Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017

posted Aug 17, 2017, 4:31 PM by Jane Baker

Dear Stargate Family,

As you may be aware, on August 21, 2017, from 10:23 a.m. - 1:14 p.m., a near total solar eclipse will be visible from our school in Thornton. This event is being called The Great American Eclipse because it is the first time since 1918 that a solar eclipse will be visible on a path across the entire continental United States.

Safety is our top priority. To ensure our students experience the eclipse in the safest way possible, Stargate has purchased enough eclipse glasses for each student and staff member to safely experience the 93% partial eclipse. These glasses meet the safety standards set by the American Astronomical Society (AAS). Our teachers and staff at all levels are busy planning as we will make this once in a lifetime experience a day to remember for our students. Please remind your child (as will we) that it is not safe to look at the sun without proper eye protection.

If you do not wish for your child to participate in our planned eclipse activities, please email  Students whose parents do not wish for them to participate will be able to watch the live NASA broadcast of the eclipse in a classroom and complete an instructional learning activity.

If you are one of the many families that will be viewing the eclipse in a different state as it travels throughout the US, please notify us by calling the attendance line at 303-450-3936 (option 1) or emailing us at

If you ordered hot lunch from My Kids Lunch for this day, it will be served as a sack lunch to allow for more flexibility to celebrate and observe the solar eclipse. If you need to change your order, please contact My Kids Lunch 303-778-0916 by Thursday, August 17. If you are bringing a lunch please make it items that do not need to be reheated and can be easily eaten in a picinic style lunch outdoors.


All of our students will be spending the majority of the day outdoors. Please prepare your child with proper attire for outdoors and apply sunscreen. Students are welcome to wear hats while we are outside and learning in the dark!