My Background:

       I've been a science teacher and aerospace educator for 40 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-four 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 twelfth year as a "Solar System

Ambassador" for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. My hobbies include bicycle and recumbent

trike 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



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7th Grade Physical Science


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

For Wednesday, 1/21, “Science World” magazine quiz.

For Thursday, 1/22, complete section 4.2 of “The Exploration

     of Space”, pages 120-131.

Friday, 1/23: Test on Chapter 4 of “The Exploration of Space”.

View triple shadow transit on Jupiter Saturday morning, 1:26 to

1:54 AM. Talk to Mr. Sarko if interested in viewing from school!

For more details, see:


For Tuesday, 1/27, complete section 5.1 of “The Exploration of

     Space”, pages 138-142.

For Wednesday, 1/28, complete section 5.2 of “The Exploration

     of Space”, pages 143-147.

Friday, 1/30: Test on Chapter 5 of “The Exploration of Space”.

“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 classes are 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, February 14th, 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, comedy)

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

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