This week, we welcome our students back for the start of the 2016-2017 school-year. As has become custom, we begin by announcing our theme for the year – a new tradition that will continue for decades on end. If you recall, my tenure as principal of Banneker High School began one year ago by declaring, “It’s A New Day”. In so doing, the goal was to transmit a new message; to express that Banneker High School was moving in a new direction fueled by the desire to create an improved school experience for our students. Although that work continues, this year, we are squarely focused on reclaiming the pride that has long defined our school community.