Latest Gary Thomas Stories

2008-10-02 03:00:37

By Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell SAN BERNARDINO - Closing the achievement gap and lowering the dropout rates among students in San Bernardino County are two of the biggest educational challenges facing the county, said new county Superintendent of Schools Gary Thomas on Wednesday. The issues of such importance to educators, not only in this area but statewide, were two he touched on in his first back-to-school briefing with the media since taking over as the new county superintendent in...

2008-09-05 03:00:23

By Joe Nelson County schools have shown the biggest gains this year in state standardized test scores since reporting began in 1999, but a substantial number of them are failing to make adequate yearly progress mandated by the federal government. The local trend reflects statewide numbers in the Accountability Progress Report released Thursday by the California Department of Education. The report shows that although the 2008 state Academic Performance Index showed more schools meeting...

2008-08-25 16:00:00

When in space, keep an eye on the window. You never know what you might see.Last month, astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS) witnessed a beautiful display of noctilucent or "night-shining" clouds. The station was located about 340 km over western Mongolia on July 22nd when the crew snapped this picture.Atmospheric scientist Gary Thomas of the University of Colorado has seen thousands of noctilucent cloud (NLC) photos, and he ranks this one among the best. "It's lovely,"...

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  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.