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August 21: The solar eclipse & first day of Upper School

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A note from Upper School Dean, Chris Browne, regarding the solar eclipse:

Dear Ambrose families,

As you may have heard, there will be a solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st. This is the first day of classes for our Upper School (7-12), which provides a really exciting opportunity for us to experience the eclipse as a school community.

Northern Meridian is just outside the path of “totality.” Initially we had discussed taking a school-wide field trip to either Emmett or Horseshoe Bend to get within the path; however, we have learned more about what “totality” means, and there have also been apocalyptic traffic predictions about the morning, including several counties declaring various states of emergency.

Here’s what we know:

  • From our site in Meridian, we will see 99.5% of a total eclipse.
  • The eclipse will occur at just before 11:30, and will last for roughly four minutes.
  • There is expected to be somewhere in the range of 500,000 to a million people commuting to Idaho to see the eclipse; tens of thousands of those will be in the Hwy 55 and Hwy 16 corridors.

Given all the above, we have elected to remain on our campus and structure our morning around an interactive eclipse observation lab.

Here’s how the morning will go:

  • Students meet for their regular classes in the morning.
  • At 10:00 am, they will transfer to the gym for our annual back to school exordium.
  • From 10:30 to 11:00, Mrs. Westcott, one of our science teachers, will do a lesson on the eclipse.
  • After the lesson, we will go out on to the field and observe the eclipse together as a school community.

We have already purchased ISO certified glasses for all upper school students to safely view the event, and we are working on a few additional ways to make the day memorable.

As always, we partner with parents in the education of their children. Parents are welcome to come on campus and observe the eclipse with us on our field. We recommend that you bring your own viewing glasses, but we may have a few extra pairs for those who need them.

For those parents who want to make it a family event and travel that day, you have our support as a school to make that decision.


Chris Browne