Bill Newby

Message from GLS District 36

Superintendent of Schools
Dr. William Newby

October 1, 2021

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

For us at GLS we are excited to be in October! If you remember it was just last October that we had to close for several months as COVID was raging through our communities. We are still wearing masks, but we are all together in school!

October is a month of change. Daily high temperatures go from 66 to 54, leaves change and fall, and the amount of daylight goes from 11 hours and 45 minutes to 10 hours and 22 minutes! This might cause one to look at October as a month of decline, yet this is one of the most beautiful and productive months of the year. Vibrant changes in color, crisp autumn air, and an acknowledgement that the earth begins its latest rebuilding toward next Spring. 

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, and bullying is one area each of us can play a role in changing.  As reported on the 2019 Indicators of School Crime and Safety report, about 20% of students ages 12-18 reported being bullied in 2017. Among students ages 12-18 who reported being bullied during the school year, 15% were bullied online or by text. National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month is a month-long observance to educate and raise awareness about bullying and cyberbullying prevention. Addressing and preventing bullying is something that everyone can do, every day. (Stopbullying.gov)

While we have seen improvement in this area over the past few years, bullying is still a significant problem in schools. Bullying has a long-lasting impact on the victims as well as the bystanders and there are many positive things we can do to help. Below you will find a link to stopbullying.gov with a list of things kids can do to stop bullying. This is followed by several links to videos that can help your children address specific bullying situations and become an upstander instead of a bystander.

https://www.stopbullying.gov/resources/kids

https://www.stopbullying.gov/videos-social-media

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_nYzMgSMc0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StPGbbBBrI0

As the changes of October begin, let it remind us to be the change we want to see in others. Let’s be kind, respect the differences between ourselves and others, seek to understand each other, and work to put an end to any bullying at GLS!!!!

Sincerely,

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