Sunday, September 13, 2015

9-14-15 Student Mission Briefing

For Monday, September 14, 2015 – “M” classes
Early Release Schedule
2015-16 L&N Student Mission – Own it!

School Ops:
·      Today is ACT PLAN day.  All sophomores will be taking this test from 9:30 – 12:15.  All classes that normally meet on the 2nd floor of the Station will be meeting according to the assignments here:
Class/Room #/# Students:
Blevins’ Writing Lab/202/15
Fannon’s/Robbins’ Reading Int/221/7
Commons with Robbins
Brown’s AP Lit/216/30
Wax’s Math Lab/207/25
Ogden’s Math Lab/222/27
Cheng’s AP Stats/214/19
Orrick’s Writing Lab/203/18
Griffin’s Writing Lab/8 students
Stays in 100 with Norton
Elliott’s Chem/D116/5 students
Report to Commons

·      Thank you for the job you have done in keeping campus clean while lunch was on “lock down.”  As of today, we will return to letting you enjoy lunch wherever you are visible to staff (students may NOT be in an area without a teacher/adult to supervise) around campus.  Remember the expectation to keep our campus litter-free!

·      ALL STUDENTS:  If you have not yet signed up for your Genius Hours, which will begin this Tuesday, please do so before the end of M1 (12:15) today!  If you are a junior or senior with an open block and normally off campus during lunch, you still need to fill out this form so we can account for all students’ whereabouts.  Click here to fill out the form.  Do NOT fill out again if you’ve already signed up.

·      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. 

·      Be sure to visit the exhibit on the second level of the Jacobs Building if you go to the Fair.  We had several Congressional Medal of Honor Art Award winners. Congratulations to Austin Monk who won first place in the Art category. Congratulations to our Photography winners: Claire Menefee (1st Place), Trinity Terry (2nd Place) and London Hickman (3rd Place). All four of our L&N STEM Academy art pieces placed at the Tennessee Valley Fair Student Art Exhibition!  Congratulations to Austin for 3rd place, and to Emily, Hannah and Sydney for their Honorable Mentions. The reception is Monday night at 6 p.m. Way to represent the L&N!

·      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!

·      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 – here’s where you will report Monday at 9:30 – bring #2 pencils.
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·      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.

·      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 actor Will Smith:

Forget all the reasons why it won’t work and believe the one reason why it will.

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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