May 23, 2018
First, I want to begin by acknowledging the continued generosity of our LMAP parents. Last week I mentioned the efforts of so many parents that assisted with the school carnival and helping staff with packing up for summer construction. I did not mention the extraordinary efforts taken by LMAP parent volunteers for the coordination of our annual spring plant sale. On behalf of the LMAP staff, thank you for all you do on behalf of our school community.
This week our second graders joined the Summit Hill Association (SHA) to partner in a gardening grant project at the Linwood Recreation Center. Monica Haas, the Executive Director of the SHA, reached out to us last fall to participate in this environmentally focused grant opportunity. Our second graders have been growing various plant seeds that they were able to plant in partnership with SHA members on Wednesday, May 23rd. Thank you to our 2nd grade teachers for enthusiastically partnering with our local neighborhood association. We look forward to more partnerships with the SHA.
On Tuesday, May 22nd we had a group of our LMAP upper campus seventh and eighth graders honored at the St. Paul Rotary Club’s annual “Education Day” event. Students were nominated by their teachers for service to our school and/or overcoming hardships. All of the middle school sites for Saint Paul Public Schools were included in the event. A key message for the students by the president of the Rotary Club was the reality that the road to success isn’t always easy. The president spoke to overcoming hardships related to his father having a mental health illness that impacted the stability of his family. He spoke about how hard he worked to get to college and his gratitude for the pathways that education beyond high school provided.
Additionally, to reinforce key information related to the final weeks of school I have included a list below of final gatherings and end of the year events.
* Summit Hill Association & LMAP Gardening Day @ Linwood Recreation Center on Wednesday, May 23rd from 10:00a.m. until 1:00p.m.
* Spring Choir Concert on Thursday, May 24th at 6:00p.m. @ Upper Campus Auditorium
* All school Gatherings—Spring Choir Concert on Friday, May 25 @ 10:30a.m. Upper Gymnasium and Outdoor Gathering on Friday, June 1 @ 10:30a.m. Palace Recreation Park.
* Middle school students: all IPads and iPad accessories are due on Friday, May 25th to the homeroom teacher
* Eighth Grade Recognition on Wednesday, June 6th @11:00a.m. Upper Campus Auditorium
* Last Gathering at the Lower Campus on Thursday, June 7th @ 3:15p.m. Cafeteria
As communicated in last week’s update, if you are interested in helping staff pack up as we prepare for Phase Two Construction, please contact Emily Bugg at the lower campus at (651) 293-6606 or Robin Trierweiler at the upper campus at (651) 293-8690.
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.