Eight Great Years with First Lady Michelle Obama
FROM THE EDITOR
appy New Year Evanston Women!! Are you ready for an awesome year? I am! Iâ€™ m excited to begin a six-week training program at Tier One Training, add in Cyclebar, and embrace weight training at Evanston Athletic Club. On page 5, Evanston Woman kicks off the New Year with great nutritional advice to keep you flowing, along with great options to maintain and reach your optimal health. On page 12, you can utilize four steps to plan for a strong 2017.
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A DAY WITH FUSION ACADEMY Welcoming Fusion Academy to Evanston, a revolutionary private middle and high school
YAY OR NAY District 65 presents referendum
FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA A legacy of passion, dedication and leadership
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I am honored to start the year with an amazing woman who has set the path for us, and generations to come, First Lady Michelle Obama. These past eight years, First Lady Michelle Obama has lead and united our country on many levels. As we embrace the past and move forward let us remember the wondrous work Michelle Obama has put in place, as we carry on her legacy. This issue is dedicated to the minority young ladies who live in Evanston and especially to my sweet baby girl, Brianna whom wrote such a wonderful cover feature. No matter your defeat, God has you in the palm of his hand.
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usion Academy is a revolutionary private middle and high school where positive relationships unlock academic potential. We are a non-traditional community of learning with the smallest class size possible: one student and one teacher per classroom. This allows us to personalize and customize curriculum for each student’s unique strengths, interests, and learning style. We are also able to personalize scheduling; students may enroll at any time (even during the summer) and take classes at a time of day that works best for them.
categories, we generally serve students with the following backgrounds: ADHD, accelerated/gifted learners, dyslexia, mild learning differences, social challenges, school anxiety, or students with challenging schedules. Students who attend Fusion have one thing in common: traditional school isn’t working.
Our supportive staff and campus environment provide a safe space for students to flourish emotionally, socially, and academically. It includes a state-of-the-art recording studio and a mixed-media art studio for students to express their creativity. Our Homework Café® is where students complete all their homework before they leave for the day with help and supervision from a teacher.
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Classes are offered at three levels: essential, college prep, and honors. From algebra to yoga and everything in between, we have a wide variety of classes to choose from. Students can enroll full-time, take classes for credit, or utilize our tutoring services. In addition to academics, we partner with outside therapeutic professionals to support students’ emotional health and help foster a balanced life. While it’s impossible to put our students into
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YAY or NAY? BY CARRIE JACKSON
hen Evanston voters go to the polls on April 4, on the ballot will be a referendum to raise property taxes in order to fund the growing needs of District 65. At issue is a proposed $14.5 million annual increase to help serve quality education to students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The vote to move the referendum forward passed by all members at the District 65 Board Meeting on January 10.
Proponents of the referendum say that without the increase in revenue, the District will have to find other ways to make cuts. These include increasing class sizes at the middle schools, making cuts to central office services and operations, reducing building level and classroom supports, and reducing curriculum and enrichment programming. If a balance is still not reached, they may have to consider multi-grade classrooms, increasing elementary school class sizes, combining buildings to serve fewer grade levels, and even closing schools. The bulk of the proposed funds from the referendum would come from an increase in property taxes, which is where District 65 currently gets about 75% of its operating revenues. For a family that pays $8000 in property taxes a 4 E VA N S TO N W O M A N . C O M
year, the average bill in Evanston, that means an increase of $438, or 5.4%. Property owners who paid $4000 in taxes would have their bill increased by $217, and owners who paid $12,000 would pay an additional $650.
...without additional revenue in the next eight years they will accumulate a debt of
Although the District 65 budget is currently balanced, they are projecting that without additional revenue in the next eight years they will accumulate a debt of $112,000,000 by 2025. This is attributed to operating budgets, supporting a shift in technology, and a potential state pension shift. The District says that an increase would support the faculty, staff, administrators, and students by maintaining smaller class sizes, expanding family supports and community partnerships, keeping up with technology advances, and strengthening core curriculum across subjects.
