Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Gryphon Student Announcements for 2/20/14

For Thursday, February 20, 2014
 “L” Day

·      Gryphon junior Josh Witt has entered a video contest for Tennessee's State Collaborative for Reforming Education, and he needs your vote.  Please take a moment to vote for the video he produced for L&N STEM Academy's use of innovation.
Once you go to the link, you will need to log in to your Facebook account in order to vote and then you will need to like the SCORE page in order for the vote to count.  You may dislike the page later if you wish.  Deadline to vote is 6:00 p.m. TODAY!

·      Let us hear your comments and suggestions for the new line in the cafeteria.  Do you like it?  Is it efficient?  Ideas to make it better?  Send to Mrs. Ashe.  Along the same lines – help each other be where you should be and doing what you should be doing.  During Early Release yesterday we had a lot of trash left at tables in the Commons and on the Verandah and students all over with too much PDA.  Keep it G rated, folks!

·      Every year Google hosts a Doodle for Google competition.  The grand prize winner gets to have their Doodle displayed on the Google page! For more info, go to:
Deadline for submitting your doodle is March 20.

·      Check out the affirmations on @STEMcomps (Twitter)!  At the suggestion of several students, today, Thursday, is official Gryphon Pride Day!  Celebrate being a Gryphon – wear green or yellow and show up on the plaza before or after school for giant selfies to celebrate as a school!  #GryphonNation

·      Congrats to our Swimmers and divers who competed at State swim meet this weekend. The STEM Academy finished 15th out of 130 teams!
Emily Bretscher and Jacob Siler got second in the diving followed by Paul Bretscher, Cole Patrick, and John-Alex Evans in 3rd, 10th, and 16th respectively. James Bretscher finished 3rd in the butterfly and 4th in the backstroke. Owen Sanders finished 9th in the butterfly and 16th in the breaststroke.  Alli Lapps finished 5th in the backstroke.  Congratulate Abby Barker, Alli Lapps, Taylor Martin, Emily Chase, Jessica Foster, Molly Duncan, James Bretscher, Jonathan Lara, Owen Sanders, Preston Nicely, Emily Bretscher, Jacob Siler, John Alex Evans, Cole Patrick, and Paul Bretscher for making the state cuts and competing in Nashville. Check out the promotional video:  Now in dropbox since the YouTube link didn’t work.

·      If you are interested in Health Physics, Biomed Engineering, Neutron Science, or Nuclear Engineering come to the Engineering Bldg at UT on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 7:30am – 12:00pm.  For students, this meeting is an opportunity to meet people who have made a career in the radiological sciences, and come to a better of understanding of what types of problems are being solved.  Sign up (it’s free) at: 

·      Tennis Tryouts will be held today, 2-20-14, at Tyson Tennis Complex at 4:45 p.m.  Don’t forget you need a physical to participate in the tryout if you have not had one.  

·      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 20, 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.

·      MAGIC Tournament: Be crowned STEM champion!  The Tournament has been rescheduled to Saturday, 3/1, from 2-6pm 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 2/21. Entry can be purchased at the door.  Proceeds go to support PROM!

·    Last 2 days to bring in peanut butter for the PTSA drive!  Bring to the office BUT we will start a special collection of ANY canned (or boxed – non-perishable) food for our group heading to a service project in middle TN next week.  Aiming for 200 cans of food from our school!  Bring to office beginning Friday this week until next Tuesday, 2/25.

·      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 and includes a FREE LUNCH.  Please also email Ms. Ellis if you're attending.

From the guidance office: 
·      The Advanced Placement Exam Registration forms are now located on the school counseling webpage under the forms section.   All registration forms and payment are due to Mrs. Johnson by March 15th, 2014.  

·      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:
·      Chess club meets Wednesday mornings from 8:30 – 9:15 in room 202.

·      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 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of becoming.

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

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