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Last choir concert eva 

Posted Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 07:02 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music,Schools at 7:02 PM

MK with the Abba to close out her high school choir career (and she lettered!)

Last concert of the year

Posted Friday, May 26th, 2017 11:18 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music,Schools at 11:18 AM

MK playing baritone over on the right

Nerdfest 

Posted Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 08:28 pm GMT -5 in Family,Schools at 8:28 PM

MK wins another academic letter award from EVHS

Ray Lewis on the attack

Posted Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 04:26 pm GMT -5 in Family,Schools,Sports at 4:26 PM

Finally got to see MK play lax (final game of the year), Shakopee South

My lunch visitor

Posted Thursday, May 4th, 2017 10:13 pm GMT -5 in Family,Schools at 10:13 PM

SK took a study break at my office 

Choo-choo bonus

Posted Monday, April 17th, 2017 02:01 pm GMT -5 in Food,Schools at 2:01 PM

Took the train for lunch @ Cane’s U of M location

Fun stuff at Shattucks

Posted Saturday, April 15th, 2017 05:26 pm GMT -5 in History,Hockey,Schools at 5:26 PM

Crosby, Toews and a midget Zach Parise

Almost time to dance

Posted Monday, April 3rd, 2017 05:28 pm GMT -5 in Schools,Sports,Work at 5:28 PM

Gonzaga vs. North Carolina @ 6pm local

We are all from Spokane

Posted Saturday, April 1st, 2017 07:00 pm GMT -5 in Schools,Sports,Travel,Work at 7:00 PM

I do have a dog in this fight

End of the Road

Posted Thursday, March 30th, 2017 10:31 pm GMT -5 in Schools,Sports at 10:31 PM

And we’re not talking WELY

Ireland-bound 🇮🇪 

Posted Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 07:01 am GMT -5 in Family,Music,Schools,Travel at 7:01 AM

Spring break band trip to the old country for MK

Lunch with the scholar

Posted Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 04:14 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Schools at 4:14 PM

Kid one @ Sea Change

The Spring ’17 Choir

Posted Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 06:56 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music,Schools at 6:56 AM

MK didn’t think so, but they sounded great

Another solid EVHS concert

Posted Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 04:00 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music,Schools at 4:00 PM

Go, baritones, go

Back when I was smart

Posted Monday, February 6th, 2017 01:32 pm GMT -5 in History,Schools at 1:32 PM

Inaugural St. Paul Central High School Honor Society, 1986

Kid crafts

Posted Monday, January 2nd, 2017 03:59 pm GMT -5 in Art,Schools at 3:59 PM

From ancient times – grade school at Linwood?

The 2016 Winter Concert

Posted Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 09:01 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Holidays,Music,Schools at 9:01 AM

MK @ EVHS Choir

Wednesday at the Barn

Posted Wednesday, November 16th, 2016 07:44 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Schools,Sports at 7:44 PM

Gophers vs. The Mount

Super salty bowler

Posted Saturday, November 5th, 2016 03:48 pm GMT -5 in Family,Schools,Sports at 3:48 PM

No phone makes MK something, something

Another historic moment

Posted Monday, October 31st, 2016 07:57 am GMT -5 in Schools,Sports,Work at 7:57 AM

First MSHSL state championship game in the stadium (soccer semi between Andover & Stillwater)

The Fall Concert 2016

Posted Thursday, October 27th, 2016 08:41 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music,Schools at 8:41 PM

Eastview High School Symphonic Band

Fall Choir @ EVHS

Posted Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 06:59 am GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music,Schools at 6:59 AM

Kid two all fancy-like

Is there a doctor in the house?

Posted Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 03:43 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Schools at 3:43 PM

Dr. Rossi and his crew from Rochester STEM Academy

Homecoming 2016

Posted Saturday, September 24th, 2016 11:25 pm GMT -5 in Family,Schools at 11:25 PM

Prince and Princess @ EVHS

Eastview Royalty

Posted Monday, September 19th, 2016 09:27 am GMT -5 in Family,Friends,Schools at 9:27 AM

MK and Abe

Bowler (thug) life

Posted Saturday, September 17th, 2016 01:19 pm GMT -5 in Family,Schools,Sports at 1:19 PM

MK @ Mattie’s South St. Paul

Only two more left

Posted Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 08:20 am GMT -5 in Family,Schools at 8:20 AM

First Day of School 2016

SES Class of 2016

Posted Saturday, June 11th, 2016 09:25 am GMT -5 in Family,Schools at 9:25 AM

It’s not everyday one of your kids graduates from high school. It’s even rarer that the commencement ceremony happens in a zoo (with bare feet). Then again the School of Environmental Studies isn’t your typical high school.

