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SCCS Families-

We are very excited to announce our monthly family Planetarium shows for the remainder of the school year!  A different show will be offered each month at two times- 5:00pm-5:45pm and 6:00pm-6:45pm.  

Our evening Planetarium show for April will be offered on Monday, April 4th at two times:  5:00pm-5:45pm and 6:00pm-6:45pm.  

The link to reserve seats for the April show can be found HERE     

  • Foms will be active as long as there are seats available (after that, the link will be deactivated). 

  • You will receive an email, within 24 hours of submission, confirming your seats.

This month’s show is Rusty Rocket’s Last Blast.  

Plan 45 minutes for your experience.  This show will last approximately 30 minutes followed by 10-15 minutes learning more fun facts about the planets.  Families will be provided with ideas for activities that can be completed at home to extend what will be presented.  

You will need to reserve seats by filling out a Google Form.  

Shows are limited to the first 30 guests signed up for each show. 

Please note the following details about all shows:

  • Shows are limited to 30 participants

  • All children MUST BE ACCOMPANIED by an adult at all times

  • Families can be seated together, otherwise, 6ft social distancing will be enforced

  • Disinfecting will take place between shows

  • NO FOOD OR DRINK allowed inside the Planetarium

  • You will not be allowed into the building until 5 minutes prior to your reserved show time and will exit immediately following the show

Future show dates:  May 9 & June 7  

  • The form links will be made available on the Planetarium page of the SCCS website and active from the first of each month until all 30 seats are filled for that month’s show.   

If you have any questions, please contact: Heather Snyder at snyderh@southerncayuga.org

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Community Planetarium Shows

All are welcome to attend our next planetarium community night. Shows are free to the public on a first come, first serve basis.  Seating is limited to 30 people for each show. If you can’t make it on that night, the planetarium will be open on a monthly basis with new shows each month.

School Field Trips
 
Southern Cayuga Central Schools is pleased to announce that we are currently scheduling school field trips.  Teachers should send requests to SCCS-Planetarium@southerncayuga.org.  Shows can be arranged for start times between 9:30 -10 am on a daily basis and typically last 40 minutes. Seating is limited to 60 people for each show. At this time there will be no fee for school related trips.

 Private Groups

The Friends of the Planetarium is now scheduling shows open to groups of 20 or more. Private groups should contact Frank Benenati at friendsoftheplanetarium@gmail.com to schedule events. There will be a small fee for non-school related programs.
 



The Southern Cayuga Central School Planetarium 

Over the past seven years, countless parents and community members have shared stories of their long ago visits to the SCCS planetarium.  Now is the time to rekindle those memories and to inspire the next generation of students to explore the skies above. 
 
The Southern Cayuga School District is pleased to announce that renovations are complete and a new state-of-the-art digital projection system is operational.   Over the summer of 2019, contractors upgraded all major mechanical systems, electrical, lighting, heating, and ventilation, and created a new robotics lab for our high school students.  The new digital projection system will provide full-dome shows, real-time visualizations, and flight simulations through space.  The technology has come a long way since the original Spitz projector was installed over 50 years ago.   SkySkan Projection Systems of Nashua, New Hampshire, has provided training to a core group of staff members to operate the new projection system.  I promise you’ll enjoy the show. 
 
All are welcome to attend and check out the new projection system and visit the robotics lab.  SCCS is hosting monthly star shows for the families of Southern Cayuga and field trips for students from across Cayuga County. 
 
Special thanks goes out to our community for their approval of the project and to Bob Parker & Tony Cavallaro of J&B Installations for donating and overseeing the complete roof replacement. Special thanks to Senator Pam Helming and Assemblyman Gary Finch for securing a $50,000 in state grants to purchase the new projection system.  Special thanks to the Friends of the Planetarium for their continued advocacy.  Most importantly, special thanks to the SCCS Board of Education for their leadership in bringing this project to fruition. 

Please contact SCCS-Planetarium@southerncayuga.org to schedule field trips. 


Patrick Jensen
SCCS Superintendent
 
 
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Patrick Jensen, Superintendent
2384 State Route 34B
Aurora, NY 13026