Evanston RoundTable

Good Tuesday morning, Evanston. Here are the latest news and feature stories from around the city.

More than 25 years have passed since Evanston/Skokie School District 65 has adjusted its school boundary lines. That’s about to change, due to the work of the Student Assignment Planning committee, a group looking at ways to change the district in hopes of improving equity. 

After presenting two potential scenarios at virtual events last week, on Monday night Director of Student Assignment Sarita Smith unveiled the selected third option, which recommends closing the Dr. Bessie Rhodes School of Global Studies and opening a K-8 5th Ward school – one that also will house the Bessie Rhodes community. 

Outside Nichols Middle School on Monday. (Photo by Duncan Agnew)

On Monday, masks became optional, though still “highly recommended,” for students and staff in Evanston/Skokie School District 65 classrooms. The district’s shift on masking and COVID-19 policies came a week after Evanston Township High School and the City of Evanston lifted their mask requirements.

District 65 Superintendent Devon Horton announced the change in late February, citing Evanston’s high vaccination rate and declining case numbers. On Monday, parents and teachers said that most students remained masked in class anyway.

At This Time: Monday at 8:50 a.m. Back to winter and back to school. Children (and their parents) head to the Lincolnwood Elementary School, 2600 Colfax St., in northwest Evanston. (Photo by Richard Cahan)

COVID-19 by the numbers: 12 new cases were reported Sunday, March 6, the last day the city updated case totals. The seven-day average is 6 cases per day.

Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Elyjah Williams (Courtesy of Northwestern Athletics)

Elyjah Williams’ season at Northwestern brings ETHS alum full circle. After four seasons at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Elyjah Williams has quickly become a jack-of-all-trades on the court for Northwestern University.

Nina Weiss on her scaffold. (Photo by Jean Cunningham)

The Art of Making Art | Painting nature. Nina Weiss, a fine arts painter/teacher from Evanston, creates large-scale landscapes on unstretched canvas and smaller Waterways paintings.

Credit: Joerg Metzner

Picturing Evanston. A look at the Main Street CTA station on Chicago Avenue through multiple exposures. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

(Photo by Evan Girard) Credit: Evan Girard

The week in photos: March 1-7. International Women’s Day is today, March 8, and Evan Girard snapped a photo of these festive cookies at Bennison’s Bakery, a sweet reminder that March is Women’s History Month.

Inez Milholland Boissevain

Inez Milholland, the celebrity suffragist who captured the nation’s attention. “Standing Together: Photographs of Inez Milholland’s Final Campaign for Woman’s Suffrage,” an Evanston History Center virtual event at 7 p.m tonight will discuss social reformer, pacifist and lawyer Inez Milholland Boissevain.

Letter to the editor: Put 5th Ward school plan up for a vote. I am writing to share my concerns about the actions that the District 65 school board seems poised to take with regard to the closing of schools and the building of a Fifth Ward school.

Support woman-owned businesses on International Women’s Day and every day. In celebration and honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day on March 8, Downtown Evanston has created a webpage to highlight female-owned businesses and organizations in Evanston.

Book Bird: Bringing world events to the Evanston Public Library. With the news fixed so firmly on the events in Russia and Ukraine, it’s little wonder that there’s been a marked increase in interest in books and materials about the relationship and history of these two countries.

Eighth grade students meet with composer Stefan L. Smith.

8th grade band and orchestra students will perform “A Letter to the Mothers” at ETHS. The District 65 Instrumental Department will premiere an original commissioned work by composer Stefan L. Smith at 7 p.m. tonight.

Linda Keller (Submitted photo)

Clarinetist retires after 56 years with the ESO. Linda Keller joined the Evanston Symphony Orchestra, then led by Frank Miller, in 1964.

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Around the web

How a lawyer at the center of Evanston’s lifeguard abuse scandal landed a Cook County job. Long before she came in for heavy criticism in the independent counsel’s report, Jennifer Lin already had landed a new, six-figure job in local government.

Former first lady of Ukraine, a Chicago native, urges help for country. Kateryna Yushchenko, who served as first lady from 2005 to 2010, said she appreciates all those who have supported Ukraine

Federal airline mask mandate set to end March 18, but will it be extended? Travel trade groups sent a letter to the White House, urging the end of the mask mandate and other COVID-19 restrictions.

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Adina Keeling

Adina Keeling is a photojournalist and reporter, covering city news, sustainability, schools, and art. She also investigates mental health systems and environmental injustices in Evanston, and puts together...