STEM Classes of the Triad

2019-2020 HANDBOOK

 

The desire of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Classes of the Triad is to offer outstanding STEM curriculum to triad area homeschoolers and to be a blessing to the families that we serve. This document in no way precludes the staff or board from making decisions that need to be made in the best interests of this program or from allowing the Lord to redirect our paths. This document is intended to be a set of guidelines to give all staff and STEM Classes of the Triad families a fair expectation of our time together and to eliminate confusion about policies and procedures.

 

Philosophy

The philosophy of STEM Classes of the Triad is to provide fun STEM classes that supplement and complement the homeschool curriculum. It is a family-friendly environment where families can look forward to healthy social interaction with instructors and peers. The program is not a “school” in the traditional sense. Our assumption is that “school” takes place in the home and our enrichment classes are designed to support families in those efforts. Each semester, the classes offered may vary as the Lord provides instructors.

 

Statement of Faith

Our profession of faith begins with God, for God is the First and the Last, the beginning and the end of everything. The Credo begins with God the Father, for the Father is the first divine person of the Most Holy Trinity; our Creed begins with the creation of heaven and earth, for creation is the beginning and the foundation of all God's works.

 

General Policies

  • Visitation days for prospective families during the semester will be announced on the home page of the website.

  • Severe Weather - We do not follow any particular county school system. Check the website and your email for announcements.

  • Drop Off – Parents should be sure students are safely inside the building before leaving.

  • Pick Up – Parents may enter the building to pick up students or line up in the drive-thru pickup line.  Students will be released when the car is at the front of the line.

  • Lunch - Students will eat lunch outside unless it's raining or temperatures are extremely cold. Please dress your children accordingly (i.e. layers are best).

  • Volunteer Jobs - will be posted online. Parents are encouraged to volunteer in order to make the program flow smoothly and to insure adult supervision. There are circumstances where parents may need to opt out of volunteering.  The Opt Out Fee is $100 per semester. 

  • Absences - Notify STEM if your child will be absent (via email, text, or phone). Instructors are notified of absences throughout the day. We account for all children every hour, and instructors report absent students not on the absentee list to the director. 

  • Students must be five years old on or before October 1 to register for STEM classes.

  • Email forwarding will be limited to those that promote the education of children and activities that help homeschool families.

Behavior Policies

We have high standards for behavior and expect children and their parents to be respectful.  Can your child/ children conduct themselves in a respectful and Christian manner?  If you have any doubt, this is likely not the appropriate program for them. 

Realizing that self-control is a fruit of the Spirit, the staff requires certain standards of behavior to help train children in this important area. True joy is found in submission to Jesus Christ and outward control helps to train children in inward control. Willing submission to the following standards is expected from each child. Your efforts to uphold these standards will aid in a well-run and Godly program. These behavior standards apply to all STEM Classes of the Triad’s functions and activities to include sporting activities/events.

  1.  Acceptable behavior requires students to be respectful, polite, considerate, trustworthy, obedient, and self-controlled at all times.  Disrespect toward others will not be tolerated.

  2. Students are not allowed to disrupt class or interfere with the learning  process.

  3. Most unacceptable behaviors will result in one warning and a discussion between our director, student, and student’s parent. A repeat offense will most likely result in expulsion from the classes.  We maintain a strict “hands off” policy.  Absolutely no fighting or bullying will be tolerated.  If the behavior problem is serious, no warning will be given but immediate suspension or expulsion will be administered.  

  4. Students who have possession of anything illegal will be immediately expelled.  The police will be notified.   

  5. Public displays of affection such as kissing, hand-holding, and other body-to-body contact are not permitted.

  6. Conversations must not contain language or topics that are inappropriate in a Christian environment.

  7. All students must be in a supervised classroom. lunch area, or study hall.

  8. Cell phones and other devices are not permitted in class unless otherwise requested or approved by an instructor. 

 

Expectations for Classroom Behavior

  1. Students must respect the rights and property of others and treat those in authority with respect.  Adults should be addressed with appropriate titles of respect.

  2. When talking, students will use an appropriate conversational tone.

  3. Students must be punctual to each class.

  4. Students are expected to listen when others are speaking and raise hands for permission to speak in class.

  5. Writing and passing notes, tossing objects, and playing with irrelevant objects (such as laser pens, hand held games, etc.) will not be allowed in class.

