October 2017

The Winnetka Wire
Monthly News from The Winnetka Public Schools
Superintendent's Message

Dear Parents, Staff, and Community Members,

What do you want our schools to look like in five, 10, and 20 years down the road?  

I would like to invite you to attend GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES, a community engagement session to dream big for the Future Ready D36 Educational Master Facility Plan initiative. The District will host two meetings touching on trends in educational programming and design for PreK-12, higher education, and workplace facilities. Activities will include group ideation to gain feedback from stakeholders on what the future of D36 facilities might look like.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
7:00 p.m. - 8 :30 p.m.
The Skokie School
520 Glendale Avenue

Future Ready D36 is a collaborative community process intended to address our enrollment imbalance and aging facilities, while ensuring our educational environments meet the needs of current and future students. Underway since summer 2017, the District has been working with DLR Group, an educational architectural firm, to assess our facilities, conduct environmental testing (assisted by students at each building), and host building-specific Community Presentations to share findings from facility assessments. A Future Ready D36 Core Team, assembled to help provide advice and act as a clearinghouse for ideas throughout the process, began meeting last week. Please visit the dedicated webpage for Future Ready D36 for information .

As we move forward, I encourage our community to remain engaged in the discussions regarding Future Ready D36. I am confident that together, we will continue to collaborate to address challenges in a fiscally responsible manner, identify creative solutions to balance our enrollment and utilize building space, and determine how we will best prepare our learning environments so we can support our students to flourish in a changing world.

Sinc erely,  
Dr. Trisha Kocanda

Board Meeting Preview

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


Through a regular offering of educational engagement sessions, Winnetka Parents Institute (WPI) is an opportunity for the District to foster parent discussions on various topics of interest. Grandparents, future parents, and community members are always welcome, too! For those who are unable to attend in person, most sessions are recorded and shared on the District website at www.winnetka36.org/wpi.

Upcoming events:

Tour Crow Island School:
Honoring Our Past & Informing Our Future
Saturday, November 4 from 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Crow Island School, 1112 Willow Road
Join The Winnetka Historical Society and the Crow Island Stewardship Group for self-guided tours (iPads provided) of Crow Island School. This National Historic Landmark, which celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2015, was designed by legendary architects Eliel and Eero Saarinen with the Chicago architectural firm of Perkins, Wheeler and Will. Explore the unique features of this internationally-recognized school, where its child-centered design exemplified the past and inspires the future of The Winnetka Public Schools. Please call The Winnetka Historical Society with any questions about this event: (847) 446-0001.

Progressive Education in The Winnetka Public Schools:
Reflecting on Our History, Planning for Our Future
Thursday, November 9 at 9:30 a.m.
The Skokie School Community Room, 520 Glendale Ave.
Dr. Daniel Ryan will share an engaging look back on the history of Progressive Education in The Winnetka Public Schools. Learn about Carleton Washburne's vision for Winnetka, the international influence the District has had in education since its inception, and longstanding traditions of project-based learning.  This session will also discuss Future Ready D36 and how through this process we honor our past yet strive to innovate for the future. RSVP here.

From Washburne to New Trier:
A D36 Parent's Guide to the New Trier Transition
Tuesday, November 14 at 9:30 a.m.
Resource Center at Carleton Washburne School, 515 Hibbard Rd.
Paul Waechtler, Principal at the New Trier High School Freshman
Campus, will discuss the New Trier freshman placement process and the efforts made to ensure a smooth transition to high school.  A Q & A will provide an opportunity for parents to learn more about how to best support their child(ren) as they prepare for their New Trier experience. RSVP here.

STEAM in District 36
Wednesday, November 29 at 9:30 a.m.
Greeley School Resource Center, 275 Fairview Ave.
Learn more about the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts,
and Math) experience and the purpose behind the makerspace environments in District 36 with Maureen Chertow Miller, Director of Technology. RSVP here.

