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  Meet Ken Graham, director of the National Hurricane Center
Meet Ken Graham, director of the National Hurricane Center
June 22, 2018 - Hurricane season started on June 1 and usually peaks in early to mid September. Hurricanes form first as tropical depressions and then develop into tropical storms. When sustained winds are recorded at 74 mph or more, the storm becomes a hurricane. The National Hurricane Center in Miami is ready for whatever Mother Nature has in store. Meet Ken Graham, its new director.
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intuitive: adjective;noted by having characteristics of intuition, knowledge through natural reasoning; instinctive; Find it in blue in today's top story!
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Weather determined the D in D-DayWeather determined the D in D-Day
June 6, 2018 - Next year will be the 75th anniversary of D-Day but every anniversary is an important one.
Weekly VOCAB

Week of June 18

expedition: noun; journey, trip, adventure;
Supplies en route to space station

geysers: noun; type of hot spring that releases boiling water high into the air;
Find Your Park to make memories

prodigy: noun; a person who excels in learning far beyond what is expected for his/her age;
Einstein: genius, physicist, teacher

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June 23

1927: Library of Congress: Robert Louis "Bob" Fosse was born in Chicago. Over the course of an almost fifty-year career as a performer, director, and writer, Fosse emerged as one of the finest choreographers to work in American musical film and theater. Fosse, whose father worked in vaudeville, was half of the Riff Brothers dance act by the age of thirteen. He enlisted in the Navy after high school and served two years. He then began his career as a dancer. By age twenty-one, Fosse was hoofing in road companies and, soon after that, on Broadway.

1868: The first typewriter was patented by Luther Sholes. President Rutherford B. Hayes, U.S. president from 1878-1881, was the first president to use a typewriter in the White House.

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Hands-on, heads-up, hearts-in learning permeates INSPIRE DayHands-on, heads-up, hearts-in learning permeates INSPIRE Day
Sept. 18, 2017 - The Norman Borlaug Boyhood Home in Cresco, Iowa served as an outdoor classroom Friday for more than 250 fifth graders.


1. How did Norman Borlaug save the lives of one billion people through his research and work in Mexico?

2. How is the Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation keeping the legacy of Norman Borlaug alive?

3. What does it mean to "literally walk in the footsteps of Dr. Norman Borlaug?"

INSPIRE Day was an exciting, informative and educational field trip for students.

I Approve This Message: Decoding Political Ads: Since 1952, political ads have aired on television during presidential elections. Seismic changes have occurred in the nation since that time but the power and punch of political ads remain the same.

Major flooding impacts Iowa: Thousands of residents in eastern and central Iowa spent the Sept. 24-25 weekend filling and placing sandbags around buildings to protect against rising water predicted to reach flood stage in many locations.
Scrumptious Salsa Science: Salsa is scrumptious, a fun food that is super nutritious, super easy to make, and super science. Learn how hydroponic vegetables are grown with Bryan Ellis from the Toledo Natural Science Technology Center. 
One Hot and Cool Topic: The Art - and Science - of Glass: Watch a master instructor of glassblowing sculpt a bowl from a gob of molten glass. 
What are the Iowa Caucuses?: Learn the history of the Iowa Caucuses through "First in the Nation," an exhibit at the Iowa Historical Museum in Des Moines. 

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