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Adventures in Learning 2018

Adventures in Learning 2018 runs from June 18th-July 20th, 2018. (There is no camp on July 4th.) A decades-long tradition, this summer program includes classes as varied as Drone Flight School, Camping Adventures, Make Your Own Music Video, Adventures in STEAM, Archery, The Wacky World of Water, Kitchen Magicians, Tennis, Computer Animation, Improvisation, Yoga for Kids, Animal Care, and Spa-Liscious. Students in grades 2-8 may choose up to four classes from over 100 options. Younger children (pre-K through grade 1) will explore educational concepts through guided play and outdoor activities.

This year’s program will be held at The Skokie School for the 2-8th graders and Hubbard Woods School for the Pre-K (4 years old by June 1, 2018) and K-grade 1 Primary program (5 years old by September 1, 2018).

Registration is now open for Winnetka residents and is open to the general public on March 8 at

Future Ready D36 Logo
Special School Board Meeting

The Core Team will present Future Ready D36, Educational Master Facility Plan models for review at a special School Board Meeting on March 12, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. at Carleton Washburne School. These models are intended to address the District’s enrollment imbalance, aging facilities, and to align with the District’s vision for teaching and learning. A survey on the models will be launched at the March 12 meeting as well.

Follow up sessions to the special Board Meeting will be held as follows:

  • The Skokie School on Friday, March 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Greeley School on Thursday, March 22 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

At these sessions, community members will hear an amended version of the March 12 presentation, have the opportunity to participate in the survey, and ask questions.

Over the spring, there will be ongoing revisions to the proposed models based on community feedback. It is anticipated that the Board will approve a model in June 2018.

Washburne Students at Futures Unlimited - January 2018
Washburne Students Learn about STEM Careers at Futures Unlimited

A group of twenty-five Washburne students attended the Futures Unlimited conference, a one-day program was designed to allow eighth grade girls an opportunity to become familiar with a variety of professions in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. After a day of interacting with a variety of STEM professionals, our students learned how they might pursue their interests next year in high school.


The Winnetka Experience & Future Ready D36
The Winnetka Experience

For a glimpse into the Winnetka Experience that we seek to uphold and more understanding as to why Future Ready D36 is an important initiative to meet the needs of current and future students, please enjoy this video.

Upcoming School Board Meeting

The next School Board Regular Meeting will be held at Carleton Washburne School on Tuesday, October 17. The Regular Meeting begins at 7:15 p.m. The following presentations are on the agenda:

  1. Educational Master Facility Plan: Future Ready D36

  2. District 36 Fall 2017 Assessment Report

Bring Your Neighbor to School Day
Hubbard Woods Hosts Bring Your Neighbor to School Day

Hubbard Woods School recently welcomed over 75 community members during Bring Your Neighbor to School Day. Students and staff had a fantastic morning getting to know neighbors, police and fire personnel, and even a former Hubbard Woods principal!

Welcome Back to Campus for the 2017-2018 School Year
Welcome Back to School from Superintendent Kocanda


Superintendent Kocanda welcomes students and staff back to campus for the 2017-2018 school year.

2017 Carleton Washburne School 7th grade WordMasters Winners
District 36 Students Earn Top Honors in 2016-17 WordMasters Challenge™

Two teams representing Carleton Washburne School recently earned Highest Honors in the 2016-17 WordMasters Challenge™—a national vocabulary competition involving nearly 150,000 students annually. The eighth grade team scored an impressive 187 points out of a possible 200 in the last of three meets this year, placing first in the nation.  The eighth graders also placed third nationally in the overall competition with a cumulative score of 564 points out of a possible 600, and the seventh grade team finished in fifth place with a total of 543 points.

Congratulations Class of 2017
Congratulations Class of 2017!

The District is proud of your accomplishments and wishes you well on your next adventure. We are confident that you will continue to make a meaningful difference in the world.

TECH 2017 - Students with Rep. Gabel
Tech 2017

The Skokie School STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) initiative was recently highlighted at TECH 2017 at the Capitol Building in Springfield, where student ambassadors Matthew Greenstein and George Baillos met with​ leaders​, including Illinois State Representative Robyn Gabel​, ​to advocate for access to technology in education.


