Proviso Center News – January 2011 (Proviso, Ill.)

Date: January 10, 2011

Student Spotlight:  Edwin Cervantes

This month we are speaking with Proviso West senior Edwin Cervantes.

OES: Edwin, can you think back to when you first came to Ombudsman? What do you remember?
EC: I remember not knowing anything [about the program]. I knew someone who was here, but they didn’t tell me anything either.

OES: What about this year, why are you back?
It was my choice. I knew that if I were at West I would get into trouble. I can get distracted there. It’s easier for me to focus here. When Mrs. Wallace saw how well I did here, she was all for my coming back.

OES: How are you doing academically this year?
EC: Good. I feel I’ve really improved in math and reading. Here, you always know how you’re doing because we have mastery tests.  Because we know what our goals are, it’s easier to stay on track.

OES: What’s it like for you working in the center?
EC: It’s easier for me. I like to use the computer. It’s good not having books. There are not so many people in class so you can get help.

OES: Speaking of help, let’s talk about the teachers. Any favorites?
EC: (Laughing) No. I’m not going there. They’re all good. They all help.

OES: You seem to get a lot of support from home. How does your family feel about the program?
EC: At the beginning they were worried. We’ve had family members in other programs and they weren’t very good. We thought Ombudsman might be like that. But now we know how it works and that I do well here.

OES: So now that graduation is in sight, what’s next for you?
EC: Before, I was just going to get a job. But now I’m thinking about college. Maybe I’ll work part time and go to college. I don’t want to owe a lot of money.
As a senior, part of Edwin’s content skill program will have him working on post secondary planning. Part of this program involves using The College Access and Opportunity Guide. This guide includes tips on how to study, courses that should be taken, choosing the right school and how to pay for college.


Welcome New Students
Brandon Malone
Anthony Rice
Jonathan Cocroft
Jeffery Cooper
Shadaisha Hartison

Reading Plus Level Awards

Tytianna Howard
Edwin Cervantes (Two levels!)
Janae SimmsPerfect Attendance
Terrance Aaron
Jeffery Cooper
Shadaisha Hartison
90% + Attendance
Antonio Bell
Brandon Burrus
Ashley Fester-Brown
Darrius Ferguson
Demetrius Lamar
Jaquan Lewis
Thadmon Lewis
Montrel Walker
Daviontae White
Jazmyn Young

In addition to our new students, we would like to welcome Mr. Mick Kahler to our Proviso family.

Mr. Kahler’s efforts will be focused on a new five-hour session that has been put in place at District 209’s request.

One City, One Food Drive

OES Proviso student held a food drive during the month of December as part of a service learning project to study hunger. Four boxes of food donations were  collected and forwarded to The Greater Chicagoland Food Depository for distribution.

Greater Chicago Food Depository

Thank you for your Participation in ‘One City, One Food Drive’. ~The Greater Chicago Food Depository

The Center would also like to thank Mr. Fred Lehrman for his assistance with this project.

Ombudsman Students to Participate in Anti-Bullying Initiative

As part of a company wide initiative to stop bullying, Ombudsman is going to create and sell rubber bracelets that students, staff and others can wear as a daily reminder of our collective responsibility to stop bullying.

Students who wish to participate can write a slogan to be featured on the bracelets.

The rules and key dates are:

  • The word or phrase can be no longer than 18 characters in length.
  • All suggestions must be submitted to Mr. Nudd by Wednesday, January 19.
  • All entries are property of ESA.
  • The top five slogans will be voted on the following week.
  • The student submitting the winning slogan will receive a $50 American Express gift card.

When the bracelets are available for sale, the center with the highest percentage of sales based on enrollment will win a pizza party for the center!

From the Desk of… Sharon Shapiro

New Year, New Resolutions

Sharon ShapiroEvery year at the turn of midnight on December 31st, we are expected to make resolutions for the upcoming year. Some of the more common resolutions include losing weight, quitting smoking and trying to pay off a debt. However, 70 percent of people fail to meet their resolutions. Why? Because it easy to make a choice not to fulfill the goal. This is because The goals are too big and often times, people become discouraged when trying to meet these goals and stop pursuing them.

This has led me and several other people to stop making New Year’s Resolutions. However, I make a goal, instead of a resolution. I don’t just do it on New Year’s Eve though. I am constantly reevaluating goals for myself as a teacher and out there in what I call the real world.

Here are my six tips to creating a goals and achieving these goals:

  1. Create a goal that you want to achieve, like earning an “A” in math
  2. Examine the steps you need to take in order to meet that goal. For example, do you need extra help? How much time do you need to spend in math? What is expected of you to earn that A?
  3. Break down your goal into those smaller steps.
  4. Reward yourself when you achieve part of your goal. When you get a 90 or a 100 on a mastery test, treat yourself to a hot chocolate or buy a new video game!
  5. When you become overwhelmed by a goal, don’t be afraid to ask for help from:  teachers, parents, friends, or an outside source.
  6. Reward yourself again when you achieve your Goal! You did a great job!

Of course, these steps don’t happen easily. You may need to break you goal into even smaller steps. Perhaps the most important idea to remember is to rely on your family and friends to help you get through the tough parts. Remember, this isn’t just a New Year practice, make it a practice all year long!

Ombudsman provides an opportunity for all students, regardless of referral reason, including students who may have had significant academic, attendance or behavioral issues in the past. With Ombudsman’s approach to education and student motivation, students who have previously been unsuccessful, experience success and report confidence for the first time.

Our students may have been labeled ‘at risk’ but they are actually risk takers. At Ombudsman it is our job to help students take risks and change previous patterns of behavior and make positive choices.

“Although quality may be a hard concept to define, most of us recognize it when we see it. (Glasser, The Quality School 1990)”


January –
6  2nd semester begins
17 MLK Jr. Birthday – no schoolFebruary –
21 President’s Day – no schoolMarch –
7 Pulaski Day – no school
18 End of 3rd Quarter
28  Spring break

April –

4   Sessions resume
7   P/T conferences
22  Non-attendance day
27-28 all school testingJune –
1   Final Exams
Last day of school


Our Proviso Center is located in Hillside, Ill.

Proviso Center
4413 West Roosevelt Rd., Ste. 101B
Hillside, IL 60162
P (708) 236-5115
F (708) 236-5108

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