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Welcome Back!

Welcome Back text on top of colored pencils Dear Parents, Staff, and Community Members,

After a summer eagerly preparing for the return of our students, we look forward to beginning our school year later this month.  It does not take long for our students to dive back into learning, as our teachers immediately create a welcoming and inspirational environment.  Our continued dedication to the individual needs of each learner carries on each and every year.

The 2019-2020 school year marks a very important milestone in the history of The Winnetka Public Schools...the 100th anniversary to our commitment to Progressive Education. In 1919, Superintendent Carleton Washburne arrived in Winnetka and set our community on course for a century-long journey educating the WHOLE child.

Our annual District goals will focus on Social and Emotional Learning, continuing Washburne’s visionary leadership in this area. In 2019-2020, we remain on track to complete many of our 5-year strategic goals. This summer, capital projects identified in our Educational Master Facility Plan (EMFP) to address necessary health/life safety improvements, were completed. Additionally, Redistricting 2020 remains a focus for the School Board. In October 2019, the Board will approve a Redistricting Plan to be implemented in Fall 2020. 

While we focus on the important work ahead of us, we keep the students at the center of every decision-making process. Our teachers wholeheartedly share this commitment. As one third grade student recently expressed, “We just want to let you know that we really love our teachers!” In addition to our teachers, we are grateful for a community that has a long-standing tradition of partnering with us to nurture the hearts and minds of its children. Thank you to The Winnetka Public Schools Foundation, our PTOs, and to the entire Village for the many ways you support our students. 100 years after Carleton Washburne pioneered the Progressive approach in our community, it continues to flourish thanks to our shared efforts on behalf of each and every student.


Dr. Trisha Kocanda