to your teachers,
  2. Attend ELOS (click here for April's ELOS offerings) and/or
  3. Reach out to your counselor or social worker (click here for who to contact)
Also, please note that your teachers still have the option of providing you and end-of-semester final.

Need HotSpot Help?
Send an e-mail to with your name and HotSpot Request in the subject line. Someone will be in touch within 48 hours and can arrange for you to pick up a hotspot.

Check out this Info!
A new resource has just become available to help you remain connected to the internet during these times. The Illinois Board of Higher Education and the state of Illinois have partnered with institutions across Illinois to provide drive-up WiFi hotspots in parking lots, which are accessible from your car
 at closed facilities.
A listing of sites is available at This tool will allow you to search for sites near your location. Once you have located a site you can click on the WiFi icon to get more information about the site including connection information and a link to the site on Google Maps. 
Please be aware that the buildings at these sites are closed to the public and will not have additional services or access to restrooms.

The Incentives Continue!
Win Some AirPods!!!!

We are continuing our AirPod Raffle during this period of e-learning and school closure. Onc e you have completed at least 10 hours of either:
  1. Khan Academy SAT Practice,
  2. IXL Math or 
  3. Edgenuity
You then need to  check-in with a staff member (your teacher, a counselor, etc.) and show them proof that you have done so. They will then confirm/verify and submit your name to administration to enter the raffle!

Proviso West's Instagram!
Are you following us yet?!?!?!?
We really want to make sure we are ALL staying connected via videos and pictures, and IG seems like a great platform to help us accomplish that. So far we have tripled our followers, and we want to continue to encourage everyone to follow @Proviso.West to stay connected and smile a bit! 

Therefore, if a student is either the 200th, and 250th follower on our page, you will receive a $20 gift card!


Important Dates
**subject to change based upon State & District guidance**
  • Fri., May 8: Seniors must turn in all final, outstanding assignments.
  • Mon., May 11-Thurs., May 14: Make-up week for Seniors & LAST DAY for EdGenuity recovery completion.
  • Fri., May 15: FINAL grades for seniors  need to be submitted
  • Mon., May 11 - Fri., May 22: AP Testing
  • Tues., May 19: Grade 9-11 students must turn in all final, outstanding assignments.
  • Wed., May 20 - Tues., May 26: Make-up week for Grades 9-11.
  • Sun., May 24: Proviso Graduation
  • Mon., May 25: Memorial Day -- No School
  • Tues., May 26: LAST DAY for grades 9-11 to complete EdGenuity Recovery.
  • Wed., May 27: ALL FINAL grades for students in grades 9-11 are due.

Having a Tough Time?
Please continue to reach out to our Counselors and Social Workers!

Over Spring Break the Counseling department hopes that you were able to find creative ways to enjoy your family, friends while simultaneously staying healthy.  The counselors at Proviso West have created a brief survey to check in with you so that they can best understand your needs while everyone is away from the building.  As Proviso West heads into the final stretch of the school year, it is important that the counselors continue to provide you with the support that you need to successfully complete your courses and manage any socio-emotional concerns you may have.  Please take a moment to complete this  survey.  If you request, you can expect to hear from a member of our team within 48 hours.

Connect with Your Counselor and/or Social Worker
Check out their schedules for their virtual office hours by clicking here.

Tell us your positive news!
Fill out a survey and win prizes for your positive news!
Students, though we know that not everybody is experiencing success right now, some of you are. Tell us about the positive ways that you have been able to cope or about things that you have accomplished during this time!  

Your school Social Workers want to know!! 

With your permission, we will be putting it on our social media platforms so that your words can motivate, encourage, and provide examples for your peers. Also, we will enter your name into a raffle to win Wendy's and Burger King gift cards for sharing! 

**Please fill out this short survey by clicking  here!**

Proviso West Supports Its Families
Please have an adult in your family take  this survey so that we can better serve you all!
The counseling department at Proviso West would like to check in on the well-being of our families and any supports or programming that might be helpful. We know this is a difficult time for everyone. Please give us your input so that we can create resources that are most important to you. Your responses will be anonymous unless you provide your contact information at the end of this survey.

If you have any technical issues (computer, internet, log in issues) please email

For immediate resources for socio-emotional concerns, please reach out to your child's counselor or social worker. If you are unsure who they are, please contact Counseling Department Chair Carla Williams at

To better serve you, please complete this survey by Friday, May 1st.

