Wednesday, October 18, 2017

10-19-17 Student Mission Briefing

GRYPHON MISSION BRIEFING
For Thursday, October 19, 2017 –L-day
School Mission – Boundless STEM: Learning & Leading
L&N Student Mission – #Own it!

School Ops:
·      Flu shot reminder! Students can receive a flu shot on Monday, October 23, at 11:00 a.m. in the library.  No student will be vaccinated without a completed, signed and returned consent form. The consent form can be completed and submitted online at www.knoxcounty.org/health/schoolflu through this evening (10/19, at 10:00 p.m.). Forms are still available in the office and if you choose to complete the paper consent form, fill out the form completely, sign it and return it to the office by this Friday, Oct 20.  Be sure to complete the insurance section of the consent form; insurance status will not determine whether a child is vaccinated. If you do not have insurance, mark the “No Insurance” box. If you have insurance, KCHD will bill your insurance to help support this program.  Please note: 1. There is no cost to you for this vaccination. 2. You will not be billed. 3. You will not have a co-pay.

·      Mu Alpha Theta wants to host a Math Bowl – please go here to take a quick survey if you’re interested!

·      Thursday, October 19th is School Unity Day! Come down to the plaza during your lunch time for Spike Ball, Music, 'Cards of Kindness' table-making cards of kindness for distribution, Banner table- signing banner for choosing kindness and Unity, hula hoops, popcorn, lollipops, and information about anti-bullying!  Remember to wear Orange to show our Unity!

·        This week is National School Bus Safety Week. Each day we will share with you a bus safety tip, so pay attention! Today’s tip is:  Always remember to drive safely in school zones. Be sure to wear your seatbelt, follow all rules of the road and pay close attention to speed limits and zones at your school and any others you may pass by on the way to school.

·        10th – 12th grade Students:  We have a chance to visit the US Naval Academy for a college visit in Annapolis, MD.  The USNA Trip is scheduled for Thursday 2 November - Saturday 4 November.   Mr. Foy will lead an informational meeting during Genius Hour, Thursday 19 October in the middle STEM space for interested sophomores, juniors and seniors.  Any student who wishes to go on the Campus visit, must attend the 19 October meeting.   USNA is an engineering school and is the 5th rated STEM undergraduate program in the nation. Graduates of the Naval Academy serve as Officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.  Mr. Foy will describe both Academy life and service as a sea-going officer at the meeting.  The field trip is completely paid for by the Academy; student qualifications for participation include: an interest in studying engineering, an interest in serving in the Armed Forces, and students must have "C" or above in all L&N courses.

·        Support L&N Choirs by doing some holiday shopping at www.cherrydale.com/LNSKT.  Click SHOP, teacher is PHILIPS, type in the name of a choir student to support or retype "Philips" in any grade, choose your shipping option (free to school, fee to home), then shop!  Please share with your own family and friends to help us raise money for our program!  Store is open now through October 27.  For more information, talk to an L&N Choir student or email katie.philips@knoxschools.org.

·        Bowling Team  match against Catholic, 5 p.m. , Thur, 10/19,at Fountain City Lanes.

·        Congratulations to the L&N Art Honor Society, who won the People's Choice Award (and 2nd Place in High School Collaborative) at the Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival. Thanks to Desiree Dobbins, Savannah and Josie Bresler, Hila Williford, Ayesha Ahmed, Nina Klein, Destiny Large and Channing Gentry for your hard work. Their artwork was inspired by a photograph by Cinna Lockhart of student Kloi Blue. Way to represent the L&N!  See their award-winning design below. Congratulations also to L&N NAHS Alumni Kati Ellis and Dagon Uselton who won first place in the Adult Collaborative category! Proud of them! 

·        Spirit week is coming up and the themes for the spirit week days are below so make sure to plan ahead, participate, and have some fun!
o   Monday, October 23rd - Color Wars.  Each class will dress up as their assigned color. Wear as much of your class color as you can, also a great time to wear your class shirt. 
§  Seniors- Yellow 
§  Juniors- Green 
§  Sophomores- Blue 
§  Freshman- Red
o   Tuesday, October 24th – Toga Tuesday
o   Wednesday, October 25th - Students will choose a stage of life that they wish to display. Examples could include baby, teenagers, parents, or grandparents.
o   Thursday, October 26th - Dynamic Duo.  This is a day to dress up with friends as dynamic duos. Examples of this could be chips and salsa, milk and cookies, or Tom and Jerry.
o   Friday, October 27th - Freaky Friday.  Since Friday night is Haunted Station, students are encouraged to wear character costumes then spend the night at the Haunted Station.
o   All of Spirit Week- Boxes for scarf donations to the homeless, sponsored by key club, will be decorated. The class with the best decorated box and most scarves donated gains extra points for their class. The themes for the boxes are elements:
§  Seniors- Fire
§  Junior- Water
§  Sophomores- Earth
§  Freshmen- Wind
·      Rules: All costumes and outfits must follow Knox County Schools’ dress code. No masks may be worn that completely cover the face. Students who choose to wear full body suits may wear a full suit—including mask—only during the Pep Rally.

