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Education News Archive - May 12, 2006

By John Hildebrand, Newsday, Melville, N.Y. May 12--At a time when many schools are stepping up instruction for their youngest students, the East Islip district is reluctantly asking voters to approve a budget that would cut kindergarten classes from full-day to half-day sessions.

Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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