GRYPHON MISSION BRIEFING
For Wednesday, April 13, 2016 – “N” classes
2015-16 L&N Student Mission – Own it!
· TODAY – use alternate pick up location in the p.m.! Wednesday, 4/13, there is an event at the Veterans’ Memorial in the afternoon. If you are picked up you must use the alternate pick up site along Grand Avenue. Buses will be in the KMA lot.
· Accolades keep rolling in for our students – although the season is over, 4 members of our FIRST Robotics team are being sent to St Louis to the World Championship round because we are finalists for the Comcast National Media and Tech Innovation Award! Congrats STEMpunks!
· Be ready to be part of the historic presidential election coming later this year! Voter registration will be held in the Commons during all lunch periods on April 20. Must be 18 on or before August 4, 2016. Bring your social security number and driver’s license to verify your ID.
· Students are encouraged to participate in our first L&N photography contest, sponsored by our very own Golden Gryphon Credit Union, a partner of Y-12 Credit Union.
o Open to all current students.
o Work must be the student’s original photography, however, the photograph may be manipulated anyway the student wishes ie. Photoshop, tinted, b/w, digitally altered, memes etc.
o Image must in some way represent the L&N STEM Academy, including our campus, extended campus, students, faculty, sports, academics, or clubs. Any picture not within our extended campus must have students or faculty in the photo.
o Photos in a series are encouraged and should be submitted as 1 entry.
o High resolution preferred.
o Limit of 10 entries per student.
o Photos become the property of the L&N to use, manipulate, and/or publish for school use.
All photos must be submitted by midnight, April 17th to https://www.dropbox.com/sh/9qdx4vyj5w2psvt/AAD4RB1r9MjaBjDtKroM68iNa?dl=0
o Golden Gryphon Award - $25 Visa Gift Card
o Front Office Award - $20 Starbucks Gift Card
o PTSA Award – $10 Aubrey’s Gift Certicate
o Equality Club Award - $10 iTunes Gift Card (must represent diversity or equality)
o Bookstore Award – “It’s a Gryphon Thing” t-Shirt (must represent student life)
o GGCU/Y-12 Credit Union Awards – 4 Additional $5 gift cards will be awarded
· Congratulations to our TSA team, who scored big this weekend! They brought home from the state competition:
o Photographic Technology 2nd- Lauren Tenpenny
o Chapter team 1st-
§ Owen Sanders (President), Marshall Teffeteller (VP), Kendyl Nicely (Secretary), Laura Bretscher (Treasurer), Brooke Foster (Reporter), Christina Varnes (Sergeant at Arms)
o Engineering Design 1st- Laura Bretscher, Emily Bretscher, Nick Duncan, Lauren Tenpenny
o Digital Video Production 1st- Cameron Johnson, Christina Varnes, Natalie Duncan, Laura Bretscher
o On Demand Video 2nd-Kendyl Nicely, Cameron Johnson, Preston Nicely, Amanda Peebles, Brooke Foster
o Children stories Moving on to Nationals- Preston Nicely, Kendyl Nicely
o Prepared Presentation 1st- Nick Duncan
o Career prep 1st- Cameron Johnson
o Essays on Technology 2nd- Cameron Johnson
o Debating Technological Issues Moving on to Nationals- Laura Bretscher, Haley Folsom
o Cameron Johnson was elected Vice President of Tennessee TSA
o Preston Nicely won a $500 scholarship for engineering
· Missing – 2 Disney pins, one is the Eiffel Tower and the other is Minnie Mouse. If found, please return to the front office, no questions. Thank you!
· 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 http://www.dayofsilence.org.
· 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 http://theaudienceawards.com/films/colorado-revealed-71995 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:
· What: A week-long opportunity to learn about materials science and materials characterization through hands-on studies provided by CNS Y-12 National Security Complex, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and Oak Ridge National Lab.
When: June 6-10, 2016
Time: Monday-Thursday, 9 am-4 pm and Friday, 9 am-12 noon
Where: The University of Tennessee Knoxville.
Cost: FREE Class size limited to 20 students.
Theme: Whodunit? Forensics in Materials and Engineering.
Register: Registration required. Deadline is May 2, 2016. To get registration form, visit us on the web at http://www.engr.utk.edu/mse/
Questions: Dr. Claudia Rawn, firstname.lastname@example.org or Elizabeth Ferguson, email@example.com or 865-974-9245
· 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 Gautama Buddha:
We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts we make the world.
Practice L&N Habits every day: Collaboration, Critical thinking, Design, Innovation, Inquiry, & Professionalism
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