Monday, October 16, 2017

10-17-17 Student Mission Briefing

GRYPHON MISSION BRIEFING
For Tuesday, October 17, 2017 –L-day
School Mission – Boundless STEM: Learning & Leading
L&N Student Mission – #Own it!

School Ops:
·      Seniors who registered will be taking the ACT during school on Tuesday, October 17th. You should be in your testing room by 9:15 a.m.!  ALL students who have L1 or L2 classes and Genius Hours that meet in rooms 216, 221, and 222 will be displaced today. Your teacher should communicate with you about where you will meet instead.  These are the classes affected:
o   Room: 216: Displaced Classes: L1 Webb’s Etymology and L2 Wax’s Stats
o   Room: 221:  Displaced Classes: L1 Pariseau’s Alg 2 and L2 Stanish’s AP Human Geog
o   Room: 222: Displaced Classes:  L1 Crattie’s Latin 2 and L2 Blamer’s Int Math

·        TRAFFIC NOTES:  Worlds Fair Park Drive will be closed until 9:00 a.m. today.  Please plan your route to school accordingly.  Also, due to an event at the Foundry on Wed, 10/18, they will be using our parking lots as soon as buses leave.  Just know you will not be alone if your car is still in the lots!

·        This week is National School Bus Safety Week. Each day we will share with you a bus safety tip, so pay attention! Today’s tip is:  Be at your assigned bus stop five minutes early; this allows your bus driver to see you clearly and ensures that you aren’t running after your bus, which can be dangerous. Only cross in front of the bus when getting on or off so that your bus driver and other motorists can easily see you. It is incredibly important to always board the bus in an orderly fashion.

·        10th – 12th grade Students:  We have a chance to visit the US Naval Academy for a college visit in Annapolis, MD.  The USNA Trip is scheduled for Thursday 2 November - Saturday 4 November.   Mr. Foy will lead an informational meeting during Genius Hour, Thursday 19 October in the middle STEM space for interested sophomores, juniors and seniors.  Any student who wishes to go on the Campus visit, must attend the 19 October meeting.   USNA is an engineering school and is the 5th rated STEM undergraduate program in the nation. Graduates of the Naval Academy serve as Officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.  Mr. Foy will describe both Academy life and service as a sea-going officer at the meeting.  The field trip is completely paid for by the Academy; student qualifications for participation include: an interest in studying engineering, an interest in serving in the Armed Forces, and students must have "C" or above in all L&N courses.

·        Support L&N Choirs by doing some holiday shopping at www.cherrydale.com/LNSKT.  Click SHOP, teacher is PHILIPS, type in the name of a choir student to support or retype "Philips" in any grade, choose your shipping option (free to school, fee to home), then shop!  Please share with your own family and friends to help us raise money for our program!  Store is open now through October 27.  For more information, talk to an L&N Choir student or email katie.philips@knoxschools.org.

·        Bowling Team practice - Monday at 4 p.m.  Our first matches are this week: 
o   Tuesday, 10/17 vs. HVA, 5 p.m at Fountain Lanes on Broadway.
o   Thursday, 10/19 vs. Catholic, 5 p.m. at Fountain Lanes as well.
Please come watch our first bowling matches in L&N STEM Academy history.  We have a girls and a boys team.  Our teams will bowl 3 games to complete the match.  The team is very excited to represent their school so come support them if you can.  Thanks.

·        Congratulations to the L&N Art Honor Society, who won the People's Choice Award (and 2nd Place in High School Collaborative) at the Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival. Thanks to Desiree Dobbins, Savannah and Josie Bresler, Hila Williford, Ayesha Ahmed, Nina Klein, Destiny Large and Channing Gentry for your hard work. Their artwork was inspired by a photograph by Cinna Lockhart of student Kloi Blue. Way to represent the L&N!  See their award-winning design below. Congratulations also to L&N NAHS Alumni Kati Ellis and Dagon Uselton who won first place in the Adult Collaborative category! Proud of them! 

·        Spirit week is coming up and the themes for the spirit week days are below so make sure to plan ahead, participate, and have some fun!
o   Monday, October 23rd - Color Wars.  Each class will dress up as their assigned color. Wear as much of your class color as you can, also a great time to wear your class shirt. 
§  Seniors- Yellow 
§  Juniors- Green 
§  Sophomores- Blue 
§  Freshman- Red
o   Tuesday, October 24th – Toga Tuesday
o   Wednesday, October 25th - Students will choose a stage of life that they wish to display. Examples could include baby, teenagers, parents, or grandparents.
o   Thursday, October 26th - Dynamic Duo.  This is a day to dress up with friends as dynamic duos. Examples of this could be chips and salsa, milk and cookies, or Tom and Jerry.
o   Friday, October 27th - Freaky Friday.  Since Friday night is Haunted Station, students are encouraged to wear character costumes then spend the night at the Haunted Station.
o   All of Spirit Week- Boxes for scarf donations to the homeless, sponsored by key club, will be decorated. The class with the best decorated box and most scarves donated gains extra points for their class. The themes for the boxes are elements:
§  Seniors- Fire
§  Junior- Water
§  Sophomores- Earth
§  Freshmen- Wind
·      Rules: All costumes and outfits must follow Knox County Schools’ dress code. No masks may be worn that completely cover the face. Students who choose to wear full body suits may wear a full suit—including mask—only during the Pep Rally.

