Friday, April 1, 2016

4-1-16 Student Mission Briefing

For Friday, April 1, 2016 – “N” classes
2015-16 L&N Student Mission – Own it!
School Ops:
·      Congratulations to several students for their performance with this year's Knox County Honors Orchestra:  Elliott Mills - Violin I; Emma Fox - Violin I; Connor McGinley - Violin II; Chloe Gibson - Violin II; Zachary Medley - Viola; Ben Boney - Cello; Mattie Mills - Principal Bassist!  Way to go, Orchestral Gryphons! See pic below.

·      Make plans tonight, Friday, or Saturday to go to Thompson-Boling Arena, 8:30am-6:30pm 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!

·      Any student who took the PSAT this year and received your score reports in January can come to Guidance to pick up your test booklet ASAP.

·      Congratulations to Erykah Carter, who was voted to represent the L&N at the systemwide “CTE Goes Live” competition on May 6 at Market Square!

·      Students in grades 10-12 go here for a survey that will let you sign up to take either a practice ACT or AP exam this Saturday, April 2, from 8:30 – 12:00.  This is free.  The test will be administered under regular testing conditions, will be scored (so you’ll get feedback on how you did) and we’ll be feeding all test takers pizza before dismissing on Saturday.  All are encouraged to take advantage of this great opportunity to sharpen your skills just prior to taking the “real” thing.

·      Make plans now to attend the 3rd annual Seniors v Faculty flag football game, Monday, April 4 on the Festival Lawn at Worlds Fair Park (closest to the school) from 3:30 – 4:30.  Free admission but there will be candy, drinks, etc. for sale to enjoy while watching the game.  Come join us!

·      Congratulations to Cameron Johnson who was just accepted into the Governor’s School of the Arts for this summer!

·      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.

·      Autumn is the best time to go to NYC! 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:
·      The Brian M. Conley Young Writers' Institute is a free day of creative writing classes for high school students and their teachers. Held on the campus of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and administered by Margaret Lazarus Dean of UT’s English Department, the Institute offers classes in creative writing, this year in fiction and poetry. All classes are taught by experts in their field. Lunch is provided. 
The day begins on Saturday, April 9, at the University of Tennessee campus in HSS 71 at 10:15 a.m., when registration opens. Students will take one class in the morning and another in the afternoon. After the second class, everyone returns to room HSS 71 for an open-mic reading, where the students can read from the work they wrote that day, if they’d like to. Our Open Mic usually runs until 3 p.m., at which point the day ends. Students will learn new writing skills, gain confidence in expressing their ideas, and get a taste for academic life at the University of Tennessee.
If you are interested in attending, please respond directly to Mr. Bell by Wednesday, April 6th so that I may confirm your registration. Students are responsible for the own transportation to and from this event.

·      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 Dale Carnegie:

Remember happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think.

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)

Gryphons in the Knox County Honors Orchestra

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