The Weekly Word: Sept. 16th, 2011

Dear Shmoop Contingent:

Do you think we could ratify our Shmoopdoms in one long document? What sort of amendments would you include in a Shmoop Constitution? Feel free to tweet, facebook, or email ([email protected]) us your thoughts. Give us Shmooperty or give us death!

Featured Shmoop: Constitution Day Knowledge

Have you ratified anything lately? Because we haven’t (unless you count putting traps in your house as ratifying)?

On Sept. 17th, 1787, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the very last time. Must have been quite the party. We picture wigs, whips, and whiskey. Get your Shmoopful insights here.

Knight Foundation Makes a Team Out of All-Stars and Shmoop

The Knights of the Round Table did good deeds, right? Not counting Lancelot, who deftly stole Arthur’s bride. Well, the Knight Foundation facilitated a good deed in the not-so-future ages by bringing our forces together with the Bay Area After-School All-Stars. Interested in this All-Star all-star team? Check it out.

Dinosaur Fossil Found!

But not where you might think. As it turns out, one of the world’s most famous fossils (and we’re not talking about Betty White on Facebook) has been missing a rib bone for more than a century.

This wasn’t just any fossil, either—this was good ol’ number 973, also known as the first Tyrannosaurus rex. The missing rib was found in a cabinet, but you can dig up some more bones here.

Heads Up: Tuesday Was Grandparents’ Day

You should probably send them a card. Except that the post office is pretty down and out. Instead, send ’em an email. Grandparents have iPads now, right? You could even link to a Shmoop guide and look smart.

Back-to-School Means Back-to-Tests

Shmoop is here to help meet all of your Test Prep needs. SAT? Check. ACT? Check. 9 APs? Yup. In California? Need CAHSEE? We have it in Spanish. Budgets got you down? Click here for Group Rates for Schools and Districts.

Shmoop Training for Teachers: Sept. 21, 2011 12pm PST

Looking to pump some Shmoop iron? Have you seen any of the Rocky montages? Where he runs up steps? Or up a mountain? Or on a beach?

Well our teacher/librarian training is like that, except only 30 minutes and more…Shmoopy. Register for the general training here.

Shmoop Sponsor: FundingFactory

Everyone knows recycling is cool, good for the environment, good for your karma. But now it can be good for your wallet as well.

FundingFactory gives cash to schools that recycle printer cartridges, gizmos, and other gadgets. (We don’t think they accept dissected frog hearts.) Interested?

Shmoop Needs YOU!

  • Title: Editor and ProducerMust want to help students avoid the excruciating boredom of test prep. Must know how to write. Must not be allergic to math. Must be funny (or just funny looking…but preferably funny). Must hate bureaucratic red tape.
  • Title: Tech-Savvy Business AthleteYou’ll meet with professors in high-falutin’ ivory towers, recruit writing talent, and make sales presentations to agencies and direct advertisers alike. Want to strategize with the founders about the future of Shmoop and the future of education? We’ve got that too. In other words, you’ll do a ton…and it’s going to be a blast.

Either of the above sound intriguing? What if we threw in some more perks?

  • Working in the heart of Silicon Valley, right down the street from Mecca (Google).
  • Eating really good cookies.
  • Enjoying the company of a loving labradoodle who patrols the office.
  • Being part of a team that wants to change the world.

Interested? Email us: [email protected]

Shmoop Shout-Out: Eric Valentin, 5’4″ Basketball Player Earns Scholarship

Since the national average of SAT reading scores just dropped three points, you might want to start working on your jumper. Or you could use Shmoop. We help. Small in height, large in shoes: Eric’s awesome story here.

“Let’s get this thing ratified; it’s time to party.”

-Benjamin Franklin

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