LCS Plans for the Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017

posted Aug 15, 2017, 7:39 AM by TAMI WILLIAMS

August 21, 2017, a total eclipse will shadow a seventy mile-wide path through fourteen states, beginning in Oregon and exiting the Charleston, South Carolina coast.  For Georgians, the range of view is one hundred percent in the northeast corner of the state to ninety percent partial view in the majority of the state.  The entire event will touch the U.S. at maximum strength for one hour, thirty-three minutes.  The partial eclipse will pass by Lowndes County starting at 1:11 pm, reaching maximum eclipse at 2:43 pm and completely fading from view by 4:08 pm.

The timing of the eclipse will coincide with dismissal time for our elementary students.  The safety of our students is a priority in the Lowndes County School System, and we considered various options surrounding the solar eclipse.  As a precautionary measure we will dismiss school early on Monday, 8/21/17 at the following times:

Elementary Schools:  1st Load – 11:30 am -  2nd Load – 12:00 pm
Middle Schools – 12:30 pm
Lowndes High School & Parker Mathis Learning Center – 12:00 pm

We recognize the historical significance of the event and the days leading up to the eclipse will present multiple learning opportunities for our students including safety information.

To prevent eye damage, no one should look directly at the eclipse.  NASA has a website devoted to eclipse information which includes various educational tools located at  

Solar Viewing Safety Tips from the American Astronomical Society and NASA

1.  The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed Sun is through special-purpose solar filters (“eclipse glasses” or handheld viewers) that meet the ISO 12312-2 international standard for such products.  

2. Ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the Sun.  Neither are homemade filters created from neutral density filters (such as those made for camera lenses, smoked glass, exposed film, “space blankets,” potato chip bags, DVDs, and any other materials you may have heard about for solar viewing.

3. Seek expert advice before using a solar filter with a camera, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device.

4. Never look at the Sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using eclipse glasses or a handheld solar viewer.

5. A solar filter must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, or camera lens.

6. If you are within the path of totality, remove your solar filter only when the Moon completely covers the Sun’s bright face, and it suddenly gets quite dark.  Experience the splendor of totality.  Then, as soon as the bright Sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to glance at the remaining partial phases.

7. If you are outside the path of totality, you must always use safe solar filters to view the Sun directly.

(These Solar Viewing Safety Tips were presented at the January 2017 American Astronomical Society Meeting.)

You are invited!!!

posted Jul 8, 2017, 7:09 AM by TAMI WILLIAMS   [ updated Jul 8, 2017, 7:09 AM ]

Dewar Elementary School will have Open House on Thursday, August 3 from 2:00-4:00 pm.  Hope to see you there!!

Join us for Field Day!!

posted May 4, 2017, 12:24 PM by TAMI WILLIAMS   [ updated May 4, 2017, 12:24 PM ]

Tornado Warning in our Area

posted May 4, 2017, 11:08 AM by TAMI WILLIAMS   [ updated May 4, 2017, 11:09 AM ]

Dewar Elementary activated our Shelter in Place Procedure today from 12:19-12:45 due to a Tornado Warning for our area.  All went smoothly and we resumed our normal schedule for the rest of the day.

2nd Grade Spring Musical!

posted Apr 28, 2017, 8:06 AM by TAMI WILLIAMS   [ updated May 2, 2017, 11:31 AM ]

Join us for the Dewar Elementary 2nd Grade Spring Musical on Thursday, May 4th at 6:30 pm in the DES Cafeteria!

Kid's Deployment Line!

posted Apr 12, 2017, 7:46 AM by TAMI WILLIAMS   [ updated Apr 12, 2017, 7:47 AM ]

Attention:  Children of Military Personnel!!
Children of all ages are invited to spend a day learning what mom and dad experience prior to deployment!  Join us on Saturday, April 29, 10am to 4pm.  Click on the link below for more information!

"Purple Up" on Friday, April 14!!

posted Apr 10, 2017, 6:25 PM by TAMI WILLIAMS   [ updated Apr 10, 2017, 6:25 PM ]

"Purple Up" on Friday!!
Lowndes County schools will be honoring our Military children on Friday, April 14th. Help us honor these children at Dewar and our other schools by wearing purple on Friday!  For more information about Month of the Military Child, click on the link below.                                                                              

2017-2018 Teacher of the Year Nominations!

posted Apr 10, 2017, 5:44 PM by TAMI WILLIAMS   [ updated Apr 10, 2017, 5:48 PM ]

It is time ​to begin the nomination process for the 2017-2018 Dewar Teacher of the Year.  The window for the nomination process opened today, April 10th and will remain open until 4:00 PM April 28th.  Please click on the link below to access the nomination form and submit your nominations to Mrs. Chappuis no later than April 28.  If you have any questions, let us know! 

Thanks for your support!!

posted Mar 27, 2017, 10:41 AM by TAMI WILLIAMS   [ updated Mar 27, 2017, 10:48 AM ]

The DEWAR PTO thanks these businesses for supporting the Spring Carnival!

Swilley Farms Inc. Crossfit Winnersville

Weidinger Floor Covering Dodd & Burnham Law Firm

Chick Fil A Carr, Riggs, & Ingram, LLC Go Bananas Bounce Houses, LLC Oak Ridge Lodge Wedding and Party Venue Ho Hey Designs

Lambert and Sons Welding & Machine Shop

Is Your Child Too Sick for School??

posted Mar 22, 2017, 11:32 AM by TAMI WILLIAMS   [ updated Mar 22, 2017, 11:43 AM ]

Please remember, after any illness we require children to be fever free for 24 hours (without fever reducing type medications ex: Tylenol or Motrin) before returning to school. With one local school system closing due to Influenza and Streptococcus sickness please take a minute to read this article. It can help you decide if your child is well enough for school.

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