October 28, 2016
First, I want to thank all of the LMAP families and friends who participated in our Fall Family Potluck Events. Last night we wrapped up our last event with Kindergarten families featuring guest artist in residence, Ross Sutter. I also want to thank our PTA and LMAP staff for all of their efforts in making each of these events a success.
Congratulations to all of our LMAP Kindergarteners on their arts residency showcase this afternoon. I now have a new favorite song that Ross Sutter has taught our students, “Family Tree.” What a wonderful connection made to our ancestors AND the importance of honoring family. Thank you, Ross, and our Kindergarten staff.
Additionally, eighth grade students will start their arts residency next week featuring the Gamelan Indonesian Arts experience. During this residency, students will explore identity and community as they learn traditional forms of Indonesian dance and Gamelan drumming. The showcase of this residency will take place at the upper campus gathering on Friday, November 11.
Congratulations to all of our fall sports participants on a strong season. Each of the teams is heading into playoffs this week. Best of luck to all of our teams!
Lastly, I am excited to announce our first Family Open Gym Night hosted by our Physical Education Teachers, Jim Funk and Michelle O’Connor. The event will take place this coming Wednesday, November 2, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at the upper campus. Elementary activities will take place in the small gym or dance studio and middle school activities will be in the large gym. We will also raffle off different items to support wellness outside of school.
As always, we look forward to connecting with you at one of our upcoming events.
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