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ETHS board told tardiness is declining

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Student tardiness remained a concern for Evanston Township High School board members Monday night, but they said they were encouraged by reports that more students are making it to classes on time.

Assistant Superintendent Oscar Hawthorne described the school's Positive Behavior Intervention Supports activity, designed to address attendance and other behavioral issues by building shared respect among students and teachers.

As part of the program, teachers and students on Feb. 15 took part in  an “I Commit” conversation, aimed at developing a dialogue to improve learning and behavior.

As part of that dialogue, students and teachers were asked to watch a video (view it below) and respond to a series of questions.

Topics ranged from students experiencing sarcasm and disrespect from teachers to how to improve mutual respect. Three main areas of concern included use in school of phones and IPods, tardiness and whether students follow direction.

Student board representative Sean Pitt said tardiness is on the decline, adding that the more students find their classes to be interesting, the more they want to get into the classroom promptly.

To show dedication to the program, both students and teachers were asked to sign their name to the “I Commit” poster.

The board also learned that ETHS is several thousands of dollars closer to having a musical artist in residence program. Representatives of the Fodor Fund said they’ve raised $85,000 towards the program honoring retiring ETHS music teacher David Fodor.

Board members said the fund model would be a wonderful way to honor other ETHS faculty members in the future.

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