Kudos to USD No. 113

Did you know there was be a total solar eclipse happening next Monday, Aug. 21, here in Sabetha? Of course you have! It’s been the talk of the town for a while now. Some people are worried about the influx of people who will be traveling to the area for the historical event, but many people are talking about how the majority of area schools will be closed… except Prairie Hills USD No. 113.

Yes. Sabetha, Wetmore and Axtell schools will be in session on this day. Whether your opinion is positive or negative on if the schools should be open, it should be noted that USD No. 113 has gone the extra mile for our students to ensure they would have a safe and educational eclipse viewing experience, despite what other schools may be doing.

Below is what each school in USD No. 113 has planned for the eclipse:

Sabetha Elementary School

SES will have eight parent volunteers per grade to help with the students outside while viewing the eclipse. Each grade will also have educational activities planned specifically for them.

Sabetha Middle School

The events at SMS will be organized through the science teachers for the curriculum aspect. The classes will be doing activities on Thursday and Friday, Aug. 17 and 18. Some activities may include making 3D models, etc.

On Monday, Aug. 21, the students of SMS will walk to the high school stadium and participate with SHS during the eclipse. Safety procedures will be communicated to the students during their opening all student session, in science classes and again prior to traveling to SHS.

Sabetha High School

SHS will be have an eclipse training on the first day of school to prepare for the event. Students in Brian Cole’s classes will participate in activities both inside and outside on the day of the eclipse.

SHS and SMS will view the eclipse together, along with a few other schools who have decided to travel to Sabetha in order to view the eclipse. The high school will sound a whistle when it is safe to remove the glasses, as well as when the glasses must be put back on.

Wetmore Academic Center

Wetmore is also planning educational and safety activities before, during and after the eclipse. They will be asking for parental volunteers to assist with the elementary students. WAC will also have students from Virginia Tech University who will be there setting up a data collection station on land outside of town, and the school plans to view the station as well. The middle and high school students will also participate in these activities.

Axtell Public Schools

Each teacher at Axtell will be explaining the eclipse and safety procedures to their own classes. There will also be activities in each of the classrooms. The entire school will be viewing the total eclipse together

At all schools, a signed permission form and waiver slip must be signed by a parent or guardian for a student to view the eclipse. Each school also will provide the correct protective eye wear for students. Obviously, a lot of thought and careful planning has taken place these past few months in order to ensure the day of the eclipse goes smoothly.

So, kudos to Prairie Hills USD No. 113 for thinking outside the box and using this historical event as a learning opportunity for our students, as well as keeping them safe while there will be an influx of visitors in our area.

Heather Stewart296 Posts

Heather Stewart is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2015. She specializes in court and sports reporting, as well as photography. Heather is a 2011 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in psychology. She lives in Sabetha with her husband.

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