Friday, December 4, 2015

12-4-15 Student Mission Briefing

For Friday, December 4, 2015 – “N” classes
2015-16 L&N Student Mission – Own it!

School Ops:
·      You can still compete in the National History Day competition – our school level day will be January 11.  See Mrs. Robbins or Ms. Coley for more information.  Great high school resume item for college applications!

·      Good luck to our CyberPatriots competing today in Round 2 competition in this national cybersecurity program: Todd Allen, Ethan Ritch, Nicholas Duncan, Madeline Phillips, Preston Gull, and Logan King.

·      Congratulations to the eight 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), Preston Gull (digital art), Hope Higginbotham (painting), Catherine Long (sculpture), Niquelle Mase (digital art), 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 will be up until January 10,  2016.

·      Our art faculty is also representing the school. Currently Ms. Jorgenson has a piece in the Arts Alliance show in the Art Emporium at the corner of Jackson and Gay Streets, and Ms. Rodriguez has a piece in the annual art ed intern art show in the gallery in the Bailey Education Complex at UT.

·      National Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. April 13-17
We still have four more slots on the DC Field Trip, so we are trying to fill up the bus in-house instead of extending it to another school. (There are 44 students going so far.) We have room for 2 more girls and 2 more boys. The deposit will be due WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6 (since the hotel deposit is due at that time). First come, first served. E-mail me if you decide to go. Attached is the information/field trip permission form. Ms. Jorgenson will also be taking a team of art students to explore the wonderful (and free) art museums. At the Showcase next Tuesday Ms. Jorgenson will be available to answer questions and collect deposits. For more information, see

·      Congratulations to senior Justin Cross who was just named as one of only two students from the entire state to the United States Senate Youth Program!  Justin will receive a $5,000 scholarship for college and an all-expense paid week in Washington, D.C. next March.  Way to go Justin!

·      Be sure to watch the holiday gift commercial from our Bookstore by clicking here.  You can pass the link on to parents or others who might be shopping for you!  They can come in through the office during lunch hours any day of the week to shop between now and December 17!

·      Beginning Monday, Dec 7th, SGA will be hosting STEM’s first ever Winter Wonder-Week! Each day has a different theme that all students are encouraged to participate in, but keep in mind Knox County’s dress code and our STEM Habit of professionalism. Have fun and happy holidays!! 
o   Holiday Color Monday
Dress in your favorite holiday colors! (red and green, black red and green, blue and white/silver, etc)
o   Tacky Sweater Tuesday
Dress in a tacky holiday sweater!
o   Wacky Hat Wednesday
With your donation of one can for the canned food drive or $1 for Karm, you can wear a festive holiday hat! (antlers, elf hat, hat that represents your celebrated holiday, etc)
o   Therapy Dog Thursday
Therapy dogs will be in the commons that you can visit in the morning or during a free period during midterms.   As a way of giving thanks for their calm service, you can support Young Williams Animal Center by bringing in donations such as dog or cat food and toys, newspaper, peanut butter, etc.  Sign-ups to spend time with the dogs will go out as soon as we have their hours to be on campus.
o   Fleece and Flannel Friday (polar express day)
Come as you are on the polar express! Dress in your coziest winter clothes (fleece/flannel pants, slippers, etc) and enjoy some candy canes in the commons during lunch as you watch the polar express screened on the visualization wall.

·      Be sure to stop by the in-school credit union to make a transaction or open an account before December 11th to win $100 or $50 as part of their holiday giveaway promotion. Don't forget the credit union is open on Wednesday and Friday during all lunches!

·      Mark your calendars students – Monday classes will meet for the last time this semester on Dec. 7.  That means you only meet today and once more before the end of this grading period!  We will be doing mid-term exams on Mon., Dec. 14. (schedule is at bottom).  Your teachers will tell you how this affects your classes.

·      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!

Community  & Guidance Ops:
·      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 C.S. Lewis:

Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.

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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