Anchorage School District students head back to the classroom

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) A new school year began Monday for students in the Anchorage School District.

The day was also marked by a solar eclipse stretching across the United States, but not entirely visible for many Alaskans due to weather conditions.

At Campbell STEM Elementary School (beginning its first year as a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics school), the rain didn't stop students from learning about the eclipse.

Preston Szymanski, who is in 3rd grade, said he enjoyed learning about the eclipse.

"It was really cool because the sun is usually always nothing usually ever covers the sun," Szymanski said.

The school also celebrated the eclipse through a pancake breakfast.

Principal Michelle Johansen said it's a way to help students start the year off with a bang.

"The idea behind the pancakes is that the students would learn something about the solar eclipse and the moon coming in front of the sun and they could decorate their pancakes as they saw it when they viewed the eclipse," Johansen said.

Despite the rain, Johansen said teachers found other ways to convey the lessons.

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