Monday, February 11, 2013

STEM STUDENT Announcements for 2/12/13

For Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013
"L" Schedule Day
Advisory Day

In recognition of Black History Month (February):
Dr. Patricia Bath is a widely known ophthalmologist from New York. Her main goal was to find a way to prevent, care, and treat blindness. She was living in Los Angeles when she
received her first patent, becoming the first African American female doctor to patent a medical invention. Patricia Bath's patent (#4,744,360) was for a method for removing cataract lenses that transformed eye surgery by using a laser device making the procedure more accurate. 

·      Interested in Venturing?  Did you know the L&N has a career exploration group for STEM careers, called a Venturing Crew?  They meet every Thursday night from 5:30 – 7:00 in room 202.  For more info, see students Ryan Gardner or Eric O’Reilly.  This is a co-ed club, both boys and girls welcome!

·      Want to make a friendship or romantic gesture for Valentine’s day? Support the Prom Committee and buy a carnation for $2 to send to that someone special.  You can order during lunch by Wednesday, 2/13, in the Commons and fill out a message card.  Flowers will be delivered on Valentine’s day (Feb 14) during Advisory.

·      Juniors – email Mrs. Salerno if you want to meet the MTSU recruiter today during Advisory time in the STEM space!

·      Feb 4 – 15: Bring canned food and peanut butter to put in the Second Harvest barrels in the office and Commons.  You can also contribute change and dollars at lunchtime to the Jason Jablonski Memorial Food Drive to benefit Second Harvest food bank.  Every school is judged based on pounds of food/$ collected per student so we have a chance to show the bigger schools we are the Gryphons – we’re here and we care!!  Please participate.

·      Order your yearbooks now!  Click here for link.  Cost is $70.  Order now!

·      Juniors – plan on attending a meeting with your parents/guardians on Tues, Feb 19, from 5:30 – 6:30.  We’ll be discussing senior year planning, college application process, and rules around spring field placements and campus freedom.  Be here!
·      What do you do to stay fit? Do you go to YMCA during gym? Do you play tennis? Do you rock climb? What kinds of interesting activities do you to stay fit? If you want to share your fitness activities and be featured in the yearbook, then email or .

·      Fancy yourself a writer? An aspiring author? A budding songwriter? A journalist, screenwriter, or poet in the making? If so, consider attending the 20th Annual Brian N. Conley Young Writers’ Institute (YWI). The YWI is planned for Saturday, March 2, 2013, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the UT-Knoxville campus. This FREE, one-day institute will offer writing workshops in poetry, fiction, journalism, screenwriting, songwriting, and performance poetry. This year, workshops will be led by nationally recognized performance poets Daniel Roop and Jonathan Clark (Courageous), poet and songwriter R.B. Morris, fiction writer Matthew Brock, journalist Terry Shaw, songwriter Brent Thompson and multi-genre writer Kali Meister. A free lunch will also be provided to all participants. Students will be responsible for finding transportation to and from the UT campus.

To pre-register for the event, email Ms. Hoffman ( no later than 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 12. Be sure to include your full name, preferred email address, and your top three workshop choices, ranked from #1 - #3. Workshop options include Poetry; Performance Poetry, Screenwriting; Fiction Writing; Songwriting; and Journalism. Email Ms. Hoffman with any questions.

·      Students are you aware that there is help if you need new clothes or shoes but cannot afford them?  Email or let Ms. Patterson know in the front office and our social worker will get you set up with shoe and/or clothing vouchers to be used at local merchants.  We’re here to help!

Brown Bags:  RSVP to Mr. Smith
o   Feb 15:  Dr Ian Anderson from ORNL

College/career news:
·      ACT Question of the day

·      If you’re filling out testing or college paperwork, our school’s CEEB code is 431118.  See Mrs. Salerno or the Guidance page on our web site for more.

·      MTSU will have an admissions counselor here to present general information, programs offered, and highlights of the Honors Program in the STEM space in the Depot during Advisories next Tuesday, Feb 12.  You MUST reserve space by emailing Mrs. Salerno (sarah.salerno) if you wish to attend.

·      Big Orange STEM Symposium:  High school juniors are invited to the University of Tennessee's Big Orange STEM Symposium on Saturday, April 6th from 10:00am-3:00pm at Hodges Library.  This program will introduce local high school students to careers and research exploration in STEM disciplines through active engagement, networking, and hands-on presentations from experts in the field and community.  Registration opens online at 10:00am on February 18th,
Please see Mrs. Salerno for more information (Mrs. Ashe is keynote speaker!)

·      MTSU Honors College Open House--On Monday, February 18th, MTSU Honors College is hosting an Open House for interested students and parents on MTSU's campus.  Please visit the following link for more information.

Club Meetings:
·      Asian Culture & Language Club (ACLC): Wednesday during Enrichment in D223.

·      Chess Club meets on Wednesdays from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m. in the media center.  

·      Gryphon Studios, film club, on Thursday afternoons 4:45 – 6:00 PM, in Room 214 in the Station. **NOTE – NOT meeting on February 14.

·      Teens for Christ: Mondays from 8:45 – 9:15 in D113.

·      Young Life: Wednesdays from 8:45 – 9:15 in the Mezzanine.

Quote of the day from Dr. Patricia E. Bath,
Believe in the power of truth . . . Do not allow your mind to be imprisoned by majority thinking.  Remember that the limits of science are not the limits of imagination.

Practice L&N Habits every day: Collaboration, Critical thinking, Design, Innovation, Inquiry, & Professionalism

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