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Good Monday morning, Evanston.

Tasked with evaluating school attendance boundaries and proposing the building plan for a new Fifth Ward school, District 65’s Student Assignment Project Committee will make its final recommendation March 14.

The vision for the new Foster School has expanded greatly over time. What began more than two years ago as the STEM School Evanston initiative has evolved into the bigger and more complex Foster Campus Concept – an investment in a new school and neighboring community centers.

Pocket-sized micro bits. (Photo by Hillary Linden, Dawes School P.E. teacher)

A new Northwestern University-District 65 collaboration is taking computer science out of the lab – and into the gym.

Fifth graders have been beta testers this school year for a new hands-on learning curriculum at Dawes Elementary, coding wearable devices to track steps and laps – a combination of technical and physical education.

At this time: Sunday at 10:06 a.m. Mark Bishop does the Murph every Sunday. The extreme workout consists of (get this) a mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats and another mile run. Here he’s heading home through Ladd Arboretum after meeting his Murph partner Noah Brown at a nearby pull-up bar. Bishop celebrated his 50th birthday on Saturday night. (Photo by Richard Cahan)


Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

The Art of Making Art | 3D views of Evanston life. Kathy Halper’s wide-ranging art is often created within a series, probably is made to hang on a wall and might include 3D elements created using mixed media and found objects.

Good friends don’t always make good bosses. Dear Gabby, Some years ago, I accepted a job knowing that a good friend would be my boss. Turns out, good friend didn’t make for good boss.

The Year of the Redpoll. The redpolls are here! Redpolls are adorable, active, gregarious little finches with heavily streaked sides, forked tails, yellow bills, a black chin and, most importantly, a red forehead, or “poll” as it is called. 

(Photo by Joerg Metzner)

Picturing Evanston. Last light of the day at Calvary Cemetery on Evanston’s southern edge, just south of South Boulevard and Judson Avenue.

(ETHS file photo)

ETHS boys swimming: Wildkits send 12 individuals, 3 relays to state. The Wildkits scored their first sectional team championship since 2015 on Saturday at Niles North, and secured qualifying spots for all three relay teams.


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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...