  6. Students must help keep the church classrooms and grounds clean and free of trash. Students must not damage church property. Parents will be financially responsible for damage caused by their child, even if the damage is the result of an accident. Good stewardship of all our property is a biblical standard that is very important to the leaders of the STEM Classes of the Triad.

  7. If a child is unable to bring his behavior under control, he may be removed from the classroom at which time the parent may be called.

  8. We reserve the right to impose academic standards that will maximize our ability to retain qualified instructors and an environment that fosters academic excellence. Students are expected to participate in class and complete all assignments and projects. This minimizes classroom distractions and ensures students are gaining the maximum benefit from their classes.

  9. Students who consistently fail to participate in class and/or complete assignments and projects may be suspended or dismissed from the class at the discretion of the instructor, with no refund.

 

Payment

Checks should be made payable to STEM of the Triad.

PayPal address:  stemtriad@yahoo.com  You MUST USE the Friends/Family Option to avoid PayPal fees.

Fees (per semester)

  • The Registration Fee (per family) of $50 is non-refundable.

  • The Facility Fee is $10 per class with a maximum of $50 per family.

  • The Volunteer Opt-Out Fee is $100 and may be paid in lieu of volunteering.

  • The Study Hall Fee is $25 per semester hour per student and may be used if the student has a gap in the schedule AND the parent not be on campus to supervise the student.

FALL Fees may either be paid in FULL at registration OR according to the following schedule:

        Half due at time of registration.

        Balance due May 31.

SPRING Fees may either be paid in FULL at registration OR according to the following schedule:

        Half due at time of registration.

        Balance due January 1.

Students enrolled in fall classes will have first priority for class enrollment in the spring.

Registrations submitted on or after the balance due date will require payment in full at the time of confirmation.

Earlier registrations with an unpaid balance as of the due date may be cancelled and fees refunded accordingly to allow for students on the waiting lists.

Class Changes and Withdrawals

  • Withdraw by June 30 for full class fee refund (fall semester).

  • Withdraw by November 30 for full class refund (spring semester).

  • Class changes or withdrawals after these dates will have materials fees deducted from the refund.

Students have the opportunity to attend one full day of classes (based on STEM's start date) before the drop deadline.  The drop deadline will be the Monday following the first day of classes.  Students may withdraw at any time, but no refund will be issued after the drop deadline. 

 

If a student withdraws from a class and would like to enter a Study Hall that hour in its place, he may do so at the discretion of the director.  The $25 Study Hall Fee must be paid in this circumstance.

Communication is essential to the success of STEM Classes of the Triad. Please do not wait for a problem to become serious before contacting the instructor. The director is available to meet with instructors and parents, if needed. Parents may confer with the director regarding any communication from instructors that causes concern.

 

Dress Code

The STEM Classes of the Triad’s program leadership does not require a specific dress code. Parents should monitor their child’s clothing carefully. All participants and families are encouraged to dress in a modest, tasteful fashion. If you are unsure if something is appropriate, please do not wear it. For girls, any shirts, skirts, dresses, pants, or shorts should be an appropriate length for sitting and moving modestly. Shirt and dress necklines must cover cleavage even when bending. Shirts should completely cover the abdomen and lower back even when sitting or bending. Parents will be required to bring a change of clothing if a student wears something that is immodest or offensive (to include t-shirt graphics and logos). Boys and girls should wear jeans, pants or shorts that are neat, clean, and that fit comfortably and are not too tight or excessively baggy. Shirts with sleeves are preferred, and T-shirts are acceptable for all, if worn with discretion.

Volunteers

  • This program is not possible without the committed involvement and assistance of the parents. We offer a variety of volunteer duties that help the program run smoothly. 

  • We do understand that there are circumstances in which parents may not be able to or choose not to volunteer. In this case, the Volunteer Opt-Out Fee is $100 per semester. 

  • Volunteers may not have their children with them when assisting in classrooms.  It is permissible for children to be with their parents while volunteering for:  lunch duty, entrance monitor, clean up, set up, and tear down. 

  • Once you have selected your volunteer duties, please make note of them on your calendar to avoid scheduling conflicts. 

  • If, for some reason, you have to miss a day of volunteer duty, you are expected to find a replacement for your position. The Volunteer Coordinator can provide you with names of individuals to contact. 

  • Failure to successfully fulfill your selected volunteer duty will mean that you forfeit the volunteer option for future semesters and will be obligated to pay the opt-out fee.