Wednesday, March 2, 2016

3-3-16 Student Mission Briefing

For Thursday, March 3, 2016 – “L” classes
TNReady Testing Schedule*
2015-16 L&N Student Mission – Own it!
School Ops:
·      *Today’s schedule:
o   L1: 9:30-11:30 (extended for testing)
o   L2: 11:36-12:19 (shortened)
o   GH/Lunch: 12:19-1:41 – regular schedule p.m.
Thank you for a good testing day on Wednesday.  Let’s keep it up and show everyone what you know! Students should report to the same testing rooms you did on Wednesday, 1st block for the part 2 subtest in English.  Good luck!

·      Attention all Gryphons, the Community Building Committee of SGA will be holding a Donate Life for Michael Day this coming Monday, March 7th during all three lunches. There will be a representative from Donate for TN speaking on behalf of Organ Donation Awareness; something Michael firmly believed and supported. There will also be a Memoir Wall where students will be able to write notes in honor of Michael which will than be placed in a scrapbook and donated to his mother. Furthermore, donation buckets will be carried around the Commons where all the money will be donated to the Red Cross. Plan now to participate!

·      Also – after  you donate blood on Monday the cafeteria will be providing apple or grape juice for each donor.  Students who donate will have their name go into a drawing for iTunes gift cards being provided by our cafeteria and the Nutrition Department!  Remember to bring the Medic form (attached) and see the link below to sign up for your donation time.  You may NOT sign up for a time when you are scheduled to be taking a TNReady test.  Thanks for our great cafeteria for joining this effort!

·      Congratulations to our Model United Nations Delegation, which competed at the annual UT VolMUN this weekend! Our team, Haley Folsom, Anna Ward, Abigail Wells, Aruha Khan, Nick D'Alessandro, and Gregory Croisdale who brought home an Honorable Mention award for Finland!

·      Congratulations to our Science Olympiad team!  Final results form the 2016 regional tournament last weekend are now available.  Way to go to –
The Team:  5th place overall
Individual Event Results:  
1st Place- Robot Arm (Connor McGinley and Jakob Liggett)
1st Place- Oceanography (Connor McGinley and Taylor Hinkel)
2nd Place- It's About Time (Nick Brison and Zoe Maxwell)
2nd Place- Bridge Building (Connor McGinley and Bryce Lane)
2nd Place- Wright Stuff (Kaylin Fleenor and Connor McGinley)
3rd Place- Air Trajectory (Taylor Hinkel and Bryce Lane)
3rd Place- Forensics (Devon McGinley and Sydney Juhl)
4th Place- Invasive Species (Cadence Forrest-Bank and Kaylin Fleenor)
4th Place- Wind Power (Ethan Hancock and Sage Bamberry)
4th Place- Electric Vehicle (Jakob Liggett and Taylor Hinkel)

·      More congrats to Riley Hester, who has been accepted in the NSLI Study Abroad program.  She will spend 8 weeks in Russia, living with a family and studying the language.  Safe journey, Riley!

·      It's time to sign up for AP Exams! We encourage all students who have taken or are currently enrolled in an AP course to take the corresponding AP exam.  Registration forms and payment should be returned to the Guidance office by Wednesday, March 23rd.  AP Exam order forms are available here:,  in the Guidance Office, and the document was emailed to all students.  The testing site for the AP exams will be announced soon.  Please check back for the dates, times & locations for pre-administration sessions. Attendance at one of these sessions is required.   Questions about AP exams?  Email Mrs. Morrell:

·      Hey Gryphons!  Its testing week - Wednesday the bookstore will be selling L&N sweatpants for $10. We challenge the students to wear their sweatpants in order to "sweat it out" during their testing. The sweatpants will be available for the remainder of the week every morning before class and during all lunches. 

·      Wondering what your local STEMpunks have been up to? After six weeks of hard work, they're ready to show off what they've built. Check out their brand new robot for this year's competition, Duke of Defenses!

·      The L&N Science Bowl team (Alec Bissell, Ben Kaman, Kishan Tailor, Jacob Samar, and Jacob Siler) competed at the Tennessee Science Bowl on Saturday, 2/27. The team scored 7 wins and 2 losses, defeated only by Cedar Springs Homeschool and Oak Ridge High School (who would later win 1st and 3rd place, respectively). Our team's performance placed them in the top 8 of 58 teams from across the state.  Well done team!

·      Its time for us to select our candidate from the L&N for the CTE Goes Live systemwide talent contest!  If you’d like to be considered, send Mrs. Ashe a link to a video of you performing (YouTube works great).  We’ll send a single link to all of the videos during Advisory period Friday, March 4 (next Friday) so everyone can watch and cast your votes for our rep to this big contest.  Email if you have questions – good luck! (must be solo acts only – no groups or bands, sorry, that’s CTE contest rules).

·    Autumn is the best time of the year for a trip to NYC!  There will be an interest meeting about our fall break trip to NYC on NEXT Wednesday, March 9 from 6-7 p.m. The trip will take place 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. If you are interested, please answer the survey at:  (If you have already done this, please DO NOT do it again. Thanks.) Chaperones will be Mr. Bell, Mr. Childers, Mr. Crattie, Ms. Ellis, Ms. Morrell and Ms. Jorgenson.

·    Come join us at the National Science & Engineering Festival Trip to DC!
Your $300 balance is DUE 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 before THIS Friday, March 4. 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.We have an additional slot for a female student and for a male student available 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

·      SENIORS: There's only 2 weeks left to pay Senior Dues! Don't delay! Full dues are $140.  See breakdown of price below.  Don't forget your $25 Senior Fee.  This is not included in the dues! Dues and Fees can be brought to Ms. Stanish or Mrs. Brown. 
Senior Dues Breakdown: (fee waiver CANNOT be applied) 
1) $50 Yearbook (discounted $20)
2) $40 Prom ticket (discounted $15)
3) $50 Senior Luncheon and 10 custom Thank you Cards
Senior Fees: (fee waiver CAN be applied)
$25 for diploma and diploma cover

·      On Monday, March 7th, you can support our school and help the community (and so can your parents!) at our annual MEDIC Blood Drive.  Here’s a link to sign up for your donation time:
There is a form you need to complete and bring with you on the day of donation.  It is attached.

·      Make plans to join us for a pancake breakfast fundraiser hosted by SGA on Saturday, March 5th, from 8:30 A.M. to 10 A.M. The fundraiser will be held at the Chili's restaurant located in North Knoxville at 6635 Clinton Highway. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Great Starts program at the Helen Ross McNabb Center. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at Bring your family and friends and help us give back to our community!

Community  & Guidance Ops:
·      A representative from the School at the Art Institute of Chicago will be in the Guidance office at 12:20 on Thursday this week (March 3).

·      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.

·      Current juniors – are you interested in having a voice in our system?  Applications are now open for the Student Rep on the Knox County School Board.  Pick up an application in the office.  Deadline is March 11.

Quotes of the day from B. B. King, American Blues artist:

The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.

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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