Local Students Experience Solar Eclipse as ‘Historic Lesson’

Student Viewing Solar Eclipse

Students, staff and families in the Wentzville School District had an amazing opportunity on August 21 to experience a total solar eclipse.

The entire 90-square-mile district was in the path of totality and every student and staff member received certified, custom-made eclipse glasses with art designed by district students to safely view the eclipse.

The Wentzville School District planned for over a year how to make this once-in-a-lifetime event, that occurred during the school day, a unique learning experience for students. Lessons around the eclipse were worked into the curriculum at every grade level from pre-k to 12th grade.

“We saw an opportunity to bring a historic lesson to life for our students and we could not pass that up,” shared Superintendent Dr. Curtis Cain. “I’m very proud of how our educators, staff and volunteers embraced the opportunity and made it a memorable learning experience for the entire WSD family.”

Missouri Education Commissioner Dr. Margie Vandeven was on hand at Peine Ridge Elementary to experience the eclipse with WSD students and families. “This is so exciting,” shared Peine Ridge Principal Ryan Andrews. “The kids are doing an amazing job of following directions and safely viewing the eclipse. I hope it is something they’ll talk about the rest of their lives. I know I will!”

A committee led by WSD Science Content leader Meghan Aydelott planned suggested activities and lessons for schools to utilize, and the District ordered over 25,000 eclipse glasses for students, staff and volunteers. Two WSD librarians, Becky Newsom and Pam Tucker from Discovery Ridge Elementary even wrote a book about the eclipse called “Eddie’s Eclipse” to mark the event and help students understand the significance and science behind it.