Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Gryphon Student Announcements for 2/11/14

For Tuesday, February 11, 2014
 “L” Day

·    Boys and Girls Tennis Tryouts: postponed until February 13th 4:45.  If we are out of school for weather, they will be rescheduled.  Location: Tyson Park Tennis Complex.  Reminders: Bring your own Racket, Tennis Shoes, Warm/Proper Clothing.  Also per Knox County Schools each student that participates in a tryout must have a physical from a Medical Doctor from this school year. If you played another sport here at STEM we will have your physical on file. If not, you can get a physical at any Walgreens or through your own doctor. If you have any questions email josh.orrick@knoxschools.org.

·      We are planning a trip to the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington DC, April 24 – 26.  Anyone interested in attending needs to plan on coming to an informational meeting Thursday, Feb 13, at 9:00 in room 104.  Email Mrs. Ashe if you’re interested but can’t make the meeting.  Open to all students – in conjunction with Art Honor Society.

·      Here’s something to try for free – NASA is offering a free online course about Space Systems Engineering.  Ever wonder about the behind the scenes thinking that goes into a mission?  Learn directly from NASA scientists and engineers.  Massive public open course, go here to sign up:

·      Congrats to our Ethics Teams!  Two teams proudly represented L&N STEM Academy Saturday at the 3rd annual Ethics Bowl hosted by the University of Tennessee's Philosophy Department at the Crown Plaza Hotel. Team L consisted of Spencer Baxter, Taylor Smith, Bailey Morgan, and Justin Cross; Team N members were Alyssa Cox-Lewis, Mattie Collins, Madeline Lonas, and Christopher Salvemini. Matched against 11 other teams from East Tennessee, the competition consisted of making and challenging arguments on issues such as arming the Syrian rebels, should NCAA athletes be paid, synthetic meat vs. the beef industry, physician-assisted suicide, conscientious objectors and the military draft, Michael Snowden and privacy of US citizens, the Trayvon Martin case, and others.  Both teams made it to the semi-finals in this, their first competition.  They finished in 4th and 5th place out of 13 teams.  L&N team participants were featured later that day in media coverage of the event:

·      Students, If you would like to make a contribution to the school's new Alma Mater (School Song), Submissions are Due TODAY to Mr. Griffin (derek.griffin@knoxschools.org). Any questions can also be directed to Mr. Griffin.

·      MAGIC Tournament: Be crowned STEM champion!  The Tournament will be held Saturday, 2/15 from 1-6pm in the Commons.  Entry fee is $15. Prize support will be given to the top 8 and bonus prizes will be given.  Additionally, there will be guest players bounty on their heads - do you have what it takes to beat them?  Pre-registration during all 3 lunches until 2/14. Entry can be purchased at the door.

·    The Financial Aid FAFSA Workshop for seniors and their parents has been rescheduled for TODAY, Feb. 11th from 3:00-4:30 (L4) in the Media Center.  Elizabeth Raymond from the TN Student Assistance Corporation will be here to help with filing the FAFSA and answer any questions you may have.  Seniors can refer to the documents Mrs. Salerno previously emailed them with information on what they need to bring. (This workshop is optional.)

·    Singing Valentines are available for purchase ($3, carnation included) in the Commons in the mornings and during all three lunches until tomorrow – last day! Valentines will be delivered during advisory on February 14 (Valentine's Day), so you must know the person's advisory before purchasing! Songs available include: "You Don't Know You're Beautiful," "Love Story," "I'm Yours," and "Call Me Maybe," and many more!
·    Help feed the hungry across Knox County by taking part in the Knox County PTA Peanut Butter drive.  Bring in jars of any kind of peanut butter to the barrel in the office this week!  You can also bring cash and coins towards purchasing, too.  Help us collect more pounds per student than any other PTA in the system!

·    Juniors/Seniors: Buy your prom tickets!  Keep in mind that advance sales are what allow purchase of prom favors and decorations.  Help us have a great prom and not music in a bare room!  Price is $50 for singles/$90 couples.  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 19:  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!

·      Big Orange STEM Symposium:  High school students are invited to the University of Tennessee's Big Orange STEM Symposium on Saturday, March 29 from 10:00am-3:00pm at Hodges Library.  This program will introduce local high school students to careers and research exploration in STEM disciplines through active engagement, networking, and hands-on presentations from experts in the field and community.  Registration is free at http://s.lib.utk.edu/19s and includes a FREE LUNCH.  Please also email Ms. Ellis if you're attending.

·      Tomorrow is our first Early Release for this semester.  Please plan accordingly.

From the guidance office: 
·    Juniors will be taking the in-school ACT on Tuesday, March 4th at 8:00 am.  Students are responsible for their own transportation to school that morning.  If a junior does not want to take the test this date, please let Mrs. Salerno know asap.  

·      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!

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

·    Yarn Arts group meets Wednesdays from 4:30 – 5:30 in the Commons Area.  All students and faculty are invited to attend – if you don’t know how to knit or crochet, come and learn!  Bring a project or just some yarn and a crochet hook!

·    Teens for Christ, Monday mornings in room D112

Quote of the day from Benjamin Franklin:
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.

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

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