Wednesday, March 13, 2013

STEM STUDENT Announcements for 3/14/13

For Thursday, March 14, 2013
"N" Schedule Day
Advisory Day

Special note to students – let’s keep focused.  The weather is turning pretty, spring break is around the corner, and now the clock reminds us it is daylight savings time – but we’re still in school and here to learn.  Let’s keep our outfits, our language, our volume, and our behavior appropriate for school!

·      ALL current SGA members: If you are interested in running for any SGA office, you must attend a mandatory candidacy meeting on Friday, March 15th during 1st and 2nd lunch in room 214. The meeting will discuss roles of each position, how to run for office, and important dates to prepare for. You must be a current SGA member with at least a 3.0 weighted GPA to run for any office.   Open positions include:
SGA Officers- President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer 
Senior Class Officers- President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer
Junior Class Officers- President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer
Sophomore Class Officers- President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer
If you wish to run for any office but are unable to attend the meeting, please email your reason to Mrs. Brogan ( by Thursday for further instruction.

·      Juniors:  Tuesday, March 19 is the in-school administration of the ACT exam.  The exam must start by 9:00 a.m. so we will start instructions at 8:45.  YOU are responsible for arranging transportation to be here by 8:45 on the 19th to take the test.  NO EXCEPTIONS! 
o   In preparation for the in-school ACT exam, some of you have received invitations, and this is a special offer to ALL interested juniors to attend ACT focused test-prep sessions to be held this week during 2nd Advisory in room 205 each day:  Tuesday focus is Reading/English, Wednesday is Math, Thursday is Science Reasoning.  Check in with your Advisory teacher if you do not have Enrichment before participating.  Attendance will be taken and reported back to Advisory teachers. 

·      Due to the ACT test next Tuesday, the Learning Lab makeup session normally in the STEM space will be in room 203 on Tuesday, March 19 only.

·      Rising juniors and seniors (this year’s sophomores and juniors): looking for a cool outdoor experience where you can also earn college credit this summer?  Go here: to learn about a 2-week residential experience in the Smokies at Tremont.  You can earn college credit from Maryville College while enjoying an immersion experience in nature, July 18 – 31.  Applications are due in May.  More info can be found at the link provided.

·      Did you know that Google sponsors a science fair?  Submissions are due in 53 days –go to  for more information.

·      Need help just managing everything?  Want to get help/advice from your peers before your teachers?  Join the student-led study group that is forming.  They will meet Tuesdays from 5:00 – 7:30 at the downtown library.  Email students T’Neycia Jackson or Audrey Barbour for more information.

·      Summer School info – Knox County Summer School applications just went active for this year.  Click on the “guidance” tab on the left of our school’s homepage to find more information now!

·      AP students – last 3 days to pay for your exams!  If you’re having problems coming up with the money, please see Mrs. Salerno, but don’t wait until the Friday deadline!

·      The Chess Club is kicking off a fundraiser selling flower bulbs. We are raising money to buy more chess boards, timers, and pay competition entry fees in the Fall. This event runs through April 15, 2013. If you are interested in reviewing the items available, please click on this link  where you can place your order directly online. Items ordered will be shipped directly to you anytime after April 2, 2013, depending on when you place you order. Chess Club members have paper catalogs if you would like to peruse one of them instead. The Chess Club thanks you in advance for your support!

Brown Bags:  RSVP to Mr. Smith
o   March 15 – Amber Dyer, President of IEEE Robotics Club, Pellissippi State, Topic: Robotics and Engineering
o   March 22 - Robbie Cook, CH2M Hill, Regional Manager, Topic: Project Management & Consulting

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.

·      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!)

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.

·      Venture Club (STEM career post of scouting) meets Thursdays from 5:30 – 7:00 in room 202. 

·      Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) meets every Friday during 2nd lunch in room 222.  This group is about spreading tolerance of diversity in all its forms - all are welcome.

Quote of the day from  Thomas Jefferson,
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.

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

Special announcement for AP students:It is type to sign up for and pay for any AP Exams you want to take in May.  The cost of each exam is $89 ($53 if student is on free/reduced lunch).  Please make checks out to the L&N STEM Academy with the name of the AP exam(s) you are paying for in the memo line.  Students signing up to take these exams must also complete a registration form which can be found on the Guidance page of STEM's website.  

Payments and registration forms will be accepted by Mrs. Salerno in the guidance lobby during the following dates and times:

Monday – Friday, March 11 – 15, from 4:30 – 4:45 in the Guidance Office

Other times can be scheduled by request of the student or parent as needed.

No payments or registrations forms will be accepted nor refunds issued after Friday, March 15th!

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