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home : schools April 16, 2014 


Paul Goren Next Superintendent of District 65
On March 31, the District 65 School Board appointed Dr. Paul Goren as the next superintendent of District 65. The vote was unanimous. Dr. Goren has lived in Evanston for the past 16 years with his wife, Gwen Macsai, and their three children.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
A Glimpse Into Dr. Goren's Approach to Leading District 65 Forward
In this article the RoundTable gives a glimpse of how Dr. Goren says he will lead the school system forward, in his words “a school system where we produce young people who experience the joy of learning ... "
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Organizations Asked to Make Long-Term Commitment to Evanston Cradle to Career Initiative
Almost 40 representatives from the School Districts, the City, non-profit organizations, Northwestern University, and Oakton Community College met at Evanston Township High School on March 28 to listen to an update on the Evanston Cradle to Career (EC2C) initiative and to discuss the importance of making a long-term commitment to the initiative.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
D65 Board Puts Brakes on Proposal to Limit Math Acceleration
On March 31, the District 65 School Board discussed a proposal that would effectively reduce the number of students who are accelerated in math.  Acceleration practices determine when a student will take algebra, geometry or more advanced courses, e.g. in fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth grade.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
When Dress Codes and Fashion Collide
At their April 1 meeting, members of District 65's Policy Committee took up issues surrounding the District’s dress code and the uneven enforcement of the policy at Haven Middle School.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
District 65 Board Discusses Some Budget Reduction Strategies
On March 31, the District 65 School Board continued discussions that began at the Finance Committee on ways to address projected deficits.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Haven Career Day Helps Students See Future
The future may have been opened a little wider on April 2 for students of Haven Middle School, when nearly 50 adults came to the school to share what they do in their professional lives.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Decrease in Suspensions and Lost Instructional Time at ETHS

Most of the news was positive: The number of suspensions has continued to decrease, as have the number of students suspended and the number of suspended students losing instructional days.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Concealed Carry May Trump School Policy
A proposed revision to the District 65 policy manual that would allow persons licensed to carry concealed weapons to keep those weapons in their cars, properly stored in their cars, in school parking lots caused a wave of concern at the April 1 Policy Committee meeting. The State of Illinois’ concealed-carry law allows licensed firearm owners to do that, despite a general gun ban in safe school zones.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Red Wallets Promote 'Change for Change'
The slim wallets made of red duct tape will only hold a few bills and some change – which is all Evanston Township High School senior Asia Sageman asks for as she distributes them to students, neighbors and friends. "Change for Change," as she calls it, is intended not just to raise funds but to raise consciousness.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Senior Studies Project Explores 'The Power of Friendship'
Making friends in high school is often an experience that is influenced by many things: the middle school, classes and after-school activities and the social circles navigated beyond school hours. Evanston Township High School Monica Dougherty has discovered through her Senior Studies project that friendship groups that expand beyond these typical spheres of influence can be especially meaningful.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
ETHS District 202 Congratulates New District 65 Superintendent
Evanston Township High School District 202 congratulates Dr. Paul Goren on his anticipated appointment as superintendent for Evanston/Skokie Public School District 65.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Letter to the District 65 Community
Dear District 65 Families, This letter is being written in response to the controversy over the dress code at Haven Middle School.
Friday, March 28, 2014
Controversy Over Dress Code Enforcement at Haven
Despite an Internet feeding frenzy that reached all the way to Australia – much of it based on misinformation about Haven’s dress code – the tone of the meeting in the Haven library was civil and serious but collegial.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
D65 and 202 Board Members and Administrators Consider Kellogg Students' Report on Collaboration
In their presentations, the Kellogg students suggested that the Districts consider adopting additional shared goals, and that they consider whether sharing employees, sharing a department manager or consolidating departments would assist them in achieving those goals. They primarily focused on two areas: research and assessment, and technology.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Five-Year Projections Show District 202 in Good Shape
At the March 17 meeting of the District 65 School Board, Chief Financial Officer William Stafford told the Board and administrators that the District will be in good financial shape for the next several years.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Retaining Aaa Rating, ETHS to Issue $4 Million in GO Bonds
Within the next few weeks, District 202 will issue $4.27 million in general obligation bonds. "This will be a negotiated sale, not a competitive sale," said Chief Financial Officer William Stafford. A negotiated sale, he said, offers more flexibility than does a competitive sale, which takes place at a specified time.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Success(ful) Sneaker Exchange For Club Exito/Success Club
Sept. 15, 1985. Michael Jordan’s first model of basketball shoes, known as the Air Jordan 1’s, had been officially banned from the NBA. Later that year, the Air Jordan 1 hit retailers as Nike’s first collaboration with Michael Jordan. Jordan and Nike fans went insane.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
ETHS Third Community Build Day
On March 22 Evanston Township High School students and volunteers met at the building site on the South Parking Lot at Lake Street and Grey Ave. for another Community Build Day for ETHS’s Geometry in Construction class.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
ETHS Adopts 9 New Textbooks, Drops 9
At its March 17 meeting, the District 202 School Board approved the adoption of nine new textbooks, workbooks and supplements and the deletion of six textbooks. The new adoptions relate to new courses or replace outdated textbooks.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
District 65 School Board Hears Update on BMI Testing
Across the District, she said, about a third of those tested did not make it to the Healthy Fitness Zone: 11 percent “need improvement” and 22 percent were at a “health risk.”
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
District 65 2013 Achievement Report: Students Perform at Higher Levels Than Peers Statewide, But Trends Are Flat
While there are a few bright spots in the report, the trends for the five-year period are generally flat, with declines in some areas. District 65 white students, however, continue to perform at very high levels; and black and Hispanic students perform at levels higher than their counterparts statewide.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
D65/D202 School Boards Approve Joint Literacy Goal
At a joint meeting on Jan. 13, the District 65 and District 202 School Boards approved a joint literacy goal to “ensure that all students are proficient readers and college and career ready by the time they reach 12th grade.” Significantly, the Districts recognize they cannot accomplish this goal alone. They commit to partnering not only with each other, but also “with community organizations, especially those involved in the essential work of early childhood education, to capitalize on every opportunity to meet this goal.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Early Childhood Development a Linchpin of Evanston's Cradle to Career Initiative
“We have very high quality data – that’s longitudinal – that proves that investment in high quality early learning services for children and parents, especially if those two are linked, provides great net outcomes. … So we know if we invest there, we have a good outcome.”
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
District 202 Board Discusses Scores and Achievement, Hint at 'Game Changing' Idea
The slight dips in some scores evoked some concerns, but the persisting gap in scores between white and minority students, Board members said, was "discouraging," and it remained the focus for much of the evening’s discussion.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013



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