As a teacher, I’ve never understood why the New Year begins in the middle of winter. September is the true start of the year. At least it should be. The air is crisp, the kids are fresh, and all the markers have the correct caps on them (this last item is particularly important!)

In my ten years at my current school, not much has changed (except the principal, my art room, and the entire student body). Over the centuries, however, the school has gone through a few looks. For last year’s yearbook cover I showed Ashburton Elementary through the ages: