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Summer Solstice, Thursday, 6/21
June 21st, 2018 marks the onset of summer, at the time of the longest day. June solstice is the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and the Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, and the exact timing depends on when the sun reaches its northernmost point from the equator. Farmer's Almanac predicts 6:07am in the Northern Hemisphere. Higher in the sky throughput the day, the sun's rays strike Earth at a more direct angle, and typically the sun is seen the longest, even if it is not the hottest day of the year.
First Newbery Medal, Wednesday, 6/27
The first Newbery medal was first awarded on June 27, 1922 to Hendrik Willhem Van Loom for his book, The Story of Mankind. Named in honor of John Newbery, a famous British eighteenth century publisher of juvenile books who also supported the work of Chistopher Smart, Oliver Goldsmith, and Samuel Johnson, the medal is considered one of the most prestigious awards in the field of children's literature. It is given annually by the Association for Library Service to Children and the American Library Association to the author of the outstanding American book for children. Authors in the past have included: Lois Lenski, Beverly Cleary, Cynthia Rylant, Avi, and Laura Amy Schmitz. The winner for 2018 is Hello, Universe by Erin Estrada Kelly.
Common Core Is Launched, Friday, 6/1
On June 1st, 2009 the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) initiative was launched, and 48 states signed a memorandum committing to the development of standards. With a series of K-12 standards and assessments in math and ELA, it was designed to create consistency in curriculum and teaching and ensure that all students, are prepared for high school, college, career, and ultimately life. News will feature stories about the Common Core that highlight its history, development and continuing challenges.
World Environment Day, Tuesday, 6/5
World Environment Day began in 1974 and is recognized annually on June 5th as an effort by the United Nations to increase global awareness of and action towards the protection of planet Earth. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 in support of its Conference on the Human Environment and has addressed many many topics and concerns through the years. This year's theme is "Beat Plastic Pollution” and India is host the 2018 celebration which aims to combat single-use plastic pollution.
Congress Adopts the Stars and Stripes, Thursday, 6/14
June 14, 1777 marks the day when Congress passed a resolution on the deign of the new American flag: it bore 13 alternating red and white stripes symbolizing the original colonies, while the Union was symbolized by thirteen white stars in a blue field, representing a new Constellation. Known as the "Stars and Stripes," the national flag was believed to have been designed by seamstress Betsy Ross at the request of General George Washington. On June 14, 1877 the nation observed the first Flag Day in observance of the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes. Today, public and other buildings continue to commemorate Flag Day by flying the nation's flag.
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Last Updated: 5:11 am, Thursday, May 10 , 2018