November 9, 2018
We are so excited about the Referendum Vote passing for Saint Paul Public Schools. I look forward to sharing updates related to the initiatives these funds will support.
Next week we welcome families to Parent-Teacher Conferences. Thank you to our LMAP PTA for sponsoring the meals for our teachers on the two evening events. As a reminder, our middle school teachers in grades six through eight have professional development on Friday, November 16th. Please prioritize meeting with them on Tuesday or Thursday evening or feel free to make an appointment with an individual teacher.
Students in first, fifth, and sixth grades are participating in art residencies. First graders are working with guest artist Karla Nweje, who is teaching them about the history of African-American dance from West African forms to contemporary modern dance. Sixth graders are exploring the concept of culture: What is culture? What is your culture? To how many cultures do we belong? Guest artist Wing Young Huie is leading our sixth graders through this exploration by using photography to illustrate culture and cultural identities. Fifth graders are wrapping up their ballroom dancing residency with Minnesota Heart of Dance. We are excited for the showcasing of these residencies in the coming weeks.
We hope to see you at one of our upcoming events.
Dr. Bass, Principal
Linwood Monroe Arts Plus
From the Principal
It is an honor to be a member of this outstanding school community. Linwood Monroe Arts Plus (LMAP) celebrates a rich history of arts-infused education for all learners.
As a long-time educator I have extensive experience in leading schools that embrace the arts. This experience has driven my belief in the power of the arts to transform educational outcomes for all students.
Most recently, I have served as principal of Crosswinds East Metro Arts and Science School in the East Metro Integration District. I have also served as principal of Brooklyn Center Junior/Senior High School, where I was a part of a leadership team that created an arts magnet program. This program twice won Magnet School of Excellence Awards from Magnet Schools of America.
I earned a Bachelor of Arts from St. Olaf College, a Master of Arts from Saint Mary’s University, and an Education Specialist degree and licensure from the University of Saint Thomas. I recently completed my dissertation for a Doctor of Education degree at St. Cloud State University on September 19, 2017.
When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my wife Katherine and our two daughters, competing in events and races such as marathons and triathlons, and listening to live music.
I am grateful to be serving the LMAP school community.
Bryan E. Bass, Ed.D.