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D-88 says thank you for an incredible school year

Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 1:42 p.m. CDT
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Scott Helton is the superintendent of School District 88.

With the 2012-13 school year at a successful end, it’s a time to reflect on our mission to work for the continuous improvement of student achievement. It wouldn’t be possible to accomplish that mission without strong leadership; a supportive and knowledgeable Board of Education; involved and engaged students, parents/guardians and community members; and talented and caring staff members.

Highlights of the 2012-13 school year include:

• Willowbrook was named as one of the Top Schools in America by The Washington Post and as one of America’s Best High Schools by Newsweek for the sixth-consecutive year. Addison Trail received those honors for the fifth-consecutive year.

• We had more students than ever take Advanced Placement/college-level coursework, and both schools have students attending colleges and universities in 30 states throughout the U.S.

• On June 9, we graduated more than 900 students from District 88.

• Willowbrook was recognized by the Daily Herald as having the highest gains in PSAE test scores from 2011 to 2012 of all suburban high schools in the Herald’s coverage area. Addison Trail received that recognition from Chicago Sun-Times in 2009.

• This year, the Class of 2013 at Addison Trail and Willowbrook joined together to raise $22,000 to pack more than 108,000 meals to benefit Feed My Starving Children.

• Willowbrook Principal Dan Krause was named as the 2013 DuPage County High School Principal of the Year by the Illinois Principals Association (IPA).

As we look to the future, we know there are challenging times ahead. There are new state standards, pension reform, evaluations and economic hardships. It is the age of accountability – and we will succeed because we will continue to work together to ensure success for our students.

I have enjoyed my first year as superintendent of District 88, and I look forward to 2013-14 as we continue to work together to build futures for the students of District 88.

Scott Helton is superintendent of District 88

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