Principal's Top 5 Things to Know
Student wellbeing is at the center of every learning experience at Evanston Township High School. We rely on each other to build a positive and supportive school environment where every Wildkit feels safe, valued, accepted, and respected. That means that each student, parent, and educator will play a part this school year to help ETHS build a positive and supportive school culture and climate.
With that in mind, here are five things you can do this school year to make this the best school year it can be.
Let us know what you think and what we can do.
ETHS gathers information both formally and informally from students, parents, and community members to help determine which resources and services will best serve our students and families. This year, ETHS will provide two survey opportunities. The Illinois 5Essentials Survey will be distributed in the fall of 2019, and will be given on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education. All ETHS students, parents and teachers will receive a link to complete this survey.
In addition, all students will be taking a Wellbeing Survey in March 2019. Both of these surveys will help inform our direction for 2019-20, along with the tools that will get us there, as we hear from you about the school culture and climate at ETHS. We look forward to keeping you informed of how these survey opportunities connect to our efforts to improve students’ learning and development.
Be safe and responsible.
New this year, ETHS students and parents/guardians can sign up to receive text messages from the school. Details about when and how this service will be used is available on the Text Messaging page of the ETHS website. Additional details and step-by-step instructions will be emailed to ETHS families at the beginning of the school year. As a first step, your contact information must be up-to-date in Home Access Center. This Back-to-School Guide includes a reminder and links to assist you if needed — please make sure to check this information before school begins.
Take a stand and know what you can do.
Every student should feel included in the school community and have a sense of belonging at ETHS. We can point to many positive influences to help students thrive in school and have made important updates to The Pilot handbook for 2018-19:
- Part of the ETHS Board of Education policy on the bullying and harassment is now included in The Pilot to underscore our commitment to student wellbeing. The prevention of and response to bullying, harassment, and sexual harassment is the responsibility of all students, parents, and staff, and we need to continue to build an ETHS that is free from discrimination and intimidation.
- The new Extracurricular Code of Conduct (formerly the Extracurricular Activity Code) is now a well-defined section of The Pilot for all students to better understand how their positive participation in arts, sports, and activities can enrich their school experience at many levels. The Extracurricular Code of Conduct supports the safety and wellbeing of students while promoting high standards of conduct, citizenship, and good decision-making. Click here to view the Extracurricular Code of Conduct on The Pilot web page.
Get involved and stay engaged.
The active participation of parents and guardians in their students’ education is crucial to wellbeing. Families have a number of opportunities to be engaged with their students’ learning experiences, including several events right at the beginning of the school year:
- Open House Day will be held earlier in the school year for 2018-19 to help families and staff get to know each other as we work together toward students’ success. Details about the event on September 17 will be distributed to families.
- Wildkit Futures Day (October 10) will help bridge students’ current learning experiences with their future. The day is designed to empower all students with the tools to make informed decisions about their post-high school options. Parents and guardians are encouraged to discuss Wildkit Futures Day activities with their students, helping them feel confident about what they will do after graduating. A Family Night will also be held with educator Calvin Terrell on October 10 at 7:00pm as an opportunity to examine additional aspects of student wellbeing.
- For the first time ever, ETHS parents and guardians will be able to participate in a summit as part of the ETHS Social Consciousness Series. The ETHS Parent Summit will be held on Saturday, October 13. Similar to the successful model of the ETHS student summits, the fall event will engage parents/guardians in conversations about race, equity, and education. Watch for details from ETHS in the first weeks of school so you won’t miss this opportunity. Details about the ETHS student summits will also be shared as the school year progresses.
This year, PSAT 9 and PSAT 10 exams are required by the state and will be held in the spring of 2019. This will be the first year that the PSAT 9 exam (freshmen) will be given and the second year that the PSAT 10 (sophomores) exam will be given at ETHS. SAT exams (juniors) will also continue to be held. Students and families will receive more details and reminders during the school year.
ETHS is already planning for the 2019-20 school year, aligning student wellbeing with curriculum practices. For example, the ETHS school year will start earlier in August 2019 so that semester exams will be given prior to winter break. ETHS has listened to extensive feedback from students and families about the benefits of having a break without the pressures of studying for exams. We look forward to supporting an environment that further contributes to students’ ability to manage their own health and wellbeing.