Thursday, May 18, 2017

5-18-17 Student Mission Briefing

For Thursday, May 18, 2017 – “L” day
L&N Student Mission – #Own it!
TESTING – L3/L4 Final Exams (& last class meeting!)

School Ops:
·      All students and families are invited to join us at Thompson Boling Arena, tomorrow (Friday) at 3:00 for GRADUATION of the Class of 2017! 

·      All students:  be aware that all final grades have to be entered by teachers by 4:30 p.m., Monday, 5/22.  If you’re making up or turning in work, it has to be in before then to be included in your final grade!

·      L&N will be well represented in next week's state athletic championships:
o   Track with 3 competitors in 5 events and Tennis with a boys’ doubles team!
Jaylen Foster won the Triple Jump and took 2nd Place in the Long and High Jumps in regionals yesterday. Paul Schwartzentraub bested his school record and won the Pole Vault at 13'. Laura Bretscher finished 4th in the 3200 meter run and is very likely to be in the State competition as well as a wild card entry.   David Smith was 7th in the Discus and 9th in the Shot. Seth Jinks was 8th in the 1600 meter run and competed in the 800. Stephanie Johnson competed in the High Jump, while the team of Nick Duncan, James Defreese , Turner Rogers and Jackson Sparks competed in the 4 x 800 meter relay. 

In tennis, so far, Rory Glatt and Walker Lee will play for the state championship in doubles, and we find out today if the rest of the boys’ team will be joining them in a team run for the top! 
Congratulations to all these athletes on representing the Gryphons well.

·      TONIGHT!  What happens when a bunch of STEM students are trapped against their will in a dystopian future and must battle each other while dealing with flesh-eating gryphons, emotionally sensitive guards, and a trigger-happy Gamemaster? Find out tonight, at 7 PM on the plaza as our L&N STEM actors present Dystopia! The Hungry Maze Game of Divergent Death directed by Grace Berry and Ella Keaton.  Also, to honor Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Ashe, seniors Stephanie Johnson and Ben Hall will present a duet piece from Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew directed by Brandon Boring and Christina Varnes.  After the free performances on the plaza, everyone will be invited to the commons for the 1st-ever Gryphon Student Film Festival, hosted by seniors Cameron Johnson and Christian Coats. Come see the best of what STEM's Acting for TV and Film and Broadcast Journalism students have produced over the last few years. All of our STEM family and friends are cordially invited to attend!  Seating is provided on the plaza – no need to bring your own chair.

·      All books are now due to the library.   If you have lost a book, please check in with Ms. Ellis about replacement fees.

Community  & Guidance Ops:
·      When: June 12-23, 2017; Live Sessions MTWThF 9:30-11am Pacific Time
Where: Online - participants require a computer with broadband access and a pair of working headsets with a microphone; wireless device can work in a pinch as well (if traveling for part of the ‘camp’)
What: It’ll be a 2-week ‘taster’ course in which we explore a variety of language functions with minimal vocabulary (cognates where possible) to make the quick pace doable and fun.
Who: 9th-12th graders (entering 9th grade and just graduated 12th grade are welcome); minimum of 2 participants, maximum of 15
Purpose: to give a taste of what studying Russian is like for those who are considering taking a longer and more comprehensive class and to get a chance to interact with peers from all over. 

·      If you need to earn volunteer hours for your TN Promise scholarship, for your resume, or just for your own interest, consider applying to the Leadership Intern program at Shannondale Elementary School.  Younger students attend Camp Invention there from June 12-16, and you can be their mentors.  Apply at or ask in Guidance.

·      This summer, we’re offering CyberCamp, a program from CyberPatriot, for rising 7th-12th graders.  The cost is $100 per student.   To find out more and to register follow this link.

·      The Knoxville Chamber of Commerce sponsors a year-long program that teaches students how to start and run their own real business.  For early admittance apply by May 19.  Follow this link to find out more

Quote of the day from Albert Ellis:
The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own.  You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president.  You realize that you control your own destiny.

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  Bronze Medal 2015, Gold Medal 2016, Silver Medal 2017, Newsweek’s Top 500 “Beating the Odds” school

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