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March 26, 2019 


School District 65's K-3 Literacy Program
At the School Board’s March 4 meeting, Elizabeth Cardenas-Lopez, Director of Literacy at District 65, gave an update on the District’s K-3 Literacy Program. The District has been focusing on enhancing literacy skills in kindergarten through third grades as one key way to address achievement gaps in the District.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
District 65 Implementing New MTSS Tool to Address Needs of Striving Learners
Branching Minds contains a universal screener that identifies students who need help early on, and it then uses all the information to recommend possible interventions or supports for a particular student.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Community Schools Model on the Ropes at District 65
School District 65 needs a strong community partner to take the lead role on its community schools initiative, or it needs to consider another way to provide some community services at the schools.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Dawes Parents Ask for More Supports
At the District 65 School Board meeting on March 18, Shannon Lang and Laurie Haverkamp presented a grim picture of things happening at Dawes Elementary School. They each have children at Dawes and are co-presidents of Dawes PTA. When they spoke, about 40 Dawes parents in the audience stood, showing their support.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
'Black Parents of King Arts' Hosts Town Hall Meeting on Test Scores
At the District 65 School Board meeting on March 18, Candice Shakur, a parent at King Arts magnet school and a member of Black Parents of King Arts, spoke about the achievement gap at that school, where there is a wide disparity in the percentages of Black and White students who are on track to college readiness. The disparity between Black and White third- through eighth-graders is 61 percentage points in reading, and 51 percentage points in math.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
D65 Board Approves Capital Projects for 2019 Summer
On March 18, the District 65 School Board approved capital projects for this summer totaling about $1.65 million. The work approved by the Board will provide safe entrances at Lincolnwood, Bessie Rhodes, and Orrington schools; abatement of asbestos at Lincolnwood, Bessie Rhodes, Orrington, Nichols and Willard schools; and replacement of mezzanine guardrails at Oakton school.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Anxiety and Depression, Overeating and Vaping Are Main Concerns at ETHS Health Center
“Vaping, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), obesity, eating disorders, depression and anxiety,” Dr. Holland said, are the student problems that most concern the staff. She said the health center staff, as well as teachers in health and physical education classes, try to educate students about the dangers and long-term effects of these problems.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
District 202 School Board Approves Student Travel Plans
Evanston Township High School will send students to Canada, Germany, Japan, Puerto Rico and Guatemala in the 2019-20 academic year, allowing students a brief but steep immersion in a different culture.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
ETHS Students at Regional Science Fair
In March, Evanston Township High School seniors Zachary Andalman and Michael Frim each received a gold medal at the Illinois Junior Academy of Science Regional Science Fair at Niles North High School.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Walkout for Climate Change
About 100 Evanston Township High School students answered the call for a worldwide walkout on March 15 to call attention to the lack of real progress on climate change.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
ETHS Students Finish Strong at COMAP Math Contest
Two math teams from Evanston Township High School achieved Finalist and Meritorious ranking in the annual Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications (COMAP) High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
District 202 Recognized as a 'Project Lead the Way' Distinguished School
Evanston Township High School District 202 has been nationally recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing transformative learning opportunities through the PLTW Engineer Program.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
NEERA Model to Predict Persistence in College Will Be Ready Soon for Eighth and Ninth Grades
College success is defined as “continuous enrollment for five or more semesters in any tier post-secondary program,” and it includes “shorter degree or certificate programs.”
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
School Board Members Upset With Lack of Progress on Joint Reading Goal
A presentation intended to report how School Districts 65 and 202 will track progress toward meeting their Joint Literacy Goal adopted in January 2014 spawned an emotional discussion about the lack of progress in improving reading proficiency in the last five years.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
The Future After High School: Helping Sudents Determine Their Dreams
The winds of post-secondary education have shifted from college-only to college-and-career, as, nationwide, educators steer high school students to broaden their perspectives.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Cradle to Career Committee Unveils 'Bold Goal' for Kindergarten Readiness
Age 3 is not too young to think about kindergarten. Taking a look at Evanston’s youngest residents, Evanston Cradle to Career (EC2C) has adopted a goal that 85% of the youngsters entering school in 2025 will be ready for the challenge of kindergarten.
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Tuesday, March 5, 2019
City, High School Agree on Use of Body-Worn Cameras
An intergovernmental agreement approved last week by Evanston Township High School officials spells out when and under what circumstances Evanston Police Officers on school property are permitted to turn on their body-worn cameras.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
ETHS Golden Apple Finalist
Corey Winchester, History and Social Sciences teacher at Evanston Township High School, has been selected as one of the 32 finalists for the 2019 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching. This year, finalists made up just six percent of more than 550 nominations from 71 counties throughout Illinois.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
School District 65's Achievement Report Presents Disappointing Results
Superintendent Paul Goren said, “The data information, as such, are a clarion call to all District 65 educators to focus our work to improving outcomes, especially outcomes of kids of color and those from historically marginalized backgrounds.”
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Unity Scholarship Fair at ETHS
In conjunction with the celebration of Black History Month, the Unity Scholarship Committee recently sponsored its 12th annual Scholarship Fair at Evanston Township High School.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
ETHS Chess Team Finishes Strong at IHSA State Tournament
 The Evanston Township High School Chess team had a strong performance at the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) State Tournament last month. The team, seeded 16th, won five out of seven matches and finished in a tie for eighth place among the 128 qualifying schools.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
ETHS Students Participate in 2019 Illinois High School Art Exhibition
 Last month, 17 students from Evanston Township High School participated in the 2019 Illinois High School Art Exhibition (IHSAE), showcasing work in the General and/or Senior Scholarship Exhibitions.
Tuesday, March 5, 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
ETHS Golden Apple Finalist
Corey Winchester, History and Social Sciences teacher at Evanston Township High School, has been selected as one of the 32 finalists for the 2019 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching. This year, finalists made up just six percent of more than 550 nominations from 71 counties throughout Illinois.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019



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