I know that feeling, Dawn. At my first school, the prince believed that the kids wouldn't work at home so we should allow them time to work in class if we expected anything from them. Additionally, due dates were pointless as he thought we should accept work whenever the kids felt like handing it in. Trying to instill a little work ethic in those kids was like pulling teeth from a cobra's mouth.
In my new school, I was so thrilled to find that the kids did their work because it was expected of them from every aspect of the school and home. I felt like I was in heaven and was astounded when I entered the staff room and found the teachers talking about how lazy the kids were because a few of them didn't do their homework, or a couple weren't paying attention during the lesson. I quickly realized that the reason my kids were so wonderful was because the standard was so high that a majority of them rose to it. My worst students at my present school are better than my best at the old school.
It's an amazing difference and you are in for a treat of a year (it seems). Remember that you have to adopt the same attitude that you see in your colleagues to keep from spoiling the kids you have now!