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District 65 Board De-tracks Algebra Classes
On June 12, the District 65 School Board approved a recommendation presented by administrators to eliminate tracking of students in algebra classes at Chute, Haven and Nichols middle schools by consolidating Algebra 8 into Algebra 1.  Algebra 1 will be a mixed-level class, with class sizes projected at between 25 and 29 students next year. The recommendation will be phased in at one or more schools for the 2017-18 school year, and at any remaining schools in 2018-19.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Reaching an 80% Vote Supporting the Referendum, a Retrospective
At a time when many referenda for school operations failed to gain community support, voters here approved School District 65’s $14.5 million referendum by an almost unheard of 80% to 20% vote on April 4. Many attribute the success to the dedicated efforts of a core group of approximately 35 to 40 people, hundreds of volunteers, grass roots efforts to educate the community, and the community’s deep commitment to children, education, and the public schools.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
'Thirteen Reasons Why': Evanston Parents and Teens React
Ready or not, here it comes. A wildly popular new Netflix series has parents and teens talking about difficult subjects. And suicide experts issuing strong warnings. In “Thirteen Reasons Why,” 17-year-old Hannah commits suicide and leaves tapes for the people who drove her to do it.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
ETHS Philanthropy Club Gives Funds to Local Nonprofits
Members of the Evanston Township High School Philanthropy Club presented $4,000 to three Evanston nonprofit organizations on May 15, as the final step in their process of meeting weekly throughout the school year to evaluate grant requests and allocate funds to worthy causes.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Chute Turns 50
As this year’s class of 8th graders at Chute Middle School walked across the stage to accept their diplomas, they also helped usher the middle school into its 50th year.  Oscar Chute Jr. High, as it was originally named, opened its doors in 1967.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
District 65 Proposes Eliminating Tracking in Algebra
At the District 65 School Board meeting on June 5, administrators of School District 65 presented their recommendation to eliminate tracking of students in algebra classes at Chute, Haven and Nichols middle schools, and to do so on a phased in basis.
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Friday, June 9, 2017
EPL's Read by Design
Read by Design: Evanston Public Library's 2017 Summer Reading Program open for registration.  At the Library and around town ...
Saturday, June 3, 2017
District 65 School Board Considers Equity Report/Recommendations
The report presents findings based on her equity audit of the District, together with eight recommendations that  she said are intended to take the District toward a more equitable learning environment and eliminate the predictability of achievement by race in Evanston.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
District 65 School Board Adopts Equity Policy
On May 22, the District 65 School Board discussed a proposed “Racial and Educational Equity Policy” for the District.  After making several amendments to the policy, the Board approved it by a 6-0 vote.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Students Gravitate to Career-Technical Ed As More Jobs Lure H.S. Grads
Enrollment in Evanston Township High School’s Career-Technical courses has gone up 30% in the past five years, in contrast to an overall enrollment increase of 9% at the school.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Two Named Outstanding PTA Volunteers
Liz Webster and Margaret Mackay were honored as the 2017 Phyllis Ganser Outstanding PTA Volunteers of the Year at the May 22 District 65 School Board meeting.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
ETHS Announces NEMC, Cunningham Honorees
Evanston Township High School held its annual Senior Awards Night on May 17, acknowledging students in the Class of 2017 who are scholarship recipients through the ETHS Scholarship program.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
'Nichols Has Heart'
May 30 marked the tenth annual “Nichols has Heart Walk-a-thon.” More than 500 students and faculty gathered to celebrate the life of the late Sandy McDermott.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
King Arts Eighth Grader Conducts Original Symphony
The audience at the King Arts Spring Band Concert heard something few other had heard before: “Boom Symphony,” composed, arranged, and conducted by eighth-grader Howard Godfrey.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Three Principals and Two Interim Principals Announced for District 65
District 65 announced its newest team members - Dr. LaTarsha Green, Dawes Elementary Principal; Ms. Ginger Lumpkin, Walker Elementary Principal; and Ms. Jessica Plaza, Orrington Elementary Principal.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Study Finds Achievement/Opportunity Gaps Are Due Primarily to Differences That Occur Before Third Grade
A point Dr. Reardon repeatedly made during his presentation is that, both nationally and in Evanston, wide gaps in test scores exist by both race and income level at third grade, and they do not change much between third and eighth grades.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Chiaravalle Montessori was commended by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for the achievement of LEED Platinum during a plaque ceremony held at the school.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017



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