There is a popular commercial, which frequents primetime television, advertising a specific automobile. The advertising agency researched all the great ideas that began from humble beginnings in the family garage, overcame the odds and became the mega-corporations. Highstock value organizations such as Amazon (1994), Apple (1976), Google (1998), Mattel (1945), along with others began in the most modest places...the garage. The band "The Ramone's" did not start in a garage as indicated by the commercial; they began in John Cummings apartment, but it is close enough. The message of the advertisement is simple, people with a dream, passion, and a garage have rose to the highest levels of the American Dream.
Using the analogy of the commercial, Willard is a small town, with a small school in comparison to all schools in the U.S. We, as a collaborative team of parents, community, and school with small humble beginnings have had significant people leave our little "garage" and achieve great things. Individuals such as Vernon (Tom) Williams (Class of '67) left Willard and became the Commander of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. Mark Kirk (Class of 72) with his leadership in Biomedical Research, Kathy Staley (Class of '71) is a top executive in Gannet News Service, and Jeff Baker (Class of '82) left Willard and began his investment & finance career on Wall Street. Willard has had many great people leaving our humble "garage" and making a difference. Great things and great people do come from small places. I am looking forward to the next group graduating from our "garage" and who will head out to be world changers.
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Willard Seniors Selected for
State Academic Honor
Senior Danielle Sanger and McKayleigh Andrus have been selected "Honorable Mention" students in the 2014 Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that honors 100 of Missouri's top academic students. Missouri Scholars 100 is a program sponsored by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals.
Middle School Sinkhole Update
The leaking pipe in the sink hole has been repaired and the hole filled back with rock according to the geotech engineers instructions. The gravel in the hole will be allowed to settle for a while before the asphalt is repaired later this summer. Thanks to the MS admin, staff, & parents for your patience during the repair process.
Speech & Debate Students
Qualify for Nationals
Recently the Speech and Debate Team went to Student Congress Districts which was their last qualifying tournament for Nationals this summer. Willard now has a record four events going to compete in Kansas City this summer at Nationals! Great Job! Read more...
Best Community For Music
For the 6th time Willard has been recognized by the NAMM Foundation as being among the Best Communities for Music education (BCME) in the United States. The BCME program applauds outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of the core curriculum. Read more.
Check out Springfield News-Leader article "Willard Cements its Reputation for Music Excellence." http://t.co/PR4QbsnDvY
by State Association
Superintendent, Dr. Kent Medlin, was among
seven Missouri superintendents nominated this year for the
prestigious Robert L. Pearce Award which is presented annually
by the Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA). He was nominated for the honor by his colleagues in the Southwest MASA District. more
Bond Issue Survey Results
Results of the Willard Schools Community Input Survey for Proposed Bond Projects were reported to the Board of Education in their February meeting. The board had requested the survey as an additional opportunity for patrons to give input on a possible bond election this fall. more
Snow Make-Up Days Updated
Monday, January 20 - Students attend full day
Friday, February 14 - Students attend 1/2 day
Monday, February 17 - Students attend full day
Friday, April 18 - Students attend full day
Monday, April 21 - Students attend full day
Thursday, May 22 - Students attend full day
Friday, May 23 - Students attend full day
Tuesday, May 27 - Students attend full day
Wednesday, May 28 - Students attend half day **
** The last day of school will be a half day for students. If additional snow make-up days are needed & May 28 is NOT the last day of school, then it will be changed to a full day for students.
*** The tentative Saturday, March 29, make-up day has been cancelled.