·      Yearbooks for the 2017-18 school year are officially on sale! Pick up an order form from the office any time or order yours from www.jostensyearbooks.com. The price per book is $55 now through September 15th. The longer you wait to order yours, the higher the price goes up, so make sure to order yours as soon as possible to save up to $25 this school year! Seniors:  you can purchase a yearbook for $50 if you order before Nov 1.  Special price does not apply to a customized order.

Community  & Guidance Ops:
·      Have you ever thought of attending West Point for your college education?  The regional commander for admissions in TN will be here, Thursday, Oct 19, fro 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. for an informational meeting.

·      These college recruiters will be on campus to talk to you about their programs.  All meetings are in the guidance office at 12:15 unless otherwise noted.  Email lyn.johnson@knoxschools.org to get more information and sign up for any of them:
o   Mon, 10/23 - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY  
o   Tues, 10/31 - Austin Peay State University, Clarksville TN

·      The Race for the Cure needs volunteers to help prepare for the race this Saturday.  Contact Nicole Taylor (ntaylor@komeneasttn.org) if you can help Friday afternoon or Saturday morning.  These would be appropriate for scholarship/TN Promise volunteer hours!

·      Sophomores and Juniors – Governor’s School for the Arts at MTSU applications are open!  The School for the Arts will be held June 1 – June 24, 2018.  Auditions will be held @ MTSU on Jan 13 & 14th.  You must select your preferred date on the student data form.  There will be a short informational meeting for those interested on Wed., October 18 from 12:25 – 12:45 in the Counseling Center.  Applications must be completed by students and returned to Mr. Sudderth by Oct. 31, 2017.  This is a hard deadline, no exceptions.  For more info, visit http://gsfta.com

·      Applications are now open for the United States Senate Youth Program. The program offers high school students in their junior or senior years the opportunity to participate in an annual Washington Week event in March, which includes a variety of events that promote a unique understanding of the structure of our national government. The Hearst Foundation also offers selected state finalists a $10,000 undergraduate scholarship. The student application and instructions for applying are available here. The deadline to apply is Oct. 27.

Quote of the day from Winston Churchill:

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and isten.


Practice L&N Habits every day: Professionalism, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Innovation, Inquiry, & Design
L&N STEM Academy – TN’s First Apple School of Distinction, 3 time - US News & World Report medalist – Silver 2017, Gold 2016, Bronze 2015, 3 time - Newsweek’s Top 500 American High Schools 2015 – 17



Sunday, October 15, 2017

10-16-17 Student MIssion Briefing

GRYPHON MISSION BRIEFING
For Monday, October 16, 2017 –M-day
EARLY RELEASE SCHEDULE
School Mission – Boundless STEM: Learning & Leading
L&N Student Mission – #Own it!

School Ops:
·      Seniors who registered will be taking the ACT during school on Tuesday, October 17th. Seniors, check your email for info on where and when to report! ALL students who have L1 or L2 classes and Genius Hours that meet in rooms 216, 221, and 222 will be displaced that day. Your teacher should communicate with you about where you will meet instead.  These are the classes affected:
o   Room: 216: Displaced Classes: L1 Webb’s Etymology and L2 Wax’s Stats
o   Room: 221:  Displaced Classes: L1 Pariseau’s Alg 2 and L2 Stanish’s AP Human Geog
o   Room: 222: Displaced Classes:  L1 Crattie’s Latin 2 and L2 Blamer’s Int Math

·        This week is National School Bus Safety Week. Each day we will share with you a bus safety tip, so pay attention! Today’s tip is:  Do not use earbuds, headphones or electronic devices while getting on or off a bus. They can be distracting and could make it difficult to hear oncoming traffic.

·        10th – 12th grade Students:  We have a chance to visit the US Naval Academy for a college visit in Annapolis, MD.  The USNA Trip is scheduled for Thursday 2 November - Saturday 4 November.   Mr. Foy will lead an informational meeting during Genius Hour, Thursday 19 October in the middle STEM space for interested sophomores, juniors and seniors.  Any student who wishes to go on the Campus visit, must attend the 19 October meeting.   USNA is an engineering school and is the 5th rated STEM undergraduate program in the nation. Graduates of the Naval Academy serve as Officers in the U.S. Navy or U.S. Marine Corps.  Mr. Foy will describe both Academy life and service as a sea-going officer at the meeting.  The field trip is completely paid for by the Academy; student qualifications for participation include: an interest in studying engineering, an interest in serving in the Armed Forces, and students must have "C" or above in all L&N courses.

