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Posted August 28, 2017

Looking into the Sun

Last week's solar eclipse was a moment of personal and community growth.

We looked into the sun last week (with protective eyewear, of course).

And as we looked into the sun, we witnessed a wondrous astronomical event as well as a moment of personal and community growth.

Last Monday’s solar eclipse brought our community together. It was heartwarming to see students, staff and volunteers across the district standing side by side, heads tilted upward in anticipation of what they were about to experience.

As the clouds parted, you could hear the oohs and aahs.

And the conversation.

Inquiring young minds talking about astronomy, physics, engineering, technology, history and tradition. Students at West Mesa High and John Adams Middle School launched high altitude balloons to capture photographs and video of the solar eclipse. They peered through high-tech solar scopes at the Career Enrichment Center and Wherry Elementary. They measured temperature and sunlight at Griegos Elementary and built solar panels and mobiles at Mark Twain Elementary.

And so much more. Across the district, in our classrooms, on our playground and outside our offices, our community came together for hands-on learning.

What a fantastic demonstration of what goes on every day in our classrooms and schools. 

That appetite for learning energizes me as I know it does so many of you who have dedicated your professional lives to the education of young people. What a great way to begin our school year.

Check out this fun video of just a few of the students who looked into the sun.

Looking into the Sun from APS in Motion on Vimeo.

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