9/25/17

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

Hello Bulldogs!!  We are officially in to fall.  It may not feel like it, but very soon we will start feeling that nip in the air.  Sweaters will be back out and stocking caps will be back in fashion.  Yes, it is warm right now, but very soon it won’t be.  With that knowledge we want to prep for the upcoming week and all that will be going on.

First off we need to talk about our amazing FFA team.  This Wednesday they will be headed to Blue Valley for the Land and Homestead meetings.  Although our team is smaller this year we have some incredibly talented agricultural specialist who will be competing against some very tough competition.  We want to wish them all good luck on the upcoming year, and we look forward to the hardware they will return with.

We also want to look forward to this Friday.  Our amazing Linn PTO will be hosting a movie night this Friday on the football field.  They will be selling concessions starting at about 7:30 with the movie “The Sandlot” starting at 8:00.  All proceeds raised from this event will be used to help buy new books for the Linn Public School library.  I can’t tell our PTO thank you enough for their efforts.  They have come up with a ton of fun ways to not only bring the community together, but they have also raised a ton of money for the betterment of the school.  Thank you PTO.

Another great tradition will be hitting next week.  On Tuesday October 3 we will have our annual Walk-A-Thon to help support the “Music and Memory” program.  I will be honest, I did not know much about this program prior to the start of last year.  However, in watching it be put in place, in seeing how members of our community nursing home are impacted, this is simply an amazing program.  Mrs. Marcy Oehmke and her FCCLA students are so excited to go and bring more light into the lives of people who are the cornerstone of Linn.  If you are free on Tuesday October 3 from 9 to 10 please come out and donate time and money to this wonderful cause.

Our sophomores will be taking a very important trip next Tuesday as well.  They will be heading to Cloud County Community College to review a ton of post-secondary options.  As I have said many times, our theme this year is “Tomorrow Begins Today.”  This trip is a very important piece of that.  As this date comes closer be sure to talk with your students, or any young person in your life, about their plans for life after school.  This day will help students better understand some of the options out there, but parents and families have the most power.  Make sure you are sharing with them about the world of options out there.  Help them as they make the transition to the next step in life.

As I close this out I want to take a moment and talk about unity.  Right now our country feels divided.  It feels like we have one side that is constantly going after the other and vice versa.  I look out and I see a nation that has lost its ability to feel, to care, to talk, to disagree and still love.  Honestly, as I look out, I think we are forgetting how to love.  I do not care to share my opinions about the transgressions of sports over the past weekend.  By sharing my opinion, I will likely only create more diversion.  I do not want to do that.  I want to talk about unity.  It is time we come back together.  It is time we stop yelling our opinions and time we start talking to one another.  Ask yourself, when is the last time you sat down and had a conversation, a real deep learning conversation, with someone you disagree with.  When is the last time you pushed beyond what is comfortable, what fits with your beliefs, and experienced something new?  We are a great nation, a great community, that is built on different ideas and beliefs.  Unity is not about thinking the same, talking the same, looking the same, or even believing the same.  What unity is about is love.  It is about loving your fellow man enough to allow them to believe different than you but to still appreciate the life they live.  So as you find yourself getting drawn into anger and arguments don’t look for ways to make someone wrong.  Look for understanding.  Look for that thing that makes us human.  Look for love.  We are human and to err is human.  It is time we put away the anger and reach for our hearts.

Thank you

It’s a great day to be a Bulldog!

Tyler Ayers