I’m happy to report that kid one officially made it on June 2, 2016. We held a party to celebrate the following night over at Trapp Farm Park in Eagan. So proud of my beautiful, creative, talented, artistic, outspoken, expressive and kind daughter.

Sasharocks, indeed

Posted Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 11:49 pm GMT -5 in Family,Schools at 11:49 PM

So proud of SK 😎💯 ❤️

Freshman choir finale

Posted Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 06:21 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music,Schools at 6:21 PM

Freshman Select @ EVHS – Seasons of Love

Grad party preview

Posted Monday, May 30th, 2016 08:51 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Photography,Schools at 8:51 PM

Sneak peek of the decorations 

The Scholar

Posted Thursday, May 26th, 2016 10:07 am GMT -5 in Family,Schools at 10:07 AM

Eastview Academic Excellence Awards

Senior Forum @ SES

Posted Monday, May 16th, 2016 09:24 pm GMT -5 in Family,Schools at 9:24 PM

SK rocked it – so proud of her ❤️

Schools two and three

Posted Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 12:59 pm GMT -5 in History,Schools at 12:59 PM

Randolph Heights and Ramsey Junior High, St. Paul

Klas University 

Posted Saturday, April 16th, 2016 04:54 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Schools at 4:54 PM

They are everywhere

Scoping out the Hamline art scene

Posted Saturday, April 16th, 2016 04:51 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Schools at 4:51 PM

SK in the art department, St. Paul

Paging Dr. Dewey

Posted Monday, March 14th, 2016 08:46 pm GMT -5 in History,Schools at 8:46 PM

The very first Eastview principal (1997)

Sing, sweet nightingale 

Posted Monday, March 14th, 2016 08:45 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music,Schools at 8:45 PM

MK @ her beautiful choir concert

A Future Piper?

Posted Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 06:32 pm GMT -5 in Family,Schools at 6:32 PM

Admissions Night @ Hamline with SK

Keep the Gatorade off the phones

Posted Sunday, December 20th, 2015 05:00 pm GMT -5 in Football,Schools,Sports,Technology at 5:00 PM

Surface carts at TCF Bank Stadium

Hey, I know those guys!

Posted Sunday, December 20th, 2015 04:58 pm GMT -5 in Football,Friends,Schools,Sports at 4:58 PM

The Bob and Sandy Klas section of TCF Bank Stadium

The view from campus

Posted Sunday, December 20th, 2015 04:57 pm GMT -5 in Schools,Sports,Work at 4:57 PM

U.S. Bank Stadium from the U of M

Looking good, Goldy

Posted Sunday, December 20th, 2015 04:54 pm GMT -5 in Schools at 4:54 PM

Coffman Union, University of Minnesota 

Look! It’s a Monday school concert

Posted Monday, November 2nd, 2015 07:11 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music,Schools at 7:11 PM

So happy to be back for MK

Two big firsts

Posted Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 07:34 am GMT -5 in Family,Schools at 7:34 AM

First day of high school and first day of senior year

Senior pics have arrived

Posted Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 08:59 am GMT -5 in Family,Schools at 8:59 AM

SK senior pictures, Walker Sculpture Garden, Minneapolis – July 18, 2015

Poker the MIT Way

Posted Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 11:46 am GMT -5 in Casinos,Links,Schools at 11:46 AM

http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/sloan-school-of-management/15-s50-poker-theory-and-analytics-january-iap-2015/index.htm

Congrats graduates!

Posted Saturday, June 13th, 2015 07:11 pm GMT -5 in Friends,Schools at 7:11 PM

SM on his way to Iowa

Panther Pride

Posted Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 07:41 am GMT -5 in Family,Schools at 7:41 AM

So proud of MK – Presidential Academic Fitness Award, BHMS

Magical Moments 2015

Posted Friday, April 17th, 2015 10:59 am GMT -5 in Family,Schools at 10:59 AM

SK and her speech team (photo courtesy of Tammy Lough)

Journal Moose

Posted Sunday, March 15th, 2015 09:19 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Schools at 9:19 PM

SK and her awesome school journal

Broke to Finals

Posted Saturday, March 14th, 2015 02:44 pm GMT -5 in Family,Schools at 2:44 PM

SK during her performance @ EHS

School volunteer day

Posted Saturday, March 14th, 2015 01:32 pm GMT -5 in Schools at 1:32 PM

Wildcat Speech Tournament Info Desk, DHMS/EHS

It’s Meltin’ Time

Posted Friday, March 6th, 2015 02:13 pm GMT -5 in Schools,Weather at 2:13 PM

BHMS, Eagan

Some Assembly Required

Posted Thursday, February 26th, 2015 01:26 pm GMT -5 in Schools,Technology at 1:26 PM

