February 16, 2018
First, I want to start by expressing my sincere gratitude for the LMAP families that extended appreciation of the LMAP staff by sponsoring a luncheon on Friday, January 26. LMAP PTA president, Jason Johnson reached out to me to organize this event on behalf of the parents. The parent group felt strongly that our staff be recognized for their “above and beyond” efforts in taking care of the many students waiting for busses to arrive on Monday, January 22 (the evening of the snow storm) at both campuses. Our staff also appreciates the efforts that LMAP parents provided in assisting students of neighbors or friends in getting home safely.
February continues to provide opportunities for students to showcase arts residency performances. Last week we enjoyed performances by our eighth graders featuring Gamelan musical instruments and Indonesian dance. For over seventeen years, local guest artists Joko and Tri Sutrisno have partnered with LMAP to offer this incredible intercultural experience. I enjoyed hearing students share with the audience the lessons taught or learned from Joko and Tri during the residency. The previous Friday we enjoyed our 22nd Annual 4th Grade Opera featuring the production of “The Unicorn Horn.” What a show! A great story of empathy told through the perspective of our students. Thank you to our fourth grade staff, Ms. Kroetsch, parent volunteers and our guest artists, Steve and Malia.
This week we hosted our make-up performance of the Winter Choir Concert. Congratulations to all of our singers on a wonderful concert. I want to also recognize Kim Kroetsch, our music director, along with our second, third, fourth and fifth grade teachers for prioritizing extra practice in class so that students were prepared for both performances.
Lastly, I want to invite LMAP families to join me on April 10 at 4:30p.m. at the lower campus for a tour of the new construction spaces in progress. Although the project will not be completed at that time, we will be able to see the essential layout and where classrooms, flexible learning spaces, cafeteria and restrooms will all be located. Teachers at both sites will begin preparing for Phase Two Construction in May. Preparations will include almost all of our staff packing up their classrooms. We will communicate dates and times for volunteers to help out at the end of March.
I look forward to connecting with 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.