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December 11, 2017 


School District 65 Board Poised to Approve Converting Bessie Rhodes to an All TWI School
At the District 65 School Board’s meeting on Nov. 21, twelve parents gave passionate pleas to maintain Bessie Rhodes as a global studies magnet school and not to gradually convert it to a Two-Way Immersion (TWI) school. A group of parents also presented an alternative proposal to establish a TWI community school at the Family Focus building in the Fifth Ward.
   The five School Board members who were present all expressed support for converting Bessie Rhodes into an all TWI school. In addition several Board members expressed support for exploring the option of establishing a school in the Fifth Ward.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Consolidating District 65's Strategic Plan and Equity Report
On Nov. 6, District 65 administrators presented what they called a “crosswalk” between the recommendations contained in a Racial and Educational Equity Report prepared by Corrie Wallace in May 2017 and District 65’s five-year Strategic Plan adopted by the Board in March 2015.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
ETHS to Undergo Course Review and Address 'Algebra Problem'
“We need a Geometry course infused with Algebra … When (we) examined the SAT scores, it surfaced that only 23% of students or 178 out 756 met or exceeded standards for heart of Algebra sub-scores."
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
ETHS Seeks to Lease Property for a Special Ed Day School
Evanston Township High School District 202 officials asked the City on Nov. 27 to consider a zoning text amendment that would allow them to lease space at 1233-35 Hartrey Ave. for a special education day school.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
District 65 to Host Early Childhood Focus Groups
School District 65 is hosting several focus groups related to early childhood programming and education. 
Monday, November 27, 2017
District 65 School Board Discusses Placing TWI at Bessie Rhodes
At the Nov. 6 District 65 School Board meeting, administrators recommended  adding two strands of the Two-Way Immersion (TWI) program at  Dr. Bessie Rhodes School of Global Studies. The recommendation is to start TWI in the kindergarten classes at Bessie Rhodes in the fall of 2018, and then to expand the program by one grade level each year up through eighth grade.
Rather than rejecting Bessie Rhodes as the site or considering another school as the site, most Board members seemed to focus on how to make the transition as smooth as possible and in the least disruptive way possible.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
ETHS SAT Scores Show Wide Gaps in Meeting Learning Standards
In setting the benchmarks scores at 540, ISBE decided to use scores that are higher than those used by the College Board, the owner of the SAT, to reflect college readiness.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
District 65 School Board Discusses Making Bessie Rhodes a Two-Way Immersion School
At the Nov. 6 District 65 School Board meeting, administrators recommended adding two strands of the Two-Way Immersion (TWI) program at  Dr. Bessie Rhodes School of Global Studies, starting in the kindergarten classes in the fall of 2018.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Friction on the District 202 School Board
On Nov. 13, Pat Savage-Williams, President of the District 202 School Board, began the public business section of the Board’s meeting by moving an obscure agenda item listed at the end of the agenda to the Board’s first discussion item, saying, “It involves a breach of confidentiality. I want to be very transparent and clear about this.”
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
EC2C Creating a Culture of Partnering to Help Children Succeed
On Oct. 27, the Evanston Cradle to Career (EC2C) initiative held its quarterly partners meeting at Evanston Township High School, attended by leaders of more than 30 partnering organizations. The partners announced how $172,500 in recent funding from United Way of Metropolitan Chicago would be allocated, and they discussed a “bold goal” around kindergarten readiness.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
ETHS Reports on Annual Student Achievement Measures
Under Illinois’ ESSA Plan, the report says, some of the criteria that students need to meet to be considered college and career ready are: 1) a high school GPA of 2.8 or greater; and 2) 95% attendance; and  3) one academic indicator in English/language arts (ELA); and 4) one academic indicator in mathematics.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
ETHS Continues to Increase Access and Success to AP Programs
Participation in AP classes is up 120% since 2006-07. Each subgroup has made gains, but gaps in access and success persist, said Dr. Bavis.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
ETHS Still 'Organized for Improvement' Says Latest 5Essentials Survey
The overall conclusion is that ETHS remains at the lower end of the second highest possible level – that ETHS is “organized for improvement.”
Wednesday, September 20, 2017


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