October 13, 2016 Greetings LMAP Families!
As mentioned in the previous update, the 1:1 iPad initiative resumes this week for students in grades three through eight. PreK through second grade students will be receiving their iPads by Monday, October 17.
We will continue our practice from last year with middle school students (grades six through eight) being able to bring the devices home. Middle school students who have not submitted User Agreement Forms will not be allowed to bring their devices home. I want to acknowledge our Technology TOSA, Dani Friedman-Block and the Genius Squad (student leaders for technology integration) for all of their efforts in making the iPad handout a success.
I want to respectfully remind middle school parents that the devices are a learning tool AND we encourage you to take charge of setting boundaries (or expectations) for your child’s iPad use outside of school. LMAP staff have taught lessons on safe, respectful, responsible, and productive iPad use this week and will continue to reinforce it throughout the school year.
This week we also host our middle school Family Potluck Event (for grades six through eight) on Thursday, October 13 from 5:30pm until 7:00pm. Our final Family Potluck event will be on October 26 from 5:30pm until 7:00pm for Kindergarten families. Guest artist, Ross Sutter will lead kindergarten families through a preview of some of the songs to be performed at the upcoming Friday gathering. I look forward to connecting with families at these upcoming LMAP community events.
Lastly, I had the opportunity to provide a tour of the lower campus for our Interim Superintendent, Dr. John Thein on Tuesday. The purpose for the visit was to support Dr. Thein in his understanding of the programming and facility needs associated with the proposed designs for the lower campus project. Dr. Thein enjoyed connecting with our students and staff. Moving forward, I invite you to share your support of the LMAP renovation projects with our Saint Paul Public School board members. It is important for the board members to hear from you how critical the facility updates are in creating a physical learning environment that meets the educational programming needs of all LMAP students.
Thank you for your continued support of LMAP! Respectfully,
Bryan E. Bass, Principal Linwood Monroe Arts Plus
From the Principal
It is an honor to become 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 expect to complete the dissertation for a Doctor of Education degree at St. Cloud State University this autumn.
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 look forward to serving the LMAP school community as your new principal.
Bryan E. Bass