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:

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!)

Note: dark sky stargazing opportunities at Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Saturday nights, 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)

Calendar Items

  1. 1)Sci-Fi Film Series II - Fridays, Smith Family Theater/Matthews

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

    siblings, faculty, staff and alumni are all welcome! Movies (both classic

    and modern titles) and dates will be announced at the beginning of the

    school year. Last year’s slate shown below:

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)