Solar Eclipse: Monday, August 21st
Solar Eclipse: Monday, August 21st
Posted on 08/04/2017
Solar eclipse


This year on Monday, August 21st, a total solar eclipse will occur during the school day.  This "Great American Eclipse" will be visible in totality only within a narrow band across the entire contiguous United States.  Rock Creek Elementary is fortunate to fall in the path of totality, so we will be able to see the total solar eclipse!  To help celebrate this very rare natural phenomenon, the RCE students will participate in a STEM Day.  STEM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics as access points to guide student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. Students will participate in different activities throughout the day using the STEM approach.  The school district is providing safety glasses for all of our students and staff.  We will have time set aside for students to go outside and view the eclipse during the peak time.

Follow this link:   Eclipse Info. 2017.pdf   to find an information sheet from the Fort Zumwalt School District, which includes safety rules students will need to follow on this day.  Please take time to read through the information.  Teachers will be introducing the concept of the eclipse during the first week of school and will be practicing using the safety glasses.   Students will also be signing a "contract' stating that they understand the safety guidelines that are set.

Want to know more about the eclipse?  Follow this link for easy to understand information in an article called, "Total solar eclipse 2017: everything you need to know"   https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/7/25/15925410/total-solar-eclipse-2017-explained

It's sure to be a very cool experience!