Trout Release
Experiential Learning in Action in D36

Hubbard Woods School students gathered at Tower Road Beach to release 94 Rainbow Trout into Lake Michigan. Since they began raising the fish in the school Resource Center in November, students have studied the life cycle of Rainbow Trout and the role they play in the the Lake Michigan ecosystem. This has included writing poetry and painting with water color to reflect their learning about these fragile creatures. The Trout Release i​s supported by Hubbard Woods Resource Center Director Todd Burleson, the Elliott Donnelly Chapter ​of ​Trout Unlimited, and Wilmette Pet. ​Read more about this annual school tradition in this WINNETKA TALK story:

Oakton College Robotics Team at D36
Oakton College Robotics Team Visits D36

Oakton College Robotics Team students and their professor are visiting District schools​ in spring 2017 to provide students hands-on experience controlling a robot and insight into designing and building robots for NASA’s annual competition at the Kennedy Space Center.​ Greeley students recent got to interact with a robot and ask questions about robotics and space exploration.​

GEG Student Film Fest 2017
Skokie School Students Win Grand Prize at The 2017 Google GEG Chicagoland Filmfest

Halsey Dillingham and Mandarin Wallace, Skokie School fifth grade students, were named elementary grand prize winners for their film "Anyone can Make Anything" at the 2017 Google GEG Chicagoland Filmfest.

Students Teaching Teachers

Washburne's Ali Carolus & Nora Reder exuded knowledge & enthusiasm as they presented on littleBits at the NICE (Northern Illinois Computing Educators) Minicon's Student Innovation Playground.

D36 Educators - Preschool Kindergarten Summit
D36 Educators Learn Together at the 2nd Annual Preschool Kindergarten Summit

The Alliance for Early Childhood hosted the 2nd Annual Preschool Kindergarten Summit at Chicago Botanic Garden on February 9, 2017. For the second year in a row, The Winnetka Public Schools was proud to partner with other sponsors to support this sold out professional learning event, which drew educators from the North Shore and other parts of the country. This year’s theme was “Cultivating the Whole Child: Building Strong Social Emotional Foundations in Today’s World." Erika Christakis, early childhood education expert and the author of the recent New York Times bestselling book, The Importance of Being Little, delivered the keynote address, The Importance of Being Heard: Responsive Caregiving in the Early Childhood Habitat. Sessions were presented by experts from Chicago Children’s Museum, The Fred Rogers Company, the Erikson Institute, and other organizations.

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2017 in The Winnetka Public Schools
Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2017

The Winnetka Public Schools participated in the National Day of Service on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Our students made a meaningful difference in our community by working with over 15 non-profit organizations. It was a day to serve others in the spirit of Dr. King. Thank you to our staff, students, and families who organized this learning-focused tribute to the civil rights leader. Click on the image above to enjoy a brief video of the day’s activities.

2016 Year-in-Review

Read Superintendent Kocanda's 2016 Year-in-Review for THE WINNETKA CURRENT here.

Enrollment Balancing Project
Enrollment Balancing Project

To address imbalanced enrollment at the District’s three elementary schools, the School Board is in the midst of an Enrollment Balancing Project (EBP). No recommendations on potential solutions will be made to the School Board without additional input from staff and community members. To learn more visit the Enrollment Balancing Project page.

​Opportunities to review models under consideration will be held at Carleton Washburne School on the following dates:

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 5, 2017
7:00-9:00 p.m.

We are thankful
Crow Island School Makes a Difference During Thanksgiving Season

The Crow Island PTO organized "Showers of Gratitude," a drive to collect items such as detergent and bath products for those in need. Crow Island School students brought in donations for the New Trier Township Food Pantry & shared their own messages of thankfulness on feathers in a beautiful display at the school.

Happy Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving from D36!

Wishing our entire school community a lovely Thanksgiving.

Children working on art
Maker-in-Residence Visits​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Hubbard Woods School

Hubbard Woods School students explored engineering, marketing, art, and design concepts when a Maker-in-Residence visited the school and guided them on creating and promoting 18 amusement park rides in an activity that spanned several days. Thanks to the Hubbard Woods School PTO for their support in making this unique opportunity possible.

