If you are bored and have free time after mowing the spring grass, I invite you to visit the activities occurring at all grade levels within the district. Concerts, musicals, contests, and athletics fill nearly every day of the calendar. My favorites are the events that showcase student work and I am always in awe of the amazing products Willard students generate.
The focus on the final product obscures the Failure side of success. The many hours spent by a vocalist or instrumentalist to make the musical score sound "just right", or the re-writes of a literary piece to accurately convey the feeling or intent of the writer, and the "whiffs" at the plate in baseball practice to train the eye & brain to be able to pick up on a curve ball for a base hit.
I frequently see Willard students USE failure experiences as a learning opportunity for improvement, but as parents, it can be difficult to observe a child failing. The hours of repeated practice away from school can stretch any family dynamic at times (humor), but when your child is "spot on" with their performance, the practices seem to fade from memory.
These mini sessions of tough times are valuable for students, and if used positively, they are an excellent habit of mind for adult success. As we cherish and celebrate the academic, artistic, and athletic products Willard students exhibit, be reminded of the countless hours of learning failures often necessary to create an incredible final success.
Have a great weekend,
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Snow Make-Up Days
Due to the weather related school closings School will now be in session these days:
Monday, April 6
Thursday, May 21
Friday, May 22
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