Thursday, May 16, 2013
Sixth-graders at the Winnetka elementary school took park in a service project to honor Leah Anderson, the daughter of a teacher at the Skokie School, who recently lost her battle with brain cancer.
When sixth-graders at the Skokie School was looking for a service project, they knew exactly who they wanted to fundraise for—Leah Anderson, the daughter of a Skokie School teacher who lost her battle with brain cancer in December 2012, Winnetka Talk reported. The 44 students raised money for the LEA Foundation (Live, Educate, to become Aware) for pediatric cancer research by holding a fundraiser featuring many of Leah’s passions and hobbies such as face painting, cupcake decorating and dancing, Winnetka Talk reported.
Friday, February 1, 2013
Five schools from Winnekta Public Schools District 36 were given the honor for sustaining high academic performance for three consecutive years.
Friday, February 1
Winnekta Public Schools District 36 has been given high honors by the Illinois State Board of Education this week. The district has five schools named to the Academic Honor Roll and given the 2012 Academic Excellence Award. The Skokie School, Hubbard Woods Elementary School, Greeley Elementary School, Crow Island Elementary School and Carleton Washburne School are among 454 Illinois schools receiving the award. The schools honored all sustained high academic performances over the past three years. According to the Illinois State Board of Education, schools that receive the Academic Excellence Award must have at least 90 percent of elementary and middle students meeting or exceeding state standards in reading and math for three straight …
Friday, December 21, 2012
"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," the NRA's Wayne LaPierre said.
In an amazing Friday morning press conference, the National Rifle Association broke its weeklong silence following the horrific shooting of 26 people at a school in Newtown, CT and called for a surge of gun-carrying "good guys" around American schools. NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre called for a new kind of American domestic security revolving around armed civilians, arguing that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." "We care about our president, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents," LaPierre said. "Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by Capitol Police officers. Yet, when it comes to our most beloved, innocent, and vulnerable members of the American family, our …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Winnetka School District 36 says safety protocols are in effect.
School officials say safety protocols are in effect in light of the shootings earlier in Newtown, CT, according to an email from School District 36 Superintendent Dr. Thomas Hagerman. For many Winnetka residents, the Connecticut shooting is a dark reminder of a similar incident at Hubbard Woods School. In May 1988, Laurie Dann, a 30-year-old baby sitter, went on a violent spree at Hubbard Woods School, shooting wildly into a second grade classroom, killing an 8-year-old boy and wounding five others, NBC Chicago reported. “Obviously, when we hear about a tragedy such as this, it both serves as a reminder of our own experience many years ago at Hubbard Woods School, and also as an opportunity to reflect on the security measures that we …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Winnetka Public Schools District 36’s cost per student increased the most out of the six public schools that feed into New Trier Township High School District 203.
Winnetka school officials say the sharp increase in cost per student in Winnetka Public Schools District 36 when compared with nearby school districts could be due to debt and decrease in student attendance. Since 2006, the cost per student has increased 45 percent, from $13,165 per student to $19,027 in 2011, according to figures provided by the district. Among the six public school districts that feed into New Trier High School Township District 203, Winnetka’s cost per student increased the most, according to a Chicago Sun-Times’ analysis. "It really is a completely different array of numbers in every district, depending on what funds they use, how much debt they have, whether they're using a fixed asset account or not," said …
Monday, May 7, 2012
The Winnetka Public Schools District invites parents to attend a lecture on Monday night.
If you're looking for a good way to avoid the rainy weather, consider attending District 36's "The Freedom to Learn: Creating a Culture of 'Do' in a World of 'Know'" Monday night. Sam Chaltain, author of several books about education in America, will be speaking in the Skokie School Auditorium, 520 Glendale Ave. Chaltain, who also contributes to the Huffington Post and CNN, will present at 7 p.m. A reception begins at 6:30 p.m. The talk will engage parents on the subject of 21st century learning and the ways to adapt earlier methods with newer technology. It is open to the public. Related: Winnetka Grade Schoolers Live in Wired World At the District 36's most recent board meeting, Matt Fuller presented “Tap the Screen: Technology …
Sunday, May 6, 2012
The deadline for the Winnetka Public Schools' survey was extended until Sunday, May 6.
About 20 percent of parents filled out District 36's Strategic Planning Survey as of May 3, according to Marcia Sutter of the district. The district extended the deadline for completing the survey until Sunday. Related: Winnetka Grade Schoolers Live in Wired World Information, including the access code and directions, were sent to residents' homes.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
A research project, presented at the District 36 board meeting, shows students in grades 3-8 use technology for multiple purposes every day. Nearly one in five students reported having their own computer.
Students in Winnetka Public Schools District 36 use iPads, iPods, electronic readers and video games so much that for many of them, computers -- desktops or laptops -- are an afterthought. That was one of the findings in “Tap the Screen: Technology Integration in Our Students Lives,” a research project done by Matt Fuller, the district’s technology director, as part of his work towards a doctorate. Fuller presented some of his findings at the April 24 school board meeting at the Carleton Washburne School. Earlier: District 36 Board Sets Goals Fuller convened 55 students from grades 3-8 in all five of the district’s schools last December and January. After analyzing their discussions, he found mentions of 80 Apple operating system devices…
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
As part of its Strategic Planning Process, Winnetka Public Schools District 36 releases data from focus groups earlier this year. The district is also asking that residents participate in its current survey.
It's been a busy time over at District 36 HQ. On Tuesday evening, the Winnetka Public Schools District 36 Board will meet for a special meeting at 5 p.m., a board organizational meeting at 7:15 p.m. and the regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. The board packet for the April 24th meeting includes some results from 25 focus group meetings. The priorities for the staff and the parent/community are featured in the Patch Media Uploader, as well as the board packet itself. In addition, the district asks residents to participate in the next phase of their Strategic Planning Process. A survey was mailed with a unique code for residents to use. Read more in the district's announcement on Patch.
Monday, April 2, 2012
David Wartik's attorney said they plan to appeal the Winnetka Public Schools Board's decision to dismiss Wartik.
The Evanston Police Department (EPD) has closed an investigation concerning David Wartik, a former teacher at Hubbard Woods School in District 36. "There are no charges to be filed based on the case status being closed," Cmdr. Jason Parrott said Monday. Stay tuned to your local news when you sign up for our daily newsletter. The Winnetka Public Schools Board voted unanimously to dismiss Wartik in mid-March. The tenured teacher had been on leave at the time due to concerns about the Evanston police investigation into a possible incident that happened in the late 1990s at a private North Shore school. The board dismissed him because of what it termed as Wartik's "purposeful obstruction" of the district's investigation, not because of the …