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June 26, 2020
Vol 65, Page 1



What They Say?

Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
― Marcel Proust

Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.
― Ralph Waldo Emerson


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This Day for You - June 26


International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
On 7th December 1987, the General Assembly decided to observe 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.

Theme for 2020: “Better Knowledge for Better Care”

You Share Your Birthday with::

1854: Sir Robert Laird Borden, was a Canadian lawyer and politician who served as the eighth prime minister of Canada, in office from 1911 to 1920. He is best known for his leadership of Canada during World War I. <

1909: Thomas Andrew "Colonel Tom" Parker was the Dutch-born manager of Elvis Presley. Their partnership was uniquely successful, Elvis being an entirely new force in popular music, and Parker an entrepreneur able to market him.(added this because we have a bit about Presley performing his last single)

1985: Arjun Kapoor is a very popular bollywood actor who has worked in many successful films including,Finding Fanny,Gunday and 2 States. He made his acting debut through the 2012 action romance Ishaqzaade and subsequently appeared in several successful films.

1993: Ariana Grande is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. A prominent figure in popular music, Grande is known for her four-octave vocal range and the use of the whistle register. Born in Boca Raton, Florida, Grande began her career in the 2008 Broadway musical 13. She rose to prominence for her role as Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon television series Victorious


1498: Chinese Emperor invented the toothbrush.

1794: French Revolutionary Wars: Battle of Fleurus marked the first successful military use of aircraft.

1906: First ever Grand Prix motor race was held at the Le Mans circuit of France.

1945: Representatives of 50 nations signed the United Nations Charter in San Francisco.

1948: William Shockley files the original patent for the grown-junction transistor, the first bipolar junction transistor.

1948: Cold War: The first supply flights were made in response to the Berlin Blockade(here can be a cue to read the candy droppings which happened)

1960: Madagascar gained its independence from France.

1977: Elvis Presley performed the last concert of his life at Indiana, USA.

1997: The first book of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was first published.

2015: Five different terrorist attacks in France, Tunisia, Somalia, Kuwait, and Syria occurred on what was dubbed Bloody Friday by international media. Upwards of 750 people were either killed or injured in these uncoordinated attacks

Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy was one of the world’s pre-eminent writers becoming famous through his epic novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina. War and Peace has been ranked as one of the greatest novels of all time, for its rich characterization and a sweeping view of Russian society. Tolstoy also became a leading critic of injustice, formal religion, and the inequality of Tsarist Russia.

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Born in 1828, Leo Tolstoy came from an aristocratic Russian family with links to some of the most powerful Russian families. Tolstoy had a deep interest in seeking a greater understanding and justification of life. He also developed an increasing sympathy with peasants, the poor, and those downtrodden from society. He went out of his way to help and serve them.

Tolstoy wrote his great epics War and Peace and the novel Anna Karenina. War and Peace is breathtaking in its scope, realism, and sense of history. Some characters were real historical people; others were invented. It tells a narrative of two families set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars. Tolstoy never saw it as a novel but an epic. Amongst other themes, it suggests the necessity of making the best of life, whatever your situation.

In politics, his exposition of pacifism and non-violence had a profound influence on others – most notably Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. He was critical of injustice, greed, and inequality. He developed a revolutionary philosophy and became supportive of civil disobedience to improve the welfare of the oppressed.

Tolstoy was interested in the meaning of life and death. During his own life, he witnessed the painful death of his brother. He wrote on this theme of death in his short novel Death of Ivan Ilyich. It is written after his religious life value – sympathy, concern, and love.

In the evening of his life, he developed a close relationship with Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi was very impressed with Tolstoy’s belief in nonviolent resistance, vegetarianism. Gandhi later became a pre-eminent advocate of nonviolent resistance and credited Tolstoy with being a major inspiration in his religious and political outlook.

Credits: Tarini Kaushik
Reach me at: 705tk@theschoolsocial.in for any questions, advice or feedback.

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June 26, 2020
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What is Gender Identity and why do we need to understand it?

Most societies around the world classify the human body into two genders. These are the Male and the Female gender. This classification is based on human anatomy. But for centuries, millions of people who felt different about themselves and did not fit into the binary roles of ‘Masculine’ and ‘Feminine’ were criticised, rejected and even eliminated from the society. Whereas the truth is, Gender identity cannot be determined by birth, it is a much complex idea about how a person feels about themselves. In simpler terms, gender identity does not always have to do with a person’s body, it comprises other factors like likes and dislikes, preferences, choices and how someone feels about themselves. Let us dig into the concept of gender…
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1) The common belief

As mentioned earlier, people are assigned their genders at birth. These genders are limited to the binary of the male and the female. It is a common belief that gender is of these two kinds only. But in reality there are more than two kinds of gender identities. For decades now, people have been trying to redefine the idea of gender by breaking the common belief of gender binary. There have been movements to normalize the idea that gender is a spectrum and a multifarious concept.

