This week: Meet the U.S. Navy
Memorial Day will be celebrated this year on Monday, May 27. This special day honors all those who have died while serving in America’s wars.
Memorial Day began just after the end of the Civil War. At that time, it was called Decoration Day, because people decorated the graves of fallen servicemen with flowers.
To celebrate Memorial Day this year, The Mini Page finds out more about one of our military service branches, the U.S. Navy.
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Welcome to the World of Sea Turtles!
Twenty-five classrooms in Volusia and Flagler schools are currently participating in a project to learn more about sea turtles. In partnership with the Sea Turtle Conservancy, The News-Journal is covering the cost for the (virtual) adoption of sea turtles that have been tagged with satellite transmitters. Teachers from Kindergarten through 12th grade are developing creative ways to use the sea turtles in their curriculum. Click here for more information, more photos and some useful links.
HOT ISSUES and COOL IDEAS
The Earth's population continues to grow, and more people mean more development, more food production, more industry and more travel, for a start. All these activities-and many others-require fuel. What if the world ran out of fuel?
Fuel isn't only the stuff we use to heat our homes or drive our cars. It powers trains, planes, ships and rockets. It runs machinery on farms and in factories, and produces the electricity we take for granted. For heat, transportation and electricity, people most often use "fossil fuels" such as oil, coal and natural gas. They are called fossil fuels because they were formed during the time of the dinosaurs, hundreds of millions of years ago. Fossil fuels are a growing concern for many reasons. For example, when burned they release toxins that harm our environment. Also, they are a non-renewable resource. Non-renewable means there is a limited supply-new fossil fuels can't be produced as quickly as they're being used up. It takes millions of years for them to form under the earth's crust.
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Find more than 300 instructional resources at The News-Journal’s unique curriculum web page provided by the NIE Institute. If you are a teacher in Volusia or Flagler (FL) counties, please contact Kris Sternberg for login and password information.
The highly-competitive, annual Medallions of Excellence Awards program, sponsored by The News-Journal, recognizes outstanding achievements by high school seniors in Volusia and Flagler County (in high schools with more than 25 students in the 2012 graduating class). Medallions of Excellence award winners are well-rounded students who not only maintain academic scholarship but who also excel in extracurricular and community activities in areas including -- but not limited to -- the arts, sports, volunteerism and/or leadership. For 2013, the judges have selected 42 winners to receive the Medallions award.
Click here for photos and bios of the 2013 winners