Wednesday, March 8, 2017

3-9-17 Student Mission Briefing

For Thursday, March 9, 2017 – “L” day
L&N Student Mission – #Own it!
School Ops:
·      Students and staff!  Are you going to a beach over spring break?  The geology class is currently learning about beaches/coastal landforms and deserts as depositional environments. It would help them if you bring back about 2 oz (think about the size of a dressing cup in the cafeteria).  The following is a link to the wide variety of sands in the world and what they can tell us if you know what you are looking for. Sand Grains from Around the World! - Geology   Just drop them off in the office when you come back from break!

·      Big congrats to Treasure Rowe, who won the vote to be our L&N representative to the CTE Goes Live event on Market Square in May.  Thanks to everyone who submitted a video and voted.  It was a real close vote!  Hope to see everyone out to cheer on Treasure at the Live show in May!

·      Congratulations to the following winners in the recent state PTA Reflections contest!  Kate Jolly won an Award of Excellence and Nina Klein an Award of Merit for Dance Choreography.  Kendyl Nicely won an Award of Merit for Photography.  Thanks for representing the school so well!

·      Students, parents, and teachers, mark your calendars to give the "gift of life" and participate in our MEDIC blood drive on Monday, March 27th. Students 16 and over are eligible to participate. If you're 16 and 120 lbs you may donate with parental consent. (Please use the form attached to the mission briefings or come pick one up from Ms. Ellis in the Media Center.) Seventeen year olds who weigh 110 lbs or more may participate as well and ALSO need consent this time. (Please be aware that all students 16 and 17 will need to turn in a parent consent form this time because of a temporary rule change with MEDIC.)   Note: EVERYONE donating blood must have ID with them as well as a list of medications if appropriate.  Giving blood will take more than the 15 minutes indicated by the time slot. The time slot is used to indicate when you should come to sign in with the MEDIC staff. Make sure you share your plans to donate blood with your teacher if you have a scheduled class during this time.   Please encourage your family and friends to contribute during our blood drive. By donating blood, you'll be helping our community, as well as our school, because MEDIC donates money to our school for each pint of blood collected.  Here's the link to sign up:  

·      Make plans to join us for a pancake breakfast hosted by the Student Government Association on Saturday, March 25th, from 8:30 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. The event will be held at the Chili’s restaurant located in West Knoxville at 7304 Kingston Pike. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. All proceeds benefit the Great Starts program, a service of the Helen Ross McNabb Center providing integrated substance abuse and mental health services to recovering pregnant and parenting women. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online here. Bring your family and friends and help us give back to our community! 

·      Congratulations to our East Tennessee History Day Winners.  We are so proud of our winners and everyone who presented!
Group Exhibit:
·      First Place : Anne Hutchinson: Aruha Khan, Molly Miller, Hyatt Christianson, Madison Jackson
·      Second Place: Thomas Jefferson’s War: Joey Motto and Thomas Miller
·      Third Place: Sophie Scholl: Juan Benn, Justyce Thomson
Individual Exhibit
·      Second Place:  Battles of Lexington and Concord: Connor McGinley
Group Documentary
·      First Place:  Coal Creek Saga: Apple Lee, Zachary Medley, Abby Wells
·      Second Place: Nanking Resistance: Rachel Barrick, Nic Boyd, Josie Bresler, Hila Williford
Individual Documentary
·      First Place: Deliberate Speed: Gregory Croisdale
·      Second Place:  The Bijou Theatre: Jared Watkins
Group Websites
·      First Place: Galileo: Nina Klein, Witt Spiller, and Emmanuel Sosa-Cruz
·      Third Place: Chiang Kai-Shek: Owen Porter, Alex Seaver, Connor Shields, David Stewart
Individual Website—
·      Special Award For Outstanding Use of Native American History - Oneida: McRea Finley
All First and Second Place Projects will advance to the state competition in Nashville on April 8, 2017!

·      Juniors – its time to apply to be the student representative to next year’s Knox County School Board!  Student must be a rising senior in good standing.  Application is attached.

·      TODAY is LAST DAY to buy prom tickets!  Get them now – no tickets sold at the door!  Also, before you go reserve your tux (or your date’s tux) look for senior Daniel Bueckman.  Tell him you want your “prom prize” and he will give you a coupon for $50 off your rental!

·      One of our advisory classes really needs your help in an upcoming hygiene product drive in our school. For the next two weeks (February 27th through March 9th), we will be collecting items to be donated to KARM Ministries. Items that are needed include things that you would use on a daily basis: deodorant, tooth paste, tooth brushes, bar soap, body wash, conditioner, shampoo, feminine products (tampons and pads), lotion, etc. Please remember that the items you donate need to be new and unused. Travel sizes and family sizes are both needed. Any and all donations should be dropped off in the library. So next time you are at the store, try and pick up a couple of items off this list, and help someone in our community that is in need. Thank you, in advance, for your corporation in this project.

Community  & Guidance Ops:
·      All graduating L&N seniors are encouraged to apply for the Merlin Scholarship and the The Rebekah Ellis Honorary Scholarship for Service each worth $1,000. One winner for each will be selected and announced at the awards night in April.  All submissions must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 7.   Follow this link to learn more about the scholarships, essay prompts and to apply.

Quote of the day from Dr. Patricia E. Bath (first African American female doctor to receive a patent on a medical device – for an advance that allowed laser eye surgery to be developed!):

Believe in the power of truth . . . do not allow your mind to be imprisoned by majority thinking.  Remember that the limits of science are not the limits of imagination.

Have a great spring break – from the Faculty and Staff of the L&N!

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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