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Statue of Liberty Turns 130!



More from NPR:

7 Obscure Facts About The Statue Of Liberty

Spike That Fact! The seven spikes represent the seven seas and seven continents of the world, according to the Web sites of the National Park Service and the Statue of Liberty Club. “That’s not true,” says Barry Moreno, author of The Statue of Liberty Encyclopedia and the park’s official librarian. The spikes are sun rays, he says, and the circle is “simply a halo or what in art is called a nimbus, showing she is divine.” He adds that the Web site needs to be changed.

Weight, Weight, Don’t Tell Me! The statue is fashioned from copper atop an undergirding of steel. The copper in the statue weighs 31 tons, the steel weighs 125 tons and the concrete foundation is 27,000 tons.

Do Not Torch The statue’s torch has been closed to the public since the “Black Tom” explosions in 1916. German agents sabotaged a munitions depot on a nearby island on July 30, 1916, and shrapnel damaged the statue’s torch and skirt. Today, members of the National Park Service must scale a 40-foot ladder to tend to the floodlights in the torch.

Winds of Change When the wind blows 50 miles an hour, the statue sways three inches and the torch shifts five inches.

Give Me Liberty and Give Me Death Though the statue symbolizes hope and optimism to millions, it has been the setting for at least three suicides over the years, says Moreno. He believes the first may have been in 1929, when a young fellow, turned down by his girlfriend, threw himself from the crown. In 1997, the New York Daily News reported that a 30-year-old man from Senegal plunged 100 feet to his death. “All indications are that it was a suicide,” said Manny Strumpf, the National Park Service spokesman at the time. There have been no murders that Moreno is aware of, but there was a 2006 novel titled Murder at the Statue of Liberty — by Manny Strumpf.

Liberty Goes Hollywood The Statue of Liberty has starred in films since cinema’s early days. Charlie Chaplin featured it in his 1917 film The Immigrant. And Alfred Hitchcock used the statue as a backdrop for his 1942 feature film The Saboteur.

The Statue’s Trident Vandalism is a perennial problem, park service officials say. When the crown was open, people put chewing gum all over the place and wrote their names with lipstick.

Who is Stephen Hawking?


A) He has changed the way we think black holes, the solar system, and the universe

B) A genius (like Einstein and Marie Curie) who is 70 years old.

C) he holds the mathematics “chair” at Cambridge University in England, the same position held by Sir Isaac Newton and Einstein.

D) All of the above

Why is he in a wheelchair?

Hawking has a rare early-onset, slow-progressing form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as motor neurone disease in the UK and as Lou Gehrig’s Disease in the US, that has gradually paralysed him over the decades.[20][21] He now communicates using a single cheek muscle attached to aspeech-generating device.

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Flying Up Ceremony 2016

The Spring Biography Project was about researching a famous Peace Builder.

The ultimate challenge was to write about Two Friends. The following is a play written by 3rd grader Greta and performer by her and her 5 friends:

Here’s a preview of a short play about Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt that you’ll see Friday, June 3rd:

More about these Two Friends:



Amelia :


Eagle’s Nest Symbol

We will be designing a T-Shirt with the help of the people at ELPIS:

“Elpis Enterprises (Elpis is Greek for Hope) is a Saint Paul-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides job training, work experience and job placement for homeless or precariously-housed young people ages 16-23.”


Who are we? What does the Eagle mean to you? What other symbols do you hold dear?

Peace ? Truth ? Hard Work?


What values do you stand for as a member of Eagle’s Nest? Should we have a motto such as “veritas” (Truth) or “e Pluribus Unum” (Out of Many One) ?


Pluribus is related to the English word: “plural.”
Unum is related to the English word: “unit.”

E Pluribus Unum describes an action: Many uniting into one. An accurate translation of the motto is “From Many, One” or Out of Many, One” – a phrase that captures the symbolism on the shield.


These are all questions we will explore during the last 6 weeks of school as we design a classroom symbol, flag, and , ultimately, a classroom T-Shirt.

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Historical facts:

  1. “Eagles figure prominently in the mythology of nearly every Native American tribe. In most Native cultures, eagles are considered medicine birds with impressive magical powers, and play a major role in the religious ceremonies of many tribes. “
  2. “E pluribus unum is the motto suggested by the committee Congress appointed on July 4, 1776 to design “a seal for the United States of America.” The below sketch of their design accompanied a detailed description of their idea for the new nation’s official emblem.”



USA history of the Eagle:


World History of the Eagle:


Native Americans

Books we’ve read:

  Frog Girl

For Students:






The Lummi Nation Totem Poles

Raven Stories and other Squamish Legends


Other stuff:

  1. Swil Kanim, Lummi Violinist


For Adults:

  1. Native American Languages



Clock of Eras


Our classroom books comes from:

Overview of all:



Archean Eon:








For Teachers:

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