Archive for Middle School

Still time to register for Lacrosse

EYLA is still looking for middle school age GIRLS to join us this Spring on the lacrosse field! A great sport to play at the high school level as well, so start with some developmental play now!

Spring Season April 12 – June 5th
Tuesday evening practices & Sunday games

Please visit for more information and to register today for EYLA.

It is not too late to start playing the fastest growing field sport in the US!

Northwestern Heart Study Seeks 8th Graders

NU HeartThe “My World, My Heart” study aims to better understand various risk factors for cardiovascular disease that may begin to emerge in teens.

What we know:

  • Many mechanisms that give rise to heart disease begin in childhood.
  • By adolescence, increasing numbers of American youth display risk factors for heart disease.
  • Early risk factors and pre-clinical signs of heart disease are more prevalent in lower income, compared to higher income, adolescents.
  • And yet, we know little about why these disparities emerge and how they unfold developmentally in youth.

Ultimately, we want to understand what helps adolescents develop successfully and keeps them healthy, as they transition into adulthood. This knowledge will help us begin to address the health-related inequality that exists between youth growing up in high- versus low-income households.

Eligibility for participation:

  • Healthy 8th graders (must be in or entering 8th grade)
  • Children can also participate the summer before starting high school (9th grade)
  • No permanent metal braces or retainer

Our two-year study involves:

  • Two 3.5-hour visits to our research center at Northwestern University in downtown Evanston
  • Two one-hour brain scans at a Northwestern research facility in downtown Chicago
  • Sleep & activity monitoring via a Fitbit wristband
  • Phone calls every six months for two years
  • Compensation, with families earning up to $450

Sign up and get more information at

After School Drama @ Northwestern University  

The Department of Theatre at Northwestern University is proud to offer free creative drama classes for fourth through eighth grade students in District 65.  These classes will continue the rich collaborative tradition between the NU Theatre Department and the Evanston School District 65 Drama program.

The classes will meet on 5 consecutive Mondays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. beginning April 18 and ending on May 16, 2016. The classroom locations are on the Northwestern campus. Students should be dropped off at 4:25 and picked up at 5:35. Directions will be sent as the start of class approaches.

The classes will be taught by Advanced Creative Drama students at Northwestern University under the supervision of Betsy Quinn, Chair of the District 65 Drama Department and Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Theatre at Northwestern University.  Enrollment in the classes will be limited so please respond as soon as possible, but no later than April 2, 2016.

In order to register your child, please email the following information to

  • Child’s Name
  • Grade
  • School
  • Parents Number(s) during class time on Mondays.
  • Another contact in case of emergency
  • Any other information we should know including allergies and other health concerns.

The Northwestern students are excited to work with your children and carry on the rich tradition of Creative Drama in Evanston.  Creative Drama was introduced into the Evanston-Skokie school system, in 1924 by Winifred Ward, Northwestern University professor and founder of the American Creative Drama Movement.  For over 90 years, drama specialists trained by Miss Ward and her successors, taught drama to Evanston students.

Thank you for your continued support of this historic program!

Betsy Quinn
Drama Teacher and Drama Department Chair, Evanston-Skokie School District 65
Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Theatre, Northwestern University

Classes for Elementary & Middle School Students @ NU

Interested in learning new, interesting skills from Northwestern student groups? Northwestern is now offering small classes for elementary to middle school students in a variety of disciplines, including magic, comedy, cooking, and more.

Sign up now, as spots fill up quick!

February 20th
February 27th
March 5th

If interested, fill out the following Google form, or contact Prianka Murthy at or Shayna Servillas as

Registration for Team GPS February Now Open

Registration for the middle school Team GPS February (Softball and Bowling) session is open. Softball and Bowling will meet Sunday, February 14th (@ETHS), 21st (@Classic Bowl in Morton Grove) and 28th (@ETHS).Our social topic for this session will be Psychology of Sport.

Register for this Team GPS session using our on-line registration form at

FINANCIAL AID IS AVAILABLE: We provide opportunities for ALL girls to join Team GPS, because we believe cost should never be an obstacle to participation.

Visit for additional information about our program. Email with any questions.

Shakespeare for Middle Schoolers @ NU

Lovers and Madmen, Northwestern’s only student theatre group devoted to bringing classical works to the Evanston community, returns in 2016 to host a workshop series for middle school students interested in acting Shakespeare.

This February and March, we will be holding a 5 week long program for students in 7th – 8th grade. The focus will be on introducing the students to two of Shakespeare’s most famous works: Macbeth and Twelfth Night. Students will learn about what life was like in England 400 years ago, practice techniques professional Shakespearean actors use today, and have the opportunity to perform a scene from either of the two plays for an audience of family, faculty, and friends in one of Northwestern’s black box theatres. In addition, student in the program are invited to meet the cast of Lovers and Madmen’s mainstage production of Twelfth Night and will receive a free ticket to the show when it opens in April.

