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1900 North Keene Way Drive
Medford, OR 97504
Phone: (541) 842-3670
Fax: (541) 842-5206
Contact: Ron Beick, Principal
Hours: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm

North Medford High School Planetarium


About the Planetarium
The Planetarium was constructed by Spitz Inc. in 1967 with a grant from the Federal Apollo Program. The 80 seat Planetarium has seen almost continuous use for 45 years and is located at the southwest corner of the Science Building.  The Science Building is located between the Gymnasium and the Technical Arts Building.

      - Mr. Robert Black, Astronomy Teacher/Planetarium Director 2002-Present


Click here to check out the Planetarium Photos!

Available Programs
Planetarium programs last approximately 75 minutes and cost $80. The traditional start time is 9:00am, however this time can be adjusted by request.

  • Early Elementary (1st-2nd Grade)
    This program is designed to introduce the wonders of the sky to a curious young audience. Topics include: the sun, moon, planets, stars, and constellations with an emphasis on the stories associated with Greek Mythology. Programs also include current NASA Missions of Exploration
  • Intermediate Elementary (3rd-4th Grade)
    This program is design to introduce, teach and reinforce 3rd Grade Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) Standards. Topics include: Orienteering, Day/Night Cycles, Seasons, Solar Cycles, Phases of the Moon, planets and their orbits, constellations and sky lore, and current NASA Missions of Exploration. This program is specifically designed to describe how forces  cause changes in an object's motion and speed (3.2P.1) and identify Earth as a planet and describe its seasonal weather patterns of temperature (3.2E.1).
  • Upper Elementary ( 5th-6th Grade) 
    This program is designed to cover the Earth in Space objectives of the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills Test. These topics include: Description of the Sun-Earth System (5.1E.1), Explain how energy from the sun affects Earth's weather and climate (5.2E.1), How friction, gravity, and magnetic forces affect objects on or near Earth ( 5.2p.1), and a description of the properties of our solar system and compare the position of the sun within the solar system, galaxy, and universe (6.1E.2).  Also included will be rocket science, life cycle of stars, and the study of constellations.

How to Schedule a Program:

  1. Select the program that fits your grade level
  2. Select the date (look at the calendar below for availability)
  3. E-mail Mr. Black ( or phone (541) 842-5308
    You will receive an e-mail confirmation of the date and time of your program.

Planetarium Etiquette:

  • No food, drinks or gum are allowed 
  • Students should keep their feet off of the back of the seats
  • Remind students to be quiet while the teacher is instructing
  • If you will be late for your program call or e-mail the Planetarium Director
  • New Rule: No shoes that" light up" as they distract from our view of the sky!

2013-2014  Planetarium Calendar: Programs are from 9:00am-10:15 am. The time listed is the earliest time available. Start times may vary but must be no later than 9:30am.




Scheduled Presentation


Sept. 24th  9:00am

Howard Elem. 3rd Grade     Jessica Lealos

Sept.27th  9:00am

Lincoln Elem. 2nd Grade   Shelly Childers

Oct. 2nd   9:00am Griffen Creek Elem. 2nd Grade Linnea Fox
Oct. 8th  9:00am Griffen Creek Elem. 2nd Grade  Linnea Fox
Oct.11th  9:00am Howard Elem. 3rd Grade Cheryl Lashley
Oct.17th  9:00am McGloughlin MAPS Class   Lynn Faust
Oct. 22nd  9:00am Wilson Elem. 2/3rd Grade    Tamara Foster-Mikota
Oct.25th  9:00am Jefferson Elem. 3rd Grade   Sarah Jones
Oct.30th  9:00am Roosevelt Elem. 3rd Grade  Karey Dixon
Nov. 7th  9:00am St Mary's High School  Holly Bensel
Nov. 13th  9:00am Bellview Elem. 3rd Grade  Lindsay Gates
Nov. 21st  9:00am Logos Charter School   Beverly Huard
Nov. 26th  9:00am Jacksonville Elem. 3rd Grade   Riki Bednar
Dec. 3rd  9:00am Applegate Elem.  2/3rd Grade  Debbie Yerby
Dec. 6th  9:00am Hoover Elem.  1st Grade   Ashley Nichols-Lee
Dec. 11th  9:00am Helman Elem. 3rd Grade   Kelly Martin
Dec. 16th  9:00am Helman Elem. 3rd Grade   Matt Damon
Dec. 19th  9:00am Oak Grove 5th Grade  Michele Parr

Jan. 8th  9:00am

Oak Grove 5th Grade   Zach James
Jan. 13th 9:00am Mae Richardson Elem.  5th Grade  Lori Raddatz
Jan.24th  9:00am Griffen Creek 3rd Grade     Kathy Olmstead
Jan.29th  9:00am Griffen Creek  3rd Grade    Kathy Olmstead
Feb. 3rd  9:00am Hoover Elem. 1st Grade      Kathy Young
Feb. 6th  9:00am Lincoln  1st Grade    Laurie Staff
Feb. 11th  9:00am Oak Grove 5th Grade  Cindy Woodard
Feb. 14th  9:00am NMHS GeoScience   Thomas
Feb.20th  9:00am Walker Elem.  3rd  Grade  Debi Blair
Feb. 25th  9:00am Mae Richardson Elem. 5th Grade  Lori Raddatz
Feb.28th  9:00am Lincoln Elem. 5th Grade   Jennifer Sweet
March 5th  9:00am Lincoln Elem. 5th Grade   Julie Ramsey
March 10th  9:00am Jacksonville Elem. 1st Grade   Corrin Stratton
March 13th 9:00am Hoover 3rd Grade    Margaret Nelson
March 18th  9:00am Hoover Elem. 3rd Grade    Margaret Nelson
April 9th  9:00am Wilson Elem. 5th Grade        Lori Ross
April 14th  9:00am Walker Elem. 3rd Grade   Debi Blair
April 17th  9:00am  Kennedy Elem. 6th Grade      Amy Wolfer
April 22nd  9:00am Hoover Elem. 6th Grade  Patti DeSimone
April 25th  9:00am Wilson Elem. 3rd Grade    Shawn Kellum
April 30th  9:00am Hoover Elem. 6th Grade   Patti DeSimone
May 6th  9:00am Hoover Elem.  6th Grade  Patti DeSimone
May 9th  9:00am Lone Pine Elem. 5th Grade     Barry Hamilton
May 14th  9:00am Kennedy Elem. 4th Grade  Courtney Pickett
May 15th 2:45pm Chiloquin Jr. High
May 19th  9:00am Lone Pine Elem. 5th Grade     Barry Hamilton
May22nd  9:00am Lone Pine Elem.  5th Grade    Barry Hamilton
May 28th  9:00am Kennedy Elem.   4th Grade   Courtney Pickett
June 3rd  2:45pm VA Domiciliary Charles Wood
June 4th  9:00am Abraham Lincoln 1st Grade  Staff

SOFIA - Stratospheric Observatory for Infra-Red Astronomy.

Congratulations to Mr. Black who has been selected to fly on NASA’s SOFIA Aircraft during the week of April 28th - May 2nd 2014. To follow Mr. Black at NASA go to


Learn more about this program at:


Looking to the Stars

Taber MacCallum

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