Thursday, December 4, 2014

12-5-14 Gryphon Mission Briefing

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

School Ops:
·      Thank you to all the students who stayed to make our Showcase event Thursday night a rousing success!  We even had parents get home and email us about how impressed they were with all the students they met – thank you all for modeling our Habits so well and representing yourselves and your school with such high standards!

·      Make plans to participate in the Medic Blood Drive on December 15.  Students under 18 need to pick up a permission slip from Mrs. Ellis in the Media Center.   Your parents can contribute in our school name, too, from 8:00 – 3:00 in the STEM space on that date!  Give the gift of life this holiday season!

·      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.

·      Are you interested in acting, improvisation, and problem solving? Do you have a lot of time on your hands? If so, than Destination Imagination is for you! Each year, Destination Imagination teams are presented with a new problem. Teams have to find a solution and present it through a creative skit. If this sounds like fun, please email Audrey Barbour at

·      LAST DAY TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR COAT DRIVE! Help KARM by bringing in some of your old, gently used coats. The donation box will be located in the commons, so stop and plop your coats for those in need! Thank you for your support!  Sponsored by the “Pay It Forward” Genius Hour.

·      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!

·      Want to be a published author?  Want to discuss your ideas publicly?  Submit a paper for the first annual STEMinar: a public forum to be held in February 2015.  Write a paper on "Civil Disobedience in Life and Literature," and submit it to Mr. Blevins at  Deadline for submissions is December 14th, 11:59 P.M. Ask any English teacher for more information! 

Our PTSA is selling this vintage-L&N logo t-shirt as well as magnets and tumblers. Please click on the link to access the order form. The order will be placed Dec. 16. If you pay with PayPal, your confirmation must be included on or attached to the order form. 

Research Ops:
·      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!

·      JUNIORS ONLY: Students Invited to Apply for the Joint Science Education Project (JSEP)
The Joint Science Education Project (JSEP) is a National Science Foundation supported science and cultural-exchange summer program for high-school students. The three-week program takes place entirely in Greenland. Participants from the United States, Denmark, and Greenland live and work together while exploring current research and completing their own inquiry-based investigations. The program includes two weeks of extensive field experiences based out of the town of Kangerlussuaq and a final week with a visit to Summit Station, the U.S. research facility located at the top of the Greenland ice sheet. Students observe scientists as they conduct research in a wide variety of fields including biology, geology, climatology, chemistry, and engineering. Students also have significant hands-on experiences in field research under the guidance of professional teachers from the participating nations.   JSEP is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the 11th grade at the time of application submittal. Applications from underserved students are encouraged. NSF's Division of Polar Programs covers all participant costs, such as food, transportation, lodging, and instruction for students selected to participate. For more information, including application materials, go to   Applications for the JSEP 2015 program will open on November 15, 2014 and close January 9, 2015.

·      ALL STUDENTS:  Taking the December ACT?  Want to increase your score?  ACT and Test Prep is available!  Cost: free!  Where: Room 214  When:  4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Nov 17, 19, 24, Dec 1, 3, 8, and 10 (Mondays and Wednesdays).  Email Ms. Norton at with any questions.  Will be repeated with spring test dates!

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

Quote of the day from Alan Kay:
The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

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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