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February 15, 2019 


District 65 Participates in Activities to Honor and Affirm Black Students
 This February, students, educators, and families across School District 65 participated in a series of activities and events as part of the district’s commitment to Black student success.
Friday, February 15, 2019
Ambitious Goals and Community Support at Officer and Gentlemen Academy Kickoff
Gabe Rosen was “kind of skeptical” when he joined the first class of the Officer and Gentlemen Academy two years ago. He soon learned that “The officers care about us. They want the best for us. They are trying to prepare us for life,” he told the crowd of some 100 people at the Jan. 26 kickoff for the Officer and Gentlemen Academy.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
ETHS Jazz Festival This Weekend
 Evanston Township High School’s annual jazz festival will be held on Feb. 9, culminating with an evening concert by the Chicago State University Community Jazz Band. The ETHS Jazz Ensemble will open the concert in the ETHS auditorium under the direction of Matthew Bufis, Director of Bands. The festival’s noontime concert will feature the Lowdown Brass Band.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
'The Evanston Fatherhood Initiative' Feb. 21
The Infant Welfare Society of Evanston (IWSE) will premiere its documentary film, “The Evanston Fatherhood Initiative,” at 6 p.m. on Feb. 21 at Family Focus Theater, 2010 Dewey Ave. Open to the public, the screening will include a welcome reception and panel discussion.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
EvanSTEM and EPL to Offer Six STEM Mini-Camps This Summer
EvanSTEM, a project within Evanston-Skokie School District 65, and the Evanston Public Library plan to run six STEM mini-camps this summer with the help of a grant of $10,000 received from Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. The mini-camps will help provide underrepresented and underserved students across Evanston with technology and engineering learning.
Wednesday, February 6, 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
District 65 to Host Community Sharing Circles
Given the rise of racist and hateful incidents occurring in our schools, parks, playgrounds, and across our communities, Evanston/Skokie School District 65 is convening two community-based restorative sharing circles.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
More Than a Third of Incoming ETHS Freshmen, Possibly More, Are Not Reading at Grade Level
Approximately 59% of incoming freshmen at Evanston Township High School scored at or above a grade-level equivalent score of 8.3 in reading on the STAR test, according to a report presented at the Jan. 14 District 202 School Board meeting.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
How Many Students Are Not Proficient Readers When They Leave School District 65: 16% or 40%?
For example, one chart shows that in the fall of 2018, 60% of all students who entered ETHS as freshmen were proficient in reading using the STAR test, while 84% were proficient in reading using MAP.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Student Athletes Earned Higher Grades Even After GPA Rule was Eliminated
Concerns that last year’s move to eliminate the requirement that students have a 2.0 Grade Point Average to participate in sports at Evanston Township High School would lower the bar for student achievement appear to be unwarranted.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Baker Eighth Graders Compete in Annual Cardboard Regatta
Baker Demonstration School eighth-graders gathered on Jan. 11 for their annual cardboard Boat Regatta. The competition is more than a fun spectator event for the whole school – it also serves as the cumulative project for the eighth-graders’ classroom explorations in physics and math.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
ETHS Settles Four Lawsuits
At a very brief special meeting of the District 202 School Board on Jan. 18, the four members present voted unanimously to approve the settlement of three lawsuits and one potential lawsuit against the District in connection with allegations of sexual abuse by a former employee.
Friday, January 18, 2019
ETHS Shakespeare Club Presents Annual Showcase
The Upstart Crows, Evanston Township High School’s Shakespeare Club, offers two performances of its annual production. “Showcase of Scenes from Shakespeare” will be presented in the ETHS Little Theatre at 4 p.m. on Jan. 24 and at 6 p.m. on Jan. 26.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
'The Colored Museum' Onstage at ETHS in February
Evanston Township High School presents “The Colored Museum” on Feb. 14, 15 and 16. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. each evening in the ETHS Upstairs Theatre.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
School District 65 Incoming Kindergarten Events
Evanston/Skokie School District 65 is inviting families of incoming kindergartners to learn more about the kindergarten experience through a special event series this winter. Children must be five years-old on or before September 1 to register for kindergarten.
Friday, January 11, 2019
Four Candidates Have Filed to Run for District 65 School Board and Four for District 202
According to the website of the Cook County Clerk’s Office, four candidates have filed to run for the District 65 School Board in the April 2, 2019 Consolidated Election, and four have filed to run for the District 202 School Board. Three positions will be filled on each Board.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Baker Eighth Graders Compete in Annual Cardboard Regatta
Baker Demonstration School eighth-graders gathered on Jan. 11 for their annual cardboard Boat Regatta. The competition is more than a fun spectator event for the whole school – it also serves as the cumulative project for the eighth-graders’ classroom explorations in physics and math.
Wednesday, January 23, 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



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