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Good Monday morning, Evanston.

Evanston residents Margaret Hamm (left) and wife Karen Hamm play Wordle outside Colectivo Coffee in downtown Evanston on Sunday, the warmest day of the year so far, with temperatures in the mid-50s. “It feels amazing to be out here,” Margaret told photographer Richard Cahan.

Enjoy the February warmth through Wednesday, then the high drops back into the 30s on Thursday. Now, warm up with more news.

In 2020, District 65 began a multiyear process to change how it teaches math, switching to a “low floor, high ceiling” model that ultimately eliminated regular eighth grade geometry courses. Several Evanston parents told the RoundTable they did not necessarily have a problem with the new teaching philosophy, but they have concerns about the quality of student engagement and class rigor. ETHS, for its part, added an intensive summer geometry course for invited incoming ninth graders.

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The city is up for redistricting and ward maps are set to be redrawn. The issue was discussed at a special Second Ward meeting Saturday with Council Members Jonathan Nieuwsma, who chairs the Redistricting Committee, and Krissie Harris. The Second Ward will likely shrink, since its population is 5% larger than average. Four proposals presented by Nieuwsma would move parts of the Second Ward into the First, Fourth, Fifth or Ninth wards.

With February being National Pet Dental Health Month, now is a good time to think about whether and how often you brush your pet’s teeth. RoundTable contributor Wendi Kromash shares a cautionary tale about pet dental care, relating the story of her dog Fig, seen above undergoing dental surgery.

COVID-19 by the numbers: Six new cases and no new deaths were reported Thursday, Feb. 9, the last day the city updated totals. The seven-day average is 8.71 cases per day.

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Two wrestlers on the ETHS girls wrestling team advanced to the state finals as seniors Ashland Henson (above) and Ariana Flores secured top-four finishes at the Evanston Sectional tournament. “We got two qualifiers again, and two per year is nice,” said ETHS head coach Dillin Randolph.

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Meanwhile, two wrestlers on the ETHS boys wrestling team narrowly missed making it to the state finals. Jason McDermott (above, on top) and teammate Marco Terrizzi were near-misses at the Class 3A Conant Sectional tournament.

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Only 30% of glass used in the U.S. each year ends up in a recycling bin. However, recycling glass is simple for Evanston residents. In the first of two parts on glass containers and the environment, Meg Evans outlines all the advantages endlessly recyclable glass has over materials like plastic.

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Picturing Evanston: The dogs at Rex’s Place on Ashland Avenue, north of Simpson Street, always get a bit excited when someone passes by. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

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Around the web

Lawsuit seeks white woman’s arrest in Emmett Till’s 1955 kidnapping, lynching. Till’s cousin, Patricia Sterling, filed a lawsuit Friday in Mississippi calling for the arrest of Carolyn Bryant after an unserved warrant was made public.

Northwestern Hillel hosts Mega Shabbat for first time since 2020. Hundreds came together Friday night at Norris University Center to celebrate Mega Shabbat after a long pandemic hiatus.

Chicago Auto Show returns to pre-COVID size, offering EVs, hybrids — and puppies. After a pandemic pause, the auto show is back and bigger than ever, with 27 carmakers showcasing their vehicles and a focus on hybrids and electric vehicles.

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Manan Bhavnani

Prior to joining the RoundTable, Manan Bhavnani covered business and technology for the International Business Times, with a focus on mergers, earnings and governance. He is a double Medill graduate, with...