Sunday, March 6, 2016

3-7-16 Student Mission Briefing

For Monday, March 7, 2016 – “M” classes
TNReady Testing Schedule*
Early Release Schedule
2015-16 L&N Student Mission – Own it!
School Ops:
·      *Today’s schedule:
o   M1: 9:30-11:30 (extended for testing)
o   M2: 11:36-12:19 (shortened)
o   regular schedule M3/M4
Don’t forget to bring a calculator!

·      Our students did exceptionally well in competitions of all sorts this past Friday/weekend – here’s the list:
From Regional National History Day (24 of whom will now go to state comp in April in Nashville):
Sydney Fuhrig and Madeline Phillips – Best use of Primary Sources
Devon McGinley – 1st place – Individual Documentary
Cameron Johnson – 3rd place – Individual Documentary
Ben Hall and Kent Smith – 2nd place – Group Documentary
Connor McGinley – 1st place – Individual Exhibit
Madeline Phillips – 2nd place – Individual Exhibit
Ryan Barrick – 3rd place – Individual Exhibit
Jeremiah Branson, Justin Cross, Noah Dunlap, Preston Nicely, & Noah Watson – 1st place – Group Exhibit
Jacob Siler, Abbey Morgan, Jacob Samar, & Kishan Tailor – 2nd place – Group Exhibit
Bryce Long, Bryce Parker, & Jivan Taj – 2nd place – Group Performance
Deanna Bushnag, Emma Fox, Marisa Richards, & Lindsey Sanders – 2nd place – Group Website
Riley Hester – 1st place – Paper
Emma Yambert – 2nd place – Paper
From TN Association of Student Councils:
Taylor Madison – TASC All-Star Award
Kelsey Bledsoe – TASC Above and Beyond Award
Mrs. Ellis – TASC Advisor of the Year Award
·      Congrats to our SGA crew who ran the pancake breakfast fundraiser this weekend!  Thanks to their hard work and your generosity – over $650 was raised to benefit the Helen Ross McNabb Center.  Good work!

·      Attention all Gryphons, the Community Building Committee of SGA will be holding a Donate Life for Michael Day today, 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!  Here’s the link to sign up to donate – remember you cannot donate blood while scheduled to test!
·      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!

·      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 before THIS MONDAY. 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 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

·      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 THIS 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.

·      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:

·      SENIORS: There's only 1 week 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

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.

·      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 Ralph Waldo Emerson:

Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is not path and leave a trail.

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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