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A time to celebrate in District 88

It’s always an honor when our students, staff members and schools are recognized for the great work that goes on inside the classroom and beyond each and every day.

At District 88, we have two recent accomplishments we’re thrilled to share with you. The first is Willowbrook Principal Dan Krause has been named as the 2013 DuPage County High School Principal of the Year by the Illinois Principals Association. The Principal of the Year award annually recognizes outstanding high school leaders who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students.

I’ve worked with Dan for many years, and I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this honor. Since Dan’s first day in District 88 in 2002, his endless energy, enthusiasm and student-centered nature have been evident on a daily basis. He’s a tremendous leader who truly cares about his staff and the students.

Krause began teaching in 1995 and came to District 88 in 2002 as an assistant principal at Addison Trail. He moved to Willowbrook as an assistant principal in 2005 and became principal in 2007.

Our mission at District 88 is to work for the continuous improvement of student achievement, and it’s through the dedicated, passionate and creative leadership of team members like Krause that we’re able to achieve that mission.

The other accomplishment we would like to highlight is Willowbrook and Addison Trail have once again been named as Top Schools in America by the Washington Post and as America’s Best High Schools by Newsweek. This is the fifth consecutive year Addison Trail has received those honors, and it’s the sixth consecutive year for Willowbrook.

The Washington Post ranks “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” based on the number of college-level/Advanced Placement exams given in 2012, divided by the number of graduates that year. Also noted are the percentage of students who come from families that qualify for lunch subsidies and the percentage of graduates who passed at least one college-level test during their high school career.

According to Newsweek’s website, their list of “America’s Best High Schools” consists of the schools “that best prepare students for college.”

It is with great pride that we share these successes with you, and we thank you for your continued support of District 88.

Scott Helton is superintendent of District 88 schools

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