Monday, January 20, 2014

Gryphon Student Announcements for 1/21/14

For Tuesday, January 21, 2014
 “N” Day

·    Josten’s will be here this Thursday, Jan 23, to deliver class rings.  You must bring any remaining balance due for your ring before you can pick it up.  Any student who wants to order a ring can do so on Thursday.  You need a $50 deposit.  Also, any senior who still needs to order graduation supplies needs to see the rep on Thursday for late ordering information.

·    Congrats to two of our musicians, Ella Marston and Clara Prinston.  Both ladies auditioned and were selected to the All-State East Orchestra on violin.  They both also play in the Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra locally.  Thanks for showing that STEM and arts go hand in hand!

·    If you have any snow/holiday pictures that you would like to be featured in the yearbook, please send them to, along with a quote about your winter break, by January 23rd .

·    If you would like to participate in the Flag-Football 2014 Spring Season you need to email or The deadline to sign up will be January 31st.  Use the same contacts if you have any questions.

·    We're starting a Crochet Club here at school. If you love to crochet (or knit) or you'd love to learn to crochet (or knit), please consider joining us!  We just couldn't wait! We'll have our very first meeting on Wednesday, January 22 from 4:30 to about 5:30 p.m. in the Commons.  From then on we'll plan on meeting on Mondays. (If you're new to crocheting or knitting, just show up--with yarn and a needle(s) if you can.  If you already crochet or knit, bring your current project.)  Faculty, staff, and students are all invited to join.  We can't wait to get started!

·    Juniors/Seniors: Buy your prom tickets!  Price is $45 for singles/$80 for couples until Jan 31, then they go up $5 each.  See Mrs. Brown or Ms. Stanish for tickets, questions, or an application to bring someone from outside the school.  Prom is April 12 at the Square Room.  Be there!

·    Join us for book club!  Our next meeting is on Wednesday, February 19th, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Media Center. Because it will have been a couple months since we last met, we selected several books to read to keep us busy.  Feel free to read one or more of the following and join us on February 5:  Life as We Knew It by Susan Pfeffer, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, Evermore by Alyson Noel, and The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. Everyone is welcome!

From the guidance office: 
·    TN Achieves will be hosting a FAFSA sign up on January 26th from 9a to 2pm at the Pellissippi State Community College Campus 10915 Hardin Valley Rd, Knoxville, TN 37932 

·    Seniors: Need help filing the FAFSA?  Tusculum College will host “FAFSA Frenzy” on January 30th at 4:00 pm at the Knoxville Tusculum Campus. This is a community service event to help ALL Knox County seniors and their families file the FAFSA at no charge regardless what college the student plans to attend.  Participants should bring their most recent tax return documentation and any questions they may have about financial aid and the FAFSA. 

·    UT College of Engineering (CoE) will host a series of summer engineering programs during the summer of 2014.  For program information, dates, and deadlines; please go to the guidance page to see a flyer.  Each program is a one-week residen­tial program for high school students. You will want to look at the eVOL10 or HITES programs.  All students are encouraged to apply. Our mission is to provide students who show an interest in engineering studies an early exposure to and preparation for scientific study and research.

      Thirty-two students from around the southeast will be selected to participate for each program. Hands-on activities will spark an interest in the world of engineering and allow students to explore career opportunities. Throughout the program, participants will be challenged to apply what they have learned in engineering competitions. All applications must be received by their deadlines. For more information, please visit our website at

Clubs and Organizational happenings:

·    Girl Talk next meeting is Tues, 1/28, in room 216 at 8:45.

·    GSA is making changes – to better represent what they stand for, the new name of the group is the “Equality Club.”  Their mission is to be a club that embraces individuality, accepts differences, and promotes activism for the improvement of society.  Please join them on Tuesday mornings in room 104 from 8:50 – 9:15.

·    Teens for Christ will resume meeting next week, beginning Jan 21.

Quote of the day from Martin Luther King, Jr.:

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.

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

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