Category Archives: Social Studies

2017-18 Back to School Check-In

Click Here for more information: Beginning July 17th, all PGMS incoming freshmen, and returning Grades 10-12 families will need to complete their online enrollment on SchoolMint (pgusd.schoolmint.net) no later than August 1st. You can do this at home, on your … Continue reading

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Samuel Morse’s Grief Leads to Long Distance Communication

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: “The phrase “What hath God wrought?” may not mean much to you, but it’s a line that changed the course of history. This was the first message ever transmitted over telegraph wires. Samuel Morse, the developer, created … Continue reading

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Sybil Ludington Is Known As The Female Paul Revere

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: “Paul Revere’s famous midnight ride pales in comparison to the American Revolutionary War ride of sixteen-year-old Sybil Ludington. Just eight days after Revere’s roughly 20-mile ride, Sybil rode 40 miles by horseback in the pouring rain to … Continue reading

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Niccolò Machiavelli, author of “The Prince” born today

Courtesy of Biography.com:   “Born on May 3, 1469, in Florence, Italy, Niccolò Machiavelli was a diplomat for 14 years in Italy’s Florentine Republic during the Medici family’s exile. When the Medici family returned to power in 1512, Machiavelli was … Continue reading

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The Red Baron’s Birthday

Courtesy of History.com: “Manfred von Richthofen (1892-1918) earned widespread fame as a World War I ace fighter pilot. After starting the war as a German cavalry officer on the Eastern Front, Richthofen served in the infantry before seeking his pilot’s … Continue reading

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History Day brings hundreds of students to Cooperstown

Courtesy of The Daily Star: “A Cooperstown-based state competition brought out the love of history in its participants, several involved said Monday at the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown. The Fenimore Art Museum and the Farmers’ Museum hosted nearly 500 students … Continue reading

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Teacher Raps Social Studies Lessons

Courtesy of NBC News: Some teachers give wrap ups at the end of a lesson, but Edwards Middle School teacher David Yancey is giving his students “rap ups.” Yancey, 31, has been teaching at the school for eight years, and … Continue reading

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Calder Mercury Fountain

Courtesy of Atlas Obscura: “Mercury, also known as quicksilver, is a beautiful, mirror-skinned metal that is liquid at room temperature. Unfortunately, it is also extremely toxic. For many years, the world’s greatest source of mercury were the mines at Almadén, … Continue reading

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Benjamin Franklin’s Schedule For Productivity Was Rigorous

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: Benjamin Franklin didn’t become one of history’s greatest inventors just by sitting around. His daily schedule was pretty intense. This meticulous and rigorous routine may seem impossible to follow, but it could mean a serious productivity boost … Continue reading

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Granville T. Woods, Known As “The Black Edison”

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: “You’ve probably never heard of Granville T. Woods, but this little-known inventor made key contributions to a handful of things you’re very familiar with. Woods has been called “The Black Edison,” which is ironic, seeing as he … Continue reading

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