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Evanston Twp High School
Class Of 1964

ETHS SCHOOL REOPENING

(Fall, 2020)

(The following story was written by Kathy Miehls for the ETHS School Board, covering the board meeting on August 10, 2020.)

 

ETHS closed to in-person learning on March 13 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and switched over to remote (e-) learning from home. Since all students and staff have school-issued Chromebooks, and ETHS successfully field-tested an e-learning plan last year, the school community was ready this spring.

Soon thereafter, the state closed all schools in Illinois to in-person learning, and since then, the ETHS administration has been actively discussing what a fall opening might look like.

Recently, Gov. Pritzker and the state education and public health departments said the spread of COVID in Illinois has surged and that while educators and parents nationwide are unsure about students returning to school in person this fall, many school districts across the country, including ETHS, will not open in-person and are continuing with e-learning for now.

At its August 10 meeting, the ETHS school board confirmed that decision. The plan includes e-learning and also the hybrid plan that combines in-person and remote learning, for when any in-person learning is safe. ETHS students will participate in Enhanced E-Learning starting Monday, August 17.

This at-home reopening will remain in place until ETHS officials and the school board determine it is safe to move to a hybrid system. Unless the COVID conditions change dramatically in the nation, remote learning will be in place at least through first semester, and possibly beyond. Most of the school districts on Chicago’s North Shore and CPS will use e-learning for now.

The guiding principles of the plan are:

Maintain a healthy and safe environment for all students and staff;

Maintain our commitment to equity;

Provide meaningful and engaging academic experiences for all students;

Address the social and emotional needs of all students and staff;

Provide consistency and stability for all students and staff; and

Provide professional development for staff that enhances e-learning.

E-learning will be different from what happened this spring which had to be put in place almost overnight. A simple, consistent and easy-to-understand bell schedule will be used for all three reopening scenarios (remote, hybrid, and in-person).

Each class will have two, 70-minute periods per week. Under hybrid learning where safe, some of the class time will be attended in person, the rest of the time remotely. Health safety mandates will be followed when students are physically in class (masks, social distancing, no clustering with friends, etc.).

Attendance will be mandatory and monitored daily online, expectations will be strengthened, a return to letter grading and daily/weekly routines will be put in place. Students will continue to complete homework outside of class. Teachers will offer academic support help as well as routine office hours. Social-emotional resources will be stepped up to deal with health crises.

Board members expressed their thanks for the diligent administrative and staff work that went into developing the draft plans and making alterations based on the changing public health scene locally and nationwide and the staff and public feedback they received.

A discussion about extracurricular activities ensued. “The reality of when all these can be reinstated depends on the COVID plague and what the public health authorities say,” said Witherspoon said, adding he is “highly optimistic” that a COVID vaccine will be ready by spring.

 


 55th REUNION 

 

During September 12-15, 2019, we held a very successful 55th Reunion that included lunch at Hackney’s, a Meet ‘n Greet at the Hilton Garden Inn, walking tour of downtown Evanston, and dinner at the Glen View Club.  In addition, Bob Reece arranged a golf outing on Thursday, and Vic Brown coordinated attendance at a Cubs baseball game on Sunday (and they won 16-6!).  What a happy, fun, and full weekend of reunion activities. 

 

Thanks to those classmates who have contributed photos from the reunion.  Your photos have been posted on the website.  The photos can be found by clicking on the link on the left side of this homepage that reads "55th Reunion - Sept, 2019", then, in the dropdown menu, click on "55th Reunion Photo Gallery".  If any of you have additional photos from this reunion that you would like to share, please direct them to Fred Brostoff at fred2m@comcast.net.

 


WOULD YOU LIKE TO UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION USING THIS WEBSITE?

One of the most critical steps in planning a high school reunion is the process of gathering classmate contact information.  If we can’t contact you, we can’t tell you about the reunion plans.  We are grateful for the many classmates who have already provided us with updated contact information.  For those of you who haven't provided current contact info and would like to do so by using this website, please note the following guidelines: 

  • Please go to "Member Functions" on the left side of this page.
  • Click on "Edit Contact  Info", and make sure everything listed is current.  Change info as necessary.  
  • Once all of your contact info is correct, press "Save Changes". 
  • If you have any questions, please contact our Webmaster, Fred Brostoff, at fred2m@comcast.net.

For your viewing enjoyment, here are a few ETHS memories:

Also, we've posted some memorable 1960s songs/videos on the "Class of '64 Photo Galleries" page.  If you have a favorite 60's song or video that you'd like to see posted, send your request to the Website Administrator.


IMPORTANT:  Your participation is necessary in creating a successful high school website. At this time, we’re asking you to participate by creating your online CLASSMATE PROFILE (see "Edit Profile" on the menu board at left) and spread the word by referring a classmate or two to our website. Questions, comments, or problems? Use the "Contact Us" link on the upper left side of any page to send an e-mail to our Website Administrator.