Thursday, September 4, 2014

Gryphon Announcements for 9/5/14

For Friday, September 5, 2014
“L” Day Classes

School Announcements/happenings:
·      College and Career Fair on Sept. 30th at Chilhowee Park for Juniors and Seniors who return their permission forms into their STEM teacher by September 16th.  Remember to dress to impress and have your college questions ready!  

·      Anyone interested in swimming or diving, we will have an informational meeting Friday at 8:45 AM in the STEM space. Come as you arrive to school, even if you are a few minutes late. Check out our webpage for additional information.

·      The YMCA is a big supporter of the PE & Wellness programs at the STEM school. Please take 30 seconds to vote for their grant. Just click on the link and choose "Vote for this Project". You can do this every day.

·      Lost: ipad stylus in room D120 after 3rd block, Wednesday 9/3/14. It's blue and silver with a light, ipad stylus, and a pen. There's some writing on the blue part and there's dents on the silver part with the light.  Please turn in to the office if found.

·      Seniors and parents are invited to Senior information night on Tuesday, Sept 9, from 5:30 – 6:30 in our Commons area.  Junior parent night is Sept 25 from 5:30 – 6:30.  Come hear about deadlines and responsibilities in these important years!

·      The L&N's FIRST Robotics Team (the L&N STEMpunks) will be having an interest meeting for all aspiring members today, 9/5. This meeting will take place in the STEM Space right after school 4:30-6:00. If you have any questions feel free to email
·      Students, it's that time again! The prom committee are helping get you ready for spirit week by selling the color-war day t-shirts! There is a shirt for each grade, 9th-12th. They are white shirts with colored "Class of 2015" (or your graduation year) on the back and a miniature gryphon on the front. The Freshman are red, Sophomores are blue, Juniors are green, and Seniors are yellow. The shirts are $15 dollars. They are on sale during all lunch periods and in the mornings. Checks and cash are accepted as  payment. The shirts will be on sale for the next few weeks! Buy one while you still can and help make this year's prom great! 

Community service/happenings/opportunities:
·      On September 20th there will be a chiari awareness walk at Tyson Park.  Chiari is a degenerative neurological disorder.  For more information there is a flyer here: For registration you can go to and sign up under the team name The Brain STEMs. It would be best if everyone who wants to come signs up for it previously.  On September 7th at 9:00 and 10:00 pm Niagara Falls will turn purple for chiari malformation awareness for fifteen minutes at a time.

·      TBH (Talkin' Bout Health) Youth Health Fest.  Knox County middle and & high school students: Keepin' it 100 about healthy lifestyle decisions. Experience the "Maze" Service Learning Hours. Free event. Free lunch. Music by DJ Sir Marlon Brooks.  Saturday, September 27, 9:30 a.m. -2:00 p.m. at Bearden High School, 8352 Kingston Pike.  Registration limited to first 200. Must register by Sept. 12. Forms in front office or online at
     Any questions email,, or OR call 865-215-5087     

·      You don’t have to douse yourself in ice!  The Walk to Defeat ALS is September 13, starting at 9 am. One of our students is organizing a team in honor of her grandmother who is fighting ALS. All students and staff are invited to participate at the walk and to help support the ALS Association, which has done so much for all people with ALS.  The link for the sign-up is <>. If anyone has any questions, the student organizer’s contact info is on that website.

From the Guidance Office:
PSAT Registration is now open!  The PSAT is an optional test open to any interested 9th-11th grade student.  Students are able to take this test all three years if they desire.  Juniors wishing to participate in the National Merit Scholarship  Qualifying Competition must take the PSAT this year in order to be considered for eligibility.  Benefits of taking the PSAT can be found through the following links which are also posted under 'Testing Info' on the 'College and Career' page: 
Students can find the PSAT registration form on the 'College and Career' page of our website (under the School Counseling tab on main page).  The registration form and $14 fee may be submitted to Mrs. Johnson in the Guidance office.  Registration deadline is September 19th!

From Score-TN: L&N student Josh Witt won this contest as a video entry last year.  Students know first-hand that their teachers are working hard to prepare them for success after high school with learning they will use in the real world, whether going to college or career. To help others understand how this work is changing lives, SCORE is inviting Tennessee public school students to submit an original essay, song, poem, or video that addresses the following:
     Grades 9-12: Give a real world example of how you are using knowledge and skills you’ve learned in your math or English classes.

To get you started, here are a few examples. Write a song to explain how learning about the different types of clouds can help you predict the weather. Create a video showing how your algebra skills help you split a bill in a restaurant. Please don’t feel that you are limited to these ideas! SCORE values creativity and originality, so we encourage you to think outside the box when crafting your entries.
The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Central on Monday, September 15, 2014. Please note, students must work singly on their entries and we cannot accept team submissions. Read more about how to prepare and submit your entry.
After semifinalists are selected, a poll on SCORE’s Facebook page will determine the finalists in each category. Finalists will be interviewed before the winners are selected. Follow the hashtags #SCOREprize and #TNrttc on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the excitement.
Winners will be awarded a $250 college scholarship and will share their work at the SCORE Prize event on Monday, October 27, in Nashville. Fellow students, educators from across Tennessee, and special guest performer Dustin Lynch will all be present at the event.
Students Rise to the Challenge is a way for Tennessee to hear from those who are most affected by the work to raise academic achievement: our students. Start working on your entry today!

Quote of the day from Will Smith:

Forget all the reasons why it won’t work and believe the one reason why it will.

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

L&N STEM Academy – TN’s First Apple School of Distinction, 2-time TN Reward School for Performance (2012 – 2014)

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