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Winner winner chicken dinner

A very strange and rain-soaked tennis season ended with the SVHS boys winning, well, everything, and I gotta tell you, I kinda like it. http://www.sonomanews.com/sports/8278981-181/sonoma-takes-scl-singles-doubles?artslide=10   Sure it’s about the journey and all that crap but really, it feels good to win. I walked around the plaza the other day [...]

By | May 8th, 2018|2 Comments

Everything was a new idea once

“Walk out of a meeting or drop off a call as soon as it is obvious you aren’t adding value. It is not rude to leave, it is rude to make someone stay and waste their time.”  Elon Musk has it right; I wish others felt the same way. I’m [...]

By | May 1st, 2018|3 Comments

The Virtual Reality of Gun Control

I really should be down in the cave at Nicholson Ranch schmoozing with my 12 wine tour clients but I’d rather be reading. I really should be working on my platform for administrative interview questions but I’d rather be reading. I really should be sketching by the lake but I’d [...]

By | April 13th, 2018|1 Comment

Entitled and Aware

4:30 am on a Friday morning and I’m actually the third person up in the house. Daughter and wife just left for the high school to pick up a few other students and catch a flight to Washington.   My big concern is what to wear to the Frank and [...]

By | March 30th, 2018|3 Comments

Our school makes all the signs for Sonoma International Film Festival

The head of curriculum is in my art room and I can see she has some concerns. It’s Thursday morning, a week before SIFF 2018 and controlled chaos would be a good description of the scene. There is a painting station outside under the overhang with three students, a second [...]

By | March 19th, 2018|2 Comments

Four years as SVHS Principal is all I need…

Four years is all I need Four years to prove that student-centered learning is what it’s all about. I’m using the Rahm Emanuel/Arnie Duncan model from Chicago. From crap to well, better. Progress not perfection. Four years to completely turn SVHS around. And it won’t be pretty, think Balboa High [...]

By | March 15th, 2018|14 Comments

Feed the Monkey Sugar – Why Teachers Don’t Ski Austria

 Part 1, The beginning of the story.   When one starts going back, one realizes one must go further then further then further cause that’s what life is-a bunch of interlocked blocks, together making a house or a big pile of messy blocks depending on how your life turns out. [...]

By | March 12th, 2018|4 Comments

Celebrate the Joyces in your life

Let’s go with Resting Bro Face (my student Amanda just suggested, Resting Angry Walter Face) instead of that other RBF acronym. I can see my reflection in the screen of my laptop and it’s not pretty. Paradise is a little tainted these days, immigration, gun reform, school district mayhem, and [...]

By | March 8th, 2018|2 Comments

Life is an adventure. Live accordingly – I am heading to Austria

The ants, I vividly still remember the ants. My buddies had taken their shirts off thinking that would improve the chances of me going into shock. 11:00 at night and the four of them were propping me up on an ant-filled grassy knoll in Salzburg Austria. We had just left [...]

By | March 5th, 2018|1 Comment

Arming teachers or not

The turret was a little much but why not? The NRA and department of defense had already funded glock 19s for each teacher plus AKs for the school entrance and principals office but I wanted to be really extra safe so I installed the turret. There is an elevator in [...]

By | February 23rd, 2018|2 Comments