Wednesday, April 22, 2015

4-23-15 Gryphon Mission Briefing

For Thursday, April 23, 2015
“L” Day Classes

School Ops:
·      Come celebrate Earth Week at the Earth, Energy, and Environment event hosted by the Women in STEM Genius Hour and the PowerSave Schools Program. It will be after school during Early Release on Friday, April 24th, from 2:45-4:30 on the Plaza. There will be games, light snacks, and learning about conserving energy. Come for some energy saving fun!

·      Come out tonight to see our music students in a formal recital being held at Church Street United Methodist Church (at the other end of Henley St from us, right in front of the bridge).  The concert is free and starts at 7:00.  All our music faculty (Sera, Galyon, & Gibsons [yes, plural]) with perform in addition to students.  Come enjoy great music in a beautiful setting!

·      Students – when you’re in the Commons looking at the Visualization wall you will notice a new visual in the upper right corner.  This presentation was created by our SECME club (SouthEastern Consortium of Minorities in Engineering) to highlight the contributions of minorities to our culture and STEM over the decades.   Enjoy it!

·      Did you know this is National Student Leadership week?  Our NHS leaders invite everyone to visit this one question survey to offer your thoughts on leadership.  Thank you for participating!

·      Did you get the email from SGA with links to all the election videos?  Look for a message from S029158 to find links and be sure to watch before voting on Friday!  Good luck to all candidates!

·      Congratulations to STEM's Junior Classical League who placed 4th overall in their division in the TN Junior Classical League competition in Gatlingurg! Emmanuel Sosa-Cruz placed 1st in English Oratory. Anna Ward placed 1st in the Roman Life and Pen and Ink categories.  Way to represent the school!

·      Congrats to L&N STEMpunks (our robotics team) programmers, Ben Klein and Michael Glass, who won 1st place at the Maryville College high school programming contest on Saturday.  Way to go guys!

·      SGA is helping out the YMCA with their charity funds by hosting a field day. Come out and join us on May 1st. There will be a spikeball tournament as well as a couple games of frisbee and four square. It will be from 4:45-7:45. Help us support the YMCA and have a blast!

·      The Technology Student Association of the L&N STEM Academy will be selling STEM themed vinyls and Hershey's Chocolate bars in the commons during the coming mornings and lunches. The vinyls start at $4 and come in 3, 4, and 5 inch variants with green, yellow, black, and white being the color choices. You can also order a customized vinyl for $10. Hershey's chocolate bars will be available for purchase at the price of $1. We will be providing a special on buying a package of a 4 inch vinyl with a Hershey's bar. We will also be providing this package for free if you are our 100th buyer! We will start selling on April 20th and continue selling until May 7th. Our Vinylla and Chocolate fundraiser will go towards helping us compete at this year's National Conference in Dallas so consider coming by our table to buy a vinyl and a chocolate bar!

·         English EOC Morning Review Sessions:  The English Department of the L&N STEM Academy will be hosting English EOC Morning Review Sessions. The review sessions are designed to refresh and review important skills for the English End of Course exams. In addition to offering meaningful practice, we will have breakfast snacks each day for those in attendance. If you'd like to brush up on your skills and prepare to knock your EOC out of the park, sign-up for some sessions! Please RSVP here:
o   Friday, April 24th: Vocabulary in Context
o   Monday, April 27th: Summary and Paraphrase
o   Wednesday, April 29th: Pronouns
o   Friday, May 1st: Literary Terms
LOCATION: Room 104

·      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

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

·      Are you a 16- to 18-year-old who loves nature and science? NatureBridge, a nonprofit organization that connects young people to the wonder of science and nature, is hosting a two-week science and wilderness exploration program. More than 50 teens from Alcoa communities around the world will be selected to spend part of their summer exploring, adventuring and backpacking in Yosemite National Park (California) or Olympic National Park (Washington). The program fees are covered through a grant from Alcoa Foundation.  For more information and the application, visit The deadline to apply by May 1.

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

Quote of the day from Benjamin Franklin:

Well done is better than well said.

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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