It is the end of the first week of the 2017 – 2018 school year and I have said the phrase “welcome back” a few hundred times. Saying, “welcome back” is my way of expressing that I am truly happy to see everyone and an acknowledgment of our students’ return from summer break. However, it might be better if I simply said, “welcome!” The word “welcome,” means something slightly different than “welcome back” since it conveys a sense of what is truly in my heart – an expression of my desire for everyone who attends our school district to feel welcomed. The greeting of “welcome” is an assurance that we make to another person to make him/her feel emotionally and physically safe. It is a powerful word in that sense… Continue reading Dr. Pritchard’s blog post, Welcome to the 2017-18 School Year!