Monday, November 23, 2015

11-24-15 Student Mission Brieifng

For Tuesday, November 24, 2015 – “L” classes
2015-16 L&N Student Mission – Own it!

School Ops:
·      On Saturday, the L & N hosted the Knoxville Latin Fair for the first time. Nine schools from Knoxville and East Tennessee attended, with over 140 students participating. Our Latinists finished third place overall, behind Catholic and Bearden. Shout-outs go to Judy Thompson for her first place in Oratio (public speaking), the Certamen ('Jeopardy') team (Josiah Smith, Nathaniel Smith, Emmanuel Sosa-Cruz, Kadon Uselton) for third place in the Lower Division, Kadon Uselton for second place in Lower Mythology, and to Gabe Grimaud for second place in the javelin throw. Ad astra, Gryphons!

·      Congratulations to the five L&N Model United Nations Delegates who represented Canada at SHSMUN this past weekend: Nick D'alessandro (INTERPOL), Mason Moran (Legal), Haley Folsom (WHO), Anna Ward (UNEP), and Gregory Croisdale (ECOFIN) whose resolution passed in General Assembly. Way to go, Gryphons!

·      Attention to all students that are interested in participating in any future Model United Nations conferences: There will be an interest meeting on Monday, November 30th  from 3:30-4:00 in Room 214 and a second on Tuesday, December 1st from 9:00-9:25 in Room 214.

·      Our Statistics project compares how taking notes, either using technology, such as a laptop or iPad, or traditional notes, writing notes on paper, affects students' ability to retain information over a period of time. The project consists of student cooperation the get the most accurate results. We prefer that ALL students, no matter what grade or writing style, take the survey to get a baseline of the data.  Click here to access our short survey.  Questions?  Please contact  ‪‪‪,or ‪

·      Congratulations to the L&N students who placed in our school-wide Reflections competition. The top 3 pieces will represent our school in Knox County, and the top five (excluding our KCS winners) will represent us at the state level. (If all 3 KCS pieces place, our 4-8 placers will be forwarded to the next level.) Thank you to Ms. Judy Jorden, retired UT art education intern mentor and Ms. Mallory Cowan, current UT art ed intern for judging the artwork, and to Mr. Tim Childers and Mr. Steve Morrell for judging the photography! Solana Forrest Bank also submitted a literature entry.

Visual Art
1. What's in there? by Austin Monk
2. Synchronicity by Katlynn Armstrong
3. In My Mind by Cinna Lockhart
4. A Petal for Your Thoughts by Grace Keith
5. Imaging Growing by Desiree Dobbins
6. Power by Mariam Husain
7. Sunset by Meliya Evans
8. Open Minded by Maddison Wright

1. Boundless by Kiersten Morris (Note: Kiersten won at the National level last year.)
2. Drifting through Fog by Erin Victorson
3. Past the Treetops by Kendyl Nicely
4. Walking Autumn by Kathleen Redington
5. Resting Mariner by Phoenix Van Zupthen
6. Dream Big by Claire Menefee
7. Flower in the Garden by Emily Sutherland
8. History by Desiree Dobbins

·      Congratulations to the six L&N art students whose work was juried into the very competitive East Region Student Art Exhibition at the Knoxville Museum of Art: Austin Bradley (mixed media), Hope Higginbotham (painting), Catherine Long (sculpture), Austin Monk (drawing), Kirsten Morris (mixed media), and Abigail Rumpp (painting). Extra congrats go to Cat Long, who won an Honorable Mention with her sculpture. The exhibition opens the Friday after Thanksgiving, and will be up until January 2016.  The “a” for “art” is so important in inspiring good design and innovation in “STEaM” and we are so proud of these students’ accomplishment!

·      Yet another win for the Ultimate Frisbee team! They won the Knoxville Youth Ultimate City Tournament on Saturday taking first place out of 8 teams. They finish the semester 26-2, never losing a game in Knoxville. Way to represent, team!

·      Prom tickets for the Junior/Senior Prom are now available for purchase during lunch.  All tickets are $40 through November and December.  Get your tickets now while the price is low.  
Theme: A Red Carpet Romance;  Location: Gettysvue Country Club
Date: April 23, 2016 ;    Time: 7-11pm

·      The L&N STEMpunks FRC Team 3966 are collecting socks for Socks for the Sox, a holiday outreach drive lead by the Evil Purple Sox FTC Team 8498. We need your help gathering socks to donate to our local Knoxville charity, and you can bring new and unused socks in the green recycling bin in the front office. We'll be collecting socks until December 4th, so please consider helping us give back to the community!

·      Interested in writing a novel? Maybe you've already started one? November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Check out the website for the Young Writers Program and sign up here:  To celebrate and encourage participation, the Media Center will be open at 8 a.m. in the morning throughout November. Just think about what you could accomplish in just 1 hour a day for a month! Work alongside Mr. Crattie and Ms. Ellis as they work on their own novels.

Community  & Guidance Ops:
·      Email Mrs. Basner by 11/28/15 if you are interested in attending the University of Virginia, have a 28 or higher on the ACT, a 4.0 GPA, and love learning.  This opportunity requires a nomination

·      Nominate yourself for the GE Reagan Foundation Scholarship worth 40K.  You need to demonstrate the attributes of leadership, drive, integrity, citizenship.  You must also require financial assistance and hold a 3.0 GPA to apply.  Please email me if you are planning to apply or have questions.  

·      Nominate yourself for the  Gates Millennial Scholarships if you have a
2.7GPA + are African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, or a Hispanic American who has significant financial need. 

·      Seniors who missed picking up your TN Promise packets can pick them up from the guidance office.

Quote of the day from Les Brown:

Accept responsibility for your life.  Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.

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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