Tuesday, April 19, 2016

4-20-16 Student Mission Briefing

For Wednesday, April 20, 2016 – “N” classes
2015-16 L&N Student Mission – Own it!

School Ops:
·      Congratulations to our student body and teachers for moving up from a Bronze Medal to Gold and from #34 to #6 in the state of TN according to new rankings by US News and World Report!  We are the highest ranked school and only Gold Medal high school in Knox County!  Keep up the good work everyone!!  Find more details here.

·      Congratulations to the following students who received awards for their performance on the 2016 National Latin Exam.  Latin II: Hyatt Christenberry-Gold Medal; Aruha Khan-Silver Medal; Emmanuel Sosa-Cruz-Magna Cum Laude; Taylor Ray-Cum Laude; Robert Laney-Cum Laude.  Latin I: Connor McGinley, Gold Medal; Bryce Parker, Silver Medal; Isabelle Toth, Silver Medal; Nick Brison, Treasure Rowe, Jenna Rochelson, Macy Hudson, Salma Ferwanah, and Gabe Peck-Magna Cum Laude; Lauren Morris, Anna Horrocks, and Travis Gardner-Cum Laude.

·      TODAY at lunch!  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.

·      Congratulations to the L&N Junior Classical League for their performance at the Tennessee Junior Classical League Convention held in Memphis, TN.  They placed 3rd overall in their division with many top 5 finishes. Sydney Fuhrig placed 3rd in both Reading Comprehension and Advocacy Letter writing and 4th in the Mythological Costume Contest. Emmanuel Sosa-Cruz placed 1st in English Oratory. Judy Thomas placed 4th in Reading Comprehension. Anna Ward placed 4th in the Pen and Ink Art Contest and 5th in Roman Life.  Their hard work over the course of the year truly paid off!

·      Congratulations to the Ethics Bowl team of Justin Cross, Katlynn Armstrong, Max Mylchreest, Mattie Collins, Chase Compton, and Madeline Lonas for their fantastic performance at the National High School Ethics Bowl at UNC Chapel Hill this past weekend! The team easily made the quarterfinals with 3 wins, 1 tie, and no losses. The victories were against teams from Portland, Oregon, St. Petersburg, Florida, and prep school Phillips Exeter Academy of New Hampshire. The team bowed out of the competition on a split-decision by the judges in a match against East Chapel Hill, North Carolina. This was by far the best performance of any school from Tennessee in the 4 years that the event has been held, and caps off a great year for the team. Well done Gryphons and looking forward to next year!

·      Congrats to our Water Polo team (club team)!  They had their first win of the season this weekend, beating Bearden, 8 – 7!!  Way to to!

·      *STEM shirts are now available!  This shirt was designed by STEM student Jessica Motto and is available as a short sleeve, long sleeve or hoodie.  Long sleeve and hoodie orders will be available for pickup in the beginning of May. (ptsalnstem.weebly.com/fundraiser)

Community  & Guidance Ops:
·      Each spring, a nation-wide high school arts competition is sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our congressional district.  The Artistic Discovery Contest is open to all high school students in the 2nd District. The over-all winner of our district's competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The exhibit in Washington will also include artwork from other contest winners nation-wide.
Each framed piece must be no larger than 28”x28”x4” (28 inches high, 28 inches wide, and 4 inches deep), including the frame, and must not weigh more than 15 pounds. The art work may be:
o   Paintings - including oil, acrylics, and watercolor
o   Drawings - including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers
o   Collage (must be two dimensional)
o   Prints - including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints
o   Mixed Media
o   Computer Generated Art
o   Photography
o   All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution

·      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, crawn@utk.edu or Elizabeth Ferguson, ferguson@utk.edu or 865-974-9245

Quote of the day from Oprah Winfrey:

The big secret in life is that there is no big secret.  Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.

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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