·      Yearbooks for the 2017-18 school year are officially on sale! Pick up an order form from the office any time or order yours from www.jostensyearbooks.com. The price per book is $55 now through September 15th. The longer you wait to order yours, the higher the price goes up, so make sure to order yours as soon as possible to save up to $25 this school year! Seniors:  you can purchase a yearbook for $50 if you order before Nov 1.  Special price does not apply to a customized order.

Community  & Guidance Ops:
·      The Teacher Depot needs help this Saturday, Oct 21, from 7am – 12pm.  Volunteers are needed to assist shoppers (teachers) with supplies and may be required to lift up to 50 lbs.  Good chance for community or volunteer hours!  Email Carrie Witt at teachersupplydepot@knoxschools.org for more information.

·      The local FBI office is having a Career Exploration Open House on Thursday, October 26.  Youth age 14-20 can attend (5:30 - 7:30pm) to learn about this career field and sign up for an Explorer Post with further activities.  Registration is through the Guidance office because of security checks at the FBI.  Come to Guidance by Monday, 10/23/17 if interested.

·      Have you ever thought of attending West Point for your college education?  The regional commander for admissions in TN will be here, Thursday, Oct 19, fro 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. for an informational meeting.

·      These college recruiters will be on campus to talk to you about their programs.  All meetings are in the guidance office at 12:15 unless otherwise noted.  Email lyn.johnson@knoxschools.org to get more information and sign up for any of them:
o   Mon, 10/23 - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY  
o   Tues, 10/31 - Austin Peay State University, Clarksville TN

·      The Race for the Cure needs volunteers to help prepare for the race this Saturday.  Contact Nicole Taylor (ntaylor@komeneasttn.org) if you can help Friday afternoon or Saturday morning.  These would be appropriate for scholarship/TN Promise volunteer hours!

Quote of the day from Buddha:

However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do if you do not act upon them?


Practice L&N Habits every day: Professionalism, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Innovation, Inquiry, & Design
L&N STEM Academy – TN’s First Apple School of Distinction, 3 time - US News & World Report medalist – Silver 2017, Gold 2016, Bronze 2015, 3 time - Newsweek’s Top 500 American High Schools 2015 – 17



Tuesday, October 17, 2017

10-18-17 Student Mission Briefing

GRYPHON MISSION BRIEFING
For Wednesday, October 18, 2017 –N-day
School Mission – Boundless STEM: Learning & Leading
L&N Student Mission – #Own it!

School Ops:
·      Mu Alpha Theta wants to host a Math Bowl – please go here to take a quick survey if you’re interested!

·      Thursday, October 19th is School Unity Day! Come down to the plaza during your lunch time for Spike Ball, Music, 'Cards of Kindness' table-making cards of kindness for distribution, Banner table- signing banner for choosing kindness and Unity, hula hoops, popcorn, lollipops, and information about anti-bullying!  Remember to wear Orange to show our Unity!

·        This week is National School Bus Safety Week. Each day we will share with you a bus safety tip, so pay attention! Today’s tip is:  Always refrain from using rude, loud or abusive language on the bus. You should also follow all bus rules—for your own safety and others!

·        10th – 12th grade Students:  We have a chance to visit the US Naval Academy for a college visit in Annapolis, MD.  The USNA Trip is scheduled for Thursday 2 November - Saturday 4 November.   Mr. Foy will lead an informational meeting during Genius Hour, Thursday 19 October in the middle STEM space for interested sophomores, juniors and seniors.  Any student who wishes to go on the Campus visit, must attend the 19 October meeting.   USNA is an engineering school and is the 5th rated STEM undergraduate program in the nation. Graduates of the Naval Academy serve as Officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.  Mr. Foy will describe both Academy life and service as a sea-going officer at the meeting.  The field trip is completely paid for by the Academy; student qualifications for participation include: an interest in studying engineering, an interest in serving in the Armed Forces, and students must have "C" or above in all L&N courses.

·        Support L&N Choirs by doing some holiday shopping at www.cherrydale.com/LNSKT.  Click SHOP, teacher is PHILIPS, type in the name of a choir student to support or retype "Philips" in any grade, choose your shipping option (free to school, fee to home), then shop!  Please share with your own family and friends to help us raise money for our program!  Store is open now through October 27.  For more information, talk to an L&N Choir student or email katie.philips@knoxschools.org.

·        Bowling Team practice - Monday at 4 p.m.  Our first matches are this week: 
o   Thursday, 10/19 vs. Catholic, 5 p.m. at Fountain City Lanes.
Please come watch our first bowling matches in L&N STEM Academy history.  We have a girls and a boys team.  Our teams will bowl 3 games to complete the match.  The team is very excited to represent their school so come support them if you can.  Thanks.

