The Secret to Success

Contrary to popular belief, the secret to getting a golf ball to fly farther is not using a better club, hitting it harder, or even cursing (I’ve tried all three). A golf ball’s distance of flight is tied directly to the dimples on the ball. I had always assumed that the dimples were for decoration, but I discovered recently that they are purposely crafted to allow the ball lift and better aerodynamic performance.  A smooth golf ball hit by a professional golfer would travel only about half as far as one with dimples, according to Scientific American. The average golf ball has anywhere from 300-500 dimples to help it achieve the desired results. So, the secret to success is not a perfect sphere, but rather the imperfections that help it ride the wind.

Just as the dimples in the golf ball help it fly farther, so do our imperfections and flaws help us soar higher. It’s through our mistakes, our failures, and our losses that we gain perspective, humility, and sense of resiliency that helps us succeed and overcome obstacles. It’s the well worn and dimpled golf ball, not the perfect sphere that travels the farthest.

As educators, we can share this example with our students when they think they aren’t perfect enough or are discouraged by their “dimples”. It’s the ability to use our imperfections to help us ride the wind and travel farther than we ever thought we could. Smooth, perfect and unblemished may look good, but it’s the dents and dimples that make the magic happen!




“I know I’m getting better at golf, because I am hitting fewer spectators.” – Gerald R. Ford

“Golf is a game in which you yell ‘fore,’ shoot six, and write down five.” – Paul Harvey

“I have a tip that can take five strokes off anyone’s golf game. It’s called an eraser.” – Arnold Palmer



  • Monday, September 23 – Friday, September 27: Scholastic Book Fair
  • Monday, September 23: Celebrate Monday Assembly 9:05 AM, ELA Performance Task Window Opens
  • Tuesday, September 24: Achievement Team (Gruenewald) 8:15 AM, Literacy Night 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Wednesday, September 25: Lock Down Drill 9:30 AM, Elementary Principals Meeting 1:00-4:30 PM
  • Thursday, September 26: No Staff Meeting Jon at MEMSPA
  • Friday, September 27: F&P Testing Ends, Jon at MEMSPA


  • Monday, September 30: Student of the Month Assembly (Respect) 9:05 AM
  • Tuesday, October 1: REED (Hochkins) 8:15 AM
  • Wednesday, October 2: All Administrative Meeting 3:00 PM
  • Thursday, October 3: Staff Meeting (Review Growth Plans & Focus Areas) 8:05 AM, Fire Drill 3:20 PM
  • Friday, October 4: FUN RUN K-2 in AM, 3/4 in PM, ELA Performance Task Window Closes


  • Monday, October 7: Celebrate Monday Assembly 9:05 AM
  • Tuesday, October 8: F&P/iReady/ELB due in Student Profile Document, PTA Skate Night 6:00-8:00 PM
  • Thursday, October 10: PLC 7:50-8:50 AM (Data Review- Looking at Performance Task Data), DATA DIVES (Rotating Subs), PTA 7:00 PM

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