After three long days, the National Spelling Bee ended in...a tie...for the second year in a row. The judges ran out of words on their list. In a fun twist, both contestants have last names that might be a challenge to spell - Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar. Vanya correctly spelled the word "scherenschnitte" and Gokul correctly spelled the word "nunatak." The story from CNN is great and the recoiling of one contestant who lost from his mother's sympathetic kiss is priceless (we've all been there if you have boys). Show the kids the story from CNN - many great moments.
Work Party at Hamilton Middle School on Sunday, May 31st from 10 am-noon.
The school needs to have regular weeding efforts in order to stay off the no-spray list with Seattle Public Schools grounds crew. And as you know, many hands make light work! We will have some work gloves and tools, but bring your own if you can. We'll also have water and light snacks.
More to come on the Sand Point Elementary issue over the City's Department of Early Education and Learning rescinding a grant from the Families&Education levy. New updates make this story even more troubling.
Do fewer French kids have ADHD than American kids? Apparently so but the difference is in how doctors in each country view it, according to Psychology Today.
The highest honor in Mathematics, the Fields Medal, won by a woman for the first time. It's a great story from The Guardian.
Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian maths professor at Stanford University in California, was named the first female winner of the Fields Medal – often described as the Nobel prize for mathematics – at a ceremony in Seoul on Wednesday.
She did poorly at maths for several years at school because she was not interested in the subject. "I can see that without being excited, mathematics can look pointless and cold. The beauty of mathematics only shows itself to more patient followers," she said.
Friday Funny - a seismologist live-tweets during the disaster movie where an earthquake and tsunami hit California called San Andreas.
Do you know what the newest words added to Webster's Dictionary mean? They include clickbait, WTF and photobomb.
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