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Sad news from our High School Principal

To All LMHS Students and Parents,

I know that many of you are now aware that two Linn-Mar High School students were involved in a motor vehicle accident this past Friday afternoon in Dubuque County.  Sadly, Jaycee Payne, a junior student, died in the accident.  Oliver Clanin, a junior student, received serious injuries and is currently at University Hospitals in Iowa City.  The school community joins the families and friends of Jaycee and Oliver in sadness and grief.

This message is being sent to all LMHS students and parents to help ensure everyone is aware of this tragedy and to inform you that counselors will be made available at LMHS from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Monday (December 31) and Tuesday (January 1) for any Linn-Mar High School and any Linn-Mar Middle School students who would like to speak with someone.  Counselors will be in the Pride Rock Commons area of the high school with entry at Door #3 on the north side of LMHS.

Counselors will also be available throughout the school day for students on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, at both LMHS and Oak Ridge Middle School.  If you know of a classmate or student who may be struggling at this time please do not hesitate to contact the LMHS Student Assistance Counselors (447-3047, 447-3129, 447-4884), or any office at LMHS (9th-10th Grades Office 447-3043, 11th-12th Grades Office 447-3070, Main Office 447-3040), the Oak Ridge Middle School Main Office (447-3410), Oak Ridge Student Assistance Counselors Office (730-3559), or the Excelsior Student Assistance Counselors Office (447-3152).  We want to make sure all students know what support is available to them if needed, and to reach out to those students most affected by this accident.

Our thoughts are with Jaycee’s family, friends, and to all who have been affected by his passing.  Our thoughts are also with Oliver, his family, and friends as he grieves and recovers from his injuries.

Be there for each other this week, Linn-Mar.

 Jeff Gustason, LMHS Principal