March 21, 2019
Greetings, Happy Spring!
First, I want to congratulate our upper campus students on an incredible Talent Showcase last Friday at our afternoon Gathering. Students auditioned to be able to share their unique talent at this special gathering that we have hosted the last three years. Thank you to our parent volunteers, Sara Groves, Amy Moeller, and Julie Kendle for facilitating this incredible event.
I want to also acknowledge our first and second graders on their recent completion of arts residency projects. First graders completed a mask-making residency involving paper mache’ with Julie Boada as featured in last week’s newsletter. Second graders recently completed a bead-making residency also with Julie Boada.
Additionally, spring time marks the beginning of the Minnesota testing season. This week we began the administering of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) for reading and math. We will continue testing through Friday, May 10, 2019. As a friendly reminder, the MCAs are state tests that helps our school measure student progress toward Minnesota’s academic standards and also meet federal and state legislative requirements. To learn more about the MCAs please feel free to check out the following link or website: https://education.mn.gov/MDE/fam/tests/.
Lastly, this week we held our first School Name Change Committee meeting toward the completion of the SPPS School Board Policy for school name change. The committee is comprised of students, staff, parents, and community members. You may recall in previous communication that the committee will be charged with researching and creating names that our school community will be voting on in late April. Our next meeting will take place on April 8, 2019 at 4:30pm. I will keep you informed of our progress throughout the month of April.
As always, we appreciate your continued support of LMAP!
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.