Hour of Code
Monday, December 4 from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Carleton Washburne School, CoLab (N102), 515 Hibbard Rd.
We encourage families to join us as our students guide you through various coding and technology activities as part of the international event #HourofCode.  All ages are welcome at #HourofCode, an engaging learning opportunity for the whole family. RSVP to Hour of Code here .

D36 alum Maddie McCormick ( Washburne Class of 2005, New Trier Class of 2009) is enjoying breakout success in Hollywood, most recently with a lead role in "Camera Store," a Netflix film released this summer, an HBO pilot, and other film and TV roles.  While pursuing her passion for a career in acting, Maddie graduated magna cum laude from UCLA, with a BA in Ps ychology and a minor in Film in 2013.
Reflecting on her time in D36, Maddie says, "I am incredibly grateful for the work ethic I developed in D36 as a product of the high standards that were set. I moved onto New Trier and life with a sense of confidence and self-efficacy that if I put in the work, the results will follow. The support I received within D36 from my peers and the team system helped me start on my journey of self care." Further, she shares, "The 'Winnetka Experience' is something special. It's amazing that within one community there is so much access to the arts as well as a wide variety of disciplines. The team structure at Washburne gives you a sense of intimacy and a safe environment to start finding your voice and identity."

Maddie aspires to make a meaningful difference in the world through her position in the entertainment industry. "The medium of film and television has the special privilege of telling important stories...there's been a massive shift in the entertainment industry to tell stories from new perspectives. It's become a much more inclusive industry and I am particularly pro ud of the recent influx of leading female roles and the work toward closing the wage gap between genders...now more than ever the next generation sees more people on screen who look and experience the world like them."

Maddie's advice to young aspiring actors is, "Be a 'get to' person rather than a 'have to' person. Even when it feels like a grind, telling yourself you 'get to' reminds you that this is your choice. You are constantly creating the world around you-- so keep telling yourself and the world 'yes!'"

In the News

The Winnetka Current highlighted the ribbon cutting that took place to celebrate the opening of the new Kindergarten playground at Greeley School. Daily North Shore and Patch featured articles on Future Ready D36.

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In This Issue

Important Dates

Board Meeting
October 17, 2017
7:15 p.m.
Washburne School

Future Ready D36
Global Perspectives
October 24, 2017
9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
The Skokie School

No School
Institute Day
November 10, 2017

Board Meeting
November 14, 2017 
7:15 p.m.
Carleton Washburne 

No School
Thanksgiving Holiday
November 22-24, 2017


Fall in District 36

WE36 Robotics Club, comprised of students in grades five through eight, preparing to compete
in the First Lego League competition in
December. Students are
building missions for
the team's robot.

Thanks to The Book Stall, children's book author, Tom Watson, visited Greeley School and led students in a sketching activity inspired
by his Stick Dog books.
Crow Island fourth graders got creative painting outdoors and first graders enjoyed designing pumpkins
for Halloween.

At a community
presentation, Hubbard Woods students share
results of environmental
testing conducted with
DLR Group as part of
Future Ready D36.

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky visited
The Skokie School and spoke to students about serving others through
leadership, learning through failure, and
making a difference.

Washburne students
tinker with robotics
in the CoLab STEAM environment.

D36 administrators visited Sunset Ridge School, McKenzie Elementary School,
North Shore
Country Day and
New Trier High School recently to get a glimpse
into new learning spaces.

This month is National Principals Month,
an opportunity to say
"thank you" to
principals for their dedication and leadership.
S hare your gratitude on social media using #ThankAPrincipal.

From the Archives...

Greeley students pose with pumpkins in this undated fall photo.

For a glimpse into The Winnetka Experience
and more information on the purpose of the 
Future Ready D36
initiative , please enjoy this video.

For a list of upcoming FAN speaker 
series events, 
including authors and 
educators like 
Stanford University's 
Jo Boaler, 

The Winnetka Public Schools community empowers every student 
to flourish in an innovativeexperiential environment. 
We support and challenge all learners
 to actively engage in their continual growth and achievement 
to make a meaningful difference in the world.

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