2) What is wrong with gender binary?

The problem with gender binary is that cis-gender people are accepted all throughout the world. They get all the opportunities and enjoy all the rights. They are considered to be ‘normal’. But people who belong to trans gender or other gender diverse communities, they are not accepted by the society. They are considered to be abnormal or metally challenged. It means the practice gender binary is not inclusive of people and their genders and hence it needs to be redefined.

3) What is the meaning of cis and trans gender?

Cis gender people are those who conform to the gender assigned to them at birth. For example, a girl will feel like a girl and be more drawn towards feminine clothes like dresses, sarees etc.
Trans gender people are those who does not conform to the gender assigned to them at birth and will exhibit behaviour of the opposite sex. For example, a girl may see herself as a boy and feel drawn towards clothes like shirts, pants. They can feel uncomfortable wearing skirts and dresses. There is also a diverse range of people who exhibit behavior and preferences of both male and female gender. And there are people who do not fall under any of the above categories. All of these people and their genders are normal and created by God.

4) It takes time to understand one’s gender

One thing we understood for sure, that someone’s body is not equal to their gender. Gender is not just physiological but also psychological. Some people can identify their genders at a very early age. Whereas for some people, it may take some time. It is important that one abides by their comfort and joy to understand themselves and their genders.

5) Why is it necessary to understand gender?

Understanding gender is important for a healthy emotional and mental development. People who do not fit into the gender binary, always feel pressured to follow it. They are more vulnerable to develop serious mental health issues like, anxiety, depression, insomnia and can even show traits of self-harm and suicide. This is why one must get the liberty to freely express themselves and their gender without any preconceived gender roles assigned to them.

Just remember, all genders normal, equal and created by God.

Credits: Lovely

Write to me at paparis705@theschoolsocial.in

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Curiosity, 4 Mins
Phases of a clinical trial

As mentioned in the last article, clinical trials are imperative to the process of a drug or vaccine development. It’s the part where many drugs/vaccines, no matter how potential they were, fail. There are four phases of a clinical trial, which every potential vaccine must successfully pass to obtain a license.

Phase 1

Drug safety physicians, pharmacists, chemists, and pharmacologists investigate the vaccine or the drug to figure out the highest dosage that any human can take without eliciting side effects. This is done by administering the drug to 20-80 people with no underlying comorbidities and are monitored for several months.
Other than that, drug investigators also figure out the most optimal drug delivery system(oral/intravenous/etc).
According to the Food and Drug Administration(FDA), 70% drugs move on to the next phase.

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Phase II

This phase involves the participation of more subjects than Phase I.
The subjects chosen for phase II are those that are living with the condition that the drug is supposed to work on. They are given a dosage that was deemed safe in Phase I.
The efficacy of the drug is studied from several months to a few years.
Though the sample size of Phase II is larger than that of Phase I, it is not enough to draw up a drug safety profile.
Estimated 33% of the drugs or vaccines move on to Phase III.

Phase III

This phase involves a large pool of patients that have the condition that the drug is meant to work against. A sample size of 3000 is common. Investigation generally last for some years.
The large patient pool is combined with a process called “randomisation”. Randomisation involves the use of a placebo, which can either be a saline sample or a previous drug for the same disease. However, neither the investigator nor the patient involved is aware whether the treatment used is the placebo or the actual drug in question.
Randomisation and a large sample size helps bring out long term side effects of the drug(if any) and remove any conditional bias in the results.
Any drug control organisation like the FDA would require a Phase III trial success before approving the medication for general use.
An estimated 27.5% drugs succeed in this phase.

Phase IV

This phase is initiated only after the drug/vaccine is approved.
Phase IV uses a patient pool of several thousands with investigations lasting many years.
It is generally meant to provide more information about the drug’s safety and long term side effects.

Credits - Arko De.
Source - healthline.com

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June 26, 2020
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The Writing Olympic

Pick a pen, a paper and a corner of your home! It’s time for The Writing Olympics!

For the 5 circles of the Olympic Games, for 5 Days from now, we bring you 5 writing prompts every day and you can pick any one to write about.

Day 4 writing prompts:

1) Think about your favorite subject and write about why you like it.
2) What qualities do you see in a good friend?
3) Write about a time when you succumbed to peer pressure!
4) What is your single greatest fear, and why are you afraid of it?
5) Is teenage a challenge? Tell the world about it!

