Thursday, April 6, 2017

4-7-17 Student Mission Briefing

For Friday, April 7, 2017 – “N” day
L&N Student Mission – #Own it!

School Ops:
·      Best wishes for two teams competing at the state level this weekend trying to win their way to nationals: TSA is competing in Chattanooga and National History Day is competing in Nashville.  Looking forward to lots of qualifiers out of these efforts!

·      Looking forward to a safe and memorable prom this weekend at the Knoxville Downtown Hilton, from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.  Make good choices!

·      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 using it please tag the school @LNSTEMAC or #LNgreenscreen so we can collect them!  Let your imagination take you everywhere with it!

·      Bonam Fortunam to L&N’s Ethics Bowl team consisting of Sonaz Jazny, Patrick Juhl, Alex Seaver, Connor Shields, Witt Spiller, and Bryce Lane as they head to the University of North Carolina this weekend to compete in the 2017 National High School Ethics Bowl! The impressive field of 24 teams includes Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Chicago, Ill., The Bronx High School of Science, Bronx, N.Y., Woodrow Wilson High School, Washington, D.C., Stanford Online High School, Stanford, Cal., and Seattle Academy, Seattle, Wash. Teams will argue, among other cases, the ethics of drone strikes, the Implicit Association Test, Nonhuman animals in biomedical research, and Ta Nehisi-Coates’ “The Case for Reparations.”  Go Gryphons!

·      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. 

·      We are so proud of our first National Industry Certification credential earned by an L&N student while enrolled at our school.  Big “well done!” to Ryan Barrick for earning his PC Pro Certification through our Computer Systems class with Mr. Colby!  We know there will be more to come!

·      News from the Arts:
o   Congratulations to Austin Bradley, who won second place in the Rhythm & Blooms Guitar Design Contest with his entry, "American Woman". Austin will receive a cash award and tickets to the festival this weekend. Please go to Awaken Coffee at 125 W. Jackson this week and vote for Austin's guitar for the People's Choice award.
o   Visit Ijams Nature Center this month and enjoy the L&N AP/Honors Art Show on display there. Ijams' Visitor Center is open Monday – Saturday 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. The exhibit will be up for the month of April.
o   Thanks to NAHS members Ayesha, Savannah, Travis, Desiree, Meliya and Ben for representing us in the Dogwood Arts Festival Chalkwalk Festival. Desiree's image was beautiful and they made us proud. 

·      Congratulations to Laura Bretscher and Cameron Johnson who took 1st and 3rd places respectively in the Digital Media, Video or Animation category at the Roane State Academic Festival last week. The L&N STEM Academy was one of over 30 high schools to compete, and our Gryphon film students did not disappoint.   Laura's 1st-place video can be viewed here:  and Cameron's 3rd-place video can be viewed here:

·      Seniors! Interested in joining a campus ministry when you go off to college? The UTK BCM is hosting a night for high school seniors on April 6th at 7pm to experience what a college campus ministry is like. All seniors are welcome. This will be held on UT’s campus (The Baptist Colligate Ministry, 1811 Melrose Ave, Knoxville), but is not just for students attending UTK.  For more information email or

·      Have you heard of STEM Fruved? We are a health-based student organization that has grown across college campuses that focuses on helping students manage their weight and live healthier by focusing on improving dietary intake, increasing physical activity, and improving overall stress management skills. The lead team at UT’s chapter wants to begin groups at high schools and we are their national pilot.  Your involvement will help them create a program that is attractive and useful to high school students across the country.  Please consider contributing to this prototyping by joining the group for its next meeting.  We meet in the STEM space on Monday’s from 3:30-4:30pm

Community  & Guidance Ops:
·      Volunteer Opportunity-Tennessee Promise hours-YMCA Community Garden is having a workday, Saturday, April 8, 9-12 at Cansler YMCA. Wear clothes that can get dirty and bring gloves. Everything else is provided. Students/parents may just show up, but if you have questions contact Sally or Ellen at 637-9622 (expect to leave a message and get a call back).

·      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.

·      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 Benjamin Franklin:

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.

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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