Evanston RoundTable

Good Wednesday morning, Evanston.

After a pandemic year of remote learning, District 65 actually scored higher in each of the five areas deemed critical for school success than it did in 2020, according to data collected by the state through its mandatory 5Essentials survey.

But the district still fell below the state average in the “effective leaders” and “collaborative teachers” categories, which District 65 has consistently scored the lowest in out of all five measurements over the last five years.

Founder of Santa for a Day Richard Gentile leads the ribbon cutting for the charity’s new pop-up. (Photo by Adina Keeling)

This year, pop-up charity Santa for a Day has come to Evanston, led by local native and the founder of the organization Richard Gentile.

Gentile formed the charity to collect letters from disadvantaged children and share them with donors, who purchase gifts for those children. Gentile, Mayor Daniel Biss and other community members celebrated the opening of the pop-up with a ribbon-cutting on November 19. 

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Week in photos: Send us photos of your Thanksgiving holiday gatherings and anything else you might be up to this week for our weekly photo gallery. You can reach us at news@evanstonroundtable.com!

COVID by the numbers: 15 cases were reported yesterday in Evanston. The seven-day average is 11.

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Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Citrus photo by Julie Chernoff.

Brighten up the season with citrus. Julie Chernoff gives us some citrus-centered dishes to try out during this winter season.

My so-called journalism career. Les Jacobson reflects on his journey through the journalism and corporate worlds, and how he ended up as writer and editor for the RoundTable the last 15 years.

Peggy Tarr: Then and now. Our columnist takes a look at the legacy of Thanksgiving for Indigenous Americans.

Climate citizens to demonstrate at Evanston Chase Bank. On Black Friday, local climate citizens will converge on the Central Street branch of Chase Bank to protest JPMorgan Chase’s investment of tens of billions of dollars in fossil fuels that are destroying the habitability of the planet.

Around the web

School Districts Canceling Classes Due to Teacher Shortage. Between low pay, a shortage of substitutes and challenging working conditions during a pandemic, schools across the state are struggling to stay open.

‘Nobody cares’: National Women’s Soccer League players say U.S. Soccer failed to act on abuse claims against Red Stars coach. Several athletes who have played for Chicago’s NWSL team, the Red Stars, said the league did nothing about alleged abuse and harassment by the head coach.

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Duncan Agnew

Duncan Agnew covers Evanston public schools, affordable housing, City Hall and more for the RoundTable. He also writes long-form investigations, features and the morning email newsletter three times a...