Welcome to Washburn Public Schools

The Castle Guard Kids After School Program

The CGK is a safe and fun space for students in kindergarten through 8th grade to play, socialize and complete homework after school hours. This program was established this year in conjunction with the Washburn School District’s Early Learning Center (ELC). The program serves students Monday through Friday from 3 PM to 6 PM.

The program emphasizes the three core values of the Washburn School District by facilitating opportunities and activities for students to practice being safe, responsible and respectful.

If you are interested in joining the Castle Guards Kids After School Program please see our drop-in and contracted enrollment options.

The CGK program is run by Amber Mullen amullen@washburn.k12.wi.us; 715-373-6199 ext 239. Amber’s goal for the CGK program is “to foster opportunities for safe, responsible, and respectful interactions and activities for each and every student. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been working on establishing community partnerships with local institutions and businesses that will support the program and students well into the future.” She is excited for the opportunity to teach the next generation how to be good friends, neighbors and stewards of the school and community. Please look at the latest newsletter for more photos and information.

A note from Mrs. Paula Eskola:
We would like to thank all of you who donated blood. 250 lives will be saved because of our school community. 
Thank you!

Washburn High School Recognized as a 2015 National 
Blue Ribbon School!
(click here for more info.)


Washburn Public School 
Board Members:

 Christina Sauer - Board President ~ csauer@washburn.k12.wi.us 
Roxanne Shuga- Vice President ~ roxanne.shuga@washburn.k12.wi.us
Richard Avol - Clerk  ~ peruse@chequamegonbooks.com
Colleen Geisen- Treasurer  ~ cgeisen@washburn.k12.wi.us
JoAnne Katzmarek- Board Member at Large

To mail all the school board members use schoolboard@washburn.k12.wi.us

Our mission is to enable students to enter the global society with the knowledge, skills, habits, and attitudes required to be contributing citizens.





 The regular open enrollment application period for the 2016-17 school year begins on February 1, 2016, and ends at 4:00 pm on April 29, 2016. The best way to apply is online (a link to the online application is at the top of this page during the application period).  Additional information on the regular open enrollment application season can be found on our applications page

DPI Open Enrollment Information
Application for Open Enrollment
Open Enrollment DPI Brochure (pdf)


Food Service Notice for Free/Reduced Lunches for 2015-16 School Year

Child Find Public Notice
Homeless Information
Other Public Notices



The Washburn Education Association is offering a $500 scholarship to a college student interested in the field of education.  Please complete the application and return it to Sue Schreiner, School Counselor, Washburn High School P.O. Box 730, Washburn, WI 54891.  Two written recommendations are also required which should be mailed directly to: Sue Schreiner. Deadline for Application:  Postmarked no later than February 5th, 2016.


1.    The recipient must be a graduate of Washburn High School.
2.    The recipient must be attending a college or university as a junior or senior in the field of education.
3.    The recipient must be a student in good standing (grade point average 3.0 or above).

 Washburn financial situation 'solid'


(Reprinted with permission from
Rick Olivo at the Ashland Daily Press)

For the complete unedited article click here.

WASHBURN - In 2008, the Washburn School District was in trouble. Fast forward to 2015. At Wednesday evening's "State of the District" address, given at the district's annual open house, District Administrator Dr. Thomas Wiatr said it is a vastly different Washburn School district, one that is gaining dramatically in student numbers, while the district's financial situation has "stabilized," and the district is proudly showing off its new and innovative improvements. "We've had some exciting things take place over the past few years," said Wiatr, who noted that after five years of being district administrator, he still gets questions about the district's continued survival. "I've made it a mission, everywhere I go to reassure the community that the financial situation in Washburn is solid," he said. "We have the funds to meet our budgets, to advance our projects, to retain staff."

Consumer science and green and healthy instructor Greta Kochevar highlighted a number of initiatives that have involved students, including a district-wide recycling program, a new aquaponics lab where yellow perch are reared and spinach and lettuce are grown. "It is fantastic because now we can have part of the farm to school program and part of the environmental learning happening during the school year instead of trying to figure out how we can teach these things during the summer," she said.

Washburn High School principal Heidi King explained about school activities that included working with the University of Kansas to study the migratory patterns of monarch butterflies, a cultural and science-based experience with the University of Wisconsin Extension involving Lake Superior, the environment and local Native American tribes.

"We are also working with Wisconsin Coastal Management and the Town of Bayview to help preserve Houghton Point through education of students and the public, as well as new signage, a boardwalk and trail," she said. "These are all real hands-on experiences was can offer our students with community support and updated curriculum and updated facilities," she said.

King also talked about Washburn High School winning a National Blue Ribbon School Award. She noted that only 335 schools had won the award in 2015. The Washburn High School was one of five schools earning this award in Wisconsin this year.