Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Gryphon Student Announcements for 10/3/13

For Thursday, October 3, 2013
 “L” Day Schedule

·      Prom Committee is selling T-shirts for Spirit week (Oct 21 – 26) and the Color War.  Shirts are $10 and we are selling through next Monday.  Students can purchase them in the morning and during all 3 lunches.   Additionally, we are collecting all students' signatures to go on the back of the shirts.  Students can sign during the morning or during all 3 lunches. 

·      Do you need help with your homework? Check out and get live, real-time help online for free! Go to our school fusion page and click on the Subscriptions menu (across the top rule). Click on and set up an anonymous, free account so that you can tag and reconnect with your favorite tutors, store your assignments and files in a virtual locker, and even review your past sessions when studying. You can work with tutors to help complete your homework, study for a test, understand concepts, and even help with your AP assignments.  (The password has been emailed to students) Stop by the Media Center if you have questions. 

·      Join us for Ruta Sepetys' author visit to our school co-sponsored by CCYAL on Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 1:30 in Rm. 104 (station). The Nashville-based author of fiction for young adults will be speaking about Between Shades of Gray, a powerful story inspired by Sepetys' own families' experience in Lithuania under Soviet Occupation during Stalin's cruel dictatorship. Sepetys' second novel, Out of the Easy, combines her "love for New Orleans, historical scandal, and the idea that we are most perfect in our imperfection." Consider purchasing a copy of one of these titles this weekend and asking her to sign your book! Make sure you contact Ms. Ellis to reserve your seat.  

·      One of the STEM classes is doing a design project with potential space we might be able to obtain in the bottom of the convention center next to the school for future expansion space.  Please take a moment to give them some thoughts on this survey to help:

·      Potential volunteers are needed for Knoxville Zoo's Boo! at the Zoo. This is Knoxville's largest trick-or-treat event scheduled for October 10-13, 17-20 and 24-27. We need volunteers from 4:15- 9:00 to help with handing out candy, dressing in costumes we provide and assist with activities. Flyers with more information are available in the front office at the desk.

·      Instructions for applying to TN Governor's Schools can be found in an email sent to all 10th and 11th grade students as well as on the School Counseling page of the website.  Applications are now available for the Governor’s School programs for summer 2014.  Go to this website for more information about all the different programs (ranging from Arts to Sciences to Engineering and Scientific Models).  They are held across the state and financial aid is available to help with costs. 

·      Want to show your game skills?  We’ll be hosting a video game tournament with NCAA13 on an Xbox, Friday, Oct 11, in our Commons Area starting at 5:30 p.m.  Cost will be $8 to play (includes pizza dinner, soda, and snack) or $4 to come to watch (includes same food).  Students will be able to purchase wristbands to participate beginning Oct 7 in the bookstore.  Proceeds will go towards schoolwide event costs. Questions?  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 to participate or daonate:  Our team is the L&N STEM Academy Gryphons. Walk or run, it's sure to be fun!

·      The Reflections program is an arts enrichment contest sponsored by the National PTA. This year’s Reflection's theme is “Believe, Dream, Inspire”.   Go to the PTSA page off our website for more information including rules, guidelines, and deadlines.

Opportunities to be involved with your school:

·      SGA is holding a general meeting on Wednesday, October 10 in the morning and the afternoon (come to whichever time works best). The morning meeting will be held in Rm. 104 at 8:45 a.m. and the afternoon meeting will also be in Rm. 104 at 3:40 p.m. This meeting is for all members.  
·      Gryphon Film Club is having meetings again.  We are meeting on Thursday afternoons from 4:45 to 6:00 in room 214. 
·      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.

    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: 

·      September 30th-October 4th is Tennessee's College App Week.  This is a great time to begin thinking about college no matter what grade you're in!  

Quote of the day: from Francesca Reigler:
Happiness is an attitude.  We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong.  The amount of work is the same.

Practice L&N Habits every day: Collaboration, Critical thinking, Design, Innovation, Inquiry, & Professionalism
L&N STEM Academy – TN’s First Apple School of Distinction, 2012-13 TN Reward School

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