If You Feel Like You Are Being Cyberbullied:
Please reach out to a trusted individual immediately ; below is a limited list of individuals you may want to reach out to :
  • Dean Thomas:
  • Dean Travis:
  • Dean West:
  • College & Career Coordinator Ms. Foster:
  • AP/AD Brode-Rico:
  • AP Jeremiah:
  • AP Kosina:
  • Principal Abdullah:
Also, please fill out the anonymous 
ipLine  if you feel like you may be experiencing or observing cyberbullying.

What is Cyberbulling?
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets. Cyberbullying can occur through SMS, Text, and apps, or online in social media, forums, or gaming where people can view, participate in, or share content. Cyberbullying includes sending, posting, or sharing negative, harmful, false, or mean content about someone else. It can include sharing personal or private information about someone else causing embarrassment or humiliation. Some cyberbullying crosses the line into unlawful or criminal behavior.
The most common places where cyberbullying occurs are:
  • Social Media, such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter
  • SMS (Short Message Service) also known as Text Message sent through devices
  • Instant Message (via devices, email provider services, apps, and social media messaging features)
  • Email
Special Concerns
With the prevalence of social media and digital forums, comments, photos, posts, and content shared by individuals can often be viewed by strangers as well as acquaintances. The content an individual shares online - both their personal content as well as any negative, mean, or hurtful content - creates a kind of permanent public record of their views, activities, and behavior. This public record can be thought of as an online reputation, which may be accessible to schools, employers, colleges, clubs, and others who may be researching an individual now or in the future. Cyberbullying can harm the online reputations of everyone involved - not just the person being bullied, but those doing the bullying or participating in it. Cyberbullying has unique concerns in that it can be:

  • Persistent - Digital devices offer an ability to immediately and continuously communicate 24 hours a day, so it can be difficult for children experiencing cyberbullying to find relief.
  • Permanent - Most information communicated electronically is permanent and public, if not reported and removed. A negative online reputation, including for those who bully, can impact college admissions, employment, and other areas of life.
  • Hard to Notice - Because teachers and parents may not overhear or see cyberbullying taking place, it is harder to recognize.
Cyberbullying Tactics
It is important to understand how one can be cyberbullied so it can be easily recognized and action can be taken. Some of the most common cyberbullying tactics include:
  • Posting comments or rumors about someone online that are mean, hurtful, or embarrassing.
  • Threatening to hurt someone or telling them to kill themselves. 
  • Posting a mean or hurtful picture or video. 
  • Pretending to be someone else online in order to solicit or post personal or false information about someone else. 
  • Posting mean or hateful names, comments, or content about any race, religion, ethnicity, or other personal characteristics online.
  • Creating a mean or hurtful webpage about someone. 
  • Doxing, an abbreviated form of the word documents, is a form of online harassment used to exact revenge and to threaten and destroy the privacy of individuals by making their personal information public, including addresses, social security, credit card and phone numbers, links to social media accounts, and other private data.
How To Deal With "Haters"
What is a "Hater?"  "Hater" is a label used to refer to people who use negative and critical comments and behavior to bring another person down by making them look or feel bad. These hurtful and negative comments can be delivered in person, online, or in texts and apps. Often, the comments and behavior are repeated over time. Haters are often anonymous (especially online) but they can also be acquaintances, peers, or people who were once considered friends. Hateful, critical behavior is another form of bullying or cyberbullying. Like bullying, hater behavior is something that a person does - it is not who they are, and it can be changed.

Often, haters pick on people whom they perceive as being different from themselves. Being the focus of negative and critical comments can be upsetting and trigger feelings of anger, hurt, and confusion, and cause the person being criticized to question their self-worth and behavior. If the negative comments are posted online, it can also make someone afraid to use their social media accounts or feel ashamed of what is happening there.

Many children and teens don't want to be a part of negative behavior like name calling, criticizing, bullying, and cyberbullying. Dealing with haters isn't that different from dealing with bullying and cyberbullying. Teens who feel overwhelmed by all the drama on social media will often unfriend or unfollow people online to disengage.

