The pencils are sharpened (their erasers intact), crayons are whole, iPads & Chromebooks are charged, and the floors are waxed so glossy you can see your reflection.  Doors beckon students with inviting displays.  There may not be a shimmering ball dropping in Times Square, but for me, the beginning of a new academic year feels just as momentous.  I anticipate a new cycle of exciting discoveries, collaboration, and learning.  Join me on the journey.