Kingfisher’s 21st Century Learning Center referred to as STARS is made possible by a grant from the Oklahoma State Education Department. The before-school program held Monday through Thursday from 7:00-8:00 will be offered at Kingfisher Middle School. The STARS after-school program will be held at Kingfisher Middle School until 5:15 Monday through Thursday. Students enrolled in grades 3rd-6th are eligible to enroll in STARS.
STARS is an opportunity for youth and families to continue learning and growing after the school day is over. The focus is to provide high-quality academic enrichment as well as drug and violence prevention programs, technology education programs, art, music, recreation programs, counseling, and character education.
The completed enrollment packet must be returned to Kingfisher Middle School and must include: a completed registration form, signed releases, and fee payment. There is a monthly fee to attend STARS. Fees follow the district’s lunch program:
Full Price Lunch= $10
Reduced Lunch= $8
Free Lunch= $6
The fees are due the first Monday of each month with the exception of August.
Participants in STARS are expected to follow the rules of their student handbook and other site specific rules. In order to maintain a safe and fun environment, staff will work closely with parents and participants to ensure proper behavior. A system of good discipline helps the group stay on task, behave responsibly and with self-control, and work well with other people. In the event of a disciplinary problem, a conduct report will be written, which the parent must sign. When two conduct reports have been written a conference with the students, parent, and project directors will occur. With the third conduct report, the participant will be suspended for days, weeks, or permanently depending on the severity of the behavior. Physical aggression against other participants or staff or running away from program activities may result in immediate suspension after the first incident.
PARENT AND FAMILY INVOLVEMENT
We encourage all parents/family members to become involved with the STARS program. Daily contact between our staff and parents is an important part of the program. By sharing information concerning your child’s activities and welfare, we can work together to better meet the child’s needs. It is extremely important than any change in address, emergency numbers, etc. be kept current. Newsletters are sent home to keep parents informed of up-coming events, programs, and activities. Conferences can be arranged with parents and staff as needed. Family members are encouraged to visit the program and to share their special talents, skills, and experiences with the children.
PARTICIPANT PERSONAL FILES
Each participant will have a personal file which will include their application, any conduct reports, permission slips, accident reports, academic pre/post tests, and other relevant documents. These files are strictly confidential.
We assume no liability for lost or damaged items. Students can keep personal belongings in their backpacks. We make reasonable efforts to limit opportunity for items to be lost or damaged but we do not have secure locations for storing valuables. If your child loses anything, they should go to the school Lost and Found.
TERMINATION FROM THE PROGRAM
Participants will forfeit their space in the program for any of the following reasons: Excessive absences, behavior that threatens physical or emotional safety of self or others, or breaking any school rules that are deemed worthy of termination.
QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at any time. We look forward to getting to know your children and making STARS a wonderful experience for you and your children. If we are unable to answer the phone, please leave a message with a telephone number where you can be reached.