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May 6th, 2020
Vol 20, Page 1

Teacher Appreciation Week
Teacher Appreciation Week
What They Say?

"A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank ... but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child."
~ Forest Witcraft

"Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well."
~ Voltaire

Adjective- Only Food

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This Day for You - May 6


International No Diet Day- A celebration of all body types and body shape diversity.
Three Associated Press photographers from India - Dar Yasin, Mukhtar Khan and Chhani Anand - won the Pulitzer Prize. Their photographs captured the condition of Kashmir since it had been locked down in August 2019.

Teacher Appreciation Week - May 4 - May 9, 2020 Check out the special feature on Page 5 in Teacher’s Blog

Famous Birthdays:

1856 - Sigmund Freud, Austrian psychologist and the founder of psychoanalysis treatment.
1861 - Motilal Nehru, activist, politician of the Indian National Congress, and the father of Jawaharlal Nehru.
1961 - George Clooney, American actor and Filmmaker.
1983 - Gagan Narang, the first Indian to win a Bronze Medal in Men’s 10 m Air Rifle event 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

1529 - Babur overpowers the Afgan rulers in the Battle of Ghaghra.
1944 - Mahatma Gandhi was released from the Aga Khan Palace.
1953 - The British Athlete Roger Bannister makes a new record of running a mile in less than four minutes.
1994 - The Channel Tunnel connecting Folkestone in England and Coquelles in France, was officially inaugurated.
2004 - Friends, the longest running NBC comedy-series was aired for the last time today.
2013 - Bharat Bhawna Divas was celebrated with lakhs of people all over the country singing the National anthem at 10 am.

ART Aficionado

Art Work by Students
Anya Sharma
Aryaveer Zehaan Negi
Anya Sharma
Aryaveer Zehaan Negi

“Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” - Helen Keller

American educator Helen Keller overcame the misfortune of being blind and deaf to become one of the 20th century's leading philanthropists, as well as the co-founder of the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union). Helen Adams Keller was born on June 27, 1880 in Tuscumbia, Alabama. In 1882, she was stricken by an illness that left her blind and deaf. Beginning in 1887, Keller's teacher, Anne Sullivan, helped her make enormous improvements with her ability to communicate. Her education and training represent an exceptional fulfillment in the education of persons with these disabilities. In 1920, Keller helped found the ACLU. During her lifetime, she earned many honors in recognition of her achievements.

Keep reading to discover more about her life.

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The name "Helen Keller" around the world is known as a symbol of bravery in the face of unbelievable odds, yet she was more than just a symbol. She was a woman of luminescent knowledge, great passion, and magnificent attainment who devoted her life to helping others. Founded by Helen Keller in 1915, Helen Keller International is one of the world’s premier global not-for-profit organizations committed to preventing blindness and reducing malnutrition. They preserve the unconquerable spirit of Helen Keller, whose words remain to frame people’s bearings, and to lead them today: “The welfare of each is bound up in the welfare of all.”

With the help of Anne Sullivan and Macy, Sullivan's future husband, Keller wrote her first book, The Story of My Life. News of her story spread beyond Massachusetts and New England. Keller became a well-known personality and speaker by sharing her experiences with the public and working on behalf of others living with inabilities. Keller's autobiography, The Story of My Life, was used as the foundation for 1957 television production "The Miracle Worker".

During her lifetime, she received many honors in appreciation of her achievements, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964, and election to the Women's Hall of Fame in 1965. Keller also received privileged doctoral credentials from Harvard University and from the universities of Berlin, Germany; Delhi, India; and Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
During her exceptional life, Keller stood as a mighty example of how courage, struggle, and insight can allow an individual to gain over difficulty. By mastering difficult conditions with a great deal of endurance, she grew into an esteemed and world-renowned activist who labored for the improvement of others.

Credits: Tarini Kaushik
Reach me at 705tk@theschoolsocial.in

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Inspiration 101, 5 Mins
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Be Better, 5 Mins
Colors of Light (Or is it the Electromagnetic Waves?)

Light is a kind of energy called electromagnetic radiation. There are many different forms of electromagnetic radiation, such as radio waves, microwaves, ultraviolet rays, and X-rays. Each form is characterized by a different wavelength. For example, radio waves can be several miles long, while gamma rays are smaller than atoms. The light that we see — visible light — falls somewhere in the middle of this "electromagnetic spectrum."

Visible light may be a tiny part of the electromagnetic spectrum, but there are still many variations of wavelengths. We see these variations as colors. On one end of the spectrum is red light, with the longest wavelength. Blue or violet light has the shortest wavelength. White light is a combination of all colors in the color spectrum. It has all the colors of the rainbow. Combining primary colors of light like red, blue, and green creates secondary colors: yellow, cyan, and magenta. All other colors can be broken down into different combinations of the three primary colors.
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Objects appear one color or another because of how they reflect and absorb certain colors of light. For example, a red wagon looks red because it reflects red light and absorbs blue and green light. A yellow banana reflects red and green light, and absorbs the rest.

