Sunday, December 14, 2014

12-15-14 Gryphon Mission Briefing

For Monday, December 15, 2014
“L” Day Classes

School Ops:
·      Today is last day to turn in your permission slips for exam week dismissal! NOTE: IF YOU ARE FAILING ANY CLASS YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO LEAVE EARLY ON WEDNESDAY – you can still leave on Thursday.

·      Want to wear a hat in school and not be hassled about it?  The swim team is trying to raise funds and will be selling “permits” (stickers) that will allow students to wear a hat on Wednesday for $1.  Please support the swim/diving teams and buy a sticker for $1 so you can wear a hat all day Wednesday!

·      SGA is sponsoring a Winter Formal dance on Saturday, Feb 7, 2015 here at the school.  The theme is Winter Wonderland.  Will be open to all grades, unlike the prom.  More details coming soon.

·      If you have a class scheduled in the STEM space on L days – you will be located in the Commons Area for that class today (Monday) unless notified differently by your teacher due to the blood drive below.
·      We need more students, parents and teachers, plan to "give the gift of life" and participate in the Medic Blood Drive on Monday, December 15 from 8 to 5 in the STEM Space.  Students 16 and over are eligible to participate. If you're 16 and 120 lbs, you may donate with parental consent. (Please use the form attached or come pick one up from Ms. Ellis in the Media Center.) Seventeen year olds that weigh 110 lbs or more may participate as well and DO NOT need consent. EVERYONE donating blood must have ID with them as well as a list of medications if appropriate. Please encourage your parents to contribute as well during our blood drive.  Use the following link to sign up:  This is a fundraiser for the school on top of being good for the community.  If we have at least 20% of those eligible donate this fall and again in spring semester, the school will receive at $1000 grant.  Please give!

·      Interested in serving as a facilitator for a student Honor Court?  We’ll be staring one in January for infractions like plagiarism, cyberbullying, and excessive tardies.  We need sophomores, juniors, and seniors to fill out the application before Christmas break.  Email to ask for an application and see Mr. LaFollette if you have questions.

·      Time to start ordering prom tickets!  Order now to get the cheapest rate possible – tickets are $40 per ticket until the end of December. They will be available on Wednesdays during Genius Hour, and they will be sold at the door of the Media Center.  In January the cost goes up.  Get ‘em now!

Tomorrow (Tuesday) is the last day to pre-purchase the new red vintage t-shirt from PTSA.  Order form is attached.

Research Ops:
·      Hey seniors – here are some scholarships with their application deadlines coming up soon, find out more from guidance dept:
o   Feb 3 Executive Women International (local chapter offering $500 based on need, $500 based on merit)
o   Feb 15 UT Chattanooga ($3000/yr to a Chem major)
o   Feb 15 UT Chattanooga (2 different offers to Math major)
o   Feb 15 Ned McWherter ($6000 with 3.5 GPA, 29 ACT)
o   E TN Foundation (multiple awards in the health care, business, info. Security, engineering fields)
o   Several offerings to Boy Scouts

·      Juniors who have not obtained their free state voucher for the ACT need to do so as soon as possible.  If you didn't get in for the December test, there is another ACT being offered on Saturday, February 7th.  The deadline to register for this is January 9th.  Please make sure not to miss this important requirement for college admissions!

Community Ops: 
·      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

·      Yearbook Spread: Stress – Yearbook staff is creating a page that is all about the fears a student has that will help them build a Wordle for display in the publication. If you'd like to include a comment about your fears or even pictures of you conquering them, email  All students are requested to visit this link and complete the form with your thoughts for the page, too.  Thank you for your participation and time.

Quote of the day from Eleanor Roosevelt:
Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

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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