Principal's Top 5 Things to Know


This school year, Evanston Township High School continues our work around student wellbeing by fostering a sense of belonging for every student. As this work grows, we know that our school community will thrive and students will benefit academically, socially, and personally.  I appreciate the efforts of our teachers and staff, parents and guardians, and community members who help sustain our work at ETHS and continually see each other and our Wildkits as the best versions of themselves.


To help make the most of every school day, please review our annual Back-to-School Information Guide and become familiar with the Principal’s Top Five Things to Know for the 2019-20 school year.



Circle 1  Check your class schedule for the first day of school.


This year, the first day of school is on a Wednesday, which means that certain classes (a study hall or a double-period class, for example) may appear on some schedules, but not others. Class schedules for students in grades 9-12 are not mailed home, but are available to view in Home Access Center (HAC) beginning Wednesday, August 14, at 9:00pm.


Circle 2 Be aware of building access guidelines to help keep our school safe.


As part of ETHS’ commitment to providing the safest possible environment for our students, staff, and visitors, a buzzer system was installed at Entrances 1, 2 and 3 this past school year. While students are still able to enter the building for the school day as normal, there will be controlled access throughout the day as an additional layer of safety in the building. Students who don’t have a first period class will be buzzed in to the building. As a reminder, students should have their current school ID card at all times when they are on campus.


Parents and guardians should also remember to schedule an appointment with a staff member and bring a valid state I.D. or driver’s license to check in when visiting. During the school day, visitor access is restricted to Entrance 1 and Entrance 2. Students, staff, and visitors should not open exterior doors for anyone wishing to visit ETHS. 

Please contact the ETHS Safety Department for questions or more information.


Circle 3  Follow the steps of Acknowledge, Care, Tell.


As part of Evanston Township High School’s commitment to wellbeing, we have adopted ACT® which means “Acknowledge, Care, Tell”.  We believe that each of us plays a role in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our students and encourage every member of our school community to follow the three steps of ACT to help maintain a safe, positive learning environment:


Acknowledge warning signs and anything that makes you feel uncomfortable, worried or frightened.  Recognize something is wrong and take it seriously.


Care for students/your friends; listen and tell them how much you care about them.


Tell a trusted adult if you are worried or have concerns about your wellbeing or the wellbeing of others. ETHS students who need support may go to the Social Work Office in E123 or the Deans’ Office in H109 at any time, or complete the Incident Reporting Form (Formulario de Reporte de Incidentes)


ETHS takes seriously any report of bullying, harassment, intimidation, concerning or threatening behavior, hate incidents, retaliation, sexual harassment, unwanted or inappropriate touch, and sexual assault. The Incident Reporting Form has been implemented as an important part of the follow-up process.


Circle 4  Make sure you know what to do when reporting an absence.


School attendance is critical to student success and wellbeing, and the attendance policy at ETHS is designed to encourage students to be in class. However, we do understand that an absence may be unavoidable or necessary at times. ETHS has updated the absence reporting steps to make the process clear and easy to follow for a full day absence, leaving early, or arriving late. Please remember that ETHS does not call students out of class for leaving early.


The steps are included in the ETHS School Activities Calendar, The Pilot handbook, and on the Attendance page of the ETHS website.


Circle 5  Be aware of calendar changes.


Last school year, ETHS announced a shift in the 2019-20 school year to align student wellbeing with curriculum practices. As a result, we are excited to see earlier start and end dates this school year, with semester exams being held prior to winter break. As the school year gets under way, we look forward to supporting an environment that further contributes to students’ ability to manage their own health and wellbeing.