MMS Eclipse Day update for parents


Dear MMS Parents,

I’ve been working with our staff to determine our plan for Monday’s eclipse. Here’s what we’ve decided:


If you have any questions about Monday’s plans, please call or email me any time.


Best wishes,

Jennifer Carriger

MMS Director




Elementary and Middle School parents, please see the message below for more details regarding preparations for the eclipse viewing:


Dear Elementary and Middle School Parents and Friends,

The year was 1994: Forrest Gump rocked the Academy Awards for best picture, Justin Beiber was a newborn babe and West Virginia experienced its most recent 90 percent solar eclipse. 

On Monday, at around 2:30 p.m., the elementary classrooms will be viewing the upcoming eclipse with the aid of our special viewing glasses. An eclipse occurs when the sun, earth and moon are completely lined up. In the case of a solar eclipse, the moon blocks out the light of the sun. Here in West Virginia, the sun will appear as only a thin crescent, appearing somewhat like the crescent moon.

Prior to the viewing, the elementary and middle school teachers will be engaging students with lessons about the historical and astrological significance of the eclipse. In lower elementary, much emphasis is placed on the movements of the earth and the sun, explaining the massive scale of our universe and placing ourselves in the schema of the cosmos. In upper elementary, which places the students within the schema of human history, the eclipse will be placed in the context of its historical significance to ancient civilizations. Middle school students have been studying astronomy with guest instructor Emily Beal.


We will be attending carefully to the safety of the children while viewing the sun. Special eclipse glasses with solar filters block out enough UV radiation to protect the eyes and make viewing safe for the eyes. Children will be well-monitored when we enjoy this event together.

If you miss the event, don’t worry—you can join us for the next nearby eclipse in 2024! If you want to experience a 100 percent solar eclipse, you have only to wait for September 14, 2099!


The Elementary and Middle School Guides