Letter | Welcome from your student representative!

Dear ETHS family, 

I hope you all are enjoying your last bit of beach days, barbecues and brunches as the summer of 2021 comes to an end. I am Barbara Tomaradze, the 2021-2022 ETHS Student Representative, and I am so excited to see you all as we return to in-person school. 

As Student Representative, I will attend every District 202 School Board meeting, where I have the opportunity to present a “report” and advocate for the student body at ETHS. I will also engage in conversations with the ETHS administration about how we feel, what we think and what we are asking for as students. The Student Union at ETHS is the main source of input that I use for gathering feedback, but beyond that, I would love to have people contact me personally. Whether that be emailing me, reaching out to me on social media, or stopping me in the hall, the only way I can fulfill my job as Student Representative is to get as many student opinions as I can. 

On June 14, 2021, I introduced the District 202 School Board to the students’ worries about the increase in workload from our almost fully online school year, to in-person. I proposed a transition plan for how teachers should progress into a full in-person course, rather than immediately going back to the same workload we had in 2019. In the near future, I would also like to create policies and proposals for the District 202 School Board regarding education about ongoing racism, eliminating post-graduation stress and closing the STEM gender gap. 

Besides that, I need to hear what you all think needs to be done to support the student body at ETHS. I am your representative, taking your suggestions and listening to your concerns. 

I appreciate you all and I will see you soon!

Barbara Tomaradze