Workshops meet on Saturday mornings from 10am – 12pm on Northwestern’s campus beginning February 6th – March 5th. There is no registration fee, or cost of any kind. Space is limited so sign up soon! Contact our Education Director, Courtney Quinn, at with questions.

Middle School Lit Fest – Sat. Jan. 23

altSaturday. January 23, 1-4 pm

Hear more than a dozen YA writers talk about everything from their writing, how they get into the heads of their characters to self publishing. Plus they’ll be answering questions from you! On top of that there will be free swag bags, pizza, raffle prizes and a book signing blitz! Copies of the authors’ books will be for sale from our generous partner The Bookstall. You must register for this events space is limited. For Evanston residents in grades 6-8 only.

Featured authors:  Todd Hasak- Lowy, Ami Polonsky, James Klise, Lindsay Currie, Stefanie Lyons, Michelle Falkoff, Peter Kujawinski,  Kat Falls & more.

The event is presented in partnership with the District 65 Middle School Librarians and The Book Stall.

Community Meeting Room
Evanston Public Library
1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston

Register for Snowflake

What is Snowflake?
Evanston 6th-8th grade students have been living it up at Snowflake since it was first held in our community, in 2001. The event aims to teach attendees important life skills such as decision making, communication, and problem solving, in the coolest and most interactive ways possible.

Snowflake engages middle school, high school, and Northwestern students, as well as adults from the community, in order to create a fun and meaningful experience for all involved.

Featured Presentations

  • CircEsteem
    Since 2001, CircEsteem has been able to unite youth from diverse racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds and help build self-esteem and mutual respect through the practice of circus arts. Students will be able to learn and practice 4 different circus acts: the gym-wheel, tight-wire, plate spinning and juggling!
  • Snow Jam
    Students will participate with their small groups in a variety of teambuilding activities. These interactive and competitive activities will help students learn teamwork, cooperation, effective communication, problem solving, and encouragement while having lots of fun in the process!

When and Where?
The event will be take place on Friday, February 5, 2016 at Nichols Middle School. Snowflake will be held at Nichols Middle School 800 Greenleaf St. Evanston, IL 60202

Snacks and dinner will be provided free of cost. Transportation to the event will be provided by District 65. Buses will pick up students from each school and bring them to Nichols. Registration will take place between 3:35-4:00 pm in the Nichols cafeteria. No cell phones will be allowed at the event. Please arrange transportation prior to event.

Who Should Attend?
6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who attend Evanston/Skokie District 65 schools. Snowflake is FREE to attend!! Students will participate in both large and small group sessions.

No late registrations will be accepted. Please return the registration form (Snowflake 2016 Brochure) by Wednesday, January 20. See the website for more information:


Evanston Middle School Multi-Sport Challenge – Weds. Dec. 30


wildkit100pxGet out of the cold and work up a sweat this Winter Break!  ETHS is offering 6th, 7th and 8th graders a FREE opportunity to have fun playing three different sports of your choosing on Wednesday, December 30, at Evanston Township High School.  The Middle School Multi-Sport Challenge is designed to provide middle school student-athletes with a chance to learn directly from ETHS coaches and athletes.

WHERE: ETHS, 1600 Dodge Ave, Evanston

Participants enter through Door 50 at the rear entrance of ETHS (near the bike rack).

DATE: Wednesday, December 30, 2015

HOURS: 8:30am-12 noon

Simply click this link to see what sports are offered & to register for this FREE sports program by Friday, Dec. 18:

Middle School Multi-Sport Challenge Promo BLANK–ENG-SP–2015-16.pdf

Winter Break Camps

Winter BreakThere are a variety of options available around town for kids during the winter break:

Middle School Pre-Thanksgiving Party – Fri. Nov. 20


Create Your Own Comics at EPL – Sun. Nov. 15

altSunday, November 15, 4-5:30 pm, The Loft, Main Library

Local comic book artist, Zach Lehner will walk you through making your own comics, exposing you to simple tricks and techniques to make your story look amazing and fun! Plus he’ll talk about how he illustrated the awesome graphic novel Junior Braves of the Apocalypse, answer your questions and sign copies of his book! Books will be for sale at the event courtesy of our partner The Book Stall. Grades 6-12. Sign up for a reminder or drop in.

STEAM Workshop – Weds. Nov. 4

November 4, 12:30-4pm 4th-8th graders should join Ridgeville Park District to fill the half-day with exploration! District 65 has the afternoon off this Wednesday, so they have a wonderful workshop to keep your child engaged, having fun, and learning something!

Click here to register

Badminton Classes Start Nov. 9

Badminton Winter

Come have some fun playing and learning all the badminton shots from the serve to the smash!

Session 1:   Nov. 9–Dec. 28
Session 2:   Jan. 4–Feb. 26

Mondays and/or Fridays @ ETHS

Middle School Students
Download the Middle School Registration Form

High School Students
Download the High School Registration Form

Kids Sewing Classes

Studio Classes:

Fall Session 1:  September 14-October 16 (5 weeks)

Fall Session 2:  October 19-December 18 (8 weeks)

For children ages 8 – 12 with a little wiggle room on both ends.

