10/21/16

The Principal's Corner

"Be the change you wish to see in the world."  
Ghandi

We have completed a quarter of the year!!  Can you believe it?  Seriously, one fourth of the academic year is already over.  Parent Teacher Conferences were held, sports seasons came and went, harvest began… and continues.  The weather has shifted from sweat inducing to shiver inducing.  Yes, a fourth of the school year is already over.

With the year moving so fast it is important to keep in mind all of the things happening.  I know sports are already heavily covered, but I do want to give one more quick shout out to the junior high girls and coach Amy Bott for winning the BVL tournament. 

Also, I have to throw a huge thank you to Diane Friedrichs.  Her and her amazing thespians have been hard at work getting ready for the play “Ghost Chasers”.  Their sets look amazing, and their hard work is evident. 

Another group hard at work, it seems like they are always hard at work, are the teachers.  They are getting things ready for our upcoming school carnival next Tuesday.  They are decorating, getting kids ready, and preparing all of the massive logistics for such an event.  Their work is so vital to the success of the school, and this event, which helps us buy needed books, is truly a passion of theirs.  I simply lack the words to truly express my thanks.

We are excited to bring some of our FFA students back home.  They have spent the past week in Indianapolis for the national FFA convention.  They have been sharing pictures, and if you are following the school on FaceBook or Twitter you have likely seen a few. 

Another wonderful upcoming event is Red Ribbon Week.  This week, headed by Mr. Voelker, is one that helps keep students away from drugs.  Mr. Voelker has been busy getting things ready to ensure that this week is very impactful for our students. 

I want to take a moment and thank two groups of individuals.  The first are the bus drivers of Linn.  We had a small thank you party where students wrote letters and provided treats for the drivers.  Without them we wouldn’t have a school at all.  The second group I want to thank are the parents.  We held parent teacher conferences this past week.  Attendance was excellent.  Given the weather, many farms are working triple time to try and finish harvest before we experience hard freezes.  Given that, I saw many families, who chose to leave the fields so that they could help their children.  I have so much respect for the families of Linn, putting importance on the right things, and for that I thank you.

In closing I want  to bring attention to the character word of the month here at Linn:  Responsibility.  Seeing the parents at conferences got me to thinking about what it means to really be responsible.  One would think that being out, making a living is the most responsible way to spend your time.  Many would say that the money you earn is how you are responsible for your children.  But is this really true?  Is making money more important than showing our children that they are of value, and modeling behavior that puts value on people, rather than dollars and cents?  I think not.  The past couple of weeks have been difficult for me in the aspect of responsibility.  Over the past two weeks I have only seen my own daughter three times before she was in bed asleep.  The majority of the time I have spent with my daughter has been through the lense of a video monitor in her room.  It has been difficult.  However I have thought of the responsibility that has been entrusted to me by this community.  I am thankful for it.  Because, and I realize that this sounds contradictory, I have put a focus on work and have missed time with my daughter it has not been about showing her that making money is what matters.  I hope that when she is older she will see that I am trying to model the behavior that being there for others is our true responsibility.  In watching this community that is what I have seen.  This is a place that puts value on the lives of others.  This is a place that makes putting others before self a responsibility.  I hope I am able to continue that, and I thank you all for showing me such a wonderful way to live. 

Thank you

It’s a great day to be a Bulldog!

Tyler Ayers