Bill Newby

Message from GLS District 36

Superintendent of Schools
Dr. William Newby

March 2, 2018

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

"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless."

~ Mother Theresa


As one person I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person."

~ Paul Shane Spear


Our children are growing up in a world of fear, uncertainty, and chaos.  The news is toxic and filled with a conglomeration of sensationalism, fake news, alternative facts and negativity.  As a parent and educator I sometimes have a real feeling of frustration and helplessness.  What can “I” do to fix this problem? 


The quotes found at the top of the page epitomize two truths that when put together capture the essence of what each of us can do to counteract the negativity that pervades our daily news and daily lives. Be kind! Seek to build up and support others.  Model by example and lead our children in making this a kinder world by equipping them with the emotional tools to meet their own needs and the needs of others. By doing this we can change the entire world one person at a time!  


So, let us start this avalanche of kindness by committing to being purposeful about modeling kindness and building up others for the next 30 days.  Let us show our children and the world that with enough single acts of kindness we can change the face of our nation and make this a better, gentler, and safer world!


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