Thursday, November 17, 2016

11-18-16 Student Mission Briefing

For Friday, November 18, 2016 – “N” day
L&N Student Mission – #Own it!
School Ops:
·      Students – this is a reminder that although the holidays are approaching, and we know you are tired, we still have expectations that you will practice professionalism at all times.  That means being where you’re supposed to be, cleaning up after yourself, and following all school rules.  When people do not do so, we have to pull back on the privileges and freedoms you enjoy as students at the L&N.  Until we leave for Thanksgiving – students will not be allowed anywhere but the Commons and Verandah during Digital Lab.  You have been warned before yet there is still an unacceptable amount of trash left behind as you leave.  If you cannot keep the larger area clean, we will restrict the areas where you can be and make it easier to keep everything picked up by policing before you are dismissed.  Cooperation is expected in order to earn back the ability to spread out to the plaza during Digital labs.
·      On Monday, December 12th, we have an opportunity for a small group to visit Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Lunch will be served on site with a special guest speaker discussing careers at the intersection of the Classics, Journalism, and STEM. If you are interested in touring the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (3D Printing), the Spallation Neutron Source, and the High Flux Isotope Reactor, please complete this form: If you have any questions, please email

·      Seniors! Please join us for the Senior Social which will be held at the Cove at Concord Park this Sunday at 1:00pm. There will be spikeball, football, volleyball, etc along with plenty of food, water & soda. The address is 11808 S. Northshore Drive. Knoxville, TN. 37922

·      The Senior vs. Faculty football game is quickly approaching! On November 21st, right after school at 3:30, we will have our annual football game held on World’s Fair Lawn. There will be concessions, so come out and bring friends!

·      Christmas on the Plaza? YES!!  We will be celebrating our Class of 2019 service project as we turn in our shoeboxes, take pictures at the #ipackedashoebox Christmas photo booth. Stop by to enjoy the celebration of all your hard work with Christmas music and candy canes. If you haven’t done so already, grab an empty shoebox and fill it with goodies for children. Shoeboxes are DUE THIS FRIDAY, Nov 18 during advisory!  ****Any STEM student or staff is welcome to build a shoebox!****

·      The application for second semester Genius Hour Choirs has been extended through Friday (11/18) at midnight.  Don't miss this opportunity to sing some fun music!  Email Katie Philips (with one "L") for more information.  Apply here:

·      This week is Knox County “Thank a Teacher Week.”  We hope you’ll participate by letting your teachers know how they have impacted your life.  You can share it with the system by using their Social Media tags: (Twitter: #ThankaTeacherKnox; or email your “thank you teacher” story straight to:  All this week!

·      Seniors! Time to order Senior vs. Faculty Football Shirts is here! Please visit this link and submit your shirt request by Friday. Please be cautious of what you use as your “name” on the back of your shirts as it represents our school, and feel free to contact Abbey Morgan ( if you have any questions.

·      As we approach the winter season, warm clothing–specifically hats, socks, and coats–becomes even more important for those in need to help them fight the increasingly cold weather. If you have any of the aforementioned items in new or gently used condition, please drop them off at the marked “Coats for the Cold” bin in the front office. Any donations would be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions or comments regarding “Coats for the Cold,” please eMail or

·      Yearbook is looking for your baby pictures! If you have any pictures of yourself as a small child, please bring the physical copies in to Ms. Brown (you can find her in her office). We will return the pictures to you as soon as we can after we have scanned them. Thank you!

·      Outlier’s Advantage: Knoxville In-Home Tutoring is hosting a Free Mock ACT this Saturday, November 19. Students will receive their scores before they leave, and they will get to keep their tests for their review. This is open to all Knox County area students. Limited seating is available. Sign up directly from our homepage at

·      You can support our PTSA by ordering gear from them this month only!  See samples in the Media Center, or pass on this link to anyone shopping for you so they can shop online until Nov 22!

Community  & Guidance Ops:
·      A student representative from Yale College (New Haven, CT) will be in the Guidance office on Monday, November 21 at 12:15.

·      From your counselors:  Sometimes it’s just not possible to sort through tough times alone.  Problems can build up and you may lose sleep or find it hard to concentrate on your school work.  When you need to talk to someone, your school counselor can be a great place to start.  

School counselors are trained to take your problem seriously, listen, and help — it doesn’t have to be just about school stuff.  A counselor can help you deal with the sadness of when someone has died as well as advise you on taking the right classes to get into your dream college.  

Please remember to first check in with your teacher before going to the school counseling office if you are having an emergency.  If you would like to have a meeting about a non-urgent matter, email your school counselor to set up a time that works for both of you.  Know that you always have a safe place to talk, draw, or just have someone sit quietly near you while you process on your own.  

Quote of the day from former Secretary of State Colin Powell:

Have a vision.  Be demanding.

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

L&N STEM Academy – TN’s First Apple School of Distinction, US News & World Report Gold Medal 2016, Newsweek’s Top 500 “Beating the Odds” school

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