Resilience drives Westlake students into the new year!

Resilience. What does it mean to be resilient? For me, it is the ability to strive to find solutions to meet the demands of our top-tier school district. For an athlete, it's taking on adversity head-on and preparing for what comes next on the field of play. For students in the classroom, it could be hours of studying for a test in a difficult subject. How we respond to these situations proves how resilient we can be.

A resilient Westlake student perseveres, adapts during times of adversity or stress, and confronts uncertainty with courage and strength. They show tenacity in pursuing their goals, despite obstacles and challenges they may face.

As we wind down the first semester, students and staff have repeatedly demonstrated their ability to succeed in times of personal or professional difficulty. They've found new ways to learn, evolve, flourish, and achieve remarkable things. I know their grit and strength will carry them through the rest of this school year and beyond.

Taking on this long winter headfirst, we can use this holiday season to join our families, friends, and loved ones to reflect on our past year's experiences. Many of us may be surprised to realize how much we've gone through as individuals, educators, and a community. This upcoming break is the perfect opportunity for you to rest and recharge – ready to take on the new year by storm.

I am so grateful for the resilience I have witnessed in 2022 and the positive example we've set for our students and each other, reminding us all that we have the capacity for incredible things. When we work together to help each be successful, anything is possible. I am very optimistic about what the future holds for Westlake City Schools!

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 24, Posted 11:24 AM, 12.20.2022