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The School District of Washington will be in session on Monday, Aug. 21, the day of the Total Solar Eclipse Across America.

Learning activities that center around the total eclipse will be developed at each building.

Students will learn the appropriate guidelines for experiencing the eclipse, and teachers will provide a variety of activities for students to better understand the eclipse event.

All staff and students in the School District of Washington will be provided with eclipse glasses, which have been certified to meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard.

The solar eclipse will be visible in totality only within a band across the entire contiguous United States. The previous time a total solar eclipse was visible across the entire contiguous United States was during the June 8, 1918 eclipse, a span covering 99 years.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth, blocking the sun from view. The moon’s apparent diameter is larger than the sun’s, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness. Totality occurs in a narrow path across the earth’s surface, with the partial solar eclipse visible over a surrounding region thousands of kilometers wide.

The total eclipse will last between one and three minutes, depending on your location.

Here in Franklin County, the general timeline for the eclipse is as follows, although the precise timing varies by town:

11:48 a.m. - Countdown to totality begins as the moon begins to cross in front of the sun.

1:15:33 p.m. - Totality begins in Washington and shortly thereafter in towns further south.

1:18:01 p.m. - Totality ends in Washington.

2:43 p.m. - The moon finishes eclipsing the sun.

Never look directly into the sun, even during a partial eclipse. You can easily damage the retinas of your eyes. Only during the one- to three-minute time span of the total eclipse phase, where the moon completely blocks the bright face of the sun, it is safe to view the eclipse without eye protection. Sunglasses do not provide enough protection. You must use special eclipse glasses. Also do not look at the sun with cameras or telescopes without special eclipse filters.

Click on the links below for more information on the August 21 total solar eclipse.

Timing and Information for Washington, MO

Washington, MO Three-Day Eclipse Celebration

Video: What Is a Solar Eclipse?

Eclipse Resources

Eclipse Eye Safety

Great American Eclipse

University of Missouri - Eclipse 2017


Members of Down Washington, Inc, along with human resources professionals from the Washington and surrounding areas visited and toured the Confluence room at the Four Rivers Career Center on Wednesday, July 19, and Thursday, July 20, respectively.

The Confluence is a work space assigned for students to fast forward into their future and fully immerse in a professional culture, solve real world problems and use industry standard tools. Resources include ground-breaking technology, makers space tools, knowledgeable community members and students with a drive to change the world.

For both groups on both days, School District of Washington Superintendent Dr. Lori VanLeer gave a presentation about different programs going on within the district, such as CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies), Project Lead the Way, Pathways, and more.

Also on hand to assist with the presentations were Four Rivers Career Center Director Andy Robinson.

Photos from the Downtown Washington, Inc. visit are below.


Washington School of Practical Nursing held its graduation on Thursday, July 13, at the CJB Theatre at Washington High School.

A total of 27 students made up the 48th graduation class of the program.

The ceremony included the processional, welcome/introductions, awards, presentation of pins and diplomas, class speaker, nightingale pledge and the recessional.

Graduating in the Class of 2017 were Hannah Baehr, Brianna Bohannon, Amanda Brown, Jema Cantrell, Kayln Center, Skylar Center, Donna Gargus, Emily Gettinger, Ashley Gilliland, Heather Hale, Melanie Hardy, Abbea Henke, Jessica Kinder, Kerry Kling, Jeaneen Ladymon, Samantha Magarian, Taylor Mentz, Jordan Miesner, Kelly Murdock, Lisa Perry, Felecia Price, Samantha Riegel, Andrea Roberts, Kori Rodgers, Shyanne Thompson, Trista Valley and Alissa White.

The photos below are the members of the Washington School of Practical Nursing Class of 2017.


The School District of Washington’s Pathways Team was involved in a three-day Project Based Learning training seminar May 30-June 1 at the district’s Technology and Learning Center.

Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge.

Teachers were involved in learning the components of Project Based Learning and how to implement rigor and relevance.

Academic rigor refers to learning in which students demonstrate a thorough in-depth mastery of challenging tasks to develop cognitive skills through reflective thought, analysis, problem solving, evaluation or creativity. It’s the quality of thinking, not the quantity, that defines academic rigor, and rigorous learning can occur at any school grade and in any subject.

Relevance refers to learning in which students apply core knowledge, concepts, or skills, to solve real-world problems. Relevant learning is interdisciplinary and contextual. It is created, for example, through authentic problems or tasks, simulations, service learning, connecting concepts to current issues and teaching others.

The SDOW Pathways Team, comprised of teachers and administrators, involved in the PBL training provided peer feedback as they developed projects for students in the classroom.

Photos from the PBL training are below.


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Four Rivers Career Center is Accreditated by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education, effective June 22, 2016

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