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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 46 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!

2014-2015  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 9:30am

 Helman Elem. 3rd Grade   Kelly Martin

Sept. 25th 9:00am

Wilson Elem. 3rd Grade   Charity Merritt

Sept. 29th 9:00 am Lone Pine 2nd Grade  Andy Pyle
Oct. 2nd    9:00 am Walker Elem. 5th Grade  Morgan Cottle
Oct. 7th     9:00am Hoover 1st Grade  Dan Blayden
Oct. 8th     9:00am Ashland Middle School 6th Grade Hillary Harper
Oct. 10th   9:00am Hoover 1st Grade  Dan Blayden
Oct. 16th   9:00am Abe Lincoln Elem. 2nd Grade  Shelly Childers
Oct. 17th   9:00am Phoenix Elem. 3-4th Grade    Joani Howell
Oct. 21st   9:00am Mcloughlin Middle School MAPS  Lynn Faust
Oct. 24th   9:00am Lone Pine Elem. 2-3rd Grade Cathy Gerritsma
Oct.27th   9:00am Bellview Elem. 3rd Grade  Lindsay Gates
Nov. 4th   9:00am Ashland Middle School 6th Grade Hillary Harper
Nov. 7th   9:00am Hoover Elem. 6th Grade  Patti De Simone
Nov. 10th 9:00am Hoover Elem. 6th Grade  Sheila Wikoff
Nov. 13th 9:00am Hoover Elem. 6th Grade  Jenni Mayben
Nov. 18th 9:00am Jacksonville 3rd Grade   Riki Bednar
Nov. 19th 9:30am Logos Charter School 5-6th Grade  Tory Snyder

Nov. 21st 9:00am

Howard Elem. 3rd Grade   Cheryl Lashley
Nov.26th  9:00am Howard Elem. 3rd Grade    Miles Barnes
Dec. 1st   9:00am Hoover Elem. 3rd Grade     Margaret Nelson
Dec. 3rd   9:00am Roosevelt Elem. 3rd Grade  Karey Dixon
Dec. 8th   9:00am Hoover Elem. 3rd Grade     Margaret Nelson
Dec. 9th   9:00am Hedrick Middle School Maps  Misty Potochnick
Dec. 11th 9:00am Rogue Valley Adventist 7-8th Grade Shaun Meharry
Dec. 16th  9:00am Jackson Elem. 5th Grade   Sara Major
Dec. 17th  9:00am Sam's Valley Elem. 4th Grade Nancy McKinnis
Dec. 19th  9:00am Southern Oregon Homeschoolers Katie Guidotti
Jan. 7th    9:00am Talent Elem. 5th Grade Wendy Holcomb
Jan. 8th    9:00am Oak Grove 5th Grade   Cindy Woodard
Jan. 12th  9:00am Oak Grove 5th Grade   Michele Parr
Jan. 15th  9:00am Oak Grove 5th Grade   Jamie Causey
Jan. 16th  9:30am Mae Richardson Elem. 5th Grade Lori Raddatz
Jan. 26th  9:00am Moms for Home Schooling  5-6th Grade Regina Davis
Jan. 29th  9:00am Central High School  Juliemarie Thomas
Jan. 30th  9:00am Medford Montessori  Rebecca Cox
Feb. 3rd    9:30am Mae Richardson Elem. 5th Grade Lori Raddatz
Feb. 6th    9:00am Jefferson Elem.  3rd Grade    Sarah Jones
Feb. 9th    9:00am Jefferson Elem.  3rd Grade    Sarah Jones
Feb. 11th  9:00am Sacred Heart kindergarten    Patti Byrd
Feb. 17th   9:00am Jacksonville MAPS Class 3rd Grade Morgan Rastellini
Feb. 18th   9:00am Griffin Creek Elem. 5th Grade  Jenna Dode
Feb. 20th   9:00am Washington Elem. 5th Grade Sandi English
Feb. 25th   9:00am Jacksonville 1st Grade   Corrin Stratton
Feb. 26th   9:00am Abe Lincoln Elem. 1st Grade  Laurie Staff
March 2nd  9:00am NMHS GeoScience  Rasmussen
March 5th   9:00am NMHS GeoScience Rasmussen
March 6th   9:00am NMHS GeoScience Sanders
March 10th  9:00am Lincoln Intermediate Maps   Teresa McGrath
March 13th  9:00am SMHS Physical Science Santana
March 16th  9:00am Jacksonville Elem. 5th Grade  Tim Johnson
March 18th  9:00am Jacksonville Elem. 5th Grdae  Karen Garske
March 31st  9:00am St. John Lutheran School 3rd Grade K. Doering
April  2nd    9:00am Girl Scouts with Elysia Galbadon
April  7th     9:00am Wilson Elem. 5th Grade   Lori Ross
April  8th     9:00am Applegate Elem. 2-5th Grade   Jim Scull
April  10th   9:00am Abe Lincoln Elem. 5th Grade  Jennifer Sweet
April  15th   9:00am Ashland Middle School 6th Grade Beth Oehler
April 16th    9:00am Ashland Middle School 6th Grade Beth Oehler
April 20th    9:00am Lone Pine Elem. 5th Grade   Sandy Tegtman
April 23rd    9:00am Phoenix Elem. 3rd Grade Lori McCarron
April 24th    9:00am Phoenix Elem. 4-5th Grade Dan Preskenis
April 28th    9:00am Lone Pine Elem. 5th Grade  Heidi Gantz
April 30th    3:00pm The Ruch Senior Center
May 1st       9:00am Madrona Elem. Jennifer Tudor
May 6th       9:00am Lone Pine Elem. 5th Grade  Rankin
May 11th     9:00am Kennedy Elem. 4th Grade  Courtney Pickett
May 13th     6:00pm Girl Scouts Tina Marsh
May 14th     9:00am Kennedy Elem. 4th Grade  Courtney Pickett
May  19th     9:00am Orchard Hill 3rd Grade  Rachel Patterson
May 20th      7:00pm Southern Oregon SkyWatchers
May 22nd      9:00am Kennedy Elem. 6th Grade  Nick Dunn
May 26th      9:00am Lone Pine Elem. 5th Grade  Barry Hamilton

SOFIA - Stratospheric Observatory for Infra-Red Astronomy.

In May of 2014 North Medford Astronomy teacher Robert Black flew on board NASA's Stratospheric observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) with a team of educators. The educators observed SOFIA scientists studying star forming regions and a unique stellar merger during the flight. Follow along as they see infrared astronomy in action.
To learn more about Mr. Black's experience at NASA go to:
Learn more about this program at:


Looking to the Stars

Taber MacCallum

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