March 8, 2018
Many conversations are happening about gun violence in schools, particularly after the school shooting in Parkland, FL a few weeks ago. In response, protests and school walkouts are taking place across the country.
The National School Walkout is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14. It calls for students to walk out of school for 17 minutes — one minute for each person who was killed in the Florida school shooting. SPPS will not discipline students for peaceful protests. However, once the walkout ends at 10:17 a.m., students are expected to go back into school.
SPPS supports this national movement and also respects the rights of those who do not support it. At LMAP, we will be support students who choose to participate in the walkout or not.
Additionally, LMAP received notification that we were not awarded the Restorative Practices Grant that we applied for on February 1. Although we did not receive the funding, we were informed that there are additional funding sources that can support the partial implementation of our plan. As our restorative practices steering committee reconvenes to determine next steps, we will share the components of the grant that we will implement for the 2018-2019 school year.
Lastly, we will be hosting parent-teacher conferences on Tuesday, March 20 and Thursday, March 22 from 4:45p.m. until 8:30p.m. and on Friday, March 23 from 8:00a.m. until noon. We look forward to connecting with families 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.