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This week, parents, staff, and the community will notice a dramatic change to the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 website. For the past eight months, the communications department has worked alongside principals, school webmasters, teachers, and parents to build a new website for District 65. In addition to the newly designed district website, 17 new sub-sites have been created – one for each elementary, middle, and magnet school, Park School, and the JEH Early Childhood Center.
In an effort to enhance communication with its stakeholders, the new website was built with the user experience in mind. The new sites provide streamlined navigation and easy access to important information on a variety of content areas. Truly one-of-a-kind, the new district and school websites have been custom designed and many feature original student artwork.
“We want our new website to be considered a “go-to” resource for our parents, staff, and community members to learn more about what’s happening in our district and our schools,” said Melissa Messinger, Communications Coordinator for District 65. “The launch of our new website furthers the district’s commitment of providing parents, staff, and community members with relevant, timely, and accessible information.”
To assist in the development and design of the new website, the district partnered with Schoolwires, a national company specializing in web solutions for K-12 school districts. With nearly 1,000 pages of new content, the website contains information about District 65 and its schools as well as many parent, staff, and community resources.
Built using responsive design, the District 65 and school websites can be easily viewed from a smart phone or tablet device. “We recognize that many of our families use their smart phones as a way to access information. A mobile-friendly website provides another way for them to stay connected with our district and our schools,” said Ms. Messinger. The new sites also feature an interactive calendar that allows visitors to filter by event type and to sync district and school events with their personal calendar. In addition, finding contact information for a District 65 staff member has been simplified through the creation of an online staff directory. Containing a comprehensive listing of faculty, staff, and administrators, the new directory is searchable by name, department, building, and position.
“We encourage all of our families, staff, and community members to dive in and explore everything the new website has to offer. In the coming year, we look forward to unveiling several new features that will allow us to communicate more effectively and efficiently with stakeholders,” said Ms. Messinger.
The new District 65 website launched on February 4, 2015 and can be accessed by visiting www.district65.net.