Sense of purpose guides Westlake students

When the clock strikes midnight on Jan. 1, many of us set intentions for the year to come. Whether these are resolutions, personal goals or simply promises we make to ourselves, we commit to improving our lives. 

For Westlake students, the new year marks the second half of the school year and offers the potential for a new beginning. It provides an opportunity to take healthy risks and try something new. It is an excuse to give up old habits and create new ones. It is a chance to approach life with a renewed sense of purpose.

"Purpose" is a pillar of our Portrait of a Lifelong Learner, and one that Westlake students demonstrate time and again, year after year. A Westlake student with Purpose commits to future goals and pursues them continuously. They display determination in all aspects of life, not just at school. They make decisions that help them achieve self-fulfillment and recognize that while academic success is important, it’s only part of the formula for becoming the best version of themselves. 

Our Board of Education, teachers and community members have also maintained a sense of Purpose this year as they navigated the many challenges that came with serving our district in uncertain times. They were steadfastly committed to providing guidance and stability at a time we needed it most. We are endlessly grateful for their contributions.

Our Westlake family has approached this school year with a level of determination that I know will carry us through the rest of the year. We have been intentional, focused and ready to put in the work required of us. As a result, we have thrived. 

While the changing of the calendar offers an opportunity to reset and reframe our aspirations for the year ahead, I am proud to say that we at Westlake have been purposeful from the start. Any improvements made will only serve to enhance the admirable qualities that are already inherent within everyone who calls this district home. 

Over the next few months, I look forward to seeing all the ways our students, staff and community members pursue their ambitions and make choices that not only lead to their own personal growth, but also the growth of others. I remain inspired by the perseverance I witness each day and the willingness to confront all of life’s challenges with a strong resolve and an eye toward the future.

Scott Goggin

Dr. Scott Goggin is the superintendent of Westlake City Schools. He can be reached by email at

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Volume 14, Issue 2, Posted 10:13 AM, 01.18.2022