Monday, January 27, 2014

Gryphon Student Announcements for 1/28/14

For Tuesday, January 28, 2014
 “L” Day

·    Are you the person that people go to when they have an iPad/Computer problem? Mr. Acosta is looking for tech savvy, or that want to become tech savvy, students to join the STEM Tech Help Desk! The STEM Techs will meet every morning to help students and faculty with any school technology issues they might have.  Kind of like a Gryphon Genius Bar! For more information or to send in your application clickhere or email 

·    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. 

·    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!

·    The Social Studies Department is proud to announce the following winners of our school National History Day qualifying round.  Each of these projects will be heading to the regional competition at UT on March 7.  The categories for Website and Essay will be judged in the next few days off campus, so we do not yet have results for those categories. Congratulations to the following:
o   Individual Performance:  "The Life and Times of Elizabeth Cady Stanton" - Lydia Barbour
o   Individual Exhibit:
§   "The Band That Played On" - Ella Marston
§  "Woodrow Wilson's Decision to Enter World War One"  -  Ben Hall
o   Group Exhibit:  
§   "The Rights and Responsibilities of Women Athletes Before and After Title IX" - Emily Bretscher, Emily Chapin, Sara Anderson, Molly Armstrong
§  "The Strike That Shook America:  The Lawrence Strike Transforms Labor Rights"  Jeremiah Branson, Justin Cross, Noah Dunlap
§  "The Bielski Partisan:  Surviving WWII in German Forests" Solana Forrest-Bank, Alex Hendrix, Connor Sweat
A huge "thank you" to everyone who participated so very professionally Friday.  It is a pleasure working with each and every one of you!

From the guidance office: 
·    Juniors/Seniors don’t miss out.  Keep checking the Guidance page on our website.  They update scholarship opportunities on a regular basis and there are a whole bunch with Feburary deadlines.  Don’t miss out!

·    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   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, Monday mornings in room D112.

Quote of the day from Eleanor Roosevelt:
Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

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

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