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On the Eve of the School Year

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While Labor Day is often seen as the unofficial end of summer around the country, in Michigan this holds especially true – the first day of public school is typically the following Tuesday. And this is going to be one heck of a year.

My job has changed. In the past, I’ve split time between four elementary schools, working on a flexible schedule. This year I’ll be at one school, with a more fixed day. I’m thrilled with the change and also a bit nervous. But even though I’ll be up every hour on the hour tonight, I can’t wait to get started.

Have a great school year everyone.

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz says:

    How nice that you will be at one school this year! Best wishes for a great school year, Travis!

  2. Dina says:

    As a woman who is married to a very happy teacher, it’s the same in our house every year! He walks the floors the night before the first day of school and runs on pure adrenaline the first week. Great teachers don’t start the year with dread, but with enthusiasm! Have a WONDERFUL year and congrats on your regular schedule!

  3. Ha! Love it! That’s definitely a teacher’s night before the first day of school! Good luck!

  4. Pragmaticmom says:

    We start on Tuesday (tomorrow) too! My kids have been up late last night so I am nervous about everyone getting up on time. Hope your first day is wonderful Travis! Congrats on your new position!

  5. Beth Shaum says:

    Congrats on only being in one school this year. I bet Niki is especially happy. :)

    Here’s to a great school year and good luck with all your Caldecott reading! I’m really starting to get invested in the Caldecott winner this year. So many amazing picture books have suddenly started popping up.

  6. Sounds like you’re in for a wonderful year! Sleep well :)

  7. Rachael says:

    I hope your day is off to a great start, and congratulations on the change!

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