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.