My last graduation as superintendent was on Thursday, June 12 and could not have been more appropriate as I end my 40-year career in education. The Adult Basic Education Graduation ceremony was held at Anoka High School. As I sat waiting to give my graduation speech, I thought about the last time I had been on this stage – I was singing “Rockin’ In The Free World,” as part of the Anoka High School Symphonic Rock concert.
Retirements and new career opportunities will result in four Anoka-Hennepin schools getting new principals for the 2014-15 school year.
When Dennis Carlson was studying for his bachelor’s degree in studio art, a nude model his class was sketching stood up, fainted and broke her jaw. It was pandemonium as paramedics draped a sheet over the woman and carried her out of the classroom, he recalls.
Mississippi Elementary School students invited their families to the playing field and to the gymnasium, celebrating movement and game with laughter and energy during the school’s May 29 Family Fun and Fitness Night.
It was a night for proclamations and heartfelt thanks from elected officials, community organizations and even a proclamation from Gov. Mark Dayton June 5. People assembled at the Courtyards of Andover stood in line at the podium to give formal thanks to retiring Superintendent Dennis Carlson for making a difference in the lives of students and the communities served by the Anoka-Hennepin School District.