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    Posted by Becky Ashe at 8/17/2014
    Click here to see student Announcements updated daily.
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  • Genius Hour begins August 18!

    Posted by Becky Ashe at 8/17/2014
    After empathizing and ideating with students, parents, and teachers last year we arrived at the prototype schedule that will kick off the test phase on Monday, August 18.  We're so excited to bring Genius Hour to the students and teachers of the L&N!
     
     Genius Hour is several things.  It is:
    • a direct response to students asking for a "brain break" and opportunities to participate in clubs even if they ride school buses,
    • a response to parents asking for teachers to be able to incorporate and share "passion" interests and projects to enrich students' lives,
    • a model based on a Google practice called "20%."  The idea is to encourage employees to spend 20% of their time on passion projects, this way when they return to their normal tasks, they are more energized and even more creative after stretching that other side of the brain for a spell,
    • an opportunity to bring the educational strategy of "Genius Hour" (look it up on Twitter) to our student body in their own way,
    • a way for us to offer small group tutoring and intervention to students who need it during the school day,
    • a chance to do test prep training for high stakes assessments like the ACT and SAT,
    • finally, a strategy to allow teachers to group by subject areas on a regular basis for their own content planning to enhance instruction.
    For all these reasons, we're looking forward to watching students "feed their genius" by participating in a variety of activities.  Does it look different from other schools?  Yes.  Does it require a level of maturity and accountability on the part of every student?  Yes.  Do we think our students are up to it?  YES YES!  Stay tuned for tweets and posts about how our grand experiment looks as we kick it off this week!
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  • Welcome to the new face of the L&N STEM Academy!

    Posted by Becky Ashe at 6/27/2014
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School Announcements

  • > Gryphon Schedule Information 

    Schedules will be mailed home on July 31st. Please refrain from emailing your counselor to request a meeting; all students must follow the procedure listed below.  
    Procedure for schedule changes 2015-2016 SY

    Students and/or Parents must appear in person to request a schedule change on the appropriate date.  Changes will take place in the commons.  Please remember to be respectful of the time of your peers.  

    •  Seniors – August 3, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Juniors – August 5, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    • Sophomores – August 6, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
    • Freshman - August 7, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

    Schedules will only be changed for the following reasons:

    • Academically misplaced (taken class previously/ passed over the summer/etc..)
    • Less than eight credits
    • Wanting to change placement from Honors, AP, or CP either higher or lower placement (requires Academic Release signed by parent)
    • Dual Enrollment Error
    • Student missing a class for graduation

    Schedules will NOT be changed in order to alter the period of the day or teacher.  Every attempt will be made to accommodate requests—however, this is not always possible.

    Counselors are still working through schedules to ensure that each student has a full schedule--what you see may not be the final schedule.   
     
     
     
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  • > 2015 - 2016 Bus Routes 

    To search by home address click here.

    For a complete schedule of all bus stops click here.

     

     

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  • > Gryphon Kick-off Carnival - Saturday, August 8:
    ALL STUDENTS and staff are invited for this school wide bacchanalia of clubs, activities, classes, and school information from 4:00 to 8:00. You'll be able to learn about sports teams, extracurricular clubs and other activities to round out your high school experience. We'll have food and games available plus you can have your school ID made, pick up your class schedule (if you haven't already), pay fees, pay for a parking pass (if you are drawn), and just get ready to be back in the swing of things. We'll have one last movie for the summer on the plaza, Divergent, ​which will begin at 8:45 p.m. Bring a lawn chair!
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  • > Wellness Curriculum:

    “In compliance with state statute, all parents and other interested parties are invited to review the family life curriculum that will be taught in our Wellness classes this school year during our Fall Open House on August 18 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., in room D112.  Course instructors will be on hand to answer questions and share how topics are treated as well as providing copies of the curriculum and materials provided by the KCS Health Educator and Knox County Health Department that will be used in class.”

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  •   Apply for a TN Learner’s Permit  

    For complete information for obtaining a Learner's Permit click here.

    You will need an attendance and academic progress form (1010) in order to apply. 

    1010 Forms must be requested four days in advance from hillary.keith@knoxschools.org
     
     
     
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  •       Italy 2016 Tour      
     

    > Italy 2016 Student Tour 

     STEM Community: Here is the link to our Florence and Rome, Italy 2016 Tour website.
    http://www.eftours.com/tour-website/1650764XE​
    For additional information, contact Mr. Webb or Mr. Mangone.
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  •   The Gryphon Gazette  

     

    Click Here for the latest issue.  

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    Students explain why they chose a STEM education and what their future holds. 
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