9/18/17

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

Hello Bulldogs!!  Last week was such an amazing time at Linn Public.  There is really nothing like homecoming week to see kids excited about school.  There were so many wonderful outfits, smiles, and the ultimate culmination in announcing the king and queen.  It is always so much fun getting to see the kids during this week.  Everyone had a great time and we will now be moving into assessments and other activities for the year.

The first big thing coming up is MAP assessments.  Students in grades K – 10 will be taking a set of exams that will help to set a baseline to where these students are academically.  They will take this assessment again at the end of the year so that we can see their growth.  This assessment, although long, provides excellent data to teachers and staff.  What has always made me like this assessment has been its focus, growth.  The MAP shows us just how much a student has grown over the course of the year.  In my mind this is the definition of learning.  We don’t all begin at the same place, but the key is that we move forward, and the MAP will help us see how much we are moving forward.

Another big event for the coming week is the Greenhand conference.  This event really signifies the beginning of the FFA season.  Last year we had a team that was very successful.  Mr. Smith and the students are very much looking forward to another year in which they can grow their success.  At Linn we are blessed to have students who are not only passionate about agriculture but are also talented enough to find a great amount of success in competition.  We want to wish all of our FFA participants good luck on the upcoming season. 

This coming week our elementary students will be getting ready for something that they look forward to every year.  This Wednesday the Linn elementary students will be learning about environmental conservation from representatives of Washington County.  After this presentation the students will be working on art work that represents different parts of conservation.  For years Mr. Hildebrand has helped our elementary students put their best feet forward with this project, and I am looking forward to what the kids produce this year.

In closing this week’s article, I want to take a moment to look back on the mission festival and what it means for the community.  This event, which is held annually, is something very special for the people of Linn.  Now I am not a religious man.  I will be honest; I did not grow up as a regular member of any given church.  However, in looking at this event it does bring me lots of joy.  The reason is that I truly appreciate seeing a large number of people come together to celebrate goodness, kindness, and service.  These are the things that make us human.  These are the things that allow us to live the types of lives we are meant to.  We were put here to give, to make better, to leave this world better than we found it.  I truly believe that is our purpose.  We are alive so that we can make the world a better place.  A community that wants to celebrate such positive ideals is a strong one.  I am thankful that I get to be part of a community that believes in and celebrates such positive action.  Thank you to the Linn community for the strength that you have.

Thank you

It’s a great day to be a Bulldog!

Tyler Ayers