** What You'll Need ?
>> 1 white paper cup
>> Red, green, and blue markers
>> Strand of brightly colored holiday tree lights
>> 1 pencil or pen

** What to do?
Step 1: Color the inside of a white paper cup with the three primary colors of light: red, blue, and green. Leave one of the stripes white (There should be four equal stripes in red, blue, green, and white.) .
Step 2: Use a pencil to punch a hole in the bottom of the cup..
Step 3: Plug in the strand of holiday lights. Take a red light from the strand and stick it through the hole in the bottom of the cup..
Step 4: Look at the red, blue, and green sections in the cup. (NOTE: For better results, turn off the room light.) What happens to the colors inside the cup? Do they still look the same, or do the colors in the cup change?.

Try This Try the experiment using the blue and green lights. What happens to the colors inside the cup? Use what you learned about the colors of light to explain why the colors change.

A Sight to Behold Human eyes can detect only certain wavelengths, so visible light is the only kind of electromagnetic radiation we can see. Some animals can see other forms of light. Bees and butterflies can see ultraviolet light, which means that they see different colors than we. This helps them find flowers to pollinate. The world must look pretty different from a bumblebee's perspective!

Credits: @amnh
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Be Better, 5 mins


The Classic Superman

Curiosity, 5 Mins
Scary things of the world - Supervolcanoes

Okay, volcanoes are scary as it is, and now you’re telling me that there’s something called...supervolcanoes?

Well, they are real, but they sound scarier than they are. Supervolcanoes are a complex class of volcanoes that rank 8 on the Volcano Explosivity Index(VEI), the highest value assigned to any of the different kinds of volcanoes. It means that when they super-erupt(there can be smaller eruptions which aren’t supereruptions), they spew out 1000 km3 of tephra into the atmosphere. In comparison, when a traditional volcano erupts, they churn out around 100 km3 of tephra into the air.
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The term supervolcano, popularised by a BBC documentary, isn’t really very scientific. The technical term for it is a ‘mega-caldera’. A caldera is a large, hollow depression formed after a massive volcanic eruption. This happens because, after a massive eruption, the volcano has dispensed enough of the magma that had accumulated in its interior to not be able to support the weight of its own volcanic edifice(the mountain that we traditionally associate volcanoes with). It then collapses unto itself to form a caldera. Calderas vary in size from 1-100 km in diameter and can be of quite a few different types like crater-like calderas, shield volcano calderas, and resurgent calderas. Supervolcanoes form resurgent calderas which can be almost 80 km in diameter.

Supervolcanoes go through a life cycle of three major stages -
1) A surge of trapped magma - The first stage in the life cycle of a super-volcano involves a buildup of trapped magma from a hotspot in the interior of the earth’s crust. The hotspot is continuously being fed by magma through a “pipeline” from the earth’s molten interior. As the magma builds up, it creates undue pressure on the ground surface above and causes it to burgeon. The supervolcano Campi Flegrei in Italy caused the ground to rise up by almost 6 ft within a span of 2 years due to the rapidly accumulating magma in its interior.
2) A supereruption - The second stage in a supervolcano’s life cycle is the stuff of our nightmares. When the magma buildup reaches a critical mass, the volcano erupts with all its might, churning out almost a 1000 cubic kilometers of magma into the earth’s atmosphere.The most recent supervolcano eruption was that of Taupo in New Zealand which erupted around 26,000 years ago. It had a VEI of 8 and sent around 1100 cubic kilometers of tephra into the atmosphere.
3) Resurgence- - Remember when I said that supervolcanoes sound scarier than they are? It’s because on average(it varies a lot), a supervolcano erupts once in 100,000 years. After a supereruption, the volcano collapses into itself forming a large caldera. The ground gradually cools down and rainfall fills up the depression to gradually form a lake. Years pass by and eventually, animals begin to reclaim the area around the caldera giving rise to an entire ecosystem of animals, and natural geothermal features in the lake begin to attract tourists from all around the world, all unaware of the monster that lay asleep right beneath their feet.
In the movie 2012, there is a scene that depicts a cataclysmic eruption of the Yellowstone mega-caldera in the Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, US. In reality, the Yellowstone caldera is in resurgence with its last supereruption occurring almost 640,000 years ago. With an average time lag of 700,000 years between its supereruptions, the Yellowstone caldera is not overdue for an eruption for at least a while from now.

A supereruption, as stated above, is very rare. But when they do happen, they cause catastrophic damages to the earth and its atmosphere. The unimaginable volume of volcanic ash that a supereruption spews out into the atmosphere causes long-lasting climate changes, often resulting in the inception of a short ice-age. It can also cause complete extinction of species. However, on the flip side, they also help substantially cool off the earth, recycle minerals from the earth’s interior, form fertile new soils, and also create entirely new lands. We could say that it is nature’s own refresh button, one of many.

