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October 22, 2017 


ETHS Geometry in Construction House Celebrates Completion
Community members were invited to tour the newest Geometry in Construction House at 2142 Dewey Ave., on Oct. 3.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Blessings In a Backpack Day
Mayors across the country last month worked with local volunteers to pack bags full of food for hungry students to take home.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Legality of Confiscating Pot Stories Leads to Blunt Discussions About Censorship
The staff of Evanston Township High School’s student-run newspaper accused the school administration of violating their right to free speech by confiscating an issue of the paper and not providing a reason in a timely manner as required by law. The Sept. 22 issue of The Evanstonian contained a two-page spread in the “In Depth” section of the paper addressing marijuana usage at the school and related issues.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Recommended Site(s) For Two TWI Strands to Be Presented on Nov. 6
On Oct. 9, Stacy Beardsley, District 65’s Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, presented a report to the School Board laying out the need to expand the Two-Way Immersion (TWI) program at the K-5 grade levels and identifying proposed criteria to use in selecting a school or schools at which to locate the new TWI strands.
Friday, October 13, 2017
ETHS Continues to Increase Access and Success to AP Programs
Participation in AP classes is up 120% since 2006-07. Each subgroup has made gains, but gaps in access and success persist, said Dr. Bavis.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Policy Change Reframes Extracurriculars as Intervention Strategies, Sports Report Provides Encouragement
The District 202 School Board voted unanimously at its Oct. 9 meeting to drop the GPA eligibility requirement for students who want to participate in activities with the hope of getting more students engaged in school and increasing student success.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Manufacturing Day Helps High School Students Plan for Their Future
To kick off Illinois Manufacturing Month, local companies hosted tours for Evanston Township High School students in order to open their eyes to the career opportunities available to them in their own backyard.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Walker Boys Running Strong
On Sept. 27, Paul Goren, Superintendent of School District 65, joined Walker Elementary School’s dynamic Boys Running Strong (BRS) afterschool program as a guest runner.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Haven Cross Country Teams Excel
The Haven Middle School girls cross country team, pictured above, took 15th place at the IESA State Cross Country Meet in Bloomington on Oct. 14. The Haven boys team took 24th place.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
ETHS Royalty
ETHS seniors Briyana Jackson and Jaysun Calhoun pictured with Superindendent Eric Witherspoon, were crowned Homecoming Royalty during the half time show at the varsity football game vs. Glenbrook South  on Oct. 13, where the Wildkits defeated the Titans 45-20.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
D65 Committee Looks at Free, Reduced-Fee, and Complimentary Lunch Program Policies
Members of District 65’s Finance Committee held a lengthy discussion about the District’s reduced-fee lunch program at their Aug. 24 meeting. The discussion focused on how parents are notified that their children’s lunch accounts are low or in a deficit position, and the stigma associated with a student’s being served a “complimentary lunch.”
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Tremendous Turnout for Chem/Phys Reunion at ETHS
“All I really need to know I learned at ETHS,” Amie Wilkinson, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Chicago and fellow of the American Mathematical Society, told a crowd of more than 100 Evanston Township High School alumni who attended the Chem/Phys Reunion, held at ETHS on Sept. 23.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
District 65 2017 Achievement Report Presents Disappointing Results
On the Spring 2017 MAP test, the report showed there was a decline in achievement in most areas, and modest increases in a few areas. There is a continuing gap in test scores when the data is disaggregated by both household income and race/ethnicity.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
District 65 Declines in Four of Five Areas on 5Essentials Survey
Results of an annual 5Essentials survey show that in the 2016-17 school year, School District 65 declined in four of the five areas deemed critical for school success.
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017
District 65 Approves Final Budget for FY'18
On Sept. 25, the District 65 School Board approved a final budget for fiscal year ending June 30, 2018 (FY’18), the first budget that incorporates the additional $14.5 million in revenues that became available through the April 4 Referendum.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
District 202 Approves Budget
The District 202 School Board passed an $84.3 million budget for FY 2018 at their Sept. 11 meeting. This is a 1.3% increase from FY 2017 and contains an operating budget of just under $74.5 million, a 2.9% increase over the FY 2017 Operating Budget.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Evanston Scholars Welcome Class of 2019, 12 Students and Their Mentors
On Sept. 6, Evanston Scholars – a college access and success program that helps first-generation, low-income, academically ambitious Evanston youth succeed in college – celebrated the initiation of its newest class of 32 rising high school juniors.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Statement of Superintendent Eric Witherspoon
At tonight’s varsity football game, I shared the following statement prior to the playing of our National Anthem, which included words from our students about issues that have impacted them and provide context for their recent decisions to express their First Amendment rights.
Friday, September 29, 2017
ETHS Still 'Organized for Improvement' Says Latest 5Essentials Survey
The overall conclusion is that ETHS remains at the lower end of the second highest possible level – that ETHS is “organized for improvement.”
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
National Wildlife Federation Certifies Oakton School Garden a Wildlife Habitat
The National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization, recently named the Oakton Elementary School Garden a Certified Wildlife Habitat. Oakton created the garden through its Garden for Wildlife program. In addition, the Oakton School Rain Garden habitat has been co-certified with NWF’s state affiliate, the Prairie Rivers Network.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Annual ETHS Boosterpalooza a Rooftop Gala
On Sept. 9, the Evanston Township High School Boosters hosted its Fifth Annual Boosterpalooza on the rooftop of the Sherman Plaza Garage.  Nearly 700 community members came out on a beautiful evening to connect with old and new friends, listen to live music, and enjoy food and drink from local restaurants while supporting ETHS.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017



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