Rules of the Game:

1. Word-limit: Less than 250 words
2. No plagiarism: Original entries will only be accepted. Strictly no copy-paste!
3. Date of Submission for Day 4: June 27, 2020.
4. Email your entries to write@theschoolsocial.in.

Eligibility: Anyone with a passion for writing. Open to students, teachers, and parents too.

Award: Best Entries get featured in the magazine and on


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3 Idioms about laughter to use in everyday life:

to laugh yourself silly - to laugh for a long time

to split your sides - to laugh so hard your body is shaking

to laugh something off - to laugh when experiencing something unpleasant to make it seem less serious

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June 26, 2020
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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

IIT-Bombay 1st major institute to scrap face-to-face lectures in 2020
IIT Bombay became the first major institute to scrap face-to-face lectures for the next semester and will be conducting lessons purely in the online mode so that there is no compromise on the safety of the students.
There has also been a call for donations to help students from economically weaker backgrounds to equip them with IT hardware for the lessons.

CBSE and ICSE Class 10 and Class 12 exams scheduled to be held from July 1 to 14, cancelled
The CBSE and Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) have told the Supreme Court that it has cancelled the remaining ICSE Class 10 and ISC Class 12 board exams.
The exams were scheduled to take place between July 1 and 14.

THE Happy Pill

Teen Invents Wristband That Could Curb Infection by Warning Users Against Touching Their Face. 15-year-old Max Melia designed and developed a wearable wristband which alerts users whenever they are about to touch their face

Credits :@goodnewsnetwork

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Student's Blog

Think of one major difference between your experience of In-School Learning and Online Learning
Winner of the Writing Olympic

About the Author:

By Arohi Rayal
Class 6
Army Public School, Raiwala, Dehradun

During in-school learning we were required to sit inside the class and attend the monotonous and continuous lengthy lectures of the teachers but in the online learning I feel we are getting a chance to study at our own pace and our own way (sometimes as per the internet speed also!😂). Moreover, online learning promotes self study and it has given a chance to all the shy students to come out of their cocoons and open up because they are among their family members in their house and are scared of nothing.

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The other change which I really feel is the amount of opportunities and variety this online learning is providing to each and every student. We are able to use technology independently and now parents have also started noticing the positive signs of the technological advancements.

Earlier, whenever I use to touch my parents cell phone they use to scold me but today they want me to check all the features in their mobile for submitting homework to the teacher like recording audio, changing background during a zoom meeting, logging in a meeting or muting my audio to unmuting it during the question answer session. Not even this, now I have the freedom to check various apps which can help me to type the text or I can get templates for making a presentation for my homework. Overall, there is a huge change in the attitude of the parents towards technology...especially mobile.

I heard my elder brother saying that humans had never imagined that school will run on mobile. Nevertheless, I feel proud to be born in the 21st century with the privileges of technology.

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Teacher's Blog

Think of one major difference between your experience of In-School Learning and Online Learning
Winner of the Writing Olympic

About the Author:

By Upasana Rayal
PRT / Primary Co- ordinator
Army Public School , Raiwala Dehradun

Teaching in the physical world with chalk and duster with a little bit of technological touch and garnishing of sophisticated language is the common day to day recipe which we generally follow while in the physical classroom. Sensing the needs of the students, observing their smiles and noticing their naughty behaviours is something which a teacher can do very easily and smartly with her experience. Catering the needs of the students in the physical world is very easy as any time the child can approach you or reach you for help, guidance or for settling a query. Moreover, observing students with their peers gives us a different feeling altogether. Their bonding with their friends is one big lesson which is very good to prepare them for the future social life.

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The chit chat of students, their noise at the water points or meetings at the corridors or even those sounds from the school playground which use to provide us an example of winning crowd watching a match is something my eyes and ears miss a lot as a teacher. Those well dressed students standing in attention in the school assembly and not missing any opportunity to laugh or chat is what my heart misses every day during this lockdown. But if I talk about the difference in online and offline teaching I just want to say that the silver lining of this pandemic is the technological upgradation, syllabus modifications and yes keeping the young students away from the traditional rote learning process which was killing the new generations by following the old dilapidated education system.

This online education has given a golden opportunity to everyone to contemplate, restructure and reorganize the future requirement of the education system. Gone are the days when only an intelligent quotient was the only skill or criteria to measure the achievement of a student in his/ her school life. Today we need children who possess good emotional, social, decision, moral quotient.
It’s time to do the old thing in a new way!!!!!!

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June 26, 2020 Credits

1) Lovely Sarkar - papris705@theschoolsocial.in
2) Ipsita - ipsita@theschoolsocial.in
3) Arko De - iisharpp@theschoolsocial.in
4) Tarini - 705tk@theschoolsocial.in

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