KAYSVILLE -- For students at Endeavour Elementary School, going to school really is out of this world.
The school is named after the space shuttle that launched on its first voyage in 1992.
The building has a unique space-themed feel and design that proved to be a hit with the new students. That made the transition of going to a new school a lot easier for the students.
"The kids had to move from other schools to come here," said Principal Beth Johnston. "Instead of feeling sad, they are very excited to come."
Tammy Bennett, the school's media specialist, said the library is the centerpiece of the building.
The seven planets hanging from the ceiling are the biggest eye-catcher. Moons surround some of the planets, which vary in size and color.
"They made one (planet) to represent Earth, but they worried that, because we are an education institution, they would have needed to make the rest of the solar system to scale," Bennett said.
"Because of that, my party line is, these are planets that are out in the universe, not necessarily in our solar system."
The library is also home to a large bench along the east wall where students love to bask in the sun and read.
The school district has been developing a theme with each new school, said Gary Payne, Davis School District's administrator of facilities, management and planning. Some themes, he said, are more developed than others.
Designers wanted to make a walk through Endeavour like a trip through the galaxy.
The atmosphere is even found in the gym, where the Eagle Nebula cluster of stars is displayed in a glass window.
Lights in the ceiling of the common areas are arranged in constellations, such as Draco and Orion.
The scenery is impressive to look at, but it is informative as well.
Several plaques around the school explain different nebulas, galaxies and constellations.
The whole theme promotes learning, something the teachers definitely see in their students.
"I think they're more curious," Bennett said. "I think it just prompts questions in their minds."
The sections of the school are divided into four galaxies, with each galaxy hosting certain grade levels.
Kindergartners are in the Antennae Galaxy, while first- and second-graders study in the Sombrero Galaxy.
Third- and fourth-graders are in the Whirlpool Galaxy, with fifth- and sixth-graders in the Starburst Galaxy.
Along with wanting schools to get the kids excited about their education, Payne wants to make sure all buildings are well-constructed.
"In 10 years, I'll be retired, and I want to make sure that when I leave, I will not have to be arguing later about whether or not to raise taxes to fix (these schools)."
Endeavour Elementary School
* LOCATION: 1870 S. 25 West, Kaysville
* COST: $12,450,000
* HISTORY: Built 2010
* SIZE: 74,000 square feet
* STUDENT BODY: Estimated at 650
* STAFF: 45, including teachers and support staff
* TIDBIT: Designed as a space-themed school with plaques explaining different nebulas, galaxies and