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Credits - National Geographic(Nat-Geo), The United States Geological Survey(USGS)
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Curiosity, 5 mins

May 6th, 2020
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Confused about continents?

Get better acquainted with all the continents on earth with this word scramble. Once you're done decoding the names of the continents, match them to the numbered spaces on the diagram.

Let’s Learn Gratitude

Do this gratitude exercise with your young ones at home or make it a Zoom-exercise for your online class.
Once done, mail the entries to write@theschoolsocial.in and win a chance to get featured in the magazine


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Your Official School NEWS Repo-s-ter

Google’s new AI-powered search tool helps researchers with coronavirus queries: Get answers to complex scientific questions related to COVID-19
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NASA’s Perseverance rover has superhuman vision that surpasses Curiosity’s eyes .

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Model United Nations - Let’s prepare (6)

Hello Peeps! I hope you all are having a good time learning and having fun with your family. Since you are well acquainted with the United Nations and its functioning now, we have brought to you a fun quiz to test your knowledge. If not, learn about the UN, here:
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.

Take the Quiz below

And start scoring!

Credits: Lovely Sarkar
Reach me at papris791@theschoolsocial.in

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Student's Blog

And if winter comes, can spring be far behind?

Meeetakshi Setia

We knit our saga
With the yarn of time;
Purling the memories;
Enlacing it with intricate designs.

Life is a blend of happiness and pain. Where joy adds beautiful hues to our life, adversity entangles the strands, but hark! Those tangled strands weave an intricate pattern on the fabric of our existence. " Life is not a bed of roses." The sooner we realize this, the better.

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It is the embering hope that makes us love every breath that we take.

The past holds great treasures for us. The gems of cherished memories which carry the promise that every tomorrow will be a better day; the way will be a better road. The reminiscences of the good old times strengthen us for the future.
The Future that we create for us.

After all, when love and hopes take the front seat, would misery dare to linger? "And if winter comes, can spring be far behind?"

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Not Just a Principal - Get inspired by Mr. Vijay Markandewar

Mr. Vijay Markandewar

He believes that the existence of the human race and whole life as such seems to be facing the game of being threatened by their own activities. He observes that, over the centuries various inventions and medicinal advancements contributed to an increase in the life expectancy of the human beings and hence, population equations changed drastically, taking even lesser time for multiplying population! In 1650 global population was 500 million, that doubled to 1000 million in 1850. By 2000 it was around 7000 million, which shows that in just 150 years it showed a seven-fold rise. He calls it 'the population explosion'!

Mr. Vijay Markandewar is a retired teacher who started working as a Science teacher in 1971 at the age of 24. Having a fervor for military forces, he took the opportunity to give an interview for the post of NCC Officer in School, where he got selected and even promoted to a High School teacher. Mr. Markandewar later joined Sainik school as a Principal and went on with his expertise. His passion to work did not halt even after retirement, as he took it as an opportunity to go beyond the limits. One such endeavor was to take up a noble initiative of counseling young students regarding behavioral change towards environmental concerns.

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On a Pulsar motorcycle, along with ex-student Shailesh Zade, who is presently principal at Mount Science Junior college, this 62 years (young) retired teacher took upon a journey in 2009, which was one of its own kind. With a set of presentations including one from WWF for nature, another from National Geographic magazine, but recorded on his own handy-cam and a third one personally made by visiting the forests of the area, they visited around 30 Schools and colleges of Vidarbha and Nanded region. The unplanned tour continued for 11 days and completed with utmost success.

Mr. Markandewar details that in 2009, Maldives government made a noticeable appeal for climate change action by organizing the first underwater cabinet meeting ever. It was a call on the World leaders to save them from sinking due to rise in sea level in the view of Global warming. He said, "somehow as a retired teacher, I responded to my inner feel to work for awareness among school children of my state and country." And since then, he took upon himself the social responsibility of creating understanding among young students about environmental degradation which can only be reversed with a change in our attitude towards environmental issues. The major focus was on the following issues:

1. Avoiding overuse and exploitation of natural resources.

2. Diminished use of power and fuel.

3. Promoting tree plantation.

4. Behavioral changes that contribute to preservation

5. Reversing greenhouse effect and its consequences.

Mr. Markandewar strongly believes that "Scientists and the world will work out their way but Schools can contribute in reversing, the day they take it to their mind and heart, only to safeguard their future ." Starting from SOS Dattaji Meghe School at Chandrapur and covering 30 schools in 11 days, the journey then extended further to Mahila Mahavidyalaya Bengaluru, Karnataka, a Batch of RFOs from Assam at Chandrapur, and 2 Schools in Himachal Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh too.

Being optimistic, Mr. Markandewar says that, for his commitment to the noble cause and the betterment of the future generations, "We will keep the awareness program alive to the possible stage of age". He's enthusiastic and believes in making a positive impact on the society as he now continues his noble initiatives as a soft-skills Master Trainer.

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May 6, 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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