Thursday, May 15, 2014

Gryphon Announcements for 5/16/14

For Friday, May 16, 2014
 “N” Day –final exams (N3 & N4)

·      We are still in school.  The dress code still applies.  Girls – micro shorts are NOT in line with dress code.  When you get dressed hold your hands down at your side (not flexed and not curling your fingers up).  Your shorts/skirt should be BELOW your longest finger at your side.  Please don’t make us have to fuss at you.  Save the short shorts for the pool and beach this summer.  They are not appropriate for school!

·      Are you interested in sailing, or learning to sail?  Attend a very brief informational meeting about a new club forming – a Sailing Club, today, May16, 4:30 in room 104.

·      New club interest meeting – we’re starting a SECME chapter (SouthEastern Consortium of Minorities in Engineering) at the L&N.  In this case, a “minority” is described as an under-represented group in STEM fields, so this is not about ethnic minorities, it is also gender – so girls, come on!  We’ll also be discussing plans for a fall college visitation trip overnight somewhere for fall 2014.  Come find out more today, May 16 at 9:00 in room 104.

·      Our STEM Venturing Crew (0101) will be having a pancake breakfast this Saturday from 8:00 – 10:00 at the Chili’s on Mabry Hood Rd.  Tickets are $5 per person – see student Eric O’Reilley to purchase.

·      This afternoon, May 16 your parents need to use alternate pick up locations after school.  World’s Fair Park Drive will be closed due to an event.

·      Don’t forget to bring your signed permission slips for early dismissal next week – due today!

·      We will have Habit dogs in the building again today for you to spend time with before taking exams.  No one is required to see them, but they are there to help calm you down so you can concentrate for tests.  Students MUST have teacher’s permission to visit with the dogs and your time may be limited so others can visit, too.  They will be out on the Verandah with the schedule being Frosty here from 10-12 (he was here Thursday, too), Rivers and Jenny will be here from 12 – 1.  I don’t know what kind of dogs each of them are but their handlers will be with them at all times.  Please remember to thank our PTSA for arranging for these calming visits by four-legged ambassadors!

·      Today is a big day for our STEM classes. A year and a half ago, a group of our students took lab tours at ORNL as a reward for winning a STEM class challenge. On the way home, students designed a study based on the research conducted at ORNL’s marine biology lab. Later that spring, STEM 2 Natural Sciences wrote the methodology and worked to get fishtanks donated to the school. This winter, the project continued as the now juniors formalized the research proposal and Clark Smith and his team of engineers daisy chained the fishtanks to a centralized pump and sump system. 

Students did not let frustrations with setbacks deter, as today we have crayfish swimming in the filtered water ready the marine biology study.  Five students have volunteered to come in over the summer and conduct the research they planed. We are all proud of the tenacious attitude maintained by those who have worked hard to make this long-term project reality, and we look forward to their published work. We expect these tanks to be used for many diverse projects in STEM and science classes for years to come.  Plans have already been drafted for an expansion into a hydroponic greenhouse so other students can develop and conduct research in marine biology or plant sciences.

Quote of the day from Socrates:
I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.

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

No comments:

Post a Comment