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Superintendent's Message

August, 2017

Welcome to the Grant Park School District #6 website.  We are so excited to begin the 2017-18 school year, as our staff has worked diligently throughout the summer in preparation for staff/student arrival on August 23rd.    It is our hope that the upcoming school year will be one of the best in GP memory! 

The summer months provide an excellent opportunity to reflect on our past student/staff accomplishments!  The 2017 school year was yet another great example of the “GP WAY,” as our district was recognized as a “NICHE Top 100” district in Illinois.  Also, GPHS was again the recipient of a “US News and World Report America’s Best” high schools in the United States.  In addition, according to PAARC results, students in Grant Park School District once again demonstrated some of the highest composite scores in the area. 

We are extremely excited about the expansion of our 1:1 Chrome Initiative to include all students in grades 4-12.  We feel extremely fortunate to have these devices for our student body, as they have the ability to enhance the learning experience in every classroom.  Also, students (if proper authorization is granted) have the ability to utilize the devices both in the school and home setting.  Equally important, our primary age students (PREK-3) are exposed to IPADS as academic skills are learned and reinforced on a routine basis.  Without doubt, technology is continuously evolving and we must continue to prepare our students for their post-secondary plans. 

I would also like to take a moment to welcome Mr. Matt Maxwell to Grant Park School District.  Mr. Maxwell is serving as our MS/HS principal and previously served as an Assistant Principal at BBCHS.  I think you will find Mr. Maxwell to be a welcome addition to our existing administrative staff and am confident that he will continue the strong academic tradition already established at both buildings.  Please take the opportunity to introduce yourself at Open House or an upcoming event. 

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions at john.palan@grantparkdragons.org.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation and commitment to the students of Grant Park School District #6. 


Dr. John Palan

Superintendent, Grant Park #6

John Palan