In NY, Labor Day is New Year’s Eve for families and for teachers. It’s the anticipation of a fresh start, the excitement of sharpened pencils. Every student starts the new academic year with an A average; every teacher starts the new year with a repertoire of innovations and insights to see to it that every pupil sustains those A averages.
The great gifts of summer vacation–perspective and rest and vision–make all things possible by Labor Day. Like the rings that age trees, lessons of past years measure growth and become part of who we are. We–students and teachers alike– begin anew, ardently focused on making the ring that will mark this year the richest, widest ever.
So for all those heading back to school this week and next, best wishes for a happy, healthy and productive new year. There are exciting adventures to be written on the as-yet-blank pages of those spiral notebooks.
Happy New Year!