Thank You!

We would like to thank everyone for a wonderful eclipse event yesterday!  From the helping clean up to pickup going so smoothly, it couldn’t have happened without you!

We have over 100 pictures to sort through and then we will post them here.   Here is another preview of some.

Mr. Jerry & Ms. Annette on grill duty!
Flavors of Hawaii Truck was a HIT!
Getting ready for maximum eclipse!
Shadows through the trees!


8/21/2017… Where were you?

… we were at school and today was one of the most memorable days for our students and visitors from the community!  Here is as sneak preview of pictures to come on our very own eclipse2017 page, once we can go through all the pictures!  We hope you enjoy!

Left to right: Pinhole Viewer, Sun Funnel, Binocular Viewer, TC Pics with camera streaming.
Special thanks to our own meteorologist, Tyler C., for recording the temperatures as the eclipse progressed! GREAT data!
Ms. Kara and students made moonpie eclipses! They were so tasty, this was all that was left, and not for long!
Hawaiian Ice truck, well needed with the heat, and everyone LOVED it!
Views of eclipse through the sun funnel. Thanks to the students who helped in its design process!
Baby eclipses as seen through the trees!

We will have many more pics posted soon… stay posted!

Photographing Eclipse and Cell Phone Damage

Please be aware that taking pictures of the eclipse with your smart phone could possibly damage the image sensor.  WSB-TV explains in a video how this happens and shows how you can use a pair of safety glasses as a filter, making sure you are not looking directly at the sun yourself. Continue reading “Photographing Eclipse and Cell Phone Damage”

Students build a Sun Funnel

Students building a Sun Funnel for the Eclipse Viewing Party on Monday, August 21.

They constructed it in class then took it outside to test it and fine tune it.  This is one of the 3 viewing stations we will have in addition to each student having a pair of solar glasses.

TOP LEFT: Hill and John help Mr. Kevin size the funnel ~ TOP RIGHT: Fine tuning and adjusting the funnel ~ BOTTOM: Hill, Mellie, Jess, Will, and Mr. Kevin testing it out.
How we expect it to look during the eclipse

4 Days until the Eclipse!

With 4 days until the 2017 Solar Eclipse, we thought we’d share some of the cool information we have found.

First, please be assured that we have purchased legitimate eclipse glasses from a source TSE17, not a third party vendor, recommended by  the American Astronomical Society from a link on the NASA Eclipse viewing recommendations.  They have been verified by an accredited testing laboratory to meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard for such products. Continue reading “4 Days until the Eclipse!”

BCS Eclipse Party 2017

EDITED: Wednesday, August 16, 5:15 PM

On Monday, August 21, we will be having an eclipse party for students and parents who wish to join us. The entire day of instruction will be focused on the eclipse and we will be running a modified schedule:

  • During the morning classes we will be having age & grade appropriate eclipse lessons and activities
  • At 11:30 we will start serving lunch, thanks to our very own grillmaster, Mr. Jerry.
  • At 1:04:52.5 PM the eclipse will begin (alt 66°), and we will have a Hawaiian Ice truck there for treats, on us!  At this time,  all students will be outside on the field by the school for the viewing. See note below regarding safety glasses.
  • At 2:35:40.5 PM, maximum coverage for the eclipse (alt 65°) (97.59%)
  • At 2:50 PM we will begin getting students ready for pick-up
  • At  4:00:54.1 PM the eclipse will be over (alt 52°).  We will still be here if necessary for unexpected late pickups as a result of traffic.

If you plan to come observe with us, please park at First Baptist Church, just on the other side of the 92 overpass, and walk down.  We will most likely have to use the parking lot as the trailer may not be picked up by then.

We are asking that parents delay arriving for pick up until 3:00 pm or later, as we have very limited space and all the students will be outside, it will be very dark around 2:35 during the peak of the eclipse. We want to ensure the safety of all students. Students can stay until 4:00 if they wish, to see the entire eclipse.  The trailer will not be removed yet so our planned viewing area is now the parking lot.

We also realize that with Cobb, Paulding, and Marietta City schools all delaying dismissal, as late as 45 minutues, there may very likely be unusual traffic patterns so we are prepared for later pick ups as a result.

If you wish to keep your student home that day, or take a family trip to northeast Georgia to view the eclipse in the path of totality, or to some local science event, it will be considered an excused absence.  However PLEASE take pictures and share them with us on social media!

Happy Eclipsing!

**We have enough safety glasses for all of the students and teachers, plus some extras.  These glasses are certified to meet the standards for DIN ISO 12312-2-2015, They are approved by the ICS Institute for optimal safety.  We will also have plenty of instruction on the dangers of looking directly at the sun.

We are not in the path of totality,
there will be NO SAFE TIME to view
the eclipse without safety glasses.

What we are expecting to see at maximum coverage.