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Negotiations to Continue at District 65 With Federal Mediator
District 65 teachers and administrators will continue their negotiations, soon with a federal mediator. On Sept. 8 the District notified the District Educators Council (DEC, the teachers’ union) that it agreed with DEC’s request for a federal mediator.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
No Resolution Yet on Nichols Assistant Principal
Six weeks after Josh Seldess thought he would be Assistant Principal of Nichols Middle School, his position with District 65 is still in limbo.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
District 202 Board Passes Budget for2016-17, Plan B 'May Be Needed'
The District 202 School Board unanimously passed an $83.2 million overall budget, including capital and operating expenses, for Evanston Township High School’s 2016-2017 school year (FY’17) at its Sept. 6 meeting. The operating budget is $72.4 million, up 1.4% from last year. There is a slight operating surplus of $20,000.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
District 202 Provides Update on Measures for College Readiness
Dr. Bavis said the model is much more sophisticated than the model presented last spring. In addition, he said, ETHS is working with administrators of School District 65 and David Figlio, a professor at Northwestern University, in developing the model.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
ACT Scores Previewed, Pending Interpretation
Dr. Bavis reported that 42% of ETHS seniors met the ACT’s benchmarks for college readiness in all four subjects tested: reading, math, science, and English. This compares with 26% of students in Illinois and in the Nation who met the benchmarks in all four subjects, he said.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Are ETHS Athletics a Carrot of Reward for Good Grades: Report Looks at Trends
The End-of-Year Athletics Report for 2015-16 school year revealed numerous successes, among which are the high grades received by student athletes. Individuals participating in at least one sport earned an average GPA of 3.5 which is 0.54 higher than students not involved in athletics. Thirty-three of 35 varsity teams had a team GPA above 3.0. Twenty-one varsity teams earned a team GPA over 3.5.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Board Member Asks Whether ETHS Fully Investigated Gym Wing Locker Thefts
At the Sept. 9 School Board meeting, District 202 Board Member Jonathan Baum questioned whether the Board had fulfilled its promise to the public and completed a full investigation of the gym wing locker thefts that were captured on students’ smart phones last year.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Evanston Scholars Initiates Seventh Class of Scholars
Evanston Scholars celebrated the initiation of its newest and largest class of 37 rising high school juniors at the Hilton Garden Inn Chicago North Shore/Evanston, on Aug. 31. That evening, each scholar was introduced to his or her mentor, a local community member who will provide one-to-one support over the next six years to help their mentee get to and through college.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Still Time to Submit An Application to Fill Vacancy on D65 Board
Some people have already submitted applications and resumes, Ms. Chow said, and the Districat will continue to accept applications until 5 p.m. on Sept. 29. The District will make an appointment in October ...
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
New Playing Field at Lincoln
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
YAMO Student Revue at ETHS
YAMO, Evanston Township High School’s annual student revue, opens on Oct. 7 for a seven-night run in the school’s Upstairs Theatre.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Doug Holt Will Not Seek Reelection to D202 Board
Doug Holt, a member of the District 202 School Board, announced today he will not be seeking reelection to the Board in the April 2016 election.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Negotiations Continue at District 65
District 65 teachers and administrators resumed negotiations after the Labor Day holiday, said Superintendent Paul Goren, with District 65 Board President Candance Chow now at the table. The teachers’ contract expired last month, but District schools opened on time.
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Saturday, September 10, 2016
School Supplies for More Than 1,000 D65 Students
Thanks to the generosity of community partners, local businesses, and residents of Evanston and Skokie, over 1,000 District 65 students were able to start school feeling prepared and ready to learn.
Friday, September 9, 2016
District 65 Approves Equity Statement, Hears Progress on Equity Audit
At its Aug. 29 meeting, the District 65 School Board adopted a “Racial and Educational Equity Statement.”
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
District 65 Report Shows Some Gains in Achievement
On Aug. 29, School District 65 administrators presented snapshot reports on student achievement for the 2015-16 school year and the prior three years. Peter Godard, Chief Officer of Research, Accountability and Data, said the District made progress on its first three goals relating to overall student achievement. The results were mixed on the fourth goal.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
District 65 Board Approves New College Readiness Benchmarks and Normsl
At the Aug. 29 School Board meeting, Peter Godard, Chief Officer of Research, Accountability and Data, told Board members that the administration  recommended that the District shift to using the college readiness benchmarks identified in the 2015 Study because the 2015 Study “is based on more rigorous research” and controls for a problem not controlled for in the earlier study.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Y.O.U. Adds Reading and Writing Workshops to Its Programming
Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U.) piloted reading and writing workshops as part of its 2016 summer program. The workshops will be expanded to Y.O.U.’s afterschool programs this fall.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
'Having the Talk' about Race And Making Change
The PTA Council of Evanston/Skokie presents its third-annual, four-part series: “Navigating Real Life Diversity with Our Kids: Communicating and Acting with Awareness and Bravery.”
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Applicants Sought to Fill Jenifer Phillips Seat on D65 Board
Jennifer Phillips, member of the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Board of Education submitted her written resignation effective August 31, 2016.
Friday, September 2, 2016
EC2C Provisionally Adopts Goals and Outcomes, Nears an Equity Statement
On Aug. 11, approximately 30 representatives of the partner organizations in the Evanston Cradle to Career Initiative (EC2C) held a partners’ meeting at Evanston Township High School to discuss goals and outcomes, an equity statement, and examples of some successes. The partners act much like a board of directors of EC2C.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
No D65 Teacher Contract, But Schools Will Open
School District 65 and the District Educators Council (DEC, the teachers union) have still not reached a collective bargaining agreement for the 2016-17 school year and beyond. Superintendent Paul Goren told the RoundTable, “I do anticipate that schools will open on time” – Aug. 24. Paula Zelinski, President of DEC, confirmed, “Schools are opening on time.”
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Guest Essay: Teachers Hopeful for Progress in District 65
We believe that crafting a fair and equitable contract in a timely manner would help to advance the thriving workforce goal - that a thriving workforce leads to thriving children.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Guest Essay: An Open Letter to the Community on District 65's Financial Situation
We are currently negotiating or about to negotiate contracts with all of our bargaining units representing colleagues who work in District 65. Please know that all parties are working diligently to come to fair agreements.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Oakton Ranked No. 15 in Nation
Oakton Community College ranks No. 15 in the nation for adult learners, according to Washington Monthly’s first-ever list of the best two-year colleges for adult learners.
Thursday, September 1, 2016



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