My Background:

       I've been a science teacher and aerospace educator for 39 years. My experience

includes two years in public schools, two years in parochial schools, two years as an Aerospace

Education Specialist in NASA's Aerospace Education Services Program ("Spacemobile"), and

thirty-three years at Palm Beach Day Academy, Palm Beach, FL., where I currently teach junior

high science, including aerospace curriculum. I also served, for ten years, as a Regional Resource

Person for the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum and as a resource agent

in "SPICA" (the Support Program for Instructional Competency in Astronomy) for the

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. I have begun my eleventh year as a "Solar System

Ambassador" for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and I work part time at Kennedy Space

Center's Educator Resource Center and "Exploration Station". My hobbies include canoeing,

bicycle riding, and astronomy.

To Contact Me . . .     OR    Palm Beach Day Academy

                                                241 Seaview Avenue

                                                Palm Beach, FL. 33480

                                                (561)655-1188, ext. 163

                                                Fax: (561)655-5794


Welcome to Tom Sarko’s Site

7th Grade Physical Science


7th Grade Assignments: (Quiz and Test dates will be posted here!)

For Wednesday, 12/17/’14, complete section 2.1 of

“The Exploration of Space”, pages 34-45.

For Friday, 12/19/’14, complete section 2.2 of

“The Exploration of Space”, pages 46-59.

Wednesday, January 7th: Test on Chapter 2 (first 2 sections


“The Exploration of Space”

<> (Students now have a

username and password.) See below for links to text only:

Chapter 1   Chapter 2   Chapter 3   Chapter 4   Chapter 5   Chapter 6

Chapter 7   Chapter 14   Chapter 15

Note: Skynet Junior Scholars after school class continues on

Wednesday, December 17th, from 3:15 to 4:00 PM. Remaining

classes will be on Wednesdays from 3:15 to 4:00 PM. See below

for details:


Skynet Junior Scholars, Wednesdays, 3:15 to 4 PM, Trimester 2

Size and Scale

   - Scale Model Universe

   - Large Scale Structure of Our Universe

How a Telescope Works

   - How Telescopes Collect and Focus Light

   - Field of View (How much sky can the telescope see?)

   - Fun With Filters/Skynet Telescope Filters

Observing Activities

   - Observational Astronomy Basics

   - Stargazing Targets

   - Uncle Al’s Star Wheel (constellations and the seasons)

   - Star Life Cycles

   - Observing/Imaging With the Skynet Telescopes

“The Natural World” (See “7th Grade Physical Science” link above.)

     We will cover the Techniques and Chapters 1-5 during the first trimester.

     We will cover Chapters 6, 7, 9 and 12 during the third trimester.

“The Exploration of Space”

     We will cover Chapters 1-7, 14 and 15 during the second trimester.

<> (Students now have a

username and password.) See below for links to text only:

Chapter 1   Chapter 2   Chapter 3   Chapter 4   Chapter 5   Chapter 6

Chapter 7   Chapter 14   Chapter 15  

Note: dark sky stargazing opportunities at Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Saturday nights, January 10th, February 7th, March 14th, April 11th, May 9th,

June 6th, July 11th, August 8th, September 5th, October 3rd, November 7th,

and December 5th, 2015.

Parents/students - if interested, contact Mr. Sarko for more information

and directions. 7th graders receive extra credit for attending during the

school year.

J.D. State Park Map

J.D. State Park Observing Site

Monthly Star Charts

7th Grade Astronomy Requirement (for the Second Trimester)

Some Calendar Items

  1. 1)Sci-Fi Film Series - Fridays, 6:30 PM, Smith Family Theater/Matthews

    Auditorium. Enter and exit through atrium doors. Students, parents,

    siblings, faculty, staff and alumni are all welcome!

9/26: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951, G)

10/3: Star Wars IV - A New Hope (1977, PG)

10/10: Star Wars V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980, PG)

10/17: Star Trek II - The Wrath of Kahn (1982, PG)

11/7: Star Trek - First Contact (1997, PG-13)

11/21: Contact (1997, PG)

12/12: The Matrix (1999, R for sci-fi violence and brief language; parental

           permission required)

1/9: Galaxy Quest (2000, PG, humor)

1/16: Serenity (2005, PG-13)

1/23: 2001 - A Space Odyssey (1968, G)

  1. 2)Thursday and Friday, April 16&17: “Overnight Adventure” at KSC