Sunday, January 13, 2019 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: The new logo of Proviso West High School. | Courtesy Proviso West High School/Screenshot
Proviso West has a new look and some new data to boast about. The school’s principal, Nia Abdullah, unveiled the school’s new logo to Proviso Township High Schools District 209 school board officials during a regular meeting on Jan. 8, inside of the high school’s cafeteria.
Abdullah said the logo was created with student, staff and parent input, and will soon start appearing on school apparel and merchandise. The new logo is part of a more comprehensive plan to “re-brand” the “entire school over time,” she said.
But the new design wasn’t all that West officials touted. During the Jan. 8 meeting, Abdullah and other West administrators updated the D209 board on the school’s transformation plan.
One of the highlights of the progress report was Abdullah’s presentation of in-house data showing marked improvement in student attendance and freshman enrollment from the first semester of the 2018 school year to the first semester of the 2019 school year.
For instance, freshmen enrollment at West jumped by nearly 18 percent, from 420 to 494, in a year, while the number of students arriving tardy to school decreased by 20 percent.
Abdullah said that she’d need to do more digging into the data to understand why more students were arriving on time, but added that several factors may contribute to the improvement.
She said that officials have “been putting consequences into place,” in addition to utilizing other measures.
“A lot of late students were being dropped off, so we started doing robocalls to let parents know [that students] need to come on time,” Abdullah said.
In other data, freshmen course failures decreased by 5 percent while the percentage of freshmen on track to graduate in four years increased by 9 percent within a year.
Read the full presentation below. To access the original transformation plan, along with other accompanying documents, click here. VFP
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