·        Congratulations to the L&N Art Honor Society, who won the People's Choice Award (and 2nd Place in High School Collaborative) at the Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival. Thanks to Desiree Dobbins, Savannah and Josie Bresler, Hila Williford, Ayesha Ahmed, Nina Klein, Destiny Large and Channing Gentry for your hard work. Their artwork was inspired by a photograph by Cinna Lockhart of student Kloi Blue. Way to represent the L&N!  See their award-winning design below. Congratulations also to L&N NAHS Alumni Kati Ellis and Dagon Uselton who won first place in the Adult Collaborative category! Proud of them! 

·        Spirit week is coming up and the themes for the spirit week days are below so make sure to plan ahead, participate, and have some fun!
o   Monday, October 23rd - Color Wars.  Each class will dress up as their assigned color. Wear as much of your class color as you can, also a great time to wear your class shirt. 
§  Seniors- Yellow 
§  Juniors- Green 
§  Sophomores- Blue 
§  Freshman- Red
o   Tuesday, October 24th – Toga Tuesday
o   Wednesday, October 25th - Students will choose a stage of life that they wish to display. Examples could include baby, teenagers, parents, or grandparents.
o   Thursday, October 26th - Dynamic Duo.  This is a day to dress up with friends as dynamic duos. Examples of this could be chips and salsa, milk and cookies, or Tom and Jerry.
o   Friday, October 27th - Freaky Friday.  Since Friday night is Haunted Station, students are encouraged to wear character costumes then spend the night at the Haunted Station.
o   All of Spirit Week- Boxes for scarf donations to the homeless, sponsored by key club, will be decorated. The class with the best decorated box and most scarves donated gains extra points for their class. The themes for the boxes are elements:
§  Seniors- Fire
§  Junior- Water
§  Sophomores- Earth
§  Freshmen- Wind
·      Rules: All costumes and outfits must follow Knox County Schools’ dress code. No masks may be worn that completely cover the face. Students who choose to wear full body suits may wear a full suit—including mask—only during the Pep Rally.

·      Yearbooks for the 2017-18 school year are officially on sale! Pick up an order form from the office any time or order yours from www.jostensyearbooks.com. The price per book is $55 now through September 15th. The longer you wait to order yours, the higher the price goes up, so make sure to order yours as soon as possible to save up to $25 this school year! Seniors:  you can purchase a yearbook for $50 if you order before Nov 1.  Special price does not apply to a customized order.

Community  & Guidance Ops:
·      The local FBI office is having a Career Exploration Open House on Thursday, October 26.  Youth age 14-20 can attend (5:30 - 7:30pm) to learn about this career field and sign up for an Explorer Post with further activities.  Registration is through the Guidance office because of security checks at the FBI.  Come to Guidance by Monday, 10/23/17 if interested.

·      Have you ever thought of attending West Point for your college education?  The regional commander for admissions in TN will be here, Thursday, Oct 19, fro 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. for an informational meeting.

·      These college recruiters will be on campus to talk to you about their programs.  All meetings are in the guidance office at 12:15 unless otherwise noted.  Email lyn.johnson@knoxschools.org to get more information and sign up for any of them:
o   Mon, 10/23 - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY  
o   Tues, 10/31 - Austin Peay State University, Clarksville TN

·      The Race for the Cure needs volunteers to help prepare for the race this Saturday.  Contact Nicole Taylor (ntaylor@komeneasttn.org) if you can help Friday afternoon or Saturday morning.  These would be appropriate for scholarship/TN Promise volunteer hours!

·      Sophomores and Juniors – Governor’s School for the Arts at MTSU applications are open!  The School for the Arts will be held June 1 – June 24, 2018.  Auditions will be held @ MTSU on Jan 13 & 14th.  You must select your preferred date on the student data form.  There will be a short informational meeting for those interested on Wed., October 18 from 12:25 – 12:45 in the Counseling Center.  Applications must be completed by students and returned to Mr. Sudderth by Oct. 31, 2017.  This is a hard deadline, no exceptions.  For more info, visit http://gsfta.com

·      Applications are now open for the United States Senate Youth Program. The program offers high school students in their junior or senior years the opportunity to participate in an annual Washington Week event in March, which includes a variety of events that promote a unique understanding of the structure of our national government. The Hearst Foundation also offers selected state finalists a $10,000 undergraduate scholarship. The student application and instructions for applying are available here. The deadline to apply is Oct. 27.

Quote of the day from Henry Ford:

If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from his angle as well as your own.   #empathy


Practice L&N Habits every day: Professionalism, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Innovation, Inquiry, & Design
L&N STEM Academy – TN’s First Apple School of Distinction, 3 time - US News & World Report medalist – Silver 2017, Gold 2016, Bronze 2015, 3 time - Newsweek’s Top 500 American High Schools 2015 – 17