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The sun’s path from east to west. The night sky filled with constellations. A closeup look at the moon. A journey through our solar system. All of these experiences and more are a part of the new Planetarium show created by Suffern High School science teacher, James Donavan that is currently being shown to all first-graders in our District.

Over the last few weeks, our younger students have taken field trips to the high school for a real-life experience into some of the curricula they’ve been learning. Mr. Donavan enlists the help of his students and a soundtrack of classic rock songs to make the presentation interactive and exciting for our first-graders. Words like “wow” and “awesome” could be heard throughout the entire presentation, which lasts about 40 minutes.

The planetarium recently re-opened after many repairs and rounds of reconstruction. With new and improved HVAC and sound systems, new carpeting, ceiling tiles, seating, paint, a new projector and a full recoat of the exterior dome roof, this state-of-the-art facility provides endless opportunities for our students to dive deeper into their science curriculum. Earlier this year, the District’s Director of Facilities, John Palma, confirmed its overhaul met all requirements and was certified by QUEST Environmental to be fully operational and safe.

The hope is students of all ages can visit the planetarium throughout the year and enhance their learning experiences “to infinity and beyond!”

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