FWCS Students Prepared to View Eclipse - August 18, 2017
Students at Fort Wayne Community Schools will have the opportunity to witness the solar eclipse in a variety of ways on Monday, Aug. 21. In allowing the viewing of this rare event, schools will take steps to ensure student safety, including keeping students indoors, requiring students who will view the eclipse directly to wear NASA-approved eclipse glasses or viewers and reminding students of the dangers of looking directly at the sun, even during an eclipse.
At many schools, students will remain in their classrooms to watch NASA’s live coverage of the total solar eclipse. LTV 24/54, Fort Wayne’s K-12 Education Access Channel, will air NASA’s live coverage, allowing for easy school access. Images will be provided by 11 spacecraft, at least three NASA aircraft, more than 50 high-altitude balloons, as well as images from the International Space Station.
Students in classes or schools planning outdoor activities must have signed permission from their parent or guardian. Activities are planned at:
- Arlington Elementary School, 8118 St. Joe Center Road – First- and fourth-grade students will view the eclipse outside wearing approved viewing glasses.
- Glenwood Park Elementary School, 4501 Vance Ave. – Students in some grades will view the eclipse outside using approved viewing glasses while others stay inside to watch the NASA live stream.
- Holland Elementary School, 7000 Red Haw Drive – Students will make pinhole viewers to view the eclipse. These viewers require students to have their backs to the sun and make a shadow of the solar eclipse visible.
- Indian Village Elementary School, 3835 Wenonah Lane – Special education students will have an opportunity to view the eclipse outside with approved viewing glasses provided. After viewing the eclipse for a short time outside, they will continue watching the NASA live stream inside.
- Irwin Elementary School, 3501 S. Anthony Blvd. – An All-School Solar Eclipse Viewing will take place at 2:15 p.m. Students at the math and science magnet school have been preparing for the partial solar eclipse in the STEM lab and with their classroom teachers. All students and staff will be provided approved viewing glasses.
- Lincoln Elementary School, 1001 E. Cook Road – Students will have the opportunity to see the eclipse at various stages and make comparison drawings. Classes will be outside throughout the afternoon. All students and staff will be provided approved viewing glasses.
- Memorial Park Middle School, 2200 Maumee Ave. – Students in some classes will have the opportunity to view the eclipse outside wearing approved viewing glasses.
- Northrop High School, 7001 Coldwater Road – Students in the Advanced Placement Astronomy class will be viewing the eclipse outside starting at 1 p.m. Students will view the eclipse with approved glasses and measure air temperature over the duration of the eclipse. They will also have an area shaded by a tent where they can take a break and eat popsicles.
- Snider High School, 4600 Fairlawn Pass – Students in some science classes will be viewing the eclipse using approved glasses and pinhole boxes.
- Joseph Central Elementary School, 6341 St. Joe Center Road – Classes will take turns going outside to view the eclipse throughout the afternoon. While students are outside, they will have protective glasses to wear.
- Towles Intermediate School, 420 E. Paulding Road – Students will learn about the eclipse in advance and will have the chance to view the eclipse in the afternoon. All students and staff will be provided approved viewing glasses, which were purchased by the Bunche-Towles PTA.
- Wayne High School, 9100 Winchester Road – At New Tech Academy, students in the Special Topics in Science class will make pinhole viewers to view the eclipse. These viewers require students to have their backs to the sun and make a shadow of the solar eclipse visible. Students will go outside at about 2:30 for peak viewing and return inside to watch the NASA live stream.
Many students will be leaving school and heading home, whether walking, riding the bus or riding in a parent’s car, during the peak of the eclipse. Middle school students are dismissed at 2:15 p.m., and elementary students are dismissed at 2:55 p.m. Students will be reminded before leaving not to look directly at the sun. Parents should also reiterate the importance of this with their children.