Thursday, September 10, 2015

9-11-15 Student Mission Briefing

For Friday, September 11, 2015 – “N” classes
2015-16 L&N Student Mission – Own it!

School Ops:

    Don't forget to take time today to reflect on how our country changed 14 years ago, 9 - 11 - 01.
    Students and Staff order your spirit week shirts now! They are on sale in the Commons during all three lunches. Shirts will be on sale from now until September 30th and are $15 (XS-XL - for each additional X please add another dollar). All proceeds go to support prom. 

·      Looking for students willing to sign up to do our intercom Moment of Silence and Pledge of Allegiance in the mornings (9:28).  You can sign up for one week at a time.  Email Mrs. Ashe to claim your week!

·      Remember, lunch is still on “lock down” until further notice.  You have done a good job; I’m almost convinced you’ll do the right thing if we decide to let you eat elsewhere again.

·      Plan ahead everyone!  This affects everyone on Monday – please read:
o   Monday, Sept 14, we will be administering the PLAN test to all sophomores.  If you are a sophomore and normally have M1 or M2 open block – you will NOT on this date.  You need to be here to test at 9:30.  To all others – we will stay in M1 until time to go to M3, M2 will not meet on this date.  Plan accordingly.
o   For sophomores only  - see below for where you will report Monday at 9:30 – bring #2 pencils and a calculator.

·      On top of the 6 students already listed for having made top flights in the Knoxville Youth Symphony Orchestra, Jack Marston was selected for the KSYO Symphonia.  Way to show the Art side of STEM!

·      Make A Splash at the L&N STEM!  Come to interest meeting about Gryphon Aquatics - Swim & Dive Team 2015-2016
When:    September 11th At 8:30 a.m
Where:   STEM Space in the Depot
If you have questions or cannot make the meeting see Dr. Bretscher.  Parent meeting will be 9/24 at 6 pm.

·      Come Exercise with Us!!  Family Fitness Fun Monthly Event
Saturday September 26th 9-10 am
Hosted by L&N STEM P.E./ Wellness Department
Join us for some interval cardio and strength training fun.  Bring parents & siblings and come ready to move.    Meet at the flag pole!  (or in the fitness room if the weather is not cooperating)

·      Interested in joining our Venturing Crew?  It’s a co-ed group sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America that meet here at the L&N and explore STEM careers and travel.  Come find out more Tuesday, Sept 15, room 202, 4:40 – 5:30.

·      The PSAT is an optional exam for 9th-11th grade students.  It is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test (NMSQT) for juniors. The test date is Wednesday, October 14, 2015 (day we return from Fall Break) at school. Registration deadline is Friday, September 18; bring $20 fee and school's registration form to Guidance.  Not sure if taking the PSAT is the right move for you?  Click HERE to learn more about the PSAT. 

Community  & Guidance Ops:
·      The month of September is Chiari Awareness Month.  Arnold-Chiari Malformation is a rather uncommon condition in which the brain tissue extends into the spinal canal, which limits the drainage of spinal fluid. This limited drainage causes extreme migraines and can drastically affect vision. Many doctors know nothing of this condition, and as such it can be very difficult to get proper medical treatment. For more information regarding this, you can visit  Since this school will likely produce multiple doctors, the exposure of this information could have a great impact on how doctors approach patients with this condition.

·      Girls!  Bring your parents and get a firsthand glimpse at possible STEM majors in engineering at UTK, Saturday, Sept 26.  Sign up at .  Flyer is attached to this briefing.

·      TN Promise will drop off books on November 10th from 8:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. in the STEM Space.  Students who plan to participate in the TN Promise proceedings will be given a 10 minute overview of the qualification process and mandatory attendance dates.  

·      The Goethe-Institut invites applications from high school students 16-18 years old to participate in an all-expense paid educational trip to Germany this fall (Nov. 27 – Dec 6) 12 students will be traveling to Berlin, Braunschweig and Cologne, meet their German peers, experience German culture and visit a number of research institutions. You will find details, the program for the trip and the application form at  Students do not have to speak German, they just have to be interested in science and have participated in a research project. The deadline for completed applications is September 30, 2015.

Quote of the day from an Hans Christian Anderson:

It is the power of thought that gives man power over nature.

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 – 2015)

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