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"The stars are too many to count.
The stars make sixes and sevens.
The stars tell nothing--and everything.
The stars look scattered.
Stars are so far away they never speak when spoken to."
- Stars, Carl Sandburg
Visit the Sandburg Sky Poetry Web page, including CSMS student-authored sky poems.
|SCSA Impacted by FCPS FY2003 Budget Cuts|
|As a result of external budget cuts by Fairfax County Public Schools and internal staffing decisions by the Sandburg MS principal, the Sandburg Planetarium will be open part-time (afternoons only) during the 2002-2003 school year. After-school and evening programs, including programs for community groups (private schools, PTAs, civic associations, boy & girl scout troops, etc.), have been discontinued. The Sandburg Center for Sky Awareness Web site is forced to go into a "dormant state," effective 25 July 2002 until further notice. Our Web presence isn't going away, however what you see is what you get--the SCSA Web site cannot be updated regularly unless full-funding is restored for the FCPS Planetarium Program. The SCSA Director regrets any inconvenience these actions may cause.|
|"SUNday in September" - Huntley Meadows Park|
|Sunday, 29 September 2002, the Sandburg Planetarium Teacher and volunteers from the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club (NOVAC) collaborated to host "SUNday in September," a day of informal day-sky observation (including safe solar observation and sundialing). Special thanks to the following NOVAC members for generously volunteering to share their expertise and enthusiasm for observational astronomy: John Avellone, Rob Garrett, Mike Lewis, Alex Lim, Rob McKinney, and Gary Shell. See photos highlighting this special event, courtesy Phil Wherry, NOVAC. [Note: Scheduled long before FCPS's short-sighted decision to cut its planetarium program by half, "SUNday in SEP" was the SCSA's last official public outreach event until full-funding for the program is restored.]|
|NASA Sun-Earth Day - 20 March 2002
Celebrate the Equinox and the Seasons
|Me and My Shadow - Making the Sun-Earth Connection - an SCSA Web page of theme-related resources and classroom-ready activities||Sandburg "Sun-Earth-Moon Day 2002" - a special report highlighting Sandburg Planetarium's local celebration of National Sky Awareness Week and Astronomy Week/Day|
The Year in Review - A
Highlighting the Activities of the
Sandburg Center for Sky Awareness for 2001-2002
Day 2002" - A Special Report
Highlighting Sandburg Planetarium's local celebration of Space Day
Spotted Scopin' Sunspots! - Highlights of
Woodlawn ES Grade Level 4 visits to the Sandburg Planetarium
"Explorers" Explore Exploration
- A Special Report
Highlighting the educational outreach initiative between the
Explorers Club Washington Group and Sandburg MS
And the survey says...
|The Sandburg Center for Sky Awareness cross-curricular sky poetry unit was featured in the 12 April 2000 episode of "Meet the Author" on Fairfax Network (special thanks to producer Sandra Brennan!). For more information about this innovative unit, read "The Sky Touches Everyone," an article that appeared in the May 1998 issue of "Apple," the FCPS professional magazine.||
Meet the Author
Last updated 25 Jul 2002