How to Deal with Haters 
  • Ignore it. Walk away. Don't react or respond to negative comments. If it continues, there are other things you can do. If someone threatens you, report it to a parent, teacher, or other trusted adult!
  • Block online haters. If someone is making negative or hateful comments on your posts or account, or is cyberbullying, block them. If they're threatening you, tell your parents, report it to the platform, and take screenshots.
  • Be kind and respectful, even to haters. It shows that you're in control of your emotions and that you aren't letting negativity bring you down.
  • Stick with supporters. Having a friend nearby if you think you might encounter a hater not only makes it less likely that an incident might happen, but also means you'll have positive reinforcements just in case.
  • Remind yourself that comments from a hater are a reflection of them and aren't really about you. People who feel good about themselves don't need to put others down.
  • Understand criticism can be a sign of pain. People sometimes lash out because they have other life struggles. Negative comments may have nothing to do with you.
  • Acknowledge your feelings. Talk to a trusted adult or friend and get some encouragement and support.
  • Keep being you. Keep moving forward, pursuing your interests, and being who you are.
Before you Post, always:

What You Need to Know About Coronavirus

For the most current and up-to-date information, please click on one of the following links:
What is Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan China.

How can I help protect myself?
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19.

There are simple everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. These include:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

AP Exams
They're Still "on" People! . . . Although With Some Alterations.

AP Exams will be May 11 - May 22 for ALL students (even seniors).

Here's what you need to know:

  1. Shorter: Exams will be only 45 minutes long (versus the usual 3 hours)
  2. NO multiple choice!: The exam will be entirely comprised of free response questions (FRQs). We don't know more about exact FRQ formats until we hear back from College Board again on April 3. 
  3. Limited Content: Exams will NOT include any content typically covered after early March.
  4. Online: Exams can be taken online either at home or at school. 
  5. 2 Exam Dates: One in May, one alter (TBD). Students can decide if they want to test while the material is fresh OR wait to give themselves extra study time.
  6. College Credit Intact: Colleges say they are on board with this exam approach, and there's precedent for them accepting shorter exams in emergencies.

Panther Athletics 
Week of Apr. 27, 2020

Official Cancellation of Spring Athletics
On Tues., Apr. 21, 2020 the IHSA Board of Directors met and made some decisions based on the finish of the Spring athletic season. Your coaches should have been in contact with you about the following:

  1. State Series for all spring sports have been canceled; and,
  2. [For now] Summer contact days are suspended
If you'd like to stay updated on what the state is deciding regarding athletics, please click here to go to the IHSA website. Your coaches will also be in contact with you regarding any changes.

Support of Our Athletes
Did you see the Monday Night lights last Apr. 20 in support of our athletes and graduates?

We support you athletes, and especially our senior athletes . . . . 

Eligibility for FALL SPORTS Next Year
Please keep in mind that in order to be academically eligible for fall season athletics for next year, that you MUST past five classes for this current semester or you will not be able to practice nor compete [NOTE: IHSA By-laws regarding eligibility].

NCAA Eligibility for c/o 2020 Graduates
Changes Made To Eligibility Process Due to COVID-19
There have been changes made to NCAA eligibility for any senior athlete who is hoping compete at the collegiate level at either a Division-I or Division-II schools. Please see the flyer below for further information and click here for further information:

College Corner!
April is  College & Career Month

During this month, each day has been filled with college & career activities and features.  Thus far, each day you have been provided a link in your Proviso West e-mail that will take you to virtual tour of a college. All of these virtual tours can also be found in your Grade-Level "Counseling" Folder on Microsoft Teams, should you want to go back and look one again or after the fact.

If you missed them this past week, check them out again here:
College Spotlight
Here are the last of the familiar faces from around the building showing off their college pride . . . . .

Ms. Wolf in her Purdue University gear. Purdue is in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue is also a part of the Big Ten.

Ms. York from the nurse's office with her fellow National Louis University grads.

Counselor, Ms. Claudia Holland at the University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign, another Big Ten University.

Coach Laudo -- Proviso West grad -- at 
Central State University in  Wilberforce, Ohio 
[check out this virtual tour here].

