Cirrus Academy Charter school will delay dismissal of students by 1 hour August 21 due to the solar eclipse. Please see our Press Release below.

CACS-Eclipse Press Release

Cirrus Academy readies for Aug. 21 total solar eclipse and unique day of STEAM learning

August 17, 2017 | Macon, GA — Cirrus Academy Charter School teachers and students are gearing up for a major day of science exploration and learning Monday, Aug. 21, as a total solar eclipse takes place. Because of the extraordinary occurrence, dismissal will be delayed by an hour. All students will be released at 4 p.m. Monday.

“This is such a rare phenomenon and we plan to use the extended school time as a teaching moment,” said Dr. Ashanti Johnson, CEO and superintendent of Cirrus Academy.

Total solar eclipses occur when the moon passes directly between the Earth and the sun, blocking solar light. They’re exceedingly rare. The last one to touch the U.S. was in 1979. On average, experts say that total eclipses such as the one that will occur next week, happen where Americans live once every 375 years.

“Our students have already expressed excitement about what some in the STEM field have called the ‘Great American Solar Eclipse,’” Johnson added. “Our teachers are also excited and have designed creative, challenging, interactive and fun events to stimulate our young scholars’ minds.”

To alleviate safety concerns over exposure to the light, students will view the eclipse via the NASA website. During this time, they will eat snacks to represent the event such as moon pies and Oreo cookies. Students and teachers are also invited to wear all black attire in representation of the “black out.”

Other plans include:

Art projects to be placed inside of a time capsule until the next solar eclipse, expected to occur in 2024.
Writing assignments for students to describe what they dream their lives will be like as young adults.
Math lessons based on understanding coverage percentiles in different areas across the country.
A community open house featuring an Eclipse Art Gallery Walk on Thursday evening, Aug. 24.

Johnson said the solar eclipse will be integrated in all academic and art areas, which aligns with the school’s STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) focus.

On Tuesday, after the eclipse viewing, the students will complete an activity on the NASA website in which they will come up with their own six-word phrase to describe the eclipse. The phrases will be voted on and one will be submitted to NASA as part of the space agency’s “Eclipse in Six.”

About Cirrus Academy Charter School

Cirrus Academy Charter School offers a high-quality education that cultivates the academic and artistic talents of its students through an integrated, hands-on curriculum rich in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).

Launched in 2016, the school is led by CEO and Superintendent Dr. Ashanti Johnson, who is a nationally respected science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) diversity advocate, educator and researcher. A chemical oceanographer, she has been recognized by the White House and U.S. Department of State for her excellence in mentoring underrepresented students globally, and for encouraging their significant achievements in STEM.

For more information, please visit www.cirrusacademy.org or contact (478) 250-1376.