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  Enjoy one last splash of summer fun!
Enjoy one last splash of summer fun!
Sept. 4, 2015 - For students already in school, you made it through the first few days and now have a holiday weekend to enjoy, hopefully without too much homework. For students starting Tuesday, enjoy the final, fun days of summer vacation. Not since 2004 have gas prices been this low so families have caught a break as summer break ends! Make a splash and have a blast this weekend!
Word of the Day
spectrum: noun;continuum, the full range of something, such as color (wavelengths) or prices from low to high; Find it in blue in today's top story!
Weekly VOCAB

Week of August 31

acuity: noun; sharpness, clearness, clarity;
Peek at Perseids peak

memento: noun; an item or artifact with which to remember something;
Rosie the Riveter still flexing her muscle

severity: noun; the degree to which something is a serious problem;
Summer and algal bloom season here

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September 5

1914: Babe Ruth, famous New York Yankee who was first a member of the Boston Red Sox Major League Baseball team, hit his first major league home run. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936, the first class.

1882: Library of Congress: Some 10,000 workers assembled in New York City to participate in America's first Labor Day parade. After marching from City Hall, past reviewing stands in Union Square, and then uptown to 42nd Street, the workers and their families gathered in Wendel's Elm Park for a picnic, concert, and speeches. This first Labor Day celebration was eagerly organized and executed by New York’s Central Labor Union, an umbrella group made up of representatives from many local unions.

1847: Library of Congress: The infamous Jesse James was born in Missouri. At 17, James left his native Missouri to fight as a Confederate guerrilla in the Civil War. After the war, he returned to his home state and led one of history's most notorious outlaw gangs.


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2012-2013 has been a busy and exciting time and we are really looking forward to 2014 with our continuing coverage of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. The stories to the right are some of our favorites with video and/or printable activities to support learning.

70th anniversary of D-Day
Rosie the Riveter had no time for selfies
Whiskey 7 on her way to Normandy (SNN Video)
World War I Centennial
The 'No. 1225' transports magic (SNN Video)
War of 1812 Bicentennial
America wins Battle of Lake Erie - again (SNN Video)
Don’t Give Up the Ship
(Printable activity used by students in 1813!)
Get ready for battle on Lake Erie
(Video and music – “Some Nights” by Fun)
Brig Niagara: living history lesson (SNN Video)
Civil War Sesquicentennial
First Battle of Bull Run reenacted (SNN Video)
Battle of Antietam (SNN Video)
Gettysburg 150th begins (SNN Video)
Tiny photos reveal untold Civil War history

Rare bird is something to tweet about (SNN Video)
It was a Snowy Owl surprise! (SNN Video)

Join us Wed. Oct 7th at 11 a.m. EDT for a live SLOG-ITT with three scientists from the European Space Agency who will be answering students' questions about the Philae Lander and comet 67P. Click here for more information.

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Weekly News Quiz
Of the following, what has defined the life of Jerry Yellin, WWII pilot who flew the last mission of WWII?
Rosie the Riveter still flexing her muscleRosie the Riveter still flexing her muscle
Aug. 17, 2015 - Elinor Otto, 95, is the longest working Rosie the Riveter having been laid off at age 94! She was a guest at Saturday's Rosie Rally.
Virtually view items left at The WallVirtually view items left at The Wall
Aug. 12, 2015 - 500 of 400,000 items left at The Wall can now be virtually viewed.
Vintage cars vary in valueVintage cars vary in value
Aug. 4, 2015 - At the recent Sotheby's Motor City Auction in Plymouth, Michigan, a 1933 Packard sold for $583,000.
Charles Young: Buffalo Soldier, national park superintendentCharles Young: Buffalo Soldier, national park superintendent
Aug. 3, 2015 - Walking up the steps to the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument, one can vividly imagine conversations from long ago.
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