Author Archive: ETHSParentsEngaged

We Want Your Input – October 2

Participate in a discussion about what you think ETHS Parents Engaged should do. For example:

  • How can we help parents keep up with what is going on in and around the school?
  • How can we bring parents together to suggest improvements to the high school experience for all students?
  • Should we provide programs and information about trends in education and/or adolescent development?

Weds. October 2 at 7:00 pm in S214

Navigating ETHS: Resources for Families – Sept. 19

Navigating ETHS FlyerJoin us on Thursday, September 19 to hear from key administrators and veteran parents.

Click here to see the videos from this meeting

  • Help your student make successful academic and extracurricular choices
  • Learn about school safety and discipline
  • Find out who to talk to if your student has a problem
  • Begin post-secondary planning (it’s never too soon!)
  • Hear from new principal Marcus Campbell
  • Meet administrators individually
  • Learn from the experiences of other parents

This town hall-like meeting will begin with brief presentations followed by a question and answer session. The evening will conclude with an informal period during which parents and guardians can speak to the panelists individually. All parents and guardians of ETHS students are invited to this free event.  No sign-up is required.

Date: September 19, 2013
Time: 7:30 PM
Place: ETHS
1600 Dodge Ave.
Evanston IL 60201
Room: N112

This event is sponsored by ETHS Parents Engaged.

Community Conversations with ETHS

For the third consecutive school year, Evanston Township High School (ETHS) District 202 will host a series of Community Conversations, a series of discussions that allow stakeholders to engage in a meaningful dialogue about the high school. Prospective or new ETHS families, District 202 community members, business owners, and people who work in Evanston/Skokie organizations or businesses are invited to join District 202 Superintendent Eric Witherspoon for the 2013 Community Conversations.

Staff members from ETHS will be available to answer questions, help refine understanding of key issues, and build awareness of the school’s current efforts. Since each student’s high school experience is unique, ETHS also encourages participation by families who have enrolled children at ETHS in the past and may be sending their younger children to ETHS.

ETHS Community Conversations are free and open to the public.

The fall series of Community Conversations will be held at three community centers:

  • Wednesday, September 18, 2013 | 7:00-8:30pm – Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202
  • Wednesday, October 30, 2013 | 7:00-8:30pm – Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., Evanston, IL 60201
  • Wednesday, November 20, 2013 | 7:00-8:30pm – Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster Street, Evanston, IL 60201

For more information, visit the Community Conversations page on the ETHS website (, or contact the ETHS Communications Office at or 847-424-7515.

Si necesitan ayuda en español por favor llamen a la Oficina del Enlace Latino al 847-424-7166.

Join the School Improvement Team

The School Improvement Team (SIT) is charged with developing recommendations that address the district’s goal of ensuring high achievement for all students and eliminating the predictability of racial disparities in achievement. ETHS students, parents/guardians and staff and District 202 community members are invited to be part of the School Improvement Team. (See Pete Bavis’s letter below for more details.)
If you are interested in joining SIT contact Denise Donohue ( so she can add you to the roster.

Dear SIT members:

Welcome to SIT, version 2013-2014. The summer affords us an opportunity to reflect on the experiences of the past. As we look back, it is rewarding to see how effective SIT continues to be and has been over the years. SIT has contributed many successful school initiatives by developing a variety of recommendations such as the ones submitted to Dr. Witherspoon in spring of 2012.

This year we will refocus our work with a year of learning and data analysis.  The goal is to deepen our existing understanding of ETHS so that we continue our rich history of robust recommendations.

The SIT leadership is poised to facilitate a season of critical thinking, passionate discussions, and courageous conversations. Please join us for our first SIT meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 17th in S-214.  At this meeting we will discuss the calendar of meeting dates for the year.

We all look forward to beginning a new season and to seeing all of you at our first meeting September 17th.  You will receive an agenda prior to our meeting.


Pete Bavis

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction

Look for us at Boosterpalooza

Look for the ETHS Parents Engaged table at the Boosterpalooza – stop by, say hello and pick up your membership card. No dues to pay or forms to fill out – you are already a member!

The ETHS Boosters are kicking off the school year with their first ever Boosterpalooza on Saturday, September 7, 7:00-10:00pm. The event will be held on the rooftop of Sherman Plaza Parking, 821 Davis Street in Evanston. There will be live bands, food from Evanston restaurants, and a raffle – all served up along with the best view of the city.

The ETHS Booster Club encourages and promotes all extracurricular activities at ETHS – and is one of the only Booster clubs in the area to support music, fine arts, and after-school clubs, in addition to sports. Every student at ETHS benefits in some way from the Booster Club.

Entertainment for the evening includes:

  • ETHS Marching Band
  • ETHS Jazz Band
  • Vernon Clark and the Heir to Joy Gospel Choir
  • Chicken Bone

With Boosterpalooza as their primary fundraiser this year, the Booster Club has set a fundraising goal of $30,000. Sponsorship opportunities are available at various levels. Click here for sponsorship details.

Tickets are available on the ETHS Boosters website (

General Admission $25 per person
Palooza Package $75 = 1 General Admission + 12 Food/Drink Tickets ($5 value each)
Parent Sponsor $250 = 2 General Admission + 24 Food/Drink Tickets ($5 value each) + 2 Raffle Tickets ($20 value each) + 2 Tshirts + Recognition on website and at event.

To volunteer for Boosterpalooza on the day of the event, please contact Eden Pearlman at

Questions? Please contact Katie Bailey, Benefit Co-Chair, at

Look For Us at Freshman Orientation

ETHSParents_logoETHS Parents Engaged will be at Freshman Orientation to welcome new parents/guardians and students.

Monday, August 19:
Student Last Name A–G: 11:00am
Student Last Name H-O: 4:00pm

Tuesday, August 20:
Student Last Name P – Sk: 3:00pm
Student Last Name Sl–Z: 6:00pm

Orientation lasts approximately two (2) hours.

Freshman orientation will begin with a brief welcome session in the school auditorium. Following the information session, students/parents/guardians will meet in groups to review important information with their grade-level counselor. Students will receive their class schedules and locker assignments at this time.

The auditorium is located in the front of the high school (Dodge Avenue, enter through Door #7) and is wheelchair accessible. Parking is available in Lot #7 off Dodge Avenue, or as indicated by street signs along Dodge Avenue. Parking is also available in the lot behind the school. Families may enter through Door #31 if they choose to park in the back.

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