Bill Newby

Message from GLS District 36

Superintendent of Schools
Dr. William Newby

December 1, 2017

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


Tomorrow I will have officially completed my second month as your superintendent.  I have been thoroughly delighted by the warm welcome, frank discussions, and the passion and dedication for our students demonstrated by all stakeholders.  Clearly, I have much to learn about this District but I already feel at home with you! 


Abraham Lincoln said “Upon the subject of education… I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as people may be engaged in.”  Mr. Lincoln wrote this 150 years ago and this statement is probably truer today.  We live in a global society and the educational demands placed on students and educational institutions are greater than ever.  One of the many good things about Grass Lake School is that it still has the feel of a “School House.”  Everyone knows everyone else and deep and meaningful relationships are built between students, teachers, families, and the community. I want to encourage all of you to become involved in the education of our students and be a part of “the most important subject which we as people may be engaged in.”   Join our GLS family on this most important quest by volunteering, providing expertise, attending events at school, providing feedback, or just encouraging parents, students, and staff as we all work to meet the challenges of 21st century education. 


While December is a short month in days of attendance, it is a month that overflows with opportunities to support and participate with students as they showcase their talents and sometimes just have fun. December 9, 2017 Santa’s breakfast will be held at the Antioch Township Center from 8 A.M. until 11 A.M..  In addition the fifth grade and junior high bands will play and the junior high choir will sing.  I wanted to mention this event specifically because it is traditionally held at Grass Lake School but due to construction we had to move it to the Antioch Township Center.  Please check the District website for the complete calendar of events including the Winter dance that will be held tonight from 7 – 9 P.M..


Since my next newsletter will be coming in 2018 I wanted to encourage each of us to take the time during the holiday break to enjoy one another, take a well deserved rest from the frantic pace of life, and look forward to the optimism and freshness that comes with a New Year.  May your families be blessed with good health, prosperity, and happiness in 2018!!! 


Happy Holidays!!!

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