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October 18, 2019 


District 65 Committee Considers Revised Role for School Resource Officers, Increasing School's Capacity to De-escalate Situations
On Oct. 7, the Policy Committee of the District 65 School Board discussed proposed changes to the role of School Resource Officers (SROs) in the schools as well as efforts to increase each school’s capacity to de-escalate a situation where a student is in some type of a crisis.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Concerns Raised About Opting Out of Curriculum During LGBTQ+ Equity Week
October 7 was the first day of LGBTQ+ Equity Week at School District 65, and it was the first time the District held an LGBTQ+ Equity Week. That same night about 30 people showed up at a Policy Committee meeting of the District 65 School Board to voice concerns that parents were pulling their student out of the classes that were part of the curricular program for the week. Some pulled their children out of school for the whole week.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
D65 Policy Committee Discusses Proposal to Prohibit Discrimination And Harassment Based on an Employee's Sexual Orientation
On Oct. 7, the Policy Committee of the District 65 School Board discussed changes to the Board’s policies to prohibit discrimination and harassment based on an employee’s gender or gender-related identity.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Student Leaders Hold Forum on Hate Speech in U.S.
On Oct.  10, the audience at Evanston Township High School heard experts in hate speech – how to recognize it, how to respond to it, what it portends and what our legislators are doing to combat it. The event had been organized by the ETHS Speech and Debate Team, the ETHS Student Senate and the Democratic Party of Evanston.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Decrease in Suspensions at ETHS; Disparity Remains
Most members of the District 202 School Board said they were pleased with the report on student discipline and suspension presented at their Oct. 8 meeting. One member, though, said he was still “stunned” at the disproportion of suspensions meted out to black males.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
School District 202 Board Hears Proposed Course Changes
Evanston Township High School may implement 84 changes to its curriculum next fall, pending Board approval. At the Oct. 7 District 202 School Board meeting, Pete Bavis, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, presented the proposals to the Board.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Sorority Cruise Raises $8,000 For ETHS Scholarships
The Ivy Pearl Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Delta Chi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, raised some $8,000 Sept. 28 at its annual fundraiser, “Cruising for a Pink and Green Cause.”
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
High School Presents Plan for E-Learning Days
At a public hearing on Oct. 7 at Evanston Township High School, school faculty members and administrators presented the program for “e-learning days,” days when the school is closed for an emergency but students will still be able to access their classes via the Internet.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Annual Pumpkin Patch Supporting ESCCA Once Again a Success
Despite the chilly weather, the 28th annual pumpkin sale was a success, raising more than $3,000 for the Evanston School Children’s Clothing Association (ESSCA). Held at Independence Park on Oct. 13, the event featured refreshments, face-painting, a craft table and pumpkins.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Kids' Guernica, a Message of Peace at Roycemore
Pablo Picasso’s masterfully painted mural entitled “Guernica,” completed in 1937, shows the tragedies of war and the suffering it inflicts upon individuals, particularly innocent civilians. The haunting work has become a universal anti-war symbol and an embodiment of peace.
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
D65 Senior Leaders' Statement on Halloween Celebrations
On Sept. 27, the senior leadership team at School District 65 issued the following message regarding Halloween celebrations:
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
ETHS District 202 Board hosts community conversations for 2019-20
 The ETHS District 202 Board of Education is hosting two events during the 2019-20 school year to discuss progress since the adoption of District goals and how the Board manages the work of the goals.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
D.C. Disdains Climate Change, Students Strike Back
The passion for saving the Earth from the ravages of climate change that fueled demonstrations across the globe on Sept. 20 brought people of all ages to Fountain Square. Among them were many Evanston Township High School students who had skipped their ninth-period classes to speak their minds, demanding, among other things, “that there still be a world out there for us when we leave high school.”
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
School District 65 Recommends Changes to Accountability and Achievement Report
Kylie Klein, Director of Research, Accountability, and Data at School District 65, recommended that the report continue to provide student results on standardized tests, but told the RoundTable that the measures that will be used in reporting those results have not yet been  determined. She recommended that the report provide additional information that will celebrate the accomplishments of students, teachers, principals and community partnerships.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
D65 5Essential Survey Results Show Improvement in Three Categories, But Declines in Two, Including Ambitious Instruction
Results of an annual 5Essentials survey show that in the 2018-19 school year, School District 65 advanced in three of the five areas deemed critical for school success, but declined in Ambitious Instruction and Collaborative Teachers.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
District 65 School Board Approves Profile for New Superintendent
The list of Characteristics and Skillset the community would like to see in a new Superintendent will be used in ads for potential candidates; it will be used by BWP in selecting five or six candidates to submit to the Board to interview; and it will be used by the Board in selecting a new Superintendent, said Dr. Hill.
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Wednesday, October 2, 2019
District 65 School Board Urged to Prohibit Harassment and Discrimination of LGBTQ Staff
Nine people gave passionate, emotional pleas to end harassment and discrimination against LGBTQ staff, during the public comment section of the District 65 School Board meeting on Sept. 23. During each person’s statement, about 50 people stood in solidarity.
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Wednesday, October 2, 2019
District 65 Board Approves Final Budget for FY'20
The final budget pegs operating revenues at $140.9 million, operating expenses at $135.4 million, and projects that the District will operate at a surplus of about $5.5 million.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Baker Demonstration School Begins a 2nd Century of Learning

Baker Demonstration School’s website promises an education that’s “anything but textbook.” That tradition might make clear why the school has thrived for more than a hundred years.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
ETHS Students Lead Forum on Fighting Hate Speech
On October 10, Evanston Township High School will host a student-led program designed to educate the public about hate speech and how to combat it. Sponsored by the Democratic Party of Evanston, the forum is designed to appeal to everyone who believes hate speech is wrong, regardless of party affiliation.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
MAP Normative Data Shows Significantly Higher Achievement Levels for CPS Students than NAEP or PARCC
In recent years, Paul Zavitkovsky, a researcher and leadership coach at the Center for Urban Education Leadership Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, noticed that MAP tests are generating significantly higher results than those generated by the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) and the Illinois PARCC tests.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
The Role of Foster School in the Implementation of School District 65's Desegregation Plan in 1967 and Its Closing in 1979
Foster School, virtually an all-Black school in 1966, was closed as a neighborhood school in 1967 as part of the District’s desegregation plan, and it was closed altogether in 1979.
Thursday, March 21, 2019



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