Bill Newby

Message from GLS District 36

Superintendent of Schools
Dr. William Newby

August 1, 2019

Dear Grass Lake District #36 Students, Parents, Staff, and Community,

 “Although no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” ~ Carl Bard


Welcome to August!!!!  Summer is in full swing, swimming at the beach, hanging out with friends, going on vacation, and …… Back to School!!!!  This time is a good time to recharge and energize for the important work of teaching and learning.  I hope that each of you has had a restful summer break.


The quote above reminds us how important it is to reflect on where we have been in the effort to learn from our past to ensure a better future.  So as we move toward the first day of school on August 21st take time to reflect on the last year in school and set a course for the upcoming school year. In an effort to assist all stakeholders in making a “brand new ending” we have identified specific action steps to assist students, staff, and parents.  These are listed below:


  • GLS staff will be working with students to set academic goals.  They will use student Individual Learning Plans (ILP’s) and NWEA MAP scores to inform students of areas of strength and weakness and set goals for the year. 


  • The administration will be providing Professional Development for all staff on Response To Intervention (RTI) and Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS).  This professional development will help staff improve student learning and provide additional interventions and supports for students who are struggling. 


  • Understanding how important parent involvement is, GLS has set a goal of 250 parent volunteer hours in 2019-2020.  You will receive additional information on this when we return to school.  In addition, we will be providing important information and support to parents through Parent Universities.  At these meetings we will provide information regarding school programs, how to contact your teacher, identifying resources available and direct instruction on how to access and use Infinite Campus, Online Registration, Calendar links, GLS website, Board Docs, text messaging and more.  Our first parent University will be held on August 14, 2019 at 6 P.M..


Finally, I am so excited about this upcoming school year!!!!  GLS is such a wonderful school with excellent staff, outstanding students and supportive school board, parents, and community.  I am looking forward to continuing to serve all of you and provide the support necessary to help each of you make a brand new ending!!!



William Newby Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Grass Lake District # 36