the RAH

August 21-25, 2017

from Bret-

In case your curious, my first Learning Coach meeting presentation is here.


Reminders regarding posting positions in School Stream:

· Site Administrator: (Completes change in SchoolStream)

· Gisela Bullard: (Adds GL#s, Job Class, etc. – review for accuracy in general & the form then routes to either J and/or finance depending on level of approval needed)

· J Anderson: (J reviews, approves and the form moves forward to the budget office)

· Finance/budget: (This is where GL#’s, employee position numbers, site location changes are assigned/made, etc.)

· HR: (Process employee posting, hiring and salary, step information, etc.)

· Payroll: (Salary and pay schedule are set up an/or termination occurs, etc.)


I was contacted by Ethan Bryan, who is an author, musician, and storyteller. “Ethan is a product of SPS, attending Delaware, Jarrett, and Kickapoo. His newest book, Dreamfield, a Springfield-set time-travel novel. For the next year, he is working as a grant-writer for Ozarks Literacy Council. For any class interested in talking about the process of writing and getting published, crafting stories or poems, or why reading matters, Ethan is delighted to tell his story. You can contact him at: ebryan@ozarksliteracy.org.”

from J-

So...a number of questions have come my way concerning Monday's Solar Eclipse. To be honest, I don't have a whole lot to offer, but there are two frequent questions:


Should we draw shades in the classroom? A: Unless the eclipse is directly outside the classroom window, I don't see the need. However, if you believe the students will be drawn to the darkness outside the window and then look up without their glasses, then you may wish to consider drawing the shades.


Should we cancel recess during the eclipse? That's a site/teacher call. It may be difficult for students not be be drawn to what is happening in the sky above them. Short of duct-taping their glasses around their head, consider the age and maturity of the students. If they can play with their glasses on and keep them on, go for it. If you think it's too much, you may wish to plan for an inside recess.


There are some teachers/staff who are concerned about the event, just as some parents may be. Please honor their concerns, and consider having them supervise any students who's parents signed the exclusion form.


Please keep in mind the time and duration of this event. It will happen just after 1pm, and will last in the neighborhood of 2 min and 30 seconds.


Above all - please use common sense (unless this is truly the apocalypse, then it really doesn't matter.) Seeing how I'm not Carl Sagan, I pulled some tips below from NASA's site concerning safety.


How to View the 2017 Solar Eclipse Safely


  • Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality
  • The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” (like those provided) or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight.
  • Always inspect your solar filter before use; if scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.
  • Always supervise children using solar filters.
  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
  • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.
  • Similarly, do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer — the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.
  • Outside the path of totality, you must always use a safe solar filter to view the sun directly.
  • If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.

WATCH THIS! CBS News clip from last Total Solar Eclipse

"...for eclipse viewing safety, put toddlers in paper bags..."

1979 Total Solar Eclipse TV News Report

Need some solar eclipse tunes? There's a playlist for that...

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