Purpose drives success in life


What motivates us to achieve success? What propels us to be our best selves? How can I reach my goals for the future? All of these questions trace their origin back to discovering a purpose. When you identify your purpose – it becomes easier to reach success and accomplish what you set out to do.

Purpose is a fundamental value of our Portrait of a Lifelong Learner, which Westlake students exemplify daily. A student with purpose at Westlake understands the importance of setting goals and persistently striving toward them. They demonstrate perseverance in every aspect of life and understand that academic success is only one element to becoming their ideal self. With purpose, they can make informed decisions that pave the way for personal fulfillment throughout school and beyond.

The start of the new year and second semester is the perfect time to establish a new purpose personally, academically, or athletically. I am excited to hit the ground running on this new semester – using our past accomplishments to fuel our future endeavors.

As we celebrate School Board Appreciation Month, I would like to thank our hardworking Board of Education for their tireless commitment to providing an exceptional educational experience for all students. Under the leadership of newly elected BOE President Liz Pirnat and Vice President Barb Leszynski, this dedicated team will be essential in steering our school district toward its ambitious goals.

By now, all Westlake families should have received the "Behind the W 2022-2023 Quality Profile." This document displays our resources and services that contribute to a Westlake education and its overall impact on our community. Our students are fortunate to have purpose-driven community support organizations like the PTA Council, Westlake Demons Athletic Boosters, Westlake School Music Boosters, Westlake Alumni Association, and Westlake Educational Foundation that provide additional funding and opportunities beyond the district's traditionally funded programs.

During the upcoming months, I am thrilled to see what new heights our students, staff, and community members can reach. As they work toward their goals, embrace challenges, and strive for success with an optimistic mindset; it is invigorating to witness their passion and tenacity every day. Moreover, these ambitious pursuits lead to individual growth and benefit everyone around them!

Scott Goggin

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

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Volume 15, Issue 1, Posted 9:52 AM, 01.17.2023