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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 supply shopping list for 2014-15
    Thank you Facebook parents for keeping an eye out - just one button difference between posting and not and we're still learning our new website software - please accept our apologies!  Our teachers make good use of the tools we can access through the student iPads, but there are a few things that will help your child meet teacher expectations for the coming year.  This list is meant to focus your shopping trip during tax-free weekend to be as efficient as possible!
    For all students: 
    • Be sure to have at least one notebook (spiral or binder) for the random task/assignment requiring paper. 
    • Blue/black pens and #2 lead pencils should also be carried.
    • You will be able to use a TI-84 graphing calculator through all math classes (even into college) and college entrance exams.  If new are too high priced, try pawn shops for used ones.
    • You may wish to look at backpacks but keep in mind we have no lockers and not a lot of room for large and wheeled models.  Small drawstring packs seem to work well.
    • If you are a new student your iPad will be the iPad Air model.  We will provide a cover but you may wish to look for one to personalize, if you like.  We do not provide keyboards but you may use them if you wish.

    Specific classes:  Check back as teachers add to the list

    • AP Music Theory ONLY - Manuscript spiral bound notebook (Archives or Alfred notebooks are good choices, can be purchased in most music stores) for an example: click here
    • Chemistry I/Intro to Organic and Biochemistry: Paper notebook of some kind. 
    • AP Chemistry- Quadrille ruled composition book as well as an additional notebook of the students choice.
    A word about shopping for school clothes - we follow the Knox County dress code policy.  We respect personal expression through fashion, however, we are at school to learn, which is a professional activity.  We expect clothing to show that we're coming to school to learn, not to distract others from the learning process by our clothing (or lack thereof).  Please keep the following in mind when shopping for your school wardrobe:
    For young ladies: the popular crochet back tops will need to be worn with a shrug or light jacket over them, we should not be able to see your back skin.  Sleeveless is ok as long as the straps are at least 3 fingers wide (side by side).  Cap sleeves are best for warm weather.  Shorts/skirts MUST be longer than the longest fingertip when arms are extended at your side.  On the front, your belly and cleavage should not be visible - keep it all covered, please.
    For young men: Shorts are o.k., but like pants, should be worn near the waist - no "sagging."  Belts are expected to be used.  No tank tops.  For both genders - articles of clothing or accessories that display or represent offensive material, content, or substances which would be illegal for your age group (alcohol, cigarettes, etc.) are not appropriate.  No head coverings other than those of religious significance are allowed inside the building.
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  • New student orientation August 8
    If you will be new to the L&N STEM Academy this year you are invited to attend Orientation from 9:30 - 1:00 on Friday, August 8.  You can test out your bus route.  All school buses will be running their routes that you can find listed under the transportation link on this page.  You'll meet your teachers, explore the building, and learn the Habits of successful Gryphons.  Cafeteria is closed but the PTSA and our Student Government Association are providing water and snacks for students before dismissing at 1:00.
    Parents are invited, too.  If you have a student new to the school you are invited for a parent orientation, lasting about 90 minutes, on Friday, August 8, beginning at 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in room 104 (to the left of the Media Center off the Commons).  You'll learn all about expectations and how to communicate with teachers and help your student succeed.
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  • 2014-15 Bus schedules available now -
    Transportation Schedules are out follow this link: Click Here
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  • Gryphon Kick-off Carnival - Saturday, August 9:
    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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  • West Point Admissions Informational Meeting - August 6th, 6:00 - 8:00, representatives from West Point Academy, the nation's oldest military engineering school, will conduct an informational meeting in our commons area for area students. This session is ideal for our entering freshman, as well as, upperclassmen students. Students are asked to RSVP to Anyone interested in attending any of the military schools would benefit by attending this session.
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  • Student Parking Lottery (for seniors only) - Parking passes will be $45 and will only be available to seniors. Students must enter their names in the lottery. If you did not enter your name during Senior Picture Day, call the office at 865 588-8440 and have Mr. Powell put you on the list or email timothy.powell@knoxschools with student parking lottery in the subject line. Names will literally be drawn during the Gryphon Kick-off Carnival. If your name is drawn you can pay for your pass or give it up to the next person drawn. You must have proof of insurance and a valid license or permit before you will be issued a parking pass.Any pass not paid in full by August 15 will be voided and passed on to the next person's name drawn.
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  • Fall PTSA Open House - Thursday, August 14: 6:00 - 8:00 pm.
    Bring your family and leave the cooking to PTSA - join us for pulled pork (vegetarian option available), chips and drink for a donation and feed your whole family from 5:30 - 6:30 (suggested donation $5 per dinner).  Last chance to pay all fees with one check, plus meet teachers and administrators, and tour the building.  You can join the PTSA and find out how to volunteer and support school activities throughout the year. We will also have notaries on hand to notarize school medical release forms free of charge for parents.
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  • Click here for the Knox County 2014 Summer School Application
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  • Click Here for Summer Assignments
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  • Click Here for the latest issue of The Gryphon Gazette
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    Students explain why they chose a STEM education and what their future holds. 
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  • The first day for students is Monday, August 11th. It will be a half-day of instruction. 
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