Westside prepares for solar eclipse
Westside Community Schools continues preparation for this fall’s solar eclipse, an event students and staff across the District will be able to celebrate and learn from together.
Westside High School teacher and PAEMST Award Winner Angela Bergman has been organizing eclipse-related efforts for more than a year now. Project leaders are conducting training with staff at each school but there is some risk associated with this event. ALL FAMILIES ARE REQUIRED TO FILL OUT A CONSENT AND RELEASE FORM ALLOWING THEIR CHILD’S PARTICIPATION IN ECLIPSE-RELATED ACTIVITIES. CLICK HERE to fill out this form online. Please note, a form must be filled out for each child. These forms must be submitted by August 17th.
“On August 21, 2017, Omaha will experience a solar eclipse that will reach 98.5%,” said Bergman. “This eclipse will time out with lunch time and recess, on the fifth day of school, so that the rest of learning day will be minimally impacted.”
Bergman notes that for much of the Omaha area, the first contact of the eclipse will occur at 11:38 am, it will max at 1:04pm, and end at 2:30pm.
“During the event in Omaha, students will be able to observe the darkened disk of the sun, change of temperature, and change in insect and animal behavior,” said Bergman. “School districts across the state will be helping students gain the most they can from this rare opportunity. Thanks to the Westside Foundation, all students and staff of the Westside Community school district will receive a set of safety rated eclipse viewing glasses. In addition, K-12 students will also receive a set of UV beads to qualitatively measure the change in the incoming UV light. Teachers will have access to lessons in science, math, art and social studies.”
“We are thrilled to be part of this wonderful project!” said Laura Iliff, President of the Westside Foundation. “This is exactly what our mission at the Westside Foundation is, is to enrich students’ lives by offering them exceptional opportunities both in and out of the classroom!”
Bergman also created an informational video for students and their families detailing safety guidelines they should follow during the eclipse. CLICK HERE to watch.