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Best Wishes for a Great Summer

Dear District 65 Community,

Summer break is officially upon us and I would like to thank you for a great year. As with any school year, it was filled with many days of celebration and success along with some challenges along the way. I would like to recognize our Class of 2019 - both our graduates and retirees! Last week, we recognized 20 staff members with 444 years of service in District 65! This is both remarkable and a testament to the deep commitment of our staff to the children and families of our communities. We also recognized our graduates at ceremonies held last week. The celebrations were festive and lovely. I am proud of our staff for the continued support and care they provide to students on a daily basis. I am also proud of every student who has made it through another school year and is ready for the next chapter. Hard work and determination are lifelong skills that will pay off big if applied when needed most.

This year, we continued our important work related to racial and educational equity - creating policies, procedures, and structures to better support the academic growth and social emotional well-being of all students and especially our Black and Latinx students. I am grateful for our equity champions - staff and families alike - who continue to identify and break down barriers that keep students of color from achieving at the levels we know they are capable or that keep them from feeling like valued members of this community. This school year, we developed with help from our Willard team, an important set of protocols for handling incidents of racism and hate in our schools. Our team continues to focus on restorative practices and taking a proactive, positive approach to discipline in order to build stronger relationships among students. In addition, educators across the district are working on ways to intentionally and meaningfully weave culturally responsive learning opportunities into daily curriculum. This work will continue to be a priority in the coming year.

While summer offers a much needed break for many families, our students’ minds do not need an extended vacation! Students have access to ST Math over the summer - a math challenge is available as well as parent resources and ideas to promote learning. Our D65 librarians have created a website with summer reading lists, book fair information, summer reading clubs, and library card applications. Did you know District 65 has a subscription for eBooks and eAudiobooks? Student logins are their computer login and password. In addition, registration is now underway for the Evanston Public Library’s free Summer Learning Program. A program guide of free summer activities for children, teens, and adults is also available.

I wish your family a relaxing, fun-filled summer break and look forward to welcoming you back in August.

Kind regards,

Paul Goren
Superintendent of Schools