Thursday, September 12, 2013

Gryphon Student Announcements for 9/13/13

For Friday, September 13, 2013
“N” Day Schedule

·      Sadly – we are having problems remembering the habit of Professionalism when dealing with facilities.  Earlier this week, the boys’ bathroom on the first floor of the Depot building was trashed with wet paper towels thrown about the walls, floor, and ceiling.  Today, the door was damaged so much it will no longer close properly.  Thus, boys, you have lost the privilege of a professionally-appointed facility.  The door is being removed completely until such time as the administration feels you have regained our trust.  We are investigating, and any student with knowledge of who is responsible should email any one of the administrators or a teacher.

·      Final FRC roster is posted outside G006 for anyone who missed the group email.

·      Join us next Friday, September 20th (NOTE NEW DATE) for SGA Movie Night! We will be watching The Great Gatsby out on the plaza starting at 8:00. Parents and siblings are welcome. There is no cost, but SGA will be selling concessions. Please bring lawn chairs and/or blankets to sit on.

·      Female students: Are you interested in getting together with Ms. Stewart and Ms. Keith every other Tuesday morning for “girl talk”? Anyone interested should come to room 214, Tuesday, Sept 17th, at 8:45.

·      UT College of Social Work will be providing classes on 9/21, 10/12, 11/2, 11/16 and 12/7 that help teens with skills to   make smart choices about sex and drugs. For attending the class they receive a $60 Walmart gift card. Interested students or parents should call 974-9217 or email

·      Join SGA and the STEM Academy in helping support a cure for breast cancer in our own backyard! Everyone is welcome (family, friends, students, teachers, parents, etc.).  Join our school team for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure held on Saturday, October 26, 2013, in World's Fair Park. Sign up here:  Our team is the L&N STEM Academy Gryphons. Walk or run, it's sure to be fun!

·      Prom Committee is selling Knox County School coupon books.  Price is $10, cash, or check made payable to L&N STEM Academy.  See any Prom Committee member for more info.

·      9th-11th graders may now sign up for the PSAT.  Information about the PSAT can be found on the Guidance page of the website.  Registration is $14.00 and can be turned in to Mrs. Johnson in the Guidance office. If payment is an issue for you, please check with your counselor to request a fee waiver voucher.  The deadline for registration is September 18th at 4:00 pm.  Payment can be made with check or EXACT cash and is NON-REFUNDABLE.  The PSAT will be administered at STEM the morning of October 16th (the day before Fall Break).

·      Any girl interested in playing powder puff football email: There are no prior skills required, its free, and fun!

·      Thinking about the military?  Our first student to commit has offered to talk with anyone interested to share his experiences so far and contact info with the Navy.  Email

Opportunities to be involved with your school:
·      Gryphon Gaming Club, Fridays, from 8:45 – 9:15 in room D119.  Emphasis is on video gaming, but all gamers are welcome!

·      Health Environmental Issues Organization (HEIO) meets Wednesday mornings from 8:45 – 9:20 in D116.

·      Gryphon Outreach (a volunteer service club) will hold an interest meeting for freshmen only on Sept. 20, 8:45 a.m., in the STEM space.

·      There will be a TSA (Technology Students Association) meeting at 9:00 in G006 on Wednesday, September 11th.

·      Teens for Christ meets Monday mornings at 9:00 in room D113.  All are welcome.

·      GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) meet 8:45 – 9:15 on Thursday mornings in room 222.  All are welcome.

·      Young Life meeting Thursdays at 8:43 in room D112.

College admissions/visits information:
Recruiters on campus:  UT Chattanooga will be here today (9/13) and Monday.  Be sure to respond to the invitation sent by guidance to be able to attend.

Monday, September 16 at 6:00 pm at Bearden High School! Mark your calendars now as this is definitely a night not to be missed!! Maria Furtado, Executive Director of the non-profit organization, Colleges That Changes Lives (CTCL), will challenge your approach to compiling a college list. Hear the latest research on specific campus characteristics and learning components that lead to a successful college experience. But be forewarned: your view of popular college rankings will be challenged as these reports are just one measure of quality among many. Above all, Ms. Furtado will encourage you to make the college search process a well-informed journey that leads to the best possible outcome: finding the best college fit.

On Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 6:00 pm at Oak Ridge High School, The University of Chicago will host a College Information Session for interested juniors, seniors and their families.  The program will consist of a 20-30 minute presentation about U Chicago, another 20 minutes covering the application process and what highly selective schools are looking for, and then some time for questions. A diversity of materials will be available for families as well.  If your child has an interest in U Chicago (or a highly selective college in general), this session is well worth your time! 

Quote of the day: from Muhammad Ali:

I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.

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