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Mission Statement: District 88 mission: To work for the continuous improvement of student achievement. Through that mission, District 88 schools have been named as Top Schools in America by Newsweek and the Washington Post.

 

District 88 celebrates the beginning of the 2018-19 school year

Pictured is District 88 Superintendent Dr. Scott Helton.

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year!

We’ve had an amazing first few days, and we look forward to another tremendous year. Willowbrook Principal Dr. Daniel Krause, Addison Trail Principal Michael Bolden and I celebrated the first day of school on Aug. 15 by riding a bus with students. It was a great way to meet our new students and continue to connect with our returning students. I also visited with students and staff in our District 88 Transition Program, which helps individuals ages 18 to 21 who have disabilities learn life skills, obtain job training in a community setting and transition to life after District 88.

Safety and security
The safety and well-being of our students and staff is our No. 1 priority. We work closely with local first responders to enhance our policies and procedures, to conduct drills and tabletop exercises and to continue to discuss this important topic. Before the school year began, our administrators and staff members received training in the district’s new school safety procedures. District 88 is implementing ALICE Training (which stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) to continue to enhance the security of our buildings. The district is working with the Addison and Villa Park police departments to implement ALICE Training to ensure the buildings continue to follow best practices with regard to school safety. For more information, go to www.dupage88.net/Safety.

First day of school highlights (Aug. 15)

Addison Trail

Top left and right: Addison Trail Principal Michael Bolden (back right) and District 88 Superintendent Dr. Scott Helton (in front of Bolden) ride a bus home from school with students to celebrate the start of the 2018-19 school year on Aug. 15. Bottom: District 88 Superintendent Dr. Scott Helton hands out popsicles for students to enjoy. He's pictured with Addison Trail freshman Sharon Barbosa.

Willowbrook

Top left: (From left) Willowbrook Principal Dr. Daniel Krause and District 88 Superintendent Dr. Scott Helton greet Willowbrook freshman Zaafir Ashar and junior Nasar Ashar at the bus stop on the first day of school for the 2018-19 school year (Aug. 15). Top right: (From left) Willowbrook Principal Dr. Daniel Krause and District 88 Superintendent Dr. Scott Helton greet Willowbrook freshmen Zaafir Ashar and Hunaid Irfan at the bus stop. Bottom left: Willowbrook Principal Dr. Daniel Krause (back left) and District 88 Superintendent Dr. Scott Helton (right) ride a bus to school with students to celebrate the start of the 2018-19 school year. Bottom right: Willowbrook Principal Dr. Daniel Krause helps Willowbrook freshman Phoenix Stoeckicht find her classroom on the first day of the 2018-19 school year.

Willowbrook Principal Dr. Daniel Krause (right) greets students with a high five on the first day of school for the 2018-19 school year (Aug. 15).

Willowbrook Director of Deans Jose Jaramillo (left), District 88 Superintendent Dr. Scott Helton (middle) and Willowbrook Assistant Principal Bob Daly (next to Helton) welcome the Cottage Hill Operating Company bus drivers to the 2018-19 school year on Aug. 15 and discuss protocol and safety procedures.

District 88 Transition Program (this program helps individuals ages 18 to 21 who have disabilities learn life skills, obtain job training in a community setting and transition to life after District 88)

District 88 Superintendent Dr. Scott Helton (center) welcomes students and staff members in the District 88 Transition Program to the 2018-19 school year on Aug. 15. That program helps individuals ages 18 to 21 who have disabilities learn life skills, obtain job training in a community setting and transition to life after District 88.

Niche 2019 rankings

As we begin the 2018-19 school year, we’re excited to share the Niche 2019 rankings.

Equity and cultural competency
We will continue our work with cultural competency and culturally responsive teaching for the inclusion, equity and excellence of all students. As mentioned above, we are the second-most diverse school district in Illinois. We have about 40 languages and more than 30 countries represented among our families, and about half of our pupils speak a language other than English at home. Addison Trail and Willowbrook students come from various backgrounds, and embracing that diversity has led to continued success in the classroom and beyond.

District 88 formed an Equity Task Force in spring 2015 to further enhance the district’s cultural competency, and our staff members have participated in Deep Equity training with Gary Howard with the Deep Equity Institute and Corwin. Our students also have been involved in this process through the Youth Equity Stewardship (YES!) series, led by Benjie Howard and Wade Antonio-Colwell. The goal of that program is to prepare students to recognize and learn from the diversity around them.

Getting ready for the school year
To prepare for the 2018-19 school year, we hosted the following events.

10 areas of focus for 2018-19
Our focus and initiatives this year will include continuing the great work that takes place in District 88 through …

We thank all of our stakeholders for their continued support of District 88. We know our students succeed inside the classroom and beyond because of a knowledgeable Board of Education, dedicated and passionate staff, engaged students and involved parents/guardians and community members. It truly takes a team to build futures for the students of District 88, and it’s through these partnerships we’re able to accomplish our mission of working for the continuous improvement of student achievement.

DuPage High School District 88
2 Friendship Plaza Addison, IL 60101
Phone: 630-530-3981 Fax: 630-832-0198
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