McKenzie Named Apple Distinguished School for 2023-26
Posted on 10/03/2023
District 39 is thrilled to announce that all four of its elementary schools (Central, Harper, McKenzie, and Romona) have been recognized as Apple Distinguished Schools for 2023-26. Today’s announcement comes on the heels of Highcrest Middle School and Wilmette Junior High School earning the recognition last year, meaning all six District 39 schools are now Apple Distinguished Schools.

This award recognizes the efforts of the four elementary schools in using Apple technology in innovative ways that inspire creativity, collaboration, and critical teaching and learning among its learning community. From our technology teachers to our classroom teachers, our faculty consistently integrate technology in new and creative ways to help our students in the pursuit of academic excellence and growth. Additionally, teachers are provided opportunities to grow their knowledge and approaches to the curriculum through professional development sessions. 

Each school went through a detailed application process that included both narrative and video elements to illustrate how they leverage the use of this technology as part of teaching and learning. Each school’s video submissions are linked below:

• Central: Inspire | Imagine | Impact
• Harper: Inspire | Imagine | Impact
• McKenzie: Inspire | Imagine | Impact
• Romona: Inspire | Imagine | Impact 

District 39 strives to support teachers as learning designers while celebrating their successes. As a result of this district-wide commitment, our students are receiving instruction and guidance to become digital leaders in high school and beyond, one way in which D39 aims to engage, inspire, and empower its students to lead academically successful, socially responsible, compassionate, and purposeful lives.

Wilmette Public Schools District 39 serves approximately 3,500 students in PreK-8th grade throughout Wilmette and in parts of Glenview. District 39 is committed to providing a safe and equitable learning environment that fosters a mindset of empathy, respect and belonging for all students and staff.