Tuesday was our opening day faculty meetings. Each administrator spoke, and we had a lovely day and a lot of laughs. But one of them-- I'm embarassed to admit I forget which one-- used a phrase I've never thought about before. He said that the enthusiasm that makes our school such a wonderful place to be has to be "caught, not taught." That he could find lots of other teachers with the Masters Degrees we have, but that they wouldn't make the school a success the way we do-- it's not just about what's on our resume, it's about who we are. It's about our love for learning and our love for teaching and our love for kids. It's contagious, and it's our job each year to renew that enthusiasm and make sure the kids catch it. I thought it was a wonderful perspective with which to begin a new year.