School Board Meeting
​Upcoming School Board Meeting

The next School Board Regular Meeting will be held Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at Crow Island School and begins at 7:15 p.m. Agenda Highlights include the following presentation:

1. District Improvement Plan 2016-2017

2. Experiential Learning Through STEAM

3. Tentative 2016 Levy

Kristi Yamaguchi at Greeley
Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi Visits Greeley School

Greeley students enjoyed a visit from Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi recently, thanks to The Book Stall's author-in-the-schools program. She read her new children's book, focused on kindness, to the students...and also answered some very important questions such as "How do you write a book?" and "What is your favorite baseball team?"

Thank you, D36 Principals!

October is National Principals Month and Principals Day is October 21, 2016. The District is grateful for the dedicated Principals and Assistant Principals who lead our schools by supporting the needs of students, staff, and families in a myriad of ways each day. Thank you for the role you play in our community of learners. If you would like to recognize your building Principal on social media as part of this nationwide celebration, use #ThankAPrincipal and #WE36.

Crow Island's Restored Clock
Crow Island's Restored Clock

Have you seen the restored school clock Crow Island School ( recently? Funded by Crow Island parents and community members in honor of 75th anniversary, the historic clock is restored and keeping time.

Kindergarten Butterflies Migrate Through Greeley School

After observing the metamorphosis of caterpillars into monarch butterflies in their classroom for the past several weeks--and learning about their life cycles through stories, art, science, and song--Greeley School Kindergarten students painted monarch wings and migrated through their school. Read more about this beloved annual tradition in this WINNETKA TALK article ( .

Todd Burleson Named 2016 School Librarian of the Year!

Todd Burleson, Resource Center Director at Hubbard Woods School, was recently named the 2016 School Librarian of the Year by School Library Journal.

His leadership in creating the IDEA Lab has been instrumental in the launch of the STEAM program throughout the District, and has helped guide the development of similar environments that endorse experiential learning in other schools nationwide.

Click here to read the article on this honor.

Welcome Back to Campus from Superintendent Kocanda
Welcome Back to Campus from Superintendent Kocanda

Click here for a short message from Superintendent Kocanda, welcoming our students and staff back to campus to begin the 2016-2017 school year.

Math Resource for Parents

To help keep your child engaged in math over the summer, please visit the D36 math website for ideas on keeping skills sharp, problem solving activities, and fun games and apps.

Congratulations 2016 Graduates!
On June 7, 2016, we celebrated the graduation of 218 eighth grade students from Carleton Washburne School. The District wishes them all the best as they begin this next chapter. We are confident that these young men and women will continue to make a meaningful difference in the world.

Students from The Skokie School Represent D36 at TECH2016
Students from The Skokie School Represent D36 at TECH2016

The District is proud of The Skokie School students Marcus Buccellato, Emma Neumann, & Evelyn Orsic, who represented D36 at TECH2016 at the Capitol Building in Springfield. They discussed the impact of technology on learning with Senator Biss, Representative Gabel, & other Illinois politicians.

Washburne Students Honored by National Council of Teachers of English

Congratulations to Carleton Washburne School students Lily Christopher, Hope Talbot, Noah Lolli, who were selected as winners in the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Promising Young Writers competition. Six students in the state were recipients of this honor, and the District is proud that these three students are among them.

Meet & Greet with New Administrator

Parents and community members are invited to a Meet & Greet with Barry Rodgers. The District's Director of Innovation, Teaching and Learning will begin his role on July 1, 2016.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016, 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
The Skokie School Community Room
Refreshments will be provided

As Director of Innovation, Teaching and Learning, Mr. Rodgers' responsibilities will include overseeing the Curriculum Department and providing leadership for instruction throughout the District.

Celebrate the 100th Birthday of Hubbard Woods School

Over 600 people, from current families, the community, alumni and staff (current and former) celebrated the 100th birthday of Hubbard Woods School on May 3, 2016.

Teacher Appreciation Week
Celebrating our Dedicated Staff During Teacher Appreciation Week

Our nation is honoring Teacher Appreciation Week from May 2-6. This is an opportunity to thank the educators who work with our students today and remember the teachers who influenced you. We are grateful for our teachers in District 36, and the countless ways they support, nurture, and challenge our students each and every day throughout the year. #ThankATeacher #WE36

Event for Incoming Kindergarten Families on April 28, 2016

The District partnered with The Alliance for Early Childhood for a conversation about the Kindergarten transition, held on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at The Skokie School. Trisha Kocanda, Superintendent, and Daniel Ryan, Principal of Hubbard Woods School facilitated a discussion to inform parents about the District’s Kindergarten curriculum, what to expect when school starts in the fall, and how to support your child’s educational journey.

