Monday, April 13, 2015

4-13-15 Gryphon Misison Briefing

For Monday, April 13, 2015
“N” Day Classes

School Ops:
·      Big congrats to all the Gryphons participating in various events over the weekend, here are some of the results:
o   Kelty Oringderff and Clara Prinston showed the state how we rock classical from Knoxville as they performed with the All-State Orchestra in Memphis
o   Jeremiah Branson, Noah Watson, Noah Dunlap, and Justin Cross will be heading to DC in June to represent TN at the National History Day competition after winning 2nd place in the state with their group exhibit on Admiral Farragut
o   Our SGA came home with hardware, winning 3rd place as a team in e- scrapbook , and Taylor Martin and Abby Barker both won individual awards at the TN Association of Student Councils convention in Chattanooga
o   Our NAHS students won 2nd place in high school art at the annual Dogwood Arts ChalkWalk on Market Square
o   Freshmen Nina Klein, and Anna Ward (not eligible yet for NAHS membership) showed their potential when they won 1st place for high school division at the Dogwood Arts ChalkWalk!!
o   Our SECME club brought recognition to the school and a little extra funds for their activities next year by participating in the Llama race held on World’s Fair Park.
Isn’t it great to be a Gryphon?!  How are YOU involved in the life of your school???

·      Attention Seniors:  MANDATORY Graduation/exit information meeting, Wednesday, April 15, 12:20 (Genius Hour) in the STEM space.

·      Dual Enrollment for 2015-16 Application Session will take place in the Media Center on April 21st @ 9:00am.  Students MUST bring:
o   Completed Hep B form signed by a parent (Located on school counseling website under "forms")
o   All students will need their Social Security Number 
·      The Golden Gryphon Credit Union invites you to their grand opening event in the Commons this Thursday, April 16, for all lunches. There will be games, prize giveaways, and the opportunity to learn about the benefits of setting up an account with the student bank. We look forward to seeing you there!

·      SPORTS PHYSICALS FOR ALL SPORTS 2015-2016:  KOC is offering $10 sports physicals at Thompson-Boling Arena on Saturday, May 2.  These physicals are good for any sport in the 2015-2016 school year.  Students must bring Knox County/TSSAA Sports Physical Form that has been signed by a parent/guardian.   These forms may be downloaded from the Athletics page of the L&N website or at

·      Students, the L4 Leadership class is looking for your help in making their community service project a success. They are looking for donations of clothing items that you or your family members no longer need or want.  Could be any size or for any age (child to adult).  Don’t forget shoes, belts, bags (like duffels or suitcases).  Your donations will go towards a street store (an international effort) specifically for the homeless community of Knoxville, every item you can give helps! There will be collections bins set up around the school for you to put your donations in next week. Thank you for your generosity, you are helping out a lot of people!

·      Maker Faire!  Do you have something you have built, designed, or created?
Show it off at the first L&N STEM Academy Maker Faire. It can be a project, piece of art, video, music, or something else you have created. Prizes will be awarded to the top designers. Bring family and friends for interactive booths and learn how to make something. 
o   When? April 14th 6-8 PM
o   Where? L&N STEM Academy Commons
o   Sign-Up Here:

·      East TN Maryville College's GSA and PFLAG are hosting this year's annual Diversity Prom! It's in the Alumni Gym of Maryville College on April 18th, 2015 from 6-10 PM. The theme for this year is “Alice In Wonderland”, you can buy tickets from Hope Higginbotham. The cost is $25 dollars per person and $40 for a couple.  Email for more information.

·      Calling all writers: We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 22nd Annual Brian M. Conley Young Writers' Institute. The YWI is planned for Saturday, April 18th, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the UT-Knoxville campus. The YWI is a free, one-day event that offers creative writing workshops for both high school students and their teachers. We hope you will help us make this year's YWI successful by encouraging your students and fellow teachers to attend. Classes offered include PoetryFictionScreenwritingSongwriting;Performance PoetryJournalism; and Blogging. If you are interested, email Ms. Cartwright at  with your top 3 choices. The last day to register is April 3rd. 

·      BOSS  Big Orange Symposium:  This is a chance for students interested in science, technology, engineering and math career fields to experience hands-on scientific research skills.  Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 10am - 3pm in the Hodges Library at UTK.  Registration closes Wednesday, April 15. 
Lunch will be provided.  Parents are encouraged to attend as they also have a parent session with speakers from UT Admissions, Housing, Safety, and more. 

Community  & Guidance Ops: 
·      Systemwide Career day – Monday, April 13, 4:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Knoxville Expo Center.  Come to meet 100 local employers and colleges.

·      We will have reps from Brown, MIT, and Yale here on Sunday, April 26 from 2:00 – 4:00.  Come and bring your parents!

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

Quote of the day from Robert Schuller:

Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.

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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