Sunday, March 27, 2016

3-28-16 Student Mission Briefing

*Special note for parents - don't forget last Parent Conference Night of this year is Tuesday, 3/29, from 6:00 - 8:00.  Come by to have 5 - 10 minutes with specific teachers.

For Monday, March 28, 2016 – “M” classes
2015-16 L&N Student Mission – Own it!
School Ops:
·      Congratulations to our FIRST Robotics Team 3966, L&N STEMpunks, who competed at the Rocket City Regional in Huntsville, Alabama this past week! They brought home the Entrepreneurship Award, which celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit by recognizing a team that has developed the framework for a comprehensive business plan to scope, manage, and achieve team objectives. They compete again this week at the Smoky Mountains Regional against 60 other teams. The competition is free to the public and will be at Thompson-Boling Arena Thursday through Saturday, 8:30am-6:30pm. Come and cheer on the STEMpunks and see what all the fun is about, or you can watch them compete on the livestream on The Blue Alliance!

·      Congratulations to Chloe Taylor, Kishan Tailor, Jada Bennett and Adrian Calderon who have been selected to participate on a State Advisory Council for the Tennessee Department of Education.   As members of the Council, they will share their experiences and perspectives on education in discussions about present and future plans by the Department.  Each high school in the State was allowed to nominate a team, the L&N Team was selected from our region.  Another L&N First!!! Team faculty representative will be Mr. Joe Foy.

·      A reminder to students – the Veterans Memorial and its grounds are not part of our campus.  It is a place of remembrance and to honor the ultimate sacrifices of real American heroes.  It is not a place to play or have your lunch, and definitely not a place to leave your garbage!  Police yourselves and each other.  Do not disrespect the Memorial.

·      Congratulations to freshman Connor McGinley, one of only 32 students accepted this summer for the eVol10 Engineering Program at UT!

·      As the weather starts to warm up – please be reminded of the dress code.  No spaghetti straps, no bare midriffs (this includes back cut outs), shorts/skirts must come to at least the end of your fingertips when stretched out and standing up straight.  Please don’t make us police your wardrobe and make good choices to wear to school!

·      We have a prom closet with dresses and some accessories for students who wish to use it.  See Mrs. Basner for information.

·      SGA is sponsoring a book drive.  Books will be donated to Children’s Hospital, the Boys and Girls Club, and a local nursing home.  Bring donations marked “book drive” to the Library.

·      Autumn is the best time to go to NYC! There will be an information meeting for interested parents and students in the Media Center at 6:30 during our Parent Conference Night, Tuesday, 3/29. Our trip will take place during Fall Break, from Saturday morning, October 8 - Thursday morning, October 13, 2016. We will see: the Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue, Grand Central Station, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island, 9/11 Memorial, Greenwich Village, Soho, Chinatown, Little Italy, the Museum of Modern Art, Central Park & the Zoo, Times Square, High Line, the American Museum of Natural History/Hayden Planetarium, a Broadway and an off-Broadway Show. The price includes bus transportation to and from NYC, lodging, all attractions, all meals in NYC and our tour bus. (Only meals on the bus trip itself are not included.) Chaperones will be Mr. Bell, Mr. Childers, Mr. Crattie, Ms. Ellis, Ms. Morrell and Ms. Jorgenson.  Attached are the trip presentation, which includes the itinerary, prices and the registration form which includes information about the optional cancellation insurance policy, as well as all of the "fine print". (HOWEVER, please register online, so no registration form is needed. It is included here so that you have access to all of the "fine print". The deposit will be paid directly to Gerber, and not to the L&N.)
If you would like to join us, here are instructions:
Register online at
Click on PARTICIPANTS in the upper right hand corner and follow the steps to create your account.
Our online tour code is 66C416C1.
This allows you to make the $150 deposit, payments and participate in the installment plan.
(Tour ID # is 28916.)
Online registration & deposits are due April 30, 2016.
We're very excited about our trip. Come join us!

·      Last chance: Come join us at the National Science & Engineering Festival Trip to DC!  REMINDER: Your $300 balance is OVERDUE if you are going (and have already paid your deposit) to the National Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. April 13-17. Please bring your payment to Ms. Jorgensen or Ms. Ellis this week. If for any reason, you cannot come, please let us know right away so we can find a replacement. You will only have your deposit refunded if we can fill your spot.  ALSO, we have one slot each for a male and a female student on the DC Field Trip. First come, first served. E-mail if you decide to go. Bring your $400 (total cost) and filled out field trip permission form (attached). Ms. Jorgenson will also be taking a team of art students to explore the wonderful (and free) art museums. For more information, see

Community  & Guidance Ops:
·      Knox County Youth Health Board is seeking applicants.  The Youth Health Board is a diverse group of young people from across Knox County.  Two reps from each high school will be accepted.  Students who are selected will be able to explore the field of Public Health and expand their knowledge by working with numerous health professionals.  Members will work with their community to address issues that they are passionate about.  Deadline to apply is April 1, 2016.  See front office for more info and applications.

Quotes of the day from Albert Einstein:

You have to learn the rules of the game.  And then you have to play better than anyone 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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