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


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7th Grade Physical Science


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

Moon Observations: every night, at the same time, for 7 nights, starting

     Monday, October 27th.

SCIENCE NIGHT : Thursday, October 30th, 6:30 to 8:00 PM

     Extra credit for attending at least 30 minutes.

     Volunteers receive community service.

“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 will receive 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, November 15th and December 13th, 2014;

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)Thursday, 10/30: Our First EVER “Science Night”

    (6:30-8:00 PM, Halmos Activity Center)

  1. 2)Sci-Fi Film Series - Fridays, 6:00 PM, Smith Family Theater/Matthews

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

    siblings, faculty and staff 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. 3)Saturday, March 14 - Saturday, March 21 (?): Arizona Spring Break Trip

    Open to 7th-, 8th- & 9th-graders; contact Mr. Sarko if interested!

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