10/07/16

The Principal’s Corner

“Be the change you want to see.”

Ghandi

 10/7/16

Linn schools have been enjoying some incredible success the past few weeks.  I want to begin by saying thank you to the wonderful community.  I was so amazed at the turn out for the homecoming festivities.  Seeing so many people support our students shows the true strength and care of this community. 

The past couple of weeks our Land Judging team has been representing the school extremely well.  We have seen two straight top five finishes.  The team is performing great, especially from upper classmen leaders Kalen Richardson and Evan Bott.  Mr. Smith has put together a great group this year and they are doing extremely well.

We have also seen some excellent work from our upper level technology classes.  Students have produced safety videos for the state of Kansas.  Their work is incredible, with amazing attention to detail.  Their videos have been submitted, and they are also available for viewing on the school Facebook page.  I want to thank Mrs. Dague and her great students for the incredible work they have done.  These students are showing creativity, effort, outside the box thinking, drive, and passion.  They are truly being Bulldogs.

We saw an amazing turnout from students wanting to once again help the Music and Memory program.  I am so proud when I see students willing to put others in front of themselves.  These students will be training next week, and as a school we will be holding a Walk-A-Thon fundraiser on the 13th from 10-10:45 to help us make money for the Music and Memory program. 

We also had an amazing elementary student, Susan Martinez, earn first place in the state for her artwork that promoted bus safety.  She will be moving on to the national competition now.  We are so proud of her work and what she is showing the world about Linn.  Way to go Susan and Mr. Hildebrand.

Recently, I received an email that looked at the current presidential election from a religious stand point.  Now, my purpose here is not to spout my political feelings.  Although I got political feelings while reading this article it also brought to my mind the story of “The Good Samaritan”.  I thought of how The Good Samaritan risked their own personal safety to help another in need, asking nothing in return.  I realized that sometimes our society does not teach us to act in this way, actually it tells us to act in the opposite.  We learn that we should protect ourselves, push ourselves up, those worse off than us are no concern, and even if we have to push them down to get higher it is ok.  I go back to The Good Samaritan at moments I feel that way.  Our reason, I believe, for being here is to leave this world better than we found it.  This often means giving of our own strength to help strengthen others.  I wonder if we are always educating our youth in a manner that teaches them this.  I hope we are.  If we teach our children to look for ways to give of themselves, to aid those in need, then we really will be able to leave this world better than we found it, and each of us will be The Good Samaritan.