As everyone knows, Monday is the Solar Eclipse. Students in all classes have been learning the science facts and myths associated with it. Mr. Koci and his sixth grade Earth/Space Science students have developed an impressive program for all of the students, building pin-hole devices so the younger students can see what is happening without looking at the sun at all. Any student with a signed permission slip will be able to go outside to view the eclipse at various stages. The weather forecast as far as cloud cover looks a little iffy for our area, but we will hope for the best. A baseball hat is advisable as another layer of protection when using the glasses. Students without permission will stay inside and watch the live stream from NASA and, hopefully, Mr. Kolowith who is in Columbia. Mr. Koci is there as well and will be filming the event to share with students upon his return. We have been emphasizing the safety issues and will do everything in our power to ensure the students are behaving as they should. Please re-emphasize this at home as this is no time for horseplay or silliness. Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to help out tomorrow.
Don't forget the Marauders game on September 2. The deadline to buy tickets is this week. On August 30 we will have our first School Advisory Council meeting. If you would like to serve on the SAC, please contact Kathy Bechtel in the office. We meet monthly on a Wednesday at 4:15 - 5:15 PM in the administration building to discuss various ways to improve our school community in the area of academics. Any parent or community member interested in SAA is welcome.
Please return any paperwork distributed during the Meet the Teachers night if you took them home. We need those as soon as possible. There are three notaries in the office if you have anything that needs a stamp. Most of you are all set for the year and we certainly appreciate your taking the time to attend those events and complete the paperwork.
As ever, please feel free to contact me with questions, concerns, or problems. We all want to be of service to ensure your child has the best year of learning this year at SAA.
Cecilia R. Blankenship