Wednesday, April 19, 2017

4-20-17 Student Mission Briefing

For Thursday, April 20, 2017 – “L” day
L&N Student Mission – #Own it!
State Exam Testing (English and US History in regularly scheduled classes - see at bottom)

School Ops:
·      TESTING DISPLACEMENTS TODAY:  If you are in the following classes your regular room is being used for testing.  Report as listed below for today only:
o   Crattie's L1 Latin to Commons
o   Fannon's L2 AP Psych to Commons

·      Students – when you look at the testing schedule each day it is there to remind you what subjects are testing.  We will only change the schedule to test large groups at once on Monday, May 1.  You should keep going to all your regular classes at the regular time.   If your class is listed, it means you will take a portion of a state EOC that day in that class.

·      Our Microbiology students are conducting a study comparing effectiveness of different acne treatments.  Please help them by taking this short survey ASAP.  All responses are anonymous:

·      Do you like cupcakes? Do you want to help us beat the teachers? Then buy cupcakes from Equality Club next week! On Monday (the 24th of April) we will be selling cupcakes in the commons all day for up to $1 each to raise money for our club. We’re competing against Mr. Powell and Ms. Bays to see who can raise the money- so please, help us outsell the teachers, and buy some cupcakes!

·      This Friday, April 21, is the national Day of Silence. Day of Silence is a student-led national event, bringing awareness to the silencing effects of anti-LGBTQ name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Students and teachers can participate by visiting the Equality Club in the commons or on the plaza before school and picking up a sticker. We will have red stickers for participants who wish to stay silent to show support (PLEASE NOTE: this does not excuse students from answering a teacher or participating in class for the day) or blue stickers for participants who just wish to show support. 

·      Congratulations to Christina Varnes!  She made the Governors School for Voice for this summer!  Gryphons just keep achieving!!

·      Mark your calendars for next Friday, April 28, go eat at the Chipotle’s on N Broadway (Fountain City) between 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Tell them you’re supporting L&N’s TSA and 50% of what you buy will go to our TSA team!  See the flyer attached for more info and come out and support!

·      Don’t miss our choral music concert this Thursday, April 20, at 7:00 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 414 W Vine Ave.  Admission is free!

·      Friday, April 21 our PTSA invites everyone to come to the dinner and silent auction here in our Commons!  Doors open at 5:30, dinner (from Gondolier – spaghetti w/marinara or meat sauce, salad, bread sticks, dessert) from 6:00 – 7:00.  Auction closes at 7:30.  Tickets can be purchased at for $12 adults & $8 kids 18 and under.  Prices increase $2 each at the door.

·      This Saturday, April 22nd SGA will be hosting a Spring Clean Up Day at school from 8 am - 12 pm. Come help plant flowers, mulch, and beautify our school!

·      Sophomores: While your parents attend our PTSA dinner and auction – come out for Laser tag Class social Friday, April 21 at 7:00 pm at Laser Quest Knoxville. A regular game is $8.50 and the number of games played is up to player discretion but the plan is for 2 games.

·      After you go to the PTSA dinner, you can go see Covalence, made up of L&N students, Carter Manson, Tad Long, Harrison Hammett, and Gregory Croisdale at The Open Chord this Friday, April 21.   Doors open at 7:00 and the show starts at 8:00. Two other bands will be playing before us, Jackknife Stilletto and Abisha Uhl.  We should go on stage at around 9:45 and will be playing for an hour and 45 minutes.  It's a 90s grunge show, so they'll be playing songs from the 90s. All-ages are welcome. Tickets are $5.00 in advance or at the door. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at the following link:  For questions, we can be reached at or email

·      The L&N Bookstore is looking for new staff members! The bookstore is a great opportunity to gain valuable customer service skills and volunteer hours. Applications will be available outside of the bookstore, so please stop by and pick one up!

·      Check out prom photos at

·      Hey students!  Have you noticed the new green screen wall on the 2nd floor of the Depot building?   It is in the vestibule outside the STEM Space.  We put it there for you to exercise your creativity.  If you post a picture on Twitter or Instagram using it please tag the school @LNSTEMAC or #LNgreenscreen so we can collect them!  Let your imagination take you everywhere with it!

·      Show your school spirit by for voting for our school in the School Spirit Contest.  The school with the most votes wins $2500. Tell your family and friends to vote, too!

·      Attention Seniors and Senior Parents!  The PTSA is sponsoring an interfaith baccalaureate service for graduating seniors and their families. This year's service will be held on Sunday, May 7, at 3pm at Immaculate Conception Church located at 414 West Vine Street.  This promises to be an uplifting ceremony as we kick-off the many graduation-related activities for the class of 2017. 

·      The L&N Stem Academy staff and faculty will be honoring the 2017 graduates at their annual senior reception.  This year's reception will be held at the school on Sunday, May 7 at 4pm.  Again, all seniors and their families are encouraged to attend. 

Community  & Guidance Ops:
·      Looking for summer work?  Here’s 2 opportunities!
o   Rita’s Italian Ice on Market Square is looking for hourly help.  See the attachment “recruitment letter” for more info and how to apply.
o   The Knoxville Teachers Federal Credit Union is looking for a rising senior to work this summer and through next school year at the Hall of Fame location.  Starts at $8.50/hour.   You won’t be handling money, mostly clerical stuff.  Email Mrs. Ashe if you’re interested in applying.

·      More kudos to students earning prestigious summer placements!  Ethan Duckworth was accepted into the Operation Catapult Honors Seminar at Rose-Hulman Inst. of Tech. in Indiana; and Sydney Juhl was accepted at the LIM College lab program for fashion-related business in NYC.  She received a scholarship to attend.

·      Congratulations to senior Grace Smith – she was just selected as a Furman Scholar –making her eligible for multiple scholarships if she attends there!

·      The Knoxville Area Urban League is taking applications for the National Achievers Society.  The program is open to rising 10th-12th students of color, who have a 3.0 GPA.  Applications are in Guidance.  The deadline is April 28, 2017.

·      Interested in taking Driver’s Ed over the summer?  Knox County Schools is offering classes at 2 locations.  Go here for more information.  Pay attention to the registration opportunities listed.  There will be no exceptions.

Quote of the day from H.G. Wells:
If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.

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

Wednesday, schedule reminder:
Regular bell schedule


Room #
English 2
English 3
English 1
US History
English 2
English 1
English 2
English 1

Displaced Classes:
Crattie's L1 Latin to Commons
Fannon's L2 AP Psych to Commons

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