Sunday, February 2, 2014

Gryphon Student Announcements for 2/3/14

For Monday, February 3, 2014
 “L” Day

·    Congratulations to Shelby Hall and Hannah Kearns, who won Gold Keys in the Regional Scholastic Art Awards, winning 2 of the 9 first place awards for the state of Tennessee! Now their work will progress to the national level.

·    This Wednesday will be our schoolwide “Day of Code.”  We will have classes on the Early Release schedule, but we will not dismiss at 3:30.  Instead everyone will have the chance to participate in an hour of coding activity that has been designed by a team of our own students.  We will resume Early Release Wednesdays on Feb 12.

·    Last weekend the swimming and diving team had a great meet at districts. The STEM Academy finished 6th out of 32 teams. Emily Bretscher won the girls diving. The boys diving team took the top four spots with Jacob Siler winning and Paul Bretscher, John-Alex Evans, and Cole Patrick taking 2nd, 3rd, and 4th respectively. All swimmers improved their times and James Bretscher, Owen Sanders, Jonathan Lara, Preston Nicely, Hayden Cooper, Christian Toppenburg, Ben Kamen, Bennet Monroe, Taylor Martin,  Katie Chase, Molly Duncan, Jessica Foster, and Alli Lapps all returned to swim in finals. All swimmers and divers performed well and represented the STEM Academy with speed and style.

·    Do you know about the system’s Text-a-tip?  The text-a-tip program offers middle and high school students a way to anonymously report potential violence, drugs, bullying or other sensitive issues to school security and law enforcement.  Remembering the text-a-tip number is easy, and the process is quick and simple.  The new number is 274637 (spells CRIMES).  Students simply text 274637, type the keyword “knoxschools” then a space, then input the tip.  Additionally, there is a free app available for download on Android and iPhone mobile devices.  Students can search “TipSubmit Mobile,” and download the free app.

·    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 

·    Singing Valentines are available for purchase ($3, carnation included) in the Commons in the mornings and during all three lunches from now until February 12. 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!

·    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. 

·    Students – you can help feed the hungry across Knox County.  We’re 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 Feb 3 – 14.  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!  Price is $50 for singles/$85.  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: 
·    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!

·    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:

·    Issues Group (formally Girls Talk group) is now welcoming ALL students.  Next meeting is Feb 11 at 8:45 in room 206.  The topic of discussion is “Warning Signs of Dating Violence and Abusive Relationships.”  All who are interested are invited to attend.

·    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 Ayn Rand:
The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me?

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