Thursday, May 4, 2017

5-5-17 Student Mission Briefing

For Friday, May 5, 2017 – “N” day
L&N Student Mission – #Own it!
Testing today – State EOC make-ups: AP US History

School Ops:
·      Congratulations to Laura Bretscher on her 5th place finish in the 3200 meter run at the KIL Championships Wed. night at HVA.

·      Make plans now for a big Friday night – the air will be alive with music!  Two events going on – one is our instrumental music spring concert at the Knoxville Convention Center beginning at 7:00 p.m.  The other is our own Treasure Rowe going up against students from all other high schools at the system’s CTE Goes Live event at Central High School.  Both are free admission.  Choose your activity and come out to support your classmates!

·      This Sunday, May 7th, is L&N's Baccalaureate Service.  Seniors, remember to arrive by 2:00.  We will have a brief "run-through" of the service before the prelude music begins at 2:45.  Seniors, bring only your cap and gown as no honors will be worn for this service.  This will be a memorable service with music provided by L&N's brass ensemble and a cappella choir!  Everyone is invited!  The staff and faculty are holding a reception for the graduates and their families directly after the service at the school at 4:00. 

·      On Tuesday our Field event athletes competed in the KIL Track and Field Championship at HVA.  Jaylen Foster won both the Long Jump and Triple Jump events to become the first athlete from the L&N STEM Academy to be KIL Champion! Paul Schwartzentraub took runner-up in the Pole Vault,  and David Smith finished 6th place in the Shot Put.  Congratulations to all of them for these achievements!  The Boys team is currently in 4th place overall in the 17 team competition after the field events. 

·      Big shout out to our Tennis team, racking up the following District A/AA honors – and on Wednesday they repeated their victory to become District A/AA Champions for 2017 (second year in a row!):
Boys Player of the Year: Rory Glatt (who just signed to play with Berry College!)
Boys All District Team: Walker Lee & Riley Forrest-Bank
Girls All District Team: Armani Hall & Ansley Parker
Boys Coach of The Year: Geoff Duggan

·      Looking for return of a MacAir charger that a male underclassman borrowed from Madison B. during lunch on Monday.  She was nice enough to lend it, and the borrower forgot to return it!  Please return it to the office if you know where it is!

·      Congratulations to the following students for their excellent performance on the 2017 National Latin Exam!
Silver Medals: Nick Brison, Latin II; Hyatt Christenberry, Latin III
Magna Cum Laude: Macy Hudson and Connor McGinley, Latin II; Brice Ard, Latin IV Prose
Cum Laude: Abi Calderon, Travis Gardner, Isabelle Toth, Emma Fox, Kaylin Fleenor, Jenna Rochelson, Latin II; Emmanuel Sosa-Cruz and Grace Smith, Latin III; Monique Armstrong, Latin IV Prose

·      It’s that time of the year! Yearbook Distribution Day!   Yearbooks will be distributed on Monday, May 15th at 3:30 on the Plaza. If you have ordered a yearbook, please make plans to pick it up at this time. Be sure to know if you’ve purchased personalization so you get the right book.  If you have yet to purchase a yearbook but would like to, there is a limited quantity available on a first come, first serve basis.

·      Seniors and Parents:  The Class of 2017 will have their Senior Event at Pigeon Forge Community Center overnight on Friday, May 12, from 9:30 p.m. until 6:00 a.m.  Additional details are being provided in the PTSA newsletter "Around the Station", via a flyer being sent home with students, and on the PTSA Facebook website.  We have created a Signup Genius to ask for chaperones and snack donations.  Please sign up to help make this a fun and memorable event for our students! Additional questions may be directed to Ms. Kelly Marston at  Sign up at

·         Seniors: We will be having one last Social on Tuesday, May 16. It will be held at a "Party Barn" where there will be lit up basketball courts and fields for football, soccer, ultimate, etc. Food and drinks will be provided. All students, please note that this is not a school sponsored event, but rather just a senior social.  The address is 655 N. East End Rd. Strawberry Plains, TN 37871.   If you are planning on going, please fill out the google doc below.

·      Film Festival Call for Entries:  Entries are now open for the first annual L&N STEM Academy Film Festival! We are accepting entries for all films made by STEM Academy students from ANY year that you were enrolled here (graduates included). The film or films that you choose to submit can be anything ranging from a journalism piece to a short film to a documentary and more. If your film is outside the scope of the categories listed on the submission form, please list it under the “other” category.  

You may submit any amount of films that you choose. Your submissions will then be juried by a panel of judges made up of your peers and teachers. If selected to show at the festival, your film will automatically be nominated for our selection of awards that will be announced during the festival. The due date for entries is May 5th. The festival will be held on May 18th in the commons immediately following the spring play on the plaza (7 PM).  Submission Link:

·      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!

Community  & Guidance Ops:
·      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

·      Congratulations to Julia Pavon!  She won a renewable $5,000 scholarship from Disney.  She was one of only 100 students selected from around the nation!

·      More scholarships!  Jaden Stone has been offered a basketball scholarship to play at Lyon College in Batesville, AR!  He’ll be the first ever basketball scholarship player out of our school!  Woot woot!

Quote of the day from Henry David Thoreau:
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.

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, Silver Medal 2017, Newsweek’s Top 500 “Beating the Odds” school

FRIDAY schedule reminder:

All make-ups.  If you’ve missed any subpart of any test you should have received an email calendar invite from Mrs. Salerno.  Check your email!  Don’t miss this chance – these will make up 10% of your final grades in these courses!

Room #
All Make-ups
STEM Space
All Make-ups
STEM Space

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