Lt. Sowell at Bootcamp Graduation in Orlando, FL.
Top to Bottom: Southern Illinois University in 2003; Naval Post Graduate in Monterey, CA; and, Naval Retirement in 2014

Computer Science Summer Institute
For HBCU Students 

Program Overview:
Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) for Historically Black Colleges and Universities' (HBCUs) mission is to promote equitable representation in tech by connecting incoming   HBCU   students with like-minded peers, Google engineers, CS professors,   HBCU   alum in CS, and Black technologists in the local tech ecosystem. Our goal is to increase the retention rate of students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities graduating with computer science degrees. At   CSSI-HBCU, students cultivate an unparalleled community to support them in their journey to and through university, internships, and full-time opportunities at Google and in tech. During the program, cohorts of students from geographically-similar HBCUs participate in a three-week residential program based in Raleigh, NC or Huntsville, AL, where they'll be taught an introduction to computer science by Google engineers. Through an engaging and hands-on curriculum, students develop a solid foundation of computational thinking, which prepares them for their future studies in CS. The program finishes with a capstone project where students develop an application, so they have the tangible proof of what they're able to achieve.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Be a current high school senior
  • Be available between June 2020 to August 2020
  • Considering an HBCU as one of their top three college or university choices
  •  Intend to be enrolled as a full-time student in a 4-year BA/BS program in the US or Canada in Fall 2020
  •  Intend to be enrolled at an HBCU in a computer science major for the 2020-2021 academic year
  • Be able to demonstrate an interest in studying computer science
  • Be able to attend every day of CSSI
Required Documents:
  1. An updated resume (PDF required)
  2. A current unofficial or official high school transcript (PDF required)
  3. Responses to multiple short answer questions. Each response should be under 200 words (PDF required)
Program Includes...
  • A project-based Python curriculum
  • Daily developmental sessions to help prepare students for CS studies and future job opportunities
  •  Robust opportunities to learn and interact with Google engineers
  • 10:1 student-to-teach ratio to provide a personal learning experience
  • Exposure and insight into Google's internship programs and technical career opportunities
Open to DREAMers:   No
Questions? please reach out to

Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship
Click here

Organization & Scholarship Overview:
Thinking about an automotive career? aftermarket career? Good choice! Servicing or supplying parts for vehicle maintenance and repair can be a rewarding career. An automotive scholarship can help pave the way. Scholarships are available for full time students attending a US or Canadian college or ASE/NATEF certified post secondary school for automotive, heavy duty or collision repair technicians. And, for more information on automotive aftermarket careers, see 
Auto Care Careers

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Full time students at an accredited U.S. college or university or an ASE/NATEF Certified post-secondary automotive, heavy duty, or collision repair school
  • Graduating high school seniors planning to be full time students at any of the above
  • No GPA requirement
How to begin the application:
  • You can access the online application form using the Apply Online button at the bottom of this page
  • To start the application now, click "submit" at the bottom of the form and save this form using your e-mail address and a password of your choice
Do I have to finish the entire application at once?
  • Applicants can log on later and click on the "Update Your Application" button to retrieve, update, and complete your application
  • You may continue to update your application until March 31, 2020 or until it has been assigned to reviewers
What do I need to fill out this application?
  1. You will be asked for a one-page essay about your career goals and you can also post an optional short video on YouTube and include the link to it on your scholarship application
    a. If you mark the video as "Private" only our reviewers will have the link to view it
  2. You will be asked for at least one letter of reference
    a. Some of the organizations that work with UAF require a reference from one of their members or your automotive instructor 
    b. Each organization's page, located on the right, has the details about their eligibility requirements
  3. You must submit your high school transcript, and your post-secondary transcript if you are already in a post-secondary program
Contact Information:  Please email
Award:  $1,000 - $3,000
Deadline:  4/30/20

Golden Apple Scholars in Illinois
Click here

Scholarship Description:

The Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois is a scholarship program that identifies talented high school seniors, as well as first and second-year college students who have the promise and drive to be excellent teachers in high-need schools across Illinois. We prepare them for immediate and lasting success in the most challenging teaching environments.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Graduate high school in 2020
  • Complete online application
  • Cumulative 2.5 GPA - school transcripts must be submitted to Golden Apple before applications are considered complete
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen (DACAmented student) and resident of Illinois
Standardized testing requirements:
  • ACT: Composite score of 22 or higher and a minimum score of 6 on the Writing portion OR
  • SAT: Composite score of 1110 (evidence-based reading and writing + mathematics = 1110 or higher) and a minimum score of 26 on writing and language
    (Taking either the ACT or SAT is acceptable. Superscoring is now available on ACT/SAT. If you do not have an overall passing composite score, the highest subject scores from each test will be added and divided by the total number of tests to form a composite score. Please email if you would like your tests superscored. Visit the ACT website or College Board for upcoming test dates. Scores must be submitted to Golden Apple before applications are considered complete.)
If selected as a scholar, the Completion Requirements are...
Renewable:  Yes, for up to 4 years. 
Open to DREAMers: No, however open to IL DACAmented students
Contact Information:  please email

