Tuesday, December 16, 2014

12-16-14 Gryphon Mission Briefing

For Tuesday, December 16, 2014
“N” Day Classes

School Ops:
·      Big congrats to Mr. LaFollette!  This morning he was awarded at $24,000 grant in a surprise presentation by the Great Schools Partnership of E TN.  He will use this money to create a new animation/simulation and virtual reality lab in room G006.  Congrats Mr. LaFollette!

·      New club forming in January - D&D club! Ever wanted to fight mighty dragons? Beat evil necromancers? Want to become the evil necromacer? Join NOW!!!  Starting after Christmas break, every Wednesday, from 4:30-5:30.  Campaigns started during Dungeons and Dragons genius hour may be continued, or new campaigns started.  If you desire to join this club, please respond here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RF39QHG

·      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.

·      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 lnstemhonorcourt@gmail.com 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!

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: http://www.lntole.com/featured-student.html 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 lntole.stem@gmail.com

·      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 s739978@student.knoxschools.org.  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 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr:

Take the first step in faith.  You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

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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