Wednesday, January 28, 2015

1-29-15 Gryphon Misison Briefing

For Thursday, January 29, 2015
“L” Day Classes

School Ops:
·      Students, if you missed prom ticket sales yesterday at lunch you can still get your tickets from Mrs. Brown, or Mrs. Cartwright any time today or tomorrow before the price escalates next week! Tickets are currently $45 for a single or $80 for a couple but will go up to $50 for a single and $90 for couples starting Monday.

·      Congratulations to L&N Advanced Art student and NAHS member Emily Chapin for winning first place in the high school division and the Grand Prize in the Tennessee Youth Art Month (YAM) flag design competition. Her design will be used to create the flag representing Tennessee at the National Art Education Convention in New Orleans in March (Youth Art Month). In addition, she, a parent and her art teacher, Ms. Jorgenson, will be flown to NYC this summer for an award ceremony and tour of art museums. In addition, Emily and our art department will receive art supplies provided by Sargent Art, the competition's sponsor.  Well done Emily!

·      Best of luck to L&N's 2 teams competing in this Saturday's Ethics Bowl, hosted by the University of Tennessee's Philosophy Department. Cases to be argued include Copying Homework, Dating a Friend's Ex, The Heart Attack Grill, Anti-Depressants For Mentally Ill Animals, and many more. Go Gryphons!

·      The Commons and Media Center will be used for National History Day judging during 1st, 2nd, and 3rd blocks on Friday.  Everyone will need to move to classes quickly at 9:30 so that judging can begin.

·      Big congrats to our TSA team who competed at Regionals last weekend – they brought home 10 trophies!  Winners included Cameron Johnson for 3rd place Career Prep, 2nd place overall Chapter Team, 2nd place team Engineering Design, Preston Nicely for 2nd place Essays on technology, Nicholas Duncan for 3rd place Extemporaneous speech, Anna Kate Tenpenny for 2nd place Photographic Technology, Chloe Armstrong for 3rd place Prepared Presentation, Cameron Johnson for 1st place Promotional Graphic Deisgn, team 2nd place for Technology Bowl and 2nd place for team Technology Problem Solving.  Way to go!  Good luck at state next month!

·      THIS FRIDAY - STEM's first-ever Open Mic Night is THIS Friday! Mark your calendars for January 30th for a night of fun, laughs, and community! Please sign up here!! Even if you do not wish to perform, please come to hang out and watch your friends, parents, and teachers perform!   If you have any additional questions, please contact

·      Jr’s and Sr’s – interested in Atlanta area colleges?  Join us for a self-guided tour of Georgia Tech and hosted tours of Morehouse and Spelman Colleges on Thursday, Feb 5.  Leaving school at 6:00 a.m. and returning around 9:00 p.m. by chartered bus.  Cost will be $40 per person (plus food).  Please sign up by going to and completing the form.  You will be emailed a permission slip to print and directions to pay for your trip when you complete the form.  Only 30 spots – deadline to sign up, Jan 30.

·      Walk into a winter wonderland on February 7th to enjoy one of the best nights of the year. Join SGA for the first annual L&N STEM Academy winter formal.  Tickets are $10 for an individual, and $18 for a couple. They will be sold January 26th- February 6th. Suggested attire is semi formal (which usually means a nice dress for girls and a shirt and tie or suit for guys). You won't want to miss the chocolate fountain and a fun night of dancing.

·      Tune into your local PBS TV station at 5:30 on Feb 3 to watch students from the L&N Scholar’s Bowl Team compete at the 31st annual East TN PBS Scholar’s Bowl!  Go Gryphons!

Research Ops:
·      Are you struggling to keep grades up?  Bring your parents for a student/parent workshop designed to teach organizational skills, study skills, increasing self-advocacy and data on the importance of education over the course of a lifetime. In our Commons Area, January 29, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

·      Financial Aid Night with TSAC: All seniors and their parents - February 2nd from 5:30-6:30 What you need to know about financing college. Presented by Erika Adams regarding FAFSA and basic scholarship info.

·      Rising Student and parent Night (9th, 10th, and 11th grades) + Dual Enrollment Information Session: February 5th 5:30-6:15. Dual Enrollment 6:15-7p General overview of high school expectations and course catalog review to make informed schedule requests for next year, followed by an informational session regarding Dual Enrollment from the Pellissippi representative .

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

·      Until Feb 15th there will be a collection container in the front office where you are encouraged to bring in any clean, wearable, used jeans.  The retail company Aéropostale is sponsoring a competition among high schools to bring in jeans for distribution at homeless shelters locally and around the country.  There is a grand prize of $5000 for the top four schools’ donations – plan now to contribute – all sizes!

·      High school summer abroad programs available with scholarships to offset the costs.  Go to  for info.

Quote of the day from Napoleon Hill:

Do not wait; the time will never be “just right”.  Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.

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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