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Leaving Behind a Legacy of Passion, Dedication, and Leadership with First Lady Michelle Obama BY BRIANNA RIZA
You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.
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On January 20, 2017, First Lady Michelle Obama will no longer be our First Lady, but the legacy of the work she did while in the White House will undoubtedly be a long and great one. Michelle was born into a working class family on the South-Side of Chicago, growing up she made academics a priority, and eventually her hard work payed off when she was accepted to Princeton University despite being discouraged to apply by high school teachers. After graduating from Princeton, Michelle went on to earn a law degree from Harvard University. The majority of our presidents and first ladies have come from powerful, wealthy aristocratic families so examining this trend it seemed very unlikely that a “Girl of the South-Side”, as President Obama endearingly nicknamed her during his farewell speech, could have ever been the First Lady of the United States. One issue of great significance to Michelle was childhood obesity, which has grown at a staggering rate in the 21 st century. She decided to combat this with an initiative called “Let’s Move” in which she went around the country educating school aged children about healthy eating and exercise habits, had unhealthy school lunch menu options replaced with healthier ones, promoted physical activity, and increased the availability of healthy foods. In her speech at the Democratic Convention that took place this past summer, Michelle mentioned that she and her daughters wake up every day in a house built by slaves. This is perhaps one of the most poignant statements that the First Lady has made in the past eight years it shows us the power of America and what it means to be an American. Though the government has obviously defaulted on its promise of equality for all citizens many times Michele has taught us that the dream of absolute equality is still alive and possible. An entire generation of young minority girls was able to see a family who resembled theirs living in the White House. The amount of hope and inspiration that Michelle has brought to minority girls and women are ineffable. Thank you First Lady Michelle Obama for being a great role model, mother, wife, inspiration, and fashion icon. PHOTO BY SOURCE
Re-frame the Resolution Game
FOUR STEPS TO PLAN FOR A STRONG NEW YEAR BY MALIK TURLEY
anuary – the month when we’re all inclined to set lofty resolutions to become a better person this year than we were last. Aiming for greatness is natural and, when done mindfully, can be a strong catalyst for change. Setting resolutions can leave us feeling pretty down about our current-self since the focus is on what we could/should be.
GIVE THESE IDEAS A TRY TO RE-FRAME THE RESOLUTION GAME
start with accomplishments First, find and celebrate a list of accomplishments or successes. Make one big list or break the exercise out into the different realms of your life. Sit down with a pen and paper and write them out. When you feel like you’re done, dig deep and find at least 2 more. Seeing what you’ve already done in 2016 will set a strong and positive basis for your 2017 reaches.
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ward thinking with a measurable outcome. Resolutions which tend to be framed in the negative or in general terms. Think “Goal: Run a 5K” rather than “Resolution: Exercise more.”
build on accomplishments Look back at your accomplishments – some of those things will make great jump-off points for your 2017 goals. It’s almost always easier to keep going down a proven path than to start something totally new, and this is no exception. If you do want to dive into uncharted territory, look to your past accomplishments for insight into how you succeed.
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she is as an artist, and has allowed her to be more connected to the community. “I feel like there’s been a recent creative revival in south Evanston, especially on the Main Dempster Mile. Cultivate does a lot of events with local artists, Wine Goddess brings in singers and musicians, The Collage Cafe and Stitchworks have classes where neighbors can gather, and See Jane Sparkle and Stumble & Relish sell products made right here in Evanston. Our community is thriving because of it,” she says.
“I feel like there’s been a recent creative revival in south Evanston, especially on the Main Dempster Mile... our community is thriving beVan Wijk’s pieces are available at a number of local boutiques, including cause of it” See Jane Sparkle and The Collage Cafe in Evanston, and ChromaK8 and Sacred Art in Chicago. She regularly does custom made work, and showcases at art festivals and pop up events throughout the city and suburbs. “I get a lot of business through word of mouth and being able to meet my customers face to face,” she says. Making jewelry has helped van Wijk settle into who 2 0 E VA N S TO N W O M A N . C O M
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Eight Great Years with First Lady Michelle Obama