Teacher Parent Council
The purpose of Prospect TPC is to enrich the educational environment and to build relationships between parents, teachers, and students.
TPC organizes many events and participation will help you stay informed about Prospect High School. It's a great way to meet other parents and Prospect staff members. Everyone is welcome. Come join us!
Prospect's Teacher Parent Council (TPC) will award four $1000 scholarships to graduating seniors who will be attending college in fall 2013. Two scholarships will be based on the following criteria: academic excellence, co-curricular activities, leadership, community involvement and work experience. The third scholarship is based on community service during all four years of high school. The fourth scholarship, called the Phoenix Award, recognizes a Prospect senior who has successfully managed more than one would consider a typical full plate and has successfully faced challenges with determination, courage, and a positive attitude. Recipients will be announced at Academic Awards Night on May 16th. Specific requirements and applications will be available in the College and Career Center, as well as on Naviance Family Connection by February 13th. Deadline for entries will be March 21st.
Congratulations to this year's 2012-2013 Mini Grant recipients:
|IHSA Bass Fishing
|ILP Social Skills
|National Honor S
|Self Contained Crew
Frequently Asked Questions
Visitors: Enter through Door 4 or Door 30 and sign in with the security guard stationed at those entrances. All visitors are required to present a picture ID when entering the building.
Registration/Class Schedules: Class schedules will be made available for pick-up in August. Check the registration/fee packet for exact dates. Final class schedules will be released only when school fees are paid and processed, and physicals and immunization records are completed and on file with the nurse.
ID Cards: All students must carry a school ID card at school and school activities. ID cards are used for identification, to purchase lunches (debit system), board the bus, attend athletic games, use computers, and check out library books. ID photos for most of our incoming freshmen are taken at the student’s middle school in the spring. If an ID is not in your child’s packet, instructions for obtaining one will be provided. The Main Office will issue a replacement ID card for $5 for a lost ID card or a temporary ID card (good for one day) for $1.
Illness/Absence/Health: Report absences to the Attendance Office. Voice mail will take your message when the office is closed or phone lines are busy. Have your student’s ID number ready when you call. Extended illnesses and hospitalizations should also be reported to the Health Office. Prescription medications and physical education restrictions must be given to the Health Office. Contact the Health Office for more information about carrying inhalers and over-the-counter medicine.
Discipline: Progressive discipline is handled through the teacher, academic division head, and deans. Detentions are given for inappropriate behavior. Parents are not usually notified of detentions unless a more serious problem occurs. Consult the Student Regulation Handbook for more information.
School Safety Dog: Our campus is routinely visited by a school safety dog, certified in the detection of narcotics, alcohol, gunpowder, commonly abused prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications. These visits are random and do not interfere with instruction. Our school safety dog and her handler make regular classroom presentations as well as inspect common areas of our building and parking lot. Because Prospect High School is committed to maintaining a safe, drug-free environment, we are interested in instituting the most compelling deterrents and effective interventions.
Academic Help: Start by contacting the teacher. Students are encouraged to use Resource Rooms and/or the Literacy Center before and after school, and during lunch and study hall. Resource Rooms and the Literacy Center are staffed with people available to help.
Food Service: Students can purchase breakfast, lunch and snacks in the cafeteria with cash or with their ID card (computerized debit system), which allows you to prepay for school food service. Most students spend approximately $4 - $7 per day for lunch. The "Best Deal" option is currently $2.50 and is the government approved lunch. This "Best Deal" lunch consists of an entrée or sandwich of the day, two sides (a fruit and a vegetable or two fruits or two vegetables), and a carton of milk. If an ID card gets lost, contact the cafeteria manager immediately to stop anyone from using the card. Money at the end of the year carries over to the next year. Refunds of unused funds will be made only to parents upon written request.
Closed Campus: Freshmen are required to remain on campus during their lunch periods.
Buses: After-school activity buses leave school at 4 p.m. from Circle Drive. Athletic buses leave at 6 p.m. from the field house. Only students involved in after-school activities are eligible to take an after-school activity or athletic bus. Students who are not involved in supervised after-school activities are expected to leave campus after their last scheduled class of the day.
Sports: Prospect offers many sports for students. Athletic information is included in the registration/fee packet. Summer camps are available for some sports and offer a great opportunity to meet coaches and other students.
Clubs and Activities: There are many clubs and activities for students to join - competitive, performing and special interest groups. Meeting times and locations are posted in daily announcements. Students who want to join should plan to attend the scheduled meeting. For more information, contact the Student Activities Office.
Post Prom: Post Prom is an activity planned to provide a safe, drug and alcohol free evening. Round trip transportation is provided from the prom location to the post prom activity. The Post Prom Committee plans these activities years in advance. The committee is planning your child’s post prom event now, so get involved! Post Prom is funded primarily by donations.
Staying Informed: To stay informed, read the on-line Parent Newsletter and the Prospector (school newspaper); attend Fall Open House, Teacher-Parent Conferences, Teacher-Parent Council meetings, a principal’s coffee, parent information meetings, parent meetings for your child’s sports/club events; join a booster club.
Communication: Contact teachers/staff by phone or e-mail through Prospect’s Web site, phs.d214.org
– Provide a team of parents for Knight Games and the Homecoming parade.
– Provide refreshments at various TPC and school functions
Knights on Call
– Coordinate Prospect directory of students and parents.
– Recruit new members
– Review applications and provide grants to school-sponsored clubs.
– Organize the drug- and alcohol-free post prom activity. Coordinate various fundraisers for Post-Prom.
– Award academic scholarships to qualified graduating seniors. Advertise and process scholarship applications.
