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  • Downtown Sidewalks Blitzed by ETHS Students’ Chalk-Out Protesting Climate Change
    The chalk will wash out or be scuffed off soon, but members of Sunrise E-Town are hoping their messages will stick. Sunrise E-Town is the new name of the Evanston Township High School student group formerly known as E-Town Climate Action.
  • District 65 School Board Accepts Change in Way to Measure Student Growth
    One goal of the District 65 School Board is to increase the percentage of students who make “expected gains” on the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test. On Dec. 9, Kylie Klein, Director of Research, Accountability and Data, recommended that the District change the method it uses to determine if a student has made “expected gains” on the MAP test.
  • School District 65 Secures Bids for Roofing, Masonry, and Asbestos Abatement Work for Next Summer
    On Dec. 9, Raphael Obafemi, Chief Financial and Operating Officer of School District 65, presented a recommendation that the School Board accept bids for nine capital projects totaling about $4.5 million for the summer of 2020. Mr. Obafemi said these projects address critical repairs needed in the District.
  • Students and community members will host a “Walk Out, Chalk Out” climate rally at Fountain Square at 3 p.m. on Dec. 6 at Fountain Square to launch the next phase of the campaign for the Green New Deal and "share how the 10-year mobilization to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs would improve the lives of people in Evanston." 
  • ETHS Chess Team Wins Two Awards at Local Tournament
    Evanston Township High School’s chess team won two awards at the Evanston Team Tournament held on Nov. 2. The ETHS Varsity Chess team defeated many of the top high school teams in Illinois, finishing the competition in fourth place. Rohil Bose, Alex Fogel, Meris Goldfarb and Alan Wang were the team’s top scorers, however, Elijah Platnick's win on Board 1 led the team to victory in the final match.
  • State Test Shows Significantly Fewer District 65 Students Are On Track to College Readiness Than Five Years Ago, Declines at Eighth Grade
    The data shows that significantly lower percentages of District 65 eighth graders are on track to college readiness than third graders; large percentages of black and Hispanic students are scoring below the 40th Illinois percentile in both ELA and math; and significantly lower percentages of students met college readiness benchmarks on the 2019 IAR than on the 2014 ISATs.
  • One Candidate Remaining for Superintendent of School District 65
    On Nov. 26, School Board President Suni Kartha announced that one of the two finalists had withdrawn. She said the Board plans to go forward with the interview process with the remaining candidate on Dec. 3.
  • Report Shows Big Drop in Out-Of-School Suspensions and Suspensions of Black Students
    The data show that the number of out-of-school suspensions in SY’19 decreased by 43% compared to SY’18, and the number of suspension incidents involving black students decreased by 48% in the same period.
  • Commander Ryan Glew of the Evanston Police Department told the RoundTable there is a pending and active investigation and no one has been arrested. When asked specific questions, he said for the sake of the investigation, he could not comment further.
  • District 65 Finance Committee Recommends $10.2 Million Capital Spending Plan Over Next Five Years
    On Nov. 4, Raphael Obafemi, District 65’s Chief Financial and Operations Officer, provided an overview of the District’s overall capital needs, together with recommendations for capital projects in the next five years. The needs far exceed the District’s resources to address them, so Mr. Obafemi explained the prioritization process he used in making his recommendations.
  • On Oct. 28, in a closed session meeting, representatives of BWP & Associates presented a report to the District 65 School Board advising that 31 people had completed an application for Superintendent of School District 65. BWP recommended five of the 31 people for the School Board to interview.
  • Evanston Cradle to Career Lays Out Revised Strategic Plan
    On Nov. 7, Katie Pacyna, Director of Reach and Evaluation, presented an updated strategic plan to the partners of the Evanston Cradle to Career (EC2C) initiative ...  About 50 people attended the meeting, including the leaders of many of the partnering organizations.
  • Teacher Compensation Under New DEC Contract
    Under the contract, an individual teacher’s salary may increase in three ways: 1) an increase in base salary, which is in the nature of a cost of living increase; 2) a “Step” increase, which is an increase based on years of experience or service; and 3) and an increase due to a “Track” movement.
  • Evanston Township High School students last year had a choice of more than 80 non-sport clubs and activities to spend their free time. School officials encourage engagement in extracurricular activities, said Nicole Clark, Director of Activities and of the Student Success Center.
  • Successful Start to Debate Season at ETHS
    The Evanston Township High School Speech and Debate team is thriving in local and regional tournaments for the 2019-20 school year. Senior Henry Eberhart qualified to the Tournament of Champions in Lincoln-Douglas debate.
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