The Principal's Corner
"Be the change you wish to see in the world."  

Good day everyone, it’s still hard to believe that we are in 2017.  January is always the worst month.  No, it isn’t because of the weather, which I will be discussing later, or the “resolutions” so many of us have made.  No, January is the worst because it takes about a month to get used to writing the new year down when dating items.  It literally takes conscious thought to write 17 as opposed to 16.  But with that being said we have a ton of things going on at Linn that will keep us unable to think about writing the correct year and will have us marking down 16 well into February.

To begin I want to draw attention to our great Scholar’s Bowl team.  They have really been bringing their best effort in a deluge of tournaments.  Last week they went to Wamego and competed in by far their toughest test of the season, taking on a slew of 4, 5, and 6A schools.  They finished with an under 500 record at that tournament, however two of their matches came down to less than a handful of questions.  The kids have been hard on themselves, but we are super proud of their efforts, and know that in the coming weeks they will only improve and will walk away with victories in those toss up games.

We are also starting to get into the heart of spelling bee season.  A few classes have already finished up their classroom spelling bees, and so we have some hopeful champions ready for February 11 when the county of Washington will center around Linn.  This is really so exciting.  The kids are pumped, the teachers are working away, and I am nervous as all get out.  The goo nervous though.  We hope that you will have the opportunity to come out and enjoy the event with us on the 11th.

Starting the 23rd of this month we will begin our Kansas Hot Lunch Week.  We would love to see as many parents be able to come and enjoy a lunch with their children during that week.  This is a wonderful opportunity to get to spend time with your students in the school environment and get a better sense of their day to day life here with the other Bulldogs.  Letters are being sent home to inform parents about this event.  I personally want to invite every parent who is able to come and enjoy a meal with their children.

There are some young inventors in Linn Elementary School.  As you are reading this it is very likely that Mrs. Connie Herrs third grade class is deep in researching and preparing for their inventors showcase.  The third grade students will be displaying and showing off one inventor in the old gym on the 19th.  The kids are legitimately jacked about this project.  As I walked into her room the other day I saw focus and intensity that is usually reserved for finals or the ACT.  These students are ready to show off their work, and the community is invited to come in and see what amazing projects they have designed.

Last week was also very fun because it was Honor Roll week.  Students were presented with their certificates stating which Honor Roll they made for the second nine weeks and first semester.  Students should be bringing home their certificates and every student has been very pleased to be recognized for their hard work.

Due to the weather there may be some changes to the scheduling of the TVL basketball tournament.  We will do our best to relay information as quickly as possible when changes occur.  Please be careful as you are traveling to and from this event.

To finish I do want to remind everyone of the change in the streets in front of Linn Public School.  Starting on January 23rd all street will be one way streets.  Parkview will be a one way street from East to West and Oak will be a one way street from North to South.  We will be placing roadblocks to help make sure everyone notices and is aware of the change.  This will impact drop off and pick up procedures.  When dropping off students are to be dropped off at the East corner of the school behind the bus parking, and in the afternoon cars are to line up behind the buses single file to pick up students.  Thank you for your help in this change.

A few important upcoming dates:

Jan. 19 - Inventor's Showcase

Jan. 19 - PTO Meeting

In closing I would like to talk about the weather in the state of Kansas.  I have lived my entire life in this great state.  I have moved literally from one end to the other and back again.  In traveling this amazing state something has become incredibly evident to me: The weather can only be predicted to change.  I still recall one year when I lived in Hoxie on the western edge of the state.  The temperature litterally fluctuated from -25 to 115 in a single calendar year.  That same year I remember having to bring gloves to golf practice because it was so cold.  Yes, Kansas is a state where the weather is truly an unknown.  However, I think because of its unpredictability in this state it makes Kansans very unique.  You see when you can’t always know what is coming you have to be ok with change.  The weather is something that has taught me that we must embrace change, as that is the only way to be able to lead successful and fulfilling lives.  Sometimes we try to fight change, we push back, but change keeps coming, just like the weather.  Not wanting something to change or getting angry at the change does about as much good as getting angry at the snow for falling.  It doesn’t stop the snow, it only makes you miserable.  This is one of the many reasons that when I was given the opportunity to leave Kansas I didn’t.  I wanted to stay with people who were like me, they were ready and willing to embrace change.  So be safe this weekend as the ice begins to fall, and get ready to make changes as they come, for they are coming.

Thank you

It’s a great day to be a Bulldog!

Tyler Ayers