TPC Web Site Coordinator
– Work with Prospect’s Web Site coordinator to keep TPC information up to date.
– Organize the list of volunteers for the various committees.
– Work on committee to plan our one fundraiser for the year. It’s usually in March and a lot of fun! Work on any of the following: Come up with trivia questions, organize attendees, handle publicity and help set-up and clean-up the night of the event.
American Education Week
– Oversee a teacher-staff breakfast in November for American Education Week. Coordinate cookie trays to be delivered during that week. Junior reps coordinate this event.
Staff Appreciation Week
– Oversee a teacher-staff breakfast in May. Senior Reps coordinate this week, which also includes treats to be distributed on one or more days.
"Parents Preparing for Prospect" or PPP
– Q & A session for 8th grade parents with TPC and administration. Invitations to each ‘feeder school’. Freshman Reps coordinate this March event.
– Class reps communicate throughout the year with student council class sponsors to keep TPC informed of Student Council activities. Class reps also coordinate one main event as mentioned above.
– President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. Officers of TPC oversee the TPC Board activities
Notification and Correspondence Secretaries
- Notify board members of upcoming meetings and send cards/notes from the TPC Board.
How do I volunteer? Have further questions? Please call or email one of you Teacher-Parent Council Presidents:
• Kate Cahill
• Michele Runde
• Becky Daleiden
• Marguerita Whitby
• Sarah Ives
• Chung Milligan
Prospect students and parents enjoy homecoming activities in the fall each year.
Knight Games, coordinated by PHS Student Council, asks TPC to organize a team to represent the parents in these fun, kooky games. Parents compete in the main gym against each of the students class teams and the teachers team. These games bring hours of enjoyment for all who participate and those who observe. The Knight Games kickoff Homecoming festivities at PHS.
The homecoming parade starts at Meadows Park and ends in the Prospect High School sports arena. All student athletic groups, academic clubs and TPC members are encouraged to march. TPC Homecoming Committee also provides parents to serve as security on the parade route to block corners and act as crosswalk helpers during the parade.
Prospect High School Resource List
• contact your child’s teacher
• contact your child’s counselor
• Math/Science Resource Room (312)
(7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
• Literacy Center – Lab D
(7 a.m. - 4 p.m.; opens at 9 a.m. on 9:30 start days)
• Library/Technology Center
(7 a.m. - 4 p.m.; opens at 9 a.m. on 9:30 start days)
• Saturday Academy
Athletic Office (847)718-5233, Room 175
• tryout information and athletic eligibility
• athletic schedules
• summer athletic camps
Attendance Office (847) 718-5201, Room 146
• report an absence
• leave a message or drop off items for a student
• discipline/detention procedure
• report cases of harassment, bullying, etc.
• student sign-in/sign-out (when arriving late or leaving early)
• lost/found/stolen items
• parking tags
• contact Deans of Students
• contact School Resource Officer
Cafeteria (847) 718-5261
• menu questions
• computerized debit card system for food
Emergency School Closing Information
• Prospect Web site:
• District 214 Web site:
• AM radio stations – WGN 720; WBBM 780
(or their Web sites)
• television stations – CBS, NBC, ABC, WGN,
FOX, CLTV (or their Web sites)
Health Office (847) 718-5319, Room 138
• report extended illness or hospitalizations
• medications: prescription/over-the-counter
• physical education restrictions
Main Office (847) 718-5200, Room 115
• general questions
• school fee payments
• summer school registration questions
• lockers - assignments, problems, repairs, combinations
• elevator keys
• work permits
• IDs - lost/found/new/replacements /temporary
• purchase additional calendars and Knights on Call phone directory
• bus problems/questions
• phone available to students to call home
Student Activities Office (847) 718-5219, Room 147
• school activity questions
• family athletic passes
• club information
• copy of daily announcements
• Prospect apparel
Student Services Office (847) 718-5222, Room 114
• College Career Center
- career advisor
• college counselor
• social worker
• registrar (transcripts)
• speech clinician
• homework pick-up for extended illness
• report cards
• class schedule/graduation requirements
• homebound/hospital services
• special assessments
For more information, check out these resources:
• Prospect High School Web site:
• District 214 Web site:
• Prospect parent newsletter
(available on PHS Web site)
• Home Logic, grades
(can also be found on PHS Web site under "Quick Links"}
Knights on Call
Knights on Call is a directory of Prospect High School students’ addresses and phone numbers. Parents are given an opportunity to provide this information through a form in their registration packet.
When parents join Prospect High School’s Teacher-Parent Council (TPC) they receive a free directory. Additional directories can be purchased for $10.00 when registering, or they can be purchased in the main office throughout the year.
Membership in the PHS Teacher-Parent Council is open to teachers, staff, and Prospect parents. Your $20 membership fee supports PHS Senior Scholarship Awards, Student Council, Post Prom, The Knight’s Way Program, Academic Awards Night, Annual Open House, and other various activities.
TPC MEMBERSHIP VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP
TPC needs the help of many parents throughout the year. Your time invested in volunteering for a committee ensures that the quality programs we offer will continue in the future. We encourage all parents to become actively involved. Please list your areas of interest and volunteer today. All students benefit!!
Please drop off your membership form and fee to:
c/o Prospect High School
801 W. Kensington Rd.
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
Checks payable to Prospect High School
Our TPC meetings (attended by all committee chairs or members and open to all interested parents or teachers!) are located in the community room unless noted otherwise. The dates are as follows:
• Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 - 7:00 pm
• Tuesday, November 27th, 2012 - 7:00 pm
• Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 - 7:00 pm
• Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 - 7:00 pm
• Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 - 6:30 pm dinner, 7:00 pm meeting