Chicago Latino Caucus Foundation Scholarship
Click here

Organization & Scholarship Description:

The Chicago Latino Caucus Foundation ("CLCF") was established to support the advancement of Latino Youth through scholarships, internships, and mentorship opportunities in the City of Chicago. Each year, the CLCF selects deserving young people of good character and high academic achievement to receive a scholarship to help them achieve their educational objectives. The CLCF will be accepting scholarship applications beginning March 2, 2020. Recipients will be announced in Spring 2020, with a subsequent Scholarship Breakfast Celebration in Summer 2020.

Access Here
Eligibility Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is NOT required for this scholarship.
  • Students must be at least one-half Hispanic/Latino. Hispanic/Latino is an ethnic category, not a racial category; students may be of any race.
  • Applicants must currently reside in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Applicant must be a current high school senior graduating in 2020, OR a General Education Diploma ("GED") certificate holder, OR an undergraduate student with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0/4.0
  • Graduate level students are NOT eligible.
  • Applicants must be enrolled or planning to enroll as a full time student at an accredited 2 or 4 year institution.
Submission Guidelines:  
The complete online application is due no later than Friday, April 10th, 2020 at 11:59pm. Mailed applications will not be accepted. The application will not be considered complete unless all required documents are uploaded at the time of application. It is important that applicants are prepared to upload all documents at the time of application as the online application can not be saved once it is started. Applications MUST be completed in one sitting.

Renewable:  No
Open to DREAMers: Yes
Questions? Please email Ms. Sonia Del Real, Executive Director at 


You can still buy your yearbooks online. To order, please go to:

T he  school code is 13819120.

Service Learning Projects in a Time of COVID-19
Hear are some options for things to do at home!

1. Create an audio/video of yourself reading a child's book to kids. If you don't have children's books at home, check out this website for free online books for 30 days: There are also free fables and fairytales online as well. Amazon freetime also has unlimited kids' video books free for 30 days. Share your video on Proviso West's Instagram and Facebook account. Use the #pwbooklover, take a screenshot of your post and e-mail it to your counselor.

2. If you have a sewing machine at home or just needles and thread, you can create masks for your local first responders, people who are working at grocery stores, local hospitals, etc. in order to provide an extra layer of protection for them. Please check with your local hospitals first if you please as they may have procedures in place as to what they need and exact specifications. Use this link for guidelines on how to make the masks. Use the #pwcares, take a screenshot of your post and email it to your counselor.

3. For those of you who play a musical instrument, create a video of yourself teaching kids how to play a simple song or how to read music and post it on Proviso West's Instragrm and Facebook account. Use the #pwlearnmusic, take a screenshot of your post and e-mail it to your counselor.

4. For those of you who love to sing and dance, create a video of yourself teaching kids how to sing or dance and share it on Proviso West's Instragram and Facebook account. Use the #pwsings or #pwdanceson, take a screenshot of your post and e-mail it to your counselor.

5. For our athletes, create a video exercise of how kids can stay physically fit and share it on Proviso West's Instragram and Facebook accounts. Use the #pwfitness, take a screenshot of your post and e-mail it to your counselor.

6. Create a comedy video, of appropriate content, chronicling your social distancing experience and share it on Proviso West's Instragram and Facebook accounts. Use the #pwcomedyhour, take a screenshot of your post and email it to your counselor.

7. Drop off food/groceries/supplies to someone in need. Take a picture and post that on Proviso West's Instagram and Facebook account. Use the #pwcares, take a screenshot of yoru post and e-mail it to your counselor.

8. If you made a college selection, create a video with your gear, providing facts abotu teh school and why you've chosen to go to there. Use the #pwcollegebound, take a screenshot of yoru post and e-mail it to your counselor.

You will earn an hour for every event you create and an additional hour for every time your video is shared on social media.

If you have service learning ideas that are not listed here, please contact your counselor or Ms. Natschke for approval.

