May 3, 2018
The warmer weather and sunshine have finally arrived, it feels like spring. It’s exciting to see so many of our LMAP students outside for spring sports, marching band, and staff taking students outdoors to apply learning in nature.
As we enter the final stretch of the school year I want to communicate several changes to our end of the year schedule. Our 8th grade Recognition will be moved to Wednesday, June 6 at 11:00a.m. in the upper campus auditorium. Communication to 8th grade parents was sent home via the Recognition Packet (also included the Life Touch photo information) on Friday, April 30. At the lower campus, the final gathering will take place on Thursday, June 7th from 10:30a.m. until 11:30a.m. in the cafeteria. We have shifted these events to create space for final packing as we will be turning the buildings over to construction teams on Monday, June 11.
We are also engaged in a process to change our school name. Following research, one of our LMAP parents initiated a conversation about the legacy of our school’s namesake, President James Monroe. This led to a collaboration between the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) and school leadership team to begin a school name-change process. We are following school board policy and protocol to provide a collaborative approach to rename our school. For example, our students are the driving force in this process. They are brainstorming new names this week and will vote on their favorite the week after. Finally, our school community will present its name-change proposal during the school board meeting on Tuesday, June 19. Once approved, we will share the announcement with all community members.
Lastly, with the addition of the warmer weather, we have had to remind students of our dress code policy. We are reviewing the dress code policy in homeroom this week and ask for your support in reinforcing the expectations outlined with your student.
On behalf of the LMAP staff, we look forward to connecting with you at one of our upcoming events or gatherings.
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.