GRYPHON MISSION BRIEFING
For Tuesday, October 23, 2018 – L-day
School Mission – Boundless STEM: Learning & Leading
L&N Student Mission – #Own it!
· Spirit week theme today: Tuesday – Yeehaw Day
o Wednesday – vine and meme day
o Reminder – all costumes must meet school dress code (no bare midriff, bare back, must have shoulders, and you may not wear a mask that completely hides/covers your face while on campus)
· All 9-week grades have now been posted. Digital Lab rosters will be updated and students may only check out based on having no grades below a “C” (75) beginning Thursday, Oct 25. This is based on grades that show on your progress report as of Wednesday, Oct 17. If you lost check out privileges work hard and earn them back at the end of this 4.5 week period, which ends the day before Thanksgiving. You will receive an email if you have lost the privilege or if you have gained it back. If there was no change, you will not get an email.
· Seniors have you made your plan for this Wednesday morning? We are giving the PSAT exam to all 9 – 11th graders from 9:30 – 1:00. Seniors are encouraged to use the morning to make a college visit to a nearby institution (UT, Maryville, Carson Newman, Tusculum, Pellissippi, Roane State . . . .). Use the attached form (college visit verification) to have it count as an official college visit day so it doesn’t count against your absences for senior privilege on final exams in the spring! Any student on campus not testing will spend the whole time in supervised quiet study time in room 104 or Media Center.
· Students signed up to attend Engineering Day on Thursday at UT, please stop by the office to pick up permission forms.
· MEDIC Blood Drive: Give the gift of life! Wednesday, October 31st from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Medic Mobile will be parked in the Plaza parking lot from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Halloween. Donate and save up to 3 lives!! Every donor gets snacks, a t-shirt, and a coupon for a free appetizer at Texas Roadhouse!
Who can donate blood?
- Sixteen year olds who are at least 120 lbs (with signed consent [attached])
- Seventeen year olds who are at least 110 lbs (with signed consent [attached])
- All adults, 18 and over (please ask your family and friends!) (NOTE: Parents and teachers go to the front of the line!)
What do you need to know?
Bring photo ID
- Bring a list of medications, if applicable
- Start hydrating the day before
- Eat a hearty breakfast/lunch before donating
Consent forms for students under 18 are attached and also located in the front office and in the library. Click on this link to sign up!
· Fall Dance tickets are on sale now! Through this week and next.
WHEN: during ALL lunches from October 15th to the 26th.
WHERE: in the commons under the SGA bulletin board.
HOW MUCH: $8 per person, $14 for a couple
If you don't buy one before the dance YOU CAN STILL GO! At the door, tickets will be $10 per person during the dance (October 27th from 7pm to 10pm). Dress is semi-formal.
Community & Guidance Ops:
· A student representative from the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa) will be in Guidance during lunch on Friday, Oct. 26.
· Seniors – counselors will be in English 4 classes on Tuesday & Wednesday, Oct. 23rd and 24th to help seniors sign up for the TN Promise scholarship. Those in Dual Enrollment and AP Eng 4 need to stop by Guidance to get help. Don’t miss this opportunity for free money – deadline is Nov 1. You received an email from Mrs. Morrell with details. Don’t miss this!!
· Opportunities for students to take advantage of the National Planetary Sciences Annual meeting happening in Knoxville this week (both are free): Free Public Talk: Earths Above - The Search for Life in Outer Space
o Tuesday, 10/23, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. at UTK's Alumni Memorial Building, Room 32 (1048 Middle Drive, Knoxville, 37996) - free parking in garage G-10 (Philip Fulmer Drive, south of Neyland Stadium). Dr. Bonnie Buratti, an astronomer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory / 2018 winner of the Carl Sagan Medal for Excellence in Public Communication in Planetary Science. A planetarium show (8:45 p.m.) and rooftop telescope viewing (8:00 - 10:00 p.m.) of the night sky will follow the talk, at the Nielson Physics Building
Little lessons for lina: A staged reading of a play by Mark Littmann - The astonishing true story of Caroline Herschel, the first woman to be a professional astronomer
o Wednesday, 10/24, 8:00 p.m. (dress rehearsal) & Thursday, 10/25, 8:00 p.m. Knoxville Convention Center Ballroom C
Quote of the day from George Crane:
There is no future in any job. The future lies in the man who holds the job.
Practice L&N Habits every day: Professionalism, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Innovation, Inquiry, & Design
L&N STEM Academy – TN’s First Apple School of Distinction, 4 time - US News & World Report medalist – 4 years (2015-18), 4 time - Newsweek’s Top 500 American High Schools 2015 – 18, 5 time TN Reward School (2014 – 18)