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

Good day all.  Time is really flying by.  It seems like just yesterday I was typing out my first article and the school year was in its’ infancy.  Now, with February beginning this week, it is apparent that the year is a stern adult, with students making great gains and finding great success.

This past week was a big week one for us, as we hit our 100th day of school.  Oh my goodness this was a fun day.  As I walked around the elementary school I saw some amazing STEM activities.  I really want to throw a shout out to Mrs. Ruth Howell and Mrs. Deanna Kolle.  They had some great activities for their kids.  The giant cup towers were awesome!  Seriously when you see Ruth Howell measuring a tower taller than her you know the kids were creative.  Seriously I have no idea how they got those cups up there!

Another great thing that finished out this past week was our in school FCCLA presentations.  Next week members of our excellent FCCLA program will travel to Rock Creek for FCCLA.  I have really enjoyed seeing the hard work being put in by these kids.  They have had a ton of late nights, and they have shown incredible creativity and critical thinking to create programs that are so impactful and all encompassing.

We are also getting our Forensics season off and rolling.  I have loved talking with Mrs. Dianne Friedrichs and the kids about this.  I used to be a bit of a drama nerd, and getting to step back in to that for a bit has been really great.  We have a ton of kids in the IDA event, and as Mrs. Friedrichs says, it just shows how creative our kids are.

The next great thing is the DARE presentations that our fifth graders will be taking part in.  This is such a great opportunity, and I am so happy that Mrs. Carol Hergott is continuing this with the kids.  I am looking forward to catching a few of the presentations over the next six weeks.

Also coming is Scholar’s Bowl regionals.  We are lucky to have such academically gifted students at Linn.  Now, these students were not pleased with their results at league.  They felt like they did not live up to their potential, but I could not be prouder.  Even though they only lost by three total questions, they never made excuses.  These kids came back to school and started working on their weaknesses.  We have a ton of belief that these young men and women will again be representing Linn at state.

I’m sure many of you have seen some of the press releases in the paper, showing off the talents of a couple of our seniors.  Seniors Kalen Richardson and Brooke Diederich are finalist for the state awards of “Spirit of Sport”, and “Heart of the Arts”.  These awards are presented by the Kansas State High School Athletic Association.  I knew when I walked in to Linn that I was entering a land of greatness.  However, I still am amazed by our students.  These two are some of our best, and I am so glad they are receiving the larger recognition that they are due.  

In closing I want to say thank you to the community.  This week we began the one way streets around the school.  I know, that there were several people who were not happy with this move.  I understand, as habits are formed, and generally for a reason.  I want to say thank you because everyone has worked so hard to follow with the new rules, and so far the results have been excellent.  From day one morning drop off has run far smoother than ever before.  The afternoon took a few days to work out some minor kinks, but the result is now a smooth and safe transition for students getting to and leaving school.  I really appreciate how much everyone has worked to make this happen.  It is not an easy thing to try something that you are not fully behind, however it shows the true character of this community that they have been willing.  Thank you all so much.  I have truly been blessed to have ended up here, and am more thankful than I will ever be able to describe.

Upcoming Events:

Jan. 30 - Site Council

Feb. 1 - FCCLA Star Event

Feb. 2 - Scholar’s Bowl Regionals

Thank you

It’s a great day to be a Bulldog!

Tyler Ayers