Sunday, April 10, 2016

4-11-16 Student Mission Briefing

For Monday, April 11, 2016 – “M” classes
Early Release Schedule
2015-16 L&N Student Mission – Own it!
School Ops:
·      It was a stellar weekend to be a Gryphon!  Our TSA team brought home all kinds of hardware and awards (full list is coming).  On Saturday we had more than 10 students participate in a writing workshop at UT with Mr. Bell, Austin Bradley won the Rhythm and Blooms guitar art contest with the Dogwood Arts Festival, our NAHS students had a spectacular chalk walk entry inspired by original art by Hope Higginbotham, in Nashville, our NHD entries took many prizes (listed below) and we had 2 teams qualify for nationals.  Also, one of our students took another step towards being an Olympian as Emily Bretscher won a place to be able to compete in the Olympic qualifier finals for a spot on the next Olympic team for diving!  Another diver, Jacob Siler placed 5th place overall (in the country) in Synchronized Diving.  So proud of all our students’ achievements inside and outside the classroom!
o   National History winners: Those qualifying to compete at Nationals in Washington DC are – Ben Hall and Kent Smith for First Place in Group Documentary, Jeremiah Branson, Justin Cross, Noah Dunlap, Preston Nicely, and Noah Watson for Second Place Group Exhibit
o   Alternates for Washington are: Emma Yambert for 3rd place Individual Paper, and Connor McGinley for 3rd place Individual Exhibit
o   Special Award (although not going to nationals, they are the most prestigious awards and carry cash prizes): Jeremiah, Branson, Justin Cross, Noah Dunlap, Preston Nicely, and Noah Watson for Best Project in TN History, and Jacob Samar, Jacob Siler, Abbey Morgan,  and Kishan Tailor for Archival Research.
o   Special thanks to these teachers who worked directly with these student and their projects: Ms. Norton, Mr. Griffin, Ms. Stanish, Ms. Coley, and Mrs. Robbins.  Congrats to all!
·      More good news – Jalen Baylock has been chosen to participate in UT’s BETS (Business Education for Talented Students) program this summer.  Congrats Jalen!

·      This Friday, April 15, is the GLSEN Day of Silence. The Day of Silence brings awareness to anti-LGBTQ+ bullying and harassment. The Equality Club will be handing out stickers with one of two colors, one showing you're speaking and the other showing you're not depending on your preference, to put on your shirt to show your support for the cause Friday morning in the Commons.  For more information on the Day of Silence, please go to

·      Last Thursday afternoon our Boys’ Tennis team hit a milestone as they locked up the first ever regular season District Championship!  When you see Coach Orrick, Coach Duggan, or any of the players, be sure to congratulate them!

·      One of our video students, Alli Lapps, has had her work accepted into a national competition.  Please visit this link  to view and vote for her video.  You will have to create a free account on the site to verify you are a human and not a robot!

Community  & Guidance Ops:
·      Reminder that those who registered for AP exams you must complete an off-campus permission form for taking the exam.  See your AP teacher or counselor for info.

Quote of the day from Abraham Lincoln:

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.

Practice L&N Habits every day: Collaboration, Critical thinking, Design, Innovation, Inquiry, & Professionalism
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