Coed, independent, PK3-12th grade school in St. Petersburg, Florida.
WOW! And Thank You
by Mike Murphy, Headmaster
August 21 brought a total solar eclipse nearby, and Shorecrest celebrated the scientific phenomenon. The path of totality, where the moon completely covers the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona, stretched from Salem, Oregon, to Charleston, South Carolina. In Florida, we still saw a partial solar eclipse, where the moon covered most of the sun's disk.
The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers. Every student at Shorecrest received a pair of eclipse glasses to use and take home, thanks to Kim Hudson our new Central Administrations Receptionist, who searched for enough eclipse glasses so all Chargers were prepared to safely view the sun and moon.
“Anyone lucky enough to have been next to a young child when he/she got a first look at the eclipse on Monday was given the gift of Wonder. The authentic expressions of amazement that came from our young observers filled my spirit with joy. I am sure I was not alone. This was a fabulous, experiential, educational time for our students, our teachers and the parents and guardians who joined us.” said Headmaster Mike Murphy. Watch a short video clip of one such moment here.
The "Tampa Bay Times" stopped by to hear Hunter Holland, Class of 2018, represent the Astronomy Club and present to Upper School before viewing the eclipse on Haskell Field. Their recap is here.
We owe a special thanks to our teachers who provided scientific background to enrich the eclipse viewing experience. We also owe a special thanks to our parents and guardians who make it possible for the school to provide equipment and experiences that make a Shorecrest education transformational.