3D Printer @ Hibbing Community College

I’ll take the chicken parm

Posted Thursday, February 26th, 2015 01:25 pm GMT -5 in Food,Schools at 1:25 PM

Free lunch at the college, Technology Advisory Council

Badger van down by the river

Posted Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 09:23 pm GMT -5 in Links,Pop Culture,Schools,Video at 9:23 PM

Our own little songbird

Posted Friday, February 6th, 2015 05:18 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Family,Music,Schools at 5:18 PM

Christine McVie’s got nothing on MK

Ka-Chow!

Posted Friday, February 6th, 2015 05:17 pm GMT -5 in Schools at 5:17 PM

Future home of MK

Boundaries of the State

Posted Friday, December 5th, 2014 04:15 pm GMT -5 in History,Schools at 4:15 PM

University of Wisconsin system map from 1951

Badger Spirit

Posted Friday, December 5th, 2014 04:13 pm GMT -5 in History,Schools,Sports at 4:13 PM

A much smaller Camp Randall Stadium (with a view of the capital)

Welcome to 1951

Posted Friday, December 5th, 2014 04:12 pm GMT -5 in History,Schools at 4:12 PM

University of Wisconsin Welcome Guide from 1951

Not 2007

Posted Friday, December 5th, 2014 04:11 pm GMT -5 in History,Schools at 4:11 PM

WARF Founder Harry Steenbock, Class of 1907

School conference book sale

Posted Thursday, November 6th, 2014 09:43 pm GMT -5 in Family,Reading,Schools at 9:43 PM

Dewey is awesome (and apparently has nine lives)

MK at Arlington National Cemetery

Posted Monday, October 27th, 2014 08:30 pm GMT -5 in Family,Schools,Travel at 8:30 PM

Wreath presentation at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Minor freak out

Posted Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 10:58 am GMT -5 in Schools,Weather at 10:58 AM

“Snow” from the HCC hockey rink

A History of Education

Posted Monday, October 13th, 2014 05:00 pm GMT -5 in History,Personal,Schools at 5:00 PM

There has been a lot of talk recently about the value of higher education, which made me think about my particular path (which I’m still paying for, by the way). I’ve also seen some people talking about GPA and SAT scores on job applications – even for “experienced” workers like me. I haven’t tracked down my SAT or GMAT results, but I did recently finish a transcript quest.

My high school in St. Paul only charged $5 for this service, but the transcript arrived without info for tenth grade. I contacted the district data office and the helpful person there was able to retrieve everything from microfiche (yes, I am that old now). The best part was that new document also included grades seven and eight, so I now have results for every graded class I’ve ever taken. You can take a look at all this schoolin’ on this page or formatted all pretty like on this PDF.

Overall, I must say I’m a little overwhelmed at just how many classes I took over the years. I’m also relatively proud of my GPA at each school – ranging from a high of 3.8 at Ramsey Junior High to an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 for my BBA degree (3.5 at UND and 2.8 at UW-Madison). The 3.4 for my Carlson MBA probably could’ve been higher, but I was also working full-time while I took those classes at night. My high school didn’t do honors ranking for GPA when I was there, so that 3.7 likely would’ve been different on a 5.0 scale.

Was it worth it? Definitely. I might pick different areas of study if I had to do it all over again, but I wouldn’t be where I am today without all of those great teachers and centers of learning. People often ask me how I know how to do the things I do and this coursework summary is a huge part of it. Wonderful educators like Sandy Fox, Richard Demers, Randy Dunham and Robert Hansen made learning fun and interesting. I can’t thank them enough.

I once toyed with the notion of pursuing a PhD in educational technology, but I think I’m done with formal coursework. I still love learning new things, though, usually spending an hour a day reading about trends, following industry news or watching video tutorials. I also like to occasionally pick out a new challenge and find web development code examples or learn how to use iPhones and iPads in new ways. Many of those projects end up on this site too (still hoping to add a video post type soon).

Long live the scholars!

Nice desk, kiddo

Posted Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 08:26 pm GMT -5 in Family,Schools at 8:26 PM

SK workspace @ SES

The snake’s new home

Posted Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 08:24 pm GMT -5 in Pets,Schools at 8:24 PM

Iggy @ Rose House

Hallway Art

Posted Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 08:22 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Schools at 8:22 PM

SK @ SES

 

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