Thursday, January 23, 2014

Gryphon Student Announcements for 1/24/14

For Friday, January 24, 2014
 “L” Day

·    STEM 1 STUDENTS:  Mike Antonas (project engineer at Y-12) is giving his presentation on bridges Friday morning at 8:30 AM in the STEM space.  All STEM 1 students who have arrived at school by that time should go to the presentation.

·    In case you missed it over the holiday break – Dagon Uselton is our first athlete to be named to a PrepXtra Team for the Knoxville area with his selection to the 1st Cross Country team, representing L&N.  This is a big deal – please be sure to congratulate Dagon on this accomplishment!

·    Congratulations!  For the second year in a row, a team of STEM 1 students has won Best in State for the Verizon Innovative App Challenge! The team consists of Ilana Blumenthal, Zachary Bradley, Riley Hester, William Hunter, Jacob McDaniel, and Angel Quay. Their app is called "Earthling."  Check out their video here:

·    The swim and dive team will be competing in the district meet this weekend. The diving team is competing Friday night after school and the swimmers will be competing all day on Saturday. All competitions are at the new UT pool. Last year our team finished 7th out of 28 teams and we hope to do even better this year.  No cost to attend – come out and support our Aquatic Gryphons!

·    Think you might be interested in a law enforcement career?  The KPD Explorer post is starting a new class on Feb. 11. They are having orientation meetings on Monday, January 27th, and Friday January 31st at 6:00 PM.  Email Mrs. Ashe for more information.

·    Interested in writing for the newspaper? The Gryphon Gazette is now accepting article submissions for its upcoming edition. If you have a topic you feel passionately about, a news story you want to make known, or you just love to write, email

·    Do you need advice on student issues but wish to keep your identity a secret? The Guiding Gryphon, a column of the Gryphon Gazette, provides anonymous advice on STEM student daily lives, relationship issues, dealing grades, and other various tips and tricks to be featured in the school newspaper. Email with your question and it will be kept completely anonymous; only Mr. Fannon will see your name. 

·    Knoxville Zoo will be holding it's annual Volunteer Fair this Saturday, January 25 from 10:00-2:00. This fair is for anyone age 13 and up who has an interest in volunteering at the zoo. People will be available to answer questions and share more information about the program. There is no fee to attend. Anyone interested (students over 13 or teachers) can just stop by anytime between 10:00 and 2:00.

·    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.

·    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: 
·    A mini college fair will be held at STEM on January 30th during 4th block.  Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are encouraged to attend.  Students will be dismissed in groups to attend for 30 minute time slots. 

·    SENIORS: A representative from TN Student Assistance Corporation will be set up in the Media Center to help you and your parents complete your FAFSA if you have not already done so.  Details on what information students/parents will need to bring can be found on the College and Career page of STEM's website.
·    Seniors – time to start filing your FAFSA forms for financial aid for next year.  Here are some help sessions scheduled to help you:
o   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 
o   Thursday, January 30  4p, - ?pm Tusculum College west Knox campus

·    UT College of Engineering (CoE) will host a series of summer engineering programs during the summer of 2014.  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.  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.

·    Equality club meets Tuesday mornings 8:50 – 9:15 in room 104.

·    Come learn how to crochet/knit or come to share with others who do on Wednesdays from 4:30 – 5:30 in the Commons Area.  All students and faculty are invited to attend!  Bring a project or just some yarn and a crochet hook!

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

Quote of the day from Martin Luther King Jr:
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

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

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