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August 31, 2017

My August tour ended in Riverside, close to Hemet, where it began.  I spent a really fun day with students and staff at Riverside Poly High School on the day before their official school year began.  That being said, I applaud the 60 or so leadership students who showe...

August 31, 2017

It is sort of on the edge of Riverside and San Diego Counties, but Temescal Valley High School has a vibe all its own.  The Titans sit on a hill in a beautiful facility with a pretty large population, in the 2000s. For the first week, they were pretty relaxed, even tho...

August 31, 2017

The How Many Wins Tour pulled into the La Habra Community Center on August 17th to meet the entire district staff in a morning breakfast where they kicked - off their 2017-18 school year.  What happened next is a blur but can be described as a total role reversal. For...

August 30, 2017

I actually did double duty on Wednesday, August 16th and spent the afternoon with the staff of Vista Murrieta High School, just up the road from the morning's student assemblies.  Pressure was on again as teachers had a strict time window and I would be speaking while...

August 24, 2017

For the second time in two weeks, I was pleasantly surprised.  To be honest, teenage students are a tough crowd and pretty unforgiving.  I am an expert on this having spent twenty years  in a high school setting.  When I saw that I had a few August jobs of high school...

August 21, 2017

I am going to be completely honest; I have not spent enough time in Bakersfield.  Living in Fresno, Bake-town has been my stop for more highway meals than any city in my existence. Still, I have rarely hung out there and met the people.  Tuesday, August 15th was my sec...

August 16, 2017

I grew up in the 70's when Fresno television was inundated with a local car dealer inviting us to Come to Kerman!  Little did I know how smart that guy was as, some 40 years later, I took the visit and was blown away by my new friends at Kerman Middle School.  I learne...

August 11, 2017

In the last three weeks I have been from Fresno to Scottsdale and down to Palm Springs area. I haven't seen a day in many weeks with a temperature lower than 105 degrees.  So, I was a little conscious of the weather when I drove with my partner/son Jared to Hemet CA on...

August 10, 2017

I must confess, my Sacramento leg of the fall tour held a lot of personal wins for me.  First, got to visit with some really good friends from my high school days.  Enjoyed having dinner with my friend Tracy who told me some high secrets I never knew.  Awesome evening....