Tuesday, April 14, 2015

4-15-15 Gryphon Misison Briefing

For Tuesday, April 14, 2015
“L” Day Classes

School Ops:
·      Thursday (tomorrow), April 16, please have parents or anyone picking you up in the afternoon use an alternate location.  The road in front of the Holiday Inn will be occupied with an event happening on the lawn from 3:00 – 9:00.

·      If you weren’t here for our first ever Maker Faire you really missed it!  Go to Twitter and search for #LNmakes to see all the posts and pics from it!  Looking forward to seeing even more displays next year!

·      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???

·      You can help a student with a research project by taking the following quick survey about college preferences: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CollegeThoughts   Link will be open through Wednesday, April 15 at 5:00 p.m.  All responses are anonymous.

·      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 www.kocortho.com

·      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 s859555@student.knoxschools.org 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 tabitha.cartwright@knoxschools.org  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.  http://www.lib.utk.edu/outreach/soil/b-o-s-s/registration/ 
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: 
·      SuDo you like younger kids?  Do you love horses?  A local equestrian camp needs volunteer helpers for this summer’s camps.  Email S725324@knoxschools.org if you have questions or want details.

·      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 www.ciee.org/high-school-summer-abroad  for info.

Quote of the day from Henry David Thoreau:

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.

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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