·        Support L&N Choirs by doing some holiday shopping at www.cherrydale.com/LNSKT.  Click SHOP, teacher is PHILIPS, type in the name of a choir student to support or retype "Philips" in any grade, choose your shipping option (free to school, fee to home), then shop!  Please share with your own family and friends to help us raise money for our program!  Store is open now through October 27.  For more information, talk to an L&N Choir student or email katie.philips@knoxschools.org.

·        Bowling Team practice - Monday at 4 p.m.  Our first matches are this week: 
o   Tuesday, 10/17 vs. HVA, 5 p.m at Fountain Lanes on Broadway.
o   Thursday, 10/19 vs. Catholic, 5 p.m. at Fountain Lanes as well.
Please come watch our first bowling matches in L&N STEM Academy history.  We have a girls and a boys team.  Our teams will bowl 3 games to complete the match.  The team is very excited to represent their school so come support them if you can.  Thanks.

·        Congratulations to the L&N Art Honor Society, who won the People's Choice Award (and 2nd Place in High School Collaborative) at the Oak Ridge Street Painting Festival. Thanks to Desiree Dobbins, Savannah and Josie Bresler, Hila Williford, Ayesha Ahmed, Nina Klein, Destiny Large and Channing Gentry for your hard work. Their artwork was inspired by a photograph by Cinna Lockhart of student Kloi Blue. Way to represent the L&N!  See their award-winning design below. Congratulations also to L&N NAHS Alumni Kati Ellis and Dagon Uselton who won first place in the Adult Collaborative category! Proud of them! 

·        Congratulations to September’s Students of the Month:
o   Freshman - Meredith Mincey
o   Sophomore - Gretta Berry
o   Junior - Bryce Lane
o   Senior - Anna Wysmierski
      Teacher-nominated and peer-selected by SGA.  Look for more from SGA in the coming weeks!

·        Spirit week is coming up and the themes for the spirit week days are below so make sure to plan ahead, participate, and have some fun!
o   Monday, October 23rd - Color Wars.  Each class will dress up as their assigned color. Wear as much of your class color as you can, also a great time to wear your class shirt. 
§  Seniors- Yellow 
§  Juniors- Green 
§  Sophomores- Blue 
§  Freshman- Red
o   Tuesday, October 24th – Toga Tuesday
o   Wednesday, October 25th - Students will choose a stage of life that they wish to display. Examples could include baby, teenagers, parents, or grandparents.
o   Thursday, October 26th - Dynamic Duo.  This is a day to dress up with friends as dynamic duos. Examples of this could be chips and salsa, milk and cookies, or Tom and Jerry.
o   Friday, October 27th - Freaky Friday.  Since Friday night is Haunted Station, students are encouraged to wear character costumes then spend the night at the Haunted Station.
o   All of Spirit Week- Boxes for scarf donations to the homeless, sponsored by key club, will be decorated. The class with the best decorated box and most scarves donated gains extra points for their class. The themes for the boxes are elements:
§  Seniors- Fire
§  Junior- Water
§  Sophomores- Earth
§  Freshmen- Wind
·      Rules: All costumes and outfits must follow Knox County Schools’ dress code. No masks may be worn that completely cover the face. Students who choose to wear full body suits may wear a full suit—including mask—only during the Pep Rally.

·      Yearbooks for the 2017-18 school year are officially on sale! Pick up an order form from the office any time or order yours from www.jostensyearbooks.com. The price per book is $55 now through September 15th. The longer you wait to order yours, the higher the price goes up, so make sure to order yours as soon as possible to save up to $25 this school year! Seniors:  you can purchase a yearbook for $50 if you order before Nov 1.  Special price does not apply to a customized order.

Community  & Guidance Ops:
·      Have you ever thought of attending West Point for your college education?  The regional commander for admissions in TN will be here, Thursday, Oct 19, fro 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. for an informational meeting.

·      Sophomores and Juniors – Governor’s School for the Arts at MTSU applications are open!  The School for the Arts will be held June 1 – June 24, 2018.  Auditions will be held @ MTSU on Jan 13 & 14th.  You must select your preferred date on the student data form.  There will be a short informational meeting for those interested on Wed., October 18 from 12:25 – 12:45 in the Counseling Center.  Applications must be completed by students and returned to Mr. Sudderth by Oct. 31, 2017.  This is a hard deadline, no exceptions.  For more info, visit http://gsfta.com

·      Applications are now open for the United States Senate Youth Program. The program offers high school students in their junior or senior years the opportunity to participate in an annual Washington Week event in March, which includes a variety of events that promote a unique understanding of the structure of our national government. The Hearst Foundation also offers selected state finalists a $10,000 undergraduate scholarship. The student application and instructions for applying are available here. The deadline to apply is Oct. 27.

Quote of the day from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.


Practice L&N Habits every day: Professionalism, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Innovation, Inquiry, & Design
L&N STEM Academy – TN’s First Apple School of Distinction, 3 time - US News & World Report medalist – Silver 2017, Gold 2016, Bronze 2015, 3 time - Newsweek’s Top 500 American High Schools 2015 – 17