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May 23, 2019 


District 65 Sixth-Graders Tackle Climate Change
This spring, as part of their science course at School District 65, 900 sixth-graders were asked to use a “design thinking model” to explore how to best mitigate the impact of climate change.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Restorative Practices Are the Bedrock of District 65's Discipline Policy
At the May 6 District 65 School Board meeting, administrators summarized the status of restorative practices at the schools. “Restorative practices are the bedrock of our student behavior and discipline policy,” said Joyce Bartz, Assistant Superintendent of Special Education. “We’re going from punishment to repairing harm. That’s a big culture shift for all of us.”
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
School District 65 to Enhance Data-Driven Learning Environments
The change is part of an effort to fully implement a “data-driven learning environment” in the schools. Under this approach, principals, teachers and staff will use MAP data to see where students are doing well and where they need assistance and to use that information in forming instruction to improve student achievement.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Limiting Police Presence at District 65 Schools
Policy Committee Chair Sergio Hernandez said he wanted to see a “drawing down” of the SROs. He added, though, that he was OK with moving ahead with a task force, as long as there were the “right stakeholders on the task force.”
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Could a Change in Vocabulary - a Preposition or a Term - Help Shift Attitudes Toward the Future After High School?
By the time they graduate, Evanston Township High School students should be prepared for – and passionate about – their future, administrators say.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
New PE Location Board Eases Chaos
On a given day, most Evanston Township High School students – of whom there are about 3,500 – will have a class in physical education. Until recently, students would check the Physical Education Location Board to learn the day’s location of their physical education class: in one of the 12 gyms, two swimming pools or three weight rooms.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Parents Step Up to Teach About Composting
On a very cold February morning, about 40 students file into the lunchroom at Dewey Elementary School. Some of the kids are solemn, some are talking to friends, but all shoot curious glances at the giant projector screen hanging from the ceiling and the woman standing in front of it. The students settle down at lunch tables that are covered not with real food but with cards that have pictures of food and food packaging.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Robotics Team Advances to Tournament in Turkey
A group of Evanston seventh-graders will be traveling to Turkey at the end of this month to compete in the First Lego League Robotics World Invitational Tournament, where they will share their award-winning research project on how to solve dysbiosis in astronauts. Dysbiosis is a term used to describe a microbial imbalance in the gut.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
ETHS Among Top Two Percent in Nation's 'Best High Schools' Ranking
U.S. News & World Report released its “Best High Schools” rankings for 2019, placing Evanston Township High School (ETHS) at 27 in Illinois and 526 in the nation. Overall, ETHS received a score of 96.95 out of 100 on the national rankings scorecard.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
ETHS Journalism Students Earn IHSA Recognition
The ETHS journalism team placed second in sectionals this year. Team members include: Leah Brieva, Naiyah Bryant, Eli Cohen, Trinity Collins, Callie Grober, Rachel Krumholz, Nora Miller, Cameron Mulvihill, Caleigh Richards, Mac Stone, Chris Werner, Ella Greenberg Winnick and Sajeda Yagoub.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Evanston Student Selected to Participate In Global Classmates Summit 2019
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Evanston Chess Members Win Team Award At National Chess Competition
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
ETHS Student Receives 2019 Coca-Cola Scholarship
Liana Wallace has been a participant and leader in various extracurricular activities, including the Students Organized Against Racism executive board, YAMO and The Evanstonian student newspaper.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
District 65 Board Praises Strategic Plan Focusing on Children, From Birth to Age 5
The plan contains six goals with ambitious targets, including one goal that aims to double the percentage of JEH students who are prepared for kindergarten from 37% to 74% in three years.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
District 65 School Board's Reorganizational Meeting
At the District 65 School Board’s re-organizational meeting on April 22, two Board members abstained from voting in the election of the Board’s officers. They also raised questions about the way Committee assignments were made.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
School District 65 Starts Process to Issue $5.5 Million in New Bonds
At the District 65 School Board meeting on April 22, the Board approved taking preliminary steps to issue up to a maximum of $5.5 million in working cash bonds, the proceeds of which would be used solely for capital projects – some of which are already contemplated for the summer of 2020.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
New Principal for Dawes School
On April 22 the District 65 School Board voted 6-0 to approve Marlene Aponte-Mathews as the next principal of Dawes Elementary School. Ms. Aponte-Mathews will officially begin in her new role on July 1.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
New Board Members at School District 65
With farewells, congratulations and oaths of office, Mark Metz and Jonathan Baum retired from the District 202 School Board on April 29, and Elizabeth Rolewicz and Stephanie Teterycz took their new positions at the Board table. Assistant Superintendent Pete Bavis administered the oath of office to the new Board members, the third of whom was Monique Parsons, who was re-elected for a second term.
Wednesday, May 1, 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
Four ETHS Teams Qualify for Technology Student Association's National Competiton
Four Evanston Township High School (ETHS) teams have qualified to compete at the national Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAMS) Competition in June 2019. Out of the four ETHS teams, one ranked third in state and the other came in eighth.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019



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