For more details, click here.

D36 Educators Participated in the Inaugural Preschool-Kindergarten Summit this Winter

The Alliance for Early Childhood hosted over 175 educators at the Inaugural New Trier Township Preschool-Kindergarten Summit on Thursday, February 11, 2016, at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The event, sponsored in part by The Winnetka Public Schools, was an opportunity for early childhood educators to convene to discuss facilitating positive transitions from preschool to kindergarten and the latest research that pertains to young children in the areas of play, technology, art, and math.

2016 Google for Education Chicago Summit Comes to Winnetka in April!

The Winnetka Public Schools hosted the 2016 Google for Education Chicago Summit, AppsEvents, at Carleton Washburne School from April 2 - 3, 2016.

Presenters from around the world collaborated with educators to learn about using the latest technologies to enhance collaboration in the classroom & beyond.

View the video of D36→New Trier: the Winnetka student’s high school experience

The Winnetka Public Schools hosted a special evening with Dr. Linda Yonke, New Trier High School’s Superintendent, on Thursday, February 18, 2016. Dr. Yonke addressed the Winnetka community regarding the academic performance, leadership skills, and service involvement that characterizes District 36 students who attend New Trier.

D36→New Trier: the Winnetka student’s high school experience
February 18, 2016

Students Teach Staff During Recent Institute Day

On January, 19, 2016, middle school students from Carleton Washburne School and The Skokie School gave technology presentations during a session called “Don’t Worry, Be 'Appy'” at The Winnetka Public Schools staff Institute Day. These tech-savvy students gave tutorials and tips about their favorite educational apps, programs, and gadgets.

2015 Year in Review

Read Superintendent Kocanda's Winnetka Current article on 2015 highlights in District 36.

District 36 Hosts #Hour of Code Event

The Winnetka Public Schools held an #HourofCode community event in the Carleton Washburne School Resource Center on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. Winnetka Public Schools students were able to explore coding activities with parents, friends and younger siblings. #HourofCode is the largest coding event in the world, intended as an introduction to computer science, and designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. The Winnetka Public Schools annually participates in the global experience, which takes place during Computer Science Education Week.

We've launched!

Welcome to our updated District 36 website! In response to feedback from our community, we have created a site that reflects your input. This website is mobile optimized for ease of use on all devices. The site incorporates current best practices in web design, featuring more streamlined navigation, as well as icons for quick access to District 36 social media platforms. Our goal is to provide you with a user-friendly experience on all of your devices. We welcome your feedback on any ways we can better serve you with this new site: email us

Crow Island Then & Now

We're Celebrating Crow Island School's 75th Anniversary. Here is a gallery of photos highlighting a few of the unique aspects of the school--and students then and now. View the photogallery here:

Educational Leader, Dr. Jim Knight, Visits District 36

On Monday, September 28, 2015, District 36 welcomed Dr. Jim Knight, one of the nation’s leaders in the field of professional learning and collaboration. He is the head of the Instructional Coaching Institute at Kansas University and the co-author of several books, including Instructional Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction.

District Educators Participate in Reading Institute

Over 70 District educators are participating in a four day Reading Institute facilitated by Columbia University's Teachers College. During this professional learning experience, teachers engage with best practice reading instruction. Collaborative exercises focus on instructional strategies, assessment practices, and differentiation. Breakout sessions are organized by specific grade levels, so teachers throughout the District can learn together.

Welcome Back to Campus from Superintendent Kocanda

Trisha Kocanda, Superintendent

District 36 aims to integrate STEAM in 'idea lab' this fall

This fall, Winnetka Public Schools District 36 students will have new opportunities for experiential learning, as the district integrates new science, technology, engineering, arts and math programs into its curriculum, officials said.

"What's exciting now is that we really want to focus in," said District 36 Superintendent Trisha Kocanda. "We're really ready to dig into some exciting projects for kids."
Read the full story on the Chicago Tribune

Welcome Back to Campus!

We are happy to have our students and teachers back in classrooms as we begin the 2015-2016 school year. To see photos from the first week of school, visit the
District 36 Facebook page.