Students gather outside Walker Elementary School after dismissal on the last day of the 2021-2022 year. Credit: Duncan Agnew

With District 65 preparing to open its doors for another school year on Wednesday, the administration is welcoming teachers and staff back from summer break with an opening convocation from 9 a.m. to noon Monday morning at Quad Indoor Sports, 2454 Oakton St.

The festivities will kick off with breakfast, music and a photo booth.

Later on, staff will hear welcoming remarks from Evanston NAACP President Rev. Michael Nabors, Mayor Daniel Biss and School Board President Sergio Hernandez.

Finally, Superintendent Devon Horton and other administrators are scheduled to speak about district updates and new plans for the upcoming year, according to a press release from the district.

Joseph E. Hill Education Center in Evanston
District 65’s Joseph E. Hill Education Center. Credit: Adina Keeling

“After two challenging years, we want to chart this new beginning with a celebration that shows our staff we care, recognizes their resilience and inspires them,” Horton said in the news release.

“An exhilarating start to the year is just the beginning of the transformation that our educators need so that we can collectively focus on the critical task ahead – serving every child, every day, whatever it takes.”

Duncan Agnew covers Evanston public schools, affordable housing, City Hall and more for the RoundTable. He also writes long-form investigations, features and the morning email newsletter three times a...