May 10, 2018
Congratulations to all of our first graders on a wonderful performance of our annual spring musicals. This year’s themes focused on connections with the environment and animals. Thank you to our staff; especially the collaboration between our first grade teachers and arts team members.
I have included several important reminders and changes as we approach the end of the school year.
Our 8th grade Recognition will be moved to Wednesday, June 6 at 11 a.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 7 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the cafeteria. We have shifted these events to create time for final packing before constructions crews take over on Monday, June 11.
As shared last week, we are engaged in a process to change our school name. LMAP parents shared historical research and 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. .
Following several conversations, we are making some adjustments to how we move forward on the name-change process. First, we will no longer present a proposed school name change in June. The date has not yet been confirmed. Additionally, students have engaged in class discussions, identified criteria for proposed names and began brainstorming potential names to submit to a steering committee. The steering committee is being formed with representation from a wide variety of people and perspectives in our school community. I will provide weekly updates throughout the community engagement process.
Lastly, I have enjoyed the many conversations with Monroe alumni about the potential for changing our school name. They have shared important stories related to the history of our school. The stories reveal incredible support for keeping educational programming a priority when the school experienced declining enrollment in the late 1990s and early in the first decade of the 21st century. We are collaborating with members of the Monroe alumni association, the West 7th/Fort Road Federation and LMAP PTA to host a community dialogue on the school name change process. I look forward to the dialogue with our broader community.
As always, 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.