Bill Newby

Message from GLS District 36

Superintendent of Schools
Dr. William Newby

February 1, 2019

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



Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.


Author: Aristotle

Source: The Forbes Book of Business Quotations : 14,266 Thoughts on the Business of Life


This quote is beautiful, powerful, simple, and true, all that in 45 words.  What I enjoy most about this quote is that there are no preconditions.  You do not have to be male, female, college educated, old, young, or any other such label to achieve excellence.  Everyone can achieve excellence all you need is to learn how to act rightly, and then act rightly repeatedly. How simple!!! Sometimes when the world is spinning at over 1000 miles per hour life becomes a blur.  We think, excellence?!  I just want to survive today!!! What I realized when I read this quote was unless we set aside time each day to purposefully reflect on what we have done rightly or wrongly we are unable to repeat what we did rightly or even identify how to correct what we did not do rightly.  So, if you are racing through each day struggling to maintain mediocrity and want to achieve excellence, take some time to look at what you’ve done, learn how to do it rightly, and repeat!   


I hope this message provides inspiration to achieve excellence. In addition, I want to provide some emotional encouragement in the cold darkness of winter.  As we move from a bitter cold and snowy January remember, that February is the shortest month of the year, the daytime is getting longer every day, and spring is only 46 days away! 


Let’s encourage each other and hang in there for the next 46 days!!!


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