Bill Newby

Message from GLS District 36

Superintendent of Schools
Dr. William Newby

October 01, 2018

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

  • The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they make they best of everything.
  • The same boiling water that softens the potato, hardens the egg. It’s what your made of, not the circumstances.
  • Attract what you expect, reflect what you desire, mirror what you admire.
  • It’s not how big the house is, it’s how happy the home is.
  • Life is only as good as your mindset.
  • Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.
  • You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. (Mahatma Gandhi)

I have a friend who sends a Quote Of the Day (QOD) email out to a large group of us. She takes time out of her busy career as a Nurse to provide wisdom and encouragement to each of us. On many occasions I as well as others have had my day changed for the better by her QOD. She does not get paid for this, she does not get recognition for this, she does this because she enjoys encouraging and helping others. She recently sent the seven quotes in one email because she went on vacation for a week and when she returned she wanted to make sure we had our full compliment of QOD’s! What a fabulous gesture from an extraordinary individual!!!

In many ways I find Grass Lake School to be like her QOD’s.  On a daily basis the caring attitudes of students, parents, staff, Board members, and members of the community impress me. Sometimes it is a parent who sends a note acknowledging a teacher for their contribution to their child’s growth, a staff member going out of their way to make sure a student is understood and valued, Board recognition of teaching excellence and dedication of staff, or members of the community who take their time to contribute to the success of GLS. Sometimes it is a student who steps forward to volunteer to help others less fortunate, a parent who pitches in to support the struggling family of a friend of their own child, or a community organization that spearheads an effort to provide clothing, coats, backpacks, or even a gift for Christmas to a child who would not get one otherwise. These situations occur regularly here at Grass Lake School and much like the QOD’s they provide encouragement, respite, and renew our faith in humanity.

These QOD’s and Acts Of Kindness (AOK’s) inspire me to be the best me that I can be. They remind me that even in a world that appears to be dominated by Senate hearings, mudslinging, misinformation and negativity we need not be dirtied.  In the words of Mahatma Gandhi –“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” GLS emulates the best in humanity and we help keep the ocean of humanity clean!!

So thank you for being an inspiration to others, for giving without thought of return, and for making GLS a Great Little School! Let us find new ways to clean the ocean and make this a better place to live!!!

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