Daily Announcements for Wednesday, December 7, 2016

General Announcements @FMHighSchool:

  • The Library/Media Center is launching a reading promotion this week. They are reading the “Iowa High School Book Award” booklist. This list features the best books of the year. For each book you read, you get a chance to win. Prizes include books, headphones, a virtual reality headset and more. Check out the basket of prizes in the library.
  • The Food Pantry in Fort Madison is trying to collect 300 jars of peanut butter to add to Christmas baskets this year.  If you would like to participate, please bring your jar of peanut butter to the front office.
  • Senior photos for the Yearbook are due by Friday.  If you want your photo in the yearbook this year, the photo must be submitted by that date.

Lunch Menu:

  • Spaghetti or teriyaki chicken;
  • Green beans and/or macaroni salad;
  • Pears and/or strawberries;
  • Breadstick.

Word of the Day:  Circumstantial – adjective [sir-cum-stan-shull]

  • Important but not essential or concrete.  As in:
    • The evidence against the student was circumstantial.

This Day in History:  1941 – “December 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy”.  A swarm of 360 Japanese warplanes bombed an unsuspecting Pearl Harbor, killing 2,403 Americans.

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Fact of the Day:   Two incidents were ignored as circumstantial leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor.  Radar operators spotted the Japanese warplanes, but were told to ignore the blip on the radar because a squadron of US planes was flying to the island that morning, as well.  A midget submarine was also sunk in the harbor earlier in the morning, but commanders wanted concrete evidence before notifying superiors.  Corrections to either mistake would have undoubtedly saved hundreds of American lives.

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Quote of the Day:

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Did You Know?  A Japanese man, Tsutomo Yamaguchi, had traveled to Hiroshima for work when the first atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945.  He survived the blast and headed home to Nagasaki later that evening and arrived in time to witness the second atomic bomb dropped on August 9th and survived that blast as well.  Mr. Yamaguchi lived to be 93.

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Educational Technology:

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For Parents:

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