Thursday, October 16, 2014

Gryphon Announcements for 10/17/14

For Friday, October 17, 2014
“L” Day Classes

School Announcements/happenings:
·      Congratulations to Lorna Treffert, who is one of two high school state finalists for the SCORE Rise to the Challenge video contest.  Thanks to all her voted for her and fellow senior Samantha Smith, who was also in the running to be a finalist.  Good luck Lorna – way to represent!

·      Please see the survey linked here for a D3 group’s project on a cycling club and bike rack here at the L&N.

·      Quick! What's the name given to a hypothetical faster-than-light particle? If you answered "tachyon," you might have what it takes to a member of the first L&N Science Bowl team! What's involved? Participants will meet during Genius Hour during the 2nd quarter, and a team of 5 students will compete at the Tennessee Regional Science Bowl on Saturday, February 28, 2015. We need students who are knowledgeable in the fields of physics, biology, chemistry, geology, astronomy, and mathematics. Email  to declare your interest!

·      Students registered for the PSAT exam on Saturday- be sure you pick up your parking pass by Friday.  You will not be allowed to park on campus with just your student hangtag – you MUST have the PSAT parking pass.  You need to be in the Depot building by 7:45 a.m. on Saturday – and expect traffic – plan ahead!

·      If you drive or are dropped off at school please note that World’s Fair Park Drive will be closed on Friday for set up for the Komen Race for the Cure.  You will need to drop off and be picked up from the alternate Grand Avenue location on Friday.

·      Looking for something to do this Friday night?  Our robotics team will be at the Ice Bears demonstration game at the Civic Coliseum showing what it can do on ice and manning a booth.  Puck drops at 7:30.

·      Any student interested in joining the Track & Field team should plan on attending an informational meeting on Thursday, October 23, after school in the commons. Anyone who cannot attend should send an email to Conditioning starts very soon! 

·      L & N STEM 3rd annual school-wide National History Day competition will be January 30, 2015.  It is time to mark your calendar now and begin work on a project for the topic "Leadership and Legacy in History" .  You are welcome to compete even if your teacher does not require a project!  The website for National History Day has all the details.  See Mrs. Robbins if you have questions.

Opportunities to be active:
·      The Knoxville Football Club (soccer) is proud to announce the inaugural “Crush 4K” that will take place on November 8th at Lakeshore Park. The aim of this race is to provide a great opportunity for our players, parents, friends, and the running community of Knoxville to support the Knoxville Football Club in their effort to promote fitness, a healthy lifestyle, and support this non-profit club in their goal of raising funds. For more information go to

·      Volunteers are being sought for next spring’s Llama Races to be held again in World’s Fair Park.  Many positions are available and they are seeking volunteers.  Call 865-690-3323, or email or

From the Guidance Office: 
·      All seniors are encouraged to sign up for TN Promise (even as a backup plan).  It sends the message to ourselves and our community that the expectation is that every single graduate will be going to post-secondary schooling of some kind.  Deadline is Nov 1 to sign up.  Find more information at

Clubs and reminders: 
·      The eLemeNtal Literary Magazine: Access our e-publication here: Want to be featured or included in the next issue? Next issue’s theme is “Winter Wonderland”. Students are invited to submit their work to

·      Every summer has it's story... and we want to hear yours! Please send in your fun filled summer photos and what you did to for a chance to be in the Yearbook!  Also, if you worked or volunteered over the summer, please email a description of what you did and some awesome photos.

Community happenings:
·      An organization that promotes aviation safety and youth in aviation, the EAA, is hosting a banquet with an extremely accomplished astronaut and aviator, Robert “Hoot” Gibson on Saturday, November 15 at noon. He’s flown the space shuttle 5 times as either crew or commander, raced at Reno, and had over 300 “traps” – the term for landing on a carrier where the tailhook has to trap an arresting cable or the plane and pilot go swimming.
o   Doors open at 11:30 AM
o   Where: Buddy’s Bearden Banquet Hall 
o   5806 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
o   Cost: $24.00 Adults, $20.00 18 and under.
o   Click here to register
o   Door prizes, including a ride in Waco Bi-plane

Quote of the day from Tommy Lasorda

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination.

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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