Learn the ins and outs of sewing while exploring project themes that incorporate creative surface design and personal style.   Early projects may include a variety of decorative or useful items like sachets/pincushions/pillows, tea towels, book covers, banners or potholders.  In time, sewers can take on projects that match their skill level and personal style such as fleece mittens, various bags, softies, quilting projects or apparel (including skirts or pj shorts).

Class assumes no prior sewing experience.  All materials are provided.

For more information and registration:

Evanston Stitchworks
1234 Sherman Ave., #109 Evanston, Illinois
(773) 320 – 5802

Sign Up for Badminton

badmintonEvanston Junior Badminton Club
Intro to Badminton for Middle School Students

This program provides beginners with badminton fundamentals. Learn rules, racquet skills, game play and footwork from a badminton coach. Sign up and come have some fun playing and learning all the badminton shots from the serve to the smash!

Sept. 17–Nov. 5
Mondays and/or Thursdays
7–9pm @ ETHS

Registration deadline: Thurs., Sept. 10th.
For more information or to sign up, download the registration form.

Help Provide School Supplies for D65 Kids

This summer, District 65 is partnering with COPE (Caring Outreach by Parents in Evanston) and the District 65 PTA Council to provide school supplies for students in need. With over 40% of students qualifying for free or reduced-priced meals, there are many families who need our support. Together, we can make sure our children are ready to start a new school year prepared to learn and ready for success.

Individuals and organizations are invited to make donations to help reach this year’s fundraising goal of $15,000. By attaining this goal, we can support at least 600 District 65 students in need and provide them with the necessary school supplies. Any donation makes a difference and is greatly appreciated.

COPE is working to organize community support and raise funds, District 65 will source and order the supplies, and the PTA Council will coordinate volunteers to assemble and distribute supplies so all funds raised can be dedicated to the cost of supplies. For more information about donating, please call COPE at 847-905-6332 or email

Thank you for your continued support of our students and our schools!

Here is the link to make a monetary donation:

The following Starbucks locations will be collecting supplies as well, from July 24th – August 7th:

  • 1515 N. Sheridan, Wilmette
  • Dempster & Chicago, Evanston
  • 2114 Central St., Evanston
  • Chestnut & Spruce, Winnetka
  • Lake & Skokie, Edens Plaza Wilmette
  • Chicago & Main, Evanston
  • 3330 Central St, Evanston
  • McCormick & Touhy, Skokie
  • Lake & Laramie, Wilmette
  • Green Bay & Washington, Wilmette
  • Dempster & Dodge, Evanston

Supplies can also be donated at:

  • Little Beans Cafe, 430 Asbury St., Evanston

Backpacks (new, please) can also be donated at:

  • Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony, 1901 Central Street, Evanston
  • Curt’s Cafe, 2922 Central St, Evanston
  • Curt’s Cafe South, 1813 Dempster, Evanston

Summer Badminton Club for Middle School Students

badmintonEvanston Junior Badminton Club SUMMER BADMINTON CLASS for Middle School Students

This program provides beginners with basic badminton fundamentals.

Learn rules, racquet skills, game play and footwork from a badminton coach.

Sign up and come have some fun playing and learning all the badminton shots from the serve to the smash!

July 6–August 6
Mondays and/or Thursdays
7–9pm @ ETHS

Download the registration form for more information.

Registration deadline: Mon., June 29th


Summer 3D Design Classes for Middle School Students


Application Information
To apply visit the website Applications can be turned in to your student’s media arts teacher by Monday, June 8th or emailed to Sherri Kushner at by Monday, June 15th.

Students must commit to attending every day of the class they sign up for in its entirety.  Check your calendar before applying to ensure that there will not be any conflicts if you are selected.

The classes will be held at the YMCA MetaMedia Lab at 1000 Grove Street.

Class A will meet August 3rd-  6th from 9:30am – 12pm.
Class B will meet August 10th-13th from 9:30am – 12pm.

Students should only sign up for one class.


Register for the NU 2015 Engineering Grand Prix


Then sign up for the 2015 ENGINEERING GRAND PRIX hosted by Northwestern University’s McCormick Graduate Leadership Council! HURRY because SPACE IS LIMITED! (We will also be wait-listing applicants.)

This is your opportunity to learn how awesome and exciting science can be. Join us for a day full of exciting challenges, fun and much more. We will have prizes for all of you along with a light breakfast, lunch, and ICE CREAM!
The 2015 Engineering Grand Prix will take place on the May 16th at Haven Middle School (located at 2417 Prairie Ave). The event is tentatively scheduled from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM, though these timings are subject to change as the challenges are finalized. In the event that the timings are changed, we will be sure to notify you well in advance.

If you have any questions, please contact the event co-chairs Namu Patel and Amir Vahabikashi at Northwestern graduate students can’t wait to spend a fun filled day with all of you!

Click here to register

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