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

Hello Bulldogs.  I am glad to be writing you again.  Let me tell you it has been an interesting week at Linn Public School, more for me personally but more on that later, with a ton of things going on.  It is crazy to think that we are already in February, but let's be honest, it will be June in the blink of an eye.

To begin this past week has been a big week for many of the different organizations at Linn Public.  FBLA started the week off.  Our young business professionals took off to districts to put their best feet forward.  I got the opportunity to look at some of the non-official results, and several Linn Public students appear to be taking their talents to state.  I want to tell all of these students thank you for their hard work, as well as saying thank you for going out and representing Linn by being both good students and good champions.  It makes me proud to be here when I see our students handling themselves in such a manner.

The next group to hit the road was FCCLA.  This group headed out early Wednesday morning for Rock Creek, looking to continue the excellence that this program has stood for.  I can personally say that these students were burning the candle at both ends and then some!  Mrs. Oehmke needs more than an applause, but a true standing ovation.  She has given body and soul to this organization, and this evidence is clear.  Now I don’t have any official results, but students were confident in their work, and I have found that our students have quality gut feelings.  Hopefully the official results will match their feelings.  

The final organization the hit the road was our Scholar’s Bowl team.  The left Thursday for regionals.  Unfortunately the Bulldogs were not able to repeat their results from last year and make it to state.  However I and everyone else who has seen these students work are incredibly proud of them.  These kids gave a ton of effort without nearly the recognition they deserve.  Simply put the Linn Public scholar’s bowl team can hold their heads high, for they truly were Bulldogs.

Coming up are a few fun events that definitely need mention.  First off FFA will be heading to Clay Center on the eighth for speech and job interviews.  We are really hoping our kids bring back some great results.  FCCLA will also be at it again, with district elections at Valley Heights on the eighth.  

A great tradition will continue on the ninth.  This year’s juniors have been hard at work, under the guidance of Mr. Voelker, creating their career presentations.  The juniors will get the opportunity to share their findings and work with the community in the Linn Public library, starting at 6:30.  I really love that we have this event.  This kind of forward thinking, post-secondary preparing type of activity is exactly what we need right now in school.  I hope many of you are able to come out and see these students preparing for their lives after their time after Linn High.

The final major event coming up is this coming weekend.  On February eleventh Washington County will descend on Linn Public School for the Washington County Spelling Bee.  Preparations have begun and are at the midway point.  We are ready for this event, and we hope the community is able to make it’s way out and root on our Bulldogs as they show off against their peers from around the county.

Now, back to what I mentioned earlier.  This has been a rough week for me.  I literally have been sicker than I can remember being in the past decade.  It was a truly awful experience.  What made it harder, and led to a disagreement between Mrs. Ayers and I, was that there are so many things that are going on over the next couple of weeks.  I felt terrible about the fact that I would not be here to help out and keep the ball rolling towards all of our events.  However, in my absence, the staff of Linn Public did what they always do, showed excellence.  Special thanks go to every single staff member who stepped up and took care of all of the situations that come up.  An extra special thank you goes to Dianne Reith, Jeremy Miller, and Tim Voelker for picking up my administrative duties.  Another extra special thank you to Deanna Kolle and Jennifer Dague for keeping preparation for the spelling bee moving forward.  In reality every single staff member did so much, and your work made me feel so blessed.  So to every member of the Linn Public staff, THANK YOU!!

Thank you

It’s a great day to be a Bulldog!

Tyler Ayers