February 24, 2017
Last Thursday and Friday we hosted our 22nd Annual 4th Grade Opera. Each year I am more and more amazed at the collaboration that takes place among our students, staff, artists in residence, and the many parent volunteers. This year’s production reflected several of our core values (identified by our students) that our school community deeply believes in—peace-making, care for the environment and creativity. Thank you to all of our LMAP families and community volunteers in helping our team create another wonderful performance.
Today at the lower campus, we hosted our second grade arts residency featuring Flamenco dancing with guest artist, Deborah Elias. Second grade teachers created a unit wrapped around this residency that featured an integration of arts, science, social studies and reading related to stops around the world. Learning stops included but were not limited to Africa, Australia and Europe. Please ask your second grader to share their favorite learning experiences from this unit of study. Thank you to our second grade team, Ms. Elias and our arts staff for the arts-integrated curriculum created for this experience.
As many of you may be aware, the two LMAP variances were presented at the Board of Zoning Appeals on February 13. The commission heard testimony from both sides, held discussion, and voted to postpone their vote on the two variances due to an insufficient number of commissioners to complete a final vote. The next meeting is this coming Monday, February 27 at 3:00 p.m. at room 330 at City Hall (same location). To learn more about the coalition supporting our expansion project, please go to the Advocates for LMAP website at advocatesforlmap.org.
Coming up in March we have Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences. For elementary parents, sign-up communication will be sent home via classroom teachers. For middle school parents, we will host two evenings of conferences on Tuesday, March 21 and Thursday, March 23 from 4:50 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in the cafeteria (6th grade) and gymnasium (7th and 8th grades) at the upper campus. More communication will be sent out in the coming weeks.
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