Eclipse Update

On Monday, August 21, 2017 the moon will pass between the Earth and the sun for the first coast-to-coast solar eclipse to occur in the United States since 1918. The Cobb County School District has extended the school day by 45 minutes to ensure the safety of all students, and we plan to make this once-in-a-lifetime event a special educational experience for students. 

*KMHS did not receive all glasses that were ordered.  Students who turned in permission slips in 12th, 11th, and 10th grade will all be supplied viewing glasses.  It is *possible* that 9th grade students who submitted permission slips may not receive glasses and will view the eclipse via a live broadcast in the building. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.  Safety first.

We realize many of you may be planning to observe the eclipse as a family.  Students checking out early on Monday, August, 21st, should have already submitted a note so they may be verified ahead of time. Delays may be experienced if students submit a note on Monday


  • Students will be dismissed once all the buses have arrived (approximately 4:15 PM).
  • Schedules should be adjusted for the last period of the day to begin at 1:30 PM. This will allow minimum day students to leave campus before the eclipse.


  • All after-school practice times will be adjusted according to the 45-minute delay in dismissal.


  • Teachers of students in grades 3-12 may plan outdoor solar eclipse activity with Principal approval.
  • Students MUST have a permission form signed by a parent to participate. A permission slip designed and approved by the district will be available via the students 4th period teacher beginning Monday, August 14th.
  • The school must have a signed permission form for any student who will be outside during peak hours of the eclipse (2:00 – 3:00PM)
  • All safety and security guidelines will be followed as recommended and outlined by NASA in the attached document and at:
  • KMHS will have approximately 1500 approved viewing glasses for use by students.
  • Any student who does not have a signed permission form may not be outside from2:00 to 3:00 PM.
  • Teachers are responsible for planning standard based and relevant instructional activities related to the event.


GREAT NEWS! A one hour live broadcast via IPTV will be available from Kennesaw Mountain High School showcasing the observatory/eclipse from 1:45 – 2:45 PM.

NASA has curated a strong collection of informational resources on the eclipse. We recommend accessing this site for eclipse questions you may have regarding safety, timing, resources and more.

Thank you for your cooperation and assistance as we facilitate this educational event.

Mark Trachtenbroit, Ph.D.

Eclipse Day Bell Schedule

1st Period  ​​​​8:20 – 9:58

2nd Period​​​  10:03 – 11:37

3rd Period​​​  11:42 – 1:30

A Lunch  ​​​​11:42 – 12:09

​     B Lunch​​​​  12:09 – 12:36

​     C Lunch  ​​​​12:36 – 1:03

D Lunch​​​​  1:03 – 1:30

4th Period​​​  1:35 – 4:15

KMHS – Most Challenging Schools Recognition

Washington Post

Kennesaw Mountain has been named to the Washington Post’s Most Challenging schools for 2017.  **

This year, only 12 percent of the approximately 22,000 U.S. public high schools were placed on this national list.  This puts KMHS in the top 5 % of all high schools in the country. Now that’s pretty impressive!

US News and World Report
2017 Rankings

US News and World Report

KMHS – Most Positive School

Postitive Athlete Georgia

Kennesaw Mountain High School is proud to announce the distinction of being named the Most Positive School in Cobb County for the 2016-17 school year by Positive Athlete Georgia. This organization celebrates student athletes “…who are making a positive contribution to their communities, overcoming difficult circumstances with a positive attitude, and believe a positive attitude is essential to their success… The Positive Athlete brand was created to remind all athletes that it’s ‘cool to be positive.'” Congratulations to all students and coaches!