Here we are, the staff for the Burlington School District’s two alternative programs, ready for the start of the 2014-2015 school year. We are making it a tradition now to pose for a staff photo every year because it’s part of forming stronger connections with each other–which always helps us work better with the students. As we got together for coffee and breakfast this morning to catch up on our various summer activities, we were refreshed and eager to chit-chat. This is my 18th time now starting a school year at this building and it always surprises me how quickly and easily we all fall back into our normal routines after a summer break. I’m looking forward to some intense conversations about program changes as we fine tune our expectations and train our new staff.