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Honors Biology students viewed the early eclipse during their second period class.

Honors Biology students viewed the early eclipse during their second period class.

Pat Foy

Pat Foy

Honors Biology students viewed the early eclipse during their second period class.

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The last total solar eclipse over the United States was in 1918, so calling the Great American Eclipse a once-in-a-lifetime event was accurate. Nevertheless, opportunities to view the eclipse at Charter Oak High School were limited.

Administrators were concerned that no student receive permanent damage to their eyes by improper viewing. Nutrition break was canceled on Monday to prevent students from looking at the eclipse without protection. Anyone taking a quick peek at the sun without viewing lenses found the phenomena was not visible to the naked eye in our area.

On Friday, the district office notified the schools that students would need a signed parental permission form to be allowed to view the eclipse at school. Ms. Pat Foy rushed to get forms out to her students on Friday, but for most teachers the notice was given too late.

Photograph by Pat Foy

Ms. Foy’s Honors Biology students were able to view the early eclipse during their second period class, and her fourth period IB Environmental Systems and Society class saw the end. Ms. Carrie Pavalella, special education teacher, came prepared with a welding helmet, which she shared with her aides and students. Other classes followed the eclipse on the Internet.

Photograph by Pat Foy

Individuals outside during the eclipse noticed that shadows changed shapes as the moon moved in front of the sun. Shadows of leaves were a crescent shape.

Ms. Foy prepared for the eclipse by purchasing 200 pairs of Eclipse Shades this summer. She generously offered faculty and staff a pair to view the eclipse if they were free. She held a pre-eclipse party with her family on Sunday. They served a sunflower fruit tray, Sun Chips, and chicken salad on crescent-shaped rolls, and ended the meal with Milky Way candy bars.

Covina was about 830 miles south of totality, so local viewers had about a 65 percent blackout of the sun.

 

 

 

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