Scientist Louis Pasteur stated “Chance favors only the prepared mind.”

So, can we can increase our luck by simply being ready for new ideas and insights?

What I’ve learned about increasing one’s luck is it depends how we choose to respond to what life throws at us.

Pasteur was a living example of this philosophy.

  • He failed his first exam to earn his Bachelor of Science diploma.
  • He took an extra year off for study before enrolling into graduate school.
  • He lost two of his children at an early age due to typhoid fever.
  • He suffered a stroke that limited his movement on the left side of his body.

These challenges guided Pasteur’s life to studying epidemiology (he was trained as a chemist). Due to a “lucky accident”, he discovered how a weakened microorganism can be used to vaccinate a person or animal against the very disease the microorganism causes. (Source: Louis Pasteur: Germ Destroyer by Nancy Dickman)

Imagine if Pasteur had become discouraged by these challenges in life, to a point where he would have given up his passion for using science to improve people’s lives. How would our lives be different today? His luck in developing the germ theory of disease was no accident.

Update to Dismissal Time

To help with congestion in the lower parking lot, we will be releasing all students at 3:25pm. Currently, grades K-2 are dismissed at 3:20pm. We anticipate that one release time will speed up the parking lot pick up process and make room for vehicles.

This change will start Monday, April 3.

You can support this process by arriving no earlier than 3:00pm in the lower parking lot.

After School Care Family Survey

Members of the Family Educational Partnership team would like more information about facilitating an after school child care program at the elementary school next year.

Please fill out the linked form below.

Pointer Care After School Program Survey

We will keep you posted as this inquiry progresses.

Summer School 2023 Dates

  • July 10-13
  • July 17-20
  • July 24-27

These sessions run in the mornings only. Stay tuned for more details and registration information.



This is Matt’s 23rd year serving in public education. He started as a 5th and 6th grade teacher as well as an assistant principal, athletic director, and building principal all in Wisconsin Rapids. As an elementary principal with the Mineral Point Unified School District, he enjoys working with students, staff, and families in a collective pursuit of continuous learning. In his spare time, he reads, writes, gardens, and travels to connect with family and friends.