Instagram name for PW is: proviso.west

Facebook name for PW is: Proviso West High School

If you have any questions regarding any of the following options, please reach out to: Ms. Natschke at

FarmHouse Scholarship
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

FarmHouse offers multiple $500-$5,000 scholarships every year to incoming male students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Eligibility for the scholarship isn't dependent on the student's choice of major or on any commitment to membership in the fraternity. Last year we gave out $16,000 in funds and this year we are hoping to exceed that amount. 

Applications can be found at

To read read more about the UIUC social fraternity, the FarmHouse, click here .

Job Opportunity!
Westchester Park District

There are still some summer job opportunities that are open for this upcoming summer season through the Westchester Park District.  

Positions Available:
  • lifeguard position and 
  • General pool positions    

Please feel free to reach out with any questions.  Applications can be found at the Westchester Park District website:  All positions will be open until filled and training for all positions should begin mid-May, with the pools official opening date of Saturday, June 6th. 




Tips Using Teams!
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Art Therapy
Need to Get Your Feelings Out While You're Locked in?

Accounting Career Awareness Program 
Summer Career Residency Program at Northern Illinois University
Application Due: April 30, 2020

Accounting Scholarship
Due: Fri., May 1, 2020

"Excellence is Intentional!"

On Wed., April 22, 2020 the NJROTC program held it's very first online Change of Command ceremony where cadets gathered in Microsoft Teams to honor and show gratitude to the Staff of 2020 as they were being relieved from their positions. Before the seniors were relieved, former Awards Officer, Melanie Bradford, held an Awards Ceremony where Kaila Ramiro , Rohan, Saini , Jada Addison , Yanely Mota and Mia Bahena were selected as Cadets of the Year

For the NS1's, Mia Bahena took Cadet of the Year for showing courage and passion as part of the Drill Team and keeping consistent grades. NS2, Yanely Mota, showed kindness and strong leadership skills as she helped lead the oncoming Chiefs. NS3, Jada Addison, showed to be consistently reliable. This year due to the immaculate show of leadership, dual winners -- Kaila Ramiro and Rohan Saini -- won cadet of the year for the NS4s.

"You only succeed when your people succeed." ~ Rohan Saini

"I am a strong person because I have an even stronger family with me." ~ Kaila Ramiro

"It's truly an honor being selected as this year's NS2 Cadet of the Year and I owe it all to you guys! Thank you!" ~ Yanely Mota

Proviso Teachers' Union Scholarship
Due: Fri., May 14, 2020 by 3PM

A completed scholarship application will include the items listed below. All recommendations MUST be returned in 1 file. The scholarship committee will not read any incorrect or incomplete applications. There will be no exceptions to this application process.

Here are the requirements for this particular scholarship:
One written recommendation (preferably typed on letterhead paper) from a teacher who has taught you within the last year
  • A copy of your most current transcript (it does not need to be an official copy)
  • A copy of your highest scores on either the ACT and/or SAT
  • A list of your participation in and leadership activities outside of school, including work experience
  • A list of activities participated in within your school
  • A list of any honors, awards, and scholarships you have received
  • An essay expressing to the scholarship committee information about you and your future career and community plans
Please return this completed application packet to Ms. Gillespie at at Proviso Westno later than May 14, 2020 by 3:00 PM with a Subject heading STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION. Include in the email Your Name, Home Address, Phone Number And Email Written. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Opportunity Works

Virtual Day @ Triton University
Thurs., Apr. 30 10AM-7PM

Earth Day
Wed., Apr. 22, 2020

On Wednesday of this past week it was Earth Day. Did you do anything to either relish in the beautiful earth that we live on, or, to better protect it? Turns out our Science guru, Dr. Suwary, went out with her husband to help further protect where we live and the animals who inhabit it by picking up trash. Even though Earth Day has passed, don't let that stop you from getting out there and either:

  1. Picking up trash, 
  2. Planning a garden,
  3. Planting a tree,
  4. Planting some flowers that will attract bees,
  5. Opt to ride a bicycle all day long rather than go in a car, 
  6. Choose to shop a farmer's market (once they're open again) as opposed to the grocery store; and/or, 
  7. Turning the faucet off while you brush your teeth, etc.
For more ideas like this, check out the following website, click here.

To learn more about Earth Day and its importance, click here

After all of Dr. Suwary's work with her husband, here were her results. . . . . remember 1-2 people can make all the difference!

"Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed."

~ Mahatma Gandhi

Letter to the Senior Class
From Mr. Rauch, Social Studies Teacher