Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Gryphon Student Announcements for 3/6/14

For Thursday, March 6, 2014
“L” Day  ACT Testing Schedule

Remember JUNIORS you must be in your testing area by 8:00 a.m.  Everyone be sure to go to the cafeteria for free breakfast (French toast sticks and syrup) in celebration of National School Nutrition Week, available beginning at 7:30.

Bell Schedule:
1st Block: 9:30-11:28 (stay in 1st block through Advisory time on regular day)
2nd Block: 11:34-1:26 (please note: 1st lunch begins at BEGINNING of block!)
                        1st Lunch 11:34-12:04 (students report directly to cafeteria!)
                        2nd Lunch 12:04-12:34
                        3rd Lunch 12:34-1:04 (students will go back to 2nd block after lunch!)
3rd Block: 1:32-2:54
4th Block: 3:00-4:30
Lunch Schedule:
-Classes will report to normally scheduled L Day lunches. Exception: Napier’s, Ogden’s, and Bretscher’s classes will go to 1st lunch with all other Depot classes!
-11th Graders who normally eat 1st lunch will go to 2nd lunch immediately following testing.  All others will eat at their normally scheduled time with their 2nd block class.
1st Lunch:  Orrick, Bretscher, Neudenberger, Hawkins, Sirek, Arnold, Brown, Waxmonsky, Foy, Napier
2nd Lunch:  Robbins, Stanish, Holt, Wilsey, Ogden, Cheng, plus 1st lunch 11th graders
3rd Lunch: Crattie, Webb, Mangone, Jorgenson, Nelson, Blevins, Jones

·      STEM Track & Field Fundraiser:  Donate a minimum of $5 for a chance to win a $100 gas card! Phone number is required. Run/walk is held on Wednesday the 5th, from 4:30-6:00 pm, at the Worlds Fair Park. Participants are not required to be present to win, but you must at least donate the minimum amount. All funds received will help pay for meet entry, uniforms, and bus fares.  See any track or field athlete to purchase. You can also show support by attending their first practice meet at Karns High School this Saturday, the 8th, beginning at 10:30 a.m.  Admission is $2 for students.

·      Calling all writers: We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 21st Annual Brian M. Conley Young Writers’ Institute. The YWI is planned for Saturday, March 29th, 2013, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the UT-Knoxville campus. The YWI is a free, one-day event that offers creative writing workshops for both high school students and their teachers. We hope you will help us make this year's YWI successful by encouraging your students and fellow teachers to attend. The full list of classes offered, on a first registered, first served basis, is: PoetryFictionScreenwritingSongwriting;Performance PoetryJournalism; and Blogging. If you are interested, email Ms. Norton at with your top 3 choices. The last day to register is this Friday, March 7th. 

·      Everyone put your best photo-face forward.  On Friday during Advisory time we will be gathering for a whole-school photo for inclusion in the yearbook.

·      Need service hours?  The Friends of the Library is holding a used book sale at the Convention Center and needs help. You can go to SignUp Genius (free account if you don’t already have one) to find the times and dates they need help.  This is great for NHS, scholarship, or any service hours you need to earn.  All dates/times are on weekends.  Go to

·      The National Honor Society is holding tutoring in the Guidance Office during advisory on Mondays and Fridays.  To participate, you must let your advisory teacher know before coming to Guidance.  Everyone is welcome!  Whether you need help studying for a test or proofreading a paper, NHS is there to help.  Ask about our Advanced-Level Tutoring system to explore subjects beyond the classroom.
·      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.

Clubs/organization news:

·      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 

From the guidance office: 
·      AP Registration forms are now available on the school counseling webpage under the guidance form section.  These will need to be printed, signed, and returned to the guidance department prior to the deadline of March 14th.   

·      The L&N will be hosting a rising junior, dual enrollment, and senior night on March 10th.  Rising Junior presentation will begin at 5:30, the Dual Enrollment session will begin at 6:15, and the Rising senior presentation will begin at 7pm. All rising juniors, those interested in dual enrollment and all rising seniors should plan to be there with your parents.  Meetings will focus on important information about the junior/senior year timeline, important dates, college application process, college entrance testing, etc. We will not be focusing on course selection at this time because students will be bringing home their course request sheets to parents in a couple weeks to look over then.

Quote of the day from Woodrow Wilson:
You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.

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

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