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Helton: District 88 welcomes new school year

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Published: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Dr. Scott Helton is the superintendent for DuPage High School District 88.

At District 88, we’re excited to have welcomed a new school year on Wednesday. A new school year is the perfect time to reflect on the successes of last year and prepare for the year ahead to ensure we continue building futures for the students of District 88.

Last year, we observed measurable positive student performance outcomes such as:

• More than 90 percent of the class of 2014 at Addison Trail and at Willowbrook was accepted to a two- or four-year college or university.• Addison Trail students will attend schools in 16 states and Canada, and Willowbrook students will attend schools in 23 states and Washington, D.C.• Addison Trail and Willowbrook were recognized by The Washington Post for a record number of students participating in the Advanced Placement program at both schools, which allows students to earn college credit while in high school. This was the seventh consecutive year District 88 was recognized in that ranking.

We look forward to continuing that success this year, and we will focus on the following areas during the 2014-15 school year:

• Continue to align our curriculum and assessments to the new Common Core State Standards. Those new standards were created to increase rigor in English and math, which will carry over into all subjects; to develop consistent learning expectations for all students; and to implement higher-level, clearer and deeper real-life learning to prepare students for college and career.• Continue to implement interventions and strategies to close the achievement gap among student groups.• Continue to raise expectations for all students.• Continue to implement best practices with technology to ensure our students are prepared with 21st-century technology skills.• Continue to provide support and professional growth opportunities for staff members.• Continue to be transparent, open and honest with our stakeholders through our website, newsletter, social media and face-to-face interactions, meetings and events.• Continue to maintain fiscal responsibility to ensure a stable financial environment.

We have great leadership at our schools, a supportive and knowledgeable Board of Education, involved and engaged parents/guardians and community members and talented and committed staff. With that mix, we’ll meet any situation head on and find the path to success. We’ll continue to work together to ensure District 88 remains one of the top school districts and to build futures for our students.

Scott Helton is the superintendent for DuPage High School District 88.

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